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Monday, March 28, 2011

Trying again

Blogger was being a real pain yesterday.  I know some of you were able to click in the blank areas and see the pretty pictures but some of you were unable to see them.  So with my third attempt I present...
Tulip House Stitching Companion - Blackbird Designs
30 ct Cafe Kona/GAST & WDW
Button used to disguise the identity of the recipient

Tulip House Pincushion - Blackbird Designs
Fabric and Fibers same as above

Pretty fabrics from Vera
(Thanks again Vera)
Crossing my fingers that these are viewable.  :o)

On a side note - we had snow here this morning!  It was 80 degrees here just last week and snow this morning.  Unbelievable!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I Am On A Journey

I must have overloaded blogger with all my lovely pictures today.  Will try to post again tomorrow as this post just isn't the same without the visuals.  :o(

"A Stitcher's Journey" that is and I can't seem to get away from it!  This week this arrived:


And I have been painting and staining these:


 And stitching this:

Tulip House Stitching Companion - Blackbird Designs
30 ct Cafe Kona, GAST floss except for the bird motif,
I used WDW Dolphin. (This is destined to be a gift so the
button is used to hide the initial of the recipient. :o)

And then I had to stitch another of these:


Tulip Pincushion - Blackbird Designs
Fabric and Fibers same as above
And I have been cutting matboard and batting and fabric, oh my! I am having a grand old time in the sewing/craft room. LOL I have wanted some of the Briwax for quite some time and I finally broke down and purchased it. That stuff is messy and stinks to high heaven but it really does give a nice finishing effect if you want your piece to look "aged". The tin is more than I will use in a lifetime so if anyone needs a little bit (a little goes a long way), email me and maybe we can work out a trade.


My friend Vera attended a Mennonite Relief sale a couple of weeks ago and earlier this week these gorgeous fabrics arrived in my mailbox. There are lots of blues, some wonderful Christmas prints, a lovely bird FQ, a seashell FQ, and a couple of orphan blocks. I was surprised to see that the star block is also hand pieced. :o) Thank you so much Vera for thinking of me. You know these will be put to good use.

It is a cold, rainy day here in NC. The turnips, collards, and salad greens we planted last weekend have already sprouted and the rain will help speed their growth along. I am happy to report that work slowed down a bit this week and I "think" I may have regained my sanity. LOL

I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying a wonderful weekend. As for me...I have to get back to my "journey"!

~~This is my 2nd attempt at this post.  I can't seem to get the pictures to load on my computer.  :o(~~

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Little Birdie Told Me

If I would give him a nest he would become a pincushion.
And he did!   :o)   It was another one of those light bulb moments while strolling through Hobby Lobby.  I ran across these nests and the rest is history.  I was at HL again today and found the card boxes featured in BBD A Stitcher's Journey.  Two of those came home with me along with paint.  I am really happy that Barb and Alma shop at Hobby Lobby - these boxes were only $1.99 and with a 40% off coupon I paid $1.29 each, the paint a mere .69 cents!  Now to make them into something someone will treasure.

It was a glorious spring day here - 72 degrees with bright sunshine.  DH and I planted turnips, mustard, cilantro, and lettuce.  We also picked up the bazillion sticks in our yard and serviced the lawnmower.  Rain is expected tomorrow so I expect lots of sewing to be done here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A bit of spring

As soon as I saw the "Bloom Pincushion" by M Designs in the JCS March/April issue I knew I was going to stitch it or at least part of it.  I saw these itty bitty clay flower pots at Dollar General and the light bulb came on.  I stitched up one of the flower motifs, added a bit of rick rack, stuffed it with some polyfil, and shoved and glued it into this tiny flower pot.  I thought it turned out quite cute and it just screams spring to me.

Here is another view while it is hiding amongst my Italian Parsley that is coming back in my herb garden.  It is so nice to see the bright green amongst all the brown around here.  My Rosemary bush is perking up as is my Lavender.  It will be hot and humid here before we know it!

Are you seeing signs of spring where you are?  Our temps are supposed to be near 80 here tomorrow which is unusually warm for this time of year.  I am hoping to do a little gardening this weekend as well as picking up the million or so sticks that have fallen from the huge oak trees in my yard.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with signs of spring.  :o)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Fabric Postcard made in 2008

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Tisket, A Tasket

Another fabric basket!

I made this yesterday with the little charm squares Catherine sent along as an extra goodie with her bluebird giveaway.  These fabrics are from the new Antique Fair line by Blackbird Designs.  Aren't the colors and patterns pretty?  I filled it with some raffia and speckled eggs I found at Hobby Lobby.  Yep, I am ready for spring.  Thanks again Catherine for giving me some fuel for my recent sewing frenzy.  :o)


I thought you might also enjoy this shot which precisely shows the enormous cooperation and hard work I get from my photography "assistants" around here.  What is it about the camera and pets?  When I want to take a picture of THEM they either disappear or refuse to sit still.  I didn't realize until I downloaded the pictures that I had such a detailed view of Ziggy's eyeball!  LOL

I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!  Thanks for stopping by.  :o)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tulip Pincushion

I just love almost all of the designs in the new Blackbird Designs book.  I want to stitch them all and I want to stitch them now.  :o)  Alas, I had to start somewhere and so I present to you "Tulip Pincushion".

"Tulip Pincushion"
Blackbird Designs "A Stitcher's Journey"
28 ct coffe dyed Monaco - DMC floss
I didn't have the overdyed flosses so I used the DMC conversion.  I really like how subtle the colors are and I managed to find the perfect button in one of my old button jars.

I personalized it by adding my initial over one.
And I just had to add another view in the bright sunshine we are enjoying today.  :o)  I hope you are all enjoying a bit of sunshine and stitches in your neck of the woods today.  I think I am going to stitch another Tulip Pincushion!  LOL


Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's the little things...

Teeny little Poochie Pouches


Needle Wallets
(me - messing around at the sewing machine)


A cute little ladybug, finally finished as a floss tag
(From "In Your Easter Bonnet" Designed by Brooke Nolan)

A fabric basket
(tutorial from The Pink Penguin)

... that bring sunshine to our lives!
(from the PS Sunny Days leaflet)

Take time to appreciate the little things my friends.  :o)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Unbelievable!

The kindness of those in this blogging community continues to amaze, enlighten, and thrill me on a daily basis.  This week I was the fortunate recipient of several random acts of kindness.

On Thursday, this fabulous box of goodies arrived from Raffaella.  (No blog yet but I am working on it. ;o))
 She stitched the most gorgous biscornu in my favorite color combination of purple and green.  Her stitching and beadwork on this piece is just divine.  And if that wasn't enough, she sent me the entire kit for the fob to match as well as delicious chocolates, ribbon, and those cute Little Gems scissors.  I think I may start a new fashion trend by putting those scissors on a ribbon and wearing them as a necklace.  :o)

Then today I was so surprised to open my mailbox to reveal 3 packages, only one of which I was expecting.

 The first surprise was from Elaine.  She had read that I am working on stitching enough patriotic ornaments to fill my tree this summer and made me this fabulous R, W, & Blue apple ornament.  Isn't it just perfect?!  She also sent along some wonderful chocolates (watch out hips!), lovely tartan napkins, and a new mascot for my sewing room.  :o) 

Then Lois blessed me with some luck from Ireland.  :o) 
 Now ya'll know how enamoured I have become with those quirky Plum Street Hare's so I was just thrilled with this scissor fob.  And....it is stitched over one!  Gosh, isn't that just the cutest thing?  And just look at the gorgeous green floss and the fabric with Shamrocks.  My gold gingers are proudly decked out in their Lucky finery for St. Patrick's day now.  :o)

Then, the one package I was expecting arrived from Catherine.   
I won a drawing on her blog for this lovely bluebird pillow ornament but I wasn't expecting all the extras she sent along.  There was a fistful of gorgeous DMC floss in lots of springy colors, a nice cut of evenweave, the prettiest sticky notes, and a charm pack of BBDesigns Antique Fair fabrics.  I already have the perfect project in mind for the charm squares and I will sew a little something for the both of us to enjoy.  :o)  The beaded hanger is just gorgeous and matches this pillow perfectly. 

It was a dreary day here so my pictures don't do justice to the lovely work of these talented ladies.  I just can't thank each of you enough for brightening my day and bringing such loveliness to the end of an otherwise tough week.  I will proudly display and treasure each one of these lovelies as I treasure our friendships.  

I also want to thank each and every one of you who stops by to see what is happening in my little corner of the world.  I really appreciate all the comments, encouragement, and fun you give me on a daily basis.  I truly believe I am becoming a better person because of you.  :o) 

I was deeply saddened by the loss of Lisa Roswell this week as I know many of you were.  I didn't know her personally but she still made an impact on my life through her designs and her blog.  It really made me stop and think about how precious each moment of every day is.  I have always made it a practice to say "I love you" to those I hold dear and to never hesitate to give a kind word to someone or to let others know I appreciate them.  Lisa's death made me realize that it could be any one of us, at any time.  I guess what I am trying to say is this just reminds me that every day is a gift, we should make the most of it and never hesitate to let those we love and appreciate know how we feel.

Wishing you all the gift of a blessed tomorrow filled with people and things you love.  :o)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

TUSAL & Stuff

 It is the new moon and time to show off those orts!  Here is mine.  Not a lot to show as stitching time has been very limited this month.  I hope to add quite a few more in March.  :o) 
 I indulged in a little retail therapy last month and purchased a metal ornament tree from Improvements Catalog.  Belinda had posted a picture of her large tree on her blog and it was just the sort of thing I had been searching for.  I plan to use it to hang my summer/patriotic ornaments as well as using it for a fall and halloween stitching display.  This one is about 3 foot tall and will hold 36 ornaments.  I'd better get to stiching if I want to come close to filling it up this year.
I just can't resist these Plum Street Samplers hares.  :o)  I finished stitching "Hare's Lucky Day" and made a hanging pouch.  I still think it needs a little something more along the bottom so I plan to make another pair of yo-yo's to put on the bottom corners.  I have been looking for some pretty dried or silk flowers to put in it but haven't found the right ones yet.  Maybe I can do that this weekend.  I changed the color of the bunnies to white and used a green in place of ecru on the little girl's dress.

I hope you are all having a good week.  I have lots more to blog about but haven't had the opportunity to take pictures, maybe that can happen this weekend too.  I have lots to do this weekend including working 1/2 day on Saturday.  Taxes, FAFSA, cleaning, sewing, stitching.......wish me luck!