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Sunday, July 31, 2011

TUSAL

Here is my ort jar for the 2nd TUSAL post of July. 
Lots of orts from the Birds of A Feather Mystery Sampler in there.  :o)  I am stitching along although slowly.  For the past week I have been experiencing some pain in my right index finger down into my hand.  I suspect it is from stitching as that is my needle hand but I am so close to finishing this sampler I just refuse to stop.  Have any of you ever had this to happen? 

Today was a banner day for me as I found out I won a Go! Baby cutter and 3 sets of dies on Amy's blog.  I am stoked!  I am already imagining the wonderful things I can cut and sew with this little jewel.  Thank you to Amy and the AccuQuilt company.  I can't wait to get it in my hot little (sore) hands!   Maybe I'll give my stitching fingers a rest when it arrives.  :o)

Sending warm(perhaps cool would be better) wishes to all of you for a wonderful week ahead!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bird Brained!

Hello dear friends!  I have birds on the brain...and in my sewing room too. 

I "jazzed" these up a bit with a safety pin on the wing and a little charm. 

And...


I'll just bet...

you can guess...

what kind of bird is next!



Bwahahahaha!   I do wish my camera photographed red a little better as the wing really isn't the dayglo color this photo suggests.  It probably doesn't help that when I take my camera from the cool environment inside to the heat and humidity outside, the lens is immediately fogged over.  I have to wipe off the condensation and wait for the cool lens to acclimate before I can get a pic that isn't just a blur.  I just had to alter the pattern a little to make the little bird look more like my favorite.  :o)

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend and staying cool!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Woefully behind

Hi dear friends!  I am soooo behind in my blog reading and commenting I don't know when I will ever catch up.  There just aren't enough hours in the day to do all that I want to do. 

Our tomatoes and cucumbers (and weeds) are coming in fast and furious.  It is amazing how many cucumbers I have already harvested from one $1.59 plant.  Just this evening I picked 7 cucumbers and 6 tomatoes and will have at least that many ready to pick again tomorrow.  I sure wish some of you lived nearby so I could share the bounty. 

Stitching continues on the Mystery Sampler - I can taste a finish coming soon.  :o)  Oh and I managed to add LHN's Summer Garden and By the Bay's Stitch an Inch Summer and one of Donna's beautiful pendant fobs to my stash because you know I don't have enough to stitch already.  (It's an addiction I tell ya! And yes I was too lazy/tired to go take a picture of these beauties.)

I needed a little sewing fix this weekend and managed to sit down in the sewing room for a few hours and finish this:

Isn't she cute?  The pattern and tutorial can be found on the DIY Dish website.  I can see several of these in my future.

That's all I have for today.  I do hope to find time to stop by your blogs soon where I know I will be tempted, inspired, and enabled by all your beautiful work.  Stay cool out there and thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thank you!

I really appreciate all the lovely comments you left on my last post showing my progress on the Birds of A Feather Mystery Sampler.  Those comments make me want to stich more pretty things - you keep me motivated and for that I thank you.  And...did you see?  Brenda Gervais her very self stopped by and left me a comment.  How did she even know this little ole blog existed?

While I am waiting for Part 3 to arrive in my mailbox (along with a few other things I couldn't resist, ahem) I decided to stitch up this little Shepherd's Bush freebie.

I thought it quite appropriate for this time of year, don't you?  I have a little different idea for finishing this one up - will have to see if I can make it work.

I hope your week is going well.  Stay cool out there my friends!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Part Two Complete!


With a pair of Cardinals!  I attempted to make one of the cardinals look more like the coloring of a female - I think I did okay.  :o)  I used 3 different greens for the leaves on the tree to give it a little more interest. I am thinking I may make the final bird look more like an Eastern Bluebird since I have never seen an Indigo Bunting nor do I think they live here in the South.

Part 3 is now on order and I am surprised to say I may be sad to see this one end.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Bird Of A Different Feather


I think this one suits me a little better.  :o)  What do you think?

I am coming down the home stretch to part 2 and realized I haven't ordered the chart for part 3 yet.  Guess I should get busy placing an order.

We finally got a break in the weather this weekend - the humidity is low and it is much cooler.  My garden is yielding 3-5 cucumbers a day and we picked our first tomatoes this week.  Ahhhh, gotta love summer.

Friday, July 15, 2011

I Need Your Help



I NEED YOUR HELP!

I'm going behind bars for "GOOD"

PLEASE HELP BAIL ME OUT!

(Lola isn't going but she can't stand to be away from her Momma for very long.)

Mendy - a co-worker and friend -  on the other hand is my "partner in crime" and will be going with me.

I was nominated to be "locked up" to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  This event is held in communities all over the United States.  I will picked up at work by a "jailer" this coming Thursday and taken to the lock up at an undisclosed location.  I can remember growing up watching the Jerry Lewis telethon.  Back in the days before cable and satellite TV it was shown on all 3 of the major networks and was the ONLY thing on the television that day.  :o)  I seem to remember it always being broadcast on Labor Day - when everyone was home from work and school.  My mother and grandmother would sit and watch it for hours and hours. 
Your donation is my key to our freedom! Even a donation of $1 adds up and helps these children in need.  Be proud of the fact that together we're providing help and hope to kids and adults served by MDA in our communities.   You can read more about this event and access the secure donation site here.

Any help you can give me would be very appreciated!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Determining a winner

I sorted through all the comments and guesses as to what would be in the final part of the Mystery Sampler.  The guesses included birdhouses, bird nests, bird baths, fledglings, a tree with fruit, a feeder, hearts, a piano, and a house.  It seems that we were all surprised by the sheep!

Amy, Carol F, and Catherine correctly guessed a house so I put those 3 names on a slip of paper and placed them in a bowl.  And the winner is...........................


Amy!
She will be receiving this coordinated set consisting of a large and small Maggie bag and a Wonder Wallet.

 And just because I am going to send this Wonder Wallet to Carol.
 And Catherine is going to be a winner too!  :o)

Ladies, if you will please email me with your addresses I will get these out to you. 

Thanks to everyone who played along.  I really enjoyed reading all your comments and imagining all your guesses.  :o)  Now get back to that stitchin'!  LOL

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Vacation Over :o(

I am in the final hours of my vacation and I think I need another week!  Isn't that always the case?  I did no sewing, very little stitching, a lot of reading, a lot of resting and basically doing nothing at all.  It was really nice.  We did take a quick trip to Carolina Beach and spent one day on the beach.  It rained the next day so we visited the Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the Civil War Museum and found both very interesting and entertaining.  I really, really missed my furbabies and I think that is one of the reasons we don't go away more often.  I couldn't wait to get back home although we had only been gone 3 days!

Did you see?
Isn't it fabulous!?  I love the house, the little sheep, and the grassy hill with flowers - such a pretty finish to this sampler.  I know a few of you guessed a house for the drawing - give me a day or two to get my act back together and I will draw a name and announce the winner.  Oh, and I guess I will announce what the prize will be too.  :o)    I am almost finished with the tree and all the leaves in part 2 and have only a bit of the alphabet and the birds left to stitch.  I am planning to "change up" the birds a bit - I wonder if you can guess what I will do with them?  ;o)

 I hope you all had a great weekend and I am wishing a wonderful week ahead for each of you!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Staycation!

Today is my 2nd day of a glorious 9 days off work and I have done nothing!  Oh, I have stitched a little and visited blogs a little and read a little but mostly I have been sitting on my butt doing nothing.  I have to say it feels good.  :o)  Work has been grueling the past few weeks and I really needed a break.  I have big plans for this week - don't know if any of them will happen but I am okay if they don't.  Maybe tomorrow I will be a little more motivated.
I am a little late but here is my TUSAL for July.  Lots of Mystery Sampler threads there.

I have some exciting news to share.  Berit has started her own design company Jaunty Fox Designs and is having a great giveaway and is sharing her first design with all of us.  I just love the design (it's Halloween after all) and her model is fabulous.  Please head on over and check out her blog and her first design.  You won't be disappointed.  I believe we can all look forward to more great things to come from this talented new designer.

I hope all of you here in the states have a wonderful Independence Day!  I am planning ribs on the grill with fresh corn on the cob, marinated cucumbers from my garden, and who knows what else might make it on to the table.  (That is, if I can get off my rump long enough to cook it!  LOL)