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Sunday, December 30, 2012

An unexpected finish

I really didn't expect to have another finish in 2012 but I found myself in my stitching spot on Christmas Eve with nothing ready to stitch.  I had planned for this to be my New Year's start:

Lizzie Kate Inspiration Boxer
BK35 - Not all of us
 As you can see, it didn't make it to 2013.  :o)  I am thinking of using the homespun you see to border it and then frame it.  What do you think?  Now I have to come up with something else for my New Year's start.

Speaking of 2013 - what are your stitching plans for the New Year?  I am trying to come up with a list of some medium sized projects I would like to complete this year.  "Not all of us" was one of them.  With Thy Needle's "Bird Pinkeep" is on the list as is Notforgotten Farm's "Halloween Queen".  I would like to do another good sized sampler but nothing is really striking my fancy right now.  There will surely be lots of smalls on the list and I would like to reaffirm my somewhat scattered intentions of stitching one Christmas ornament a month and finishing up all of the LK Halloween rules.  Perhaps I will try to dig through my stash in the next few days and make an unofficial list.

I decided to wander down the Christmas aisles at Wal-Mart this week and happened upon these beauties:
Aren't they fabulous?  I believe they will make a nice addition to my little primitive tree next year.  They are made of tin and were 1/2 price.  I couldn't resist.
 
It is quite chilly here today and is supposed to be cold tonight so I made a big crock pot full of
Taco Soup.  Delicious as soup today and will make wonderful burritos for dinner tomorrow.
 
Thank you for stopping by.  I enjoy all your visits and comments.  Have a great week and may 2013 bring you good health, happiness, and a gorgeous stitching finish or two!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Last ornie of 2012

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on the little designs I shared.  I would love to see pictures if any of you decide to stitch them. 

Last night I finished up the last Christmas ornament I plan to stitch this year.
Design by Victoria's Sampler from the JCS 2012 Ornament Issue
 
 
I had my own little Christmas celebration Sunday Morning before anyone else in the house was awake.  I had received a few gifts that I had postponed opening.
 
From dear Carol  this beautifully stitched and finished ornament.  I just love everything about it.  She also sent along that cute snowman magnet, delicious chocolates, and red jingle bells.  Thank you so much Carol for making my Christmas extra special.

 
Then from Maureen  this special golden birds nest.  I just love the tradition that goes along with this and I couldn't ask for a more wonderful gesture of friendship. 



And last but certainly not least, from Shirlee the most beautifully stitched and finished primitive pillow I have ever received.   The details are just perfect - from the natural twine to the rusty pin and jingle.  Shirlee, your finishing is awesome!
 
 I was thrilled with all of my gifts but most importantly, I am truly blessed with your friendships.

Back to the grind for me tomorrow.  I am hoping for a stress free end to the week.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Gift For You

My "theme" this holiday season has been one of Peace.  I used this word in the stitchy gifts I gave to friends and family this year and to me that simple word speaks volumes.  I wish that I could send each and every one of you a little something to let you know how much I appreciate your comments, kind thoughts and encouragement.  Since I realize that is impossible I would like to share with you my two little designs in the hopes that you might decide to stitch them up and find a little peace yourself while doing so.


(Click to enlarge, then right click to save to your computer)
 
Sing along with me, won't you?

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be!
With God as our Father, brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.
With ev'ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment, and live each moment in peace eternally!
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!
~~Lyrics By Sy Miller and Bill Jackson

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lunch Ladies

Today Chris and I met for lunch and our Christmas gift exchange.  We had lots of catching up to do and enjoyed a wonderful lunch while doing so.  I am so fortunate to have "found" Chris and quite honestly feel as if she is a part of my family.  She also spoils me rotten!  Let me show you...

 
First is this beautifully stitched and finished ornament.  I admired this one when Chris was stitching it and now it is mine, all mine!  I love bargello and the gold trim gives it the perfect amount of bling.  Then there was the most adorable little cardinal I think I have ever seen.  Both of these are already on my tree and I have had to stop and re-admire them several times today.

 
As if those two weren't enough, she also gifted me with this wonderful mug made by a local pottery, the cute mesh stitching bag, Christmas tissues, and the 100th Anniversary Whitman's Sampler Tin.  I sure don't feel deserving of all these gifts but I really appreciate and treasure each and every one.
Thank you Chris!
 
Wishing all my friends and followers the most wonderful holiday and I hope that you have a friend like Chris in your life too!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Four More Sleeps

Hello friends!  Only 4 more sleeps until Christmas - are you finished with all your preparations?  I am and I plan to relax this weekend and perhaps sneak in some quality stitching time.

I want to share with you a couple of delightful gifts I received in the mail this week.

First from Faye this sweetest of ornaments:
 
Isn't this just the sweetest little thing?!  And it is finished to perfection.  Thank you so much Faye, a true treasure to add to my tree.
 
And this package arrived from dear Vera:

 
Do you see those tiny wool baskets?  She knits and felts those herself.  Cute as a button they are.  She also treated me with some stitching needfuls - wonderful scissors, needles, a charm and oh look!   A cardinal tin to hold it all.  Thank you so much my friend.
 
I finished up what will be my last 2 Christmas ornaments this year.

 
This is my own design finished into a little pillow ornament.  Some of you may recognize the design as I stitched it as gifts to some of my friends this year.

 
I also finished this little primitive angel.  This sweet design is by Pam from Our Pioneer Homestead.
I finished it as a pillow ornament, trimmed it with Victorian Motto chenille, and experimented with a prim button/wool tassel.  I am hoping to stitch several prim ornaments over the next year and decorate my smaller tree in the primitive style.
 
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Paints, quilts, and treats

Last night we had our Christmas gathering at work.  We decided to do something a little different this year.  We gathered at a place called Wine and Design where we proceeded to paint a portrait of our pet.  Some of you may recall that I did a portrait of Lola this past September at another studio.  For this portrait I chose to paint my old girl Glitter.
I think she was more difficult to capture in paint than Lola.  We had a great time and felt we went home with a treasure.  We were also gifted a wonderful tote from Land's End.
 
Since today was a rainy, dreary one I decided to finish up this little Christmas quilt.

 
I have had these hourglass blocks cut out for a couple of months and just kept getting distracted when it came to sewing them up.  I really like the primitive look and it is already hanging on the wall by my small Christmas tree.
 
The mail this week brought a couple of treats.  :o)

 
Mindi sent a lovely Christmas card and inside it were these lovely gold pins.  They look so elegant and fitting for the season.  The fabric postcard is from Norma.  I always look forward to her Christmas cards.  The picture doesn't capture the mica flakes on his beard and cuff - they add so much pizazz.

I hope you are all finished with your shopping and such and can sit back and relax in these final days before Christmas.  I still have a lot to do but I refuse to get stressed about it.  If it gets done...fine.  If it doesn't...it will get done eventually.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.  Please say a prayer for those families in CT.  I have been thinking of them all weekend.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Firestarter

Hello dear friends!  I hope you are all well and enjoying the spirit of the season. 

I have been experiencing a spirit of another sort.  This could be me at any given moment of any day:

 
Remember her?  It's the little girl from the movie Firestarter who is able to make things spontaneously combust.  Well in my case, I am the thing that is about to spontaneously combust.  I am speaking of hot flashes only in my case they should be called ohmygoshhelpmeIamseriouslyburningupabouttodiesweatingcan'tbreathe flashes!
And at the exact moment that my body temperature reaches 5498 degrees my husband decides that is the perfect moment to either tell me how much he loves me or ask me where I put whatever thingamabob he happens to be searching for at the time.
 
And in that next moment when my body temperature has dropped to 5497, I become her:
 
 
Please keep him in your thoughts.  I don't know if he is going to come through this menopause thing unscathed!
 
On a happier note I attended a wonderful Christmas breakfast Saturday morning with The Piedmont Heritage Sampler Guild.  It was great to see this talented group of ladies again.  Head over to our blog and see what a lovely group we had.  I am already looking forward to our next meeting.
 
I also managed to deck these halls on Saturday evening.  If our temps would drop below 70 degrees now it might just start feeling a little like Christmas here.  I do love putting up all my decorations and my DH and sons always tell me how pretty everything is.
 
I have been doing lots of finishing lately and most of those were gifts so I don't have a lot of stitching to show.  I did manage to chart out a little snowman and finish up another of those cute little sleds.  I added a little dimension to him by using tiny little buttons and a floss scarf. 

 
Perhaps I was trying to subliminally "cool down"?  ;o)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Already???

Hello dear friends!  I just can't believe December is here.  Our temps were in the upper 60's today - sure doesn't feel like December.

I had big plans to drag out the Christmas tree and decorations and deck the halls today but Mr. Big Bad Migrane came to visit and the hall decking didn't happen.  I did putter around and finished a wee ornament.

Sled and pattern from dixiedarlin.com

After seeing these little sleds on several blogs I just had to get some of them and start stitching.  They are just the cutest things and will make a nice addition to my tree.

Earlier today while doing some mindless surfing I started looking at trencher bowls.  Looking at them and seeing the prices reminded me that I had a couple of unfinished wood bowls given to me by my mother years ago.  Out to the storage building I went.  Luck was on my side and I found one of them in the very first box I opened.  A bit of Briwax and a lot of elbow grease later...



I can already see it filled with some greenery and a couple of prim pin pillows for Christmas.  :o)

Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments.  Wishing you a headache free week ahead!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Merry

I finished my "Merry & Bright" ornament and since Maureen said she was trying to put together a collection of stitched ornaments when she won my giveaway, I sent it off to her.  I chose a simple pillow finish with a pretty corded trim.

 
I finished this several weeks ago but since it was a gift I couldn't show it until now.
(Photo borrowed from Chris' blog because I am a dork and forgot to take a picture.)

 
I designed a little piece which incorporated her initial and made it into a pendant using a pocket watch case found in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby.  I added a little pizzazz with a heart and key charm.  :o)
 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I wish you bounty and blessings and good times with family and friends.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Road Trip!

Today Chris and I headed down to Lone Star Merchantile for their Christmas open house.  We met a friend of Chris's there (Hi Susan!) and let the browsing and shopping commence.  They had lots of neat prim Christmas things, fabrics galore, and as always the staff was very helpful and friendly.  I dorked out and didn't take a single picture inside the shop.  They have several pictures posted on their blog which are much better than any I would have taken so head on over there and have a look.

I did manage to get this picture of Chris while we were there.  We were also having a belated birthday celebration since we were unable to meet up before her special day. 
I didn't tell her but I want that orange shirt she's wearing.  :o)
 
Afterwards we had a wonderful lunch and I really enjoyed talking and laughing with Susan and Chris.  Time spent with like minded ladies is just priceless!
 
Wanna see my goodies?

 
Hand dyed wool, tarnished tinsel, rusty jingle bells, and several cuts of fabric made their way into my basket. 
 
Even though we were celebrating Chris's birthday she gifted ME with this cute little Christmas kit. 

 
Well, it has been a long day friends and since this came in the mail today...

 
I think I'll settle down for a bit of reading before I toddle off to bed.
 
I hope your Saturday was as wonderful as mine!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Parting

Goodnight sweethearts, well it's time to go.
 
 
Goodnight sweethearts, well it's time to go.

 
I hate to leave you but I really must say...

 
Goodnight sweethearts, goodnight.  :o)


"It's okay mom, I know those Christmas ornaments are in here somewhere."

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Sampler Story

On April 21st of this year the Piedmont Heritage Sampler Guild held their 2nd meeting and the program was entitled "Carolina Girls".  Chris gave a presentation about samplers that were stitched in North and South Carolina and challenged us to find out more information about our town and investigate if there were academies for girls there long ago. 

I have never been a history buff.  It was my least favorite class in school.  Perhaps it was due to the fact that the football coaches at my high school always taught history and most of the attention in class went to the pretty cheerleaders.  But, this had me intrigued.  Was there anything like that in my tiny little town or anywhere nearby?

After several hours of research I did find pictures online of a very few samplers from North Carolina.  I then decided that I needed to make sure that 100 years from now someone could find a sampler about North Carolina that was stitched by someone in North Carolina.  It became my mission.  So I went online to my usual haunts in search of a pattern.  I found a few, but none that were of a style that appealed to me and none that were really a traditional sampler.

Now, some of you know how I sometimes get a "bee in my bonnet" and nothing will suit me except to attempt to achieve whatever it is that I am passionate about at the time.  I am not an artist.  Most of my drawing is limited to stick figures or finding a coloring book page and working from there.  I am not a designer.  Although I have a pretty good sense of color and design, I don't consider design one of my strong points.  But, these things weren't going to deter me as that bee kept buzzing around my head and I just couldn't get rid of it.

I remembered a disc that I picked up from the clearance table at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago for $1.54 that had cross stitch motifs on it.  It was by Kooler Design Studio and had lots of cutesy summer motifs on it.

What really got my attention about this disc is that upper left corner.  See where it says "Includes Pattern Maker Starter Level"?  Well I remembered that I had this in a drawer somewhere and went off in search of it.  It was promptly loaded on my computer and off I went.

I knew that I wanted to include all of the usual North Carolina symbols such as our state flower, bird, tree, and motto but I also needed to include some of the traditional sampler motifs.  In addition, I wanted to include some things that were meaningful to me.  I also wanted to make sure it was a manageable size as I just can't stick with those big projects that take years to complete.  Neither did I want to spend a lot of money on supplies or on having it framed. 

So after several hours on the computer learning how to use the design software and several months of stitching, here is my sampler.


"Miss Carolina"
designed by me!
36 ct Tree of Life Linen/DMC floss

She was designed to fit in a standard 8x10 frame and uses DMC floss.  I think she could have benefited from using overdyed floss in places such as the house and grass but again, I didn't want to add to the cost.  As you can see, I included my beloved cardinals, a dogwood border, pine trees, the NC flag, our NC motto, as well as some things that just have to be on a sampler in my opinion such as an alphabet, numbers, and a house.  For me, just because I like them, there is a dog and a cat, birdhouse, a key, and a crown.  I must say I am quite proud of my sampler and just thrilled that she is already hanging in a prominent place in my home.

So...100 years from now when someone like me decides to do some research (heaven help us if there is another like me), it is my hope they will find this sampler or a picture of it and know that needlework was alive and well in North Carolina in 2012.

P.S.  A thank you has to go out to Chris for putting this "bee in my bonnet".  :o)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Winner!

I would like to welcome my 5 new followers.  I now have 205!   Thank you all for stopping by my little corner of the web.

 I just have to show you this ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby today.

Isn't it fabulous!  Oh, and it was on sale too so I spent all of 2 quarters on it - so I bought 2 rolls.  LOL  It's the little things that make me smile.

Now without further ramblings from this peanut gallery, the winner is Maureen of Maureen's Mountain of Stitching.  Maureen I will be contacting you via email so we can decide what I should make for you.

I decided to choose a 2nd winner to receive a little surprise from me and that person is Kaye of Kitten Stitching.  Kaye, if you will please email me your snail mail address.

I wish I could send you all something.  Stay tuned, I plan to have a little Christmas themed giveaway in a couple of weeks.

Enjoy your Sunday and for those of you who do, don't forget to turn back your clocks tonight. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's Friday!

Yipee!  I hope you all had a great week and have something fun planned for the weekend.  My thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by Sandy and I pray that recovery is fast.

I managed to complete a little stitching this week.

"Love" by Lizzie Kate
36 ct linen/DMC floss
Finished as a flat ornament
Then I saw Edgar's post about Erynne's SAL and you know I just had to stitch up this block right away.  :o)   

Designed by Erynne at Stitcheree
 
My plans are to add some lace trim and finish this as a little pillow ornament.  I hope to spend some time at the sewing machine this weekend as I have some finishing to do on Christmas gifts.
 
Thank you for your wonderful comments on my previous post.  I appreciate each and every one of them.  You are all so encouraging and inspiring.
 
Don't forget...if you are a follower I am having a giveaway and will draw a name tomorrow.  You can find all the details here.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Why must one have a title anyway?

Hello friends!  Whewie!  Is it evermore windy here in NC today.  I went outside to take a few pictures and it felt like the hair was going to blow right off of my pointy head. 
 This little guy looked like he was hanging on for dear life.  I just love how he is all hunkered down on the fence.

I did a little finishing this morning.  Here is the 4th Lizzie Kate Halloween Rules ornament.  I was supposed to have all 12 of them finished by now.  You know what they say about the best laid plans doncha?  This will be the last one for this year as I am pretty much in full on Christmas stitching mode now.  I'll start back on them in January and hopefully finish them all in 2013.  (I heard you laughing!)


I finished the Plum Street Samplers piece into a simple pillow.  I auditioned several trims but in the end just decided to add a button to each corner and call it done.  This will be a nice addition to my Thanksgiving mantle display.


I just noticed I now have 200 followers!  Thank you all so much for visiting my little corner of the web.  I really appreciate all your encouragement and friendship.  I do believe a little giveaway is in order.  How about I stitch or sew a little something just for the winner?  If you would like to be included, please leave a comment on this post.  You must be a follower of my blog as this is a giveaway for my followers only.  I will draw a name next Saturday and then get busy making something especially suited for the person who wins. 

Wishing you all a fabulous week!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Fun Friday

Hello friends!  Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with Vera and her friend Leslie for some lunch and socializing.  Vera doesn't have a blog but I know many of you "know" her from her comments on your blogs.  Here she is preparing to enjoy lunch at David's Restaurant in Asheboro.


After lunch, we wandered around downtown Asheboro for a bit of shopping, chatting, and just having fun.
I introduced her to the mosquitos we have here in the South:


And warned her of the dangers of runaway trains.  :o)

Isn't this mural fabulous?!  The light is a real, working light on the side of the building.

I don't know what it is about us stitchers but we always have to come together bearing gifts.  Vera gifted me with one of her fabulous knitted and felted wool bowls and this beautiful bird hook. 


And I made for her this little pillow.

"Treasured Friend"
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
Unknown blue linen/Victorian Motto flosses


I have said it before and I will say it again, there is just nothing better than fun times with friends!

My thoughts and prayers are with those of you on the east coast who are in the hurricane's path.  I hope you are all prepared and will stay safe and sound.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Boo!

Isn't this card from Norma fabulous!?  It just made my day to open the envelope and see these googly eyes.

We have been enjoying a glorious fall weekend here in NC.  I love fall but I do not love seeing all those leaves swirling around and landing in my yard.  Sigh....there is lots of raking in my future.

I did a bit of finishing for Chris recently and since her stitching is so dang pretty I just had to share them with you.  (She has already shared on her blog)

A little pillow with chenille trim.

A jar wrap.  I honestly don't know how Chris makes such tiny little perfect stitches.  My claws just can't do it.  And I just love the candy corn button she used on this one.

A larger pillow with some cluny lace trim and a button.  I left this one open so Chris could stuff it.  I do believe this is one of my most favorite Halloween designs.  I stitched it last year and finished it as an ornament for my Halloween tree.

Now, lest you think there has been no stitching going on here...I present to you a finish!

"Give Thanks"
Plum Street Samplers Freebie
32 ct raw linen/DMC floss

I haven't decided how I will finish/finish this one yet.  I have very little to display for Thanksgiving and this will make a great addition to my decor this year.

Thank you for stopping by!  I am off to enjoy this beautiful day.