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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunny Sunday

Hello dear friends!  Thank you for your wonderful comments on my last post.  I am woefully behind on email responses so please forgive me if I didn't reply.  I do appreciate each and every visit.

Our North Carolina weather has been crazy with a capital C.  It was 60 degrees here and beautiful Friday.  Almost like an early spring day.  This is the view outside my door yesterday morning:


It snowed all day long.  The temperature rose a bit so all of it melted but it sure made for a great day to stay inside and stitch.  Today dawns bright and sunny but very windy and cold.

I managed to finish up this little beauty:

With Thy Needle
Valentine Sampler - Pin Pillow
I used 40 count LL Vintage Tundra as it is the only other 40 ct fabric I own.  (Thank you again Catherine!) It has lovely blue undertones and since I was a bit weary of the red I substituted GAST Blue Jay floss.  I think it makes for a more spring like finish.

Now I hope you all know with your encouragement you may have created a monster.  I don't know what the problem was before but now I absolutely love stitching on 40 count fabric.  Of course I discover this just when I have built up a little stash of 28 and 32 count fabrics.  :o)

I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable Sunday.  I can't believe the season finale of Downton Abbey is tonight.  Whatever will we find to amuse ourselves until it returns?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Be Mine :o)

Hi friends!  I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day. 

I do have a couple of Valentine finishes to show you.

Plum Street Samplers
Valentine Stocking Freebie
 
I chose to personalize this piece with the year DH and I were married as well as both of our initials. The background fabric was used as the backing for the stocking.  This is such a sweet little design - thank you Paulette!
 
With Thy Needle
Valentine Sampler - Thimble Box
 
Please excuse the awful photo - it has been very dreary here today.  I decided to trim this little one with some Victorian Motto chenille.  It is mounted on the small candy box.  Another sweet design and oh so easy to finish up on the box.

I hope you get to spend some time with your loved ones tomorrow and eat a chocolate...or two!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Happy February!

Like many of you I am wondering what happened to January.  Time just flies, doesn't it?  I feel I am off to a good start.  :o)

Yesterday I put on my heavy coat and ear muffs then headed outside with my Briwax to "age" these:
 
I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and found the perfect scrapbooking paper for the inside.


 Look Carol F. - chickens!



I finished the stitching but didn't have any walnut crystals for ageing so I did the next best thing and gave it a spray of some coffee.  The results were very subtle but I liked the result.  I can't tell you how nervous I was about staining the piece after stitching.
 

 
I mounted the stitching,  rounded up some Victorian Motto lace trim and voila!




 
As you can see I didn't use the candy box for this one.  I had this paper mache heart boxed stashed away and although it isn't a perfect fit for the stitching, I like that it is a bit larger and deeper.  More room to hold all my love letters, right?!
 
And I still have these waiting in the wings for their chance on stage.  :o)

 
After finishing this up I noticed a glaring omission with my stitching.  :o(  See if you can spot my error.  I am such a dork sometimes!
 
Time to go start preparing my Super Bowl food - ribs, fries, and coleslaw.  Yum!