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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I won!

Hello friends!  Ziggy thanks you all for your sweet comments on his photo from my last post.  :o)

I recently won a giveaway from June at Butterfly Wings and was just thrilled that it arrived in the mail yesterday.

Before opening:
 
And after:

 June really spoiled me.  She sent along this lovely stitched pin pillow as well as a 2014 pocket calendar, peony sachet, and the cutest butterfly with a length of ribbon.

 I can't decide which side is prettiest!

Thank you so much June for your kindness and generosity. 

If you haven't visited June's blog before you need to hurry over as it is a real treat.  I want to live in her garden.  :o)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Heat

Hello friends!  Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my little fall pillow finishes.  Who knew a little quilt block could make such a difference?  I will definitely be using those in some of my future finishes.  After reviewing your comments, I decided not to add any trim.  Like you, I like them just the way they are.

Peach season opened at our local orchard yesterday.
 
DH and I braved the 90 degree heat and 100% humidity to pick our share of the bounty.  We emerged soaking wet with sweat and 1/2 bushel of these lovelies.  I plan to freeze some of them today but just had to enjoy a peach cobbler last night.  :o)
 
On the stitching front:


 
I finally found some of the new blue Ball jars and couldn't wait to do something with at least one of them. I wanted the quart size but have only been able to locate the pints thus far.  I used the free candle wrap design that Sandra shared on her Plain & Fancy Merchant Blog and chose a golden yellow DMC floss.  I didn't have any fresh flowers to use so I had to settle for these fake ones.  A simple raffia bow and voila!  A cute summer centerpiece. 
 
I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing Sunday.  I will leave you with a little message from Ziggy for your upcoming week.  :o)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Switching Seasons

Hello friends and folk!  I am entering the last hours of my week long "staycation".  DH and I had plans to go to the beach earlier in the week, however, he tore a muscle in his calf.  He has been hobbling around for the past two weeks and decided that walking in the sand on the beach would not be conducive to the healing process.  So.....I have been stitching and sewing and pretty much doing a whole lot of nothing.  :o)  I have loved every minute of it.

After stitching along on some larger patriotic pieces, I needed a change of pace.  So I decided to do a little more of Christmas in July.  :o)

 
I first saw this piece on Carol's blog and just love how it looked with a black background.  I finished it as a little pillow ornament with a unique shape to suit the design.  This is a freebie by
Madame La Fee and you can still find it on her site.
 
As the title of my post says, I then decided to switch seasons.  I had stitched four of the charts from the Blackbird Designs book "Casting A Spell".  I originally intended to stitch them all and make the box as pictured in the book.  Wellllllll, since I am at liberty to change my mind I choose not to make the box and instead finish these as little pillows.  I want to make up lots of little autumn pillows to fill this gathering basket I found at Hobby Lobby.



 I thought mimicking the sawtooth star block that is in the design would add a whimsical touch.  For those of you who are quilters those sawtooth star blocks are 2 inches square!  Teeny tiny little flying geese went into making these.
 
This last one is my favorite.  I am still trying to decide if I am finished with these or if I want to add some chenille trim.  I think I will let them sit like this for a while.

Time to make my lunch for tomorrow and waddle off to bed.  The first day back after vacation is always rough so I am going to call it an early one tonight.  Thank you for your visits and your wonderful comments.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ho! Ho! Ho!

In a row, that is!  :o)


I was a bit weary of working on patriotic stitches so I decided to celebrate a little Christmas in July with this cute Lizzie Kate design.  It is stitched on 36 count Pearl Gray linen with DMC floss.  I trimmed the design with pom poms and then stitched it up into a pillow.  I just love the paisley fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.  The colors went perfectly with this design.

This little guy says "stay cool, ya'll!"

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Grungy



Snowmen!  I was tiring a bit of stitching on patriotic things so decided to change it up a bit.  These are grungy icicle snowmen ornaments.  Doncha just love that wee one with his ear muffs?!  These were embroidered, sewn up, stuffed, given headwear and trimmings, than spritzed with coffee and baked to grungy perfection.  :o)

I didn't have quite enough rusty jingle bells and pins so I decided to try my hand at rusting my own.  I just did a google search for rusting recipe, chose one of the non toxic recipes (without bleach) that I found and started "cooking".  Here is what the solution looked like when the magic was happening:
 It rises and bubbles like crazy!  And here are the (rusty) fruits of my labor:
 
Please excuse the quality of the pictures.  It has been raining here for 11 days!  The sun did manage to peek through for a couple of hours today but I can hear a downpour outside as I type.  I sure hope it doesn't rain all day again tomorrow. 
 
Okay, I am off to see what I can cook up next!