Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR

everyone. I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year.

What are your resolutions for 2011?
I'm not much on making resolutions, but I have decided to use what I have in my stash to stitch up this year. I have more patterns and projects that I can do in my lifetime, as I'm sure many of you do.Soooooo, unless I need a piece of fabric for a particular piece I'm going to use what I have.
I'm sure that will make hubby very happy, even though he is really good about that. He actually got me got a bit of things for Christmas, including 2 pairs of scissors. 

See you all in 2011!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I don't have anything to show, I've not got much done lately. My mother has been here for several weeks so needless to say not getting much stitching done.I was hoping to finish a couple of things by the end of the year so I could start fresh in the new year. Maybe, we'll have to see.

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2011

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Some Embroidery

I've started doing a little bit of embroidery lately, I found this cute design looking at different blogs and one lead to another and I found it here. I had to do it. Since Sophie is black I did the outline in black , gave her a pink collar and did the background in different pins.  I'm not sure how I will finish it, maybe a little cushion.

Then my granddaughter drew this and wanted me to embroidery it, I'm not sure if this is someone else's design or something she drew.It needs to be pressed yet. She picked out DMC's satin floss for me to stitch it in, I didn't really like it. It doesn't do well if you have dry hands. She hasn't decided yet how she wants to finish it.
 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

TU SAL

I'm late again in posting this, maybe next year I can get it on time,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Some More Sewing

My daughter-in-law was wanting a apron and I thought I could probably make one. Yeah, me, the one who is intimidated by the sewing machine. My husband and I went to a craft show a few weeks ago and a girl had some aprons that she had made, I looked but didn't see what I thought my DIL would like so skipped them. Hubby said you can make one as good as hers, why not make one for her. Duh, you forget I can't sew. Anyway...
it took longer than the normal person I'm sure but here is the finished apron. I just hope she likes it.
It's being wrapped up and  mailed today.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Finish & Exchange Received

I did another biscornu, this is  by Kitty & Me Designs.It is called Old-Fashioned Lazy Daisy Biscornu. It's a cute little finish














This is a biscornu I received from Bonnie in the Please Pass the Biscornu exchange.It's called O Morning Star by The Work Basket.I don't have any like this and I really like quilt patterns so this is very nice.   This is the last of these. I didn't receive two, one lady dropped out and the girl who started the exchange disappeared almost immediately after it all started.

I have a few other things going but forget to take pics of those when I have the camera out. Hopefully next time.

Friday, November 19, 2010

STITCH STARTER SLEEVE

Just finished up the stitch starter sleeve.I decided to stitch the Quaker Sleeve.It is Blue Ribbon Designs.
 There are five different designs to choose from

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Only A Week Late

in posting  my TU SAL . It is coming along good even though I haven't been much in the mood to do any stitching lately. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Belinda's Giveaway

Belinda at Samplings for a Blue Ribbon Girl is having a giveaway on her blog to celebrate her 300 followers.Go check out the beautiful sewing companions.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Getting Ready for Christmas

It's hard to believe Christmas is upon us. I decided to make stockings for my grandchildren this year. These four are for them, the two below are for my son and his wife. Now all I need to do is pack them up and send them to Alaska. My son is in the Air Force and current;y stationed there.
I have one granddaughter that lives close by so I have time to do hers. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bouquet For Cheryl

This was a SAL with Stitcher's Showcase that we started on  January 2010, and had the whole year to do.I just finished stitching it today. It is stitched on 28ct. antique white jobelan using DMC Color Variations #4200.Now I have to decide how I want to frame it.

My Hand at Sewing

I needed a couple of accent pillows for the  bed and thought I could make some even though I'm a little intimidated by the sewing machine. I've made a few things before, some you could tell what they were supposed to be some not. Anyway I found a pattern for pillows called Sewing For Dummies. I had been wanting a round neck roll pillow and it just happened to have one in it. It really was quite simple to make this one.I'm really happy with it.Now I just may try some others.
The picture is very good, I guess too much light. The bedspread is a misty jade color and it looks white in the pic.But the pillow looks good and hubby really liked it. That's always good.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Few FInishes

 This biscornu is from Classic Stitches magazine. It is called Honey Bees. It is stitched on 28ct. off white jobelan with the recommended threads. I put a flower bead in the center.   









This design is a freebie from Kreinik. I don't remember the name of it. I've had it stitched for  awhile but didn't know how I wanted to finish it.Finally decided to do as a box.


 And this is another one that has been stitched for awhile. I've seen other bloggers make these cute little pillows, so I decided to try my hand at it. I need some more practice at the sewing machine. It is a design by Elizabeth's Designs called Dragon III.




Friday, October 29, 2010

Another Exciting Mail Day

I won this as a door prize during the Make Mine Pink Shop Hop. This is from TresBelle Boutique. 
It is much prettier than the picture shows, I couldn't get a good shot . Go check out some of the boutiques sometime at Make Mine Pink. The have some nice ones.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mail Day & A Finish

I participated in a Humbug Exchange at  Stitchin Fingers and this is the humbug I received from Melissa. She couldn't find a pattern for a humbug,so she adapted a design from a band sampler. She didn't know that I really like the bargello look so I just love this little humbug. It couldn't be more perfect for me.It is such delicate stitching.

Also the Hand Embroidery group at Stitcher's showcase was doing a challenge on the stem stitch and I made this little ornament.It is a design by Bird Brain Designs. Most of the Redwork I have done is by using the back stitch. I think I like using stem stitch better.Anyway I need to practice my stitches on this more, I have a pattern for a pillow I want to make.

I have finally finished stitching all the biscornus for Please Pass the Biscornu exchange. The gal who started the exchange dropped out of sight early on and no one heard from her, then she closed the blog down so we all had to wing it. It was a little frustrating since that was my very first exchange.I'm told not all exchanges are that way.The humbug exchange went very well.
I'll try to remember to take some pics of my wip when I get the camera back out.

Friday, October 8, 2010

TU SAL






Well, I think I'm only a day late in posting my Tu SAL for this month. It's filling up pretty good.I've got just one biscornu to make for the exchange. It has not  been a good experience, for my first time exchanging.All the ladies I exchanged with were very nice, but the one who organized it seemed to disappear and no one has heard from her nor received a biscornu from her. Oh well, life goes on.

I'm working on a couple other things and I'll try to get some pics up soon.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sarah's Give away

Sarah over at craftymoo's is hosting a giveaway, go over and check it out. Looks like some great things.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Stash

 I just got some more new patterns. Not that I need any more things to start. I only have about 5 things going at once. It's always fun to get more. Where will I begin?

I thought I would try my hand at doing some Redwork as well, so I found these to do.I think I will start with the basket of flowers at the top. I may try to finish up a few pieces first before tackling it.

I got a couple of books about Crazy Quilting but forgot to take a pic of those. I would like to learn how to do that, too.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Well, Finally...

I have the house cleaned and something cooking for the company arriving this afternoon.I can finally catch my breath and relax a little.

I've had these two pieces stitched since 2009. Maryse did a Pin Keep SAL, and I finally got around to the finishing. They are March and April,  I put March on a box.  




Hohla designed this biscornu in August. I started it  then and got behind with everything that went on, so I have finally finished it. It is call Biscornu Butterflies. I used DMC variations #4090 and Ozark Sampler thread Cancun Sunset. I added seed beads and crystals also. Not my usual colors but thought it turned out nice. I really the the designs she comes up with.She is very talented.
 
  Well time to get some coffee and relax, maybe get a stitch or two in.








Hobbit Birthday Drawing

Edgar is having birthday drawing on his blog. Go over and check it out and don't forget to wish him a Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Why.....

do we spend hours or even days scrubbing and cleaning the house when we have friends and family coming to visit? By the time you finish cleaning you're so tired, you just want to have some quite time.  Then after they arrive in a matter of 10 minutes or so things are in chaos once again. And after they leave you spend hours and days cleaning up again. Sometimes I think it would be better to just leave it til after everyone goes home.  
 Anyway, that's what I'm doing this week and grocery shopping for family that is coming this week end.
 I would rather be in my chair stitching, seems I haven't got many stitches in so far this week.

Well, I guess I better get back to it, I have a few more floors to clean. Til later 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

TU SAL & A Biscornu

Well, it's been awhile since I've posted much. My husband had to go out of town for work so I decided to go with him, and then we were back a few days and got a call with a death in the family so we had to leave again. Now hopefully everything is getting back to normal. I didn't get any stitching done while I was away and I totally for got about the TU SAL. So here is my post for Sept.

I did this biscornu by Pine Glen Designs . It is called Garden Glory. I like the colors used, reminds me of spring. 

I'm doing a humbug exchange with the Stitchin Fingers group. This is the first humbug  I have done so I hope my partner likes it.I can't post a pic yet since I haven't sent it off yet. I will as soon as I can. 
I guess I'll try to get some more stitching done.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bonnie's Giveaway

Bonnie is having a giveaway for her 2nd blogaversary. Go check it out.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Panoply of Posies Biscornu

Panoply of Posies Heart Biscornu




This is a free design by Deborah Dick. I stitched it on 28ct. antique white joblean and used Valdani Over dyed Floss, color Nostalgic Rose with a glass bead in the center.  It is stuffed with crushed walnut shells.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Yesterday's Mail & TU SAL

I received this from Nita for PPTB. It is a french freebie and she used overdyed floss . It is very pretty.





Also I am very late in posting my TU SAL.It is getting fuller even though I haven't been posting pics. I have been doing the biscornus each month for the PPTB, I need to take some pics of the one that have been received .Another day since it is raining and cloudy and they would be so dark. I'm participating in another exchange, and I am stitching a humbug for this one. This will be my first to make. I'm also stitching a wedding sampler, will post progress pics later.    

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Birthday Giveaway

Jennifer over at Confessions of a Serial Starter is having a give away on her blog. Be sure to stop by and see.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blackwork Biscornu

This is called Blackwork Biscornu by Angie. Instead of doing it with black I used DMC color variations.
I put a flower bead in the center and stuffed it with crushed walnut shells.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Good Finds....

Since it was so hot my husband and I decided to go looking around at some antique shops yesterday. We drove over to Hartselle, AL. They had quite a few stores and I found this rocker. I love old chairs and rockers and we couldn't believe they only wanted $40 for it.It is in pretty good shape, not rickety like some we've seen.I put it in my front room and  hubby has been enjoying sitting in it. We'll have to see if I can get him out for some more looking one day.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Just a little late..

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 in posting  my TU SAL jar for July. There's a little progress but not alot of pics to show, since I'm still doing the biscornu's for Please Pass the Biscornu exchange. 









 I found this design at Rainbow Gallery.I t is charted needlepoint designed by Laura J. Perin Designs for Rainbow Gallery. I love all forms of needlework and want to learn needlepoint one day, (I can do some of the stitches) I decided to try this. I really enjoyed doing it. I decided to use what was called for in the pattern  because I really liked the colors, so I had to order the floss.  Now to decide how to finish it, whether to frame it or make it into a little cushion.Maybe even a box top.

I've got a couple of pieces in the works I need to finish and I am waiting on more threads to arrive to do another charted needlepoint design on there website.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

An Irish Giveawy

Micki over at Irish Muses is having a giveaway.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Contest Drawing

Pam is having a drawing on her site.She does awesome crazy quilting and she she designs cross stitch as well.Go check out her blog to see the great things she does.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Other Stuff

This is some of the other stuff  I do sometimes, so since I have been posting my cross stitch finishes and posting about some give-aways, I decided to show a few of the beaded ornaments I have made. These are all done using delica beads.The ornaments on the far right were made with seed beads. The Santa in the background is also beaded.These are just some of the ones I have made that I have.


This is called Crazy Quilt. It is also beaded using delica beads. I used a small frame I found at Hobby Lobby to frame it.

Flower Frog Giveaway

What a wonderful Flower Frog Giveaway. Follow this to see it.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rhodes ButterFly Biscornu

This biscornu was a freebie I found here. She has some great designs. I really like the way this turned out. I stitched it using Sulky Blendables thread and found some Mill Hill beads that matched it really well. I decided not to put a button or anything in the center. It is filled with crushed walnut shells.



I've always wanted to learn Hardanger, but when it came to cutting I was always afraid to do it. I might cut the wrong threads and so on. The online magazine The Gift of Stitching started a Hardanger course each month. I ordered the kit for it and have finished the first 3 classes. The pic isn't very good and I think I need to trim it a bit more, but all in all it turned out ok. It was much easier than I thought. The next ones may not be.  

A Fun Little Giveaway

A fun giveaway of this adorable little sheep floss separator! Go on over to Joanne's blog for a look!

Friday, June 25, 2010

My First

Blackbird Design. I really enjoyed stitching this.I will definitely look for other BBD to stitch now.
I used the recommended thread but the fabric was in my stash and I can't recall the color. I have others talk about using crushed walnut shells to stuff their things and it was suggested in the finishing instructions, so I was in the pet store the other day and found some. So this is stuffed with the walnut shells. I like the way it turned out. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Stitchin Fingers Card Exchange














I participated in a card exchange on Stitchin Fingers cross stitch group and this is the card I got from Gina. She lives in Australia. I sent to her,may take a few days to get there.I forgot to take a pic of the card I stitched for her. Maybe she will post a pic and I can get it from her.  This was my first card exchange and it went well, there wasn't many that signed up.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bargello Pincuhion

This was in the July 2010  issue of Cross Stitch& Needlwork and I have always wanted to learn to do needlepoint,so this is my first attempt at Bargello and I really liked it. My finishing skills are not the best, but hopefully will get better. I used DMC Perle #5 instead of the Kreinik Silk Mori that was suggested.
I stuffed it with poly fil.
I have read on other blogs about using crushed walnut shells and they seem to really like it. I will have to look for some and give it a try.

NeedleKeep

I had stitched this piece some time ago and forgot about it. I happened to find it the other day and finally finished it.It is a Lorri Birmingham Design titled Busy Bee Needle Keep.I still to get some matching ribbon for a bow.