Sunday, February 22, 2015

Embers Found, and a couple of updates

Thanks to a friendly blogger, Lisa M. , I now have more HDF Embers thread and can continue on with stitching my Quaker piece. Which is what I did last night! First let me show you the package from Lisa, which had more than the Embers thread!

Besides the Embers spools, there were also two Exemplar August spools, which contain lots of green, which just HAPPENS to be the color I have chosen in my mind for the NEXT Quaker I do! Plus, a really really pretty card with a Cardinal on it, and CHOCOLATE!

Here is a closeup of the Exemplar August thread...

I HAD to do something to KEEP this beautiful card, and this frame is perfect! I had found it when thrifting, and MEANT to gift to someone, but it's MINE now! I LOVE THIS!

Here is the progress I made on Quaker 1. I cannot get a great shot, or edit it to show that the thread has red, purple, brown and a smidge of green in it... Maybe one day...

I worked a bit more on Tulip Garden this week, and here is my progress picture. I am very close to reaching the width of the piece.

This past week, we were basically snowed in... though, technically, it was ice on top of snow! Which put me in a mood to stitch a quick wintery piece... This is a freebie by SamSarah. Kinda cute... I think I will finish-finish it today.

Well, that is all for now! Been a great birding weekend, so pop on over to the blog to see!



Monday, February 16, 2015

ISO: HDF regular silk called Embers

Well, it's still winter isn't it? Brrrr... it is 19 degrees, feeling like 7 degrees. NOT my fave! So, I have been very flighty... guess it is winter doldrums. But I am moving from one project to another to another... I get bored after working on one, so move to another. And then I decide to start a NEW one... thus my post title.

I started a Quaker piece by Monasterium called Quaker 1. Using an R&R overdyed fabric called Olde Towne Blend. It's a really nice color, and so soft. I had this kitted up with a nice variegated thread called Embers by Vikki Clayton/Hand Dyed Fibers. Obviously, kitted for a while, since Vikki no longer does the silks. Not thinking about this, I progressed nicely... until I cut another length, and noticed that 5 yards isn't going very far! Oh no! I only have one skein!! So I am putting out the request... Does ANYONE have a skein or two of Embers??? Here is what it looks like:

And here is where I am on the Quaker piece... I COULD stop, and frog and use another color of thread... but I am holding out that someone will be able to swap or sell or whatever with me!!

I worked a bit on Tulip Garden... added pink to the mix, cause the gold wasn't working for me in some of the spots. Long ways to go, but it is a pleasurable stitch. I will finish it this year, and am planning to make a small quilted wallhanging with it. Won't that be pretty?

I've done some other stitching, but nothing to show. I am planning to sell off some stash soon. I was thinking to do it on FB but... do you think any of you followers would be interested? I could make a separate page and list them. What do you think?

That's it for now.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Turtle Trot Post for February 2015

Well, even though I have shown my progress on the Turtle Trot projects in earlier posts, I wanted to do an 'official' post to share progress... little as it may be!

Finished 'Song of Spring' by Blackbird Designs

Finished two more Lizzie Kate Double Flip Its ( Listen and Learn) --I think there are about six left!

And I worked a bit on Maryse Dupont's 2014 SAL

So, that's it... for those ten projects I picked...

However, I added another long project to my mix --a freebie that is similar to the Campfire one, in that reverse kind of way, but is on white. Have to admit, I keep checking and double checking myself on it! But it is going to be great! It is a freebie called White Snow that someone on FB was doing... here is a picture--not the best but all I got!

I have picked up the needle a few times, but... not much to show, so that is it for today.

It is rainy and cold here today, so no birding... I am off to sit and stitch actually!! Wow!



Saturday, February 7, 2015

Quick Update... more to come later...

A big Thank You to those of you who have inquired and prayed for my Granddaughter with the surgery on Monday. Just wanted to say she came through it well, according to the neurosurgeon. It took a shorter amount of time than usual, and the doctor said that was because the films and scans were so good, he knew just what to do. There have been some ups and downs in the recovery process and her discharge on Thursday, but she IS home and it is being worked out. The main problem is that when the pain becomes too great, she gets upset and very panicky. Time will take care of this, along with our prayers and the loving care of family.

Again, I want to thank you! Prayers move mountains!

(Unfortunately, I had to leave on Tuesday because I wasn't feeling well, and found I had pneumonia again (seems like at least once a winter I get this!). But no one is showing symptoms in NC so that is good! And I have started to feel better, so all is good!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A little bit of this and that...

January seems to be the month to hop around from one project to another. For me, it is a little bit of wanting to finish what is started for the NEW year, but then... I get the urge to stitch NEW things! Oh well... at least I am stitching a little bit!

First is my 'finish' of Sachet by Needlemania. Tho I loved the design years ago, my fascination to finish it is long past gone. So, I hemmed and hawed and decided to just finish the one row I was doing... I can figure out how to finish it for display... so, here is Sachet (abbreviated) stitched on 32-count R&R Woodlawn, using Crescent Colours Grasshopper thread :

Then I decided to work on one of last year's SAL's some more... The one by Maryse Dupont. Here are a couple of shots of my progress:

And then, I felt like stitching on something smaller in count, so I started a project on a really nice piece of 40-count linen, called French Vanilla Swirl... and I really like it! I just picked out some DMC favorites to use. This is Walk Humbly by My Big Toe Designs:

And my last little bit of stitching is a piece called Sew Gigi by my friend Carol, of iStitch Designs. It is over one on a piece of 25-count White Lugana, using one strand of Hand Dyed Fibers Baneberry-Light silk.

So I might get a little more done before the month is over, but I at least met my personal goal to work on smalls for the Smalls SAL 2015 --I think I have that covered in the last post and with my Sew Gigi, and maybe Walk Humbly.You don't have to FINISH one each month, just share... Plus I am working away on ten WIPs for the year for the Turtle Trot ... Doing good!

I will be going to stay with my eldest and her family soon, as their youngest has to have Brain Surgery to correct a Chiari Malformation. It is very serious, so I ask for your prayers for the very best results and strength for all of us as we wait and during recovery. Thanks so much!

Oh ,P.S. I posted again at Birding Devotee today! Hugs,


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Quick post with finishes and an addition!

It is getting late, and I want to go stitch... where DOES the time go! I have a few finishes to share with you...

I finished Song of Spring by Blackbird Designs finally!

Then I did two of the languishing Lizzie Kate Double Flips from days of old. I will lace them, so that I can pop them in and out of one frame. It has been a long time since I stitched one of these... and I have different tastes and methods. Decided I did not want the circle of teal blue on the Learn one... it looks great as is. Listen is not one of my faves, but when it is hanging, it will look fine.

I am currently working on finishing a part of an old BAP called Sachet by Marc Davis (Needlemania), a gifted stitcher and blogging friend. He influenced me in how I stitched my Rosemarkie, as he did his in purple thread, but on white fabric. And he was the first one that ever mentioned Woodlawn to me, and we almost met there one year... Consequently, when I was picking fabric for Sachet, my LNS owner/friend was helping me choose colors. I wanted to do it in green. She showed me a wonderful green fabric, and we played around with threads till I settled on Grasshopper by then-Crescent Colours. When she was cutting the fabric, I asked the name of it, and it was 'Woodlawn'! How apropos! I really don't want to stitch the whole piece anymore, so have decided to just do the top band. I am nearly done. Then I will finish-finish it somehow, so I can display it year round. It is a pretty, non-seasonal piece. I will probably post the 'finish' later this week.

Now for the addition... I started a NEW Blog. For Birding... It is called...drum roll... Birding Devotee !! Clever eh? Pop on over and see the latest snapshots I have taken. I will share pictures that I take every day of my birding buddies. I have the date setting on the pictures now, so I can keep them straight! Me and my camera are getting well acquainted! The Birding Devotee blog is a work in progress right now, as I configure the background, add stuff, etc., so come back and see what is happening from time to time, or put it in your reader so you will be notified when I have a new post. I appreciate your visits and comments!



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Something Interesting to Share...

Gee, I love it that some of you were intrigued by the fact that I had 'something interesting to share'... So, let me preface it first by saying... it's all about Birds!(If you don't care to read about birds, leave now, before you get sucked in--ha!!) I have loved watching birds, but my property is not especially conducive to doing this. I tried the side where our garden was, but it was too shady, the squirrels beat them to it, and eventually they stopped coming. I stopped for about a year... but... I still had the urge to watch them! So, last fall I took out the pole and a couple of my feeders, and put them at the corner of my house near the front. However, I did not ever see any birds there... and it was pretty darn hard to see the feeders there anyway... So, two weeks ago, I asked hubby to move the feeders to right in front of my office, as a last ditch effort. Well, that is a darn good spot! We have birds a LOT! I have to be careful about just walking in to my office tho, cause I startle and scare them away if they are eating. But, I have learned and have told everyone else in my house the same! So, location, location, location is the key! I have two mixed seed feeders, one thistle feeder and a suet cake. And here are pictures of my visitors:

First of all, the most prevalent birds to the seed feeders are House Finches. A group of them is called a 'development of finches'! The males have the red colors... And they ALL are very possessive and aggressive towards other birds!

But every now and then I see one or two American Goldfinches! In the Spring, they will be very bright yellow and black, but for now... they are a duller color combo. They don't stay long.

But occasionally I get a good shot.

And then, I started seeing these chickadees... At first I thought they were Black Capped Chickadees... but they aren't usually prevalent around our area. And these ones are more tan colored on their tummies. So, I searched and found that they are Carolina Chickadees... of course!!

At first I thought these birds were a different one, but found out that this is a female House Finch. We have LOTS of them visiting!

So, there are a few ground feeding birds around. This is one of them... And I have no idea what they are. They are bigger than a finch. Distinctive coloring on their feathers. Never go up to the feeders. Anyone have a name for them?

Another shot of the 'mystery bird'

And one last shot to help with ID.

And you can just IMAGINE my surprise and pleasure when this bird appeared!! It is a Red-bellied Woodpecker!! WooHoo! Did you see it in the background of the first Goldfinch photo above?? It chirps it's arrival, so if I am not watching... I know it is here because I hear it!

Here is how I found out it was a Red-bellied Woodpecker--see the red on it's belly?

I love seeing my Woodpecker!

It could be more than one visiting... not that good at comparing and such yet...

Another shot of the tummy...

Then I started seeing this little one, right after the Red-bellied one left, and I figured it was a juvenile, being allowed to go once mom or dad tested it out...

I did not see any red on it's head when I first started seeing this one, and was thinking it could be either be a Hairy Woodpecker or a Downy Woodpecker.

But TODAY I saw a spot of red on the back of it's head... Not able to catch a shot, but it is there...

So, it very possibly is a juvenile Red-bellied one.

Whatever it is, I sure am enjoying watching it at my suet feeder!

Well that is it for my 'Something Interesting'. I lead an exciting life, don't I? Ha!

If anyone can help with ID's, give me a shout here. I have to go study the differences between finches, wrens and sparrows now...

And I should finish the Blackbird piece tonite! Finally!!