Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Just popping in to send Christmas greetings...I am pretty backed up on blogging, but hopefully after Christmas, and maybe even before New Years, I shall get a post in that shows what I have been stitching and finishing!

Meanwhile, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Thanks for visiting!



Monday, November 13, 2017

November stitching and finishes so far...

Thought I would do a quick blogpost to show the finishes I have done and the finishing I have done. I intend to do more... of course! So, without further ado... let's begin!

First are finishes... I started the LK Holly & Hearts Sampler last month, and finished Part One last week. It went quickly... and here is a snap... Of course I have now done more, but I am not getting pictures today... it is quite dark. I count it as a separate finish.

Then I felt like doing some smalls...ornaments, etc... and finished two ornaments-to-be and one more Autumn small...

This is by Little House Needleworks, called Quaker Birds. I didn't stitch the entire design... didn't need the flourish or date on it... I used a random scrap of blue Aida fabric... 

 This is also by Little House Needleworks, called Tweet appropriately! Used a scrap of the French Vanilla by R&R that I am doing the LK Holly & Hearts on...

 And this is by Heart In Hand... can you guess the name of it?? :)  Again, used another scrap from the French Vanilla remnant. 

 Made this little one into a flat stand-up (I really don't know what it is called!). Used a really cute Autumn fabric on the back, and some rick rack I had dyed last summer... which works perfectly!

 After doing the layered finish for my Buddy's piece, I just HAD to do one for my own work! And this is what I came up with... The backing fabric is PERFECT, having the teal and orange colors in it! A funny story about doing the magnets... I measured where they should go, then glued them both and placed them. About two minutes later, I heard a 'click'... I briefly thought 'What was that?' and then went over to the board, and sure enough... the magnets had pulled themselves together!! Pretty strong!! I had a good laugh with that... and re-did them, putting something in between them to be sure they didn't slip again! It is hanging in my kitchen... Love it!

And I liked doing that finish so MUCH, I made Pumpkin Cottage a layered finish too! And I made sure to put something between those magnets!

This has been laced... but I admit... I still have to glue on a backing sheet. I promise I will do that after I finish blogging! Sure love the gold frame...

 And Daisy has been laced too... same stopping point, which will be remedied today. I really love this piece... Even tho it was a pain to stitch! Came out beautifully! Can't wait to hang it up!

So, that's it for today...Gotta do my Birding Blog next... But... before I go... Have another little story for you... I was looking in my framing stash for a frame, and picked up the smaller one from when we went to Maryland this summer. I had not yet removed the glass and picture, so thought I would do that while it was in my sights.... This was the picture inside the frame.

Typical print. But I thought it had cardboard behind it, because it felt 'thick'. So, I investigated, and found not one, but TWO photos behind this print! Huh?!?! Who does that?!? I feel so sad for this... someone didn't want the pictures?? Well, on the extremely OFF chance that someone knows this person... I am sharing the pictures. Nice looking young man... If you also feel sad, and wish to spread the pictures around, either grab them from here or I can send a copy to you. What are the chances of locating him? Who knows...

Well, that is all I have for today! Thanks for visiting!



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Stitching

Well, bummer... thought I would be doing this earlier this month... but... time got away from me! So, here I am... hurrying so I can get dinner done BEFORE the trick-or-treaters start! It's gonna be close!!

I stitched and finished about five pieces this month, and started a new, large one. Plus I did a bunch of finishing for my stitching buddy, because we were going to PA to meet with her family one weekend! She stitched SEVEN pieces for them!! So, without further ado... on to the stitching!

 This is a freebie by Alioka... I wanted a soft fall pallette... I just pulled out random overdyed threads... Love it! Into the finishing pile it goes!

 Harvest Alphabet, by Heart in Hand, over one on 25-count Lugana. Have not stitched on Lugana in quite a while. It went easy enough. Have no idea how I shall finish this. Yet.

Hey There Pumpkin by Hands on Designs. Loved this one! It is on a random piece of 32-count R&R called Glen Ellen.  I have a finish all lined up for this cutie!

 And this is a freebie by Snowflower Diaries I think... I THINK I know what I will do for finishing on this one too... but... we shall see...

I can't even remember who designed this, and cannot find the paper... Anyway, really cute and quick finish... Second one. I finished the first one (same fabric and thread) for my stitching buddy, and made a flatfold finish. Well, I followed Vonna's EXCELLENT tutorial, but... my life is full of interruptions. As I was finally putting it under a stack of books... I looked at it and realized that I had put it together incorrectly, so... the 'top' was on the side, and the strip that holds front to back was too! Note to self and others: Always double check each step before going further!! Always!! I was in a hurry by then... and did not! She said she loves it anyway... so sweet! :)

I started Lizzie Kate's Holly & Hearts Sampler from about 4 years ago! Loving it! I actually have lots more done now, but just didn't want to take another picture... I'm on a roll here!

This is a thrift store frame I got when we went to Maryland this summer. It is a perfect fit! Love it! 

So, my buddy stitched seven projects, for her family, and I finished them... She repeated two designs, using different colors of threads, and I coordinated the finishes. 

This one got a copper colored heart on the front, just to jazz it up! 

 Had great fun coordinating buttons to the pieces! But I am running out of my pins! I got them on EBay years and years ago... and I have looked but that company no longer exists. Sad face! 

 Here is the same piece in purples! Her favorite color! She actually came over to coordinate this one, with the buttons and all... Love it too!

Another cube finish...

This teal one is a flat finish, to be put on an easel. Used coordinating teal chenille and cute teal flower and heart buttons. There are pins all around the edges, to hold the chenille on... but they are orange, matching the tiny flowers on the stitched piece! Just another little fun flourish...

Found this frame at a thrift store... some days it just works out! 

The back...

And another thrifted frame. This one required a little work. It was quite an ugly whitish color, so  I found this black paint that had primer in it, so did that. Then roughed it up and put a finish on it. Also love this one! 

The back... different color!

 I have been wanting to try a finish like Priscilla does... ( and this is what I came up with! It can be a stand up easel, or it can be hung on a wall. 

Used pieces of sheet metal from Home Depot that my husband cut small for my use. Glued the metal onto the piece back, and Gorilla glued the magnets. I really like this!! 

 In fact, today I tried to get another one of those easel boards from Hobby Lobby, but they had none. Sad face! I'll check around...  

 This was the last finish... a seasonal Long-legged Bird cube. I think I have done about 6 of these now. They are for her Mom, who also came down, so she got two gifties! 

Again, used some of the buttons to embellish it...  

On the purple piece above, I knew that using white thread or my only other 'thread' of brown would not work for all those buttons, so I decided to do a little dyeing! And since I had a bit of dye that would get thrown out, I decided to dye this really ugly piece of mystery fabric I had lying around. It was a kind of ugly yellow-y green color. Not anymore!! At least THIS piece will now be used!! Wait for it!

 One of the things everyone wanted to do while we were in PA was go thrifting at the antique-y kind of thrift stores that seem to abound there. So we did, and I came across this really exquisite frame! It had an older, floral print on cardboard in it, which was not of any worth. But the paper on the back had a sticker on it that said 'Hollister, CA', so I HAD to buy it! I researched and that was where the piece was framed... see, it was karma! I don't yet know what might fit in it. IF nothing, then I shall stitch something appropriate! 

Picked up this little gold frame... I actually like the picture inside, but if I need it for a stitched piece... oh well! 

 This festive Fall towel called to me!

 We went to another shop, and I got these beautiful trims!! Each is about half a yard long...

 THIS stitched tea towel called to me!! See the price tag? HAD to buy it, and SAVE the stitches! So... I need your help! Does anyone SEE what is stitched here?? I cannot see what the stitching is supposed to be!! I would love to know!! There are two different colored threads in it, one is light... barely discernible in parts of the 'design'. 

Here is the back... not bad! 

And a parting picture! My buddy's Mom gave me a bushel of apples!! I am down to half a bushel now, and will be busy tomorrow making something more... thinking some kind of bread.... yummm!

Now I am ready to do a bunch of my own finishing! So, that is going to be what I mostly do next week and who knows how long? I am READY! Stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting me!



Monday, October 2, 2017

September stitching

Well, got a bit more stitched and finished this month... just need to get them FFO'd now. They will go in the pile! Without further ado, let's see them!

First I finished Red Border Study II... I loved doing this, with all the different borders/bands... until the bottom. It called for my initials on the right side, which I took care of in the top alphabet. So I figured I would just duplicate the little design on that side too, and probably have room in the middle for a little something... Except the space in the middle wouldn't work for anything I tried, so I just gave up and put a nice red button there! Good enough! I hope to have it framed just like the first one, and then they will be put side-by-side... :)

This is a piece by Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives, one of the club pieces that I tried with Dyeing to Stitch that first year. Yes, it has been languishing that long! It is called Holiday Patchwork. It stitched up pretty quickly... I have a frame all ready for it... 

This is a small piece by Lizzie Kate. Love it! I also have a small frame for this one!

 And this is by Country Cottage Needleworks. Technically, I finished it last night... but... if it wasn't for the fact that I lost a few hours of stitching time, by taking care of my granddaughter, it WOULD have been a September finish... so I am counting it!! It turned out to be a bear for some reason, when I got to the wording... I frogged it over and over and over. I thought perhaps the fabric was is 32-count Raw linen, and it is possible...I guess. Whatever... I finally adjusted everywhere and got it done! Dang! I also have a frame for this one, but think I will distress it first. 

Next on my To-do list is going to be lots of finishing... I just have to start! I took a tiny step today and finished framing a piece (well, I still have to attach the hanger on the back). It is an older piece, called Sachet, by a blogging friend, Marc Davis, who has since passed away. This is just ONE row of the piece (it was a BAP)... I got bored and called it quits. Then I had the perfect frame in my stash! Cool! One down!

Well, that's it for today. A quick post, but wanted to show what I've been working on! Don't know what I will stitch in October... I will surprise you!

Thanks for visiting!



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pumpkins for Cathey 2017

It's Pumpkins for Cathey Day! Tho I am a bit late posting this morning, I have not forgotten our friend Cathey, a fellow blogger who bravely fought against her Breast Cancer, but passed away in October of 2013.  She loved Pumpkins, and her blog name was Pumpkin Patch & Co. She is still missed and not forgotten. Here are a few pictures of all kinds of pumpkins to honor her memory and to remind readers that they need to get a mammogram on a regular schedule. Prevention is a cure! I am very thankful that I got the one I did, and that I have been cancer-free to 10 years now! And I still get mammograms!

These painted pumpkins are my favorites!

I painted some Dollar Tree pumpkins pink one year! That was a chore! Took many coats!! The stitching is a Lizzie Kate design. Love the chenille trim!

I made the cube without any patterns, just stitched six designs, and figured out how to join them. A BIT more complicated than a four-sided Biscornu, but... easier than the 15-sided ones!

 I cannot imagine doing this cross stitch... think it is real??

This was a freebie that I stitched a few years back... 


This is a Cricket Collection piece from a very long time ago! But a reminder... Always Be Thankful!

(many of these pictures were grabbed from the internet, and are not mine...)

Thanks for visiting!