Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Yard work ......

I have been trying to clean up my yard today. I have been far behind with chores. I am hoping to have some stitching time tonight in between laundry & dishes.....




It's a work in progress......
Enjoy your week !!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Giveaway !!!!

Between Crosses with Nina is having a Fabulous Giveaway - 
You only have until March 3rd to enter so HURRY ......
Don't Miss It !!!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Embroidery .....

This is a sneak peak at a little project I am working on.
I received the freebie from Bievenue Chez Elisa
This will be a needlebook of sorts -
I'm thinking a pocket for scissors, felt for needles......
I am hoping to learn some new embroidery stitches so that I can make leaves & flowers on the cover.
I couched bias strip below the stitched pattern matching the colors of the fabric I will be using for finishing:
(In the actual fabric the yellow is a little brighter)
 
 And, I may add some ric rac, buttons, & beads.
After all, this is a work in progress .......

Enjoy your weekend

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Darling Freebie !!!!

Small Hanger :
You will find the little hanger pattern on this blog:
as well as several examples of ways to finish the pattern.
Well worth a look !!

Enjoy your day

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Verification Difficulty

I don't know about anyone else, But I am having a very difficult time with the word verification for blogger.
I am wearing glasses to compensate for my own visual deficit & apparently the verification system opposes my glasses so if i do not comment it is because I am starting to get headaches when I blog -
I am having a terrible time with this ----
Apparently I am a Robot !!!!!!!!

I am following blogs with Google Reader !!!
Enjoy your week

Friday, February 17, 2012

Japanese Silk Thimbles

I found a wonderful website when looking through Pinterest.
It is called
This blog displays the loveliest Silk thimbles I have ever seen.
So I ordered a starter kit from her Etsy shop
It had wonderful instructions & I am thrilled with my first attempt:

Now - you must go and see her thimbles because they definitely put mine to shame -
Hers are just gorgeous & much more intricate than my starter thimble.
And she uses such vibrant colors.......


It's amazing what all can be done with a little thread and some  ingenuity
Have a Great Weekend

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Giveaway Winner & New Stash

The winner of my little Needlebook Giveaway is:
Margaret 

Congratulations -
Send me your snail mail & I will post ASAP
And I aquired some new stash over Christmas.
I am hoping to start a new project soon.



Happy Valentines Day !!!!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Freebie Stitch



Design: My Heart Is Full
(Design without "My Heart Is Full" stitched below the heart)
Designer: Lori Brechlin
Fabric: 32 Count Belfast Dirty Linen
Fiber: Crescent Colours Belle Soie Silk "Tulip"

Happy Valentines !!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mrs. Waddelow's Huswif

I have completed my Huswif !!!
I am so excited because this is the first one I have ever made.
I need more practice with finishing the bias strip- especially in the corners, but
I think that is to be expected being that this is my first time to try it.

The design has several pockets:
  With plenty of room to hold scissors, threads, fabric.....
And the pattern has some wonderful detail:

Overall a very good stitch
with very detailed finishing instructions.

Ellen Chester did a marvelous job!

Design: Mrs. Waddelow's Huswif
Designer: With My Needle
Fiber: Carrie's Creations "Bordeaux"

Happy Stitching

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I bought a fish !!

Ok - Like I needed another pet - lol
My sons & I were watching IP Man.
(Yes another martial arts film - Go figure I have a husband and 3 boys to deal with)
So I decided to take a run to Wal-Mart.
I remembered I needed some Goldfish food for my pond fish & then I saw it
A Crowntail Beta -
& he was so pretty.
He was crammed in a little container stacked on the shelf with a multitude of other fish.
And he was pushed all the way to the back of the shelf -
with two containers of fish on top of him.
It could be weeks before anyone noticed him
So I decided he needed me to save him.
After all, he is a "Japanese fighting fish" so the boys couldn't possibly argue with this decision......


I put him in a 11 inch Aquatic Garden Vase
Bought him some pretty rocks
Placed a Peace Lily in the top of the container (making sure to leave enough space for air)
And......
There you have it -
A beautiful home !!

I know it's a bit girly for a fighting fish,
but I don't think he will complain considering his previous circumstances

Do you want to see my little tenant.
Here he is:


Beautiful colors don't you think.

And wouldn't you know it
There's an IP Man 2 movie 

Too bad you can only put one fighting fish in a container !!!
I guess I will have to watch this one!

I hope you are enjoying your week....




Monday, February 6, 2012

Bullion Stitch & a Giveaway

Now, I know I have never done a bullion stitch before
But I have to say-
This needlebook design is very addicting.
& I love to learn new embroidery stitches
So here goes:

 Do you see the little pink rosebud
That was too fun to stitch !!



What do you think?
Would you like me to have a Giveaway
I think it's about time !!!

Now I know my rose is not perfect - But if you would like a chance to win this little needlebook.
Leave a comment here
I will draw the winner on Valentine's Day
So spread the word

(This Giveaway is for followers only - New followers always welcome)
Have a great week !!!!!

Needlebook Fun !!

I found the most charming idea when browsing through pinterest.
A cute little needlebook tutorial at Simply Vintage Girl

Now you must take a look at the website because she actually embroidered the front of her needlebook.
And it is just beautiful - 

Here is my first version:


So much fun to make & it really goes together quickly-

Follow me on pinterest (button in my sidebar)
& you will see more interesting ideas on my pinboards
There are some amazingly talented people out there !!!!!

Happy Stitching Everyone


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Freebie

I have been spending some time looking at freebie links today.
I came across a wonderful site:
Sub Rosa
So I decided to stitch one of the freebies I found there
Take a look at the site to see a finished version in a different color -
It's a fabulous finish !!!
And,

Here is another portion of a freebie from Stickeule:
which is another site that has plenty of freebies.....
 
I am hoping to put some small motifs together to make a huswif or a needle book
Who knows - I am still looking .........
Happy Stitching

Briar Rabbit by La-D-Da



Designer: La-D-Da
Design: Briar Rabbit
Fabric: "18th Century Rook" linen by R&R Reproductions
35 Count
Fibers: Recommended NPI Needlepoint Silk
Enjoy your weekend !!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Work in Progress ......



Designer: La-D-Da
Design: Briar Rabbit
Fabric: "18th Century Rook" linen by R&R Reproductions
35 Count
Fibers: Recommended NPI Needlepoint Silk

Hoping to finish this weekend !!!
Happy Stitching


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mrs. Waddelow's Huswif ...

I have finished the stitching for my Huswif -
Hopefully I will have time to put it together soon !

Barbara from "To Stitch Or Not To Stitch" is also making this huswif.
Follow her progress HERE.
 She always does a such a beautiful job with her projects - Her blog is well worth a visit !!!

And I found a frame on sale to fit something I had already stitched...
 For only $5.00 - I think it was a fabulous find !!!
(edited per blogger request: The frame came from Kirkland's)

I guess I will have to stitch this again to make a pincushion.
Have a great week



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