Wednesday, April 1, 2015

We both survived our trip to the Outerbanks and catch up time!!!!

Ok, I have been busy since I got back home last week from my trip to the Outerbanks.
If you remember I made the trip when I was asked out there by someone I met through Facebook.
In this picture below is Stacy and myself--not the best picture of either of us.  We were down by the 
beach and it was very WINDY!!!  And since I was not as good as Stacy at taking pictures this was
the only one I had of the two of us.
EDITED:  With a better picture of Stacy and me.

Let me just tell you I had a great time.  Stacy was a great hostess.  We had fun getting to know each
other and we had alot in common.  It was scarey.  

This is one of the great gifts Stacy had for me when we arrived at the beach house.  She stitched and
sewed this pillow for me.  What a great keepsake of my trip and time with Stacy.

She also had this "Stitch" lollipop and fob for me.  I will need to stitch the drum that goes with the lollipop.  It is a design by Hands on Design called Stitch Everyday.

This was my damages at Dyeing to Stitch.  Not a lot but the top two designs I had never seen so I needed them:)

 Here I am having a sip of Stacy's drink!!! I don't ever drink but Stacy talked me into tasting 
her Naked on the Beach.  I told my children she drove me to drink!!!

And here is Stacy enjoying herself at the restaurant.  She was alot of fun and wanted to 
document our trips.  She was so much better at that than me.

 Stacy took me sightseeing out to this lighthouse.  I was just happy to be at the Outerbanks!!!
Again Stacy wanted to make sure I had a good time and I did.

I am so glad that I took the chance and went to Virginia and met Stacy.  Now I have a great 
friend on the east coast.  Not everything online is bad.

Ok, so now on to some catching up.  I have been doing quite a bit of stitching, probably to much to post all at once.  

Here are a couple of my most recent stitches.
In keeping with my trip.

 Stacy and I both stitched this piece while we were together.  She had all the supplies for both of us and we both had the book!! 
Honeycomb Basket stitched on 32 count linen with overdyed threads.
Started and Finished on 3-19-2015

I also stitched this piece while I was at the beach house. 
Now on to the finishing.  Another club kit stitched. 
This was a Prim Sister's Club kit.
Started on 3-19-2015
Finished on 3-22-2015

I started this piece at the beach house but finished it after I got home.  
This is Plum Street Samplers Serial Bowl Collection--Lesson One.  
I stitched it on 36 count dyed linen by me and overdyed threads.
Started 3-22-2015
Finished 3-29-2015

I have a few more stitches to share but I will save them for another post.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dyeing to Stitch!!!!

It's been a long time since I have posted.  With that being said I have been busy stitching and sewing,  while I have taken pictures of what I have been up to I do not have access to them right now.  So what I am going to post about is an adventure that I am on.

Last summer I met another stitcher from Facebook and we developed a friendship over the last few months.  So my new friend Stacy invited me to spend sometime with her at her beach house in The Outer Banks.  After a little thought I said why not and I booked a flight and off I went last Wednesday.

 Now our children had concerns about us meeting up.  They were afraid that one of us could be an ax murderer since we had never met in person.  Alas we both have been safe!!!!

I flew into Norfolk and met Stacy at the airport and our adventures began!!!

Our first stop was Dyeing to Stitch.  Here I am out in front of the shop!  I could hardly believe where I was.

So this adventure started Wednesday and I will be posting more about it.  Just let me tell you I am having a great time.  It has been fun getting to know Stacy and we have so much in common it's scary!!!!

Stay tuned for more updates:)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Great Mail

Look at what a great package I received today from my Facebook friend Stacy! Since last summer, Stacy and I have been exchanging emails and sharing our love of cross stitch and quilting.  Our friendship really blossomed after Stacy had ordered some pouches from me.
We really seem to have a lot in common and our tastes in stitching and quilting are alike, too!
I sent her a package earlier in the month and she put together this great package in return...

Stacy sewed the cute vinyl pouch and a fabric envelope that holds some stationary. There are two boxes that are waiting for something stitched to go on top of them, a nice thread winder and needle case from  The Attic along with a round box with a very cute wool piece on the top, some fabric and charm squares and a few cross stitch and quilt patterns.  I am excited about it all! Thank you, Stacy!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First stitching start and finish of 2015

Started the New Year with this ornament.  I think this is the design I will be stitching for the Grandchildren.

The Prairie Schooler book No. 118--Mittens.
Stitched on 32 count Lambswool with DMC.
Started and Finished 1-1-2015.

Hope everyone is having a great stitching New Year:)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Stitches for 2014

Last Saturday I received the latest Ladies Prim Soceity kit which is a Blackbird Design.
The pattern is called Noel and is made into a stocking.
I just finished putting in the last stitches.
This will be my last finished stitched piece for 2014.

Blackbird Designs--Noel Stocking stitched on 32 count sheep's straw linen with overdyed threads.
Started 12-30-2014
Finished 12-31-2014

I stitched a total of 57 pieces this year.  Let's see what next year will bring.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

End of Year Post

Well again it has been awhile since my last post.  I have decided that I am not going to feel guilty or make excuses for not posting sooner, the reality is life is busy.  Besides I really do this blog as a way to track my stitching for myself.  So with that being said here is what I have been up to in between all the things that happen in life:)

 One of the things I needed to get done was this stocking for our newest grandchild.  Finnegan was born last March 5th and I have started the tradition of making Christmas stockings for each of the grandchildren.  This one makes number six.  I was very happy to have this done before Christmas.
This is a Bent Creek pattern called Christmas Eve.  Stitched on 18 count linen with DMC.
Along with the stockings I also stitch an ornament for each grandchild, plus I like to stitch one for each of my children, that is 12 twelve ornies.  I will say that I don't always get them done in a timely fashion for my children.  So far for the last 7 years I have gotten the grandchildrens done:)

Next up are some things that I have stitched for myself but just the stitching is done.
These are Plum Street Samplers Thanksgiving stockings.  They were stitched on 36 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.  
Started 11-2-2014
Finished 11-6-2014

Threadwork Primitives--Give Thanks.
Stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen.
Started 11-14-2014
Finished 12-1-2014

 Threadwork Primitives--Christmas Fruit Basket.
Stitched on 32 count linen with DMC.
Started 12-3-2014
Finished 12-16-2014

Threadwork Primitives--My Work.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC.
Started 12-12014
Finished 12-20-2014

Plum Street Samplers--Count Twice Stitch Once.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC.
Started 12-20-2014
Finished 12-26-2014

Country Cottage Needleworks--Snow Love.
Stitched on 32 count Petit Point Raw/White linen with DMC.
Started 12-26-2014
Finished 12-28-2014

Little House Needleworks--Season's Greetings.
Stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen with DMC.
Started 12-28-2014
Finished 12-30-2014

 This is a Lizzie Kate Stocking that was stitched last year.  Just finished it a couple of weeks agol

This is a Homespun Elegance ornament I stitched earlier this year for our oldest daughter as she lives in Tennessee.  I also stitched and finished one for daughter number 2 who lives in Georgia, also got it finished.  Can't remember if I got a picture of it but I did give it to her for Christmas!!

 I have about five other items that I stitched, but haven't taken pictures of them. I finished stitching them between October and now.  I will have to track them down.

 This last picture is of my new sewing space.  Our oldest son put this work station up for me.  I am so excited to use it.  Still getting things organized.  I had been sewing on the dining room table.  I am so glad to get my projects off that table.  As if I don't have enough to do as far as crafting goes I also want to quilt and sew, plus crochet and make jewerly.  Good thing I don't work!!!  But I do take care of the grandbabies alot so I don't just craft:)

Have a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet Barbara and a finishing frenzy

I was at my JoAnn's store today with a friend and we came across a new Gingher Designer series scissors:)

This scissors name is Barbara.  I was happy of course to score these!  It seems like JoAnn's does not carry as many of these designer scissors as they used to.  There where only 3 eight inch scissors and 2 four inch scissors.  I assume that there was 3 four inch scissors too. JoAnn's use to get at least 6 of each size but that number seems to have dwindled.

This Blackbird Design stitch is Give Thanks Sewing Box. 
This was stitched on 30 count coffee dyed linen using DMC.
Started 10-17-2014
Finished 10-21-2014

I painted a paper mache box amd mounted the piece on top.  I trimmed the edge with some coffee dyed chenille trim.  I really liked how it turned out.  This piece was suppose to be mounted on a Lone Elm Lane wooden box, which I would love to have but I went with a little more cost effective way of a finish.  Someday though I think I will buy a Lone Elm Box!!
This is one of the things I finished yesterday.

Then I got on a roll with finishing.  I stitched these two ornies last year.  They were just waiting to be finished.  So now I have an ornie for two of our grown children.

Thses two ornies are for our Granddaughters.  I stitched them earlier this year.
This is a Little House Needleworks design--Happy Hearts stitched on 32 count Cameo Rose with DMC threads.
Both were stitched back in January.

I stitched these ornies for 3 of the 4 of our Grandsons.
Lizzie Kate-Tiny Tiding XIX stitched on 32 count tea baked linen with DMC.
I stitched two of these in August and one in October.

Since this will be Grandson number 4's first Christmas I stitched up this cute little bonnet ornie.
I stitched this ornie for our youngest son and he is now 26!!!!  Where did that time go?
So I have stitched this for each of our grandkids for their first Christmas.

This is just another view. 

 And here is the back of the bonnet.  Sorry about the picture.  I am just not very good at picture taking.  Should take a class on that!!
I decided to stitch one ornie for each of our grandkids every year.  I should have really thought about that because now we have 6 grandkids and I am sure we will have more since 3 out of our 6 children haven't had amy children yet.  Someday I maybe spending all my time just stitching ornies!!!
Well at least I have all my ornies done for this year and I am thankful for that.

I just finished stitching this piece on Monday and started the finishing process but ran out of time to get it done.
With Thy Needle and Thread--House of Blues and Browns stitched on 32 count Natural with Sampler Threads.

Well Folks that's it for now.
Thanks for stopping by.