Friday, May 27, 2016

Patriotic Finishes...

I have been quite busy with stitching and finishing.  
Here are just a couple of my most recent Finishes.

 La-D-Da--I pledge stitched on 28 count antique ivory with DMC threads.
I have had this in my stash for a long time.  It was a quick stitch.  I had this old frame in my 
stash.  It needed a little bit of love to fix it as it was a very loose frame.  Thank goodness
that I have a hubby who is very handy as he fixed it right up.  I think this frame was perfect.
Started 5-8-2016
Finished 5-15-2016
 Next is Plum Street Samplers- Betsy's Tart.  Now I saw this idea on FB.  Reflections Framing and Stitching shop in Papillion, Nebraska took this clock from Hobby Lobby and sprayed it and changed up the thread colors.  So I did go out and buy the clock and my hubby sprayed it for me and I used DMC threads to stitch it.  I love this idea and the way it turned out.
Started 5-18-2016
Finished 5-20-2016

Lastly I stitched Plum Street Samplers-John and Abigail.
This was stitched on 32 count linen I coffee dyed with DMC.
I just finished it into a pillow today.
Started 5-21-2016
Finished 5-26-2016

I have been finishing a lot of stitching projects that have been in totes for a long time.
I hope to post a picture of all the things I have been finishing.

Have a safe and fun Memorial weekend, remember all those who have served and died for us to enjoy our freedom.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Patriotic Finish...

Last Friday my stitching bud Jackie and I made a trip to our LNS--Stitchville and I picked up Blackbird Designs book Sweet Land of Liberty.

I couldn't wait to start this project:

 This design is called Sweet Land of Liberty.  I stitched it on
32 count Clay with DMC Threads.
Started 5-15-2016
Finished 5-18-2016
I did tweak this a bit.  I should have cut the mounting board a bit larger so that it
would have maybe covered the top of the candlestick more.  So my modification was a twisted
cord to put around the edge.  
 Another view.  Thanks to my hubby for spray painting the candlestick.
I love how it turned out.  
One thing I would like to mention is that the design is bigger than the top of
this candlestick, which I guessed surprised me.  So a bit of the design is under
the edge of the mounting board.  Which worked out fine, I just thought in my little head
more of the design would show.

My grandson Silas wanted a checkerboard that he could fold up for traveling, so 
a quick trip to JoAnn's grandma found some checkerboard fleece.
Then I cut out some felt circles.  
Traveling checkerboard!!!
Needless to say I am a hero in his eyes:)

Now a quick plug for Olfa cutters.  I bought this cutter awhile ago to cut circles.
Let me tell you it worked great for the felt circles I needed for the checkerboard
and for the circle I needed for my candlestick project which was cut out of
mat board.  I would highly recommend this handy tool.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Famous or infamous---A quick post

A few months ago I was contacted by Cross Stitch Collection magazine.
They were interested in featuring me in their Online Stitching Stars!!!
Well I am featured in the May issue!!

 Here it is.

This is the article--well at least a glimpse.

Kind of fun being in a magazine.

My small brush with fame!!!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to be posting about a few finishes I've
completed recently.

Friday, April 22, 2016

WOW! Where has the time gone??

I can't believe how long it has been since my last post.
So much has happened not sure where to start. 
I have been stitching but I have also been doing grandma daycare four days a week 
since the middle of February. I love watching the grands but it can be exhausting:)

So, Let me try to do some catching up.

Quaker Rose by Stickideen Von Wiehenburg.
Stitched on 32 count white linen with DMC threads.
Started 1-30-2016
Finished 4-3-2016

 BBD-My Heart is Home.
Stitched on 32 count hand dyed linen by me with 
DMC threads.
Stated 3-23-2016
Finished 3-24-2016

 This piece I stitched last year but just framed it so I thought
I would show the finished piece.
This is Shepherd Sampler by WTNT.

 Share the Joy by Abbey Rose Designs.
Stitched on 28 count linen hand dyed by me with
DMC threads.
Started 1-1-2016
Finished 1-4-2016

 This was a WIP, not even sure when I started ii but I am trying to get some
 of my WIPs done.
Cross Stitch Fever by Heart and Home Collection

 Once Upon A Summer by Heartstring Samplery Ladies Prim
Society club.  Stitched on 35 count linen with overdyed threads.
Not sure when I started it but finished 4-11-2016.
This was another WIP.

 Holly Jolly Soul by WTNT.
Stitched on 36 count Lt.Espresso with DMC threads.
Started 12-29-2015
Finished 1-1-2016

 2015 Shepherd's Bush scissor fob. 
Again another WIP, had this stitched for awhile
and just finished it. This is the front. 

View of the back.

 Here is the 2016 Shepherd's Bush scissor fob stitched but not finished.
Stitched on 32 count pearled Barley with overdyed threads provided in kit.
Started 4-7-2016
Finished 4-8-2016

 This is a WIP of a Shepherd's Bush stocking I started for my son-in-law.
Again not sure when I started it but it was finished 1-16-2016.
Stitched on 18 count natural linen with DMC perle cotton #5.

This Shepherd's Bush Stocking is for my daughter.
It is called Bertie's Stocking.  It was stitched on 18 count
natural linen with DMC perle cotton #5.
Started on 1-16-2016
Finished on 1-29-2016

This was not a WIP but a project that should have been done years ago.
I wanted to stitch a stocking for each of our children well we have six!!!
Then add spouses and that's a lot of stockings.  So as of right now I think I have
two more to do with the possibility of another one when the last child gets
married. So my goal has been to stitch at least one a year. Goal met this year:) 
 I have stitched six Bent Creek Stockings for the grands we have.
Plus I try to stitch an ornament every year for at least the grands.  
My advice, just remember when you commit to something like that it may involve 
a bit of stitching each year:)  

I hope all is well with everyone and thanks for stopping by.
I would say that I will try to do better with posting but not sure I should commit
to that:). But hopefully I will get better!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Last Stitches and Finishes of 2015 and First Finish of 2016

Happy New Year!!!!

Here are some of my last stitches and finishes.  I wanted to get these posted earlier but was having blogger issues. 

The Nebby Needle--Santa's Workshop from Punch Needle Primitive Stitcher Magazine.
Stitched in 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC threads.
Started 12-18-2015

View of the back of the piece.

Shepherd's Bush--Noel Sheep Sled.
Stitched on white perforated paper with DMC threads.
Started and Finished 12-18-2015

The Trilogy--Happy Nativity, Nativity Day.
Stitched on 32 count summer khaki with DMC threads.
Started 12-20-2015 Finished 12-19-2015

 LHN--Old Colonial from The Sampler Tree Series.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyes by me with DMC threads.
Started 12-16-2015 Finished 12-17-2015

 Lizzie Kate-Tiny Tidings XX--Snow.
Stitched on 32 count Blue Petite Dot linen with DMC.
Started and Finished 12-29-2015

 Lizzie Kate--Silent Night.
Stitched on 28 count Natural Petite Dot linen with DMC.
Started 12-26-2015 Finished 12-27-2015

Shepherd's Bush--Happy Christmas to All freebie.
Stitched on 32 count mystery linen with DMC.
Started 12-27-2015 Finished 12-29-2015

I think that is all of my Christmas type stitches and finishes.  As you see I have a bit of finishing to do.
Next are a couple of stitches I haven't posted yet, they also need to be finished.

 Plum Street Samplers-Serial Bowl Collection Lesson Three.
Stitched on 36 count Barn Owl with overdyed threads from kit.
Started 11-14-2015 Finished 11-22-2015

With Thy Needle and Thread--Shepherd's Sampler.
Stitched on 36 count dyed linen by me with DMC threads.
Started 11-23-2015 Finished 12-9-2015

Here is my first finish for 2016.  I really wanted to get this done last night but needed another hour or so for those over one thread birds!!

With Thy Needle and Thread--Holly Jolly Soul.
Stitched on 36 count Light Espresso with DMC threads. 
Started 12-29-2015 Finished 1-1-2016

Hope this first day of the year finds you stitching:)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas goodies and ornaments

I received a Christmas package last week from my stitching friend Stacy. I am sure I have mentioned this before but I met Stacy on Facebook about 18 months ago.  Since that time we have been together about 3 times.  She lives in Maryland and of course I live in Minnesota.  We have become pretty good friends in that time.  In fact I will be seeing her again in January.  Anyway this is what I received from her.

This is how all my goodies came out of the box. 

 Here is the unwrapped version.

 Stacy was at the Attic in Arizona in November and she brought back these thread keepers from there, and how about that cute scrabble tile piece.  Not sure where she got that but I just love it.

 Also got these great fat quarters when she stopped at a quilt shop.  Really nice Christmas fabric.

 Stacy stitched and finished this wonderful pillow.  It sits under my little Christmas tree.  I just love when I receive something handmade because I understand the time that goes into these gifts.
Thank you so much Stacy for all these goodies:)

 Now this great little bowl and scissors came from one of my stitching buds--Jackie.  Her and I still get together and stitch most Friday nights.  I have been lusting after this bowl.  Every time I go to my LNS I mention that I need to get this bowl to go with the wooden scissor holder that I have.  Which is the picture below.  So now I have it.  Thank you Jackie:)

Said scissor holder.  Don't know why I needed these two things but I did!!!

I wanted to post some of my last ornie finishes but blogger is just not cooperating tonight so maybe tomorrow.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Catch up Post

More than a month has passed since my last post.  I have done quite a bit of stitching and sewing. Here are some of the results.

 First up are the ornies that I stitched for my grandchildren.  Now with that being said I have six grandchildren but I forgot to take a picture of all the ornies before I gave two of the kids their ornies.
So here are the four I still have.  These are from The Prairie Schooler book--Mittens.  These were pretty fun to stitch.  Plus I had to make the mittens from wool felt.  I have made ornies each year for each grandchild.  Should really think about traditions you start!!!  But I think it will be great that each grandchild will have handmade ornies from Nammy!!!  I am just so glad that I did get them all finished:) and with time to spare.

 Next are these LHN boxes that I stitched for each of our six children's family.  The pattern is My House.
Again a lot of stitching and finishing but they turned out just as I had envisioned.
Plus they also were all done on time:)

 I have been collecting these LHN Sampler Tree Series ornies and decided I needed to stitch at least one for me this year so I stitched Merry Christmas which is ornie #10.
Stitched on 32 count dyed linen by me with DMC.
Started 11-10-15, Finished 11-14-15

 Plum Street Samplers--Merry One.  Sorry about the picture, lighting just wasn't good and neither
are  my photography skills.
Stitched on 36 count Flax with DMC.
Started 10-31-15, Finished 11-21-15 

Finished this Plum Street Samplers--Serial Bowl Series Lesson Two.  I started this series and I am trying to stay current!! I apologize again for the poor picture quality.   I have Lesson Three stitched but not finished.  Lesson Four is still waiting to be stitched.  
Lesson Two was stitched back in August on 36 count Flax with DMC.
Started 8-5-15, Finished 8-7-15.

Threadwork Primitives--Ever So Grateful stitched on 32 count dyed linen by me with DMC.
Started 11-6-15, Finished 11-12-15.

LK--Grateful, Thankful, Blessed.
Stitched on 32 count cream with DMC.
Started 9-30-15, Finished 10-1-15.
I wanted to do some Thanksgiving/Fall projects.

Here is a non stitched project that I did for one of our Grandsons, Charlie who is three and loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I think they turned out pretty cute.

Another non stitching project for one of our daughters.  I really also enjoy sewing and these bags are always a fun little project.

Now this is another project that I wanted/needed done which involved my hubby.
I wanted this light to be put on a stand so that I could have a light that was light weight and easy to take with me when I travel.  

So here is what it looks like now.  My hubby modified the light and put it on a music stand.  
I just LOVE it.  

This is a close up of the bracket he made to attach the light to the stand. Which is also removable.

 The best part is that I can break it down and it all fits into this bag, which I found at a thrift shop.

There it is already to go.  It is also light weight so when I fly  it is easy to take with me. 

Thanks for visiting.  I have a few more projects to post about but who knows when that will happen.  Hopefully soon.  I know I always mention that I want to get better with posting as I finish projects but I just don't seem to do that:).

I hope everyone is having a great week.