Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Catch up post...

As usual it has been a bit since I have posted. The first order of business is the birth of our son Kyle and his wife Mackenzie's first child and our third grandchild. Silas William made his entrance at 11:33 on the morning of June 19th. He weighed in at 9 pounds even and was 21 and a half inches long and has a head of light brown hair. Of course he is just perfect and we are going to keep him!!! Here is a picture of my DH and myself on Father's Day with Silas.

Silas is taking after his Daddy as Kyle also weighed in at 9 pounds and one ounce!!!

Now on to some stitching, finishing, a bit of crafting and some thrift store shopping.

I stitched up this Erica Michaels design from a book called Signs of Summer. The design itself is called Liberty Garden. I stitched in on some coffee dyed 28 count fabric with DMC threads. I decided to make it into a pillow. I am very happy with the results. This was the start of my 4th of July theme.
This is a freebie pattern that I have wanted to stitch for sometime. I mentioned in a previous post that I had stitched this design and the day after I finished the stitching I received this same design from Michele for my summer exchange from her. I turned my design into a pin pillow. It was stitched on 28 count antique white with DMC variations 4150, 4210 and 4240.

Last Friday Jill and I went to our LNS for the Lizzie Kate Summer Fob. I had to have the scissors!!! I decided to finish my edges with beads as I was having issues with the ribbon I was going to use.
Jill and I also made ourselves a stitcher's lap desk. The top has a magnetic board and the bottom has a bean bag base. I think it turned out pretty good and it didn't cost me $80, which is about how much they are to purchase from the LNS.
Now on to my thrift shop finds. I bought this vase to hold my 8 inch Gingher designer scissors. I think it is just the right size as long as I don't buy anymore 8 inch scissors!!!!!:)

This doesn't happen very often at the thrift shop, but I found this piece of linen which was 24 x 26 inches in size and cost 99 cents but because it was 25% off Monday I got the piece for 74 cents.
This piece of 32 count linen was 18 x 27 and was $1.99 originally but after the discount was $1.12!!! I have to tell you I love those kinds of bargains:)

Again thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching.

I also want to thank my DD Kelsey for the blog face lift.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Exchange and some new trinkets.....

Look what the UPS man brought me yesterday. It is my Summer exchange from Michele. This exchange is between a group of us on the Stitching Friends through the Seasons blog.

Michele stitched a Blackbird design called Small Token. Of course I just love it as I am into stitching Blackbird designs. The patriotic pillow is a freebie design called 4th of July Quaker Style. Now the funny thing about the 4th of July design is I just stitched that design on Tuesday night!!! Great minds think a like:)
Here is the rest of the exchange. Michele knows how to put together a great exchange. She always sends me things in my new favorite color--green. I received a piece of linen from R & R Reproductions it is 32 count Sea Fog, a pair of green scissors, a roll of fat eighths, some heart pins, a accessory gift set from My Big Toe Designs, a really neat pincushion that also holds a scissors and a small patriotic basket and flag and some mints.
Thank you so much Michele.

Now on the accessory/trinket front I purchased this Ultra Magnifier Light by Craftlight. Now the great thing about this magnifier is the long neck. It does have a built in light which isn't that bright, so I also purchased a Dritz Flexible LED light. It wraps around the neck of the magnifier and you can point the light right on your fabric, it also sits on a table or can be mounted on a wall or side of a sewing machine. Now the other great thing about these two trinkets was the price. The Ultra Magnifier was only $25.00 at my LNS and the Dritz LED light was only $8.00 after using a 50% off coupon at JoAnn's. I am set for when I go traveling now!!!!

This is a portable LED light from Ott Light. This is really a BRIGHT light. It has a clip or will just sit on a table.

This is what it looks like when it is open. The cost of this light was $10.00 after using a 50% off coupon at JoAnn's. Oh how I love those 50% off coupons. And remember it's not what you spent, but what you saved!!!!

So I will have to say I have had a pretty good week. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Antique shopping and more

On Saturday the DH and I went out for lunch and then hit a couple of Antique shops. Here are my finds. I bought an old wrought iron--iron, two thread/yarn spools, a flower frog, an old hand forged scissors, some black heart valentine trim, buttons, a bone dish and box of DMC thread. It looks like it was made for traveling emergencies. Not sure how old it is but looks like it could be from the sixties.
Then I bought this Lizzie Kate scissors kit with Jill last Wednesday and got it stitched up and did the finishing last night. I think it turned out pretty cute.

I entered a drawing last month on Berit's blog for this biscornu and I was the lucky winner. It is a wonderful biscornu. I just love it. Thank you Berit. I am sorry I didn't get it posted earlier.
I stitched this pyn pillow for Edgar as a little Thank you for being an angel stitcher for my for my birthday a year ago. It is Cranberry Deer Pinkeep by Beehive Needleworks. I knew that Edgar liked deers and thought this was perfect for him. I have stitched this twice now and think I will do one for myself.

I also sent off a summer exchange for the Friends Stitching Through the Seasons blog. My exchange went to Melissa of the Daily Mel. Now with that being said, I forgot to take a picture of the exchange, so you will have to visit Melissa's blog if you want to see it.

Now I think I have gotten somewhat caught up on blogging. I seem to have a hard time with getting my blogging done in a timely fashion. I am hoping to change that.
Thanks for stopping by and I wish everyone Happy Stitching.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Long overdue post

Again it has been awhile since I have posted. Much has been going on. I just returned home from a trip to Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA where two of our daughter's live.

Here are two of the reasons we were in Chattanooga. Emily Kate who is 18 months and Jacob who is 3 1/2 years old. Our oldest daughter Melissa and her hubby Shad are the parents of Emily and Jacob. We spent a couple of days with them and then we drove down to Atlanta to spend a couple of days with our daughter Karissa and her hubby Jason. This was our first trip to see their new house. After a couple of days in Atlanta were went back to TN and left for home on Saturday and made the drive back to Minnesota in one long day. After 16 hours we were back at home.

So with all that being said on our way down south we made a couple of pit stops to some cross stitch shops. Our first stop was to Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI.
Our next stop was at the Needle and I in Rockford, Ill. Then we hit Tomorrow's Heirlooms in Glen Ellyn, Ill. After all those stops we had dinner at Texas Roadhouse and stayed at a hotel in Mattoon, Ill. I checked out the phone book in Mattoon and lo and behold there was a cross stitch shop there. So on Friday morning before we left Mattoon we of course checked out Stitcher's Express. After all these stops here is--- the stash I acquired---

I picked up these scissors at Tomorrow's Heirlooms. DH said I should have two of them, not sure why though. More for the collection!!

My DH also thought I needed this cute little scissor/needle case. So he bought this little treasure for me from Stitcher's Express.

I still have a few more things to post but I will do that in the next couple of days.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching.