Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Bee Retreat 2019

It's already that time of year.  Our annual retreat.  Can hardly believe it!!
This year's theme is Bees.  

We were greeted by this cute bee when we arrived at my friends house.

Here I am with my bee antenna on and a sign I brought for the door.

Of course we made a trip to our LNS Stitchville.  We always start off retreat with a trip here followed by lunch at Chili's.

This was my haul from Stitchville.  I treated myself to a Dovo scissors, some charms,
a vintage safety pin, a couple of charts, ball point needles--which I highly recommend, linen for my Fair and Square project and some overdyed threads for a project I have kitted.

Here are the goodies that I gave the girls.  I made three project bags, a cover for a pillow we 
have-which I forgot to take a picture of, a scissor lanyard, WDW thread called the bees
knees, and note pad and pencil and a armchair needle nanny.

Here is a close up of the special tag that Kelly made for me.
Thank you Kelly.

 We received this cute tray with a coaster, wooden "beehive" scissor holder
and a bee needle minder.
Thank you Jackie.

 We received these goodies from Jill--purple peacock.
She made us the cutest sewing bird and floss holder, then we also
got a bee thread counter, a ruler, a bee scissors, a bee zipper pull, 
a bee charm, bee ribbon and bee button and card.
Thank you Jill.

I forgot to add this cute shirt to Jill's gifties.

 Last but not least we received these goodies from Lori.
The bee yard item in the middle, along with note cards,
an embroidered towel, a bee scissor fob with a scissor, a bee cup and
a couple of other bee trinkets.

We will be retreating until Friday.
Always fun stitching times.
Thanks you stopping by and have a great week.

Joan--aka MadebyMamaJoan

Saturday, June 15, 2019

It's been a long time since I have done a post.  
So I thought I would try to do some catching up if
for no other reason but to have a record of what I have stitch.
It is always nice to come back to this blog to see what and
when I stitched something.  I am going to try to start
where I left off.

 With Thy Needle and Thread--The Cat and The Moon.
Stitched on 36 count mystery linen with DMC.
Started 10-8-18
Finished 10-10-18
I know I did an FFO to this but I couldn't find the picture.

 Prairie Schooler--Autumn Leaves Sampler.
Stitched on 32 count Lambswool with DMC threads.
Started 10-10-18
Finished 10-16-18

Little House Needleworks--Autumn ABC's.
Stitched on 32 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started 10-15-18
Finished 10-28-18

Lizzie Kate--Sled Dudes-Snowman.
Stitched on perforated paper with DMC threads.
I stitched these between 10-28-18 and 11-22-18
for the grands.

Lizzie Kate--Give Thanks.
Stitched on 28 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started and Finished 11-4-18 

 Plum Street Sampler--Gobble, Gobble.
Stitched on 36 ct. linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started 11-12-18
Finished 11-18-18

Hands on Design--I Hear the Bells.
Stitched on 32 ct. Antique white with DMC threads.
Started 12-9-18
Finished 12-19-18

 Plum Street Sampler--Home for the Holidays.
Dyeing to Stitch club kit.  
Stitched on 36 ct. Winter Brew with overdyed threads.
Started 11-19-18
Finished 12-11-18

Sheila Kelly--Christmas Barn - 2018 JCS Ornament
Stitched on 32 ct. Antique white with DMC threads.
Started 12-16-18
Finished 12-17-18

I have one or two more pictures to find and that will finish out the year 2018.

I will try to get caught up with some more finishes in the next couple of weeks.

I'd like to say I will get better with posting my finishes but you know how that goes.

Have a great weekend:)
Joan--aka Mama Joan

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Doing a little catch up!!

Wow, where does time go!  I can't believe it has been so long since my last post.
I am going to do a bit of catch up on what I have stitched since July.

 Liberty Lane by Country Cottage Needleworks.
Stitched on 32 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started 7-5-18
Finished 7-25-18

 I decided to make this into a drum. 

 I really like drum finishes. 

 A Needle of Silver by Hands on Designs.
This was a kit from The Silver Needle which included 32 count white
linen and DMC threads.
Started 7-26-18
Finished 7-27-18

 Strawberry Queen by Pineberry Lane.
This was a kit from the Quaint Ladies Club from Dyeing to Stitch.
Stitched with the supplies from the kit.
Started 8-11-18
Finished 8-13-18

Tis The Season by Blackbird Designs.
Stitched on 32 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started 8-29-18
Finished 9-12-18

 Red Bird Sampler by Heart in Hand.
Stitched on 32 count natural linen with Victorian Motto
thread called Poison Apple.
Started 9-12-18
Finished 9-13-18

 Fabric I used on the back.

 Pumpkin Spice Farm by Hands on Designs.
Stitched on 32 count natural with DMC.
Started 9-14-18
Finished 9-21-18

 French Monogram Collection III by Twisted Oaks Designs.
Stitched on 32 count cream with DMC 4210.
This was a WIP not sure when it was started, restarted 9-21-18.
Finished 9-25-18

 Back of Biscornu.

 I am a Needlesmith - By the Bay Needlework.
Stitched on 32 count white with DMC threads.
This again was a WIP which I restarted on 9-25-18.
Finished 10-7-18

 Moon over Blackbird by Lizzie Kate.
Stitched on mystery 28 count fabric with DMC thread.
Started 10-7-18
Finished 10-8-18

 Now I am pretty much up to date on my stitching.
I think I have just one more project to post about as soon as I 
finish it.  

Now I am off to make some project bags.  
Check out my esty shop if you are in the market for
a project bag:)

Thank for stopping by and have a great week.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th!!

In honor of the 4th, here is a collection of my patriotic stitches.

I really didn't realize how many I have stitched until I gathered them up!!!

I even have a few more framed pieces I found after these pictures were taken.

I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July.
Stay safe and have fun.

Joan--AKA Mama Joan

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I am going to try to catch up!!!

Well as usual I am behind in my posting!!  I have been quite busy with my bag business and with building a new house.  So with all that going on I have been behind in recording all of my stitching progress.  This my be a bit of a long post!!

Heartstring Samplery--Prairie Life Sampler.
Stitched on 36 count coffee dyed/baked linen with DMC threads.
Started 3-9-2018
Finished 4-2-2018

 With Thy Needle and Thread--Here a Peep, There a Peep.
Stitched on 40 count Antique Cotton with DMC threads.
Started and Finished 4-2-2018
I found this paperweight glass piece at the thrift shop and it 
worked perfectly!!

Jardin Prive--Parterre de Fleurs.
Stitched on 32 count Lavender Mist with DMC threads.
Not sure when it was started, finished 4-4-2018

Blackbird Designs--It came upon a midnight clear from the Deck the Halls booklet.
Stitched on 36 count WDW Putty with DMC threads.
Started 4-4-2018
Finished 4-7-2018

Blackbird Designs--Christmas Cactus from the Deck the Halls booklet.
Stitched on 36 count mystery linen with DMC threads.
Started 4-7-2018
Finished 4-9-2018

The Scarlett House--Berry Bird.
Stitched on 36 count Patriots Brew with Weeks Dye Works threads.
Started 4-21-2018
Finished 4-27-2018
This piece was from the Dyeing to Stitch retreat I attended in April.
This was the Friday night retreat piece.

This is the base for my Berry Bird piece that I made and painted.
This piece turned out just as I had hoped.

Annie Beez--Sampler Pinkeep.
Stitched on 32 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Not sure when I started this piece.
Finished 4-30-2018

 With Thy Needle and Thread--School house series lesson one.
Stitched on 25 count lugana over one with DMC thread.
Started this piece sometime last year.
Finished 5-5-2018

Pineberry Lane--In Full Bloom-Quaint Country Ladies club sewing pocket.
Stitched on linen and threads from kit.
Started 5-11-2018
Finished 5-14-2018

Fob from In Full Bloom sewing pocket kit.

 Heartstring Samplery--Where Liberty Dwells Huswife-Ladies Prim Society club kit.
Stitched on 36 count Old Mill Java with WDW threads.
Started 5-14-2018
Finished 5-21-2018

 Inside view of Huswife.

 Huswife rolled up.

 Little House Needleworks--Dairy Darlin'-Farmhouse Christmas series.
Stitched on 32 count summer khaki with DMC threads.
Started 5-21-2018
Finished 5-23-2018

 Heart in Hand--Land I Love.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC threads.
Started 5-29-2018
Finished 5-31-2018

 I found this bowl at Michael's for $2.  I think it worked just perfectly for this project

 Hands on Designs--Knee High.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC threads.
Started 5-26-2018
Finished 6-8-2018

 Erica Michaels--Sweet Freedom Berry.
Stitched on 36 count linen dyed by me with DMC threads
Started 5-2018
Finished 6-9-2018

 Side view of berry.

Other side of berry!!

 Lizzie Kate-A Little Stitch.
Stitched on 32 count lambswool with DMC threads.
Started 6-9-2018
Finished 6-10-2018

 Heartstring Samplery--Grand Old Flag Pin Drum.
Stitched on 32 count Coffee Dyed linen by me with DMC threads.
Started 6-21-2018
Finished 6-23-2018

 I stitched my initials on a piece of linen and stitched the linen on the back of the drum.

Another view of drum.
I stuffed this piece with sawdust. 

Well, thank you if you made it all the way to the end.  I am now caught up with all my stitching!!
I'd like to say I will be better at blogging but my past efforts show that I am not very good at doing that!!

If you have an interest in any project bags that I make, please hop over and take a look at my

Also watch for a flosstube video this weekend from Kelly and me.
Our Youtube channel is:  The Joan and Kelly Show.

Hope your week is going well and you have a great weekend:))

Joan--aka Made by Mama Joan