Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sharing some photo's....

I've tried since I started this blog to keep track of what I stitch (and sew) by posting here, but I haven't done hardly any posting in months, so I guess it's time to see if I can get it updated a bit.  Here we go...

I did two Summer Fob exchanges and this is one of the fobs, but I don't seem to have a pic of the other.  This one went to Kathy K.

I'll have to keep looking for the other - it was a beach theme for Petra. This is what I received from Petra - she sent a bunch of lovely items.  Don't you love the fob and the Dovo's (drool!)....

*Quick update - I found a pic that Petra took of her pkg... the fob is on the right...
It's a Pine Mtn. design & I stitched it over one on 18 ct linen.  

Then I have some things for the Pals Retreat in October...
This is one of the two Halloween pieces I did.  I don't have a photo of the other one... maybe I'll ask Myra if she can send me a picture.  It was a SB piece mounted in one of the round black boxes.

The ornaments I made...

And this was my stitched exchange piece.  Myra got it as well...
The design is by My Big Toe.
And this is what it opens up to look like.....  (BBD fabric for finishing)

And I didn't get a photo of my grab bag.  It had a chocolate theme, including a giant chocolate bar on top.  My friend Laurie got it.  Hope she liked it.  
I haven't taken pictures of what I brought home, but I will do that soon and post them for you to see.  :-) Such talented ladies!!!

Nicole had a birthday on Nov. 1st.  I made this, using the monogram from the Blackbird Designs Garden Club book (LOVE that book) and the fabric is Moda BBD fabric.  I hope she likes it.

I just made this the other night - and I love how it turned out.  I've had some requests to make some for friends, so I've ordered more of the hardware so I can.  The fabric is Moda Blackbird Designs, maybe Garden Party?  I can't remember the line, but I love it.  The pattern is called UR Priceless by Madame Samm, and you can find it here.

This beautiful cardinal was stitched by my friend Char, over 1 on 28 ct black.  I paid her to stitch it for my mom for her birthday because I can't see to stitch on black at all.  My mom loved it - it's really beautiful.  I finished it into a pinkeep because she likes pinkeeps.  Thanks again Char, it's LOVELY!

This I didn't stitch either, but it's now hanging in my house.  Isabella from The Primitive Hare joined us at the Pals Retreat in Oct.  When she was packing up to go home, she wanted to sell a few of her larger models.  Since I can't possibly (EVER) stitch everything I want, I decided why not!  I LOVE this design & now I will think of sweet Isabella & the time we spent together in MB everytime I look at it.  Ray just framed it a few days ago.... isn't it lovely?  It's called Endymion and it's stitched on 40 ct.  Thanks again Isabella, I love it!  Are you ready for more pancakes and DQ? ;-)

These I just finished last night.  Looks like I need to straighten the wire a bit on some of them. They're by Dixie Darlin' and my mom fell in love with the ones that Donna K. stitched for the ornament exchange in MB.  I ordered some to stitch and some to give her to stitch for my sister and me.  :-)  She doesn't know it yet though, I plan to give them to her on Thanksgiving.  The first two are for her & the 3rd for my sister.  The come in sets of 3 sleds and the patterns each have 3 designs.  As you can see, I stitched one of them twice.  Please excuse the shadows.  The camera batteries died after snapping the photo & I'm too lazy this a.m. to redo.  I think you can get the idea from the pic - they're cute!!

There are more, but I can't find the photo's.  It really wasn't at the top of my list this year to be honest.  
But I have done a little bit of stitching and a tiny bit of sewing.  My mom spends Sunday's at my House  (usually) and after lunch today, we have several craft projects we plan to do.  Hope you spend your Sunday doing something fun as well!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great Thanksgiving week ahead.  Happy stitching & sewing!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's almost November....

Hi - I'm still here.  It's been a really rough year for me & I haven't felt like blogging.  We lost my dad on July 1st.  I still find it hard to believe - almost surreal - and it's still hard to deal with.  My mom has been having a very hard time, as I'm sure you can imagine.  They were married for more than 48 1/2 years.  His loss has left a huge void in all of our lives.  At least Ray & I were able to help during the last few weeks, and we didn't leave their house for the last 6 days he was with us.  I miss him terribly and can't believe it's been almost 4 months.  Anyway, thanks to all those who have kept us in your prayers.  He was a wonderful dad and I'll miss him every day for as long as I live.

It was really a rough year for several of my friends as well.  I have 4 friends who lost a dad and one who lost her mom - all from April 28th-July 11th.  Just one after another.  :-(  Very sad time for all of us.

I haven't done a lot of stitching or sewing this summer/fall - some, but not much.  I haven't done any blogging or keeping up with blogs.  I'm going to try to get back into it (all) soon.  Anyway, I just thought I'd stop by & let you know that I'm still around, even though I don't have a lot of fun/positive things to talk about right now.

Hope you all have a great weekend & a Happy Halloween next week!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hello.... remember me?

Yes, it's been a very long time since I posted to my blog.  I wish I could say it was because I have been having so much fun, but that isn't the case.  I have been busy though, so I guess that's positive.  We took a vacation with a group of friends in April, and though the time with the friends was wonderful, there were several things that made it not so great overall - the bad weather, my dad being sick and us being worried about him.  My sister's father-in-law got sick while we were gone & passed away the morning we were scheduled to come home.  One of our friends who was with us got sick & we ended up having to call an ambulance for him...  should I continue?  No, that's enough for you to get the idea isn't it?
My dad is getting sicker and weaker - and it seems to be happening faster now.  He's been pretty for about a week & today he was very ill.  My mom said this afternoon she is afraid this is "the beginning of the end".  Of course none of us have any way of knowing when the end will actually come - not for any of us - but we do know that it won't be long for him.  I stay as busy as possible so I don't think about it too much, but it's just plain miserable - or just plain hell actually - to watch someone you love so much get sicker & weaker from cancer.  I know there is nothing anyone can do or say, but if you would please keep my parents & family in your thoughts & prayers, it would be greatly appreciated.

I have been stitching a little - and I hope to have some pictures to share with you soon.  That just hasn't been my top priority lately, as I'm sure you can imagine.

Thanks for reading & hope you & yours are doing well & having a great start to the summer.
Happy stitching & sewing!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A finish & several "finishes".....

I've not had a lot of time to share pictures, but wanted to get these few posted to show you....

The first is the A Mon Ami Pierre sampler from Le Temps Qui Passe that I started in January.  It's stitched on 36 ct Vintage Light Examplar Lakeside using one strand  of DMC 815

And here it is framed......

And here is my "Beauty In Simplicity" mounted in the Black Walnut Shaker Box....

I LOVE the way this turned out.....

And this is a very old project that was started probably 12+ years ago.  My sister finished it up for me last year & it's finally framed & hanging on the wall.  I still think it's cute, even if it is "old" now.  :-)

And I've made a few tote bags too (by special order, they chose the fabrics):



Susan (this one is like the grab bag I made for the Pals retreat last year)....

That's it for now.  I hope to have more to share in a few weeks.  Lots going on right now with life - my dad is very sick and it's taking a toll on all of us.  Thanks to those that are keeping my family in your thoughts & prayers, we appreciate it so much.

  Cherish each day with those you love....

Thanks for stopping by & happy stitching and sewing!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Another Week, Another Finish (#2 of 2 for today)

This is Blue Ribbon Designs "Beauty In Simplicity" stitched for the beautiful Oval Shaker Box (which I have!) made by the Canterbury Box Shop.  I stitched this one this past week, finishing it up yesterday evening.  I can't wait to get it "finished" - I'll post a picture of it again when I do.  I love this design and it didn't hurt that it was designed for a shaker box, which I adore as well.  The design is also available is a slightly different version to be framed if anyone is interested.  AND it comes with smalls that you can stitch & put in the box.  I might do those too... they're on my long & ever growing "list".  It's stitched on 32 ct Vintage Examplar from Lakeside using WDW floss (I did change one color - the flowers on the bottom are Red Pear instead of Bluecoat Red). 

I started a new project last night, so stay tuned............  not sure I can get it finished in a week, but I'm going to give it a try. 

Thanks for stopping by & happy stitching!!

#1 of 2 for today.....

I mentioned in a recent post that there was a lot going on here, but that it isn't good.  We found out the 2nd week of March that my dad has cancer.  He has cancer in both lungs, around his heart, in his liver and in his bones - all over.  My heart is shattered and we're all having a very hard time accepting it.  I think both of my parents are more in denial than my sister and I (and our husbands).  I can't speak for my brother as we don't speak, but I'm sure he's having a hard time too as he has worked for daddy for the past 10 years & is with him daily.  My dad is a wonderful man that's loved by many and always has been.  He's the best dad anyone could ever hope to have.   I've always been told I was a "daddy's girl" when I was little & I have so many wonderful memories, and I'm thankful for that.  I'm also thankful that we have some time to "prepare" and to spend time together.  His grandparents and parents lived to be in their mid-80's & mid-90's, so I just always thought he'd live to be "old". He just turned 72 two weeks ago - about the same time we found out about the cancer.  My mom knew my dad growing up. He was friends with one of her older brothers.  They were married one month after she turned 19 and have been married over 48 years.  I don't know how she will manage, but my sister & I will do anything we can for her and our dad.

They are doing a liver biopsy on Tuesday as the lung biopsy was "inconclusive".  They are fairly certain it's small cell and the oncologist says he would like to try chemo as my dad is "healthy" and active otherwise.   Well, other than the cancer has paralyzed his vocal cords, which is how it was found.  I want him to be here for as long as he can, but I don't want him to spend whatever time he has left being too sick to do more than lay in a bed. 
I know there is nothing anyone can say & nothing anyone can do about this, but if you will please keep my dad and our family in your prayers, I would appreciate it.   I'm keeping as busy as I can so I don't think about it constantly.  I've been working or stitching if I'm not sleeping.  I need to get back to sewing too.... that's coming. 
Thanks in advance for your prayers!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Another Finish - Blackbird Designs Wild Garden...

Hi & happy Saturday!
I wanted to share my finish from this week - Blackbird Designs "Wild Garden".  Nicole gave me this kit for my birthday (which was Tuesday) and I stitched it right away.  Thank you again Nicole, it's pretty huh!?  The kit is a limited edition release from Blackbird Designs. 
If you have it or plan to get it and haven't stitched it yet, be careful with the fabric - there isn't a lot of extra, not even 2" around.  And please ignore the crooked picture, I just wanted to give you an idea of what it looks like all stitched up.

I have several other things all kitted up & ready to start. 
Let's see what gets done next!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend & happy stitching!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Party Cakes.....

It's been awhile - there's been a lot going on here and it's not good.  I'll post more about it soon. 

I just wanted to share my latest finish (as of last night) with you.  This is "Party Cakes" by Country Cottage - with both colors changes and as you can see, I changed it from "Cakes Cakes Cakes" to "Eat More Cake" - that suits me better.  :-)  I used a darker brown (WDW Kris's Bon Bon) & switched out the Crescents for Gentle Arts threads.  I think it's very cute and this is my own "birthday cake" to myself.  ;-)

(not the greatest picture - I haven't even ironed it yet, it's just laying on a table for the pic!)

Thanks for stopping by.... I'll be back soon.....

Happy stitching & sewing!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

SC Stitching GTG - March 10th....

Stitching day at the French Hens in Manning, SC on March 10th - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hope you can make it!!!

Hope to see you there - email with any questions and please let me know if you plan to attend!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monochrome Month?

I have been stitching a bit off & on all month while listening to "The Fiery Cross" (Outlander Series) by Diana Gabaldon.  (GREAT book btw - it's much better than #4 was!).  It appears January is to be Monochrome Month for me.  Actually, it appears that 2012 is going to be Monochrome Year by looking at my "to stitch" list! 

I finished this about a week & a half ago - it's "Let's Sew" by Imaginating.  It's stitched on 32 ct Antique Ivory or Light Sand (it wasn't labeled!) with black DMC.  I think it's adorable!   It was a super quick stitch & when I showed it to my mom a week ago Sunday she liked it so much that she wanted to stitch it too!  I have finishing plans for this one - so stay tuned!

Next up is my "revised" Personalized Sampler by Stephanie at Nouveau Encore Designs.  She designed the sampler in 2007 (I think?) and I had a fairly decent amount done on it (not quite 1/3, but a good bit).  I picked it up last year & decided I no longer liked my color or fabric choices & that I no longer liked the border I had chosen in 2007.  It was just "too busy".  So, I contacted Stephanie & she did another border, much more simple this time, and I like it a lot better!  This is almost all of page 1 (out of 20!).  I'm stitching it over 1 on 28 ct with Anchor #22.  I'm already in love with it!

And thanks to Paulette (Plum Street Samplers) and all of her pictures she posted from her trip to The Attic a week or so ago, I found several more samplers I HAD TO HAVE....  one is on the way, one I'm looking for (anyone have Threads of Gold Sarah Munday they want to part with?) and this one (below) we sell via DSL and have for quite a few years!  It took the picture on Paulette's blog to make me SEE it though - isn't that always the way?  And dear Paulette is happy to take the blame for all of this & THRILLED to have made me spend $$ - she actually said so!  :-)  Isn't that so typical sweet of her? ;-)

Anyway, this is one of two designs in Le temps qui passe by A Mon Ami Pierre.  I'm stitching it on Lakeside 36 ct Vintage Light Examplar using DMC 815.  I'm LOVING it too!  Actually, Nicole was here Saturday & she said this sampler was "so me" and that I had to stitch it.  Just a slight nudge, but it was enough!  ;-)  Then she suggested that with my UFO's WIP's and the sampler I have coming and my plans for it, that with these, I can make a really nice Red/Brown Sampler wall when I'm all done.  I think that's a great idea - don't you?  ;-)

And speaking of Nicole, she came to visit last Saturday - I had a wonderful day chatting & stitching with her.  And she brought me a truly LOVELY gift - isn't this pretty?
It's Garden Pleasures by LHN and she stitched it over 1.  I love it - thank you again Nicole for such a wonderful gift!  And your finishing is fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to post progress on SOMETHING soon.  I'm a bit under the weather so far this week (sinus infection and today, I woke up with my hip hurting pretty badly - geez, I know, pitiful huh!). 

I have several sewing projects in the works too - along with a pile of red/aqua fabrics I ordered after doing the "bundle" (see post below).  I'll share those next time!

Have a wonderful day/week.

Happy stitching & sewing!!!!