Tuesday, February 17, 2015

No Snow OR Cold Temps, But Winter Colds Come Anyway!

Yes, it's true.  No snow or cold temperatures here in the Pacific NW.  I can't even imagine 5 ft of snow!  I will stick with our early spring, 50-60 temps and sunshine today.
But, even without the winter weather, winter colds are making their way around the population and I have been suffering thru my share. As usual the GD's were happy to share their colds with me.
I have been stitching and caught up on the Shepherd's Bush Fold series.  Here is my pincushion finish.

Here is the scissor fob finish-front and back. 

As I mentioned in my last post, I had to completely frog a new sampler start due to not paying attention to the orientation of the fabric. I started a rectangular sampler the wrong direction on the fabric!   Luckily I had been questioning whether I even liked it and decided to start some other things instead of restarting the same sampler.
Here are my new starts.  Click on the pics for a better view-
Start #1-A 15 sided biscornu SAL with my local EGA chapter-

Notice the Seahawk colors :)
Start #2-Shepherd's Bush Fold needlebook-

Start #3-Sara Guermani Christmas Snowfalls (Italian Designer)

Start #4-Rosewood Manor Cornwall Sampler-
ok-not technically a new start but there was basically only one line of cross stitches

Here is what it will look similar to eventually (I hope)-

I am getting close to another blogoversary and will be having a giveaway soon!  Those of you battling cold weather and snow-keep warm!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Birthday Party & Back from the Finisher!

I only have 1 finish to report since my last post two weeks ago.  It is another block on my Crabapple Hill Gardener's Alphabet quilt.

And I have a new start-it is Cricket Collection Mother & Child.  The model on the front of the chart was in needlepoint.  So I decided to do mine in needlepoint also.  I'm using 18 ct silver-flecked mono canvas and plan to add some beads into the night sky.  I love it so far!
I also had another new start for the Superbowl. 
Bad news-after 1 1/2 days working on it I realized that I had orientated it the wrong direction on the linen. :(  I had to completely frog it all.  Good news is that I had been debating whether I even liked the design.  So I scratched it completely and brought out 4 more new things to start !!  (More about them on my next post)
Here is DD#1's newest finish-

Lizzie Kate's Christmas Flip It's
I gave this to her for Christmas 2013 and she hung it up this year in her house.  Well done!
She also finished it herself.  She doesn't sew but it looks great.
Granddaughter #1 had her 3rd birthday.  It was a Paw Patrol theme.  Here is the cute cupcake tower my DD#3 made.

The little dog biscuits on the cupcakes are edible Scooby snacks from a local candy store.  (Don't tell GD#1:)

Here is the birthday girl and Mom with one of her presents.

Here is Granddaughter #2 after eating a cupcake!  She is 16 months old. Looks like Mom.
Well, I got something wonderful in the mail a few days ago. Doesn't it look like Christmas?

It was a box of finishes from Faye, the Carolina Stitcher! Just look what I got-
Blackbird Designs Sarah's Needleroll from Thank You, Sarah Tobias

Blackbird Designs Pumpkin Blossom Box
I sent the box, but Faye stained it for me.

Blackbird Designs Pumpkin Blossom Pincushion

Blackbird Designs Pumpkin Blossoms Needlebook

This was a freebie and I told Faye to surprise me.  She actually hand-dyed the linen for me!  Love the little X's on the seam lines!

Blackbird Designs Land of the Free-this was another one that Faye surprised me with.  Love the bag!

Stacy Nash Freedom Needlebook kit from Country Sampler club

This was Chessie and Me Glory (?) It was another surprise finish from Faye. Love the chenille trim and the walnut shell filling!

Last, but certainly not least, Barbara Ana Let it Snow wallhanging.   Love it!
Thanks again so very much, Faye!  I couldn't be happier!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Some Finishes & A Weekend in Arizona (picture heavy)

January is shaping up to be all about smalls.  Here are the latest finishes-

Gay Ann Rogers Samples

Barbara Jackson's latest Christmas Ornament thru Shining Needle Society

Olde Colonial Designs Pins and Needles Pincushion Top

The Stitcherhood Merry Christmas Ornament

Plum Street Samplers
Jack's Birthday tart pincushion
I just got back from a weekend in Phoenix.  Oh, the weather was delightful.  In the 70's everyday, no rain, no humidity.  The perfect place to visit in the winter.
The weekend started with a wonderful German dinner in Glendale at Haus Murphy's.
We saw this restaurant on the Food Network with Guy Fieri.  It was live music night with accordion and tuba!
We were able to eat outside in the Bier Garden.

Check out these Christmas lighted palm trees!

We revisited the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The last time we were there was 1984!  You can imagine that it used to be in the middle of nowhere and now it is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, strip malls, etc.

And I got to visit the "new" Attic Needlework shop.  Oh, it is amazing!
And I did a little stash enchancement :)
Sunday afternoon brought the Seahawks football game-a real nail biter!  And some shopping for  Merry Cox goodies!
Monday was the Merry Cox Young Ladies Workbox class-

It was a lovely time and I even got a sneak peek at Merry's class scheduled for 2016-

Whew!  It's good to be home!

Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 Stitching Goals

Typically when a new year rolls around I make a list of stitching goals.  The only way they are organized is large projects and small projects.  Then 3 or 4 times during the year I refer back to that list.
As you can imagine the end of the year finish list looks very, very different from the new year goal list.
This year I decided to try something new--make a list of categories of projects and finish one project in each category.  Categories can be by designer or type.
2015 Project Goals List
Needlepoint-Terry Dryden's Tropical Jazz (class WIP)

Gay Ann Rogers-Hollyhock House (WIP)
Crabapple Hill-Mason Jar Wallhanging (WIP)
Guila Punti Antichi-Windmill Box (new start)

 Pincushion Doll & Trunk-Elizabeth by GPA (new start)
Renaissance Designs-#10 in Christmas series (new start)

Barbara Jackson-Sweetheart of Mine (class-new start)
Quilt-Wooly Good Year (BOM-WIP)
SAL-15 sided biscornu with local EGA chapter (new start)
WIP Catherine Theron's No Place Like Home needlebook (class-WIP)
BAP-Plum Street Samplers The Flood (new start)

Wool-Heart to Hand Sewing Room (new start)
Embroidery-CAH Gardener's Alphabet quilt (BOM-WIP)
Class project-Patricks Woods Button Brag Book (class-WIP)
Sampler-Rosewood Manor Cornwall Sampler (WIP)
Smalls-Jeannette Douglas My Stitching Treasures (new start)
Primitive Quilts Magazine-Farmers Tote (wool & flannel) (new start)
Etui & Smalls-Carolina Designs Miss Hannah's House (WIP)

Painted canvas-Floating Bird (new start)

Misc as time allows-Strawberries by Historic Needlework Guild (Barbara Jackson) (new starts)
This is 20+ projects.  Definitely doable. 
Unfortunately so far in 2015  I have not touched any of these designs.  So keeping my mind on this list is a challenge in and of itself  :)

Have a Great Weekend!