Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Delayed Stitchy Update

I put off posting thinking I would have more finishes to share, but it didn't happen.  So I decided to go ahead and share what I have.
After last months big finish of Rosewood Manor's Cornwall Sampler, I wanted to switch gears and work on smalls for a while.
Finish #1-Cricket Collection Mother and Child
On 18ct gold-flecked mono canvas instead of linen.  I used beads for the stars in the sky. And metallic thread for the halos.

Finish #2 Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold needlebook.
Used fabric and threads in kit. 
BTW, I found an old Shepherd's Bush chart that says Shepard's Bush.  What happened with that?  Is it a misprint or did they change the spelling of their name to the current one? Anyone know??

Finish #3 Margaret Bendig's Patriotic Heart ornament
I bought this one off of ebay with the threads.  It was already started with only a small amount of stitching still needed to complete it.  I love it!

Finish #4 15 sided biscornu EGA SAL for 2015
I am the coordinator for this project. This is the counted cross stitch version.  There is also a pulled thread version that another member has graciously agreed to stitch.  All 15 blocks are stitched, but no beads have been added yet. I'm using an evenweave fabric with Seahawks color inspired threads :)

And I joined my local EGA Round Robin.  This is the project I chose-Barbara Jackson's Pineapple Bell Pull from Fine Lines Magazine.
I have it completely basted on the linen and I stitched several small rows to help MY counting.  Then I completed the large pineapple row.
 I'm thinking about doing another row before I send it on its way on Saturday.   There are only 7 people in this round robin and there are 27 rows in this bell pull!  I don't expect it to be completed when it returns but all help is greatly appreciated.

 Here it is so far. There are a lot of specialty stitches in this project including some pulled thread.
I have been very busy selling on ebay.  I just got my largest consignment ever-inventory from a shop that decided to concentrate on knitting and not other needlework.  I'm working on an inventory spreadsheet and I'm over 2,000 items so far.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Finished, Framed, Back from the Finisher, and Giveaway Winner!

Two More Back from the Finisher!

Margaret Bendig's All American Frameweight and Scissor Fob

Hornbook Needlebook by Her Own Work

The big finish of the week is Rosewood Manor's Cornwall Sampler!!

My Prairie Schooler Alphabet is finally framed.  I found a custom frame at JoAnn's that was rejected by the person who ordered it.  It is a solid black and measures 18 x 33"  For only $20! 

My DH framed it for me and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  Now I just need to decided where it will be hung.  This was one big frame!

Lastly, congratulations to CalamityJr for winning my blogoversary giveaway!  I have already emailed her.  Thanks so much to all of the readers who took time to enter :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A New Ebay Store & Some Stitching

Life has been busy and I've got so much consignment from fellow stitchers that I opened an ebay store! I call it Kiddlady's Needlework Consignments. 
Of course, I have a few other things besides needlework, but needlework is the major portion of my ebay sales and MY personal favorite!  :)
If you would like a quick peek, you can follow this link-
I put off posting because I was hoping to be able to share a large finish. But friends, it just isn't happening today.  But I will show the good progress I have made on Rosewood Manor's Cornwall Sampler.  It is the only project I've been working on.



When I kitted this up last summer, I substituted Gloriana silks for the called-for Weeks Dye Works threads.  Ann Frazier of Gloriana is a member of my sampler guild and we are so lucky to have her.  She brings her seconds and sells them at our retreat.
So I've been a bit nervous that I might run out of thread (in any color) if I made a boo-boo in my calculations.  And it would be unlikely to color match additional thread.
So the plan is to finish the outer border then reassess what thread I have left to finish the bouquet in the basket.  So far, it looks good.
Happy 5th Blogoversary to me! It actually happened in February.  Even though I'm late,  I want to have a giveaway in appreciation of all my wonderful followers.  I love this stitching community and your comments inspire and enable me :)

This will be a very easy giveaway.  The only thing you need to do is-
1. Be a follower.
2. Leave a comment on this post
That's it!  No posting on your blogs about this giveaway as I want it to be for the ones who actually stop by and take some valuable time to read  :)  That's why I didn't put the giveaway in the title of this post.
And yes, I will mail internationally for the winner.  Hopefully, no mail strikes :)
I will draw a winner on March 20th.

Don't forget to check out Nancy's giveaway at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe!

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!