Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Maui Vacation and A Weekend of Finish-Finishing

 We went to Hawaii!  Maui, specifically.  It was my first trip ever to the islands.  We had a wonderful time.

This is the view from the balcony of our rented condo. At the bottom of the photo is the private beach that we shared with the condo complex next door.  There was also a pool that 10 yr old GS#1 spent a lot of time in.

We went to a luau=great fun!

We went snorkeling.  Yes, I actually snorkeled for the first time ever!  This is DD#1 and GS#1.

Here is GS#1 on a zip line--there were 5 zip lines at this location.  One of them was so long they couldn't see the end of it when they started out! Uh, I did skip this :)
I started a new stitching project while in Maui-
 Hands On Design Love My Stitching
I chose it because it was on 28 ct evenweave and I could see to stitch on it without my magnifier.

Now, equal time for GS#2.  He is 18 months old already. Time really flies.
I store some of my finished stitching projects on my ironing board. I spent last weekend trying to clear some space on it.   
Good news-I finish-finished 15 items!!  Bad news-There is more than 15 still waiting to be finished. 
I made a separate pile of projects that need the sewing machine and never touched that pile.  Honestly I picked up the smallest, easiest finishes first and worked my way up to harder projects.
Here is what I accomplished-

La D Da Garden Angel scissor fob--There is just one initial on one side and I put a star on the other side.  I handstitched the heart and put little crosses along the seam on the outside. Simple, huh?  Wonder why it sat so long on the ironing board??

Bumblebee scissor fob-can't remember the designer (sorry).  I actually used my Kreinik corder for the first time and made my own cording.  It is not the best (too short and not tight enough), but I'm pushing myself to learn something new and hope I'll get better as time passes.

Mill Hill beaded wreath and angel ornaments

Olde Colonial Designs Pins and Needles pincushion in a basket

Bent Creek Bluebird of Happiness pillow kit-yes, I was too lazy to trim the fabric, put it in the pillow and sew on the buttons!

Samplers and Such Tin Toppers Quaker Flowers-the inside has a magnet in the lid and a padded bottom with a scissor strap on it.

Old Shepherd's Bush Monthly Pillow kit-oldie but a goodie.  The pillow is a little sad-not very plump. I changed things around a little.

Drawn Thread freebie tin topper-inside also has a magnet and padded bottom with scissor strap in it
Plum Street Samplers Jack's Birthday Tart
Just Nan Monogram Tin-another experiment with making my own cord-two-toned this time. It is hard to hide the ends! And it could be a trifle tighter.  I have lots of new respect for professional finishers :)

Just Nan Hop Tin

Yay! Jeannette Douglas' Bird Box is finished!  Love it!
If you are counting, I finished 3 of the items in this box to make a total of 15 items.
Now I'm busy getting ready for an EGA retreat later this year. I will be taking lots and lots of consignment cross stitch and needlepoint items to sell.   But first I have to put a price tag on every single one of them. 
 I'm starting to feel ready for the Christmas exchanges coming up. 
This year is speeding by.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Ellen Chester and More of the Circle of Life

Ellen Chester was here! 
Oh, is there anything better than to look at a brand new project all kitted up and ready to stitch on??  Here is my Kindred Spirits kit when I sat down at class.  (I pulled out the threads so you could see them) The box looked like a work of art just by itself.

Ellen and her husband were a delight to host.  DH took Ellen's DH to a hockey game with GS#1. And they spent an afternoon at the Museum of Flight.  The museum has a special WWII exhibit open. I hear a good time was had by all. 

Here is one of our classes.  Now I have 3 new projects (Kindred Spirits, The Lady's Workbox and The Needleworkers' Huswife) and all of them are such beauties.  Thanks, Ellen for such a great weekend!
I showed you my Laura Perin Red White & Blue finish in my last post.  Here it is all framed and ready for hanging. 

Here is my latest WIP--the birth announcement for GD#3 coming in December from DD#3.  I'm planning to use buttons for all the polka dots and wheels on the carriage.  And beads for the little polka dots. Hopefully it will be glitzy enough to please both mother and new little daughter! They have picked out her name and it will be Courtney Grace--isn't it beautiful?

Back from the finisher-Marnie Ritter's Our Heart (hanging on my little white feather tree on top of the piano)

 And Jeannette Douglass' Trio Pins and Needles (also on my white feather tree) The kit came with the pins and wooden tag.

And I also got back Shepherd's Bush Fold pincushion.  I left off the black/white checkered bottom border because it seemed to be getting so big.  Glad I did now-it still looks beautiful without the border.

New stash-

I took the design from the cover and "rearranged" a few motifs for my Northwest Sampler Guild tea challenge.  This year's challenge is stitching monochromatically.  This will go on a box I already have.  All the stitching is done.  I just need to add some buttons. "Boutons" is French for "buttons"

Now, about the Circle of Life for me this year. 
In August we got the news that DD#2 is expecting again and is due in April.  Yes, that will be grandchild #6 for us.  We are delighted as always and will welcome as many grandchildren as God sends.
Then on Sept 9th my father passed away.  It had been coming all summer so it was no surprise.  But on the very same day, my sister was checked into a hospital's cardiac care unit due to side effects from the cancer treatment she is undergoing.   Now imagine me trying to book a flight out of Seattle and trying to avoid flying on Sept 11!!
So September was a very stressful month and Dad's death was the third one this year for our family. 

This is the beautiful bouquet my daughters sent to their grandmother. 
I decide not to post any pictures of this funeral (unlike my MIL's funeral casket in June).  Remember I told you that funerals in the Midwest are NOT like the funeral's here on the West coast??  Well, Mom decided on an open casket for the funeral viewing and that took me awhile to adjust to.  The well-wishers all took it matter-of-factly.  In this part of the country we have memorial services with photos, flowers, singing and sharing of memories, but NO caskets are in view.  Graveside services are Family-Only!
One more thing to share today.  While I was taking photos, I realized that I forgot to share with you an exchange piece I received at the sampler guild retreat in June.  It was an exchange of smalls and this is what I got-

Envelope back above

Envelope front above-the inside is lined.
Matching scissor fob above
Aren't they lovely?  I was thrilled. 
I am keeping up with reading your blogs and you keep on inspiring me.  I'll try to post more often. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015


This year is flying by like I can't believe! I'm always sad to see another summer end as the fall is when another birthday hits!
Here's the latest stitching finishes-

Laura Perin's Red, White and Blue Panel

The Trilogy Grateful Hearts

Drawn Thread Bee Keeper Scissor Fob-a freebie from 1997

Just Nan Harmony Monogram Tin
I'm also working on the Northwest Sampler Guild challenge project for this year. It is stitching monochromatically.  The stitching is almost finished and I even have a great idea for a special finishing.
And I'm  gearing up to host Ellen Chester for some classes here in the Seattle area from October 2-4, 2015.  This is my first experience as education chairman of the guild.  All is well so far.  I'll have 3 new projects when she leaves :)

Monday, August 3, 2015

August Already

July went by like a whirl!  But I did get caught up on the Round Robin samplers I had.  I finished the final two samplers in my round of the Northwest Sampler Guild.  Now I am expecting 3 more samplers from the EGA Round Robin, but one lady is moving and at least 1 sampler (not mine) got packed!  So not sure when I'll see that one.
Here is what else has been happening-

New Start-Laura Perin Red White & Blue Panel
I'm stitching it upside down right now :)

 Finish #1-With Thy Needle & Thread Stars & Stripes

Finish #2 Just Nan Hop 

Finish #3 Jeannette Douglas Bird Box.  The finished mini biscornu is in the box-top left.  The mini pincushions are at the bottom.

New Stash-Gorgeous sturdy Thread Catcher from Curry Bungalow on Etsy

Back from the Finisher-Gay Ann Rogers Samples
I included a photo of the back so you could see the little stand that my finisher uses. 

Framed by DH with a standard 5 x 7 frame in my stash-Birds of a Feather Land That I Love

Now it is time for At Willow Tree Pond's Believe It or Not--
Do you like my Nancy Cucci Amazing Greys?  I didn't list it as a finish, because it isn't. 

One recent night I was busy listing consignment items on ebay, got distracted and started surfing around.  I saw a listing with no picture and the description said "GREY GEOMETRIC BOXES"  And Nancy Cucci immediately came to mind and I clicked on the auction.  There was a photo on the auction page and yes, it was exactly what I thought--but not the kit.  It was the finished project! And it was ---Buy It Now for $42!!  My hand was shaking.  I am not kidding!

Not only was it a finished Amazing Greys, but when I got it , the stitching is beautifully done. Laid properly, just wonderful! The seller definitely didn't know what she/he had.  Do you think the stitcher passed away?  I mean, what else would allow such a thing to happen???
Now, who else has a bizarre story about ebay (or anywhere else for that matter)?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

More Finishes and New Stash

My consignment business is keeping me hopping with the inventory of a closed needlework shop.
But I want to keep you updated with my latest finishes.  Feel free to click on the photos for a closeup.

This Samplers and Such Tin Toppers kit came to me in a consignment.  The stitching was almost completed.  So I sat down one night and finished it.  The seller told me I could keep it.  She is so nice :) It is stitched with a Needle Necessities overdye thread.

This is a little better close-up.

This little pin holder was a favor at the 2012 Northwest Sampler Guild tea.  Only took me 3 years :)
It is inspired by Sajou souvenir postcards and stitched with perforated paper and Vikki Clayton BeSmurfed silk floss.

This design is Crabapple Hill's Farm Stand Bouquet.  I got it at a class with Meg last summer.  The fabrics on the top are to make a wallhanging with this.

My EGA secret pal gave me this little Drawn Thread pattern, fabric and Gloriana silks to stitch it with.  Wow!  I think I'll keep her.  She is a great secret pal!  This will also fit the lid of an Altoids tin.

I am almost embarrassed to show you all the stash I have gotten lately. Well, not too awfully embarrassed because here it is-

I have another great patriotic pattern that I want to stitch and it will fit perfectly into the box above.

Just Nan is starting to GROW on me :)

Yes, I joined the Shining Needle Society class with Barbara Jackson.  There is pretty much nothing of Barbara's that I don't like.

See, another Just Nan.

This is an exciting BOM with Braidwood Heritage Crafts on Etsy using Cottage Garden Threads from Australia. Each months design is from a different Australian designer.  I'm just joining in at the beginning of the 2nd year. And so far, I am loving the designs and the thread

I've never seen Terry Drydens Stripes Galore.  It must be an old design as I don't see it on her website. It is lovely!

This is Scarlett House Margaret Lillie with Dinky Dye threads, fabric and box to mount the finished product on.  Let's hope Margaret doesn't languish too long!

And last but not least, another Crabapple Hill beauty.  I bought the kit below to make this pillow. 

I am enjoying your blogs so much. And even though I normally don't have the time to comment, you inspire me and keep me laughing at the same time. Thanks for taking the time to stop by!