Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stitchy Update, RAK, and A Little New Stash

It has been awhile since I gave you a stitching update.  Retreat and a new grandbaby didn't bring my stitching to a halt, just a temporary slow down :)
I pulled out my neglected 2012 Sal Sopresa awhile back.
Here is my before picture-

Here is my after picture-

It's not finished, but I'm making progress.

I've acquired some more new stash.  Thank heaven I didn't sign up for the Stitch From Stash Challenge this year.  I would be a big failure already!
It is a kit by the Purple Thread. Purple Thread is a new designer to me.  This is an adorable needlebook and scissor fob in a decorated paper mache box that I hope I can reuse eventually.

Finish #1-the needlebook to go in my Tea Time Basket. 
 Confession Time- I love the mosaic stitch in needlepoint projects.  It is very versatile, looks great in the diagonal, and makes a beautiful texture.  But I put in lots of mosaic stitch with silk threads on my Tea Time Basket and from 2 feet away it looks exactly the same to me as a plain ole cross stitch. So I am using more cross stitch and less mosaic stitch on this project.

Finish #2-The May block for my Wooly Good Year Quilt

Finish #3 & 4-2 more blocks for my Red Home quilt

Last, but definitely not least, I received a RAK in the mail!  Some cute cross stitchable trim, floss, Made with Love charms, and some needles.   There was no return address and I'm embarrassed to admit I can't read the name signed on the card!  I think it is Marlene???  So, if it was you,  Thank You So Much! It came as a total surprise and it touches my heart that you took the time to send it :)
Finally, an update on my ebay selling business- I am getting lots and lots of really great items from de-stashing sellers.  It is slow going right now, but I hope to be able to get more items up real soon.  If you want to watch my listings click HERE.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Welcome Little One!

Another Blessing To Our Family!
Welcome Matthew James!
Born Saturday, March 29th after 39 hours of labor!
3:05 pm
8 lbs. 10 oz.
21 inches
Congratulations DD#2 and SIL!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Crabapple Hill Spring Retreat

I am back from the spring Crabapple Hill Retreat!
This was the 2nd retreat at Crabapple Hill that I have attended. 
My first retreat was Fall 2012.
Meg Hawkey is a wonderful hostess.
It was a relaxed time of stitching and crafts with lots of laughing and chit chat.
Here are some photos so you can see.

Here is the Crabapple Hill studio.

Here is inside. 

More inside.
Isn't this wall of quilts lovely?

Here is my table full of friendly stitchers/quilters. We were happy to meet Jennifer and Ailene from Jennifer's Quilt Shop in Michigan.  There were ladies from Oregon, Washington, Canada, Utah, and Idaho also.

Here is the box that greeted me with my nametag and cream velvet heart pincushion.

Inside the box was the weekend stitching project.  I love it!

Here is a 2nd project-a wool needle roll that I am happy to say I finished.

Here is the 3rd project a stitching fairy in a jar-there are two examples below.  Mine is finished!

If that was not enough, we still had time to complete a scissor fob.  The example is laying on the white rectangle.  The charms had pieces of antique lace in them. My finished scissor fob is pictured above on the photo of our weekend heart project.

Here is Sunday brunch.  All the meals were delicious!

Lots of show and tell-here are some new quilts by Crabapple Hill.  This one is Shiny & Brite.

This quilt is Gingerbread Houses.

This one is Snowmen A-Z

I didn't forget the photos of my new stash :)

Thank you, Meg, for a wonderful weekend. 
Looking forward to returning for the Summer retreat in June.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stitchy Update

Finish #1-Plum Street Samplers
Betsy's House
Started this one the evening of the Olympic closing ceremonies (which I didn't watch). Made a boo-boo on Betsy's dress and I can't decide whether to leave it or fix it.

Finish #2-Barbara Jackson
Tea Time Basket
I love, love the way this one turned out.  There are still 4 smalls that I need to stitch.

Finish #3- Red Home Quilt blocks
Natalie Bird
Making progress.  Slow but sure.

Jardin Prive
Carre d'Abeilles
Stitched in 2012, Finished in 2014. 
That's embarrassing to admit.
I still have some oldies but goodies that need finish-finishing.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Kathy H!
She is the winner of my 4th Blogoversary Giveaway!

I have already contacted Kathy by email.
Thank you to all the kind people who entered and left wonderful, encouraging comments.
And even though the first two months of 2014 are already past (can you believe it?) it is shaping up to be a great year of stitching!

(I still can't figure out why I am getting waves in my photos.  Any ideas out there?)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Olympic Stitching Completed!

The Olympics are over and I finished up with this little freebie from La Soffitta called Freedom Pinkeep.  When I looked on her website for a link to the pattern, I couldn't find one.
Here is the website link if you would like to look.
Stitched on 32 ct natural linen.
I also bought this recent release from Blackbird Designs called English Garden Sewing Bag kit.  I think it is a limited release and have not seen it much of anywhere. In case you are interested,  I got mine from Country Sampler in Wisconsin.
I finished up this tote bag for a friend and am happy with how it turned out. She is a cat lover.

 Here is what I'm working on now-Barbara Jackson's Tea Time Basket.  There is a lot of over 1 stitching but I love how it is turning out.

DD#1 and I went to the Northwest Sampler Guild's Annual Tea on Sunday.  And guess who won a door prize?  Lucky me.  Aren't this tea pot and placemat a fantastic door prize?

Don't forget that my 4th blogoversary giveaway is still open until March 1st!  Please leave a comment on the previous post if interested in entering it!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fourth Blogoversary!

I have been working away on my "Olympic" stitching. 
But I will admit that I have been struggling to work up some interest in the actual Olympics.  I don't like the US media coverage-too many commercials, too much time spent on foreign competitors and too little time on US competitors. 
So, I have been watching more Downton Abbey, Inspector Morse, Foyle's War, or my Murder She Wrote DVD's ---you get the idea.
Here is the latest stitching wise-

Finish #1-Glory House by Chessie & Me is finished! I even fixed the "S"

Finish #2  Let It Snow by Barbara Ana Designs
I love it! I put in 2014 instead of the year that was originally charted.  I stitched this on 32 ct. natural linen with 2 threads over two.  If I could go back and rethink this, I would have chosen 36 ct fabric and used one thread over two.  I think it would look more delicate and even more delightful if it was smaller.

Finish #3-Star Spangled Banner Sampler Pin Cushion by Kelmscott Designs

Finish #4-Stacy Nash Country Sampler's Freedom Needlebook kit

This design is larger than expected.  If I could do this one over, I would have stitched it in the middle of the provided 30 ct fabric and framed it.  Instead I stitched it on one end of the fabric so it can be folded over to finish into a needlebook.  It will be lovely anyway :)

I have several more patriotic stitches in my pile, but time for only one more.  I'll keep you posted on the one I pick.

Where does the time go?
I can't believe this is the fourth anniversary of my blog.
I spent one whole year thinking about starting a blog and wondering if anyone would be interested in my work. :)  I am happy to say that there was! I am very thankful for all my followers and the lovely comments that are left on my posts. 
So, to celebrate I have put together an eclectic giveaway- 
1. A stitching themed tin
2. 2 spools of ribbon-one Christmas plaid, one ladybugs
3. 2 fat quarters of fabric
4. Pack of size 24 tapestry needles
5. Blue needle case
6. Cinnabon candle
7. Snail tape measure
8. 2 Suzy's zoo Christmas ornament kits
9. 10 skeins of Special Edition GAST threads
10. 4 skeins of #5 pearl cotton-2 ecru, 2 white

It is very easy to enter-
1. Just leave a comment on this post
2. I will ship all over the world
3. . You must be a follower or become a follower.
4. No need to post on your blog unless you just want to.
5. I will draw for a winner on March 1, 2014.
That's it!
Good luck to all!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Olympic Update

Life is busy. 
Here is the latest-

My first afghan in over 20 years is finished! It is a simple double crochet with wool yarn.  And it is warm! GS wanted to learn how to crochet and he did about 5 of the double crochets in this :) I do want to learn a little more about crochet and maybe make a granny square afghan.

GD#1's stocking is finished! I love how fast Shepherd's Bush stockings stitch up. I did change the color of the sheep because the called-for color disappeared on my linen.  And I eliminated part of the vine at the top to make room for two additional bees.  
(Any idea why I'm getting ripple effects in my photos?)
Here is the latest on my New Years start.  It is an adorable Barbara Ana design called Let It Snow. I have several more of her designs in my stash.
Now, what to stitch for the Olympics?
I was feeling in a patriotic mood and came up with a pile of patriotic smalls that are languishing in my stash. If I don't finish them all during the Olympics, I'll pull them out and work on them again around July 4th.
Here is the current one I'm working on- 

Glory House
Chessie & Me
Even though the two initials are the same size, the S looks larger.  So I will go back and fix this. Please excuse the hoop marks.  This little kit came with silk threads :)

Old Flag Station
The Pinkeep
This kit was part of the Prim Sisters club from Country Sampler. I changed it up a little too. I made it "Grand Old Flag" instead of Old Flag Station. and I took the rabbit ears off the little dog.  Now the dog looks like my GS's new miniature dachshund (sp?) He noticed it right away.
What else is in my pile?  Well, my self-imposed size limit was both sides need to be under 100 stitches. Here is what I came up with-Plum Street's Betsy's House (98 x 90 stitches :), Stacy Nash's Freedom NeedleBook, and Kelmscott Designs Star Spangled Banner Sampler Pin Cushion. There are probably more that I haven't pulled out yet.
I've been listening to the Harry Potter books on CD while I stitch.  Even though I  read all the books when they came out, there is so much I have forgotten. They are just as enjoyable this time around.
Next post will be a giveaway to celebrate my 4th blogoversary!  Can't believe it has been that long! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January- A Busy Month & Seattle Weather

Weather Update in the Seattle area-
Still no snow on the ground.  Haven't had any snow at all this winter.  Not much rain, so not much snow in the mountains for skiing.  It also means not much snow pack to melt off for water next summer. It is in the 40's today and forecast to stay about that all week. Keeping all of you in the bitter cold in my thoughts and prayers.
It has been a busy month!
But I have got a lot of stitching done--

This is a block I stitched for a surprise for a friend in a local guild. 

I bought this quilt top on ebay.  Love the black toile! It came with the matching binding. I sewed the binding (4 rows) along the top, folded it over, and put buttonholes in it.  Now it is my new shower curtain!
I visited a friend over Martin Luther King weekend.  She lives in the southwest corner of Washington state.  This is the view from her deck.

Mouth of the Columbia river at sunset as it moves into the Pacific ocean.

This is the Megler bridge that crosses from WA state to Astoria, OR.  It is overcast and foggy, but you can get the idea. Mt St Helens (that erupted in 1980) is just to the left of this photo in the distance.

And a sunny day picture of the last bit of land that juts out into the Pacific Ocean.
While I was there, I finished sewing the binding down on this baby quilt. It went to DD #2 at her baby shower.

I also made DD#2 a diaper bag with turtle, giraffe and crocodile on the inside.

It was a kit from JoAnn Fabrics. I used the lining fabric for the outside and vice versa.

Two more blocks for my Red Home quilt are finished.

I finished Jardin Prive's Joyeux Noel aux Rennes.  I put a cat button in the spot where a backstitched teddy bear was charted.  And I hung colored bulb ornament buttons instead of the white buttons on the pattern. I haven't decided if I will add some vintage lace or trim on it, but I will get a few more buttons for the bottom row of the tree.

This afghan is almost finished.  It is the first one I have crocheted in over 20 years.  A friend gave me the purple yarn and I used a JoAnn's 25% off entire order coupon for the oatmeal yarn.  The yarn was already on sale and the total cost with coupon was $18.  The oatmeal yarn takes on a grey look next to the purple yarn. 

I started a new Shepherd's Bush stocking for GD#1 and it is moving along quickly.


And I started Barbara Jackson's Merrily, Merrily ornament.
I got a surprise in the mailbox on the day after Christmas.  No, it wasn't the IRS.  :)
I was called for jury duty and it starts next week.  Thankfully this is just the 2nd time in 30 years and I will go. Last time I was selected to be on a jury for a drug trial.
My blogoversary is approaching in February!  It is 4 years since I started this blog.  Oh, where does the time go?? I will be coming up with something for a giveaway and will have more about this on my next post. 
Have a great week!