Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Catching Up!

I can't believe it is June already!  I have been keeping up on reading your blogs and think we are all feeling the same way---time is moving way too fast!  Here's a little of what I've been up to.
A dear friend passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack.  He was only 62 and suffering from dementia.
We found out grandchild #5 is on the way.  Should arrive in early December.
Another proof that time is moving too fast--my middle daughter turned 30 in May!  Now, wait..... I'm going to have to move to 49 instead of 39  :)
Here are my 3 beautiful daughters and me at Emma's birthday party in a Victorian house that has been turned into a tea shop. Emma is 2nd from left. I actually thought my hair looked ok that day.  Hmmmm.... a photo tells the truth!
Here is our delicious tea luncheon! Plus all the tea you can drink-Dozens of flavors to choose from.

I have been stitching as time allows.

Pat Mazu Star in the Meadow Petite Stocking

I am in 2 round robin band sampler groups now.  One thru my local EGA group and one thru the Northwest Sampler Guild. We are over halfway finished with the NSG round robin.  But, this is the first sampler I have stitched on for the EGA group.  I did the top band-it is a section from Blackbird Designs Joyeux Noel booklet.

Gay Ann Rogers Christmas Mittens Heart-I didn't have mittens for the center space. So I substituted a Christmas pudding/cake button.

A retreat is coming up soon and there will be an exchange of smalls.  Here is what I stitched for the exchange. It's an old freebie and sorry, I can't remember who the designer is.

This is Aury's Patriotic Heart 2013

This is Aury's Patriotic Heart 2012.
I still have a large stack of smalls I'm trying to get thru.
I joined L'Atelier Perdu's Stitching Club 2015 and am waiting on the first part to arrive.
I joined Chrysanthemums in Autumn project at the Binding Stitch and it just arrived today.
And I joined in Judy O'Dell's Royal Book of Needles Cross-Over Design group.  This has coloring with crayons included in this project-sounds like fun!
Definitely plenty more stitching to do for the rest of the year! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 Pacific Beach Retreat (picture heavy)

It was another fabulous year of stitching, food and friends! The weather was mild and sunny. No rain. Temps in the 60's
We had a charity auction and raised $1225 for Pediatric Interim Care Center (local charity that cares for drug-addicted newborns while they detox)
We had several sales tables (no vendors, just the stitchers destashing).
And the most wonderful show and tell-so sit back and enjoy the show (not so much tell :)

This picture is called Paradise Meadow by Teresa Frank.  It just won 1st place in a competition at NAN.

Here is what I stitched-Margaret Bendig's 6 sparklers from her online class.

And look what I was gifted by a very talented stitcher.  The tray and ort bag match my weekend project, scissors and scissor fob!  It says Stitch On inside the tray. Thanks, Lori!

Stitching Smalls

It's been 3 weeks since I posted and so much has happened that I will take two posts to tell you all!
Lately I have been stitching smalls.  Here are the results-

Finish #1-Blackbird Designs Noel
Fabric and threads from kit from Dyeing to Stitch club

Finish #2-I pulled this one from my stash, stitched it and sold it at my retreat last weekend (more to come about that later).  Canvas and threads from my stash.
Meanwhile I have completely forgotten the name of the designer!  The stars above will be stitched on the white band.

Finish #3-La D Da Angel Scissor Block Kit
Fabric and thread from the kit
The letter and star will be finished into a heart-shaped scissor fob.

Finish #4-The Primitive Jewel Gem Keep II
Misc linen and GAST Hyacinth thread to match the scissors

Finish #5-Jeannette Douglas Tag Trio
Pins and Needles
Fabric from kit.  I switched the GAST Soot wool & cotton floss for GAST Old Red Paint in wool and cotton.  It was the first time I've ever stitched with the new wool thread and I really liked the texture it gives to the project. 

Finish #6-Blackbird Designs In Full Glory
Misc linen and called for threads

Finish #7-Marnie Ritter Our Heart
This kit can be bought on Marnie's website. She contributes $2 for every kit to Susan Komen Breast cancer research.  The side panels are bells and her directions call for French knots.  I thought they looked like trees, so I used a brown/bronze bead so they could go either way.
I have a drawerful of small projects like the above.  It is wonderful to see how fast so many will work up and the drawer now has extra room. (Not for long I'm sure :)

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.