Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My first linen piece.......

and probably my last - lol

I had promised one of the owners of my local stitching shop that I would attempt to do linen in 2012. Not wanting to drag my angst into 2012 I found this little thing and thought - well why not - not much to it - good starter piece.

Well after all was said and done it was nothing that would make me give up Aida.

Ok - here is the picture of my linen pumpkin. The kit came with the pattern - floss - material for the back - ribbon - acorn charms - buttons.

I have a lot of mistakes because linen isn't wasn't as easy as Aida. You have to be on the correct side of the thread line to get things to line up. Most times I did but in some places I had to do some creative stitching. I also swapped out the leaves for "bling" so I didn't have to stitch them - and put a bead in for the squirrel's eye. I also left out the words "come in" at the bottom of the pumpkin. I made it into a hanging ornament with the materials that were provided - that part was pretty easy - lol

Well that's it for me for 2011!
Hugs to everyone that is following my blog and I hope to see you all in 2012!

Friday, September 16, 2011

September 2011

I've completed another project - woohoo! Whittling down my 7,450,000 charts (just kidding - lol - well sorta - lol)

This is a Hinzeit block chart called Birds. My aunt had put a sun room on the back of her house last summer and at Christmas she said she loved coming into the room in the mornings - having her coffee and watching the birds. So I made this for a Christmas present for her.

This was pretty standard stitching for me - used 14ct Aida and the colors the chart suggested. Of course I added my "bling" - there is gold metallic thread in the green leaves. In the picture it's had to tell tho. The charms came with the chart. Still have to take it to Hobby Lobby to get it framed. Will get a green matte to complement the green leaves.

Hope you all like it.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 2011

Hi everyone!

First I'd like to introduce my newest member of my family - Smoky. I was doing some gardening a couple of weeks back and had tossed a rock really close to my front porch. I noticed a little gray paw come out from under and try to play with it. Well long story short - this little kitty was under my porch and now has become a member of our household.

Now on to stitching -

Another pillow completed from the Pine Mountain series. This was actually completed the end of July but I had to wait until I got my bird button. It's the May pillow - I just grab out of my stash in obviously no particular order - lol.

I changed the wing as the DMC color the chart used was almost identical to the body of the bird. I found a floss that was identical to what was shown in the picture which really made the wing stand out. I blinged the eyes and the bird house entry with black metallic iron on embellishment (glued on) and instead of stitching the bird on the flower I chose a button. Then I added 4 large buttons to the corner of the pillow to finish it off. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 2010 2nd finish

Finished a second item for the month - woohoo!! I think that's a record for me - lol

I decided that after last month's project I would no longer do anything large at my "Tuesday only" group.

This is a monthly series from Pine Mountain that I believe they started last year. And of course I had to "bling" it. The sun has gold Krinik thread in it and the seeds for the watermelon are those metallic iron on bling. I'm still deciding whether or not to put some cherry buttons or ant brads on the pillow.

The chart has the ants without antenna so I just had to put them on - now if you look really really close they look like minature raindeer - lol

Friday, June 10, 2011

June 2011

I finally finished my 12 Square Quilt by Handblessing. This was a free SAL that was done thru my local stitching group and I'd been working on it since fall of last year (I'm such a slow stitcher - lol) Of course I didn't follow the colors suggested but I did use silks. And I'm telling you - I'd rather use Krinik than silks - nothing wrong with silks - just I found them very slippery

When I had completed it I asked one of the more experienced sewers to put it into a pillow for me. I was lucky enough to find a blue batik that perfectly matched the blue silk I was using. The hardest part of this whole project was that I limited myself to only 5 colors and trying to get the colors not to be side by side.

Well - on to the pictures. Hope you like my pillow. And I thank every one of you who leave a comment even if I don't get back to you personally (I've never figured out yet how to respond from the blog)

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 2011

Been a while hasn't it? I've been stitching tho.

I'm still working on my son's project (Floral Retreat by Dimension's Gold and the 2 HAED SAL Storykeeps). I really really want to get Floral Retreat completed so I'm thinking of just concentrating on that. I'm also working on a Tuesday only project which is a 12 Square Quilt pattern called Handblessings (a Eileen Gurak Needlework Design) which is a freebie from my local stitching shop. I'm on square #5.

Now on to my finishes - and I'm very sad to say I can't tell you the name or who they're by anymore. The Halloween one has been passed forward and I can't find the chart right now on the rose one.

This one is for my BFF (the one I did the chili pepper one for) for her birthday. It's done on pale green 16ct Aida and verigated floss (Melon). I added teeny tiny seed beads in the middle of the desigins of the border as well as within the pattern. Again I can't remember the designer as I can't find the chart (will have to do better at that in the future!!)

The Halloween one was placed on the wall behind the register at Cross My Heart where I go stitching every Tuesday for the fall season.

Well I guess that's it for now. I hope to be able to post more finishes but I seem to be a slow stitcher. Hopefully the next postings will be the 12 Square Quilt and my son's Floral Retreat.

Until then I hope everyone has a good spring and stays safe in whatever they do!