Monday, June 15, 2015

Starting my Monday off right...and Gifted Gorgeousness of course!

Happy Monday everyone!  My Mom always said, so goes Monday, so goes the week!  So far today is looking pretty good, so I'm anticipating a wonderful week!

So...what did I stitch for Gifted Gorgeousness this month?  Well...it all started about a month ago when I was in St. Michaels.  We have a box each year of patterns we are willing to part with.  We each go through the box and pick things we'd like to stitch and take the pattern home.  One of the ladies put a patten in the box she would have liked to have, but didn't want to stitch, as it was stitched on 36 count Weeks Dye Works fabric over one thread.  It was so HER...if you know what I mean...so I told her I would stitch it for her, (because let's face it, I LOVE stitching over one...and well...I could tell she REALLY wanted it) but she would have to finish it.  Hopefully, she'll send a picture once she has stitched it...Anyway...I stitched it for her, then gave her back all the materials.  As far as I know she hasn't finished it yet, but here is the stitched part...



And what it will look like when she's finished...



She mentioned she might use tiny buttons for the eyes, we'll see how she finishes it.

So...I don't know if the next couple of things will qualify as well, but I finished up this Gitta Design my husband bought for me last September while we were in Alaska on our "Anniversary Cruise" to celebrate our 30th anniversary.  I thought this was just so cute!!  I started out stitching with DMC (converted from Anchor the pattern called for) but didn't like the colors...so frogged quite a bit.  I went up to my LNS and was helped to pick colors that matched the picture of the pattern a little better.  It was my first attempt at looking for colors along the same color scheme and I am thrilled with the results.  The more I stitch, I find the more I'm enjoying experimenting with colors and things.  I am pretty excited to show you this finish...It is stitched on 40ct over two with one strand of floss.



Last, but not least, is the June pattern from the Garden Journal Series by Garden Samplings.  For some reason, the fabric was a challenge to stitch on for me, not sure why...stitching over one is hard without a hoop but even more challenging with really pliant fabric!  But...I like how it turned out...so I guess that's the main thing.



And that...as they say...is that!  I'm heading off the computer as we are about to get a storm I think.  It's very still outside, and quite dark even though it's almost noon.  Batten down the hatches, I say.  Stay safe out there, I hear there are quite a few storms on the way in different areas of the planet!  Till next time...happy stitching!

 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A peek in my china cabinet...

During my last post, as I took pictures of the lovely biscornu that Roz sent and carefully put it on display in my china cabinet, I thought...wouldn't it be fun to post some pictures of the lovely gifts and exchanges my friends and exchange partners have sent over the years?  I keep them all near where I spend a lot of time, and it reminds me of those I've met online over the years.  Those I know who are going through trials, I pray for them as I am reminded of them.  I'm one of those crazy people who collects friends along the way, and very rarely do I let them forget me...hahaha.

So...here they are...

My friend, Sonya, stitched this peacemaker piece for a birthday one year.  And of course, Roz's biscornu...



The teacup pincushion was also stitched by Sonya, I wish the picture showed how small and delicate this cup is, and she knew my favorite "thing" is violets.



The DJ pillow was a gift from the lovely Miss Mouse, again people seem to know my favorite color is purple...haha  I love the way she finishes things...



This too shall pass was from a fellow Sister in the Lord from Alabama.  She and I shared a cancer journey at the same time.  Mine through breast cancer, hers through her husbands cancer.  She always seemed to know when to send an email, card, or gift at the exact moment I needed encouragement.  Her friendship is a blessing to me, a true gift from God, and one day I hope to meet her face to face.



This beauty was from Frances from Friendly Stitchers.  It has to be my favorite biscornu of all time!!



These two pillows are from Gillie.  I love the way she personalized them, you can't see from the spring pillow, but it's personalized on the back...and the alphabet has my initials in a different color...she is so creative!



Meari finished the stitcher's heart.  I was so lucky to be her partner in that exchange.  It is beautifully stitched and finished....the humbug was a gift from a St. Michaels weekend and included two counting pins.  I keep it handy, you never know when you need counting pins!!  And the bag of marbles was from Mouse...she heard I had lost mine, and was kind enough to return them....thoughtful, right?  I keep my eye on them there, I hope I never lose my marbles again!!



This humbug was another gift from Mouse.  She is always sending something fun!



This was stitched by my friend Sonya.  I wish you could see in person how beautifully this is stitched and finished.  She and I also share a faith in our Lord, and I'm lucky to have her in my life.



You may be wondering why I have so many violets.  My Grandmother's name was Violet.  She taught me to stitch, crochet and many other things.  I didn't see her often, but she had a profound impact on my life and considering I was almost named after her, we had a special bond.  I have a picture of her when she was 16, and my son always thought it was a picture of me....I looked so much like her when she was younger.  She loved violets...and when I joined a sorority in my college days, their flower was the violet.  For some reason, they  just keep popping up in my life.  One of my prized items in my cabinet is a cup with violets on it that was hers.  For the longest time it was the only thing I had that had been hers.

So there you have it!  There are other stitched items floating around here, but that's all that's in my china cabinet.  I hope I didn't bore you with my tour.  See you in a couple of days for the gifted gorgeousness post!

 

  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Where was I?

Oh yeah...I remember now...I was going to write about our annual trip to St. Michaels...but then, well...life got in the way!!  Gee, I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I last posted.  Well, I have been kinda busy....

So, would you like to see what folks were working on during our annual retreat?








 These little characters were needlepoint pieces that were finished off as these adorable little decorations.  I think if you click on the picture you'll see a bit bigger picture so you can see them better.



And here is a picture of all of us.  It was great to see our friend, Ms. P, who we don't get to see too often.  It was a great weekend, full of laughter and stitching, what a great combination!!



I've been stitching here and there, it's been kind of hit and miss.  I did take a week long trip to go visit my Mom in New York.  I didn't get much stitching done there.  She kept me hopping!!

Once I got back, we had another stitch day with the lovely Ms. Astrid.  I actually stayed with her for a couple of days.  I think her ultimate goal was to give me a break (she knows how busy I've been and how tired I am) and I was able to finish this needlepoint piece I started a while ago.  It was such a joy to stitch, and though I'm happy for a finish, I'll miss stitching on it!




I finished another of the Garden Journal Series on the last day of May.  



I put a few stitches in Aurora Cabin, but I feel I'm falling terribly far behind if I'm going to finish before the year is out.



I finished the Little House piece I was doing that included three of the Hometown Series she was designing.  I thought this came out so cute!!

 

Here are the biscornus from the exchange I signed up for.  Roz made the first one shown here.  She knew I loved the color purple...isn't it just lovely?  And below the two pictures of the one she made me, is the top of the one I made for her.


  

I've been stitching some on a Round Robin I'm getting ready to start in September.  I'vve done the border and the first of the series.  This is a quick stitch and I hope the other ladies in the group will enjoy stitching on it!




I've also finished stitching my part on another RR I'm participating in right now.  I stitched February, first because it was my Grandmother's birth month (and she is the one who taught me to stitch) and also because I love the color purple.




I should be posting in a week or so for the gifted gorgeousness (I have stitched my piece for this already, but will wait till the 15th to post) so I'll see you back here then!  Happy Stitching!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness...a day late and a dollar short!!

Well, here I am....a little bit late, but...I have a good reason!  LOL!!

So I'll get right to the GG for this month...and I can't quite show it to you yet.  I promise as soon as the recipient receives the gift (which should go in the mail tomorrow) I will show you the top.  Friendly Stitchers yahoo group is having an exchange.  My partner is really quick and hers arrived in the mail over the weekend, while I was away.  I finished hers up over the weekend, so I will only show you the bottom of the finished biscornu that I made for her.  You will have to wait a bit to see the top.



I also made an afghan for my Mom.  It was supposed to arrive to her by Christmas.  Unfortunately I hit a road block, only mental, in finishing it for her.  BUT...I made myself finish her afghan before I did any fun stitching over the weekend, so here is her finished afghan.  I loved this because it almost looks quilted, but it is indeed crocheted.  It was a MONSTER to put together, and probably took more hours to sew the over 200 squares together than it did to crochet them all!  I'm so glad it's over, and, Mom, if you ever want another afghan, it will NOT be one I have to sew together!!!!!



If you want to know more about the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, you can find more information about it here:  http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.com/p/gifted-gorgeousness-sal.html

This sampler was a SAL hosted on this blog : http://www.tresorsdeboitesacouture.fr/
I received the last page about a week before I went on this stitching retreat, so had to finish it while I was away.  I guess it could be considered a GG as it was a freebie offered on her blog.  It has since been taken down and is now for sale in her shop.  



I've thrown my hat into the needlepoint ring.  I heard about this design on the Stitchers of Wiehenburg Cross Stitch & Needlepoint Facebook group and just had to stitch it!  I'm nearly done, just a few more...hundred...squares in the background to fill in.  I loved stitching on this!



I also saw a picture of a grouping of the "Hometown Series" from Little House Needleworks and just had to stitch it.  This is the train station, the carolers and the church all stitched together.  Nealy finished, but not quite.  LOL



I also finished up this 15 sided biscornu that I finished stitching quiet some time ago.  I lacked the courage to get it together, so while I was away this weekend, I was determined to finish it up!  I found this freebie on the internet...you can find it here:  http://gittas-kathrin.blogspot.com/2011/04/15-squares-expand-to-18.html  





I guess that's all I have for now.  I will try to post again soon, but I'm headed up to visit my Mom and deliver her afghan.  Hope she likes it!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Some finishes...

Well...it's either feast of famine in my little world...What's new with you?  For a couple of weeks I was run ragged...but then things came to a screeching halt.  For a few days I was able to spend some time with a dear friend who is going through some trials lately.  I'm so fortunate that I am not working and I can pretty much chart my own course.  It did give me a little time to slow down, contemplate my life, and enjoy a little stitching.

I was able to finish up a chart that had been given me as a gift, I used it as a Gifted Gorgeousness SAL entry one month.  I LOVE this chart!  It was a pretty fast stitch, and hard to keep away from.  I love the way it came out!!  This is Noble, Right, Pure from Abbey Rose Designs and is stitched on 40 ct over two with one thread of floss.




I did change one thing, as I thought there was a pretty big area that needed "something"...so my friend Sonya suggested some little motifs she found in a book she had.  I had to reverse one of the patterns to make it look a little more balanced....what do you think?  I also had to stitch the new part over one....on 40 ct...WHY do I do these things to myself?  LOL!!



I also finished the April Showers chart from Garden Cottage Samplings.  This was a real challenge, as I'm still trying to stitch these mainly from stash.  It is stitched on 32 ct over one.  After a lot of fussing over threads and things I think I found a nice combination of fibers.  



I received TWO round robins (from the same RR group...eeek!!) so my next two projects will be to get those stitched and on their way.  I still have one more Christmas/Winter themed piece to stitch.  I guess I better get busy searching for the next one...better pick a small one if I hope to keep to my monthly goals!!  And of course...continue to work on Aurora Cabin.  That poor baby has been sitting on the sidelines for a little while now.  Life needs to slow down!!  OR...my fingers need to speed up!  One good thing, St. Michaels is coming up and I'll have an entire 4 days to let my fingers work their magic.  Off to work on my Round Robins, have a wonderful stitch filled day!  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Just a drive by today....lots to do and so little time to do it in...

Here is my April Gifted Gorgeousness entry...




This is  a pattern I won through a giveaway from Stitchers Anon Cross Stitch Designs Facebook page.  It's called Away in a Manger and features Holmsey Hare and Fergus.  It is stitched on 40 ct natural linen over two using one strand of DMC.  It was a joy to stitch and you can find out more about this design and others by visiting their webpage http://www.stitchersanon.com/

You can find out more about the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL by visiting this site http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.com/p/gifted-gorgeousness-sal.html

I'll try to update more in a few days...off on my next adventure...