Friday, August 3, 2012

A Little Peek

Hello blogging friends !

Glad to be here again.  It's been a while and I have been doing quite a lot of stitching.  I'll show you below.  

I have had a great summer so far.  I celebrated my birthday in July with my wonderful stitching friends up in the Colorado mountains and we had a great time.  It is beautiful and peaceful up there... We locked ourselves in a mountain home and stitched and ate all weekend !!!  Does it get any better than that?

Today I am picking up my sister at the airport.  She is visiting from Spain for two weeks and I am so excited.  My nephew (her son) has been living with us in the States since December, so I know he is so happy his mom is coming over.  Tomorrow we are all driving to Jackson Hole, WY for a few days.  Looking forward to that !!

Those are the highlights of my summer :-)  I've also been working on some new wallets and there are some pictures at the end of this blog.  You can visit my Wallet Blog also if you want to see them all. 

Remember my Spanish Mystery Sampler???  Here it is, in all its glory.  I finally got it all framed and I am so happy with the frame I chose.

I also framed My Handworke by Plum Street Samplers.  This was my first try at cutting and assembling the frame and I think I did a decent work, but I need some improvement.  I bought an already made frame at Hobby Lobby for $14 (50% discount), then I cut it to the size of the stitched piece and assembled it.  My corners are not the best, but oh well, I think the frame is perfect for the piece and for $14 who can complain, right?   What do you think?

Another finish is Loureida Geiste 1830 from Notforgotten Farm.  I absolutely love this little piece and it has been so much fun to stitch.  I did age it to give it that primitive look so typical of the Notforgotten Farm designs.  I used the greatest aging method (tip from Paulette from Plum Street Samplers).  It is James Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen.  This is an acid free stamping pad used to create an aged look on papers, photos, cards, etc...  I LOVE it !!!

Love the big house.....

Love the flowers too !!!

I couldn't find a frame I liked for Loureida, so I bough an unfinished one and painted it pulling the green from the border.  Then I aged it a bit..  Now I need to cut it and put it together.  I think it will look good.  

Another finish is my Kingsford Sampler and below is the frame I want to use for it.  I already cut it, but it is too big !!!!  I will have to cut it again.  Yikes !!!

Look at that that corner...  Not the best, huh?  :-)  But I think the frame is perfect for Kingsford

And this is what I am working on right now.  I am loving it too.  It is Shephard and Shephardess by Examplars From The Heart.  What a cute design....


And here are some of my newest wallets.  Go to my Wallet Blog to see many more new ones, and let me know if you would like to have any of them :-).  Also, keep in mind that I'll be on vacation all of next week, so it may be a couple of weeks before I can ship the wallets to you.  

Well, this is all for now.  Thanks to all of you for stopping by.  I love to hear from you all !!!!  Enjoy the rest of your summer and stitch a lot :-)


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

And Finally A Finish

Hello friends !!!

Has it ever happened to you that you stitch and stitch but don't really  have much to show for?  Well, that is my case.  I have been stitching, but I only have one finish to show you ! Please see the picture below and let me know if you like it.  It is My Handworke by Plum Street Samplers.  Such a pleasure to stitch...

"My Handworke" by Plum Street Samplers
Stitched on 40ct Newcastle in Terra Cotta
NPI silks called for

The thing that attracted me the most to this little sampler was the verse.  Isn't it just absolutely beautiful and meaningful.  I do hope God will allow us to stitch in heaven, don't you?

There are so many different motifs and below are my favorites.  The peacocks.....

The gentleman with the doggie.....

And my very favorite of all, the lyon and the lamb.....

I am so excited about the next project I am starting.  It is a design that I have always loved.  The picture on the chart doesn't do it justice at all I think, but when I saw the conversion at The Attic, I knew I had to stitch it...,  It is the Kingsford Sampler by Carriage House Samplings.  I am stitching it on 40ct Vintage Pecan Butter with The Attic conversion to Au Ver A Soie.  So excited about this one.  I'll show you a bit of progress as soon as I start.

I am so grateful that tax season is over !!!  It is such a busy time and it really doesn't leave me much time to work on my stitch wallets.  Now that all is quieter, I've been able to make some new stitch wallets.  You can see them below :-)  Let me know if you are interested in any of them...

.... And these are some of the fabric combinations that I have bought to make into wallets.  I have so many beautiful ones.  The outside fabrics are the ones on the top and the inside fabrics are the ones underneath.  I am looking forward to some free time to work on them!!  

Below are the latest fabrics from Blackbird Designs (I think they are the latest ones anyway, I've never seen them before).  They are just so beautiful.  I had to buy some extra fabric to make some wallets for me also !!!  

And last, but not least, I wanted to mention that I was, very graciously offered, the Liebster Blog Award by Betty from Samplers From Spring Creek as well as Jane from Stitching In My Garden.  I was so touched by their thoughtfulness.  The Liebster Blog Award is given to blogs with less than 200 followers and these are the rules (in case you care to know them :-)

    1. I must acknowledge the person(s) who gave me the award by posting a link to their blog (check !)
    2. I must post the award on my blog (check !)
    3. I must pass the award to other five bloggers, post links to their blogs and let them know they are the recipients by commenting on their blog (check !)
    4. Share five random facts about myself (oh boy !) (check !)

So the five bloggers I choose to pass the award to are:

Five random things about me are:

1.  If I were born again, I would be a violoncello player.  I absolutely love the sound of the cello.  
2.  I have fulfilled my dream of swimming with dolphins.
3.  I can't stand the smell of matches.
4.  I played basketball competitively for many years..
5.  I have hiked three mountains over 14,000 feet tall.

Well, this is one very long post, but it is mostly pictures.  Sorry if I bored you to death.  I hope to be back again soon.  Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.  I really appreciate them !!