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Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's been another busy bunch of days. Did go to stitching on Wednesday,which was fun. Also had all my female type Doctors Appointments. Have to do them but don't like them. At least they are done for another year. I finished an exchange piece this week. It will be my first exchange and I am looking forward to it. I am having a lazy week end which translates to alot of stitching. I think that I will finish this tomorrow and will make it into a small pillow. The fabric looks dark but it's not. The design is Gathering Basket by BBD using 32 ct. Autumn Blush with CC fibers.
Picked this up this week. I really like the simple white frame.

Forgive me, my pictures are out of order. I finished this great design from BBD. It's in the new book of theirs. I used 32 ct Confederate Gray with the suggested GA floss called uniform blue. Things work up really quickly when you do not have to change colors. I think that I will have a frame made for this one.
I also picked up this one. It's small and I had a pop in and out frame made for the series. It will live in my craft room on a book shelf. I do have some fun stuff coming up this week. Hope to go antiquing this week with Cheryl and next Saturday is going to be a wonderful day for the Wednesday stitching group. More to come later.
Thanks for all the great comments, I love them. Hope you all are having a great week end. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Monday, March 21, 2011


I finished June by PS. This could be my fav of all the months so far. I think I say that after everyone. Love the colors and all the little motifs. Click on any of the pictures for a better view. Below is the full design.
I will have this stretched for my pop it in and out frame. It's done on 32 ct lambswool jobelan with DMC floss.

Just a picture of Sammi decked out in her Irish collar that says Kiss Me I am Irish. She is a love.

It's been a very busy week. I had expected to post before this. I made 5 loafs of Irish Soda Bread . I shared some with my Wednesday stitching group. Had a St.Patrick's Day dinner for family and friends. They all got to bring bread home with them. I had a great dessert but forgot to take pictures. I got the beautiful piece of pottery in Ireland about 10 years ago. Friday was a beautiful day and I spent it outside raking some the gardens. I did all of them in the front yard. You wouldn't be able to tell today because it SNOWED. It didn't cover the streets but my yard is still snowy white. I am so tired of the cold and snow. That's the reason why I have a new header of daffodils. Very Spring like. They are one of my favorite flowers and the season is short. These came from England and are really beautiful. Had a large bouquet on the table for St. Patrick's dinner. Thanks for all the great comments and I have almost 400 followers. I am going to have to come up with something for another giveaway. Stay tuned. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Day Of Finishing !

Made this little bloom design into a pin pillow. Added a few buttons and a pin, filled it with walnut shells and it's done. Click on any of the photo's for a better view.
Next up was the ruler keep. I sewed on some cranberry colored wool, the long piece is where I will put the little ruler and the small square is for pins. I added the cording to finish it off. The picture below is the other side. Still haven't found the ruler. May have to get another one.

I finshed the LHN Bluebird design and I will show it after I have a frame made for it. This is the next little design I did this week. It's by Drawn Thread. I will have pop it in and out frame made so when I do the other months, I can just switch them out. This design is small (about 21/2 inches by 61/2 inches) and will be perfect put on a book shelf amongst the books.
Enough of the little stuff, I have gone back to PS June. It's done on 32 ct. Lambswool Jobelan using DMC.
I want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with Japan. A terrible earth quake and so many lives lost. Cheryl's son is currently working in Japan ministering to our servicemen. His area was not hit. Thankfully. It was very hard on Cheryl until she heard from him.

As always, thanks for all the great feedback. I appreciate all the comments. Until next time...Happy Stitching! Deborah

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Instant Gratification

After doing some medium sized projects, I needed some instant gratification! This is what I am currently working on. I started it at my stitching group today. It's working up so quickly. I can see it framed in a white frame. It's called Singing the Blues by LHN. I am doing it on lt. mocha 32 ct. linen with suggested CC fibers. You can click on any of the pictures for a better view. All the pictures are kinda dark.
This is a ruler keep by SP. I did it on 32 ct. lt. exampler by LSL. I haven't picked out the felt yet, but I am leaning towards a gold piece. I had the really cute ruler by Kelmscott. I just have to find it. This one I can finish myself because it involves no sewing. Yeh!

This little cutie is from the current JS mag. I used waterlilly 32 ct linen instead of the guacamole linen. I will be making this into a pin pillow. Hopefully, Cheryl and I will have a finishing day on Friday.

Has anyone seen the soon to be released LHN piece, 13 Colonies. It is really beautiful. Go check out Diane's blog.
Thanks for visiting my little piece of MA. I really appreciate all the comments. Next time, hopefully, I will have finished this designs and have some baking to show. I will be making Irish Soda Bread ( 4 or 5 loafs) and some Irish themed dessert. Haven't decided on which one. Until next time.... Happy Stitching! Deborah

Thursday, March 3, 2011

WIP,Tusal and Cannoli

Made some progress on Fresh from the Garden. I like it and hopefully, it will be done and in the needle book soon. It's a quick and easy stitch.
My jar full of bits of floss. I haven't added as much as other months. Oh, well.

These are the cannolli that I made for my stitching group tonight. They were okay. I have alittle tweaking to do on them.
I have had some questions about the March header. I did this design around 8-10 years ago. It's done over one and the size is 1 1/4 inch square. Really really tiny. I believe it came as a kit with the little button and frame. I think that it was from Olde Colonial Designs. (I could be wrong about the designer. I no longer have the pattern) It is my favorite St. Patrick's design.
Just a quick post tonight. Until next time....Happy Stitching Deborah

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Little Stitching and A Little Cooking

I finally finished this PS piece. It's May and turned out pretty good. Love the sheep. Life has been really busy and I didn't get much stitching done. I won't bore you with all the stuff that went on like the washer flooding the basement or the car having a recall. Something I did do over the week end that was fun, was taking a cooking class. After stitching and reading, cooking is something I love to do. The class was on Rustic Italian cooking. Yummy! We made bruschetta a couple of ways, chicken cacciatore, polenta 2 ways, ricotta gnocchi with 4 different sauces and cannolis. It was a long day but a great day and then we ate all we made. The cannolis were easy and really good, so I am making them for my Thursday stitching group. I will take pictures after I make them. We were not allowed to take pic's during class.
This is one of my Nashville buys. I an using 32 ct . vintage butter cream linen and the supplied CC floss. The colors of the needlebook and the pin cushion fall are like colors and that's probably why I was drawn to the project.

Sammi went to the animal hospital today to have a cardiac ultrasound. I stayed with her and it was great to watch. Angell is a teaching hospital and the cardiologist talked me through it. Fascinating. Thanks for visiting my little piece of the world and leaving great comments.

Lastly, I want to express my sorrow for the lose of Lisa of the Primitive Needle. I did not know her personally but I loved her designs. My prayers go out to her husband and family.