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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stitching and Thrifting!

I managed to get some stitching time in. Maybe if I was home more, I would get more done. Who knows. I finished April Word Play and love it. You can click on any of the pics for a larger view. I just love the fat rabbit in the cart. Now that I see the picture, I noticed that I forgot the word on the cart. Must get to it.
I started Spring Band sampler by LHN. I am using 32 ct. natural linen and the suggested DMC fibers.
Now on to the thrifting part of this post. Cheryl and I have been very busy hitting different spots. First up are the 2 flower frogs I picked up.
The one on the left has a cut glass bowl and a silver top. It is in great condition and under $10.00. The one on the right is a silver plate one. It is in 3 sections. It was really tarnished but polished up beautifully. It was $14.00 and has become on of my favorites. Below is a picture of it taken apart.
Stella thinks everything with her grasp is hers. This is really bad for my stitching. I used to leave it on the arm of my chair and never gave it a thought. Now that she gets on the furniture, I have lost threads, fabric and she has eaten some patterns. So something had to be done and this is what I found.
A wonderful sewing basket that she can't get into. I believe that is was homemade. I found no markings of any kind on it. I was pretty dirty but cleaned up nicely. I haven't decided if I will re-stain it or paint it. For now, it is staying as is. The inside is perfect.
It sits next to my stitching chair out of the way. The top opens on both sides. I just love it.
I found some bobbins and spools and the cutest potholder that I couldn't leave. It is so pretty.
I will end with a picture of Stella. She graduated yesterday from puppy school and is going on to another level.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving the best comments. They mean so much. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

45 comments:

Jackie said...

Are you sure it's that cute little Stella that has absconded with your threads and fabric? She looks completely innocent to me! :)

You've been wonderfully fortunate in your thrifting adventures!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Oh my! I *love* the Word Play and the band sampler looks equally as pretty!! Every time I see that Word Play chart the word pussy willows stands out to me and I remember the first time I saw pussy willows as a child. They fascinated me and I would pet them by the hour. I honestly couldn't believe that they weren't alive! : ) I still get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when I see that word!
: ) Did you use the recommended threads?

Your stitching cabinet is lovely. I hope Stella doesn't think it's a new bone!! ; )

And This Little Pig said...

What a find, it is beautiful. Stitching looks divine, as usual :@ Go Stella! On the obedience, not the everything that is yours is mine, you are just keeping Mum on her toes.
LiBBiE in Oz

Dee said...

Puppies will get into EVERYTHING!!! LOL If they weren't so darn cute they would REALLY be in trouble.

Love the sterling silver frog. That is really beautiful.

Chris said...

Beautiful stitching Deborah!
It is amazing how much we have to adjust our stitching for our pets!

Beth Pearce said...

Love those Word Play designs. Your Band Sampler looks like it is going to be beautiful!

Great Thrift finds! I have never seen a flower frog like that silver plated one - too cute.

I have a little box very similar to yours that sits by my sewing chair. In mine, the top doors open from the center out.

Catherine said...

What great stitches! Love all of your finds, the frogs, and that cabinet ~ beautiful!
Stella looks so innocent!

Margaret said...

Love your April Word Play and the LHN WIP. Both are so pretty! Lovely finds as well. The sewing cabinet should work nicely to keep Stella out of your stitching. Silly girl. lol! She's a pretty pup! Congratulations on her graduating puppy school!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Great stitching! Both projects are wonderful! You found some great stuff, too! Congrats to Stella!

MoonBeam said...

Love your spring stitches and antiquey finds. I would have bought the little crocheted piece, too.

Hi, sweet Stella. Congratulations on your graduation!

Bobbi

CalamityJr said...

Love your stitchy pieces, including the shamrocks in your header. I worry about leaving my current progress on the arm of the chair, also, and have thought about getting one of those magnet closing boxes from JoAnn's, but I like your "find" so much better!

Carol said...

Congratulations to Miss Stella! She sure is advancing quickly :)

Looks like you and Cheryl had a great day together, Deborah, judging by all the goodies you came home with. I think that new sewing basket is a wonderful solution to Stella's unfortunate eating habits!! Really pretty...

Glad you found the mistake on the April Word Play before you finished it off :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats to Stella on her graduation.
Your stitching is lovely and you got some wonderful thrift finds.
My pups will be four the end of April. I'm still sitting at the dinning room table to stitch because they find all stitching stuff too enticing to leave alone.

marly said...

What a great sewing stand! Those bobbins look like perfect chew bones. My Lab used to carry them around!

Linda said...

Great stitching. I wish I could find a flower frog around here. Love the sewing stand.

Linda

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats on your finish - it is lovely. Great thrift shop finds.

Solstitches said...

Beautiful stitching and oh, I love that sewing chest. It's just perfect.
Margaret

Christine said...

Great finish on the word play. I love your new sewing table

Julie said...

Well done Stella graduating!
Beautiful finds, the stitching cabinet is fabulous.

Mouse said...

awwwww can't believe that such a cute face is stealing your stash ...lol
I can leave all mine out and it doesn't get touched phew ..lol

well done on the prevention box ... looks lovely and your frogs are gorgeous too :)

Siobhán said...

Great stitching and thrifting! Love the Word Play finish.

Stella is adorable. Give her some cuddles from me & The Fluffinator.

Annie said...

Love your beautiful stitching. The Wordplay pieces are so charming.

I remember that style of sewing basket/cabinet from years ago. Used to be kind of popular. Never thought of it as way to protect your stash from family!

Cari said...

Your work is amazing ... I love the April word play and have it on order ! Every motif jogs my memory of a wonderful childhood. You have some great finds on your thrifting adventures too!! Sweet Stella is all that, sweet. She appears to have taken to class !!! Have a great week !

Vickie said...

Hooray Stella! :) Your stitching looks great. What awesome finds.

moosecraft said...

I agree... Stella looks too cute to be doing those bad things! lol! LOVE that sewing basket! It's in great condition and a great height too!

BrendaS said...

April word play looks great and very nice start on the Spring Band sampler.

Love all your treasures you found. The silver scissor frog is very unique. Haven't seen one like that:)

Cute pic of Stella. She is really growing up:)

milly said...

hello

I love your April finish, it's very sweet.

Lovely finds!

Stella is very cute.

Deb said...

Your April piece is so cute!!

And great finds thrifting. I love flower frogs and have never seen one like the one of the left. And great sewing basket too. I think I need something like that - Bailey has run off with whole skeins of floss a couple times. Definitely can't use them - they're too tangled and full of dog spit! LOL

DonnaTN said...

I always enjoy seeing your stitching, finishes and wips. You found some fun things thrifting. I love the wooden sewing basket/box. It will be great for keeping your stitching away from sweet Stella.

Pumpkin said...

Congrats on another finish and another start! LOL!

I'd say you had a very successful thrifting trip. WOW! I love what you found to keep your WIPs in :o)

Thanks for closing with a picture of Stella. Tell her what a good girl she is for graduating!

Sally said...

Your April Wordplay is so cute and I love your LHN WIP.

Fantastic finds at the thrift stores!

What a gorgeous photo of Stella.

Kathy A. said...

Wonderful, wonderful thrift finds!
The silver frog is really quite interesting.
And love that sewing basket. Too cute!

Michelle said...

Love the Word Play finish - that bunny in the cart is super cute!

Lynn said...

I can't believe that cute little face could eat patterns, lol! The sewing basket is a perfect solution to that problem. You always manage to find such unique frogs too. Love that silver one!

Your April wordplay is adorable! I love that little bunny too. You're off to a great new start on the band sampler. I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Melanie said...

Who, her? She looks totally innocent to me. :)

Angela said...

April wordplay looks great and I just love the LHN Spring Band Sampler!

Wonderful thrifty finds, I especially LOVE the sewing basket you found.

Stella looks so innocent :)

Debbie said...

I like what you have bought!
And your cross stitch is looking amazing too!

Leslie said...

Congrats to the graduate!! : )

I love your thrifty finds and your stitch work. The shamrock stitching is pretty!

Myra said...

Gorgeous stitching as always Deborah. It looks like you had a great day thrifting.

Veronica said...

Congrats on finishing April already. You're ahead on this one :) Spring Band Sampler is going great too.

Pretty scissors frog. The silver plate one is unique. Have never seen one quite like that before.

Oh, what a wonderful sewing basket. It will be great for storage for sure.

Stella is too cute. Who can blame her for being naughty? ^.^

Hugs,
Veronica.

Sherry said...

Great finds! Stella is adorable! Lovely stitching too!

Patty C. said...

love April Word Play !!!
Awesome "sewing basket" ;)

Karoline said...

Great finds and both pieces are lovely

Ann H. said...

Deb, where do you find your flower frogs? I look for them, but can never find any.
Ann H.

msmartello said...

Great finds! I am on the hunt for a frog. I see so many of really cool ones on blogs and I want one. I really love the sewing basket. Stella is adoreable!

Maureen