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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Waiting For Spring!

I have had a cold for the last few days and have been feeling rotten and this little cutie came just in time to brighten my week-end! I won this from Sharlotte. Isn't it darling! I love the lace. Can't wait for Spring. We have over 70" of the white stuff and we are predicted to get about 12-18" over Tuesday and Wednesday. Really, enough is enough!
I pulled out Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow and finished the first square (which was 3/4 of the way done) and started the 2nd square. It's fun to do but it's so large that I will be doing other things in between the squares. It's done on 36 ct. Flax with VC silks. All the pic's are click able for a better view.

Another little finish for Spring. Spring Blooms by SB. The empty square will have a sheep button in it. It will be made into a pillow if I can ever get to the fabric store and then to Cheryl's. It won't be this week.
I thought that I would end with a picture of Sammi. She is on my lap because almost no stitching was getting done.
Thanks for all the great comments and for visiting my little piece of the world. Until next time keep warm and safe and...Happy Stitching

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beaded Fringe

I did Dog Rules for Joannne for Christmas. It was done on 32ct Natural linen over one. She works in a cubical and didn't have alot of room, so it needed to be small. I stitched the dog to look like Sammi. I have had alot of time to stitch because of the really awful weather. It snowed yesterday and it's snowing now (another 6-19 inches) and it's going to snow on Saturday. Really, could we have more fun.
to This is my latest pin cushion. The design is BBD done 32 ct bittersweet linen using baked apple floss. The beaded fringe is really much prettier in person than the picture shows. The color is lovely. I really, really love it. Not as much as pom-pom fringe, but close. The draw back is that it had to be done by hand. As always, Cheryl came through and did it for me. But she did say never again! It was a pain in the butt. I do love it. You can click on the photo's to get a larger view.

This is My Valentine by BBD finished. I am having a hard time finding the right frame for it.
Made this little pillow for Valentine's Day. 32 ct Autumn Blush with Wild Beries floss by CC.

This is a SB design and will be made into a pillow after we go fabric shopping. Hopefully on Friday, between storms. Still stitching from my stash and still enjoying it. I know, it's still January but I am trying to keep strong.

I got some comments about keeping some of the designs that I pop in and out of frames each month, in plastic bags. I appreciate the input and am now keeping them wrapped in acid free paper in a dresser drawer. Thanks for the tip! See, I really do read all the comments and appreciate them all.
I am getting close to having 300 followers, only need 10 more and then I will have a giveaway! Yahoo. Until next time, keep warm and safe and Happy Stitching! Deborah

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My New Addiction

A couple of weeks ago, just before the blizzard, Cheryl and I went looking for flower frogs. Most people go grocery shopping, we look for antiques. We both found five. Now, I know that this like alot but we couldn't leave them. This is one of my favs. The gold glass is beautiful. It came with a pitcher, too. Cost of 3 pieces was $7.00.
The one on the left is all one piece. I love this one. The one on the right is a very small ice bucket and the frog fits in perfectly. Cost of the 3 pieces was $18.00. See why I couldn't leave them behind. Nothing that I bought was chipped or damaged in any way. I will show the other two in my next post.
This little cutie was a freebie last year from Paulette at Plum Street samplers. You know how I love the pom-poms. The corner is a little weird but still very cute.

I finish April by PS over the week-end. It's being stretched for my pop it and out frame. Love all the critters in this one.

I wanted a change of pace from the PS pieces and since I am stitching from my stash, I went looking for a Valentine piece. I found My Valentine from BBD. This is a 2005 piece. The linen color is 32 ct. baby lotion (very pale pink), not the icky color that the picture shows. It's a fun piece to stitch.

Before I go, I want to thank everyone for visiting my little piece of the world. I appreciate the fact that you take time to read and comment. I, also, noticed that I have almost have 300 followers! This fact is incredible to me. When I get to 300 followers I am going to have a giveaway. Hopefully, that will happen soon. I must start putting things together for the giveaway. I do know that fabric, floss and patterns will be involved and a little something stitched by me.

Until next time.... Happy Stitching! Deborah

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Few Good Things

I won a great giveaway from October Farm blog. My other passion is cooking. October Farm is a wonderful blog that has great recipes. The basket I won is full of dip mixes, cookies and alot of chocolate. The cookies and the chocolate are from all over the world and really quite delicious. Thanks alot for the wonderful goodies.
Snow Garden was stretched and put into my pop it in and out frame. I like it better now. I have been asked about the frame. Below is a picture. I just move the clips and slide the pictures in and out. These types of frames work out great for series that are the same size. I store the pieces that aren't in the frame in plastic bags in a container.

This is daffodils in another in and out frame. February is in the same frame below. I love this series by PS.
I am almost finished with April, which is my favorite so far.
I spent the day with Cheryl. Instead of getting ready for another 12-16 inches of snow, we decided to go looking for flower frogs. And find them we did! I will save those wonderful finds until my next post. I have really enjoyed seeing all the great projects in the 15 challenge. I have added many of them to my wish list. Keep up the great work all of you. I hope everyone in the south and mid-west has fared well during this storm. My Dad retired to SC from Chicago to get away from this weather and he had 6 inches and alot of ice. They are still snow bound. I plan on sitting next to the fire and stitching during the next day or so. Thanks for visiting and leaving great comments. I appreciate them all. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 Finishes and TUSAL

This is my first post for the TUSAL. I don't really like this jar so I will be on the look out for something different. These are my ort's from the 2 projects I have finished this year.
I did this little pillow by PMD because I needed instant gratification. I do think that it is really cute and cheerful. Something I am not always drawn to. I could have center it better, now that Iam looking at the picture. Oh well.

I had hoped to finish this before the New Year but that didn't happen. I spent New Year's Eve having Chinese food with Joanne, stitching and watching the ball drop. It was quiet and just the way I like it. On Saturday we had friends over for dessert and we exchanged Christmas gifts. It was a fun afternoon with really good cake.

Back to Daffodils, I love this series by PS. I have all that she has designed so far and think that I will continue working on them. They are all being done 32 ct Lambswool jobelan with the suggested DMC. I have a frame that I pop them in and out of. I started April tonight

I have loved reading every one's blog about the 15 challenge. Some of the designs are new to me and really nice. Of course,that not good for my personal challenge, which is to stitch from my stash. I look forward to watching every one's progress. Thanks for visiting and I love love all the comments. Until next time....Happy Stitching.