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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So Much to Stitch, So Little Time!

I was going to start Mighty Oak Sampler but, of course, I didn't have all the fibers, so I started Sandcastle Bay. I love it! It's slow going because of all the color changes but really worth it. It is done on 32 ct aqua linen by LSL and using the suggested weeks and ga fibers. You can click on any of the pics for a larger view.

I tried to get a closer view so you can see the little people and the dogs. I love the dogs and the whales and the fish. OK, I love it all.

Today my Wednesday stitching group started the seasonal band sampler from the Just Cross Stitch magazine. There are 8 of us doing this every Wednesday. This is going to be hard for me because I usually work on 1 piece until it's finished. Not much progress as of yet.

Had July stretched and picked it up today. Put it my in and out frame. Very cute. Love the fire works.

Picked up this July piece, as well. Again, put it in the frame I use for all the PS monthy designs.

I want to thank everyone for all the great comments. I appreciate them all! I also want to welcome all my new followers. I am getting close to 500, amazing! I haven't had a pic of my sweet Sammi in awhile. Here she is doing what she does best.

Until next time.....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Is It Really Summer?

First, I would like to thank everyone for all the great comments. They are greatly appreciated. The weather in New England has been cold and rainy for days (only in the 60's), so I am going to apologize for the lousy pictures now. I finished July by the Drawn Thread but forgot to take a picture before I left it at the framer to get stretched. I will show it next week. The pic above is the Summer Garden by LHN. It is so cute in person. The fabric is 32 ct. tundra (beautiful green color) with the supplied CC fibers. I believe that I (Cheryl) will make it into a pillow. You can click on any of the pictures for a larger view.

I think that Sandcastle Bay by Praiseworthy will be the next one up. The fabric is 32 ct vintage aqua mist by LSL. This is the beautiful color. The picture does it no justice.

I added to my stash with Autumn Alphabet by LK, a Sampling by Ann from SP and Mighty Oak Sampler by Chessie and Me. I love everything about the Mighty Oak. The colors are wonderful and that log cabin is awesome! Maybe this one will be next.

A couple of months ago Cheryl and I went looking for flower frogs and were very successful. This is one of my very best favs. The bottom is an art deco ash tray. Really cool. I will post the rest here and there.

Thanks for visiting. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Sunday, June 19, 2011

All Things July

Quick post tonight! I finished July by PS. Used 32 ct lambswool jobelan and the suggested DMC. This one took alittle longer than usual but was worth it.

Started July by Drawn Thread. I have had a thing for patriotic designs this year. I think that this will be the last one for this year. I am doing it on 32 ct Rue Green and am using the suggested NPI silks and SNC. Those little trees are really neat. They are done in an elongated smyrna cross.

Jane from quiltsmiles is going to be receiving the magazine, Cross stitch and Needlework's. Check your email, Jane.

Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Some Great Finishing!

I can say that the finishing is great because I didn't do any of it. I did pick the frame for Land of the Free. It's a two tone gold that looks aged. I am really pleased on how it turned out. Below is a close up of the frame. The top looks darker than it is in person. It's a tarnished gold color. If anyone would like the magazine that has the Land of the Free design, please leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address. If more that one person wants it, I will draw a name on Saturday.

Thanks to my friend, Nataly, I am now the proud owner of this wonderful scissor fob. I stitched this little darling last July (it's a LHN design but I can't remember which one) but just recently asked Nataly to finish it for me. I have always admired her bead work. She asked how I wanted it finished and I said whatever you want to do. She gave me red beads because I love red. If you click on the picture you will see that she used 2 different color of reds and two different sizes of beads. Awesome! Again, thank you Nataly!

I am in the home stretch on my PS design. This one is alot of fun.

Before I close, I must congratulate the Boson Bruins for winning the Stanley Cup. I was a great game.
Until next time....Happy Stitching ! Deborah

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Little More Red, White and Blue

I forgot to post this little gem on my last post. Isn't she the cutest. Worked up fast and turned out great. I don't have a patriotic tree but I will hang her somewhere. Click on any of the pictures for a better view.

A little more summer stitching. July by Drawn Thread and the new thread pack from CC. Both very nice. Can't wait to start them.

I have been very lucky lately. I have won a couple of wonderful giveaways. This is from Jennifer of Feathers in the Nest. She has a wonderful blog. This was her Memorial Day giveaway. A very old BBD design with all the fibers to do the design. It's right up my alley. Thanks Jennifer.

This is a wonderful book of quilt squares that I won from Cheryl at Prairie Grove Peddler. I have enjoyed reading it. It will passed on to my friend, Cheryl. She is the real quilter in our group.

Lastly, my progress on July from PS. It's coming along slowly. Don't know why some of the text is yellow. Can't make it go away. Sorry.
Thanks for continuing to read and comment on my blog. Your comments mean alot to me. Have a great week-end! Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I am Feeling Very Patriotic.

Finished Land of the Free the other night. I used CC and GA fibers. I didn't have all the belle soie. I think that it came out pretty good. Dropped it off at the framers this morning on my way to stitch group. The frame is an old tarnished gold color. Different.

I finished this little gal last year. My friend, Nataly is going to make it into a scissor fob for me. She does everything by hand and will bead the edges. I love how she finishes her fobs.

Started July the other night. I changed up the red and blue because the colors were too bright for me. It's coming along.

The weather has turned hot. In the upper 90's. Thank goodness it isn't going to last. Friday is back to the 70's. I hate the really hot stuff.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my last post. I appreciate them. Until next time.....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Finish, A Start and Tusal

Just a quick post tonight to show you what I have been up to. First, I want to thank everyone who left comments on my last post. I was overwhelmed with all the kind words. They mean alot. On to the stitchy stuff, I finished Le Jardin de Lapin. I am not sure that I want to add the words. I kinda like it as is. I was drawn to the pink fabric and all the different pink fibers. You can click on any of the pics for a better view. Lynn asked who the designer is.... Praiseworthy Stitches. I used the suggested fabric and fibers.

My start is Land of the Free by Blackbird designs. This little gem is in the current cross stitch and needlework magazine. I am using 32 ct vintage exampler linen and I didn't have all of the belle soie silk so I made my own substitutions using GA and CC fibers. It's a fast stitch. I really love it.

Last but not least is my TUSAL for this month. You can see all the pinks and greens from Le Jardin. Thanks for the concern about the tornado's that passed through my state. I live near the Cape so we only had severe thunder storms. The western part of the state was hit with the tornado's. My heart goes out to the folks that lost loved ones and to all who lost their homes.

Until next time...Happy Stitching! Deborah

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Framing and Rabbits

It has been over a week since my last post and frankly it was because of blogger. One day I couldn't upload pics and I haven't been able to leave comments on many blogs and I don't have my followers on the blog. I do know that I still have followers because you are still on my dashboard and I have even gained 5 in the last few days. I read on a blog (sorry I can't remember who to give the credit to) that I could leave comments if I unchecked the button that leaves me signed in. It works! I can now leave comments without any problems. On to the stitching. I picked up 13 Colonies from the framer. It came out really well. Went with a wide black frame. Close up below. You can click on the pictures for a much better view.

Had June stretched for my pop it in and out frame.

This is a terrible picture of Betsy. We have had terrible storms today and I wasn't able to get a good shot. The fabric isn't pink like the pic shows. It is a wonderful gold color. I wanted a gold frame but frankly that was gold over kill. Went with a back frame with a row of gold beading on it.

Isn't she pretty sewing on her flag. ?!

Again, another bad pic. This is le jardin. This fabric is actually a soft pink color. The people are really cute. I will be done soon. Didn't get enough stitchy time over the holiday. Did alot of yard work and keeping the house perfect (for the viewing public) takes much time away from what I would rather be doing. Did manage to spend time with friends and have a turkey burger. Hope you all had a fun filled week end with family and had some great food.

Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah