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Friday, July 29, 2011

Another week has gone by. Where does the time go? It's just flying along. I finished Mighty Oak Sampler and just love it! It was so much fun to do. I did frog all the bottoms of the acorns because they were done in a limey green that I just didn't like. I went for the basic beige. Like them much better.

Little squirrel over one.

Love the kitty! So cute.

Had August stretched and poped it into the frame that I am using for all the months.

A close up of the lazt daisys. One is better that the other.

Progress on the Wednesday SAL. Summer is started. Not a lot to show.

Finished September by DT. Love this one. The leaves are beautiful and the panels on the door are cushioned stitched, very fun to do. I have started Boris by PSS but really haven't done enough to show.

We have had a weather reprieve this past week. It has been pleasant with lower humidity. A nice change. Today is gray and we are going to have thunder storms. We do need the rain.
Until next time... Happy Stitching! Deborah

Friday, July 22, 2011

WIPs and Wonderful Stitchy Stuff!

First up is my latest start, The Mighty Oak Sampler. I love this design and it's such a great stitch. The fabric is 30 ct weeks fabric called parchment. It's a yellow color with wonderful variation in color, not the color that the picture shows. I am using belle soie silks. I love the silks. They are a dream. There is quite a bit of over one stitching, which I love.

All the words, letters and the little animals and birds are over one. How cute is that squirrel?

And the birds.

I have finished Spring and will be starting Summer next Wednesday at group. There are different specialty stitches in this one and they make it interesting. This sampler will be gorgeous when finished. I have already found a place to hang it. You can click on any of the pics for a larger view.

I love all things stitchy related. I tried to resist this box but finally just gave in. It is so wonderful. The painting is perfect. I am going to keep my NPI silks in it. A wonderful addition to the craft room.

All my friends know that I have a thing for scissors. Really, who doesn't? I loved the new daisy scissors and the bunny needleminder. Had to have them. The other pair has become one of my favs. Scissors with jewerly. Does it get any better. The little crystal is green in color, which is my birthstone. Had to have them. See, I can justify anything. But really, aren't they just lovely.

A couple of new patterns. Brenda of With Thy Needle and Thread is becoming one of my favorite designers. Love the new Fall sampler. I need some floss before I start this beauty.

Lastly, I can't wait to do one of Donna's little designs. I bought the scissor fob to put it in. Very sea like with sand dollors and sea shells on it.

That's all I have for today. Hope I didn't bore you. Thanks for all the kind comments on my last post. I appreciate them. Stay cool. It's 100 here today and I am thankful for the central air. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Monday, July 18, 2011

An Exchange, RAK and Some Finishes!

Recently, I was part of the tea/picnic exchange that Lainey ran. It was secret and we didn't know who had had our names. Well this is what I received. A beautiful cube with a stitched cupcake on it. The fabric has cupcakes on it, so cute.

This is the rest of what was in the box. A very nice cup and little tray for cupcakes, napkins, 2 cupcakes-one made out of fabric and a DMC cupcake, buttons, recipes and so much more! I was overwhelmed by their generosity. Come to find out that Lainey had my name. She made this exchange wonderful for me. Lainey, I can't thank you enough for all the beautiful things that you made for me.

This design was sent to me by Carol of polka dot chicken. I had commented on her blog that I loved this design and she sent it to me. Aren't stitchers the greatest!? Thanks Carol.

It's been a week since my last post. I don't know where the time has gone. It's been very busy here doing what we all do in the summer. Sorry for the pics. I went outside to take them and found out that it was raining. Why didn't I know it was raining, you ask. It was in the 90's today and the shades were down. I did August by Drawn Thread. The material is a 32 ct mystery fabric (I think it's woodsmoke by LSL). It's a brown color but the the brown it shows in the pic. The fibers are NPI and SNC. It will go into the frame I use for all of the months. The leaves were fun to do but the lazy daisies were challenging at times. You can click on the pictures for a larger better view.

I finished Winifred Gardner. I messed up the stairs and will be redoing them this evening. That's all for today. Will be back with an update on the SAL my Wednesday stitching group is doing. I am almost finished with Spring. Thanks for all the great comments on the last post. They are appreciated. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things

Winifred Gardner before and Winifred Gardner now.

I really can't call her Winifred anymore because I used my initials and this years date. I also changed the dog to look more like my Sammi. This is actually working up fairly quickly. The picture doesn't show how really gorgeous the fabric is. Libby dyed it herself. Just beautiful. Stitching is definitely one of my favorite things.

These Shasta daisies came from one of my gardens. Daisies and daffodils are my favorite flowers. I have about 5 of these little gems around the house. So cheery and happy.

Summer and tomatoes go well together. I love all kinds of tomatoes. I am waiting for the heirlooms. I made a tomato and mozzarella salad for lunch. Yummy.

The last of my favorite things today is fresh cherries and blueberries. I made a cobbler with them. Does it get any better? I think not. It was a wonderful day at my house today. Hope your day was as excellent as mine.

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Time at Sandcastle Bay

Hope everyone had a great 4th! It was busy here with errands, yard work, good barbecue and some stitching. Finished Sandcastle Bay except for about 15 minutes of work on some straight stitches for birds in the sky, spouts from the whales, posts for the umbrellas and things like that. Forgive the pics. It's late and I just took the pictures.

This one and the one below are close ups. The fabric is a beautiful aqua color. You can click on any of the pictures for a larger view.

I see with this picture that I also have to do some flags on the edge. Oh, well.

This is my SAL piece that my Wednesday stitching group is doing. It's a seasonal sampler from the Just Cross Stitch magazine. It's so hard for me to work on this only on Wednesday. I am the only one in the group who isn't a serial starter. I work just one project at a time. Wonder what will happen to me? Things could change.

After I spend afew minutes on Sandcastle Bay, I am going to start Winifred Gardener. I won this from Libby at this little pig. She dyed the fabric and I love it. Can't wait to get going on this little gem.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little place in the blogging world. I love all the feed back I get. It is very appreciated that you all take time to comment. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Friday, July 1, 2011

Some Finishing and Tusal

Spent the day with Cheryl. Besides having a great lunch, good conversation and some stitching time, we finished Summer Garden into a pillow. Couldn't get a really good picture, but I am pleased with the finished product. The ribbon is great.

Not alot of progress on Sandcastle Bay but hopely this Sunday or Monday I can get in some quality stitching time. Lets hope.

I won a wonderful giveaway from Libby in Australia. Her blog is and this little pig. Hope on over, her blog is great. I loved this pattern and have wanted to do it, so I was thrilled to have won. She included the fibers which are silks and cottons. The really best part of the giveaway is the wonderful piece of fabric that she dyed herself. The color is beautiful and it smells divine. I believe that she tea dyed and baked the fabric. Can't wait to stitch on it. Click on any of the pics for a larger view.

Last but not least is my TUSAL for the month. I keep pushing the orts down. Think I am going to get a larger container. You can see the reds and blues from all the patriotic stitching I did.

Happy Canada Day to my Canadian followers. To all of us in the US....Have a great holiday week-end!

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