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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Really, Where Does the Time Go?

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. I appreciate them all. Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. We were busy with a lot of yard work, which is never ending. Visiting with friends and some stitching.
Sorry for the bad picture, I don't iron until the piece is finished. This is Dogwood Lace by Rosewood Manor. The fabric is 36 ct. Chantilly Cream by LSL. I am loving this piece and wish I had more time to work on it. You can clock on any of the pictures for a larger view.
This is my stitching group piece. It is coming along nicely.
I had The Summer Band sampler stretched and popped it into the frame I am using for all 4 seasons. I love the frame molding and it goes well with all of the seasons.
I will end with a couple more shots of my Iris. They are so happy. Stella is growing and doing well. This coming weekend we are going to the shelters yearly open house for the adopted pets and their families. Hope to get some shots of her and her siblings. Until next time......Happy Stitching! Deborah

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Where Does The Week Go?

First, I what to thank everyone for the great comments on my last post. I would, also, like to welcome my new followers. This week has just flown by. I have done some stitching and a lot of gardening.
I finished this piece last week and forgot to post it. It is the Summer Band sampler by LHN. It will stretched and put in my in and out frame.I finished the June Word Play this week and it will be done as a door hanger.
I did this piece last year and just had it framed. Really, the pictures do it no justice. The design is by PSS done on 32 ct. days gone by linen using the suggested silks.
Here is a close up of the frame. I will keep this one up all the time. I just love it so.
I picked this piece up today and I love it! It is already hanging in the craft room.
I started this last night while watching Dancing with the Stars and I learned that I really must pay attention to the stitching. So, I started again today. The piece is Dogwood Lace by Rosewood Manor. I am doing it on 36 ct. strawflower LSL. A beautiful pink fabric. The floss is baked apple by WDW. This piece will take awhile to do. I now know that I can't do this piece at my stitching groups, so I will be doing small quick pieces during group times.
I picked up this piece at Celebrations from the Inspired Needle's booth. This will be my first group piece. I got some emails and comments about the Inspired Needle. I tried to answer them but some of the emails came back so... let me tell how much I enjoyed visiting the Inspired Needle's Booth. Cathy had everything that a store would have. I don't think that she left much behind in her store. I went back 4 times and think I bought stuff each time. I am glad that she will be coming back next year.
I will close with a picture of some of my bearded iris. They are so pretty. Have a great holiday week-end! Until next time ..... Happy Stitching! Deborah

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Glad To Be Back!

I spent some time in Myrtle Beach visiting my dad. He recently bought a condo on the harbor and it is beautiful! The weather was great and the shopping was worth the trip. I won't bore you with any pictures because the camera didn't make the trip. I did manage a stop at In Stitches in Alexandria, VA. I bought a lot of fabric. They have a wonderful variety.
I found some great charts that had to make the trip back to MA with me.
If you have never been to In Stitches and happen to be in the area, they are a must stop. The store is wonderful and the staff is so helpful. Also spent some time in NY on Long Island visiting some friends and family. It was a really nice vacation. On the stitching front, I finished my letter B.
I love how it turned out. I stopped at the framers today and picked up 2 pieces. The first is a small piece from LHN called summer sampler.
The frame is a beautiful red color. Sorry about the dark pics. I picked up a PSS piece but will show it next time. I need to take it outside for the picture. Cheryl and I went thrifting a month or so ago and I did find some things.
I found some colored bobbins,some smaller spools and a great ceramic flower frog. I really love the red and green bobbins.
I finally found some oil cans that will be used for some finishing. They were a wonderful buy, both for $10.00.
I love how my great-grandma's hope chest looks with my collection of spools and bobbins. It's late and I will close for now. I need to catch up on my blog reading. Thanks for stopping by and leaving wonderful comments. I appreciate them all. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Thursday, May 3, 2012

So Many Celebrations!

I was so pleased to have won this beautiful pillow from Sharon at itsdaffycat.blogspot It now lives in my craft room happily on my wicker rocker. Thanks so much Sharon.
I picked up Zoya and Maxim from the framers today. I love the way it turned out. The colors in this piece are so beautiful. The frame is black with some gray. I think that it makes Zoya a little prettier.
I went to Celebrations in New Hampshire this past week with 3 of my friends from our Wednesday stitching group. Dottie and Phyllis are in the above picture and Diane is in the pic below. The empty chair next to Diane is where I spent a great deal of time. We had the best time. Stitch, shop and eat was our motto. We did it all very well. lol
They had the best booth of antique lace and buttons. This what I purchased. Aren't those little flowers the best?
A few charts I couldn't live with out.
This design is wonderful. When the pincushion is finished it will be added to the top of the wonderful wooden thread holder. On to the winner of my giveaway! I did the random generator thing and BrendaS was the winner. She has a wonderful blog called Brenda's Stitching. You all should check it out. I want to thank every one who entered the giveaway. Wish I could send something to all of you.
This is the piece I am currently working on. The letter B by Jardin Prive. Hope to have it finished soon. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and for leaving great comments. Until next time......Happy Stitching! Deborah