Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A Finish -- on time!!!

Here is the Lizzie*Kate Pocketbook Kit "Beware of Cat".

I had this idea to put it together, and then make a pocket on the back to put it on this kind of stand thing. I got the little rectangle block at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, and a dowel. DH drilled the hole in the block, and I painted it black. So..... what do you all think? I think it turned out mighty dang cute!

Okay... enough rambling!! Thanks for reading and all your comments! I truly appreciate every one!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Exchanges Received!

The last two exchanges I sent out have been received! I had Jo's name for the Fall Quaker Exchange, and tried a new finishing - for me - and made a tin topper. I also included some goodies in the package. :-)

And, for the Autumn Exchange, I tried a tuck pillow for Susan. I sent some extras with this one too!

Both have been well received!

And... I received a wonderful door hanger in the Fall Quaker Exchange from Laurie! Isn't it great? She also included some neat stuffs!!

Okay... I'm off to try to finish up the Lizzie Kate "Beware of Cat" so I can try that new finishing thing I want to do! If I didn't have this idea in my mind, I would finish it like Laurie's door hanger! I love that idea!

Thanks so much for your comments, reading my ramblings, and all....

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Quilt Squares

I spent yesterday and today doing a bit of sewing. I finished up another quilt block of the Sampler Series. This one is called Antique Star.

I also decided to do the 'Buck-a-block' monthly series in the '30's' fabrics. (I'm also going to do it in Christmas colors - but, don't have that one stitched yet.)

Thanks for all your great comments on my pinkeep, and stitching. Any suggestions on finishing the 'box' for the Dinky Designs one?

Thanks for looking, reading and your comments!!

Friday, October 27, 2006

I attempted to make a little pinkeep. Here is the result. I wanted it to match the pretty pink scissors I received from Jenna!

And here is the Dinky Dyes "Cottage Garden' that I stitched up. I think it will make a nice box top.

And... I stitched up a Halloween vest for my sister, and sent it off as a surprise!

That's about it! Oh.. forgot to take a picture of my Red Desert Scissor pocket. A few more eyelets and the stitching will be done! And, I have to put my initials on the fob part I stitched up. Then I can begin to try to figure out how to put it all together!

Thanks for reading and commenting!!

Stitching on today: A Lizzie*Kate Halloween Design -- I want to try a new type of finishing, and this design will work -- I think!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

quick update

Hi all.... I haven't fallen into the rabbit hole, but, I do feel like it! I've been getting a little stitching done, some sewing, and also some finishing of exchange projects! I have to remember to take pictures before I mail them out! I realized at about nine last night that it was Wednesday, and I should have been stitching on my Red Desert Pocket!! I think I'll do that tonight. I have to work today, and then when I get home, I'll package up my exchanges to mail, and sit and stitch! (Oh yeah... and do laundry too... it's never ending!)

Till later my friends... thanks for reading and commenting!

Monday, October 16, 2006

A find and a photo

Lookee what I found sorting out tubs of crafting stuff!! This was in there... and I also found lots of charts and GAST fibers, and Six Strand Sweets fibers!! And.... my lost fabric!!! Golly -- I still have a couple more baskets to go thru!!! It's like shopping in my own house! Now, if I could only remember where I put the Halloween stuff!!

This is dated 1994, and is stitched on Aida. I didn't know about linen stitching then, and it probably came from a kit. I like it tho... and will put it with the 'finish it up' pile!

And, here is a little bit of Halloween stitching. I don't know where the rest of my stuff is! I just hate it when the mind has these freezes!! It's probably right handy, and I just don't see it! I stitched the Tabletopper last year while Chuck was in the hospital, the LK Flip-it is stored with the other monthly designs, and the needleroll is usually in the needleroll basket. I don't know why I was able to find the other picture. It was with some autumn stitching. I'm sure it will all turn up about Christmas time! LOL

Making potato soup for dinner... Because it sounds good to me!

Off to get some stitching in... I need a finish for my challenge! (I don't think starting projects counts.)

Halloween Decor...

My sister sent me a box of Halloween Decorations... like I don't have any! Anyway... I put some out on the bay window in the dining room....

Then Scout thought he was a decoration....

And, then Shadow....

CeeCee must have been too dignified to check them out -- or did it when we weren't watching!

I'll try to get my Halloween stitching together for a photo. I spent most of the day yesterday in the dungeon (read basement), cleaning and pitching! Found some forgotten treasures, and lots of junk! I did find a stitched piece from 1994, that I had forgotten about! I'll press it up and show it in a later post. :-)

Until later, my friends....

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Stitching on today: Dinky-Dyes Designs "Cottage Garden"

Friday, October 13, 2006

Red Desert Scissor Pocket SAL & Snow!

Here is a picture of my Red Desert Scissor Pocket that I am doing as a SAL with some other wonderful stitchers. Leila has a list on her sidebar, if anyone would care to join us on this, or just wants to check our progress! If you check them out, you will see we all start a little different!

And... just because it seems ironic to me that I am stitching a 'Desert' design, here is what we woke up to on Thursday morning!! Today we had even more, as it covered the grass, and the overpasses and bridges were very slippery on the way to work! Crazy Michigan weather... they say it will be in 60's by Sunday again! (Good thing... I am not quite ready for winter!)

I have the weekend off!!! WooHoo!!! I'm just going to laze around the house, do some laundry, play in my stash, and stitch!! That's the plan anyway... Next weekend is the 'Grand Re-opening' of the Meijer's I work at. We just went thru an extensive re-model, and I guess they think we need to have this! Still some kinks to work out there -- now that it is colder outside, the heat has kicked in, and our office was a cozy 80 degrees today!! I think some adjustment is needed!! (I thought I was having a major hot flash! LOL) It was a weird day today anyway. We had our Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, and for a donation, we were allowed to wear jeans and pink shirts. It felt like I wasn't even working! Pink balloons and pink ribbons were the decor on the check-out lanes... looked rather nice! One of our Service Coordinators is a Survivor -- and has since adopted two little boys! -- so, we do this up pretty big at our store. Please... all remember to do your self-checks!!

Off to read some blogs, and get some stitching time... Tonight is the monthly Fish Fry at Wacousta, and we invited my son and his girlfriend to join us!

Thanks for reading and your comments!

Stitching on today: Dinky-Dyes Designs "Cottage Garden" - from my stash!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A Halloween Package!

Check it out!! I received this great package in the mail from Ash!! How cool is this doorhanger?? Ash -- I love it!! My daughter thinks it could be a portrait for me today!! (Yes -- it's a bad hair day!) The stitching and finishing on this is just awesome!!

And... included were two (!) V.Clayton Silks!!! (I've never used these, and have wanted to try them!)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm feeling truly spoiled!!


Thanks to all for reading and for your comments! I appreciate every one!

Stitching on today: Autumn Exchange and whatever!

What an idea!!!

Stitch what I have in my stash? What a great idea!!

I'm going to join in on the 10/25/50 Project Challenge!

Purpose of the challenge: to reduce the amount of patterns you have not stitched.

Here are the rules as posted:

Rules for 10, 25, or 50 Project Challenge

* 1. Have fun reducing your stash.
* 2. There is no time limit- people have different size projects they would like to work on.
* 3. Thou shall not purchase any new patterns until 10, 25, or 50 projects have been stitched. Pattern size does not matter.
* 4. This challenge can also apply to knitting, beading, sewing and crocheting patterns.
* 5. You can make some exemptions - I am not placing limitations on this due to commitments that people might already have. Remember, though, the goal of this challenge is to reduce stash so too many exemptions will sabotage these efforts. I have declared three exemptions. (okay... I'm taking four/five.)
* 6. Gifts, gift cards, trades, RAKs and patterns bought with gift money are not a violation of this challenge. This also applies to purchasing patterns for gifts that give other people.
* 7. Freebies count as part of your total and you can aquire them at any point.
* 8. The offical start date of this challenge was Sept 1, 2006 since I have been posting about it for awhile and want to make sure the everyone's projects have been included.

My exemptions:
1. Stash needed for exchanges I have joined. --This shouldn't really count, because I will not be keeping it!
2. Special things needed to complete a project, i.e. beads, charms, fibers or fabric.
3. My monthly quilt blocks will NOT be included in this challenge!
4. WIP and UFO's count toward the total.
5. Monthly Silkweaver fabric (hey-it's only one piece!), and anything that is already on order at the LNS. :-)

So.... I guess I will have fun playing in the stash! I can always look at the new stuff, and just add it to my 'wish list' for when I meet my challenge total! Anyone else have as much stash as I do, and want to join me?

Stitching on today: Autumn exchange --one more time!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Nice Day to enjoy...

Today was a weird day. Started off cold and then turned out beautiful! I didn't want to get out of bed... was seven minutes late to work! (was told they weren't going to worry until I was half an hour late! -- they know me too well!)

Got out of work, ran a few errands... told my son I was getting a new ride! (I bought a new broom.) And, seeing as the camera was in the car... here is picture of what the afternoon looked like on my way home:

Cleaned up the deck -- with my new broom, and then we all went out to dinner for Chinese. (DH's birthday was yesterday, and he wanted Chinese.)

Now the Detroit Tiger Game is on, so I can get some stitching time. I don't care for the colors in my Autumn Exchange piece, so, I may start it over again! Or, I'll just stitch on something else.

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments on the Halloween Exchange. I appreciate every one!

I guess I'll look outside to see if the 'Harvest Moon' is up!

Everyone have a great stitching weekend!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Halloween Exchange Received!

  • (Edit on 10-05-06 for pattern design information)

    I participated in the Halloween Exchange on the SBEBB. I was stressing big time about mailing this, and would the recipient like it... You know, the normal stuff!

    Su posted on the SBEBB board that she had received the package, and she liked it!

    Here is what I stitched...

    Design: "Happy Halloween" (with a few changes)
    Freebie from: Whispered by the Wind
    Fabric: 28ct. Country Mocha Cashel
    Fibers: DMC and Caron Wildflowers

    And, after I sewed it together for a needle roll:

    I also included a few Halloween goodies to fill out the package...

    I'm so glad it arrived safely, and was well received!

    Thanks for reading, and your comments!!

    Stitching on today: Autumn Exchange -- it's a secret!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Quilt Square Update

Tomorrow we go in for our second quilt block -- (Kali -- it is at Country Stitches in East Lansing. :-) -I work right across the street from there!)

Here is a picture of my first block. It is called "Around the World". I think it turned out pretty dang good for my first attempt!

Now, I think I'll go back to stitching...

Thanks for reading and all your comments!!