Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Garden Time!

I received my SBEBB Garden Exchange from Amy! She made me the most awesome pillow, and included a chart from my wish list (with the buttons!), and fibers, and notepad, and chocolate!

Thank you, Amy!!! I love everything! :-)

Here is a picture of my few plants I have purchased... no, they are not planted yet! It was 33* when I took this picture this morning! They are still on the front porch, covered up at night. I know it was early to purchase the geraniums and tomatoes, but, I couldn't resist!

I played golf yesterday... it was cold! But, considering I hadn't picked up a golf club since last October, I figure I did pretty well. I ended up with a 51 for the nine. The greens were like cement! I guess they were frozen! Hopefully the weather will warm up, and my scores will go down....

I've been stitching on a Mother's Day present for my Mom. It is Hinzeit Charmed Vertical Mothers Love. I'm hoping to get it stitched and made into a wall hanging by Mother's Day. (excuse the wrinkles, please)

And... my dear husband, Chuck, thinks I need to be put somewhere where I can't hurt myself or anything else! Monday started off weird.... I thought to make myself a fried egg for breakfast, went to flip it, and missed the pan and onto the burner it went! I should have given up then! Made a run to the gas station, couldn't seem to get out of the van! Duh! undo your seatbelt!!! The front doorknob is loose... okay, I can fix this. I take it all off, clean it, and put it back together. The latchy thing won't work... Okay, I've broken the probably 100+ year old doorknob... but, hey! It looks good!! Nice and shiny! (you can see the latchy thing is not sticking out!)

At this point, I have such a headache... I think I will just give up and stitch! What harm can there be in that? I decide to press a piece of fabric... Becca asks me a question, and I answer her while leaving the iron on the fabric!!! Yuppers... it's scorched!!! Back to the chair... I have WIP's... just pull one of those out!

Headache still lingering... but, it's off to work today. Probably a disaster waiting to happen! LOL

Take care... thanks for stopping by!

(Amy -- I have to find my Earth Threads file to find the chart...)

(Leila -- the Motif TT is done with Caron Watercolours #157 Polar Ice on Ecru)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

some 'finishes'

I've been stitching, but, I can't show you what!!

So, here is a few things I 'finished' into things.

Here is an Earth Threads design, I made it into a pinkeep:

This was a freebie, from I can't remember when or where... made into a pinkeep:

And, this picture is two things I finished for my friend, Daryl: She stitched them, and I made the preface piece from Betsy's class into a pinkeep, and the other into a flatfold.

This was a 2006 SAL from the SanMan Message board. I finally finished it, and found the perfect fabric to make it into a wall hanging. I added a few snowflake buttons also.

That's it! The weather is beautiful, and I have a meeting with my golf league this afternoon.

Happy Stitching....

God Bless you all...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ewe's Here!!!! and a few finishes :-)

An exciting way to arrive home!! There was a package on the front porch! Oh my... is it addressed to me???? Yippee! Skippee!!! It is! It is! I don't recognize the address.... Hmmm....

Finally got thru the 'well taped' package, and got it opened. It's from Edgar, and just jam-packed full of goodies!!! It was the SBEBB 'Here's to Ewe' Exchange. Edgar made the most fantastic pinkeep! Isn't it beautiful?

And packed in the box, with foam peanuts, were all these goodies: Two, count them, Two, charts from my wish list! Pins! Cutest Sheep Buttons! and Honeysuckle Lotion!!! (I love the smell of Honeysuckle -- remember the old Avon one? It reminds me of my Grandmother, who taught me to stitch, and knit.)

What can I say? Edgar, I am overwhelmed with your generosity!!! Thank you so much! You are such a sweetie!!! (And, I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!)


And, I've been doing a little finishing of some projects in the craft room.... I'll post a few today. Please remember, I am not a photographer, but, in a few, I tried to be more creative. :-)

A little Irish pinkeep:

A little white and puple pinkeep:

A green pinkeep - I think with was a TW freebie:

LHN Rose Sampler -- finished into a flat fold:

And the back:

That's it for today!!! Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings...

Take care, and God Bless...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Ewe made it across the ocean!!!

Judith received the SBEBB 'Here's To Ewe' Exchange I sent her! I stitched a freebie from Rainbow Gallery, but, changed the colors, trying to make her very spring looking, with a necklace of pink beads. :-)

And a side view:

And the whole package... I included some fabric, and fibers, and a cute sheep button.

Here is a picture of my 'grandkitty' Cake, waiting at the kitchen door... She didn't understand that her Mommy and Daddy were moving out, and why she couldn't help! She sat there most of the afternoon, crying, with her nose pressed against the door. Cake was the last thing to go. They didn't want to take a chance of her getting out while they were moving stuff. My boys do act like they miss her. They were looking all over for her yesterday. (And I know my floor needs sweeping!)

And, when I go to do a new chart, I usually go to the Cross Stitch Calculator, to see what size cut of fabric I need, and print it out. I did that for a chart I wanted to start, and 'a furry creature' decided to help me, and take the paper out when it printed. Can you see the tooth marks on here? Silly kitty!

Thanks for stopping by!!! I have been on a finishing frenzy yesterday, and so far today! I hope to be able to take some pictures later, and show off what I've been up to! (You would think with all the 'stuff' I have I could find some gold colored ribbon? No such luck!! I might have to make a run to the store....

Until later, friends!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Exchange Received!

My Time for Tea exchange on the SBEBB finally arrived at it's destination!

I found a design in an old magazine that I thought would be perfect. It is stitched on the diagonal, and made it into a fat needle roll. I also included a dishcloth with a tea design, a piece of green fabric, some green floss, a card of 'tea' charms, and a tin of green tea -- in keeping with the 'green tea' theme. Tuula has said she likes it all.

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, April 04, 2008

New Layout

Hi all...

I changed the look of my blog! Let me know what you think...

Not much stitching going on. I've been working on the "Bianca" Scissor Case, and knitting on my April monthly dishcloth. :-)

The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend. I can only hope!

Everyone have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

SBQ 04-03-2008

This week's SBQ was suggested by Terri
( and is:

What items do you consider essential to your needlework that you keep
in your stitching bag?

Well... I have several! In each one is a pair of scissors and fob, a hoop, and a package of needles. So that would be the essentials.

Depending on the project, it might have my version of a BooBoo stick (that would be a Mary Kay tester mascara brush -- I had a friend give me a dozen one time!), and a magnetic board to hold the chart.

I love to be able to just grab a tote, if I am on my way out the door to go over to Mom's, or to have something to do while I wait for her at Dr. appointments, and stuff like that, or to sit on the deck in the sunshine!

The permalink to this post is:

Now... thank you all for your kind words on my giftees I sent out.... You just never know when something might come in the mail. :-) I am feeling sooo much better. I think I am finally coming out of my 'downs'. Maybe it is the promise of Spring. I don't usually mind winter, but, enough!! I've mailed out my SBEBB Here's to Ewe Exchange! Can you believe, the perpetually late mailer mailed out five, count them, five days before the mailing date!!! Yes, Miracles Happen!!!

Thanks so much for reading, and your comments... I so appreciated them!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pictures... I promised you pictures!

Okay, the other day I promised you pictures... Just remember I am not a photographer!

For Easter, DH Chuckie gave me a pot of daffodils. They are on the way out, but, here is a picture of one still looking good. The pot had nine blooms on it!

Okay... here is the infamous vest I knit!

Lion Brand Vest In-a-Jiffy
Pattern Number: 20064
Bernat Softee Chunky 'Denim Ombre'

And a close up of the sides,

And the button I added (and there is a buttonhole knitted in!):

Progress on the Papillon Sampler "How Does Your Garden Grow?" (I think this is thru part 3):

Here is my LHN Rose Sampler (maybe my fabric choice was dark?):

LHN 'Rose Sampler'
28ct. Cashel Linen 'light mocha'
DMC fibers

A couple little fun stitches I did the last couple of days:
Aidaworks Stitchin' Fix April 2003
'Mend Thy Ways'
10 ct. Tula, Perle fibers, JN Flutter Bead

Aidaworks Stitchin' Fix November 2002
'Sweet Christmas'
18 ct. Rosemary linen, NN fiber, MH buttons

Just Another Button Company Freebie 'Irish at Heart'
32 ct. 'mystery' linen scrap
WDW fibers and JABC button

And, The Cat's Whiskers "Bianca's Scissor Pocket" in progress:

I purchased the "kit" at Camp, but, couldn't find the Bianca Scissors. Thank Goodness I found them here: Mike & Carol's Thanks for the speedy service!!

Here is a picture of my 'Easter' table. The carrots disappeared! (Do they look like cat toys? they are probably under the stove or refrigerator. :::sigh:::) I couldn't resist adding the 7-up can. (had to buy it special -- it has tulips on it. Have you seen the commercial with the rabbits? I love it!)

I think this is the guilty - carrot - stealing one. Doesn't she look guilty? This is my 'grandfurbaby' Cake. (My boys know better than to get on the table... this one does whatever she wants!)

And, now as I finish my post... the sun comes out! Yeah! But, I'm not re-doing my pictures. I know they won't come out any better! LOL

My long lost nephew has contacted the family! Yahoo!!! He is getting married the end of May, and has a beautiful little girl. I am thrilled he has gotten his life together! (((Doug, DeJa, and Charlie Ann))) (He told me I could post pictures on my blog.. but, I have to play with the scanner for that -- another day!)

Thanks for reading, and all your comments! I truly appreciated that you take the time to read my ramblings...