Wednesday, April 29, 2009

BBD Petites Lettres Rouges

Here is my version of Blackbird Designs 'Petites Lettres Rouges'.

Fabric: Unknown Creme Linen
Fiber: GAST Morning Glory

I would say I made mistakes from the chart... but, I like to refer to them as 'A Stitcher's Unique Interpretations'!

Isn't that sweet.... the Turkey and some of the other birds have come over to check out my stitching. Oh wait... is that Turkey mad because I put only one bluebird in the picture? Is he saying he can stomp on that little bluebird? Let me put down my coffee, and rescue the poor little bird...

OMG!!!! You dang Turkey!! Look what you have done!!! Get off the table!!! I'll see if I can salvage this! I guess I'll just shove the whole project in the coffee cup, and see what happens.

Rinsed, pressed, and it doesn't look too bad! I guess it is now on 'coffee' colored linen.

I'm thinking this project would look great on the top of a box. Will see what my creative mind can come up with! LOL

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I appreciate it!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

It must be Spring!!! Black Cats - Blackbird - Daffodil - and a Turkey!

It must be Spring!!! The signs are all appearing...

The 'boys' sitting by the slider to the deck... enjoying the fresh air and sunshine!

A new project.... "Petites Lettres Rouges" by Blackbird Designs... available on their blog here.
Being stitched on an unknown linen with GAST Morning Glory. I'm not sure I'm liking the colors I picked... will see when it is done. :-)

My first daffodil of the year!! I don't know if I have ever had one bloom. I usually just get a lot of greens. :-) (And, it looks like my pink hyacinths might bloom too!)

And... what would Spring be with out the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Go Detroit Red Wings!!! The turkey is already celebrating, with his friend the bear.... looks like he is ready to throw Al the Octopus onto the ice!

Thanks for stopping by... it means a lot to me that you took the time, and if you left a comment, I really do appreciate it!

Happy Spring!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's finished!! -- and pictures

I have been working on this Table Topper forever! (not really, but, it has been a 'camp' project, and this year I decided to finish it!) I do like the way it turned out...

Dutch Treat Designs "Classic Quilt Squares"
Fabric: Silkweaver Anne Cloth 'Days Gone By'
Fibers: DMC Perle Cottons

And, I had stitched this little design up at Camp. My sister had brought me the 'kit' with the design, fabric, fibers and buttons. The chart showed it finished as a basket wrap around, but, I decided to make it into a little pillow. (I am thinking of passing this on to my DIL! - she likes things 'tres cute'!)

Stitchin' Fix "Easter Basket"
Fabric: 18ct. Star Sapphire Linen
Fibers: Assorted 'cool' fibers

On another note... my sister Reee knits me socks. I love the socks she knits me... from the little ones for golf, to my big ones to keep my feet warm! Aren't they cool?

Any way... she keeps telling me that I could knit my own socks.... NOT! About all I can handle is knitting dishcloths! LOL So... she was very surprised when I told her I was sending her a pair of socks that I had knitted!!! Here is a picture of the socks that I knitted, (look close... they are in there!):

Knitted Kitty Creations "I Finally Knit Socks"
A Freebie in her 'odds & ends' collection
Knit in Red Sugar 'n Cream Cotton Yarn

I finally pulled the fibers for the Papillon Creations new Mystery Project "Castles in the Air". I debated over this a long time... finally had my daughter help me out, and then sent my DIL off to Hobby Lobby with a list, and instructions to change them, if they didn't 'look' right. She picked out what I had listed.

Floss toss for 'Castles In the Air'
Fabric: 28ct. Evenweave 'cream'
Fibers & Beads: DMC -- Gold metallic, Frosted gold and frosted orange beads

And for a parting shot... you get a picture of my big metal turkey. My son and DIL gave him to me a few Thanksgivings past, and he has a place of honor in the dining room bay window. He likes to dress up for the holidays... He thinks he is disquised as the Easter Bunny!

Take joy in the day -- wherever you may find it!!!

Family news.... DH no longer has to go to the podiatrist!! His foot is completely healed, and he is back to work!!! Thank you to all who offered up a little prayer...

If you made it this far... thanks for taking the time to look at my pictures, and read my ramblings. I appreciate you stopping by...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spring Exchange for Sharon!!

Sharon has let me know that her Spring exchange has arrived...

I made the Bent Creek Spring for her post stand up, a little scissor fob with a design from Trail Creek Farm, and a little pin with a design from Lizzie Kate. I really like the way they all turned out!

I was sooo pleased with the way the little pin turned out. (so you get an extra picture!). I don't normally stitch over one, but, the idea popped in my head, and I thought, yeah, I can do this! Didn't it turn out great? I used one of those finishing tin things, and then put a pin back on it. I might have to use this idea again!

And, here is the whole package... I found some charts and goodies for Sharon while I was at camp, and included them! Also, some treats for the kidlets, and kitties!

Thanks for looking.... I have a few of my own stitching finishes to post... will try to get to that soon. Maybe the sun will shine and make a better picture taking day!

And, I am so far behind in reading blogs... I decided to mark all the ones I have in my Bloglines as 'read' and start fresh.... Please forgive me for being neglectful. It's been some kind of crazy the last couple months around here. It can only get better!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Camp Stitch-A-Lot 2009

Once again, it was a wonderful weekend!! Camp Stitch-A-Lot is put on by Stitches 'N Things -- my favorite LNS! This is my ninth year of attending.

My sister, Reee, picked me up on Thursday, and we headed to Davison, MI. I had stitched up a new nametag to wear:

And, I stitched up a design to put on a tote, that I would carry my stitching stuff in all weekend.
Reee had picked out the design for me, and I finally stitched it up. She thinks it fits me perfectly! I don't 'get' it, but, oh well! The design is one of Amy Bruecken's.

I received a special giftee from my friends from New York! Daryl and Cathy surprised me with a pair of blue scissors (who would have picked out blue for me?!!), a measure that looks like a little sheep, and a beautiful skein of 'Lumpy Bumpy' yarn, and a gift certificate for the shop!!! I wound the yarn into a ball, and have already started a little on a scarf, in a seed stitch pattern.

We made our annual trek to the Elaine's Yarn shop in Davison, and I picked out this book to purchase. There are so many beautiful yarns there...

We headed to the shop in Fenton on Friday -- for a little stashing! I got some great things, and I also picked up some items at Deb's 'SNT On the Road' Shop at the Hotel.

Deb treated all attendees with a great vinyl tote, and inside were more goodies!

On Saturday morning... I took Betsy Stinner's class, 'Women of the Sea'. I just love Bets!!! You can't go wrong taking a class with Betsy as the teacher. It is always a treat, and I love the talk she gives as she's teaching.

Deb had a new thing for Saturday night... it was a raffle with all kinds of prizes! I won this beautiful chart by Blue Ribbon Designs, some threads and fabric! (My sister, Reee, won a set of Northern Lights Needlepoint Silks - I think 70 of them!!!)

And... I went 'shopping' in the chart cast offs! There is a place at camp, where stitchers bring their charts and things that they have stitched, or no longer want to have for the other campers to claim! I had taken some charts that I had already stitched, and they were grabbed up fast! Here is what I came home with to add to the stash.... (A few of them were brought to camp especially to give to me! LOL)

I did not take Amy Bruecken's finishing class, but, enjoyed spending stitching time with her. What a delight she is!! She surprised me by giving me these two charts!! (I had already purchased a few of her charts during the weekend -- so was thrilled to receive two more!)

And... last picture... here is most of the 'group' of us that have been attending together for the last nine years. We are the "Stitchy Sisters"!! There are a few missing, but, we hope to all be together next year for our ten year of friendship!

Thanks for looking!!! I appreciate that you took the time...

Spring Exchange from Sharon!!

Sharon is my year long exchange partner. I swear she peeks into my head and knows exactly what I need to brighten my day! I just love everything that was included in the box I received! Everything was wrapped in pretty pink tissue paper!

This is the adorable Spring 'Cube' that was in the box! It even has little buttons on it! It is brightening up the living room on the back of the piano!

She also included all these goodies!!! I love the charts, and floss and needle tin, and fabric, and rings, and egg ornaments! (I need to have Chuck go out in the yard and find a branch, so I can hang them on it!) (I knew there was a reason I bypassed these items when I was at Camp last week.... too funny!!)

And, also included were these adorable Salt & Pepper shakers!! I am just amazed, mainly because I don't think I ever mentioned to anyone that I have a large collection of Salt & Pepper Shakers that I change out all the time!! I love these Easter Chickens!!!

Thank you so much, Sharon!! You are indeed a friend of my heart!