Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GOOD MORNING.....


It's already Wednesday and I haven't done one stitchey thing this week. 


I swear, I stitched this little design from Primitive Hare, just to hold up in the evening.  Seems my DH always wants conversation when I'm stitching...LOL!!   It is on 28 count evenweave, but it was from Joann's and it is the most uneven fabric I've ever used (MRJ Textiles)!  That's why this one is not framed...it's crooked in the frame and looks terrible!  So I just have it clipped to the top of my ruler....

These are my new scroll frames from Rola Frame.  I love them!  I usually use a hoop, but I heard so many good things about these frames, I decided to purchase one.  Now I have six sets...they are light weight and fit nicely into my Lowery floor stand.



I seemed to have gathered quite a collection of hand dyed floss.  I love the colors but some of them I can barely see any variegation...so .....I'm not sure the extra money is worth spending, when DMC has so many beautiful colors...


I finished this SAL in March, by Country Cottage Needleworks, but have yet to find a suitable way to finish it.  I'm not going to frame it, it will more than likely be a flat-fold finish with some wintery type fabric bordering it. It was a fun stitch...but of course, I always end up one stitch or row being off....UGH!


Well...that's it....it's good to be home from our vacation.  The early part of the week has been filled with Dr.'s appointments for my mom, including today..then tomorrow I start my hooking workshop...I haven't pulled one single piece of wool to color plan yet...guess I'll be super busy this evening!  Have a great day!



















Saturday, May 12, 2018

YAY...I CAN ACTUALLY POST!

Not bragging or anything...but I think I can finally post pictures from my Mac...(with the help of my son.) . Had I have known I was going to have such an issue, not to mention I'm too old to learn the in's and out's of going from a PC to a Mac, I would have purchased a PC...but....I am learning!

We have been in Florida and South Carolina for the past nine days, and are heading home tomorrow morning.  It has been a sweltering 97 degrees here in Charleston, but from what I've heard, Michigan is freezing cold...from one extreme to the other...UGH!   We had a really nice vacation.  My daughter's family joined us for the week and my son and his family came down for three days.

Alexandra and Rory, the two youngest cousins, getting together again.  Alexandra will soon have a little sister to join her in August...so we'll be heading back down here again...so much fun!


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Now...this has nothing to do with our vacation...but I just wanted to share my organization of my ever growing collection of cross stitch charts.  Seems I've been obsessed with stitching these past few months.  I haven't really be interested in rug hooking, but I am taking a three day work shop at the end of the week.



I purchased this small filing drawer system from Michael's in March and organized charts by designer.  


Then...I purchases these mesh bags from Amazon in March as well.  They were $9.99 for ten of them and come in five different colors.  Big enough for charts, fabric, and threads.  I have six designs kitted up just waiting for my needle....I tagged them with the designer, the title, the type of fabric and floss that I am using.  I also put the date I purchased the pattern, when I started stitching it, and when I completed the design.  A bit obsessive....but it's fun to see the progress (or lack of)!



I finished this sampler by Nebby Needle a few weeks back and now I'm just waiting for a frame.  It's going to a very special friend....




My rug hooking guild, The Michigan Rugg Artitstes, are sponsoring a three day work shop featuring Jen Kleinheinz.  I have heard really good things about her and am excited to take this class.  I will be hooking this rug.  It's big and I have no idea where to start and how to color plan.  So she will be there to help.  I would really like to finish it for the fall season...


Well...that's it for now...it's strange to be back blogging after five months..but fun too!  


Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!




Saturday, April 28, 2018

I'M BACK.....I THINK.....WELL..IN A BIT...

Please excuse my long absence from blogging.....to make a long story short....I had computer issues early in the year...then I went from a PC to a MacBook, which I love...but for the life of me, I can not upload pictures to my blog...and what's a blog without pictures?  Heck....I can't even FIND my pictures on this Apple thingy.......Apparently, I have to go to a class at our local Apple store.....UGH!!

Anyway...a lot has been going on in the life....and I have some exciting and inspiring things to share...I hope....at least when I can upload some pictures....

It's been a busy year with some changes.  So....I'll be happy to share....and look forward to get back to blogging!    I love FB, but I need a break from it...most of the things on FB, besides our glorious needlework groups, are advertisements, political posts, posts about poor little animals being tortured,  quotes or sayings that have been shared by a zillion people and on and on.....it all gets a bit depressing and can cause anxiety....at least for me.    So...hopefully, I can get this figured out and start blogging again!

Have a great weekend...it's a little chilly here in Michigan but I know spring is just step ahead!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

CHRISTMAS HOUSE DECOR....PART ONE

Whew...it sure got cold fast here in southeastern Michigan..but I'm loving it!! Call me crazy....but I love the snow and I love the cold.  I just wanted to share some pictures of my home after the decorating mayhem than ensued over the past two weeks....I can't believe all the stuff I had packed away....and all the new stuff I bought...surely...I AM crazy!!

First, I would like to share a couple of designs I finished this week...the first is called "Snowman Trio" by Little House Needleworks.  I used a finish, inspired by Priscilla Blain....using sticky board to mount my cross stitch, and then backing it with a homespun covered board and mounting it onto a painted white wood plaque.  Then I added some bows and embellishments...


My second finish is a design from Shelley Lauper Auen, of Primitive Stitchin'..I mounted it onto a white wooden snowflake from Michaels and then added a bow and some winter pics...it's hanging on my  shabby kitchen cabinet...not prim, but  I thought they were cute!


I'll have three more finished cross stitched pieces to share...I just have put the finishing touches on them yet...I've been a stitching like a madwomen!
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Now...onto the grand tour.....first up is my living room.  That is my antique feather tree in the window with vintage and antique glass ornaments with some of my vintage santa collection...





The little calico bear sitting on the trunk, was one my grandma made me a long time ago...I believe it was my children, when they were young, that plucked his eyes out and tried to peel the felt off of his little feet....I bring this up to them every year at Christmas...emotional blackmail.....


Below, is a walking stick that my late father-in-law used for years...





The center piece is a collection of my "Dollar Store Santa's" that I used to purchase from a dollar store not far from my home....back in the 70's and early 80's....it was not a Dollar Tree...just an independent dollar store...every year they would come out with three or four new ones...being a young, stay-at-home mom of four (at the time), I thought I had died and went to heaven when I was able to afford these Santa's...



After I said I wasn't going to buy another single piece of antique furniture....up pops this watchmaker's worktable at a local antique shop....



Here's Charley...who tries to fend off one grandchild after the other when they come for a visit....


I stitched this little Christmas poem almost 40 years ago... 


My early corner cupboard in my entryway...


...along with my drysink, another feather tree (not an antique one) & one of my favorite Arnett Santa's..





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Well....that's my living room....
Now my kitchen...nothing fancy...but it's easy...











 Well...that's it for now....I'll post other rooms of my home later this week.  My house is nothing fancy or primitive...but it's very easy, and somewhat organized (except for the Christmas stuff).  I wanted to go a little brighter this year instead of prim...just my mood and my age, I guess.  So....I hoped you enjoyed the little tour, and I"ll be back later this week with the rest...Have a great week!






Sunday, November 19, 2017

FLEA MARKET FINDS, STITCHING, JOURNALING

Good Sunday morning!!  I'm still in denial that Thanksgiving is only four days away!

Yesterday, I went to the local church flea market and came away with some goodies for next to nothing...


Last year, my buddy Lauren had this book and I fell in love with it....I looked and looked for it last year and could never find one..but this year...I struck gold!  The ornaments....I purchased a large box full of these vintage glass ornaments..this is only a few of them...for $3 at the church flea market...Since I have a larger tree this year..I'm sure I'll use them all!

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I've been stitching my fingers off this month...trying to get my projects done for  Christmas Gifts...


These are two that I ordered last month and I haven't started them yet.  They look like pretty quick projects...I'm hoping. 
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Next is a project I'm making for myself......I bought the truck sign from Walmart a few weeks back, so I thought I would stitch up "Tree Lot" from Little House Needleworks, and attach it to the bottom of the truck for my kitchen....inspiration from Priscilla Blaine....her blog posts are listed in my favorites....



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And then....Eleanor Rigby by Blackbird Designs....I'm stitching this on 20 count, WDW, linen.  I thought this would be a quick stitch, especially being a larger count...but I make just as many mistakes 0n 20 count,  as I do on 32 count!!


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Journaling


It seems that "Bullet Journaling" seems to be very popular among the younger generation.  I have kept journals for a number of years.  It's a great way to document goals, dreams, accomplishments and everyday tasks.  This is a journal that I started back in 2007...I thought I was really fancy at the time...but it's nice to look back and see what important tasks were then....


These are a couple of pages of projects I completed and sold on Ebay or on TDIPT back in the day.....

This is my present journal...it's gotten a bit fancier....but the premise is the same....but in this journal, I keep track of my daily goals and do's and don't's.... 


One thing I've have learned...is to also keep track of all the accomplishments I have achieved for the month..I think we all beat ourselves up for things we did NOT get done...when we should be patting ourselves on the back for what we DID accomplish...I think you would all be pleasantly surprised!


Small sampling of my goal list....


I have a very relaxing day planned...I cleaned the house yesterday, did the laundry and so today...I'm going to sit back and have a stitchy Sunday!  Happy Thanksgiving to all & have a wonderful week!  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

IT'S A LOG CABIN CHRISTMAS...

Please join us, the artists of Early Work Mercantile, this evening for our "Log Cabin Christmas" update.  So many wonderful hand made items for your primitive Christmas decor...hope you will join us at 9 pm EST....


Sunday, November 5, 2017

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AND A WONDERFUL NEW SAMPLER GROUP ON FB

Such a fun week I had....my friend Dawn Rossell and her husband have a wonderful primitive shop in Holly Mi....this past Thursday, I went her way and helped her decorate for her annual  Christmas Open House.  We literally, tore the shop apart and started our magic..... her friend, Ginny was also there to help...and what a blast we had...although, I could barely move the next day!  Here are some pictures I took that evening....






Dawn's shop is located in the quaint little village of Holly, which is about 90 north of Detroit.  In my next life....I will be living in Holly!!

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~SAMPLERMAKERS~

Now on to the new sampler group...started by the always inspiring, enthusiastic, and lovely Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.  I'm so excited to be member...it is a spin off of her group which was on Bing...but that website was really hard to navigate...so she gave it a reboot on FB.  



I'm unable to get the link to work, but if you go on Facebook and in the search tab...type in Samplermakers....you will be directed to that page....It will be wonderful to be able to post items that we are stitching  and she started a post on posting our own blogs...so I'm sure there are tons of blogs regarding stitching, that maybe some of us were unaware of....anyway....it's going to be a fun group!!!

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Ok....on to my stitching....I haven't blogged in a while, but I have been busy with my stitching and some rug hooking...although I love hooking, cross stitching has always been my first needlework love...it's just endless what you can do with the designs....


This first design, is a design by Plum Street Samplers....I stitched it on 14 count, sparkly Aida...I'm stitching it for my daughter who is vision impaired so I wanted it to be a bit larger than the original.  And she love sparkles!!!  I have a plan on how I am going to finish it...I'll share that later.

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Next....I'm almost finished with this next design. Snowman Trio by Country Cottage Needleworks.  This is a gift for my daughter in law...she loves snowman....I know how I'm going to finish this one as well.....I stitched it on 20 count linen....again....I wanted the finished piece to be larger than the original....it will be a wall hanging...


This is Eleanor Rigby....by Blackbird Designs.  This is a gift for my youngest son and his wife.  She is crazy about the Beatles....and named her cat Eleanor Rigby...so I think she'll like this one.  I'm also stitching this on 20 count, WDW linen in Putty.  Again...I wanted the design to be bigger...



Ok...an now on to this fabulous tool.......it's called. "Seam-fix"...and I gotta tell ya...it's the best tool for frogging I've ever had!!  The ripper part is small and narrow enough to slide under the teeniest of stitches and the white, rubbery end is great for "erasing " or pulling out those pesky threads that you just can't pull out with your fingers.  123 Stitch sells it and I believe it was around $6....I'm big on frogging as of late....so for me it's been a blessing! 


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Well...that's it for now...have a wonderful Sunday...oh....I almost forgot....I decided to get an artificial tree for Christmas...we've always had a real one....but I can't start decorating until the first or second week of December for fear of it drying out...plus, I get sick and tired of watering it....so...on Friday at 12:03  pm...I ordered a tree from Balsam  Hill...and shock and amazement...it arrived that next day at 3 pm...WOW!!  So...it will start looking like Christmas a little bit earlier from here on!!!


Have a wonderful week!!

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