Monday, March 30, 2015

Smalls March SAL Check In - I'm Late!

Remember the song the White Rabbit sang in the Disney Movie "Alice in Wonderland" ?
Well - this was me - late posting my March Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus - due to being distracted by my darling Prince Charming - aka grandson.

I stitched this needlepoint miniature wall hanging from a kit by Janet Granger.  It's called "Cluny Women". It's done on 22 Ct canvas using Anchor floss and measures 5.5x4 inches.
Now back to more cuddles and smiles from my DGS!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bow Pillow - Complete!

I finished the bow pillow I've worked on for about two years. I took this project with me when my mother and I flew to Arizona when my aunt (her sister) was so desperately ill. She passed away the day after Mom and I arrived.

After Mom's stroke, the project was always with me, keeping my hands busy in hospitals, waiting rooms and skilled care facilities. After Mom passed, I couldn't look at the canvas, let alone think about finishing it.

I know Mom would be proud of me - it's done! Here's the front:


I wanted a classy, different closure for the back and came up with this dragonfly pin. I really wanted a hummingbird pin, but couldn't find one - Mom loved hummingbirds.


On to my next project!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Swap Package, 4-Hers, Porcelain Portrait, Prince Charming

I participated in a swap hosted by Jenny of Elefantz as part of her Stitchery Club. We were to stitch one of Jenny's designs and include postcard(s) from where we live.

Oh me, oh my - what a treasure-filled package I received from Narelle. Look at the bag and matching needle book! Not to mention the ADORABLE panda measuring tape, 100 Anniversary spoon, the stack of fabric squares and a pen from Atherton, North Queensland. THANK YOU, Narelle! I love, LOVE it all.


This past Sunday I hosted the 4-H club, Denim and Dust, at my studio. There were 12 young ladies and 4 mothers who came for the cross stitch project. I had a BLAST! I think the girls did, too. They were all so nice, attentive and polite - I'd love to have the visit again and work on another project. They kept me busy - lots of questions - and (I think) seemed to enjoy themselves. I snapped a quick picture:

I thought you might enjoy seeing one of my miniature paintings, "Alexa", after "La Ghirlandata" by Daniel Rosetti. The portrait itself measures 2.75 inches, while the raised past, enamel and gold work band is .25 inches.
And look who's visiting for THREE GLORIOUS WEEKS!! My Prince Charming (and daughter and SIL)!! This will be a good dose of love and hugs before they move to Singapore next month (SOB!).
Here he is looking out the bay window in our kitchen.
And here he is shopping for some new duds:


Friday, March 6, 2015

And the Winner is…..

My second Blogoversary Give Away Winner is

Sheryl S from Sewing after Seven

Thank you to all who stopped by my blog and threw their name in the hat - I've got another give away cooking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day….watch this space.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Flip Swaps, Wood Working Wonders - Don't Forget!!

Remember the sandal straps I needlepointed? Well, found the perfect buttons at Joann Fabrics and completed them this morning. Now - all I need is a pedicure and warm weather!

DH has been busy with his scroll saw - I'm so proud of the work he does! Here is a basket (5 x 4.25 inches) and a small vase (4H x 2.75W x 1.25 deep - inches). I can hardly wait to show you what he's working on next!!

Don't forget! My Blogaversary Give Away drawing is Friday, March 6th.  Leave a comment to enter.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

February OPAM

Here are my finishes for February:

(2) pair 1:12 Doll Slippers


(2) 1:12 miniature pillows (Unicorn and Rose)


"Slan" ornament

"Got Luck?" ornament

Scissor Fob
Edwardian Lady Parasol (freebie pattern from Lynn B)
 "D" is for Darning Shaker Box (free pattern from Brooke's Books)
Needlebook (kit from Textile Heritage)


Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Finishing Fool, Smalls SAL, Late to My Own Party and Blogoversary Giveaway

Greetings! I don't know what got into me, but I went on a finishing frenzy these past few days. Here are the doll slippers, just a smidge over and inch long - just in time for the Smalls SAL check-in:
Remember, you can get the pattern for the slippers on my "Free Patterns" page (see tab at the top).

The 4-H group will be in my studio on March 8th.  Thought I should put the final touch on their project for them to see. Front:
 Back finished with a fussy cut featuring a lovely shamrock:
It's a free pattern from Plum Street Samplers.

Here's a finish from a freebie from The Primitive Hare.  "Slan" means "Wishing you a safe and healthy return journey" or "Take Care".

Here is a pretty pattern from Les Fils d'Helene.  I thought it made up nicely into a scissor fob - kind of a combination of Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day.

Now my latest needlepoint project.  Have you heard of Switch Flops?  They're sandals made by Lindsay Phillips.  The straps have Velcro on them so you can switch out the straps to whatever you desire. I found some you can needlepoint yourself by Sandy Arthur of Duo Designs.
I'm looking for the perfect buttons to sew in the center of the "V"….then I'll add the velcro to the back and - presto, change-o, a pair of new straps for my sandals! I've got ideas for another pair, too. I think I've got Spring Fever…..it's minus 5 outside right now and I'm thinking "SANDALS?!"

I am late to my own party - SOB!  Yep - missed my Second Blogoversary - but still would like to have a give away to celebrate.  Please leave a comment on this post to enter and please, PLEASE make sure you're not a no-reply blogger so I can contact you.  I'll send the lucky recipient the scissor fob (above).  The winner's name will be drawn on March 6th.

Thank you for stopping by and spending some of your time with me.