Monday, September 29, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I received a delightful invitation to participate in an "Around the World Blog Hop" from Jayne at JaynesStitchingTales (THANK YOU, JAYNE!).  I jumped at the chance to be part of the fun.  So - here we go -

What am I working on?
There's always something in the craft bag next to my chair, or on my desk, or in the tables in my studio/craft room.  Right now, several are for exchanges and are surprises, so I can only show you blurry pictures.
Hooked on Exchanging Autumn Exchange:
Just finishing up a Christmas Biscornu for an exchange hosted by MiiStitch:
Tudor Tuesday FB SAL - Catherine Parr (design by Painted Pony Designs). Her dress is done in a combination of tent stitch, Scottish stitch and a stitch I made up as I went.  Angora thread was used for her white cuffs, neckline and the trim on her hat; feather and trim in metallic threads, dress embellished with red beads.  Now I need to decide on the background stitches…hmmmm…..
And - not to forget the 20 inch Christmas stocking I'm making for my soon-to-be-born grandson!
What sets my work apart from other stitchers?
I don't think my stitching stands out from other stitchers.  There are so many talented people out there, I'm just enjoying myself and love the process.

Why do I create what I do?
As a child, I was always making something.  Maybe it was because I'm an only child and I used making things as a way to entertain myself?  I remember waking up in the morning and thinking "What am I feeling special about today?"  I learned to knit when I was in fourth grade, learned cross stitch and needlepoint in fifth grade.  The rest, as they say, is history.
Years ago, I read a saying and it became my motto:  "The Work of the Hands Brings forth the Spirit of the Heart."  When I create something and give that creation to people, I feel like I'm sharing a part of me.  Love, patience, (a little frustration at times ;0)) and gratitude go into each and every piece I make.  I love sharing with others.

How does my creative process work?
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with ideas on how to finish something, or a stitch to use to make whatever I happen to be working on "POP".  Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode with all the ideas floating around.  So there's really not a process - it just kind of happens.

Passing the torch 

I'd like to introduce you to three Stitching Sisters I've come to know through the blogosphere.  They have accepted my invitation to hop around the world and will be posting their stories Monday, October 6th, but why not pop on over to their blogs now to see what they're up to? They are talented and creative -  

Jacquie from My Journey

Kaye from Kitten Stitching

Mel from Epic Stitching

Wishing you a wonderful week - Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Round Robin and Reminders

Round Robin:
I received the prettiest stitched design from Shirley F - tea pot and roses - both my favorites.  This is part of the Round Robin Group hosted by June at Butterfly Wings.  Shirley also included teacup fabric and silk thread. Thank you, Shirley - I love it all.
I forgot to snap a picture of what I sent to Shirley.  It was a lovely basket of bluish-flowers and some coordinating blue fabric and silk floss.

Friends Swapaway

If you haven't already put your name in the hat for Kaye's and my "Friends Swapaway", click on this link to find out more about it.  Or you can click on the Ballerina Swapaway Postcard in the upper right hand side of this blog. Deadline is October 1st.

Traveling Treasure Chest
If you haven't already, please take a peek at my last post and let me know if you'd like to join the fun and add your name to the list of Stitching Sisters and the Traveling Treasure Chest.  It will be an adventure for all. The opportunity to join will close October 5th.

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Friday, September 26, 2014

Traveling Treasure Chest

While sipping my tea this morning, an idea came to me.  I have so many lovely charts, patterns and kits in my stash, I'd love to share them.  The idea of a "Traveling Treasure Chest" came to mind.

Here's how it would work:  

  • You need to have a blog to play.
  • The Traveling Treasure Chest is open to everyone - worldwide.
  • Comment on this post you are interested in participating.
  • I will select six charts/patterns/kits and send them off to a lucky Stitching Sister...
  • She can select TWO or THREE she likes…and post her selection on her blog...
  • Then add TWO or THREE of hers back into the Treasure Chest (which will be a SECRET)...
  • Sending them on to another Stitching Sister

Does that sound like fun?  I know postage can be a bit expensive, I would suggest not adding extras.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts - hope you'll come play - 
Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Smalls SAL, Tudor Tuesday SAL, HoE Halloween Ornament Exchange, Healing

Happy Wednesday!!  Time for the Smalls SAL check-in:
This is a Sweetheart Tree design called "Covent Garden Rosebuds".  I love the little charm included with the pattern.

Tudor Tuesday SAL - I completed the Medieval tile pincushion, designed by the Wessex Collection.
Yes, I ripped out the stitches that were off - and I'm pleased with how it finished up.  The back is a beautiful velvet, finished with cording.
I also made some progress on Catherine Parr - stitched her face and hands and most of the black trim on her dress.  I'm trying to decide what type of stitch to use for her dress - maybe a diamond shape?

I stitched this for Melissa as part of the Hooked on Exchanging group I'm in.  It's from the Halloween "Just Cross Stitch" magazine - "Isn't it Fun to be a Witch?" by Gliulia Manfredini of Giulia Punti Antichi.
 I received the cutest ornament from Stephanie at Blue Star Stitcher.  It's Prairie Schooler from the Trick or Treat chart.  Thank you, Stephanie - LOVE it.  It's hanging on my office door.
Thank you for your kind wishes and sympathetic notes from you all about the mess with my finger and the rotary cutter.  It's still sore and bleeds now and then, but I'm on the mend.  And each day after that day has been GREAT!!!

Now, off to stitch on another project.
Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Have you ever had one of THOSE days…...

…..when everything you try goes awry?  I had one of THOSE days yesterday.

SIGH.  I wanted to make a journal cover using a little design I'd stitched from Sweetheart Tree.  Well, got the fabric cut and decided it wasn't going to work.  OK.  Maybe a needle book.  I couldn't understand the instructions (for some nefarious reason), so decided "Heck with it, I'll make a pillow."
I got so intent on cutting the fabric just so, my left index finger ran into the rotary cutter.

Do you know how much a finger can bleed?!?!?  It hurt like the dickens.  I wrapped it up and walked out to the barn where DH was working to see if he thought I needed stitches.  (Yes, it was that bad).  He/We decided it wasn't bad enough for a ride into town to the ER, so I wrapped it in a bandage and went back to my sewing.

The little pillow looks B-A-D.  I used some vintage lace, trying to rescue it - just not working.  OK, so I need to rip out all the stitches and start over.

I decided to give it up and do more stitching on the medieval tile I'd started.  Working away on that, I discovered I was off a stitch.  hmmmmm - I'll make up for it…..stitched some more.  DRAT.  The "making up for it" looked (here we go again) B-A-D.  I'll need to rip out all those stitches.

SIGH.  Today will be a better day.  I just know it!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blue Ribbon Designs - "Five Houses of Hope" Fund Raising Efforts

Belinda, of Blue Ribbon Designs, lives in my home state of Iowa.  I wanted to help her promote her fundraising efforts - she will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk (again) this year.

Please pop over to Belinda's blog, Samplings from A Blue Ribbon Girl, donate a minimum of $15 to a wonderful cause, and she will send you her new design "Five Houses of Hope".

I admire her efforts and her generosity.  Belinda works hard training - and designing - for this event.  I hope many will help her reach her goal.

Keep yourself surrounded in stitches ~ Cheers ~

Horse and Nurse

Linda will receive the Horse chart and charms, Clare will receive the Nurse chart and charms.

I've sent each emails requesting their snail mail addresses.  Thank you to all who responded.

More later…..