Monday, October 12, 2015

Link Party, Old Friends, New Inspiration

If it's Monday, it must be Super Mom - No Cape's Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party.

Remember my sweet step-grandson's stocking and how I ran out of threads for the background? They arrived late last week - YEA! Needless to say, I've been working on it -

 Here's the previous progress:

Here's my next doll, Bird's Nest Marie (you'll find out why the name in a future post). Almost done dressing her -

If you're interested in creating these wonderful dolls, don't hesitate to visit Dana Burton's website. Pour yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and explore her website and creations. It's addicting!

I wanted to drape a shawl around her and have been experimenting with a couple of different patterns and threads/yarn. This one is on size 1 needles and is knitted with a very fine sparkling yarn. Wish I knew what it was, but a mischievous puppy took off with the yarn and managed to destroy the label.

This shawl is knitted on size 0 needles using DMC size 8 Pearl Cotton (work in progress):

Once I get them both finished, I'll see which one drapes the best for Marie.

Now for old friends. The Illinois WOCP State Convention was this past week. I was invited to visit with two of my dear friends and painting teachers, Cookie Barton (from Oregon) and Beverly Miller (from Illinois). So, I drove about an hour and 45 minutes to Peoria, IL.

(Left to right) Cookie, me, Beverly

The time flew by - it was SO GOOD to see them, to chat and catch up. I haven't picked up a brush for four years or so - for various reasons. However, these ladies inspired me to pick up the brushes again - especially Cookie. Her insight, encouragement and caring seemed to turn a light on for me. I came home, checked all my brushes, cleaned off my painting palette and prepared four tiles so I can start to paint again! Our reunion was this past Friday - and this is Monday - wo-HOO!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party

It's Monday and time to party with Super Mom - No Cape!

I can't show you what I've just finished - these are for a swap I'm participating in. As soon as my swap partner receives them, I'll share the fronts -

Friday, October 2, 2015

Meet Angela

Well, I finally took the plunge and designed the dress and wigging for a 6 inch doll I had on hand. Meet Angela - my own creation. I was inspired by a dress worn by Anne Boleyn in the second season of "The Tudors".

 Angela - 6 inches tall

 Notice all the itty-bitty pearls individually placed on the gold trim?

 Notice the teen-tiny gold beads on the bottom edges of her sleeve?

And how about these shiny gold shoes with black suede trim?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Smalls SAL and OPAMS

Greetings! WHEW! I've been busy and lovin' it!  Here's my Smalls SAL (hosted by the lovely Heather from Stitching Lotus).  It's a freebie from Brookes Books.

3.5 x 4.25 inches

On to OPAMS - Here's another freebie from Brookes Books.

Duncan Dog - 3.75 x 4.5 inches

Here's a Lizzie Kate design:

4.75 x 5.25 inches

Now for my next adventure!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party

Once again, it's Monday and time to link up with Super Mom - No Cape's link party. I've been a busy bee -

Here's progress on my dear step-grandson's Christmas stocking. It's on hiatus right now, as I've run dangerously close to running out of the background yarn. I have six strands left and am waiting for the shipment of more yarn so I can finish it. It's just about killing me not to be able to pick this up - but I know I need to be patient so I can use the old yarns with the new in case there's a bit of a dye lot change.

My dear friend and Stitching Sister, Kaye (Kitten Stitching), is hosting a Christmas Ornament SAL. This month, the subject matter for the ornament was Christmas tree and/or presents.

I stitched this little ornament (freebie from our friend, Lynn B at Happiness is Cross Stitching).

And, if you "take out a long bow", as Kaye would say, here's a Christmas tree - pattern by Sue Hillis Designs, Inc., featured in the 2013 "Just Cross Stitch" Christmas Ornaments magazine.

I've finished another ornament for the Smalls SAL....I'll post that on Wednesday. With any luck at all, I'll have a few more finishes this week - I'm on a ROLL, Baby!!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Meet Ayn

Finished Ayn, another one of Dana's of

She measures 5.5 inches high. Each teeny-tiny bead was glued on by me and the key ring is thin jewelry wire I twisted into a round ring.  Someone requested I put something next to her for perspective, as they didn't realize these dolls are so small. (Great idea! Thank you!).

 Ayn - 5.5 inches tall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Better Pictures

Greetings! I was so excited about Saphyr, I simply took photos with my iPhone. DH has the face camera - thought I'd share some better pics of Saphyr: