Thursday, August 27, 2015

August Smalls SAL Check In

A day late - but wanted to share my Smalls SAL for August. It's called "September Horse" and can be found here - a freebie from Craft Designs 4 You.

 September Horse 3x3 inches

Actually, there's a funny story behind this piece. I joined Kaye's Christmas Ornament SAL. I thought I'd get a jump start on September's stitching. The themes for September are Christmas tree or presents. Well, silly me - when I saw this pattern, I couldn't find the colored picture of the finished product…I thought the barrel of apples was a present. (Yes, I know - I should have gotten a hint form the name of the pattern "SEPTEMBER Horse"). SIGH. It wasn't until I had stitched the whole barrel of apples up I realized it wasn't a present. And - yes - there are two different browns on the horse's body. I wanted him to have a bit of a shadow on his front quarters - not sure I pulled it off.

SHRUG. It became my August Smalls SAL.  Oh - and I did manage to find another pattern for the September Christmas ornie SAL. It's done <G>

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lucky Me!

I was one of the lucky winners for the giveaway hosted by Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler. Looky, looky:


OOOO - Can hardly wait to start stitching this - I'm doing TWO - one for my dear little English friend and one for another friend….did you spot the cute charms that were included?  AUGH!!!! I just need more TIME!!  And ENERGY!!

Have a great rest of the week.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party AND a Surprise!

Good morning! I dug out a piece I had started years ago when I was gung-ho over gold work. Maybe I'll finish this one this year - (fingers crossed).

The pattern is called "English Goldwork Heart 1" and was a correspondence course from ANG.


Steps so far:  - I placed the heart in the center and back stitched the heart outline.
                      - I laid in the outer gold coffering
                      - then placed three layers of felt padding
                      - the last step I was able to complete was laying in the gold ribs or spines

Project to date:

Next step is to lay in gold to the outer coffers in parallel lines. (YIKES!). A huge THANK YOU to Super Mom - No Cape for hosting this lovely link party.

Now to the SURPRISE!! Dear, sweet Vickie from A Stitcher's Story,  sent me this bookmark she stitched. It's done in beautiful blues (my FAVORITE COLOR!),  with a William Morris design on the front:


And a William Morris designed initial on the back: - Isn't this pretty? THANK YOU, Vickie! Now I have a lovely bookmark for all my Tudor reads <G>




Friday, August 21, 2015

Iowa State Fair Adventure

Greetings! I spent a few days with my dear friend, Diane, and her husband in Des Moines. Even though I've lived in the Midwest / Iowa my entire life, I've never been to the Iowa State Fair to see the sites. Here are a few unique displays:

The Iowa State Fair is famous for its Butter Cow - made from a wood, wire, metal and steel mesh frame - and 600 pounds of butter. It's amazing - for the story behind The Butter Cow, go here.

There was also a Monopoly Board Game - it was amazing!


Of course - both were housed in a refrigerated space…

This is a HUGE sand sculpture sponsored by the Pork Producers. If you look closely on the right side of the picture, you can see two people sculpting the sand:



The Iowa State Fair is also famous for food eaten on a stick - just about anything is prepared on a stick - pork chops, corn dogs….here's me and my first fair food I've had on a stick - Chicken shishkabob - probably the most healthy of anything my friend Diane and I could have chosen. It was really windy, so had to hold the hair out of my eyes and off the kabob ;0)

Before:

(Not sure why I look like I have a rash/sunburn in the picture….but you get the idea).
After:


And here are the Best in Show for needlework. I couldn't get very close so you can't see the delicate work very well.

I can hardly wait to go again next year! It was a blast!!

As a side note, pop on over to my friend, Diane's blog - Becoming an Artist. She's an amazing artist - from watercolor, pastels to oils.





Sunday, August 16, 2015

Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party - WOOF!!

Good morning, ladies! Here is a needlepoint stocking I just finished. Our puppies have their own needlepointed stockings….this one is going to a good home….though ~ SHHHHHHH ~ it's a surprise!


Needlepoint Christmas Stocking ~ "Woof!" ~ 14 x 9.5 inches

Don't forget to pop over to Super Mom - No Cape! to see what others are talking about on this Vintage Embroidery Monday. If you like, please join the Link Party to let us know what you're working on!

Ruching Adventure

Sunday already! It was a busy, busy week last week. Tuesday saw the launch of Tudor Tuesdays SAL blog  and my local EGA meeting.  Diane S gave a great program on ruching. Diane is a great teacher and gave us lots of ideas. Thank you, Diane!


Of course, the ruching made my head explode with all sorts of ideas on finishes I could do.

Remember Mary Mouse (freebie from Brookes Books?).  Here she is done up in a Christmas ornament, complete with ruching and little pearl pins - to be given to a sweet little girl for Christmas ;0) (HINT: She just turned one year old this past Thursday).


Here's the back of the ornament with a fussy cut - couldn't resist.

Have a great day!!!




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christmas in July Swap Package, Tudor Tuesdays SAL

I received the most wonderful Christmas in July swap package from my swap partner, Nina. It came all the way from Turkey. Look what she sent - and in a BLUE theme - my favorite color!!

Material with such sweet individual 'cards':


 A beautiful wall hanging, some variegated threads and a key chain:


 Postcards from Turkey:


And a sweet Christmas stocking, angel ornament and "Joy" ornament. 


Thank you so much, Nina! I love it all!!!

Today is the inaugural launch of theTudor Tuesdays SAL blog. There's a quiz posted by Kaye -
"Are you a Tudor Queen or Peasant?" and a couple of book reviews by moi.  I took the quiz and I discovered I'm "Duchess of Davenport" - HA!  So, if you're game - pop on over, take the quiz and let us know if you're a queen or a peasant.