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…..

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two Patterns to a Good Home and Pincushion Progress

While going through my stash a few days ago, I ran across two patterns from Hinzeit, complete with charms. I know I will never stitch them. They are a quick stitch. I would like to send them to someone(s) who would like to make them up.

The first one is "Mini Block Nurse".  I had always intended to make this for my mother.  (I tried to rotate the picture, but for some reason it won't behave).
The second is also from Hinzeit - again, complete with charms.

If you are interested in one - or both - please contact me.

This week I started to participate in a wonderful Tudor Tuesday SAL group on FB.  I'm starting with a Medieval pin cushion.  I got the kit eight years ago while at Winchester.  Here's my progress so far.

If you haven't already commented on the previous post and would like to be part of a Swapaway, you have until October 1st to sign up.

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friends Swapaway

This is a joint blog post from Kaye - Kitten Stitching - and Kim -Wisdom with Needle and Thread.  Yep – we’re waving at you!! ;0)
(Photo courtesy of  The Graphics Fairy).

Hello lovely blogging friends,

The two of us have enjoyed an online stitching friendship for quite a while now.  We have been involved in a number of swaps giveaways (“Kim is an awesome Swap Mama” says Kaye).  We love having a chat via email and Facebook. Isn’t social media a wonderful thing when it is used for good and allows you to make friends from all around the world?

A while ago, we mistakenly thought that we had the same Blogaversary, unfortunately we didn’t due to a Blogger error. However, in our initial excitement over this we conceived a plan to do a combined Swapaway. We have decided to go ahead and do this anyway, despite the Blogger mistake.

Now, what is a Swapaway,  you ask?

Well, using that old chestnut, the ACROSTIC, we are going to create or source wonderful gifts for each other using the word FRIENDS.  We will send each other a gift for each letter.  This is the Swap part.

But, we are not stopping there. One lucky bloggy, stitchy friend (chosen at random) will receive a gift for each letter of the word FRIENDS, from EACH OF US.  So, they will receive FOURTEEN gifts altogether.

As Kaye and I are committing to making or sourcing a lot of gifts for each other and our lucky recipient, this will be a long term swap and we are looking at exchanging the gifts around Valentine’s Day next year (it seemed appropriate to us).

So here are the guidelines for YOU - our Stitching Sisters – and how you could be the recipient of the Swapaway:

  • -       You must be a follower of BOTH our blogs (we will check ;))
  • -       Place a comment in this post ONLY on BOTH BLOGS if you wish to enter
  • -       We have to be able to reach you, so you need to have a valid email address.
  • -       You don’t need to have a blog to enter.

You have until October 1st to enter (but remember you must comment on the Swapaway post on both our blogs).

Here is a link to Kaye's Swapaway post for you

Friday, September 12, 2014

And the Winners Are…….

CHERRIES BAG…….goes to Melody!!

FRUIT LADIES…..goes to Peg!!!

WITCHES HATS…..goes to CalamityJr!!

CATS and PUMPKINS…..goes to Cucki!!

I've sent an email to the winners and will stuffing the bags with goodies, then they'll be whisked away to their new homes.  (Boy, was this FUN!!!……I'll have to do this again….;0).

Have a great weekend everyone - 
Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Along Came a Spider

WHEW!  This is my very first needlepoint ornament I've taken from start to completely finished - all myself.  In the past, I have't trusted myself to do the finishing on my needlepoint canvases….but this time, I put my Big Girl Panties on and gave it a whirl - and I'm THRILLED!
It's designed by JCZ Designs and is aptly named "Along Came a Spider".  I found some ruffled black ribbon with netting and it was PERFECT for the outside of the ornament.  I don't know if you can see it well, but there are blackish-bluish beads around the outside….and the spider is three-dimensional.  I don't really care for spiders, but THIS one can stay in the house  - < GRIN >