Monday, December 30, 2013

December Ornament SAL

I've never participated in a SAL before and I have to say - this was a blast!  Here's my December ornament.  Many thanks to SilverLotus for hosting the SAL.  Next year, she is hosting a Smalls SAL.  What fun!!!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

More (Irish) Finishes

I was inspired to frame some of my stitching that's been sitting waiting for the final touch.  Here are three -

Hmmmmmmm - seems to be a a wee bit o' and Irish theme here.  


HO! HO! HO! Give Away Winner

And the winner is……..LisaMac!  

Lisa, send me your address and I'll get your Nutcrackers out to you.


Warm Christmas wishes ~

Monday, December 16, 2013

HO! HO! HO! Reminder…...

Just a reminder I'll draw a lucky winner for the seven Nutcracker charts from Sweetheart Tree tomorrow.  If you haven't entered, you still have time -

Here's how to enter:

* Be or become a Friend aka Follower of this blog-- 5 Entries-**
* Blog about my contest-4 Entries
*Leave a comment under this post-3 Entries
-Winner will be chosen on December 17th.-

~ Warm Winter Wishes from me to you ~

Make an Easy-Peasy Dog Bed - Brilliant!

Our Giant Schnauzer, Bella, is hard on dog beds.  I don't know how many we have gone through in her three years.  If the sticker shock of buying one of the huge beds doesn't make you weak in the knees, carrying one around the house will do the trick in no time flat - they can be heavy.

SIGH.  Bella needed another dog bed and I wasn't looking forward to making the trip to get her one.  What we really needed for her was a dog bed that was (1) washable, (2) sturdy and (3) easily portable.

While putting on my makeup yesterday morning, a thought hit me - why not MAKE her one?  I had plenty of fabric, even a (GASP!) zipper that would work.  I shuddered at the thought of wrestling with one of THOSE.

Enter the brilliant idea:  make the bed with a drawstring - no fussing with a zipper, the insides could be stuffed with old blankets and towels satisfying the "washable" part of the criteria.

Drum roll, please - TA-DA!!  Bella on her new bed.  It took less than an hour to sew up.  She loves it…..and I think Hubby was even amazed.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Eeny Meeny Miney Mo…..Tiny is the Way to Go!

About four years ago, I produced and hosted a radio talk show featuring artists of all kinds from around the world.  It was a year-long adventure where I got the opportunity to talk with musicians, film producers, water colorists, composers, ballet dancers, choreographers, painters - it was a wonderful experience.

Althea Crome was one of my guests.  She is an amazing woman who knits "in the little".  Her website, Bugknits, is worth visiting.

Miniatures, Smalls, whatever people call them, have always held a fascination for me.  After my chat with Althea, I wanted SO BADLY to knit one of her patterns.  I ordered the Queen Elizabeth Sweater and finally started to knit the teeny, tiny thing.  Here is a picture of the sleeves:

One day earlier this week, Hubby went to purchase more salt for our lane.  I stayed home to work on the sweater with our Giant Schnauzer, Bella, and our tiny teacup Schnauzer, Emma.  Both dogs were sleeping - I was concentrating so hard on the pattern, I was oblivious to everything around me.  Bella, hearing the garage door go up when Hubby returned, instantly "lit up" and and went into "ALERT! ALERT!  INTRUDER!" mode.   Needless to say, she scared the be-jeebers out of me.  I suddenly had no control of the knitting needles and I instantly poked one through part of my left index finger.  I have to admit, it's kind of sore, but mending. Once the finger stops throbbing, I'll pick up the needles again.  I promise pictures when I finish the sweater.


On the Twelfth Day of Christmas… AWESOME Give Away!

Nancy has done it again - a $50 gift certificate from her store.  What a kind, generous lady -
Don't miss out - click here to enter on the Victorian Motto Sampler blog.

Thank you, Nancy!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, Nancy Gave Away…..

Fabric!!  What sticker can't use more fabric?!  Pop over and be sure to enter - tell Nancy I sent you Nancy's Eleventh Day of Christmas Giveaway

Cheers!  And "Good Luck"!

Monday, December 9, 2013

On the Ninth Day of Christmas, Nancy Gave Away…..

A present to you and your friend!  Check this on on Nancy's blog: Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.

Thank you, Nancy, for your generosity.

Friday, December 6, 2013

HO! HO! HO! Give Away from Me to You!

I adore Nutcrackers - and who wouldn't love to stitch up some from Sweetheart Tree?  Each one comes with an adorable charm to add some pazazz.

I have seven to give away -
 Buckingham Guard Chubby Nutcracker, Irish Shamrocks Chubby Nutcracker and "Moon Doggie," the Beach Bum Chubby Nutcracker

Easter Bunny Chubby Nutcracker, January Snow Chubby Nutcracker, "Wild West Sheriff" Chubby Nutcracker and Valentine Hearts Chubby Nutcracker

Here's how to enter:

* Be or become a Friend aka Follower of this blog-- 5 Entries-**
* Blog about my contest-4 Entries
*Leave a comment under this post-3 Entries
-Winner will be chosen on December 17th.-

 ~ Best wishes for a lovely Christmas season. ~