Sunday, August 3, 2014

Christmas in August.....

 
The mood to stitch Christmas struck me
this week and I thought ornaments would
be the perfect quick fix.  Lizzie Kate is
always a fun and quick stitch and
these little cuties were just that.
 
LK "Flora McSample 2012 Ornaments"
stitched on 32ct LL Toasted Almond
w/Victorian Motto threads
 
I decided on a simple finish for these ornaments
which didn't require my sewing machine.
 
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Once I got in the "finishing" frame of mind
I decided to finish two other Christmas
finishes that have been hanging
out for a few months.
 
I stitched this in December while
vacationing in Arizona.  I usually take
a LK design on vacation since they are
easy to pick up and put down while
traveling. I also love that I can look at
these designs and it brings back
great memories of our trips.
 
LK "Be Naughty"
stitched on 14ct mocha Aida with DMC
 
One of the things I love about LK
is the simplicity of her designs and
I really like stitching them on a
simpler fabric like 14ct using
DMC.  This is definitely one of my
favorites and I can't wait to quietly
display it in a side chair this
holiday season.
 
Since I had the sewing machine out I
finished this into a cute little ornament.
 
CHS "1999 Christmas Sampling"
stitched on Black 28ct evenweave over one
 
I wasn't too fond of the over one stitching
on black but I just love this ornament.
 
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Well...I am off to find some more
ornaments to stitch! All of WIPs are
pretty large right now so the quick
gratification from an ornament
finish is feeling good!
 
Thanks for visiting and happy stitching...



Saturday, July 5, 2014

How I spent my summer so far.....

 
I know summer technically started less
than 20 days ago but we have
been going full force since mid-May.
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We visited the The White House in
Heath Springs, SC.   They have wonderful
fabrics and vintage trims all at great prices.
(Picture from web) 

 The most interesting thing about the
White House, though,is it is owned by
Jim Shore and his wife, who turned their former
home into a quilt shop and a showcase for
the complete Jim Shore collection.
 
I have lived in SC all of my life and had no idea
Jim Shore was from little ol' Health Springs....
small world!
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Next it was off to my niece's graduation....
 
Beauty and brains...giving her Salutatorian speech.
 
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Then there was my hubby's 30th class reunion...
 
Allendale Academy Class of '84 rocks!
 
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Then vacation took us on the trail of
Lewis and Clark
in Virginia and Washington DC.....
 
Can you say history field trip?
 
I was able to visit two cross stitch shops
and come home with some goodies....
 
Cross Stitch Station
Waynesboro VA
 
Johnson City TN
 
Both were very nice so if you are ever in the area...
 
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I have found some time to stitch too!
 
Priscilla's Pocket "Liberty"
Stitched on 32 ct.coffee-dyed millennium blue
w/Victorian Motto
 
I finished that in time to stitch this little freebie...
 
Primitive Betty's "Liberty" freebie
stitched on 32ct Mocha WDW
w/Victorian Motto
 
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I finally started Homespun Elegance's
The Sheltering Tree.  
This one has been in my basket for years and
I just couldn't wait any longer.
 
HE "The Sheltering Tree"
stitched on 35ct linen
with DMC
 
This design has some funky flowers but
I do love the house on the hill.
 
 
Funky flower.....
 
 
and more funky flowers.....
 
 
I put the last stitch in this morning and really
do like it even though I find it odd.   
Not sure why I love it so but I do.
 
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We had a quiet July 4th weekend and I can't wait
to see what the second half of summer brings.   
I do plan to start something patriotic since
the holiday has me in the mood.
I do hope you had a great weekend and
thanks for visiting.
 
happy stitching....

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Saturday.....

 
and Happy Mother's Day
to all of you enjoying the weekend.
 
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Lizzie Kate is one of my favorite designers
and I just love her fun, simple style.
This design caught my eye and I couldn't
resist stitching it any longer.
 
LK "Think Deeply"
stitched on 40ct linen with Victorian Motto
 
I love the message in this one.

 
I did change the colors to suit me trading in
the bright pastels for reds and browns.
 
 
I also eliminated the fill for the "T"
for a simpler finish.
 
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I have another project underway and
this sweet BBD is perfect.
 
BBD "Hannah's Small Basket"
from Schoolgirl's Work
stitched on 40ct linen with Victorian Motto
 
 How have I not stitched this before now? 
I just love it and have a special
finish planned for this one.
 
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I am off to visit my Mom.....
if I can tear myself away
from the NFL draft.   I don't know why
I am so interested in it....other than
seeing my favorite players being drafted.....
but it has made the best stitching t.v.
 
Hope you have a great weekend and
enjoy some stitching time!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Framed goodies.....

 
It's a birthday tradition of mine to treat
myself and frame some of my stitched goodies.
Love this year's lucky ones.
 
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Threadwork Primitives "Bee's Gathering"
 
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BBD "Autumn Silhouette"
 
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BBD "It's Berry Time"
 
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 HE "Land of Peace & Plenty"
 
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Plum Street Samplers "Colonial Garden"
 
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Thanks for visiting!  
I am off to stitch and hope to be back
soon with another finish.
 
Hope you have a great week and happy stitching.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

be happy.

 
Work is just too draining sometimes and I find
myself having to remind myself to be happy.
 
Solution?
Find some happy fabric....
 
 
and create a basket of happy.... 
 
 
It begins with a
simple alphabet....
 
 
  with simple Aida....

and simple finishing....
 
  for a wonderful start.
 
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 Thoughts of spring flowers....

they sneak into my basket too!
  
Whether at work or home.....

 
 I am reminded to keep happy thoughts.
    
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Easter is such a wonderful time to reflect
on how fortunate I am to have my faith,
family and friends.  I hope you can enjoy
this time and have a wonderful week.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Weird week in South Carolina....

 
Pax aka "Winter Mess 2014"
 
The week started with the impending visit
from Pax to South Carolina.  It is uncommon
that we get hit with snow and ice and this would
be the second time in two weeks.  We stocked up
on every possible junk food item needed to
weather the storm.  We received more ice than
snow and were so fortunate not to lose power.  
Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands were
not so lucky and they estimate there were still
100,000 without power as of this morning.  We
have several family members and friends who
have been out since Tuesday night.  I know the
utility employees are working hard to restore
everyone and I am praying
everyone will be back to normal soon.
 
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Thanks to Pax, we got three snow days and 
hubby  thought it would be a good idea to
get caught up on some household chores
....seriously????  
These are a gift so I quickly declared them
"stitch days" and made the most of them.
 
The Primitive Hare "Love Never Fails" freebie
stitched on 32ct coffee dyed linen with
Victorian Motto
 
I stitched this cute freebie last weekend and got
the finishing done just in time for Valentine's.
 
Since I had the sewing machine out,
I finished these recent finishes off too.
 
Homespun Elegance "Majestic Bird"
 
 Summer House "Simple Abundance"
 
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I made good use of my stitching time on
Part 2 of Thirteenth Colony.
I was able to finish one page of the 4 page design.


 By The Bay "Thirteenth Colony-Part 2"
 
My last stitch was put in Friday night around
10:20 when hubby and I felt some rumblings.  
At first we thought we were crazy ... you know
that second you think "did that really happen?"
Lo and behold.... it was an earthquake.
There was a second aftershock this afternoon
but was too weak to be felt 60 miles away.
 
Needless to say, that just capped off one of
the weirdest weeks here.  Glad to see things are
getting back to normal and am actually looking
forward to going back to work tomorrow.
 
Hope you all have a great week and
happy stitching!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

A new pin pillow....


Last year I admired a beautiful design June
was stitching and she was sweet enough
to let me borrow it once she had stitched it.
 
I finally decided to move this one to the
top of the pile and I am so glad I did.
 
Here are all of the stitched pieces
for my little pin pillow.
Jardin Prive "Carre d'Abeilles"
stitched on 32 ct. white linen w/ DMC
 
I am in love with the colors..... 
the pinks and greens are just perfect.
 
And there are bees.....what could be better?
 
 
Lovely little design for the sides.
 
When they all come together, you have
this wonderful little treasure.
  
Precious comes to mind when I look at this.
  
 I had the best idea to stitch my
initials and year on the back.
 
Unfortunately....it remained just an idea.
remembered once I had stitched it together. 
 
Either way....I just love it!
 
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I was lucky to meet up with Charlene,
Faye, Nicole and Linda a few weeks
ago for shopping and stitching.  Faye
treated us to the cutest little pin
cushion.   I just love the little
pin with a wool penny decoration. 
  
 
 
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I am trying to keep track of my stitching
progress this year and here are my
efforts from January....

Scarlett House "Ann Topley"
started January 1, 2014
 
Dames of the Needle "Ode to Mary Needleroll"
started January 2013
 
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Thanks for visiting and I hope you
have a happy stitching week!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Out with the old....

 
I am happy to start with a clean slate
this year but wanted share the
last of my 2013 finishes.
 
Summer House "Simple Abundance"
Kit from 2013 Pals Retreat
 
A new to me designer, Summer House, was at the
Pals Retreat this year.   I really liked her designs
and came home with a bag full including this
cute little exclusive retreat kit.  I stitched the
end of October during a football road trip
and forgot about it until rummaging
through my finishing pile.
 
 It is destined to become a pinkeep.  
 
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Homespun Elegance "Majestic Bird"
stitched on 32ct coffee dyed linen
w/ Victorian Motto threads
 
I found time to sneak in another ornament
finish while travelling for Christmas celebrations. 
 
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After taking stock of what was languishing
in my stitching bag, I do what any
stitcher would do and start something new!

Threadwork Primitives "Merry Winter"
stitched on 40ct coffee dyed linen
w/ Victorian Motto threads
 
So cute....can't decide if I will finish as a box.
 
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I want to document what is so patiently
waiting in my stitching bag.
Hopefully this time next year I can look
and relish them as finished.
 
Threads of Gold "Shining Star" ornament
CHS "Matter's Choice"
Dames of the Needle"Ode to Mary"
Plum Street "Halloween Hornbook Sampler"
 
Not worth a picture:
LHN "Thirteen Colonies"
With Thy Needle "Snow Day"
 
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I am off to start Scarlett House's "Ann Topley".
Thanks for visiting and I do hope you
have a great stitching year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Stitching and socializing....

 
Just a quick post before
all of the serious Christmas
celebrating is underway....

We had another sweet lady retiring at the
end of this month and I wanted to
stitch a little something for her.
 
I loved the BBD Peace ornament and thought
it would be a nice memento.   I did change
the colors since I didn't have all of the
called for on hand and am happy it.
 
BBD "Peace" --JCS 2013 Ornament issue
Stitched on 36ct PTP Earthen
with Sampler Threads and WDW
 
The verse is stitched in Pomegranate and matches
the chenille trim from Victorian Motto perfectly.
I really like this one and hope to stitch
it again for myself.
 
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Hubby and I just got back from Arizona and I
decided to take along this cute little
Christmas design.  Lizzie Kate is always
my go to designer when traveling since they
are so easy to pick up here and there.
 
LK "Ho Ho Ho in a Row"
Stitched on 14ct light blue with DMC
 
I had a piece of light blue aida in my stash
which was perfect.   I did take some liberties
with the design and changed the colors in the
snowman's scarf, ornament and the bottom row.
 
I think this was a first but I actually finished
this the last day of our trip!  Since I had my
sewing machine out I just had to get
it finished for this Christmas. 
 
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Some of the highlights of my trip were
visiting the Attic Needlework and
catching up with Tanya from The Scarlett House.
 

This  happened to be our anniversary so my
hubby was very sweet and let me shop
as long as I wanted.  The shop models were
amazing and it was hard to not come
home with a suitcase full.  

Ann Topley - 1802

I did pick up some needfuls and I was excited
to get Tanya's latest design.  My plan is
to make this one my New Year's Day start.
 
We had a great time in Arizona and can't
wait until we head west again.

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 Well...Christmas is calling and I
have plenty yet to do.  I hope all of you
are have a joyous holiday season!