Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Computer Finally Fixed

It's amazing what you can get done when you can't get online BUT I sure felt like a duck out of water. It turns out that the power supply decided it was tired and had to be replaced. We were very lucky that a very nice young man came to our home and did the work and didn't charge a arm and a leg. Now I'm back online and have lots of email to read and blogs to look at. I was busy stitching while off line and thought I'd share what I did with you.

Let's start with my October Seasonal Shelf. This years shelf is a little different from last years. Lots more stitching projects this year and I really do like this one better.
October 2009 Seasonal Shelf

I did get several things started and finished. I really became a one project person which isn't like me at all but I guess since they were small I could stick with them till finished.

"Nice" Ornament
by Mill Hill (kit)
stitched on White Perforated Paper
with DMC floss and Beads
I really love the Mill Hill kits and have the companion to this one to do. I did "Nice" for my adorable DH Tracy and I'll be doing "Naughty" for myself. I also have a cute Snowman with a Gingerbread Man to do and with any luck they both will be done and ready for the tree this year.

"Christmas With a Twist" by Prairie Moon
from JCS 2009 Ornament Issue
Stitched on 28 count Beige Jobelan
with Carries Creations "Old World Red", "Bullfrog" and DMC Ecru
This ornament caught my eye as soon as I got the magazine and I just had to stitch it. It reminds me of a Candy Cane Stick.

"Christmas Tree"
from kit by Design Works Inc/Mary Ann Moreck
Stitched on 14 count Perforated Plastic with floss
and Mill Hill Beads
This is one of the 18 designs that came in the kit. I wanted to jazz it up some and give it a little sparkle so instead of stitching the garland and the red ornaments I used beads from my stash. I am so happy with the way it came out I'll probably be changing more of the ornaments to make them more me.

"Snowman" Card
from a kit
I was amazed by these little kits and looking forward to doing the others that I got on sale at JoAnn's.
I have another finish but forgot to scan it so you'll have to wait to see it hehehe.


"Panda's" by Heart Strings
I received this chart as a RAK a couple of years ago and when I pulled it out I thought the fabric was perfect for them. I got the fabric as part of my FOM from Silkweavers. I loved the color but had no idea what I would stitch on I know why I didn't put it away, it was meant for the Panda's. This will be for my DD who we called "Manda Panda" when she was little (and sometimes I still call her that). I want to find a Bamboo looking frame for it. I got bored with the backstitching but will finish it real soon. There needs to be white backstitching on the black part of the Panda on the left and won't take long to do.

"Snowman Trio" by Stitchy Kitty


I fell in love with this design when I saw it stitched by Kathy in my ILCS group. I wasn't sure what fabric I wanted to use so it has sat in my to do pile for a while. I was looking for some fabric in my stash box for another project and this piece jumped up and said "stitch a snowman on me". I did a floss toss with the threads called for and thought they looked great on it so I was off and running. I'm using the DMC conversion since I didn't want to have to wait for a trip to the LNS to get the WDW's and I am very happy with the colors. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do each snowman separately or do them as on piece but tonight I decided I'll do each on their own and either make them into flatfolds or no sew cubes. The one change I'm going to make is to change the names to my grandkids names.
Well that's what I was up to while missing everyone.
Until Next Time....Happy Stitching

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Lil Bag Lady

It's hard to believe that six months have passed already. This is Maddie playing with her Uncle Chad and I think they are really having fun. Chad spent last weekend in the hospital with a really bad staph infection in his ear that had to be drained and then he was on IV antibiotics for 3 days as well as some major pain meds. He's doing fine now. Manda said Maddie kept looking at the sofa, pointing and making a noise like she was saying "Where is Uncle Chad".

Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Happy Dance

WOO HOO....I did it.....I finished Lizzie Kate's "BOO Club" double Flip Its. I started this project in late April and finished stitching tonight. I must say it was really fun and I will miss working on it. As soon as I find the perfect hanger I'm going to make it into a bell pull. I have some really cute black Halloween fabric that I will use to back it.

"BOO Club" Double Flip It by Lizzie Kate
stitched on 32 count Dirty Linen
with DMC

Detail of bottom

I will probably be spending most of my stitching time now working on "Pansy Sampler" and Christmas ornaments. I still need to make ornaments for each of the grandsons and more for our tree also.
Until Next Time....Happy Stitching

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Weird Week

This was a strange week of stitching for me. I actually concentrated on one project this week. Normally I will switch to a different WIP every day or after two days. I can't believe I haven't done anything on the LK BOO Club since the update on Aug 28 but major progress was made this week and it will be finished by probably Tuesday.

Second half of BOO Club by Lizzie Kate

I have one chart left to do and then finish the border. WOOHOO almost done.
On Saturday I was lucky enough to meet another member of my ILCS group. Kathy from OC in Calif was in town and we meet at Stitcher's Paradise for a little shopping (I was very good this time) and then went for a cuppa and a chat. She gave me a really cute little froggie button that I think I'll sew on my favorite tote bag that Mary A made for me. We had a very nice visit and hope to meet again when she returns to Vegas in the Spring.
Really nothing else to talk about so guess I'll put away the stitching, turn off the lights and visit my pillow.
Until Next Time.....Have a great week with lots of stitching time

Monday, October 5, 2009

Summer Finally Over?

It feels like Summer may finally be over and Autumn has arrived here in the desert. Along with the cooler temps we have had wind but that's the price we have to pay to cool off. The days have been in the low to mid 80's and the nights in the high 60's to low 70's. Makes for great stitching weather and I have done some since my trip to the LNS.

I managed to get 4 more bands done on the "Pansy Sampler" SAL. I can't wait to get the Hardanger part at the end and should be able to get the last couple of bands done this next weekend then the fun begins.

"Pansy Sampler" by Victoria Sampler
Bands 1-7

I also have a couple of finishes to share. Both are small but were fun to stitch.

First is the ornament that Tracy picked for me to do. I started this when I meet with Nancy at the LNS for a afternoon of stitching. I still need to make it into a ornament and I think I found the perfect fabric for it in my stash.

"Snow Merry" by Homespun Elegance
from the 2009 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched on 28 count Natural Linen
with DMC and WDW
Next is one of the latest kits I purchased and I just love it. All the details don't show once it was finished into the Roll so I have added a before and after finish so you can see the cute "Frank" and "Witch".

"Halloween Roll" by Shepherds Busk
Kit with 28 count "Tobacco" Cashel Linen, DMC and Mill Hill beads

I think I'm going to look for a cute little Halloween bowl to display the Halloween Needlerolls in, maybe even a Halloween Biscornu if I get one done this year.
This week I'd really like to finish off LK's BOO Club but I also want to kit up JN's "Bats" and get it started, then there is a Biscornu to do......OH MY what do I do.
Until Next Time....Happy Stitching and hope you have a great week with lots of stitching