Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Zipping Along ~ Finishes and A New Start

As I did last year, I will be participating in the 2016 Smalls SAL. Here is what I completed for the January check in: 

Design: Storklette Scissor Holder
Designer: The Sunflower Seed
Fabric: 32 count linen

Folded Front

Folded Back

I stitched this design multiple times but never for myself. Like so many other stitchers I often complete a project for someone else and tell myself that I will stitch it again and keep it! Well, I finally did just that and stitched this scissor holder for myself. 

Last week I took a class at my local quilt shop and I now no longer suffer zipper phobia. I have overcome my fear of zippers.  Here is the lined zippered pouch that I made…

Using this pattern…

Designer: Sew Many Creations

I like that the pouch has a boxed bottom so that it stands up nicely.  Today I took a ride to JoAnn Fabric to purchase a bunch of zippers because I intend to make a bunch of pouches in all different sizes. 

This size is perfect for my English paper piecing supplies: threads, needles, scissors, and templates…

On the second Saturday of each month I attend an English Paper Piecing sewing group at Waterwheel Quilt Shop.  We all work on different projects. For my new start I decided to stitch up some of the designs in The New Hexagon book.  

The shop owner introduced us to this fabulous thread…

Each spool has 400 meters of Invisafil thread. It is a poly thread that behaves like cotton and is the perfect choice if you are looking for invisible thread.  The 100wt thread is thin, making it barely noticeable when seaming the pieces together but it is extremely durable. 
She also introduced us to Sue Daly's Patchwork With Busy Fingers #11 Milliners Needles. These help me to take the tiny stitches necessary in paper piecing.  

Thanks for Stopping by…
Until next time…

Friday, January 15, 2016

Traveling the Pacific Coast Highway

First up: Gifted Gorgeousness SAL ~ Jan. check in.

I decided to continue my participation in the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL for 2016.  I found it extremely helpful in motivating me to finish what I start! 

Here is my progress on Black Horse Inn, which I began in August 2015.

Much of my time was spent on this section…

Next: Our California Travels

My DH and I spent Christmas in California.  We flew to San Francisco and spent a few days in that area before heading south down the Pacific Coast Highway, which is an amazingly beautiful ride with many impressive sights.

Bixby Bridge, found along the stretch of Big Sur…

Crashing waves…

Frightening cliffs…

A rest along the way…

A short stop in Cayucose, CA to check out Brown Butter Cookie Company

Where we watched busy workers making cookies…

Not sure that woman in  the back appreciates having her picture taken. She appears to be giving me the stink eye. I did ask first and was given the "A Okay" to take pictures.

It all looked so delicious…

We couldn't resist this…
The cookies are soooooo GOOD!

Another PCH breath taking view…

And finally a stop in Pismo Beach, CA for the evening, which is where I will pick up in my next post.

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Until next time…

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Truly Gorgeous Christmas Ornament

My Christmas was spent vacationing for 12 days in sunny, but not so warm, California. It was nice to get home. Opening this beautiful ornament made it even nicer…

2015 Christmas Ornament from Margaret
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Design: Noel Stocking

Gorgeous, truly gorgeous!  My friend Margaret stitched this beauty; it is perfect in every way: beautiful design, beautiful colors, beautifully stitched, beautifully finished! Makes me so happy that I have a tall, thin tree that I keep up all year. I certainly don't want to pack this away until next year, I want to enjoy it all year. Thank you, Margaret, for your gift and your friendship. 

Here is one last ornament that I sent out to my dear friend, Vonna.  I wanted to stitch a PS design for her Prairie Schooler tree.  The first design that I stitched, but did not send, was the Mini Nutcracker Santa (1996 mini card).  While reading Vonna's blog I noticed that she had two Nutcracker Santa ornaments hanging on her PS tree! No worries, I kept the Nutcracker Santa but got busy stitching this design…

2015 Christmas Ornament for Vonna
Designer: Prairie Schooler
Design: HoHoHo Santa
From: 2014 JCS Ornament Issue

I rang in the new year with my DH aboard a United Airline flight from CA.  We arrived home in the early morning where we were greeted by my oldest son and DIL. Yahoo! They stayed with us from Friday-Sunday where we had delayed Christmas. Everyday that they are able to travel here feels like Christmas! They have since headed back to NYC and shall return when the snow falls…if it ever does!
Ugh, bad start to the ski season in Vermont.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

May all of your dreams turn into reality
and all your efforts into great achievements.

Until next time…

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Tree Full Of Ornaments

My dear friend Carol…Yes, the same Carol who sent me the gorgeous crochet blanket, sent me this beauty…

Designer: Little House Needleworks 
Design: Peace
Stitched by: Carol S.

Beautifully stitched and finished (as always!). Viewing the two ladies I immediately thought of our friendship. What a perfect ornament to stitch for a friend. Thank you so much, Carol. I love, love, love this one!

Here is the ornament that I sent to Carol…

Designer: The Victoria Sampler
Design: Just One More Stitch
From: 2014 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched for: Carol S.

Carol spent a great deal of time this year crocheting beautiful blankets so I thought this ornament would be the perfect choice.  

I did personalized the back…

Connie A. stitched this beautiful exchange ornament for me…

Designer: Little House Needleworks
Design: Merry Christmas
Stitched by: Connie A.

LHN certainly does have some of the best Christmas ornament designs. Connie's stitching/finishing is impeccable! She also sent me the cutest bottle cap style snowman magnets.  Thanks for making this a great exchange, Connie. 

My DS got married last July so I search through my JCS Ornament magazines to find the perfect design and came up with this one… 

Designer: Sam Sarah Design Studio
Design: Two Flakes in Love
From: 2012 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched for: G/M

This one was stitched for a friend in Austria…

Designer: Prairie Schooler
Stitched for: Markus K.

And for my dear friend in Virginia Beach…

Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks
Design: Snow Birds
From: 2012 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched for: Mary K.

This little gem was stitched three times…

Design from: Christkindl Book #136 
By Rico Design
Fabric: 25 count white Lugana 
Floss: DMC
Stitched for: Kathleen C., Margaret C., Meg P.

Lastly, I stitched this one for my tree…

I decided to stitch just the head of one of the Prairie Schooler Santa designs, but I can't remember which one right now.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Thanks for stopping by
Until next time…

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Treasured Friendship

I have been truly blessed with some very cherished friends.  One of those friends is Carol S. who I have known, through blogging, for many years.  I have also had the pleasure of meeting Carol at Celebration of Needlework in NH where we have taken classes together and spent time chatting over lunch/dinner.  She has become one of my treasured friends.

Earlier this month I was dealing with a dreadful cold.  I had not been to the post office in days and knew that my box would be filled.  What I did not expect to see when I arrived was a large box from Carol. I could not imagine what was inside and wondered what kind of tree ornament did she stitch that required such a large box! When I arrived home I opened the box and found this…

2015 Crochet Lap Blanket from Carol S.

Here is a close up showing the many beautiful stitches and gorgeous colors…

I was completely shocked, and still am, when I pulled this handcrafted crochet lap blanket out, which she made for my upcoming birthday! Like so many crafters I know the time and effort involved in creating such a beautiful gift and am truly grateful to Carol, not only for this amazing birthday surprise but for her friendship. Thank you, my dear friend. You are a blessing in my life.

It is December Gifted Gorgeousness time so I will share with you my progress on Black Horse Inn…

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL ~ December 2105

I spent much of my free time stitching Christmas ornaments but did manage to pull this out  and put a few stitches in it.

This year I will be spending Christmas with my DH touring around California.  The last time we were in CA my DSs were in elementary school.  The oldest is now married and will be spending the holiday with his in-laws and my youngest will be spending the holiday with his GFs family in Georgia.  This will be the 1st Christmas without my sons ~ I am not liking that too much.  

Here is a picture of a gift that I sent to a friend…

2015 Christmas Gift for Leslie L.

Here is a closer look at the cross stitch…
Designer: Jeannett Douglas Designs
Design: Christmas Tree
From: 2007 JCS Ornament Issue 

These Annalee dolls are great for displaying cross stitch smalls!

I also sent my friend a stitched ornament. She is a true animal lover and is thinking of getting some sheep so when I saw this design I knew immediately who I would stitch it for…
2015 Christmas Ornament for Leslie L.
Designer: Mosey N Me
Design: Ewe-le Tide Greetings
From: 2013 JCS Ornament Issue

Wishing all of you a very happy holiday!

Until next time…

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Three Smalls And Some Book Binding

It's November check in time for the 2015 Smalls SAL and I have 3 little pieces to share….

First, I stitched this little needle book:

2015 HOE Autumn Exchange
Design: Quaker Pumpkin (partial)
Angel Stitched for: Nicole S.

Finish: Needle Book

Second, I stitched this little ornament:

2015 HOE Prairie Schooler Ornament
Designer: Prairie Schooler
Design: Snowman Mini Card (freebie)
Stitched for: Lee F.

For the finishing I used a small tin, that looks much like a mini bundt pan, and sprayed it black.

Ornament Back

Third, I stitched this little Santa ornament:

2015 Ornament Exchange
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Design: A Good Night Santa 04 (partial)

I used another small tin for the finishing.

Not only did I sign up for a photography class, I also signed up for a book making class.  I have always been interested in learning how these little books are constructed and was very please with the one day class.  Here are the two books that I completed…

When life gets a little less hectic I plan to make more of these in various sizes.  

We were fortunate to have my DS/DIL (from NYC) AND my DS/GF (from Colorado) spend Thanksgiving with us.  We spent the holiday with my relatives and had a great time. Everyone left today, including my DH who will be spending the week in Budapest, so it is very quiet at my house now.  I have six more Christmas ornaments to stitch/finish and  am hoping to complete them and mail them out before we head to CA on 12/21. Time to put down the laptop and pick up my needle.

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Until next time…