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…

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Completed Some Finishing

I participated in the HOE Autumn exchange and had the pleasure of stitching for Edgar.  Here is what I  stitched of for him…

 2015 HOE Autumn 
Fabric: 32 count linen

I decided on a needle book finish for this piece…

And what did I receive?

I received this beautiful Autumn exchange from Maggee…

2015 HOE Autumn Exchange
Stitched by: Maggee S.

This is such a great design and a wonderful finish.  Maggee used wool in the finishing of this little pillow, something I have never done but will try in the future.  In addition she stitched these tiny little buttons on the back, so cute!

Thank you, Maggee!

My work on Black Horse Inn was minimal this month.  Actually, I pulled it out a few nights ago so that I could post on this months Gifted Gorgeousness progress. I stitched the small roof section, that all!

November 2015 Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

What kept me from stitching on Black Horse Inn?


I purchased three boxes at Hobby Lobby and stitched these three designs to mount on the top…

Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 32 count linen
Floss: DMC
Stitched for: Thanksgiving gift for Karen C.

Designer: Little House Needleworks
Design: Autumn Band Sampler (partial)
Fabric: 32 count linen
Floss: DMC
Stitched for: Thanksgiving gift for Lynda R.

Designer: Little House Needleworks
Design: Autumn Band Sampler (partial)
Fabric: 32 count linen
Floss: DMC

Stitched for: Thanksgiving gift for Tricia B.

I attached this cute acorn charm to the corner…

In addition, I stitched/sent Christmas ornaments for two exchanges plus I "angel stitched" an autumn design for a fellow exchanger. I'll show pictures of those when I know they have been received. 

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Until next time…

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Smalls

I finished these cute designs just in time for the October 2015 Smalls check-in.  I filled each little tin with chocolates and mailed them off to my DIL and to DS2 GF.

2015 Halloween Gift
Designer: Prairie Schooler
For: M and C

Both designs were stitched on 28ct even weave.  I did change the colors on the Cat…green eyes, red nose/mouth, purple bow tie, and gold stars ~ I like it much better this way. 
Each design was mounted onto the cover of a small metal tin that I found at Hobby Lobby.

For: C

For: M

I completed another scarf, using the yarn that I purchased back in May 2013 at Purl Soho in NYC.  Yikes, 2013 !!! It took me that long to find a project for this gorgeous yarn??? 

The scarf came in handy for this weeks photography assignment…photographing texture.  Here is a sampling of the images I snapped.

Little Emma turned 1 last month.  At 3 1/2 pounds she is still very tiny, very cute, and at times very naughty, but we love her. Unlike Lily, her coloring is off.  She is much too white around the face but we have no plans to show or breed her so it really doesn't matter. Sweet Lily turned 7 last May. She has a lot of patience when Emma nips at her ears, yips in her face, and tries to steal her toys. 


Emma and Lily


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stitching and Clicking

2015 Gifted Gorgeousness check-in time

Last months progress on Black Horse Inn:

This months:
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 40ct Linen over two
Floss: DMC

Not a ton of progress, but I did manage to squeeze in some Gifted Gorgeousness stitching time.  I have been spending much of my time working on Christmas ornaments!

My Halloween exchange arrived from Rosa C.  She did a wonderful job stitching and finishing this ornament.

2015 HOE Halloween Exchange
Designer: Little Stitcher
Design: Vintage Witch (freebie)
Stitched by: Rosa C.

The lace and adorable little frog charm are a great added touch! This ornament is a wonderful addition to my Halloween tree Thanks, Rosa.

Now for the clicking

Last Wednesday I attended the 1st of 4 photography classes, which left me spending way too much time reading about DSL photography and taking many test shots (in manual mode).  I will leave you with a few of my homework pictures.

The fall colors are bursting, which has given me endless photographic options…


Early morning dew on a pumpkin

I pulled into my garage and saw a colorful reflection in the helmet on the shelf . I grabbed it, brought it outside, positioned it on a large rock, and snapped the foliage ~ interesting view…

I love the reflection

While sitting in my family room I glanced over and witnessed the foliage as a backdrop to my favorite floor lamp; how perfect, a moose in the woods.  

I love the lamp silhouette

Yes, it is true…Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is offering ANOTHER giveaway. Nancy is truly a very generous blogger!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Few Smalls and A New Scarf

Can you tell that I really like these Foxwood Crossings sled ornaments? It was completed in time for this months 2015 Smalls SAL

2015 Smalls SAL ~ September
Designer: Lizzie * Kate
Design: Sled Dudes

and has been added it to my collection of Holiday Gift Ornaments.  How cute is that? 
A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E !!!

My next finish could also qualify for the Smalls SAL.  This is the HOE Halloween exchange Treat Bag that I made for Michelle B.

2015 HOE Halloween
Designer: Blue Ribbon Designs
Design: Tricks or Treats Bags
From: 2015 JCS Halloween Issue
Stitched for: Michelle B.

Much of my free time this past month was spent knitting. I made the mistake of spending too much time on where I spotted (and purchased) the pattern for this lovely…

Pattern: Deephaven
By: Bonnie Sennott

Having spent time at Webs Yarn purchasing an abundance of yarn, I needed to figure out what to make.  Given my limited knitting skills I gravitate to scarf patterns. This one has an especially nice cable design. 

I completed the blocking so all that is left is to seam the ends.  A second one has already been started. 

Sign ups for the HOE Autumn Exchange close at midnight tonight (9/30). If you are interested in participating details can be found HERE.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Making Progress

It's that time again…Gifted Gorgeousness update.

Here is last  months progress picture:

And here is the progress that I made to date:

2015 Gifted Gorgeousness ~ September 15
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 40 count Linen over two
Floss: DMC

It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend and having DS1/DIL + DS2/GF join us made it even better.  My younger son has a passion for Jet Skiing.  He much prefers the "stand up" jet ski and enjoys getting airborne on it.  Honestly, he makes riding a "stand up" look effortless but it isn't.

Here is his GF, who did a great job buzzing around the lake.  She has experience riding a stand up.

DS1/DIL had to head back to NYC on Monday so they missed out on the Jet Ski fun.

Thank you to those of you who so kindly let me know that this is a Lily, an Oriental Lily, called Stargazer…

And that this is a Hibiscus…

I also learned, from my DS GF, that the pretty white flowers that I cut from the yard and popped into a vase are Hydrangeas.  We have two large bushes just bursting with these beauties !!!

Another gorgeous giveaway by Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, check it out. She is truly one of the most generous people, constantly offering her beautiful floss to her readers! Honestly, her floss tops my list of favorites. I have been purchasing it for years. 

Do you love the fall season? Would you like to participate in the HOE Autumn Exchange? Check it out and sign up HERE

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Until next time…