Sunday, July 8, 2007

A small finish and time to start Christmas gifts!

Last night I decided to roam through my stash just for the fun of it. I found a teeny little thing I bought at Ginger's in Austin a couple of years ago. It's a small wooden cat with an opening in its belly area to put your stitching in. I stitched up the suggested phrase "Here Mousey Mousey". From start to finish it didn't even take me 30 minutes! :) I took a picture with my digital camera but it doesn't communicate with my laptop so I'll just have to wait until I'm at work this week to transfer the picture to my jump drive. Then I can post a picture here.

Got some great stitching done on a quilt square last night. I'm about halfway done and that's a very good thing. :)))

While I was roaming, the "New Start Virus" was trying to take hold again. I decided to pull some stuff I had kitted up that was calling out to me. This way, when I do feel like starting something new and I can't fight the urge then I can at least start something I need or really want to do. It's time to start getting some Christmas gift stitching done -- can you believe it??? Here's what I pulled and why:
1. Shepherd's Bush "School Roll" - I need to stitch 4 teacher's gifts by next May and thought this would be fun to stitch for at least one of them. I have a ton of teacher's patterns so I'll either stitch this once and do three different things or perhaps I'll stitch this more than once.
2. Hinzeit's mini-block "Racing" - This is for my youngest son Cody, age 11. I already have the frame so it would be good as a gift for him plus I have way too many Kay's Frames. Why have a small fortune tied up in these frames and just let them sit in my stash?
3. Name Tree by M Designs "Lisa" - I thought this would be a good Christmas gift for my sister. I swore I'd never stitch for her again (because I didn't think she really cared for the last thing I stitched for her about 5 years ago) but surely she'd like and appreciate her name in a pretty tree design.
4. Name Tree by M Designs "Charlie" - Same as above except this is my brother-in-law. Stitching both of these trees and framing them would take care of my Christmas gifts for them.
5. Whimsey & Wit's "No Place Like Our Place" - This would be a gift for my mother-in-law. Yep, that would knock out one more Christmas gift.
6. My mother reads this blog so I can't mention exactly what I have in store for her, but suffice it to say I'll call it "Funny". It's just a teeny thing so don't get too excited, Mom. LOL! ;-)
7. Another thing for my mother...I'll just call it "Brown". These little "key" terms help me remember what they are yet they don't give away what the project is. HAH!
8. Pegasus Publication's "Cowboy Corral" - I would do the "Cowboy's Room" pattern for my bonus son Wyatt, age 9. He is in the Junior Rodeo and rides bulls (EEEK!) so he'd love this for his room.
9. Jeanette Crews Designs, Inc. "Baseballbet" - This would be for my oldest son Steven, age 14. He's such a baseball player that I know he'd love his name stitched in the various baseball poses.
10. "The Original Railroading Book 1" - There is a "MKT Katy Lines" logo that I'd like to stitch for my uncle as a Christmas gift since he worked so many years for Katy Railroads.
11. Hinzeit's "Horses" - This is for my home. I don't have the frame but I did order it. It never came in. :( I figure that I'll just get a frame for it if that high-dollar Kay's Frame never arrives.
12. Hinzeit's "Rise and Shine" - This, too, is for my home. I won't be using the rooster and mailbox charms that came with it and I didn't order the Kay's Frame for it either. I do love the pattern but I am not a rooster kind of person.
13. Hinzeit's "Bath Time" - Yep, this is for my home and I have the Kay's Frame for this and it goes perfectly in our master bathroom because of the hot and cold faucets on the frame and my wallpaper border. (Can you tell I have a thing for Hinzeit patterns?)
14. Yay, another Hinzeit! This one is mini-block "Let It Snow" and if you think I have the frame for this then you are right! LOL! Of course this is for me because I am a self-proclaimed snowman addict.
15. Shepherd's Bush "Americana" scissor fob - I want to put this on my Glory Ginger scissors. Wouldn't that be gorgeous?
16. Holiday Sparrow Designs "Tall Guys - Valentine - Valentino's Three" - This is for me. I think I have all of the Tall Guys patterns and have them all kitted up, too. I love these guys! I'd like to line my hallway with the entire Tall Guys patterns. I didn't pick this one for any reason other than it was the one on the top of the Tall Guy pile. Once finished, I think they will fit in standard frames so I should be able to frame them myself with no problems, plus it would save a ton of money.
17. Redbird Designs "Monthly Minis" - I have all four of these for a total of twelve patterns. They are so cute and are all done in a Southern/Western theme. These, too, are for my home. I will most likely stitch them up on one piece of fabric.
18. Just Nan's "Icy Hill" - I got this at The Silver Needle (was it June that we went?) and it's been calling my name. :)
19. A iris pattern from Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch and Beading magazine. This would go in my bedroom. I have always drooled over this purple iris pattern!
20. Bent Creek's "The Red Thread" series - Silkweaver sent me the most beautiful earthtone 32 count Belfast linen called "Sugar Cookie" and I think this series would be perfect on it! I have the most recent addition to this series on order. It should be arriving any day. :)

Well, that's my twenty projects I pulled. Sheesh - I'd be set for how many years, even if I stitched nothing else??? I just love everything in my stash but the ones I pulled are my favorites (for now). LOL!

I guess I'd better quit blogging for now. This post is already novel-sized! LOL! I will find one of my rubbermaid containers to put these 20 things in and that way I can grab one whenever the New Virus Bug gets too fierce.

1 comment:

Rachel S said...

I think the projects that called to you were good choices! I can't wait to see the kitty!