Saturday, May 30, 2009

Another quick finish

After roaming through my stash recently, I decided that I have some of the coolest stuff...and it's just sitting there in my closet. Sure, it's fun to drool over but no one is truly enjoying my stash as it sits there, right? Sooooooo, as you can tell by some of my recent finishes, I decided to do something about it. Even if they're just small finishes, I'm thinning out my stash and getting things done so that they can be enjoyed. The next thing I picked was a little something for my wonderful husband.

That being said, here is a close-up of my third finish in four days:

That is "I Simply Love You" by Twisted Threads. It is stitched over two on 32 count Silkweavers linen called "Days Gone By". The lettering is done with two strands of Caron Waterlilies "Sable" and the heart is stitched with two strands of Six Strand Sweets "Mocha". I mounted the fabric and put it in a box that has a frame as a lid which you can see better here:

The colors are more true in the first photo. The frame opening measures 5" x 7" so it's not teeny but not big, either. The box now sits on one of our bedroom dressers. It's really lovely! Good thing I like that box/frame combo because after roaming all my framing/finishing stuff, I found out that I had three -- yes, THREE!!! -- of those boxes stashed away. And all the same color, too! Gah! In other words, look for two more of these in the future. Plus, I made a mental note to buy a black one. I'll try to make sure I don't end up with three of those.

Okay, now I'm off to go find another little something that I can hopefully finish today or tomorrow. This is fun! :-)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Two finishes in two days!

Okay, so they're small finishes but they still count! :~)

Today I spent the afternoon stitching and finishing a teeny little scissor fob from the kit "A Folk Art Sewing Box" by Hillside Samplings. Of course, you just know there was a Liberty Hill piece in that kit. *hee hee*
Here is the front:

Here is the back with my initials and current year:

Finally, where else would I display this little fob other than in my Liberty Hill curio cabinet, right? *big, huge grin*

I love it and it looks just perfect in the cabinet. There is a pincushion still do from that same kit but I'm behaving for now and not starting anything new. Yet. It's still early. *hee hee*

Thanks, as always, for looking, commenting, and visiting. Happy frog-free stitching!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Christmas ornament #6 finished

And here it is:

That is Victoria Sampler's "All Spiced Up" from their leaflet called "Button Up For Christmas #2". I used the threads, wire, and buttons from their embellishment pack but stitched it on a mystery piece of linen from my stash.

Other than this ornament, I've been working on my "Footprints" WIP. Maybe I'll have an updated WIP picture in the next day or so.

Thanks for looking! Now get off your computer and go stitch! LOL ;-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Major happy dance!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Guess what I finished last night? If you said "Hillside Sampling's Folk Art Sewing Roll", then you're right!

Here it is all folded up:

Unroll/unfold it once and this is what you see:

Unroll/unfold it again and then you see the complete inside of the roll:

Here is the back of the entire sewing roll:

Here is a side view with the roll all folded up:

Here is a picture of the completed roll with the box that came with the kit --- note my little helper in the background:

And finally, here is where the roll and the box will reside -- on the bottom shelf of my curio cabinet that is dedicated exclusively to my Liberty Hill collection:

I am so excited to have this roll finished and added to my curio cabinet. Thanks for looking!

Tonight I hope to finish an ornament. Maybe, just maybe, I might start a new project. *mwah hahahahaha*

Happy stitching! :-)

Friday, May 15, 2009

More pics, yay!

I'm on a roll now! LOL! Actually, I've just sorted through more pics that I want to post for y'all to peek at. Some are stitching-related, others are not. Hope you enjoy them all! :)

My wonderful friend Carolyn sent me the most thoughtful gift in the mail. Know what she did? She sent me the Criss Ginghers!!! *drool drool* Aren't they gorgeous?

Here is a picture of my Gingher scissor collection (plus a couple of other scissors) where they sit in my stash closet:

And just look at the cats Q-snap cover my mother gave me -- too cute!
And just for grins, here's Freddie (aka: Little Miss Hateful) sleeping on top of the piano:

Now back to stitching stuff...want to see some of my WIPs?

This is my "Valentino's Three" Tall Guys by Holiday Sparrow:

And this is my "Folk Art Sewing Roll" by Hillside Samplings:

And this is my "Break Time" by Stoney Creek:

And finally, this is "Bathtub" by Imaginating:

Thanks for looking...again. LOL! I fell so behind on blogging and posting pictures but I think it's all caught up now. Whew! Plus, I'm still catching up on reading everyone's blogs and posting comments on them, too. Thanks for your comments! :-)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lots of photos to show you what I've been doing...

Hi everyone! I've received a couple of e-mails wondering about why I haven't updated my blog. Sorry! Life gets in the way sometimes but it sure is nice to know there are folks out there in the e-world who care. So instead of rambling on and on about what I've been doing, here are a ton of pictures to show you so you can see for yourself. :-) But no griping about work or anything icky...just the good stuff is all I'm gonna talk about. Woo hoo!

My 16-yr-old plays baseball and he got his first game-winning RBI (run batted in) recently. Here he is with the official ball -- and yes, we got a display case for it. *hee hee*

My other son is 13 and he plays drums now. He's only had eight or nine lessons over the last month or two and he is outstanding already! (That review comes from other people and not just his proud momma. LOL) So here he is in his room drumming on his very own drum set:

One of the top-secret gifts I stitched for my mother for Mother's Day was this Shepherd's Bush needleroll called "A Mother's Love":

My serger finally quit frightening me so much so I cleaned off my work area and made a cord cover for my OTT Lite -- easy peasy!

Before going to my oldest son's sports award banquet, we were taking pictures are home. For those of who you don't know what Brad and I look like, here I am along with my crazy husband:

Can you tell that he's the crazy one? *hee hee*

On top of being a Gingher addict and a cross stitch addict, have I mentioned before that I'm a Liberty Hill addict? It's certifiable now because we bought a curio cabinet and dedicated it solely to Liberty Hill pieces:

One of my dozen WIPs right now is the Folk Art Sewing Roll. I am on the fourth of four stitched areas and then it'll be time to do the finishing work. I am so exicted and can't wait to start adding some stitched Liberty Hill / Hillside Samplings pieces to my curio. *major happy dancing*

I've also been working in my sun room/garden room and outside. Here is a picture from my front porch of a hanging basket that I fell in love with -- the stand is from Home Depot and the plant is from Wal-Mart:

Well, I didn't post the other two gifts that I stitched for my mother for Mother's Day and I'm sure there are more pics I should post...but that's plenty for now, don't you think? Hope you enjoyed them!

Take care, happy stitching, and bye for now! :-)