Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First stitches

Do you remember your first stitches? I remember my grandmother and great-grandmother teaching me to do embroidery somewhere around the age of 10-12. Back then you could by iron on patterns and I remember a denim shirt I stitched all over. I have a set of pillowcases I did for my grandparents around here somewhere - I think I have showed pictures of them before. (I had them on display in our last house but haven't put them out here - yet, I will eventually)  I did quite a few pieces of stamped cross stitch and gave them as gifts. Then, sometime around 1980-81 I saw my first piece of counted cross stitch and fell in love with it! I bought a kit, it was a small Christmas piece. I just followed the directions - to me it didn't seem hard, it was similar enough to stamped cross stitch. Even with stamped cross stitch you have to follow a pattern for color placement. I was hooked from that first stitch. Anyway - then I found out you could buy patterns and fabric without having to buy a kit and this was the first book I bought. 
I found it yesterday when going through some patterns. I don't know how many of those jar toppers I stitched. I'm pretty sure everyone I know got a mason jar with cross stitch on top for Christmas that year. I used that book so much it is falling apart but every time I purge, I always keep this book. There were other books with jar toppers, Christmas ornaments, fingertip towels, baby bibs and bookmarks (all stitched on aida) before I moved up to things large enough to actually frame. I have a few pieces and my mother still has some of my early pieces before I started stitching on linen. I remember my first piece I stitched on linen too. I had been stitching samples for a magazine (I stitched them and returned them to be finished and photographed - lots of fun) and they asked me if I had ever stitched on linen. I hadn't so she showed me a couple of stitches and sent me on my way. That piece went on a photo album. Remember those fabric covered photo albums that were so popular in the 80s and early 90s? I don't have the stitched piece but I have the magazine it was published in. I would show you a picture of that but it would mean digging deeper in the closet than I want to go right now. Someday. 
That is how I got started and I still love it as much today as I did when I stitched that first little kit. Do you remember your first counted cross stitch project?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day!

A few decorations around the house

And a rose from my sweetie.

Happy Valentines Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Red, White and Blue

I hope this picture looks better on your screen than it does on mine! I finally finished this cute design by Sam Sarah Design Studio. I put the final stitches in it last night but I haven't had a chance to press it yet so I haven't sewn the buttons on yet - I'll get to it.
Now to find the box with the kitted projects in it so I can see what to work on next. I've also got a quilt going so I don't have time to be bored! (I still have boxes to unpack and I can't find anything in my sewing room - I should be working on that but, well, I'm not)

Today is the middle kidlet's birthday so I went looking around on my computer for a picture of him and all I could find were ones from Christmas and none of him by himself so here is one of him with his dad. I know there are more, just not sure where. (though he is good about avoiding having his picture made)  

Happy Birthday, Timothy!

Friday, January 20, 2017

A little change

This little jewelry tree was a Christmas gift years ago. I love it and I keep it out year round, but I decided it needed a little update. I have had to glue parts back on more than a few times so I thought it would just pop off the mirror and I could put it in a new frame easy-peasy.

Well, some parts of it just popped right off, others did not but I managed. It didn't come out with exactly the same shape but I got it close enough. Love it!

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Not much

Not much going on here lately but at least I've got a nice view for the month. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I thought I would share a little of ours with you.

The 'kids' all came here for the holidays. They spread out and made themselves at home - just as it should be!

Baby boy's bride cooked dinner for us one night

There was game playing

Picture taking 

Goofing off

A lot of goofing off!

 Made s'mores on the patio

Let's see how this works (log puzzle)

Car 'shopping'

Bunk beds?

Met Bucee

 And had to say goodbye.

We were blessed to have all the 'kids' together for a precious few days. 
Started missing them the moment they left.

Happy 2017!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas

This is the first time we have had a fireplace to hang our stockings!
Will have all the kids together by tomorrow night. The plan is to spend a quiet Christmas and enjoy having family together.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!