Several years ago, the bowl for this birdbath met an untimely death (due to a critter chasing dog). I kept the base, not really knowing what I would do with it. Last week I found this gazing ball on the cheap.
She had a long life and was well loved. After all these years it is odd not having her watching every bite of food we put in our mouths. She loved to eat and anxiously waited for any morsel to hit the floor - sometimes it didn't even hit the floor!
We miss her but I'm sure she has her vision and hearing back and is happily chasing tennis balls again.
I had to move the fabric on my FAS yesterday so I snapped a picture - lighting was not the best because of the weather. The sampler is square so you can see I still have a way to go.
It was cloudy all morning then started raining sometime after noon - then we had hail! Thankfully it didn't last long and no tornadoes this time.
Got a package in the mail yesterday - fabric and fibers. Now if I could just remember what project I ordered it for. I might need to sort through the bag of goodies I brought home from the get-a-way in March. There might be a clue in the bag that is still sitting on my sewing table. Pretty colors though!
Just a short post to let you know I'm still around. I'm still stitching on my French Alphabet Sampler - I need to take a progress picture. I will try to do that soon - maybe for my next post. It really is looking good.
Awhile back I made some project bags using Vonna's (The Twisted Stitcher) tutorial. I made 5 and kept two for myself (I had already given one away before I took the picture). The front one has buttons on it because I wasn't paying close enough attention to what I was doing and I put the magnetic snaps on the wrong side. Since you have to make a hole in the fabric to insert the snaps I had to cover the holes so I added some buttons. Measure twice, cut once! I forgot to take pictures of the fabric I used on the inside. I'll be making some more somewhere down the line but I can't get to my sewing machine at the moment. I need to clean my sewing room and put some stuff away.
Have you visited The Twisted Stitcher? If you haven't, I highly suggest you click on the link and give her a look-see. She has a wealth of good information on her blog. Lots of great tutorials. She also has a you tube channel - I dare you to watch one and not get hooked! She will have you wanting to 'stitch all the stuff'.
I don't have a lot of Easter decor but I thought I would show you what little I have before it's time to put it away.
A little monthly cross stitch and some bunnies. (see the green one in the flowers?
Jars of eggs
I tucked some eggs inside of the cabinet - I had them on a feather tree at the last house but I haven't found the perfect place for the feather tree here.
My chocolate egg tree - looks good enough to eat!
Just a few little things
sitting up on the mantle
Can you see the glitter on the little basket of eggs?
See, not much. I have a few other things that didn't get put out (because I don't know where they are) and I haven't taken pictures of the outside stuff. Not much there either - a couple of baskets full of eggs on the porch and a couple of Easter flags in the flower bed.
And I have to show you my little bunny needle minder. Terry sent her to me - isn't she just precious? I'm kinda into needle minders at the moment so I was excited to get this one! That is a little snippet of my French Alphabet Sampler. I've been working on it this week. I'll do an update on that soon.
Have you seen Floss Tube? I hadn't either until Terry told me about it. Apparently it has been around a couple of years - which may explain why stitching blogs have fallen off somewhat. They are fun to watch but I'll stick to blogging. I like to stay behind the camera, not in front of it. Check them out on You Tube. Just pick one and watch it - if you don't like that one, try another one! The first one I watched was The Twisted Stitcher. Not only will you get hooked, you will see all kinds of stuff that will make you want to shop!
I finished a couple of quilts last month. I used the same pattern but different fabrics.
They have both been delivered to their new homes so I thought I would show them to you. I failed to take a picture of the back of them. The top one has the same fabric on the back as the binding. The bottom one has a black and white print on the back.
It's a super simple pattern (if you want to know the name of it, email me and I will dig it out - it's already buried in the closet somewhere)
The pattern calls for circles to be machine appliqued to the top and bottom but I wanted them to be a little more feminine so I made yo-yos and hand appliqued them on. There are 18 on each quilt. I love yo-yos but I think it will be awhile before I make any more!
This past weekend was the annual 3 Stitches get-a-way. The girlfriends and I have attended the last 13 (we didn't know about it before) Can anything be more fun than 40 ladies who love to stitch getting together for a weekend? Lots of laughter. Pam does an awesome job of making sure everyone has a good time.
The theme this year was English Tea. (these are the finished models - not my personal stitching) There is a mug rug (though I don't think I would actually put a cup of tea on it after all that stitching!) The 'book' has pockets on the inside to hold tea bags. The scissor fob has a Tudor rose on one side (there are two different ways to finish the fob) The basket topper also has Tudor roses on it. I feel like I am missing something here. Anyway - we have the charts along with everything needed to finish each project as shown.
I had some kind of brain freeze going on and couldn't seem to count so I think I could have stitched this thing 3 times if I hadn't had to keep taking stitches out. This is the top for the basket in the picture (she gave us the basket to go along with it - not sure when I will get it 'finished' but at least the stitching is done).
Some of the stuffs I came home with
In addition to the stitching supplies we always get goodies.You can't really tell in the picture but the blue beads area on a trolley needle and the little shiny spot beside it is a teacup needle minder. The smaller tea pot is a tape measure! The green paper is a gift certificate to 3 Stitches.
Some of the stuffs I bought at the Saturday night shopping event. She brings a limited number of some of the items but takes orders if there is something you want and don't snag it up quick enough - I have some stuff on order :)
We have a gift exchange on Saturday morning - this framed picture was what I received. Right now it is sitting on the fireplace - haven't decided where to hang it yet.
There is always several rounds of door prizes - I won this flower arrangement in the last round on Sunday morning.
This beautiful glass leaf was another door prize. I'm thinking I might use it for fruit.
More door prizes - I need to rearrange my glass front cabinets to make room for my new teapot and vintage teacup.
The local quilt guild was having their annual quilt show Friday and Saturday so we stopped by there before leaving town and I picked up this little pin cushion.
All in all, it was a great weekend! Already looking forward to next year!
I've been waiting ever since we moved in to see what color my azaleas are and they have finally started blooming! They are all pink!
There are 4 bushes but there is an empty spot where it looks like there should be another plant but I didn't want to plant one until I knew what color the others were.
Now that they are all budded out I can make a trip to the nursery. We also had some kind of grassy looking stuff (don't know what it is called) that we didn't like so hubby dug those up a couple of weeks ago (and killed a snake in the process!) I want to plant some hydrangeas in that spot.
I haven't got a lot of cross stitching done lately as I have been working on a couple of quilts. I'm almost finished with the binding on this one then I have 18 yo-yos to sew on. The other one is the same pattern but different fabrics - it is finished except for the yo-yos. They are both gifts so I'll show them once they have been delivered to their new homes. I took a short break on the quilts to work on another sewing project - I'll show that soon too.
Once I finish the quilts I'll get back to stitching. It's time to get geared up for the stitching get-away - it's only two weeks away!
My screen just went dim so I better sign off and go put this computer on to charge.
I don't have any stitching pictures to show but I do have a few pictures!
This time last week we were on our way to Dallas! We met up with friends for lunch and a little visiting before heading to downtown Dallas for a the long-awaited Bon Jovi concert! It is really hard to get good pictures - especially when you have a big-headed man standing in front of you. I had to do the bob and weave to see and I was more into enjoying the show than trying to take pictures. From beginning to end, it was a great show - I can't wait until the next one!
Since today happens to be Mr. Bongiovi's birthday, lets all sing happy birthday!
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?
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)
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!