Tuesday, August 16, 2016


I mentioned a few posts ago that I was having a piece re-framed for my mother - well, it is finished, and I think it turned out great!

Here is the original, as a reminder.
And here is the do-over.
The green is definitely a better shade than the original, and I like the effect of the double mat with the purple.  And there is glass on it this time - the framer used a deeper frame, and created a shadow box effect by lining the inside of the frame with the green mat.  I think it is great, and can hardly wait to give it to my mom this weekend!

Friday, August 12, 2016

For all the dragon/fantasy lovers out there...

I used to be HUGE Dragon Dreams fan.  I stalked Jennifer's website for freebies, and downloaded them all.  While I was a bit choosier about which patterns I purchased, I did purchase many, and have the pattern spreadsheet entries to prove it!  But truth be told, my interest has kind of waned in recent years.  But I still follow Jennifer on Facebook, and am curious about her new projects...so when she posted these last month, my clicky finger got itchy...

These are available either individually or together, and proceeds benefit the youth sports league that Jennifer's daughters participate in.  I bought just the "Follow Your Dreams" chart, because it reminded me of my kiddo!

For those who might be interested, search for "Dragon Dreams" on Facebook.  Jennifer has a shop link set up there for purchasing.  I've been told it may not work from mobile devices, so try it from a desktop/laptop.

Friday, August 05, 2016


I didn't mean to place an order, I really didn't....


After finishing the "Sharing" piece below, I got obsessed with Quaker/primitive/homespun style pieces.  Perfect for my kitchen!  And how convenient that someone shared this on a message board I frequent.  Must have!!

And then I saw Country Cottage Needleworks' "Cowboy Dreams," which reminded me in a bittersweet fashion of my husband's stepfather - a country vet who is currently suffering from Alzheimer's.  I know it is "kid" oriented design, but perhaps that is why it spoke to me the way it did.  He is such a sweet man, and the family has always referred to him as a true cowboy.

So they'll be coming to my house soon.  I should probably get cracking on "Cowboy Dreams" ASAP, because realistically (and sadly) we don't know how much longer he will be with us.  I know his wife - my MIL - will love the piece, too.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Second Verse, Same as the First...

My July SAL check-in...
...another little straw bonnet girl, this one in blue.  I want to do a third - maybe in pink? - add names, and make them into something ornament-like for my mother.  Not sure if that third one will get stitched right away, though.  I'm a little burned out on the bonnet girls....

I also took the garden gnome piece that I shared a few posts ago to my local framer (who is AWESOME), and in a week or 2 I should have the reframed piece back to show off.  I picked a deep frame that will create a shadowbox effect, and some pretty double mats.  It also cost more than I had planned to spend, but I really love working with the shop and giving him business, so I suppose it all works out in the end.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Modified and Finished

Hot off the scroll frame last night, this is "Sharing" from Stitching with Sudberry Samplers II, leaflet no. 26, by Donna Vermillion Giampa.  I made several changes, which I mentioned in my previous post, but now you can see all of the Quaker motif and the Rhodes heart that I used to replace the stitched clock face.  I also stitched the birds at the top with the variegated blue from the motif -- I cut a section of the floss that was all blue, with none of the gray variegation. 
This isn't my typical style, but I really like it!  Now I'm envisioning a sampler wall in my kitchen, perhaps.....

Monday, July 18, 2016

Making modifications

A couple months ago, I wrote this post about some changes I wanted to try with a pattern designed to be a clock face.  Then I started stitching other things....but earlier this month, I finally pulled this out again and got started.  Here's what I came up with -
The Quaker motif came from a pamphlet of old German patterns that a coworker gave me - she lived in Europe when her husband was stationed there with the military many decades ago, and her stash was very interesting as a result!  I'm stitching the motif with GAST Otter Creek.  On a side note, my LNS decided to get rid of all the GAST they had.  :(  The owner told me that "no one ever buys it, only the Weeks and the Crescent Colors sell."  So all the GAST was $1/skein, and I impulsively loaded up!  I also made some color changes - I used 3371 instead of 310 black, mixed an over-dye (Six-Strand Sweets "Fruit Punch") with the darkest pink in the lady's dress to soften it a bit, and changed the greens from DMC 890 and 730 to 3345 and 469.  Oh, and the middle band on the flower basket is done in satin stitch instead of crosses.

Hmmmm, I may have made a LOT of changes here....but so far I like it!

Sunday, July 17, 2016


I was at my parents' place over the weekend, and my mother sent this back with me.
This cute little design was something I stitched over a decade ago - not sure anymore of the pattern name or designer.  But I do know that it was a chartpack that came with the little gnome button.  And that little gnome is the reason the piece came back to me....so, because he is rather "3-D," my mother decided to have it framed without glass years ago.  But the framer evidently used poor quality materials - that mat was originally dark green!  And you can see that the mat core has yellowed, indicating that it is NOT acid-free (the fabric was always yellow, so there doesn't seem to be any damage there yet).  :(  Now Mom wants me to check with the local frame shop and see if they can re-frame it, possibly in some sort of shadow box.