Sunday, August 24, 2014


After finishing the little "Forget Me Not" sampler, I decided it was time to sign up for another exchange.  I should have a Halloween ornament to share in a week or 2.  And as I was looking for a Halloweeny pattern to stitch, I decided that spooky little house designs are just adorable!  Now I have a whole list of haunted houses I want for myself. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

What I've been up to

First of all, last weekend was the village-wide yard sale in our town, and I scored these -
- for $5!  I think there is at least half a yard of each.  They've been added to bin of potential fabrics for ornamentifying.

Also, 2 weeks ago Small One and I spent a few days at my parents' house.  My mom has been having some back problems, so while my husband was away for some work training, we went to help out and make Mom smile before her back surgery (it was last week, and she is feeling much better already).  I like to take small pieces to work on when I'm at their place, so I pulled The Drawn Thread's "Forget Me Not Sampler" out of my stash.  I was also crazy enough to stitch it over-one!
When I was at Mom and Dad's, I also saw a small frame with a mirror below it - kind of like some of the Olde Colonial products - that I think this would fit in perfectly!  (It was one of my dad's auction finds.)
Finally, I think I hate satin stitches.  >:(

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Latest Progress on "Wings"

Another crummy pic taken with my tablet...but I'm currently separated from my good camera, so this will have to do!
(And wouldn't you know, Blogger insists on rotating it.  Oh well, given the nature of the design, it isn't that big a deal!)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I was naughty

I've done pretty well this year avoiding stash enhancement....even at Celebrations I managed to avoid spending a lot of money in the shopping area. But lately, I've slipped a bit.

First, I bought the Just Cross Stitch Halloween special.  I wasn't convinced it was great, but the OCD collector in me just had to have it...  (Maybe I should write a review, like Anna's annual reviews of the ornament issue!)

And then....well, at Celebrations I *almost* bought the embellishment pack for Jeannette Douglas' "Once Upon a Tree."  It was going to be my one "big" purchase - but wouldn't you know it, she was sold out!  I did sign up to get an email when she had some available, and I got a message from her last month.  However, I hemmed and hawed a bit longer...and then today I saw an ONS that was having a big sale, and it included Jeannette's embellishment packs.  Click, into the cart it went!
Finally, last fall when I went to Cape Cod with DH (and Muriel!), I really loved visiting the old Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth.  The old tombstones are fascinating!  And since then, I've been a little bit obsessed with The Primitive Needle's "Tombstone Spots."  Of course, the designer has passed away, the design is out of print, and it always goes for a ridiculously high price on eBay.  Well, wouldn't you know, that same ONS had it listed in a closeout/clearance section!  So I added that too.

I suppose overall I didn't do TOO badly - but I think I need to do more stitching and less shopping.  Ah well - it is my retirement plan, right?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Little Bit of Stitching

Thanks for the comments on the skirt.  I actually wore it to work on Monday, and got a couple compliments.  The waist may be a bit of a mess, but the color and pattern makes me smile!

I took an impromptu vacation day today, mostly because it was ungodly hot and my office isn't air conditioned.  I spent the morning pulling up some old carpet (translated: I spent a lot of time kneeling on the floor and swearing at staples and tack strips), then I took a little nap and did some stitching.  Here's a pic of my Joan Walsh Anglund "A," almost ready for me to add the baby's name and birthdate.

(Apologies for the crummy tablet pic.)

Just need to finish the little cat on the right side of the A and do some backstitching, then it will be on to the personalization.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Swearing at my Sewing Machine

While I haven't done much stitching - it has been too hot to sit in the living room lately! - I have been browsing sewing blogs.  I've grown particularly fond of the "refashioning" trend, finding unappealing items at thrift stores and turning them into something more wearable.  So Friday, after being inspired by Jillian over at Refashionista, I did a quick run through the local Goodwill.  I came home with this:
It was hanging on the dress racks.  Well, even in my youth this style would NEVER have worked as a dress for me...and now I'm too old and saggy in certain places to even try this on for a "before" picture.  LOL  I'd say "use your imagination," but then again, I don't want to be blamed for the ensuing nightmares.

First I deconstructed the piece, removing the zipper and taking off the "bodice."
See what I mean?!?  Look how tiny that top piece is!!

I had to line the skirt, which is what became my undoing.  I had an old navy blue tee that I thought would be perfect for that purpose...however, it was rayon and very slippery.  Also, the dress fabric was cheap and frayed terribly once it was disassembled.  But I soldiered on, and changed the waist to an elastic drawstring (I made a casing of sorts using the skirt fabric and creasing it above where the lining was attached).  And...ta-da!
It is a crummy workplace bathroom pic...but you get the idea.  The top was another thrift store find from some time ago - it was slated to go back because it is a bit of an odd color (compared to the colors I usually wear), but it coordinates almost perfectly with the skirt.  And thankfully, it covers up my moderately wonky waistband!  The finished skirt hangs in such a way as to hide a multitude of fabric puckers and other sins, as well.

So there you go, my first attempt at "refashioning."  It was frustrating at times, but fun, and I'll be on the lookout for other potential candidates!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Holiday Stitch-in!

I hope everyone (in the US, anyway) had a lovely long weekend.  My husband had some minor surgery on Thursday morning, so we took it easy most of the time.  My mother came out to help/play with the Wee One on Saturday, and I headed out for a stitch-in!  I re-united with a group of ladies I met at Celebration of Needlework in New Hampshire.  Bev lives in Utica, NY, and her sister Sylvia was up from south of Albany to visit.  Anne and Stacy also live below Albany, but were willing and able to make the trip up this weekend.  So I drove a little over 2 hours to Utica.  Here we all are....

It was really great to have some time just to stitch and chat, and not worry about the laundry that needed to be done or the dishes on the kitchen counter!  I think we're going to try to do it again sometime in the fall.