Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Smalls SAL

This is a little design from CrossQuick magazine, the June/July 1989 issue.  It is pictured stitched on perforated paper, and finished into a teeny paper gift bag...I'm thinking either an ornament or a little fabric drawstring bag instead.

I think this marks the end of my Christmas-themed smalls for a while!  I'm just tired of stitching holiday stuff.  Hmmm, back to the stash pile.....  LOL

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A bit of bling

After using the lovely needleminder I showed in my last picture of the "Fairy's Gate" piece, I couldn't resist browsing the creator's eBay shop again.  And somehow this ended up at my house yesterday...
This Celtic fob and needleminder set was VERY resonably priced, and they are beautifully made.  If you are looking for some unique pieces of art to accessorize your stitching tools, I highly recommend the eBay seller - greenjewelry4u.  No connection other than as a very happy customer!  (Many of her pieces are based on Mary Engelbreit's artwork, which isn't always my style...but I'm confident that those items are crafted with the same love and care as these.)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Feeling Just a Bit Scrappy

My daughter has been requesting a "pirate princess" birthday party.  Evidently this is not a big seller in the party stores....so I raided my old box of scrapbook supplies and made some invitations last night.
Some old pre-cut blue paper from a 1-lb. "scrap pack,"  a few snips and some glue, and voila!  A suitably girly (but not TOO girly, she said!) pirate ship.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Starting a Family Treasure

The first large stitched piece I ever finished was by Marilyn Leavitt-Inblum - her "Once Upon a Time."  After that, I moved on to Mirabilias, deciding that Marilyn's style was, in most cases, too floofy/Victorian for me (don't get me wrong, though, I still love my Once Upon a Time princess!).  And then last month I stumbled upon her "Family Treasure" patterns on eBay....and look what I've started now....
This is "Family Treasure III," a long, sampler-style design that looks like an English garden bellpull when it is finished.  I'm stitching it on some banding I picked up at my LNS, but I'm thinking of framing it instead of making a bellpull.  I've also added a few beads....there are some in the pink flowers at the top of the design, and I'm adding white ones in the side borders as well.  Maybe I'll add a few more throughout the design...we'll see if the mood strikes me!

Monday, February 09, 2015

February 2015 WIPocalypse Check-in

(Late....typical.  Sigh.)

Life has been...well, I'd say "crazy," but it isn't that far from our normal anymore!  Winter weather, a cabin-crazy child, unemployed husband, ridiculous amounts of dental work - its all in a day's work around here lately.

I HAVE been stitching, when I can grab a few moments!  I managed a small finish last month for the Smalls SAL, and here is my progress on "Fairy's Gate."
(Sorry for crummy cell phone pic.)  There isn't that much left - just the second fairy (you can see the beginnings of her skirt on the left side of the sundial), a few flowers, and the border.  And I am waiting for beads that I had to order from my LNS - I decided I wanted petites instead of the larger ones I had in my stash.  Oh, and I have to attach the large sun charm.  I misjudged the size of design/layout on the fabric, so I've got a LOT left at the bottom and only what is under my Q-snap at the top, but I think it is still enough for framing....
Oh, and did you see my new needleminder?  Isn't it pretty?!?  I ordered this on eBay, and it only cost a few dollars.  It is MUCH more petite than the larger ones made by Kelmscott and others.  While I love the Kelmscott ones - and have at least one or 2 - I love how light this one is, while still strong enough to hold my needle.  I think it is made of repurposed jewelry findings, and there is actually a lovely little groove between the two pieces where my needle sits perfectly, providing a little extra security.

Now, on to Measi's monthly question:
How do you overcome that feeling that you’re in a rut with a particular project?
Well.....usually I start something new!  Although this is a little counter-productive for the WIPocalypse....  And with all the stressors in my life this month, I did exactly that.  I stopped at my LNS after getting my first - and very expensive - dental crown put on last Thursday.  I found a piece of 28-ct. linen banding in the remnant bin that was perfect for my latest obsession - Told in a Garden's "Family Treasure III."  (link is to someone else's blog - the pic on TIAG's site isn't very good.)  So right now I've got the very beginnings of that on my scroll frame in the basement, and when everyone starts driving me crazy upstairs, I go down to "start laundry" or do some other mundane task...and put in a few stitches.  LOL

Friday, January 30, 2015

Drooling

Thank you all so much for the comments on my small finish in the last post - seeing them all made me smile!  I've been feeling more "stitchy" than "finishy" lately, so it may be a while before I sit down with the sewing machine to get that all put together.  But since it is for Christmas, I guess I have at least a few months...  ;)

Work and family has been keeping me really busy this month - our renovated library opened after Christmas break, and DH is job hunting.  No luck yet, although he did have a phone interview halfway across the country.  Gulp.  Other than the small, I haven't got much to show.

However, I DID do something I rarely do - last night I checked out the Nashville release "teasers" over at Stitches 'N Things.  And oh my, but I fell completely in love with this little design by Mani di Donna.
The pattern comes with the lovely medieval lady button, and the box is available as well.  I have absolutely NO stash money to play with while DH is unemployed, so I am being responsible and not buying this!  But I'm sharing it here just because I love looking at it....and maybe I can enable someone else.  LOL

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Smalls SAL Check-in

My first check-in and small finish for 2015 - Pine Mountain's "The Stockings Were Hung."  I was given this by a friend who had stitched the kit.  But I have my own ideas about finishing!
Does it look like a fireplace?  I haven't sewn it together yet, and I can't decide if it will be a pillow or maybe a wall-hanging....but I think it is just too cute this way!  Since I stitched it on 28-ct. fabric instead of the larger weave that comes with Pine Mountain kits, it is only about 6.5 inches wide and 2 inches high, so I figure it qualifies as a small.