Sunday, November 02, 2014

Stashing Up for the Winter

I can't believe it is November already...as one of my friends on Facebook posted today, "only 3 paychecks until Christmas."  And yikes, she's right!  So what am I doing accumulating stash?  Well, I found a few things.....
1) This came from the thrift store.  Tedd Arnold actually has some local connections, and while Mother Goose rhymes aren't always my first choice of stitching subjects, I like his style.  And then I opened it and saw it was autographed - for less than $2, I just couldn't pass it up!
2) A guilty eBay purchase.  I stitched a companion piece to the Shepherd's Bush design (Tending the Blooms) a few years ago, and decided "Keeping the Bees" would be a nice addition to the collection.  The SamSarah pattern is another I've liked for a while, and since it was affordable, came with the buttons and wouldn't increase my shipping cost (same seller), I figured why not.
3) A win!  Riona over at Oubliette had a giveaway, and I won Brightneedle's "Ezmerelda's House."  I think it is adorable, and even though Halloween is over for this year, I can see this getting started before next year's spooky season arrives...  Thank you, Riona!

But, lest you think I've not been stitching myself, I do have a (very!) small finish to share.
This is a Prairie Schooler design, the complimentary card that accompanies the "Santa Rides" leaflet.  I've been looking for this for a LONG time - I never wanted the actual leaflet, but just the card.  You see, my grandfather raced canoes well into his 70s (when he passed away from colon cancer).  I was in my LNS a month or so ago, and on a whim picked every Prairie Schooler card off the rack and started shuffling them around.  And what should fall out but this!  It really was serendipitous, since I've stopped visiting the store as often as I used to.  (The shop's new owner has changed the focus to quilting, so there are rarely new stitching patterns or supplies and I don't have a lot to spend anyway.)  But I grabbed this - along with the "Boo 1602" card that I stitched and posted a week or 2 ago.  It is stitched over-one on 28-ct. blue linen duck fabric, so it is about 2 1/2" square with the text.  Grampa's last name was Miller, and when we had Christmas at their house, all the presents would be from "Santa Miller."  So I thought that was appropriate in more ways than one!
The backing is a piece of the fabric I purchased earlier this year at the village yard sales, and the trim is a "pine branch" pipe cleaner.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Primitive Halloweenies

After finishing "Rotted," I wanted more tombstone-y goodness....so I stitched this little Prairie Schooler card design, too.
The Prairie Schooler tombstone was stitched with some HDF silk - it was labeled Primitive Black, but since it was from a detritus bag, I think it might be a mis-dye of some sort.  The Plum Street design is from the JCS 2012 Halloween special, and I used a combination of DMC and hand-dyed flosses from my stash.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Rotted

So after my Halloween exchange was complete, I got inspired to do some more Halloween-y stitching for myself....
I chose the Plum Street Sampler design from the 2012 JCS Halloween issue, "Rotted but not Forgotted".  I don't have - and probably never WILL have! - 40-ct. fabric, so I used some mystery fabric from my stash.  I think it is 28-ct.?  That is a 6-inch hoop it is in, to give you an estimation of the size.  I'm using DMC for the black and green, and substituted for the off-white and orange from my dyed stash.  Not sure how that random bobbin of blue floss got into the picture....

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What I've Been Up To

I love fall....the colors, the smells, the crisp nights.  But it also reminds me of how quickly times passes...how soon the snow will fly....and what's that you say, CHRISTMAS?!?!?  Yikes.

Last weekend we went apple picking, and came home with 2 big bags of Empire apples.  They are a bit too tart for my snacking preferences, but they make a tasty applesauce.
This was my first foray into canning!  And I think it went quite well.  So well, in fact, that after 7 pints of applesauce, I decided to try some cran-apple butter...
6 half-pints!

I still have about 20 pounds of apples in the garage - but I'm thinking I want to get another batch before the picking season ends!  I have big plans.  LOL

My stitching?  Well, that has slowed down considerably again.  After I sent my exchange piece to Becky, I started working on Plum Street Samplers' "Rotted but not Forgotted" ornament from one of the previous JCS Halloween issues.  Nothing worth sharing yet, though.  (I keep getting distracted by apple processing!)  Oh, but I should share the ornament that I received from Carol in the Halloween exchange.
This is a Prairie Schooler design called "Yeow!" from the 2012 JCS Halloween issue.  Isn't it cute??  I think the little bow at the top is just the cutest.  Thank you, Carol!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Halloween Exchange

I stitched up the "Petite Halloween Sampler" by Nikyscreations, in the 2014 JCS Halloween special issue, for Becky.
I used the DMC colors called for, and stitched it over-2 with one strand of floss on a mystery evenweave (I think it was Queen Anne's Lace?) from my stash.  The checkered fabric is what I used for the back or the ornament, and the trim is a piece of jute twine with orange and brown beads.  The bottom bow and beads was my attempt to make a "pumpkin" - not sure if it worked or not, but it is different!
I hope Becky liked it.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Just Winging It

Well, my Halloween ornament is done - just a bit of finishing left to do - so once that arrives at its new home, I'll have a pic to share.  For now, here is my progress on "Wings" -
One over-one fairy head mostly finished, 2 headless fairies with wings, and one poor fairy minus head and wings.  LOL  I love the way this one is turning out, but lately I just can't stay focused for much more than a thread length or 2.  :/  So I jump around, stitch a bit here and a bit there, and figure SOME stitching is better than NO stitching...it will get done eventually!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spooooky

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.