Friday, June 15, 2018

Kinda Like Lincoln Logs

I got this little pattern from a book my mother found at the thrift the book it was finished using popsicle sticks as a "frame."  I had some little pre-cut wood bits, so I got out my Dremel sander and made this -
Just a wee little primitive thing, but kinda cute!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Danger - Auction Ahead!

Several years ago, my father introduced me to the magic (and the frustration) of auctions.  It was right after we'd purchased our house, and needed a few things - including a decent kitchen table and a new range.  And since I'm an incurable bargain hunter, auctions were a wonderful fit.  I try to be careful not to collect things I can't use, but sometimes....well, sometimes the deal is too good and the temptation is just too much.

So last night was the college surplus auction.  I went because I saw these -
- and thought, "ooooo, perfect for the craft cave!"  (I currently sit at my counter on an old desk stool, which, while functional, is not what I'd call comfortable.)  And I got them for $1.00 (each).  Seriously, a dollar!!!  They came from the college's old nursing lab, which was recently renovated and updated.  For another dollar, I scored this - 

And then for a measly $2, one of these for the garage.
(Those are stacked 2 high, so the one I purchased is about 3 feet tall, and has a shelf inside.)

The biggest purchase I made was this little table, for $6.
It could probably stand to be refinished, but for right now, it is fine.  My daughter spotted it and said, "hey, that could be mine, to put my tablet on next to the sofa!"  My husband came to get her before the auctioneer got to the table, so I told her I would stay and bid on it for her.  I asked her how much I should spend - she said "as much as you have!"  LOL  I told her that wasn't how auctions worked, and that she needed to decide what was the most we should pay for it.  She thought for a minute, and then said, "9."  So I agreed to bid as high as $9, and maybe she'd have a table.  And I got it for $6.

I also grabbed a little jewelry display spinner (the college bookstore is also being renovated, so lots of their shelving and fixtures were up for bid) for $1.

I'm pretty pleased with my $12 haul!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Christmas Finish in June

A sweet little kit I ordered from Sandra over at Homespun Elegance - her "Hospitality of Christmas" design released at a stitching retreat in Williamsburg a few years ago.  Obviously, I changed the date...and put my initials where "WMBG" was charted on the left side.  I also have to confess to playing with some digital photo filters on this one - my pic was really washed out! 
Still trying to decide what to do with this little guy, since he ended up being just a wee bit too big for the recycled frame I was hoping to use.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

My Attempt at a Pumpkin.

It may be an orange apple....I'm not sure.
LOL  But it IS cute, even if it isn't perfect!

I also got an email from my mother yesterday, and she found another jewelry box for me to customize with a piece of stitching.  I'm not sure what size the box is, so I'll have to wait and see if I have something that fits or if I need to stitch something new.  Pretty soon I'm going to have to find a way to sell my finished boxes, because I certainly don't need them all!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

JoAnn's is Evil.

I don't need any more starts....especially since Stitch Maynia, I certainly have enough things awaiting my attention...but when I saw this frame on the clearance shelves today, I knew exactly what it would be perfect for.
I think I've figured out that I have to stitch the pattern on at least 36-ct. (and probably 40-ct. would be best) in order for it to fit, and I don't have either in my stash, so it will be a while before this is in my project basket.  But still...evil! 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A Teeny Dragon Treat

"Pumpkin Dragon"
by Harriet van Bladel/Atelier Naquesh
DMC floss on 30-ct. Garden State Java fabric

This little critter is just cute!  It is charted with a square border, but I left it off because I'm seeing this as a round finish of some sort.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Recovering from Maynia

I really had a good time participating in Stitch Maynia this year. While I didn't exactly START all the things I kitted, it feels good to have some things ready to go, and a few new WIPs in the basket!  (Really, I think I enjoyed the planning and organizing as much - if not more - than the actual starting...)

1) I started and finished the Labyrinth worm.
2) I started and finished the wee Shaker box.
3) I started and finished the Pumpkin Dragon (picture to come soon!).
4) I started "Turrets and Town" (pic in post below).
5) I started the Lizzie Kate "3 Little Words" freebie.  Link to pdf file on Lizzie Kate's website
I've substituted for most of the colors, but I think I've stayed pretty true to the original design.  I used my DMC chart to match the suggested DMC alternates to threads from my stash of leftover bits.  I didn't like it at first, but the more colors I add the more it comes together!
6) I started Modern Folk Embroidery's "Secret Sky" pattern.  I absolutely LOVE this one!  I'm stitching 1 over-2 on a 36-ct. gray linen, using variegated DMC 4240 for the motifs and Crescent Colors "Manor Red" for the text.
I definitely need my magnifier to work on this one, but it makes me so happy to put in even one length of thread.  (The complete quote is from the Persian mystic Rumi: "This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment."  Just perfect.)

Finally, I DID finish the "May You Believe" piece with the fairy for my daughter, I just need to photograph it. I've also re-purposed another old glass-topped jewelry box, and need to get some pictures of that as well!

Speaking of my daughter, here she is with a school project on display at the district art show.  The students are given the option of submitting a piece of artwork to a company that will make things with it - coffee mugs, keychains, mousepads, things like that.  Well, she submitted this heart project, and told me, "they will make quilt squares with our pictures - so you can make a quilt with my art!"  Guess who now has another quilt project.... LOL