Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Stitch in Time - finished

It's July 31st and I have just finished the Mill Hill bead kit entitled A Stitch in Time.  yea!!  It was a lot of fun but I have to admit that I fudged the backstitching around the floss (my floss is never as messy as their picture shows) and I also used 2 strands of floss for the backstitching for the needle thread as well as the blackwork.  I like how it turned out.  Can you spot my initials in the alphabet?  I decided that this one is for me!  so I personalized it just a little bit.
What shall I work on next? well... I want to do a couple more of Val's little snowmen with the wild and crazy hat - I had a hat just like that when I was growing up.  And to be honest I have a lot of weird coloured threads that will work perfectly with that design.
I hope that wherever you are, you are a lot cooler than here.  We normally have humid days in Ottawa but not like this summer.  We are having a lot of them this year and the humid days are turning into humid weeks.  Hmmm, I guess I will just have to re-read this post when it is freezing cold and it is winter time.
That's all for now lovely readers, until the next time, have a great day and warm, gentle hugs to all of you. Louise

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Stitch in Time

Good morning wonderful people, it is a beautiful morning here and I thought I would share the latest project with you before I get busy and do some exciting chores like laundry and cleaning (ugh).   When I was in Branson, I was talking with Emily (one of the wonderful ladies that I met there) about the Mill Hill bead kits, I was working on the Wizard and she was working on one of the Mardi Gras masks.  To make a long story short.... she showed me the latest kits and of course I had to buy this one!!  It is called A Stitch in Time and contains everything that a cross-stitcher would/could use, it even contains a variety of stitches.  I am currently a little more than half way.  Here is a picture of my progress on this one, I am hoping to have it finished before the end of the month.
Group hug to all of you, Louise
PS, the paper is a little curled but that will straighten out after it is finished, I usually put a heavy book on them or iron them.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Another Finish

Yes, you read that correctly - another finish and no, I didn't start it a long time ago. lol  Well after finishing the Bethlehem, I was sitting there working on my tabletopper and thinking about the cute patterns that I had received in my order from 123Stitch.  Next thing you know, the tabletopper is on the coffee table (I did finish the thread that I was using) and I was searching through the goodies.  I found this really cute pattern and to be honest, it was the hat that I loved.  I had never heard of this designer before - "Val's Stuff".  The pattern is entitled Happy Holidays and I used a piece of unknown yellow opalescent aida cloth, DMC floss and Victoria Clayton silks.  I loved how the Russian Sage silk worked out for the hat. So without further ado.... here are a couple of pictures for you. 

PS, I also got the Santa button I needed for Santa's Coming so I updated that picture as well.  Until the next time - warm, gentle, caring hugs.  Louise


Friday, July 20, 2012

Bethlehem is finished

Hello wonderful readers, as you can see, I have completed another Bethlehem.  For those of you who have stitched the pattern and are wondering ... where are all the little stars that dot the sky?  you're right - they are not there.  The opalescent thread sparkles so much that I feel that the stars are not really necessary. 
In case you missed the post with the info about this project ... The fabric is Crystal Stellar by Picture This Plus - it is an overdyed opalescent  blue lugana fabric with tinges of purple and the threads are DMC colour variations number 4240 which contains both light and dark blue as well as purple.  Bethlehem is designed by Diane Arthurs and published by Imaginating Inc. 
This wonderful piece will soon be on its way to my friend Cindy in Denver as well as a couple of the Christmas trees.
Warm gentle hugs to all of you.  Louise

Monday, July 16, 2012

Stuffed Christmas trees

When I started this post I was giggling to myself at the title but honestly that is what this one is about.  I had stitched some Christmas tree ornaments (the design is part a tabletopper by Dutch Treat Designs) and finally got around to sewing them together and stuffing them! These little trees went with me to a variety of places - I worked on them in the airports, on the airplanes, waiting for my doctors appointments (of which I had way too many this past year).  I hope you like them.
Warm hugs
PS, they are done on an overdyed aida from my stash, DMC threads for the bows, Victoria Clayton silks for the trees and Rainbow Gallery's Petite Treasure Braid for the stars.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lizzie-Kate goodies

Hello, tis me again.  While I was working on the Bethlehem, I worked on other goodies like these Lizzie-Kate designs.  This is the pattern that I had to buy a second time because I put the first one in a really good spot (still haven't found it yet (big sigh)).  I think these little guys are so cute - BFF, LOL, TMI and OMG.  I used overdyed aida and some DMC as well as Victoria Clayton silks.  Enjoy.

Bethlehem - the creche is started

Hi everyone, well as the title states - I've started the creche.  This design is just so much fun to stitch that I hope you enjoy seeing the progress as much as I love creating this piece.

Hugs to all

Monday, July 9, 2012

Update on Bethlehem

Hello wonderful readers - I hope that you are having some sunshine wherever you are.  Well, I have good news, I have reached the half way point with Bethlehem. Yahoo!  I love getting to a half way point on any stitching - this means I can look forward to starting a new project soon. lol

Until the next time, take care

Wonderful day at the lake

Hi everyone, I didn't do a lot of stitching yesterday because we (my Dad, a friend and myself) were invited to my brothers house for lunch.  It was a very breezy day but nice and sunny.  Here are a few shots of the beautiful birds that visited his place.

 The woodpecker was having a lot of fun at the feeder but as hard as I tried, I could not get a really good picture of him, so I had to settle for 2 different pictures of him on the tree.

Hugs to all

Friday, July 6, 2012

A New Finish and a New Start

Hello dear friends, tis me again - another posting for you to read.  As the title suggests, I have finished another project and started a new one.  And my apologies to my friend Cindy who wants the Bethlehem, sorry it isn't quite done yet!  With the fabric that I am using for Bethlehem, I find it difficult to work on it at night time so it is a day project... but I couldn't just sit and watch TV without working on something!!  Santa's Coming was a freebie chart from Shepherds Bush many years ago.  It is just over 3 inches square and I did it on an overdyed blue aida cloth using DMC and Victoria Clayton silk threads.

Yesterday was spent stitching at Janice's house, we get together once a week just to sit and stitch and talk (lol) and of course we laugh a lot.  She wanted to start a tabletopper and I said that when she did, I would start one as well.  So as you can probably guess, yesterday we started our tabletoppers.  Dutch Treat Designs has so many beautiful designs that it makes it difficult to choose which one to do first. Janice is stitching the Autumn leaves and I started the Poinsettia tabletopper.  Here it is as of yesterday afternoon.
So lovely readers, thanks for taking the time to read my posts, I do love reading your comments.
Until the next time, take care

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bethlehem - July 1st

Hi again, I know, I know - 2 postings in one day!!  I have to show you the progress that I have made on the Bethlehem.  It is so pretty, I am loving it.  I am almost halfway. Even though I am using overdyed floss, I am still stitching it as I normally stitch (in rows), I am not doing it X by X.  I did not want to have "stripes" in the pattern, I wanted a mottled effect. 
Take care for now, hugs and kisses to all.

Back from the framers

Hi everyone, I hope that you had a wonderful week and are enjoying the weekend.  Here in Canada, it is a long weekend to celebrate Canada Day (July 1st).

I picked up some stitched goodies from the framers.  I think that you will love them.  The first one "Tea" is from Imaginating Inc and is entitled "Break Time" (by Diane Arthurs), the pattern also includes a design for coffee.  The fabric is a PTP overdyed lugana. Some of the threads are Victoria Clayton's silks. 
The other 2 designs are both from Lizzie-Kate.  "Today was a total waste of Make-up" is a Giggle Boxer kit, it comes complete with fabric (in this case, it was a linen) and all the threads.  I did switch some of them, I did the lipstick case in Petite Treasure Braid by Rainbow Gallery.   The "Be Naughty - save Santa a trip" is a Lizzie-Kate Quick-it done on aida cloth with DMC threads.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and until the next time ... as Red Skelton used to say "God Bless".