Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wishing for Spring

Happy Sunday! I am anxious for Spring and looking forward to having my windows open and fresh air blowing in.

This week I worked on My Mom's Garden by Shepherds Bush. This is a great little piece, lots of little designs and it's been very nice to work on. I've been on a real Shepherds Bush kick lately. I have LOTS of their kits and charts and have started to pull them out and get them stitched up. I'm starting with some of the smaller ones before moving on to the larger pieces. Next up is a finish I got back from Vonna a couple of weeks ago. She finished this into a beautiful flatfold. I just LOVE the cording around the design. It matches the colors perfectly.
I finished the February Sampler by Little House Needleworks this week. I will be taking January and February to my LNS to have stretched and put in a black tray that I can switch out every month. I also received the March and April installments this week so I should get going on those. I would really like to have all 12 done by the end of the year.

Tonight we're expecting 4-6" of SNOW! I am so sick of snow, especially if I have to go out and go to work in it. If I was at home stitching away I know it wouldn't bother me at all!
Have a great week! Thanks again for all the wonderful comments. They really make my day.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

This week was a very productive week for me. I had 3 finishes! First up is a Shepherds Bush design. This will be become a scissor fob. It's supposed to go with the Americana scissors put out by Ginger a few years ago. Next up is another Shepherds Bush design titled My Pins. It will be made into a pincushion. This was a super fast stitch. I did it while watching the opening ceremonies of the Olymics.
Next up is another Shepherds Bush design. It's an Easter egg and I hope to have it made into a little ornament. I did this last Sunday while watching the Super Bowl.

Then, finally here is a picture of the class piece I am stitching at Welcome Stitchery. It's called Cranberry Pinafore by Shepherds Bush. The top part of the sampler is mostly whitework and it doesn't show up very well. I am about 2/3 done. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can finish this up.
The last picture are 2 finishes I got back from Vonna. The biscornu by Just Nan and the pinkeep which is a design by Emmie Bishop. Vonna's finishing is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

It felt good to have some finishes this week. None of those projects were on my "to do" list but when I was going through my stash last week I saw them and thought "why haven't I done these?". Life is too short to not stitch what you want when you want. We all have enough things we have to do everyday and stitching shouldn't be a "chore", it should be enjoyable!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy some "Happy Stitching"!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Sunday

Today has been a beautiful day in Chicagoland. It's cold, but at least the sun is out and blues skies are shining. We're supposed to get a big snow storm tomorrow night. I sure hope it misses us. Oh well, on to stitching.

First up is the January Sampler by Little House Needleworks. I finished this last Monday and have started the February Sampler. These are great little designs and work up relatively quick. I got some finishing back from Vonna and one of the items is this flatfold. It's Queen Bee and it's also by Little House Needleworks. I absolutely LOVE the finishing that Vonna does and this one is my most favorite that I got back. I will show the other 4 in the next few weeks.
Last but not least is a punch needle design that I made for my Mom several years ago. This was designed by Little House as well. This was fairly large piece for punch needle, but I love how it came out. My mom died last year and this is one of the many, many pieces that I made for her that have come back to my home now.
Today I started a little Shepherds Bush Easter egg and I'm almost finished with it. I will post a picture next week.
I also went to my LNS for a SuperBowl Sale and I got a floor stand magnifier. It's the Mighty Brite Lite Magnifier and all I can say is -- WOW! What a difference it makes. I've never used magnification before but lately my eyes could use some help. This is just a great little lite/magnifier and it was very reasonably priced compared to some of the more expensive DAZOR lites and magnifiers.

Well THANK YOU again for all the wonderful comments. It's nice of you to take the time to stop by.

Have a great week and Happy Stitching:)