Sunday, April 18, 2010

What a Wonderful Weekend

Hello Everyone --
I've had a great 2 day weekend and I hope you all have too. I started out yesterday morning by going to my LNS in Crystal Lake since they were having a SALE. I got a few things and then picked up 3 framing orders. Everything turned out so nice and I will show you 2 of the pictures. The 3rd was a long Victoria Sampler Design that I can't take a very good picture of so I will ask my husband later to take one for me and will post that picture next week. I also stopped at a quilt show to get some little fabric pieces so I could finish some of the Blackbird Designs stockings. I actually SEWED again! I finished 4 of the Stockings. I think they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. I am feeling a little bit better about the sewing machine. I set up an area in my stitching room so the machine is always available and that makes it a lot easier to practice rather than dragging the machine to the dining room table all the time. Here are some pictures:


I used large Mill Hill beads to make the hangers. I have 11 more stitched that need finishing and 21 more to stitch. Do you think I will get them done before the end of the year? My goal is to have them all on their own special tree this Christmas.
Up next is Free Bird by Plum Street Samplers. I just love this design. I stitched it on 36 count Lakeside Linen Basketweave with the recommended NPI silks.

Last but certainly not least is My Mom's Garden by SB. I just love the frame on this one and have it sitting on an easel in my family room where I can see it everyday. I just LOVE it. (sorry about the glare)
It's been a beautiful weekend in Chicago. A little cool but wonderful sunny weather and beautiful blue skies. It was great to have 2 whole days away from work!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and get lots of stitching in!
BrendaS

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Only 4 Days Left

Hello Everyone --
Only 4 days left untill the end of tax season! YEAH!!!!!

I finally pulled out my sewing machine today and was determined to make a little pillow. Well here are my efforts. It didn't exactly turn out as planned but it's a start. I don't know why I'm so afraid of that stupid machine but I really need to get over that because there are lots of little things that I would like to make but I need to feel more comfortable with the machine first. Up next is my current WIP. It's GLORY by SB. I'm really enjoying this and hope to have it finished in the next couple of weeks. I would like to have it framed before Memorial Day.

Well that's it for today. I hope you all have a great week and get in lots of stitching. I'm looking forward to having a 2 day weekend next week!!!
BrendaS

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Hello Everyone --
I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful Sunday and a wonderful Easter. Both of our daughters came for an early dinner so that was very nice.

I got back my finishes from Vonna. Up first is the Easter Egg by SB. This looks so much better IRL than this picture shows. Vonna did a superb job with the finishing. I LOVE it! I went to Welcome Stitchery yesterday and I was able to pick up a couple of framing orders. The first one is this tray finish for the monthly LHN sampler designs. I will be able to switch out each month. I just think this tray is just a real different way to display these.
Here is the SB's fob that Vonna finished for me. Again, just wonderful finishing. I need to find the Americana scissors that go with this.
I finished the LHN scissor bed last week and did the finishing myself (YEAH!). It wasn't hard at all and I love the way it turned out.

Finally, here is a picture in my dining room of several Prairie Schooler samplers that I stitched years ago. Prairie Schooler is another of my favorite designers.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week and get lots of stitching in.
BrendaS