Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

Here is Howie my stitching buddy. It's been very hot this week and since my stitching room is downstairs he LOVES being down there. He is always trying to sneak in and sleep in my chair when I'm not looking. This has been a 5 day weekend for me and it was absolutely WONDERFUL. I got lots of stitching done, a little shopping and enjoying spending time with my daughter. I was able to stitch and finish 3 pincushions. Here they are:


I always enjoy looking at other stitcher's collections of stitching items, so I grouped all my pincushions in a basket and have it on the table next to my stitching chair.

I hope everyone enjoyed a nice long weekend! Thanks to all who serve our country and their families.
Have a great week and get lots of stitching done!
BrendaS

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hot Sunday

It is a very HOT and HUMID day here in Chicagoland. A great day to stay indoors and get lots of stitching done. I had a 3 day weekend and this is what I accomplished. Shepherds Bush Scissor Fob. Just in time for Memorial Day and 4th of July. I love how this turned out. I used pellets instead of stuffing to give it some weight.
I also finished the May Sampler from LHN. These little designs really stitch up quickly.
I also stitched this little flag design by SB. I finished it into a pincushion. I used crushed walnuts for the stuffing. That stuff is wonderful!
Last I sewed this little pillow to mount a punch needle design by Lizzie Kate on.
This coming week I am only working 3 days so I will have a nice 5 day weekend. My youngest daughter is coming home on Friday. It should be a nice LONG weekend! Hopefully it will cool down. I like summer but not when it's too HOT to enjoy being outside.

Thank you for all your nice comments. Find time to do something for yourself this week!

Happy Memorial Day!

BrendaS

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lots of Pictures

Hi Everyone ---
I have lots of share this week. On Monday I finished this Shepherds Bush flag design. It was nice piece to stitch. Different specialty stitches as well as cross stitch. I am planning on sending to this to Vonna to finish as a flatfold.


Up next is an old Lizzie Kate punch needle design that I punched last year but never finished until this weekend. I made a pillow-type door hanger.
Here is another old punch needle design that I mounted on WDW wool. I love these folksy designs by Brenda G. of With thy Needle.

Next is my latest finish. I stitched and finished this needle roll by Shepherds Bush today. However, when I went to press it some water from my iron leaked out and it made the WDW run in a couple of areas. It's not too bad so I didn't want to try to make it worse by getting the whole piece wet so I just left it. I will need to be more careful next time.
I also had time yesterday to finish a couple more stockings from Blackbird Designs.

I am currently working on the May sampler month from Little House Needleworks. I hope to have it finished next week. Thanks again for all your nice comments. They make my day.
Have a great week and I hope you all get lots of stitching time!
BrendaS

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there. Both of my daughters were here this weekend which was very special. I also spent a lot of time stitching, finishing and doing some shopping at my LNS. All in all a great weekend.

I finished 5 more Blackbird designs stockings. I got some more backing fabric at a quilt store and have really been on a roll with these. I am actually liking the sewing machine! I am using #6 beads from Mill Hill for the hangers. I think they add a little bit of sparkle to the stockings. I also loved Siobhan's idea of rick rack. I might have to try that too!
I got some crushed walnut shells and finished a couple of pincushions. This is a punch needle design by Lizzie Kate.

This is a Little House Needleworks design that I had orginally made into a Pin Keep (that was a disaster) so I took it apart and made a pincushion out of it. I think this is much better.


Well thank you again for all your wonderful comments. They mean so much to me! Have a great week and I hope you all get lots of stitching and/or finishing done.
BrendaS

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Busy Couple of Weeks

Hello Everyone --
We have had a busy couple of weekends and there hasn't been much time for stitching. Last weekend my husband and I went to Michigan for what turned out to be a 4 day weekend and just this past weekend we went to St. Louis to see my brother and his family in their new house.

I am looking forward to the upcoming weekend and getting in some good stitching time and sewing up some more of the BD stockings. Up first is a May stocking that is about 1/2 done. It has more color changes than some of the other stockings so it is taking a little bit longer to finish.Next is also a May stocking that I was able to finish last week. I love the simplicity of this design and with just 2 colors it went really fast.
I also thought I would show you a couple more pictures of my stitching room. Here are some fobs and "smalls". I am hoping to add more to this over the summer. I see lots of "smalls" in my future!


The last picture is my sewing area that I set-up. It's rather small but it serves the purpose of having the sewing machine handy to use.

Well that's all I have for today. I hope you have a great week and get lots of stitching in. (that's my plan for the week)
BrendaS