Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Great Week off and Some Finishes to Share

Hi There --
Well my week of vacation is drawing to a close but I did have a wonderful week off and enjoyed being with my family.  We got all our Christmas decorating done and the house looks great.  I'm just about finished with my Christmas shopping (yeah -- I don't like to shop so I'm glad this is done).  I also had time for lots of stitching and finishing.

Here is my first finish of the week:
These are 3 designs by Lizzie Kate which I finished into little pillows.  I love the fabric that I got for these, it goes with the designs really well.  These are for my youngest daughters Christmas box.
 I also finished this Emie Bishop ornament.  I really enjoy doing hardanger and haven't done it for quite a while and this was a nice little design to do.
While we were decorating this week I found this old Santa that had previously been framed (in a yucky oval frame that I did years ago) so I pulled it out of the frame and finished it into a pillow.
Of course, I had to do some punch needle too and finished this jolly Santa Claus.
Last, but not least my week was not complete without a trip to the LNS.  I went down to Inspired Needle in Lemont, IL and got some great things.  One of which was this spool pincushion kit.  It is super cute and only took about 1/2 hour to put together.  What do you think?

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  It's back to work for me on Monday but it will be a good month in December since I get to use up more of my vacation time:))))))

Have a great week and do something special for yourself:))) As my husband always tells me and my daughters --  "remember to always smile"

BrendaS

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving... a few days early!

Hello --
I am off work all this upcoming week and can hardly wait!!! It's been over a year since I've been off for a whole week.  I plan on doing some Christmas decorating, stitching and being with my family.  Who could ask for anything more?:)))

I have a couple of finishes to share.  The first is a Lizzie Kate design.  I took a class at the Silver Needle this past summer on finishing this design into a cube.  I loved making this for my oldest daughter.  Every year for the past 10 years or so I have stitched something for Christmas for each of my daughters.  The items go into a Christmas box so when they have a home or family of their own they will have some hand-made items from me.  It's so much fun to get out the boxes each year and remember what I made them.


I also finished this ornament by Plum Street Samplers from the 2010 JCS ornament issue.  I stitched it on Lakeside Linen with DMC.  I decided to finish it into a pillow instead of an ornament.  I think it turned out pretty cute.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and for my U.S. friends -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I feel very blessed to have gotten to know so many wonderful people through this blog in the past year.  I truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to stop by my little corner of cyberspace.
Happy Stitching!

BrendaS

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pincushion Finishes

Good morning --
This week I finished 4 pincushions.  The first 2 are from a design by LHN.  This was going to be a picture but I never finished it so I took it apart and used these 2 little designs for pincushions.  They are stitched over 1 on 25 Lugana.

On Friday I went to Inspired Needle in Lemont, IL and discovered a great little shop!  They had quite a nice selection and some beautiful models.  One of the things I bought was this little kit for a Strawberry Emery.  It's made from WDW wool and comes with the pins.  It came together very quickly!
 I also finished this Blackbird Designs cushion.  It's from the Loose Feather booklet titled Winter Wonderland.  I had wanted to add some beaded trim but my lack of sewing skills and an uncooperative machine made me give up before I ruined it.  I think it came out OK as is.
 I will close with a picture of Howard, my big fat orange cat.  He LOVES to be down in my stitching nest with me and here he is sitting on the back of my chair.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Thanks for all the great comments --- I truly appreciate them.

BrendaS

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Sunday

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.  I had a great day yesterday, I went to my LNS and picked up some thread and a few charts.  Then I can home and did laundry and stitched while watching football.  It was a GREAT day. 

This morning I finished this punch needle design into a pillow.  I've now done all the seasons (yeah!) 
 This week I started stitching these little Lizzie Kate blocks.  I hope to finish the last one today and work on finishing them next week.  The colors are very different from traditional Christmas ones but I think they look good.
 I also stitched a little more on this LHN (Faithfulness) design.  I just love her patterns and this one is no exception.  Stitching it on the Lakeside Line is wonderful too.  I just love that stuff, don't you?

The threads I picked up yesterday are for Plum Street Samplers Dust of Snow.  I am chomping at the bit to get started on this.  I just LOVE that design.  How about you?  Have you started stitching any special things for Christmas?

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments about my stitching room.  You can all come over anytime to stitch, shop and visit:)))))

Have a great week.

BrendaS