Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Little Progress & Some Framing

Hello Stitchy Friends --
Another week has past by in a flash and unfortunately not a lot of stitching progress.  I did stitch everyday but I didn't seem to accomplish a lot.  Here is this week's progress on VS Heirloom Stitching Sampler

Not much huh?  So I thought I would share some more older finishes.  This is Lavender Hearts by Victoria Sampler.  You really can't tell in this picture but the purple is so pretty with the beads and drawn thread work.
This is Perennial Garden by Drawn Thread.  The inside of the piece is all done in white which I think makes the perennial border really stand out.

Last we have Tocactta 2 by Drawn Thread.  This has lots of interesting stitches and used a fiber that I will never use again -- Japan Gold metallic.  In my opinion the end result just wasn't worth the frustration of working with the fiber, lesson learned. 
That's all I've got today.  Please stop by again next week -- it is Super Bowl Sunday and I'm having a giveaway to celebrate that, my birthday and 1 year of blogging.  I promise it will be worth your while:))))

Have a great week!  We're supposed to get a big snowstorm on Tuesday/Wednesday, oh what fun we will have:)))  Maybe I will get to stay home from work, NOT (it's tax season). 

Thanks for visiting today.  I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Brenda S

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Big Football Sunday

Hello Stitching Friends --
This week passed in a flurry but I did finish the punch needle from last week.  I took Ranae's advice and finished it on a little pocket hanger.  Maybe in the Spring I will stitck some little flowers in there.

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I was able to completet a couple of bands on Heirloom Stitching Sampler.  I am thoroughly enjoying stitching on this.  Having a variety of stitches keeps the sampler interesting and makes you want to hurry up and finish one band because there is something new to try on the next one.

I also stitched some more on April by PS.  This is just a nice piece to work on in the evenings while watching TV.  You can never go wrong with a Prairie Schooler Design. 
 I enjoy seeing other stitchers homes and where they hang their framed designs so  I thought I would show you a few of the collections I have hanging in my home.  The first is in the living room.  Sorry it's not a super great picture, they are all framed with glass and I didn't want to get too much glare.  The top row is Sanctuary and Tocatta 1 (Drawn Thread).  The bottom row is Skyler Wayne (Indigo Rose) and then Random Thoughts, Sunflower Sampler and My Favorite Things (Drawn Thread) and Homecoming Sampler, I think (The Victoria Sampler)
Again in the living room are 3 Prairie Schooler designs that I stitched over 1 on 25 lugana.  My favorite is the one on the bottom right because of the verse -- the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing birds is come.
 Here are 4 that hang in my family room next to the back door.  The top left is Town House Sampler (The Sampler Company) Little House Neighborhood over 1 on 25 Lugana (Little House Needleworks).  The bottom is a Blackbird Designs (the name of the design escapes me right now) and a little piece that my daughter did in high school.
 Also, in my family room I have these 4 hardanger pieces by Emie Bishop (Cross N Patch)
 My last piece today is another by Emie Bishop and it is one that I am most proud of.  There is a lot of hardanger in there and at the time I did this I didn't really know what I was doing but just read the directions over and over and gave it my best shot.  There are a few things that I would do over if I could but I still think it came out pretty good.
Thanks so much for visiting my little corner of the world and for all the Birthday wishes last week.  I truly appreciate each of you for taking the time to comment.  This afternoon I will be stitching and watching the Bears beat the Packers (I hope)!!!!!  I also hope the Steelers beat the Jets!

Have a great week!

BrendaS

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Birthday, 2 finishes and some progress

Hello Stitchy Friends --
Today is my Birthday!  Both of my daughters are home and we celebrated yesterday since one of them is working today.  Today will be a very low key day with football (GO BEARS and PATRIOTS) and hopefully lots of stitching. 

I have 2 finishes to share with you.  I did another Birthday Needleroll by Victoria Sampler.  I would love to have a basket of needlerolls by the end of the year.  I've seen so many of you with a nice collection of them and I just LOVE it!
 I also finished this Spring punch needle design by With Thy Needle and Thread.   I'm not sure how I'm going to finish it.  Any ideas?

During the Christmas holidays, I got this book by Amy Bruckerman.  It is a new book about vintage craft projects, cooking and little short stories of  times gone by.  It's a great book and provides lots of inspiration that we can apply to our everyday lives.  I would highly recommend it for your bookshelf.

I've been plugging away on the Heirloom Stitching Sampler by Victoria Sampler.  Not a lot of progress but some is better than nothing.  This is such an enjoyable stitch and I'm not in a race with myself to finish.  My goal is before the end of the year..... hopefully:))

 I did start a new Prairie Schooler design -- April.  I haven't gotten very far yet but I so enjoy Prairie Schooler designs and this is great to work on while watching TV.  I did change out the white bunny on the front for the brown bunny that is on the back of the chart. 
I want to thank everyone who stops by my little corner of the world and leaves a comment.  It means so much to me.  I am planning on having a little giveaway on Super Bowl Sunday to celebrate my Birthday and my one year of blogging.  YOU have made it all worthwhile and I want to do something for ONE of YOU!!

Have a great week and ENJOY your everyday life.  Time passes so quickly and we must always enjoy EVERY SINGLE DAY to the fullest:)))))))
BrendaS

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Start and a Small Finish

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a nice New Year and that you were able to do the things you wanted to.

We stayed home and ordered Chinese on Friday night.  I love college football so yesterday was pure heaven  -- stitching and watching football!  We just had finger-food all day so it was easy, peasy:)))

On that note, I was able to start a new project and  got quite a bit done.  It is the Heirloom Stitching Sampler by Victoria Sampler.  I don't know if you can see it really well but the vine on top and around the sides is all over 1 on 32 ct.  I'm glad that's done:)))  

I do plan on doing smaller projects in between getting this large one done.  I need the sense of accomplishment along the way:))))

My small finish is this January needleroll.  It is a kit put out by Victoria Sampler.

Tomorrow I go back to work and gear-up for Tax Season.  I have so enjoyed the last 2 weeks (mostly) being at home and getting lots of things done around the house that normally don't get done on a weekly basis.  I also had LOTS of time to stitch and be with my family. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment.  I so appreciate each and every one.

Have a great week!  Stay warm and do something special.

BrendaS