Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Sunday, 21 December 2008
One of the reasons I have been offline so much is that my fingers have been flying and then some. So, I have lots of finishes to show you.
First up, my Make a Wish for Edgar. His wish was for a Blackbird Design. I stitched "My Gift for You" on 32 count raw linen with the recommended WDW and Gast Threads. The wording is stitched over one. I finished it into a pyn keepe for him.
I finished crocheting the afghan for the lady who asked me to finish it for her. I then sewed all the octagons together and crocheted a border. I hope she likes it. It certainly turned out to be more of a challenge than I had anticipated.
And then, Katrina's Hello Neighbor neighborhood arrived at my home. Here is the house I stitched for her. It came from an old Reader's Digest book and it was an article on a typical early American Sampler. I used bits of that, changed the colors and this is the end result.
And last but not least, here is the view on my porch the other night. No wonder they call the skies in Arizona - painted skies. Isn't that beautiful.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
First up are the squares I received from Jennifer H for Round 10. No information was provided but I love the variagated purple thread and the entire design. Nice work Jen.
In exchange I stitched for her a Quaker Freebie I found somewhere on 32 count lugana with DMC 4030.So kind of blogger to flip both of the next photos sideways. It just wouldn't be a blog entry from me without that!
And then Karen R. really hit the nail on the head. For the Christmas round at Fair and Square - look at the soooo handsome nutcracker she stitched for me. I just love him. I can't decide whether to make an ornament out of him or keep him for my friendship quilt. In return, I stitched for her "Redwork Snowflake" by Pamela Kellogg. I love this one and may just stitch it again for myself.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
I also received a lovely gift from my friend Christin a while back and only now remembered that I did not show it to anyone. This is a beautiful scissor fob and I can tell she put much thought into it.
It is in my favorite color and check out the little nutcracker. Thank you so much Christin.
I have been stitching away this past week. Unfortunately, I can only show you my progress on Paradigm - 2/3 of the way through page 12!
I sent out 2 Fair and Squares this past week and I am busily stitching away on a secret exchange.
I also worked on Jack's quilt. I have the top done and his valance made. I have to go get fabric for the back and then will start putting it together.
Till next time every one - may the Cross Stitch Angel watch over you and your stitches.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
I chose "A Tree in the Window" by Cathi Bussi from Better Homes and Gardens - A Cross Stitch Christmas 2004. There is a little snowman in the front yard and I must admit I have a soft spot for snowmen.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
I just knew I couldn't get through this post without at least one flipped photo and here it is!
I am now busily working away on the next installment of my Winter Neighborhood RR. Here is the last photo of my progress. I am currently working on the back stitching and hope to have a finish and happy dance soon!
After cleaning out all the dust from our home and believe me there was lots, it was time to pick up with our winter friends. Well, it was out for dinner, girls lunch out, lets go shopping and oh yeah - $350 to fill the cupboards and fridge with food. It is nice to be back with friends and enjoying the warmth and sunshine.
I have noticed that there are some new visitors to my blog. Thank you so much for stopping by and your lovely comments. I will try and visit your blogs asap. To all my stitching friends who stop by, you make my day. You keep me encouraged and excited about new things and all your progresses. Thank you so much for being you!!
Till next time - as Helen says - May all your frogs stay in their pond. LOL
Monday, 27 October 2008
On the stitching front - I have finished Marjean's RR and it will go in the mail today. I think this is one of the most beautiful RR's I have ever seen and it was a privilege to stitch on it.Here is my completed White Christmas on her piece. Isn't she a beauty!
Sunday, 19 October 2008
We have closed up our house for the winter and are now visiting with our youngest son, his wife and our two handsome grandsons. It has been one busy week and hence the title.
DS has had an inground pool installed this past week. DH has been very busy supervising the construction and chatting up the workers. Plus, doing some maintenance work for DS.
Our grandson Jackson's favorite color these days is blue and he decided he wanted a blue bedroom. Hence the paint cans. DIL was able to convince him to do only one wall in dark blue (Gramma heaves a sigh of relief) and so two days were spent by me painting his bedroom. I also painted the guest bathroom since I was already into painting mode.
And of course, when you put in a pool, you must put up a fence. So, the weekend was spent fencing in the yard. Our oldest son came down, our adopted son came over, youngest son and DH spent the weekend installing said fence and gates. DIL and I kept the two grandsons busy and out of the construction site. A great job was done by all and things are looking pretty good in the back yard here now.
And so, I did get some stitching done but not a large amount.
First up, here is the house I stitched on Michelle's Halloween Round Robin. I took several pictures but for some reason every one is blurry. This is the best of the lot. This is from an old Prairie Schooler chart called Trick or Treat from 1987. I like how it turned out.
You can see the house better in this shot of her RR to date. Isn't it just the cutest.
I participated in the Stitchathon at the Let's Stitch blog this week and stitched on Paradigm. The challenge this week was also to stitch on a Quaker design - so I accomplished both in one session LOL. I have finished the motif bottom left and am now working on the thistle on the left. Only 3 1/2 pages to go! Blogger as always, has picked one photo to flip and this is it!
We are packing up our belongings and moving to visit with oldest DS for the next week. I don't know what I will have for stitching time but will give it a shot.
Until next time, take care all!