Monday, November 2, 2015

A couple of finishes

I have been busy since my last post.  
Just never enough time it seems to post.  I really need to get better at that, not sure it will happen though. Always good intentions:)

This is a model piece I stitched for Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI.
It is Samplers Not forgotten--O' Christmas Tree.  
It was a nice stitch.  

Next is BBD--Basket of Cherries.  This was for me.  I have been dying to do some of my own stitching.  I stitched this on 32 count coffee dyed linen that I dyed and used DMC threads.
Started 10-17-15
Finished 10-21-15
Fun quick stitch.  I may wait and then sew the pieces together.

 Here is Hands On Design-Block Party-Home.
I thought this was such a cool piece, I couldn't wait to get it finished!
This was a really fun stitch.

 Top view.
Stitched on 28 count Prairie Grain linen with DMC threads.
Started 10-23-15
Finished 10-31-15
I believe this Block Party is going to be a series.  Can't wait for the next one.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend.  We here in Minnesota are enjoying a bit of very nice weather.  It's going to be 62 today and even warmer tomorrow.  The calm before the freezing cold!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Salty Yarns Stitching Jamboree 2015

I just spent last weekend in Ocean City Maryland at Salty Yarns Stitching Jamboree.
Let me tell you I had a great time and what a shop and what a view!!!!
How great would it be to look at the ocean everyday and work in a needlework shop!!!

Here is a picture of the front of the shop when we arrived on Friday afternoon.

Had to get a picture of me in front of the shop too.
The teachers for this retreat were Hands On Design and Just another Button Company.
We started the retreat on Friday with a wonderful dinner of Lasagna, salad ect.
Then there was a meet and greet cocktail party/dessert bar.
Everything was just yummy.

Saturday morning started out with breakfast and then at 9 a.m. we started our classes.

 We were all assigned a classroom in which we stayed in though out the retreat.  The teachers came to our rooms for each class.
Our first class was with Rachel from Just Another Button Company and she taught us how to make this pear.  

 This is the finished project.  Our class went from 9 a.m. to noon.  
Plenty of time to finish the pear.  Rachel also made us that cute little pear thread holder.

This was actually our last class on Sunday morning.  It was with Cathy of Hands On Design.  We had some pre work to do which was to stitch the Needles-Pear and Pins-Apple pieces.

Here is the end result.  Well at least of one of the Needlebooks.  
I did get one finished now I have to work on the other one.  
Again a great class.

Here are all of the things that I finished in each of the classes.  Our second class was with Rachel's mom Cecile from Just Another Button Company.  She taught us how to make buttons.  She showed us how to make the pear buttons and then we could also make other buttons if we wanted to.  I also made some swirly buttons.  I tell you making buttons is not easy but I did enjoy it and I would like to try my hand at some more.

These were the goodies we received when we checked in to the retreat on Friday evening. 
They were is a cute Halloween bucket which I must not have taken a picture of and I left it at my duaghters since I only had so much room in my suitcase! 

The two kits to the left were also in the bucket.  The one on the right we got at the second class I think.

 Here is the kit from above and then at the third class we received a $25 gift card.

 Cathy from Hands On Design gave us this fob kit she designed as a little bonus. 
How cute is that.  Can't wait to stitch that up. 

The following pictures are some of Hands On Design patterns that I stitched up to take with me.  

 This design is Ahoy Squareology stitched on 30 ct R & R Fancy Blue with DMC.
I made this into a thread holder.

 Hands On Design-Stitch Everyday Drum stitched on 32 ct. Dyed linen by me with DMC threads.

 Hands On Design--I'm so Glad from the October 2015 JCS magazine.
Stitched on 32 ct. coffee dyed linen with DMC threads.
 Hands On Design-Love My Stitching and stitched on a pouch that I made.
Stitched on 28 ct. antique white with DMC threads.
The little basket and pincushion was stitched on 32 ct. cream with DMC threads.

 Hands On Design--Seas the Day picture and ornament made into a fob stitched on 32 ct. coffee dyed linen with DMC threads.

 This little fabric basket was made by Barbara one of the gals I was staying with while I was in Ocean City.  It had some goodies in it too.

This was some goodies from LaDonna.  Two cute pouches filled with some stitching goodies and some taffy.

 And last but not least these two goodies came from Stacy--the reason I was at this retreat and met Barbara and LaDonna.   I met Stacy through an online group last year and made a stitching friend from out east.
Stacy also gave me this cute little turkey.  Now to find a design to stitch for it.

There's retreat in a nutshell I guess.  Wish I would have taken more pictures and that I was a better picture taker!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunflower Retreat 2015

Well it was that time of year again.
RETREAT 2015 with my 3 stitching buds.
As you can see this year"s theme was Sunflowers.

Here was the Welcome at my door as retreat began.  Before we arrived at my house we did make a stop at our LNS--Stitchville.
I should have taken some pictures of our stash but didn't think about that.

As luck would have it I was at the local Farmer's Market and found these lovelies.
Very festive. 
Now on with the goodies.

Here are the goodies that Jackie gave us.  She stitched up that cute coaster which she does every year along with giving us a needle minder.  Plus we received a cup, stickers and some buttons.
Thank you Jackie:)

 Next up is Jill's (Purple Peacock) goodies.
She stitched up a very cute floss tag and gave us a sunflower charm, pen, scissors, pin and stickers.
Also a tart tin which we would like to do a group project for.  Plus a great little bag, post- it notes and  hand sanitizer.
Thanks Jill:).

 Here Is Lori's goodies to us.  She stitched a scissors fob and provided the fabric for the clear vinyl pouches I sewed together and them added some chocolate covered sunflower seeds, stickers, and very cute pincushion with a sunflower pin from Just Another Button Company and a sunflower Wallflower with Coastal sun freshner.
Thanks Lori:)

Last but not least here are my goodies.  I sewed a vinyl screened bag, a fabric pouch and a pillow cover.  I also made a wool pieced pin cushion and a quilted strap for keys.  Plus I gave some Sunflower Citrus soap and hand towel and a pencil and highlighter.

We had a great 4 days of stitching and talking and eating.  

Another year completed for retreat. Can't wait until next year for the "Birdhouse" themed retreat!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Annual County Fair Winners!!!

My daughter Kelsey and I took some stitching pieces to the Washington County Fair.
Here are the results:

 First up is Heartstring Samplery's---For Spacious Skies.
Both Kelsey and I were so surprised to see that it not only won 1st place but 
Reserve Champion!!!  We both did the happy dance.

 This is Threadwork Primitives---Where Liberty Dwells.
This one also won a 1st place ribbon.

 Here are two Blackbird Design projects---Down in the Valley and Lady Liberty.
Two more first place winners!!

 There are three framed pieces in this picture.  Second from the right is Plum Street Sampler's--Count Twice Stitch Once which took 4th place.  The next one is Plum Street Sampler's---My Brother's Keeper which took 1st place.  That piece is to the right of Count Twice Stitch Once on the top row.It was hard to get a closer picture of it.  I will have to post it again when I get it home.

 Here is the third piece which is Kathy Barricks--Good Intentions.
This one made 4th place.

 This is the last piece I entered.  It is BBD's Noel stocking.
You can't see it very well but it took 4th place.
So I didn't do to bad.  I am quite happy with my ribbons.

 Now this piece the Ouija board is my daughter Kelsey's. She won
a 2nd place ribbon.  

Here is the stocking Kelsey entered, which also received a 2nd place ribbon.
Kelsey did very well being that this is the first time she ever entered anything.

We are both very happy with our ribbons!!! 
Now on to the State Fair in August:)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Few more finishes

Here are a few more of my latest finishes.

 BBD--Lady Liberty.  Ladies Prim Society Club kit.
Stitched on 36 count Ligonier Latte with over dyed threads.

 A view of the top.  I am so happy with how the finishing turned out.
This was a fun project.

 Threadwork Primitives--Where Liberty Dwells.
Stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen by me with DMC.
Started 7-15-2015 Finished 7-20-2015

 This is the fabric that I used on the back and the binding.
This was a quick and fun stitch and again I like the results of the finish.

Kathy Barrick--Good Intentions.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC threads.
Framed with a recycled frame I had.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Finishes, Finishes and more Finishes

I can not believe how much stuff I have stitched and finished.  I have been looking back in my book I record my stitching finishes in and at pictures on my camera and I am over whelmed with how much I have not posted.

I really have this blog to keep some kind of log of what I have done but it is only as good as the posts I do, which I am not good at keeping up on.

So with that being said I am going to try to get some finishes logged in.
Here we go.

Here is a picture of the finishes I did over the weekend.

 Heartstring Samplery--For Spacious Skies.
Stitched on 40 count Lt. Sand with DMC threads.
Started 6-29-2015 Finished 7-3-2015

BBD-Honeycomb Basket from the book In Friendship's Way.
Stitched on 32 count with over dyed threads.
Started and Finished 3-19-2015
I stitched this when I was in the Outer Banks with my friend Stacy.
My hubby spray painted the basket for me and even pulled the paint off the 
shiny stones for me.

 BBD- Down in the Valley.
Stitched on 32 count cream with DMC threads.
Started 3-29-2015 Finished 3-30-2015
My hubby spray painted the candlestick and distressed it for me too.
I love the way it turned out. 

 BBD-My Pink Rose.
Stitched on 32 count Petit Point natural/white dot linen with DMC threads.
Started 3-15-2015 Finished 3-19-2015

 Silver Creek Samplers-Stitching Feeds my Heart.
Stitched on 25 count cream with DMC threads.
One over one.
Finished 7-5-2015

 Milady's Needle--My Spirits lift whenever I stitch.
Stitched on 40 count Vintage Buttercream with Gloriana Silks.
Started 7-5-2015 Finished 7-7-2015

 Plum Street Sampler--Serial Bowl Collection Lesson One.
Stitched on 36 count linen I dyed with over dyed threads in kit.
Started 3-22-2015 Finished 3-29-2015 

 Lizzie Kate--Be Silly.
Stitched in 32 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started 3-30-2015 Finished 3-31-2015

BBD-Button Box from the book In Friendship's Way.
Stitched on 32 count linen I dyed with DMC.
Finished 6-17-2015

 Threadwork Primitives-Winters Kaleidoscope.
Prim Sister's Club kit.
Stitched on 32 count Cocoa with CC threads.
Started 3-19-2015 Finished 3-22-2015

 Threadwork Primitives--Friendship Flower.
Prim Sister's Club piece.
Stitched on 32 count WDW Putty linen with threads from kit.
Started and Finished 7-8-2015

This finish was not in the first pictures with all the rest.

I also stitched this piece called Mount Vernon. 
Stitched on 28 count white with DMC thread.
Started 6-20-2015 Finished 6-30-2015
 I stitched it for my friend Stacy.
I first met her in March and we met up again in June when I drove to Chesapeake, Virginia
with our daughter Chastity when she moved out there.   I went to Washington, DC to meet up with my hubby and  spend sometime with some of our children on a family vacation.  So while I was so close I hooked up with Stacy and we went to tour Mount Vernon. Stacy had a "Big" birthday this year I told her I would stitch a big project of her choice for her birthday and this was it.

Ok, I think that is it for right now.  I still have a couple of framed pieces to post hopefully in a few days.  I nay even unearth some other pieces I haven't posted yet.

Hope everyone is having a great week and staying cool.
Thanks for stopping by.