Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May? Already? Gifted Gorgeousness and more...

Oh goodness, time is marching on isn't it?  I can't believe it's May already, and I'll be leaving for our annual St. Michaels retreat in a few days.  Usually I'm psyched and ready to go.  And while I have all my stitching done for our exchanges, all my gifts are ready to go, and I have a list of projects floating in my head (which changes from day to day)...I'm still not in the right frame of mind.  Hopefully I'll get my act together by next Thursday, wish me luck!

So...if this is the first time visiting my blog, welcome and thanks for dropping by!  First off, on the 15th of the month we showcase our gifts.  They might be  a pattern, fabric of floss that was given to us, or something we are giving to someone else.  If you want to see the "official" rules, you can visit Jo over on Serendipitious Stitching and sign up here...or you can   go to this page and see what everyone else is stitching for Gifted Gorgeousness.  It's never to late to join in the fun!  

A lot of my stitching lately has been for the St. Michaels retreat....so I can't really show too much.  I'll show the back of a few things, and I'll update after the retreat and show you the front of things.  So here are the things I have ready to go...

So....here is the back of a pillow....

Here is the back of two ornaments....

I can't show you the last one, but...soon!  

Now, we are getting ready for a wedding in our family.  Our nephew is getting married in October.  I offered to make a ring pillow for the lovely couple and they said yes!  So....I wen in search of the right beads, the right ribbon, the right sequins etc and the right button for the bottom.  It was fun searching for all that stuff, and it finally came together nicely, or at least I think so.  Haha  This is a pattern from Fab Reilly designs, it is stitch on 28ct. over two.  It's not too big, but I think it's just right for small hands!

I'm also making a wedding sampler, I think will match nicely with the ring pillow.  This came from a magazine (Cross Stitch Gold Durene Jones design) and is stitched on 28 ct. over two on Natural linen.

On to the Christmas gifts.  On Facebook I offered to make some ornaments for folks.  I have a few of them stitched, but recently I was able to finish one off in an ornament.  This is a Mill Hill kit I stitched on fabric, then made into an ornament.  I had some Christmas flat wired ribbon I bought on sale at the end of the year.  I folded it as I went along to make it ruffle (folks have been asking if I stitched the ribbon too...I'm not THAT good...haha).  Here is the front and the back.  This is for my cousin I just recently learned I had.  Long story, but we are happy to have her in our family!

Since I finished Sweet Nectar, I pulled another UFO/WIP out of my closet which was a Christmas gift several years ago from my husband.  I love this piece, but there is a lot of metallic thread and blending filament which really slows the process down.  I hope to finish this one before the end of the year.

My husband gave me this pattern for Christmas this past year.  I am still behind but I have a bit more done than the last time I posted.  This is Blue Poppy Learning Sampler by Tempting Tangles Designs.  This certainly is a challenging piece!!

So that's it for the Gifted Gorgeousness...I'll end here with an ornament I started several years ago, finished stitching it at the beginning of this year and FINALLY finished into an ornament last week.  This was from The Gift of Stitching Nov. 2011 issue.  I think I'm keeping this one for myself as it took so long and has so much effort.  

That's all the news that's fit to print....thanks again for stopping by!  I'll leave you with a parting shot of  some scenes from  Ocean City, MD.   My husband and I went a couple of weeks ago as a quick get away.  Yes, that is a porpoise very close to shore in the one picture....awesome sights!!  Nothing soothes my soul more than a little Vitamin Sea therapy!  Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Missing you, Katie

I can't let this day pass without saying something.  A year ago we were anticipating this day with great joy.  This would have been Ben and Katie's wedding day.  There were so many happy, exciting moments along the way, and those are the memories I'm hanging on to today.  We are better for knowing and loving Katie.  She was a strong, caring, loving, kind, generous soul...and the world was better for having had her here, even if it was way too short.  She was the perfect person I had been praying for in a helpmate for Ben.  The two of them were wonderful together.

Katie was just like a daughter to us.  She included us in her life like we were family.  She even took me with her when she went shopping for her wedding dress.  She would have been a beautiful bride.

I don't ever want to forget Katie, and all the lessons she taught me on how to be strong, to fight the good fight, and how to be kind to others no matter what I may be feeling inside.  So with tears in my eyes, I post this in loving memory of her.   We love you and miss you, Katie.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Well....it's been a wild and wacky spring so far!  I've been a busy lady, but in a good way I suppose.  Let's get started with Gifted Gorgeousness.  I've you've followed me for a while then you know on the 15th of the month we showcase what we have been stitching ... things we have been given as gifts (patterns, fabric, floss or even completed stitched items) or things we have stitched that we are giving away.  Jo, over at Serendipitous Stitching, is our fearless leader and has the sign up page over here.  She explains the rules there...but if you are interested in what others are stitching, you can see the link up page here where we all link our pages.  It's never to late to sign up if you are interested!

I was given a pretty big bag of left over linen.  They are the perfect size for ornaments and they came in a range of colors and counts.  I dug into them right away and started stitching some of the ornaments I'm going to be giving away.  So let's start there, shall we?  I have even completed a couple already.  These have all been stitched with linen I've been given.

First up is this little guy....a Brittercup design I found in a JCS magazine.  It was a preview to an ornament issue.  I have been looking for this pattern called "Mine" for a while and was shocked to find it when I was looking for something else (isn't it always the way?).  I'll be stitching him a few times...haha.  Here he is all finished up!  He is a gift for a Facebook friend.

This is a design I found on the Victoria Sampler freebie page.  I have stitched a few of her ornaments here, I just love the different stitches she finds to give her patterns  a little zing!  This was stitched for a Facebook friend who had a new baby last year, so his name is on the back with the date.

This is a JBW design I've had in my stash for quite a while.  I thought she was pretty but never had the chance to stitch her.  This will be a gift too when I finish it into an ornament.

This is a little penquin I found in the most recent JCS ornament issue.  They said to stitch him on mint green, and so I have, but I'm not excited about the way he turned on on this color.  I think I might stitch him again on light blue.  What do you think?  He was supposed to be a gift as well, but I'm going to tweak him a bit first.

My husband gifted me these three SALs, and I fell behind a bit trying to get some other gifts stitched.  First is Wildflower Woodland Quaker by Tempting Tangles.  There is only one more installment, I have really enjoyed stitching this one!  

Another is this Blue Poppy Learning Sampler.  I'm being challenged with some of the stitches on this one!  Especially the Satin stitch, I really struggle with that one.  I am still a month behind, but hoping to catch up soon!  This is also a Tempting Tangles design.

The third is this called Through the Window by Ship's Manor.  Each little window is another month, and there will be 12.  When I get a chance I hope to get the border done because the windows don't take much time.   I'll keep you posted.

The last one I'm going to show here is Sweet Nectar.  I'm please to say I'm finally finished with this one.  It is a gift for my Mom's birthday is in June.  My next quest will be to get it framed.  Wish me luck!!

That's all I'm prepared to show right now.  I have some stitched that are going to be gifts so I'll have to wait a little while to show those to you.  Once the SALs are caught up I'm hoping to work on some gifts for a wedding later this year.  Stay tuned!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018

Hi!  And welcome to the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018, hosted by Jo, over on Serendipitous Stitching.  As you can see from the first picture, I have been assigned the letter S.  If this is the first post you've seen about the treasure hunt, then you need to go over to Jo's blog and start from the beginning.  If you want to participate, start there and hop through the blogs collecting the letters that will form a  mystery phrase.  Head back to Jo's and let her know you found the answer!  While you are hopping around, check out the blogs you'll visit and see the wonderful stitching folks have from around the blogosphere.  At the end of this post, you'll see the next blog in the hop!

We have been asked to post a few cross stitch pieces that pertain to spring or Easter...here are a few of mine.

I just finished this piece that was a SAL offered by Tempting Tangles.  I haven't had time to finish it properly as it just finished up about a week ago.  I just love Deborah's designs.

This was a gift from a friend of mine, the lovely Ms. S.   It is my favorite Easter ornament and is always hanging in my dining room.  

I just finished stitching this freebie from The Snowflower Diaries blog.  These bunnies have no calories!!  LOL  I haven't had time to finally finish this either, hopefully by next Easter!!  You can find the pattern here.  Just scroll down and look on the left hand side, you will see the picture.

This was the very first Easter design I stitched and finished myself.  As you can see I didn't do a very good job centering the design, but I had a lot of fun stitching it!

Our Easter traditions start with a trip to church to celebrate the Risen Savior.  I think it's one of my favorite holidays because there is so much to celebrate!  Redemption, reconciliation, and the promise of a life in heaven after we leave this realm.  I love that it falls in the spring, when the earth seems to come alive with all the flowering plants, the new buds on the trees, and the warmer temperatures.  We used to have an Easter Egg hunt when our son was younger.  He's too old for that now...but we still enjoy our baskets with lots of goodies.  When I was a young girl we would travel to see my Grandmother, wear pretty dresses which were always new for Easter, and all attended church together with brand new bonnets.  I hope wherever you are that you are enjoying the changing of the seasons and the promise of new beginnings.  

And now....hop on over to http://sewingafterseven.blogspot.co and see what she has to offer!  Happy Hopping and Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March on Gifted Gorgeousness

Can you believe it's March already?  Where has the time gone?  It's been a busy month and I have a lot to show for it...so let's get stared.

First, if you don't know what Gifted Gorgeousness is, you can find out everything you need to know over on Jo's blog, Serendipitous Stitching.  You can sign up and join in the fun here.  Or you can see what everyone else is stitching here.  It's pretty simple....anything that you have received for a gift (a pattern, fabric, maybe some floss) that you are stitching on now, or anything you have given as a gift can be considered a gifted gorgeousness.  I enjoy this challenge because I have been stitching up those lovely projects I've been given and they are no longer languishing in my closet.  It's time they see the light of day!!

In January, I offered on Facebook to make Christmas ornaments for 5 people.  More than 5 signed up, but that's ok, I'm keeping a schedule so I get everything done.  My goal was to stitch 3 a month and finish them in that month.  While I've been able to keep to stitching 3 a month, I haven't finished any.  I need a day (or two...or more) when I can just concentrate on finishing.  I hope that happens soon!!  LOL  I've thrown in a few exchanges along the way I needed to stitch...anyway I'll just show you what I've been up to.

First off are a few Christmas ornaments I've stitched.  The first came from a Stoney Creek Magazine

This came from the World of Cross Stitch and was a freebie I found on their website.

This was a freebie from the Sullivan's thread website that I downloaded a while back.  It's not offered anymore because one of the threads has been discontinued.  I substituted a Kreinik blending filament for the thread used in the flames.

This was a Mill Hills kit that I stitched on fabric instead of the perforated paper.  It's half finished, I just have to stitch the trim and the back on.  I love this, I may have to stitch one for myself now!!

I took part in an exchange for Stitcher's Day and just learned that my partner received her package today.  I couldn't decide between the Stitcher's Apron by Sue Hillis and the Friendly Stitcher's by Brittercup designs.  So....in typical DJ fashion, I stitched them both....

And then...I found this Furry Tales pattern of the stitching mouse in a magazine (while looking for Christmas Ornaments).  Since the mouse was wearing purple, and my partner is nicknamed Mouse and that is her favorite color...I just HAD to stitch this one for her too.  I hope she enjoys all her goodies!

I'm headed to a stitch retreat in May...and we are having a gift exchange.  We are supposed to stitch something patriotic and in typical DJ fashion, I can't decide what to stitch...so....I stitched these three.  And then I found another one that I think will be perfect.  While I can't show pictures of the one I'm going to take, I'll show the other three that I will eventually finish into ornaments...haha.  I'm showing these because a friend gifted me a huge bag of small pieces of fabric.  She knows I stitch a lot of over one things, and gave me her scraps instead of throwing them away.  All three of these were stitched on the fabric that was given to me.

My husband gifted me two SALs by Tempting Tangles that I have been working on.  Here is Wildflower Woodland Quaker

And Springtime Easter Delight.

And last, but not least, is Sweet Nectar, a Dimensions kit that I am stitching for my Mom.  Her birthday is in June, so in the back of my mind, I'm hoping to finish it and give it to her for her birthday this year.  She has been in and out of the hospital lately, and had surgery last Friday to remove a toe.  I wasn't able to be with her this time as the weather has just been too bad.  Since she lives 500 miles away it's not always easy to get there.

And I guess that's enough for now.  I have a few other things stitched but can't show them just yet.  Join me back here for the Easter blog hop!  Happy Stitching!