Saturday, November 15, 2014

My workspace.....welcome to my craft closet

A quick post to show you what I'm looking at (and working on) even as we speak.....

I've been working on Thanksgiving and Christmas cards!  Tis the season!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A complete less than two weeks!

 Earlier this month I went to St. Charles, MO with two friends to attend the Celebration of Needlework show.  While there, I bought a pattern for a scissor sheath to stitch as a Christmas gift for a friend of mine.  

It only took me a week of sporadic stitching to complete the cross-stitch and I finished assembling the sheath this afternoon.  Assembling the sheath called for a blanket stitch which I don't do very often.  It took me a little while to get the hang of the blanket stitch but I was finally able to move at a more rapid pace.  

  The sheath is approximately 
3 3/4" high and 1 1/2" wide.  In the world of needlework, these tiny projects are called "smalls".

Halloween Scissors Sheath pattern
designer:  J. Designs by Julie

I also purchased a cute pair of swordfish scissors to include as part of the gift.

I am so pleased with how the sheath turned out......I may have to stitch one for me one of these days!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Handmade Halloween Exchange

I participated in a Halloween swap that Kim over at Wisdom With Needle and Thread organized.  

My swap package came from Cheryll who lives in Australia!  Here is the handmade item that Cheryll sent me. How adorable is this!

The quilted wallhanging is approximately 8x10" and I have it hanging on the mantle in my living room.  Of course I love that it has a cat on it!  ;o)

Cheryll included some "extras" in the package that I received.  Halloween fabric (more cats!) and some DMC in Halloweeny (is that a word????) colors.

Cheryll also included some Australian souvenirs.....a keychain, zippered pouch, and postcard.

My handmade Halloween swap item was sent to Justine who lives in Cheshire (United Kingdom).  Here is a photo of the Halloween ornament that I made for Justine.  It is a Pine Mountain Designs pattern.

I did include some extras (cross-stitch patterns and Halloween fabrics) but forgot to take a photo of them.  Justine has posted photos of the "extras" that I sent her so take a look at her blog here.  

Swap participants are taking part in a blog "linky party" that Kim has set up so if you want to read more about the swap and see what each participant received, take a look at the linky party posts here.  Who may decide to join the next Handmade Halloween swap!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Christmas in July!

I recently participated in a Christmas in July ornament swap that my blogger friend, Cath, organized. My swap partner was Sharon who lives in Manchester, United Kingdom.  Last week I received this from Sharon.......

Wow!  Let's see what's inside those wrapped packages.  

Lovely green, red, and gold fabric, pearlised-head pins (they are almost too pretty to use!), a spool of Christmas ribbon, size 28 gold plated cross-stitch needles (nothing like starting a new project with a brand new needle), and a cute Christmas stocking card with a thoughtful handwritten message inside.

Also.....a very gererous sized piece (13x18) of hand-dyed 28 count Lugana fabric, a skein of GA sampler thread (the color is Christmas Tree), a 20 yard (!) skein of ThreadworX hand dyed floss (the color is Christmas Time), and a box of Lindt milk chocolate truffles!  Lindt is one of my favorite brands of truffles.....they are incredibly smooth!

And look at this pattern that Sharon sent me!  I *love* Plum Street Samplers patterns.  If you remember (I'm sure you do), I finished a PSS pattern earlier this year.  I have already decided to make this my next project and have assembled the threads that will be needed.  I just need to look thru my stash to choose the perfect linen fabric for this design.

And, are the adorable pillow ornaments that Sharon stitched for me.  

Aren't these festive!  Sharon did a beautiful job!  She even hand dyed the fabric using coffee!  These are also Plum Street Samplers designs.  The pattern is titled Christmas Is Coming.  Thanks Sharon!!

Sharon is also a participant in the 2014 birthday thread exchange.  A few months ago I received some pretty threads from Sharon for my birthday.  Well.....included with my Christmas surprises was an additional birthday surprise that she forgot to mail with my birthday threads!  Take a lookie at this cute needle book that Sharon stitched for me!  My cross-stitch needles now have a pretty place to reside!

Front cover


Back cover

So......what did I stitch for Sharon???  I stitched a Glory Bee Design ornament from the 2008 Just Cross-Stitch annual ornament issue.  Here is a photo of the finished ornament.

Want to see the other goodies I included with Sharon's ornament?  Check out her recent blog post here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Birthday Threads......the final installment

As I've mentioned before, I am participating in a birthday thread swap this year with nine other stitchers.  Today I received these from Bernadett who lives in Serbia.

I am working on quite a few Christmas ornaments so I know the green DMC will be put to use soon!  

Thanks Bernadette!  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Birthday Threads (Part 2)

Last month I posted about a birthday thread exchange that I am participating in this year.  One of the participants, Lonneke, lives in the Netherlands.  Lonneke sent me a handmade birthday card and thread two months ago......but the package never arrived.   

Last week I received an envelope from the Netherlands.....Lonneke had mailed me a replacement handmade card and threads.  How sweet!  Take a look.....isn't that a cute card?  

The thread on the left is a DMC Pearlescent (Lilac), the middle thread is a DMC variegated thread  (Tropical Waters), and the remaining on right is a DMC satin thread (Aurora Blue).  I have never used Pearlescent or Satin DMC threads before so I am looking forward to trying them out on a future project.  

Thanks Lonneke!

Monday, June 23, 2014


My little friend, Olivia, just celebrated her 6th birthday.  Her Frozen-themed birthday party was last weekend but I missed it because I was out of town.  I hope she liked her card........

It was fun using snowman paper to make a JUNE birthday card.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart Crafts
Pearl and ribbon - stash
Snowman paper - DCWV

Happy Birthday Olivia!!!!!