Wednesday, December 30, 2009
He's a little askew but he's finished. I labored over the last part of the design and decided on different snowflakes. I also added the tree and house from a previos design idea. I hope you like him as much as I do. I have a frame I painted white for him but I may re-paint it blue and add white snowflakes???? You'll soon know. I hope to have him out the door by mid-January.
Speaking of snow.....they are saying we will be having snow by the first of January. Personally, I could do without it. But it will be better than the sub-zero temperatures of yesterday. It was so wndy you could barely stand up. When we left for the gym at 5AM this morning it was a frigid 3 degrees. It's wamred up some today already.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. See you in January.....Nancy
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I have finished the "Needles" portion of Little House Needleworks Traveling Stitcher. This chart came with the Crescent Colors needed. I love the red~Ladybug~it has some wonderful varigation. I started on the other part of the chart last night but didn't get much done. I will post that picture in a day or two when you can see some progress. There was also a pre-sewn piece to go with this, you attach the stitched pieces to it. I was fortunate enough to find the fabric they used and will make my own sewing case. It's a fun stitch.
I was going to start something new for New Years Day but have started this so I will continue working on it. I am hosting my stitching group at my house on January 10th, pray for no snow, and will hopefully have this almost done after that. Last winter we got snowed-out for almost 4 months in a row!
Christmas was a quiet day here. Just how we like it. We are planning on seeing friends for New Years Eve. In the past we hosted a huge party on New Years Eve but haven't in a few years. I like it better this way.
Everest:Beyond the Limit is airing three new episodes tonight. It is on the Discovery network. I love that show. I don't know how they do it. I really don't like cold weather and they are in such brutal conditions! Hopefully I can stay awake for all three. I don't think I can stitch and watch this at the same time.
I hope you enjoy your day and find time to stitch..........Nancy
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The pictures are as follows:
Plum Pudding free design
Mary Garry Pins & Needles from an oder JCS magazine
My own design-a class piece for Stitching Jubilee in Ocy 2010
And LHN Summer House free design
I think I stitch as many free designs as I do purchased designs. I ALWAYS print them off because you never know
when you will need something quick to stitch! Little House Needleworks and Plum Pudding are both favorite designers of mine and I have plenty of their designs in my stash to stitch. The older Mary Garry piece is one I kept wanting to stitch and never got to. I finally did and I will make this into a pin cushion along with the Blackbird design I am working on. I don'thave a picture of that yet and I totally forget the name. It's a beautiful pin cushion and I will be finished with it today so I will post it tomorrow. I also finished Plum Street Samplers Fishes and Bait. With my husband being such an avid scuba diver this one is perfect for him. Love the fishes and mer-man and mermaid on it. It won't fit in the scanner so I will photograph it tomrrow and post it.
The other picture is of a teaching piece that will be first offered at Stitching Jubilee in October of this year. It is the third annual Stitching Jubilee and will once again be held in Lancaster PA. Last year I stayed with releatives in Delaware and had about and hour + commute each day. This coming year I will be stayign at the hotel so I can get out and see Lancaster. I grew up in PA and went to Lancaster once as a teenager but hadn't been back since. I didn't have time to see any of the area last October. For the piece, it is not entirely set in stone yet. The colors may change etc. I will start stitchig it soon. There are many specialty stitches but they are simple to do and you may personalize it with yours and a friends initials. The plan right now is to stitch this on antique white or summer khaki cashel linen using overdyed floss. Now if you can't get to Lancaster feel free to have your guild or shop comtact me for details on how they may have this taught in their shop.
I've got to get out for my morning walk. Talk to you tomorrow.......Nancy
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This has been a busy winter for me and Glory Bee! I have been accepted at Celebration of Needlework and will be teaching three projects there in the spring. Coming up in October of 2010 is the third annual Stitching Jubilee and I will have 4 (and hopefully more) new projects for that event. Of course I have to design, stitch, finish and publish all of these. When I say *I* what I mean is I do some of that work and my husband/webmaster/publisher does the rest. He is a HUGE part of my company and it could not go on without him. Luckily it's winter and his scuba diving activities have slowed somewhat. Although they still dive all winter! Remember we are in New England and that water is COLD!
We got some more snow yesterday. I have to say the roads were quite a mess early in the morning. It started to snow at 5AM and I thought I would get out to the gym before the heavy stuff came down. By the time I left to come home at 7AM the roads had gotten very slick. I was glad to be home the rest of the day. It will probably be a white Christmas here.
I am all ready for Christmas. I have to admit the only thing I send any longer are Christmas cards. No more gifts and crazy shopping. I am so relieved. It makes it much easier to enjoy the holiday that way. My birthday is close to Christmas so that makes the week enjoyable as well.
We have a party to go to for New Years Eve. We used to always host the party and I got so tired of doing it, it is be a pleasure going somewhere else for a change. New Years Day a bunch of us are getting together for a dive and lunch. I will NOT be diving that day. Even if the temps are nice the water's too cold. I think I can magane lunch!
Well, back to work. I reallydo have to get some of my new teaching pieces stitched. Enjoy your day..........Nancy