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Monday, December 28, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
This was my gift from Linda Wimbrow....I couldn't show it earlier because I struggled to remember who the designer was. But I finally came across it, the designer comes from Priscilla's Pocket and the chart is called Stoneware Pin Pillows. As if one wasn't present enough, I couldn't believe it when I opened this gift and there were 5 plus a beautifully stained tray to sit them in. Thank you Linda, it is fabulous. The finishing was done beautifully and I love the pom-pom edging used. My favorite color has always been blue so this really was perfect for me. I feel like I've already had my Christmas, with these beautiful gifts, but then I received 2 gifts from friends which I will show before Christmas so stay tuned. I've been incredibly busy getting ready for the big day....baking, cleaning, yes I'm going to be exhausted before Friday arrives, but hopefully I'll get it all done. If you came into my house right now you'd say "no way" but I work best under pressure so I'm still in that place where I still think I can pull it all together. All gifts, so far, are wrapped and ready to go, but as it turns out I'm still not done buying. I find after everything is wrapped that a few more gifts are needed for one of the grandchildren. So I'll be hitting the stores again, ugh! But I did start my Christmas baking. This is new for me really, I always say I'm going to bake cookies, but after buying all the ingredients I never get to it. So this year I started with a cookie a day and so I'm thrilled that I will actually have a cookie tray this year. While I really have never needed one with the desserts I make I just always wanted to have one. My mother use to do about 30-40 different kinds of cookies every year. She would tin them up and give them to her friends, but we always had a tray at home. I guess I am becoming my mother after all. I certainly missed her neat gene though. Honestly I don't care how many times a day I pick up and clean up it's still a red hot mess here. But today is the day. I've got the dining room torn apart and ready to be vacuumed, dusted and table set. Whohoo, I'm on the way. I'm going to be so exhausted by the time Christmas gets here I'll need a week off. But my house will be clean and it will be so worth it. But I'm sure I can get back to a mess in no time at all. Hope you are ready to celebrate.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
I loved this when I saw it and didn't even know what was inside. Jennifer Humphries stitched this little pin cushion inside the votive holder (this is actually a candle holder). The lid is removeable and it's so dear you know I was on the internet trying to find this little tea pot the day after the dinner. It kills me to tell you I was unable to find one this cute...and I refuse to settle for less so the hunt goes on. But as with Candi's gift yesterday, this could not only be a pin cushion (notice the bottom if you can see it, Jen filled the votive holder with green beads and put the pin cushion on top so you don't see the bottom of the pin cushion at all) but if you just take the pin cushion out of the teapot, the teapot can be an ort collector. Oh, my, God....this is so exciting to me. I keep a little bowl beside me to collect my threads. Debbie Liming changes her stitching bag, scissor fob, and anything else in her bag with the seasons and I always thought that was so wonderful as it gives you an opportunity to use a lot of the many gifts and also things you stitched for yourself. . So now I try to remember to switch totes, etc. with holidays and seasons. My Halloween ort dish was still out though until it was put away the other night when Hedy gave me a beautiful square Polish Pottery bowl just right for an ort collector at the Stitch 'n Bitch dinner. I'm a Polish pottery collector and Hedy always finds me the most unique pieces, things I've never seen anywhere so I'm always thrilled to see Hedy at Christmas. I just know she's found another gem for me. The minute I got home I got rid of Halloween and now have my Polishware out. (a little late, I have nothing for November, although my new bowl is perfect...so I'm ready for next November.) Candi's set, which I showed yesterday, will be perfect for snowy January and then my teapot will come into play in February. What fun I'm going to have switching my different pieces out. It's this kind of entertainment I love...trying to figure out what I can switch out so I can have a different view. Yes, just a glimpse into the excitement of my life. Oh, well, it suits me fine. So this is it for today. Again, while Sara is lounging on the beaches of Jamaica I'm toiling away in the shop and since it's close to 70 degrees on the boardwalk I'm kind of busy. Sara will be thrilled until all the screw ups I've had...oops sorry about that. Apparently I've been away from this for too long. Have a great night and I'll have something else to show you tomorrow.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Stitch 'n Bitch Christmas Dinner was held on Monday night and while we were down one person, Debbie Liming ran into car issues, it was still a wonderful start to our holiday festivities. And of course goodie bags flowed as did gifts. I don't partake in the secret santa because I have so much stitching to do anyway, but these ladies always bring me Christmas presents which I love and just between you and me, I look forward to them. But I did get to see the secret santa gifts and it's amazing the work these women do for each other. Shows what a wonderful group we have. So I want to share my stitched gifts because of the fabulous ideas and so you can see how others are finishing projects which is always so inspirational, and I'm going to only show one per day so you can really focus on each one. Todays gift was from Candi, who stitched a Shepherd's Bush scissor fob and purchased the box and other container at Hobby Lobby and turned them into a fabulous set for my sewing table. The first picture shows the front of a handled mini tote and the closed Ort box and the 2nd picture shows the back of the tote and the open ort container. She painted both pieces, along with putting Ort on the circular piece. There is a handle you can't see in the box. But so cute, don't you think? Now, of course it makes you think about what you could do as well. I love the idea of attaching a stitched Shepherd's Bush fob to the handled box...I love stitching their fobs so this is a wonderful idea. I mean you can stick pencils in there, scissors, rulers, well anything you need beside your stitching chair and then you have your Ort container for your cut threads. How organized am I going to be. In looking at the ort container, I noticed the lid was recessed which means you could make this into a pin cushion and still close the lid. Oh,my goodness...the ideas are endless aren't they? And you could stitch a band to go around it....oh my goodness my mind is just clicking along. Thank you Candi....I love it! I decided to use all my gifts in my Christmas decorating so I haven't put it in use as a sewing companion, but as soon as the decorations are put away they will go on the table beside my stitching seat. Next time I'm in Hobby Lobby I'm going to scope out the wood section again. I do it everytime I'm in there, but I don't remember ever seeing the ort container. Perhaps I simply overlooked it..
Monday, December 7, 2015
Had to show you Vera Mean's "show and tell" from this weekend. This was a Tangles retreat weekend which started with the first attendees arriving on Thursday. This is not one of our sponsored retreats but the Tangles themselves schedule 2 retreats a year and this year they added a third, this one in December, which is perfect because we have time at this point to really focus on them. Vera Means always brings in some show and tell to show me. For those who are unfamiliar with the design, it's a Victoria Sampler design, "Stitchin' Witches!" I've always loved Thea Dueck's designs for the detail she includes and she did a fabulous job on adding wonderful details, especially to the dividing bands. I loved the spider webs you see under the first scene, and the lace on the bottom band is so striking. But her scenes are also beautiful because of the detail. Her attention to detail and the way she shows it is what makes all the difference. Her trees are delicate, but still show that ominous feeling you want in Halloween pieces. Bats are usually done a little oversized in stitching, but Thea does a small bat which is so fitting with the design and I also love that each panel has the witches doing hand work, although the middle witch is actually trying to get her silk thread back from the crow so she can continue stitching. But the best designs have to be stitched well and Vera rose to the occasion. While I loved the design when it came in, this weekend it went into the stash bag and hopefully I will have it on our walls by next Halloween. (I can't seem to stitch on Halloween at Christmas so it's got to wait until summer for me to get to it). Right now I'm still on Christmas gifts. Tonight is our Stitch 'n Bitch dinner so I will have the gifts bagged and tagged and tomorrow I can work on getting Renee's and Pat's together, and perhaps a little something for Sara. Anyway, hope your stitching is coming along well and you will get what you need finished done in time. It's often a struggle but just keep at it. And a big "Thank You" to all the ladies in the Tangles group for coming by and shopping and a big "Thank You" to Vera for bringing the Stitchin' Witches in. You did a gorgeous job on the stitching and the framing was perfect.