Sunday, September 28, 2014

JN SAL post......



Today is the day we post our JN stitched projects for our JN SAL.  You can read more about Zeb hosting this monthly JN SAL at the link above or here on Keep Calm & Cross Stitch.

I am trying to stitch up some UFOs myself, and I happened to find this JN Horrified that I had started a while ago.  So.....to add to my progress of getting my UFOs down to a manageable stack and projects that I still want to complete, I finished stitching this cute little whimzi.  I don't normally get into Halloween.  In fact, it has to be a "fun type project" to stitch for Halloween if I am going to stitch something Halloween at all.  I DON'T DO SCARY HALLOWEEN PROJECTS.   Nope.....not gonna stitch it if it's scary looking.  So I will only fun projects.

This little whimzi will add to my stash of finished whimzi's.  I present.....JN Horrified.


I do apologize for the dim looking photo.  I took it in my sewing room with the light on and the window blinds open.  Nothing helped with making it look lighter in the picture.  I hope you can see it just fine. 

Now ..... back to my normal stitching this afternoon!!!  I am trying to play catch up in another SAL that I'm doing.  I hope to share pictures of that SAL later on this week. 

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

TUSAL repost.....a day late....



Ok....so I'm a day late.  But better late than no report at all.  I looked wrong on my calendar yesterday and just didn't remember to post my ORTs for this month. You can find out about our TUSAL by clicking the link above or on It's Daffycat blog.  It's not hard to do.  Just keep all those little orts that you know you will accumulate every time you sit down to stitch.

I have been working on many different and little things, getting presents ready for Christmas, some birthdays, some exchanges at an upcoming retreat among our group going, and then lots of STITCHING FOR SANITY!!!  haha

Here is where I store all my little ORTs each month.


Here is how my BIGGER ORT jar is looking.  It's really getting filled up.  I did push some of the ORTs down in it after taking the picture. 



I just got home from spending the last 4 hours at the Chevrolet dealership getting my van repaired of a transmission fluid lead and a couple of other smaller problems.  I am just THANKFUL to have xstitching projects to take with me, otherwise I would have been BORED OUT OF MY MIND sitting there waiting and doing nothing productive.  I did stitch an old UFO that needed to be finished.  Now I can take it to be framed!!!  YEAHH ME!!! 

Happy Stitching everyone!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Smalls Post.....


Heather of Stitching Lotus hosts the monthly Smalls SAL!!!  You can click on her link there or up above to go to see what the Smalls SAL is all about. 

I had stitched up the latest SB My Home scissor fob last of August, but I just didn't have time to get it finished into the fob to post.  So as to not stress myself out over it, I saved it to share this month for the Smalls SAL.  I will admit I did the finishing though yesterday.  lol  Nothing like stitching something but then I tend to wait do the "finishing" all on a particular day.....like Friday Finishes.  However, yesterday wasn't Friday and last Friday when I planned to do it, something came up that I didn't get to do the finishing on it.

I have done the ribbon finishing on other SB fobs but for some reason, I didn't make the loops very loopy yesterday.  Not too sure why.  I look at it and I swear it reminds me of when my husband goes in for his haircuts and gets a military "buzz cut".  I feel like I gave my ribbon edging a "buzz looping" yesterday!   ROFL




I had bought the little purple heart scissors from Kelmscott when I paid for my SB My Home fob kit.  I might check and see what SB has when I go to their shop before retreat next month.  Hmmmm I might have to have a new pair of scissors.  I'm sure SB has some to choose from.  I am thinking a darker purple for scissors to match the fob more.  Nothing is wrong with these scissors except that I think I want a darker purple color to match the fob.  Which means......I will have to stitch ANOTHER FOB in a lighter purple to match the purple heart scissors.

I also had some beads left over so you will notice the tiny beads at the bottom of each ribbon tassel to just add some fun and flair to my fob. 

Also.....how are your Christmas Ornaments coming along???  Me.....I made my list the other day and I have 4 left to stitch but I know exactly which ones those have to be.  Yes....I will use the stash I have here now especially after having to move and remind myself HOW MUCH STASH I have in my sewing room.   But I have many left to do the FINISHING WORK on so that will be another Friday of finishing!!!!  Maybe this Friday!!!!????

Happy Stitching!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

BRD Five Houses of Hope Fundraiser for Susan G Komen....

I wanted to help promote Belinda of Blue Ribbon Designs fundraising effort for her walk for the Susan G Komen 3 Day walk this year.  You can help Belinda raise money for the Susan G. Komen by supporting her in her walk and donating to a wonderful cause.  Belinda will give you her new design, Five Houses of Hope, with a minimum of a $15 donation.  All you have to do is go to her website, Samplings From a Blue Ribbon Girl, to find more about how to get this wonderful design with your donation to a worthy cause.  She even has it all highlighted so all you have to do is click on the links that take you to the pages to be able to donate.  So why not receive a wonderful new and beautiful design while helping donate to a great cause in finding a cure for breast cancer.

Happy Stitching!!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cup Organizers and a pincushion!!!

Recently, after my daughter went back to college, she asked me to make her a pincushion to put all her pins in that she had left over from making an Anime CosPlay costume.  She had sewn the costume while she was at home but didn't finish with the ribbon trim and had pinned the ribbon on which she would finish when she got back to TN.  So now, here she had all these pins just in a Ziplock bag.  I asked her if she didn't want me to send her a small Whitman tin to hold them in but her reply was "No.....mama.  I like the things you make for me!"  OHHHHHHH to make a mama proud!

I knew that I was going to make her and her roommate a cup organizer to help keep them organized but I ended up making 3.  One for my daughter, her roommate this year and one for Grace's roommate last year who just lives next door but they all still hang out together.  It was soooo much fun picking out fabrics for them.  Grace had helped me pick out for one set but she wanted to be surprised for her set.

Here are the supplies.


Here they are laid flat so you can see the inside pockets that go inside the mugs.

Here they are assembled!!!!


And you can see Grace's little pincushion laying in front of them all.  What you can't see is the small heart button that I sewed inside the middle.

The girls had soooo much fun deciding on who got what organizer.  I did pick up the mugs from Dollar Tree but any mug or cup that you have extra in your house (that you aren't using as my husband would say) can be used to make these wonderful organizers. 

I LOVE making these as they make great gifts to friends or your kid's teachers as gifts.  And what fun you have PICKING OUT THE FABRIC!  I think that is the hardest part sometimes......deciding on WHAT fabric to use!!! 

Now....I'm off to clean and organize my sewing room some more.  Yes....it is still a WIP....but what sewing room isn't???  haha

Happy Stitching today!!!



Friday, September 12, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe contest!!!!!!

Wow!!!  Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a contest to win one of her charts and the fabric to go along with it!!!!  You can find her at the link above.  I really love the first one that says "One Thing I ask and wilt thou hear and grant my soul a gift so dear Wisdom decending from above The choicest token of thy love."  Oh how I love that verse!!!!  I've entered to try and win it.  I'm off to post it also on my Facebook page to get some more entries to try and win!!!  Keeping my fingers crossed......when I'm not stitching that is!!!  haha

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Just Nan SAL ......



Today is our day to post our JN SAL.  Zeb of Keep Calm and Cross Stitch blog is the one hosting it.  You can click on the link above for details of our JN SAL or HERE.  With having a cross country move from AZ to here in Ohio, I thought I would just do another small Whimzi from my stash.  I did stitch on a biscornu along our cross country move, but I just was not able to get it completed and assembled in time to post for our SAL today.  Hopefully I can get it finished for next month's post.

Here is my Spring Spell Whimzi that I did for this month's SAL.  I was quite disappointed in my 28ct Milan Blue linen as it seemed to shift when I ironed the interfacing on the back of the stitched piece when assembling this small whimzi. 


I still need to work on getting my sewing room all set up and decorated so I can share some pictures of it all put away.  Every time we move, my sewing room gets set up somewhat the same with the exception of the layout of the room.  This time the room is more rectangle than square so it takes some creative planning as to how I've had it decorated/laid out as in past moves.  I have some sewing I need to get started on this week so that's another reason why I NEED TO GET the sewing room finished decorating and pictures on the walls.

Now.....back to my stitching as I have 4 small projects that I need to get finished up.   I will share pictures of them .....soon!

Happy Stitching!