Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August Smalls post......


Wow!!!   It's that time again for our Smalls post for this month.  Heather of Stitching Lotus is our gracious host for this SAL.  I get so focused on what I'm going to be doing the following month that I have made a list that I can just mark off when the project gets finished!

I have 3 things to share for today.  I have been doing other stitching but today is just dedicated for sharing our smalls. 

I finished my last JN Ornamental Advent.  As I said in a previous post, I wished I had just went ahead and finished Day 24 last month when I stitched my normal 3 days for the month of July. 


I'm also trying to play catch up on my SB Fold that I joined a while back.  I did manage to get the needlecase started and almost finished in one evening while staying up late with DS before he went back to school.  Yes.....I stitched until 3:30a.m. and yes....he stayed up with me.  We were watching movies and hanging out together!   I still have the finishing work to do on my SB Fold needlecase but I hope to do that this weekend when I have some other sewing projects to complete. 

I am not going to fold it in half like SB suggested to do.  When I first got the kit in the mail, I immediately thought of finishing it where it would lay flat and open that way.  I do promise to show the actual FINISHED project.  I wasn't the only one who thought that way either.  My friend Pat said she even found another piece of linen to stitch it on so that when she folded it, the backside of the outside of the needlecase was still a linen piece.  Then she just lined the inside with fabric.   I went yesterday to JoAnn Fabrics and found a piece of regular material that complimented the piece nicely to make it into the finished needlebook.



My last smalls for this month was LK USA Squared.  I loved this little project so much when I stitched it for a Facebook Patriotic Exchange that I just had to stitch one for myself.  I used the same HDF threads as the last one and the same 32ct Jobelan.  This really is a quick stitch too if you are needing a small project.


My last Smalls that I sooooooo want to show you but just can't for now is the LK Little Mystery.  


I am loving this little mystery that Linda has created for us this summer.  It REALLY is a quick stitch!!!  I have the first part all stitched as well as the fob that was the "extra" in part 1.  I will share photos after all the parts have been given out.

As I said early in this post, I have some sewing to complete this weekend so I know where I'll be this weekend.  In my sewing room!!!.  I do have another small but I really wanted it to be completely finished when I showed it to you!  So that will be in next month's post!

Happy Stitching!







Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another Victorian Motto Sampler Shopped contest!!!

Oh Nancy's done it again and has been dyeing some awesome floss that she is offering up for a giveaway.  It is for some Halloween floss!  You can read more about it here at her blog Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.

I've definitely entered to try to win some of her floss.  The only Halloween floss I have is DMC colors and other brands for the few Halloween projects that I've bought! 

So head on over there to enter her contest!

Happy Halloween!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Late TUSAL post......


Sharon of It's Daffycat is the host of our TUSAL which is Totally Useless SAL.  Head on over to her blog to see what she's up to and see all of us who are participating in her SAL. 

I'm late posting my TUSAL for this month.  The reason being that I was taking DD back to move into her dorm for college.  I wanted to go early to help her sort through her stuff so she would only be moving in what she actually needed and leave the remaining stuff at my MIL house.

We sorted through all her college stuff and then went to get any last minute items.  I was pleasantly surprised that it only took us a few hours to sort through her stuff, shred what she didn't need, and get it more organized for her moving into the dorm room.  I took DS along with us to help move in since he had not started back to high school yet so an extra pair of hands and muscles definitely helped get it all moved in.  So I was driving back on Friday when we were to post our TUSAL report and by the time I got home, I was a little tired from doing all that sorting/organizing/moving this previous week. 

I did get some stitching done at night when all the work was done for the day so I did have a few ORTs to add to my collection this month.  Here is what I managed to have since my last TUSAL report.


My mom rode back with me to come visit for a few days since she's not been here since I moved into this house last year.  I'm just thankful though that I'm within driving distance of visiting them!!!  She will leave on Tues when my husband goes to visit with his mom before going on to a business trip. 

Now.....I'm back to my stitching.  Thank you for stopping by to read my blog and as always........

HAPPY STITCHING!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe contest!!!

Ohh YEAH!!!  Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a contest for this fall.  You can read all about how you can win some fall floss colors HERE.  And who can't use more floss????  I don't know any stitcher that can't use more floss because you know when you start a project, there is USUALLY one color missing somewhere!  lol   Nancy gives you several ways to win which is by posting her link on your blog, Facebook, and leaving a comment on her blog contest post.  So head on over there to enter to win!!!

HAPPY STITCHING!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Birthday contest

Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a birthday contest.  You can head over to her blog link above to enter her contest to try and win.  I won some of her beautifully dyed linen last Christmas and have loved using it to stitch ornaments on and small samplers.  Be sure to read all the rules as you get extra entries when you post on Facebook or on your blog!!! 

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer Tote exchange....

I belong to the Stitcher's Garden message board and through out the year, we do exchanges between our little family message board.  I can show you now what I had stitched for my recipient, JoAnn, and what she sent to me which I received in the mail today!!!  WOOHOO

This is the one I sent to JoAnn.  It is LHN Summer Splendor but I changed the letters just a little bit and took out the A B C  and X Y Z and replaced it with just SUMMER.  As I told JoAnn, I promise that I sewed this design on straight measuring at the top but it was the bag that was originally sewn wrong and left more fabric at the bottom area. 



Here is what JoAnn sent to me.  I am also showing how she lined the inside of the bag which I now wished I had done that for hers.  JoAnn tucked inside my bag a piece of Sassy's fabric, Classic Colorworks in Ladybug and a small floral notepad.  Plus JoAnn had attached a small flower on the front of the bag and top stitched the vine down the bag!  TOOO CUTE!!!



The lining is really a purple color but in this photo it looks blue.  But she matched it to the design on the front!!!  I just LOVE it!!!

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Finishing projects.....

I just LOVE to cross stitch if you know me really well.  Sometimes I just don't get the "finishing" done on that project and then that project goes into a cute decorator box that I will finish "later".   This is one of those pretty decorator boxes you can get at Michaels, JoAnn fabrics or Hobby Lobby that you can pick whatever design you like to display. 

Well one box is getting soooo full of my ornaments that I've stitched, bought the finishing fabric for and just put back into the box.  But....not to worry....I do get that urge to REALLY FINISH something!  But I also have another pretty decorator box full of finished fobs and needlerolls.

This is what happened after we got home from our vacation in July and realizing that I wanted a patriotic design for my very pretty Gingher patriotic scissors.  I had already xstitched SB Glory scissor fob up and put it in my "fob decorator box". 

So I pulled out SB Glory fob in hopes of just getting it done one day last week.  I read the instructions and set out to get this finished up.  It was SOOOOO EASY I don't know WHY I just didn't do the finishing work then.  It wasn't difficult to finish as I use the sewing machine like Terri of SB to finish my fobs and then do the hand work for the trims.  She had used rickrack and beads to go around the edges!  I LOVE THIS FINISHING TECHNIQUE!!!  It was SOOOOO EASY!!!  I think it's much easier to apply the rickrack than the ribbons.  I took a side picture also for you to see how the sides look and lay down!!

Here is my latest finish.





My hopes and goals for the rest of the year is to try and get all those ornaments that I've stitched up totally FINISHED!  That way I will have all new handmade ornaments to display on my tree this year.  My goal is to AT LEAST finish 1 if not 2 ornaments each week.  I hope I keep my goal so I will have a lot to decorate this year on my tree!

Now I'm off to cut out my daughter's annual birthday dress.  She's picked out the fabric and pattern, and I want to get it done before I have to take her back to college next month.  ACK!!!  Is it that time already to take her back???!!!  Oh well.  I guess so I better get on the ball and get this dress sewn up this Saturday!!! 

Happy Stitching!