Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Huge finish for me!!

I'm so excited! I can't wait to get this lady framed and delivered to my friend. She will be really excited I'm sure, she has been talking about these angels a lot. I stitched the design with called for threads and beads on a 32 ct lugana, not sure which color name it was.

Love all the sparklies on her!

These beads almost looked too big for the skirt but were perfect for the necklace.

I'm thinking about doing a give away to celebrate this finish, watch this space. Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comments!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Busy days!

I don't know about you but if I'm in bad mood and have nothing fun to post about I don't care for blogging. Unfortunatly that's been my month. Doesn't happen to often but there it is. We have had some issues with adjusting to high school but it looks good now again and I have great hope for the future. I don't think that being superbusy with the musical, one act and mock trial has really helped my DS to concentrate on his school work enough but he has really, really fun. Oscar also got his black belt in Tae Kwon Do last week. That's him up there breaking a board. All the kids activities has a tendency to take over my life though. Doesn't help that my DH had to take off for a 16 day long business trip so I'm the only one carting kids around. But things are looking up!! Just to 2 days until hubbie comes home and the grades that are coming in at this point looks great!! Woohoo!

Needleroll from Lynne

Since I now have started to figure out how to use the new camera I can also start to share pictures from it! Here's the needleroll Lynne stitched for me in the exchange. Isn't it pretty?! It isn't easy being a techno phobe. This time I had to figure out how to upload pictures the way my DH likes to do it and he's a computer engineer. Sometimes I have problem just turning on the TV here because the set up is so complicated.

Angel of winter

And this is the lady that is sucking my stitching mojo away! She's my UFO challenge this year and I really, really, really want to finish her for a friend so I will persist. This picture was snapped a couple of weeks ago, I'm almost ready for beading now. So hopefully she will be out of my life next week.

The kids are off tomorrow and I can't wait to do some crafting and baking with the girls. My oldest have show choir rehearsels since they are starting to get ready to compete. That's what he loves to do anyways so what a great way to spend your day off with your buddies singing (and dancing or rather attempts to dance).

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Only one missing!

Spring from The Drawn Thread

This is the last batch of things that I did frame before vacation! I stitched up all the seasons except Summer a couple of years ago. I really have to get off my behind and get summer stitched up because I have a frame for it already.

Winter from The Drawn Thread

I picked up the frames at Walmart of all places. They were only $ 3 each and perfect sampler size so I didn't have a specific project in mind when I first bought them but it really worked out well with these.

Autumn from The Drawn Thread

I'm working on L and L's Angel of Winter at the moment and it's starting to get to me. Really boring but I want to finish it for my friend in in time for the UFO challenge deadline. I'll have to take a picture and share in a couple of days time. The new camera and I are starting to get along better.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Nantucket basket from Lorri Birmingham Design

I made up this little basket as a gift for my MIL when we did go to Sweden. It has a little glass vase in it so can put flowers in it. She loves doing that and really liked the gift.

Acorn from Midnight Stitching

Mar designed a couple small acorns for our last retreat, I stitched up both of them but this is the only one finished. I forgot that there was 2 of them. I know, I'm a dingbat sometimes. The acorn shape came out kind of wonky, should I do something else with the other acorn?

It's another busy week here. My darn class is almost making me cry. I'm starting to see the end of the tunnel with it though. Some small things have to be tweaked but I have to ask DH about it. My son is in the high school musical and signed up for mock trial too so I'm going to drive a bit more from now on. There's lots of rehearsals and meetings. Good for him though! I love to see him getting active with different activities.

Weather is starting to turn to fall here. It's beautiful and I'm trying to do some last things in the garden before it gets really cold. I found a wasp nest in one of the bushes that I'm taking out and that has been a hassle. I did get stung bad when I first stumbled over it. Hopefully I have gotten on top of the problem so that bush can go this weekend.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

All boxed up!

Just Nan

I was able to save some of these last pictures from my poor dead camera. The week before we left for Sweden my DH went to Dublin on a business trip. I spent the whole evening and some of the nights finishing things and those boxes are a few of the things that I did get done.

I painted the boxes myself, don't know if it was the greatest idea but I'm going to try spray painting them next time.

I have started another class so I'm trying to keep up with that. But I'm slowly starting to visit my favorite blogs again.

Country Cottage Needleworks designs.

Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comments!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I think I'm ready to blog again!

I felt totally drained after our vacation and all the socializing. I really need some down time between dinner parties and such and it wasn't a lot of that. When I got back here I got really homesick and I realized that I didn't have time to do a lot of the more everyday things that I was so looking forward too. Next time I will try to stay a bit longer. I did suspect that something was going on with my camera during our stay and none of the pictures that I took came out. At least I had my husband take some pictures just as backups but they were not as many as the ones I thought I had taken. Sigh!

Anyways we were a bit more cultural this year, got to quite a few museums and such but this was my favorite! This is Läckö Castle, it's a well preserved barock castle with a lot of furniture and wall paintings from the 1600's. Isn't it pretty? There has been convents and forts on this little peninsula since the 1100's I think and I can understand why.

My son especially likes to pose with the canons, happens at every castle we do get too!

My DD loves checking out gardens and they had a wonderful vegetable and herb garden, authentic with plants they would have grown 400 years ago there.

Isn't this the prettiest view?

The kids had a great time with their cousins especially when my DH and BIL joined in the soccer games.

The weather was pretty good! I couldn't find any pictures from the beach house when we had a sunny day but the kids jumped into the water everyday anyways. It was kind of nice to have the beach to ourselves.

I did get some stitching done when I was there, this needleroll mostly, I really had to since this was for an exchange. I still have some pictures of finished pieces to share, I will get those up within a couple of days, promise!

Thank you for visiting and all your sweet comments!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Time out for summer!

I won't be here for a while since the kids and I are taking off for a visit home tomorrow. I have so many pictures to share but at the moment I'm really stressed out trying to finish everything before I leave! I can't wait to show you my finishes when I get back!

Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comments!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Needle and thread from Little House Needlework finish!

Here's my latest finish! It's Needle and thread from Little House Needleworks. I stitched it using the Crescent Colors that came with chart and the fabric is 32 ct Putty. The frustration level was high here last night, I ended up finishing this twice since I didn't like how it looked after the first time. So out came the scissors and I pulled the stitched part closer to the pillow and it looks so much better.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

One finish and a new start!

Remember my mil's anniversery sampler? Well, I did finish it a while back and here's a picture. It's Just Nan's Peacock Cypher and I changed the verse to my in-laws names, their wedding date and the church's name. I can't say that the graphing of the names were my best work but it will do. I used some 32 count mystery linen and DMC.

Close up! Those beads were pretty!

And here's my new start! It's Papillions myster sampler, we are doing it with the guild this year. The other ladies started it in January, I'm on part 2!! Oh, well I guess it's better late then never.

And I did finish Needle and thread from LHN too. But I did get the little bed/pillow that went with it and I'm half way through the finishing with it (sweet) so I'll upload a picture of that finish tomorrow. It's kind of funny looking now. I did find the chart and the pillow at the new LNS I found and started it the same day. That's a first for me, usually I let the designs mature for a while when I'm obssesing over color/fabric choices.

I'm trying to catch up on commenting, I'm doing a lot of stuff with the kids so I only have 15 minutes here and there to enjoy my blog reading.

Thank you so much for visiting and your sweet comments!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Help me Rhonda!

Last week was one of those fun busy ones, the kids had a lot going on and I had to drive them everywhere. One my way to a piano lesson I spotted a great garage sale and this was what I ended up with. A lady had to move her FIL into a home and she sold some of the glassware and crystal that he had picked up at his travels in Europe.

This is my favorite bowl, my DD fell in love too!

The frames will be good for something eventually! I might repaint some of them. In all I spent $ 4.50 for everything! So I was happy!

In between golf camps, play dates, a visit to the water park and a garage sale where I sold some of my stuff (I didn't have it at my house though, just did a shift selling) I was lucky enough to find a new LNS in town. I'm so excited!! This lady is doing framing and shares the store space with a vaccum store so I have always had the impression that she didn't sell to much cross stitch supplies. I was pleased to see that she had quite a bit to sell and I will sure be back soon. One of the things I bought is almost finished since I hauled it along with me when I have been running kids around.

I have to take some pictures of my stitching, I have a couple more finishes, and I started a new wip so I'm updating again tomorrow!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Framing, finishing and more!

I'm happy to say that the mirror idea worked out perfectly to frame my dragonfly! It was so easy to take the mirror apart and the only snag was that the fit was really snug and I didn't think I would get the piece into it after all the lacing and pinning was done. It was a tense moment!! A bit more padding then I'm used too. But I was able to get it in finally, the fabric is really stretched out and tight and flat so I think in the end it worked in my favor.

Remember my daughter's butterfly? Well, this is how i finished it! She loves it and it hangs from the quilt rack over her bed.

Last year I had this santa in the car as my car project (I spend a lot of time waiting for my kids so I always have a project available). It's one of Mill Hill's Medieval santa's, this might be the Canterbury one. I don't do beading in the car though so the final beading was done last week.

Here's the back, I usually like to put some green felt on the back of these ornaments.

I'm thinking about using this frame for my Marjolein Bastin finish. But there is a bit more space on the sides then on the top and bottom so I have a hard time deciding what to do. What do you think? I can easily finish it to a pinkeep or something too.

I took the kids to Fort Atkinson this weekend. They had their historical enactment weekend, they do that every month from April through October I think. They did a really good job and we all really enjoyed it. My DD loved the lace makind demonstration and got to try her hand on it. I thinks she's hooked!

Here's all the kiddo's in front of the original ammunition storage house, the only original building. The fort was active from 1819 to 1827 so much of the wood buildings were rotted away but they built everything up again on the original foundations. Lewis and Clark stopped by before the 6th regiment moved down to Kansas. A lovely day trip if you live in this area, I can recommend it!

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ahh, summer has arrived in my house!

So it's funny that one of my finishes are a Christmas ornament from Earth Threads, I think it's called Jeffrey's ornament and it came as a kit with the tuck pillow. Easy finish and it was fun to stitch.

I also finished up this kit from Lanarte, a Marjolein Bastin one. A girlfriend in Germany sent it to me about 10 years ago. I worked on it as my car project this winter and just now got around to finish it. There wasn't enough threads so I had to just put the finishing touches on it, just took me an hour or 2.

It feels like this was our first normal day off. After I wrote my finals I had to get the house in order finish everything up for summer regarding camps and such. My kids graduated 5th and 8th grade so we had a little party for them each.

But today I just had to do my everyday stuff and no classes during the summer. I even pulled out my finishing supplies and will try my hand on some finishing. It has been really hard to find a round frame for my dragonfly but they had mirrors on sale at Hobby Lobby this week so I found a round mirror there that might work. Keep your fingers crossed that it will!!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stashing and a butterfly!

Recently I finished this little butterfly for my daughter. She has a serious butterfly obsession at the moment so she was mighty pleased. Debbie Mumm designed it for Mill Hill that sells it as one of their Button and Beads kits (I think, it's a little kit at least). I have been carrying it around with me looking for a fabric that might work for finishing it.

I have been a bit stressed out lately and the result is starting to show up in my mail box! I have a tendency to do a bit more shopping when stressed. And I haven't had time to stitch so I did the next best thing, getting more stash. Some of it came from JJ's Collectibles Easter sale.

Some of it came from Ebay. Since Kathy of Carriage House Samplings are retiring I mostly got charts from her. Just so I have all the charts from her that I love. Which is quite a few.

Thank you for visiting and for the sweet comments! I hope everyone has a warmer and dryer week then we do, it's freezing here!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Brazilian embroidery class and finish!

Last weekend I took a Brazilian embroidery class with the lovely Ms Jean Mann. I had a great time with our group and I realized that I like brazilian embroidery much better then stumpwork. I worked on the dragon fly class piece and I was able to finish it at the end of the class. It's so sparkly and pretty. I hope I can find a round frame for it.

Here it is as a work in progress!

Here's most of the ladies taking the class. Our EGA group in town organized it, Omaha Needle Artists. Jean is in the middle next to her husband.

Since we were a mix of beginners and more advanced brazilian embroiderer's 3 different class kits were offered. This is the advanced one, an autumn fan.

And these autumn leaves. This project was so pretty!

The retreat was held at the lodge at Mahoney State park. It's so pretty out there, close to the river and it has a lot of wild life.

Like these wild turkeys that munched away outside the window! We had lots of orioles and blue jays later in the day when I didn't have the camera ready!

A quick update on my WIP! I'm working on this exclusively at the moment since I want to finish it fairly soon. It's just nice to know that it's done before we leave for Sweden since I'm doing it for my in-laws.

More and more of my irises are coming in! This one smells like a freshly peeled orange, yum!

Thank you so much for visting and your sweet comments! I'm planning to catch up on my blogreading today. DH is in Japan so the kids treated me to breakfast in bed, aren't that sweet. But I plan to treat myself to some time visiting my favorite blogs today too.

Happy Mothers to all the wonderful moms out there!