Saturday, October 31, 2009

Two finishes and a Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to everyone! It's been a busy week, but I managed to finish a gift on Wednesday, which went to my framer right away to beat the Christmas rush....AND....I finished my October biscornu for the Basket of Biscornu blog 10th of the year!

Anyway, here's the gift (for my mother-in-law). It is by Elizabeth Gorski of Primrose Needleworks, and is one of her crossword series called Coffee Crossword. It is stitched on a 32ct lugana from Sugar Maple called Maple Sugar, of all names! Click on the picture to see it better.

As for the biscornu, it was a freebie on M. Brouwer's blog Stitch Creations, called Owl Biscornu.
This is my October biscornu, stitched on aida, with DMC, both plain and varigated, just to see how different they could look. This one is fairly large, softball sized in fact. Here are both sides.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Stitching Jubilee Report and Stash Haul!

Gee, it's taken me a couple of days just to recover from my trip to Lancaster, PA with my friend Carolyn. We had a blast at the Stitching Jubilee! Drove up from NC on the 14th (in the rain), got up early the next day to check out the class availability, and fell in love with Pat Hartman's Secret Garden (scroll down the page a bit to see it). Believe me, it's stunning in person! Problem was, the class was on Saturday afternoon and we had to leave! Well, we signed up anyway and Pat was great...we were able to pick up the class kits just before class on our way out the door. We got the green/lavender/peach version, but it also comes in a blue version. Carolyn took a class by Catherine Jordan as well, but I'll let her tell that story on her blog.

I spent the entire day Thursday in the mart, burning up the cc while it continued to rain outside, and the temperature was dropping. Who knew? (missed the entire Balloon Boy episode on tv too, thank goodness!...barely even knew there was a world outside) ;-D

I have a few pictures of all the stash I acquired down below.....(making up for missing last year's show, I bought twice as much this year!) We stayed up way too late (errrr, early?) in the Stitcher's Lounge Thursday night and slept in a bit on Friday, and while Carolyn went to her class, I shopped some more. We ended up eating in the hotel a lot because it continued to rain, and I was not prepared for cold AND wet! Met lots of folks, some known from online or past shows, some new (Hi ladies!), talked too much, and made a quick stop in the mart Saturday morning (which turned into two hours),then we headed home.... least it was all down hill to NC! LOL!

Where I spent most of my time (and money!).....(there were about 20 booths total)
Gitta's Designs (silk gauze, pattern, stretcher bars)
Picture This Plus (fabric, Dinky Dyes silks)
Scandinavian Stitches (kits)
Silver Needle (patterns)
Bush Mountain Stitchery (fibers, patterns)
JBW Designs (patterns)
Mimi's Attic (Dutch Treat patterns and cloth on 40% off!)
Stoney Creek (patterns, scissor sharpener)
and finally...
Victoria Clayton (silks, silks, silks!) Check this link to her board
Scroll down a bit to the crowd around a pile of silk...that's me on the left with the gray hair and black sweater! (they had an accident with the trailer on the way home from another event and that was the tangled pile that resulted...$4 a bag (snack bag size) and untangle at your leisure at home)

Anyway, here are the pictures of the pile O' stash at on the pics to see better.

(shown above: JBW, Just Nan, Carriage House, Stoney Creek, threads, goodies)
(shown above: Barbara Ana at top, Gitta's silk gauze and Bird of Paradise, Whispered by the Wind's Autum Lace, Four Cats kit from Scandinavian Stitches)
(shown above: overlap with last pic, plus Vicki Clayton silks and class kit in back, Maureen Appleton Seahors fob w/scissors included, Bluebird Tree...)
(shown above: overlap with last pic, Dutch Treat tabletopper charts and fabric in back, Dictionary of Cats, Sampler Cove's Kaleidoscope Flowers and silk, PTP fabric.)
Some of the silks and fabric were for charts I had already, like several Needlemania, TW, Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow, etc. Two years worth of mart shopping in three days!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

MIll Hill's Midnight Magic

This is my latest finish....a Mill Hill Buttoned & Beaded kit called Midnight Magic, in the called for MH frame. Isn't she cute? Reminds me a bit of my Cassi cat!

After this was done on Saturday, I got out a UFO to work on weekends this month for TWOctober (on one of my Yuku boards). This Teresa Wentzler piece has been in the works for several years, and I slowly add more to my Companions....a Santa with his pack horse in snowy woods. This is what it looked like before Saturday....

...I hope to finish the horse's pack soon. Maybe I'll get to Santa himself sometime next year!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Newest Prairie Schooler Santa!

I finished this Hockey Santa Monday night. It is by Prairie Schooler, in their Schooler Santa series for 2009. Made a few "adjustments" to reflect my favorite hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes! See if you can find them.....
....the fabric is 18ct khaki putty davos, and he will join his brothers as another ornie!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

September Progress, October Goals

September Progress
~Castles in the Air, finish pt.4, also complete pt.5 Both pts. Done!
~Holland Landscapes, Pt.8 Not this month...
~Spirit Horse tote bag Retired after frogging too many mistakes! (will find another pattern for tote)
New Starts...
~Floral Biscornu for September Done!
~Halloween Project-Boo Club (Lizzie Kate) Done!
~Another Halloween Project-Midnight Magic (Mill Hill) Started...
~2009 Schooler Santa (Hockey Santa!) Will start on Opening Day--Oct.2nd!

October Goals
~Castles in the Air, pt.6 No time this month...
~Holland Landscapes, pt.8 Too busy again...
~Companions UFO Working weekends...
~Midnight Magic Done!
New Starts...
~Owl Biscornu for October Done!
~2009 Schooler Santa (Hockey Santa!) Done!
~Coffee Crossword (gift) Done!