Monday, June 28, 2010

Stitching at the beach and family reunion....

Back from the Outer Banks (OBX to us natives!) where a fun time was had by all! At the peak there were 29 of us, 3 generations including my dad and his sister, my three brothers, several spouses (used to us by now!) and nearly all the cousins, including a baker's dozen of second cousins! We ate well, laughed a lot, saw a slide show of the prior generations and us in our youth, played games, went site-seeing, enjoyed the pool and the ocean, told stories and watched some soccer. I'm exausted!
Crazy cousins!

I even managed to finish one small stitching project and nearly finish a second (which I put the final touches on while doing laundry back home). First is Blueberries by Little House Needleworks, from the Fruit Series. Fabric is a 28ct Silkweaver Solo, threads are Crescent Colors. I added the butterfly button.

Second is from Val's Stuff, called April Showers. It is stitched on 28ct sage/white Graziano linen with Weeks floss, and JABC buttons called for. It was really fun and I'm sure kept the rain away, as it was HOT and sunny all week at the beach!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

More framing back, and beach trip starts!

Hi all! These are the last two framed pieces back from my LNS for now. Bent Creek's The Branch is going in my kitchen, and I'm still looking for a good spot for Liz Turner Diehl's 17th Century Italian Garden to hang. I finished it late last year after a time in UFO neverland!

Now I'm in the final throes of packing for our beach vacation on the Outer Banks, way way out on the OBX in fact! (thank goodness my DMIL is pet sitting!) Sun, sand and a sea breeze for stitching on the deck I hope! No web access so unless we find a web hot spot I'll be out of touch with the world at large, but enjoing Mother Nature's most beautiful beachfront, and reconnecting with my side of the family....29 folks, 10 of which are teenagers! Wish me luck!
Besides some books, I'm taking my Dragon Feathers afghan to hem in the car, and 4 small new start projects. Hopefully I'll get a couple of them finished too. Have a great week and happy stitching!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Another biscornu and some framing!

Hey y'all! Happy Summer Vacation! Hope everyone is finding time to stitch.

This latest finish for me is from Sweetheart Tree's line of Teenie Tweenies, and came with all the embelishments. It is called the Strawberry Quilt Block. I used a 28ct pink fabric, Weeks thread (the border), DMC, and a pink glass heart bead for the back (which is left plain).....

....and here is the biscornu! Many small square designs work well for biscornu, and they are a breeze to finish.

This is a gift I finished stitching earlier this year, and is now framed. It's a name tree from M Designs for a new cousin in the family.

I stitched this freebie from Papillon a few years ago, and took advantage of a frequent shopper discount at my LNS to get it and two other peacock motifs framed in matching black frames. I have a nice blue wall in the home office in need of some decoration!

This one I finished last year, a design called Alla Turca by Pelin Tezer. It is stitched on Aquamarine linen from Silkweaver, over 1! I adusted it somewhat for balance and added the gold treasure braid to the Weeks Peacock floss.

This is the third peacock, a freebie from The Workbasket ladies called Peacock Repose, stitched on tea-dyed linen with Weeks fibers.

I have one more to take a picture of, and one ready to be picked up still, both were finishes this year. I am now working on part 6 of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow, and sorting thru the stash for projects I can take on vacation soon!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

More Castles progress!

Part 10 of Castles was pretty easy, so I'm back posting more pics. Not much visible change, just the addition of two heart topiary trees on the borders. Here is a close up of one, the other is just done in different colors. Still thinking about beach projects....another biscornu for sure, and maybe some ornies.....hard to decide!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Castles in the Air progress report

Well, I finally got back to Papillon's Castles project, and finished part 9 last week. Now working on part 10. Here is a close up, and the entire piece so far! The pics are clickable.
Still debating what to take to the beach later this month....must be small and portable...and calling my name!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

May Recap, June Goals

May Progress
~Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow, Block 4 Done!
~Castles in the Air, Pt. 9 Working...(part 9 done June 4th)
~Dragon Feathers Afghan Got another block done...2 to go!
New Starts...
~Frogscornu, Barbara Ana Done!
~Candy Cane Cat, Chessie & Me (2004 JCS ornie issue) Done!
~Hang in There, Elizabeth's Designs Done!

June Goals
~Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow, Block 6 Working...
~Castles in the Air, Pt.10 Done!
~Dragon Feathers Afghan Did some hemming...
New Starts...
~biscornu--Sweetheart Tree's Strawberry Quilt Block Done!
~new start-Blueberries, Little House Done!
~new start-April Showers, Val's Stuff Working...