Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stitch Project

Greetings All~
This weekend I spent a little time stitching up a goodie to send off for a project that looked like fun. I first learned of the project from another cool chicky who blogs at Giggly Mama & Family. See...

Stitch Project was started by Nicole. She's recently engaged, loves embroidery and is making a patchwork quilt from pieces sent to her by other folks who love stitching as much as she... Here's her progress so far.

Pretty cool, no? If you visit Feeling Stitchy, Mr. X Stitch or the Flickr Embroidery & Phat Quarter pools, some of these names might pop right out at you. I have a... well, let's call it "mischievous" sense of humor, and a (not so) secret love all these snarky. But I also love all things sweet & beautiful. You get lots of snarky and sweet at all of these sites. Myyy favorite!

Anyhoo... Here's what I whipped up to send to Nicole.
I like it... a lot! I almost didn't want to give it away. Does that happen with all of you, too? ...big sigh...
Like the over-eager bonehead that I can be, I didn't re-read the rules before I started until after I had stitched on the flower. Hello... 4x6...!! Sheesh, my flower is like 3x5. So I stitched in my name and town pretty close to the flower (which I had planned to anyway). This piece will technically fit in a 4x6 square... but just barely. Ah well... Nicole seems like a sweety with a great sense of humor from the emails we exchanged. I don't think she'll be too hung up about the size. I didn't cut off the extra fabric, I figured that way she could use the scraps some where else on the quilt, if she wanted to.

I wouldn't normally have put these colors together, I'm so predictable! But I had this fabric, which I love (it's so cheery and reminds me of a dress my mom made when I was little) left over from making my garden shed curtains last summer. Also, I happened to have these felts too, so I didn't even have to go to the store for this project, it was all already in my stash, woohoo! I cranked these flowers out of my Sizzix!
Usually, I do the under/over stitch on appliqu├ęs, but I recently received a beautiful hand made gift from a friend that used the blanket stitch, so much cuter!! Lends just a little more color and texture. Thank you, you-know-who! You're always an inspiration!!

Here's one last picture. It was so sunny yesterday, I just kept snapping away! Today is a different story, it's dismal and very rainly and wet & super cold. I'm buoyed by the fact that spring is just around the corner.

Sew, I hope Nicole likes her square! I really enjoyed making it.

Best wishes Nicole, here's to a long and happy marriage!


Friday, February 19, 2010

You look wonderful tonight...

Greetings Friends~

This is the beginning of a perfect Friday night for me. And my neice Ana is coming over and we're going to watch a movie, yay!

Hope you're all having a wonderful late winter evening snuggled in, where ever you are.

UPDATE: 12:09am... My neice fell asleep at 9:30. I drank 2 pots of tea (Hearthside Toddy & Figgy Pudding) so I can't sleep. I watched Boondock Saints (which rocks!) by myself... and learning the Palestrina and Coral stitches have made me half crazed and blind tonight. I think my book is missing a step in the instructions for the Palestrina. Sigh... oh well, still better than a sharp stick in the eye. oxo~L.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Little Love ~ A Little Late

Hi Everyone~
Yeesh, almost 3 weeks without a post. I've been lurking in all of your blogs though; I do so love you bloggy friends. You girls are the greatest! My writing mojo has been in a long winters nap. Think I over-posted in January, and lately, it seems like every time I sit down with intentions of writing and sharing with you all, I end up playing Farmville... I'm a slave. It's awful. Like any true addict, I've lured other poor souls into my web as well. My mom and my sis-in-love are now also Farmville slaves. I need a Farmville intervention. Paging, Dr. Phil, paging Dr. Phil... Just kidding. Sorta.

So hey! Valentines Day! Did you all have a loverly weekend with your significant others? Or your cats? I'm not judging... I know there are a lot of peeps who don't like V-Day, but I'm not one of those. I like all holidays! My own husband doesn't like Valentines Day, says it was created by Hallmark, See's and FTD. Built to guilt men into showing their love by opening their wallets... ***crickets***

Oh phooey! Well, Sean's bark is worse than his bite. He's a big teddy bear, he just 1.) doesn't like people to know it, and 2.) doesn't like being coerced into things. I agree on that last one. At any rate, we usually don't go overboard on Valentines anyway, but still, he did not disappoint. We had a wonderfully lazy Valentines day. I slept in lateish and woke up to Sean making me pancakes! The pancakes were good as they always are, Sean is a wonderful pancake chef (I like mine with real butter and strawberry preserves, yum!!). He even tried to make some heart shaped. It didn't work, they were sad little hearts. I think you need a special tool for that, but I gave him an A for effort! The rest of the day was just mellow and smooth. Sean napped, I putzed. The sun was shining, I rode my scooter for a bit, we watched a lot of the Olympics... it was a good day. I hope yours was too!

Speaking of Olympics, did you guys see the opening ceremony? Wasn't it beautiful??

I did make a little something for Sean and I for Valentines Day this year, check it out!
At first I planned for it to say "Valentine" or "I love you" or something more generic. But then I realized, hey, this isn't ever going to hang in someone else's home. It's going to be in MY home, so why not have something suited to us? Yup, yup. I like it.

This was very easy in principal... but not in actuality. I won't go into all the gory details. Let's just say that my new sewing machine and felt don't see eye to eye. And making the letters turned into a whole other kind of fiasco. But in the end, I'm happy with my cute little banner. Do you think it would be wrong to leave it up year round? Sean saw it when he got up that morning and asked me "Wow, have you been making this while I was at work?" HAHAHAHAAAA. No. I mostly made it in the evenings sitting next to him on the couch for almost a week. Swear... that man sometimes... did I mention he's on graveyard shift?
I gotta say, this was a thrifty little piece too. The supplies were cheap-o. I bought and used five pieces of red felt, those were $.20 a piece, and a spool of decorative rickrack, which was $1. I already had the white felt, and the embroidery floss. You got it, a whopping two bucks!! Pretty cool, no?

Did you have Monday off for Presidents Day? I did! Yay three day weekends!! I think I'll do a little show & tell this week to show y'all what I found.

Have great day folks!!