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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Valentine's Day Stitching

I have a table where I put out seasonal stitching and sometimes cards. I am woefully behind for Valentine's Day.

Must get to work on my display!!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Christmas Stitching Reveal Plus Some Cards Too!

Now that all stitched Christmas gifts have been sent and opened, I can share them with you!

I made three of Kathy Schenkel's Roll-ups without a stitch guide! So all stitch and thread choices were mine. I also did the finishing. I have one more to do for myself.

The top Dodger has the number 15 in front and initials E + A on the back. This went to my niece Emily and her hubby Adam who were married in the year 2015.

 (Ignore the stray green thread I just noticed in the photo above, it is not attached and since the ornament has been sent I cannot retake the photo). OOPS!!

 This Dodger went to my brother who I think may bleed Dodger Blue and his wife.

The Kings player has the number 16 in front and initials L + N on the back. This went to my niece Laura and her hubby Nick who were married in the year 2016.

This snowman tipping his hat went to my sister in law who likes snowmen. I finished it myself and it is sitting on the fabric I used for the backing. It is from the 2017 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments Issue (page 15). It was designed by Patti Connor of SamSarah Design Studio and  is called Hats Off to the Holidays! I used the DMC alternative colors.

I also made some fun cards:

That about covers it for now, but see my fun made by me stamp I had made by in the card above??

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Smalls SAL 2017

I signed up for a fun Stitch A Long (SAL) hosted by Heather at  Stitching Lotus and I finally have something small to post!

It is a fortune cookie ornament about 5 inches across.

It was a project from my local ANG chapter. We stitched on a 5" diameter circle using one skein of watercolours and the Byzantine Stitch. I kept one 18 inch length of three strands of the water colors for the cord/finishing and used the rest to stitch the circle and used up just about all the skein!

It was fun to make!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Shell Game Framed!

This is Shell Game designed by Dakota Rogers and stitched by me. 
It was one of the ANG Chapter Projects.

It was started in 2006 and finished in March 2015 (as blogged about here). I finally got it framed. I liked the job Nick's Frame Shop did on the boot and they did a FANTASTIC job on this too. Even the sides of the shadow box are matted and the glass is Art Glass again and you can't see it.

It is even better looking in person, but that seems to be how it goes with photos.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cards and More Cards

Here are a few of the cards I have made the past few months for various occasions.

 This one I made for my mother in law when she retired after 49 years of being a Church Organist!

A welcome to the neighborhood card:

That is about all for now, but I am working on Halloween right now!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Echo Canyon Framed

As I reported here in November of 2012, I completed my seminar class, Echo Canyon designed and taught by Jeanette Rees in Santa FE, NM.

Well I wanted the mat to be shaped like the stitching and never found a place until now! Nick's Frame Shop in Phoenix. They did a great job I think! Sadly, he is getting ready to retire, so I will need to find another shop. He used what he calls Red Label Art Glass and you can't tell it has glass on it - LOVE IT.

I took them seven cuts to get it looking this way and he gave me the cut outs (below). Number 8 is the charm!

Have a GREAT day!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

EGA National Seminar 2017 Report

I am a tad late with this report since the seminar was in mid August, but here goes.

Travel to Asheville, NC had a few problems: delayed take off, circling the Charlotte airport for 30 or so minutes due to weather and then almost being diverted. When we did land we had to sit on the taxi way for about 20 minutes until lightening cleared the area. I arrived about two hours late.

My roommate, Jane G., was GREAT and we had lots of fun together. I rented a car and we took advantage of off site lunches and dinners. The zipper on my purse died and she needed a wheeled bag, so we ran an errand to Kohls and Walmart one free evening.

I took two classes, caught up with old friends and generally had a good time.

Having lived in North Carolina for seven years and NEVER been to the Biltmore Estate, I took the pre-seminar tour of the estate. It was beautiful, just wish I could have stayed longer.

 Below is in the library (fan is not original decor).
 Below is a photo of the tapestry called Faith. Sorry I do not recall more details, other than it is the middle of three tapestries; Love, Faith and Hope. It is the only remaining one of Faith left in the world.

Indoor bowling - I am on a bowling league so had to take this photo. Note is it manual reset.

Water Garden, sadly all we had time to see of the gardens.

This red flowering plant was a curiosity that we still do not know what it is. It was growing in a pot outside the ice cream shop on the Biltmore Estate.

 Here is Loon Tunes by Ann Strite-Kurz, one of the classes I took. Below is the teacher's model

Here is my progress!

Close up of some EGA Seminar 2018 bling I purchased at merchandise night. Next year's EGA Seminar will be in Louisville, KY and celebrate 60 years of EGA - Diamond Jubilee!

I also took a Goldwork class with Margaret Kinsey. 
Here is the cover of our instructions followed by my progress.

The goldwork was a LOT of fun. Great teacher and the technique is not as hard as you might think.

Below is some of the goodies received at the opening banquet and the Seminar Handbook.

This covered quad rule composition book was out closing banquet gift.

Name tag and pin with the angel I received since I was class angel for Loon Tunes.

 They did a neat thing here. They reduced the schedule to fit in the clear back pocket of the name tag for easy and fast reference.

  At the closing banquet we received a cool, save the date card with a "diamond" head pen to invite us to the seminar next year. I took extras to hand out to my local EGA chapter.

Finally, here is the necklace I made. The pendant was a kit purchased pre-seminar as a Seminar 2017 fundraiser, but you were on your own on the necklace part.

That is about all for now!!!