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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Band Sampler Update

Here is another  progress report on the band sampler from Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly magazine (2012). It is being presented in three parts as I told you about here. The very top band (name of original stitcher) is rolled up  and hidden. I am 2/3rds of the way done with the sections that are from the Spring issue then I can start working on the sections from the Summer issue. Not sure I will be all caught up by the time the Fall issue comes, but we will see. I have completed all the stitching for birthdays so far, so that will help, but the Sampler Guild of the Rockies Retreat is coming up (June 9) and that may offer some diversions!!

Good news  - I still like it!

P.S. The strawberries are queen stitch which I had never done before. I have heard lots of groaning from folks that have done them though!! I did not mind them too much, not hard to to, but kind of tedious. They sure are a nice look though.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Red, White and Blueberry Pie!


Made in honor of Memorial Day.
 A Pampered Chef Recipe and believe it or not there is some left!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


I am a tad late (7 days) with the May Totally Useless Stitch A-Long (TUSAL) but I have been busy keeping Maddie safe after her surgery and just plain forgot. So I took a picture of my ORT jar this month with Miss Maddie and here it is:

Wondering what all the fuss about TUSAL?? Check out this link for more information.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Band Sampler Progress Report

Here is a progress report on the sampler I last told you about here a three part series starting with the Spring 2012 issue of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly.

You see I decided to use the name and date (1659) as charted. I will put my initials and date someplace on it later. I have made pretty good progress so far and still like it!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Miss Maddie & A New start - A Sampler

Well, we had our first oops with Miss Maddie, you can read more about it here.

The last few months I have been working on various WIPs (Works In Progress) and am rewarding myself with a new project! I will be my first sampler of this type and is from Sampler & Antique Needlework which this year is presenting a sampler by Susan Haverson of Cross Stitch It. The sample is presented in three parts starting with the Spring Issue. I first told you about it here way back in January. The Summer issue with part two arrived last week and I thought I need to get started!! I already had all the threads (DMC) and the fabric (30 count cream Northern Cross Linen) and it was on the scroll frame. Nothing to stop me now!!

 Here is what I have so far:
Exciting....isn't it!!

Over all the finished piece will be 25 3/8" by 10 1/4". 
I love looking at samplers, learning the history etc., but I have never stitched one. I hope this is one I can get done in a reasonable amount of time. I have a Scottish Sampler in my stash and hope to do that one next (as in next sampler, not necessarily next project). We will see!!

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Flower Patch Finished!!

Last night I put the finishing touches on the black area in the center. I am really glad I did the black after all, it really makes the flowers pop more. You can see how it looked without the black here. As a size reference it is on 8 inch square Q-Snaps.

I made myself a working copy and her is a photo of what I do with all my working copies when I am done with them.

They are trashed and I either keep, give away or sell the original. Note: I DO NOT keep the copy and give away or sell the original or give away or sell the copy, and neither should you since it violates copyright (at least here in the United States). And yes the page is all messed up to avoid anyone trying to use it. With the loss of the great electronic publication The Gift of Stitching due to blatant copyright abuse I just felt the need. Thanks for listening.

I will get off my soapbox now and hope you all have a GREAT day!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flower Patch and Miss Maddie Updates

Well, Miss Maddie is going much better and mom is happy she finally pooped last night! She is putting some weight on her leg and getting a bit sassy, so I know she is well to being back to normal. This will be the harder part keeping her calm when she feels and thinks she is just fine! Still needs the e-collar when not supervised since the staples will not come out until May 24. Here is one thing she still does best:

Go to Miss Maddie's World for more frequent and detail updates if interested.

Also, I am about done with Flower Patch. I needed to decide if I was going to leave it this way or add the WDW (Weekes Dye Works) Mascara to the center area around the flowers. Well yesterday while home waiting for the dog to poop, I decided to fill it in. I am about half done and ran out of floss, but hope to have the finished photo for you soon.

That is about all for now. Have a great week everyone!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Miss Maddie is home after surgery!

Miss Maddie is home!! Yippee, happy wags all around! Visit Miss Maddie's World for a more detailed update.

She sleeps! Busy healing.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Miss Maddie has a blog!

Call me crazy, but I decided to start a blog about Miss Maddie and her TPLO surgery and rehab. If you are curious it is Miss Maddie's World - which was taken as a blogspot name so I used this

Only one post for now, but we'll see how it goes. Thanks to all of your well wishes for her. She's a kisser so, kisses to you all!

Miss Maddie's ACL & TPLO Surgery

Today Miss Maddie is having the TPLO surgery to repair her torn ACL. We bought a 48" crate for her recovery. We thought about an exercise pen, but we were not certain she would not try to jump out. The crate we had for her already, was too small and she could not turn around with her e-collar on - she could get in but no turning. I investigated other collars, but feel safest with the e-collar (aka megaphone, cone of shame, etc). We also felt that if she is going to be in the crate for weeks that a bigger one would be nicer since she can move around a little bit, but not a lot and no jumping. For the first 6 weeks she must be confined to allow the bones to heal.
I will hear at noon or later how she did and we will probably pick her up tomorrow afternoon. She was not a happy camper about no breakfast, but I was surprised she was not too vocal. She did hang out in the kitchen by her bowls though and any hand near by was checked for milk bones -even at the vets office!

I will let you know more later.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Crafts in America featuring textile Artists

The PBS Documentary Craft in America ( will be airing a segment called “Threads” Friday May 11. There is a SCHEDULE link on the site to see when it will be airing in your area. Here is the information for my area:
Craft in America Threads

Friday, May 11, 9:00pm

6 (Rocky Mountain PBS / KRMA 6)

Profileing textile artists Terese Agnew, Randall Darwall, Faith Ringgold and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood. Agnew creates quilts that explore environmental and political themes; colorist-weaver Darwall makes cloth that becomes a kinetic sculpture when worn.

Could be a great way to spend a Friday night??

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Home Decor and Flower Patch Update

Just a quick post to show you a lamp I decorated and lamp mat I made to match the bedspread, dust ruffle and valence in the room. The curtains are a solid medium/light blue.

The lamp was a Bed Bath and Beyond purchase with navy shade and I made the ribbon that is at the bottom. I did not want to sew or glue it on, so I used Velcro fasteners on the ends and just wrapped it and fastened. I used the left over fabric to make the mat the lamp is sitting on. This is our guest room which, perhaps sadly, is the most coordinated room in the house!

Also a quick progress report on Flower Patch compared to the previous post of April 22.

Have a great week!!