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Friday, December 27, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
I hope to report out soon on the great time and gifts I received at my Foothills EGA Christmas Party and Sampler Guild of the Rockies Christmas Party!! This year is going by waaaaay too fast for me to keep up!!!!
Friday, December 13, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Visit me if you can, the show hours are 10 am to 5 pm each day and the admission fee is $7.00 per person for the weekend. If you bring 2-3 unexpired canned or dried goods to the door you will get $2.00 off the admission.
I will be holding a make and take demo of the WR Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. For $1.00 (cost covers supplies) you will make an A2 size envelope to take away with you!!
It will be nice to meet any of my Colorado Stitcher Followers that might stop by, so let me know!!!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
I cut a scallop circle out of nice white paper and glued it inside the black card at right so there would be a place to write! I also used some "glossy accents" around the orange scallop for this card. I am not sure I like how that came out. For the other three I cut out the card base from 8.5"x 11" off white paper (to get two cards out of a sheet).
That is about all, since I am still off work, I will be going to the day meeting of my Foothills EGA. Hubby, who retired on Oct. 1, (not the best timing considering, but it was of the mandatory type retirement) has zero plans for tomorrow will "hold down the fort" while I am gone. Miss Maddie is going to love, love that! Then I may run some errands, not sure.
This furlough stuff is giving me an idea what retirement might be like and I LIKE it!!!! Not counting the lack of money part. Well, my retirement day will come, I will just have to hang in there.
Happy Stitching All!!!
Friday, October 4, 2013
I was hoping to sell some of my crafts at a church craft show, so I have been busy making stuff, but the show was cancelled! I have been scrambling to find a new venue, but all are full or deadlines have passed.
So.... not sure what to do. Could put them on my Etsy shop, but not sure how well they would sell there. I have a bunch of altered comp books, mini note books, some sewing kits, gift card holders, greeting cards. Mostly paper crafting stuff. Lots of work to post on Etsy if they "might" sell.
I have not been stitching much, but since I have been furloughed, I guess I will make lemonade from the lemons and STITCH!!
That is about all for now. Take care all.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I wish here well and here is one of my favorite pumpkin pictures - A Pum-Turkey.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The recipients think it is FABULOUS!!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Fast forward to 2013 and my needlework skills and experience allowed me to make this into a flat fold and knowledge to add a button to cover up a spot where I accidentally started the black kitty and the threads left a mark.
Sandra emailed me how much she liked it, so now I can share it with the rest of you. I photographed it on top of the backing fabric.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Well I finish finished the Needlebook. It was designed especially for our Guild’s 20th Anniversary. It is very pretty and was fun to make. Ellen’s instructions are very good, including the finishing instructions. She was a wonderful teacher and I would recommend a class from her if you have the chance.
Here it is opened from the right followed by a photo of it opened from the left.
The photos of the stitched pieces have been reduced in size at the request of the designer in an attempt to prevent copy right infringement. So I am respecting her request - too bad she has to ask us to do that.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Please leave a comment with your preference and next Thursday (July 11) I will tally the poll and make a decision - there could be a surprise related to this, I am not sure yet. Thanks.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Have a GREAT day, and if you are grilling out today, don't burn the burgers!!!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
This past Thursday - Saturday was the Embroiderers Guild of America, Rocky Mountain Region Annual Seminar. It was in beautiful Grand Junction, CO - about a 4 hour drive west of Denver. Here is a photo I took out our room window of the Bookcliffs of Grand Junction. They are called the Bookcliffs because it looks like books lined up on a bookshelf. Hopefully you can see this if you click on the photo and get a larger picture. Although I imagine if you use your preferred Internet search engine and search for "Bookcliffs of Grand Junction" you will get some fantastic photos. I hear they are just beautiful when the sun sets and the light hits them.
Inside were scissors, needles, needle threader and spools of thread - all made of yummy chocolate, of course! I got dark chocolate and milk chocolate was also available. It was made by Enstrom of Grand Junction for our Seminar. I heard a few ladies mention how they got these at the last Seminar in Grand Junction (2005??) and they still had the sewing box, but this one they were going to eat! I decided to take pictures of it and then eat it rather than save it. It seems wrong not to eat chocolate!!
On Saturday our lunch favor was a cute little hat pin cushion. Designs varied and this is the one at my place setting. Also in the photo is a pretty copper chain necklace that I got from my teacher as a thank you for being her class angel - which I will talk about more in a bit. I love copper, so it was perfect.
For the closing night banquet our favor was a chocolate shoe (dark or milk) and a post card inviting us to the 2014 Regional Seminar which will be in Albuquerque, NM.
Our Saturday class was called "Two for One". We got two bracelets for one class. I finished about 3/4 of the spiral bracelet in class and did the rest when I got home, so I have that finished project to show off.
Also in class each day they gave out door prizes and I was one of the winners. Inside the pretty box at left, was this mill hill kit.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Now on to better topics..... Last Saturday was a very fun Sampler Guild of the Rockies Retreat. This year instead of about 4 little projects, we had two and we had Paulette Stewart from Plum Street Samplers. Both are very cute and small enough to finish in no time.
Today, I leave hubby and Miss Maddie behind to head out to the Rocky Mountain Region's Seminar. It starts Thursday evening, but I am rooming and traveling with a board member who must be at the board meeting on Thurs. I am taking two one day classes both beading, on page 6 when you click on the link.
I plan to provide photos and updates etc. on both the Retreat and Seminar when I get back!!
Have a GREAT week everyone.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
First a birthday card for Nancy -
Followed by a Get Well card for Kerry. He could not have real flowers in his hospital room, so I make him some felt ones.
I also designed and made this little cowboy boot needle book for my friend Wendy. Who is always wearing cowboy boots and also raises chickens and sells the eggs!
I used wonder under to fuse the chicken and egg fabrics together and then cut out the boot shape for the back. I then sewed the felt needle page to the back, and then sewed the top to the back. The needle book opens at the top.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
This is the outside. Flag is the front cover and little label is on the back. I added the year in backstitch over one under the flag.
This is the inside. At left is a little pin keep flag and a place for needles. The little pocket on the right holds the scrimshaw thread winder. The scrimshaw ruler is under the pin keep and needle holder.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
On the front are motifs from a Sampler Book I have called, The Sampler Company's Book of Alphabets Motifs and Borders, by Brenda Keyes. It was published in 1999 and is now out of print. It is 28 pages packed full of motifs, so if you see it someplace check it out, you may want to grab it while you can.
Each person who wanted to participate filled out a form answering questions with things they like, favorite colors, favorite designers etc. so we'd have a good idea on what to stitch. My person liked red houses and birds so I put them on the front. I made the bird blue to represent the bluebird of happiness.
The rest of the designs are from Blackbird Designs Summer's Last Rose, which I think came out last fall sometime. Blackbird was one of her favorite disigners. The design I used on the back flap has more leaves to the left and right, but would not fit so I just left them off. I may also have changed the flower colors, but do not recall. I think I used the redder floss on these to coordinate with the red used on the pocket (next photo).
Under the flap I was able to fit this design on the pocket. You can also see the lining fabric I used. I put a small Blackbird Design chart inside the pocket as part of the birthday gift, I may have put in some needles too, but do not remember! I finished it in January and had to keep reminding myself not to forget to mail it in late March!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The stripes on the bigger flag are all different stitches and we had our choice of making the Betsy Ross Flag or the current 50 star flag. She gave us a mini history lesson about the flag too, along with some information about hornbooks. All and all a very nice day!!
The picture is purposely somewhat unclear at the request of the designer to avoid copying by unscrupulous folks. Now I know my followers would never steal anything, but this is the public Internet, so I am respecting her request. Her website may have better pictures.