Thursday, April 17, 2014

A rare day off and a fast driveby post

Good day to all my Blog Friends new and old.
 I had a rare day off on tuesday , I have so few days off that this was a special day, I did a Cathy day I ate what I wanted for breakfast and lunch,
 Mike came home from out of town in time for dinner baked chicken wing drummies with chili sauce yum, green beans with almonds another yum.
 I was able to finish a rabbit penny rug I had cut it out last month and stitched it on tuesday, this is a pattern from the April 2010 Create & Decorate magazine, can you guess where I got this magazine yep at stash reduction sale at october retreat last year gota love the oldies but goodies.
So here she is I just need to add a ribbon for hanging. I did not add the round tail I think it is just a little to much, I used buttons from my button jar stash.
 This is a pattern designed by Linda Watkins and Angie Williams, so sorry it is not ironed I will do that today.
The picture does not show how pretty the colors are on this Bunny mat.






This is what it shoild look like, I did not want to make a pillow,  sorry for the flash in picture.




Next is the project I plan on starting on tomorrow after I do some stitching on my Drawn Thread Pocket sampler from Retreat.


The magazine on the left is the one that had the above Bunny pattern in, I plan on doing these Owls they are so sweet, I just need to add them to my bird bathroom.

We have snow lots and lots of snow, today I am working at home, I am so happy last night was a nightmare coming home, loads of accidents and very icy roads, I must be nuts to live here.

Happy Easter

catherine
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Retreat Post and some other goodies to share

Welcome to all my followers and welcome to my new followers thank-you.
I was at Retreat last week-end Stitchville USA, we were lucky to have Cynthia Zittel from The Drawn Thread,  on friday we worked on a scissor fob this is done on 32 count Pink Sand Permin, I love the color so refreshing, it is stitched one over two threads, on the edges it is finished with beading, I love me some beadwork.


 
 
The Sampler we worked on on saturday is called A Pocket Full Of Stitches Sampler and Sewing Pocket, this is also worked on Pink Sand Permin Linen 32 count, Needlepoint Silk and Dinky Dyes silk threads, this is also stitched one over two,  I have started on this and will post pictures as I go along.
 




I love birds and had to do this little lovely as soon as possible this is from the bookPin Cushion Appeal by Just Another Button Company, totally love this book LaRue my dear Friend had this so of course I had to do the Bird, I did mine just a little different, I blanket stitched the wings on and stitched all the decorative stitches on the wings by hand, this sits on an old wooden thread spool, I found this at a thrift store long ago,  I am now glad I bought it, you never know what you will find at the thrift stores.






Next is a Hearts Content Floral Urn stitched on 100% Silk Gauze, I love this little project I did not want to do a framed picture so I finished it into a watch face, I will be adding a bead bracelet to finish it off.





 
 
I worked on this Drawn Thread Peace Scissor Fob last month on my IHSW, I just never did post it sometimes life gets way to busy for me, I stitched this on 36 count unknown fabric something that was in my stash closet, I used different threads then what it called for I also added a Swarovski crystal, instead of the called for Mill Hill bead, I love this and will finishe it maybe on tuesday or wednesday.
 



 
 
I hope all who celebrate Passover and Lent have a Blessed season and warm weather.
 
Blessings
 
Catherine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A big surprise for me from Conny

Hello to all the wonderful people in blogland, it is finally spring I think, I say this because we will be having another winter storm starting tomorrow according to the weatherman, now I must say he is the only person I know that can tell you the weather be wrong and still get paid, I want a job like that, I love our weathermen and women, but  can you at least get rid of the snow and give us some warmer weather?

I have loads to show and tell, I recieved a big box of goodies from Conny over at http://remakeremixreuse.blogspot.com









Conny made the sweetest sewing machine cover and serger machine cover in a shabby chic motif, I love the colors they go well with my moss green carpet and extremely light green walls, thank-you so very much, I have been thinking about making covers, I would never have thought of using pillow shams how wonderful, see the lovely ribbon work I am inspired to try ribbon work thank-you Conny.
I love them.

Conny also made  a sewing box from an old silverware box now what a great idea, she put in all kinds of goodies, like the little heart pin (whichI will wear at retreat this week-end) a counting pin,  a beautiful card with ribbon on it that I love, some lace that will be put to good use (of course) an adorable silk bag with lace and a clothspin with lace wrapped around it,  this is also a great idea I think I will do this for all my loose ribbons and lace to save space in my lace/ribbon drawer, a beautiful pin magnet that is in the shape of an angel, some thread that is in the easter colors which I already have an idea to use for an easter project, some glitter I will use this coming Christmas season, my camara battery is pooped out so I cannot show you single  pictures of some of the little items like the little dress floss tag, Conny you are way to sweet.
The angels on top of the sewing box are sew cute, thank-you for all the hard work you put into this lovely gift you sent me, did you see the angels on the top of the box?







Conny also sent along some patterns and a kit, I am going to hand dye the fabric a light blue to match my master bath, I have lighthouses and sea pictures for wall decor,  there is also a pattern from Shepherds Bush Fancy Work  Satin Ribbon Cahtelaine and an Earth Threads Garden Peace, I love these patterns, thank-you so much for your kindness.
I will start working on the Americana Folio Shepherds Bush pattern next week.

Conny includede a printed cross stitch cloth I am going to make this into a pillow after stitching it in blues, this will go on my front porch stitching chair.
See the lovely little card she sent I love it.





 
 
Happy Spring to you all, Please pray for warmer weather, and  good rains for the farmers.
Blessings to you all.
 
Catherine

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Winner

Good spring morning to all my followers, I have a winner to announce:

 Joyce Clark Frank is the winner of the pay it forward, Joyce please email me your snail mail address, congratulations,

Erin of Fairy Tale and French Knots, I have something for you, please email me your snail mail address.

Linda of  Stitching With My Furbabies, I have something for you, please email me your snail address.

Chris Of Tot Hill Farms has also won a little something.

Fn  also won something please email me your snail mail address.

Congratulations to you all, thank-you for being my followers.

Catherine

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Vacation, A sad day in my life and Dancing with the Stars

Greetings to all my followers, I hope we are all on the downhill side of winter what a bunch of crappy weather we have all had.
I am so sorry I have not posted earlier, my Husband and I spent eleven days in Can Cun Mexico, we have been going to Mexico since 1997 and have only missed two years due to illness of a family member, we had such beautiful weather it was amazing, beautiful weather it stormed the day we left, pouring rain,  we stayed at the Golden Parnasuss all adult Resort, there was so much to do so many activities even bingo, my Husband was a participant in a belly flop contest, he came in second a lady from australia won for the best belly flop ouch.
I love this resort, the employees were amazing, the place so so clean, the food was good in three of the restaurants, one was okay, the buffets un the morning and afternoon for lunch wer fabulous.
I have a tan that will last about a month so I  am praying for really warm weather to come soon, so I can add to my tan.


My man looking at the clouds moving in, just before a storm that lasted about 10 minutes.

 
 We were on the fifth floor sea side this is the pool, we spent most days in the sea body surfing the waves were just right and the water was so warm.


This is the udon and veggies I had on friday it is Lent so the restaurant was so good about offering food for the Catholic people on vacation, this was a dish from the Sumo Restaurant on the premises,
it was so yummy.


This is two of the many water fountains they had at night they are so beautiful with very dark blue water, I sat here and read several times.


These are some of the statutes in the 60s bar I just love Stan Laurel he is a hoot.

 
The Blues Brothers along with Elvis, there is a dance floor for the people who want to kick up their heels.

 This is a picture of two very cool ladies from Missouri, Beverly and Diane, I called them Beverly Hills and Lady Diana they were a hoot one is a doctor the other is a fitness instructor, they wanted to have their picture taken with Mike so they could tell their husbands they had a younger man to sit with  at meals, however we never did eat with them they were so much fun.

 I had to have my picture taken with the Spiderman statue, he stood 7 feet tall, of course he is all plastic, however my greatnephew will think he is the real thing.


Another beautiful water fall in the main lobby, at night it had loads of white lights and blue water that was lit up.







I did do some  stitching on vacation but not much. I really wanted to be outside as much as possible,
I even had some beautiful pictures of the sunrise, which I will post on my next post.

I am going to ask you for prayers for my sister in law her second husband  passed away on saturday, (she married my younger brother,  he passed away in 2001) Tom was my brothers best friend and she married him three years after my brother passed away.   She is having a hard time, this is her second husband to die from cancer.
Keep her in your prayers.

Tonight I am watching Dancing With The stars, I am not sure why I am hooked on this show, I became interested in the second season and now am hooked for sure,  are any of you interested?

I hope you will go to my previous post and read abot my Paying it Forward, donot forget to enter.
Well that is all for now, remember ISHW is this coming week-end, my fingers will be smoking to catch up to my stitching I did not do for almost two weeks.


Happy St. Patricks Day.

Catherine

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ISHW post and A Pay It Forward

Good morning to my Followers and welcome to my new Followers.
I was at a stitching retreat last week-end which was also the ISHW week-end, I did some stitching had loads of fun and ate way to much, the Cindy is our moderator for this event which happens twice a year once in the fall and again in the late winter, arrival is on Friday about 14:00 leaving on Sunday at 14:00.
The stitching is abundant, there are some things that are amazing, I love seeing what everyone is working on. Some bring large projects and some like me bring smaller projects I like to have my floor frame for the latger pieces so leave it at home.
This is what I worked on, this is also one of my UP For A Challenge 15.





 
This is Country Cottage Needleworks Dream Big, I love this pattern, however I did use my own thread choice, I wanted the bunny and words to pop out a little more and not be so light lighting,
do you like the change?



Next I have to tell you about the Pay It Forward from Robin over at Crafting With The Stitch Witch, wow this lady is amazing, I won this fabulous box of goodies, picked out a few patterns and a lovely 31 notebook woth pad and pencil I am so thankful to Robin, many thank-yous Robin.







So the three pictures above are the items I am paying forward.
I did pick a few things from this faboulous Lady"s generous Pay It Forward.

Now the rules:
End date to enter by is march 22, 2014

USA and Canada entries only, so sorry the postage is just so expensive for foriegn countries.

You must use the patterns threads or whatever you choose and please post a picture of your woek even if it is in the far future.

Please you must shop your stash and add items you know you will never use.

You must Pay It Forward with the charts and other items you donot want.

You must email me your adress by the 27th of march or the box will go to another name that will be picked.

I will email the winner on the 23 of march after I go to church,
 happy entry and good luck.

Thank-you to Robin over at Stitchingwitch.blogspot.com
Please pop on over to her blogspot.

I will add to the pile that I have already added to I am sure I have more oh so much more.
There are a few kits and lovely patterns with ribbons, threads and other goodies.


Blessings

Catherine






 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Another givaway

Homespun Elegance is having a St. Patrick Day Giveaway, stop over and see Sandras lovely blog site and enter her giveaway.
https://homespunelegance.com
If this button does not work click on the Homespun Elegance button on my sidebar.

Please donot forget about Victorian motto Sampler Shoppe's giveaway button is on my sidebar.


I will post my ISHW this evening.


Good luck


Catherine

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

May I have your attention!!!!!!!

Nancy who is a wonderful and generous Lady is having another giveaway, she is giving away floss to several winners on the first day of spring.
https://victorianmottosamplershoppe.blogspot.com
please stop over at her blog and take a look at her items for sale she has some new patterns that are lovely, Nancy also hand dyes threads, trims, buttons and has loads of other things you may like.


Good Luck
Catherine

Monday, February 17, 2014

Another late post due to loads of stitching and finishing

Greetings to all my followers, welcome to new flowwers I hope not to dissapoint you.
I have been very busy stitching and finishing items I have either started or have finished, I looked in a couple of small drawers and found stuff that i stitched long ago, my goal is to finish my Up For A Challenge 15 and to do the finishing work on the loads of projects that have been stitched.
First I want to show you a couple of things I bought in a stash reduction sale at one of the retreats I go to, this is a felt and seaquin with beads Santa, I finished this last year, it was started by one of my stitching buddies, she gave up and I ended up with it, now I am not much for seaquins but this called to me to finish it, i will donate it to a lady who fell in love with it. I do need to do a little ironing to get out the wrinkles, al in all it turned out cute.


  

This is also a piece I bought from the stash reduction sale for a 1.00 it was only stitched a little on the coat and lower right hand corner, I lovew this piece, it will look so sweet hanging up for Christmas.
It is done on 14 count (I very rarely use 14 count) I love the colors this was from a kit.




This is one of my favorites  from Sheepish Designs Scare Crow Wabbit, I plan on doing all of the Rabbits in the series, I just need to do the finishing work this week, this is done on 32 count not the called for 36, I used DMC threads, I did not do the scissors fob, but plan on it soon.




This is from a class I went to waaaay back in the early 90s I had ro frog this little thing twice I had only put in about 20 stitches both times, I am well over half way done, this is 40 count gauze, if you want to go crazy try stitchuing on forty count gauze whew I will be glad to have this done, hopefully next week.



Well if the above silk gauze was not enough here is another I did finish, I plan on putting this inside a watch face and wearing it as a bracelet after I finish the beading, this is a  Hearts Content kit,  I also bought this at a stash reduction sale, I love this this pattern, tonight I will work on this this evening.




Just Another Button Company has some of the sweetest kits, they are a bit spendy but I just love them, the pattern calls for the stitching to be on the inside of the finished item but I like the seams it on the outside, I think it gives iy a little more of a whimsical look, I did the carrot and brown bunny last year, the fabric that was in the kit for the collar was too  small so I used a little ribbon from my stash.



In my Bunny corner she has a place,  her name is Grace, his is  Samson I love them both.




These are some ornaments I stitched last year and needed to put together just to get them out of my drawer, the Just Nan mouse ears look like bat ears, i still giggle when I see it, of course it is in the entryway with the other bunnies.


 
 
  I started to stitch this on friday evening and finished it yesterday, I am going to fram it for a small table group, I love Shepherds Bush patterns.


 
 
  Today after work ( I am working at home today) I will start working on on this Lazy Turtle Pincushion, I love this little guy.




I better get back to work stay  warm and safe on the terrible roads out there. It is snowing today with expections of 2-4 inches, we are on the downhill side of winter yahoo.

Blessings

Catherine

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Giveaway

Click on the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe button on the side of my blog page, Nancy is having another great giveaway ending this Friday the 14th of feb.
If you have never bought from Nancy please do so she has such great threads patterns and other great items for sale, I love all her stuff but the hand dyed threads are my favorite, you get so much more for your money with her threads.
look up her lace and trims, beautiful colors, along with the buttons.
So please stop by and enter her giveaway and mention my name Diamondcathy.


I will post pictures of my stitching projects tomorrow or Thursday.


Good Luck


Catherine

Saturday, February 1, 2014

This is not stitch related but

I have to ask a question, what the heck is wrong with gown designers? are they trying to make stars look silly in some of the clothing they create for them, I am sad about some of the clothing that walks up to the podium to recieve an award, look at Julia Roberts who is one of my favorite stars, she had on a short black lace dress that looked like it had not seen and iron and her hair reminded me of someone who just came in from a wind storm, wow do people not ever really dress for such an event, gone are the days when people tried to look nice.

Many of the stars looked wonderful, Taylor Swift  looked beautiful in her gown, come on designers try a little harder and really design something we want to see not something we donot want to see.

Some of the gowns looked like wedding gowns, some looked like they were thrown together at the last minute, please hollywood dress up not down, and Madonna what the heck is the matter with you?

If you donot like my post I am sad for you this is my blog not yours.
I just had to vent

Catherine

Friday, January 31, 2014

A very late post

 Welcome to all my new followers and all the followers that are still following me:                                                                                                                                                                     Have you ever wondered why a device works for so long and then poof it stops, this has happened to me, I am so tired of trying to find out why things happen I almost give up, but being the person I am I tredge on, the copy machine that lets me insert my little disc into for downloading picture just up and quick maybe it needs a raise, right off the end of my foot.
Just kidding but very frustrating.
I have an update to my ISHW I did almost finish the stitching on Lavander Wings If I Could Fly, I just need to add the beads and finish the straight stitching around the edges, I hope to have this finished tonight, so here goes:
I am going to use beads for the rainbow,s I had done the stitching on the smaller rainbow but did not like the look.
 
 
Next is  the stitching project I did for Conny over at www.remakeremixreuse.com she is a lovely lady who blessed me with three quilt tops which I adore, one is sitting at the quilt shop in Kimbel Minnesota waiting for me to pick up I just need to save a little more money, I picked a light tan and white backing for the quilt, I am so anxius to pick it up.
 
This is a  Homespun Elegance 11 Design, I love this picture, I did have a rose colored mat but it looked to funny,  it took away from the picture too much.
I am going to look for the Stitcher 1 and maybe stitch that one also.



Can you see the little reindeer hanging from the knob, that is an ornament that was made my my dear friend Sue from northern Minnesota, I forgot to post a picture in december so sorry Sue.
I love this little ornament it is worthy of staying  out all year, I love it.

I have to show you and tell you what my Most Wonderful Husband did for me, I have had a serger for 28 years it finally died a very fast death in the middle of taking in a shirt for Mike, ouch he wanted to wear that shirt the next day but no go, he had to wait.
He surprised me with so many wonderful things for my birthday,  here they are.
A Brother overlock, which I am in love with, it will get loads of miles put on it for all kinds of things I plan on sewing.





This is the Olive Leaf line from the Thymes Company in Minneapolis Minnesota, the web site is www.THYMES.com, Mike usually buys me the Eucalyotus line, instead he surprised me with this beautiful smelling lotion, the fragrence last all day and is is very soft and refreshing smell.

 
 I donot have a picture of the washing machine he bought me (of course for my birthday) now I know some of you are saying if he bought me an appliance for my birthday I would be mad but when you get to be my age any gift is a wonderful gift, sure I can get stitching stuff anytime I like but the thought he put into this is in my mind wonderful.
One of the secretaries at work said if my husband came home with an appliance he would be out the door, I call women like her very very high maintanence women, so sad.
I also recieved a long dress sweater, and two blouses that I picked out when he took me shopping, what a man.

He took my Mother and I to PF Changs for lunch wow what a great place to eat, I had a beef dish with veggies that was out of this world in taste, Mom had a chicken dish a little to spicy for her and Mike had a yakisoba dish.

I am working on getting my Up For A Challenge 15 done before the first of july only because I have many more wips in the basket and drawer, wish me luck.

I am sick and tired of snow we had a snowstorm yesterday that had me pulling the rest of my hair out, oh how I hate storms, if the ground hog says we are going to have a longer winter like we did last year I think I will cry and cry hard.

I hope all is well with you all and you are getting in loads of stitching and crafting.

Many Blessings

Catherine