Thursday, April 21, 2016

ISHW a little late

Thank-you to all my followers who left such lovely comments on my last post.

I have had a very busy week-end, it started out with stitching and ended up taking my Mother to the hospital via ambulance, she is home now and doing better, I had a Easy Chair lift installed in her home, Medicare and Insurance supplement do not pay for this, but  government insurance will pay for sex changes of people in jail or prison I do not get it, our tax dollars at work on the wrong things.
There now I ranted and feel better.

I am late with my ISHW post so sorry, I did manage to get a new pin finished and some stitching done.

This is the pin I did a little of my own changing of the style, what do you think:


The green one is the original pattern I like them equally.


This is from the Betsy Morgan class that Stitchville USA put on  Spring Fling 2016
I love this set, I did not get much stitching done on  this lovely piece.



 to this



I had hoped to get more done but my Mother comes first.
I will be stitching this afternoon and catching up on blogging post of other people.

It is partly cloudy and we are expecting more rain, that is good, Michael fertilized on Saturday and now the lawn is very green and long, soon the mower will be out, maybe Saturday, not me but Michael, he very rarely lets me mow, I do like to mow but he says its his job, really he means I do not do it like him giggles.

I want to learn to knit so I stopped into a yarn shop in Buffalo Mn, it was wonderful in there, the owner said just stop in sometime, I think I will this summer.
I also want to learn to quilt, I have loads of fabric and want to do something with it,  maybe I should start out with a placement or something.
 It is 13:33 and I need to get that needle in my hand.
Until nest time.

Blessings
Catherine
 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Some stitching & A Little Beading

Spring Greetings my dear friends, I hope this post finds you well.
Three weeks since my last posts time does fly by.
The first weekend in April I went to Stitchville USA's Spring Fling, this year the teacher was Betsy Morgan of Willing Hands Needlework Designs, I am in love with her Designs.
This year we were the first class to do the Bristol Sampler Stitching Bag.
I was almost not able to make the class because of a wedding, but that was changed, so lucky me there was one last spot left when I called back in the late winter.

May I present Bristol Sampler Bag, this is Betsy's set, I needed to take a picture to show you what it looks like finished.


Mine is in the stitching state yet, I did finish the needlebook and the  pin cube, I love how small they are.

So sorry the pictures are so bad, not a good day to take pictures, it makes the needlebook look kind of goofy.


For the
 binding, I used a different kind of ribbon a gossamer ribbon which I like better then the one that came with the kit.
 
 
The Pin Cube is so small, that is a nickel sitting next to the cube, we had stuffing for the inside and coins, I used 56 cents to give it weight.
 

This is the bottom of the bag, again you can see the size of the triangles next to the nickel, I had to take apart two of the triangles they just did not match up like I would like them too.


This is the stitching so far on the bag and other little items, I hope to have the stitching done tomorrow evening, I then can start to construct the bag hopefully.




Deb really knows how to spoil us at her Retreats.


Again Deb at Stitchville USA has done it again, the gifts were wonderful.


Her are two very special lady's, Deb owner of Stitchville on the left and Betsy on the right, two extremely nice lady's, a real pleasure to know.


Again I am beading, I love beading but not as much as stitching.
This will be a pin like my green one from a previous post.






 
 
It is late so I need to get some sleep, I hope you are all in good health, happy stitching.
 
Blessings
Catherine

Friday, March 25, 2016

ISHW a little late post

Happy Blessed Easter to all who celebrate this Holy Season.


What I did on my International Stitch and Hermit Weekend:
I had the opportunity to go with my Husband on one of his business trips, yes I stitched beaded read and sat in the hot tub and did some swimming, it was good, so here are the things I did as far as stitching:


This is the needle roll I did finish the stitching, and will show a picture when  I do the finishing work on all pieces, this is from the Spring Fling that Stitchville USA put on last April with Ellen Chester
Kindred Spirits.



As you can see the top page is wrinkled a little due to the Miss  Puss attacking it, I have such a problem with her she wants to sit on my lap only when I stitch or am at the computer.


I finished putting together the Moriah's Summer Token Hand Fan from Tammy Black Scattered Seed Samplers here is the link: www.scatteredseedsamplers.blogspot.com please give Tammy a visit, she has a very interesting blog, she often talks and shows pictures of different stitching items of years past.


I am making these balls for some ladies and a few are for gifts at a retreat I am going to next week-end, Stitchvilles Spring Fling is going to be Betsy Morgan, I am excited I have never taken a class from her before, I was able to chat with her last year at another retreat but I did not take her class it filled up way to fast.
Some of the beads are larger then the ones I buy from Becka Beads in Maple Lake Minnesota, Becky sells 20mm and I think some of these are either 21 or 22 mm so I had to make adjustments.


This is the moon yesterday morning I was so lucky to be able to get these pictures, the first one was at about 07:00a.m. the second one is about 70:35 the third one is about 70:20 I know they are  out of order I am too lazy to correct them sosorry.




We had snow but only in the bottom and south east part of the state, we left Albert Lea just in time the snow was coming down hard and by the time we got to Stillwater it was just a few flakes here and there, that was Wednesday, temps are expected in the low 50s today yippee.

Today I plan on stitching again on some other parts of the Kindred Spirits project and hope to get it all finished by next week-end.

Happy Blessed Easter to you All

Catherine

 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day ISHW And I Changed My Mind

Happy St. Patty's Day to all my Irish Follower's  Friend's and Family

I will be drinking a green Margarita this evening, I am not much for Ale or Beer.

This week-end is ISHW offered by http://joysze.blogspot.com I plan on stitching loads I need to get caught up with some projects I started last year like the class I took last May, I am truly behind.
The Retreat  was Kindred Spirits that Stitchville USA  put on, I love Deb's Retreats. With My Needle Ellen Chester was the guest teacher wow what a great time, I am not sure why I put this project aside, maybe my mind is going.
I have done some of the stitching, I am excited to get back to stitching this lovely project.



 
I finished another ornament for my small tree for Christmas, I like beading as you can tell by my bracelets I have made, this is Mill Hill Charmed Santa Faces- Series two.
I just need to put felt on the back and wait for Christmas.
 


I will be going to Stitchville's Spring Retreat  in April, the Teacher is Betsy Morgan, the Bag and accessories are lovely we  had some pre stitching to do and I ran out of thread, a few of us had this happen, this is the needle book I love the colors red and white.


This is our baby girl taking a mid morning nap, she looks so peaceful until she wakes up and wants to play with my stitching.


Time to stitch Blessings On St. Patrick's Day to you all

Blessings
Catherine

 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Another Finish And Closer To Spring And Lunch With Mom And Julie

Greetings to you all, I am so happy spring is almost here, I look forward to sitting outside with a latte and stitching and reading in the sun and of course the shade.

Thursday Mom and Julie brought over Chinese oh boy was it ever good, thank-you Mom and Julie, I was working for Karol from Allina while she was on vacation, I told my past Boss that I would help out when Karol goes on vacation, a little stitching money never hurts, I am retired but still like to help them out.

I have another finish it is the Scattered Seed Samplers From Tammy Black A Stitch In Time Pinkeep, I love this little pillow it is so sweet in my eyes, I did change out the ribbon finish, I just could not get it to look like Tammy's, I stuffed it with crushed walnut shell's, I did not have any sawdust to fill it.
I also put the little silver bird charm in the pillow (what do you think)


                                                                             Back



                                                                           Front

I am in love with this little pillow so sweet, the ribbon used is something I have never used before it is very interesting and snag a little if I am not careful.

I did this many years ago it is from an old magazine as soon as I find the magazine I will post the Designer.
I had wanted to post this yesterday  for Flash back Friday but as you can tell I am a little slow.


I opened the patio door in the kitchen and look what I found a spider a very small spider. So maybe spring is here finally.


I have been sucking up the Asian beetle like crazy at least 50 every morning, I hate these little things they stick and creep me out. Does anyone else have this problem? I would  have taken a picture but sucked them all up before this post.

I will be starting a new project this evening, it is Brenda Gervais's  I love this pattern I think it is so sweet. Paper Snowflakes



I have to go now we are getting ready for Mass, I run the library on Saturday evenings at Church.

Blessings
To You All

Catherine

 

Friday, March 4, 2016

SAL And Some Beading

Soon very soon it will be spring which brings beautiful flowers and green trees, I am excited, sounds kind of silly for a 65 year old woman getting excited about spring but it always smell so fresh and looks so clean when the colors are blooming, today it is snowing, I am not sure how much snow we will get I hope very little.
I was invited to a stitch-in at Lynn's home, I had such a great time, she made the greatest tasting soup yummy is what my tummy was saying, everyone brought something to eat, I made strawberry trifle it was so good, we stitched and had a wonderful time, these are some of the girls from the October and February  retreats which are no more. :( sad me.

I stitched a small Sheep and Tree for the SAL over at http://stitchinglotus.ca I am trying to do an ornament a month so I have 12 new ornaments for our tree next Christmas.
 I missed the post only because I was out of town with Michael he had a business trip and I went with and stitched and beaded when he  was out visiting police departments and sheriffs departments, and other places he had to go.







This is what I did when he was gone



I like Tammy Blacks Designs, they are so primitive looking, I just need to stitch the back side and assemble.


I also started working on some braded ornaments for a retreat that is coming up in April, some of the girls trade  gift bags, I am one of them,   I wanted to make something special, I only need to make 10 more wish me luck.


Mike has Adoration this evening and I will stitch while he is gone, and have a margarita  it is margarita Friday here in the Laurent home.




Well its still snowing and I need to get to the laundry.
Thank-you for all your lovely comments on my last post, I am so sorry if I did not send individual thank-you, from my heart to your thank-you again.


I am not sure why my letters started to slant but so be it.

Blessings
Catherine

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Some Stitching Some Beadin and a little travel

Thank-you to all my wonderful followers that left such lovely comments on my last post, I am truly touched.

I have been traveling with my Husband on his business trips and I love it, I sleep in and he goes to his appointments, you see he does the background checks on all the applicants for the Wright County Sheriffs Dept.
He is retiring and soon the travel will stop, I may not go with him on his next trip, I am so far behind on  stitching and beading.

I have two projects I cannot show you yet, one is for a SAL and the other is for a gift for the lovely Lady that takes care of our home when we are gone, the alarm does not go off anymore she is used to being here.

I finished a Scattered Seed Sampler  Designer Tammy Black
                                                                           May I Present
                                                                   Country Woolgatherer


I love this pillow, it is so sweet, Thank-you Tammy for designing this pattern.

Next is a couple of bracelets I made for my Sister-in-Law Debbie, my Brothers  Wife, she liked mine so well I needed to make her a couple, her favorite color is green,these are so easy and no needle just weaving.



This one is for my Sister-in-law Julie, my late Brothers wife, she helps to take care of my Mother, she is such a big help I really do thank her for her help.
Julie is a pink girl her favorite color.

 
Nest are a couple of ornament I made for my Mother and Julie, the first one I made took four hours, these two are my sixth and seventh ones.
 
Of course light pink for My Mother and pink for Julie.
 

This little beauty I made on Saturday at Becka Beads, I was not sure about the color but I love it,  this  looks so vintage, I plan  on making a pink one and maybe a light blue and dark blue one, we had to buy the pattern online, it is called Diva's delight designed by Carol Cavanough, For Beads On Parade, the picture on the web site was not to my liking, a whole lot different looking due to color choice's.
This can be a pendant or pin,


 
I am a beader but my true love is stitching.
I am totally hooked on stitching, I will continue to stitch till my fingers fall off or my eyes give out which I hope does not happen.
 
It is late and I need to get some sleep, it is Wednesday tomorrow time to clean the bathrooms and kitchen, Thursday is dust vacuum and wash floors, this way if I split it up I can get some stitching in everyday.
 
Stay safe and stitch loads
I will be commenting on your blogs tomorrow.
 
Blessings
Catherine

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Stash Some Stitching and Ground Hog's Day

Thank-you to all the lovely comments and birthday greetings from you all, my heart has been warmed from your birthday wish's and lovely comments on my stitching.

Today is Ground Hog Day, I know its just another day and the Ground, started in 1887 by Clymer H. Freas, in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, the language spoken is Pennsylvania German, I am not sure what it sounds like, I would like to know for my curiosity gets me to wondering.
Well Punxsutawney did not see his shadow today, I hope he is right and we do have an early spring, however we are going to have a possible snow storm this evening.

I went with Michael to the PERA Office yesterday, he is retiring in April, he wanted to get a jump on his paper work, a short meeting and we were on our way to lunch.
We stopped at my favorite Needlework Shop Stitchville USA, I used my gift certificate, I di come home with some fun things.

Just Nan It's Snowing Men! w/ snowflakes and beads, fabric is 32 count fabric, I hope to have this stitched by next fall.

 
Country Stitches-With Thy Needle&Thread Witches Night Out, I love this little sweety, the fabric is Pearl Barley light 36 count.
 
 

Another With Thy Needle& Thread pattern, Be My Valentine I love this pattern, I will start stitching on it this  weekend, I will use a 35 count Weeks Dye Works Linen, I have a heart shaped box from a past  Valentine Days gift, it will be perfect.



Next is another With Thy Needle&Thread Paper Snowflakes, I am using the Weeks Dye Works  35 count linen, I did buy the threads for this, I have never used Valdani threads before, they look to me to be a very nice thread.



I guess you can tell by now I am hooked on With Thy Needle& Thread patterns, I love the vintage looks of Brenda's patterns, up next is: A Tisket A Tasket Pinkeep, I will do this as my March SAL that is being put on by:http://stitchinglotus.ca/


I am working on my newest Tammy Black pattern Scattered Seed Samplers Country Woolgatherer Pinpillow, oh my this is such a lovely kit, I love the wool Tammy has chosen to coordinate with this pattern it is yummy in my eyes.
I have started on the skirt and am almost finished with that color, I sometimes get bored doing the same color for a long period of time, not with this one for some reason.
The kit came with all the threads needle fabric wool coordinating  fabric and pattern, another Designer I am hooked on.



So here is the little girl on a surface where she should not be, I called her name and she looks up to the ceiling like she did not hear me, I have a special bottle of cleaner, when she sees that bottle she runs, she knows she should not be on the counters, but I still love her.


I am not sure what is going on here but the temps were in the 40's for a couple of days and the Asian beetles seem to think this is warm, this on was outside our bedroom door on the deck, see the ice on the deck along with this mixed up bug.



I see it is snowing out really hard right now so I need to get to stitching, I love to sit by the window and stitch and loom out to see the weather and know I am warm and safe inside today.
Thank-you for stopping by and all your kind comments.

Blessings
Catherine