Sunday, May 31, 2015

Happy Spring Sitting out on the Patio Today

Good morning to all: I first want to thank-you all for your well wishes and beautiful comments.
I am humbled.
I received private get well wishes and an E-Card from Kim McCool, thank-you it came at a time when I was on a relapse, finally I am getting my health back, I have not been ill for over 12 years and wham I get pneumonia.
Now I have to say the stitching took a back seat to my illness, sad was I whenever I got up to try and eat something or  visit the ladies room I wanted to stitch so bad, now I am back at it yippee.

I was lucky enough to join a thimble exchange, this was a one time deal,  I was partners with June from http://butterfly-,  I think you need to stop by her blog, she has some of the most beautiful floral photos she shares on her blog, plus all her beautiful stitching.
June changes her shelf for the seasons, her displays are lovely.

( I had to correct my posting, this is what happens when you walk away from the computer while typing information is entered wrong  so sorry June)

I love the tissue paper and the little stickers she used, the measuring tape is adorable and the sewing machine is so cute, there is a card with two magnetic bookmarks in the upper right hand corner which today I will start using, of course id you follow me I am a lover of lace, I use it for almost everything, the little dragonfly is beaded and so small and sweet, there is a small notebook that is so small and cute, I love the pewter thimble it is lovely, I have never had many thimbles in my life only five and they are all special so now I can add this one to the collection.
Than-you June, so sorry this has taken so long to post, the package came when I was ill and I put it away to open later, I thank-you with all my heart.

Next is a beautiful stitching project I received from Louise Penglase, I love birds and Louise sent me the cutest Kookaburra from the Australian Collection by Lesley Suzanne Davies, Louise also sent along an extra piece of linen which I will hand dye and use for the third Jeannette Douglas Biscornu
from her Spring Biscornu Collection, what a lovely surprise it was for me to find this little lovely package in my mailbox.
Thank-you Louise, I love it.

I finally finished my Shepherds Bush A Full Heart, I am so happy to get this piece ready for the shaker box.
By the way, the Shaker box recommended for this piece cost about 165.00 dollars yes I said it right, so I went to Ebay and found one for 12.00 and a little shipping charge, it is beautiful, I love it, I sure would like to have bought the one they recommend for the project but that would have taken so much stitching money away from me, so being the sensible person I am I found one for the price I am most comfortable with.
May I present:

I do need to press the linen before I put on top of the box, I want to finish the edges of the box top a little different from what S.B. has done, how I am not sure.

I am working on my Scattered Seed Samplers A Token Of Spring, I love this project, it is a barrel pin cushion, (I am a sucker for pin cushions)  Tammy Black is from Wisconsin and is a wonderful Designer her link; Tammy has a new series coming out it is all about sheep, Title is The Sheepish Needle Sampler Club  sign-up starts tomorrow I believe, she has a payment plan if you like, oh please stop over and visit her site.

Next is a bracelet I did yesterday at Becka Beads in Maple Lake Minnesota, I needed something to do yesterday to get me out of the house, soooo I did this .

I do not normally go for this kind of jewelry making but this was to cute to pass up, I am going to work on a black and white one using small size ribbon instead of leather cording, I want to put a magnetic clasp on instead of a button, by the way Becky made the flower button I used on the end of the coral bracelet, (she is very talented) thank-you Becky for the class and the wonderful ladies I met there yesterday.

If you can see the pewter  and blue charm in the upper right hand corner I did that at Becka Beads last year, I am going to make a pendant and earrings with the brass and gold beads this week, I wanted something to go with my brown suit coat just to brighten me up a little, I will post a picture later this week.

Blessings to you all and thank-you again for your lovely comments on my last post.
Needle and thread are calling.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Thank-you for your well wish's and a stitching update

Thank-you all for your well wish's on my illness,  am back to work after 1 1/2 weeks, it was hard I still am a little weak but mending just as well.
I have not had a cold or flu or any related illness for over 12 years, the E.R. said I had pneumonia due to the long hours I am working, I do love my job and know the horizon in near for retirement.
Now I did not  do much stitching when I was ill, I was in bed for almost a week, all I had to eat each day was a bagel, jelly and peanut butter, my favorite sandwich.
Even that did not like me but I had to have something, I will maybe never drink a pepsi again, when ill things taste so much different including chocolate, I will maybe return to chocolate someday.
Now on to some stitching, I had done the grass before getting sick, I stitched the house and will start the fence tonight.
So sorry about the shadow on the picture, I am at a coffee shop, the sun is not out and the lightning is crappy here.

This is our little monster trying to get the door open so she can go outside, she is trying to be sneaky about it she looks back at us and stands up a little taller, still she cannot reach the handle.

Up next is a plastic dog we have had for a couple of years, all of a sudden the cat is afraid of this thing, she howls and screams at it so we had to remove it from the sidelite where I have it every year.

This is some of the wonderful gifts that were given to me at the Stitchville Retreat the first week-end in may.
The first on is from a lovely Lady named Kathy S. she gave us a little round container (I shall use for beads), the cool airplane paper clip I will us on my stitching pages, a magnifier and some bubbles how fun is that, thank-you Kathy S. I love the goodies.

Next is the gift LaRue O. gave to me it is a small box with cardboard floss keepers and the box with duel uses, you will see in the next picture.

This is so cool the box flips over and has a pair of scissors inside, oh how I love this set.
LaRue also included a small magnifier it is so beautiful, I love this gift set.
Thank-you laRue.

Well my coffee is getting cold and I want to do some stitching on my break, Happy Spring to you all.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Retreat, Pneumonia, And Some Stitching

Happy spring to all, thank-you for all your beautiful comments on my last post, I am retiring soon and will have time to respond to all comments  ( I will have more time on my hands).
I went on a wonderful retreat from the 30th of April to the 3rd of May.
The retreat was sponsored by Stitchville USA in Minnesota, it was held at the Oakridge Conference Center in Chaska Minnesota.
What a beautiful venue they have and the food was fantastic.
The Teacher was Ellen Chester from  With My Needle, the class was Kindred Spirits, I love this class so much I want to take more classes from her, I have to say she is a very tiny and lovely Lady, what a ball of fire she is, and her husband is just a hoot and so helpful.
The instructions were so well laid out (done by her wonderful husband) so easy to understand and follow.
The whole kit is positively beautiful, it was well worth giving up lunches out and Starbucks to pay for this class, I would do it again.

This is a Shaker Box, it is about 12 inches long, it is beautiful, I have never had anything like this before.
I need to get my Shepherds Fold done first then my drum from Scattered Seeds done , then I will go full force on this lovely kit.

I want to show you some of the lovely things Deb and Deb chose for our gifts for the retreat, wow they are so generous with their gifts to the participants of the retreat.

Thank-you Ladies for a great week-end. I encourage you to stop by the shop if you are ever in Minnesota.

I have not been stitching at all since last Thursday, I have pneumonia, I have been so ill this past week that I have been in bed since last Friday evening since arriving home from work, I have never been so ill in my life, I have not had a cold or flu in over twelve years, so when it happened it really happened, I am on the mend now and hope to be back to work on Monday, and do some stitching this week-end, I would not wish this on anyone, it is horrible, I am not an easy woman to keep down, but this did it.
This is a picture of the Shepherds Fold  A Full Heart that I worked on last week,
this is the top of the box, there are two more pieces to come to complete the set, I am saving my money this week by not going to Starbucks to buy the next piece that comes out.
It is warm today about 65 degrees I hope it gets warmer so I may sit outside for a half hour tomorrow, wish me luck.
Hugs and spring butterfly kiss's to you all