Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mary Wigham progress

I finally have a couple minutes to update my blog. This week has been insanely busy. I have had very little stitching time. Also, I am working on 2 projects this week. My Christmas Village is progressing nicely, but is still in the Q snaps, so I don't have a picture.

This is my Mary Wigham SAL piece. I have the first motif done. I used the called for DMC. I will adapt as I go, if I decide to!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Remembering Belva

Heaven welcomed a wonderful stitcher yesterday late afternoon.

I had the honor of meeting Belva about 10-12 years ago. A mutual friend introduced us. I knew who Belva was, but had never met her really. She was an elderly lady in our church. My early memories of her were seeing her each & every Sunday, bringing the Sunday School attendance book to each classroom.

One day, our mutual friend called & asked if I would like to go over to Belva's house. She told me Belva was a cross stitcher & wanted me to meet her. I said sure! So, she had her preteen daughter with her & I had my preteen son with me.

We had a wonderful visit, getting to know Belva. She showed us all of her stitching. Oh my goodness. Let me back up here. Belva was 95 when she passed away yesterday. She stitched up until about a year ago. Maybe 9 months ago.

Anyway, she had LOTS for us to look at. One she had was Serengetti Stroll. My son loved that one. He asked me if I could do it for him. I asked Belva if she still had the pattern. Why of course she did & I could sure borrow it! So.....I brought it home & gathered supplies & away I went.

It hangs proudly in our the hallway as you walk to my son's room.

Belva stitched this same pattern 2 times.

Yesterday afternoon, when I went up to the hospital to say my final goodbyes, I chatted with her daughters that were there. They asked how I knew Belva. They knew we went to the same church. I said a mutual friend knew that I stitched & she introduced us. They thought Belva had taught me to stitch. I told them no, she had loaned me the elephant pattern. They then said ok, we remember mom saying she had lent out her elephant pattern.

It was a sweet time visiting with her daughters & sister & learning a little more about my friend.

Belva, I will miss your sweet spirit daily. I love you & will see you again in heaven!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Finish framed, Mary Wigham SAL & BEES!!

We got the frame finished for Beneath the Sunlit Sky over the weekend. I am SO HAPPY with it!! It looks great!!! I love it so much that I ordered another piece of the fabric ( desert sandstorm for myself. I want to do this piece again, for me!!!

Part 4 of the Mary Wigham SAL is up now. I have downloaded & printed my copy. I am still barely started on part 1, but I have started! I am working on my Christmas Village pretty seriously right now. I want to have it done by Christmas this year!

We discovered a hive of honeybees in our maple tree the other day. We told a friend of ours from church about it. He brought over one of his hive boxes. We are hoping the bees will discover it & move to it.

Have a great week. It is suppose to be very hot & humid here in my neck of the woods this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 19, 2009

One WIP & computer issues

hi all,

I have worked on three projects this week, but only have a picture of one of them. I got 2 motifs done on my B. Potter piece. I love how it looks with the added colors. I am using Victorian Motto Sampler flosses for my pattern. I love how they stitch!!!!

The other 2 projects that I am working on right now are my Mary Wigham Sampler SAL & my Christmas Village by Victorian Sampler. It is in the Q snaps now, so I don't want to take it out.

My computer has been acting very strange this week, so if I suddenly disappear, you can guess that it died on me. UGH!!!!

Have a great weekend & thanks for visiting! I appreciate each & every one of you!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Finish!!!!

It is finished!! I finished Blackbird Designs "Beneath the Sunlit Sky" last night!!! I am so happy to have a finish!!! It has been a while!

I love how this turned out. I made a few changes, mainly because it is a gift. I hope I am safe showing it on my blog. I don't think the recipient will see it.
I used pretty much the called for colors...made a couple changes. The fabric is called Desert Sandstorm & is from Sassy's Fabby's. It is 16 ct. aida. I love how it looks for this design!
Thanks so much for visiting. Have a wonderful day & a great weekend!!!

Keep those needles moving!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mid Week Update

good morning everyone!

I have been working on Beneath a Sunlit Sky this week. I am determined to get it done really soon! I have a reason for that, but I can't say why!!!

My stitching speed is starting to pick up. I guess I am learning to stitch with my bad finger!!! Amazing what you can do when you have to make adjustments.

Hope you are all having a great week! Keep those needles moving!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Watermelons Anyone?!?!

If you have been a follower of my blog for any amount of time, you know that every summer I work in a strawberry patch with a friend of ours. Well, he decided that doing strawberry's was getting too hard for him. Last year, I basically ran the patch for him.
Well, he decided this year he would do watermelons. So, today was planting day. My son was off this afternoon, so he went with me. We planted 100's of watermelon plants. We both came home dying of thirst & red from the sun. Oh, and a bonus! We brought home a BUNCH of watermelon plants. So, I guess we might have some watermelons this fall!!!!
Still not getting a lot of stitching done. This stack splint is really slowing me down! I am working on my Beneath the Sunlit Sky. I also started my Mary Wigham SAL piece!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!!
Keep stitching!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mid week update!

Good morning to all of you!
This is going to be a strange to me blog post! I have no stitching to report.
I am excited about the excitement of the Mary Wigham SAL. This is my first time to do something like this & I am learning so much! It amazes me how many wonderful people there are out there! I am making lots of new friends thru this!!!
If you have emailed me about an invitation & haven't heard back from me, it could be a few reasons. I haven't gotten your request is a main one. Just like anything else, email is not always 100% efficient! Another main reason is I was not provided with an email address to send the invitation to!!!
On the personal home front, I finally went to the doctor about my finger yesterday. It has been nearly 2 weeks since I hurt it. Well, I am glad I went, but it is going to affect my life for a while. I either ruptured or fractured (I don't remember which word he used) the tendon in my finger. I have to wear a stack splint for the next 8 weeks. Needless to say, stitching is a little challenging right now. But.... I will succeed!!!! It won't keep me from stitching!
Wishing you a wonderful day today!!!!!!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mary Wigham - probably the World's biggest SAL!

Hi everyone! I saw this SAL talked about over the weekend. I told myself that I wanted to be involved! Well, I saw this am that they still did not have a USA head person! I emailed Jacqueline & she was thrilled that I volunteered. So, I will be setting up a blog for this SAL. Please email me if you are interested & are from the USA!
You can see the details on Jacqueline's blog:
This is something new for me, so please bear with me, BUT...I promise, I want to make this a fun SAL!!!! The first part of the pattern is due to be released today. There are a list of DMC colors on Jacqueline's blog!
I MUST have your email address to invite you to join the blog!!! If you leave a comment here, I get a copy in my email. So, you can leave your email address here & I can invite you!!

Monday Morning

Good morning! It is a rainy day here, but I still love Monday mornings! There is something special about Monday morning!
I worked on two WIP pieces this past week. I have WAY TOO MANY in the works & I want to finish some because I want to start more!!
On Friday, I coffee/tea dyed 9 pieces of fabric. Four were for specific projects, that I am working on kitting up. The other 5 are smaller---probably ornaments!
The 2 pieces I worked on this week are my BP SAL piece & my Beneath a Sunlit Sky by Blackbird Designs. You can see how they are looking here!
My husband worked on frames over the weekend. The one I am showing here is my aunt's stitching. She asked him to make a frame for it, for her. The other one, I can't show!
Today is the last day for my Monday/Friday babysitting kids! (til school starts again!)
Have a wonderful week & thanks for visiting!