Sunday, March 27, 2011

Flowers, Fawns, and Easter SAL

My crocus outside is SO CLOSE to being totally open!!! I opted to take a picture today so I could post it with my other updates. It could be a while before I have another blog update & they will probably be done blooming! I honestly do not know where this bulb came from. I never planted crocus at this house.....and I just have the one...
I finished my second fawn last night. I like this one so much better than the first one! You can see his eye ball for one thing!!! Everything just looks so much clearer to me.
Also, I forgot to update with the Easter SAL last week...I did stitch it, but didn't post the picture. So, this weeks picture is week 1-5, with parts 4 & 5 being new.
My husband got my frame finished for my LHN Monthly Sampler finishes. I have stuck the April piece in to show how it looks, but I am going to get glass for this one, so it isn't hung yet.
I hope everyone has a great week....thanks for stopping by & for commenting. I appreciate it so much.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

First Fawn Finished

well, I finished the first fawn today....
it is ok, but I am anxious to do him again, with the proper colors of floss. I am not sure yet how I will finish this is small enough, it MAY be a Christmas ornament or I may do it into a flatfold.
Several have asked me about the fabric that I am using. Before they went out of business, I purchased a large piece of this from Enchanted Fabrics. is no longer available...but is a lugana called Champagne Cocktail. (28 ct.) I love it!
thanks for stopping by & have a great day!!!!
My next post should have a picture of my crocus!!!! I saw it popping it's head up today!!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

trying to save $$$ doesn't always work :<(

On Sat., my husband & I went to House of Stitches. I FINALLY got to use my gift certificate from Christmas. While I was having a piece of fabric cut, he was looking at patterns. He showed me one he thought I would like. I laughed & told him I had it at home, along with the other 3 in the series! He said he would like to make the frames for them! I said sure!!! So, when we got home, I found the patterns & started kitting up the projects. Well, they call for GAST & WDW. I have some of these, but not enough of some of the colors. So....I found a substitition chart & did that.
On Sunday, I started the fawn...he told me to do #1 first so that is where I started....
I have worked & worked on it & I have it real close to finished as you can see............BUT...........
I am not happy with it, compared to the real you can see, they look real different.
So....I am going to finish this one, but will be doing it again, with the GAST & WDW floss...
Lesson learned!!!
I am also attaching a picture of my violet plants! My mom gave me a second plant while we were up there on Sat....isn't it gorgeous????? I sure hope I can keep them alive!!! My husband is going to make a proper stand for them!!!!!
have a great day.....stay tuned...I MUST update my sale blog later today.......

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sew Red????

I just finished my second of the crazy 15 WIP pieces....Yes, I was crazy & signed up for the 15 new project challenge AND the 15 WIP challenge. The thing is.......I DO NOT have 15 WIP...well, I didn't before the 15 new ones!!!
Anyway, this is # 2 of the challenge finished. It is Sew Red by I-Stitch. I am not real fond of red, so I saw that someone else had done theirs in brown & pink, so that is what I went with. I used Dinky Dyes Madi's Rose & Choco Latte. I think I will make this into a needlebook or else a stitching journal. I haven't decided for sure yet.
I also am attaching part 3 of the Easter SAL from Novalee2. I love how this one is turning out....
My amaryllis plant now has 2 beautiful flowers on it, so I have attached a new picture of it. I have also attached a progress picture of my violet....more flowers coming, but none are blooming yet!! It is going to be so pretty!!!
The other pictures are out our back door the other night.....I love when the field crops are down & we can see the deer grazing the field....such a wonderful sight!!
I am having terrible email issues this week....people are not getting my messages & I am not getting people's messages, so if you have emailed me & I have not responded, this is probably why....just send it again or let me know you didn't get something from me...
thanks for looking & commenting & have a wonderful week.........this week is to be like spring here & I am SO READY!!!! I went for a walk today & it was heavenly!!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Peppermint Latte Anyone???

Ahhhh, brings back thoughts of Christmas time shopping. One treat that my husband & I like when we do our shopping together, is to stop at Starbucks in the mall & get the holiday drinks. I LOVE the peppermint mocha latte, so when I saw this ornament, I knew I had to stitch it. We only splurge on a Starbucks drink once or twice per year....I usually like to get one Pumpkin Spice Latte in the fall & then our Christmas treat.......
Anyway, back to the ornament! I stitched it on a piece of Enchanted Fabrics lugana. I LOVE how this piece looks on this just seemed perfect for it. I have a piece of pink fabric for the back, which compliments it very well.
An online friend sent me her used copy of a Dimensions House Mouse pattern called Hot Fudge. I am going to pull floss for it this afternoon. If they look right, I am going to stitch this on a piece of Mint Julep from Sassy's Fabby's. I LOVE mint choc. chip ice cream, so I thought it very appropriate to stitch hot fudge on a mint, if I could just TASTE the flavor combos that I have talked about in this post..Oh my!!! Makes me want to go get a cup of coffee & a bowl of ice cream..........
have a great weekend!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Touch of Spring---in the house!

Like so many others, I am ready for spring. The dark, dreary days with no sunshine get old. I am ready to be able to go outside & enjoy the beauty of God's creation. I love finding the first wild violets of spring, the first crocus popping thru the ground, the rhubarb coming up in the garden, and of course the songs of the songbirds....ahh!!!!!
But, for now, I have to enjoy a touch of spring, in the house! I bought this amaryllis bulb for 1.75 on clearance. It was already starting to sprout in the box. I had no idea if it would grow properly or not. I figured for that price, it was worth a try. Look at the outcome. It was only about 2 weeks from the day of purchase to this point!! Now, to do what the box says & see if I can get it to bloom again at a later date!
My mom gave me this violet plant sometime around Christmas. I told her I KILL violets. I can never keep them alive. I asked her WHERE to put it. She said they like a south window the best... is in my craft room, where I have a real nice south window. Imagine my surprise when I was in there the other day & saw this!!!!! Another sign of spring!!
I am working on my March ornament. I love how it looks so far!!!!! Hopefully I can update soon with the finish!
have a great day!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Part Two of SAL & a LHN finish

Hi there,
another visit from our grandsons has come to an end. This time, daddy & mommy were here as well thou!! This is the first we have seen our son since he came home from deployment, so it was a special time with him.
I didn't get a lot of stitching done, but I did manage to do some each & every night or day...
On Sat., I got part two of the SAL on the Novalee blog. (see my last post for the link) I sat down after the boys & our son & DIL went to bed & had it done in less than an hour.
I also worked on the May LHN monthly sampler throughout the week. I finally finished it today. This was finish #8 of the 15 new project challenge!!! It is finish #11 for the year.
Tonight, I will start my ornament for March. I am excited to see how this one turns out. I am going out of my comfort zone a little with the fabric!!!
Thanks to all who stop by & read my blog & extra thanks to those of you who leave comments....they mean so much to me!