Thursday, October 31, 2013

Now why didn't I think of that????

I seriously have the BEST customers!
I had an email from a very special customer of mine
who asked me if I could make cup cozies
with artwork by Michelle Palmer
that could be made into a pin
that could be removed
and used on a jacket or scarf.

Seriously GENIUS!!!

So I contacted Michelle
and of course she amazed me again!

These little treasures measure 2" square.
How adorable on a scarf, hat or jacket?
What a neat gift idea for a friend.

I'm so happy that my customer is happy 
and she gave me a new idea!
It's a win win :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

What makes you happy?

What makes you supremely happy?
For me there are many things.
One of them is being organized.
Looking at my thread
sitting neatly in my new thread cases
(that I got for 70% off at Joann's)
just makes my heart happy.
Am I a neat freak
with my home ready for a surprise guest
at any given time?
(that's why I took the photo of my thread
in my kitchen and not my sewing room.....)

But just because my house is usually a mess,
doesn't mean I don't love it when it's neat and tidy.
But like most people,
I can't sew all day and have a spotless home.
Something's gotta give
and I'm lucky that my hubby is understanding :)

Here is a photo of my sewing room wall.
Makes me smile every time I look at it.

So what am I doing all day?
(because I can assure you it's not housecleaning.)
I'm working on some new tiny treasures
drawn for me by Michelle Palmer.
These little darlings are part of a custom
order for a special customer of mine.
I can't wait to show you when it's all done :)

And I finished up "Friendship" by LHN.
I can't wait for the next chart to arrive!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wisdom.....Now there's something I can use more of :)

I finished "Wisdom" last night.
It's #8 in the LHN Little Sheep Virtues Series.
I changed a few colors
and I'm SO lovin' these little sheep!
As soon as I stitched my final "x",
I started on "Friendship" right away.
They just released "Kindness"
and I don't want to fall behind!

Wisdom can now join her brothers
and sisters :) 
I found the perfect fabric to use for the table topper
I'm planning to make with these little treasures.
I can't wait to finish them all up so that 
I can get started :)
Have a lovely weekend everyone!!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fairies, Guinea Pigs and Pumpkins

The gift sets are  D O N E and listed.
If you'd like to see close up photos
you can see them in my shop HERE
Have you ever started a project that seemed like a good idea
in your head,
but it actually turned out to be SO much more than 
what you anticipated?
When I thought about embellishing the fairy fabric
I had forgotten how much I dislike working
with metallic threads.
What a pain in the pattootie!

I'm glad it's done
and I'm happy with the outcome.

My very talented friend Cherise Smith
made these gorgeous custom scissor fobs to match!
You can see her work HERE 

And of course I have to share a few shot of my lovely grands
from yesterday's trip to Zoomers Petting Zoo's
annual Pumpkin Patch.

Evie was in heaven with her little Guinea Pig friend :)

And David was making a friend of his own!

If you could see how small this pumpkin was
you'd laugh because next to Evie
it looks pretty big!

And David did such a great job decorating his pumpkin!
I can't wait for next week
when we head out to Irvine Park's Pumpkin Patch
and all 6 of the Minions grands will be there!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Busy Needles :)

I spent the majority of my day yesterday 
sewing the Fairy bags that I have been
beading and embroidering for the past several weeks.
I should have the gift sets complete by tomorrow.
I can't wait to show you the finished sets!

I'm also stitching up some more mug organizers for the shop.
These are the ones I finished yesterday.

And here is a stack of project bags 
that are cut and ready to sew.
I guess I've got my work "cut out" for me :)

But today my machine will be quite.
I'm off to have a fun day at the pumpkin patch 
with my beautiful daughter and her Minions :)
I love this time of year!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Feelin' a Bit Scattered.....

"Autumn Sampler" by Waxing Moon Designs
I don't know about you,
but I don't like to start a new cross stitch chart
until I have completed the last one.
I've been working on this fun Autumn Sampler
and I need a specific Weeks floss for the corn,
and a DMC substitute just wouldn't do it justice.
I haven't had a chance to get over to 
Needleworks Ltd to pick it up
so I did the unthinkable......
I started another project!
I know right?
AND I've also been working on the fairies
that I showed you earlier this week.
I feel a bit scattered.

It's funny because I have no problem
with multiple sewing projects all at the same time.
But there is something about cross stitch
that makes me want to finish one, before I get into another.
"Red Crockery" kit by DMC
I'm not usually one to buy kits,
but this one came with the linen and
all the DMC floss already sorted out.
And the best part is
I found it on ebay for $9.99!
How could I NOT buy it?

Do you see those chickens?????
How cute are they?
The chickens are stitched 1 thread over 1
and the rest of the chart is 2 over 2.
Do you see all the red?????

I really had no choice,
but to buy it :) 

So are you like me,
a one chart at a time girl?
Or are you a 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Circa 1969

My mom gave me this photo on Sunday.
It's me in 1969. 
(Thanks Mom for the Oh so flattering Pixie haircut...sigh)
I was 8 years old.
Sewing in my jammies.
Which, oddly enough
is still my favorite way to sew :)
I still own this machine. 
It's a Singer Industrial Model 329.
I inherited it from her
when she upgraded to her monster industrial machine
that takes 2 grown men to move.
I can't remember a time when there wasn't thread
all over our house.
I fell alseep every night to the comforting hummmmmm
of her machine.

I've owned a few machines since then.
But I have to admit,
I haven't owned another machine that can match
the speed and beauty of the straight stitch
that this old Singer still delivers.

My daily companion these days 
is my Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118.
What is your machine of choice?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A bit of Needlework.....

It's been a while since I posted.
I've been sewing and stitching 
but not a whole lot of time for blogging.
I have to admit,
I miss it.
I miss you guys.
I miss hearing from you.
I'm going to try to keep up with my blog posts.
I wanted to show you one of the projects 
I'm currently working on.
I'm embellishing 4 fairies
with Mill Hill beads
DMC metallic and silk threads.

It's been fun to let my imagination flow.
No rules,
just go with what I like.
I'll admit I've taken out quite a few stitches and beads.

I'm hoping this all turns out the way I see it in my head.

This red fire fairy if my fav.
She's red, so I know that's a big surprise, right?
That being said,
if you know me,
you know I'm not a fairy fan.
But these girls just called out to me.

I'm looking forward to showing you 
the completed project very soon :)
My fire fairy still needs some work.

I just started on this purple one last night.

What projects are you guys working on????