Thursday, June 30, 2016

Just a Bit Catawampus

I finished LHN Lady Liberty.
All I have to do is sew up the end but, I wanted to blog about it.  
Pictures are a little shadowy...sorry about that
I used some of the antique buttons I got earlier this year.  
Backed them with a little felt.  
When i sewed it together, my fabric got a little catawampus 
I am not claiming to be an expert finisher by any stretch of the imagination.  
The pattern called for DMC and Classic Colorworks
The only Classic colorworks I had was Blacksmith Blue.
I used some of the new floss from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.
In order from the blue:  Dried Cinnamon, Faded Sampler Red (med), Custard Pudding, Dried Clover and Golden Chestnut.  
I still used DMC ecru and 950 for the little lady's skin.   
I must say Nancy's floss is very nice to work with!
Just a short post.
Hope your week has been good.
Mine has been very busy with family in from out of town and a few late nights
I did take a two hour nap this afternoon.  
I was just pooped. 

Have a wonderful weekend and a spectacular fourth.
Keep on Stitching. 
Monica

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Finished the Flag of Glory Needle Book


 I finished the Chessie and Me Flag of Glory.  
I didn't do the pinkeep.  
I tried to find some wool like the picture with the pattern
 I have some homespun in my stash and I thought that matched well.  
I used some hemp for the scissor fob and on the needle book to attach to the button as a closure.  
 The back and the change in the saying and I added a few extra stars.
The original only had the ones in the corner.  
I really like stars so I added a few more.  
When my mom moved into the Assisted Living, I saved this from the rummage sale.  
It is a tray you put under a pie while baking.
It nearly was a fight with my younger sister over it.  
I am sure I bake way more pies than she does.  
I don't know if I have ever seen one of these lately.  
I didn't see one on the William Sonoma website.  
When we moved here about 18 years ago, my family decided we should do another family photo.  
My sister talked to a photographer who had done the one when my kids were baptised.  
He recommended this photographer.  
We were talking about this picture when we worked on my mom's memory book.  
It didn't make the cut.
This picture was the best one out of the bunch.
I'm the one with the glasses.  
My brother in law with the mustache really looks thrilled to be there.  
Katy, sitting on grandpa's lap looks like she is up to something, maybe slipped Ed something and that's why he's holding his throat.  

We later found out, when the kids graduated from High School. that this photographer was out of business and allegedly had a peep hole in the woman's changing room.  
I know, right.  

I am nearly done with Little Lady Liberty my Little House Needleworks. 
Hope you had a great weekend.  
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Rogued it Again

Same pattern but, I didn't like the saying on the back, "I pledge allegiance to the flag>"
I graphed out E Pluribus Unum.  
I think I'm going to add a few more stars.
I really do like the pattern.  

We were talking about how Buster doesn't like to have his picture taken.
The vet tried to take his picture when he was in for his annual.  
If he doesn't know you are taking one, he doesn't turn away
I got a good one of him.  
 I got all the doodads on my BBD Hearts.  
My sewing is far from perfect unlike Faye on the Carolina Stitcher.  
 Just remember, I did dye my own fabric.  
I still love them even if they are a little off kilter.  

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend. 
Good Bless all the Fathers on Father's Day and especially the ones who are no longer with us.  
Have a great week!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Monica, Rogue Stitcher

I'm working on Chessie and Me, Flag of Glory Needle Book. 
Each strip on the flag is different.  
The bottom red strip is suppose to be a satin stitch with one thread.
That really didn't work well.
Could use two strands but, you know, satin stitches sometimes just don't look nice.
ROGUE!
I decided to really deviate from the pattern and do the red strips as a cross stitch.

 
Not so rogue.
The gold called for in the stars is Mustard Seed.
When I stitched it, it just looked more green than gold to me.
I'm replacing that with I think with Weeks Gold
The colors top to bottom.
Weeks Gold
GAST:  Gold Leaf
Grecian Gold
and 
Mustard Seed.

Finished the BBD Hearts but, I need to attach the doo-dads before I can post the finish.
I need some bronze chain so Katy will make me some.  
I have the charms I need.  
Maybe next time.  

Computer sideline tip.
You know how sometimes things just disappear on you when you are reach to the shift or enter key?
Next time you loose something, stop, don't go any further and 
Hit CTRL and Z at the same time.  
Things magically, yes magically reappear!
Good to have computer nerd kids!

Hope you had an awesome weekend. 
Thanks for stopping.
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Thursday, June 9, 2016

I'm Going To Have So Much Fun!

I have wanted to get the set of primitive floss from Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  
I have been working extra hours so I figured I earned a set.
AND IT CAME IN THE MAIL TODAY!!!!!

I don't have it displayed as well as she does but here it is!
The amount of floss is unbelievable! 
I have it broken down into color families....at least sort of.  
 Just gorgeous!
 Some of the tans.  
Browns

 More in the orange family
 Yellows
 Some lighter greens
 Brownish/green family
 Greens
And I got a free skein of a new group of colors.  Dried Wheat with the DMC conversion.  
Like I said, I'm going to have a lot of fun with this.  

Hope you are having a wonderful week. 
Thanks for stopping.  
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

 Happy Memorial Day.
My Dad was in the Navy during WWII stationed on a troop transport in the Pacific.
Thank you to everyone who has served our nation!

We finally had a beautiful day today. 
Saturday and Sunday were intermittent storms and showers.
My awesome husband really worked on the beds.  
My flower beds were a disaster. 
The last two years have been garden neglectful.  
I have had to spend a lot of time helping my Mom.  
We had a rose bush take over everything.  
What that didn't take over, grass did.
I haven't been able to do much with my bum right leg. 
I have a raging case of hamstring tendinosis, heal spur, fascitis....it is getting better.  

I haven't been able to do too much on my feet so, I have been stitching more.  
Shucks!  That really is tragic....lol!

Did the La-d-da from the winter edition of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitching.  
I subbed the silk/dmc with over dyes and like the way it turned out.  
 Started on the BBD Heart last night on my homemade dyed fabric.  
I am pretty pleased with myself!
The next few months are going to be insanely busy at work. 
We have a therapist off for maternity leave, two weeks early and won't be back till August.  
And the census has skyrocketed!
I am sure that when she comes back it will bottom out and we will all be under scrutiny.  
I am getting too old for games and will probably tell my boss to fire me.  
I don't think I would be heart broken to collect unemployment.

I almost forgot.  
My graph for page views have looked like this for the last two month.
I have been averaging +300 views per day.  
I just all of the sudden started doing this.  
I don't think I've been hacked but, does anyone have this?
If I have more visitors.....I'm so glad you found me!Thanks for stopping.  Graph of Blogger page views
Hope you had a great weekend.
Keep on stitching!
Monica