Sunday, July 16, 2017

Are You Listening Hoffman Distributors?

I am getting very close to the finish line here.  
I would say I am 3/4 of the way done.  
I really love the sun!
This is from Prairie Schooler Summer Samplers a re-release from Hoffman Distribution.\
I am really happy they have bought the Prairie Schooler Designs and are releasing them again.
But.....Are you listening Hoffman Dis?  I wish you would print them on something a little more substantial.  
We are paying full price but, plain paper?  Use something a little heavier please.         
Over the years, I have developed a fondness for Pyrex Butterfly Gold (1972-1978)
I have nesting bowls and some casseroles.
We were bumming around on Saturday and found a butter dish and a small casserole about 1 1/2 inches deep and 6" diameter.  
It will be great for dips and such.  
It was really fun talking to the shop owner about Pyrex.  
He told us that he sells the butter dishes as soon as he finds them.   
It is fun to look for something specifically when going to Antiques Stores. 
I have never seen a butter dish before so, of course, I had to snap it up!

I published and then decided to talk about my latest experience with the local framer.
I am becoming distraught.
I brought her my His Eye is on the Sparrow on April 26 and I still don't have it back.
After she had it 6-7 weeks I called and she told me one of the sides of the frame came scratched so she had to get a new one.
I called again three weeks after that and she said she just got the part and it would be done the mid week. I went mid week while I was running errands and got a song and dance about "being sooo busy and being sick and she was training someone".
I don't hide my feelings, I'm sure I looked angry.
April 26 to now....almost 12 weeks.
What is a reasonable time for framing????
I'm getting worried she has made a mistake and ruined it.
I don't believe I will be taking anything back to her.
I usually do my own framing but this was a bigger piece than what I can handle.  

Hope you have had a great weekend!
Have a wonderful week!

Keep on Stitching and have a great week. 
Monica

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Prairie Schooler Summer Samplers.

I was hoping to be done with the words at the top of the piece but, just didn't get it done.  
The picture is a little off kilter but, I was having some issues.  
I had an assistant.  
Buster decided he needed to let me know he needs to be the focus.  
The thing is, he really doesn't like to have his picture taken.  
He was kind of cooperative tonight in a "let me lay on your stitching" mood.  
Got a nose and eye.  
"Let me hold that piece down for you."
I needed some fabric.
I have a bunch of PS samplers I eventually want to do. 
I looked on 123 Stitch for Lambswool but, it is way on back order.  
I don't know that I really like Lambswool because it is really stiff.  
I looked at colors and decided to get a yard of Mocha which is pretty close to the Lambswool and much softer.  
I also got a small piece of Country French Golden Needle which is a little darker.  
Got the rest of the floss for the Summer School Sampler.  
My friend Arttie was on vacation and went to a sale of a store going out of business and found a massive amount of 40 ct linen in an off white with a darker fleck.  
It is an older piece but, she bought a whole bolt of it for $2.50 a yard, what it was initially wholesale.  So, I bought some from her.  
I figure it can use it for things and I have a five yard piece.
The Country French Golden Needle looks darker next to it in the photo.  
I made this salad recipe tonight as a dessert.  
OMG, is this stuff great.  
Never got around to making if for the 4th but, did it today and it is amazing!
That about sums it up.  
Watching the History Channel show about Amelia Earhart.
So far it is pretty interesting.  

Hope you have had a great weekend!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

VMSS The Old Spinning Wheel Collection

Santa Nancy has done it again at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe  with the Old Spinning Wheel Collection!  Oh what I could do with that!  Hoping it will be mine!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Some Final Finishes.....Well Sort Of.

I almost finished the Cabela's project.  
I just need to stitch on a little hemp or jute hanger.  
I added the antique buttons from my button jar.  
I cut out a gold felt heart and stitched on the back for a little extra panache!  
Turned out uber cute! Or so I think.  
I haven't really hung any patriotic pieces, maybe tomorrow.  
I finished the WTN&T
I just need to get a frame for this.  
I may try and find one where my His Eye is on the Sparrow.  
That is a whole nother story.  
Its been a while it has been at the framers.
Happy Independence Day.  
I have to cut it short to look for a hotel room in Marquette for my son,

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A New Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

A new giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe for some gorgeous floss.  Check it out at:
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

More to come.

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Just Going to Town

I think I am in the home stretch of Faith of the heart.  
I have to add the bird and the remainder of the flowers and foliage in the right urn, space borders, the words  "for" and "fly" and viola!  Done!
Bob and I did a quick trip to Green Bay for shopping last weekend.  
I knew I would have some stitching time in Cabela's so I kitted up a freebie from Nickyscreations.
I used some floss from Victorian Motto and Sampler Shoppe for the flag, and the sheep's face.  The black was a GAST and the ecru was plain old DMC.
Done on a scrap of natural linen....I think 32 count. 
I tried to see if I had some star buttons but, the ones I had were just too big and looked ridiculous once I had them sewn on.  
I could swear I have some mother of pearl star buttons but, do you think I can find them.  
I don't know what I'm thinking half the time when I put things away.  
I found the round mother of pearl buttons I got at the same time.  
Heavy sigh!
I think I'm just going to stitch it up as a hanging ornament and put it on a handle somewhere.  
Maybe some gold felt stars, if I can cut them small enough and one on the back just to spiff it up.

I have ordered the latest mystery stitch from Brenda Gervais through the Stitching Bee, the Summer School House Lessons in Abecedarian.  
I bought a few of the flosses for it last weekend, ones I am running low.  
I think I have most of them including Flatfish which is kitted up in another one of her designs.  

It is not too hot today, a little humid, thunderstorms in the forecast this afternoon.  
I could turn on the AC but, we spend most of the year with the windows closed and the birds are singing so beautifully I'm going to endure the sogginess.  
Flood warning in the area for the Menominee River until 1 pm but, if we get more rain, and there is rain in the forecast for the next several days, I don't thinks the warning will go away anytime soon.  

I have Thursdays off.   
Have to run to the grocery store for a few things, trying to figure out dinner, the cleaning is done so I think I will stitch the afternoon away!

Hope you have a great day!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Faith of the Heart Update

I've been diligently working on Faith of the Heart by Brenda Gervais.  
Love this pattern.  
I can't say I am enamored with Valdani Floss.  
I find it falls apart and does not stand up to a little frogging.  
Had a busy weekend and went to a Bridal Shower for a co-worker.  
The food was great!  Love quiches.  

We had very hot weather yesterday and severe storms today.  
I would say that there is about a third of the area without power.  
Lots of downed trees and tree branches.  
Fortunately, we didn't lose power.
There is Downton Abbey and stitching in the future tonight!

There is another fabulous give away at Victorian motto sampler shoppe.
The colors are just lovely and tribute to sisters.
I have three.

Hope you had a great weekend
Have a wonderful week...stay cool, dry and hydrated for much of the country.
Keep on Stitching
Monica