Thursday, February 25, 2016

His Eye is on the Sparrow Update

Working steadily on Heartstrings Samplery His Eye is on the Sparrow  
I can't say its perfect but, I'm happy with it.  
 Nearly done with the left side of the upper portion.  
 Don't want to stop because I really want to finish .  
I would like to work on a Prairie Schooler, a small La-D-Da or a With Thy Needle and Thread.
 I'll stick with it a bit longer. 
A huge thank you to Marilyn who knew what this was.
It was an ornamental upholstery tack, screwed in to hold together seams-in the nutshell.
Hope your week is going well.
Have a great weekend.
Keep on Stitching

Sunday, February 21, 2016


While we were in La Crosse, Katy and I walked from our hotel to the Antique Mall around the corner.  I love this place and have bought a few things over the years, a Scandinavian box, picnic baskets and of course, buttons.  
You can get a good amount of buttons for a few dollars.  
Buttons really come in handy when finishing projects. 
This time I got two bags of buttons.  One bag is all white buttons and the other was a mixed bag of buttons.  Today I cleaned them.  I got all the old thread off and then washed them.  Two of the buttons cracked in the process but, it really needed to be done because they were very dirty.  
Some select pictures of my new buttons.  There really is quite a selection.  These are the favorites. 

I love the way old bone buttons look. 
There are a lot of shell buttons in the bag.  Some of them appear quite old.  I like the one with the carving on it.  La Crosse had been a mecca in the shell button industry in the day.  They were made out of freshwater clams from the Mississippi River.  
 I'm not exactly sure what this would be called.  It has a button top but, looks like it would pierce fabric and be more like a stud?  
 Just a variety of bone, wood, shell, and metal.  The grey with the color rims, is metal.  I love the little one just below the dark brown has a sunburst.  That dark brown one has some carving on it too. 
I should have enough buttons to last for a while.  I was looking for just the white buttons but, I'm really glad I got both bags.

Hope you have had a restful weekend.
Keep on Stitching.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Just Too Busy To Blog

First, let me say Happy Valentine's Day!  
Hope you had a wonderful day!

Things have been very busy around here.....So what else is new.  
Last weekend, we went to see Katy in LaCrosse and had a wonderful visit.  
We stayed at a different hotel because we couldn't book a room where we usually do.
There was the State Dance Team Championship.  
We ended up staying downtown. 
It was really great to be near the restaurants we planned on going to.
We took a road trip to Viroqua and after we got back, Katy and I walked to the Antique Mall.
I got some more buttons. 
I need to wash one bag.  There are some really old buttons in that one. 
Saving for a later blog post.  

Wanted to show the latest of His Eye is on the Sparrow.  
I finished the words and have been working on the upper section.
Thread suck  
I wish I had kept track of how much thread I have use.  

 Spent all afternoon working on making hot pads for my mom to hand quilt.  
She complains that table runners are now too big.  
Let me tell you, it takes me just as much time to make a table runner as a set of hot pads and lots less quilting for her to do.  
And, I really don't like to sit and sew all afternoon either.  

I also have an afghan I'm working on and a pair of socks.  There just isn't enough hours in a day.

Thats about what I know.
Hope you had a great weekend.
Keep on Stitching

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Another Give Away at VMSS

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Give Away
If you haven't entered one of these.....need a say more!

Ready for Snow storm Kayla!  Bring it on!!