Saturday, October 15, 2016

October Gifted Gorgeousness

Time sure has been flying!  I can't believe it's the middle of October already!  I usually have a giveaway in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, but it snuck up on me so quickly this year that I really hadn't thought about it.  I will say, please, for your sake, and the sake of those who love you, please get yourself checked.  There was no history of breast cancer in my family, nor did I have any signs that they say could have caused it was a total surprise to me when I was diagnosed.  I'm grateful that they found it early, and it was detected in a routine mammogram.  Thankfully 5 years have passed since my diagnosis, and I'm happy to say I'm doing fine!  Get checked, and then tell the folks you care about that you love them and to get checked.  Life is too short!

I'm thankful for Jo, and her organization of the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL she has been hosting!  It's not too late to sign up, so if you would like to participate, you can see the rules here.  And if you'd like to see what everyone has been doing, you can see the most recent entries here.  It's given me a little nudge to look through my stash, and start stitching those things that others have given me, and to stitch for others!  I have a few things to show you so I'll get started...

I participated in a Halloween exchange with Amy.  She always sends me such lovely items, and so beautifully finished.  I feel like a slug next to her...but she tells me she likes the things I send her.  I'm so glad, because she spoils me!!  This is my gift to her, Spell of the Moon by Blackbird Designs...

And this is her gift to me, isn't he adorable???

In the last post I showed you the teacup pincushion I sent to Marina for a pincushion exchange.  This is what she sent to me....she also spoiled me!!

I've been participating in the Snowflower Diaries SAL.  I'm still WAAAAAY behind, but I got a couple more months done since the last time I posted.  Here is July....

And August....

You can find these patterns on her blog which can be found here.

This is a little freebie I've had in my stash for a while.  I always thought it was so cute, so I stitched it for this Halloween.  Here is Witchy Boot by San-Man Originals.  The pattern can be found on

I've been working on this Dimensions Gold Collection kit for my Mom who loves Hummingbirds.  It's caled Sweet Nectar, and here is my progress so far.  

The last thing I've been working on has been put aside for a bit.  This is Royal Garden and it's a DebBee's Designs counted canvas.  This is for me....I fell in love with this pattern and searched for it for a while.  I had to send away for some of the materials because they weren't carried by my LNS, but I have really enjoyed working on it.  I'm hoping I can finish it up soon.  It's really stretching my abilities, I'm learning a LOT of new stitches, but it's been a blast working on it. 

One last thing I need to show you...while I was away I found a picture and directions of a lap stand that someone's husband had made.  I texted the information to my husband and said how great I thought this was.  My husband is really smart, I mean super smart, he graduated Magna cum laude from our college.  But as far as geek, tech, shop stuff, he kinda leaves that stuff to me.  So...when I came back from living with my Mom, he made this...

It works great for heavy large projects I've been working on.  Just the thought that he would take the time and step out of his comfort zone really thrilled me to my toes.  I love this guy so much!!  And the fact that it works so good, and keeps my hand and wrist from aching...just is icing on the cake!  Now THAT, folks, is love in action!

 I guess that's all the news for now.  I hope you are enjoying the fall weather wherever you are, and that you are safe from the storms that have been brewing lately.  I have one more trip to make to NY and then hopefully I'll be able to stay put for a while.  It's been a wild and crazy ride, but thankfully my Mom is doing pretty well and is able to stay by herself now.  I hope she stays that way for a while now...enough is enough...right?  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Just a quickie...Gifted Gorgeousness

Well I surprised myself by all the stuff I was able to accomplish!!  Not only did I get all the errands done I had to renewing my license, and getting to Johns Hopkins for a fitting for a night garment, and having a dinner date with my son and his adorable girlfriend, and meeting up with a couple of friends and catching up on a couple of movies I really wanted to see (Star Trek, Sully, The Light Between Oceans) but I was able to get my Needlework Casket assembled, finish up a Halloween Ornament for an exchange, crochet TWO scarves and frame a piece I finished recently.  I'm impressed with my bad self!!  LOL  So without further ado...let me show you what I've got for Gifted Gorgeousness.

Jo has been hosting this, and I feel awful that I missed a couple of months, but hopefully I'm back on track now!  If you would like to participate you can read about the rules here.  And if you'd like to see what everyone else is up to, you can check on their progress here.  Thank you again, Jo, for being hostess and keeping us all in line!

Here is my Needlework Casket finished.  The pattern can be found in Sampler And Antique Needlework Vol. 1 which was gifted to me by my friend, Pat.  I have looked through the book so many times, and have found many other things I would love to stitch in it, so I'm pretty sure I will be posting other things in the future.  Thank you again, Pat, I can't believe I actually finished it in 9's my baby, and a labor of love!!  It was stitched on 40 ct over two on cream linen.

I was asked to make something for a Halloween exchange, and someone gifted this pattern to me when they found out how much I love owls.  I guess this makes it a double gift!  It's stitched over one on 32 ct. Dirty Linen fabric with hand dyed threads.  The pattern is Spell of the Moon by Blackbird Designs.

I was able to pop this in a frame, something I stitched from a freebie I found online which is still available here.  It's stitched on 40 ct. cream over two using DMC floss.

I'm not sure if these scarves count but I thought I'd throw them in.....these were made with Lion Yarn Brand Scarfie yarn and one ball of yarn will make an entire scarf.  They were varigated yarn, and looked so pretty sitting on the shelf, and on I asked my friend who was with me to pick a color and I made one for her and one for myself.  These are so incredibly soft, I'm ALMOST anxious for cooler weather so I can wear mine!!  

 I just thought I'd repost these two teacup pincushions I finished.  One was for an exchange I did, the other was for a friend of mine who sadly told me she didn't have anything I had stitched.  I'm glad she liked this one and that I had it with me to give her.  Shame on me for not thinking of giving them to her sooner!  These are both the same pattern, Mother's Day 2003 offered as freebies on Ellen Maurer-Stroh's EMS board.  You can find the link for her board here.  The teacups were a challenge to find, and I tripped through many a store looking for just the right color and pattern.  I found two pieces that I will use later in one of the shops that was hit by flooding in Ellicott City.  I found them just a few weeks before the flood....and am so glad I now have them as fond memories.  Astrid and I frequented the shop looking for little goodies.  

If you look back at the previous post you will see other gifted gorgeousness candidates, I'm just running out of time to post these.  I hope you are all enjoying your stitching and the challenge!  I know I have been!!

 I will be returning to NY for a few weeks now, but I feel a wee bit better about running off now that I've got these things done that were hanging over my head.  From the sounds of things I will be working on a quilt my Mom wants to make for my nephew.  We will see how she feels when I get there.  If so I'll post progress pictures.  I'm kind of excited to be working on sewing projects with her again.  We did this a lot when I was younger.  She made a lot of my school clothes, and we made the bridesmaids dresses for my sisters wedding.  We also made my best friends Wedding dress and my Maid of Honor dress for her wedding.  Good memories, I'm thankful to be stitching with her again!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Doing the right thing...

I often wondered in the past if I quit blogging, how many would notice...I guess this is my chance to find out...LOL

Before I get to the crazy part of my life, though, I guess I'll share a little about my stitching (as I've been told numerous times my blog should only be about needlework)

Where do I begin?  I guess this will have to suffice for the next gifted gorgeousness post because I doubt I'll be able to post on the 15th of this month...

I finally finished the past three portions of my Needlework Casket.  I'm sincerely hoping I will be able to get them stretched and inserted into the casket before I leave again, but the way things are going that remains up in the air.  Here are all five of them completed, just in case you forgot what they looked like.  These came from a book , "Sampler and Antique Needlework Vol. 1" that was given to me, so I consider them part of the gifted gorgeousness challenge.  These have been stitched over two on 40 ct. cream.

I received a lovely gift from a St. Michaels participant who I stitched something for.  She gave me a kit from Plum Street Samplers called The black Cherry Tart.  I was able to finish the stitching, but need to find time to assemble the tart pan too.  I'll put that on my to do list right after the needlework casket above...haha.

I participated in a pin cushion exchange with a lovely lady from Canada.  I had finished the stitching and was about to assemble it when I was called away.  In the past two and a half months I was finally able to find two tea cups and assembled the pin cushions.  I'm so very sorry my partner had to wait so long, but thankful that I was finally able to get it to her.  I gave the second away to a childhood friend of mine who has been a companion for the past two months trying to keep me sane...if that's at all possible.  I don't know what I would have done without her!!  They are both the same design, one stitched over one on 32 ct. white, the other stitched over one on 40 ct natural.  The design is a freebie from Ellen Maher-stroh.  I love her designs and you can find them here.

I tried in vane to keep up with the Snowflower Diaries SAL that is going on.  I finally was able to finish June...and I just love the little bear on this piece.  I have since found out a way to display my pieces, so when I'm finally home for good I'll show you what I have planned for these monthly pieces!  I know I won't be able to keep on track with these, much to my dismay, but I keep saving the pieces and hope I'll get them done eventually.  You can find her patterns here.

And last but not least, is a little design I received from a friend.  This is Blackbird Designs, Spell of the Moon.  I'm not really into Halloween, but this little owl caught  my eye.  This is stitched on 32 ct. over one...isn't it cute??

In addition, I stitched this one for me!  I thought I would make a band to adorn a basket.  It is stitched on 32ct over one with the recommended hand-dyed threads.  Home of a Needleworker is by Little House Needleworks.

Now to the reason I've been away for so long.  On my Mothers Birthday in June I was talking to her on the phone from 500 miles away when she suffered a stroke.  We were able to recognize the symptoms, call family members and rescue to get help to her immediately and thereby minimizing the effects of the stroke.  I drove to NY the next day and spent time with her while she was in the hospital and then rehab and then went with her to her home to help her out for a few months.  I just returned home this past weekend and have been on the run ever since.  I still have a number of chores to do before I have to head back to NY to stay for another 3 weeks.  It has been a tough road.  I have had tons of advice (some of it asked for, most of it not asked for) but in the end, my Mother is an adult and can still make her own decisions.  I don't agree with most of her choices, and have offered her a home here with me.  I cannot force her to do anything she doesn't want to do and as long as she is still able to do most things for herself, I have to let her do as she pleases.  For now that is staying in her own home.  I hope I learn from this experience and can do the right thing if I reach her age.  Prayers all around are appreciated!  In the meanwhile I plan to go back in a week and stay for another 3 weeks, taking her to Doctor appointments and making other arrangements for help for her.  This hasn't been easy on me or my family, but hopefully I'll be able to come back soon and stay.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June Gifted Gorgeousness...

Has a month passed since the last Gifted Gorgeousness update?  I swear the older I get the faster time goes.  In some ways its good that things I'm looking forward to are getting here quicker, but in some ways it's like my life is going by in a flash....either way, it's been a good ride so far!

First off, I have a few items to show you for the gifted gorgeousness challenge that is going on over at Serendipitous Stitching.  If you are interested in signing up, I think you can join up at any time but you can find the rules here.  And if you want to see what everyone is posting, you can visit the homepage of her blog here.  Thank you, Jo, for all your hard work in keeping track of us!  This challenge has kept me on the straight and narrow, I'm thankful for the gentle push for keeping up with my goals.

So...lets see...I'm falling behind in the goals I set for myself, but I've been getting other stuff I guess it's still all good!  

First off I finished up two more Advent Calendar numbers which are freebies designed by Ellen Maher Stroh being offered on the EMS board that can be found here..

I also finished up the SAL that was being offered by Carole over on her blog that can be found here....

I finished up the front panel of the Needlework Casket I've been working on.  This book with the pattern was given to me by a friend who knew I wanted to stitch the casket.  Only three more panels go to!!

I finished a Round Robin from this year that finally made its way back to me.  I finished the squares that weren't stitched by the others in the SAL and added the charms, buttons, and beads...and finally....framed it!  Thank you to all those who stitched on it!

I stitched up this freebie designed by Beth Twist that I found on this blog, I believe the pattern is still available...

I also made these....these are both the same pattern, one stitched over two on 45 count fabric, and the other stitched on 36 ct. fabric over one.  I am participating in an exchange and decided the first was too I stitched it smaller.  Hopefully by next post I'll have a picture of the finished project!  This was a free pattern by Ellen Maher Stroh offered on the same site as the Advent Calendar pieces above.


 I stitched up this pattern Nantucket Summer by Plum Street Samplers as a gift for a friend's birthday.  I have it pictured in the post below in a frame.  She loved it!!

I believe that's all that qualifies for the Gifted Gorgeousness.  Thank you again, Jo, for hosting this challenge.  I've really enjoyed searching for all those things I've been given that I've set's time they saw the light of day!!

I also finished stitching these patterns, the first is Quaker Diamond Sampler by Hillside Samplings, it's stitched on 40 ct, over two.  I'll be looking for a frame for this soon, I just love the way it looks!

I finished May by Country Cottage Needleworks, and I'm still a month behind!!

And lastly I'm working on Needleworker by Little House Needleworks.  This is done on 32 Ct. over one using the recommended GAST threads.  I think I'll use this around a basket when I'm finished.

And they that!  I have a lot of stuff coming up in the next few weeks, I sure hope I find time to stitch!  My son turns 21 on Father's piggy bank has seen better days!  LOL  It should be a fun day...and I'll have pictures in an update afterward!  I'm also looking forward to a couple of at the end of June, the other the end of July.  My poor van sure has seen a lot of this country lately!  Happy Stitching everybody!!