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Thursday, January 21, 2010

This week's projects...

As a continuation of December's mad dash to get organized... yesterday I just completed one of the main elements of this whole endeavor! I found some wonderful storage bins at our local craft store. They have a pretty good selection of unfinished wood (pine) there. And, although most of it is usually small containers, or very big pieces of furniture... I happened upon these guys one day... and thought they would be "just right" for the growing selection of patterns I have collected. The overall size is 18" high, 12" wide and 10" deep. The outside piece is a crate and the 3 drawers are built like small crates, but have solid fronts and backs. Yah... there was NO way I was going to leave the store without buying these! LOL!
My tastes generally lean towards the antique and/or weathered look for accent pieces. So, along with these I purchased a small can of Minwax Walnut stain... my camera is adding some color to it... but because they are only stained (no urethane)... the color is actually more dark, flat and antique-ish... ;-) I'm really luvin' the irregular mismatch of the woodgrains! The left bin has already been filled with cross stitch patterns (top drawer), needlepunch patterns (middle drawer) and wool applique patterns (bottom drawer). The right bin will soon hold my paper rug hooking patterns (top drawer), quilt patterns (middle drawer) and the bottom drawer is going to be a mix of general interest (toothbrush rug patterns, crochet patterns and a recently added Sock Knitting pattern! Yah... been reading blogs about sock knitting and I am so intrigued... have to give it a try!
Right now, the right bin is displaying a little cross stitch ornie designed by Betty Dekat of Primitive Bettys! She recently posted this little chart as a freebie on her blog. I stitched it up in an evening, so there is still time for you to stitch one of your own! To finish the piece, I simply sewed on a red cotton fabric backing, stuffed it lightly with wool snippets and attached a string for hanging. Just for an added touch, I added some buttons to the hanging string... looks nice on the twiggy tree I keep out year long in our dining room. Thanks Betty!

The coral thingy you see hanging out of one drawer is what I am referring to as a "fashion scarf". It's one of those long thin ones that really just add some color to your outfit, rather then a regular scarf which keeps you warm. Anyways, I crocheted this one evening while watching football... it's a nubby silk yarn in a fun confetti color that (I think) adds a bit of cheer to a winter day. I found this pattern on www.favecrafts.com/crochet Give this place a visit, as they have some pretty neat free patterns for you to try! More than just crochet there...

So, that's this week in a nutshell! This weekend, our online group (AAPG on eBay) will be having a "retreat" of sorts. It's basically just a block of time that we set aside one weekend a month to stitch up some projects that we've been meaning to get to. Whether it turns out to be a handmade for our own homes... or a handmade to gift or send to a friend... it's just a fun, picture sharing and inspiring weekend to create!

Have a wonderful day enjoying something that makes your heart sing! :-)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Midnight Silhouette Progress 4

Midnight Silhouette
Quilt Pattern by Blackbird Designs
This rug was hooked on linen backing to a size of 29" x 40"
I used both hand dyed and as-is wools cut in size #8 strips

I just pulled the last loop at about 10:30 this morning!!!! Yippee!!! This whole process began back in August of 2009... I transferred the pattern to the backing in November of 2009... and here it is January of 2010 and the hooking is complete! Yippee! I still need to trim, block and bind the rug, but the hooking is complete!

I'm SO happy!

Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by my blog and left words of encouragement! It really did help to keep me pulling those loops!

I do have a long list of projects that I plan to finish this year. The next one is going to be a

small one

Yah... you know, the kind that take maybe a day? And offer near instant gratification?


Yah... I'm still giddy from the fact that the hooking of
Midnight Silhouette is 



Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Three Generations

If you're thinking....

"Wow! That is SO eighties!"

You would be correct!

This is a 16" x 20" stitchery kit that was produced in 1981 by Sunset Stitchery. It's titled "Bits and Pieces Memory Box". 

So, why bring it out now? It just turned 2010!

Here's the scoop... my Mom always admired shadow boxes and little knick knacks. (Again, very 80's... LOL!) My Grandma always enjoyed crocheting and needlepoint. Well, my Mom was in a stitching store and spotted this kit and figured she would give it to my Grandma (for something to do)... Well, Grandma did some of it, but not much. She didn't like doing the variety of stitches on it and went back to her needlepoint. Leaving the stitchery in the closet.

A few months pass and my Mom decides she was going to give it a go! She worked on it for a few months... tired of it... and in her closet it went.

About 20 years pass and Mom finds this in her closet. Hmmmm... doesn't really feel up to finishing it, so she passes the kit along to me in hopes that I could finish it. This was August of 2009.

I don't know HOW to do embroidery.

So, there it sat... in my closet.

Thanksgiving Day arrives and talk of what to buy for whom enters the conversation at the dinner table. I always hear "I have what I need. Don't buy me anything". Hmmmm... 

Black Friday. I'm home. Pulling out the Christmas decorations and what do I spy in the closet! The stitchery.

Yep... this would be a good gift for my Mom... if I could finish it!

And, I did! Kinda did the learn as I go kinda technique. Embroidery is fun... and I'd like to do more of it, just not for awhile! LOL! 

Two things are missing from the stitchery. One would be the face of the pocket watch. And, the other item is a photograph in the frame on the lower right... I'd like my Mom to pick a photograph to put in there as she has all the family photos at her home. I'd like to put a photograph of my Grandma in there... but I don't have a good one of her. Hopefully Mom does...

So, this was most of my December on into January...

Merry Christmas Mom!

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