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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Valentine Tree

Here's what all those velvet hearts were being made for! A Valentine themed wool feather tree!

Thanks to Joanne for the gorgeous neutral colored wool and thanks to the Cinnamon Stick for the gorgeous red cotton velvet!

The hangers for the hearts are a creamy pearl cotton and I added a simple mother of pearl button to each for an extra touch. The tree is firmly anchored in the bucket with the help of some paper clay. It could use some moss to cover the clay, but I can't seem to find mine? Anyways, I think this little Valentine tree brings some happy to the grey days of Winter...

I've started on a Valentine needle punch this afternoon... hoping to share it with you soon...

Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Snowmen, Snow Days Block 6 and Velvet

Have you ever seen something and said "Hey, that's nice!"? I'm guessing you said yes to that... we all have seen nice things. Now... have you ever seen something and said "Hey, that's nice!"... and smile every time you think about seeing it... day after day... until FINALLY... it is listed on Etsy and you can purchase it nearly immediately and make it yours? *big smile*

Well... that's what happened when Ginger posted a picture of this guy on her blog primitivesbythelightofthemoon! It was the bashful smile of this snowman, along with the way Ginger hooked the hearts into the background...

...that made me start clicking like a madwoman when I had seen it listed in her Etsy store prairiemoonprimitives! Ginger and PatiJane both make and contribute fantastic handmades to their store! Stop by and take a peek!

Ginger and PatiJane are also members of the eBay group An American Primitive Gathering that I belong to. And, sometimes they get together and hand craft the best happy surprises and mail them to every member in the group. We were all smiling big when these packages of Happy New Year wishes arrived!

The snowman is a paper wrapped Hershey Bar (with a snowman face drawn on it) and his hat is a pair of knitted gloves!!! Now, how cute is that?!?!? Also included was a woolen needle minder and a Happy New Year card! These ladies are so creative, thoughtful and generous! Thank you both so much!!!

And now... I bring you Block 6 of the Snow Days quilt that Jacque and I are working on... this was a fun and relaxing block to stitch...

I think Jacque is nearly complete with the embroidery of the 14th and final block... next comes the pieced parts of these blocks... and more embroidery on the pieced sections! This really an awesome design by Crabapple Hill... I can't thank Jacque enough for twisting my arm to stitch this! It's a long work in progress... but it is very enjoyable!

What's on my bench now? Well... here's a peek... those are little velvet hearts... sewn by hand as I'm sure my sewing machine would LOVE to gobble up this yummy velvet... more about these hearts to come in the next post...

After making a huge pot of chicken soup yesterday and a huge pot of sausage and peppers today... there will be plenty of leftovers remaining to enjoy during the week... so when I get home from work... I'll have some time to create!

Until next time... Stay healthy and keep on smiling!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I'd like to start 2012 with big thank you to everyone that checks in here to see what's stitching, hooking and needlepunching! This is all part of a creative sanity that I thoroughly enjoy. Hopefully someone reading these posts has learned a new technique, short cut or entirely new craft they would love to try! Thanks for letting me share! And, thanks for taking the time to stop by here and read... and leave comments... it's comforting to know that there are kindred spirits among us, though we all may be miles apart.

One thing that is for certain this year... is that the completed projects posted here during 2012 will all be from patterns and supplies that I currently have! The mailman was very busy delivering quilting "Blocks of the Month" programs, cross stitch "Girl's Clubs", cross stitch "Mystery Samplers", yards of quilting cottons, pounds of soft, fluffy over dyed woolens, silk threads and linens throughout 2011... and did I mention patterns? Yep.... I have wooden crates and wire baskets full of patterns for rug hooking, cross stitch, wool applique, needle punch and quilting... and the one thing all these have in common, is that I'm still as excited about working on that pattern as I was when I first decided that I "needed" that pattern... so, it will all get stitched, hooked, quilted and punched before something new is brought to my mailbox...

So, before I start stitching on this first day of a brand new year... I'd like to wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2012!!! May you always have opportunities to live, love and laugh each and every day!

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned,
earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the
spiritual experience of living every minute
with love, grace and gratitude."
~Denis Waitley

Until next time, stay healthy and keep on smiling!

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