Saturday, January 20, 2018

Snow Days (Updated)

Believe it or not, this little guy was the only progress I was able to make this weekend (so far).

We ended up getting 7 inches of snow. There was a lot going on here (2 sick kids), wasn't able to stitch as much.

Although snowed in, which normally will make you crave hot beverages, I was craving a virgin piña colada. Didn't have cream of coconut in my pantry (not the same as coconut milk), so I improvised. Threw in the blender some: crushed ice, pineapple juice, 2 bananas, a bit of agave nectar, and a delicious banana colada was the result! Enough for 4 generous servings.

What is your favorite beverage? 

Anyhow,  need to go and finish the laundry today instead of waiting for Monday... yippee, so exciting... :-/ Not! Vacuuming done, thankfully. More homeschool work to scan and upload tonight. Powder room done, bathrooms tomorrow. Sorry to be discouraging, but there are days that I'm full of energy and all up for it. Then I have days that I'm just dragging around, but still need to get things done.  If not I start seeing tumbleweeds instead of dust bunnies. Today was a draggy day, throw sick kids on top of that and... you know what I mean.

The positive of it is, if I'm done with all of it between today & tomorrow I'll have a less chore-y Monday!  
Will take a break from posting for some time. Enjoy what is left of the weekend and may the weeks ahead prove to be great for you!

PS: The goodies I ordered arrived today (delayed USPS delivery do to the storm), here's a peek:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Couple of Vintage Embroidery Designs

Thank you for the sweet comments on previous post!
Stopping briefly to share a couple of vintage embroidery designs from my collection.  I'm still learning the photo editing application on my cellphone, so hopefully these are clear enough for you to save, print, and stitch. Enjoy!
Use your favorite method for transferring it to your fabric and have some therapeutic down time with needle and thread! 

We might be snowed in for a day or two, besides catching up with uploading homeschool work and house chores, I might stitch a bit. Don't think I'll start one of these cuties, most likely will continue working on one of my current embroidery projects.

OH... before I forget! There is a clearance sale at Colonial Patterns (makers/distributors of Aunt Martha's embroidery transfers I talked about on previous post), and sadly somethings will not be offered any longer (like the pre-printed quilt tops). I'm not affiliated with the company, but a happy customer and needlework enthusiast giving a heads up on a good sale in case you will like to check it out! Must admit I already placed an order ;-). I'm a bit disappointed that once the quilt tops are gone they will not be offered any longer, so naturally I ordered two among other goodies... before they are all gone.
Well, I think this post turned out a bit longer than expected... until next time!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Back On The Saddle... Sort Of


While listening to upbuilding material I felt the desire to pick back up one of my projects that's been on stand by for some time.
Start of it posted here, and these are the designs I've stitched on it so far:
(above: out of print vintage, Puppy Fashion Show no.3262)
(above: Busy Bee no.3681 and below: Dottie the Duck no.3400... both still in print)
So those three designs are the ones already embroidered on my quilt top... by the way, I really love the pre-printed blocks on this quilt top. Thinking of using those pre-printed dotted lines as hand quilting pattern guide once the quilt top is done, most likely using perle cotton no. 8 or 5. Here is a link and picture of it in case some of you may want to check it out (non-affiliated link).  
AUNT MARTHA'S QUILTING FABRIC - RETRO FLOWER PRINT
I'm also trying to keep my selection of designs to be embroidered from my Aunt Martha's transfer collection. Easy going, no deadline, no stress stitching.
This last design is a vintage one, re-printed and found in the Aunt Martha's Vault section of their website (patterns in that section come without the envelope).
(above: Donny the Donkey no.3876)
I think this cute donkey is mesmerized by the singing of his tiny friend! My plan is to embroider every other block, and then appliqué squares of fabric from my stash on the rest of the blocks. I'll end up with a cheery lap top that will bring to mind fond memories.
Until later! Have a nice weekend!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Fall Towels Down

Briefly stopping by to update the blog before the end of this year. 
Haven't touch needle and thread since my previous post. Its been quite challenging these past few weeks, and I haven't felt motivated for any type of crafting. So thankful for the comfort & hope (Acts 24:15; Psalm 37:29,34; Revelation 21:3,4) from the Scriptures and the concern & love from family and friends that keep me going thru trialsome times!

Well, back to today's post... these were the Fall towels I had on display in the kitchen. Two of the few acquired as housewarming presents when we moved to our new home.
We do not celebrate traditional/popular holidays in our household. Our decorations are seasonal or year round, so these ones were out throughout autumn. 

I think the embroideries and colors in both of these towels match perfectly the fall months.

Today these were put away, and out came the ones that will be displayed throughout winter. Will post those later on.
Hoping everyone is doing well, keeping cozy and warm (as we are trying.. so cold here!), or cool and hydrated (for those of you in the hot months or warm weather)! I also hope that at some point during this winter my desire for needlework will return.
Until next time!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Fall Projects, A WIP Update, and an Outing.

What a month October proved to be! Looking forward to a beautiful November! I started a new towel, but this one will be heading to the home of a dear friend... hoping she likes it!

This English Paper Piecing project below, it is the one I made reference to on my last post.  I'm using autumnal fabric prints, mixed with a few hand embroidered 1" hexagons (hexies). It will become a bedside table mug rug. The stitcheries are part of various patterns by Mollie Johanson at Wild Olive blog.


We had a nice time on our October outing! Kids had fun, we visited with old friends, worship with a French speaking congregation while we were on vacation, and ate a few Caribbean flavored meals.

While on our way back I worked a bit more on this work in progress (aka: WIP) kitchen towel. Only a few more stitches left to complete it.

It is very interesting to me that I'm not able to read in a moving car without getting carsick, but hand embroidering is not a problem :-).
Well, enough "chatting" for now. I need to keep moving in order to accomplish today's To Do list. 
Hoping all of you are doing well! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Bit of Autumn

Not much happening around here, besides caring for sick little ones while keeping a tight schedule, so I’m posting two oldies but goodies ;-). Above and below are previous projects in autumnal colors. Pictures were taken in our previous home. Oh, I guess a little bit of news is that before my older one got sick, she baked two Gluten Free Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cakes back to back. The second half of the 2nd cake is what is left in the fridge. I do not eat it, but they enjoy it.
I want to start an English Paper Piecing project in Fall colors, (with some of the floral fabrics below) hoping to make my mind up soon. Fabrics below are from Sew Stitching Happy on Etsy, just in case you were wondering ;-).
My next blog update most likely will be towards the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by! Be well! Until next time!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

September


A month full of all kinds of activity besides needlework.
Just getting back to it this weekend, however as you can see 
I'm not hand embroidering but english paper piecing ;-). Still haven't forgotten about my blue work birdie towel, perhaps I'll finish it this weekend.

One more appointment in few days to be done with my medical round for the 2017 year. Everything seems ok, just needing to add a supplement to my daily routine to see if it makes a difference, so thankful for that!
Homeschooling officially started in this household, plus was able to increase my volunteer work although not to the amount I was aiming to, maybe in November I try again. Baking has increase too!
Need to go now, hoping everyone is well! Till later!

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