Sunday, April 27, 2014

Framed Finishes

Please forgive me for the bad pictures.  I have had major issues with my camera and now my computer is acting up.  I would love to blog more frequently but because of these issues I find it rather frustrating.  Today seems to be working in my favor so here goes.  First up is Spring In The Tulips by Just Nan.  I used the recommended Belfast linen, DMC threads and overdyed threads.  I found this to be a LONG stitch project because of the repetition but persevered and love the finished product.  It truly reminds me of an antique sampler and is much prettier in person.  It has satin stitching and beads to add texture and a little bit of over 1.  I finished it and framed it just in time for spring.

Next is the Song of the Seasons by LHN.  I changed it up a bit as I didn't want to stitch the alphabet on it.  I am pleased with how it turned out and love the frame.  It really pulls the reds from the piece.  I used the recommended fibers and linen but would have preferred a less flimsy linen.  I find that when it doesn't have enough body to it tension is difficult.

And last is Hibernation Day by Heartstring samplery.  I chose a burled maple frame and I love the simplicity of it.  I feel it really adds to the overall look of the sampler.  I have all of my samplers on one wall in my home office so that I can enjoy them.  I don't hang my pieces seasonally as I don't have lots of them framed------yet.  

 Lastly, I will leave you with an update of the pup.  Maggie and Daisy are getting along beautifully.  She is growing by leaps and bounds.  Her paws are now the size of my hands and pretty near the size of Daisy's paws. She is tipping the scales at 35lbs and is only 15 weeks old.  The vet says she is on the smaller size for a dane but they said the same about Daisy and she is 31" tall at the shoulder and 120lbs.  Ladies and gentleman, that is not a small dog.  I love to hear the padding noise of Maggie's feet when she crosses the kitchen floor.  Too Cute. Here is a pic of Daisy being a fabulous big sis and tolerating puppy behavior.
On the stitching front, I am working on Rebecca by Kathy Barrick Designs, Shores of Hawk Run by Carriage House, January Cat by NikysCreations, and Randje per Week by Annelies and Simone.
What are you stitching??  I would love to know if you stitch seasonal items, SAL, or do you stitch whatever you feel like working on??  Do you find that you choose small projects or large?  What ever it is that catches your fancy I hope you enjoy the process.  Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Been Stitching, How about you??

I've been stitching and finishing and so much more.  It has been a little hectic around here.  It started with a surprise on a Friday night a little over a month ago.  I have wanted to get a new pup since our sweet Jessee passed away over a year ago.  Our Dane, Daisy seemed a bit mopey and lonely (probably just in my head)  The breeder that we got Daisy from had a beautiful litter of blues (2 boys and 2 girls) and I spied the cutest little girl in the lot.  I begged, I harassed, I pleaded only to be greeted with an emphatic "No!"  Well, much to my surprise, the day I showed interest my hubby went and reserved her. Weeks before she could even come home to us. He brought her home on a Friday night when I thought he was out having dinner with his brother.  She is the sweetest thing ever!!  My hubby named her Maggie and I call her Maggie Moo.  She is growing daily and I am loving every minute.  Here are a few pics of my sweet girl.

Okay, enough puppy pics.  Lets get down to some stitching.  I have lots to share but will keep it short with a promise to return soon. First, Primitive Hare freebie stitched for Valentine's day and stuffed with Walnut Shells to give it weight.  I used R&R fabric with WDW Baked Apple thread.

Next is Little Snow by Lizzie Kate.  Great kit stitched with included linen and DMC floss.  Framed it with a sweet little frame I found at Michaels.  You may notice the charm is not lying flat.  I fixed it after this photo was taken.  OOPS!

Next is a great little kit from Stacy Nash.  It's been in the stash for over a year but all of you folks participating in the Stitch from Stash have prompted me to have a look in my treasures.  I stitched this with hopes of springs arrival. I know it's on its way but it is taking it's sweet old time.  I used everything that came in the kit. 

That's it for today.  I am so happy you stopped by to visit and take a look at what I have been up to.  Off to take the puppy out and feed her dinner.  (Clearly treating her like a newborn and loving it)  Hope you are crossing some x's Happy Stitching!