Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fly Birdie!

The little birdie carrying the stitching fairy is taking shape. I love Prairie Schooler stuff. So simple to stitch, but so adorable!

I visited with a cross stitching friend today at her new house. She seems very happy and has a wonderful studio area to work in. I covet it! Actually, I have a nice office area (but I want to call it a studio) but alas, I must share it with my husband and son, so it must be kept in order, lol. But watch out--if I ever get my own space, I'm going to break loose and keep the sewing machine out ALL the time!

The heat, my goodness, the heat. It was stifling today and I was thankful to come home to a cool house and stitch a bit this evening. I have also browsed some of the cool needlework blogs listed here and man, are these women inspirational. I just love looking around at what other women are stitching and seeing the passion they have for the needle and thread. So props to all the stitchers out there, young and old, and even to the people who just appreciate needlework for what it is, and what it can do for one's soul.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Some stash additions!

I'm hooked on Little House Needleworks! While on vacation though, I bought a little mermaid design, a Halloween Bird and a Shepherd's Bush kit called Queen Sheep. I'm steadily working on my Prairie Fairy and did a few more stitches on the Mirabilia Fairy wings. Whew. If I'm tuckered out over these wings, what ever will I do if I decide to tackle on of the mermaids???!!!

I'll post some WIP pics tomorrow.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wish Sheep is DONE!

He is complete (to my specs anyways, lol). I left out the weird squiggle confetti things because they just didn't make sense to me. I also made the word "Wish" in my own stiching hand because as much as I love Shepherd's Bush, I really dislike the funky slanty font they are using with these little sheep kits.

So, Prarie Fairy, I'm coming for you next! Halloween Fairy may get a few stitches in between, too.

Friday, July 25, 2008

"Wish" progress

This little dude is stitching up fast! I love him. The colors are so beautiful and soft, but I have realized that I should have a laying tool in order to work properly with silk threads. Oh well! Next project by Shepherd's Bush will be done with one. I have many more kits by SB, so I'll have plenty of opportunity to practice with it.

I did a few more stitches on the Halloween Fairy, but I gotta tell you, I lucked into a gorgeous Halloween lady by Mirabilia in the September issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework. I didn't even realize it until after I'd bought it. WOW, it's gorgeous and will look nice side by side with the HF. Or maybe hanging somewhere else, lol. That's the fun is deciding where to put it. Oh, I have several that need framing, but I can still dream! The little sheep will be framed for Mom, but the rest will wait until work starts up again.

Uh oh. Work means less stitching. :(

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sadly I'm back.

Well, I must tell you that the beach was fabulous. As it always is. My son is not as laid back as we are and he's forever wanting to know what is happening next and where are we going and where are we eating and can he go here and there and what are we doing after that...oy. My husband and I could literally sit on the beach all day, no worries. This kid has rocked our world.

That said, I love sharing this family tradition with him and he seems to cherish beach vacations. I did too, still do, and hopefully he has such a wonderful time that it will forever be a part of him and he can share it with his family someday. That would be so nice.

Isn't this a beautiful shot? Fenwick State Park, where you can take your dogs year round. We let ours visit on the last day after we picked them up from the kennel.

The guys aren't really sunburned, they just look red, lol.

Just a nightime shot of the ferris wheel on the pier.

I set up a Flickr thingy so people can look at more of the photos. I also tried to set up a slideshow on my blog, but it won't feed. If anyone knows what I have to do, please share! I have allowed Flickr permission and sent a test message but do I have to make all the photos public for it to feed? What the heck?

OK, I didn't take the Halloween Fairy, but I managed to start two new projects. I took the Prairie Stitching Fairy by Prairie Schooler, below:

and I bought a little Shepherd's bush kit, Wish, to do for my Mommy's birthday:

OK, I bought two Shepherd's Bush little kits, but I'll post that some other time. Blogging shouldn't take all day, right? I'll upload my new stuff tomorrow or at least sometime soon!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Beach Bound

Well, I can hardly wait until tomorrow morning. We're heading to our favorite vacation destination, Ocean City. Man, it's going to be an awesome week. Even now, I'm sitting here trying to decide what stitching to take. Do I take the fairy? How 'bout a tiny Shepherd's Bush kit and make it for my mom? Or, I could work on a Prairie Fairy (I have 2 of 4 completed). Man, I shouldn't have waited so long to tackle this one. My husband won't have any patience for me doing this tomorrow morning!

I got two new charts from Little House Needleworks the other day (like I need more charts). Nevermind that. I got Stars and Stripes, a very tiny design, but I need Heatherfield to put that one one. Then I got a prairie house one--can't think of the name right now, but I'm hooked on stars, moons and houses right now. Those will be perfect to work on when fall comes!

Well, stay safe and have a good week. I'll post some pics when I get back!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

If you have wings you can fly !

I completely finished the dress and stitched a bit on the right wing last night! I'm very excited about this, lol. I found a Mirabilia stitcher's board and I think I might join today because these women are complete inspirations to me! I'm not a speed stitcher, but I would like to take on a large design someday. Maybe a mermaid or something?

Our 4th was nice. Except for the fire and brimstone storm we had to deal with. My husband was out cooking steaks and chicken at his parents house while thunder, lightening and torrential rains hailed down on him. Yeah, he takes his cooking out pretty seriously.

Hopefully, I'll get more stitching done today and all this week. I want to pick out a beach project to take on vacay next week too. They have two cross stitch/needlework shops there (one is right on the boardwalk) that I LOVE to spend time and money in! I can't wait to go.

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July !

Whoever and wherever you are, enjoy the day with your families and friends. This day is such a wonderful American tradition with it's cookouts, get-togethers and patriotic feelings. Oh, and I didn't even get into the fireworks! Gotta love the fireworks! I'll be making deviled eggs in a bit, and then heading over to my in-laws for the evening. I got lots more done on my fairy, but the camera battery needs charging, so I'll upload another day. Have a great one!