Monday, January 25, 2010

Shasta's lil darlin's .... and some stitching too.

Well, here they are at almost 2 weeks old.  Shasta's lil darlin's -- fat and happy.

In addition to snuggling puppies, I got some stitching done.  I worked on the Homespun Elegance piece and am almost finished with it.  If you are familiar with the pattern you will notice I changed it a little.  Instead of all the little motiffs scattered to the sides of the house, I adapted part of the GGM sampler and put some of the little figures inside the diamonds.  I like this better -- more orderly, imo, plus they look like pictures hanging on the walls inside the house.   The threads are Vicki Clayton silks and the fabric is 28 ct linen (don't know the name of the color).

Friday, January 22, 2010

Stitching update .....

Hooray! I have 2 finishes back from the framers. Happy dancin' time!  I love my Harvest Angel and can't wait to get her hanging on the wall.  The other piece is an EGA correspondence course called Laksana's Sampler.  I learned a couple new stitches here.  Myreschka, aka, Ukrainian pulled thread and another pulled thread stitch called  murver (around the large heart).  I really like this stitch and also used it in the angel's wings.

I have also been working on a couple other samplers from the Marquior Group:

This first one is such a lovely sampler.   The pattern calls for lines of celtic knots above and below those lovely letters but I plan to attach thin lace instead -- probably with some beads for a little glitter.   I think that will be so pretty.  I'm a sucker for beads and lace ...... what can I say.

This second sampler is such a cool pattern and a wonderful opportunity to just play with colors.  I am loving it!   It's a little hard on my eyes, however, because I'm stitching over 1 on 28 ct fabric.  However, since I'm using only 1 thread, it seems to go faster because there is no laying of threads to slow me down. 

This upcoming weekend should be a nice one -- it will be a laundry, stitching, puppy weekend.  What fun!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Only one picture .....

Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have to show right now.  It's a fun little sampler from the Marquoir Group.  I have been stitching but I keep forgetting to take pictures.  I will have to correct that tonight.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


No stitching, just puppy pics.  And aren't they adorable?!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Stitching with agility

Well it's 2010 -- woohoo -- another year down the drain.  Oh well.

I did manage to get some stitching done over the holiday, not as much as I wanted but that's ok. 

Harvest Angel is almost finished. She needs eyes, some beads, a spider web and the date and she will be done. Hopefully this week will see her completed and to the framer's.

I changed her wings from butterfly-type to more bird-like wings and filled them with a pulled thread stitch.  I like them better this way. 

There is a goof in her dress at one point ..... but I'll never tell where it is. 

I began the Christmas Design SAL on January 1st.  I didn't get much done but I did start it.  At least I got over the first hump.  I probably won't do any more on it until next month now.  Or maybe I'll finish the brown squares at the top before calling it done for the month.

And last but not least is See the Star.

I was visited by some froggies here -- ripit -- ripit!!  Froggies and over 1 stitching are not pleasant creatures.  Hopefully, they are gone and will not return.  With luck I can get this part finished tonight or tomorrow.

On Sunday, the dogs and I went to a CPE agility trial.  My scardy boy River did wonderfully.  He was happy and not stressed for his run.  Stormy is officially off the injured reserve list.  He ran fast and without any problems -- he is back to his ol' bouncy self.  Whew!  And Willow ran beautifully also.  I screwed up her Snooker run because I wasn't in the right place but her Colors was perfect.  Out of a total of 4 runs, the dogs and I Q'd 3 times.  Not to shabby!