Friday, January 29, 2010

What's with the owls???

Have you noticed how many owl patterns there are lately? What's up with that?? At they have a pre-order on Outrageous Owls by Glendon Place. Cute, cute, cute! I might have to get this.

An order I placed Christmas Eve is still waiting for the Star Sapphire linen. Now, it's not like I don't have a thousand things to stitch, but I do like to have everything IMMEDIATELY!!!! ;)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Free cute quilt patterns: baskets or snowmen

I saw someone making the basket quilt and it's darling! I'm printing out the patterns "just in case" I decide to stitch it one day. I can quilt, I just don't quilt. Too busy trying to keep up with my cross stitch! LOL

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yo-Yo Easter Eggs

The stitching group I belong to is going to make yo-yo eggs. I want to put mine in an Easter basket with green fabric "grass". When ordering the styrofoam eggs I found a pattern for a yo-yo bunny and another pattern for a yo-yo cat (I love cats!). I think the Easter basket with the yo-yo eggs (aqua, pink, purple and green or yellow) will look pretty with the yo-yo bunny.

I found the greatest gadget thanks to Google! It's the Olfa Circle Cutter with ratchet handle. I bought it at Joann Fabrics (hooray for Joann's!). It took a little bit to get in the groove, but it took only a couple of hours to cut out 62 circles in 3 sizes for each of the 3 colors. Since the group is talking about starting this next Sunday, I had to do something to get a head start!

Here are some of the fabric circles I've cut out:
yo-yo circles Jan 18 2010

This morning while watching Models of the Runway I finished 4 of the yo-yos.
yo-yo finished Jan 18 2010

Not bad, if I do say so myself! I remember making a small yo-yo quilt at summer camp when I was 12 or 13 years old (more than a few years ago!!). LOL I guess it's like riding a bike and the skill is not really forgotten.

Playing catch-up

I was having problems with computer memory for a while, but now that's resolved and I can post pictures again of my stitching!

This is the Shepherd's Bush "A Christmas Pin Cushion" that I finished in December 2009 and will finish as an ornament:
SB Christmas Cheer pin cushion Dec 2009

This was a little kit in the December (?) Cross Stitcher Magazine. Cute as a button!
Cross Stitcher magazine 2009 reindeer kit

Although I started this project YEARS ago, I only completed day one and barely started day two. In December I finished days two through five and started day six.
PS 12 Days partridge PS 12 Days turtle doves

PS 12 Days French hens PS 12 Days calling birds

PS 12 Days golden rings

For my birthday my friend gave me two Blackbird stocking kits I'd not seen before. She had attended a retreat in Virginia Beach this past October and picked them up there. The one on the left is To Light the Way. The one on the right is Sea Side Beauty.

Blackbird Harvest of Friendship To Light the Way Dec 2009 Blackbird Harvest of Friendship Sea Side Beauty Dec 2009

I decided to stitch all of these as one of my stitching goals for 2010. I've been doing well since there's a lot of variety to choose from. I'm trying to mix stitching ones I like a lot with ones I don't care for as much. (I'm not telling which are which!!) :)

I started Auld Lang Syne on January 1, 2010, and finished it on January 2nd. It's from the January book.

Blackbird January Auld Lang Syne Jan 2 2010

Next up was New Arrival from the June book. No babies in my house so the stork has no baby either.

Blackbird June New Arrival Jan 2010

Purple is one of my favorite colors so February's Violet (from the February book) was up next.

Blackbird Feb February's Violet Jan 2 2010

I wasn't sure I liked this one and was not looking forward to stitching the umbrella, but it's much prettier in person and the umbrella wasn't too bad to stitch.

Blackbird  April Showers Jan 2010

I'm currently working on Quaker Fragments from the March book. I like the design, but was a little leery about the colors. Again, this works up much prettier than I thought it would.

Blackbird March Quaker Fragments

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nora Corbett's 12 Days of Christmas

There are so many 12 Days of Christmas patterns out there, but Nora has come up with a style all her own. I saw days 1 and 2 on the home page of and I'm really interested in knowing how big they're going to be before I get too excited about them.

I'd really like to have a Christmas tree one year decorated only in 12 Days of Christmas ornaments. I'm working on Prairie Schooler's and just started Jim Shore's. Somewhere I have the funny ones from Cross Stitcher magazine to stitch. I know that's not all of them, but it's all I can think of at the moment!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Books read in 2009

Books Read in 2009

• *A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova finished Dec 27 2009
• *Cowboy and Wills by Monica Holloway finished Nov 2009
• *Breaking the Bank by Yona Zeldis McDonough finished Nov 2009
• *Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke finished Nov 8 2009
• *Daughter of Kura by Debra Austin finished Aug 2009
• *Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn finished 2/21/09
• *East of the Sun by Julia Gregson finished July 2009
• *Fed Up by Conant-Park and Conant finished March 8 2009
• *Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovick finished Aug 31 2009
• *Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton
• *Foreign Body by Robin Cook
• *Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Wells Nov 2009
• *The Castle by Jeanette Wells Dec 2009
• *Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
• *Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
• *Lost Lake by Phillip Margolin finished Feb 2009
• *Marker by Robin Cook finished Mar 6 2009
• *Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst (if you liked Watership Downs, you'll probably like this) finished July 2009
• *State of Fear by Michael Creighton finished January 10, 2009
• *Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley Finished Feb 28 2009 funny!
• *The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark finished 2/21/09
• *The Devlin Diary finished Aug 30 2009
• *The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
• *The Promised World by Lisa Tucker finished Aug 2009
• *The Water Giver by Joan Ryan finished 9/23/09

Friday, January 8, 2010

Nuno Felt Scarf class tomorrow

I'm so tickled to be taking this class tomorrow. It looked beautiful in the accompanying picture, but I didn't know what nuno felting was. So I googled it! Turns out it's a Japanese technique of felting wool to a gauze (like the silk scarf we'll be using) using "wet felting" techniques. Yep, I had to google wet felting and found that means using a screen or netting and a sponge dipped in hot water.

Apparently you place natural fibers at 90 degree angles along the scarf, put the screen on top, wet it while pressing down with the sponge. Voila! One scarf.