Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thank you! Many photos!

Hello friends! I know it's been awhile since I last posted. I needed time after Nannies passing.

 Thank you Thank you so very much for your condolences and kind heartfelt words.
I had read them at least 2 to 3 times. Your comments really helped me get through each day after Nannie's passing. I am so sorry I didn't answer each of you back but I was so drained emotionally and physically. I know you understand and Thank you again.

I do want to share a bit about Nannies funeral. Nannie was incredibly honored at her funeral.

The pastor who led her services is a mayor of a local town. Nannie's niece Susan Rhode Morris sang 4 songs. Susan is a professional singer (including opera) and yes she has CD's. Everyone was blown away with her beautiful voice. One of the songs she sang was Ava Maria! Her voice touched my soul.  Right before the services she came over to me, my husband and our son Nicholas and told us she was going to be singing right to us. And she did!!!! One of my all time favorite singers is Celine Dion. Susan's voice is more clear, powerful and hits notes that I've never heard Celine do. The whole room at Nannie's funeral was impressed, blown away and loved Susan's singing.
Then towards the end of services my Uncle John (Nannie's only son) spoke. The end of his speech, this is what was so special,  - He said "It's a monumental achievement for someone to live to be 101 years old. I would like you to join me in honoring my mom and give her a standing ovation".  Everyone stood up and applauded Nannie. The applause lasted for at least 3 minutes and it was loud and strong.
It was amazing. I've never heard of anyone applauding someone at a funeral and or during the services. It was extremely special, appropriate and I felt in my heart that it was right and well earned by Nannie.
Nannie was and still is incredibly special to me and will always be in my heart.

Frances surprised me by sending me a beautiful card and included two charts of hearts that I can stitch in remembrance of Nannie!
Thank you sweet Frances I love them!!!

Now looking back when Nannie was ill and we were going over back and forth to see her I had some projects that were already done but was not able to share due to the recipient had not received my package yet. Also I was stitching before and after. There were a few days when I didn't pick up my needle.

 These are gifts I sent to Deborah who was my exchange partner when I participated in Terri's Harvest Fall 2014 exchange.

I made Deborah a pillow. The chart is called "Old Witch Mary quite contrary" by Teresa Murgida of Italy. I purchased her chart on Etsy.

 I also made for Deborah a zipper pouch and needlebook.

 Here's what I got in the mail from the Terri's Harvest Exchange.
Wonderful gifts I received from Dawn.

 Dawn sent me 2 charts, October by Heart in Hand and A Halloween Year August by Homespun Elegance, beautiful variety of threads, fabrics and a set of needles. oooh and candy too! I love everything Dawn, thank you so much!!!

 Here's what Dawn made for me. I love the pumpkin she stitched and how she finished it. Dawn said she learned to do this type of finishing from our wonderful Vonna's tutorials.

 Can you see the pretty beads for feet on the bottom?

 I did finish my ornament - LHN from JCS Christmas issue magazine.

 I've been keeping up stitching on Saturdays with Linda honoring Deborah!!!
Just hadn't posted my progress lately.

 This is a very old project from 2006. It's needlepoint. I just completed it in September. My son kept after me to finish stitching it for years. Finally I took it out, finished stitching and then completed it.

 I also followed Vonna's tutorial on this type of finish. It was a bit tricky because of the shape of the egg and not a box -lol. But I did it. It was Dawn's darling pumpkin finish that inspired me to do this type of finish. Everything is all pinned - no sewing or gluing.

Feels great to have this all done. By the way my son does not care for the fluffy ribbons on top. I told him too bad. I used some silk wired ribbons from my moms stash. So it has some special touches. Oh and I made the cording around the front myself. I'm super pleased how it turned out.
Thank you for your patience and for hanging in there in this looooong post.
There's more for me to share with you of my projects I've made but I am going to have to do another post. I miss all of you and feel like I'm back.
Much love and always my appreciation - Annette

Thursday, October 2, 2014

In Loving Memory - Nannie

Hello friends!
With a heavy heart - my Nannie 101 yrs old passed away Tuesday Sept 30th just a bit afternoon!
I know you've celebrated with me her 100th and 101st Birthday. You know how much I loved her and shared with you through my previous posts. Oh my Nannie was still having every thing her way up till she passed. She was sooooooo strong. Hard right now for me to write this. I know she had an incredible, wonderful long life. BUT you see if I could have had her for another 20 years with her being in good health - I would....

This beautiful photo was taken by my Aunt. The sun was setting in the backyard yesterday at Nannie's house. The chair was right there and if you can see the tiny pine tree right next to it - Nannie planted it as a tiny tiny sprig from the mountains. She had picked it and brought it home with her.
IT's amazing how she got it to grow and she was an AMAZING woman!
With my love and appreciation - Annette

Saturday, September 20, 2014

FNSI ( Friday Night Sew In) Results!

Hello friends! Yesterday I had learned of FNSI hosted by Sugarlane Quilts. I had learned of this from Kaye of Kitten stitching blog. I finally got settled in for the evening to stitch. And I decided to start this cute ornament from the 2014 JCS Christmas Issue.

I think it's 28ct flax linen. I was hoping I pulled 32ct but I don't think it is.
Threads: DMC and CC English Ivy

This is how far I was able to get last night. I love the darling candy cane the snowman is holding. And I had to frog all I had started after seeing a error (about 28 stitches).
If it weren't for some interruptions I probably could of stitched more on this last evening. sigh....
This was fun to participate with the group. Now off to see what others sewed last night & then to stitch my Saturday SAL with Linda:) Thank you for your visit.
With love and Appreciation - Annette

Friday, September 19, 2014

Winner and FNSI

Congratulations Frances N.!!!
you won Uncle Sam little chart!
Please email me your address and I can mail the chart to you.

Grab the Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) button

I will be joining this evening with lots of stitching friends for FNSI!!!
To sign up go HERE!!! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Honoring a friend, a finish and a giveaway!

Hello friends! Temps have been in the 100's crazy...too hot and I'm so ready for Fall's cooler weather. Just isn't happening yet here in Northern Calif!
Hard to believe it's already the middle of September. Only one day it was cool and I actually got a little bit of Autumn decor done.

But first there's no way that I cannot comment or reflect with a heavy heart, about a precious sweet friend of our blogging community who is greatly missed - Debbie Bryant of Debbie's Cross Stitch blog.
I know that you have already learned of her passing. Honestly I think I put off this post just because her passing is so darn unreal to me. Debbie had encouraged & inspired me with my stitching and that you can never have enough wips. I joined her Bothy Threads Cut Thru SAL Monday. I only knew Debbie thru our blogging/commenting. Back in spring of this year she had asked me if I would make a zipper pouch as a bridal gift for one of her daughters friends. That led to lots of texting back and forth between us. I even sent her photos of fabrics while I was at our quilt shop downtown. Oh that was a fun day. It was like she was shopping with me but thru texting. All had worked out and she was so pleased with the pouches. She is already being greatly missed!
My heart and prayers are for Debbie, her family and her friends which includes all of you too.

Linda (Stitchin with my Furbabies blog) had a Saturday SAL since 2012 with Debbie. And Linda asked if we would like to join her. As soon as I had read about that - I decided to join Linda and stitch on a project every Saturday in Debbie's memory. For my project I decided on this beautiful chart Linda had gifted me last year....

 Good Morning by Joan A. Elliot - Imaginating, Inc.
16ct Adia Fiddler lite, Threads - DMC 
Started project - Saturday August 30th, & stitched on Saturday Sept 6th 2014

 Progress from this weekend - Sept 13th
I just love stitching with all these fall colors for this project. And it warms my heart to be honoring Debbie's memory in Saturday's SAL with Linda.
Thank you to Linda for this lovely SAL.  You can join in on this SAL too. The information can be found on Linda's blog HERE. I too will join with Linda for January's Crazy Starts 2015 in Debbie's memory also,

 Gingerbread Tree Etui by Victoria Sampler Designs
Tree #2  progress

 Keep Me Sampler by Moira Blackburn

Vickie had sent me this beautiful chart which my name had been drawn in honor of her reaching 300 followers. I LOVE the charting for this design. The charting is very large and makes it so easy to read. I love the beautiful willow tree, the pretty border and the darling house. I am so looking forward to stitching this.
Thank you sweet Vickie!!!

 And the week before I received  Uncle Sam by Bent Creek from Vickie.
Yes my name had been drawn for each drawing she had!!! I started stitching Uncle Sam on Sept 11th and finished/completed Sept 12th. I stitched him on 32ct flax linen, 2 over 2 and All DMC threads were used except WDW Pea Coat for the dark navy. For the background I used DMC variegated #4145. I made the cord with DMC #221 & 3865.
I love how this turned out. I forgot to stitch a red star like Vickie had. The tag finishing idea I was inspired by Vonna's Santa's ornaments. The mini flag fabric is a civil war reproduction (I think) and the backing a red mini stars fabric.
Now that I have stitched this I would like to give it to you! If you are interested please just leave a comment telling me you would like this chart! I will draw a name if more than one person is interested on Sept 19th.

One day last week it was cool. I actually got a little bit of Autumn decor done. 
The large elf doll is "Jack Frost"!

 Last Friday night I needed to pick up another DMC #221 to make the cording for Uncle Sam. So I hurried off to Joann's before they closed. I grabbed my 3 DMC threads and I was leaving the thread aisle when a lady who walked by me stopped and said "OH you do embroidery?" She had seen the threads in my hand.  I said "I do but I mostly do cross stitching". She then told me " Oh you need to go over right there against to the wall they have lots of stitching stuff on clearance"! OH OH!!!   Here's what came home with me.....

A lap stand for $1.97 and 2 sets of  scrolls .97 cents each!!!!

 Pink 14ct Adia for .50 cents, 16ct adia cream for .50 cents, 2 Punch needle sets .97 cents each,
8" hoop for .50 cents, and a package of 2 lace sachets for .50 cents. Okay I go to counter to pay and the sales lady asks me if I would like to sign up for text messages from Joann's and I would get another 20% off my entire purchase only for this evening - I SAID "YES". I needed to purchase a bag for .10 cents so My total was $7.95. Wasn't that great? I've been wanting a lap stand and I couldn't pass up one for a total of under $4.00. I haven't put it together yet but I will let you know how it works out!

2014 JCS Christmas Ornament Magazine finally arrived in the mail. I selected my top 3 ornaments:

 Little House Needleworks - Snowy Days!  This is one of Vonna's model's stitching & finishing's - how cool is that? LOVE IT VONNA! I actually saw your finish in this magazine after I completed my Uncle Sam.

 Shepherd's Bush Printworks - Hark

The Victoria Sampler - One More Stitch!

There are lots of really cute & beautiful ornaments I like in this issue. Just to inform you too my Nannie (101 yrs old) is not doing well. Too much to share but one of the most crazy things is that at 101 yrs old she has been diagnosed with cancer (only 3 weeks ago, or just a two days before I learned of Debbie's passing). I mean really??? Who gets cancer at 101yrs old???? Anyways she is one tough, strong lady and such a great role model of strength of mind. 
With my love and Appreciation - Annette

Friday, August 29, 2014

Earthquake & Stitching News!

Hello friends! First I have a story to share with you.
Sunday night or early Monday morning at 3:20am I was reading Laura Child's book "Sweet Tea Revenge" and had just read a part where a character got spooked and said "Aieee" (talk about timing). I stopped reading and had placed the book on my lap. I noticed I was feeling kind of dizzy. A second later I felt the room sway (only way I can explain it) and then the bed started to shake ever so slightly. I knew we were having a earthquake. And it the shaking got stronger and stronger, my bed now was actually shaking hard (like the beds you could put a quarter in), the doors on our armoire started shaking hard & banging, our hanging light was swinging back and forth. The whole house shook. It lasted what felt like forever but only for about 2 minutes from start to finish.
I got so dang dizzy and the shaking kept up and got even stronger. It was a 6.1 earthquake. Lets just say I have experienced a haunted house for Halloween early. We had no damage. Only a few boxes in the garage were tossed off some shelves and they were empty. Right away I looked up on Google and sure enough that's were I read it was 6.1 and centered in American Canyon, California. I thought oh oh that's not all that far away from us no wonder we felt it so strong. Yes we live in Northern California and American Canyon is only 38 mins away. I can't imagine what the people in Napa, Vallejo  and American Canyon felt were the earthquake had centered & hit -they felt the earthquake the hardest. That was the strongest earthquake we've experienced yet.  I had looked at my clock when I started feeling dizzy and when the earthquake was done shaking my clock said 3:22am.
My only problem was I felt dizzy on and off for the next few days. Feeling much better now. And it was also brought to my attention there have been so many after shocks (over 70 of them). That is probably why I felt the way I did. Not enough for us to really see shaking but when the earthquakes or aftershocks are slight you think your not feeling well. Everyone who I have talked to had awaken and felt this earthquake. Even my 101yr old Nannie. SHE WOKE UP and felt it!!!
Our prayers go out for all the people who were effected by the earthquake.

Okay back to stitching news:

Amy finished her Elizabeth half doll. WOOHOO! Congratulations Amy!!! 
Amy's finish is Gorgeous!!! You can see it HERE.

I received the a sweet RAC from Miek from the Netherlands. I had sent Hetti a RAC and included a package for her sister Miek. And I was so surprised to get a parcel in the mail let alone from sweet Miek!!! WOW!!!

 Miek sent me some beautiful silks that she hand over dyed herself. YES all these skeins you see are all silk!
She learned that I love Christmas colors and pretty blues. I am so looking forward to stitching some Christmas ornaments and certainly will be using these gorgeous threads from Miek:)

 This beautiful biscornu was stitched by Miek and its French flower petals with her own hand dyed silk thread. LOVELY!!! Thank you Miek!!!

 I was so lucky to win Vickie's darling Uncle Sam chart by Bent Creek from her drawing. Vickie also made for me some of her beautiful PINK pins (that I love). Thank you Vickie!!!

 Santa had brought me this chart and linen for Christmas last year and this is my new start!

 Gingerbread Tree Etui by Victoria Sampler Designs
28ct Almond Jazlyn 
(I didn't know what Jazlyn was. It's similar to Lugana)

Started and finished tree #1. There are 4 sides of the tree to be stitched. each side has a different scene. this one is Santa and his reindeer flying over a seaside village with a light house in the background. I need to stitch: backstitch outline, daisy stitches, attach beads and buttons. I am stitching 2 trees on 1 fabric cut. So I will go back and complete after I get tree #2 done:)

Progress on tree #2 of 4. 
I had joined a Harvest Exchange through Terri of Dixie Sampler and have been working on some projects for that exchange. Can't share what I'm making but sure will do so later (after when my exchange person has received her gifts). Our weather has been warm, hot, humid, still and hot again. Oddly enough some people last week had said we had been having earthquake weather. And an earthquake we did have.
Hope your enjoying the last of summer.
Always with my love and Appreciation - Annette

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Elizabeth Half Doll Pincushion - Completed!

Hello stitching friends. Thank you for all your encouragement and for cheering me to get this project done.
I am so thrilled that Elizabeth is finished & completed!!
Many many photos I took while completing Elizabeth pincushion that I would like to share with you. When those of you, who are stitching this doll project, reach the point of finishing I would love to know or see if you used some different techniques while sewing her. First......

When you get a chance I hope you visit -
Hazel of Quietly Stitching who is hosting a giveaway HERE and
Chris of Always Smiling is hosting her 6th year Blogaversary HERE.

Also new updates on our SAL Elizabeth half doll Pincushion:
Amy of Thread in Hand,                 Grace of Needle Pins and Dragonflies, 
Clare of Craftlady in Kiwiland        Teresa of At Willow Tree Pond

Photos of completing Elizabeth .......
 Oh boy I ended up cutting the top and left a nice 3/4" to turn under for each the top piece and lining.
Then I studied the very small photo in the magazine and learned that they folded all the way down leaving about 4 to 6 threads from the top of the side borders.

 I pinned and ironed. I did push my pins up so I would not melt the tops ( I have done this before).

NOTE: I stitched a gathering stitch (starting on the lining side) as close as I was able to near the top and used Pearl #12 Ecru thread for this. I did not sew the top and then run the heavy duty thread like the magazine suggests.

 Hope you can see my running stitches. I figured it was okay to show the thread on the good side as it would be gathered and covered with ribbon later.

 Perfect! Just like the photo of the doll in the magazine.

 I used regular sewing thread that I needed to stitch the sides up a bit where I left open. Wasn't sure if I would need to adjust and turns out I didn't need to.

Views of when I placed the skirt on the doll and adjusted it.

 Back view. 
 NOTE: It does not mention this next step but after again studying the photos in the magazine I noticed that they had slipped stitched close where the skirt meets together in the front. I used regular sewing thread for partly stitching close the upper skirt where the 2 sides meet. I left the Pearl #12 thread that I used for gathering separate. This way I could again pull the skirt and adjust it after I slipped stitch the fronts together.

 Making the scissor pocket. I did not glue the ecru felt for the inside of the pocket I stitched it.

 Elizabeth Half Doll Pincushion - GPA
32ct cream Belfast linen - Zweigart
Threads - silks and DMC 

  I had to take Elizabeth outside for a photo shoot. 

 Thank you again for all your support and encouragement. What's next for me? So far I pulled Ann Dale out and have been working on her. Happy stitching!! With my love and appreciation - Annette