Monday, September 28, 2015

Harry Potter tree & Sojourner

Hello Friends! It's crazy that's its the end of September. It gets darker earlier and so far we are still having HOT weather. Hope it changes soon. But I knew to get a jump on and decorate - our Halloween/Fall tree is up.  First I am sharing with you my progress on Sojourner sampler.

This top I'm sharing with you for a reason. Back in the late 1970's my parents took our family to Mexico. My mom bought me this blouse. I loved it for all the embroidered flowers stitched in different colors. This was my inspiration for my next band on Sojourner.

 I finished the last band. This is a traditional Mexican band with Satin stitches & Rhodes stitch details.
It was charted in green and white. But for me I wanted more color. Took me forever to think.... and then it hit me. I remembered the beautiful top mom had bought me.

 I'm so happy how it turned out. Both my parents are gone. This is a special meaning to me so when I look at this I instantly think of the fun vacation with my family from waaaaay back when.

 There is still lots of this sampler to be stitched. Like the strawberries (Queen stitches) and more satin stitches that will fill in the saw tooth border all around the bands. Now I'm stitching the left side of the floral's.

 Harry Potter Tree - for Halloween & Fall. 
I finally put up the Harry Potter tree. I know I have talked about it before in the past and now its up.
Our son had been a fan of the Harry Potter books since the very first one came out. Then as the years went by HP products came out. I saved lots of stuff and many many shopping trips collecting ornaments. 
In the first HP movie there's a scene where in the great hall it shows floating candles and pumpkins for their Halloween feast. SO I have added pumpkins to the tree. 

 There's Harry's trunk that I filled with large jewels (remember the houses were tallied with jewels), Bettie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Hedwig, Hogwarts Castle that plays the movies theme song, sleds that were in the film used for students in the Winter time.

 No matter where you look at the tree there are lots of different ornaments to see.

 I love Harry with his Chocolate Frogs! 

 Do you see Ron and Hermoine?

There's also Harry flying on his Nimbus 2000 broom, Gringott's bank, the Mirror of Erased, Harry and his invisible cloak and candles that flicker on and off. At night the tree is really beautiful all lit up.

I have a new stitching project that I will be starting tomorrow for our sweet friend Mouse. She will be making a Memory Quilt and asked if anyone would like to stitch a block for her. I said YES right away. So off to study some charts. If you would like to learn more of her project you can read it on her post HERE.
Thank you for stopping by!
With my love and appreciation - Annette

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sweet token gift & The Top Five

Hello lovely friends! Our weather was very hot since last week and over the weekend. Today we had a bit of rain but our windows and door has been open the whole time - humid! Have been praying for all the people who lost their homes and for the firefighters. I was told by my aunt that my cousins godfather lost his home in the fire. He and his family lived right there in Cobb. Just horrible. He, his wife and their dog had just gotten in their truck and drove away & in his review mirror saw his 2 propane tanks explode along with their home. They had just barely made it out. The fire is still not all contained. Asking for your prayers please!

Well this post is inspired by our friend Vickie! Vickie surprised me with a card and darling envelope letter fob. I LOVE it! I have it on my planner where I get to see it all the time:)
Thank you for your Thank you sweet Vickie!

Vickie had shared her top five ornaments from this years JCS 2015 Ornament Magazine.
There are so many  cute and beautiful ornaments that I can see myself stitching.  Hope you can share also what your top 5 are:)
Here are mine:
 "Hope" by Lone Elm Lane #1

"Merry Christmas With Love" by Tempting Tangles Designs #7. Now I can see different variations of this ornament stitched by changing the fabric color & threads. I just think this is very cute.

 "Gingerbread Quilt" by The Victoria Sampler #3. This ornament is a quilt done on Gingerbread fabric to match her new Gingerbread Quilters cottage which hasn't been released yet.

 "Plenty" by Hands on Design #8.
and "Merry Christmas" by Samplers Not Forgotten #10.  Okay there's five right there but......

 "Joyful Santa" by Homespun Elegance #4.  I need a Santa for this years tree!
SO there are my top 6 but there are soooo many more pretty ornaments in this years magazine.

Progress on Sojourner - Finished several more bands.
- The Chinese band is in recognition of the thousands of Chinese who traveled East across the Pacific Ocean to find their fortune in California Gold. This Chinese band was charted all in red motifs and black accents. I made a few of the motifs to gold.
- Between the Chinese and Russian band is a dividing band all done in Montenegrin stitches - Chester's Blue Classic Colorworks silk.
- The Russian band (with the birds) - is a band commonly found in Russian folk art garments. I alternated two blue threads for the motifs in this band, Presidential Blue Sampler threads GA & Pacific Blue by Gloriana silk.
- another dividing band under the Russian band is done in Montenegrin stitches - Chester's Blue Classic Colorworks silk.

Well that's it for now. Hope our weather gets cooler. Right now they really need rain where there are fighting fires. I'm ready for Fall! I have noticed that it's getting darker much earlier now.
With my Love and Appreciation - Annette

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sojourner & Veggie seeds haul!

Hello lovely friends! I'm here! At first I thought it was only 2 weeks ago since I posted. Had a look at my blog and was so surprised. August has been a HOT, cold, HOT temps for us. But I am taking advantage and have been enjoying the last of Summer. Well our temps are still high time will tell.I have taken advantage of doing outside yard work when it wasn't triple digits. Lots got done. Always more to do.

So sad that Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly magazine has ceased publication with their latest issue. I have a subscription and have just received the latest Fall issue. Have no idea what will happen with prepaid issues I have left on my subscription with them. Will learn soon enough.

So what have I been doing & stitching? I actually finished stitching a beautiful piece& completed it. As it's a gift will get back to you to share with you in November with this.
On a stitching note - I worked on Sojourner.

Strawberry band - the strawberries and leaves are all done in Queens Stitch. I will work on the them little by little but I wanted to stitch other parts of the sampler.
I completed 4 more bands. Two black & white bands separate the larger motif bands.
The pansy band is done in backstitch & reflects Great Britain, Irish, English, Welsh and Scottish peoples who came to America seeking a new life. The floral rope reflects the nautical history of San Francisco as a major sea port.

 "Sojourner" by Theresa Baird for Heart's Ease Examplar Workes
40ct Expresso Linen by R & R Rerpductions

 Everything on this table was a grand price of $9.86. WOW Talk about a great find. Dollar General had their seeds 90% off. Now let me back up here a moment. Back in February or some time around there I went looking for seeds to plant. Everything was high. I had found one box of seeds for almost $9 and didn't make shopping for seeds fun. I had no idea that Dollar General store even had seeds priced at 2 for $1 and 4 for $1. If I had I would have stocked up on them. My son had learned of this sale on Facebook a group called "The Rusted Garden: All about Vegetables". So off I went. You might want to check out your store to see if they still have seeds. If they do I bet they are still on clearance.

 Packets of seeds were .02 cents and .05 cents each. What a deal!!!

We had planted some green beans & tomatoes earlier around April or May. All didn't make it due to the heat we've had. Plus what was planted was not from seeds they were plants. 

 Those boxed seeds - .20cents, the pots that you plant into the ground .15 cents each which have 8 pots in one stack, tray of tomatoes - .30cents and the herb tray with 3 different herbs - .60 cents.

Nicholas has grouped his packets and placed them in a freezer bag so they are air tight. He learned they will keep till he's ready to plant. This is all his gig- LOL! Hopefully something will grow.
Thank you for stopping by and I am looking forward to decorating for Fall. Just need the heat waves to leave.  With my love and appreciation - Annette

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christmas in July Stitching

Hello lovely friends! We had a very hot day here - 106 and will be hotter tomorrow. Hope your nice and cool.
I've been stitching and made a few items with my sewing machine.
I had seen on The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's web site - they had a very cute Christmas clear vinyl pouch that sold out very fast. After seeing on Instagram many people were signing up and had received their kits for their latest SAL Mystery pattern "A Very Merry Christmas Town". I couldn't resist and signed up the day before it was released. I decided to make my own clear vinyl pouch.

 Working with clear vinyl is new for me. I absolutely love the pouch I made. So nice to be able to see what's exactly inside. This is a fun SAL.

 Next I went ahead and made a Qsnap cover. The fabric is by Michael Miller called Pepperment Dot. I think the print and colors are so cute & fun. I've been enjoying using them. If you would like to make a Qsnap cover I followed Abbie's tutorial - the link is HERE

 For the mystery sal this is Clue 1 and I finished it today. I had all the supplies except for a few DMC threads. Hard to see in the photo but the fabric is 14ct Stardust Silver, DMC theads and the variegated green thread is "Dark Pine" by Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe and for the variegated red - "Buckeye Scarlet" by The Gentle Art Sampler Threads. For the gold metallic thread - DMC Diamant D3852 (after having this in my stash I finally I get to use it).

 "Peace" by Hands on Design
14ct black adia - DMC 
I stitched up a few ornaments from JCS August 2015 issue with their Christmas ornament preview. This design is like Cathy's line of chalkboard patterns that she has out. The candy striped fabric I will be using somehow when I make this up, also I have a board that I had picked up from Michael's. This was another fun chart to stitch.

 "A Christmas Quaker Medallion" by Giulia Punti Antichi
36ct Navy Bean Lakeside Linen
Threads: Ninas threads - "A Prim Christmas", Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe - "Dark Pine".
The Thread Gatherer - silk "Wine & Roses"
This chart is in JCS August 2015 issue as well.

And I did get some queen stitches in Sojourner, not many but did make some progress.
Thank you for your visit. With my love and appreciation - Annette

Friday, July 17, 2015

Goody Goody Binding Kit

Hi lovely friends! Learned of a darling tutorial to make this "Goody Goody Binding Kit". What caught my eye on this project was several helpful features it contains - a zipper pocket to hold Wonder Clips or binding clips, a cute holder for one or two spools of thread, and a pocket for goodies! And that cute strawberry scissor pouch. I just had to try and make one.
I know for just about all my cross stitch projects especially making ornaments I use sewing thread. And  I am so tired of poking myself with pins while sewing closed seams. I decided that for my treat to myself, once I made this, I would get some of those binding clips and goodies:))) I went to Joann's today and they had the binding clips on sale 40% off and there's a coupon for additional 25% off entire purchase (sale & regular priced items) for the next few days. I think I will get lots of use with this kit for the finishing of my cross stitch projects.
The tutorial is HERE by Vanessa of Lella Boutique blog.

 Zipper pouch on the left side.

 There are quilted lines all along the cover but I think I might of have used too thin of batting because the lines don't show up well. But they are there.

 I started on stitching the strawberry band on Sojourner. The strawberries are all done in Queenstitches.
It's super slow progress for me stitching these 2 over 4 on 40ct. I did try stitching with one thread but didn't like the look. So I am sticking with 2 threads over 4 as called for. I think I will change the thread color on the leaves because its so dark green that its too dark.  I haven't made up my mind yet. Will test a few other colors.

Hope you are enjoying the week. Out temps are in the 90's again...sigh.....
With my love and appreciation - Annette

Monday, July 13, 2015

Old project New finish

Hello lovely friends! Right after 4th of July we were having some cooler weather and I took advantage of it by making another project. Sharing with you today I have a finished project and at the end of this post I have an update on my progress of "Sojourner"!
I had gone on a hunt for a particular piece of fabric and in the drawer I was looking in came across a project that I had all the pieces traced & cut out. This was from 2011 right when I picked up my needle after a dry spell of over 10 to 15 years. I didn't decide to cross stitch at the time but got into embroidery.
Crab apple Hill was a new vendor to me and Meg Hawkey has tons of beautiful patterns that incorporate embroidery but also finishing them with sewing & quilting. This project appealed to me because of the soft colors of Spring and the finishing was all hand sewn.

 This whole project is made of wool felt. At the time I was only aware of felt squares that are available in craft stores. I was soon educated on wool felt. The quilt shop that I had bought my wools from in now out of business. They had a great selection of the wool felts all on bolts. The tiny hearts are individually cut out and then stitched to attach to the cover. The oval pearls I found in my moms stash (now mine). These beads she had left over from when she hand beaded my wedding gown.

 #812 "Embroidery Envelope" by Crab apple Hill
threads: Cosmo, Wildflowers by Caron 
So I decided that now was the time to do this project! And so happy how it turned out.

 The inside is a pale light green wool felt and cover & smalls are light cream wool felt. 


 scissor & pen holder
Lee do you recognize the scissors? I added some sequins for sparkle so when I open it I get pretty winks - lol!


 The heart is a double pocket and above a removable needlebook

 I didn't have any velcro but I did have this pretty elastic. I just open the needlebook and slip it in. Perfect!!!

Progress as of 7-12-2015
I've been stitching on Sojourner also - added a few more rows of the alphabet & bands.
Hope you are enjoying summer. Our temperatures will be climbing back up this week - so not looking forward to the heat! With my love and appreciation - Annette

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July weekend!

Hello beautiful friends! 4th of July is special because not only for celebrating Independence day here in the USA but also because its my sister's and Nannie's birthday. This was the first 4th of July not being with Nannie - ooooh how we miss her, we said a prayer for her that day. It was a day of remembrance, tears, and laughter all in one day. My son took it upon him self to organize a craft of making rockets. I placed them in a vintage Fenton vase that was gifted to us long ago from Nannie. We did have a make the best of it as we could. Didn't really see the fireworks but we should did hear them - no one wanted to go for a drive to watch them. Hope you got to see fireworks and had a good 4th of July.
I do have some stitching to share with you.

 "Sojourner" by Theresa Baird of Heart's Ease Examplar Workes
40ct Expresso linen by R & R Reproductions

Progress as of oops sometime last week. I stitched some floral's in the upper right corner and the border. I was thrilled that the border matched up perfectly first time. The inside border is all done in closed herringbone stitches.

 Progress of 7-6-2015, the poem is stitched one over one, first row of alphabet done and working on the band underneath.

Completed "Under the Sea"! WOOHOO!!! I made the binding and added the pretty crystal's all today! Just in time for Shark Week (lots of special document series of sharks on the Discovery channel this week).
I took some close up photos hoping to show the pretty crystals as bubbles.

 Thank you for stopping by. Always with my love and appreciation - Annette