Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lovely May Surprises

Hello lovely friends! It's amazing that its the middle of May already. We've had some much cooler weather here and it certainly put me in a mood for stitching. So that's what I've been doing - stitching!!! Some finishes to share with you today....

 Finished "Strawberry Fields Forever" by BBD. This really turned out lovely. I have not framed it yet but that's my intention.

A lovely surprise
 Just today I received an envelope in the mail and the stamp said "Royal Mail". I thought "OOOOH this must be my invite to the Royal Christening of HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge! NOPE! But even better....
This sweet chart is from Jo of Serendipitous Stitching blog. I was one of the lucky winners of Jo's 4th Blogaversary draw! And Jo lives in England. How cool is that? I am so excited to get started on this darling chart. I like that is has an angel, hearts, deer, trees and an alphabet. Thank you ever so much Jo!!!

"Sound" Lady and the Unicorn , Dimensions kit 16x20"
Needlepoint - stitched by my mom Franciene (many years ago)
Another lovely unexpected surprise
This is a really cool story I want to share with you.... Kim had shared on one of her posts HERE (Wisdom with Needle and Thread blog) about a series of tapestries that she is stitching. These are done in needlepoint. When I had read her post & saw the photo - I thought "How beautiful I love it" & then I thought "Oh I think my mom had needlepointed one of these". I went on a hunt in the house right then and there. I FOUND IT!!! Yes she did and that's the photo above that I shared with you. Now I don't recall ever getting to see my mom stitch this. I had moved away and was in college. It's completed but horribly mis-shaped pulling all in one angle & needs blocking before it can be framed. But I have it happened to be the same design that Kim had shared and posted about. Can you believe it? I was thrilled to learn the name of the tapestry and the history of it.
Thank you Thank you Thank you sweet Kim!!!!

 "a little Liberty" by Lizzie Kate 
30 ct linen
Over the weekend I stitched a few smalls. This one and the one below.

 "Let Freedom Ring" by Lizzie Kate
32ct Heroic linen by Picture This Plus
I had a piece of this leftover linen and thought it was perfect for this small design.

"A Lady's Worke Box" by With My Needle
This is a class that I took& was taught by the wonderful Ellen Chester over a year ago. This is a beautiful collection stitching necessities that will be housed in a gorgeous hand crafted wooden box. The piece I am stitching above is the front outside panel that will be attached to the box once done. I will share photos of the box when I complete this. I have already finished the needle book and made all the duponi silk covered inside panels. I completed the grass and now working on the fence & steps. In this design there will be a house & trees and another floral on the right side.


Thank you so much for your visit. Hope you are enjoying this month of May.
With my love and appreciation Annette

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Welcome May!

Hi beautiful friends! It's been some very warm weather here in Northern California. Our temps have been in the 90's. I have two finishes to share with you today. Both projects are from Debbie's Challenge that I started in the beginning of January - of my 15 new starts. I now have completed 7 of 15 projects. YES!!!

Do you remember this? This houses the panels I stitched. I just love pretty tins and have a small collection. This is my only pink one!

"My First Sewing Box & Scissor Fob" by The Stitching Parlor
30ct Woodlawn Linen 
Threads: DMC and Classic Colorworks
Here is the inside of the tin.

I added tiny buttons in the top corners of the felt that holds needles. I have to tell you that I had the linen and used a piece for another ornament "Running Bunnies" by Just Nan back when and didn't think I would have enough linen left for both panels for this project. But I did. Very tight squeeze while stitching -LOL! It worked! Ooops I noticed that I forgot to stitch the scissor fob! I've added it on my list of to do's.

"Needlewoman - busy as a Bee" by The Primitive Hare
30ct Old Salem Linen 
DMC Threads
This is a fold over pouch or pocket. I made some changes. I added firm Pellon (#809) to one of the fabrics so the pouch would hold up strong and not be flimsy. This was gifted to me from our friend Shirlee. I love how it turned out. I didn't add a closure on the bottom of the flap because I think the depth of the inside pocket is very deep and the outside over flap in nice and long. Hope this makes sense. But it works beautifully. 

The fabric colors look rich in person. Pretty bee fabric. Thank you Shirlee! I enjoyed making this.

I am now stitching on "Strawberry Fields Forever" by BBD. This is another one of my new starts from Debbie's Challenge from of the beginning new year. Thank you for your visit.
With my love and appreciation - Annette

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blog Award

Hello beautiful friends!  Kim and Gracie have both nominated me for a blog award. So very sweet of them. Thank you Kim and Gracie.

So I am going to jump right in and share 7 things about me:
1. I LOVE the color "PINK" - all shades. Yes Vickie and I certainly have that in common - lol!
2. I am married to my DH of (wait a minute I have to take out the calculator) hmmm... 28 yrs.
3. We have been blessed with a wonderful and only son - Nicholas. My husband and I are so thankful for having such a incredible good son. His aunt calls him "Saint Nick"!
4. I can remember clearly the time when I was in Hancock Fabrics store waaaay back when and saw a cross stitch pattern that I just had to stitch. I didn't even know what cross stitch was. So I bought the chart and looked up in the phone book needleshops. I found Leann's shop in Sacramento. Sadly she closed a few a few years later. But I went in with my chart and she taught me about the looking for the DMC threads & adia fabric that I needed for the chart. I bought them and went home and taught myself cross stitch. The chart was "Reflections of the Past" by Paula Vaughan - Leisure Arts #471. I completed it (forgot how long it took me but I finished it the same year I started). I took my chart with me when I had it framed because I wanted it exactly how it was matted & framed  just like the cover on the leaflet. Looking back now this chart had half and three quarter stitches & I did it!!!

5. I am a Catholic and my faith in my lord is always present.
6. I love love love seeing your needleworks and always get inspired from your blogs.
7. When I write "love Annette" or "with my appreciation and love" I am truly sending you "love" and know that you are greatly appreciated. I'm always surprised when I hear that someone grew up without them being told they were loved and still happens even in present day. I figure that if I can add some happiness to someone even for that second they read what I write "love Annette" - well that makes my heart glow.

And now I get to nominate 10 blogs.  To visit the blogs just click on the names. In no specific order:
1. Linda
2. Amy
3. Beth
4. Chris
5. Lisa 
6. Kimberly
7. Mii
8. Hetti
9. Pam
10. Von

The above blogs are wonderful and hope you get to visit them. There are many more beautiful blogs that share our love of needleworks. I will be back soon. With my love and appreciation - Annette

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Floral Fifteen completed!

Hello lovely friends! Hope you enjoyed Easter weekend. I know Orthodox Easter is this Sunday. We had rain Easter Sunday morning and it didn't stop us from having an Easter Egg hunt. Yep no little's just us adults! The plastic eggs were filled with candy and some eggs only had a small piece of blank paper - which was good for one scratcher ticket - LOL! We had a such good time and a lovely Easter.
I have a completed a new finish...

 "Floral Fifteen" by Just Nan
32ct Off White linen & 32ct Just Green linen - DMC threads

This is my first ever Biscornu! Also this is one of my projects from Debbie's Challenge started back in January and it's DONE!!!!! WOOHOO!!! I just love all the colours. Most biscornu's are 4 sided. This is a 15 sided biscornu pincushion. That's why its named Floral Fifteen!  On each square there are tiny green striped beads and on each of the green linen squares they have pearls. The 5 green squares are all on the sides of the pincushion. I am so thrilled how it turned out. This finish is the 5th of 15 projects for Debbie's Challenge. 

 View on its side!

I received happy mail yesterday! Vickie sent me this beautiful bookmark & card as a thank you for sending her some pink fabrics for her project. She stitched my initial "A" and it's PINK!!  I LOVE it Vickie Thank you!!! 

 On the back Vickie stitched a beautiful  metallic silver cross!

16ct antique white adia - Threads: CC Frog Legs, DMC 151 & Cosmo #8046 (variegated)

 I stitched up this pretty egg last week and finished the beading on Easter day! It's a freebie that can be found HERE by Olga Maxden. There are 3 parts and beautifully charted. Easy to follow!

 It's now April and we are still to have some showers of rain. But the sun keeps making an appearance:)
Thank you for visiting me. With my Love and Appreciation - Annette

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Ornament!

Hello lovely friends! I had seen on France's blog Here her beautiful Easter tree! One of her ornaments caught my eye. And the best part she listed some freebie links and I downloaded the one I wanted to stitch. Right away I pulled out threads and let my son select one. I stitched it yesterday and today I completed it. I don't think I've stitched & completed an ornament before so fast - LOL!

 I think the fabric I used was 28ct mono linen but maybe not. I pulled from my remnant pile! The thread is by Needle Necessities Inc. #108. I added a few sequins from my moms sewing box. The link for the chart is HERE! Thank you France's for your inspiration. I enjoyed stitching this bunny!!!

Here's my Easter Tree! 
If you haven't seen France's Easter Tree please pop on over to her blog HERE! 
Thank you for stopping by &  I wish you many Blessings for Easter!
With my love and appreciation - Annette

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello Spring!

Hello beautiful friends! The sun is out shinning today and the weather is beautiful. I've got roses blooming and the weeds are too! LOL!!! But on a stitching note I've been having fun. I finished one sampler that was not one of my Debbie's Challenge pieces but after finishing Winter Wonderland I pulled out one from my new starts.

 Winter Wonderland by Blackbird Designs
32ct linen hand dyed by ME!
All over dyed threads required were used

 Close up

 Floral Fifteen by Just Nan
After finishing Winter Wonderland (a winter project) I wanted to work on something for Spring! I selected Floral fifteen by Just Nan. 32ct off white linen, 10 of 15 floral motifs done. DO need to add beads on them. This will be a Biscornu! And this is also one of my new starts for Debbie's Challenge. LOVE getting to pull out a project that has already been started. 

 Photo turned sideways...sorry...But the motifs look the same from all sides.
Next I will be stitching the last 5 floral motifs on 32ct just green linen. Then the assembling of attaching them together - that will be interesting...LOL! 

Lets take a tour of what's in bloom right now around our home.  This was a small cutting I had gotten from Nannies Garden! It's in bloom and needs some more TLC! I see some brown leaves.

 My lavender plant from my son has been opening up lots of blooms. SO far so good for this plant!

 Seems the only time I have blooms to share with you is right now Spring! Here are some of the roses in bloom. They smell amazing.

Thank you for stopping by! With love and my appreciation - Annette 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Happy March finishes!

Hello lovely friends! Oh boy have I been busy the last week. I decided to complete a few projects. They were in my pile that had been stitched but not made into anything. Wanting to decorate a bit more for Easter/Spring I have 5 new finishes to show you. Lots to share - here we go....

Back in March 2013 I had stitched "Save an egg decorate a carrot!" The orange & yellow fabric I cut strips and sewed them to the sampler making it a flatfold. To make the flatfold I followed Vonna's tutorial here!
When I see this I still laugh. I just think its so funny and makes me smile:)

I added a bow and a piece of yellow gathered tulle that I tacked/stitched down.

 Added some rick rack & I pulled some flowers from my scrapbook stash making a arrangement in the corner and every flower is sewn down. I didn't use glue.

"Chicks" by Lizzie Kate
I love this one. I had some peeps fabric which is very sparkly & I had some egg eyelets I used in the upper corners for the ribbon hanger. On completing this project I've now finished 4 of 15 wips for 2015 Debbie's Challenge. 

 I have more spring ornaments to bring out that I may have to switch to a larger tree,
but for now I am loving this mini tree.

All 3 of these designs are by Le fil Atalie
I stitched all 3 of these kits last year. Have finally finished them as sweet pillows. I call these my 3 French Spring pillows. 

This on is all silk threads. 

 The cording I made for the trim all around. I just love this one. 

Dupioni silks were used for all the backings. 

 And here is my progress on Winter Wonderland by BBD.
Hard to believe it's March already.  Hope you are well and staying warm for those of you still in snow weather. Always with my love and appreciation - Annette