Sunday, June 28, 2015

2 New Projects!

Hello beautiful friends! The weather has been very hot but today we had a nice cool day. More hot days all this coming week.
Thought I would share with you my new start - "Sojourner" sampler designed by Theresa Baird of Heart Ease Examplar Workes. This sampler was designed for the Bay Area Sampler Guild. So all of it's elements are dedicated to California the Bay Area.

Sojourner,  40ct Expresso linen by R & R Reproductions
Threads:  DMC, & Classic Colorworks Belle Soie silks

I have to mention that the orange flower in the sampler are California Poppy's. The suggested color is Buttercup -  yellow but the only California Poppies that I have ever seen are orange/red. After reading on Edgar's blog he used Lasagna Belle Soie silk and I ordered it and am going with that. Much better! 
Thank you Edgar!!!

You know how sometimes it's inspiring to read something on another blog? Well I learned from Amy's blog about Row by Row patterns. I googled it and turns out it's an National Quilt Shop Hop called "Row by Row Experience 2015". After looking on their website I learned my local quilt shop is participating and thought I would go check it out. Just to Look.....sigh.... I go and walk in the shop and this is the first thing I see...

I fell in LOVE!!!

Yep I ended up getting the kit and a fabric plate. Turns out each quilt shop that is participating has their own fabric plate and pattern.  So I guess some people are visiting shops collecting patterns & fabric plates. 
Very FUN!

I came home and started right on making this mini row quilt. 

 "Under the Sea", I have it trimmed ready for the binding. 

 Making this I used a product called "Steam A Seam" fusible web. It's so cool and easy to use. I cut out all the fish individually, placed them where I wanted them to go and ironed them. EASY!!! Will share again when its all done.
With my love and appreciation - Annette

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Lady's Worke Box by Ellen Chester

Hello beautiful friends! I have a finished project to share with you. I had taken a class taught by the beautiful & talented Ellen Chester 2 years ago. Finally it's completed. I know I didn't share all my stitching progress in the making but I blame it on the heat we've been having! We've had some very hot days and more are coming this week. Triple digits!
I just love how Ellen's charts are so detailed & gives excellent instructions on all specialty stitches and for assembling all the pieces which makes it so easy for completing. Of course getting to take a class with Ellen she teaches & explains everything in person was the icing on the cake.

 For those of you who are not familiar with this project designed by Ellen, this was a class through "Bay Area Sampler Guild". Ellen had the beautiful painted wood box handcrafted specially for this project. All the needlework is stitched with silk threads.

The smalls for the work box include a 3 sided scissor weight, wooden hornbook thread holder, needlecase (made in Jacob's Ladder style) and a lovely double sided pincushion trimmed with silk ribbon.

 The inside of the box is covered in duponi silk with many pockets for storing needlework accessories.
I absolutely love my Lady's Worke Box. Every piece is something very special because of all the specialty stitches that adds so much texture to the look and feel. If you have the opportunity to take a class with Ellen I promise you will not be disappointed!!! Thank you Ellen!
With my appreciation and love - Annette

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Giveaway

Hello beautiful friends! Nancy of "Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe" is starting off her Christmas in July giveaways with a Patriotic themed one for 4th of July! If you have a chance - visit her blog HERE and leave a comment to be entered.
If you haven't visited her shoppe on Ebay or if you would like to see her beautiful trims & charts now - visit the link  HERE!
I will be back soon with another post of what I have been up to or I should say what I've been Stitching!
Best of Luck to you!!!
Prizes you can win from Nancy!!!

With my appreciation and love - Annette

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