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 


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter Wonderland & a "Sizzle" finish

Hello beautiful friends! This weekend is Nashville Spring Needlework Market. I found a good link to preview some of the many upcoming new releases - HERE! I know there have been many early sneak peeks on the designer company's blogs but it's nice to be able to see many of them in one place. I know that Blackbird Designs will have a exclusive release at the show but have no idea of what it will be. Looking forward to seeing what it will be. Our weather here has been sunny yet chilly. Not even cold like many of you are experiencing Midwest and back East. Hope your all safe from all the ice & snow storms. So since we did have some chilly days I pulled out my Winter Wonderland wip and have been working on it.
Here is my progress...

 Winter Wonderland by Blackbird Designs
32ct linen hand dyed by ME:) and all the suggested over hand dyed threads.
This is a close up - I had left off back at the end of December with only the border done. The rest of the motifs I've stitched recently. Building the house is taking some time but nice to stitch while watching TV.

 Sorry didn't iron but after I took the photo it right back in my QSnap hoop for more stitching this evening.

 Happy Mail today from the Easter Bunny from New Zealand. Yes!!! Sweet talented Lee sent me these 3 GORGEOUS of her own version of Faberge Eggs!!! OH MY GOODNESS! Aren't they beautiful?
Look at her beautiful tassels and the Colors!!! I am so in love with them. Can you see the long PINK crystal hanging down in the middle egg? SO BEAUTIFUL!!!


 Here is a closer view. All the beads, sequins and trims are just outstanding!!! I KNOW VICKIE PINKS!!!LOL!!! Of course I wanted to display them right away.

 I placed them on their own little tree. Now I need to pull some ribbons and make this my stitchers Easter tree! Thank you sooooooo very much Lee! My son went crazy over all of them and loved them so much that he wants me to decorate for Easter now (he knows that will include Easter candies in all the candy bowls). LOL!!!

 Here is my latest finish - The top of the tin 2008 "Sizzle" by Just Nan. And I made the cording for the trim

 This completes one of my 15 new starts for Debbie's Challenge. WOOHOO!!! The fabric is light blue that I had hand dyed myself but looks white photographed.

I added a circle of light blue felt for the inside of the tin that houses the coordinating pinwheel.
Thank you very much for your visit. With my Love and Appreciation - Annette

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Finishes & a bit of paper crafting!

Hello beautiful friends! So much to share with you today. We've had problems again with our telephone lines for both internet and the land line. All from the rain. Long story short we will still be having interrupted service for the next few days (this has been going on from over one week ago). May take me a few days to reply to your comments but who knows. So I am taking advantage of it working right now (thank goodness for cell phones).

I've been working on my new starts from Debbie's Challenge. And I finished a few of them. Here we go....

  Tapestry Heart by Sweetheart Tree
32ct white Belfast Linen, DMC threads and Victorian Motto thread

This chart was gifted to me by Frances. This was stitched in memory of my Nannie (grandmother) and I added her initials and the year she passed away. The beautiful heart charm is sterling silver which came with the chart from Frances.

 I completed it as a flat heart ornament and a pretty trim for around the edging. 

The backing I used a piece of Anna Griffin fabric.

                                   
 This photo you can see a bit closer and this was before it was made into a ornament.

 Oh sweet Frances! I had seen on her blog a photo of her purchases she brought home from New Orleans. All I was able to see was the name of the store & a I saw part of the chart she got. Well I had to have this because it reminded me of when my parents went to New Orleans (they are both deceased). Love how they wrapped my purchases.

 Here is what I got. I didn't know that it was named Jazz Funeral. But that didn't stop me ordering it. I described it over the phone and they told me the name. I also ordered the metallic thread DMC E130.

 Here is the second one "Mardi Gras". I also got the pretty gold ribbon from them. And here it is all done...

 I didn't get it completed as a ornament in time for Mardi Gras but at least its done. 
I loved Frances Mardi Gras tree and thought I could have one. Not this year -LOL!

 Here is one all completed - this was a kit and I added "Jesus"! Oh yes I still have up our Gingerbread & Candy Christmas tree - LOL! It's so pretty & love having the lights on in the chilly evenings.

 And freshly completed today - "2008 Pinwheel - Sizzle" by Just Nan. This was my first pinwheel I made. I stitched the ribbon on the sides and didn't use glue. I still have to stitch the top of the tin that this will be housed in.  This side has Bee's & Ladybugs:)

This side has Roses (PINK - I know Vickie will appove!!!) & Ladybugs.

And my memory planner arrived. I've opened it and haven't done anything to it yet - LOL!!!

While seeing how others were decorating and using their planners I learned about "Pocket Letters".
Oh Boy!!! It's a really fun idea and I had to give it a go. It's a baseball card clear pocket sheet 8 1/2 X 11 size. They are a few requirements for making some of the fillers of the pockets. Some of them include: a letter (you fold and stick in the pocket), a tea bag, some goodies (stickers, embellishments etc), a tag mail (I had written some of my favorite things - cross stitching etc). I included in mine that I sent some washi tapes and a cute heart paper clip and even a recipe. My exchange partner has received it so I can share with you.
Here is closer look....




I forgot how to turn the photo...and I couldn't find what blogger friend had told us how to.
Thank you very much for visiting me. Hope your well and get to find time to stitch:)
With my Love and Appreciation - Annette