Friday, January 10, 2020

More embroidery finishes!

I found three more of Jenny Elefantz's designs that I had stitched and laid aside . . . 

Time to DO something with them!

I found three frames the same size and reached for a sweet floral or two from a jelly roll in my stash. Here is how they turned out!

I'm really happy with how they look, and I think will hang them in my new sewing room as a group.

Now I'm really inspired to get started on some more handwork!


Monday, January 6, 2020

Sweet embroideries finished


I didn't realize that my last post about these little stitcheries was FOUR years ago! (Grin)

Here it is, if you'd like to visit: Click here to see post.

As I have been moving my sewing goodies into my new sewing room, I came across these and they just begged to be completed. And I needed me some sewing time! You've been there, right?

Luckily, I had some cute thirties repro fabrics that looked perfect for the job!
Sewed 'em up into lattice strips, and used some scraps of batting and backing, and here they are now:

These stitcheries, as I posted years ago, are the creative touches of Jenny of Elefantz -- I do love her designs, and I encourage you to pop over and check out the lovely things at her blog,! (I don't know why, but Blogger was just not cooperating with me so I can't put a linkie there. Sigh. )  I'm going to enjoy focusing on the twenty-third Psalm; Jenny's designs minister to my heart as I stitch, and long afterward, too.

As I was sewing, I was thinking about kitchens and cooks of yesteryear, specifically those in our families. Some of these items pictured sure do bring back memories!

Another memory that popped into my wee head as I stitched was that of the "ole button box" in my stash . . .grandma's huge box of buttons from an auction. There must have been over a thousand buttons in that cardboard box -- all navy and white! She must have used those buttons on many different projects; and I was going to put them to work again!
I secured them at the corners with some perle cotton, and tied it into bows.

I quilted it super simply; just outlined the lattice strips with stitching. Here's a photo of the back:

And I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! I put it on my stand and placed one of our grandmas' sewing boxes there, too. A nice vignette of good memories!

Thanks, Jenny, for sharing your talents and designs with us!


Sunday, January 5, 2020

Last day!

I've mentioned before how much I love the Stella light family - just wanted to pass along the word that their great sale is still going on! Hurry! It's the last day for these awesome savings!

When you check out their site you will see all the benefits a Stella can give -- adjusting the color "temperature," the intensity, the angle (with that super-flexible arm) -- it all adds up to a great lamp for us as sewists, embroidery nuts, crochet hounds, or whatever we love to do!

Here's a link to their site! Click here


Friday, December 20, 2019

"Merry Christmas to us all . . .

. . . God bless us, every one." (Dickens' Christmas Carol)

                                                (The Adoration of the Shepherds, Honthorst, 1622)

I hope that in the midst of the hurry and the scurry, the hustle and the bustle, the madness of commercialized Christmas, that you will all find an opportunity to sit down, and to breathe.

To contemplate the rich blessings God has gifted us with. To thank Him, each in our own way. To get up from our meditation a calmer, more tolerant, more grateful, and more joyful human being than we were before.

I hope you won't mind if I post a snippet from one of my favorite movies here for us to enjoy and to think about:

Tonight, I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.

Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.

But especially with gifts. You give me a book; I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the Child born in a manger. It’s His birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that.

Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched-out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.

From The Bishop’s Wife, 1947

Merry Christmas, everyone!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Christmas gifts for our besties

And you know who I mean . . .

Yep, this is an unashamed commercial interlude for KitNipBox! If you click on the links in this post, you will get awesome opportunities for discounts and cool stuff for your kitties!

Come on, you know you put their names on your Christmas list, right? (I hear heads nodding.)

After all, they are awesome furriends.

Official Quilting Buddies.
Quilt Inspectors.
Block Arrangers.

Fabric Box Occupiers.
And more.
They take their duties very seriously.
(And I see on the interwebs that there is a company called BarkBox, too, so all of you pup parents can do a similar gift for your canine companions!)

But having had a studio cat, my heart will always warm to the tummy furs and purrs of a feline friend!

KitNipBox is starting the Black Friday fun early! They emailed me to let me know, and I'm passing the news along to you!

If you enter BLACKFRIDAY25 on the checkout page of the KitNipBox website, you will save 25% on your first box! And you will be starting a subscription that will bring your kitty a lot of joy!

Here is a link to whisk you over to KitNipBox's site. And yes, I'm an affiliate, so I need to let you know that I will earn a small commission if you purchase -- but your price does NOT change!!

So what are you waiting for? Hop over to KitNipBox and part of your Christmas shopping will be done! And you will get a pawsome discount with that coupon!!