Monday, October 19, 2009

BABY GIRL.........

Here she name, baby girl...nothing has struck me yet as a name for her....She is this strawberry blonde color and full of fun....runs like a banshee and then sleeps for hours...just like any baby....she is already terribly spoiled....I am blaming Elizabeth for that but I am an equal culprit. Right now she is sitting on my lap as I try to type this note.....
She will sit quietly on my lap as I stitch. I am almost finished with a Wool Applique I have been stitching. It was fun but not as much fun as cross stitching......
Well, off to play with puppy so that she does not keep the neighbors crazy today crying....

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Carol's Birthday

One of the Chic Stitchers is having a birthday. I designed and made this pin cushion for her....She received it yesterday so I can show it to you. The threads, as you can see, are heavily overdyed and it is not my usual favorite. Being autumn, I decided to use them and tried to position the colors consistently.....It was sent from the heart and she is a dear and delightful person to know.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Little Book.....

This really is centered on the book cover, it is an optical illusion that the top is wider....This is the stitched piece I showed you yesterday, copied onto a sheet of
press apply label and then cut to fit this book cover....I think I like it very much. As the Blackbird girls say, it is a way to share a piece over and over! Tonight I am going to try my hand at using it for a magnetic floss holder!
It has turned cold in Chicago. Wore my Uggs yesterday for the first time this year. I have to figure out how to keep them from getting salt stained!
3 More days to puppy!
Have a lovely day.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Morning.....4 Days

Four days until I get my puppy.....who is still nameless. Send any name suggestions! I promise to put some pictures here next week.....I promise she will never make any posts here.

Things that really bother me.....that I did not notice that I put the I in Virginia over two threads to the right so there is not really enough space between the "a" in Virginia and the "B" in beach.....And I am not going to change it!

This is the Saturday night project that was a joint effort by Shepherds Bush and Dyeing to Stitch at their retreat. The design was SB and Ann dyed the fabric with coffee. Bindy made the bags (not show here yet). They are a wonderful brown stripped pillow ticking AND Charland designed and fabricated the silver acorn charm.

The inspiration for this box came from the BB Ladies at the retreat. They showed us one of these boxes they had made and gave us some hints! It was pretty easy with some rubber cement and this is a photocopy of a fabric I bought at the quilt shop. I also dyed some pins yesterday but you will have to wait to see those!
Have a great week.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Home again Home again........

Isn't this the cutest thing you have ever seen. Happy Birthday to ME from Virginia. When I got back from my long weekend trip, there were wonderful packages for me! Birthday presents from my Chere Ami....(I try at the French language but am very poor.) The first thing I am going to do this weekend is find a dowel rod so that I can hang it in my bathroom! Virginia also sent me a Red Pattern typical of the sweetest French Amitie Patterns....I am so grateful for her lovely gifts and thoughtfulness. You all know that I believe it is the friendships that we have here that will, in fact, be the basis for the peace we all seek in the world. The gracious kindnesses we all show each other transcend everything. Have a great start to your week.......Thank you Virginia!!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Good Description

Two Years ago I made the excellent decision to ask to join a group of women sitting at a large round table in a ball room in the worst hotel (a story for another day) I have ever visited. That decision led me to friendships that are beyond description. Kinship and soul mates in the stitching world. This friendship has led to a visit to the Albany, NY area twice to participate in private retreats with Jackie DuPlesis (The finest finishing teacher working today - if you can ever take one of her classes run to it!) . The group had a name "Chic Stitchers" and shortly after the first retreat I attended in June, 2008, we added a Logo to our group and a Motto that you see on the picture here.

I have admired these little girls in all the blogs I have seen so I wanted to stitch one. She is large...probably 5" high. The band on her hat is a thin felted wool and her bow is an overdyed ribbon from The Thread Gatherer.

The saying is true. Of course, the definition of "Well Behaved" is always open to interpretation! We love the Jane Austin characters because they classically misbehave....The great women of history behaved outside of the current conventions of their time.....Amelia Earhart in her pants and plane flying....Madame Curie in her science and get the drift....

So, Behave well today and make some history!!!!!!