Monday, February 24, 2014

Boxes & Boxes!

Hello everyone!  We had our first taste of spring this past weekend. It reached 50 degrees on Saturday. What a treat! I have begun my Spring cleaning a bit early. Mainly because my craft table sits in the livingroom and I don't want it to look as messy as it has been. Right now most of my small things like embroidery floss, trims, ribbons, beads, buttons, etc. are stored in ziploc bags. This bothers me because the bags look messy. They do not conform to a specific shape and slide all over each other. I have slowly been going through and arranging everything into slim boxes. This is much better because I can stack them on top of my table instead of hiding everything beneath it. Also, It makes it much easier to find what I am looking for.


Embroidery Floss


More Embroidery Floss


The trims were a bit tricky but I finally decided to wrap them and hold it in place with a basting stitch. This method is time consuming and I don't like that I will have to re-baste it every time I cut off a piece, but I cannot think of a better solution at the moment. This box is only about half my trims so I still have alot of work ahead of me. Until next time, happy stitching!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Benefit Baskets

Hey everyone. I have been a very busy bee over this holiday weekend! I have so many things to post about. However I want to take this post to tell you all about a benefit a friend of mine is throwing to raise awareness for Anorexia and bulimia. It is way more common than you think. People suffering from these diseases become very good at hiding it. For many it can start as young as 10 to 13, however there have been extreme cases of it starting from toddlers. It is literally a mental disease. There is a "voice" in the sufferer's head, putting them down and preventing them from eating.
In support of the benefit I am donating a couple of baskets for raffle. I am labeling them "Winter Wellness".
These baskets aren't complete because I still need to add cocoa and home baked cookies.
These patterns were embroidered onto the ends of the scarf. The flying bird and open cage is a symbol for overcoming eating disorders. I have stitched them in periwinkle blue which is also the disorder ribbon color.
Here is the complete scarf. The design is called 'petal scarf'. I found a tutorial through google.
Here are a couple of warming pillows filled with flax seed. There is one for each basket.
Lotion and lip balm is a must in the winter.
I still have a lot to catch you guys up on so stay tuned for more posts. Happy Stitching!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

1oo Details

Hey everyone. It has been awhile since my last post, but that doesn't mean I haven't been productive. I have started a challenge over on stitchinfingers called 100 Detail in 100 Days. It is what it sounds like. I am attempting to stitch 1 crazy quilt seam treatment a day on a sampler I pieced together for this challenge. It has been quite the challenge! Less than a week in a caught a bad cold followed by a business trip that all made me miss a few days. Below are some pictures of what I have stitched so far.

These pictures aren't the greatest because I don't get access to a lot of daylight this time of year. 'm hoping for a photoshoot this weekend if I can find the time. Until then happy stitching everyone!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Good morning all! My BFF took me to a paint and sip (wine) workshop for my birthday last November. It was so much fun and ever since then I've been playing around with paint.

This is my wall for paintings in my upstairs hallway. The wall decals came from my Mother in Law for Christmas.

This painting I did at home with some beginner stuff my BFF got me for Christmas. I also painted a train for my husband but totally forgot to take a picture of it.

This is the painting I did for the painting class. It was so much fun to see how different everyone's painting looked although it was the same picture.
This painting my 4 year old did along with me when I painted the top painting. He really got a kick out of it. So what I did for those two is a placed strips of masking tape onto wax paper. I then drew shapes on it. Butterflies for me and Batman for little man. I cut them out with an exacto knife then peeled the wax paper off like a sticker. We placed our stickers on the canvas then painted over the whole thing. After the paint dried we peeled the stickers off. I then touched up the white parts with gold paint for detail. I am quite pleased with the results.
On a sewing note, I have decided to start following Sharon Boggins TAST, both for practice and to try out some new stitches. I stitched the first stitch last night (fly stitch). I will post pictures as soon as I have good enough light to take them. It is just too dark by the time I get home from work. I fear all my picture taking will have to happen on the weekends.
Also, over on stitching fingers I will be starting 100 details in 100 days. I have not done too much crazy quilting in awhile. This is a great way to brush up on that without starting a huge project. I will be making a strip sampler this weekend. Hopefully I will have pictures for next week.
There is a lot of sewing in the making but nothing to show for it yet. Until next time, happy stitching!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Back to blogging!

Hey everyone! It has been awhile since I have blogged but I am eager to get back to it this year. Many good things have changed in my life to allow me to delve back into my hobbies. I have moved to the suburbs and am renting a good size house (well half house). I have enough space that I was able to take my entire sewing stash out of storage! It was like Christmas looking through everything. I will be posting a bit later on about my working space / craft storage problem, but first I thought I would kick off posting with some projects I have been working on.
I found a stack of these awkward sized pieced blocks when I took my stuff out of storage. I don't remember what they were supposed to be for. I decided to embellish one and make it into a case for my ipod.
The stems are all back stitch. The light pink flowers are detached chain stitch with sparkly beads in the center. I just love a little sparkle!
These rosebuds are so adorable. This stitch is a French knot ribbon rose. It was surprisingly really easy.
I did have a problem finding the right needle to use for the ribbon work. First I tried using a regular embroidery needle with a large eye, but the eye end was too slim to accommodate the ribbon. I then switched to a tapestry needle but the point was too blunt. It is obvious now I should have used a chenille needle, but I don't have any at the moment. That is one thing that did not survive the storage trips, my needles! I went through my entire stash but I did not come up with much. I plan to use a few more of these pieced blocks to make a needle book. I will post again when I have finished off this block. Until then, happy stitching!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Random Sampler Cont.

I actually stitched this a few days ago. I am just adding to the sampler (or more like doodler =) with the same threads I found. I want to add to this with new colors. I have decided to take just my bag of embroidery floss out of storage. The creator in me is longing for lots and lots of colors. The stitches used here are:

Buttonholed Herringbone (which I think I've done before)


Chain Stitch
Back Stitch
Straight Stitch

The colors really made me think of St. Patrick's Day so I decided to stitch some clovers. The small ones are done in chain stitch.
I hope to get my floss soon but if not I guess it will give me some time to work on my cross stitch which I have been neglecting lately. I just can't find the motivation to work on it.
Oh yeah, aren't the letters spelling "LUCKY" cute. I think they're adorable.
Hope everyone else is happily stitching!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Random Stitching

Hello everyone! It's been a crazy day today. I am going for my road test tomorrow and I am trying not to be overly nervous. My Hubby helped me practice parallel parking out front. I feel a bit better about it. However, my mission for the day has been to keep my mind off of it.

When I got home from work, I thought about working on my cross-stitch, but honestly, it gives me too much freedom to think. That would ultimately lead to stressing about the test. So after dinner I scrounged for fabric. I was in luck and found a decent strip! Yay! Now I can stitch something free hand.

I dug out some thread I saved from storage, it is only a few colors in green and beige. However, due to St. Patty's Day coming up, I think it's fitting. I instantly though of the latest TAST stitch I saw over on Sharon Boggin's blog. Here is the link:

For the small sampler I did, I used the following stitches:

1. Laced Square Herringbone (new)
2. Raised Herringbone Band (new)
3. Knotted Feather Stitch (new)
4. Cast-On Stitch (practice)
5. Bullion Knot (practice)

Some of these stitches were new for me and some were practice.

Here is a picture of the sample: