Sunday, April 24, 2011


All of the projects from my last post are finished and are proudly displayed for Easter. Starting with the Easter Bunny or The Spotted Hare. I filled this pin keep with so much sawdust it should be bulging at the seams. I kept filling and pushing the sawdust down with a spoon. The more I pushed the the more I needed. I can not tell you how much sawdust is in this little pin keep. In this photo it looks like I could add more. But I'm not. It is finished and I love it. This pattern is now available on Stacy Nash's website.

The pin keep is straight. The problem here is with the photographer!! ME.
Those little stitches that Stacy uses are a bugger to make. Mine are bigger and they are staying just as they are.

Those little carrots are the cutest little things. I tried everything to get a sharper end on them. I was afraid I was going to push right through the fabric.

This is the last view. This pin keep will live in my sewing room.

My wool project is hanging on the wall. Love him!

I decided to follow the directions and place the cross stitch on the inside of the box lid. I glued the cute vintage stamped paper on the top of the lid.

The lovely cross stitch is on the inside. I just may prop the lid on the box or leave the top off entirely so the stitching can be seen. I may use this little box for my stitching supplies as it looks like Spring to me and not just like Easter.

On Thursday of this week three friends and I will be going to Nashua, NH to The Celebration of Needlework. I am so excited I can hardly wait and so are my friends. There is not a thing in this world that I need but I am going anyway! We have been going for years and we have such a great time. I am sure that there is a funny adventure awaiting us. There usually is. Unfortunately Several of them involve me. The girls get lots of giggles. When we first started to go we drove over and back on the same day. Now we make a four day long weekend and mini vacation out of it.

I would love to see a moose. Not close enough that anyone would get hurt, but out in a field in the open would be nice. Maybe this will be the time. Each year I hope and I keep my camera on my lap ready just in case. Keep your fingers crossed for the moose and for nice weather.

The Celebration of Needlework is always the last weekend in April. This is what we drove in last year.

The weather was terrible!! I think the worst weather of the winter.

When we got to NH we stopped for a little....Stitch Therapy here!

And did we need it. It was our first actual visit to this shop. I think that we had all ordered from there before and visited their website. This year I will take some pictures.

Happy Easter everyone. I hope that you are all spending the day with family and fiends. Stay safe and don't eat too many jelly beans!

Hugs and Stitches,


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Projects In The Works

Here are a few of the projects that I am working on. This pattern is "Bunny Tails" by Brenda Gervais. The pattern combines wool applique and cross stitch. I appliqed the wool to prairie cloth instead of using the cross stitch fabric that was suggested. It has taken some time but well worth it. Still a bit more before it is finished. This project is a kit I ordered from Country Sampler. I was unable to attend this class last year. They had some extra kits and I purchased one. The class was taught by Stacy Nash. I love her patterns.
The pattern fits inside the top of an oval paper mache box lid. It is so pretty to put on the inside....hmmm. I really like the stamped bunny too! What to do, what to do?? I have to cover the box with fabric. I applied shoe polish to the inside of the box and the lid top. What a SMELL!!! I didn't think that I would be able to use the box ever again. I was sorry at first that I had used the shoe polish. I was very pleased when it dried that there was no lingering odor. I really like the look of the shoe polish. I guess these designers know what they are doing and I should have had more faith in Stacy. You can see the difference the shoe polish made if you look at the pictures above and below.

Here we have the Spotted Hare pattern by Stacy Nash also. This project was another part of the class that Stacy taught. This is to be made into a pin keep drum. I love the colors and the fabric for the top and bottom of the pin keep match perfectly.

I only hope that mine looks something like this!

Very cold and windy here in upstate NY today. High wind warnings are in effect. Come on Spring, I am waiting for you!! In the meantime I am going to be stitching away. I would like to have these projects ready for Easter. The crunch is on!

Hugs and Stitches,