Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekend finishing

It's Monday the Broncos the Super Bowl WooHoo and I have some finishes to share. For the first time in a long time I gave my sewing machine some attention. I did have some major issues with it though, I broke three, yes three needles. In all of the years 6, I have had this machine I have never broke a needle and then WHAM!!! I am taking her in next Monday to get serviced, I will admit that since I have had it don't ever remember taking her in to be serviced. So this is LONG overdue and I think once it's done it will be like a brand new machine.

Okay, back to my finishes. How many of you follow Vonna at Twisted Stitcher? I love her blog and she recently posted a youtube video tutorial on finishing a small pillow. I have finished many pillows in the past but she gave some tips that actually made my finished pillow look a lot better than in the past. She is very detailed which I like. I am much more a visual learner. I wish more people posted video tutorials.

Here is a partial view of what I finished. I can't show the entire finish as it is part of an exchange and even though my exchange partner does not read my blog you just never know.
It is from an older Praire Schooler chart. The buttons were my Mothers. I had fun stitching and finishing this one.

Next finish was a fabric box. I found a tutorial on this blog Seaside Stitches This was my first time sewing a fabric box. Gave me some fits but it's done, not perfect but done. Again buttons used were my Mothers :)

Lastly is one of my many current WIPs I have going. This is Quaker Garden by BlackBird Design. I was able to get a lot stitched on Saturday. I had someone work for me and I was able to attend a GTG at our local library. I am so glad I was able to attend, I had a ball. It always gets my stitching mojo flowing being with other stitchers.

This is being stitched on 32ct over 1 on an unknown fabric. I think the finished size is going to somewhere around 6 5/8 by 2 7/8 Have I mentioned how much I LOVE stitching over one :)

Well friends that is all I have for today. Thank you for taking the time reading my blog and leaving your sweet comments.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Amazing what you forgot you had

It has been fun posting my stitching that I have finished over the years. It is amazing to go through my finished drawer and see things that I have long forgotten about. Makes me realize that I need to get some of these pieces hung on my wall :)

I am condensing day 3. 4 and 5 into one post.
First up is Garden of Life by BlackBird Designs. I have quit a few of their patterns, many I bought YEARS ago before they became so sought after. I am not sure if you are familiar with the Fans of BlackBird Design Face Book Group. But there are a few kind ladies in that group that have been loaning their OOP charts. Which I think is a wonderful thing to do since these are so hard to find and most of the time fairly expensive.

Though occasionally you can find someone selling theirs for a steal. Last week Quaker Garden was up for sale for the whooping price of $8. Who ever that kind person was THANK YOU. I did not buy it but there was a whole bunch of people interested.

Next picture is this cute Recipe for Love design. I have no clue who the designer is or when I even stitched this . I think I need to start placing the year I finish stitching in the pieces so I can remember LOL If anyone out there knows who is the designer please let me know :)

Lastly is a beautiful piece that I received about 6 years ago from BeckySc She used to have a blog and I believe she still does I just can not access it, you have to be invited. But she had the most beautiful finishes and was the fastest stitcher I've ever known. If anyone knows how she is please let me know I have thought of her often.


Well folks that about does it for today. I do believe that was my longest post in awhile. The hubby and I are going to go for a hike today since it will be close to 70 here in South Carolina.
Thank you for all your lovely comments and visiting my blog today.
Take Care and Happy Stitching!!!
Natasha

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Day 2 of my stitching challenge

Good Morning faithful friends,

Today is technically Day 3 but I missed yesterdays post due to Birthday celebrations so I will double up on a post here in the next few days. Todays stitching is a piece I stitched for my 10th wedding anniversary Crazy to think that this April hubby and I will be celebrating 16 years of marriage!! They say time flies when your having fun I guess they are right!!

This is Always & Forever - Cross Stitch Pattern
Little House Needleworks

Floss and fabric unknown, as is the case with most of the things I stitch LOL


I am currently working on three WIPs. Tomorrow I will share those because one is a sweet little birth Sampler for a dear friends newest addition Little Grace. I hope to have that stitched and sewn up into a pillow by the time I meet her in person next week ..

I wish you all a great day and love in stitches!
Natasha

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I'm back and stitching up a storm

Hello Faithful followers. It has been awhile hasn't it?? I know I have been MIA for some months but I am back and hopefully blogging more on a regular basis :)

Over on Facebook there is a challenge going on where someone tags you to post a photo of your stitching for 7 days and you in turn tag someone else and they do the same. I took that challenge because I rarely if ever post my stitching on my face book. A lot of my non stitching friends probably don't even know that I stitch or do other crafts.... I have never been comfortable sharing on my personal Facebook page, I know silly, so I am trying to break out of that. I want to share my love for crafts and hopefully I can encourage some one else to start stitching

So this is my Day 1 photo. I am unsure of the designer or name of the chart. I stitched this about 6 years ago and I plan on taking it to get framed next month.

Another challenge I will try this year is to challenge myself to finish ALL my WIPs this year... YIKES!! That sounds scary already LOL I have a few that have been hanging around way to long and they really need to be finished.

So if you stick around you will be seeing a lot more posts with updates here soon. Stayed tuned for tomorrow when I present another stitched piece from my unfinished pile

Take care and happy stitching
Natasha

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Being Thankful

My cousin's husband is a pastor and this was part of his sermon this past Sunday I d not live near by but love listening to his sermons every Monday Morning!!!


"Being Thankful instead of Complaining.."
I Am Thankful For...
....the mess to clean after family gatherings because it means I have been surrounded by family and friends.
I Am Thankful For...
...the taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.
I Am Thankful For...
...the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
I Am Thankful For...
...my shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
I Am Thankful For...
...a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means that I have a home.
I Am Thankful For...
...the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
I Am Thankful For...
...all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
I Am Thankful For...
...my huge heating bill because it means that I am warm.
I Am Thankful For...
...the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means I can hear.
I Am Thankful For...
...the piles of laundry because it means my loved ones are nearby.
I Am Thankful For...
...the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I'm alive.
I Am Thankful For...
...weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.
I DARE SAY AFTER READING THIS WE ALL CAN FIND SOMETHING TO TRULY THANK GOD FOR!!!

Today I am thankful for the guy in the picture, my sweet husband. Today I am thankful for the guy in the picture, my sweet husband. We spent the day at a friends house eating delicious food, catching up and shooting some guns... I mean cause what is a holiday without a little firearm :)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Just a quick fly by post


Psalm 118:24King James Version (KJV) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

By now many have heard the News about the state of South Carolina. Please continue to pray for our State. Our infrastructures may be broken but our spirit is not. Neighbor helping neighbor, that is how it's getting done! The people of South Carolina have a giving heart and I am happy to call this place home.

We were not affected by this storm thankfully, we live about 16 miles west of Columbia, we had some issues with our dock since the Lake Levels continued to rise until yesterday, but other than that the town I live in was very lucky.

I have had a chance to do a little stitching and this is my WIP.... I made a boo-boo and cut the linen while frogging, as you can see on the top right corner of the house but I am going to leave it for now and decided later if I will restitch that area. I am stitching this on 28ct 2 threads over 1. originally it was being stitched on 36ct 1x1 but my eyes could not handle that.


Plum street Sampler Eliza Scattergood

Wishing ya'll a wonderful day!!
Natasha

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

That one Designer....... you know

That one designer, you know the one. You would collect ALL of their patterns if you could. Well for me that one is BlackBird Designs. I absolutely love everything that they put out. I have some of their earlier Loose Feather charts and have high hopes of stitching up the ones I do have.


I have made a start on Bluebirds Message. I was drawn to the beautiful blue bird in this chart. I am stitching it with DMC and I believe the fabric count is 40ct but could be 36ct either way these are small holes LOL


The eyelets are my favorite :)

How many of you are regular FaceBook users?? Well if so, have you seen the buzz going around for a new SAL, The Lord's Blessing? A lady on a face book group page was asking about a chart and me liking a challenge, I set out to find who the designer was. This is The Lord's Prayer by Dianne Arthurs of Imaginating

After seeing this design I just knew I had to stitch it also. So many others were curious as to who the designer of this chart was and where could they purchase it. So I started a face book group and a Stitch Along for this was created. Deb Kline Koch of stitches N Things stepped up and started taking orders for members of the SAL group. At first it was around 20 people, then it was 40. then 60. Now our member count is at 100 stitchers. And I believe she has ordered more than 100+ charts from the supplier.

We all laugh because I am sure the supplier is wondering why the sudden interest in this design. This chart that has been out for MANY MANY YEARS. We are starting this on Sept 1st and going to post our progress on this piece every Sunday. If you would like to join in on the fun order your chart and stitch with us. You don't have to be a face book user to do the SAL :) I will be sharing my progress on the piece right here on my blog as well. I think it will so much fun to watch every ones progression as this design takes shape.

Well if you have stuck with me this long I thank you. I am off to do some chores, make some breakfast and enjoy this beautiful day. I hope you do as well.