Monday, August 22, 2016

Long time no see. Lots of news!

How is everyone? Have lots of new so get ready to read a book, lol!
I did participate in the facebook January challenge. Have lots of WIP's in the works. However, I had some interruptions. Two to be exact!
Was at the work yard on July 4th. Loading things in the portable garage for a move. Closed the door and left for the night. Next afternoon i was throwing pipe in the front of the garage. Heard a desperate cry. Went outside to see if a kitten was in distress. No kitten to be found. Went back into the garage, moved some plyboard and found a hungry, cold, dirty and desperate 6(or8) day old kitten under a work bench. Apparently she was put in the garage the day before and we didn't know it. This was the second time we rescued this kitten. Ferral mother(Fuzzy Butt) was no where to be found this time. Quick trip to the vet for kitten milk and a bottle. The Vet warned us she may not live. I didn't even name her for a few days. But, kitten fought to live so I named her Bridget. Celtic for feisty strong.

So tiny. I weighed her two days after we started bottle feeding her and Bridget was 3.1 ounces.
Kitty burrito after her bath.






 About 10 days later another, older kitten needed to be saved. Maya is about 11 days older than Bridget. Since then these two little fur balls have taken over the house.
 Okay, well we have an adult home and no where to put up breakables. DH found this at a local thrift shop for $20. We had wood, and mesh, for the door. Added casters and we have a kitty condo.
 Which the girls love. They even go back to it when I am busy and they need a nap.
 Best kitty toy ever!!!



When I am not busy they are a purring machine!










 Okay, on to stitching! Several major finishes so far this year! HAED on FB, started some challenges. Already have too many WIP's and decided to work on Mini Autumn Cat. After stitching one page for the challenge. I kept stitching and finished him. Started in 2012 I am very pleased this one is finally done.


Another big finish is HAED Fun Guys Snowballs stocking. Both Autumn Cat and Fun Guy were started in July 2012 and so it was fitting to finish them both in the same month.













 The following finishes are pat of my january challenge pieces.
Lizzie Kate April Flip it
 August
 December
 February
 Lizzie Kate Sweet Land
 October
 March
Lizzie Kate snippet
Lizzie Kate Wanted snippet












 HAED challenge 1 was this!
 Finished the bottom pages enough to start challenge 3
Parking! HATE IT!!! half of the challenge page done. Had this been cross country stitching the page would have been done days ago. But, it is a challenge after all.
Oh, the Alice needleminder is from Gina's Needleminders on fb.








These are lemon seeds from store bought lemons. Wanted to see if they would actually grow a tree. The empty looking cups are avocado seeds. Hubby hopes that there will be a tree sprouting as he loves avocados. I don't care for them myself. But, if they sprout it looks like I may need to learn to deal with them.




I have more challenge pieces waiting for beads and finishing.
I have also started designing my own patterns. Drawings and charting is the easy part. Stitching out, and editing my own designs are another thing! I do like seeing my ponies come to life and hope there will be many more. Here are some that I have finished and have PDF's for sale on ETSY.
 This is Christmas Holly Pony stitched on Polstitches Crocus fabric
 September Pony and January Pony. Will have a pony for each month.
 February Pony available in both small and larger size.
The start of October Pony. Am a lot further along and realized I hadn't take a picture yet. Stitching this on Polstitches Crushed Apple fabric. Beautiful color for autumn pieces.







My design company is DWH Pony Stitches
If you are interested my ETSY store link is

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DWHPonyStitches?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Come Join me on my facebook closed group. I hope to have a SAL, at the begining of 2017, when I have more designs available. Plus a freebie, or two, are in the works.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1573742762931579&set=a.1389399214699269.1073741827.100008876117541&type=3&theater

Really appreciate those who have hung on and are still following my blog.
Happy stitching!
Deb

Friday, June 3, 2016

Mon ami Michelle

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Happy 2016. Some finishes and a bunch of new starts

Hi everyone!
I decided to join in the Crazy January Challenge on FB. Dedicated to Debbie Faris Bryant who passed away, at a very young age, from a heart attack in 2014. It was Debbie who came up with the idea of a start a day for the months of January and February. Last year I had way too many UFO's to join in the 2015 group. This year I am able to join in the fun. Here is what I have so far this month. 12 starts, 2 finishes and 3 ready for beads and ornamentation.
So here goes

Day 1 start is Brooke's Books January Birthday Cake,
Since this pic was taken I have finished the cross stitch and it is waiting for beads. I forgot to take another picture.

Day2 is HAED Boo, artist Randal Spangler, a RAK from Courtney Sands for my birthday last year.
 Not too bad for a days work. Over 1000 stitches. Think this one is going to be a fast one once the challenge is over and I can concentrate on it.

Day 3 is another HAED. Trim The Tree Stocking, artist Randal Spangler. This one did not go as fast as DH decided to bake a giant cake. Stitching was doomed that day!


Day 4 was a Lizzie Kate January Stamp. Which I finished.
Day 5 was a Lizzie Kate January Blocks. Finished!

Day 6 is another Lizzie Kate Santa Wanted. I couldn't put him down and he is ready for beads.

Day 7 is Ellen Mauer-Stroh January Carnations

Day 8 is Winter Pantry, Brooke's Books

Day 9 is January new years bear, Joan Elliott

Day 10 is a Just Nan shop freebie Royal Blossoms smalls. Would Like to make a biscornu out of this one.
Day 11 is Lizzie Kate February Stamp. All it needs is some flower buttons. The fabric is a 28 count Pink Polkadot from Fabric Flair. Fun to work with.

Day 12 is February Blocks, Lizzie Kate. I did start this and have the bottom right block finished. And I should have updated this as I changed the fabric to the same pink polkadot as the Feb stamp.





Day 13 start will be Country Cottage Needleworks Merry Christmas Deer.


Oh, and I won a small pattern, of my choice, from HAED. I completed both my yearly, and half year goals, in the group bulletin board. The randomizer pulled my name out of its cyber hat. Had to go back 3 times to read the announcement to make sure I didn't make a mistake and read the wrong name. This is the pattern I chose.
Not sure when I will be able to start this one. My year is pretty well planned. But, one never knows!

Thanks for stopping by!
Deb


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015 as it had wings!

Saying goodbye to 2015 this day. Don't know where the year went. But it was a great one stitching wise.

Had some last minute finishes this week!
 Winter Tree. Stitched 3 of these. They are very fast! A Lesley Teare blog freebie. Changed the colors from red/gold.
 Lizzie Kate No Peaking. From a Tiny Tidings VIII pattern.
This is Angie Designer Mandala. And I am bored with it.. So this will be a finish made into a tube pillow.











 These are my new starts, packaged up, for the FB January Challenge. Also the HAED New Start event.
 This is the first piece I want to stitch for the challenge. Brooke's Books January birthday cake.
 HAED New Start FB. Mini Boo, Artist Randal Spangler. A RAK Gift from Courtney Sands.

New start Trim The Tree Stocking. HAED Artist Randal Spangler.
Many of the wonderful HAED designs have been converted to stockings. This solves my problem of wall space. I have an electric fireplace and the stockings, I plan to stitch, will look very nice hanging there.






It has been a banner year for stitching. With nearly 80 finishes, including 3 HAED WIP's, it has been a fun productive year. Making up for a dismal 2014.

On the machine embroidery side. I stitched a blanket throw for SIL, and made a Winter Cardinal pillow for her. The pillow is a recycled baby blanket ment for cross stitch. It was such bad quality for stitching and decided to use it for the pillow. Saved me from throwing it out.
















The one color designs were fun to do. I found some Variegated polyester maxilock thread for the red poinsettia. Gold metallic is always a pain to work with. But very pretty. I liked the red so much that we printed out coupons and went back to Handcock fabrics. After a hand full of coupons, multiple discounts. we eneded up getting 3000 yard cones of thread for $3.19. Regular $7.49. Finishing fabrics, regular $9.99, for $3.49. Happy Dance!!!


 Here is some lace.
And here is the lace sewn together! Add light source and looks pretty at night.










The baine of my existance, for december and november, has been this memory quilt. SIL wanted my mom to make her one(she would pay for it). Knowing my mom would not like to make another, since she has already made 2 or 3 dozen, i "volunteered.... I am NOT a quilter. Claim to be at times. But it was nefarious claims... Here is the result, to be shipped out of the country, never to be seen again, But, SIL's inlaws loved it flaws and all. The printer did not like it. Was flipping over the fabric sheets and printing on the wrong side. My sewing machine, didn't like it either, it broke two needles. First time ever for breaking needles. Please excuse the blurryness, as i have told others, I was giggling like a school girl because it was finally done.


Wishing everyone a wonderful New Years holiday and a spectacular 2016.
See you on the other side!
Deb