Saturday, August 3, 2013


Hi every one
Hope this finds you comfy and cool from the summer heat!
The garden is still blooming. But the heat is taking its toll. All we can do is keep watering. Fortunately the garden has the shade of three big trees to keep them from baking in the Texas sun. I do have some inside blooms with our violets.

Have been working on the YOTA SAL.Here is the link if you wish to jion in.
Still working on the Joan Elliott Wizards View. YAY! The cross stitch is finished and some of the back stitching is done. There are lots of beads. Maybe I can get this finished by the end  of the year!
                                                   After. Stitched in the hands and outlined.
Have another UFO SAL going with the Brooke's Books bb interactive group.
This is Vermillion Peppers pillow from the JCS magazine.
  After. Will try to get some more stitching in, on this one, before monday.

 Finished Baked Goods into an ornament.There is a story behind this one. I don' care for using glue on needle work. Decided that in order to get the finish I wanted I was going to have to use glue... I have everything laid out on the snack bar. Including the glue. Whilest I am cutting the foam board, DH comes in and says " I see glue... You never use glue" Yes, there is glue on the counter. "when were you going to tell me?" Never... "You mean you were going to keep this a SECRET!" YES! to the grave. DH just walked off mumbling something about secrets and shaking his head.
However, when the results were revealed, DH decided that maybe the experiment with glue was a good thing.
Besides, it gave me a chance to use this great looking braided trim!
 LK's Getting Old received the same treatment with glue and foam board.
Found this in a box, cut it out and made an ornament. Stitched on gold perforated paper.

Lizzie Kate Flip it piece. 
WIP"S include
HAED 2013 SAL Mystic Garden. Only about 100 stitches, as the weekly sal has just started.
 This is Gracie's quilt square. Have the heart done and outlined. This is a freebie chart from another blog. This blogger has a multitude of free charts. Lots of cats and owls! Here is the link
Reçue d'une Amie ! - Mes petites croix et moi !
I found a gorgeous stained glass tree.
 HAED Fun Guy was in last weeks sal. Had a problem with the heel ever since I started this piece. Had to come in from a different angle to correct. A little bit of frogging and back on tack.
 Mirabillia"s Silver Moon Tea has a few added stitches.
And I seem to have "start itis" this week. Looking to start this blackbird bell pull by Jim Shore and Mill Hill. Have it kitted up with the required fabric and even have the wrought iron hardware. Trying to restrain myself as I still have more christmas stitching to do. Okay... a lot of christmas stitching to do. 
Have been unpacking boxes and trying to reduce our possessions as we rent a small house.  Last month, while performing this daunting task, I came across some quilt tops that I had sewn together a couple of years ago. Nothing exactly fabulous. Just 4 inch squares sewn together. This week I took one of the tops and sewed border, backing, batting and managed to sew on a passable binding. Have 2 sides of the binding, on the back side, to finish hand sewing. Here is what the quilt looks like so far.
After the backing and batting was sewn in.
 I have never been a good quilter. Mainly because I am always in a hurry. I haven't been working with DH for the last 2 months and decided that, once and for all, I was going to take the time and work at making good corners and binding. Decided I wanted mitered corners.
 This is with the binding. Still have to finish the backside hand stitching.
 And I managed to, half way, get the binding correct. Well, at least no one will notice if they walk by real fast. The batting is sewn in with the outer quilt edges. Will machine embroider some red work birds and butterflies to anchor the batting in the center and corners.
   My friend Michelle sent me an amazing Pixie Card and some Ginger Bread Men for embellishing some cross stitch finishes! The Pixies are for good luck. And, I will take all the good luck we can use.
Michelle also emailed some absolutely marvelous pictures of her new, 2 3/4 inch tall characters. Michelle continually amazes me with her imagination, attention to detail and the wonderful charms she finds for her babies.                                   So pretty!

Farming community with both cats and mice. Love all the detail, beautiful knitting and baskets of produce. I just sat, entirely stunned, when Michelle emailed this picture. Totally amazing!

                                             Love  the pipe and carrots. Adorable!
 The bicycle is from a child's moble hanger.
  Morty must be a teenager. He does not like to smile for his close up and gives me this "NOT AGAIN!" look.
 Doctor mouse is fabulous!
 Very well prepared and carries his files with him!
Lastly, I keep forgetting to post a pic of my TSUAL. Changed it from the bucket size, I started with, to a big jar. Moved my stitching light to the living room and didn't have room for the bucket.

                                     Have a stitchey weekend and very happy you took the time to stop by!


wilma b said...

Great finishes and stitchings! The violets sure look pretty! I used to have lovely ones also, but since moving, I've had no luck. :-(

Joyce Clark Frank said...

The flowers are so pretty. Great job on all the finishing. Love the trim on the ornament, too.

Linda said...

Fabulous update Deb. Everything looks great. Gorgeous finishes. Those mice are amazing.


cucki said...

sweet stitches and i love your mice so much..
i love them soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much..truly they made me smile and i love them
big hugs x

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh Deb, I love your blog post! Those finishes are amazing. I hope to try that some day. The backstitching on the Wizard's hands looks great. Thanks for the link to the blog with free charts. Your new Mill Hill start looks super! I would want to start stitching on it right away, too!

Faith... said...

I LOVE your quilt! I would love to learn how to quilt one day! Your stitching is gorgeous and I really like the one you are stitching for Gracie. That is going to be a wonderful quilt once it is finished and I am sure Gracie will love it!

Anonymous said...

Your flowers are amazing . i love the trim on your ornaments and your finishes are gorgeous . i like the way you put the little beads it's so shiny. i like morty's face he is so cute !!! Now you can use glue for the trims you can't sew , the finishing is so amazing

Brigitte said...

Again it was so great to see all your WIPs and finishes. I also use glue when finishing ornaments and it works very well.
All the little mice are really stunning. Whenever I see a new post from you I hope to see some new mice as well. That's a fantastic hobby, too.

Christine said...

wow! everything is lovely!

Anonymous said...


Just found your blog.
Beautiful stitching!
Pretty violets too.
Those little knitted animals are amazing.