Saturday, November 28, 2015

Holiday Season

Hey, Friends!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is over and we’re headed into December?  I’ve been absent from blogging for most of the year, so here’s most of what I’ve stitched this year.  If there’s anything else before the end of the year, I’ll just revise and add on.

The priority for my stitching this year has been my January 1 New Year’s start which is Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery – His Eye is on the Sparrow.  My plan was to stitch one page (of 12) per month.  With my retirement in July (woo-hoo, yee-ha!) I was able to do a little more.  Then there was the framing special in October (Stitch and Frame Shop LNS), so pushing forward and stitching about every minute got it stitched.  I love the way it turned out.

I couldn't stitch ONLY this, so every once in a while I'd take a break to have a completion along the way...

This year, Paulette from Plum Street Samplers, is designing a series of ornaments for Twelve Days of Christmas.

In October Paulette, Plum Street Samplers, gave us this Brew HaHa freebie!Then there was Merry One

In Novmember  Bird in Hand by Barbara Ana Designs

In September I found that there’s a Blackbird Design’s Facebook group for Anniversaries of the Heart, so I pulled it back out and stitched  Farm House.  AotH will be my focus project for 2016 – time to get it finished!

Then there was I can drive a stick by Lizzie*Kate

With all the Presidential Debates, PSS – Party Tarts caught my eye!
In August these Stranded Jacks from Paulette, PSS, had been in my “do soon” bag for more than a year!

When July came around, my Patriotic button got pushed, so His Eye went on a little hiatus.

In June I wanted to do a little painting project, and painted the boxes from Blackbird Designs, In Friendship’s Way, and in August made Strawberries and boxes for a few friends.

In May there was the Primitive Stitcher’s Society Retreat.  One of the projects there was a Necklace Needlebook, designed and taught by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farms. 

 There was also a project by Kathy Barrick to learn Needle Punch.

At the retreat there was an exchange.  I made a Pocketwatch Pendant using With Thy Needle & Thread, Heart in Hand.

And so that's been my year of stitching.  I will update this post if I finish other pieces, and I do plan to finish the PSS Twelve Days.  Eight should be very soon!

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Happy Stitching!

When you think things are falling apart, it may just be that everything is falling into place!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hello... Remember Me?

Hey, Friends!

Where have I been?  Have I mentioned that July 1, 2015 was my first official day of RETIREMENT?  WooHoo!  I’m so happy – and lazy!  No morning alarm – other than Pixie J Just doing exactly what I want, when I want.

As last post said, I took a little break from His Eye is on the Sparrow to stitch a few patriotic designs.

Free & Brave – The Drawn Thread 

Flag – 1998 – Bent Creek

Old Glory – Littlehouse Needleworks

Heart Flag from “July” – Prairie Schooler

Crow with Flag – Notforgotten Farms 

Sweet Land of Liberty – Samplers and Santas
 Liberty Parade - Punch Needle and Primitive Stitch Magazine

Nearing the end of July, page 5 of His Eye is on the Sparrow is now complete.  Wonder why it took a while longer than it should?  Why were there so many of these friendly creatures hanging out on my driveway.  I thought it was because the motion light is stuck ON, so they were catching insects.  But wait, there may be another reason!  There was frogging to be done.

I must have counted down from the wrong birdy foot – the flowers were in the wrong spot!  I thought, can I just switch positions of the flowers and the ‘donkey’ animal, but no, that wouldn’t work.  The frogging began.... and with a little help from the Boo-Boo Stick, the fuzzy fibers were gone. That big blue bird at the bottom seemed to take forever!

I fell in love with Blackbird Designs, In Friendships’s Way!  After a bit of searching found the little glass-sided Strawberry box and the Button box.  I didn’t want my Strawberry box quite as aged, so love the way it turned out.  Also love the button box!  I used Annie Sloan chalk paints and waxes. 

 Top Strawberry Box is from BBD, In Friendship's Way. 

Bottom Button Box is from BBD (yellow).
 We've had one of the hottest summers since the 1950's.  Hope you're having summer sprinkles and cool breezes!  Thanks for stopping by!

When you think things are falling apart, it may just be that everything is falling into place!

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Here Comes Summer!

Hey, Friends!

Just want to pop in to share that His Eye is on the Sparrow, by Heartstring Samplery, page 4, is stitched.  It was started on January 1, 2015, and that completes row one.  I’m planning to take a little break now to stitch some of my favorite Patriotic pieces.

I don’t think I ever shared with you the piece I stitched to exchange at the Primitive Stitchers Retreat.  It’s from With Thy Needle & Thread, Heart in Hand.  I finished it by placing it into one of the old watch cases.  Also added some tiny buttons, then used some gingham ribbon and bead to complete the necklace.  The recipient seemed to be pleased with it.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I’ve been looking forward to this time for several years.  It’s so close now, I can almost taste it.  I have 15 working days until retirement.  WooHoo!  

Such a nice beginning, with low humidity and bright sunshine today, which makes it seem not so hot.  Hope you’re all enjoying a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend, too!  Take a few minutes to be thankful and remember the brave who gave all.

Happy Stitching!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Prim Stitchers Society Retreat

Hey, Friends!

Remember me?  Yes, I’m still stitching, but have primarily been working on Beth Twist, of Heartstring Samplery, His Eye is on the Sparrow.  It was my 2015 New Year’s start, and the goal was to finish a page per month.  Very close to finishing page four, but my intent was to finish it at the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat.  

The retreat was so much fun that stitching over one wasn’t happening!  The group was started by Dixie Samplar, and is a Facebook based membership group if you’re interested in Primitive design stitching. 

And speaking of the PSS Retreat…  It was a ball!  The inaugural retreat was held in Williamsburg, Virginia.  I believe the farthest traveled attendees were from Canada.  There was a nice stitcher’s lounge open 24 hours from arrival on Thursday to leaving on Sunday.  Stitchers at our table were Beth, Holly, Pat, Jeanne.  Front right to left : Nan, Elizabeth, Cindy , Faye, and me (Charlene). We asked Ridgley to join us for this photo - since it was hard to catch her not on the run!

There were two classes.  On Friday was Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.  The project was a Huswife Necklace.  Lori's teaching style is full of personality!  My finish is below.
Lori and Joan

My Huswife Necklace

My Huswife inside 

On Saturday was Punch Needle with Kathy Barrick.  Now I had tried punch before, but was never able to get the threads to stay in the fabric.  Kathy was such an awesome teacher, she worked with me until I was able to get a partial start.  Nowhere near finished, but at least started!  Practice, practice, practice...


There was Merchant Mall on Friday and Saturday, 12:30 to 5:30.  Oh, my goodness!  I noticed some great pictures at Notforgotten Farm. I’ll try to list the ones I remember and purchased from.  I mean NO disrespect if any are omitted!

Carolina Stitcher – Faye  
Dames of the Needle - Elizabeth   

Valley Needleworks - Jennifer

Books ‘n More -Mary Ann Locklear 

Dixie Sampler - Terri

 Nebby Needle – Bonnie Woomer

After the closing banquet, we had the raffle drawing.  It was a beautiful box created by Nan Lewis, of Threadwork Primitives.  I didn't take a photo and haven't been able to find one.  

Then the exchange – for those wishing to participate. Mine was from one of our table mates, Cindy.  It’s a lovely pin pillow – Love 1724 – with three hand made pins.  It was finished by Nan, and is nicely done – trimmed with chenille and so tightly stuffed.  Thank you again, Cindy.  I love it!  

In parting everyone received a gift bag filled with very nice things!  The PSS Retreat was designed by Threadwork Primitives, Nan Lewis.  The finished piece is below.

And so on Sunday it was time to take off for home.  Next year's event will be in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  Terri said she will try to announce the specific dates within the next week or so.

I sure hope Terri, Ridgley, Christina and all the others who worked so hard to pull this event off know how much we appreciate all their hard work.They did a fabulous job, and I am already looking forward to year!

Happy Stitching!