Friday, September 17, 2010

Another Staycation

It has been such a great week.  I had planned this time off because a stitching retreat was scheduled.  It was cancelled, so I decided to create my own retreat.  There is SO much that needs to be done around the house, but did it get done?  Nope!  I did make a path in the sewing room, and MAY work on that a little more before the week is over, but no guilt. 
I also took Mom out shopping for a while yesterday.  She enjoyed herself, bought lots of sweets (just got her diabetes meds increased), and some other goodies, too.  I saw a set of dining room chairs (only 2) that I fell in love with! Do I use my dining (really breakfast - joins kitchen) room?  No.  Do I have enough chairs?  Yes!  Can I get these off my mind?  No!!
And so… I’ve put the JCS Annual Halloween issue to good use!  Last time you saw Perched on a Pumpkin.  This week there is Boo Bunny (The Victoria Sampler) done on 32 ct Natural linen over 2 using primarily DMC – with a little Kreinik on the spider for sparkle.  It’s made up by stitching the design onto a little pillow I made using black and orange check and a black ribbon with orange topstitching for the hanger.  
Then here’s JCS Halloween Greetings (Plum Street Samplers) done on stash that I coffee/tea stained a while ago using over-dyed fibers made into a small pillow with a brown mottled cotton backing. 

This is Boo, a freebie from Sandra Sullivan of Homespun Elegance.  It’s done on 32 ct natural linen with over-dyed black fiber.  The backing is black cotton, and it is my first use of crushed walnut shells as the filling.  I love the weight it gives the pillow.
Last year I won a giveaway from Sarah that included JBW’s Alphabet Pumpkin with the over-dyed fibers among other things!  So I stitched it up using those and decided it would be my second Flat Fold – this one on my own.  I used some cotton fabric I found at Hancock’s from the harvest collection that has just a touch of gold sparkle.  For the cording, I braided a deep orange satin-type cord for a bit of size presence, but not overwhelming.    
Of course I’ve started another project, so we’ll see if that sewing room gets any more attention!  Maybe…not!
Oh, my TuSAL is tardy again this month - but now you can see that the autumn colors are beginning to make a small display - even a tiny black thread is trying to escape!  
Thanks for dropping by, and I’d love to hear your thoughts today!  I always appreciate what you have to say ~ your comments make my day!

PS:  Want chills?  Watch this U-Tube Pink performance of Glitter in the Air.

d Happy Stitching!


  1. Wow - you have been busy! Love these finishes - so cute!

  2. wow! You've very productive and all looks beautiful!! Great job!

  3. Congrats on all your gorgeous finishes!!

  4. As always, great finishes! Don't feel bad about TUSAL, I haven't posted mine in a couple months now.

  5. Wow, look at all these finishes! They are all fantastic!

  6. Wow Charlene you have been busy. You have stitched up some beautys!

    I wamt to stitch the Plum Street sampler ornament. I found the perfect backing fabric at JoAnns

  7. Love them all, Charlene--your "staycation" has been very productive :)

  8. Wow! You have really done a lot of stitching! Love all of your finishes.

  9. i came across your blog and I really enjoyed it, your work is beautiful and i will be in and out again
    hugs sheila xx

  10. Congrats on a lot of very pretty finishes!

  11. I can not believe how much you have gotten done! Boy do I feel like a slacker!! Want to stitch a few for me?!?! Really like Boo from Homespun Elegance! Just remember my B-day is coming up! HAHAHA. Keep up the great job and don't melt those needles!
    Hopefully will see you at the first Oct Tues stitch-in at the shop....

  12. Sounds you're having some great ME time at home and that is just as important as a holiday!

  13. Love your finishes! I'd say your Staycation was VERY productive! Good for you for enjoying yourself. Dust and laundry will ALWAYS be there--at least in my house! ;)

  14. All the finishes look great. Hmm maybe I should take a week off in the winter and have my own mini retreat and just stitch all day long.

  15. Nice work! I LOVE the ABC pumpkin! And who cares if you didn't clean the sewing room? It won't stay that way anyhow. LOL
    (The other stitcheries are great, too.)

  16. So pleased that you managed to stitch up the pumpkin alphabet and you have finished it beautifully.

  17. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am now a new follower of yours. I like all the halloween ornies. I like what you did with the left over threads in the ball. What a great idea. Happy Stitching.


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