Monday, April 28, 2014

Some Silver

I don't do a lot of rummaging anymore, but there was a rummage on Sunday in my neighborhood and I found this:

It was a silver set and rather tarnished.  It was $5 so I decided to get it.  It is a four piece coffee set by Leonard and it is silver plated.  I have seen it on eBay for $20-50 so I think I made out nicely.

Like I said it was rather tarnished.  I had some silver polish.

When I was done, I had a nice silver shining set.  It still needs a bit more detailing.  I have to get a real polishing cloth.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Seasons finished

The Seasons
Pattern: Bizzi Creations
Fabric: 20 ct. Brittany
Fibers: WDW, Sampler Threads and Just Another Buttons

Monday, April 21, 2014

Stitch From Stash - April Update

Well, I spent a bit more this month than I have in months past.  $10 for the month.  That's what happens when I actually have time to spend at SCRAP.

I finished up one project for the month.

And I started two new projects:

And I got some decent work in on the Sunflower Sampler:

Monday Stitching

Hope y'all had a great Easter.  I also hope you enjoyed yesterday's video.  That was the choir I sang with in college performing "I Will Rise" (a very gorgeous version).

I did a bit of stitching today after getting some homework out of the way.  This is like the week where everything comes due so I'm systematically trying to finish everything.

Just waiting on my test results from the TExES test I took Saturday.  It's the last test I have to pass.  Hoping I passed.

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Project

I decided I wanted to stitch something different today.  I picked up this pattern at SCRAP a while back but I never figured out how I wanted to stitch it.

The pattern calls for 32 count linen (stitched over two) and has WDW and Sampler Threads along with Just Another Buttons.  I picked up all the supplies but I wasn't sure if I wanted to stitch everything separately and make pillows out of them like the model shows or stitch them all on the same fabric.

I was going through my fabric stash the other day (and digitizing it in OneNote) and I found this 20 count Belinda fabric I had that had four panels.  I decided to stitch the set on it.

I got Spring done.

I used three threads instead of two because I was stitching over two on twenty count.

I think making the pattern bigger, makes the JAB look better.  They looked really big in the model.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weighted Lap Pad

Yesterday was a bit of an odd day.  My husband didn't go into work until late because we had two flat tires on the truck (actually, we had three tires with leaks, but one is in the sidewall and can't be fixed).  After going to the tire place in town and getting the holes plugged, we got some breakfast at Old West Cafe.  It's a small chain of breakfast restaurants around here.  They have awesome food!  You know it's good when there are four state trooper vehicles parked outside.  I had an omelette with egg whites, since I recently discovered that I can eat eggs now, if I don't eat the yolk (except hard boiled, which I can eat the whole thing).  It was just a bacon and cheese omelette.  I thought about ordering a few strips of bacon on the side.  That would have been a mistake.  It was like all bacon with a thin shell of egg and cheese around the outside.  And it was not imitation bacon.  Nope.  This was like real bacon that had been fried up and pummeled into small pieces.  Oh, it was good.  I've had their pancakes there before too.  They're the size of your plate.


When I got home, I decided to shirk off doing homework and worked on a little side project.  Two months ago, I made a weighted blanket for my youngest who has Autism.

It has worked well at helping her to stay asleep through the night.  But, she still has problems getting to sleep but I can only get her to use the blanket after she's unconscious.  Many of the weighted blanket companies also make smaller lap pads, so I decided to make one with a remnant of fabric that I had purchased.  Here's what it looks like.

It is fleece and that is My Little Pony.  I did not stuff each cell with polyfill this time so it's a lot flatter.  It is also only 3 pounds instead of 5.  So far, Zoe seems to have adopted it as a new blanket.  Time will tell if it helps to get Adele to sleep.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Presenting: The Ornament Box!

Today was Em's 17th birthday.  Her dad picked her up from school and took her to lunch and got a cake for her.  Her present is going to be a new mattress (because her's has developed and indentation in the middle) but I decided that I was done enough with the Ornament box to give it to her.

She said her favorites were these:

I still have four more to go, plus another one for this year.  We'll see how much stitching time I have coming up.  This semester is almost over but summer will be hard.

Monday, April 14, 2014

One Motif Down...

I finished stitching up the butterfly today.  I'm working on the arbor next.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A better look

I got more stitching done so you will get a better idea of what it will look like.  It's going to be three motifs stitched as a bellpull.

I was originally concerned that this fabric was a lot lighter than the model and the while would not show up.  But, it's looking good so far.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Went Shopping

The nice thing about shopping at SCRAP is that I get a bunch of stuff and don't spend a lot (which is great for Stitch from Stash).  Here is what I got today:

Two specialty Aida panels and a stitchable towel

A Grape pattern and a Just Nan pattern

Three Crossed Wing leaflets.  I figured out this is what my grandma used to stitc

A bunch of Christian symbol smalls, perfect for my tree

A book of Christian cross stitch patterns
I also started a new pattern.  Here's what it looks like.

Friday, April 11, 2014


I have been stitching quite a bit these past few days.  I'm going to have to put it down and do some homework.  I think I may switch to another project after this to change things up.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Some Progress

I had a stitching wind today and got quite a bit done.  I started on the border.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sunflower Progress

Hello everyone,

After finally finishing up homework for the week, I did a little work on the Sunflower.  I had to do some minimal frogging after I accidentally switched the colors of the little blue flowers, but it was not much to have to tear out.  What I really love about this piece is how the bright colors just pop off the natural linen.  I can't wait to see what it looks like as I add more and more of the piece (there's still quite a bit to go).  For a picture of what it will look like, see the "long term projects" tab at the top.  The center of the sunflower is a bit of a pain because it is symerna crosses.

I have also been crocheting a bit on one of my prayer shawls.  It is crocheting up quite quickly.   The pattern is easy: 1 row single crochet and then 3 rows double.  I am almost done with the first ball of yarn.  I only bought two balls so I am curious to see how far they will get me.  It's for a child so I don't have to go really really big.  I am thinking it will take three in all.  I can't believe I picked up crochet so quickly.  The YouTube video I watched really helped.

I finally seem to have settled in on the knitted shawl as well.  I had some issues with the pattern but I finally got the triple seed stitch to turn out correctly.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Small Update with not a lot of Pictures

I have not been doing a lot recently.  All my projects are coming due and with my husband home on disability, I have not had much time for crafting or blogging.  Tonight, I went to a short workshop on the last Texes test I have to take for my certification.  I am taking it in 18 days and I really hope I pass.

I got a bit of knitting and crochet done at my knitting circle.  I'll have to post pictures later.

I am thinking about picking up this WIP next.