Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ladybug, away home....

Honestly, if you know me, one of my pet peeves is when people are late.  Seriously.  I hate it, which is why I'm always on time, and usually early.  Well not today.  For some unknown reason, I had on my calendar that my day for the hop was April 11th.  Well since the hop is totally over by then, I have no clue where that came from. Anyway, at least I already had the flag made.  So sorry!!

I'd like to thank Madame Samm and Thearica for hosting this blog hop.  I've so enjoyed seeing what all of these creative ladies have come up with. I was the lucky recipient of one of the adorable flag holders, and being that I love anything ladybug, I was tickled to death to receive this one.  Way too cute for words!  If you don't have one, you should check out the adorable flags that Flag Outlet has available. Thank you Flag Outlet for making this day possible.  :)

Here is my contribution to this hop.

 This is the back of the flag:

Be sure and visit the others on the hop today.

Thimblemouse & Spouse

Stitchin' By The Lake

Just One More Stitch (you are here)

The Quilting Queen Online

Selina quilts

Whims And Fancies

Thanks so much for stopping by, and again, I apologize for being late.


Monday, March 10, 2014

My First Blog Hop....let's ruffle!

Hello there sweet friends ~

I'm so excited to share with you today!  This is my very first blog hop, and I have to admit, I've been a bit nervous about it.  I mean, what if my creations aren't as good as everybody else's?  But thanks to Mdm. Samm, I decided to jump in head first and give it a go.  I bought a ruffler for my sewing machine last year and never took it out of the box.  It looked like some sort of dental equipment or something and intimidated me.  Well, thanks to YouTube, I decided to take it out of the box and see what it could do.  Oh boy....thank goodness I decided to practice on scraps and not on anything good.  WHAT.A.MESS.  I've been making ruffles for years, but never with a ruffler.  I will be doing it the old fashioned way from now on. When I use the ruffler I can't ease the fabric when needed, and I like to have control!  I do love the consistency of the ruffles done with the attachment, so maybe I just need more practice.  

I've been making lots and lots of the embellished appliqued and embroidered dish towels lately, but have yet to put ruffles on the bottom.  I've been putting a fabric band like this one:

 I think I like the ruffled version better.  What do you think?

See the little cherries on the top of the cupcake?  That's a pin that belonged to my sweet Mama and I thought it was PERFECT for this towel.  She would be so happy.  She had tons of them, and since I don't wear pins, it's fun to embellish other things with them.  :)

I also made a pillow for our bed.  I've been wanting to make this for while, so this hop was the perfect excuse to get after it.  I LOVE red...anything red.  I also LOVE polka dots. Especially red and white polka dots.  I trimmed the embroidery with red and white ticking and jumbo red rick rack.

Thank you for visiting today.  I'd be so tickled if you leave me a comment and let me know you dropped by.  :)  A big THANK YOU to Mdm. Samm and Amy for hosting this hop. They have done a wonderful job!

Be sure and visit the other ladies that are sharing today and leave some comment love.  There are SO many cute ideas and creations for you to see.  You won't want to miss a thing.  :)

Here's the list of my fellow rufflers:

 March 11th

Just One More Stitch - (that's ME!)

Have a great week!  Bye for now~

Carolyn  :)

Monday, January 6, 2014


It's cold here in southeast Texas!  Like in the 20's cold!  But what is really a hoot is that in two days, it is supposed to be in the 70's again.  Nothing like Texas weather.  LOL  I hope you are able to stay warm and safe where you live.  From what I've been seeing on the news, it's a nightmare in so many places.  When it's this cold, I'm staying my sweats....with lots of coffee...some old movies and some stitching.  :)

I've been in an organizing mood as are so many others this time of year.  I love to organize things, especially my stash. My husband calls me the "rubbermaid queen", although most of my tubs aren't even rubbermaid.  LOL  I bought more this week, and I LOVE LOVE these! (all pictures are clickable for a closer view)

These are by Sterlite.  I love the ones with the little blue handle.  They are flatter and are perfect for my blocks of the month and my wool fabrics. The ones in the middle have a flip top lid, and I bought them to sort my fabric scraps by color.

This is my favorite toy.  I label everything if it's standing still. LOL  I LOVE my Brother P-touch.


Here are a few ways that I organize my sewing room.  The top shelf is my BOM's in the new Sterlite tubs.  My fabrics are folded on comic book boards if they are a yard or more.

More fabric on comic book boards.  I LOVE this way of storing my fabrics.  I'm able to see what I have at a glance.

This is a bookcase with a few of my fat quarters.  These are mainly the "sets".  Other random fat quarters are stored in the cabinets.

I have three of these thread holders.  This one is my sewing/quilting thread.  It hangs on my wall.

These two are standing on the table behind my embroidery machine.  This is part of my embroidery thread.  The rest of it is stored in drawers in plastic containers.

I LOVE these stacking drawer containers.  I have quite a few different things stored in these.  They are the perfect size for kitted up projects.  I have several quilts with the fabric that is cut, the pattern and the backing all ready to go.  I also have some kitted up cross stitch projects stored in some.  Two of them hold my zippers, organized by size, and several hold my rickrack and ribbon.

These boxes contain my sewing and quilting patterns that are not in books.  Each box is organized by subject (purses, adult clothing, etc).  

This is a small peg board that I use to hold some of my specialty rulers and quilting stencils.  My hubby has built me a larger one that I will be replacing this one with.  I need more room!  :)

For my cross stitch friends, this is how I have my DMC threads organized.  Each thread has a bag that is labeled and they are filed in numerical order.  I will show my specialty threads in a later post. 

In the same cabinet that holds the DMC boxes, I store my cross stitch linens.  Each pile is a particular count and there is a label to let me know what goes where.  

My cross stitch charts are filed in a four drawer filing cabinet.  I have them separated several different ways.  The top two drawers contain my favorite, most used designers and my samplers. The rest are stored in alphabetical order, some by designer if I have a lot of a particular one, and others by subject.  I have several folders of samplers, reproduction samplers and Christmas, as these are my favorites.  :)  Another drawer contains all of my Prairie Schooler and other designers that I have a lot of. All four drawers are FULL.  

This was my kitchen island at one time, but it's now in my sewing room.  My TV sits on top and the three drawers are FULL.  These bottom two drawers contain kitted up samplers and other cross stitch kits.  These drawers don't contain any of my Shepherd Bush kits.  Those are in a three drawer rolling cabinet.  I kinda have a lot of those.  :)  I think the hanging handle makes a "statement", don't you?  ;)  This is on the "to be painted and knobs replaced" list.

The last thing I will show you on this post is a bunch of things I've pulled to sell in my cross stitch sale group on Facebook.  There is so much more that I need to purge, but this is a good start.  

Once I get more of my sewing room organized, I will show more pictures of how it's done.  It's taking a while, but will be so nice once it's finished.  Then I can start sewing on some of the projects I have in mind.

I'm doing a SAL with some Facebook friends and this is what we chose as our New Year's start.

It's called "Snooty Parrots Sampler" and it's by Barbara Ana Designs.  I'm stitching it on 32 count vintage country mocha using the GAST threads.  It's such a fun project!
This is how far I got on New Year's Day.  Not very far, but enjoyable just the same.  :)

Speaking of stitching, it's time for me to settle under my quilt, get a cup of coffee and put in a few "x's".  Sooooo........what are YOU working on?  I'd love to know.  :)

Have a great week.  I'll be back soon with some more organizing photos.

See you then,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas, sweet friends!

I have been doing lots of stitching and sewing, but I thought I would give you a little home tour today.  The picture at the top is where I sit and stitch and is a picture of my "cross stitch only/handmade only" tree.  It is a mixture of ornaments that I made and those that I have received from dear friends over the years.  Each and every ornament is a memory for me.  I can remember where I lived, what was going on in my life, who gave it to me, etc.  It's always a stroll down memory lane while decorating.  I treasure it.  :)

So, let's get started on my Christmas tour.

Samplers behind my stitching chair.  They look wonky, but I promise they are straight on the wall.  LOL

This is my dining room.  This tree is done all in red and gold.  

This is my little chunky tree that sits in my hall bathroom.  She's not really "picture worthy", but I didn't want to hurt her feelings, ya know?  This way she can look at herself in the mirror all day.  ;)

This is my little stitchy pillow basket.  I have more that need to be added to this....and will need a bigger basket.   

This is a little miniature doll tree that is in the guest room.  

This tree has Radko/blown glass ornaments on it.  It's one of my favorites.  :)

Jim Shore Santa tree in my entryway.

Snowman tree in my hallway.

Primitive Santa that I made years ago.  He stands as tall as my waist.  Love him!

Some close ups

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

From my family to yours - I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter and abundant blessings.  I have so much to be thankful for.  Have a wonderful day, my friends.  :)