Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hello friends,

I hope your week is going well.  The weather has been so nice.....I wish so bad the temps would stay like they are, but I fear the heat and humidity will be here soon.  We are still working in the yard while we can, and hopefully everything will be established enough before it gets so hot and dry.

I've been stitching and sewing and treated myself to having a few of my things finished by the sweet and talented Faye - carolina stitcher.  Her ideas and creativity amaze me. She can take a stitched piece and totally bring it to life.  If you ever need some of your beautiful stitching finished, you won't be disappointed if you get her to do it for you. Here are the things that she finished for me.


"Bird in Hand" by La-D-Da


American Dreams "Hope" by Crown and Thistle


"Land That I Love" by Bird of a Feather


"Dutch Strawberries" by The Goode Huswife

I just love everything she finished for me!  I've wanted one of her project bags, and now I have one.  :)

I did the finishing on this next one.  It's my first "ditty bag" finish, but it won't be my last.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  I thought it would be difficult, but it really wasn't. It just took some time and patience.


"Fancy Brown Sewing Bag" by Stacy Nash

In between stitching, I also finished another long-time quilting UFO.  These blocks are from 1994 or 1995.  I love the way they came together.  




Thank you for visiting, and I hope you have a wonderful "rest of the week".  

Carolyn




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hello there!

This has been such a busy month, and I honestly don't know where it's gone.  Everybody I've talked to has said the same thing.  *sigh*  I'm wondering if it's because I'm getting older....  Oh well, at least the weather has been really nice here in Texas, although the pollen has been killer.   Bob and I have been working in the yard a bit before it gets horribly hot.  Here are a few pictures of where we are now.  We still have lots more we want to do, but we've got a good start.







Hopefully everything will take off and grow.  I love watching the flowers bloom and hear the birds singing.  We have a cardinal family that visit us daily, and they are a hoot.  If their food isn't out there at just the right time, they are hollering like crazy.  :)  They remind me of my sweet Mama and my Grandmother.  They both loved cardinals, too. 

Speaking of my yard, remember last month when I was involved in the "Flags on a Stick" blog hop?  Well, I was the lucky winner of the contest where I would win my wish list at Flags on a Stick!  I'm sooooo excited!  The contest was open to all of the bloggers that were in the hop.  Here are the goodies that I was able to get. 

These two garden flags...


 ...and this ADORABLE door mat.
  
You can see the geranium flag hanging in the garden around the tree.  I love geraniums. They are so happy.  :)  Thank you to Mdm. Samm and to Flags on a Stick!  If you like garden flags and other adorable things to decorate your outdoor space, you should pop on over and see what they have to offer. Their shipping and customer service is top notch. :)

I've also been working on a few WIPS, both quilting and cross stitch.  I finished up this little red quilt a few weeks ago.  I was involved in a block exchange back in 1995 (yes, you read that right!), and I finally got them put together and quilted.  LOL  Nothing like waiting forever, huh?


 I also made a few tabletoppers.  I love to switch them around on my tables or hang on the wall.  :)


Since I love coffee and I love red, this one is my favorite.  :)


I've been doing some stitching, too.  Actually I stitch every, single night.  I can't go to sleep without putting in at least a few stitches.  I picked these two pictures up from the framer today.  

This is "Bird in Hand" by Birds of A Feather and is OOP.


I stitched this next one the end of last year and just love it.  I love anything patriotic, primitive and with houses, so this certainly fits that bill.  This was in the February 2004 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine and is by Olde Willow Stitchery.


This next one is "Beekeeper" by Plum Street Samplers.  It was a Limited Edition kit. I will be taking this one to the framer soon.  


I'm still plugging along on my samplers.  I have three more squares on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow and that one will be finished.  I WILL finish it this year....I mean, it's only been 10 years since I started it.  LOL


I'm also keeping up (so far) with the SAL for "Snooty Parrot Sampler".  I love this one.  I just need to finish Adam and Eve, and I'll be caught up for the month of April....just under the wire.  :)



I have a few other things stitched, but I haven't done the finishing on them so I'll wait to share those with you.

Have a wonderful "rest of the week", and thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  

Bye for now,
Carolyn

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ladybug, Ladybug...fly 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.

Carolyn

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

Brrrr....

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 in.....in 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,
Carolyn