Monday, September 22, 2008

Weekend Finishes

I had a productive stitching weekend. Saturday after church the family and I went to a local Church carnival. They always have a flea market inside and I managed to pick up Jane Eaton's The Complete Stitch Encyclopedia at a steal. All books were 3 for $1.00. Sure can't beat that price. Later that night I managed to get my Carpenter's Wheel, cross stitch quilt square, finished. After that I began stitching on Susan W.'s RR. She asked that I stitch 2 bands on her Secret Garden [by Carol Tinson] sampler. She had a few color changes, but I think it turned out nice.
I needed my daughters' help to the post photos of the finished pieces. Am slowly learning how to do all these computer/blog things:) So, now I'm working on my Lizzie Kate exchange piece. I'm stitching "Love Is Best" and plan to use it to cover a small box I picked up at the craft store over the weekend. Vonna has some wonderful finishing ideas and I plan to use them for this exchange.

Today I mailed Lillie her Halloween mailart exchange. This was the first time I had ever stitched a mailart envelope. It was neat to see the finished project. As you can see my daughter took pictures of the front and the back for me. I have signed up to do two more of these exchanges, both with a Christmas theme. I can't wait to go through my stash and pick out the fabric and charts to stitch.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I've entered the "Blog World"

Well, I finally did it with a lot of help from my teenage daughter....hence the name of my blog. It's a running joke in our family that I'm "lazy", but we all know the truth...stitching is just more important. Not to mention more FUN!
I actually decided to enter the blog world after joining Vonna's MM & I RR #1. Thank you Vonna for allowing me to join in on the fun. In this non RR I will be designing and stitching my own neighborhood. I have spent much time going through my stash and have decided my neigborhood will be a Country Cottages and Garden theme. I have a large piece of 28ct Forget Me Not Blue Jobelan (39 x 27) that I'm going to use. In my neighborhood I will be using several charts that I found in various magazines . They include: Julia Lucas' Cottage Garden (JCS 8/2000), Julia Lucas' Weekend Getaway (Stitcher's World 7/2000), Shilpa Gore's Garden Cottage (Stitcher's World 5/2001), Frances Dana Gage's The Home We First Knew ( JCS 5/2004), Easter Sunday (CS & CC 3/1994), In the Garden (CS & CC 3/1988), and Roberta Madeleine's God Bless Our Home (The Cross Stitcher 8/1994). This is just a start, next I need to figure out where each chart is going to fit into my neighborhood. Luckily, the actual stitching of this project doesn't start till Dec. 31st, so I have plenty of time to fiddle with my layout.
I also plan to share my stitching on this blog...will just need to get DD's help again. That's all for now.