Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Introducing Fob Friends

Scissor Fobs
My stitching friend Lisa has created a spectacular line of scissor fobs and magnets.  The fobs are made of crystals, sterling silver, beautiful glass beads and each one is ended with a super special charm.  Our stitching group has been privileged to receive these over the past few years and each one is more beautiful than the next!  The ones shown here are from her Patriotic Fourth of July collection and the magnets are from the Summer series.

They are currently available at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  Of course Ruth the "Queen of Bling" saw the appeal right away!

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


Friday, June 24, 2011

First Among Equals

I just received the Wolfman back from Ruth and look how special her finishing is!  He is number one of a series of twelve Halloween Monsters that I  have from WAY BACK!  I have eleven more PLUS the background to do - so you think I will finish?  I didn't think so either, so when we went on our Baltimore field trip I decided to have Ruth do some extra special finishing to get him "out of the closet".  He will be a great Halloween addition.  And yes I am aware that he is not Julius Caesar!

This has been a great finishing week for me!!!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Under Construction

Stable wall

I am working on the stable wall of the creche and am eating thread at twice my usual rate!  Oh well, I like to anchor my threads well.

I also spent about an hour working on changing the blog post color - wow almost as hard as reading a stitch guide!  Robin should blog all her tips on how she does all those great blog entries.

Too hot for anything but staying inside and stitching!!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Kitty

This kitty is happy because he will be Molly's Christmas ornament!  The flower is ribbon loops made from Splendor and the red center is made of loops of red beads!  SWEET!!


Monday, June 20, 2011


tapestry and bullion needles

I am almost finished with the last Geisha and am doing the hair embellishments - a gold hair comb done as a bullion.   The first bullion I did with the needle I was working with - a 22 tapestry needle.  It looked a little loose even on the second try so I decided to use my bullion needle.  I have one anyway - why not!  I think it makes for a neater bullion.  I am not sure if it's because the bullion needle isn't tapered like the tapestry needle or that it was my 5th one!
hair comb with 22 needle
hair comb with bullion needle

Don't you love finishing projects!!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Copy Paste

Yesterday afternoon on our way home we saw a special "vision" in the sky - a double rainbow.  We were trying to find a "sign" in this.  I of course saw a victory for LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, but my daughter wanted to think that she and her boyfriend are going to be successful in their job search.  I know that the kids will do better than the Heat did last night.

The heading of my blog is Copy Paste which is what you can do with my last blog entry referencing the Heat.  I think the Miami Herald must be one of my followers because they pretty much verbatim lifted my blog entry onto the sports page.  One last thing before I close that door and return completely to flying and needlepoint - Pat Riley needs to PARENT this team back to winning.  Eric Spoelestra cannot do this alone - he looked almost helpless last night himself.

I am going to spend the next week finishing the last Geisha and plugging away at the Creche.  Oh and back to flying lessons, because the wind has died down!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Creche update

Hi everyone,

I have almost finished the little lamb in the manger scene.  His fur is two kinds of knots which add depth and are done in Vineyard Silk Merino Wool which is wonderful to work with - perfect on 18.  I am leaving his ears for last so I don't mess them up along the way.  Once I finish the donkey I can complete the grass inside the stable.

In one of my very first blogs I referred to LeBron James' meeting and exceeding expectations, something  he has clearly done up until the past week.  I am afraid that the pressure may be getting to him as the Championship slips away from the Heat.  I feel sorry for him (as sorry as you can feel for a 26 year old with $100 million dollars) and even though he is a big guy he is being swallowed up in the moment.  His coach and his friend Dwayne Wade are the only people who can help him out of this now.

Why do I feel this way?  Because in the past week as we reach the half way point in the year I have been erasing half of my "to be finished in 2011" list of needlepoint projects.  I had WAY too high expectations for my needlepoint this year and am drastically becoming more realistic.  Just because a canvas is 13x17 doesn't mean it will be finished fast.  So I am resetting my list and priorities!

I have moved the creche into it's own space where it can sit on a table and be worked on for a little bit each day.  Sort of like the old jigsaw puzzle tables.   It's a lot easier than putting it away and taking it out each day.  My new plan is to work on the creche as my big project and surround it with all the ongoing little ones.  Hopefully that will work!

On to the donkey! GO HEAT!!


Friday, June 3, 2011

White Hot Stitching

I have been waiting to finish a nice BIG section of the creche before  blogging but life and the Miami Heat have gotten in the way.  I am currently living on an average of 7 hours of sleep (when I need 8) because the Heat have been sucking up every ounce of energy in Miami.  And last night they did NOT use that energy wisely :-(

So... I thought I would post a photo of my Gingerbread House which I just got back from The Needle House in Houston which looks good enough to eat!

One good thing about having the Miami Heat in the playoffs is that the tv stations have postponed (or eliminated) our annual run-up to Hurricane Season which started on Wednesday.  No one seems to care about that right now.  We have plenty of time to make those survival lists!

And now on to watching Amy do detached needleweaving!

Stay cool,  Linda