Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Raining Squirrels

Hi everyone,

Yesterday we had a tree trimming party in the back yard.  (The kind you do in the summer before hurricane season).  And what came raining down?  Squirrel babies!!!  At the end of the day they were returned to the tree from whence they fell and you would not have believed how fast the mother came out and grabbed them!  So much for adding to my menagerie - WOW they were cute.  I would have photos but it all happened so fast!!!

My friend Mary has suggested that I post a list of my finished projects so I don't get discouraged by
THE LIST.  It does actually make me feel better.  I am working on the 4 Roo Bear canvases right now, but with the Christmas deadline approaching (it seems earlier every year) I need to finish Caroline's ornament first.

Caroline's 2011 ornament

I wonder what would happen if Congress was as worried about the debt ceiling deadline and I am about the Christmas finishing deadline?  Yes... they would drop everything else and GET TO IT!

Keep looking up,


Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Simple Life

Do you remember the days before stretcher bars, magnets, fancy tools and project bags?  I think I do...I'm not really sure...

I started needlepointing as a teenager and my first piece was one of those where the center was already worked and all I did was continental stitch (IN WOOL) the background!

I have found a project which brings back those days when you sat and held your needlepoint in your hands.  There was the simple pleasure of stitching in your lap.  Yes, I used the "sewing" technique of needlepointing and parked my needle in the margin of my work and it didn't rust because I only had ONE project.  Wow, that was a long time ago.

This is a Pischke Pocket which is on 10 mesh so even if you don't feel well or you want to watch TV in a room without perfect lighting you can still stitch and get that old feeling back.  And yes you use Anchor Tapestry wool so it is all about the experience.  You can see where I started in the upper right corner last night.  The needlepoint will be attached to the bag as a pocket and it will make a great tote.

Oh, and did I point stitch guides, plying, or laying tools are used in this process!!!

Keep cool,


Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Friend for Little Witch

Little Witch

This is Little Witch who is lonely no more!

I just finished Hermina and have brushed her cats with a toothbrush to make them fluffy.  I know there are special tools for brushing Fuzzy Stuff, but I am at home alone with a refrigerator with a blinking control panel so using what I can!  Now I know what people mean when they say the fridge is on the blink!  Actually, the toothbrush worked pretty well and didn't mess up the fiber.  Good thing the dentist is always giving me one.


Don't you love the background!!  Like almost none!!!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Move over Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber frog purse

Hermina's frog

As you can see, Hermina's frog has much more character than Judith's!  Check out the beading on Hermina's frog - those are the SAME size beads, just done in a different way.  The ones that look bigger are done in the beaded brick stitch.

Halloween finishing is just around the corner!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty
Enjoy this wonderful day with your families!