Saturday, May 14, 2016

All this rain is getting a little old................

I know, we've needed this rain but, enough is enough!!! The yard sale got cancelled for the second time and now won't be rescheduled until the fall. We're scrambling to figure out what avenue to take now. We have quite a bit of decent stuff to get rid of! We live a bit out of town and feel most people won't drive out for just a single yard sale. But, I'm leaning towards doing it at our house next Saturday because a huge neighborhood near us is having their annual sale and people will be driving out for that. We'll see!!!

In the meantime, I've been working on some finishing, a little bit at a time, and was able to get my other Sherri Jones class completed. about sweet, sweet, sweet! The piece is the Afternoon Leisure Basket. It comprises two tiny "books", scissor sheath, pin pillow, pin keep and berry......all of which fits in a beautiful swing handle wooden basket with lovely stitched bottom sections. Here's the photos:

Overall shot in basket

Fronts of smalls

Back of smalls

Inside of book

Basket bottoms
Close up of darning stitch butterfly

Inside of second book
That's it for today. Hopefully we'll be drying out soon. Enjoy your weekend!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Stasi wants a little lamb......little lamb.....little lamb

Another Mother's Day come and gone. Sadly, this year, it was not spent with my daughters but, gladly was spent with my mother, sister, sister-in-law and the male members of the family. 
I was able to stop at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival on the way to Baltimore and it was fabulous...much larger than I had anticipated (approx 300 vendors).

 It was a weather perfect day and the crowds were humongous! I was able to spend a little over two hours there, but only saw about half of it. Now, I am not a knitter, spinner or weaver,  but definitely appreciate what goes into those mediums. I was totally overwhelmed by the beautiful arrays of fibers, fibers and more fibers. Temptation was running amuck but I held firm, convincing myself I did NOT need another hobby!!! It was fun to just look, and not just at the wares for sale but, at all the attendees sporting lovely shawls, scarfs and caplets. A feast for the eyes!!!!

I did make  few purchases; I had told my hubby they could be my Mother's Day gifts. I got a pair of Alpaca liners for my slippers (they are already in use), a pair of "bee" related patterns, some roving for stuffing and an adorable clasp for a yet to be determined project. Here they are:

 And the best part was, due to a little miscommunication, our good friends met us there to share the experience! We watched a little black lamb judging and giggled at all the "bleating" going on. They are the cutest critters!!! And it really is amazing when you think about what can be produced from their fleece!!! Here I am with a new friend!

On the stitching front, Nova won out as my choice to work on last week. I got 1 1/2 rows added. I am still on track to get this done by the end of the year if I do one row a month--6 1/2 more to go!!!

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

A quick Happy Mother's Day....a little early...... to all my blog buddies!!! I hope you all are treated like queens, whether a mother...or not! And if you are a stitcher, I hope you find time to relax and put needle to fabric.

Here is my Blue Ribbon box by Sherri Jones that I stitched and dedicated to my Mom. 

Thanks for topping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi (who is a very blessed Mom of two beautiful, independent, loving women and two fun and amazing grandkids)


Monday, May 2, 2016

Rainy Days and Sundays........

.....make for a great finishing day!!!

After spending most of Saturday raking, weeding and mulching (due to the rain delay of the yard sale), I really needed a ME day. Sunday dawned rainy and dreary....perfect for a little "needling" and a dose of Nurse Jackie. (sorry....couldn't help myself)

So, A Garden Variety Long Pocket has come to life. I just love this piece--the colors, the style, the origins. Sherri always gives a little history lesson about the origins of the piece as she begins class and this was based on purses of olde from the 18th century. I stitched as called for---why mess with perfection? Here is the front and back of the purse:

Here is the bag with the accessories displayed. They tuck inside an opening at the back of the purse; the ring slides up and down to allow access....or not. There is a scissor fob, pincushion and needle book. I added the strawberry.

In the evening I worked on the pre-stitch for my class, Pioneer Girl Book Etui. I was moving along very nicely but when I got to the end of the didn't match!!!! Argh!!!! I had miscounted one stitch and it threw the whole thing off. So, another episode of Nurse Jackie (hubby had gone to bed and I only watch this by myself--more of a chick show) and I "frogged" it out. Did one length of thread to be sure I was on the right track and put it away for the night.

 I'll finish this up this evening---which begins my quandary of what to do next. I need to do some catching up on Nova and get back to the Amy Mitten pocketbook but, I really want to start Buzz by Hands on Design, especially after seeing Amy's at Thread in Hand, but need fabric. Then again, I have an arsenal of projects waiting to be started...or completed. I need to do an assessment of my stash and, maybe my brain, and make some decisions!!!

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