Saturday, November 29, 2014

I'm Counting Stitches Over Here

I was away from my sewing machine for 10 days...that's a LONG TIME!
It feels so nice to have my sweet machine close by again.

It was such a painful separation, but luckily I had something to keep me busy...
Family, Monkey Boys, food, and this new-for-me-to-learn-thing called
xxxxxxxCOUNTED CROSS STITCHINGxxxxxxx.

That Other Lady said it is relaxing.
Hopefully, that will happen sometime soon.

Thankfully, there are blog tutorials and videos to help...whew!
I've even had sweet ladies give me hints while I was staring at the threads in a craft store.

One of the best things I learned last week was how to separate the embroidery floss.
For YEARS my threads would end up in a jumbled mess when I tried to use just a strand or two.
NOT ANYMORE!

I found a video that showed me how to pull out one strand at a time without creating a 
knotted pile of threads. It was just what I needed to start this cross stitching journey!
(I know, you long-time cross stitchers are shaking your heads that I didn't know this.)

This was the video I watched showing how to separate the threads:


Why am I learning to counted cross stitch in my old age? Good question!!!!

It's all because Madame Samm got us all fired up with amazing patterns to cross stitch for a blog hop.
Check them out on her blog at SewWeQuilt.com!

She's also going to be sharing lots of hints and tricks on how to cross stitch.
I'll definitely be needing all the help I can get!

I've been practicing on Merry Christmas Grumpy Kitty
by Brooke Nolan, Brooke's Books Publishing.
It's a freebie pattern you can find HERE.


I think this is upside down, but it really is Grumpy Kitty!

I was so happy to be back with my sewing machine, so I finished my daughter's Christmas pillow.
We had gone shopping at Quilted Works weeks ago and she'd picked up this cute wreath pillow kit.
Unfortunately, we didn't have time to sew it while she was visiting so I finished it for her.

Now back I go to that RELAXING counted cross stitching thing.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


My family will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow with lots of turkey, stuffing,
sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce...and other yummy traditional foods.

No stitching or sewing, but there will be Monkey Boys to hug and kiss!

Here's wishing you a day full of thanks!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Looking Cold, But We Support You!

This little flower is fighting the cold to keep it's place in the warm weather.
Hang in there pretty baby!


Right now there many of us who have friends or family who are fighting a battle against breast 
cancer and most of them are thankfully winning their battle. Want to show your support?
Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt has a new blog hop that's perfect to show support!
Her pattern is adorable and will look something like this one (only way, way bigger) that I made 
last year for a friendship quilt to support a sweet lady who'd had a nasty fire destroy her home.


Want to sign-up for this hop? 
Just click HERE for all the info!

There's another hop that still has some openings if you love to counted cross stitch or embroidery.
Some amazing designers have created seasonal patterns for us to add to a Tammy Bag.
Click HERE for that blog hop...hurry, don't wait too long to sign up!


I've never, ever counted cross stitched, but I'm giving this my best shot...come on and join me!
Don't make me double dog dare you!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Pillowcases, New Blog Hop, And Gift Ideas

Making pillowcases is new to me, but I now I love making them and giving them as gifts.
Even more fun is when I receive pillowcases all ready to sew!

I won the makings of these two pillowcase from Sue at Suebee's World...thanks, Sue!
Aren't they just the cutest in this fabric!

I should have made some for the T'was The Night blog hop, because they are so quick to make.
In less than an hour I had these little beauties sewn and ready for use. Love it!
There's still more days in the hop...check out all the great gift ideas!

Tuesday, Nov. 11

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Friday, Nov. 21

Did you hear!
There's a new blog hop in the works!
Don't miss your chance to sign-up! 
Details are HERE.


Friday, November 14, 2014

The Ghastlie Christmas Gift

The T'was the Night blog hop has really given us a fantastic week of great ideas 
for quick and easy gifts AND there's still one more week of fun! Whoohoo!

A little recap on what I made for a gift:

 I went a little Ghastlie with the gift I mailed off to Theresa..I love that Alexander Henry fabric!

One of the gifts was a scalloped needle holder...it folds up so cute! I had to trace the one 
I received at a quilt retreat to create it, because I couldn't find a pattern online.



I created a round pattern with the same idea in mind to make a needle holder for me.

Next I based this gift off a Simple Sewing Companion...easy and quick!
You can find it HERE



Last of all, I made a Ghastlie snap bag.
I love that creepy family!


I can't wait to see next week's gift ideas!
Check out all the gift ideas!

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