A little Christmas crafting & cooking. I did the actual stitching of this ornament quite some time ago but just got around to finishing it for the tree in recent days. It’s from Midnight Stitching’s Quaker Inspirations. I’m afraid I don’t know the name of the thread I used, it was something from my left overs box. I think it will be a nice addition to this year’s tree, that is when I get this year’s tree up and decorated…it’s on this week’s list!
A Christmas baking favorite here – super yummy and easy as can be Old World Raspberry Bars! I love one of these with a cup of coffee.
Just for fun here’s a bunny or more like an old man rabbit that was hopping around my yard, I wonder if he was one of my Summer visitors?
Are you shopping? I’m having a sale. Here’s another treat from Cyberland, a free design from Little House Needleworks!
I stitched this on 32 lambswool using the following threads -
Classic Colorworks (formerly Crescent Colours)
Brandied Pears (nose)
I have a little bit of stitching to share. It’s becoming a rare thing around here. I did almost all of this during the 4 days we spent in Avon in October. I added a few stitches this morning while we watched the launch of the Maven Probe on it’s way to Mars.
I like to have some significance to the ‘year’ I stitch on things, I often change the year to something from my own family history. I just followed the pattern on this one but wondered, why 1843?
Here are a few things that happened that year…
Mount Rainier erupted
An alligator fell from the sky during a storm in South Carolina
Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in England
Here’s a little more useful info – you can find this design at the webshop. I’m stitching this on 35 count lambswool linen using DMC threads. I plan to make a small pillow possibly using the zig-zag fabric I recently purchased for throw pillows.
New from Impie, Hattie & Bea!
Now at the website and part of the Flood Relief Fundraiser going on through October 31st. I can’t get my pictures to upload there at the moment (we just switched to a new web host) but you can see the details here at the blog.
These will be available for shops in the near future. I’m a very busy bee in the sewing room and a bit under the weather so your patience is appreciated!
PS – for a limited time, Woodland Sampling Workbooks purchased through the webshop will include the Floss-Away bag.
A few tiny projects around the house. I’ve been on the look out for a set of these Jane Austen Royal Mail stamps. I found a set on eBay (there are lots of them on there) and set about making a little framed keepsake. I picked up a sheet of scrapbook paper and frame at Hobby Lobby. you can stick these to the paper like a regular stamp or use little hinges (tiny scraps of gummed paper) to stick them on the background. I put them in the frame in order of my favorite novels but these are my two favorite stamps.
I have oodles of knitted dish cloths but I was missing one color! I finally rounded up some really nice blue cotton. I’ve tried to find more of this (it’s less than $2 a skein which is part of what I love about it) but no luck. It’s called Filati Fantasia Carezza and knits up really nice. I used this pattern on size 8s and increased to 44 stitches before decreasing.
The Sampler Girl was clearing out some personal stash and I couldn’t resist this stitched model – the design is from her French Folio which I think is only available til the end of the month. I laced it into a thrift shop frame I’ve had since Michigan, such a sweet new sampler for my wall!
PS – all my dish cloths in one place…
Although we are still setting high temp records for August here (enough already) I’ve started to turn my thoughts towards Autumn. I have had this combination in my mind for a long time. Impie, Hattie & Bea’s Thread Armoire and Country Cottage Needleworks Harvest Blessing design. Actually I’ve wanted to do something for Harvest Blessings but it always resulted in something very like the Thread Armoire in both color and design so I thought — Why Not?
I’ve added this combo to the webshop. The other Autumn stitching you see in the background is Little House Needleworks Pumpkins 4 Sale and their own little IH&B companion. You can see more here and they are also at the webshop.
I finished up my JBW Queen Bee pillow. It sort of has an Autumn feel too, especially when it’s with these other pieces. I added some ribbon loop trim to the sides to give it something extra. Don’t look too critically at the ribbon close up – that’s where I sewed the pillow closed after stuffing ;0)
I shared on the Impie, Hattie & Bea facebook page that I’ve recently ordered 6 new fabrics for products coming out in the near future – stop by and follow us there to keep up to date!
Sorry to be so late with this post, the little wireless device I use to connect to our internet quit working, Tyler fixed me up with another gadget so I’m back!
I finished up my brown projects!
Stitching – this is JBW’s The Queen Bee. I stitched this on Antique Ivory Cashel in DMC 3031, I left off stitching the bow as I plan to attach a bit of ribbon when I make a little pillow. I think this little design is adorable. I will blog my little pillow finish sometime this week, I’ve only begun to look through my fabric for finishing.
Knitting – I finished up this little cowl. It’s a simple pattern and uses less than a small skein of wool. Here is the pattern and this is the yarn I used (cork). It won’t be too long before this will be just the thing for my morning walks.
Sprouts – they grew, they’re yummy!
Linda in VA, you name was drawn. Please email me your shipping info and I’ll pop your markers in the mail.
Thank you to all who entered and for your sweet comments.
I have a brown knitting project – almost finished, and a brown stitching project nearly done as well. I baked some rolls til they were nicely brown and I’m sprouting some lentils – they sort of look green……
I needed some color! While playing with beads to make my little sun-catcher, I also made up a set of stitch markers for my knitting….and then I made a few more. I will add some of these to the webshop Boutique shortly but I thought I’d have a giveaway too. So…if you would like your name in the hat for the set shown on my day book, please leave a comment here :0)
Drawing to be held Friday, August 16th.
PS – I used the good old Miracle Bread Recipe for the rolls (add more sugar and raisins) and found the info about growing sprouts here. I will tell more about my knitting and stitching when I finish them up.
I’ve become a very slow stitcher, partly because the only time I have for stitching is right before bed when I can barely keep my eyes open. I plugged away at this one and finally have a finish to share.
This is a design called Dame of the Needles Sewing Roll from Country Stitches. I mostly used the colors listed, I didn’t use two different blues like the pattern calls for, just one and I subbed DMC for the house and her skin. I stitched this on 32 lambswool linen which is on the darker side, this fabric can vary in color depending on the linen it’s made with. I’ve had these blue patches of fabric for ages and I love them on this pillow.
Remember when blue was such a popular color to decorate with? I don’t have much blue in my house anymore. Just this little doll a good friend made me long ago, and a little blue in this throw I knitted. I really like blue, I think I forgot that for a while.
PS – I do have this chart at the webshop.
I finally have a real stitching finish. It only took me a week to get the final 7 stitches done on this one. I’m going back and forth on framing and making a pillow. The design is from Little House Needleworks and it’s called Needlework School. I think it’s very sweet.
I’ve also started another little sampler, this one from Country Stitches called Dame of the Needles Sewing Roll. I have an additional pattern with threads ready to ship if someone is looking for this, just email me for price info. I haven’t decided yet whether to add this to the webshop.
I knitted Amber a wrap at Christmastime and wanted to do one for myself. I finally had a yarn combination on hand that I really liked so I’ve made a tiny start. I’m using this pattern and this yarn and this yarn. It’s hard to tell yet if I love it, need to knit a bit more I think.
A little garden news, the chives have pretty purple flowers and the cilantro has bolted (now I’m growing coriander) and a butterfly stopped by.