Monday, March 30, 2009

Rufus the Rabbit and some exchanges


I finished Rufus the Rabbit this weekend. It was a very easy project and quite cute. This was actually from a pile of stash my sister received from a friend. We were amazed at all of the wonderful patterns and fabric that her friend decided she didn't want any more. Of course, my sister was very happy to receive all of the wonderful stash and was sweet enough to share some with me. Thanks, Sharon. I plan to finish this as a no-sew cube for Easter.

I also have received some really nice exchanges over the past few days. First, Bridget C. sent me these cute squares for the Easter Fair and Square exchange. These will be finished as a pinkeep, hopefully in time for Easter display.

And Clare sent me this wonderful biscornu and extras. Isn't it pretty? Thanks!

Well, I didn't do so well with my March goals, but plan to be more productive in April. If I can just get through with the bald eagle, I will feel much better. I have also decided to try a rotation again to help "push" through these projects. I think this will be a big help.

Have a great day.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Progress report...

Well, I have been stitching pretty faithfully each night. I just haven't seemed to make much progress though. One of my goals this month was to finish 2/3 of the eagle for Peter. I have really tried, but this is not the fastest stitching project I have done. I worked on it three nights this week and am not even close. Once I finish the head and the tail, the rest of the wings should be fairly easy. It is just a chore to work on the head and I haven't even started the tail. Peter's birthday is the 19th of April. I may, by some sliver of a chance, finish this by then.

As some of you may know, I am always inspired by Vonna and Becky. I love to read their blogs.
Both of these ladies are extremely positive and inspiring. So, since I take so much inspiration from them, when they each started new projects, I decided that was a great idea. So I started two new projects (Remember there were two people inspiring me.) I started Mosey 'N Me Rufus the Rabbit. This project has been in my "to do" basket for some time and I thought that with Easter coming up, this would be just the thing to stitch.

Also, I picked up Shakespeare's Peddler A Weary World Rejoices this month. I love this sampler. Theresa is very creative and I love the message of "hope" that the motifs in this sampler convey. Theresa stitches on smaller counts often and I always love how delicate her work looks. So, I am stitching this on a smaller count than I am accustomed. I think this is either 36 or 38 count. I started it last night and love it.

Another project that I have in the bag is LK ABC Lessons. This one is very easy and fun to stitch. I figure if I finish one line a month, that's progress.

A group of friends and I get together each month to do something. We were playing Bunko, but some of the members wanted more variety this year. Well, our hostess this week suggested sewing these little bird pincushions. Isn't it cute? It reminds me of a purple martin. I can't say that I did the sewing. I cut out the fabric, pinned it together, and filled it with walnut shells. Lisha and Theresa actually did the sewing for me. Thanks!!

One last note. I am continuing my pledge of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle this year by offering the patterns on my trade list for free. Check the link in the right hand column. If there is anything there you would like, please e-mail me and include your mailing address. I will drop them in the mail to you asap.

Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Biscornus and Dragonfly

I know, I know. It has been way too long since my last post. I promise, I have been busy. But, to the important information. I have been stitching quite a bit lately. I finished a biscornu for Hooked on Exchanges and the Blackberry biscornu from Sweetheart Tree. I think they are both very pretty, but I absolutely love the Blackberry biscornu. It is my favorite so far. I am now working on a frog biscornu and will post pictures as soon as it is completed.

I also finished the Dragonfly kit from Country Cottage Designs. I love it, but not sure I really like the fabric I selected. I will most likely finish this as a pinkeep.

Last week, I completed a box with the SamSarah "B" pattern. It was really cute, but I gave it to my younger sister, Bridget, before taking a picture. I will try to remember to get a picture to show everyone.

Have you seen the new Pineapple Stitches from Jeanette Douglas Designs. I absolutely have to get that one. I love it. I will add this to my wishlist since I am trying to cut back on spending right now.

Wasn't this week beautiful? We are on Spring Break and boy have I enjoyed the week. It has been very cool and breezy here in South Mississippi. (We haven't turned on the A/C in the past three weeks!!) Hobbie was also off this week, so we have made some progress in our yard. He removed an old fence the other day. The boys and I made two raised beds for vegetables. So far, I have planted green onions, chives, shallots, bell peppers, carrots, beets, radishes and cantaloupe. After I pick the last two heads of cabbage in the larger garden area, Hobbie is going to get that area ready for planting also. I plan to have cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, eggplants, and okra. My parents have much larger gardens and are planting beans, peas, corn, and lots of other veggies to share with us.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone enjoys this wonderful spring day.