April 26, 2017

New Additions

Grandgirl - February 2017

Fun in the kitchen

Our Oklahoma Puggle July 2014

Harley Quinn - rescue kitten 2016
PSS - Scary One

Barbara Ana Designs

With Thy Needle & Thread

Plum Street Samplers
Hello Again!

It has taken me since the last post to figure out how to get pictures onto this blog! It is so difficult from my iPad, not sure why. Trying it from the laptop seems to be easier. Getting back into the swing of things is a bit harder than originally planned, but hopefully it will get easier.

If you follow me on IG or FB, most of the posted pictures will not be new to you...but just trying to catch up here...

Our granddaughter was born in March of 2014, making us Mimi and Poppy finally! She is amazingly smart, gorgeous and funny and the light of our lives! She loves the doggies (esp. Copper, she says "Copper is my BEST friend"!) and helping me in the kitchen. She also loves Peppa Pig, Masha & the Bear and Shopkins!

Copper is our newest doggie addition. My friend Tobie helped us to adopt him from a shelter in Oklahoma, and in July of 2014 we drove up to get him. He is a Puggle, although he has very long legs and people say he looks part Boxer. Who knows, but he is a great dog and we've been so blessed by him, he makes us laugh every day.
On one of our vet visits for shots or whatever, the vet tech had just gotten a kitten down from a tree outside of the clinic (which is on a very busy street)...well, guess who ended up with her? US! Welcome to the ZOO Harley! She's a bit over a year old now, I'll try and post newer pics next time. She's a great cat, funny and loving. Aren't rescued animals the best?!

Astro and Muttley are doing well, although Astro is not too fond of one addition.

In the last year, we had to say goodbye to the original PUG, Scooby, who was 16, our bunny Tober, who was 11, and a kitty we had rescued, Benny. Bruce, the little Chihuahua, also left us after being in heart failure for a year. Astro has had diabetes for almost 3 years, but is doing well. He had cataract surgery 2 years ago and has vision in his right eye (the other one was not a good candidate for the procedure). It was all very expensive and the reason we cannot have nice things, haha! Just joking, but seriously, we'd give up everything for our babies, as most animal lovers would, right?

Stitching wise I am all over the place. Some of the most recent finishes are posted above. It's bad that I cannot recall the names of the patterns, but my brain is pretty fried this week from work deadlines.
Will try and edit later when the names come to me.

Thank you all for the comments, I tried to respond to most of them when time allowed me....I am happy there are some nice people and old friends out there still reading. Due to my work schedule, I most likely will have much shorter posts than this one, aren't you glad?!

Until next time...Be happy and stitch much!

April 11, 2017

Knock Knock

Who's there?

It's me, Andrea!!

Shall I try and explain my long absence or should we just sweep it under the rug and move on like nothing happened?

Everyone is doing Floss Tube and that is just never (probably never) going to happen for me...but I sorta have an itch to share again, so.....

(Having trouble figuring out how to upload photos from my iPad, so that's an issue. The one above was the only one it would pull up....threads for a future project.)

So...thoughts? Anyone still out there reading blogs?

July 28, 2013

Some finishes and edits

Here are a couple more finishes I've managed over the past month or so...

Peter & Peep by With Thy Needle and Thread

Stitched on 40 ct. St. Valentine's Blend by R&R with called for over-dyed threads.

And then this one, which has been in my stash forever and a day...

Praise God by La D Da

Stitched on 40 ct. " Who Knows What, It's Been In the Stash Too Long To Remember" with GA Sampler and WDW threads.

And about the edits....I couldn't leave my posts about the finisher up any longer. Just don't want to look at it anymore. I will not apologize for what was said, as it was/is the truth, and I'll never understand this person or her actions, but it's all history now and I'm done with it.

Here's something far more important...

Heart shaped beards on pugs :-)

July 10, 2013

Bunnies and stuff

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you've already seen most of these pics, sorry about that. I really LOVE Instagram, so easy to post there, and with so few words, which most times is what keeps me from blogging here, because sometimes I can talk too much.

So anyway, kind of on a bunny kick after seeing some models stitched up at the LNS. Not this first one, just one I happened to like...

Rabbit Folk by Notforgotten Farm. Stitched on 16ct. Picture This Plus Aida (!!!!) Doubloon with called for DMC threads. It was sheer joy to work on that Aida....so soft and the coloring just what I wanted for this piece.

And this one is "Springtime Social" by With Thy Needle & Thread.

Stitched on 16ct Picture This Plus Aida (guess this means I'm no longer a linen snob, ha!) Days Gone By with called for DMC threads. This fabric is just so soft and gorgeous, I couldn't live without it and I love the primitive feel it lends to these pieces :)

My husband mentioned to me after this finish that he thinks I like stitching animals doing "people things" and he's right! Just too cute.

So now, I am working on Blackbird Designs "Dear Daughter", which gave me some trouble in the beginning...the trouble being, I chose 36ct. Creme Brulee fabric and began stitching with two strands of threads, which appeared too thick, so I ripped that out and started again with one strand, which seemed too thin. I was about ready to ditch it completely and posted as much on my IG account, but then decided to give it another day to grow on me, and here's where she stands as of this evening....

Yes, she's growing on me, I admit. My plan is to change the words along the bottom, as I have two daughters and don't want to stitch this twice, and don't want any fights over it after I'm dead, so yeah. Something different will go there. My ongoing joke with my family  is that most of this stitching stuff will end up in a garage sale for 50 cents when I'm gone, I understand that, but please, if you really love me, keep this one in the attic at least. Usually said about my big sampler finishes, though.

Meanwhile...we were gifted with some homegrown Texas tomatoes, some red, some green, and here's what happened with the green ones....

Makes my mouth water just looking at the picture. Good thing we fried them all up or I'd be in the kitchen making more now. Which is not good for the diet....BTW, I've lost a little over 25 pounds since the beginning of April...woo hoo!

The others were made into tomato pie! The crust on this looks awful, it's the "press in the pie plate" type and I was in a big hurry to get it in the oven....and this is before the topping was put on, but this photo also makes me hungry, so there it is.

And somehow this picture ended up down here....

J.M. Garner 1888 sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread. Stitched on called for fabric and threads. I switched one of the flowers on either side of the name and date back the other way as it was on the original sampler, just because I liked it better that way. Very fun to stitch, I LOVE Brenda's designs!

Astro says hi. He says "you can beat the Texas heat if you just find some cool tile to rest on :)

Happy Summer!

May 29, 2013

Isabella Fox 1827

Sorry for the long absence....sometimes life gets a little crazy.

Here's a recent finish....

Isabella Fox 1827 sampler...I'm sorry, but I cannot recall what fabric and threads I used. If I can find the info, I will edit the post later....

Those teeny eyelet stitches were such a pain...but I like them :)

March 27, 2013

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October 03, 2012

Jane Tindall 1864

Finished last month, here's my Jane Tindall 1864 Sampler....

Stitched on 35 count Confederate Grey WDW linen, with AVAS silk thread

That was a LOT of grass to stitch ;-) But a very, very enjoyable stitch!

Thanks for visiting, happy Fall Y'all!

September 12, 2012

finishing by faye

Last month I sent Faye a few things for her to work her magic on, and here they are, in no particular order..

"Boo" design by Blackbird Designs, I think it is in the Trix or Treats booklet...

This one is also a design by BBD, called Morning Star...

Faye included a beautiful skein of hand-dyed floss inside the box :)

Below is a bag she made out of my finished BBD Gathering Basket....love it!

A really, really old Ewe & Eye & Friends finish, Pea Pod scissor fob, or something like that....my oldest daughter claimed this one when it arrived home...

One of three designs from a chart from Heartstring Samplery...

Heart in Hand Grand Old Flag...

Little House Needleworks Peace ornament...

A little freebie from Pineberry Lane...

Boo from Lilybet Designs...if you would like to see the inside of this little thing, look here, Faye posted a few pics of it on her blog :)

Design by Lizzie Kate, cannot recall name of chart...

Thanks for your work Faye!! Love everything!

September 05, 2012

framed and otherwise

Finished back in 2010, framed in 2011, and now, finally posted...

Home of a Needleworker Too design by Little House Needleworks Stitched on 40 ct. Vintage Light Examplar by Lakeside with called for threads

Adam & Eve Design by The Primitive Needle

Stitched on 36 ct. Mello linen, by Picture This Plus with called for threads.

Ann Sandles Design by With Thy Needle & Thread Used threads and linen called for in design

Thank you so much for visiting, hope to post more finishes soon.
Stay happy!