Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April tomorrow, wow

I cannot believe that it is already April tomorrow. where has the time gone?? It is starting to heat up here in AZ, been in the 80's but going back down to the 60's for a few days. brrrr (just kidding)
Well, i have been a finishing fool lately. Chicks Rule has been a very popular design this year, that is for sure. I have finished 4 total so far, one is mine and 3are for other ladies.

this first one is Carolyn's

the back is the same for both Carolyn and Michelle's


Eileen's made into a no sew cube.

I also had a few other designs to finish that were Silver Needle's Secret Needle Night kits stitched by Kelly. These were fun to finish as well.

Let It All Hang Out

Love You

New Year

As for stitchy finishes of my own, i have recently finished up a WIP. Live Love Laugh by La D Da is finally finished and don't know what took me so long to finish it. LOL oh yeah, maybe its the other hundred WIP's i have always calling to me. LOL I stitched it on the recommended 35ct WDW Straw linen but I changed up the colors. I used CC wild berries, black coffee and weeping willow. I really like the color combination on this fabric. I just need to get a better picture of it, but you get the idea. :)

Today came a wonderful surprise in the mail from Lynda A. I am in a "pin pillow" exchange hosted by BeckySC. I rec'd this wonderful pillow from Lynda today and absolutely love it! Lynda did an awesome job on the stitching and the finishing it into the pillow (which is one of my new favorite finishes) and the fabric she used is perfect for it. Thank you sooo much Lynda! It is the March quaker by Workbasket.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sewing Finishes - woohoo!

So i have been learning to sew with a new to me sewing machine lately. Now that i can correctly thread the bobbin, etc, it is working great! just need to work on my straight line skills, etc. but have practiced with a few of my smalls. It is amazing at how simple these are once you get started. Will not be adding pillows yet to Finely Finished until I am totally comfortable with it though. :)

this is a fair & square i rec'd last year from Lynda A. i LOVE how this one turned out.

believe imagine dream (been sitting in my closet so long, i think it is LK)

Always Kiss me Goodnight by Angel Stitching, really like how this one turned out too.

Snug as a Bug by LK, another one sitting in my closet for many moons. LOL i haven't found the right ribbon for it yet, so it isn't "complete" but finished enough for now.

I also "finished" my first BBD stocking for myself. After not leaving myself enough seam allowance, i have learned. :)But they are pretty simple to make, following BBD's and Vonna's tutorials together. The trickiest part for me was the beaded hanger. LOL

And finally here is my finished Chicks Rule into a pinkeep for myself. I really love how this one turned out. And am finding out that this is a very very popular design this year. I have 3 here in my possession to finish into flat-folds for others. So i must get off teh computer and finish these little guys up.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Almost Friday!

HI! I have a couple of exchanges and finishes, etc that have arrived at their new homes.
First here is Lilang's exchange I sent to her for the Lizzie Kate exchange we belong to. I stitched Live Simply for her on 30ct chocolate linen using DMC. I love the backing fabric, very retro and perfect for the colors. The fabric the piece is laying on is the backing fabric.

Next up is a couple pieces I finished for Michele. She had sent them to me along with a few others to finish along time so I finished these 2 for her birthday present. I also stitched and finished up this really cute scissor keep and fob for her as well.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Exchanges arrived!

Hi! Well it is the first Sunday in March and I can't believe it is already March. Time sure flies. Yesterday the mail brought to me my Spring exchange package from Friends Stitching Through The Seasons exchange and my partner was Faye. Yeah! (i already knew this though because i organized it). LOL But I acted surprised when it came. :-) Faye stitched a really cute bunny pillow for me and included some real fun goodies! Thanks so much Faye!!!! you really spoiled me.

I also see that Gillie has rec'd her biscournu for February from me from Please Pass the Biscournu exchange I am in. We stitch for a different person each month. I stitched a Stacy Nash design for her since she likes prims and used some of my coffee dyed/baked fabric for it. I like it so much that I will be stitching it for me too.
Not much else really going on right now, just wanted to drop in with the exchanges!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Chicks Rule!

Well, i went to Market Day at the Attic this past Saturday and got a bunch of new stash but haven't taken a picture yet. I will try tomorrow. BUT, I have finished one of the goodies i bought. Chicks Rule by LK limited edition kit. I decided to stitch this adorable piece on 30ct light purple linen i had in my stash with good ole DMC. I used a satin stitch for their beaks as well. I really really like how it turned out and now to find the perfect backing fabric to make it into a flat fold or pillow, not sure yet.

I rec'd in the mail today the most beautiful biscournu from Marjorie from the Please Pass the Biscournu exchange I am in. This wonderful small will be spending the spring time on my mantle with my other springy stitches. Thank you again Marjorie.

A couple weeks ago I rec'd an old used sewing machine through the freecycle in our area. I just posted that I was looking for a working machine, nothing fancy whatsoever and had a response in just a few minutes and she just lived around the corner from us. I have never sewed and have wanted to learn, especially to help out with finishing pillows, etc (that will take a bit of time until i am totally confident in myself with the machine). LOL But I have had a brief instruction on it and have just dived right in. I found 2 smallish stitched pieces in my closet and made a scissor fob and a little pillow.

The scissor fob is "no frogging allowed" by Stitchy Kitty (i believe, its been awhile since i stitched this one) and i had some really cute froggy material for the backing. The little pillow my daughter Caitie stitched up Boo from Monsters Inc about 5 years ago when she was 12 or 13. So i made this into a little pillow. I really like how they turned out, still have to make my hand sewing a bit cleaner, but its a start. I hand sewed on the cording on both of them.