Sunday, November 23, 2008

Some Great Crafts!

http://www.ourveggiegarden.com/CraftsRobin.html

This one has quick but nice items to make....check out the recipes also.



http://bridgetbaxter.blogspot.com/2007/11/cupcake-purse-tutorial.html

Sew a cupcake purse



http://sewthankful.com/blog/2008/09/quick-and-easy-sew-thankful-fa.html

make a yo-yo key chain



http://primrosedesign.blogspot.com/2007/05/vintage-handkerchief-pillows.html

Vintage hankerchief pillows



http://lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/2008/06/owl-egg-cosy-tutorial.html

Owl Egg Cozy made from felt

I love her blog!

http://lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/



http://ccloveneighbors.blogspot.com/2007/04/angel-yo-yo-craft.html
Stacked angel yo-yo angel.....I love this!!


http://pieceofragermind.blogspot.com/2008/10/ribbon-ornament-tutortial.html

A wonderful ribbon ornament.

http://lifessweetpassions.blogspot.com/2008/08/super-saturday-homemade-baby-shoes.html

Make these recious baby shoes and embellish them... Direct link is here:

http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/blog/cloth_shoe.pdf

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10125

Make a snowman garland..I ironed fabric to cardstock and had a ball making my snowmen.



http://craftythisandthat.blogspot.com/

Make some easy coasters and enjoy her blog too.



http://www.diyalert.com/node/3893

Use your empty tea light tins to make Light covers....really cute!

Lots more from them here:

http://www.diyalert.com/howto



Good Craft Plus Blog

http://heart4myhome.blogspot.com/search/label/Crafts

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

It is time I get back to this blog. If you check out my other blog you will see I have been busy creating but not stitching.

I have been looking for some good Christmas items to make and thought I would share some of my best finds.

Go to Sunshine's Creations and check out the beautiful Yo-Yo Advent Calendar.
http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/search/label/advent%20calender

She has a beautiful "We Three Trees"
http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2006/12/we-three-trees.html

Her tutorials are great so check her out!

Make some fun stars with leftover fabric...
http://www.craftideas.info/html/star_ornament.html

or some felt snowmen.
http://www.craftideas.info/html/felt_snowmen.html


Make some wonderful Fabric Ornaments....
http://www.mccallsquilting.com/curiss/wb1204_ornaments/

Make these cute themed ornaments...
http://craft.dow.com/proj/275.htm

Remember the mitten ornaments ....here they are:
http://disdressed.blogspot.com/2006/12/at-last-mitten-ornament-pattern.html

Make this beautiful Shadow Work Ornament....this is the first shadow work I tried and I love doing it!
http://www.caron-net.com/dec99files/dec99cla.html
or
A wonderful Stump work ornament....
http://www.caron-net.com/nov99files/nov99def.html

Try a Christmas Tree Penny Rug
http://www.patchpieces.com/minipennytree.pdf

A Crazy Quilt Stocking Ornament:
http://www.qorsite.com/freepatterns/stockingorn/stocking.html
or her Crazy Quilt Wreath Ornament

Make a Poinsettia Stocking
http://www.quiltersmuse.com/poinsettia_christmas_stocking.htm

Sew a apron Ornament....Too cute!
http://www.pumkinlittle.com/Aprontutorial.htm

Easy Felt Stockings
http://t2chk.org/new/archives/348

I Love Allsorts elf clogs
http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2007/11/ears-to-your-el.html
Her Advent Calendar Pockets:
http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2007/11/advent-calendar.html

Try these gingerbread hearts as ornaments:
http://madewithlovebyhannah.com/WordPress/?p=96


For Gifts try The Rice Therapy Bag:
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=280
This is one great blog to follow!

Friday, August 22, 2008

HGTV CRAZY QUILTING LESSONS

Two posts in one day.....that is sure new for me. I was going through some sites a friend sent to me and was happy to see what HGTV has put up. It is extensive lessons on the art of crazy quilting and is well worth printing off. Some have a good amout of pages but still worth the ink.

http://crazyquilting.pbwiki.com/CQ+Lessons+and+Challenge+HGTV

FREE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT PATTERNS

Make a Yo-Yo Advent Tree. I am working on mine.
http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2007/11/part-1-how-to-make-yoyo-advent-calender.html

Check out the yo-yo friends too:
http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2006/10/how-to-make-yo-yo-friend.html
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Elf Clogs:
http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2007/11/ears-to-your-el.html

Advent Calendar Pockets
http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2007/11/advent-calendar.html

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Directions for folded star ornament
http://www.make-stuff.com/projects/quiltball.html
Video
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1101652/folded_fabric_ornaments/
ideas:This lady makes and sells them.
http://www.meandfoxymcgee.com/catalog.php?category=31
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I also made many of these:http://whipup.net/2007/10/09/tutorial-ribbon-pinecone-ornament/
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I have made at least 50 of these. Instead of ribbon for wings I bought wings at a craft store. You can add things for them to hold that really dress them up.
http://www.craftelf.com/Craft_elf_holiday_Christmas_angel_ornaments_&_pins.htm
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The girls and I did these for gifts one year and they still dress up the tree
http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1963**************************
I made these one year for our Jesus Tree and friends asked for them too...http://craftsayings.com/projects/holidays/christmas/jesustears/index.shtml
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All 3 of the kids and I made these. I did use some old cards but one year I bought some that would fit in the toothpick frame and than we added small itemson the bottom like small minerature trees or birds or small deer. Friends always liked these too:
http://blog.hummiesworld.com/2006/12/toothpick-and-christmas-card-ornament.html
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These are beautiful and worth the work!
http://craft.dow.com/proj/woven.htm
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Nicole and I made these....I bought painted wooden bead faces and they turned outso cute. http://www.geocities.com/cindi_lou_who1/CarnationAngel.html
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Look at one family makes each year
http://www.rollanet.org/~anderson/ornaments1999.html
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http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/crystals.htm
Ryan and I made these as a school project 8 years ago and I still hang them on the tree.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

OUR TALENTS ARE OUR GIFTS TO GIVE

My father passed away on August 4Th. We went to Sarasota, Florida in the middle of the night to be with mom. While we were there I took a few pictures of things I made for them. I love to do counted cross stitch and these were 3 I treasure.



The heart I did for their anniversary some years ago.
Amazing grace is a favorite song of Dad's and I loved doing this one for him.
I think this one I gave them for Christmas.
Dad treasured homemade gifts. To him it was giving our talent and time to bless others. He is right. Any form of stitching is indeed a talent. For many of us it is one that pays attention to details. We want to make sure each part of our stitching gift is as perfect as we can make it. I love to make and give to others. I often feel I was the one blessed as I see it develop.

Dad used to tell me that a talent that is not used is really a act of being ungrateful for the talent God given us. But when we use our talent we are giving praise to God for giving us that talent. I have come to believe that to be true. So this week as I reflect on Dad I am reminded he was a grateful man. He noticed the smallest things and always thanked God for putting them in his path. I too try to practice the art of being thankful for all things. I have a way to go but I thank my Dad for showing e it could be done.

Here are a few quotes he had in the notebook he gave me of what he collected over his years. Dad was 88 when he died.

Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others - these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away.
~Henry Ford

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me."~Erma Bombeck

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.~Unknown

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

THAT DOTEE BUG.....

Sure does bite hard! They loved these at the place I go for my massages. The owner goes to a cancer clinic to give chair massages once a week. She tries to find little fun things to take to them so you will see the ones I did for her to give. We gave some of them names and she sure will name the rest if I know her. I pinned them on the elephant I started and never finished. It sure was cute!

You may pick out "Princess", "Grandma", "Sunflower" and "Mother Earth". Which do you think they are?






This one I placed on a blue milk lid to hold her up a bit to photograph her. She was a lot of fun to make....We named her "Moonbeam". I found that fun dog in a junk bag from Goodwill. It is a vintage piece but it belonged howling at "Moonbeam".
These were fun but I need to get back to finishing several of the previous projects.
Let me tell you, make one of these and you will be hooked!

Monday, July 21, 2008

ONE PROJECT DONE, Another One Started

The rose is for a wrist pincushion swap. I have made the roses before but this time there is thin batting in between the velvet to make it more like a pincushion. I have one for myself and have used it for over a year now. I hope the lady it goes to will enjoy this one.
I needed a pick up and go project and so I started this one last Monday. A Canadian Needle arts magazine called "A Needle Pulling Threads" had this pattern in the Summer 2008 Issue. It is called "The Garden Swing". The trunk has a layer of felt first and than a modified raised stem stitch is used to help it look like bark. I still have more grass to do, the swings ropes and several more layers of leaves on the tree. This one has been fun to do. I think it will make a needle book.

I made several more Dotee Dolls and forgot to take a picture. They can be addictive! I also made some progress on the crazy quilting piece. So all in all I had a good week. How about your week?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

OH NO! I HAVE BEEN BITTEN.......


I have wanted to try a Dotee Doll but kept putting it off. I really like them but to be honest it is outside the box for my comfort zone. I woke up this morning knowing I wanted to do something special for my massage friend, Sara. She is a free spirit and dresses often in a whimsical way that simply fits her personality. She is making head way with my knee and we both feel she has helped the muscles that were not used for the previous 2+ years. As I wondered what I could do I remembered the Dotee Doll. It was a perfect match.

I pulled out fabric I knew she would like and went from there. You will see green around one side of her face and that is because Sara is a advocate for the “Green” way of life. She loves flowers and so I added quite a few of those and just to be quirky I added several sea shells because she loves the beach. I tried to match the colors to her personality too.

I added a pin to the back and wore it when I went for my massage. Her eyes went to it right away and she touched it admiring it. She asked if I made it and I said
I sure did. Than I started taking it off as I said….”I made it for you, Sara.” She was thrilled and put it on. It will be named later.

Now I am hooked! They have sold fabric flower corsages I made and pincushions and a few small needle books. Shannon the owner takes them with her at “The Fresh Market” on Sat. morning in Piedmont Park. Now we may add these. How much do you charge for them? I have no idea.
Yes, I am about to cut a few more as soon as I put this down….
Credit needs to go to Dot's Life and Art...she has mastered these. I only wish I could do that.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

WHAT I AM WORKING ON THIS WEEK and nice blogs to visit


You will see this is the block I put together some time back. I must say again, Thanks Melissa for putting up such a good tutorial. Make sure you check her out at Honey Bee's Bliss.
Here is he tutorial:
I decided to make this more of a oriental square. For the flower tree on the bottom and the Pagoda I used the tissue paper instead of marking on the cloth and I must say I enjoyed that and I will be doing it a lot more.
I wove the basket on the top with the orange flowers. The old crochet yellow rose was from stuff I found when we moved mom and dad to Florida. Zoe helped me sew that on. She stayed with me and I would aim the needle and bring it up where it needed to go and she puled it the rest of the way. Than I would stick it down and turn it over and she would pull it again. For a 3 year old she sure stayed with it. She told her mom she made the whole block.
I have the seams to do and a bit more on the blocks. This will be for a album again. I am going to try to sell it, I sure don't know what a fair price would be. Any ideas?
I thought I would share a few blogs today that I love.
Prairie Mouse.....lots of great eye candy
JUST STRING
Great tutorial on the spiral trellis stitch and it is new to me but I am anxious to try it!
Contemplating My Needle and Thread
Wonderful cross stitch! I am ready to pull mine out again.
A good mix of many sewing skills.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I HAVE BEEN TAGGED

I have been tagged by Zetor
http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/


1.What were you doing 5 years ago ?
We took a job in Florida. For me it was a dream and for John a place to sharpen his photography and work close to nature. But it was not to be a good experience. We than took a job at a huge apartment complex as John being a supervisor. That is where we encountered the toxic mold and lost all our possessions and have faced some hard health issues since than. It was some hard times but we learned a lot. God never allows us to go to a place to let us go...we learned to hold on tight to His precious hand and trust Him to teach us. We learned gossip will not kill you because the truth wins out. Our Heavenly Father walked with us each step of the way!

2. What 5 things on your to-do list today?
It is evening and I am finishing our meal. I did get my items done.
I finished 2 loads of wash, went to the grocery store, made smoothies for lunch, and cleaned some of my craft room. We are having a shrimp boil and fresh hot bread for our meal. Than I exercise my knee.

3. What 5 snacks do you enjoy?
Fresh fruit
Hot Tea with a sweet
salty snacks
Kettle cooked potato chips
Fresh tomatoes

4.What 5 things would you do if you were a billionaire?
Pay college for my 4 grand kids.
Help a missionary friend that goes to Honduras way up in the mountains where he must walk. The needs are so great there.
Help some elderly people that are lonely and living without much food or being able to afford their medicine.
Open a home for unwanted foster kids. I have had 23 in my life and know so many need help.
The last one goes with the above. People give foster kids awful clothes. They need a clothes closet to go to that allows a teen to learn how to dress and with nice clothes. We did that when we ran a home for teen girls and had stores give us things that we could mend or clean. We had prom gowns for them and good shoes and with the clothes came lessons on being a lady. It was successful.

5. What 5 jobs have you done?
I am a wife, mother and grandma.
Nanny after high school.
Retail work as a teen and than when I owned my own craft store.
Owned my catering business
I was an aide to farm workers children under a Federal program and I loved it!

I will let you all know who I tagged tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

ANOTHER GIFT FINISHED

The process I use to cover a notebook to make it into a photo album is simple. I have made over 20 of these for friends. I use a good quality of batting and measure it to cover the notebook. Than using a hot glue gun I hold it in place. I cut 2 cardboard pieces to fit the inside and also cover the with batting. I cover the batting in the front with velvet in this case and pull it tightly inside and hot glue it. Than I add the first trim with the glue gun. The inside pieces are covered with velvet and glued in place. Than I add a contrasting color trim because I like a finished look.
I have completed a piece of crazy quilt and hot glued it to a piece of cardboard also covered with batting and pull it tightly to the back. This piece did not look finished to me and so I hunted through my stash and decided to use this roll of Yarn for better word. It looks like ribbon to me and I use it a lot.
I took a close up picture and you can see I never cut the stuff but gathered it up as I attached it to the edge and I am really happy with the outcome. That took me 2 hours alone. I think the whole thing has about 30 hours in it from start to finish. This crazy quilt patch I put together by all hand stitching....(Thanks to Melissa I now can do them on a machine.)
Here is the finished album ready to go to the massage place called "The Art Of Touch". The are really helping me with my recovery. I have used them a year and find the Swedish Massage and deep tissue that Sara gives me has helped my pain level and has kept the second knee from getting worse. Now it is helping me bend the knee that has been stiff and straight for over 2 years.l They Take a lot of pictures and have a book club also and wished for a photo album....so this should please them. They do sell a lot of things I make.
This is the inside of the album. I kept with the colors they use in the waiting room.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

VICTORIAN PIN CUSHION

I decided to join a Victorian Pin Cushion swap. I have made these shoes several years ago and decided I would try one for this swap. Now my question is this.....would you like to get one of these or should I try something else? I may add a bit more lace to the shoe. Do you think I should or would it be too much? Look at all the sides and than let me know.






These are really fun and simple to do. There really is no pattern. I begin with covering the outside of the shoe using glue. This shoe was a purple velvet and so I used some dyed lace for the covering. You have to cut pieces so you can mold the fabric to the shoe. Than the fun begins as you decide what laces to add. I used a piece of antique lace that was my MIL's and some that I have picked up at second hand places. I collect all broken jewelery and had fun with the front piece. I than added fill in the shoe and fitted velvet over the top. Glued that in good and added the vintage pink velvet ribbon and trim. I glued it and than sewed it on the top. The rest was just fun. I think I will hunt a few more shoes to do and have them on hand as gifts.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

ANOTHER PROJECT FINISHED

Last week I worked on another creature. Maybe I will tell you all that before I went to the hospital I prepared 8 projects for me to do. I knew that if the projects were ready to do embroidery I would pick them up. I also fixed a basket with my silk ribbons, threads and beads. This sure has come in handy.

Back to this mouse...She is from "Inspirations" magazine, Issue 11. Her name is Amelia Mouse. I did not have just what they used and so I just used what I have. I think she too would make a pin cushion. She was fun to do and really did not take a lot of time.

Today I seemed to make a bit of progress in the bending of the knee It is ever so slight but my husband was pleased. I still am so very tired and that concerns me some. Keep praying I make a lot of progress tomorrow and Tuesday. I see the doctor again on Wednesday. Thanks.




Saturday, May 31, 2008

BACK TO MY BLOG

What I thought would be a short time away from the blog has turned into a long time. I had my total knee replacement done on the 7Th of May. There was a complication and it sure slowed me down. My surgeon nicked my Femoral Artery. That added time to the surgery and gave me a very close call. It took 4 units of blood to get me back to some energy. In this process he told my family he had never worked on such a terrible mess. I had not bent that knee for over 2 years and the damage from the Arthritis was extensive. So my recovery is slow. I am 3 weeks past it all and my range of motion is a slow process. They may have to put me back into the operating room and do a manipulation of that knee. I pray not. The therapy is both painful and tiring.

I have been both depressed and very thankful at the same time. Meds are always hard on me and I believe that is part of the depression and so I have pulled off the pain pills and I am better. I know the Lord was with me in that operating room. In recovery I kept coming to only to hear that my blood pressure was way to low and they were losing me and than I would go under again. I remember seeing my grandma but I could not get to her. To me I see this all as the Lord telling me I have work here on earth to do for him. I am thankful for this. My family really came together as they cared for me in the hospital. My oldest daughter took time off work and stayed with me 2 nights. My son came to the hospital and it was very hard on him. I saw his love for me and I am blessed. Nicole spent the first night away from her precious Zoe to stay a night and than get up and do her daughter's birthday party that day. That was indeed a sacrifice. John took the time off and was at my side cheering me on. Since I am home he has prepared the best meals and cared for me in such a loving way. I always knew he was a gift from God but I have come to appreciate his love even more. So all in all I can count my blessings and have a heart that rejoices in my Heavenly Father.

When I am on my machine to help the range of motion.... 2 hours several times a day, I have found I can stitch on small projects. So I have decided to do small felt creatures and make them pin cushions....These mice are from the"Inspiration" magazines. They were fun to make and as soon as I knew my friend was coming to see me from Florida I knew she would treasure them.
She loves to cross stitch and said these would be her new pin cushions. So they are on a journey back to their new home in Florida. I see things I would change next time but they did turn out as cute as a button.





Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ANOTHER PROJECT BUT......

This is called "Mother Goose" and was in the "Inspirations Magazine" in issue 52. When I saw it I just knew I had to try it. I had few supplies and believe it or not I did not have felt. I found a piece of "something white" that has a look of flannel but has some stretch to it. Since I wanted to do it so bad I decided to use it. I still had not stitched enough since the mold to really say I was comfortable with the bullion roses. I had to read and check again in the beginning of this to see how to do them and so I put it all away and went back to making 3-D cards. That seemed easy. (This was a year and half ago)

When I started the blog I found this again and again I put it aside. I had my stitching abily built up and was enjoying it but did not like what I had accomplished with the project. I had the goose 3/4 of the way done and the bears ears. A week ago I decided I would finish it.

Here's why.....I have a precious friend (Lynn) that I treasure even through we have never met. She lives in Maine and she has 2 precious children. Both have health Issues. The daughter has a heart problem and it was just found. It has been hard on her and she has to change some activities and how well I understand that. I wanted to make her something with meaning. Now why would I chose this? I had a mountain I had to climb to really feel comfortable with my stitching. It is far from perfect and yet the beauty was still there. I wanted to be able to tell her that no matter what happens to you you can always find something to do and improve on. If I could conquer my problem with remembering what had come natural to me before the toxins and mold than she can learn new things that are going to add a lot to her life. She does love to create. Lynn said her daughter would love this. Last night I finished putting it all together. I see mistakes but over all it is OK.

The quarter helps you see how small the bear is and it is fully jointed. Hear "Hope The Bear" sits on a small votive cup. I named her that because life is always full of hope and especially when we have Jesus to hold on to.

This is "Hope's" backpack. The picture showed it as tan but I guess I decided to do it all in white. The other side has a pocket and the back pack is lined. I am calling this a prayer pocket and I am adding my prayer for her all folded in it. This is "Mother Goose".

This is her bottom. I guess if you hang in than you will be able to enjoy all this work.

AND THE WINNER IS......

Willa.
I need your address!

Here is her blog.
http://willawags.blogspot.com/

I will get it out to you this week-end.

I know we did this a week late but there is a reason and if you have time read why I am having surgery on May 7th. I wrote about it in "Rambling In Atlanta"
http://ramblingandstitching.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 14, 2008

FINISHED NEEDLE BOOK




This is the needle book I made for a swap. Again this was a fun project until I got to the sewing machine part. I have a good machine but I panic when I use it. When I was growing up as a Mennonite we made all our clothes. My mom was a perfectionist and had no patience to teach me and if the seam were not straight she would tear the whole project down and snatch it and make a remark like, “I knew I should have done it myself”.

I took Home Ec in my senior year. I was at my best cooking and made a high “A”. The decorating a house along with drawing house plans I made an “A”. Our teacher was not comfortable with teaching us to sew because she too was a perfectionist. I did great on the small things but the final mark was on a cape dress. My friend and I decided to try this beautiful pink linen. We came up with the idea of making it a drop waist. Now for you that do not know a cape was a extra piece of fabric that matched. It was like the bodice all over again without sleeves. It was belted at the waist. I hated these! I did not have to wear them at home or my home church but did at school. Making the cape a drop waist was a challenge and she made us tear out anything that as a 1/8th of an inch off. The zipper was taken out 2 times and the linen was raveling out. Than came the cape and she was conservative and decided the drop waist cape was not acceptable. She knew we planned to wear it without the cape so her way back at us was to give us a “D”. That hurt.
It seems that made me so nervous and my expectations I put on myself are so high that it drives me nuts.

I was pretty happy about the way it turned out. It is not perfect but I am gaining confidence. I plan to do some work on the inside. I have the time to do that. I really love the size of this needle book. Maybe I will have to make myself one.

"SHARON BEAR" FINISHED




I worked hard this weekend to finish 2 projects. I am happy to say I did it. To be honest this project was so much fun that I hate it is finished. I love all forms of stitching but this one became alive to me. I love to work with felt and I love to do stitching and this project gave me both. I see a few flaws in it and when I do the next one you can be sure I will correct them.
The book called for this all to be done in a sage green but because it is hard for me to get out I use what I have on hand. I love pink for a project like this also and to me the dark red adds life.
Since I love to crazy quilt I think I will crazy quilt the heart for the next one and do all my fancy stitching on that. The bear than will have to be dressed in a special fabric.... my mind just keeps ticking about the next one. I think there are too many hours in this to really sell them. But they will make special gifts.

I am going to finish another project I started before Christmas that is also from "Inspirations”. It is from Issue 52 and titled "Mother Goose".
http://www.countrybumpkin.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=2_51&products_id=433931
It is a ornament that is full of stitching! The goose is made from felt as well as the bear on her back. The bear wears a backpack to put a note in and over the jointed bears arm is a miniature star and a miniature heart. I have several hours of bullion roses to do yet and that I will begin the construction.

Later today I will show you the entire needle book I finished over the weekend too.
The contest is still on for a few days and that John will pull the name.

Monday, April 7, 2008

FINISHED A PURSE

This tiny purse took a long time. I decided to add my name and year inside the flap of her purse. Instead of crocheting a strap I simply braided the strap. There is a pocket inside the purse.
Here Sharon holds her purse.....looks like a bear ready to go shopping.I added bullion roses to the flap.
Several of you asked what I was giving and so here is the prize. Just let a comment and I will add your name to the drawing. So enter and pass on the blog to your friends so they can enter.

Oh, someone asked me why she has no face. It is a matter of pride...I will quote Dr. Donald Kraybill in "The Riddle of Amish Culture", notes that the Second Commandment was used to legitimize the taboo against pictures. "In the latter part of the nineteenth century, as photography was becoming popular, the Amish applied the biblical injunction against ‘likeness’ to photographs. Their aversion to photographs is a way of suppressing pride. If people see themselves displayed in a photograph, they might begin to take themselves too seriously."

Many tourists take plenty of pictures without even thinking about the beliefs of the Amish folks.
So if you decide to tour the Amish communities you may want to consider their beliefs. Also if you see books about Amish that Donald Kraybill wrote you are gettig the truth about the Amish people. Maybe I can brag just a bit...he is a second cousin of mine.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

"DEAR HEART" IS FINISHED




I have been working on "Dear Heart" off and on this week. I still am having serious problems with my sinus infection and it effects my eyes. This is not what you want when you love to stitch.
I have named her "Sharon". I was adopted and my parents changed my name to Donna Jean. I was almost grown when I saw my birth certificate and saw I was named "Sharon" at birth. As crazy as it sounds I often have to think am I a Sharon Ann or a Donna Jean...John thinks I am a bit of both. I have met some of my birth family and still am in contact with my brother.....Growing up I always wanted a big brother but was for most part an only child.
Back to the Bear.....It was fun to do the embroidery and than put her together. It is great to have the little pockets on her dress both front and back. I know I will use them. I seldom make myself anything and this is one I will keep. I am now working on her hand bag and hat box and the heart that she stays in when I am not using her.
I will be making another bear but not for sewing.....for Zoe my almost 3 year old granddaughter.
She fell in love with it. I will make her some clothes she can put on and take off. I am almost allergic to my sewing machine but do love making projects like these.
So what do you all think? Leave me a comment. If you do I will add have John pick the number to win my Amish Chatelaine. You can see it on a previous entry. We will do this next Sunday so make sure you add a email address so I can reach you.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I STARTED "DEAR HEART'

This precious bear is from "Inspirations" by Country Bumpkin, Issue 57. She has been a joy to work on. Somehow a creature comes alive as you take a piece of felt and begin to shape it into a precious friend. This is after I made her and added her "knickers". You know a well dressed lady must have on a pair of knickers.
My next step was to make a petticoat for her. I used some lace to make it special. There is nothing like a lacy petticoat to make a real lady feel fresh.

Her petticoat serves as a place to put needles and keep them safely.
I do have a long way to go with this project but it has been fun and in my mind I have created a few more. I guess you all will have to stay tuned to see what else we add to her so she can serve a very useful purpose beside keeping me company.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

FINISHED STITCHING




I have been absent for a bit. If you check out Rambling in Atlanta you will see we were given some beautiful furniture and so I did the Spring Cleaning. It is also allergy season here and I got a sinus infection already so that slowed me down. Yesterday was the first I really felt like stitching and so between yesterday and today I finished this part of the project. It is for a needle book for a swap. I will share the finished piece as soon as we decide where I can set up the sewing machine. I think we are also getting a l shaped cherry wood desk and that will go into my sewing/guest room. I am anxious for that!
I have cut out a new project this evening from the new Inspirations. It is the bear on the cover:
http://www.countrybumpkin.com.au/index.php?cPath=2_72
I fell in love with her. I will be doing her in a pink dress and heart. She has all you need for a stitching project. With her by my side I will be organized and sure will not be lonely. I hope I want to make a few more for gifts.
Tomorrow is Easter and I have been inspired by this season. We have a lot to be thankful for when we really let it sink in that our Precious Lord gave His life for us so we can Live and be with Him in Heaven. I don't think I have ever felt more humbled by it and at the same time so grateful for this sacrifice. There is a hymn we used to sing in our Mennonite Church as I was growing up and I love. There was no piano or organ in the church and so it was beautiful in four-part harmony. Tonight I thought I would close with the words of this hymn. May you each have a Happy Easter!
LIFT YOUR GLAD VOICES
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/l/i/liftyour.htm
Lift your glad voices in triumph on high,
For Jesus hath risen, and man cannot die;
Vain were the terrors that gathered around Him,
And short the dominion of death and the grave;
He burst from the fetters of darkness that bound Him,
Resplendent in glory to live and to save!
Loud was the chorus of angels on high,
The Savior hath risen, and man shall not die.


Glory to God, in full anthems of joy;
The being He gave us death cannot destroy:
Sad were the life we must part with tomorrow,
If tears were our birthright, and death were our end;
But Jesus hath cheered the dark valley of sorrow,
And bade us, immortal, to Heaven ascend:
Lift then your voices in triumph on high,
For Jesus hath risen, and man shall not die.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

MY NEW PROJECT


I am doing a needle book swap and although it is for the 1st of May I decided to have it ready for the trip we took to Florida. I had hoped to get more done but our Jack Russell Sparky decided he wanted to ride on my lap most of the time.

I am doing this on pink Dupioni Silk. I love working with this. The scene is on front and back. What I have done is on the back. I am required to use silk ribbon embroidery and so I have used as much as I feel will work. It will be a nice size for a Needle Book and I love making these. I think this is something I would love to collect. I also decided I would love a nice collection of pincushions too. Both are fun to use.

Today I am organizing what was a guest bedroom into a sitting room with my sewing supplies and card making stuff. We took our old chest of drawers and bureau from our bedroom and put in the ones mom gave me that were my Grandma’s. They are solid mahogany and almost as old as I ma but in great condition. We also put a sofa bed in there too and a old recliner that was dads. This way Zoe (GD) and I will have more place to play and I finally will have storage. So off to work I go.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

AMAZING GRACE

We moved my parents to Sarasota this past weekend. We left early Sat. morning and arrived at 3:30 that same day. For 80+-year-old people they did the trip very well. I was proud of them. They are now living in a Mennonite community and they are happy. I sure will miss them but know they will be much happier where they are.


Tuesday night was our last night with them and mom and I were hanging her pictures I had such fond memories of doing the 3 cross-stitch pieces I did for her. After they went to bed I was taking pictures and was draw to this piece. I am sure many of us have sung this precious hymn. I love the song and it’s message. If you want to read about the hymn writer go to this site.
http://www.anointedlinks.com/amazing_grace.html

Wednesday was my parent’s 65th wedding anniversary. Can you imagine that? Most people are in awe of it but for mom and dad it is a blessing and as Mennonites working out any problems in your marriage was the only option. If I were to ask dad about the reasons he might joke and say you always have to let mother be right or something like that but if he were serious he would say it is because of God’s Amazing Grace. I can remember him singing this hymn in his tenor voice many times and with the look on his face that He fully knew and understood God’s Grace. Dad and mom live what they believe and I have never known them to waver a bit in their faith. This is why I did this hymn for them.

Tonight I just want to honor them by saying :I love you mom and dad and I thank you for teaching me by your walk with God. I too understand how much God loves me.” Happy Anniversary!