Friday, February 17, 2017

Orange Beach Retreat

This weekend I went Crossthreads Needlework's Orange Beach Retreat with my two sisters, Jennifer and Bridget, and our stitching buddy, Lisha.  We drove down late Thursday night and stayed until Sunday afternoon. We ate at LuLu's Restaurant twice for lunch and at Cotton's for supper once.  I had a great time.  I worked on a lot of the projects that I took with me.  They were:

*Tre civette sul comò by Madame Chantilly
*Pretty Kitty by Jannlyn (finished)
*Three Sisters by Staci Nash
*A Friend's house by Sisters and Best Friends
*Line Up: Boy by Trilogy (finished)

I didn't get to:
*Robin Hood by LHN
*Tuffet's Cupboard by JABC

I finished two projects.  I might of been able to finish 3 but I can't count.  I was working on  Tre Civette Sul Como, finished the 3 owls and was working on the cabinet but kept having to pull out because I miss-counted.  So, I didn't finish it.  I made some great progress.
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We had so much fun at this retreat, we are considering another of Crossthreads' retreats this year.

I can't wait to work on more projects.  Thanks for stopping by.




Friday, February 10, 2017

Couch Potato Weekend

Well this weekend was a bust.  Friday my cousin, Liz, and I went to town.  This is our usual Friday extravaganza.  We went to eat at the Shrimp Basket.  Great fried crawfish tails, yum.  Then we went shopping,  :( mostly at Walmart.  Saturday I was going to clean my office/craft room but I cleaned my DVR instead.  I watched all of my favorite TV shows NCIS, NCIS:LA, NCIS:NO, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds, and Dr. Who.  I wasn't too far behind in my shows but I was such a couch potato.  I couldn't make myself stitch, sew, or crochet.  But, it felt good to do nothing.

On Sunday, Jennifer, Bridget, and I discussed what we are bring to the Orange Beach, AL, stitching retreat.  I am bringing:
*Tre civette sul comò by Madame Chantilly
*Pretty Kitty by Jannlyn
*Three Sisters by Staci Nash
*Robin Hood by LHN
*Tuffet's Cupboard by JABC
*A Friend's house by Sisters and Best Friends
*Line Up: Boy by Trilogy

I am not bringing "Our Lady of the Flag".

After this I went home and finished the Treasure Within bookmark as shown below.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Star Wars Weekend

For Christmas, my brother Ricky gave me the Star Wars Movies 1 - 6; I already had 7.  So this weekend I decided to have a Star Wars weekend.  My nephew, Leif, spent Friday night at my house.  We got up the next morning and started watching the movies.  I crocheted on the sunflower squares for the afghan while we watched.  He made pod racers with Legos.  He made it through 3-1/2 movies before he couldn't do it anymore.  Thank goodness my nephew Tyler (they are the same age - 7) came over.  They went outside to play in the sand with their pod racers while I finished the movies.  In the two days (Saturday and Sunday), I completed all of the sunflower squares, 24 total.  Now I need to crochet them together.  I now know why the kit was on sale when I bought it.  The sunflower squares are 22 stitches across and the blue and white striped are 24 stitches across.  Monday I tried to crochet them together but I got discouraged.  My mom told me to do a decreasing stitch when I put them together to make the work.  They are the same size squares but not the same number of stitches.


I also worked on my punch needle.  When I finish all the ones I have, I will not buy anymore punch needles.  Actually I only bought 2.  My sister-in-law Mari bought the Christmas ornaments.  But, she decided that she didn't like it.  Well, I am the stitching & craft hoarder in my family.  If anyone wants to get rid of something, I take it.  That is why my craft room is busting at the seams.  So, I will finish the punch needles that I have, give them as gifts and then I'm done.

Happy Groundhog Day.

Sharon

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Twilight Weekend with crocheting

My cousin/friend, Liz, and I usually spend one day a week together doing something.  Well since Thanksgiving, we have hardly seen each other.  So, this Friday and Saturday, we had a Twilight weekend.  We watched the first 2 movies on Friday then the last 3 on Saturday.  I brought my crochet to work on while we watched the movie.  I bought this Bucilla kit at Hobby Lobby over 15 years ago on the reduced for quick sale aisle.  I had started this kit back in December and had completed 10 of the blue and white squares.  I have to make 24 blue and white squares and 24 sunflower squares.  I didn't tuck the ends on the blue and white square.  So, I spent most of Friday on tucking the ends.  I finished the other 14 blue and white squares over the two days. 


Over the weekend, a tornado hit Hattiesburg and Petal (towns near where I live).  The power was out where I worked (in Hattiesburg).  So, on Monday, we didn't have classes.  I spent the day on my couch stitching and crocheting.  I did a different project every hour.  One hour I worked on my sunflower afghan.  The completed sunflower square you see in the picture below was completed in December.  I had also made all 24 brown circles for the sunflower. I tucked all the ends on the brown circles and put the yellow petals on the centers you see in the picture.  I decided to put all the petals on all the circles then crochet the green background.  I thought it would be easier than doing each square completely.




I'm going a little out of order but I keeping the theme together.  Well once a month on Sunday, my sisters, a few of our close friends, and I get together and stitch.  This year we decided to do exchanges.  If you look at my post last week you can see where I got the pattern for making my tool.  I sewed ort contains out of triangles.  Every time I sew, I think I can do this.  And EVERY TIME I get on the sewing machine, I act like a 2-years old throwing a temper tantrum.  My sewing machine pulls the fabric at one speed on one side and an slower speed on the other.  I start out with a 1/4-inch seam allowance and end with a 1/2-inch or 1/8-inch seam allowance.  Well, what should have taken me 1 hour to make took 2-1/2 hours.  They turned out really cute but I forgot to take a picture of all of them (I made 7).

I worked on the S&BF - A Friend's house and Trilogy's - Line Up Boy.  The Boy I am going to make into a Christmas Cracker ornament for my nephew Leif.  Each year my sisters, sisters-in-laws, and I get ornaments for a niece or nephew.  We have the same ones every year.  My two are Nicholas and Leif.  I always get Nicholas a superhero that is popular that year.  Leif's ornament changes depending on his interest each year.  I think this one will be cute. 
A Friend's House - S&BF

Line Up Boy - Trilogy
 Well, I'm off to a good start this year.  I hope to continue posting each week.  This weekend I plan on working on several different projects.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Have a great day.

Sharon

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 - I hope it is better than 2016!


So, I have decided to try to keep up with my blog this year.  Last year was horrible, I couldn't find time to craft or cross stitch.  I could barely keep my house clean.  I don't know what I was doing that kept me from doing any of these things.  I just know that I spent many a night just being a couch potato.  I couldn't get the energy up to do anything.

This year has already started out different.  I started the new year with a completely clean house.  Barely any clutter (mostly in my office slash junk room).  I have been able to keep the house clean and work on several projects.  I have had a burst of enthusiasm to stitch.

My sisters and I have decided to do a round robin with Lizzie Kate's Halloween Rules.  So yesterday I went to Jennifer's house to stitch on it and watch floss tube.  I spent the entire time pulling out several things because I didn't like the color.  I have to re-stitch them before Saturday because that is when we exchange them.  While I was frogging.  I got a wild hair and decided to stitch Mirabillia's Our Lady of the Flag.  I actually got the kit at Hobby Lobby years ago for $6.53 (thread, beads, and linen included).  I am crazy because it took me years to finish the Rose of Sharon.  But I am going to finish Our Lady this year.  I started this on Tuesday.  It is hard to see but I have put in a few stitches and beads.
Our Lady of the Flag


One nights worth





Also, while I was there, Jennifer challenged me to do a new start each month on the 17th.  Crazy as it sounds, I took the challenge.  There is a Sisters and Best Friend pattern (A Friend's House) that I have had for a long time that I want to stitch.  So this will be my January new start.  I started it last night.  I did one side of the border and a little bit of the inside.  I am stitching it on Silkweaver's 28-ct linen colored Cascade using DMC floss.  It is a cute little pattern that I love.


















 Tonight I am going to work on all 3 projects plus my punch needle project (like 30 minutes to 1 hour each).  I have 4 more punch needle patterns left then I will hang up my punch needle needle.  I don't think it is my cup of tea.

Friday I plan on working on some sewing that I want to do.  I am going to make Vonna's (The Twisted Stitcher) project envelopes for my mother and sister-in-law Mari.  I also have to make the "stitching tool" that I am going to give to everyone in our stitching group on Sunday. 

This weekend my cousin/friend Liz and I are having a Twilight day.  She wants to watch all of the Twilight movies.  I am going to work on the squares for my sunflower afghan while we do this. I have to crochet 48 squares; 24 blue and white stripes and 24 sunflower.  I have 15 blue and white stripes completed and 1 sunflower completed.  I have 23 centers for the sunflower made.  I plan on finishing the blue and white stripes and start putting the yellow petal on the brown centers.  I will let you know how far I get.

Thank you for stopping by.  I will post again next week.  See you then.

Sharon














Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Crochet

Graduation Cat for Michelle

Cup of Coffee for Mom

Rag Rug approved by Pearl

2 cups of Coffee and a Cup of Cocoa (w/Marshmallow)
for Theron, Tyler, and Tucker
 

July, What a busy month!

I have no real excuse for not blogging.  I have been really busy with vacationing in Abbeville, Louisiana with my friend Sharon, Vacation Bible School, and working the lab on Wednesday and Thursday.  I have been trying to clean my house of all the clutter.  But it seems to get worse instead of better.  Well, let me be more specific.  My bedroom and bathroom have been cleared of clutter.  These rooms are comfortable and organized.  There is very little "stuff" sitting on the counters and nothing extra on the floors.  My office is completely empty waiting on getting rid of the desk.  Well, all the stuff from my office is in my kitchen, which looks like a cyclone hit it.  I hope to have everything organized before I go back to work on the 8th of August.  We shall see.

As for last week,  I didn't complete any new projects.  I did, however, finish a few old projects.  I got my sister Jennifer to come over and show me how to make pillows.  I have several small projects that would look good as pillows.  The pillows are actually a little larger than I planned but they are cute.  I finished 4 of the 8 that I have (see below).  A couple of them I finished as ornaments.


Lizzie Kate - Flip It Blocks - January

Rainbow Gallery Freebie - England, Ireland, & Scotland Blackwoork

I don't remember.  I finished it in 2006

Raise the Roof - Wise Old Owl
Next week is "camp" week.  I hope to have a lot of things to post then.  This week is preparing for camp.  I plan on bringing 7 new cross stitches, the Halloween Pudgy Needlepoint that I have had for at  least 10 years, and several amigurumi characters that have been crocheted but not put together.  I am very excited about the trip.

Well I am off to choose what to bring.  Thanks for stopping by

Sharon

July, What a busy month!

I have no real excuse for not blogging.  I have been really busy with vacationing in Abbeville, Louisiana with my friend Sharon, Vacation Bible School, and working the lab on Wednesday and Thursday.  I have been trying to clean my house of all the clutter.  But it seems to get worse instead of better.  Well, let me be more specific.  My bedroom and bathroom have been cleared of clutter.  These rooms are comfortable and organized.  There is very little "stuff" sitting on the counters and nothing extra on the floors.  My office is completely empty waiting on getting rid of the desk.  Well, all the stuff from my office is in my kitchen, which looks like a cyclone hit it.  I hope to have everything organized before I go back to work on the 8th of August.  We shall see.

As for last week,  I didn't complete any new projects.  I did, however, finish a few old projects.  I got my sister Jennifer to come over and show me how to make pillows.  I have several small projects that would look good as pillows.  The pillows are actually a little larger than I planned but they are cute.  I finished 4 of the 8 that I have (see below).  A couple of them I finished as ornaments.


Lizzie Kate - Flip It Blocks - January

Rainbow Gallery Freebie - England, Ireland, & Scotland Blackwoork

I don't remember.  I finished it in 2006

Raise the Roof - Wise Old Owl
Next week is "camp" week.  I hope to have a lot of things to post then.  This week is preparing for camp.  I plan on bringing 7 new cross stitches, the Halloween Pudgy Needlepoint that I have had for at  least 10 years, and several amigurumi characters that have been crocheted but not put together.  I am very excited about the trip.

Well I am off to choose what to bring.  Thanks for stopping by

Sharon

End of June

Happy 4th, a little late.  I was suppose to post on Monday but got sidetracked with all of the celebration.  My brothers, sisters, parents, in-laws, nieces and nephews got together for the 4th.  We enjoyed hamburgers, sausage, and corn grilled on my dad's father's day gift.  We had a great time.  My nephew Theron saw the coffee cup I made for Jen and wanted one.  This child has been drinking coffee since he was 2. (He will be 13 in September).  Once my other nephews saw the coffee cup, they wanted one.  So I made one for each:  Tucker, Tyler, and Leif.  Each one wanted a specific color.  Tyler wanted the orange.  But he told his mom that he didn't like whipped cream and wanted a marshmallow.  (Aren't children wonderful, :}).


I finished my rag rug.  But, the cat (Pearl) has taken it over.  Actually I think she thought I was making it for her since the beginning.  Every time I looked at it she was asleep on it.  The pattern called for 6 yards of fabric.  It took 12.  But I think it will look great in my craft room.  (Once I get rid of the desk).  I started with pinking shears but the last 6 yards were cut with a pinking blade.  It was quicker


This is my progress on Sam's Socks, Shorts, n Such.  I haven't been able to do much on it.  Every time I pick it up, I have to stop and do something else.  I hope to finish it soon.


Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 20 - 26th -

So this week I have been sort of busy.  I have been cleaning my office/craft room.  I have decided to get rid of the desk (it only works as a catch-all).  Instead I am going to get a futon from my sister and put in the room instead.  I have on one wall two of the 9 cube units from Target.  I am going to move them to where the desk was by the window and buy 2 more.  That should take care of all the mess.  I think I will the use of space would be better.  Below are pictures of my before and after 1 hour of work.  I am still working on it.  I have to sell the desk first to get it out of the way.  there is not much space in the room.  (You are seeing most of the room in the pictures.) 
Before
After

I have also completed my secret project for the girls trip at the end of July.  I will post pictures then.  I had a good time making them but I don't want to sew on a sewing machine for a while.  They turned out relatively well considering I can't cut or sew a straight line that is perfectly square.

Below are two projects that I finished this weekend.  Up first is the coffee cup with saucer for my sister Jennifer.  I got the coffee cup pattern from crochetjp.com .The cups are really cute.  I got the saucer and whipped topping from Annoo's Crochet World.  My sister Jennifer loves the cup.  My nephew Theron, who has loved coffee since he was a baby, wants one but in blue.  Theron chose where to put the whipped cream. He did a great job.
Cup of Coffee with whipped cream

The next project that I finished was for my cousin, Liz's, daughter Michelle.  She graduated from Pearl River Community College's Cosmetology School today.  She wanted a "wildcat" in a graduation cap to give to her instructor.  Here is the a picture of the "wildcat".  It turned out really cute.  The cat pattern came from bethsco website.  I Frankensteined the graduation cap using patterns from  Petals to Picots and one of my favorite amigurumi designers Stephanie Jessica Lau (she made the spring bunny pattern that I like to crochet).  Michelle loved it.  I hope her instructor loved it also.
Graduating Wildcat
This week I am working on my rag rug (18 rows left to go) and  Sam's Socks...Such cross-stitch clothesline.  I plan to finish both this week.  Especially since tomorrow is the end of my summer class.  I will post more on Sunday.

Well thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate the visit.

Sharon