Monday, December 11, 2017

Crafting with the Kiddo

Yesterday afternoon my husband had another Santa gig, so my daughter and I were left to our own devices.  We got her a haircut, went to the wholesale club for some of her favorite snacks (no lie, the kid loves dates, mangoes, and pecans!), and then stopped at JoAnn Fabric to get some supplies for a project I had in mind....


...inspired by Holly's post!  My daughter was a little disappointed that we didn't have "fancy" beads like the ones Holly found - a quick Google seems to indicate that Michaels carries the brand she used, and that would have meant running across town at 4 pm on a Sunday.  Not happening!  Plus I had coupons for JoAnn.  LOL  So we got one tube of jewel-toned beads plus some larger red ones that we found in the clearance bins.  We cut our pipe cleaners in half, which resulted in lovely shards of silver flying all over the kitchen....  And the ornament we attached them to was a 60%-off find.  I swear these stores put ridiculous mark-ups on everything, just so we feel like we're getting "deals."  Ah well.  We had a lovely time stringing beads and twisting the pipe cleaners together, and she was quite pleased with her door decoration (and yes, I know my front door needs to be re-finished.  Argh, that pic really shows the sun damage...)!

After that was finished, we cooked dinner together - my mother found a copy of Peter Rabbit's Natural Foods Cookbook and brought it out at Thanksgiving, and my daughter has been itching to try some of the recipes.  So we made "Samuel Whisker's Roly-Poly Pancakes," which are not exactly traditional pancakes, but were tasty and filling all the same!  (They use a blend of white flour, wheat flour, and corn meal.  My husband said the texture and weight reminded him of a doughnut.)  And of course, scrambled eggs....and mango for dessert.

I barely stitched at all this weekend, and the house is a bit of a wreck....but it was a good weekend.  I hope you all had the same.

Monday, December 04, 2017

A New Year's Plan??

I rarely plan ahead for the New Year, but lately I've been itching to start another big "something," and my rediscovered fascination with MarBek/Serendipity Designs seemed like the perfect opportunity to jump in.  So....
This is the Seaside Angel, and I plan on leaving off the halo and wings.  The fabric is Sunny*Dyes "sky, sea & sand" in 32-ct. lugana.  I love it!!!  I'm not always a fan of the custom-dyed/painted fabrics, but I think this is just perfect.  Once I finish the little Star Angel, this will be tough to resist.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Back from the Framers

(And I'm sorry, Michael's....you did a decent job, but there is no WAY I would have paid 60% more for this.  Your markups are ridiculous, and I know you do it just to have the near-constant "sales.")
Country Cottage Needleworks' "Cowboy Dreams," stitched over-one on 28-ct. natural linen.
Many floss substitutions made, and I turned the rabbit next to the horse into a dog.

This is going to be a gift for my mother-in-law, her husband (my husband's step-dad) was a country veterinarian, and was often referred to as an old cowboy.  And he really was...shoeing horses, caring for livestock and house pets alike.  He is now suffering from Alzheimer's, and it is very sad to watch.  I'm sure this piece will be well received, even if there are a few tears.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Getting Into the Spirit

I've been plugging away on the Star Angel - probably ought to think about getting out a Christmas ornament or 2, but I just like her so much...
I've added some beads to her skirts, and made some progress on her...wings, I guess that purple on her back is supposed to be?  (My daughter and I both agree that while lovely, she doesn't come off as typically "angelic."  Angels have white feathery wings, not purple ones!)

Over the weekend, my husband agreed to be Santa for a small town holiday festival.  As a part of that, he got to ride a firetruck through downtown, and our daughter wanted in on the action!  So we made her into an elf of sorts, and here she is posing with Dad.
I hope she enjoyed watching her dad make magic for other kids - and I think it really hit home when a little boy came up to her outside the photo area (she was drinking cocoa off to the side) and said, "Hi, elf!"  He proceeded to try to engage her in conversation about elf life....her improv skills aren't quite ready for that, so Dad/Santa came to her rescue and said that elves are notoriously shy.  LOL  Later she said to me, "Mom.....he BELIEVED I was an elf!!"  LOL

Friday, November 24, 2017

Drink Up - November Smalls SAL

Little House Needleworks' "Hot Cocoa"
stitched on 32-ct. natural linen with DMC floss

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Silly Colors

I've been chugging along on that angel...the colors confuse and intrigue me.  LOL
They are much more....1970s?....than the model picture would seem.  And yet they fascinate me....  Even that gold, which is the horrid Kreinik filament (I stripped the carrier thread, and I'm not sure if that made it better or worse).  I'm going to add gold and turquoise glass beads around the purple and green "diamonds" in her gown (the pattern already called for metallic, and I'm tired of metallic!), and I also decided to do the hands and face over-one.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekend Plans

A bout of indecisiveness made it impossible for me to start my jaunty triangular Santa - green fabric?  Which one?  I don't have a lot of greens....should I poke about for a new piece?  LNS?  Online?  Ahhhhhhhhhh!

So I started something else.  And once again, it is a design I've never seen anyone else stitch, although I'm sure it is out there in the world somewhere; it is from a 1977 kit, after all.
I started Marbek/Serendipity Designs' "Star Angel."  Now, I don't typically like angels, but to me she doesn't LOOK like your typical angel.
(That is the model picture.)  I'm stitching her on a piece of cobblestone linen instead of the boring old ivory Aida that was in the kit, but I'm keeping the floss colors the same.  Oooo!  But I COULD swap in some beads in her gown....or in parts of that star she's holding.  The kit came with Kreinik, but the more bling, the better, I always say...