Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday Stitching

Here is hoping my photos show up in the right places. 

I had some excitement at my house this week as I thought I had thrown out my Ebenezer's Blessing. I could not find it anywhere. And there was a LOT of 16 count tarnish left to use so I was on the warpath. Finally I remembered I had been upstairs stitching while Audrey and Joshua were visiting so I checked and there it was on a high shelf in the closet. Whew! what a relief. Because you know I hardly have any fabric to stitch on.:)

I did finish up my November word play. The colors are not coming out as vibrant as they are in person but I was pleased with it.  I have already FFO'd October so now to lace up September and November. Maybe I will have these to show you next week

Here is the first of my Jolly July pieces all FFO'd. The little ice skate if from the first six of the Annie Beez Christmas ornaments. She did them as a club last year and they were recently released to the needlework shops.  I did not want to stitch the black and white checkerboard frame as charted so I just did the ice skate. Then I was off to Hobby Lobby to find a rustic snowflake.  I am giving this as a gift and now I kind of want it for myself. That is the struggle for the needleworker.

A little shipment from Jen's Stitching Niche on ETSY. I needed some threads and a piece of stormy white even weave and as you know, those fabrics and flosses do not like to travel alone. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

Fat Quarter Shop got some of my business as well.

I blame my cousin Dewilla (at Southern Lady on my blog roll) for this purchase. I had been thinking of stitching the big red Cardinal that I have seen so often on Instagram and Floss Tube.  While I was wavering Dewilla found out which Blackbird Book it could be found in and sent me the link. This is a beautiful book and it contains Christmas Garden as well. That is another sampler I have had my eye on so now I have two Christmas charts for next year.
I also ordered a bit of fabric from FQS.  I truly do not need ANY MORE FABRIC.  ( Well Christmas fabric anyway!!!!) 

Thanks for bearing with me as I figure out this new blogger platform.  I have been so frustrated with it that I have thought of throwing my hands up in the air and just quitting the whole blog.  I do think the old platform was much more user friendly. I am going to keep at takes a while for an old dog to learn new tricks.

Happy Stitching.


Nancy said...

Love,love the snowflake ornament. Hope when I go to hL they will have it here in buffalo. So many designs would go great on it.

Sandy said...

I love the skate on the snowflake. That is just the perfect finish. I could probably whip some of those out for gifts for Jeff's coworkers. You have given me an idea! The wordplay turned out really cute. I do think I like the brighter colors for these. I did September brighter and I really like it. I need to fully finish it this week.

Georgia said...

Oh Arlene, please don't give up! I really enjoy reading your blogs, what would I do? :) You have so many great ideas, the little ice skate finish is adorable, I have an abundance of fabric only because, I am always shopping for fat quarters when we travel. I really need to concentrate on a new sewing maching so I can do some ornament finishing. But, you really gave some great tips and ideas today. Thank you for sharing. And, as always many blessings to you and yours.

Robin in Virginia said...

Love your Skate ornament! I am going to check out that set. Love your November Wordplay with your color choices! What lovely fabrics you picked up and I am going to check out the shop you mentioned. Enjoy your weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love shopping on Etsy and at small family owned online shops. And I know they appreciate our business during this stressful times. Love the Fall patterns you are making! Glad you found that fabric! I get annoyed when I can't find something...and then I get obsessed on finding it! lol Hugs!

Terri D said...

That snowflake ornament is SO cute!! What a great way to finish that skate! I always enjoy reading about your projects and those fabrics you got are really cute. Is the quarter you talk about a quarter of a yard? I bet that is enough to make a mask from, perhaps? Cute designs!!

thismammablogs.x said...

You are so talented. I have never ordered off betsy before I think I'm going to have a browse and see what they have. Fabrics you have brought are lovely x

Meg said...

Hi, Arlene! Ooooh.... lovely stash and lovely finishes! Thanks for the link to the fabric shop. I did not have a source for cute finishing fabrics, and I DREAD going to Joann’s and waiting in line for a day and a half (and refuse to do so lately). These people will be getting business from me, and I will tell them you sent me.

I have the Home for the Holidays book as well. Mary and RJ and I talked about doing a Christmas Garden SAL a while ago but we didn’t...yet. When you get ready to do that stitch, message me and maybe the four of us can do it as a SAL. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Take care and be safe. Your grands are adorable. Have been reading your blog but not always commenting, but I’m here! ;-)

Meg said...

I forgot to mention in my comment before that I don’t like the new Blogger format, either. I have to write all the text then go back and insert the photos. It definitely was easier before. I wonder why they “improved” it. (Haha)

Mari said...

I love that snowflake! I think you need to keep it and make another for giving as a gift. :) You've got lots of great fabric too.
Glad you aren't quitting blogging. I don't like the new blogger either, I find it much harder to work with. Why do they always have to be updating things?

Barbara said...

O THANK YOU THANK YOU for not giving up on your blog! I would miss your posts you so much!!! (especially the ones with cross stitch)

All your projects and plans are so inspiring. My fav flosses right now are the rusty oranges for Autumn.

Hang in there with the rest of us -- you are most definitely not alone!

RJ said...

Hi Arlene! I can see someone has been on a wonderful shopping spree...isn't it fun? I love all of your pretty fabric and patterns that you have purchased. I have made the BIG cardinal stitch and it is gorgeous. It is my favorite stitch ever for several reasons. I will write you and tell you the story behind it. I only used silk thread for the cardinal itself and then just used overdyes that looked similar in color for the rest to bring the final cost down. It can really add up.

I love, love, love that little cardinal in the ice skate. I have such a personal attachment to cardinal stitches and that one made me smile. RJ

Anonymous said...

My name is Nancy as well! I just went to. Hobby lobby in buffalo and they didn’t have that ornament yet. Arlene, could you give is the sku # so maybe we can inquire about it? What was the price? I am also going to be bold and ask you if I sent you a check would you pick 2-3 for me and I will also include the postage?