Thursday, May 22, 2014

Try As I May

I've been trying to work on a new quilt.

Try as I may, I'm just not getting very far!
I've got too many wonderful distractions in my crafty den!

Yarn distractions!

I can hardly stand holding off caking up that lovely Loft yarn up there!

And then there's all of this....

The blocking/seaming pile.
I really need to tackle that!
 And who could possibly resist this
luscious Madelinetosh Vintage!?


Not me!
I've got the cast on done and ready to start 

But this evening I did sit down at the machine and 
pair up some of these.

 And created another pile of these!

Distractions and all,
I will still try to make some good headway
 on this quilt!

What's distracting you lately?


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Before I Forget...

I finished up my M Detlefsen sampler from the spring issue of
Sampler & Antique Needework Quarterly!

A colorful departure from my normal sampler stitching!

It was a fun little stitch!  
I've shared my thread conversion in an earlier blog post,
and also online.
Happy to inspire others to stitch this one!

I've also finished a knitting project!

I call it My Friendly Wrap,
AND the pattern (Cosette Wrap by Alana Dakos),
were generous gifts from two great friends I've made here in the Dallas area!

They went to Stitches South in Atlanta a month or so ago,
and picked the yarn and pattern up for me!
I was so surprised and happy they thought of me while they 
were inhaling all those knitty yarn fumes!

This came off the needles, soaked and blocked this weekend!

I LOVE it.  
I will definitely knit this pattern again.
It is the PERFECT length and I just love it!
Very wearable!

On the stitching front,
I'm sure you've heard that the gals of Blackbird Designs are hosting

Her Sampler is a sweet reproduction!
I pulled my own conversion from thread stash
and the linen came from stash too.
So it's practically a free stitch, right?  ;o)

If you're interested,
here are the threads I'm using!

I haven't spent a ton of time with it,
but did start it on Monday when it began!

Are you stitching along?


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thrifty Thursday!

Have you missed that title as much as I have?
We won't delve into the fact that the thrifting down here 
leaves much to be desired.
I'm certain I just haven't found the sweet spots.

So this week,
I wanted to share a project
made from a previous Thrifty Thursday find!

It started with an old wooden ironing board.
It had rotting stains on one end.
Not in the best shape.

I brought it home anyway!

Forgive me, but I forgot to take a pic before
I got started with this project.

The hubs helped me remove the metal hardware and legs.
And I was just left with the board.

I headed outside and got busy painting!

 Just acrylic craft paint I had in the cupboard.
Nothing fancy.

 It only took a couple coats
and I was good to go!
 Having no luck in finding the right size or font in a readymade stencil,
I took to my printer and printed out large letters
in the font I was looking for!
 I transferred the outline of the letters to the ironing board
with my silver marking pencils usually used for quilting.
It was a happy accident!
I discovered that if I traced on the wrong side of the paper with the letter,
then placed it right side up on the ironing board and retraced the letter,
the outline transferred!
 Then I got out some ivory acrylic craft paint and 
outlined and filled in the letters!
 Then it was time to stress and distress!
The hubs got involved in this, 
because it meant he could use his tools! ha!
He pulled out a sheetrock mud sander
and we took turns until it looked the way I wanted it to!
 And walaah!
It hangs proudly in my laundry area!
I love it!
And I love that it started with a beat up ol' ironing board.
Thrifty Thursday returns!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Well Spent Time

I've been spending time with my needle lately.

My sampler stitching needle!

I hadn't planned to start anything new, 
and then the new issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly
arrived in my mailbox.

I was immediately drawn to this issue 
because of the birds!
Specifically the
1892 M Detlefsen Sampler!

So I pulled out some linen.
Pulled my own threads for the design....

 and I dove in!

 The colors were just so cheerful!
 I posted some progress online
and it quickly became a conversation with
those adept with the German language.
 Did I know this "Anbenken" was misspelled.
Did I know it was supposed to be "Andenken".
Did I know that "Anbenken" doesn't make any sense.

 Photo evidence and a bit of schooling on
reproduction sampler stitching was the answer.
Obviously the 10 year old stitcher stitched a 'b' instead of a 'd'.
I quite enjoy the quirkiness of reproductions.
Missing letters in alphabets.
Misspelled words.
The reason I love stitching repros!

 I'm on to the focal point,
being the BIRD!
That BIRD!

Hoping to have a finish in the near future...

mistakes and all!

How about you?  
Do you embrace the quirky mistakes found
in reproductions?
Do they bother you?


Friday, May 02, 2014

Am I Repeating Myself?

I made the comment twice last week that I think Instagram Is killing my blog. *sigh*. I do not like this. But I feel like I'm just repeating myself with pictures etc.   Does that bother you?  Are there readers out there who are NoT on Instagram?  Readers that still pop over to see if there's a new post? 

Of course the thing to do....the real issue here, is to get back to the blogging with interesting content and not just a "hey...look what I did last week" as the only posts!

It seems I have fallen down on this blogging business and I don't like it one bit. I want to share more than just pretty pictures again. I do!

I will make a concerted effort, for those of you that might still happen by from time to time, to actually have blog posts of some sort of interest again!  

Happy Friday!