Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1 1/4" pendants.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Charming 2

We have had tons of people ask about a second year of "Charming" - our charm bracelet program that started last year.  So, here it is - you can sign up now - remember, there are limited spaces in the program (because we can only make so many without going bonkers!) - so if you are interested, don't delay!

We are pleased to introduce….
“Charming 2”

A fun program featuring tiny, paper pieced charms.

(This is a sample only – actual charms in the program will vary)

The Program: This is a 12 month program - you will receive charms bi-monthly, with a total of 6 charms.  To start the program, you will purchase the bracelet and the first charm.  Every other month you will receive a new charm to add to your bracelet.  For those people who participated in the first Charming program, these charms will be all new, so you can sign up for a second year and add to your charm bracelet!

The Details:  These cute little charms are just ¾” in size.  Bracelet length is the standard 7 ¼” - we can make it longer, upon request.

The Rules:  The program will start in October, 2013.  Charms will be mailed out the first week of October and bi-monthly after that.  Again, this is a 12 month commitment – please sign up only if you intend to stay in for the entire program.

The Price:  The cost of the bracelet is $10.00 and the charms are only $16.50 each! For every new charm I will send an electronic invoice payable via credit card or PayPal. 

Added Fun:  As a fun bonus, you will also receive a matching 6” paper piecing pattern with each new charm so you can make a small quilt that matches your bracelet.

Sign Me Up!: Don’t delay - there are limited spaces available, so sign up now to be included in this fun program.  Charming 2 will be offered on my website for a limited time only – to sign up go to: and purchase Charming 2 under the “Go Shopping” tab.  

Monday, June 17, 2013

New Stuff

I'm working on jewelry today and thought I would share a few pictures.  These are new shapes - they are 1" wide by 1 1/2" long.  What do you think (ignore the glare on the glass!)?

 And these are just a few others that I finished today.
More later!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Strawberry time, Summertime and some jewels!

The weather here in Iowa has been beautiful all week - love the temperatures in the 70's and not a lot of humidity.   I would like to place an order with Mother Nature to just continue this for the next several months!  Oh, and if she could take the bugs somewhere else, that would be even better.  With this nice weather comes strawberry picking...
 And pie making...

Both of these are really easy - the strawberry chiffon has jello and cool whip, and the strawberry glaze will have cool whip on the top.  They both have disappeared already and yesterday I made strawberry shortcake.  And now there are more strawberries waiting to be picked, so it's time to come up with another recipe.

And look what I "finished".  It still needs to be quilted, but it is all pieced together!  This is a terrible picture, it's not nearly this bright, but you get the idea.

And I thought I would share some jewelry pictures.  There are some new things on my website, so take a look...

Now I'm off to pick some strawberries!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summertime, some charms and a grand dogger!

Do you remember when I purchased the Summertime kit from Primitive Gatherings?  It was at the Des Moines AQS show in 2011.  A friend and I each bought the kit and our plan was to get together monthly to work on it, that way we would push each other to actually finish it.  Yeah, was a great idea, but my friend is way too busy and we got together TWICE!  We've talked about it several more times, but she just has a lot going on.  Believe it or not, I have actually worked on my blocks sporadically, but now...I am almost finished!  Here are my blocks on my design wall

Woo hoo!!!!  I actually do have the 12th block all stitched, but I haven't trimmed it yet.  Now I just have to decide on the fabric for the sashing and borders.  What was included in the kit is confusing me (imagine that!).  I think I'm going to change it up a bit from the kit, and I'm hoping to work on it this week.  I don't want this one to sit as a pile of blocks, like so many others.  Am I the only one who does that?  I have piles of blocks that are all finished and just need to be sewn together.  Why do I not just finish them?  I guess if I do then they will just sit in the "need to be quilted" pile!  I do have 3 quilts at 2 different quilters right now, so that is a good thing.

For those of you in the Charming program, I hope you have received your newest charm - if not...don't look at this next picture!
 My U.S. customers received the flags, and all international customers received the pineapples - a few of them are below...

If you remember, I was in Omaha on Mother's Day, so I got together with my mom last week.  We went for lunch and I bought her a big hanging basket of begonias.  I'm not usually a begonia person, but I really thought these were pretty.  And, on Mother's Day (when I was gone!) my son came to my house and left a huge basket of flowers in my sewing room for me.  Here they are hanging on the deck...
Aren't they pretty?  And, my daughter took me to lunch at a really yummy Mexican restaurant.  So...even though I wasn't here for "the" day - there was still lots of celebrating!

And what is a post without a fluffy?  Well, this time there is a fluffy that you haven't seen before!  This is Jada  - she is one of my grand doggers.  She has a sister, Lexi, but she didn't pose for the picture. I should have gotten a picture of them both - my daughter has taught them to sit really nice for the camera.  Isn't Jada cute?  She is such a sweet little dog.  Although, Ozzie and Callie fail to see that sweetness! 
 And some wildlife - I don't know how well you can see the geese, but there are 5 babies swimming between the mom and dad.  I just love watching them - the parents are always on the lookout and really get moving if the dogs or anything else starts coming their way.
 And the last wild animal for the day!  Miss Callie trying to help me iron.  I thought this was funny, because CC used to always do this, but Callie never did, until now.

Have a great weekend!