Me & My Stitches

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Can you handle some cuteness?

I wanted to start by introducing you to the newest member of our family...Bailey!

We've been thinking about getting a puppy friend for Boomer for quite awhile now, and this little cutie was taken to the pound recently.  We thought she looked like a perfect pal for Boomer!  She is doing really well - not too wild and crazy, but she's a puppy, for sure.  Boomer is warming up to the idea, but the outside kitties are still not impressed.  Hopefully they will come around and they will all live in harmony - lol!  I haven't been able to get many good pictures of her, because she is always wiggling!  She loves to go for walks, and keeps super close to my heels - it's so cute!  

Speaking of outside kitties - I don't like it when the animals play on the frozen pond in the winter - it just makes me nervous, but it had been really cold for a long time, so there was certainly no worries about any of them falling through the ice.  I just thought it was cute the way they were all out there playing - there were a few leaves blowing around, and of course, that made for lots of fun.
This is something that I should have posted months ago -  I won this giveaway from Kathy Schmitz!  I love the charm pack - lots of good fabrics in there, and almost as cute was the card that she sent with it!

As always, please ignore the quality of my pictures - I am in a rush, and decided not to take the time to edit these.  See my slipper below!?  I am still sporadically working on my Merry Christmas Quilt.  I'm just determined to have it done by Christmas this year.  This block was super easy to stitch, until it came to the face.  His eyes are not great - but they are as good as they are going to get!  I am working on block 5 now. 

We are crazy-busy getting ready for our next show it is in Stover, MO - here are the details...

Stover Community Center
Friday, April 10th, 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday, April 11th, 9:00 - 3:00

We will have some new items!  For you hand quilters - we will be selling beeswax!  We (the hubby...sure isn't me dealing with them) raised (do you really raise them?) bees for the first time last summer and were fortunate enough to end up with honey and some wax. I know that lots of people love beeswax for thread conditioner, but I had never tried it - instead I had used Thread Heaven.  I've been using the beeswax now, when hand quilting, and it works great.

We are also now carrying Kelmscott scissors.  I love them all and have a hard time not keeping one of each for myself!  Aren't they great?  LOVE!

 And, they are even better when you add a scissor fob!
 We will also be taking lots of socks!
 This is the new color for spring...
 And here are some fobs that we finished up last weekend...

I've been diligently working on a new quilt design and can't wait to show it to you.  I hope to have it sent off to the quilter in the next couple of days.  Then to finish up the pattern writing.  So many things to get done!

 And, you know that I always have to show you how my helpers are doing.  Callie - always willing to lend a paw...
 And Ozzie - just sitting around looking adorable!

That's all for now - have a great week!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What I've been working on...

We have had several snowy days and some super cold times as well, so I've just been doing what I do best...HIBERNATING!!  I haven't left home since my birthday!  Some people think that sounds horrible, but I'm perfectly happy to stay here and work away.  I've had quite a few orders so I just work on those and also work to re-stock my jewelry inventory for the upcoming shows.

All of the pendants in the next 3 pictures went to Primitive Gatherings CA - I'm now out of pendants with bling, so that is on the agenda!

 This batch is now on it's way to a shop in New Zealand...
 A customer saw this pendant on Instagram and asked for matching heart earrings...I like the black with these bright fabrics...
And to replace all of those sent to Primitive Gatherings, here are some things we've finished....

It hasn't been ALL work around here - there have been a few fun mail days!  This was a nice surprise from my friend, Darlene.  It's a magnetic pin dish and boy is it handy!  I've never had one of these before, but it's nice to just fling a pin in the right direction and have it land in the dish! Thanks Darlene!
 I had a super fun box from my friend, Nancy and this was just one of the surprises inside...
Have you seen this book?  It is really awesome - I would love to make everything that's in it!  I seem to have lost the picture of the entire box of goodies, but trust me...I was spoiled!  And speaking of that Nancy (I have a lot of Nancy's in my life!)...this is our latest little Kim Diehl quilt that we made while Skype sewing together!  I'm telling you...if you haven't tried Skype - you should - it's so fun to be able to sew "together" while I'm in Iowa and she is in California.  Technology is (usually) a great thing!

I mentioned that we've had snow...this is what I saw out of my sewing room windows a few weeks ago.  It's snowing lightly this morning, but nothing like it was that day...

And what is a blog post without at least one cat picture?  Ozzie is 12 years old, but lately he has been wild and crazy!  He was all wound up one night and ended up under the rug - what a goof!

That's all for now!  Hope you have a fun Sunday!