Sunday, January 28, 2007

And ANOTHER thread winder set...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Lorraine's ornament

Lorraine and I had the big reveal yesterday of what we each stitched in our Dicken's themed ornament challenge. Her inspiration was this quote from A Christmas Carol:

"In half a minute, Mrs Cratchit entered - flushed, but smiling proudly - with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top."

She used a Maureen Appleton design with quite a few changes including the quote and the silver heart charm. The photo doesn't do it justice as there is metallic silver thread running through the pudding. My ornament is here:

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Another thread winder set

This time I used decoupage to add some vintage patriotic images to the piece. I really like how it turned out in person. Seems when I take photos it's like looking at it under a microscope so I see every little imperfection! This box is a different shape than the last but still ony 2 1/2 inches.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Today's Project

I decided to try and make my own clipboard. I didn't have any wonderful sampler paper so just bought a few sheets of decorative paper, a little ribbon and this is the result, front and back.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Thread Winder Set

I shamelessly copied Liberty Hill's idea for a thread winder set. Since I don't paint, mine isn't as lovely as theirs but I had fun making it anyway. The little box is 2 and 1/2 by 3 inches wide.
The stars to wind the threads are some cheap wooden ones I had from a long ago Christmas project. If I were to make more I would use some that are the nicer, heavier wood.

This is the inside. Along the outside of the bottom is a small leaf and branch pattern and the outside of the top has checks.

Monday, January 15, 2007

New Designs

I have two new releases. The top one is called "Twin Peacock Sampler" and the bottom is called "Forest Song". Both are done using plain old DMC. Hope you like them!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

My Dickens Themed Ornament

Lorraine and I are stitching an ornament a month with a theme. I chose Charles Dickens as the theme for January and she will choose the theme for February. I wimped out on stitching the Curtis Boehringer ornament of Scrooge. I really couldn't see myself enjoying stitching that piece so I chose this one from BOAF though technically that's not the exact quote from A Christmas Carol. You should see how sparkly this is in person, as usual the scan doesn't do it justice.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Interesting verse

I've never seen a verse like this. This is a sampler from ebay:

Good people hear my doleful tale
In plaintive accents though tis penned
A once loved wife no bewail
And griev to think on her sad end
She was youthful virtuous bride
Her age it was but twenty two
By murderous hands alas she died
She left on earth an orphan to

In child bed anguish she was slain
By Doctor Ross’s unskillful hand
Who thinks not what amount of pain
A victim to his skill can stand
An inquest at the Queens Arms on furnacehill
Prov’d but too true she’d had foul play
And that twas he that did kill her
I never shall forget that day

A post mortem and inquest did advance
To shew what twas thast caus’d her death
Twas as vile presumptuous ignorance
That robbed her of her earthly breath

The jury heard with careful ear
The evidence before them brought
Twas such as scaree’er did appear
Before in any other court

A guilty verdict then was given
Which all the world I think should know
And as’tis register’d in Heaven
It also shall be here below

Twas gross neglect and want of skill
Coupled with the Jury animad version
Hoping alsa no more he’d kill
But go to college and learn his lesson
O’er life’s career he’s cast a gloom
Mark’d by poignant grief and sorrow
And sent from earth to early tomb
A victim to neglect and hurry

Can he withstand the orphans gaze
Robb’d of its dearest earthly treasure
Or compensate in years or days
The suffering grief that’s void of measure

Monday, January 08, 2007

Valentine Freebie

A friend sent me her version of the Valentine freebie and I love it, love the colors and fabric choices. It's fun to see the differences.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Sweet as the Flower

Here is the finished version of the freebie I posted last week, my only change was not stitching the Apple Cider in the flower centers. Freebie is here

Friday, January 05, 2007

Cool clipboard

Look at this cool clipboard I received from a friend. Both front and back are decoupaged with an antique sampler and the clip part is covered with different ribbons tied in knots. This was made by Etc. Etc. Etc and their website is
I went to look at the website and they don't show the clipboards but do have other interesting accessories. You can email them at

Thursday, January 04, 2007

7:15 this morning

We've been in Mexico for the past few days. The above photo was taken at 7:15 and it's the moon about to set as the sun was about to rise. I haven't seen that before and it was beautiful to see the moon cast a glow on the ocean so early in the morning.
And here is DD posing along the shoreline a couple hours later. All the tourists were gone, New Year's was over and it was quiet and peaceful our entire trip. We celebrated my MIL's 78th b-day, enjoyed the sea life, the ocean waves, conversation and a little stitching and reading for me. I'll post later what I was stitching. Lorraine and I are stitching an ornament a month with a little twist. We are choosing a theme each month and have to find an ornament to match the theme. This month it's Charles Dickens.

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