Friday, November 30, 2012

Guess Who Was In Class Today

Today I took a canvas embellishment class with Tony Mineri and Tony had a surprise student. It was amazing that just about everyone in the class knew that Amy was coming to surprise Tony and we were able to keep the secret. Tony was really surprised. It was nice spending the day with Amy just stitching.

Day two tomorrow. Hope to take pictures is the class to post.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

It Is Beginning To Look Like Christmas

I have been decorating and cleaning for three days and am finally ready for Santa.
Cannot wait to see Jake's face tomorrow when he sees everything is done.
The highlight of my decorating is taking out my Nativity and setting it up on the mantel. This was the first Home Study from Amy that I did. I am so proud of this project. It introduced me to a totally new world of needlepoint.
We purchased a new tree this year. I wanted a slim line tree and am very happy with it. My goal for this year is get more needlepoint ornaments completed for it.
I am presently working on a Princess and Me ornament called Anticipation. Will post a picture during the week.

The tree

My mantel and coffee table
Will do some close-up pictures so you can really appreciate the Nativity and the few needlepoint ornaments I have.
Hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Please keep Melinda from Living the Good Life blog in your thoughts and prayers.
Her brother passed away suddenly on Friday. I spoke with her today and she is holding up as well as can be expected.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our blog followers! I have been rather non-contributory, with no real excuse other than I have not nearly as much to share as my stitching sister. She is far better than I at both stash enhancement as well as sharing her stitching accomplishments. Since I am attached to the Thanksgiving house, there's not a lot to report between kit completions. So, at long last, I have finished kit 3, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Wishing all of our fellow stitchers a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by love & appreciation for each other. With best wishes,

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Finishing and Stash Enhancement

Today I picked up Jake's Christmas ornament from Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont.
I am thrilled with the way it came out. Jake is going to love it

Front of Ornament

Side view

Back of ornament. I always engrave on the back of Jake's ornaments

While I was in the store I noticed this Stumpwork Sampler by Kelly Clark. It came with the Stumpwork Notebook. I have been wanting it and since I had a coupon from the store I purchased it. Oh, what a wonderful Notebook it is. Everything is so well diagramed and the instructions are very clear. This is truly a learning piece. I am looking forward to this Stumpwork journey.

Canvas and Notebook

Index of Stumpwork Techniques

I wanted to post a picture of a page from the notebook since they are so well done but felt I could not since it is copyrighted. This is such a wonderful Notebook. I am going to experience so many new techniques and learn so much. I usually do not recommend things but I do recommend this Sampler and Notebook.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

"friends" Completed

Tonight I finished stitching my "friends" canvas. This canvas would not have been possible without the help of two wonderful friends. I cannot thank them enough for making my dream come true. Every time a stitch was put into this canvas I thought of all the wonderful friends I have and how lucky I am.

I wanted a special remembrance for my big birthday this year and this is it. Every time I look at my "friends" I will remember all my wonderful friends and family and the wonderful spa/birthday weekend celebration we had. Thank you to everyone for making "friends" such a special and meaningful canvas.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Stash Enhancement

Last week I received two wonderful Keep Calm ornaments from Peacock Alley.
I just love the Keep Calm canvases. They look like they are fun and quick to stitch.

This one will definitely be made into an ornament. I think I will bead the sleigh and look for a fun thread for the letters.

Just love this one. I will do the scissor in all beads and stitch the letters. I might make this into a stand-up to put on a shelf in my sewing room.
Got to get back to my "friends" canvas. I have the day off and really want to finish it this week.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Back To Stitching

Well I am finally able to stitch. Jen finally got power back and they have all moved back home. It is so nice to have my nest back.

I have been working on my "friends" canvas and hope to get it finished this week.
I will not send it off for finishing until after Christmas. I do not want it sitting around at the finisher in a pile of other canvases. It is much safer sitting at home.
I will post a picture as soon as it is finished.

Last Sunday I had such a great time in my canvas embellishment class with Tony.
He did a wonderful stitch guide for this small Mindy piece.
Look at the magnet in the corner. When I made it, I did not realize that it matched my canvas.

Overview of canvas minus the buttons that go in the middle of the flower.

Cream bottom border. Oh, what a fabulous job Tony did. He graphed out the perfect pattern to fit the area perfectly. Black beads will be put in the black areas and red beads on the top and bottom areas of each V.

The top stripe area. Wonderful stitches and threads for this area.

Some stripes in the middle area.

Hope to return to this piece soon. Would love to have it finished before the New Year.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Looking Forward To Sunday

This week started off with Sandy and house guests that will staying for at least another week. Jen has no power and her and Jake moved in with us. I have my daily routine and do no function well when it is disrupted. Needless to say my routine is non existent. No stitching is getting done with all the turmoil going on.
Love having them here but I would like some stitching time.

Sunday I am taking a canvas embellishment class with Tony Mineri at Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont. I am so looking forward to stitching and enjoying some peace and quiet.

Here is a picture of a really cute canvas that I saw on Facebook. It is sneak peak of a Sandra Gilmore canvas for the February trade show. I love it.

Keep all the people who lives have really been turned upside down by the devastating destruction caused my Sandy in your prayers. It is hard to believe the loss that Sandy has caused. It certainly helps you appreciate how lucky you are when you see all this devastation.