Friday, September 20, 2013

Just Back From The Finisher

This morning before I picked Jake up from Nursery School, I went to my LNS, Stitch by Stitch, to pick up my Heartstrings Santa. Christmas finishing is starting to come in. Cannot wait to get my ornaments.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

I Love Pearls

Just finished ornament number nine of the All That Glitters Club form The Needle House. The canvas is by A Collection of Designs.

I love this ornament. The pearls being such a elegance to this piece. It will not go in for finishing until after the holidays are over. The finishing deadline has passed so I will just hold onto it and put it in for finishing in 2014.

Have the tenth ornament on bars and am going to start it now.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Another Finish and Halloween Arts and Crafts

Last week I finished the 8th ornament in the All That Glitters Club by The Needle House, stitch guide by Nancy Laux and canvas is by A Collection of Designs.

I dropped this off last Saturday so I made it before the Christmas deadline for finishing.

On Friday, Jake, Nana and Pops went to Home Depot to buy a new faucet for the bathroom sink. While we were there Jake and I found the cutest Mr. Potatoe Head kit.

Jake and his Pumpkin Pirate Head. We had a great time doing this simple fun project.

Presently working on ornament number nine in the All That Glitters Club.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Finally Finished After Three Years

Jen started this project when she found out she was pregnant with Jake. It took her three years and she finally brought over the finished canvases to me to take in for finishing.

The head and feet of the owl.

The wings

The front

The back

What it will look like when finished.

Have to get it to my LNS first thing tomorrow morning so we can hopefully get it back by Christmas.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Continuing with Berkshire

Last years's seminar piece continues for me. The door & side windows are done. I am loving watching the canvas take shape.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Injured On Job

Yesterday was the first day of Nana Day Care after a wonderful summer off.
Jake was very happy to be back and we had a great day playing with cars, Legos
and doing arts and crafts. Jake decided he wanted to do Ring round the Rosie and that is when the accident happened. I did not fall down, just had my head bent looking down at Jake, when he jumped up and the top of his head hit me just above my eye. He was so upset that he hurt Nana. We immediately put ice on it since I now had a big bump just below my eyebrow. Jake had to get the ice and hold it on my head. Last night it was just slightly black and blue but when I woke up this morning, the whole eye was a beautiful shade of dark purple. Guess I will not be going out in public for awhile.

It really looks 100 times worse in person. Never had a black eye before and I hope I never have one again.

Day two of Nana Day Care - hope we have no accidents.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Berkshire Revisited

Here's my current piece! Loving it!!


Some More Halloween Decorations

This is what I spent the day doing yesterday.

First is my coffee table. The pumpkins and witch hat on the large pumpkin were purchased from Michael's. I am waiting to get my Associated Talent Halloween Mini Mask back from the finisher to put on the small pumpkin. The pedestals for the pumpkins are from Pier 1. The black and white pumpkins in the metal spider webs were also purchased from Pier 1. The two spider tea light holders were purchased from Sur la table.

My fireplace is the focal part of my family room. On the right is mummy boy, Jake loves him and even takes him to play cars with. I love the mantel with my spooky tree, the haunted house, skeleton candles and the best are my Halloweenies.

I am amazed every Halloween when I unpack them that I actually stitched them.
Amy did such a wonderful job on this series. Her creativity just boggles my mind.
She introduces you to new techniques that push you to the next level of stitching.
Frank's hands were worked with wire for his fingers.

Stirha was the first in the series and one of my favorites.

One of the new techniques used in Dracular was peyote beading. Amy's directions and diagrams made it easy to follow along and master this technique.

My plan was to have them all finished by the time the last lesson arrived but sometimes life gets in your way. Jake came along and all my great stitching plans vanished. I hope to get the bride and groom done for next Halloween.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

What I Did on Vacation

Well, what I did in addition to shopping, resting, sitting on the beach, taking the sun, & generally relaxing & recharging.

I crocheted this bag!

A few months ago, Ashley wanted to get involved in a knitting/crochet circle to learn how to crochet. The first few weeks I brought along a needlepoint project, but then my hands wanted to touch the yarns & needles again. My friend Nancy designed this lovely bag & offered me the pattern; I couldn't resist.

So now I find myself interspersing my needlepoint with knitting; currently, I am working on a shawl for myself in the yarn I bought in Falmouth.

As for my needlepoint, I was inspired to go back to my project from last year's ANG seminar, Debbie Stiehler's Berkshire Revisited. I am loving working on it.

Hope everyone enjoys the last moments of summer as we head into Labor Day.

Best, Denise

Guess What I Did Today

The tradition in our home is to decorate for Halloween on Labor Day Weekend.
I so look forward to seeing all my Halloween needlepoint that is carefully packed away in acid-free tissue paper and boxes. I spent the whole day decorating my family room.

I displayed my Kelly Clark apples, stitch guides by Amy Bunger and Kelly Clark Halloween candy, stitch guides by Ruth Schmuff, on a spider web cake stand.
I purchased this spider web stand from Sur la table. It has spiders hanging down from the top. I hope to stitch some Halloween cupcakes for next year.

Jake came over to see all my Halloween decorations. He was so excited. First thing he did was hug mummy boy. Next Jake had to say hi to Stirha, Frank and Dracula. When Jake was a baby, I would take him over to the mantel to say hi to all my decorations. We would do this everyday and the tradition continues.
We also do the same thing at Christmas with the Nativity and Easter with the bunnies.

I will post more pictures of my decorating tomorrow.