Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gifts Incoming and Outgoing

I was asked to smock a dress for a very special young
lady.  The dress fabric was purchased at a quilt shop it has
a linen like look and is 100% cotton.  The smocking
design I worked out on smocking graph paper.  I know
the design looks simple but it took me days of drawing and
erasing to figure it out.  I have new found appreciation
for smocking plate designers.
The center section is back smocked and the 
University of Kentucky logo is picture smocked
on top.  The hearts are geometric smocking, I designed
that area as well.
A one of a kind dress, stitched with love.

Sweet Marie recently had a month long
celebration of her blogging for 5 years!  5 years
of blogging and 5 giveaways!  I was the lucky 
winner of this beautiful necklace!
Have faith in you...that is something
we all need to remember.

The necklace is long and so
much fun to wear as everyone
seems to notice it!
A sweet tag, 
 book pages, and LACE!
Thank you Marie!

Love to all,

ps  I also completed the Beginning
Crazy Quilt Class Kathy Shaw
taught here is my completed

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Lonely Dragonfly Finds A Friend...A Tutorial

I preface this post with the fact,
I am taking an online Beginning
Crazy Quilting class from Kathy Shaw
shawkl .  The classroom is a private
blog, so I am sharing my post
from the class blog here with you.

Kathy suggested a couple of you may want
to know how I created the dragonfly on my 
There once was a lonely dragonfly
stitched to the corner of a crazy
quilt block.  The dragonfly had
a purpose, he was to spread his
wings and create some interest
in an otherwise quiet corner
of the block.  
The dragonfly was proud to be the
first creature to grace the block,
but he was lonely.
So, the stitcher began to create
a friend.
Using 4mm silk ribbon a loop
was formed much like the beginning
of a lazy daisy stitch.
A tiny stitch using 1 strand
of embroidery floss helped to 
form the shape of the first 
Another wing was added
in the same way.
The tail was formed with a
stem stitch.  The same stitch
we used on our vine.

A bullion stitch forms the body.  
The bullion may be new to some
of you it looks difficult to
stitch, but really it is quite
fun.  The best hint I read 
about stitching a bullion
was to stroke it as you are
settling it into place. 
Straight stitches were added
for the antenna. 
French knots were placed
at the end of the straight stitch.

The dragonfly was lonely no more
he had a friend to help with his
task of adding interest to their
corner of the block. 
I hope this was helpful!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Man On A Galloping Horse

I remember once putting up wall paper in my kitchen,
with my MIL.  We survived the adventure with few 
mistakes.  Of the mistakes we did make, my MIL said,
"A man on a galloping horse would never notice".
So imagine yourself on a galloping horse as you view
my Beginning Crazy Quilt project.
These are the beginning seam treatments with other goodies
to be added.  I think stronger magnifying glasses are in order.
I began my new medication yesterday and I believe it is helping already!  The nurse that worked with me said it usually takes 3 months to feel better.  I told her, it was going to start working today....the power of positive thinking!
My friend Marie is celebrating blogging for 5 years!

Click the image to join the fun!

Okay, get off your galloping horse, unless you are planning to be the Headless Horseman for Halloween.  The Smock- Along Ornament begins next week, there is still time for you to join!

Love to all,

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stitching Up A Surprise

SAGA is hosting a Mystery Ornament Smock Along.
I have never stitched-along with any group, so this
will be a new adventure for me.
I have gathered my supplies and pleated the fabric.
Since I was unsure what the completed ornament
would look like, I chose a similar palette to that 
shown on the Facebook group posting.

I am also involved in a a Beginning Crazy Quilting 
Class hosted by Kathy Shaw (shawkl). At the beginning of
the class we were given a list of cotton fabrics and hoop
to choose. 

 Even though I have Crazy Quilted in the past
I know I will learn a great deal from Kathy.  The first
thing will be using a hoop.  I have always held the block
in my hand as I stitched.
  The class comes highly recommended by several
 blogging friends.   Kathy offers several classes but you
 must begin with her beginning class and work up from 
there.  A lovely place to start...the beginning.
The class is free and it is offered at different
times throughout the year.  Simply follow her
blog to see when it will be offered again.

Yes, my hands are hurting from all this activity but
I really can't seem to help myself from the torture.
I feel as though I must have something to do with
my hands...it is an obsession. 
On the new medicine front....I have had a flu shot,
pneumonia vaccine, TB test all in preparing my 
immune system for the new medication.  Hopefully,
 next week I will begin  my new medication and
 the pain will a thing of the past. 

Love to all,

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sometimes God Sends Someone Just When We Need Them

I have mentioned that I volunteer at a local hospital.  My days there are spent helping register patients, taking a snack cart around for visitors, escorting patients to tests, delivering mail, flowers and the newspaper.  With all these activities, I meet quite a few people.  Recently a young lady came in, she was teary eyed, upset and alone...since she was close in age to my daughters I felt my heartstrings being pulled.   I left my desk and came around to give her a hug.  I told her we were there to help and everything would be fine.  She looked at me and nodded as tears spilled down her cheeks.  As the day went on, I kept thinking of the young lady and wondered how she was doing.  Later in the day while taking another patient to their test, I saw her on the elevator....she was crying again and I asked her if I was going have to give her another hug!?  She smiled and from the front of the elevator a lady said to me, "So, You are the one!"  It was the young lady's mother.  She thanked me for giving moral support to her daughter.  She explained she could not get to the hospital when her daughter came in and she knew how upset her daughter was, being there alone.  The mom said, "I prayed God would be with her and help her to feel His love".   She went on to say," Sometimes God sends someone, just when we need them".
 I explained, I had 2 daughters and would have appreciated someone giving them a hug, had they been in a similar situation.  As we talked, we began to notice we were close to the same age and looked quite a bit alike..we laughed and hugged glad to have shared a "daughter" that day.
I tell this story as God sent me someone I needed today....well 2 of them!
I have rheumatoid arthritis and have been on the same medication (Methotrexate) for 14 years and until this summer I did fairly well.  This summer my body decided it was not going to tolerate being on MTX any longer, this lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and multiple swollen joints and extreme fatigue.  Today I had an appointment with my rheumatologist and we discussed new treatment options.  Discussing a chronic disease that there is no cure for, tends to get you a little depressed.
 I returned home with literature to read and decisions to make.  Not one of my favorite days....until the phone rang.  It was Vicki!  Calling to say hello and chat for a few minutes. What a nice surprise that was, it gave me something else to think about and look forward to as we planned a lunch meeting soon.  Vicki is always encouraging me...she talked me into setting up a Facebook page....dragging me into the modern world!
The second angel of the day came in the mail all the way from Canada!  Lorraine sent me the most beautiful hand dyed embroidery thread....size 12 perle cotton, my favorite thread to smock with! With the thread was a note saying she thought these threads would be perfect for my Wee Care gowns...and she is right!  
Such soft rich colors, I think the grey is my favorite:
I can just see it used on a soft grey linen!  Here is a link to her Etsy shop.   Lorriane has a great eye for color and creates some lovely color combinations. 

Angels sent and my mood is lifted!

Love to all,

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Wedding Bells Ringing

Once again Wedding bells are ringing.  This time they ring for a young lady that has been very dear to our family.  She became friends with my eldest daughter about 15 years ago.  Her home life was difficult, so she spent a great deal of time at our house.  One summer her father drove up from Texas to take her home with him for a 2 week visit.  I remember standing on the front porch, watching the truck drive away, in tears knowing we would miss her. 
One of the kindest compliments I have ever received came from her.  Once becoming engaged the young couple looked for a home to make their own.  After looking at many houses, she found the one that was to become their home.  She said, she knew the house was right because it smelled like our house....the house where she felt loved.  I attribute the smell to Gain detergent, but to her it smelled like love.
One of the gifts I have made for her is this bottle with their engagement photo inside.
We are so happy she has found the man of her dreams, someone to love her to the moon and back!

Love to all,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


My daughter recently saw the Broadway musical "If/Then" starring the Tony winning actress Idina Menzel.  The play focuses on the character Elizabeth (Idina Menzel) and the choices that set her on or changed her life path.  When you look back on your own life and think, what if, if then, should I, I shouldn't have....the path could have  been a broken road or a smoothly paved highway that led you to where you are now. We are faced with choices every day, will the choice you make, help someone?  When you look back and think what if and if then, would the outcome be for a greater good.
My friend Vicki has a project that involves one of those choices you will make today.  Read the post here.

"I used to pray that God
would feed the hungry, 
or do this or that,
 but now I pray that he will guide me
to do whatever
 I am supposed to do,
 what I can do.

I used to pray for answers,
 but now I'm praying for strength. 
I used to believe that prayer changes things,
but now I know that prayer changes us,
and we change things." 
Mother Teresa

Love to all, 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tattered Shirt to Apron

DH had thrown it in the trash, an oxford cloth shirt with the buttons still on it!  As I was cutting the buttons off I kept thinking how soft the cloth had become from years of washing and ironing.  My creative gears began to turn and the idea of an apron came to me. 
The back of the shirt became the front panel of the apron and the cuffs now are large pockets.
The front pocket of the shirt, I added to the center front of the apron.  
The opposite front side of the shirt is now a pocket that extends along the bottom of the apron.  The button band is the neck strap.
Most of the shirt was used in creating the apron, I liked it so much I wore it all day long!
Wee Care Update:
 Size Tiny suitable for 1 pound.
Several in the works these two complete.

Trapper continues to grow!  He weighed 6.2 pounds when we got him.  6 weeks later he has gained 20 pounds!  The vet says he will be a BIG boy!


I have been taking a correspondence course through SAGA, beginning smocking.  The first part of the course was a sampler of the different smocking stitches.  At different points the sampler was returned to the teacher for critique.  Each time the good, the bad and the ugly was pointed out to me.  LOL there was no mention of ugly, but those stitches that were not up to par were pointed out along with ideas on how to improve.  The stitches that were done well were also pointed out and gave me an example on how the stitch should look.  The critique was detailed and very helpful.  If you are wanting to learn to smock, I highly recommend the class.  
I have progressed to the final project a bishop dress.  Here the fabric has been pleated and I have stitched the cable, stem and outline stitches.

Summer is speeding right along, between the dogs, yard, stitching and housework it seems as though each day goes a little faster.  

Love to all,

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wedding Bottle, Puppy and Dyeing

Wedding bells are ringing once again, time for me to create a Wedding Bottle:
The existing bottle top is covered with copper foil and then solder is applied.  Patina completes the aged appearance.  Ribbons, cords and threads are wrapped and tied with the wedding colors in mind.

 The photo is placed inside the bottle by gently rolling it into a tube that will fit the opening.  Chopsticks are used to unroll the photo once it is inside the bottle. Sand, seashells and the tiniest bit of glitter were added, as a trip to the beach will be the honeymoon plans.
"And they called it Puppy Love"......
 This little fellow came to steal our hearts.
 He was one of those "free" puppies....there is no such thing as a free puppy.
He is 6 weeks old.
 Sweet a quiet one minute and ready to play the next.
Look at those needle teeth!!!  My hands look like I have been working with barbed wire.
 Exploring the sidewalk.
 Posing after digging in the sand that was left over from the recent stone work.
 Can't you see why I am head over heels?
 His mother a German Shepherd....the father, they think was a Boxer, but I am thinking a Lab, 
 What do you think?
Smocking and Dyeing

 I have wanted to try using a variegated thread to make the Wee Care Gowns suitable for a boy or girl.  
 The DMC threads I have tried all have a color change that is too long.  My friend Lorraine did a post on some threads she had dyed using short spacing. After some advice from Lorraine I decided to try dyeing my own thread.
 I used DMC 6 strand embroidery floss and Rit dye. Lorraine suggested another brand of dye, but Rit was easy to find and I am familiar with using Rit.
 My first attempt....the colors were way too strong but the spacing is good.
On the next skein I used a diluted color and the results were great.
This may become my Signature Wee Care color!

Love to all,
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