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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What's Behind Door #2?

The second package I received on Monday was from The Silver Needle.  I wasn't going to sign up for the With a Little Help From our Friends Club again this year.  But BFF#2 signed up and then The Silver Needle called me.  I caved.  Besides, they send Jelly Bellies with each order.  That's how easy it is to talk me into something, give me candy!

I love the tissue paper with flowers on it.

There was a very cute scissors fob with the same design on it.

All the stuff to stitch with.
A cute counting pin

The design is by Heartstring Samplery.  I like it, I'll stitch it.

Because of rain, I had to walk at the Y yesterday, so today I sooo appreciated being able to walk outside.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What's Behind Door #1?

I got three (!) packages in the mail yesterday.  It was so much fun.  The first package was Stitchy Box.  I got a three month subscription and this is the second box that I have received.
The biggest thing in the package is an overdyed fabric.
Then there was an assortment of threads:

Some finishing accessories:

Evidently this is a Christmas themed box.
It was raining this morning so I had to walk at the Y.   The eclipse was no big deal where we live.
It looked slightly overcast for a few minutes, that's all.
I might start something new today.  The hard part is deciding what to work on.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Corner Gauge

Thank you to those who have so very kindly offered assistance in finding the tray that fits the Berry Coverlet Scissors Tray.  Marilyn bought me one!  Thank you so much.  I'll show it when I get it all put together.

I sewed the little corner gauge bag together.  It was easy.  The lining material has starfish on it.  Perfect.

 It is all done but really needs to be ironed.  I didn't get around to that this morning.  But I did get the bathrooms all cleaned.  I sent off the dresses to Claire.  I went to Target and bought everything I wanted.
Hey, what if you are driving during the eclipse?  Will you go blind?

Sunday, August 20, 2017


I worked here and there, once in a while on this sampler.  It is Sleeping Beauty Awakened by Lauren Sauer. It can be worked in all white or in colors.  I chose colors.   I've changed a lot of the colors though.  Most of this first section is to be all green.  Not a green girl.  I am getting lots of practice doing the Montenegrin stitch as the dividing bands.  I am about one fourth done.  I think the bands get more interesting as I go along.  This is what it looked like at the end of June:

Overall progress:

I finished the stitching for the corner gauge holder on I Dream of the Sea.  I hope to get it all sewn together today.  I'll show you tomorrow.
Have a happy Sunday.  I get to talk to Claire and Evan today!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Another Match

I finally finished altering the second set of dresses for Claire and her doll, Natalie.

The pattern shows a doily thing in the middle of the waist but I don't think it needs it.

I'm hoping it fits Claire.  Fingers crossed.

I've been walking and to the Farmer's Market.  Besides all the vegetables, I got all the bad things today, a turtle (only one!), a cinnamon roll (I only ate a little bit of it - so far) and some Herbed Havarti cheese.  Yum.

We had a good time at Stitching Bits and Bobs yesterday.  They had even more threads than I remembered.  And we got 20% off!  Can't beat that.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Coverlet Tray

Sometimes designs just appeal to me.  I don't know why, they just do.  I just liked the Coverlet Berry Scissor Tray design.

 I think I got it at Stitchville along with all the threads.  It is stitch on 40 count.  I like how it turned out and it wasn't too hard even on the 40 count.

 The package says that she got the tray at Hobby Lobby.  I went looking at Hobby Lobby and couldn't find it.  If anyone knows where the tray is in Hobby Lobby, let me know.  The designer altered the tray by taking off some loops or hooks and then painting it.  I'm hoping I can do that - if I find it!
It includes a pattern for the strawberry which I think adds a lot.  I'll have to see if I have some red wool in that rat's nest of a closet.
I'm hoping to make a road trip up to Stitching Bits and Bobs this morning with BFF#2.  I just need a couple of threads, and boy, do they have a selection of threads there.  Maybe we'll do lunch and hit the quilt store too.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Surprise Package

I was surprised the other day when I got tracking for a package I didn't remember having ordered.  A while ago (the end of June?) Mary Corbet talked about some metallic threads that were easier to work with.  They were available from Needle in a Haystack.  I ordered some.  It took a while because some of the threads were out of stock.  I had totally forgotten about them until I got the tracking number.  I got them this week.
They look like lovely threads.

There are several different sizes of braids, from 4 to 32.

  I haven't tried them out yet so I don't know how they are to work with but the colors are very nice.

Speaking of metallic threads, I found the metallic braid from the Amy Mitten kit that I had misplaced.  So I was able to finish up the rose with stumpwork petals.  Now I can start the next step which is the top row.  I need to iron (carefully!) the petals so they lay nicely.

We are expecting rain today but I was able to walk outside this morning.  It was 71 degrees.  Warm!