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Friday, October 30, 2020

Theresa Baird's Bee-lieve

 I think last time I showed you this project I was almost done with the cover to the needlebook. I started the nun stitched needle pages but that got boring very fast.

So I started the scissors fob.  It is all stitched, I just have to put it together.
Then I started the pin cushion that I think goes inside the needlebook. It has four bees on the front.

I'm making progress!


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Oh No! More Happy Mail!

 I check Amy Mitten's site everyday to see if she is offering anything new.  I am a big fan of her designs. Not to mention all the techniques I have learned from her. Her Montenegrin book is a classic.  I love all of her casket toy kits. I was thrilled when she offered something new, a linen bread bag. You can get enough linen to make a bag or enough for just a sampler.  I got the bag kit and it came in the mail yesterday.

Amy Mitten dyes her own silk, she is so talented!

She knows me and included a little note to me. Sweet!
I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the new things I can stitch.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In Honor of Darlene O'steen

 I read today on Facebook that Darlene O'Steen has died. My BAP was designed by her. Here is where I am right now.

I finished the third queen. 
This is the other sampler of Darlene O'Steen that I stitched. I'm going to cut it up and use it on two side panels of a casket. 

I used to be afraid I couldn't stitch a complicated sampler with specialty stitches. After working on two of hers I feel like I can handle stitching her samplers. I can change things to regular cross stitch in a pinch!

Today is a chemo day. The sun is shining and the fall colors are on full display. 


Tuesday, October 27, 2020


 I finally got off my lazy bum and dug around in my button box for some buttons to finish off the Flanders Field biscornu.

I'm thinking of coloring my hair today.  I just don't look like myself with this salt and pepper hair. DH wants to take me out to eat tonight. Sounds good to me!


Monday, October 26, 2020

Happy Mail Day 5

 Am I crazy?  I bought another bead kit! It is from Margaret Lee and is in the new Passion for Needlework III book. It is much bigger than than the coin purse kit. 

The fabric has much more of a brown sheen to it. The design is printed on the fabric.  You can get a kit to stitch beads on the back of the purse.  I'll be lucky to get the front done.
This is what is in the kit:
Lots and lots of beads.
This is the gold edge hardware for the purse.  

All these kits will keep me busy for a long time. Happy birthday to me!


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Happy Mail Day 4

 I've had this kit on my mind since I saw it in Issue 105 of Inspirations Magazine.

 I think I could actually do this.  It isn't very big, it's a coin purse.  I have Margaret Lee's beading book and another kit of hers that I started.  I was kind of overwhelmed trying to do this other kit.  It requires an area to spread out all the beads and threads and tools. I had to get it out of the way and haven't gotten it back out again. 

This Sakura kit is doable and I love how the finished purse looks.

This is what is in the kit:

Today I turn 47 in hex, DH tells me. I am grateful to have made it this far. This past year has been very challenging. My friends and family have been a wonderful support to me. Thank you for being there and caring about me.

Friday, October 23, 2020

A Mystery

 I got a package in the mail on Tuesday. DH says did you order something? No, not that I remember.  Is it a birthday present? Did someone send me something? The package was rectangular and from SketchBox. Cool. I opened it up and it had art supplies in it.  You can get a subscription for getting a box every month.  This box was the premium box for October called "Ink". 

There is a card describing all the things in the box.

This was in the box. Wow I haven't worked with ink like this before.  Included is an inspiration card showing an artist's creation using the items in the box. Very cool.

Who would sent me this?  Somebody who knows I like art stuff. Someone who maybe knows I have painted with watercolors. This is my best watercolor.

 Who sent this box? I don't know! Whoever did, I thank you.  You are generous and thoughtful. Let me know who you are!