Thursday, August 31, 2006

This Thursday.....


Here's a Fall Themed hanging pillow I made about month ago. The design is from Sandi Gore Evans and is one of four seasonal patterns that were in the magazine For the Love of Cross Stitch. This pattern spoke to me for some reason and is my favorite of the four. Warm rust browns and oranges...I don't know make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. LOL!

Here's a picture of the pillow hanging from my dining room chair........
I bought some rusty star hangers and am going to make a display on my entry wall, so that I can hang my little seasonal stitchings and change them out from season to season. This way I won't have to punch holes in the wall with nails every season and my husband will be happy and I will be happy to be able to display my stitching in a cute and dramatic way. :o)

Well today is Thursday and I've slated that my garage will be cleaned and organized. Wish me luck! Until next time............

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Here they are!


Here are my sweet little snowmen I made for my stepmother....they are packaged and on their way to St. Louis as we speak. These were stitched on 11 ct. snow white aida. I used DMC threads, randomly chosen. This pattern is from Pine Mountain Designs. It originally had a large carrot nose button, so I charted a nose myself. Aren't these cuties? I just sew them in a circle to simulate a snowman head and leave the bottom unsewn. Then stuff them and choose a piece of christmas ribbon and sew it on the neck (sewing the neck closed. Then I tie a knot and it looks like a neck muffler. This is a "Vonna Original"! Quick to stitch too - I may stitch a bunch of these up and donate them to our church's Christmas Bazaar this year.

The inner workings of my mind....

Well today is Tuesday, gone not is my desire to start a new cross stitch project such as HoHRH. I've seen a beautiful redition in another blogspot where a fellow blogger is stitching HoHRH.....and her husband is stitching that Mary Engelbright witch in the Cross Stitcher (?) the new magazine from Better Homes and Gardens - anyway... the little witch is delightful and I'm getting this twitch to stitch her too! See if I would just keep my yap shut and sit my hiney in my new stitching corner and LEAVE THIS COMPUTER OFF!!!!....my mind wouldn't get delusional. I would just go along living life ignorant to what's really "out there" in cyberspace. But what do I do? As soon as I get up in the morning I think....ok, fix the kids breakfast, fix and pack the kids lunches, start to clean up the breakfast dishes and then I *might* have 15 minutes to turn on the computer and look through the blogs....maybe someone has left me a comment (!), maybe Harmien has sent me a pattern (that I won't be able to stitch), maybe, maybe, maybe....if I hurry I can get more than 10-15 minutes....on and on in my mind, round and round it goes...it's the first thing I think of in the morning and one of the last things I turn off in the evening. See...this are the inner workings of my mind...do you wish you didn't know this?!

Well I talked my dear husband into buying me some shelving for my "craft" space in our basement! Can't wait to dig through all my "stuff" and organize it into my own personal interpretation of Martha Stewart's everyday living....I've always wanted my own crafting space.... Wha,haa,haa,haa.....!!!! I feel like the creator of Frankenstine....it's going to be a freakishly good time setting it all up... Can't wait! But must until dear hubby brings home the goods to make the shelves. Then I can get it all set up.

Well Baby is asleep, I can eek out a few minutes of stitching on my snowmen...
Here is a picture of what greets me every morning as I prepare breakfast - what a motley crew!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Monday Again....


Well, it's Monday again....and 11:30 a.m. Where does the time go? Here's a picture of my Village of Hawk Run Hollow. Looking good! This is Block #2, after this one is done, which *may* be done by the end of the week....I'll have 2 down and 10 to go. I've been stitching my little fingers to the bone trying to get this block going again. Whew!

Going to have to take a break from it though and stitch some Snowmen for my stepmother. She's asked me to stitch some for her tree - they are cute and quick stitches, so I'm going to stitch up a bunch for her. I'll post them when I get them done.

Well my baby's asleep and I've got some stitching to get done, so I'm going to cut this short! One good thing that my hubby and I did this weekend was to "create" my stitching corner in the living room. He "rigged" up a great thing for my OTT lite.....I had purchased a "cheaper" version of the OTT light hoping that I could get around spending a small fortune on one of the floor lamp models. This model is a "clip-on" or it also can be a table top light as well. Unfortunately I bought it on line and thought that the table top version would be the version for me....however after getting it in the mail, it was a little flimsy. Plus my baby who cruises around and gets her fingers in everything.....kept on knocking it over so it quickly came to pass that I needed it to clip on somehting. Sooooo I clipped it on the back of one of my dining room chairs and put it behind the chair that I was stitching in....unfortunately that doesn't work well on the "eyes" for my decorating.....Sooooo my dear hubby took a wooden rod and clipped the light to it and shoved it down in a new comfy (but old) chair. We moved out the chair that wasn't as comfy and brought in "BIG BROWN"...that's what we call this chair. Not pretty on the eyes, but comfortable to sit in and stitch! So now I've got it all...1.) Comfy Chair 2.) OTT lite 3.) table to put my chart holder and cold drink right at my finger tips 4.) Nice window to look out at the changing scenery and seasons 5.) great view of the T.V. 6.) My grandfathers sewing cabinet complete with belt strap to keep little fingers out of my "stash".....all I need now is a footstool and life would be *perfect* don't have a footstool, so I'm out of luck for now....BUT never know one may be in my future! 6 out of 7 perfect things isn't bad, heck doesn't take much to make a girl happy, especially if you are me!

Well it's Monday and I had big plans for my stitching future...tried to talk Harmien into starting up Houses of Hawk Run Hollow....but she quickly got me back on the straight and narrow....what was I thinking starting TWO HUGE projects....probably won't get VoHRH done, let alone starting HoHRH too? She's right....I need help....and she's just the intervention I need! Heck...I've got Christmas ornaments (besides the snowmen) to finish and start....What was I thinking? It all comes down to the Monday deal, fresh start, new week, great outlook....Harmien's right tomorrow it will be Tuesday and the urge will lessen! Well until next time....
Vonna

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

One of those days.....


Did you ever have one of those days that you have such high hopes, dreams, aspirations for it to go a certain way....and you have a guide book, a plan, a route that you're going to travel to get you to your destination....then you hit a brick wall and SHAZAM! That's it....everything you thought was going to happen falls apart. Well I've had one of those days today. Of course being a mother of 4 young children often brings me to this brick wall 5 out of 7 days. Most days I can deal with it. Today....NOPE, no dealing with it. Tomorrow is the first day of school (!). I'm ready for some structure, some routine, some MOMMY TIME! Of course I have a 1 year old still at home with me during the day....but I'm thinking that with some regularly scheduled naps, I'll get a little break from time to time. We'll just have to wait and see what the future holds.

Well on to stitching....none done so far today. Would like to get a little further on my Village of Hawk Run Hallow, but it won't happen this afternoon, maybe this evening with the kiddos going to bed early at 8 p.m. because of school tomorrow. We'll just have to wait and see.
Well as I write this interesting and enthralling blog....I hear my sweet little baby - who has had about a 15 minute nap - crying her head off.....so apparently "Mommy Time" is up....LUCKY, lucky me!
Until next time...........

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Twisted Stitcher?!


Yep, that's me, a twisted stitcher....really I'm not, I just thought it was a cute name! Remember Twisted Sister - the rock band from the early 80's - What was that guys name....he had a reality show not too long ago...but I can't remember his name....

Oh, well...on to stitching. I love to cross stitch. I am currently in a SAL with my on-line friend Harmien and Annemarie. We are trying to tackle the Village of Hawks Run Hollow. Here's my first block finished:

I think it turned out very nice! I didn't even know about Carriage House Samplings until Harmien introduced them to me....and here I thought I was an accomplished stitcher....yeah right. Well time is short and my stitching is long, so sadly I must go....Until next time!