Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Friday....

Does anyone...
else feel like breaking out in Alleluia chorus with me? :)

Today....
I finished two floss tags which will be gifts for a couple of angels that have recently touched my heart and my life. Thankfully they stitch too ;) Here they are:

Tiny House Freebie
Designer: Diane Williams ~ Little House Needleworks
to receive the chart you must be part of the yahoo group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/littlehousecountrycottagestitchers/
Stitched on: 32 ct. Sassy's Fabbys Creamy Cocoa with DMC
Started: 1/27/10
Finished: 1/29/10
The Weekend....
and this evening shall be filled with nothing but numb butt syndrome, I HOPE. Tomorrow I do have an eye doctor appointment and I am going to try to get contacts again! Yea! I wore contacts from the time I was 14 years old, however after I had Ellie something went wrong, either allergies, or eyeball related...I don't know, but I'm hoping tomorrow will be the end of daily glasses wearing, as I have always preferred contacts. Fingers crossed....

I have....

one more goal to meet for January (in my head) for my stitching related goals. I only have two days to meet it. Think I can do it? I. hope. so. If not, I'll be disappointed in myself. We'll see. Then Monday brings February, where does time go?

Until next time....
hands to work and hearts to God!
Love and hugs,
Vonna

Monday, January 25, 2010

Creation...

Hello my dear friends and stitchy buddies!
I hope this Monday finds you all well and blissfully starting the new week! It is a dreary, gray day here in Indiana with spitting snow and plummeting temperatures, but inside "das Sampler Haus" it is bright and cheery! Especially with the finish of this beauty:



"Creation"
by Diane Williams
Stitched on: 28 ct. Vintage Examplar
Fibers: DMC as charted
To be framed for my Adam and Eve Wall
**(this design is an oldie that may found in the Praying Hands booklet (Leisure Arts) entitled: Beloved Bible Story Samplers")

Nope....

this isn't a school girl sampler, or a reproduction Adam and Eve, but I think it's simplicity and sweet design elements will compliment my wall very nicely. And being that it was designed by Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks...well....we all know how I feel about her designs....

This....
little sweetie shall be placed away until another 50% framing deal comes up somewhere and when Mama has a little "mad" money to blow. I've been going a little overboard of late between organizers, new clothes, home decor, my monthly fingernail fill-ins, etc. The old Catholic guilt is creeping up to swallow me! So that means one thing - tighten your belt Mama! :)

Hmmm....
what will Vonna stitch next? I've got something pulled and it'll be a goodie! You'll just have to wait and see....


Until next time....
hands to work and hearts to God! Love and hugs, Vonna

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Floor Stands and Q-snaps

Well the votes are in....
and I've officially created a bru-ha-ha. So to answer a plethora of e-mails and questions in one fatal swoop (which I enjoy the opportunity to point others in the direction of good products), I ask you to take a really close look at this picture. To refresh your memory.

Point 1: The 15 drawer organizer is from Office Depot. It cost $79.99. Yes, they did have smaller sizes there and I believe the price range was something from maybe $49.99 to the largest organizer which was the one I purchased at $79.99. It was very easy to put together, in fact I did it myself. Living with mine one full week now, all I can say is...LOVE IT!

Point 2: The reproduction thread chest was a purchase off the "bay of evil" as Edgar calls it :) I got it I think something like 3 years ago after lusting after one for years. Here's the exact seller that I bought mine from: his seller name is jcc43. Maybe he should send me a free one since I always send him business? Anyway if you can't find him that way if you search in the eBay search box for SPOOL CHEST it comes up. He's having a sale so grab one if you are interested. Again all I can say is....LOVE IT!

Point 3: Yes, I do use Q-snaps. In fact they are the only thing I use. Yes, I did try scroll frames - I didn't like them. No offense to people that use them, I'm sure that it is a matter of personal preference. Some choose scroll rods, I choose Q-snaps. No, I have never had any issues with my stitches being crushed, my linen being crushed or anything else crushed although there was the belly fat incident...but I'll spare the details. I heart Q-snaps. I know there are various other bloggers and stitchers that don't have a good word for Q-snaps, but that isn't the case with me. I like them, have I said that already? ;) In fact, I believe I was asked this same question about Q-snaps before, you can see what I said about them and how I keep my fabric taut HERE and before anyone wonders - no the felt has never bled on my fabric. And actually I find that when you remove the snaps, that your fabric comes out looking close to what it looked like when you put it on there. In fact if you had wrinkles when you put your fabric on, I'd say there are less wrinkles using the felt as I do on my Q-snaps, when you take it off. Again, personal preferences....I'm not speaking or thinking ill of in hand stitchers vs. hoop stitchers vs. scroll rod stitchers vs. q-snap stitchers. I prefer Q-snaps, others don't. If you haven't tried them and are wondering just buy one and give it a whirl. I use my coupons to Hobby Lobby to buy them and then I take them apart and make all sorts of shapes and sizes. The exercise of remaking them reminds me of a childhood pursuit of mine - Tinker Toys. My personal favorite size to make is 17 inches long and 8-10 inches tall. Fits perfectly into my floor stand which brings me to...

Point 4: My floor stand shown in the picture is a Needlework System 4 floor stand. If you google it there are tons of reviews, remarks from other stitchers, both cross stitchers, needlepointers, etc. out there to read and learn more about it. Basically it is a versatile, very lightweight stand. I was getting stitchers elbow and had to do something because of the repetitive motion of my stitching. The doctor confirmed that I wouldn't be stitching if I didn't change the way I stitched. So I had little choice if I wanted to continue stitching. I researched and googled and looked and test drove and made a decision. I had never stitched two handed in my life so that made the test drives a little bit daunting. I made the purchase two years ago this month. It was the best $300 I spent in my life. And I mean that with much sincerity. No I cannot put my feet up on a recliner, that is the biggest question I'm asked, but I never stitched that way anyway, so it wasn't like I was giving something up. You purchase the floor part and then purchase the "head" separately, there are many heads to choose from. Mine is the Q-snap head, the largest one they sell which opens to a width of 17 inches. I cannot say enough about this stand. It is wonderful. I drag it all over the house, upstairs, downstairs, into our office, whatever room Mama is kicked out of, she picks up her stand (one handed) and walks it to another location. It is in a word bliss. I think I stitch faster because I stitch two handed. My right paw is under the linen and my left paw is on top. I don't turn my needle so it is just up and down, up and down - really quick in my personal opinion. Plus not turning the needle I can use the thread right down to a nub. Maybe it is just in my head, but now if I stitch in hand (i.e. sitting in the car, or somewhere waiting on kids) it feels awkward. I double heart my Needlework System 4 floor stand. Donna of Daisy Girl Stitching bought the exact model and head I have because of my recommendations and I believe she is happy with hers. You might want to ask her of her opinion if you are interested in it to get another slant of the subject.

So....I think that covers everything. Always happy to share good things that I have found to make my hobby more enjoyable for us all!

Still...am working on my current new WIP, but I'm getting close. Which means if I get my bottom off this computer I can maybe actually finish it!

Until next time....hands to work and hearts to God....Love and hugs, Vonna

Monday, January 18, 2010

15 Drawer Organizer

Inquiring minds apparently want to know about the 15 drawer organizer. It was from Office Depot. It cost $79.99. I put it together myself. Very easy :) The small drawers hold my over-dye threads and the large drawers hold my fabric. The baskets on the top hold all my "hope to do in the next yea" patterns so I can thumb through them and remember, the two Longaberger baskets that are stacked hold my WIPS, sad that I need TWO picnic baskets isn't it? LOL!.....


Here's my reproduction thread chest that holds all my DMC on plastic bobbins.

And here's a picture of my stitching area, to see where everything is in relation to everything else. I have everything I need, my Sansa Fuze, my Ort Jar, light, scissors, pincushions, floor stand - Makes me want to get in there just looking at it :)
Thanks for wondering!

Gim'me an A

Happy MLK Day to my fellow Americans!
I hope this finds you all well and enjoying your day no matter if you have it off or not :) My kids are off school today and we've had a PJ day as the weather outside is dull and gloomy. It's a red letter day, a PJ day that is, and I've enjoyed every moment of it! I just finished the final stitches on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet Sampler and here it is, the first installment:

Prairie Schooler Alphabets ~ Letter A
1/1 on 25 ct. lugana (Vonna's Bake and Basted formula)
using DMC as charted

Have you....
been following the progress over on the Prairie Schooler ABC Stitching Bee?There are ladies that started in December or even early January and have 3, 4 and more squares already done! It's amazing and everyone is doing their "own thing" with their projects. Its fun, yet a bit daunting to me....but I've met another goal of my personal January goals and it was to get this letter A block done. So WHOO HOO for me :)

Next....
you ask? Well....it's a surprise, of course! An oldie, that I didn't even know existed, nor that I even owned it (how sad is that) until I was rearranging and organizing my stitching stash and BLAM! there it was! Oh, I'm excited about this one. So excited in fact that I'll give you a hint. Its from an older book, one of my most favorite designers and it will go on one of my "walls" that I've been talking about creating. Hmmm....so that would be either the sampler wall or the Adam and Eve wall. Guess you'll have to wait and see! This whole wait and see deal that I've got going on this year in my blog has rejuvenated my stitching and blogging mojos. I sure do want to stitch fast so that I can surprise you. And I think that maybe my readers, visitors, friends and family are enjoying it too because I've received lots of positive feedback about it :) Cool beans!


Speaking of organizing....
yesterday my hubbie dearest took me to Office Depot. He wanted to purchase a new monitor for one of our computers because he thought the old monitor was not right (or something). Anyhoo, while he was checking out the monitors, I was aimlessly walking around. I found this 15 drawer organizing unit and was standing there salivating thinking of all the fabric and over-dyed threads I could fill it up with, but didn't want to ask for it because we've had an expensive couple of months. Well hubbie dearest came up and asked if I liked it. I said "yep" and he said, "not only is it functional but it looks nice enough that you could put it in our living room and then someday when you have a craft room it could go in there." I said to him with my eyes the size of silver dollars, "Someday I'll have a craft room?" and he said, "Sure you will when the kids are grown. I'll fix one all up for you with that Martha Stewart shelving and corner desk deal like you want." Well hootie hoot! That was news to me! So anyway, the hubbie dearest purchased my 15 drawer organizer and now I'm all organized up (after 6 hours of going through crapola). I have all my GAST, WDW, CC's and fabrics at the touch of my fingers. Ask for a color and all I'll need to do is walk behind my stitching chair and pull open a drawer where I have the skeins in there alphabetically and by brand. Need fabric...what count? They are all organized too by color and count. Yeppers, it was a good day!

So until next time and the next reveal....
Hands to work and hearts to God.
Love and Hugs,
Vonna

Friday, January 15, 2010

January's Stockings...

Howdy Doo friends!
Hope your enjoying your Friday night! I know I sure am, because I've just knocked out my next goal for this month. I have finished my Blackbird January Stockings in JANUARY! Will miracles never cease?!?!?!?! I stitched AND finished them. And here they are:


Blackbird January Stockings
(l - r) "Winter Carnations", "Auld Lang Syne" and "Happy Birthday"
Fabric: 28 ct. evenweave Vonna's Bake and Basted
Fibers: mixture of GAST, WDW and DMC as called for
Started: 1/11/10
Finished: 1/15/10

Ah yes....

success! What a gratifying accomplishment it is to actually sit and stitch up something that you bought and paid for and has been sitting in a drawer for a year. Yep, now that makes me feel good! And I've already gotten 4 finishes for 2010 :) Yes indeedy, I'm off to a good start.

Today....
I dropped off Mistress Margaret at Michael's for framing. She's lazing it around getting the spa treatment until her big frame day which is supposed to be January 29th. I chose a special frame for her and I decided to go ahead and get her put under glass. Mike is having a big 60% of custom framing sale this week here in good 'ol Bloomy Indiana so I thought why not have Mike frame Margie up. Save me some time ;o) Plus the difference between them doing it and my doing it was marginal.

I've had....

Such a good day, that I'm going to end it with one of my favorite snacks...well let's be serious - one of my favorite low point, filling food snacks. (That's Weight Watcher talk for healthy.) Cause in reality the old Twisted Stitcher would like to sink her teeth into a big brownie :) But I'll settle for my apples and Laughing Cow Cheese for 3 whole points. I cut the apples up in bits and put on a luncheon plate to make it look like a big pile of food, when really it is only one sorry apple and two wedges of cheese. But when I cut it up like this I feel like I'm eating a big mountain of apples.....I know, I know you're probably all rolling your eyes, but seriously I'm into mind games with myself. Always have been. And you all need to try this cheese! Dip your apple in it and take a bite. WOW! A bite of apple with a bite of this cheese...its seriously DELISH! Wash it all down with a big 'ol swig of Diet Mt. Dew....now that's living! Or we'll act like it is so I don't think I'm missing out on anything.


Ok....
I'm off to get started on my next goal for the month of January. I'll leave you wondering so you'll be panting for more ;o) Come on back and visit me real soon now!

Until next time....

hands to work and hearts to God!
Love and hugs,
Vonna

Monday, January 11, 2010

How 'Bout These Apples?

Hello my dear friends, buddies and stitching lovers!
Oops! I dropped off the face of earth again! I meant to come back sooner, but didn't want to come back empty handed. I had this fabulous idea that I'd have a quick finish for the first of the year to start of twenty-ten with a BANG! But as usual my stitching intentions was bigger and took longer than my rear end was plastered to my stitching chair. In reality I should have had this done by no later than January 4th, but alas here it is January 11th and I just slipped the final stitches in a couple of hours ago....

So without further ado, please let me introduce you to Mistress Margaret Pence....




Designer: The Goode Huswife ~ Anne Brown
Design: Margaret Pence
Fabric: 28 ct. Autumn Fields Belfast Linen
Fibers: DMC mostly my own color choices



So...
What do YOU think? Hmmm? I think it's pretty darn fantabulous, that's what I think! And it's my very first Adam and Eve for my future A & E wall! Gol' Darn'it I love this stitching finishes stuff. Wish I had more of 'em!

What...
is next up on my list? Well you're just gonna have to wait ;o)
But it does fit in with "Vonna's idea of fantastic stitching in twenty-ten!" Since I never *never* EVER stick to a single thing that I write down about stitching goals and such, I'm just keeping it to myself. That way I can tickle your fancy and keep you coming back for more. I mean why *should* you buy the cow if you get the milk free? Hmmm? See, our Mother's really DID know what they were talking about.

Oh yeah....and if anyone would like to trade charts with me for this out of print chart, I'd be happy to trade for a chart that is by the same designer, another design of A & E that I may not have by a different designer or something. Drop me a line if you are interested.

And until next time my pretties....
put your hands to work and give your hearts to God.
Love and Hugs,
Vonna