Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Cottage Stitch-A-Long part deux...

Hello stitching friends and blogging buddies...
There has been a tremendous response to stitching The Country Cottage Needleworks Monthly Cottages .

I have opened a second blog for those that didn't get in the first one and would still like to stitch-a-long with us. You can access the second blog HERE .



 If you are interested in joining: the only rules are that you purchase the patterns (No copyright infringements allowed!) at your favorite needlework shop and stitch them at your leisure, showing us your projects along the way! Simple! No Hassles!



 If you'd like to join: please send me an e-mail at thetwistedstitcher@comcast.net with your e-mail address that you would like to use to join the blog. I will add you just as soon as I can.



A huge thank you goes out to all of you who have sent me such lovely notes, messages and words of encouragement. Today marks the first day of Lent, a time of renewal, a time of growth, sweeping out the old and sweeping in the new of life spiritually....I am looking forward to studying my chosen subject matter this Lenten Season and my own personal spiritual renewal and growth. I know as long as I stand firm, I'll come out a better me in 40 days. Join me.

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands at work and my heart to God, just like always.
Love and hugs in stitches,
Vonna

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Tutorials...

Have you seen Tanya's  newest releases? I was lucky enough to see a sneak peek a few weeks ago because I finished the box top pincushion for her. I also made a tutorial on how I finished it. The tutorial can be viewed: HERE  This is really a darling project and I urge you to give Tanya's sweet design a go! She also just released a gorgeous sampler that will be coming to live with me in short order. Take a gander at Miss Mary Roe  she's a beauty!
TSH_Orts and Ends 1 TSH_Orts and Ends 3

Now for a word on my tutorials...
I've been fielding lots of questions about my tutorials so I wanted to clear up any misconceptions. I first published to my original tutorial blog over 5 years ago. Since that time, I have updated, revised and come up with better ways to finish items. So I decided last year, that as time allowed, I would update my tutorials and put them onto a brand new organized by theme tutorial blog. I have done so slowly over the course of a year. Today I introduce my new and improved tutorials located at Learn to Finish with The Twisted Stitcher . You are all invited to use my tutorials freely, I share them with anyone who wants to know how I "do" something and wishes to learn. I, by all means am not the end-all, know-all of anything, and there are many other ways of finishing, these collected in my tutorial blog are my way of finishing and I share them with anyone that wants to view them. There are two things I ask: do not use them as your own work and if you use my tutorials to finish an object, you give me credit. That's it.

Recently...
and a handful of other days I have been the object of scorn here on my blog. People concealing themselves "Anonymously" have left me negative comments. How big they are to leave them without attaching their name and profile to their comment! Let me explain what this was over. A person left me a comment wishing me to point her in the direction of a certain tutorial of my authorship. Her name was not associated with a google account, nor was it associated with an e-mail. I specifically ask in my "comment form message" that if you have a specific question that you would like answered to "leave your e-mail" so that I can address it with them personally. Why? Simple, because I do not want this blog to become a bulletin board of questions and answers. This is my personal stitching blog, where I showcase my stitching, not a Dear Heloise column. Don't want to leave your e-mail? No problem! Contact me via e-mail - my e-mail address is at the top of every blog I am currently authoring. E-mail me, I get lots of e-mails, I'm happy to help any person that needs it, if it is done in a respectful way. Recently,  "Ms. Anonymous" left me a comment that I was rude by directing the lady to leave a comment with her e-mail connected or contact me by e-mail as I would not discuss it here. The tutorial she was referring to (as there is more to the story Ms. Anonymous!), I deleted. I was going to explain to the lady wanting to know where the tutorial was, that it was deleted and I was actually going to write a tutorial in an e-mail and send it to her explaining the steps clearly. As I said before, I didn't want to discuss it here, as I didn't want it clogging up my comments with a very lengthy e-mail. So Ms. Anonymous, I hope this explanation suits your sensitive sensibilities. And to the lady that left the comment wanting to know where the certain tutorial was...e-mail me, I'll be happy to help you.

And...
in fact another blogger also wrote very eloquently on this very topic of e-mail/google account association and you may view it: HERE   - you know just so Ms. Anonymous knows I'm not the only person out there that gets frustrated by not being able to get into contact with people that leave questions, when the solution to the problem is so simple.

This blog...
and my blogging has altered my life in a very positive way. I enjoy helping others, sharing with others and simply be-ing with people of like minds. What irritates me with some of the people that have access to my blog and to my psyche is that by a few short strokes of a keyboard they can cut my heart like a knife. This incident is probably worrying me more than it would at any other time of the year because to be frank I'm dealing with some personal issues that is upsetting, and they keep coming - you know the old adage - "when it rains it pours". On top of personal issues, my brother was killed three years ago February 12. His life should be and is celebrated, but no matter how positive you are, subconsciously the anniversary is there in the back of your mind and you cannot help but to flash back to that time of horrible, all-consuming grief. So was I short with the lady that wanted to know where my tutorial was - maybe I could have worded it better, yes. But also maybe, just maybe,  Ms. Anonymous needs to attend to her own matters, you know those who cast the first stone... but the fact remains the same, I am not Dear Heloise if you have a question, by all means ask it with an e-mail I can contact you with or e-mail me personally.

Thank you for your visits...

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Country Cottage Needleworks...

In November...
Nikki over at Country Cottage Needleworks asked me to stitch and finish a design that she was going to release in early 2012. She showed me a picture of the design and I couldn't pass stitching and finishing this *cutie* up! How sweetly designed it is ~ sweet, soft, simple.

So...
I received the supplies in short order and got to stitching and finishing for Nikki. Today she released the pictures over on her blog. This design will be to distributors early next month, so pencil this in to share your love of SWEETS with your needle and thread as your palette ~ no calories here! (although it will make you crave a big slice of cake!)

May I present...
Party Cakes designed by Nikki Leeman of Country Cottage Needleworks:


CCN_Party Cakes_stitching CCN_Party Cakes_finished 1 CCN_Party Cakes_finished 2


Notice...
I used a layer effect on the side of the cube to mimic the icings on the cakes, the green polka-dot material, with a wide pink satin ribbon, then to mimic some swirly icing a wide white rick-rack. On the top of the cake I used wide, satin, wire-rimmed ribbon to mimic the bows on the top of the cakes in the stitching (see the green ribbons on the two cakes in the middle). Cute!

A little trade secret to share...
Do you know how to make your cube stand perfect without leaning to the front (or back)? Simply add those little clear, plastic bumpers that framers use on the back of framed pictures ~ make sure to put one on each corner of the bottom of your cube to make it stand tall, straight and proud! This is just something that I tried one time and it works PERFECTLY! It gives just enough height to your cube to make the design shine. You'll have to give it a try sometime when you make yourself a cube....maybe this project is the perfect design to give this method a try. I purchased all of the trims, material and ribbons at Hobby Lobby.

Until next time...
I'll be stitching and creating doing the things that bring me joy - keeping my hands to work and my heart to God ~ join me!
Hugs and Love,
Vonna