~Welcome Dear Friends~
to Chapter 2 of "I Need to Get a Life!"
On May 7, 2015...
Bloomington South High School celebrated
Underclassmen Honor's Night.
Test of Engingeering Aptitude in Mathematics
4.0 Honor Roll
Test of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics
4.0 Honor Roll
National Honor Society
Excellence in Physics
We were so proud of their hard work and distinguished accomplishment! To have all three of our eldest children recognized and called out to walk across the stage all in a row, well...it was a moment!
and Katie's boyfriend was honored that evening as well!
celebrated his 45th Birthday on May 14, 2015! He is a looker isn't he?!
Happy Birthday Daddy! We LOVE you!
Got my NEW pantry all finished....
and promptly filled!
(no more running up and down the stairs to the basement! HURRAH!!!)
and cutsied up!
I decided it was time for....
Summer to arrive in the old homestead :)
Saltbox Houses got a little patriotic
Little House Needleworks "Old Glory"
My favorite spot...
my old milk can from my grandfather's dairy filled with summer hydrangeas and a burlap bow!
The hutch got patriotic!
Blackbird Designs "In Full Glory" with some firecrackers I made all tossed in a old wooden bowl with some ivy.
Our Summer Mantle...
the last two days I've been cleaning my "finishing studio"...
We live in a large home, but we have a large family. I've had my sewing room all over the place, but finally I have found a home for it (and I'm not moving!).
It is in our unfinished basement...so concrete walls and floors, but we spruced it up with some carpet remnants and I've tried to "warm" the walls up with some clearance posters from a craft store.
So here it is:
trims and such...
My personal project baskets...
but the REAL accomplishment here is the organization of my patterns and fabric!
All organized and ready for me to disorganize again! HA!
Doing this really made me realize how many GREAT things I have that I need to work on. I recommend going through and organizing your things. It doesn't have to be fancy...none of my stuff is fancy and I'd never have my "finishing studio" between the pages of a magazine for how beautiful it is, but I have re-purposed or re-used a lot of older furniture/desks/tables, etc to come together and make something that was both economical and functional. It works beautiful and I work well in the space. And that is all that matters. Getting in touch and organizing your stash makes you fall in love all over again with things that you already have. Do it. What can you find to start stitching on?
I've gotten together a couple more times with my stitching buddy....
Carol of Linen Stitcher. In March when I was at her house I fell in LOVE with a wall hanging that she had done years ago on Black Heatherfield fabric. She had done it over two using 6 strands of floss. Well I thought about that on the hour drive home from her house. No I didn't think about it...I OBSESSED about it. I came home and for two days called and e-mailed trying to find Heatherfield fabric. Well verdict: they don't make it any longer and it is hard to find. So...I improvised to start this project:
It is stitched over 2 on 25 ct. black lugana fabric, using three strands of floss. I am stitching the full 12 Prairie Schooler Year Rounds (Book #52) on this piece of fabric and then I will finish it as a sort of hanging quilt.
Here are the first two "rounds" done!
and while it waits to be worked on...
I slip it in my new Yoga Frog Project Envelope
hopefully the limber frogs will stay off my fabric!
and slip it in my awaiting WIPS basket ;)
My next "stitching" project is to....
stitch this badges in place of the old ones
Well, with that my friends....
brings you full circle to the present day. Exhausting and it has taken me 4 hours to write this novel out. I appreciate your taking the time to read this and visit with me.
Your visits and kind commentary that you leave me or send me via e-mail always, always brightens my day.
Little Miss Ellie, has not been featured much of this entire time, but she will be having her honor day in the next few days and I'll be sure to let you see her too!
Not only has our life been filled with all this good stuff...
but I've been busy doing a lot of good stitching and finishing stuff.
I've stitched 1 and finished 3 models and sent them back to Little House Needleworks.
Of course I can't show you those, but let me just say:
You will love them!
I'm in the middle of:
stitching and finishing the final 4 "The Sampler Tree" Ornaments from Little House Needleworks.
I just signed on to stitch and finish another upcoming series of designs from Country Cottage Needleworks, due out this late fall, I believe. So they are in the mix too.
and not only all of that, but....
I have finished lots of beautifully stitched items from my clients!
Carriage House Sampling Stockings These are Carol's that she brought me last Friday when she came to my house for a stitching day. OMGosh...I fell in love and I have all these patterns (that I just found again in my "organizing") and I vow to start one of these soon for myself. GORGEOUSLY stitched! She came back and picked them up Saturday and she was so pleased!
Here they are in order (left to right)
2. A Primitive Stocking
3. Truth and Virtue
"Country Sampler Sleigh Bells Pinkeep and Ornament"
Shepherds Bush Stocking
Little House Needleworks
(free with purchase of Classic Colorworks threads)
a whole set of Little House Needleworks
"Ho Ho Ho"
Little House Needleworks
"The Sampler Tree" Ornament
9-Pane Window "Hide and Seek" pillow
"Seasons" Flatfold Collection
and there was a whole lot more, this is just a "sampling". For others check out my Flickr 2015 Finishing Service Album!
I hope I inspired you to get your patterns, thread and needle out and create a treasure!
Until next time...
my dear friends, I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God in thanksgiving for all the many blessings in life. Including you!
Hugs and love,