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Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Bit of Knitting....

Making some cowls - following Simply in Stitches (FlossTube) tutorials:

Ribbed Cowl in Teal - uses 200 grams of yarn.

Garter stitch cowl - used 100 grams of yarn.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Just a simple....

wish for each of you to enjoy Thanksgiving and those you share it with, near and dear!



Stitching update soon!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Twas the night....twas many nights....

Sorry for the lousy photo but there just isn't any place decent to take a photo in my apartment - my phone camera doesn't work so well indoors - needless to say, I am hoping to get an Ott light for Christmas....

Anywho, this was the effort of many a night, it's done later than I had planned but still.... the main stitching of the 37 ornaments for my Christmas tree is complete :) I've got a huge bag from a few shopping trips to Joann's full of felt, ribbon, buttons, specialty scissors, glue and beads that these will be hopefully finished with....I am planning on adding a simple border to some as they are on the small side but we'll see how it goes. I want everything done and on the tree by Nov. 12th! Wish me luck!


Friday, September 30, 2016

19 down, 17 to go and a new start:

Here's my latest on my ornaments:
 
And here's my new start, Miss Mushroom, a freebie by the Little Stitcher, I've changed a couple of colors:



Now off to work on the Needlework Shoppe!
Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 23, 2016

09.23.16 Stitching Update

Just a few (very poor quality) snaps of my current stitching:

Needlework Shoppe (have an area around the door and bottom right part to do and it's finished):



Pedigree of Honey: 



Piggy Fudding Project - so called because I tried to say Figgy Pudding and it came out the opposite - I am doing 37 (minimum) ornaments because I want my own ornament tree this year - I am 1/3rd the way through:




Thank you for stopping by!



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Can't believe I am saying this....

I am a firm believer in summer - I was born in the dog days of summer (August)....I absolutely love summer....hate hearing about/seeing kids having shorter summer vacations, the whole enchilada!

But....tis the season....get your Santa hat and jingle bells on....

I joined a Christmas ornament exchange on 123stitch
:-) Our ornaments have to be completed and received by Nov. 1st to be eligible for a $25- gift certificate. That is not why I am participating. But when given a deadline, I have a tendency to be early.

I just finished stitching my ornament a few minutes ago :-) Not sure how I will finish it but am pretty happy with the results, especially since it was stitched 1 over 1 on 28 ct! I keep thinking I will never stitch that small again but off I go! Don't have much other stitching to show right now but my schedule has been rather hectic lately. But I am trying to carve out more time for stitching.

Anyway, not to write a book here, here is my ornament:




Link to free pattern website:
http://palkolap.blogspot.com

Friday, July 15, 2016

I Have 2 Finishes!!!! (Well, 1 & 3/4ths) :)

After injuring my arm last year, I wasn't sure I'd ever finish this project or even want to but I put in my last stitches about an hour ago and it feels WONDERFUL - sorry about the photo quality and the wrinkles but without further ado, here is Apple Pickin' by Lynn's Prints (it's more colorful in person):



And then here is my first flatfold. Not the best but not the worst. It doesn't have it's bow on it yet but I am happy overall with it:



I'll post a picture when I have the bow on it if my idea works - we'll see....Thank you for looking :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christmas Surprise Giveaway!

I don't know anyone who gets into the spirit of the holidays like Nancy does....head over to enter into the surprise giveaway at the Victorian Sampler Motto Shoppe!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Christmas in July Giveaway @ Victorian Sampler Motto Shoppe!

Please head over to the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe - Nancy is doing her Christmas in July giveaway - absolutely wonderful - you give her a few hints of what you like and she will surprise you :)


 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Beautiful Necessaire Giveaway!

Nancy at Victorian Sampler Motto Shoppe is doing a Christmas in July giveaway for one of her wonderful handmade Necessaire  - you get to choose your choice of color and they really look lovely :-)

Enter now:  Necessaire Giveaway

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy 4th, Stitching / RAK'd / Floss Tube Update....

First off, for those in the USA, Happy 4th - please stay safe and keep your pets indoors too!
I had a stitching marathon today - first time in probably a year! I actually stitched for almost 5 hrs total :)

Recently, I have been working on 2 separate projects, Apple Pickin' by Lynn's Prints and also It's My Mess by Joan Elliott. I didn't take any pictures of my actual progress today as I was too tired but here are the models - all I have to do now on Apple Pickin' is the tree branch and I have the PJ top and face done on It's My Mess (both are for my mom).
Apple Pickin' model
It's My Mess - model

I did purchase a kit by Design Works called America a few months ago at my local Joann's - it had been there for many months and I finally decided to grab it - the center of it reminds me of Charles Wysocki's style of art work. I spent at least 1.5 hrs getting it ready to start stitching tomorrow - it will be my 4th of July new start - this might become a tradition, I don't know yet.
America - model

And speaking of Wysocki, a lady finished Cozy Cove on 123stitch and showed her work the other day, GORGEOUS! I've seen a few people do Macnintosh Mill by him (all Dimensions kits I think) but Machintosh Mill I know for certain is OOP - and it's a tad expensive for my budget right now to purchase at Ebay or Etsy.
Wysocki - Dimension's Cozy Cove - model
Wysocki - Dimension's Macintosh Mill - model

So I decided to peek on Ebay just to see what all was out there by Wysocki - and I found a Dimension's kit called Peaceful Countryside - and it just really called to me - reminds me so much of favorite areas we used to drive through in No. California - and also of the farmland area north of where we live in WA state.
Wysocki Dimension's - Peaceful Countryside - model
Long story short - the kit, while very reasonable, was still too much for my pocketbook right now - so I asked at 123stitch if anyone knew if there had been a separate chart made of it that one could legally purchase. The next thing I know, a lady who I only know from seeing her post every so often at 123stitch, offered to RAK me the kit from Ebay - I was absolutely stunned and broke down crying and asked her to really think it through for a few days but she insisted she wanted to do it so I let her - and now it is on it's way to me :) I am just so ecstatic :)

I still plan on getting Macintosh Mill someday (maybe - that Cozy Cove is also lovely) but this one will definitely be such a joy and an honor to do and have!!

Oh forgot to add, I was also RAK'd a couple of gorgeous patterns, one was this one:
Late Summer Village - model - Cross Stitch & Needlework
And the other was this one:
Cross Stitch Collection - Ascot Ladies' Day - model


And so with all that rambling on here, I finally decided to join Floss Tube on Youtube - my first video totally sucked as it was only pictures showing my different work (not all of it either - I was too chicken to appear) - but then I decided to do another video showing me (total dork!) and so far, so good!

So if you are really bored, you can do a search for Three Bluebirds floss tube - and you'll find me! Floss tube was a real soothing healer for me when I messed up my arm last year and really couldn't stitch - so I am a big fan of it :)

And with that, yes, I still plan on blogging as well - not sure how often I'll be on Floss Tube but I do plan on every so often, most likely very short videos (compared to what I did).

Thank you for reading :)


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Scurry On Over....

 

 
to Nancy's at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 
for a chance to win a beautiful set of her latest dyed floss:


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Something New For the Red, White & Blue (Contest)




Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is giving away a wonderful patriotic set of floss and some cute buttons & charms to go with it - go enter now :)

Nancy's Patriotic Floss Contest

Good luck everyone!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Some stitching & a flower video....

At long last, I finally got around to taking a couple of (lousy) pictures of my latest projects -

the first up is Temptations by Joan Elliott by Design Works - my mom found it Joann's about 3 months ago and so I completed this one for my mom and she liked it so much, she had me go back 2 days later and buy the other identical kit to do for her cousin - thank goodness for 50% coupons - only $2- each! Not too crazy about the materials but they did their due - had to ask for more black floss as the kit was super short on it (yet the kit had a ton of green in it!):


Next one is It's My Mess, another Joan Elliott/Design Works piece - my mom loved this one so we bought this one at the same time we bought the 1st Tempting kit - I haven't done this one yet and this is the only picture I could find online of it:

This is from the July 2010 CrossStitch & Needlework magazine - I am just doing the Tea In The Garden part as a gift for a friend of mine - sort of a combo thank you and housewarming gift:

I've worked a couple hours on Tradewinds but not enough to show any difference to anyone and I haven't touched either the Apple piece or the Honey piece in months - my rheumatoid arthritis has been a bear and I'm on my 3rd kind of medication for it now (self-injection shots once a week). I am really hoping this will over time ease the symptoms enough so I can start stitching more.

And last but not least, the first of 2 flower videos of photos I took over in Edmonds (this was from May 2nd) of the roses and flowers on that one street where it is just full of blooms:

 

Thank you for stopping by :)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Stash Sale....

Hi, long time, no hear. Not sure if I am just chatting with myself here or what....wouldn't be surprised if that was the case but what the heck.

As the title says, I am having a stash sale. I've already posted this at 123stitch, so it's the same stuff.

My rheumatoid arthritis is playing havoc with my joints and I am having difficulty in finding a compatible medication that will work, so in the meantime, my stitching has really slowed down to almost non-existent.

Anyways, if you're interested, the link will be below. It's mostly magazines, a few patterns and books, just about all used, either given to me or what I've purchased.

I am only accepting Paypal or money orders right now and I only charge exact postage. The price of each item is listed in the title, shipping extra, and I am more than willing to combine shipping.

Thank you for looking....and reading....hope to have a few pics to post this weekend.

Sales link: http://s1097.photobucket.com/user/laurawa_sales/library/For%20Sale