I just had to share a picture of my new kitty. I've been volunteering at the shelter for a full year, so those that know me knew it was inevitable that one day I would bring home a new kitty.
My most favorite kitty of my whole life died 2 years ago just after Thanksgiving. I've never met another kitty such as him.
But then...I was at the shelter Friday and there was this new kitty! Such a pretty little guy with beautiful blue eyes (hes a Lynx point)This picture doesn't do those eys justice, I took it with him next to me today, happily laying on the couch in front of the fire.
He was so sweet, laying on his back doing the happy feet in the air and I had to pick him up right away.
Immediately I flipped him over on his back and put my face in his tummy (I always see if the kitty lets me do that to him [must be a him]--its part of the criteria!) and he did and not only did he tolerate it, but he loved it! And he purred.
So I took him in the room and held him. He was content to stay on my lap and not get down to play at all.
Oh my, I just knew he was the one!
So I adopted him right then and there. Totally spur of the moment!
I brought home this little 7 month old jewel and he proceded to be such an awesome, calm, loving little kitty that just wanted to hang out and purr and sit on my lap (as he is right this moment). Hes already earned the name I gave him, Romeo!!!!
I received this beautiful little house ornament in the mail yesterday. It was made by Patty Howard, a wonderful lady in my guild, Bay Area Sampler Guild as a Christmas gift exchange. I just love it and thought I would share it with you. Its very tiny (2 inches wide?) and its stitched and finished sooooooooo nicely. Thank you Patty!
I was so productive yesterday! I was straightening up my stitching area and noticed a little packet of beads. I thought I had finished this design a couple days ago, but no! So I added the beads (oh so pretty!) and I framed it, too :)
I signed up with my guild to make a Christmas gift for someone. Of course, my luck drew the name of THE most challenging, talented, knowledgeable woman in the group...of course. So I knew I must make something extra wonderful.
I thought and thought and thought and thought some more!
OK. I'll make a tote bag. Everyone loves tote bags! And they are USEFUL. I like things that serve a purpose. (Its my practical nature)
I went to the fabric store and chose the fabric. Its so lovely.
Then I snapped a photo of the fabric, put it in my designers program and then spent many, many hours redoing my picture. Because of course, it PIXELED it. And I was not about to stitch "confetti."
I found some red Lugana 25 ct. to match the background of the fabric and stitched my design on it. I liked how it turned out.
Then I finally had to put the tote bag together. Oh dear...
I've never stitched one of them before. So I procrastinated until nearly the last minute.
It was a lined one, to make matters even worse (and it did not say "EASY" on the pattern. Plus I changed the shape of it, too.
Now, I'm NOT a very experienced seamstress. Fact, I should have really had someone else do it.
But I did it. Definitely learned some things while doing it. (not how to avoid having a pucker here or there, though) sigh lol I wonder if I should place an apology note in the bottom of it....
I'm only working on this when I'm all caught up on Herbularius. Each month another section of the design is given out and I just don't want to fall behind. I shall feel DOOMED if I do! (Needless to say, I have fallen behind before in a couple of these massive undertakings and they are left in my cupboard, awaiting a reawakening)
I'm not overly crazy about the colors in this design. In fact, soon as I uncovered this again, I was struck by how dull the colors looked. I had to remind myself that they are NOT dull, they are lovely in their own way and the reason they SEEM dull is because one cannot help but compare them to the colors in Herbularius, which are quite vivid, rich and gorgeous.
I've been stitching away on The Garden Plot Thickens. I changed her dress from the original design (isn't that what we all do?) haha
I also changed the green out to a darker one. The one I received in my kit just blended right into the fabric.
I notice some of the colors are quite pale, but not so much once there is a white background behind them.
Oh, and she didn't have a face in the original. So I added some eyes (instead of lines that were meant to look like her eyes were closed) and some lips and eye brows. lol She needs to be able to look around! I gave her a pensive, kind of concerned look. I used regular sewing machine thread. I also used sewing thread for the tiny blackwork on the inner part of her dress.
Just this very morning I put the first stitches into my newest project: The Garden Plot Thickens, by Amy Mittens. Its a beautiful design with a lot of blackwork (in colors) and other lovely stitches, complete with a mystery story written by the designer. Looks like lots of fun. I'm posting a finished picture of it, done by my friend, Ria. She did a gorgeous job on hers and inspired me to do my own. The picture I'm adding is just one small section of it because its very large--I'm thinking about 36" long.
Flower Power is FINISHED! I put the final touches on this morning. I ironed it and snapped some pics. I can't believe its actually 36 inches wide!. Its just huge. Lucky for me, I've already got a frame for it.
Its too bad the camera doesn't pick up all the sparklies in the hummingbirds. (I used Kreinik and rayon floss.) They are just beautiful in person.
Today we celebrated my best friend, Valerie's birthday :)
I thought of her when I saw this kit on The French Needle's website because she loves little boxes. It didn't come with any trim, so I found this black and white gingham at the fabric store. When it comes to "finishing," I really procrastinate, but I just love how it turned out!
Its so true there just aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do! (Especially sewing things) And sometimes I will lay in my bed as I am coming awake, thinking about what I will do this day and I make all these plans for SUCH productivity then I sit down here at my computer and sip my coffee and one thing leads to another and before I know it, I'm out of time! (And I've not accomplished much, either...but I HAVE seen all the new things I'd just love to stitch!!! lol)
I just found out yesterday that one of my dear friends reads my blog. Actually, let me rephrase... CHECKS my blog regularily to see what I've added. It came to mind that I do not update it near often enough.
I've got this thing in my head that whenever I post, that I MUST put a new picture. And pictures take effort, (to TAKE the picture and more harder: to DO something big enough to take a picture of!) :)
I love pictures. Pictures say a lot. So today I will take a picture. But not post it right now. Because... I haven't taken it yet. And just now I will make this into a "pictureless post."
This past summer I came across a lovely design. A HUGE design with flowers and hummingbirds and butterflies. It was quite lovely. AND THEN... I saw someone's blog that was stitching it on a hand dyed fabric. And that hand dyed fabric was actually done FOR this design, by the actual designer of this lovely flower garden. http://www.crossedwing.com/
Quickly I got on the phone and called her to see if she was still doing that since this was a few years old and YES! She ordered fabric for me (a very large piece of 32 ct. linen... somewhere in the ball park of 28x50"-- did I mention it was huge?) I dont even remeber the finished size, maybe its 20x36?
Today I will show you my fabric and the design. Today or sometime this week I'll take it off the frame and snap some smaller shots and post them.