Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind, and dance upon the mountains like a flame!
~W.B. Yeats

Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet.

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams...

~W.B. Yeats

Friday, April 25, 2014

Mag Light Cover

I just love this fabric. I found it in the fabric store and had to have a slice. I had no idea what to do with it... then I found this sweet little bird and thought,"Gosh! That would be perfect to make into a cover (on the back) for that dusty magnifying lamp of mine!!"

I did end up stitching some of the flowers THREE different times while trying to get the colors "just right." But I like 'em now!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I joined!

I was thinking about joining the "Stitch from your stash" blog but I didn't find out about it until it was too late. But I did find this stitching blog called :

2014 WIPocalypse
"Stitch like its the end of the world"

LOL. It looks like the only real requirements are to post a picture of my work at the Full Moon each month.

Well, that's pretty doable.
Especially since I already have that Moon thingy at the bottom of my page!

And... there are not really any RULES. AND, anyone can join!

Each month there is a topic to talk about.
I'm not clear where we are to post about that, but I think its to be done on each of our blogs. So that is what I will do.

April's topic is to tell how you store your stash.

Well, mine's a big mess right now and I don't really have it very organized. 
The fabric is in plastic boxes, separated by count...the DMC is rolled on those little spools--except the extras are in another box, sort of organized in baggies. Charts are organized in a file box by topic. Kits are in yet another box. Already started things in another box. And most of those boxes are stacked on top of each other and rather difficult to get to as they are "hiding"  (NOT!) behind my rocking chair.

I sooooooooo need to reorganize.

How do YOU store YOUR stash?

Please do share, maybe I can get inspired by your ideas.

p.s. Aileen, please email me, I can't find your email anywhere.


Monday, April 21, 2014

HAED Eleanor of Aquitaine WIPocalypse

I've been stitching away on my queen and am so excited because I now have a right hand side edge.

The original design has a LOT more dark background that I think is just not necessary to stitch. My version is a cropped version.  I couldn't figure out where I wanted the right hand side to end at until I got the shoulder started on the horse.

...then I discovered last night that the dark grey in the lower mane, is the wrong color. I wondered why it just didn't look right to me! So I picked it all out last night and will reput it in tonight.

Next time you see her, the upper right will be filled in because that is my next goal.

Happy Stitching Stitching Friends! (and thank you so much for coming to my blog and leaving me a comment, I love them so much)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!
Happy Spring!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Just what I need...

I just came across this design that I must stitch!
( much from "stitching from stash and finishing only what I already have")  --I probably didn't REALLY mean I should do that.

This lady is called Banbury Cross and it's from X's and Oh's.

I've ordered the chart and am thinking about what would be the perfect fabric, because if I do it, shes going to have a bit more ethereal/lively colors and I won't be stitching the black background. Maybe her dress will be in light shades of lavender...

I'm betting my friend, Paula at The Crossed Wing will have a lovely fabric for me for her. I just LOVE the way she dyes her fabrics!

I'm thinking about some sort of a background that is "foresty" or "twilight like."

Do you have any ideas?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A small iris

So, as you know... my mom really loved to stitch. And she really loved to start new things to stitch. Can you imagine? Starting something new and not finishing your "other" project first?

I think she must have had this secret, unsaid rule that she followed that required she only stitch half the design, and then move on to another. lol

Though.... I have come across some real lovely Silver Lining Designs (like the fuchsias) that she did complete all the way . That was her favorite designer.

Anyway, I came across this beautiful iris (Mom's name was Iris) and it was half way finished. Its rather small, so this is one over one. The whole frame measures maybe 4 inches or so high. (I'd measure it, but I took it to the framers to get a piece of glass for it) I found the frame in the tiny basket. Happy me!

So I put an "I" for her and an "N" for me in the lower border.

I'm having fun finding things and finishing them.

One of these days I'm going to tackle the stack of misc. things from her (well, just the ones I actually brought home, there are many more at her house still! lol) and maybe (probably) make one of those lists of unfinished things that many stitchers make at the beginning of each year. We'll see when that happens...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Does anyone know who designed this?

Isn't this just the cutest bunny you've ever seen?! (Or at least one of them?)

I found it listed as a freebie but there was no designer info. I would soooooo love to find out who that designer is and give her some money!

(the only changes I did was: pick a blue cloud like fabric instead of white, put French Knots in certain areas instead of cross stitches, and then I added gold braid because we all know Easter Eggs need to be fancy!)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Silver Lining Fuchsias

Oh look what I found in my mother's things!
Pretty pink fuchsias!

Growing up there were fuchsias growing alongside our home. I always thought they looked like ballerinas.

When going through some of my mother's things, I found this lovely stitched piece. I did not even remember her stitching them. Maybe she stitched them as a gift for me...knowing how much I would love them. Especially because I love the colors.

I found this pretty frame in the bargain bin of my frame shop and I had my favorite lady, Donna pick out this lovely suede mat (which looks darker in this picture, and not near as pretty as it REALLY is). I wanted her to cut the mat to match the designs in the frame somewhat. So we played on her computer and came up with this. I just love it.

I'm sure my mum is smiling from Heaven...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Another Chatelaine Design--Alpine Seasons

I've framed up Alpine Seasons.
I just loved this design when I saw it. Years ago. Several.
Its been stitched and folded up neatly in my "finished" basket.

I had visions of stitching it on a hand dyed fabric that resembled clouds.
It might be hard to see in this picture, but it came out just like I wanted.

The mat I chose is suede. I just love the richness of suede mats.
I imagine you've noticed I use lots of them!

It took a bit of looking for the perfect frame, but I think I found it! I wanted it to look rustic, like the cabin.

Now, if you are a "regular" with Chatelaine things, you might notice that mine doesn't look exactly like most of them. I left of the outer border because I wanted to be different. I liked the idea of a hexagon mat. The other big thing I did that was a deviation from the original is, I changed the colors of the flowers around the center so they would better reflect the changing of the seasons.

You probably noticed that the trees have more snow in the winter section and the amount of water in the streams are different, as are the snow on the hills. (Hence the name, Alpine Seasons)

I will attach a picture below this that will show the center much closer so you can get an idea.

I have run out of room on my walls, as you can probably imagine (This framed piece is like 25 inches square, maybe bigger with the mat, actually...) so I told my sister that she was welcome to take it home to her house for awhile. It fits her house look.  She seemed really happy about it. I haven't been there yet to see where she put it, but I shall soon.

Ha. If you look at the bottom part of the framed piece, you can probably see my kitty, Alicon's reflection in the glass. lol
He was very interested!