Wednesday, September 21, 2011

HOW I TAKE MY HEXAGONS ALONG

This is pretty complicated I know, but sometimes others like to see how we do things.  Considering the fact that you can be working on these for a long time, it helps to have a way to take them along whereever you go.

In the bottom of the box below I have a stash of paper templates and precut pieces of fabric (not pictured). The box is not very large and is easy to carry with me in the car, etc. 



As I stitch up a batch for one flower I put each in a baggie and then can take them with me so I have something on hand to work on all the time.  In one little baggie I can take my thimble, pair of scissors, spool of thread, and a few flowers, and I am set.




Friday, September 16, 2011

GIVEAWAYS

For those of you entering my giveaways for the hexies and the Lizzie Kate designs, I am getting your comments and I love reading every one of them.  Just not enough time to answer every one of you.  Happy stitching! and good luck on the giveaways! 

SHEPHERD'S BUSH

Took a trip to Shepherd's Bush with my mother yesterday.  How am I supposed to limit my stash when I go to a place like that?!  They have hundreds of stitched models, so many that a number of them are just piled in corners with every square inch in the shop covered.  You will never see another shop like this one!  If you can't find it here you probably can't find it.  Just love this place and I never come away empty handed...Just can't do it!

Ended up spending $70 and wasn't looking for anything in particular.  They had a stitched model of Brenda Gervais' new mystery sampler "Birds of a Feather" that is just stunning in real life.  The ladies at Shepherd's Bush stitch up models of many of the charts using their own choice of fabric and colors and they are amazing, oftentimes much prettier than what the designer has done.  (Sorry designers!)  Anyway, they had a model of Prairie Moon's "Thine is the Trick and the Treat" stitched on a neat greenish linen with Onyx Belle Soie silk floss.  I'm not into a lot of Halloween stitching, but had to have this one.  LOVED the colors they had chosen.  Their Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow was also changed using overdyed floss, and again, it was so much more beautiful even than the original, and I loved the original colors.  Purchased Loose Feathers "Summer" by Blackbird Designs and other patterns.  So happy with my new stash.  Will put up a photo of the Prairie Moon chart for you to see.  Just wish I could stitch everything I love.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

GIVEAWAY - Lizzie Kate

I am going to give away one each of Lizzie Kate's new designs, her first three from her new series, Six Fat Men, and her new Christmas one, Santa Claus is Coming!  (Photos Below.)  To enter just tell me your three favorite designers.  This makes four winners so your chances are good!

Finished piece.

Snowed In

Snow Friends

Snow House

Santa Claus is Coming!

 Ends the evening of September 20th.

HEXIE GIVEAWAY!

For those of you who are quilters and are making a Hexagon quilt, or if you would like to start one, I will give away 100 little hexies in the size you choose.  Please, no more than 2".  Will end the giveaway Monday evening, September 19.
Just enter by commenting on my blog. 

Good luck! 

Peggy

HEXAGONS!!!!! Finally a quick way to make them!

GREAT USE FOR MY NEW CRICUT MACHINE!

I have looked everywhere for a paper punch that would do hexagons, but to no avail.  When you are making a trillion of them it is too costly to purchase the packets. 

A couple of weeks ago I went and bought me a new Cricut machine!  Why did I buy a Cricut?  I don't know...I just wanted one.  I liked the cute shapes.  I thought I would make file folder games for humanitarian, you know, third world countries.  Apparently they are used for teaching.  Anyway, as I was looking at the cartridges I saw the hexagon and thought, "WOW, this is what I  have been looking for!"  So........I put in my little cartridge and look what came out!  YEAH!!!  At first I put it on shadow and they were a little too large, but once I figured out the machine here is what I got!   Now that I have cut out 2 million of these little things with scissors I found my answer!  Better late than never I say.
 

BEST PAPER FOR HEXAGONS
For those of you who are making Hexagons....I have tried several papers, but the one that seems to work best is the paper made to look like parchment.  It comes in several different colors.  It doesn't matter which color you use.  What is important is that I have found this paper is neither too flimsy or too heavy.  It holds its shape well, but my needle goes through it easily.
Click on photo at right to see more pictures of my quilt in progress (for......ummmm......the last 10 years!).

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SMILE!

Thought I'd just share a few fun photos this morning.  They are self-explanatory.




 and my personal favorite...
If you can't read it, the last line says:
"Also, the bridge is out ahead."

Have a great day.

Peggy

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

REALLY WEIRD~~~


About a year ago a friend of mine purchased a couple of homes in an older part of the city and what he discovered in one of them was amazing.  These two houses are being torn down for an apartment building of some kind and several members of his family had gone into the home and reported some very interesting findings.  Among other things...the family of the previous owner had gone in and torn out walls, floors, fixtures...everything imagineable, and had purchased new replacement items that were stored all through the house.  Not only that, but for some reason they left the house suddenly, leaving EVERYTHING behind.  Those who went in reported finding cabinetry, new windows, doors, tile, and every other thing imagineable. 

I just had to go see what this was about.  I like to sew for humanitarian and am always on the lookout for whatever I might be able to use, but WAS I IN FOR THE SHOCK OF MY LIFE!
Over the last year I have made numerous trips back to this house hauling out truckload after truckload of fabric, knits, cottons, fleece, fake fur, decorator fabrics, etc.  The woman had apparently run a few businesses because there were boxes of wedding supplies, supplies for baby showers, gift cards, baby gifts, hundreds of roles of gift wrap, tissue, ribbons, etc.  She had left office supplies, new clothing, numerous new sheet sets, sewing supplies, and on and on and on.  It was a treasure trove and for me it was hot, dusty, dirty and SO MUCH FUN TO SEE WHAT I COULD FIND NEXT!  This lady had to be the ultimate hoarder. 

I figured I had taken out everything I would really want, but then decided to make one last trip back and see if there was anything I had missed.  You see, I love second-hand stores and the way to find all the really neat stuff is to sort through the piles, the places no one else would ever go, and this is what I found on my last trip...

To preface this, I also love antiques, genealogy and family history...

There was a space under the house was almost totally closed off by walls, with just a small space to step down onto some steps into a storage/crawl space.  That is where I found hundreds of rolls of wrapping paper, wall paper, cake decorating supplies, Christmas supplies, old bottles, craft projects, etc.  Back in a dark corner I found this beautiful old scrapbook.


and these are some of the things I found in it.

These special occasion cards are 3-D with several layers that lift. 
This one has two layers.

This card has three layers with a little cut piece that goes across the opening.
Notice the beautiful cutwork on the top layer.

Another two-layer card with intricut cutwork. 
These are taken in darker light so you can see the shadow showing the various layers.

Here is the same piece above showing truer colors, but not so good at showing the layers.

Stuck between the pages were several pieces that I am assuming are from old calling cards. 
Note the fan top center with the beautiful little feathered edge.


Two of the little calling cards found in the book.
In addition there were numerous little cutouts from cards and books.
These are all so beautiful.  I think I will scan good images of them so that you may use them in projects if you wish.  They are so charming.

I love old calling cards, etc. and in the past I have collected these old calling cards, framed, and hung them on my walls. Each one of these has a saying on it that I particularly loved.

From top to bottom:
#1:  This is an artist's palette with the word "Devotion." 
I am an artist so particularly liked this one.
#2:  This one is hand done in what is called "Spencerian Calligraphy." 
This is the type of calligraphy is my favorite and the style that I have done most,
so this piece is special to me.
 #3:  This one says, "Glad Homes."
#4:  The fourth one is quite plain,
but it is the calling card that my grandfather used on his
LDS Mission to Sweden many, many years ago. 
His name is Holger Mangnus Sanders.
#5:  This last one says, "May true friends be around you."

From top to bottom:
#1:  A darling piece with two children taken from a card of some kind.
#2:  "When counting o'er our many joys
Recalled by memory
If 'twill not dim thy pleasure then
Oh! give one thought to me.
#3:  "Blessed are the pure in Heart: for they shall see God."
#4:  No saying.
#5:  Accept my best wishes.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Peggy




Monday, September 5, 2011

GIVEAWAY AND NEW BLOG SITE?

GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!

I still have not heard from Tracey who entered my giveaway.  I will pick another name as of Thursday, so if you know Tracey please let her know she needs to contact me so I can get her gift out to her.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT READ THIS PART OF MY PAST BLOG...

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What do you think about a community blog to help us find those hard-to-find and out-of-print charts?

Oftentimes one of us has a chart that someone is desperately looking for or we know where it can be found. For instance, several months ago I went to Shepherd's Bush and found 9 (nine) Blackbird Designs, Quaker Garden charts at regular price, and they were going for a fortune on ebay.

It could be helpful to have a blog set up to help others find what they are looking for. Let's face it...We are all faced with that problem from time-to-time.
If one of us runs across a good sale or clearance we can post it for all. Do you know of a store closing? Let's help the store owner clear out his/her inventory. I had one close here in my own community recently when the store owner became very ill. Then she has to figure out what to do with the rest of the inventory. That is another job itself. What about other items that can be purchased at a great price for scrapbooking, quilting, etc. We are a community of really nice people and it would be great to be able to help one another out.

There is probably a site out there already, (I am always a day late!) but I am going to pursue this.
Now I just need a catchy name for it... Any suggestions?

I hope you are all getting some amazing stitching done on this holiday weekend.

Peg

Friday, September 2, 2011

WINNERS! Next Giveaway!

THANK YOU!
Thanks so much everyone for viewing and supporting my blogs. I discovered, thanks to help from some of you, that I do have followers after all, and I have gained a few more in the process.  I just couldn't see them!  Some days they show up and others they are nowhere to be found.  :o( 

GIVEAWAY!
Now to the Giveaway...  I have the hardest time just having two winners, but I guess it's better than just one!  Having said that, the winners are:   Catskill Quilter and Tracey.


Ladies contact me and I will get these out to you this week.

NEW GIVEAWAY!
That was so fun, and now I have 111 followers on this blog, so guess what!!!!????  I have to have another giveaway!  This time I think I will give away a pattern or two, with some extras.  Will post it just as soon as I decide which patterns.  Anyone have any special requests?

I LOVE STITCHING!
I have turned from a simple stasher to a purveyor of cross stitch supplies.  I just love needlework!  It came from my grandmother, to whom I will always owe my many hours of stitching pleasure. I remember doing my first cross stitch pattern and hated how time consuming it was.  Then I found a pattern I loved.  I had to stitch it, loved the results, and there was no holding me back after that.  I had to buy every pattern I loved and now have in my stash literally hundreds of patterns.  I am a designer as well, but it is hard to get mine done as I want to do so many others.  There are so many talented people out there.

ME, RAMBLING
I love holding the patterns and floss and fabric, as well as all the embellishments. I have enough to have a store of my own and have decided I have to work on a retail site.  I am now working on setting up my own business so others can enjoy stitching as well at a little more affordable price, with affordable shipping.  Let's face it...This is not an inexpensive hobby!  Although there is much available out there I buy what I love, mostly samplers, but there are so many cute things I figure I can buy it for others.  If you are looking for something that maybe I can help you with please email me.  I'll do what I can. 

I am setting up a shopping cart, but even though I have done several shopping carts for past jobs, every cart is so different, and I am having a difficult time figuring this one out. 


In the meantime, I have tried a little with my other blog, www.memoriesgardendesigns.blogspot.com.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What do you think about a community blog to help us find those hard-to-find and out-of-print charts? 

Oftentimes one of us has a chart that someone is desperately looking for or we know where it can be found.  For instance, several months ago I went to Shepherd's Bush and found 9 (nine) Blackbird Designs, Quaker Garden charts at regular price, and they were going for a fortune on ebay. 

It could be helpful to have a blog set up to help others find what they are looking for.  Let's face it...We are all faced with that problem from time-to-time.
If one of us runs across a good sale or clearance we can post it for all.  Do you know of a store closing?  Let's help the store owner clear out his/her inventory.  I had one close here in my own community recently when the store owner became very ill.  Then she has to figure out what to do with the rest of the inventory.  That is another job itself.  What about other items that can be purchased at a great price for scrapbooking, quilting, etc.  We are a community of really nice people and it would be great to be able to help one another out. 

There is probably a site out there already, (I am always a day late!) but I am going to pursue this.
Now I just need a catchy name for it...  Any suggestions?

Well enough for now.  I will post more later on my neat finds.  It's not all just about cross stitch you know!  LOL