Sunday, April 26, 2009

My apologies to Delicate Beauties...(and a clock picture too)!


Have you ever felt the need to apologize to a piece of needlework? I love this piece so much and have always intended to finish it, but somehow it just keeps getting pushed further and further down into my "favorites" pile.
I started this piece in 2006, for crying out loud!!! :(
Anyway, I'm setting up a loose rotation schedule for myself in hopes of making some real progress with this. I'm still "floss-tossing" and "fabric fondling" to choose the next smaller piece I will do in my rotation. I'm stuck between choosing "Bosco Booberry" (he's so cute!) or "Killer Dust Bunnies". (that piece cracks me up!) Of course, "Bless Our Home" and "Cups of Friendship" are also calling to me to stitch them too. Do I dare live large and (GASP!) start them all??? Nah, remember Delicate Beauties, remember Delicate Beauties....(you don't have to read that over and over - that's just a reminder to me not to get too far off target - lol)
I think I'll sleep on it tonight and make my decision later this week. 'Course by then, some of you lovely people will probably entice me with your wonderful projects and then I'll want to start even MORE stitched goodies. Honestly, the web can be hazardous for stitchers...so many gorgeous designs that call my name when I see your work. :)
Our town had a spectacular art fair this week-end. The town shuts down to traffic and is filled with block after block of every type of artwork imaginable. The talent always amazes me...if I look at a log, I see a log. These artists look at a log and see a dolphin or a fish or a manatee. The wooden bowls are so smooth and just unbelievable with their many blends of wood. The jewelry, glasswork and ceramics are beautiful too. AND, the BEST PART??? Just look at what my sweetie bought for me!!

A teapot (w/ cup!!) clock! (Now, did you really think you were going to get away from my blog w/o reading "something" about tea???) :) Isn't this just the cutest?! The lady who makes these does the most amazing ceramic pieces - mostly large table tops, etc. She just happened to have this little pot and cup and we knew it was destined to come home with us. The colors are a perfect match for our kitchen colors/counter-tops. This was just made to hang over the door to our pantry! (Yes, I know - we have lots of clocks already in residence in our kitchen - think coffee pot, microwave, etc...but come on, a teapot clock!!?? Gotta have it, baby!!! :) Don't think my sweetie's kindness will go un-noticed, I see a few of his favorite desserts very soon in his future!! :)

I hope you each had a wonderful week-end and are ready to jump in to a mah-velous Monday! :)

*Sharon

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Iced Tea Finish


Okay, so it's not a BIG finish...but it IS a finish! (And BTW, please try not to notice how LONG it took me to do the "not a BIG' finish!) :(
This was a fun stitch - life just keeps getting in the way of my stitching times. I wouldn't have it any other way though...'cause life, in addition to sometimes causing trouble, also carries with it the bonus of unexpected hugs from loved ones, time spent talking about important "nothings" with friends, and a lot of times, life includes good food! :)
Anyway, this little fellow will go (all together now - ya'all know the answer to this one!) - into my tea-themed kitchen. There's a spot on my kitchen island that just cries out for a snowman in a teacup. :)
Now, I'm going to treat myself and start something new AND pull out my long-standing (or is that long-suffering?) UFO, "Delicate Beauties". I'll post my new project and my latest DB pic later.
Thanks for all the lovely visits and comments. I appreciate each of you visiting!
Hugs,
*Sharon

Details:
"Iced Tea" by Midnight Stitching
28 ct. hand dyed fabric - "Sky"
Specialty Threads as called for in design (including that always dreaded Kreinik metallic)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Brrr....Iced Tea



The next piece that caught my stitching fancy is "Iced Tea" by Midnight Stitching. Isn't this just the cutest little fellow? (Now that he has eyes, anyway - before that he was just a kinda creepy-looking white blob! lol) I'm posting before and after pics so that you can see that I'm heading in the right direction with this! :)
Speaking of "cold", (we were? well, snowmen are cold, right?) Darn Nyquil must be kicking in...I seem to have caught that nasty cold bug that's been making the rounds...I am totally enjoying the irony that I'm stitching on a piece called "Iced Tea" while in "real life", I'm sipping EXTRA HOT tea w/ honey and lemon. :)
Must be the Nyquil again - but that just strikes me as being VERY funny. (Don't worry, I'm not out in "public" saying this lame stuff - I'm home all day today!) :)
Stay warm!
*Sharon

Friday, April 03, 2009

Come and Share is Finished!!!!


I just put the final few stitches into "Come and Share". This is one of those pieces that I started "many moons ago". Somehow, this mysteriously made it's way into my UFO pile and spent a couple of sad years there. (I'm still not sure how that happened - lol). Anyway, since I "rescued" it, it's been such a joy to work on. I've loved the colors and the saying and the bunnies and the....well, I REALLY like it! :)
This will be hung in my (where else??) tea-themed kitchen...(can you believe I purposely saved wall space in my kitchen for this piece - even while it was still a UFO???) Go figure... lololol
I recently did my part to stimulate the economy...I bought some lovely designs and fabrics and threads and.... :) (oh the dangers of blog visiting - I have been seriously enabled!) I've recently added Blackbird Designs to my ever-growing list of favorite designers - so I bought a few of their designs just to get the party started (among all the other "goodies" that made their way into my basket).
I can't wait to get started!! I'm happily off to fondle floss.... :)

Thanks for visiting my blog and enhancing my journey!!

*Sharon
(PS - as always, I jumped the gun while posting my finish...the rubber still needs to hit the road on this one (aka ironing and adding the lovely embellishments) then it will be handed over to my Sweetie so that he can work his framing magic!)