Saturday, August 30, 2014

A bit of Christmas Cheer :)

Last year in November, one of my customers asked me about
making cup cozies with removable scarf pins.
What a great idea!
So these little guys are back in my shop today :)
The gingerbread man and the snowman
are designed and hand stitched by me. 

These next 4 feature hand drawn pen & ink original artwork
by the artist Michelle Palmer.
(you can find her work at
I only have 1 of each of these.
Aren't they amazing?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

I don't usually have more than one cross stitch project 
at at one time.
But right now I have been working on 3.
Crazy times, right?
I finished this adorable little thimble purse necklace
by Brenda Gervais.
I added some extra red floss,
 my initials and the year 2014. 
I am on the hunt for a nice long chain so that I can wear it.

I am working on this stitch along from
I am finished with the first 2 segments.
It is supposed to be finished by Dec. 15th.

And last but not least,
I am stitching "Witchy Washy" by Raise the Roof.
Isn't it really fun? 
Do you finish one project before you start another one?

Monday, August 25, 2014

It can't be the end of August already???

My daughter took some pics of the kids
the other morning so 
I wanted to share little Miss Daisy May
enjoying her new play mat :)
She is also playing with the patchwork tabby blankie
and the kitty rattle I made for her older sister Evie.

It's amazing to see how big Evie has grown 
when they are lying side by side.
And here they are, all 3, playing together.
David, Evie and Daisy :)
So much love there.

I also wanted to share a few pics of our new
"Stitched Together" ministry at church.
We are making dresses for the charity
We had such a great time!
This is my Mom holding 4 of the dresses she was working on. 
And this is my beautiful daughter with the dress she finished :)
(David, Evie and Daisy are her kidlets) 
Here is a photo of all the dresses that were completed by the 
10 women who attended the event.
Not bad for 3 hours of sewing.
It just makes my heart happy to imagine the smiling faces
of all the little girls who will be receiving these dresses
stitched for them with love :) 
The ladies that attended the event were so enthusiastic about it
that we have decided to make this a quarterly event :)
How cool is that?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Play Time

Sometimes you spend so much time working
that you just need to step away and play :)
I decided to play hookie from "work" yesterday
and spent the afternoon making this fun little play mat 
for my sweet little Daisy May. 
The fabric is "Surrounded by Love" by Deb Strain.
I used a charm pack and a pattern called "Roundabout" 
from the book - Another Bite of Schnibbles".
I changed the outer edge a bit to use up my remaining scraps.
I used nice thick batting to change it from a table top quilt
to a thick and squishy baby play mat.

I also wanted to share with you the super cute
Chicken Matryoshkas that my son and daughter-in-law
brought me from Sequoia.
I was babysitting their 4 Minions for a few days
while they spent some much needed time away.
How cute are these? 
Apparently there is a Nesting doll shop that was just across 
the street from where they were staying.
Lucky me :) 
I guess I'd better get back to sewing.....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Some Kitty Cuteness

My adorable Evie just turned 3 on July 1st.
She asked me so sweetly if I was going to make her 
something for her birthday.....
How could I say no?
Since she love kitties,
I chose Michael Miller "Happy Hills Calico Cat" fabric
and paired it with some coordinating fabrics from my stash
as well as some pink gingham and bright polka dots.
I used "The Cupcake Dress" pattern by Pink Fig.
I love that the pattern comes with all the sizes
from 12m - 10 yrs! 
The pattern was FTS (fun to sew)
The back of the bodice requires smocking 
with elastic thread.
If you've never tried it,
don't be afraid to give it a go.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.

I just had to share a picture of the darling little dress shoes
that we bought for Evie as well.
They have tiny little 1/2" heals and beaded bows.
I love how tanned her legs are 
and of course, the band-aid :) 
Well the dress turned out to be a big hit.
She has worn it everyday for 4 days,
even sleeping in it and wearing those shoes to bed.
Makes my heart happy :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Treaures :) hubby is pretty awesome!
He is a treasure for sure :)
(He's going to kill me for posting this photo)
He had a few days off last week 
so we went to a few of our favorite antique malls.
I forced asked him to wear these fun glasses for a photo.
I had no idea at the time
that our son would use it
for his caller ID on his iPhone :)
Now every time his dad calls him
this is the photo that comes up.
I love my son :)

I wanted to share a few of the other treasures 
that made their way home with me.
As I mentioned before,
I've started collecting vintage needle books
for my future sewing studio.
Well I was SUPER excited to find 
this Western Auto needle book.
I worked at Western Auto from my first year
of high school through
getting married and both of my pregnancies.
So many fun memories and I learned so much
during my 8 years. 
How cool is that?
You just never know what you'll find! 

How cute is this Needlecraft Magazine from May 1928?
I love the graphics and the colors!
I also love love love that orange kitty
sitting next to her.
I had to say goodbye to my orange kitty, Arthur
 on May 5th of this year.
He was 14 years old and I miss him every day. 
This magazine is a large size
and measures 14" by 11"
and I plan to frame it for my future sewing room as well :)

I love the charts and old advertisements inside.
So cool! 
I think it was $6.00 well spent :)
I also have a weakness for hand stitched handkerchiefs.
It blows my mind that these beauties are all done 
by hand with super tiny stitches
and you can find them for just a few dollars.
What am I going to do with them?
I have no idea.
But I love them
and my collection just keeps getting bigger.....

And it's not just old things that make their way into my home.
How fun are these 3 patterns?
$2.00 each.....yes please!

The hubs and I fell in love with vintage match box holders recently
and started bringing them home as well.
They are made out of metal
and some have decals on the front
and some are just plain.
We found the 2 on the right 
to add to our little collection. 
And my love of vintage handkerchiefs continues.
These will be given as gifts,
tucked into a greeting card for friends
or in my purse for 
when I am overwhelmed 
by a beautiful worship song on Sunday mornings :) 

I also wanted to share pics of these adorable toy sewing machines
that we saw.
No, I didn't buy them :)

OK...I just had to share this creepy little kitty.
Who's idea was it to 
make a slot for scissors
And a pincushion on the top of her head????
Seriously people!
Is it just me?
Not cool.....