Saturday, February 22, 2014

Peddler's Market Feb 2014

  Today I went to the Peddler's Market
with my friend Amy :)
They have this event twice a year.
Once in February and again in August.
It's like an Estate Sale on steroids :)
This is what I came home with.
A large square hand embroidered linen tablecloth for $5.00!
That darling happy flower pattern is repeated on all 4 corners!
A smaller hand embroidered table topper for $1.00
A vintage box of thread for $1.00
(what will I do with it? I have no idea. I just loved the look)
Assorted fabrics for $1.00 a yard and
a few pieces were free....yes free!
 Look at the dark blue button hole stitch and those tiny daisies!
All that handwork and I bought it for $1.00....
 Another close up of the happy daisies :)
You may be wondering what Amy bought?
How about a vintage sewing machine with the case 
and original owner's manual for......

wait for it......

FIVE DOLLARS!!!! was a really good day :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I Heart Cross Stitch :)

I've been a bit busy with sewing work lately,
but I found time to finish this little heart today.
I've had the cross stitch done since before Christmas.
I have no idea who designed this chart.
It was in a stack of cross stitch charts given to me.
If anyone knows who designed it,
please let me know. 
I stitched in on 28ct Victorian Red Lugana
with 1 thread Ecru over 1.
I just love the look of those tiny stitches :)

Feels so good to scratch this little treasure off my "to do" list....

Monday, February 3, 2014

She Who Sews Blog Hop !!!

I'm so excited about this hop!
I told myself that I would take a break 
for a while from the hops
and get caught up on some projects that need 
to get done......
And then Madam Samm went and did it.....
She posted this fantastic fabric called
"Handmaids" by J. Wecker Frisch and I was sucked in.
I'm pretty sure I squealed when I saw it.

This time around we are supposed to use the fabric
to update our sewing room.
Well I am constantly changing thread colors
and find myself with bobbins and spools of thread
laying next to my sewing machine.
And of course, I knock the bobbins on to the ground....Ugh.
So I went on ebay and typed in "thread caddy"
to see what I could find.
An adorable vintage wooden rocking chair pin cushion
with pegs for your thread and bobbins!
I fell deeply in love.
So I bought one and decided to give it new life.
And then I bought 3 more....:)

I tried to google info about these darling little chairs.
I can't find any "one" source for them.
Each one seems to have it's own origin.
I've read that it was a pattern
 in an old woodworking magazine from the 50's.
One woman said her grandfather made them in his garage
and sold them door to door in the 1930's.
They are all similar, but still different.
I purchased 4 that had the scissor holder included.
I also found one that has a small drawer underneath for 
buttons or accessories.

I first sanded them down,
then used primer.
Then 2 coats of paint and a coat of acrylic sealer.
I picked my favorite "beauty" from the fabric
and embelished her eyes, lips, hair, wings, 
necklace hearts and pins.
Then I used coordinating fabric
to make the cushions for the little chair
that I painted red (of course).
I wrestled with the idea of painting white polka dots
on the chair, but in the end I wanted
the fabric to really stand out.

It turned out to be a lot more work than I originally thought.
But I have to say that I love them all
now that they are done :)
I have a feeling that my little granddaughters
are going to want to play Barbies with these
when they see them.
They would be the perfect size for Barbie after all.
It was my intention to make a new ironing board cover
with this fabric as well,
but I managed to catch the H5N1 flu
and I've been miserable and useless for about 2 weeks now.
So I will get it done very soon.

I'd like to Thank Madam Samm 
for another awesome hop 
and Carla (from Creatin' in the Sticks) 
for being such an 
awesome cheerleader!!!

Please be sure to stop by the other creative bloggers
who are sharing their creations today :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

I'm so excited....and I just can't hide it......

I'm super excited to share my news with you all!
Last year I was asked by the very talented 
Cathy Haberman of Hands On Design
if I would be interested in designing a bag
around a chart she would design.
Of course I said YES!
This is what we came up with.
It's just so fun and bright
and represents all the things I love about stitching!
This pattern will be released at the upcoming
Needlework Show this month
 and will be available to purchase
 from your favorite Needlework shops very soon.
It just makes me want to dance :)

The Winner of Week #4 is.......

Pinheadred :)

Thank you all who participated
and a special "Thanks" to all the
wonderful sponsors!!!
It was great fun!