Sunday, September 17, 2017

Evolution Made Manifest

Life, with it's twists and turns has stopped me from my best intentions toward my blogging buddies.  Pops has to have another surgery.  This time, hopefully, the last.  The metal plate that was placed to hold his new jaw bone in position (after cancer removal) has done it's job and will now be removed.  The screw is actually showing and infection is a real threat so---here we go again.  Next Thursday is the day.  I just really feel that this is the final step to recovery and am actually looking forward to having it done and finished.  Thank you for all your thoughts and kind remarks and certainly prayers.

My needle book love has grown to three and number 4 is about to begin.  I promised that I would post one in sequence so that you could watch along with me so, that time has come.

 But first, let me introduce you to book #3.  My love of vintage everything is the focus.  Such fun I had choosing coordinating fabrics, then matching the embroidery threads to the fabrics, then making the decisions on what laces would be added, then buttons, then ribbon closures.

This one sports a different look and style.  It's actually an armchair caddy in that it will serve as a holder for all the necessary instruments and needs of my (or your) latest project.

As you open it, you notice that the closure is a ribbon attached to the back in proper position so that when tied into a bow,  an opening above the bow is left large enough to slip over the button on the front and cause the closure.

  Pockets on each side hold threads and threaders.
  The cushion along the center holds pins and needles.  I used crushed walnut shells to fill it and added antique lace on each end to make it more inviting to the eye! ---EYE CANDY!

I used to own a very good camera that I used for all my blogging.  That camera was stolen.  All I have now is my Iphone camera.  I thought that it would be great to use it and be able to blog from  my phone, but I notice that my pics are just not nearly as good a quality as I am use to.  I am thinking about purchasing myself a new camera.  If you have any thoughts on this particular subject or any other, please leave them in the comments.  I would appreciate your opinion.

This has been a wonderful day for me and my family as our pew was full and we worshiped together and sang songs of praise to God together this morning and then we gathered together with our Church family for lunch and fellowship.

I made a layered salad, which was a success and completely gone when lunch was over.  Pinterest holds many Layered Salad recipes.  I did not chose just one, but made mine by example and used the items I had on hand.  Thought you might like to see it.  This and a German Chocolate chip Pound Cake with my mothers fudge sauce was almost more than I could bear not to completely devour before I got it to the Church!!  😋

As I close, I want to say tell you that I will post again in the next day or two with the first pics of my newest needle book, stitchery case, or whatever you choose to call my creations.  A differest shape?
YES!  A different style?   YES!  But as you know, they evolve, so even I don't know just how it will look in the end.

Hope your Sunday afternoon and evening are Blessed!!

Giving God all the Glory!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

CAUTION!! Reading this post has the potential to cause a complete addiction to vintage laces and tattings! You could begin to find yourself constantly searching for them and even dreamily daydreaming about them!

I am blessed with an abundance of vintage lace that belonged to my husbands great grandmother. It was made late 1800's-early 1900's. Some is obviously very used and some never attached to a garment or apron or doily.

 There are yards of tatting which is awesome as it seems to be perfect for each project looking for perfection!

 I even couldn't resist using tatting on my personal journal front!  Do you see it?

A few more eye candy shots of my stash from the past.  I love it all and even have trouble using it sometimes.  But I have decided that using it up is the best way to preserve it.

Keep your eyes open and your money handy and pick up some history, some pieces from someone else's past.  Feel the beauty of years gone by.

Scripture for the day---
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Luke 6:35

Still Stitching!

Maybe I've found an app that will work for blogging from my IPhone.  We will see---here goes!  It's called Easy Blog.  If your reading this post you'll know I'm happy with it--  UPDATE--No way to post pics.  But at least I can work on the post and then add the pics later when I can get to my computer.   
Texas weather in August can usually be described one way---HOT!  But this August has been extremely more enjoyable with cooler temperatures and small and large showers every few days.  Today  it's 96 and surely hot but at least it's not 100.  Love the grandsons getting out and playing baseball in the backyard in the rain. Laughing and giggling!  I sit and stitch and listen and watch--♥️

Here's my stitching basket that I keep by my chair.  It's filled with all my supplies--a small pillow that my mother made I use in my lap to lay my work on.  Also embroidery books for inspiration, patterns and stitch diagrams.  Then the best part---- the thread! 

I use DMC, Cosmos, Finca, and wool thread by Aurifil. I also have some hand dyed that are slightly varigated.   I have enjoyed trial and error stitching with different combinations of number of threads with different stitches.  Blog hopping gives me ideas of how others have been successful with their embroidery.  Jenny at Elefantz uses a stablizer on the back of her design projects to stiffen the fabric and make it easier to get a finished project with no puckering.  This is because she does not use a hoop.  I ordered some from Amazon and love it.  I used it for this project---my latest finished project, a needle  book and pin keeper made from a vintage doily.  This is based on a pattern from Elefantz.  Go Here to find it.

In case you've forgotten what it looks like


Here's my second Stitchery book.  I have a little book called Bare Roots.  The author used a thin batting on the back of her work saying it gives a puffed or quilted look to it.  So I am trying this method to see how I like it.  It looks like this when laid out flat.  I have not pressed it at all.  I lack a few French Knots but I do have to admit that I love the look they give.  I used 3 strands of floss on this piece for most of the work except for the smallest motifs and then I used 2.  Seems like the batting backing warrented it.


How I do love to see the beauty of a piece emerges as you make each stitch.  Then  you begin to think
you are about finished and the fun begins when you search for and add the final vintage add-ons--tatting, rick-rack, lace, pearl buttons  This is my favorite part!!
So I am auditioning a denim colored button.  In the center of the heart? or at the top?  what do you think?  Ill be back with the finished project.---

 I've organized all my vintage laces and doilies.  I'll be back in a day or five and show you what I have.  Please vote for button placement in the comments below.  May God Bless and Keep you as close as needle is to thread.  He loves you, you know!  And so do I--Until next time--


Monday, July 31, 2017

Sew Enjoyed the Trip!!

Just like a good book that turns out to be one that you can't put it down--so it was with the latest project--  You never know at the beginning--but this one just kept getting better.  Ideas kept popping into my head and it kept evolving into so much more than I had first envisioned.  I introduced you guys to Jenny at Elefantz.  There is a button on the top right side of my blog. I joined her Stitchery Club and received some awesome designs but the project that has given me such pleasure is FREE!  Go to her tutorial and look for a needle book made from a vintage doily.

My doily was too large or at least larger than the one she used, but now that it is finished, I love the size.  I think the most fun I had during this whole project was looking and choosing vintage lace, buttons and trims and also the finding of ways to add my essentials and making each page a surprising adventure.
I chose a proverb that I learned in elementary school for a meaningful slogan as I open my Stitchery
Every morning we would say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and each child would have to say some Proverb as we showed that our hands were clean to start the day.  I am sure I learned more from this than I will ever realize.  Others I remember were--A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, Two wrongs don't make a right, The squeaky wheel gets the grease---Waste not, want not, and oh so many more.  I put a pleat in a rectangle of fabric and gathered the top edge for a pocket to hold my thimble.  The red leather pouch holds a tiny scissor.  It is held in place with a ribbon.  these particular scissors I LOVE as that are so tiny, yet the fingers holes are not.  They are sharp and short and perfect for clipping thread ends and tails.
The next "page" is the place for all things sharp and sticky (needles and pins) and threads that will be used for whatever projects you are currently working on.
Each page presents a joyful place for the eye to rest.  The little lady bug button makes me smile.
I chose for the back a signature and the year that the Stitchery Keep was made.  I keep thinking that someday maybe a grandchild or great-grandchild-- (or possibly even more generations will look at this hand made piece and wonder what I was like.  I hope it gives them a clue.
At least it will show them how I signed my name.  Who knows what the future brings but I wonder from time to time what my great great grandparents were like.   Don't you?

Well, my next one is already in my head and heart.  My favorite flower is Sunflower so I have already stitched one of Jenny's designs and picked out some perfect fabrics for it.  What do you think?
My plan is to post all through the project so that you kinda get the feel for the process.  Papa has to get his cancer antibody treatment tomorrow and see his surgeon so I won't get much done.  Have patience!  See ya soon!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Vintage Embroidery by Me! I'm Old!

Yep!  It's true!  I'm old enough to have actually stitched vintage embroidery.  Makes me cringe and then I remember that I'm still alive! ~smile~
I've been stitching as long as I can remember!  Yes, I can still remember! LOL  This is the latest of the old.  The pattern was a gift from a friend and thinking I stitched it about 15 years ago.  It's a fun pattern and there were patterns for each month of the year.  Ima May---

The two below are pieces that I did as a child.  My mom taught me to embroider, sew and quilt. Of course, I learned all the other things that girls of the 50s and 60 learned--cooking, cleaning, babysitting, in preparation of becoming a wife and mother.  The things that would help the wife to make her house a home.  These were years that were closely tied to the previous years when these tasks were ALL that were learned by young girls.  Of course, by then I was also taught in school to read, write, mathmatics, sciences, along with music.
It tickles me to know that the hand/machine skills of embroidery, sewing,and quilting although they are not needed this day and time, but certainly they are enjoyed.  Instead of being considered a skill, they are a talent and only done by those who enjoy them.  I am certainly one of these.

Holly Hobbie--she is the faceless girl that followed in the footsteps of Sunbonnet Sue.  My mother made two Sunbonnet Sue quilts and I have published many posts about her.  If your interested just search my blog and you will find more than  you care to read about I  am sure.

My newest fun is vintage sewing machines.,  I will be posting some of my adventures soon.


15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body (body of Christ) you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit (who lives in your heart as a child of God), singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

If you believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  That He was born and died and raised from the dead as a perfect sacrifice for your sins then you are His and you live your life for Him.  He takes care of you and you can live in peace each day as you strive to live a life in thankfulness for what He has done for you. I am so thankful for all He has done in my life.  He is my Savior!!  He saved me from my sin and death!  When I leave this earth, I will still live!  Just as He did.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The County Fair is Over! ♥️

It's a big ole deal! The whole family gets involved. A time for raising money for kids futures by raising animals that show and sell. A week with friends-camping together and seeing folks you haven't seen in at least a year, maybe longer. It's over now so we can recoup. Grandson had a steer named Do-da. He got third place in his class of steers and brought $5000 in the sale on Saturday morning.

He's fourteen and has been showing steers since he was 9. His brother will begin next year. Pops raises thousands of dollars each year from merchants of our surrounding area then combines to bid on any of the animals and buying some.
Pops is also in charge of the rodeo! Has been president of the fair commission for years and loves every minute of it. I support them all as we work all week to accomplish goals and enjoy the process. I did get best of show with my fall Bunny Hill quilt.  Also gained the "Go Texan" award which means this quilt will travel to Houston, Texas for another competition.  I am honored!!   Its a combination quilt--piecework and applique, wool and cottons with embroidery throughout.  One of the most enjoyable quilts I have every made.  The other is also a Bunny Hill pattern that was free.  I scavenged yard and garage sales for wool garments.  The wings on the birds are actually made from a wool sweater.  

If you haven't tried wool applique you should.  So enjoyable!!
Picked veggies in the rain this morning.  Much more enjoyable than picking in the blazing Texas sun.  We are just now beginning our hot summertime.  In the 90 degrees.  Picking is just the beginning of the work when you have a vegetable garden. But in the winter months, that work is so appreciated.  
Laboring for others is what we are to do on this earth.  We are the light of the world, for others to see the Spirit of God in us.  We might be the only light of God that others ever see.  I give my life for Him because He gave His life for me.  The blessing of this life and the next come from Him.  All good and perfect gifts come from the Father.

Galatians 8:5,6  For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.

God loves you! See you soon!  Oh yes---I finished my Heart embroidery piece. Just kept going and being surprised at how it evolved. Added a little something here and there until it looked pretty good. A good practice piece.  If I could remember how to post a link to a pattern, I would do that for any of you who might want to give this piece a try.  Let me hear from you!!

     Peas, beans, peppers, tomatoes and squash! The work has just begun.
Tomorrow is our next trip to Dallas for a cat scan and doctor appointment. Pops has had cancer. He's been fighting it for over two years now. We go to Dallas every two weeks for a treatment to keep it from returning. He's had radiation, facial, mouth surgery and then chemo. We're in a good place now with 2 clean pet scans. Another one is coming soon.Each day is a gift! God takes care of us by giving us all we need in this life and more. When we come to the end of our rope, He helps us hang on! Life is tough. I can't do it without my Savior!  Wouldn't want to try and never will have to!

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    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Embroidery Revisited

    May 31, 2017, 7:33 PM
    After being absent for so long it's hard to know where to jump back in. After visiting one of my favorite embroidery sites, ELEFANTZ. , I decided to experiment with more than just the basics in embroidery. Seams that a little needle and beautiful threads can just make any project so special! So l took advantage of the free beginner design and a lesson from Elefantz and the bug bit me! Elefantz stitches are tiny and precise. She has you to practice an inch of very tiny backstitches. Here is my first try---

    I've considered making a stitch book to remind me of my practice and the names of each stitch and stitch combination. Many Different stitches can be used to resemble a certain flower. Don't believe me?? Just google lavender embroidery!  I practiced a few single and combination stitches just to refresh my memory and my fingers.

    On the next one I used a chain stitch for the vase. I think I like it better.


    I wanted to try to stitch a design of my own. Wasn't very pleased. The flowers are too big and clunky.

    I began thinking about a design that would include many stitches.  A practice or teaching design.

    I looked online and found a heart shape.

     but the designs did not include the stitches I wanted so I just drew a heart shape with a chalk marker and am in the process of filling the line with my choice of design stitches.

    Above is my work in progress. You can see the stems that will be lavender shortly.

    UPDATE---Ok--long story but its days later and I have progressed in this work. Although I'm
     not real happy with parts of this piece i am showing it to you. Just the time spent on this stitchery will help me improve my stitches.  I want to learn from others to improve my work but I don't want to copy someone elses work.  Does that make any sense to you?  I want my work to be just that---
    MY WORK.  I hope you learn from my work.  

    I hope that you cherish your talents in stitchery, quilting, or any other talent you might have.  I have come to realize that they are a gift from God.  God was illusive to me for most of my life but when I sought Him with all my heart and soul and mind, He came to me.  He revealed Himself to me little by little and now my relationship is not perfect, still growing, but my knowledge and sight of Him is so real and active that I include Him in my everything.  

    Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights!  James 1:17    Remember to give Him the Glory (credit ) for each one! ♥️
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