I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Do what you love,

love what you do...........
I have always loved this quote.


For me, it is hard to say just one thing I love to do
as I find myself drifting from one project to another,
I once thought that the only  thing I loved was embroidery, 
from designing embroidery from nature, 


making embroidered linens for the home
and to match vintage dishware.

but there are times, I love to make a little quilt,
work up some crochet items,


 create some mosaic work

and then there is ................. cross stitch.......
I love it all!
So I guess a saying for me would be.........
Do all that you love.......
love doing it all!
How about you?  Do you have several things
that you cannot pick favorites over the other?
or do you have just one wonderful thing you 
truly love to do?
I would love to hear!

Thanksgiving is upon us.........and I have a wonderful
large crowd to cook for!  I always love this holiday the best!
A simple time to gather with loved ones and to be grateful 
for all that we have!
Here's wishing you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Snowflakes are gathering at the

back door window, 

the back entry window,
along the wall, 

and drifting down on the old piano.

I found a "snowflake crochet" booklet at  a junk store
and fell in love with the lacey snowflakes on the cover.
These pretty pieces are made with cotton bedspread crochet thread. 
I have only made a few and need a lot more practice to 
make mine look as pristine and perfect as they do 
in the booklet. 
I really enjoyed the process of  crocheting them and 
have several plans on how to use them.......
which I will show at a later date.
Do you like thread crochet over yarn crochet?


I also came upon a pattern of crocheted roses.
These are also fun to make

as well  as crocheted flowers. I am not sure what 
I will use these for...............any ideas??

Along with that I am still busy stitching Christmas and
birthday gifts that are coming up in a few weeks.
Are you creating Christmas gifts.......or do you 
prefer to purchase gifts?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I have made a " tradition" for my great niece..........


who is turning 2.
 I plan to send her a baby doll and
a set of play dishes each year on her birthday.  As the 
years roll by and she grows into a young woman,
the dolls will change and the play dishes will become
real pieces of dishware.
I collect and restore vintage Horsman dolls.  Usually the rubber body ones
with the sculpted hair.  Once in a while , I run across lovely vintage 
baby dolls with soft bodies and friendly faces. 
 This is a 1972 Horsman , once loved , years ago, by some little girl. 

I wanted my niece to have a soft bodied vintage baby doll of her own
and picked this doll out of my collection to prepare for her.
I had these sweet little doll shoes that fit the doll perfectly,
so I decided to make her outfit to match the shoes.

She has such a friendly face and she looks so life- like!

I also made a little doll quilt out of fabric 
left over from when my children were small.
I bought a small set of play dishes........
and decided to also make her a zebra from a
kit I had stashed away for  years. 
They all traveled away to her in a big box.........
as you can see, the doll now has a new life,
with a new little girl, who will love her
all over again!





Monday, September 11, 2017

Though care and trouble may be mine,
As down life's path I roam,
I'll heed them not while still I have
A world of love at home.
J.J. Reynolds, "A World of Love at Home,"
 in The New Monthly Belle AssemblĂ©e, October 1844

This embroidery transfer made me think of a dear friend of mine,
who, instead of letting grass grow in her yard,
she kept it all dirt.........and in all of the yard were flowers.
In the early spring through the summer,
there was always something blooming in and around the grounds of
her home.
She passed away several years ago. The other day I drove by 
her old house to see if there might be some lingering flowers.........
but no.  The house was still standing
but the yard was overgrown with weeds.
The flowers seemed to have left........
sensing she was no longer there for them to 
brighten her day.

I often think about trying to get rid of the grass in my 
yard .......to make it all flowers........just as my dear friend had done..........
But no matter how hard I try.......the ground will not 
cooperate.
Where I try to grow flowers..........grass grows,
where I try to grow grass.........wild flowers take over.
I think my friend must have spent hour after hour
with her hoe........getting rid of the grass
to make room for the flowers.
How about you?  Do you have a yard full of green soft grass?..........
or full of blossoming flowers?
I would love to hear!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Butterflies



Monday, August 7, 2017

Another pretty towel..........and a design to share with you!

 This embroidery design is so pretty that I just have to share the design with you!

I think it is a bird cage perhaps?  Anyhow, the flowers spilling 
out of it are just lovely!  
I embroidered the cage in black and chose burgundy and purple for the larger flowes
surrounded with gold yellow daisies.  I embroidered the leaves in two different colors of green and the vase I embroidered in a gray blue. 
Just using basic outline stitch, lazy daisy stitch for the leaves and French knots for the centers of the flowers. 
With this design , anyone can pick any color combination to make it stunning!


This is a vintage pattern 
I hope that you can click onto this design and will be able to save and print it 
off for your own stitching.  

I embroidered this on a dish towel and paired it with a hand crocheted dishcloth with a purple accent stripe.
So ..........if you decide to use this design........
happy stitching everyone!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Starting over is hard.........

especially when you are 80 years old. My dear aunt, who is 80, recently became widowed.......
and decided to sell her home, along with  almost everything else she owned, 
then packed up her little dog and moved all the way down here......to Texas
close to where I live.
She has since found her a new little house, and is now starting over.........
picking out furniture, getting her house to look like "home"
Which brings another reason to why I love to do  hand embroidery.
I love to make little gifts for anyone who is " fixing up their nest"

Hand embroidered dishtowels and hand crocheted dishcloths
tucked into a box of dishware is a wonderful
"welcome home" gift I think.

I often put a fabric border or crocheted edge on the bottom
of the dishtowel.......but often I have found
that many prefer the towel with a plain hem finish.
I love the "farmhouse" look this little set has to it........
don't you?
So tell me...........what kinds of things
do  you think would be a great housewarming gift?
I would love to hear!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Winter Roses..........is what I call this coat

I did it! I finally finished hand embroidering the red ladies coat I showed to you 
on a post on May 11, 2016.
I had found this pretty coat hanging in a shop 
window of a thrift store...and I knew immediately
it should be embroidered......I could already see it
in roses!   I purchased it


and started working off and on here and there........spending quite a few days/nights  that have 
turned into weeks .....hand embroidering 

Now it is finished and elegant looking with the 
embroidered lapels


The embroidery also goes all the way around the collar
and can be seen even when one is walking behind you!


It was pretty before........

now it has a new fresh dressy look,
that I think is lovely! 
It is considered a vintage coat since it is from the 1980s.
I am placing it for sale in my shop.
So I am hoping someone will love it enough
to wear it...........everywhere!
Now.........I am off to find my needle for another
project!  Tell me what you are 
working on! I would love to hear!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cement Garden Art

I look forward to sunny days with no chance of rain........
just so that I can work with my latest fascination......
cement!
Now that almost every garden space here on the grounds is full of my tiny
creations.......I have finally started selling them out of my vintage shop .....Yesteryear
and I have also added them to my Etsy shop for sale! 

I have made spring and summer flower stones 
and have added a painted ladybug rock in the set.

I have just finished a set for fall.......

perfect for the autumn garden!

They are all about 1inch thick so they stand out in any space......
A cute set all together! 

The acorn and the pumpkin are both actually round instead of lying flat like the 
other stones.  They have all been painted and sealed to last in the garden for months!

I think painted rock bugs also add some whimsy and color to 
planting pots and spaces.


Even in the hottest and most plain of garden spaces......
these little cement pieces add color and interest!
If you are interested in the cement stones,
you can find them in my Etsy online shop by clicking 
onto this link

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Welcome summer onto your porch

with containers of painted pinecone zinnia, 
painted in vibrant and soft colors! 
Place them among your flowering plants


and in any pretty container or pot you have!


pick up pine cones from your yard, if you have the trees, or purchase a bag from an arts and crafts store.  If you use the ones from your yard, bake them on a cookie sheet with  aluminum foil for 30 to 40 minutes at 250 degrees to kill bugs and to get the sap out.
Then let your imagination and paint brush go wild!


I have seen these on different internet sites used indoors, 
but I wanted to brighten up my porch and flower sections!
They look so cheerful and inviting.......don't you think?
Tell me..........what do you decorate your porch or spaces with?
I would love to hear!