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

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!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Christmas time and Christmas gifts.......at this time of year

may very well not be the topic you want to think about.
For me......."what should I give and  do for Christmas?"
seems to always enter my thoughts at this time.
Gift giving always causes me the most stress.......from the staying on budget to trying to make everyone happy.
I find it harder and harder each year to find that perfect "something" 
for those special people. 
Do you feel this way? 
I love to give handmade gifts........something unique........something from my heart
However.....not everyone likes handmade gifts,.....so  I am selective on 
who I do make them for.
I have begun the process of making some handmade gifts.........hoping to get them all
finished by the end of November,.....allowing me to focus on the
the decorating and to enjoy the season.......
without the worry of getting Christmas gifts at the last moment. 
Of course my passion is embroidery.......with a little crochet.......
so from crocheted dishcloths with embroidered dishtowels,
to embroidered pillowcases..........
this is what I am planning on making and giving this year.
I have several sets of stamped pillowcases

all with lovely designs........most of them vintage,
never used or embroidered.......
waiting...........

to be embroidered

and embellished,
and selected for that "someone special" 
on my list.

So tell me, how about you?
Do you make handmade gifts?  
What do you like to make?
Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I would love to hear!



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I call them....embroidered & appliqued pattern ladies....

I have seen a few of these while browsing different sites
and fell in love with the idea!



Find a pretty pattern....like this

then embroider.......and applique the dress.....as best as you can ......
to match
Let me tell you..........it took me more time to create this 
little dress than it would have taken to make the real one
I think. LOL  
I enlarged and traced the lady onto a piece of white fabric,
embroidered her face, arms, and hair........and legs 
I cut the scallops on the top of the bodice and bottom of dress.......
 and hand finished them......
I used two different fabrics to create the dress

you can barely see it.....but she has a light blue netting underneath the scallops of the dress.

I really enjoyed creating this. I have no idea what she can be used for
but it was fun just to make her.
 I call here Emma 
How about you?  Have you see these pretty creations in different websites?
Have  you made any?
I would love to see!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

When I need inspiration for a design,

I have only to step a few steps outside my door
and on down the country road that surrounds the grounds........
waiting for me is a world of color...........and inspiration
I would love a blossoming tree growing in the middle of a barbed wire fence.........
but I do not have one growing here............yet.


Instead, this mesquite tree which  has been here for years.....in front of my vintage 
linen and dishware shop......has just the perfect look..........
with it's turned trunk and swirling limbs..........
it does not blossom

down the road, the ranchers barbed wire fence has cactus and wild berry bushes
growing in between the strands of wire. It is amazing to see how these wild plants 
adapt to their restraint of the barbed wire. 
With inspiration in my mind and heart......I headed home to find my needle. 
I sketched the tree and the barbed wire fence..........then


I embroidered dozens of little lazy daisy stitches in a pretty
plum/purple color.  I had thought about using a long and short stitch for the trunk,
but sometimes, this stitch takes away from detail and it also looks heavy.
I wanted the trunk and limbs of the tree to have detail and texture. 
I decided to stitch the trunk this way instead........it fills it in, yet gives it enough 
space for detail.

I wanted the tree to look as if it has grown in between the wire. I had wanted the wire
to be darker, but I needed it to show up on the trunk and fence and chose a light silver instead.
I also wanted flowers along the ground.........and petals from the tree scattered on the ground

and now it's finished.  Not sure what I will do with this piece.........
but for now.........I have a blooming tree in the middle
of a barbed wire fence!

Friday, March 31, 2017

I have collected vintage glassware for years........

a lot of it, I sell in my vintage shop......
but there are particular things I collect.......and hang on to.
a few weeks back, my husband and I were rummaging through a 
vendor's junk table at a flea market about  100 miles away from our home.
On the table covered in thick dust......filled with old scissors, eye glasses and other
rusty objects, was this beautiful cut lead crystal vase.


I love the design these old pieces have in them!
The vendor only wanted a few dollars for it.....I hugged it in glee
as I had her wrap it up for me.
I bought a few more things.....enough to fill a small box
and away we went back home. When I got home.....I was saddened
to find that the vendor forgot to place my vase in the box. I never
thought about checking before I left.  
With only paying a few dollars for it.......I did not make a fuss about
trying to go back the next day.........100 mile trip....... to see if I could retrieve it.
But I still had it on my mind.  My husband.......who is a wise and caring soul about 
things like this.....suggested we go back and see if they might have held it for me.
So away we went.......another 100 miles. 
We returned......and on the vendor's table was my vase.......cleaned and glimmering in the
day's sun.  Of course she recognized me.....apologizing.......not thinking I would return.
How very lucky I felt to be able to get it!
So I happily carried it away with me..........to home.......another 100 mile trip

So after 400 miles...........and with my rose bushes heavy with blossoms, 

I am enjoying this beautiful vase.....filling it with colorful
inspiration.......and scent

as it sits on my work table, where I can enjoy it as I stitch 
the hours away.  
So........tell me.......
do  you have a favorite vase that you keep your cut flowers in?
Did it once belong to your mother........grandmother?
Did you sweetheart bring you a beautiful bouquet in one?
Do you have a great story for yours?  
I would love to hear!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Raphael Tuck & Sons lady has been embroidered.............

as most of you have read from my last post..........
I decided I would try to embroider this Victorian lady............

and so..........I carefully worked.......stitch after stitch

and finished her last night

The design is about 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" .  I always name my pieces........so 
introducing
 " Clara Rose"

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Although my work basket is full

of the various embroidery projects I have already started and am in the middle of stitching........
I have decided to ..........and I say very seriously......"attempt"  
to embroider this lovely Victorian lady. 
This is one of Raphael Tuck & Sons prints/postcard.
I discovered Raphael Tuck & Sons a little while back , and was 
captivated with the images of lovely Victorian ladies, with their large hats, adorned with roses..... and then there are the sweet children ......little girls and babies ...dressed in pinafores......surrounded with flowers.  
 I have always loved the Victorian rose and floral images for as long as I can remember...........
but now........my attention is on the ladies, with the large flower covered hats. 
 What caught my heart the most......is the soft colors used to create these beautiful images. 
I have not worked the stitch concept out yet..........but I have picked out the color of floss that closely matches the picture.
When I come back here........in a few days........weeks???  I hope to have a stitched 
photo to show you.
So.........how about you? Do you love Victorian era art......or images?
What is your favorite?  Roses, floral.......or ladies and children?
I would love to hear!