Saturday, November 26, 2005

Gifts from Malaysia

Look what came in Friday's mail! I am so excited to share these photographs with you. These were stitched by Margaret W from the Stitching Smalls Group and the Stitching Smalls SAL Group. I sent her an e-mail & asked if it was ok to share these on my blog. Currently, Margaret is not blogging; however, is involved with a Christmas mailart exchange.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThis is a pincushion which proudly sits on my desk. The design is by Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin. WOOT.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAlong with the beautifully stitched & finished pincushion, was an ornament. Aren't I the lucky stitcher? She said it is a freebie pattern from Prairie Schooler.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThis is the back of the ornament. Margaret shares in her note: "the back of the ornament 'Selamat Hari Krismas' means 'Merry Christmas' in our national language--the Malay language."

Prairie Schooler - freebie

c.1985 The Prairie Schooler, Inc. (freebie bookmark pattern).   These Autumn colors are lovely.   Maybe this Spring I'll have to try this pattern again -- using some Spring colors ; )
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ID on stitching?

Image hosted by Photobucket.comToday’s SBQ was suggested by Kimberly and is:

Do you always sign your projects? If not, why? If so, do you use your first name, initials or what?

What a good question Kimberly. When stitching 'gifts' I think it looks so silly with my initials &/or name - when this is for somebody else who may not understand why it is their gift with MY NAME -- AND, When stitching a reproduction sampler - I'm always tempted to use the ORIGINAL STITCHER's name. Using my name on projects is a difficult task. I'm known by my family as "Little Lee" after my maternal Grandmother - Lelia Evelyn, who passed away weeks after I was born. (LEE was my Grandmother's Monogram) Outside of my family, I'm usually known by Carol or Carol Lee or Lee. so - I don't know what to use & skip it most of the time. Looking forward to reading how other stitchers 'sign' their work.

Friday, November 25, 2005

The Shadow of the Wind

Thanksgiving Holiday was really nice. Had the Chicago & New York parades on t.v. -- and the dog show on tv. Cooked up a feast (14.5lb turkey; stuffing; corn pudding; steamed veggies; hot pineapple/bread; store bought pumpkin pie & ready whip) Around 9pm the children went off to the movies to view Harry Potter (Victoria, her friend David, Nicholas, & Alexander). I got in some major reading after Head Chef duty:
Image hosted by Photobucket.comI really like this novel(so far - I'm on pg 120).
I was on the 'request' list at the public library for quite awhile & was delighted to get my hands on this book. New York Times book review. Today, DH & Vickie are working. The boys are sleeping. I'm going to sit around & read ; )

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Gift for Aunt Penny

My son Alexander (13yo) made this Mill Hill pin for Aunt Penny.   She received it on Monday & I hear liked it very much. c.2001 Mill Hill. Holiday Pins VIII (H102) Joyful Angel.
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Tori arrived home last night & we talked until midnight.   Received another dusting of snow & hear it will melt off later this a.m.    Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Thanks Margaret

Was a tad stiff from the cleaning (moving furniture around).   Worked on this Prairie Schooler freebie for awhile.   It is interesting ; )
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Monday, November 21, 2005

Prairie Moon

Prairie Moon has a web site! Yeeeessss ; ) check it out. I've seen the shop models at House of Stitches in LaPorte, IN.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

2 busy 2 blog ...

Hi there : ) I've been getting the house ready for Turkey Day -- would like to have everything spiffy by Tuesday. Tuesday Tori is home from college. Haven't seen her since August. She has several shifts at Subway & said she has a paper to write. Not much family time, but will still be nice to have her home.

I was asked about my beading projects ... I've made pins & amulet pouches -- I don't think I have photos. Maybe I'll get them out & post them in a couple weeks.

Some time ago, I told Margaret W (from stitching smalls yahoo group) I'd post WIP photos of my M.Garry project. I didn't get the inside pockets stitched & sewn in(yet). I put it aside for holiday stitching - Here they are (front,back,open):

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

N. Hinde 1778 WIP

Image hosted by Photobucket.comc.1991 The Scarlet Letter: N. Hinde 1778 A miniature sampler
According to the Scarlet Letter Web page, introducing miniature samplers "Girls and women gave each other gifts of their handwork- a meaningful sentiment then as well as now" It also says the samplers were occasionally put into small books.

So I'm thinking, how cool would that be? having a selection of miniature samplers received from stitching pals?

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Take the Stitcher's Quiz ...

Look at this ; ) A quiz for stitchers .... check out Wednesday's entry onAnna Van Schurman's blog. Totally creative & fun! I'm gathering up MY answers.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cross-Eyed Cricket (freebie)

Image hosted by Photobucket.comlink in sidebar or go to for graph and color photograph.

I started Drawn Thread's Linen & Lace ... if I can manage all the specialty stitches, it will be a holiday gift. My Nicholas is home from school today -- just not feeling well. Here we go again ....

Thank you Isabelle & Anna for the links ; ) I appreciate it very much.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Library Lover ...

I usually have 'requests' at the public library, + check them out when it is my turn .... once in awhile, they all become available at the SAME TIME. Yes -- I picked up four books. This book has a lot of pictures -- but they aren't large enough for the stitcher in me:
Image hosted by Photobucket.comMaybe I need to find another book with more VISUALS. Anybody have any suggestions?

Inbetween cleaning (gotta do that before the holidays) this-n-that, I'll take some coffee breaks with books. This test was on Jenna's blog (Tale of a Shooting Star) and I just had to give it a try ...

Your #1 Match: INFJ

The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.
You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.

You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Afghan WIP

Mill Hill - Acorn Sampler Afghan. c.1989 Jill Siegler, Samplers from the heart.Stitched with anchor floss on Zweigart Novara Afghan Fabric.
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Friday, November 04, 2005

On a photo hunt ...

I have been trying to photograph the kittens who were dropped off at our home this Summer.   They are very shy.   Today, I had some luck with two of them.   I fed them early (because Alex had show choir practice at 7am).   When I went out to grab their food tray, two of the 3 were sleeping.   When I came closer, they decided I was harmless & let me photograph them.   Wish the tiger striped one was around -- if it was, it was hidden!
Image hosted by Photobucket.comThis is the shy siamese mix

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThis is the bold siamese/mix

Good thing this camera has a close-up button! They were not very close to me. Both of these kittens are easy to spot as they have a lot of white fur.   Blue eyes.   Their faces are grey-blue.   Their tails are tiger stripe.   Their legs have a grey/white stripe.   The tiger-stipe is very beautiful with white paws.  

Barbara: These kittens were so small when they arrived (must have been July). We have been feeding them 2x/day & cannot get near them. DH gets closer to them than I. The Mom-cat is long gone as is one all-black kitten. We see the white ones (because of their fur color) more often than the tiger stripe one.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Read it

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAdd this one to your 'must read' list!
Danielle: Yes, I read Moon Tide ... I thought it was a fantastic story & she wrote with a poetic descriptive style I enjoyed. I wonder what she will come up with next?
Christine: June 2005 -- her first novel was Moon Tide (also very good). I have some excerpts in my Xanga


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