Thursday, December 31, 2009


Made by my Mom for Nick:

Angel Stitchin
Santa's Buddies

(From Christmas ornament 2009 Magazine)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Made by my Mom for Alex:

Homespun Elegance
Snow Merry

(Christmas Ornament 2009 Magazine)

Thursday, December 24, 2009


My Mom made this lovely ornament for us

We have it hanging in our front window

I think it is JBW Design, Christmas Tree Collection One

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Honey & Nikki

Q: "Love your cats...question, do they ever fight?"
A: No, they are compatible. They usually lick each other - nap together - sit together. They share the same food + water dish (tho, Honey Bunny sneaks into the dog's water bowl all the time - I'm not sure why)

Nikki in the basket
Honey curled up on the desk

Too cute!
Wanted to share ....

Monday, December 14, 2009

awesome issue

What a treat!
EGA has a nice issue out
I enjoyed the article & patterns re. Chrismons
ALSO, the Freestyle Embroidery
What fun to browse on this drizzly day

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Improving our economy

Item Name: PA Christmas
Sub-Category:Goode Huswife

Merry Christmas to me ....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Nikki & Honey

Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm in the kitchen trying to get a family meal (worth eating) on the table
Nikki & Honey napping thru the Dog Show (on tv)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Flowers from my Mother-in-Law

Close-up of the lillies

This picture is for Karol, who wanted to see my yo-yos.
I need 54 small yo-yos to make a small bear.
More about yo yos in This Post.
I've also made 4 butterfly yo yos, 4 flower yo yos (2 sizes), several hearts, and circle yo yos in 4 sizes.
And, yes, I'm going to use them ; )

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lately ... A Quiet Blog

Bristol Tabletopper;
A tribute to the needlework
of the Muller Orphan Homes

c.2007 Dutch Treat Designs

Why so quiet? I haven't stitched much.

When I've been with my stitchie pals, I started this tabletopper (from my stash) and stitched up a couple of the motifs in the center square. It is stitched with Caron Watercolours.

When I've had some spare time, I've been practicing my tatting.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

boxes for perle cotton

Since my post about the perle coton boxes, I had been asked about template(s) directions & instructions CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE I'm really not good at explaining so, I took apart a box & will try to show how I create boxes I start with a 4" x 6" card (index card, card stock, light weight cardboard Decorate - or leave plain Cut 4 slits & Fold Attach label to ends of box -- double sided tape, glue, whatever is on hand Use Paper punch where you want your ribbons Ribbon should be 18-19" & secure the perle coton balls in place Not too tight or they will not roll easily when fiber end is pulled I use a bodkin & two colors of ribbon Thread thru the box & perle coton balls Use 2nd ribbon and repeat on the other side Bows on the ends over labels Check out a couple blogs Karol and Marjorie They both have posts w/photos about State Day 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009


How could I resist
this awesome
House of Stitches magnet?

It jumped off the counter
right into my shopping basket!

the House of Stitches
corner gauge
caught my eye

and it, too, jumped into
my shopping basket!!

Love them!!!!!

I added some posts on my Stitches of Life II blog
about my punch needle & tatting

Friday, October 30, 2009


My youngest DS
went on a field trip
a couple week-ends ago

The high school group
enjoyed the 2009 Feast of the Hunters' Moon

My son brought back this
interesting metal leaf

(He actually bought two of them
kept one for himself -- he said
some ppl put them on chains like
a necklace)

I put a magnet underneath & it holds needles!

I was given a couple of gift certificats & am finally getting around to mentioning!

I guess my blogging was on back burner for awhile

The tweezers (Uncle Bill's Silver Gripper) are from
Stitches N Things
located in Michigan

I also got some awesome fibers for a punch needle project!!!
(started, doesn't look like much yet)
Many thx GF!

AND ... AND ... I had a Gift Certificate/Card from JoAnn Fabrics
which I used on the
Gingher Designer's Series

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mike & Carol's Internet Store

Having a difficult time finding
Gingher's Designer Scissors?

Check out
Mike & Carol's Internet Store
for excellent service
and prices

Pictured above are
Freedom & Elena
recently added to my collection!

edited: direct link:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-6404

October 10, 2009–January 3, 2010

This of one of the
Current Exhibition at the
Art Institute of Chicago

I would really like to view this
and am waiting for a NON-rainy day

October 10, 2009–January 31, 2010
Gallery 211

Caravaggio Painting
on loan from
the National Gallery of London


- - - - - - - - - - - - -

The last time I visited Chicago
(with my Mom in September)

I went to the Cultural Center's
Art-O-Mat machine
& selected:
It is by
Helen Harris
Pine Art Studio

It looks fantastic with the other painting
I have
by Helen Harris
Pictured Here

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Indiana State Day

Indiana State Day was a success
It was hosted by NANI
The Co-Chair, Committee, Volunteers, put together quite an event

In addition to the awesome project, each participant was given
a stunning beaded scissor fob
made by NANI member Carol J

Mine has a very kewl pink flip flop on the end!!!

If you noticed the stamped index card
with Autumn pumpkin & leaves theme,
they were folded up
perle cotton balls inserted
and secured with ribbon
(the labels attached to ends)
Boxes put together by Mel (w/o Blog)
I just love the Autumn theme!

These perle coton boxes
can be made for two balls
or just one

I've made several
It keeps them from rolling around
and the cats tend to leave them alone!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Pink Artists Group

In 2008,
The Pink Artists
raised just over $3,000 for
Susan G Komen and the fight against breast cancer
We are doing it again!

Please consider making a donation
by October 15th

flyer in image above

You may have already
read the article
about the Pink Artist Group
in the Summer 2009
issue of
Art Quilting Studio

In the photograph above,
you can see
the square made & donated by Me!
(upper right)
Which was combined with
other squares to form one square of
a beautiful art quilt.
To see all the squares
in the quilt,
visit The Pink Artists 2009 Quilt
Flikr Account.

In addtion to the
2009 Pink Quilt
there is a
Prize Wheel

The Prize Wheel makes up the art
being offered in 2009
in our art drawing
to raise even more funds for our chosen charity.

Please visit the art blog of Monica Magness
at for more information
and to learn how you too can get involved!

-----To make a donation:

Make out your money order* to
Susan G Komen for the cure
and mail it to:

Monica Magness
PO Box 2206
Madison, AL 35758

*pay pal option available, details
Monica's blog
Girl Gone Thread Wild

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009

Craft Day

I have participated in Craft Day when it was held in Lake County at the Fairgrounds. I enjoyed the day & if you get the chance, check it out!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
4-H Building at the Porter Co Fairgrounds
Valparaiso, IN

Monday, September 21, 2009

Over the week-end,
Karol & I went shopping
we visited
Needle Nest and Erica's

I found some nice fat quarters,
fibers, embroidery needles, & picked up the current issue
of Needlepoint Now

I enjoyed Coni's page,
what a hoot

Following our spree,
we had wonderful
salads at
Hacienda House
next door to Needle Nest

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009

Ready for the next stitcher ...

blogging at Purple Peacock
has finished stitching

My Needle & Floss
by Waxing Moon Designs

If you'd like to be next
to stitch this design

see details on Jill's post
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pattern

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Doll, Teaddy Bear & Mini Show

If you are in the area, you might like to attend this event. I've gone to this show in the past. There are some beautiful dolls on display, for sale, etc. AND, some of the most beautiful doll clothing & accessories I have ever seen.

Sunday, Spetember 13, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Porter Co Expo Center in Valparaiso, IN

Thursday, September 03, 2009


Aren't these the cat's meow?

I was gifted by Pat
blogging at Pat Winter Gatherings ...

She sent two stitching accessories
A needle keeper
(a very pretty leaf
with super strong magnet)
to keep my needle from
falling away!

See the needle in the center of the leaf?

AND, a needle threader
with a smashing kewl
bead on the wire!

The bead is perfect
to hold & the wire
easily goes thru
the needle eye

Did you notice the awesome card they came with (on)?

OH my, Pat sure knows how to spoil me rotten : )

I cannot help wonder if she
is planning to gift her students
when they come for lessons
or add these to her
etsy shop

Lessons? as in classes? Yes,
check out her blog
Pat Winter's Crazy Gatherings
for her CQ & other demonstrations

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


I am grateful for NANI pals
and their never ending generosity!

blogging at World Embroideries
gifted me with this
fantastic Temari Ball

Have you seen her
wonderful Temari creations?
Check out her blog ...

... wait a minute ...
there is MORE
She decided to part with
a ton of her
Crazy Quilt fabric pieces
sharp needles
& trims!

I'm delighted to have a collection
of bits of this-n-that in my stash

Thanks a million Jane : )

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


Isn't this tatting beautiful? I received this beautiful bookmark from Cathy B who blogs at With Needle & Thread Thanks Cathy & thanks to your Mom, too! Cathy writes that she started blogging four years ago & I was one of the first to comment on her new blog Lucky Me!!! I'm thrilled to own this tatted bookmark, made by her Mom Did I mention I'm going to take some tatting lessons on October 22nd at 1:00 p.m.? I'm not real sure I'll be good at it I've always admired this art and will appreciate it more once I know how it is created!


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