Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blog Awards

Edited to show the award I was given.

This is the blog award that was given to me by Carol from http://stitchacrosstheborder.blogspot.com/
Thank you Carol for letting me know it came from you.

I noticed a few days back that someone had given me a very nice Blog Award, unfortunately my computer has been acting up and I can't recall who's blog it was on, but thank you so very much for thinking of my blog.

I do truly appreciate the sentiment behind these awards, but since there are so many amazing blogs that I read I could never bring myself to single out just one let alone pick my favorite few.
So I am respectfully requesting that no awards be given to my blog as I do not want anyone to feel slighted if I don't happen to pick their blog as an award recipient.
Feelings can get hurt so very easily.

I hope you can understand my decision.

Take Care Everyone & Happy Stitching ..... Sandy

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

More Stitching Finishes

I finished a couple more pieces.
I tried out a skein of Carries I had in my stash and found it to be very moisture un-friendly. Were talking a just barely damp wash cloth and an iron for a total of 5 to 10 seconds to get out a very small crease, and I had color transfer from the thread to my ironing board cover. The piece wasn't even damp from the rag. Yes, I know that their not colorfast, but that was just a bit to much color transfer for my taste.
I've tried WDW & GAST and have never had that problem.

Design: Quaker Pin Pillow
This was a freebie from The Piecemaker website and I modified it quite a lot to make it look like I wanted. It is stitched on 28ct. linen using Carries Creations thread in Teal Mist.
Finished On: 03-12-2010


I just love this saying and the antique look of it. It will be framed at a later date when I find the right frame for the piece.

Design: In Everything Give Thanks
Designer: Sandy Orton of Kooler Design Studio
Stitched on 28ct. Tea Monaco using DMC threads. The overall size of the stitching is only
13 1/8"x 1 5/8"

Thank you so very much for stopping by and leaving behind your thoughts, they mean so very much to me and help to keep me stitching and designing.

Take Care & Happy Stitching Everyone,

Thursday, March 11, 2010

All You Need Is Love!

I just had to add a little more "LOVE" around the house.
After all you can never have too much love in your home, right?

Design: Love Pin Pillow
This little pin pillow (4.5"x1.75") is stitched on 32ct. white linen using DMC variegated #99.
I just adore this variegated mauve thread and need to pick up more on our next shopping trip.

Design: Love
Stitched on 14ct white perforated paper that had been antiqued by me, using DMC #99 & 94 and a solid DMC. I mounted it on a piece of fabric covered poster-board and trimmed it with a beautiful very dark wine ribbon.

OK, so now I need to quit stitchin' up pieces that look like Valentines Day, but I just love the antique sampler alphabet from the March 2008 Cross-Stitch & Needlework. The alphabet was re-charted by Jane Greenoff.

Take Care Everyone & Happy Stitching

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Two Little Finished Hearts

Well, I finally got two of my little heart designs finished up. I was still doing the "Stitch & Rip" twist, but didn't let the "Stitcher's Rage" get in the way of finishing these two pieces.

This first one was one of the "Stitch & Rip" pieces. Wound up ripping out the whole right side of this one after trying to "un-stitch" just the ecru vine's. Too many pulled threads.
Design: Folk Art Heart
Designer: Me
Finished: 05 March 2010
Stitched on 32ct. cream linen using DMC threads, cream Mill Hill Petite beads and a small heart button. Finished it off as a Pin Pillow tied with a cream bow.


This one I made for my DH & myself, kind of like an Anniversary piece of sorts, although that's not until August. I don't think using the DMC metallic was such a great idea as cording, it was very much a pain in the tushie and didn't behave well.

Design: Love One Another
Designer: Me
Finished: 07 March 2010
Stitched on 32ct cream linen using DMC threads and Mill Hill beads.
Finished off as a hanging heart.

I'm working on two other small pieces ( no their not heart shapes), but I have no idea what I'm going to do with them at the moment.
Thanks for stopping by and having a peek at all of my stitching ups & downs. I really do appreciate all of you taking the time to do so and the wonderful comments you leave behind really help to keep me stitching & designing.

Take Care & Happy Stitching Everyone,

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A Very Crappy Stitching Week

Oh what an amazingly CRAPPY!! stitching week I had.

I started three different stitchy smalls last week and all I did was stitch & rip, stitch & rip, stitch & rip until I finally gave into the "Stitching Rage" I was feeling and pulled out my fabric shears.
Stitching Rage and big sharp scissors are not a good combination as the picture below will show.

I should have just put all of the stitching away.
Oh well, that one didn't survive but I have two more that escaped the rage and I will try again this week and see how it goes with them.
Maybe I should hide my all four pair of my fabric shears, no because then I'll really need them and not be able to find them.
Guess I'll just have to hope & pray for a better stitching week.

Take Care & Happy Stitching to you all ... Sandy