Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another Small Halloween Gift

I designed another small Halloween gift for all of my wonderful followers.

This one is only 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" so would make a cute little scissor fob or ornament.

"Stitchin' Halloween"
Designed by Me

It would make a cute companion to "Spooky Nights"
The littlest ghost from Spooky makes an appearance in this piece to help scare away all of those frogs that we tend to suffer thru. 

As always, I would love to see your finished versions of my designs, so give me a shout when you have a finish so I can stop by and take a peek or send me a pic if you don't have a blog. You can find my email addy on my profile page.

Until next time

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 Smalls SAL Update

Here is my 2014 Smalls SAL update for August. 
I seriously can not believe the year is over half-way over, where dose the time go.

I have two stitchin' finishes for August.

First Up:

"Sunflowers & Daisies"
 Designed by me and shared here on my blog. 

I did make a few changes from the original pattern, which is par for the course for me. I back stitched all the flower heads in dark brown and used an olive gold/green to back stitch the centers of the sunflowers {doesn't show well in the photo). I also added one stitch to the daisy stems and added another row of dirt plus altered the size of the "S's" and the word Daisies. 
Yep, all my charts are a work in progress while I'm stitchin' em'.

Next Up:

"Bee's & Sunflowers"
Designed by me as a companion piece to "Sunflowers & Daisies"

Both pieces are stitched on 14 count Aida hand-dyed by me with a light blue and stitched with DMC threads.

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by and possibly leaving your thoughts behind. Each and every one of them mean so very much to me.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TUSAL for August

I'm a day late, I'm afraid. 
We got back from a camping trip Saturday evening and I couldn't find the camera until late last night. Oh well, better late than never.

I have quite a bit more in the jar than the last time. 
I've stitched and sewn this time so there are a few fabric snippets and sewing thread, as well as DMC bits.

That's it for today, I'll post a few snaps from our soggy camping trip later on.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, August 18, 2014

I Won A Contest!!

I entered a contest to win three sewing/quilting books at Seams and Scissors
which is the blog for All Free Sewing and I won these three Leisure Arts books. 

All Free Sewing has tons of free sewing patterns, e-books and lots of info on sewing. If you like sewing you might want to stop by and check em' out.

 Beginner Friendly Quilts - The Best Of Quilty

 Basics & Beyond: Simple Embellishments

Sew It All: Quick Projects

Each one has at least one or two interesting things I might like to try.

That's it for today my stitchin' friends, thank you so much for stopping by and for any comments you may wish to leave behind.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Actually Using My Sewing Machine

Since the Big Guy is jonesing for a camping trip, seeing as how he got zero camping trips in 2013 and only one in 2012, I know he'll want at least two trips this season. 
Of course with putting a new bumper on the back of the Jeep and then the air conditioning going out on our Jeep (that should get fixed Monday or Tuesday, fingers crossed) his beloved camping season is getting off to a slow start. 
So I thought I would use my beautiful new Singer I got last year and stitch up a caddy for his wallet, cell phone and keys, after all, he's only been asking for one for two years.

Designed by me, it was simple and easy (after I wrapped my mind around it), it has two 6" wide pockets and two D-rings. It attaches with three Velcro tabs so it can hang from the back support of our Pop-Up trailer or from the shelving unit the Big Guy made for inside.
You can see the Singer I got last year here .

That's all for today everyone.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin' 
or Sewin'
Hugs, Sandy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Obsessed with Sunflower's

NOTE: I just changed out the picture and chart as the word Daisies was missing the first "i".
Thanks go out to Marion Susanne Fuchs for pointing this out for me.
Thank you so much

I have been obsessed with the beautiful Sunflower as of late. 
So much so that I am trying to get the "big guy" to let me make sunflower curtains for our pop-up trailer, it is yellow after all and I reason "if I have to go camping with him to make him happy, I at least need to like where I'm staying" ;)
I want to plant sunflower's in our yard next year, and find some nice artificial ones for decorating around the house. I even changed my blog background, because of the sunflower.
I have also been designing Sunflower themed cross stitch charts, at least a dozen so far.

So because of my obsession with the beautiful Sunflower, I thought I would post a cute little gifty for you all to stitch.

"Sunflower's & Daisies" in full color so you know what it will look like.

"Sunflower's & Daisies"

Hope you all enjoy this little design and again let me know when you stitch it up, so I can have a peek at your creation.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts behind, I truly do appreciate each and ever one of them.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, August 11, 2014

A New Toy

Sometimes prayers are answered in a strange way.

For years now I have been asking my DH for a treadmill to replace the very annoying and old stair stepper that I have been using off and on.

It is ancient and was used when we got it over 10 years ago.
I had given up on trying to get the big guy to give in and get me a treadmill, he would usually just say I can get those on Craig's List for $100, but never got around to getting one.

Well last week on Wednesday he comes home from work and tells me that he got something from work that was going to be thrown in the trash and wanted to know if I wanted it.
He opens the back of the Jeep and the entire back is filled with a very large cardboard box, the tag on the box read "Strider". We left in the Jeep over night since we needed to figure out what it was and where we would put it.

Thursday evening he wrangled the box out of the back of the Jeep, it weighed nearly 200 pounds, after we got in the house and put together, this is what I got.

"Freemotion f 5.6 Elliptical Strider"

The "Beast" is 5' 5" tall, that's two inches taller than I am. It's HUGE!!!
It plugs in and has a console that tells you how long and how fast you've been going. You can plug in an iPod or CD player into it, it has a two speed fan and a book/magazine holder. If you grab the side bars it even reads your pulse rate.
The "Beast" retails for a whopping $1295.00. Our price, just the cost of gas to get it home.

It had been sitting at work in the OS&D pile for almost a year.
I started using it the next day on Friday and yeah I was sore on Saturday morning, but got right back on. I love it, it's fun to use, and will find a permanent spot either in the living room or my craft room soon, just need to do some rearranging. Should make my doctor happy, he keeps telling me I need to loose weight because of my "high blood pressure". 

Yes, I thanked GOD for having the big guy bring this home and not letting it get thrown out.

Take Care Everyone and have a Blessed Day
Hugs, Sandy 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A Halloween Gift from Me to You

I don't stitch for Halloween much as we never get any "Trick or Treater's", but I thought I'd post up a little stitchy somethin', somethin' for all of you Halloween stitcher's out there who do.

 "Spooky Night's"

I think this would make a really cute pin pillow or door hanger. 
It should be a fairly quick stitch since it's mostly full cross stitches and back stitch.

I would really love to see your stitched finishes of my design's so I know that I'm not putting them out there in vain. I do love to share my cross stitch design's, but I really hate to think of them being hoarded and never stitched, but enough about one of my pet peeve's. 

That's all for today friend's, thanks for stopping by and leaving your thought's behind. I appreciate each and every one of them. Until next post....

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Friday, August 01, 2014

2014 Smalls SAL for July

Since I had stitched absolutely nothing last month, I guess a finish finish will have to make do for my Small's SAL this time.

I stitched this piece back in July of 2011

And I have turned it into the pincushion cover for my Ott Light tray.

I have been playing with designs for the pincushion cover, but went with this for now.

Well that's it for today everyone, thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts behind. I truly appreciate  each and every one of them.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin' 
Hugs, Sandy