Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Smalls SAL Update

Time for another update, this time it's for the 2015 Smalls SAL
Here is my finish for the month of April.

Found this saying on Pinterest and just had to chart it so I could stitch it up. It suits me to a tee according to my hubs. It's stitched on 28 count using DMC threads. I'll most likely turn it into a small pillow.

Tried out another crafty endeavor last week.

I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own buttons. So easy, and great results using Rit Dye.
The dyes were: Tangerine (top left), Teal ( top right) and Sunshine Orange (bottom).
I've already used a few of the ones from the Tangerine batch, they make cute flower centers.

Well that's it for this post, time to go pull some coffee dyed muslin out of the oven so I can see how it turned out. Until next time, thank you so much for stopping by and any thoughts you may leave behind.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TUSAL Update Among Other Things

Only a day late with this months TUSAL Update.
So ...... lets start there.

Here's my stitchin' entry.

And here's my sewing/craft entry.

These are the reason I've been having so many fabric scraps. 
I have lots more cut out and ready to put together for adding to other prim and country pieces or just on branch stems. 
The flowers, leaves and pumpkins are super quick and easy, except for the pumpkin stems wrapped in jute, which took a bit and those two darn butterflies (rose/mauve colored on the left) which were a bit of a pain to get right. The yellow pumpkin is hand-dyed and the cream pumpkin is coffee stained and dyed, still need to get some wired hemp or jute for the curly tendrils on the pumpkins. 
When you have no primitive or country shops in the area ya just gotta make it yourself.

Did a bit of canning weekend before last.

Five quarts of very pretty and yummy Four Bean Salad.
Love adding home canned foods to our pantry, helps cut down on a lot of the stuff we would normally buy on a shopping trip. Best thing is we know exactly what were putting into it, no mystery ingredients or things you can't pronounce. 

Started lots of herb seeds for my herb garden that I plan to have this year. Basil, Oregano, Dill, Rosemary, Spearmint, Peppermint, Parsley, Cilantro, and Garlic Chives so far. Then some Sunflowers and two types of Lavender. Planted Banana Peppers, Beets, Radishes and Cucumber seeds in the garden this weekend. Hopefully they sprout and the deer don't eat them. 
Bought two cold hardy Blueberries to plant in the garden, but one has taken some damage as Jack decided that he wanted to take out his spite on one of them, hope it survives since he pulled it out of its pot and broke a branch off dragging it around the backyard then chewed the plastic pot for good measure. He is my least favorite dog at the moment and knows it since he steers clear of me right now.

Well, I think I've gone on long enough tonight. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and maybe leave a thought or two behind. So, until next time......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin' Everyone
Hugs, Sandy