Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Holidays (WARNING Picture Heavy)


Wishing you and all you love the 
Happiest 

Holiday Season.
See you in 2014!


Oldest Daughter Son-in-Law
and babies








Middle daughter and Son-in-Law


Youngest daughter.


The men in my life.


The ladies.


OUR FAMILY









MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
SEE YOU IN 2014







Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thank you!

I would like to say Thank You to all my
Sweet Embroidery Ladies.

What a joy it has been to have you here on Monday's.
The talent, the inspiration, the projects, the lovely stories, the fun, all of it, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I will miss our Monday For the Love of Enbroidery Posts


As I looked back at previous posts I found several projects that I would like to try and links I need to bookmark.  So, I am going to leave the posts up all year. 
Yes, all year on my side-bar. 
We can then all go back and be inspired once more!

Again, thank you for sharing your joy of hand stitching.

Hugs, 





Monday, December 16, 2013

For The Love of Hand Embroidery-Guest Poster-Pam

Happy Monday to everyone. 
 I hope you had a nice weekend and did something you loved.
On to our next guest for
The Love of Hand Embroidery.


Today
I would like to welcome
Pam who blogs at



Good Morning!  I’m ‘Pam in IL’ and blog over at 
I’m really excited that Jane has allowed me to participate as a guest blogger today. 

For as long as I can remember, I have loved embroidery, sewing and most crafts. When I was really young, I would snatch mom’s scraps from her sewing table so I could make doll clothes and decorations for my room. 

As we got a little older, we were allowed to walk to the dime store downtown and usually bought candy or small toys, but I remember finding embroidery thread, metal hoops and some iron-on designs in the back corner of the store one day. I talked my sister and friends into combining all our money so we could purchase the embroidery supplies. I convinced them that we could each get a hoop and share the thread and transfers.  I was sure we could find some pillowcases at home that we’d be able to embroider on. 

As far as I was concerned, we couldn’t get home quick enough after we made that purchase, but the other girls wanted to stop at the library. I can still feel my impatience as they took what seemed like the whole afternoon looking for library books.  I still have that impatience when I want to start a new project! 

Once we were home, we got mom to iron on the transfers and all four of us girls spent the rest of the day together stitching on our pillowcases. We stitched different designs all over those pillowcases and when there was no room left, we stitched on anything we could get our hands on, like Grandma’s flour sack dish towels, clothing and table linens.

For me, hand embroidery includes all different types of embroidery such as surface embroidery, cross stitch, hardanger, blackwork and redwork. I just really enjoy it all. When I think about my love for all types of hand embroidery, I’m always eager to teach others how to stitch. I’m lucky enough to have a group of kids from church to share my love of hand embroidery with. This small group of boys and girls range from 5 years old up to high school age. 

What better way to participate in Jane’s embroidery challenge than to share it with my group of kids? 

I pulled out Christmas cookie cutters, felt, ribbons, buttons, embellishments and thread.  



We used the cookie cutters as shape templates and then decorated them with stitches and embellishments.  (The kids were given different brands of thread, but for all the pieces I did, I used only Presencia thread.)   A blunt needle was used with the felt so even the youngest kids could do some stitching, add felt embellishments or sew on a button.

These are the ornaments I stitched  




In addition to the ornaments, we each made a block that can be used for a pillow, quilt or banner.  I haven’t decided how I’ll use mine.



The Presencia thread is a dream to work with and I’ll definitely be adding more of it to my stash!


I would like to thank Jane for spreading her love of hand embroidery by inviting us to share our love of hand embroidery!

To our readers.  After you leave your comment, Pam will come back to her post and hit reply to answer your comments and questions. So make sure to come back later in the day!


When Pam first left a comment on my blog I emailed her back and asked where she lived in Illinois. How crazy is this; she grew up where I live!  We talk about the same dime store, the library,the pool,and the grocery stores we both visited!  How fun is that! Pam has moved to another place in Illinois and I am still here, how fun for us to chat!
Sorry, I am rambling!

I love the idea of starting children on the road to the love of stitching!  A simple idea that can turn out so beautiful  Believe me, I will be doping this next year with the Grand-babies! Thank you so much Pam for such wonderful inspiration!

PS  Love your Birdie Stitchery!








Sunday, December 15, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Maggie!!
Just a short parade of your last few years!
















18, are you kidding!
Where did the time go?
You are a senior in High School, soon to leave for College.
No worries, really, Mommy will be able to handle it!

Daddy and I love you and are so proud of you.  xxxoxo


Friday, December 13, 2013

For The Love of Hand Embroidery-Guest Poster-Vicki

Happy Friday to everyone. 
 I hope you are having a nice week.
On to our next guest for
The Love of Hand Embroidery.


Today
I would like to welcome
Vicki.
Vicki does not have a blog but loves to read them and volunteered to join the embroidery fun.
Thanks Vicki!


Hi! My name is Vicki and I am new to embroidery. I really like it, it is very soothing. 
I choose to do a pattern from 
called Raining Cats and Dogs. It was free. :)


I did the raindrops in the pretty turquoise thread with a back stitch outline and a fill in stitch. 


The words say, "It's raining cats and dogs...don't step in the poodles!"  The poodle is done in the medium brown in a back stitch outline. 



My daughter really likes it, though it is going to be a present for a friend who has a toy poodle. Thanks for having me, it was a lot of fun! 



To our readers.  After you leave your comment, Vicki will come back to her post and hit reply to answer your comments and questions. So make sure to come back later in the day!


Thank you so much Vicki!  What a cute pattern!  I love the colors you choose for the stitchery.  You will now have to make another one for your daughter! Thank you for being a guest and for your inspiration.






Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Flimsy!

Oh My Goodness,  
I am just tickled pink with this flimsy!  What fun I had with this wall-hanging.  I loved every second. Loved picking out what block to make. Loved picking out what colors to use in the block. Loved picking out the barn colors. Loved picking out the sashing fabrics.  
I loved it all!!

Now, I have not trimmed it yet because I do not know if I should add a border? and what color binding?
Advice please!



Happy Sewing!


Monday, December 9, 2013

For The Love of Hand Embroidery-Guest Poster-Karen

Happy Monday to everyone. 
 I hope you had a nice weekend and did something you loved.
On to our next guest for
The Love of Hand Embroidery.


Today
I would like to welcome
Karen who blogs at
Messy Karen


I joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group. it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog. and today is my day to share: we were asked by Jane to use Presencia #12 thread. I used 2627/purple, 4565/dk. green, 7740/brown, 1915/red, 4812 Lt green, and 0007 black.

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This sweet stitchery is from Carina's online store. it's in her Donationware section. and you give what you can or want to. I have taken and appreciated many free patterns from everyone over the years. so I gave $3.50.

 


Then I sewed it into a morning mat paired with a favorite Anna Maria Horner fabric. The design measures 5 in. x 4-1/2 in. the mat measures 15 in. x 8 in. this was a fun project. And as a first time Presencia thread user.I am delighted to share that it is very nice and easy to use.



To our readers.  After you leave your comment, Karen will come back to her post and hit reply to answer your comments and questions. So make sure to come back later in the day!


Thank you so much Karen!  Just darling and just in time for the Holiday Season! What fun to wake up to that cutie. Thank you for being a guest and for your inspiration.