Last Fall Ornament

Saturday, December 6, 2008

This is the last Fall ornament for the tree this year. We are going to work on Christmas ones now. I say we, but really mean Jill as she is the one doing all the work! For sure next week I'm going to get one done!

New Beaded Ornaments

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jill finished 2 ornaments for our tree. The ghost was actually finished before Halloween - I just didn't get it posted! The pumpkin she finished yesterday. We have a couple more fall ornaments to do & then we'll have a fall tree for another week or so.

Blog Action Day

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Today is Blog Action Day. The purpose of this annual event is to focus blog discussions on a particular topic. This year's topic is poverty. A stitching blog like this doesn't really have much relevance to poverty. However, it did make me realize how thankful I am that I'm able to indulge in activities like embroidery, sewing, beading, etc.

The Cross-Stitch & Needlwork blog today had a list of organizations that accept stitched items as donations. While not addressing poverty explicitly, this is a great way to contribute to a charity. One thing not on their list which I think is a great idea is making pet blankets for animal shelters. I'd like to say I had done this but unfortunately I've only thought about it. Guess it's time to do more than think!

Finished Ghost!

Monday, September 29, 2008

I finished him tonight & hung him on my tree. I thought he turned out pretty cute!

Ghost Update

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Between watching the Presidential debate Friday night and the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie Saturday night, I've managed to finish most of my ghost! This isn't the best picture but you can still see that he is pretty cute. I'm going to try and finish him tonight and hang him on my tree. I still have 3 or 4 Halloween ornaments that I'd like to finish and get on the tree before the end of October.

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My Halloween Tree

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A couple of years ago I started stitching the little beaded kits from Mill Hill. I especially like the Halloween ones and have been looking for a black tree to hang them on. I hadn't been thinking about setting anything up yet this year but was in Safeway the other day and while looking at their Halloween stuff saw the perfect tree. It's black wire w/glitter stuff on it and is exactly the size I wanted. You can see it hung w/the ornaments I've finished so far. The last picture is a ghost I'm working on now that I hope to finish in the next day or so.

Convent's Herbal Garden

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Jill says this is finished except for the beading!

Beaded Crystal Scissor Case

Thursday, September 11, 2008

This is a kit that my daughter gave me last year for my birthday. As you can see I haven't got very far yet! I'm going to move it to the top of my stitching to-do list. In a few days I'm going to post my wip list as an incentive to myself!

Work in Progress

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I'm going to share this blog with my daughter, Jill, and include her stitching projects also. This is a project she has been working on for about a year called Convent's Herbal Garden. It is close to being finished and, as you can see, really looks great!

New Blog

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Due to a lot of personal issues, I haven't been doing any stitching for quite a while. My original blog is pretty cluttered with the personal issues and I've been thinking for some time about starting a blog devoted just to stitching. So here it is!

I joined the 2008 Bead Journal Project and September is the first month so I'm going to make that my first project. The BJP is a year-long project to create a monthly "journal page" using beads. My pages are going to be heart shapes, approximately 3x4 inches using a poem as the theme for each one.

September's poem is this one from Emily Dickinson:

After great pain, a formal feeling comes -
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs -
The stiff Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round -
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought -
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone -

This is the Hour of Lead -
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow -
First--Chill--then Stupor--then the letting go -

I'm not sure how this is going to translate into a beaded heart but I have the rest of September to get it done!
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