Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Holiday finishes

On one of my groups, several of the gals decided to have a monthly ornament SAL. We started in December and I was able to stitch 3 little ornament this month.

This is my first December ornament.
This is my second stitched "Believe" - love this simple little design from The Sampler Girl. I think I like the lettering which is just really neat!! The background fabric is what I hope to finish this ornament in.
I had stitched this stocking some time ago, but have never finished it until now. This is a matching stocking that I gave to my girlfriend a few years ago - this is for her husband.

Wishing you all a Wonderful and Happy New Year ----- Roberta

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas decorations

Here is the newest tree to our household. It is a woodland tree with pinecones and very spacey branches. This is the downstairs entryway and there just needed to be a tree there to greet guests.In the dining room is the aluminum tree. This was a birthday present to my husband many years ago. Dear friends, Diane and Mildred, were poking around in an antique shop in Pennsylvania and found this and knew who to give this tree too. My husband has cherished this tree and very lovingly puts it up and takes it down. It still has the original branch storage sleeves and newspaper wrapping/stuffing.
Was out and about doing errands when my friend Dorothy and I came across a craft setup near a Joann Fabric store. This angel was sitting there (along with several other angel friends) She is made from an old hymnal. The pages are folded to create her dress and the wings are folded from the beginning and ending pages. I just love her! She is perfect for my piano.
On one of my yahoo groups, several of the girls are doing an ornament a month (or more!!)SAL. This is what I have stitched and finished so far this month. Hope to have anothe one stitched by Christmas day eve!!!Below, is a pair of socks that I knitted for my sister for Christmas, she is also getting the above ornament. Merry Christmas Jeansy!! HOPE EVERYONE IS ENJOYING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. MY BEST WISHES FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON FOR YOU ALL.

Thank you for dropping by for a visit. Roberta

Friday, December 19, 2008

December is my Birthday month!

Sorry for being away for so long, but as you all are experiencing - Christmas is Coming!!! and there seems to not be enough hours in the day!!!

My birthday was at the beginning of this month and I wanted to share with you some of the goodies that I received. First, my husband paid for the ivory accessories that go with 2 of my Jackie DuPlessis workshop pieces. They are buried at the moment but will bring them up for air in January. My daughter gave me the "Tinkerbell" movie I just love Tinkerbell, have way before she became popular!!

My sister gave me the Williams and Sonoma Acorn muffin pan - I just love it, have used is several times and it will be in use again on Christmas day.
This lovely lace came from a dear friend in England - Hazel - she also sent some lovely threads.
Another dear friend - Nancy sent a Needle Minder with my initial - it is so nice and some wonderful needles. Hazel's lace and thread packs are there also.
Dear Christine another wonderful friend made this card and stick pin - isn't this just beautiful, I am so impressed with her artistic talent.
Heidi, from The Netherlands another stitching friend - sent along these darling Rooster spoons
and this beautiful pillow cover. Notice how nice it goes with my guest room comforter!!

Well need to hurry off and cook dinner. Hope to have some Christmas decoration pictures for you this weekend.

Thanks for dropping by ------- Roberta

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Autumn's Progress

Well Thanksgiving has come and gone - I hope you all had a nice day. It was quiet here with just DH, DD, friends and SIL. Kept the food simple and was able to sit and stitch for part of the day.Here is a picture of a little pillow that I stitched for my sister. The chart was a freebie from Tanya's The Sampler Girl.
This is a picture of the back yard in Mid November

Here is the backyard as of November 28thYesterday November 29th was rainy and cloudy, but here is what our grass looks like==brown!!

Well off to decorate for Christmas - hope to post pictures of decorations this week.

Hope you all are enjoying the season --- Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Stitches with Peace and Goodwill --------- Roberta

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Workshop progress

Last week I was in a workshop with Jackie duPlessis. Below is my stitched piece ready for me to make into a needleroll.
Here is the fabric, ribbon, waxer and small scrimshaw with a picture of what the finished piece will look like (I hope!!!). I ordered the ruler and thread winder scrimshaw that goes with this piece - I have no picture to share, but will show when I receive them and hopefully my needleroll will be done by then.
There is also a sweet carrying case that goes with this set - of course I had to have this pattern. And there was also a cute little thread holder shaped like a thistle.
Below is a close up of the chart picture.
The colors in this piece are just beautiful, the stitching was not difficult. We managed to put some of the guts of the needleroll assembled, so hopefully I will get this totally finished soon.

I truly had a great time at this workshop and I will post more pictures tomorrow of the other piece we worked on and some other goodies that I purchased!!!

Thanks for visiting ----- Roberta

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Tribute to dear Rose

Hi all, just wanted to share with you some pictures of a wonderful black Lab named Rose. Dear sweet Rose went to doggie heaven last week. She developed lyme disease and the Vets were unable to cure her.Though I am a cat person, there are several dogs in this world that I adored - Rose was one of them. Last year when I went to help out my friend Jackie after her knee surgery, I was thrown in to the dog walking group where I meet and fell in love with Rose.
Gunther, my friend Jackie's Duchsund, and Rose were the best of friends. Whenever I would walk Gunther he always headed to Rose's house and when walking with the dog walking group - Gunther was watched over by sweet Rose.
Rose had a beautiful coat, a sweet and gently way about her, and a lovely way she walked. I always felt that she had the gait of a well bred horse. She would lift her feet is such a way that was lovely to watch. I will miss this sweet lady and my heart and prayers go out to her owners Judy and Bob.

Thank you all for stopping by and reading this - I felt that Rose needed to be somehow immortilized for she was truly a treasure.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Workshop pieces

Below is the cover picture of the Thislewood project that I will be working on next week with the Jackie DuPlessis workshop, I haven't done the prestitching on this yet - hope to get to it on Sunday.
Below is a closer -though blurry- picture of the top part of the needle roll. Again this is just a picture of the cover of the chart.This is the bottom part of the needle roll - sorry for the blurriness.
This is what I am stitching on now for the Briar Rose Etui - it is one over one - silk on linen -
(actually I now have all the flowers outlined will put that up tomorrow when finished)
Here is the cover picture of Briar Rose Etui
Well, I need to get back to the stitching --- Thanks for visiting. Roberta

Friday, October 31, 2008

Well fall has arrived here in Middle Georgia. The leaves are finally starting to turn and fall. Thought I would take a few photos so you can see the leaves as they turn. I will try to do this every few days, so that we can watch the progression.

Below is a photo of our tomato bushes, only two more red tomatoes to be picked. There are a few green ones on the branches, but I think that they will not make to red!! Note that my Christmas Cactus is budding already!!! really need to transplant it!!
Today I picked up a few flats of pansies and other odds and ends of flowers for the fall garden. Hope to get them in this weekend - in between stitching!!!

Tonight is Halloween so I must go and get the candy ready and a pot of tea to help keep me warm when answering the door for the little ones.

Will post stitching pictures tomorrow -- TTFN Roberta

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I have a one day a week job

Well, I am so excited, I get to work in a stitching shop here in Macon, Georgia. It is called The Stitchers Ark and it is located in an older historic area of Macon named Ingelside. Several cute and some unique shops. I will be working one day a week helping to keep the shop organized and clean and to wait on customers. Of course this will end up being a non paying job!!! if you know what I mean!!! ;o))) There is so much neat stuff to buy and have in my personal possession.

Below is a picture of a shelf area that I arranged. The top shelf has some Americana and a bit of Christmas (just to start enticing customers to think ahead) The second shelf is mostly Halloween with some Fall charts and things. The third shelf has various charts and kits.
Next one down is the store front display again with Halloween and Fall designs. The picture was taken from the outside and I tried to keep from getting a flashback, but I did end up with some window refection.
This is what the back side of the table looks like on the window display. I thought the owner was very cleaver in putting the table in the window backwards this way I could put patterns and charts in the drawers - making it very handy!!! Do you agree??
This is the bottom shelf of the table in the front window.
Well, that is it for now - thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Autumn Swap

I participated in an Autumn Swap with one of my yahoo groups.
This is the pin cushion that I had sent to my swap friend along with a skein of silk and a small waxer shaped as a acorn.
I received from my swap partner 2 votive candles and holder, an embroidered and personalized finger tip towel, a basket and a knitted dishcloth with a squirrel as the design, all was wrapped with fabric and a ribbon and there was some beautiful loose autumn silk leaves.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Friendship Notebook Finished

In a previous entry I had shown a project that I was working on from a workshop that I attended.

Well here it is finished.
Here is the inside view with a pad of paper, paperwrapped pencil and a magnifier. The little notebook closes with the floss twisted cording.
I love the alphebet that came with this pattern.
The verse for this is so very nice.
I am not sure that I am going to use this - right now it is on display!

Thanks for visiting ---- Roberta

Friday, October 3, 2008

Where has the time gone

It has been forever since I have had time to write in my blog. Please forgive me. Have been on the road for the past 6 weeks. Going to visit friends in North Carolina, attending a stitching seminar in Louisville, KY, going back and forth to our condo in Florida and visiting friends in Mt Dora, Florida. All the while trying to stitch, keep up with e-mails, which I am almost caught up with, housework, laundry, and yard work.

I thought with this move my life would be calmer since I was new to the area and didn't know anyone. While, it seems that I am within 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours away from many friends who have also moved from Florida. I am not complaining - my life is very full - sometimes TOO FULL ;o) but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Another project that I did was to empty the last 11 dish pack boxes - these were the boxes that were packed when we left Miami, Florida 4 years ago. It was like Christmas morning. Now I am trying desperately to find homes for my new found old things.

This is a little Halloween piece that I stitched but as of yet have not put it into a frame or pillow or something. The picture is a bit fuzzy - sorry, but it is a darling piece and it is stitched over one on 36 count I think.

Thank you for dropping in and I hope to be much better with my entries.

With stitches, fabric and fibers ----- Roberta

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Weekend workshop

Hi all, sorry for not being around for a bit, but have been busy with getting our condo in Florida emptied out and cleaned so that it will look good for perspective buyers. I also had to get some stitching done for a finishing workshop this past weekend.This piece is a friendship note case that came from the Examplary Needle Guild in New York.
I hope to get it finished sometime this week and I will post the finishing pictures. This is really a cute piece with a pad of post it paper and a small pencil wrapped with toile fabric photo copy and glued onto the pencil.
This is what the inside looks like = it is silk with two little pockets.

Thank you for stopping by. ROBERTA

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

There seems to be never enough time!!

Hi dear friends, Thank you for stopping by and I am so sorry for not being as attentive with my blog writing and reading - just so much going on, all good, just trying to settle in the new house and yard.

After my walk today, I started deadheading and clipping my daylillies, but as the temperature started creeping up, I had to head back into the house. Today we are having some friends from Miami stopping by for the afternoon and night. They will head home tomorrow morning, then Terry and I will head up to Flat Rock, NC to visit with friends for the weekend.

I am a bit behind with my e-mails and like I said my blog reading - and at this rate may not get caught up until Monday!!!

I have been very faithful with trying to stitch each and every day and yes, I have had a finish or maybe two, will post when my life gets more organized!!!

Please all have a wonderful weekend and I will try to get back on track next week!! Promise!! ;o)

With friendship, fabric, fibers and flowers,

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Felting class

This past Saturday I took a felting class at the LKS. It was so interesting and I just loved it. I am not quite sure what I am going to do with the piece that I felted, but something will be done!
This is what the roving looked like before we started.
My inspiration was these little felted buttons that I found - so I am hoping to incorporate them in my final design!
Thanks for stopping by ---- Roberta