Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. James 1:12-13

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stitched with prayer

Hello to everyone.  Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. They mean a lot to me. :)

I stitched this cute little poodle I found here, and made it into a bottle cap magnet.


I found the bottle caps at JoAnn's.  I stitched her on white 28ct evenweave.  I played around with the colors, as they were even louder than this!  I stitched in a piece of pink velvet ribbon you see surrounding her.  I just cut a free fridge magnet to size and glued it onto the back.  I think it is cute. :)

When stitching I pray.  Do you?  I also sometimes try to do memory work.  Last year I memorized the 23rd Psalm that way.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.

I have done other Bible memory verses while stitching.  I am not very good at memory work.  It takes a lot of work for me.  But it is very worth it. :) 

Stitching with prayer,
Vickie

Monday, February 27, 2012

There's no place like Greendale :)

Hi everybody!  Stitchy weekend?  Was here. :)

I got the finishing done I talked about.  First up is the scissor fob.  I designed this little house after our second home.  My husband and I have owned four homes.  This one remains my favorite. It is a "Greendale Original".  Which is what the locals call it.  The village of Greendale was built in 1938.  http://www.greendale.org/  Lovely little homes, in a Norman Rockwell village.  I just loved it.  We raised our children there for 10 years.




So anyways, the little fob is stitched on 28 ct lambswool.  I used the Home is Best freebie, from Primitive Betty with my own house and a few twists also.  The reverse side of the fob is my initial from http://patternmakercharts.blogspot.com/.


While living there we discovered a few treasures in our yard over the years.  The children discovered the marbles.  The sterling silver ring was found by my father-in-law when he dug up the front lawn for a flower garden for me.  It makes me wonder.  Who's was this?  Was this a wedding band?  How old is this?    It fits my ring finger perfectly. :)  I placed one marble inside the fob with the stuffing, to give it a bit of weight.

My second finish is a little something I kind of designed with the help of http://lacontesselepointdecroix.blogspot.com/.  I started with her freebie, I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.  I changed around the words and added the little hippo.  He was a freebie from http://aliolka.blogspot.com/.  I made this little pillow for me.  I absolutely love this song.  :)






Saturday, February 25, 2012

The French Knot Poodle

Happy Saturday everyone!
Hope it's filled with stitching. :)


French Knot Poodle


 I made this little french knot poodle two years ago.  It hangs in our hallway.    I made it to look like our Mabel of course.  I used various grey dmc threads and tweeded a bit to try and match her shading.  She was born black and keep turning lighter and lighter grey slowly.  She even has a few touches of silver to her.   I framed it in a silver 6x6 frame.



Mabel :)

And here she is soaking up the sun.  This picture was taken this month by my thirteen year old daughter Madeleine.

Today  I will not be stitching until I do finishing first.  I must force myself on the finishing part sometimes.  I like to take a little while to think on how to finish a stitched piece off.  I will finally have a small Christmas themed pillow done today.  Then I will be finishing a scissor fob for myself.  I do not have one.  I made one before, that was a gift for my friend Ruth.

While I work on finishing I will be thinking about what to start next.  I am considering a new craft to me.  Or I have a sewing project that is waiting.  Always something right? :)


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stitchin' from my kitchen!

Hey everybody!

So glad you are here. :)  I thought I would show you a picture or two of the stitching I have in my kitchen, above my sink.  I stitched the two of these Brenda Keyes pieces 3 years ago.  They are both from the book Small Scale Embroidery.  I did them both on 32 count ivory linen.



The bottom piece I call the Poodle Sampler because I swapped out the two birds for two poodles. :)  ♥




Have a stitchy Thursday.  I know I will. :)

Vickie












Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thank you to everyone for such a warm welcome to blogging.
I wanted to show you the picture I sent to Nicola, of my sweet, little Mabel.  This was taken about one year ago.  I was at my sewing machine, piecing a quilt.  She hopped right up on top of my sewing basket and promptly fell asleep. :)

The second finish I had in January was also for my husband.  He was given a pen at work.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to create a small piece of needlework to insert into it.  I have since seen a pen for sale(rather expensive) in a needlework shop.  It was so thick!  A very large barrel to it.  It was trickier to finish, because of it's narrow barrel.  It was worth it.  This pattern was a freebie offered back in 2009 by Carinne.  It is called "Sampler aux Oiseaux".  I stitched it one over one on 28 ct whit evenweave.  I changed the bird color to a blue that matches the pen perfectly.  My husband says it is his favorite pen. :)
I have one stitched pillow/pin cushion that has been awaiting final finishing for almost two weeks.  I am currently stitching another small I plan on making into a fob.

Vickie

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jennifer's having a giveaway :)

Visit Jennifer.  She is having a giveaway. :)
Vickie

Hello out there!

Hi everyone!  You have probably seen me around the cross stitch community commenting and following. :)  I finally began my own blog to keep track of my cross stitching and quilting and life.  
The stitching picture I will share today is my first finish of the year from January. 
I made this very small, between 2 and 3 inches square, framed flatfold for my husband.  It was a freebie that I do not remember where I got it from.  I stitched it on white 28 ct evenweave.  He likes lions.  It is an Assisi embroidery design called "medallion with a lion".  I used the tutorial from Vonna's blog for help.