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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

First Blogoversary Giveaway Winner

Good Morning my friends! I am so glad you are here. Glad you like my new pink shoes too. ;) They do add some brightness to my day!

I drew the winner for my First Blogoversary Giveaway this morning. It is Minnie! Minnie had commented that pearls are her birthstone. Me too! So glad you like the earrings Minnie. Enjoy it all. =)

I would have finished up the bargello scissor fob last night, but I need interfacing. The "V" I stitched for the reverse is stitched on 28 ct Meran linen. It is a looser weave. I like it, but don't need the fiberfill sticking out. And another thing. I knew I was taking a risk. I used 28ct evenweave for the bargello. 28ct Meran linen for the V. I backstitched around both last night. With plans to then whip stitch them together. They are not the same. I figured this would happen. After I get to JoAnn for the interfacing, then get the interfacing on, if I whip stitch the two sides together and it doesn't work out, I AM GOING TO PUKE! I backstitched one less on the Meran. I am hoping I can make this work.

So this makes me ask you: Do you hand stitch in this manner your scissor fobs and ornaments? I do when I am adding beads to the edge. I did it this time because that bargello took me a looooooong time and I want the seams up against the bargello nicely. I worry when I use my sewing machine sometimes. I try to be a perfectionist about seams. I didn't say I AM. I TRY.

Okay, another question for you all. Do you have worn out, or beat up looking scissor fobs? I only have one fob so far. I use it all the time. It has our old white house on it. It is just beginning to look tired. What do you do with tired looking scissor fobs? Tell me. I want to know what YOU do.

I plan to get the bargello scissor fob done today. Stitching up the other fob too.

I finished reading A Dark History: The Popes. A loooong book. Been working on that one for a while. Let me tell you, I was not taught quite a bit about the Holy See. Yikes! Half the reason the book took me so long to read was the horrid sin. Did you know that more than one pope was a father? As in, he had kids!! Wowie zowie! Did you know more than one pope ran a brothel? Oh. My. Goodness. And trust me, there was a LOT more to the Inquisition. Well, it was very interesting reading that is for sure. I am NOT bashing Catholicism. I was Roman Catholic for the first 30 years of my life. My whole family is Catholic. My FIL is a Roman Catholic Deacon. Just saying.
I also read And The Soldiers Sang. It is actually a kid's book. It is about Christmas Day, 1914 in World War I. I knew about the truce, just nice to read again. Are you familiar with this? Sorry if this does not interest you. I was raised learning about weaponry and wars from my father. I do find WWII most interesting actually.

Have a great day friends. I am thankful for YOU! ♥

Stitching and praying,


Giovanna said...

Congrats to Minnie! No shock to me about the Popes - hey, I live in what used to be the Pope's kingdom, if walls could tell... :-)

Carol said...

Congratulations to Minnie!! And I hope your stitching the two sides together works, Vickie. Good luck :)

I'd heard the story about the soldiers having a cease fire on Christmas in WWI... There is actually an adult book on it, too, called "Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce." My husband read it and really enjoyed it--quite a story!

Trace4J said...

Congrats to the winner.
Your such a sweetie to host.
Good for you for finishing the long read.
I never can..:)
Woolie hugs

cucki said...

congrats to the winner...
big hugs x

Shirlee said...

Congratulations to Minnie! I knew a lot of that stuff ... & more ... about the popes. It is sad that there is that kind of thing going on in the church but not surprising. People are people, even ones who call themselves men of God. I'd love to read that WWI book. Will have to look for it. I'm sorry I can't help with your questions about the fobs. I've never made one, never owned one. Would like to though : )

Margaret said...

Um, yeah, I knew there was lots of corruption and bad stuff with the popes. I'm a history buff, so yeah. lol! Good luck putting your fob together. I hope it works out for you. And congrats to Minnie!

Maggee said...

Congrats to Minnie! I used to hand stitch my pinkeeps. I laced them and then sewed them together, sewed on trim and beads or colored pins on top of that. THOSE days are pretty much gone now... I machine sew pincushions or pillows. However, I do still hand stitch biscornus of all size sides--ONLY! I have one pincushion that I made that has seen better days, and I will throw it away. But, I have no others in bad shape. I feel if it is used up and in sorry shape, it has outlived its usefulness, and can be thrown out. We can always make more or receive more! Hugs!

Meari said...

Congrats to Minnie.

I don't have any worn fobs, but if I did I think I'd still hold on to for posterity, lol.

As for your bargello fob, I think I'd machine sew it together. Less headache since you used two different types of fabrics. Good luck with however you decide to go.

Mii Stitch said...

Congrats to Minnie!!! Hug & x, Mii

Lumiruusu said...

Hello Vicky !

I am now at our familys winter holiday here in the most northest part of our country called
The Lappland .
Here is very high mountains and my DS and DH go snowboarding daily...
Because of my bad knees I only take short walks and spend lovely days just stitching and papercrafting in our beautifull (rented) Log Cabin.

I hand stitch all of my "smalls" mostly because I am very bad with my sewing machine.And actually I LIKE handstitching it so relaxing to me.

Some of my totally very old scissorfobs are now my cats toys :)

I will go back home at saturday and will post on my blog soon then.

With Blessings from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Maija (Lumiruusu ) from Finland

Catherine said...

Congrats to your winner! And yes, I have heard of all those things about the illusions here. Love the story of the truce ~ being a history family, I knew that one too!
No worn fobs here, but perhaps they could be "retired" to a special box decorated of course with stitching!!

moreofhim said...

I'm SO happy to have found your blog! I love stitching, too, and also have a poodle! Your Mabel is so adorable and I'm so happy that she got some relief. I am also on Gabepentin and deal with chronic pain from my disc issues and arthritis. I didn't realize they could give doggies this stuff. I'm so happy it's helping her.

I will be back to read your blog. I've enjoyed it so much.

God bless you - Julie

Melanie said...

Congrats to Minnie! :)

I have only done up one stitched fob for myself and, you know what, it is quite tired looking and has been 'retired' to a forgotten project bag somewhere. Honestly, as much as I love the LOOK of them they tend to drag along the couch and catch a lot of cat hair (which I clean with a velvet brush every day but have cats, you have cat hair *sigh*). So I stick to the jewelry type instead.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I kept this one unread to recommend a couple of books you might also like. Michelle Magorian Back Home, about an English girl who has spent the war years as an evacuee in America then returns home to find everything has changed. A great story told from the perspective of the girl and her mother. Another author is Michael Morpurgo who has written War Horse (now a film and stage show). He has a number of books set in wartime.

And yes, most Europeans are aware of the corruption of the Church! I believe there was a Pope who was alleged to have been a woman too?