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Friday, April 25, 2014

Zero UFOs

Hi friends! How are you? The grass is greening up here. My perennials are popping up too. I have been slowly, but surely getting the flower beds cleaned up on the non-rainy days.

Back in September I stitched Lizzie Kate's Flora McSample Heart Sampler. I searched thrift shops for a few months for a suitable frame. Never found one I liked. A few months back I went to Hobby Lobby. I found what I am calling a candle screen. On clearance! It is metal. It was black with rust/distressing. Not my kind of thing at all. BUT! I had visions of what it could be. So after a few gentle reminders ;) Brian sanded it down for me. And then he painted it a cream color. Madeleine offered to paint the little flowers on top. :) I am quite pleased with how it turned out. AND.... I finished off the Heart Sampler  to hang there! This is in our front room, next to the very pale pink bench. Not sure you can tell it is pale pink in this picture. The walls are cream.
This was stitched two over two with DMC on the provided 28ct Mint Green Cashel linen.
I went rummaging through my fabric stash for the purple print I used. :) The pink ric rac is from Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler. I am happy this is completed finally, and I am back to zero UFOs. :) As in, nothing partially stitched and nothing waiting for final finshing either.The white bird I received from June last year. :) The Mabel buttons on the bottom, I received from Lee last year too. :)

I have been busy sewing. I will have those valances for the front room completed on Sunday. I am waiting for the aluminum cover buttons to go on 50% off at JoAnn. I just picked up some chocolate colored ribbon at Michael's. I could not find what I wanted at JoAnn. I am hoping to finish the valances off quickly. I also made two chocolate colored table runners for an end table and my Auntie Ethel's  cedar chest in the front room. Pictures soon! :)

I read The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis last week. I enjoy Beverly's books. I have read every single one. However, I had this one all figured out and knew what was coming the whole way. Didn't like that. Not that her books are mysteries, they are not. Still.

Emerson is going to prom tomorrow! A friend/girl asked him! Just like his Dad. HA! They will have a very nice time, I am sure. :)

This is a beautiful orchid Brian bought me a month ago.
 Mabel often does this. They each get a bone to chew. She waits and watches Henry chew his. His is always better. ;)
I have thanked God for you today friends!

Beading and praying,


cucki said...

Your finish is so cute ❤️❤️
Well done dear
Me so thankful for your friendship
Hugs x

Annette-California said...

Gorgeous! LOVE your transformed candle screen. WOW! LK finish is so pretty displayed on the board.
Fabulous makeover on the screen.
Lovely orchids!
love Annette

Margaret said...

lolol! My DS was asked to prom by a friend (girl) too! lol! So funny!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Thanking God for you sweet friend as well!

That is so awesome that you have zero UFO's. Now you get to come to my house and start in my huge...HUGE...pile! :)

Love your stitchy finish. It is just perfect how you finished it off, too. So lovely.

Wishing you and your sweet family a blessed day. :)

butterfly said...

Lovely post and beautiful stitching ,your frame is just wonderful too.
Happy days sweet friend.

Kaisievic said...

Your Lizzie Kate is so gorgeous and I love how you have finished it. Lovely orchid, too. I hope that Emerson enjoys the prom.

♥ Nia said...

Congrats on your 'zero' :D well done!
Your LK looks lovely and your orchid is beautiful :)

Lesley said...

A very pretty finish.Your Orchid picture is gorgeous and Mabel and Henry even more so:)

Catherine said...

Sweet finish ~ love all the family help you had to get it done!

Dani - tkdchick said...

A very creative way to finish your stitching!!

Carol said...

Yay for now UFOs! That has to be a great feeling, Vickie...

Your newest finish is very creative--glad you were able to see beyond way the candle screen looked in the store. I love how your whole family pitched in to help make it "yours."

Hope Emerson enjoys the prom tonight :)

Solstitches said...

Avery pretty finish Vickie.
You did a great job of transforming the candle screen.
Looking forward to seeing your sewing projects.
Margaret x

Michelle said...

Your stitching and frame are beautiful xx

Julie said...

Superb frame for your lovely finish, its perfect.

Anne said...

Wow! What a unique and amazing finish Vickie! I think it looks perfect! If you want to stitch some of my WIP's go right ahead!! I have about 5 on the go! Eek!! Love the photo of Henry and Mabel. Funny how dogs do that. What if we stared at someone's meal and waited until their done to eat? It would be very strange. Congrats to Emerson for getting a date for the prom! Very exciting!! Hugs and prayers!

KimM said...

Beautiful and creative finish. I love the fabric. Lovely, simply lovely - as always.

Beth said...

Zero UFOs! Vickie that's just plain unnatural! I love the purple trim fabric you used. Our cats found over a piece of chicken this evening - a full on cat fight. Your poodles appear much better behaved.

Mii Stitch said...

Congrats on your lovely LK finish!

Melissa Field said...
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Melissa said...

What a gorgeous finish Vickie! I absolutely love it! What a find :)

Nicky said...

A beautiful finish Vickie, and WOW, no UFO's, you are an inspiration!

Anonymous said...


What a lovely finish and a perfect frame too!
Beautiful orchid and Henry and Mabel are just adorable!

Varla Lee said...

I'm happy you have not more ufos!! That finished is so beautiful! Lovely! A big hug & thanks for your prayers, is a friendship exchange of love and a grace of God.
A big hug for the little furries!

passionfruitprincess said...

What a lovely frame you found! It turned out very nice! I love the colors.
Have a great week!
Ana Paula.

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

Love your candle stand. A perfect match for your stitching!

Hope Emerson enjoys the prom. They are not a big thing here although some schools do have them, people tend to go in a big crowd rather than with one date.