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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Punching Pansies

 Hi friends! I have not been cross stitching at all since January when I stitched God Bless America. I have been punch needling my three-dimensional miniature pansies for the State Fair this year. I grossly underestimated the HUGE amount of work it would take just to punch these! 

The punch needle itself is much smaller than a normal punch needle. It is only the size of a needle you would see at the doctor's office. I place one strand of embroidery thread inside the needle to punch with at a time. 

The book gave bold, purples, yellows, whites, and burgundy colors. I wanted my pansies to be pinks and lavenders. I chose my own colors. 

I might have enough pansies punched now for the milk glass bowl I plan on using for the Fair. I am not sure. I will not be sure until I have assembled them all. Here are all the parts and pieces punched up. 

I began with leaves. That is why there is a practice outline on the right.

This color green is not showing up accurate. None of the leaves have been trimmed up.

I made two of these, but only took one picture.

The next step in the process is to surround each piece with Fray Check and let dry. Repeat. Then coat the back of each piece with Gem-Tac with a paint brush and let dry. Then remove it from the hoop. Once I have them all done, I will move onto the next step, which is cutting them out, directly next to the stitching, leaving as little base fabric showing as possible. 

That is as far as I am sharing for now. This will keep me busy for a while! What a project! 

This has cured me of punch needle for a while! It is easy, but I miss cross stitch dearly.

I just wanted to share what I have been up to lately. 

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31-32

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. 

Punching and praying,

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

April Displays

 Hi friends! I forgot to tell you that the whiplash pain is gone. Hooray!

Here is my 🐥April Cubby Shelf Display🐥 Almost all of these are stitched over one.

Here is my 🐰April Corner Shelf🐰 I will leave this display set up until Orthodox Easter, May 5th.


🐩🐩This is the first time ever that Little Henry and Flossie have played together. They are using Flossie's new Trixie Dog Activity Mini Mover she got for her birthday. It is a brain game. 

Flossie was afraid of it until Henry came over and just started doing it. I had it loaded up with Flossie's dog kibble. Henry is VERY motivated for that! He is on a prescription diet. A little bit of hers won't hurt him. Once Flossie caught on, she had fun sliding the doors with her nose too. Only Henry also uses his little paw and nose to work it. He is the only one who has the string with the hidden compartment figured out. Neither has figured out the knob and hidden compartment yet. There are also 2 cone -shaped covers that fit over any of the center holes. I don't think Henry is even strong enough to remove them. I will wait a while for Flossie to master this to bring those out for her.

📚I have an extremely different book to share with you today. It is not going to be for, well almost all of you? I felt I must share this though. I found this book by looking at my online library website. They promote the new books coming out and I nab them. This was one of them that caught my attention. I am so very glad I did. I have never felt more understood in my life by anyone than this author. My Dad abused my Mom , my brother and myself years ago. I am not going into details. I will just say, Mom almost died. Things were very bad. Things like that do not leave you. They do not.
This sounds impossible, but this book helped me SO MUCH, I had to expose myself and share this here in case someone else needs this book also.
If you are suffering inside from post traumatic stress from abuse in your family, this book is a good help to healing the hurt inside. God bless you. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

I am a punching maniac. I am happy to say the leaves are all punch needled. They are not trimmed up though. I am waiting to do that until all punch needling is done. I am now going to begin punch needling the pansy petals. I will show pictures soon. I hesitate, because it does not look like much yet friends.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

I hope you have a great week friends! It has been raining all day here. It turns to snow tonight and into tomorrow. We will be getting 3 to 5 inches. How fun. NOT.

Punching and praying,