Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Black cat Crossing being swept in by Maywood Fabrics on day 2

WELCOME Wicked Witches....

Black cat Crossing sightings ahead....




Tops yesterday!



Wicked Wendy is cheering us all on
for the 3rd time in 4 years. She is so suited for this role
and certainly sightings of her on her broom are never far from view...
We all delight in her bewitching style and you just never
know what BREW and SPELL she has casted on YOU...
Schedule on side bar will link you to Wendys....
proceed with caution...


This is one themed blog hop that we do repeat
year after year. It was Ghastlies that started us off
4 years ago...

Maywood Fabrics is our Sponsor this year..
Their lovely collection so appealed to many of us...
Black CAT CROSSING.... take a peak . 
Bewitching GRATITUDE to them...


Some of you would be very surprised to hear
David and I wed on Halloween !
We met on Halloween 10 years prior, and year after year
of offers of my hand in marriage, I finally agreed and it seemed
fitting to marry at the exact time of our meeting 10 years earlier.

We have been together 25 years and every moment with 
this man has been one SPOOKTACULAR adventure...
This season brings such joy for me and looking at how quickly
we fill  this hop year after year....YOU must enjoy it too...

So let's gather all of our BROOMS and sweep by and visit
our LOVELY PROJECT Designers in training....




Be sure to leave everyone comments, A CHEERLEADER
will note many many rewards in the upcoming months....

I cannot SHOUT enough 2015 will be a constant delight 
for many of you......EVERYONE is ELIGIBLE...
Just continue CHEERING, get involved, take great pictures,
WOW US and FILL US with CREATIVE DELIGHT..


We will do the same....wink..



Here are our lovely WICKED ladies today...
return later in the morning to see who WOWED us
and filled us with CREATIVE DELIGHT...




Monday, October 20, 2014

Black Cat Crossing ...Sweeping in with Maywood Fabrics on DAY 1

 WELCOME Wicked Witches....

Black cat Crossing sightings ahead....

Wicked Wendy is cheering us all on
for the 3rd time in 4 years. She is so suited for this role
and certainly sightings of her on her broom are never far from view...
We all delight in her bewitching style and you just never
know what BREW and SPELL she has casted on YOU...
Schedule on side bar will link you to Wendys....
proceed with caution...


This is one themed blog hop that we do repeat
year after year. It was Ghastlies that started us off
4 years ago...

Maywood Fabrics is our Sponsor this year..
Their lovely collection so appealed to many of us...
Black CAT CROSSING.... take a peak . 
Bewitching GRATITUDE to them...


Some of you would be very surprised to hear
David and I wed on Halloween !
We met on Halloween 10 years prior, and year after year
of offers of my hand in marriage, I finally agreed and it seemed
fitting to marry at the exact time of our meeting 10 years earlier.

We have been together 25 years and every moment with 
this man has been one SPOOKTACULAR adventure...
This season brings such joy for me and looking at how quickly
we fill  this hop year after year....YOU must enjoy it too...

So let's gather all of our BROOMS and sweep by and visit
our LOVELY PROJECT Designers in training....




Be sure to leave everyone comments, A CHEERLEADER
will note many many rewards in the upcoming months....

I cannot SHOUT enough 2015 will be a constant delight 
for many of you......EVERYONE is ELIGIBLE...
Just continue CHEERING, get involved, take great pictures,
WOW US and FILL US with CREATIVE DELIGHT..


We will do the same....wink..



Here are our lovely WICKED ladies today...
return later in the morning to see who WOWED us
and filled us with CREATIVE DELIGHT...



Monday, October 20

Miss Priss Quilts ( no show as of a.m.)


( no button on Maggie or Miss Priss Quilts or post
no mention of dropping out...
APOLOGIES for those who wanted in our hop
and could not because all of our spots were taken)




What WOWED us and FILLED US 
with CREATIVE DELIGHT




This Wicked Lady knows how to gather the best pieces of a collection 
like BLACK CAT CROSSING and bring it to life...

Her photo, placement of the best parts of this collection
was WICKED INDEED! 










Friday, October 17, 2014

Top 4 tools for Stitching and Embroidery and Cross Stitch....



WE received many emails in the past week regarding NEEDED and USEFUL tools :
Whether you sew, quilt, stitch, embroider or cross stitch....all these tools will help you.
We took note of what you would like to use - would love to know  about and how to use....wink...



#1 As VISUAL AIDS seemed to TOP the LIST as most NEEDED! ....Let me share my most VALUABLE STITCHING TOOL . They are called READERS ! Although I wear glasses for distance, I never needed READERS ( magnifying lenses) until I began working on linens  such as this...

Here are couple of my favourites..They suit me fine for this season:

What you will love about this company READERS.COM 
( can I just add..their customer service is over the top)


1. The variety of choices.....over 600+
2. The strengths that are often hard to locate over +3.0- 6.0
3. Their PRICE.......so affordable world wide...shipping is very reasonable.
4. They have tools to assist you in what strength works for you, what style...all so easily found!
5. You can choose by colour, and if you want bifocals,   where a half reader is needed , the rest of the glass is clear..Ideal for when we look up and things don't go fuzzy in the night....

They have it all!



Don't know your  strength, they make it easy for you...go to LINK and print off copy...follow
easy directions...VOILA ....my desired strenght is +2.50




 What best style for your face, check it out here...and they provide links of all the desired READERS for your face....YES THEY DO..... 

( we will be needing these for our next hop that will be announced VERY SOON) 


speaking of magnifiers....

I have a magnified glass you can hang on your neck… I don’t like it… I cannot get my stitching close enough,( chest in the way, and mine is not that big) but it is awkward….SCRATCH that off your list and save your money..it doesnt’t work… and very hard to work around ...




Now what does work....this UNIQUE lamp by H.A. Kidd.--floor and so versatile it can also be used on your table. What is nice about this as noted below it really magnifies your work and has led lights all around the inside... When I am spending an evening stitching this is a perfect  solution that allows comfort, versatility and perfect stitching...




They will let you know where you can find one ...
The versatility that it can be a desk lamp or floor lamp is wonderful. 
This is one TOOL that was worth every cent. 



#2 Lighting was your second requirement


NEXT TOOL for LIGHTING that I recommend and use almost every day....
I attach my BEAM N READ to my frame, using just elastics..or velcro, that would work too..
( I removed the straps...btw, this beam n read can go around your neck and sit on your chest) I just prefer to attach it to my frames...



Even in darkness....your BEAM N READ works well....
it is very bright and never gets warm.... A very VALUABLE TOOL
that is cost effective too.



#3 FRAMES

Let's talk FRAMES, whether you like q-snaps...and I do....when I am doing a small project they are perfectly suited...and very reasonable in cost...Your best source is on Amazon or some local hobby shops.  

Now if you have a larger  project whereby you require both hands...

My first one was the one with my Santa Needlepoint ....it is lightweight and very large- it sits on your lap quite comfortable and is easy to use. This was one of Harry's original models...



 And then I was looking for more versatility and I added this to my must haves...A flip top model this is what my top 2 photos are.... I have a variety of frames that I can easily switch from 10 inch right up to 12 inches. They are lightweight, and this is one tool beside my readers and beam n read and floor lamp I just could not do without ....





#4 Needles and Thread….
welllllllll I love DMC and Piecemaker embroidery needles I use both with ease….YOU need a NEW needle for every new project…Nothing worse than a dull needle and ladies they do go dull…so give yourself a treat…PURCHASE some new Embroidery or tapestry needles…I like size #7 or #8 , they have a large head so it is easy to thread. 





When using DMC threads or any of your choice….do not cut them any longer than 18 inches..this will stop them from tangling …. I have used wax..but I don’t like it…I find it messes up my canvas….OLD FASHION spit works well here…



DMC is easily found and has the largest selection of colours.


About reading Patterns....just a tidbit that works for me....

There are 2 ways in which to follow a pattern…

1. Take a photo of your pattern and open it any software and mark it off as you go..
I load mine in Photoshop and I magnify it and strike of stitches as I go….

OR

2. Make a copy of your pattern, don’t do it on your original…If ever you mess up,
you don’t have a back up…I use a coloured pencil to strike stitches as I go…AND
I use a magnet button to hold my pattern to my frame of my work…..
Here is a photo of what I mean....
Fold your pattern of the area you are stitching and glue a magnet
on your button, and voila  a perfect solution ...
I have tried all the stands that were a must have...let me add.
they are not...all you need is a magnet....and this really
increases the ease of following counted cross stitch...
( more on how very soon) 


YOU know I don’t share information unless I am 100% on board….I have wasted enough money on things people told me I needed only to be terribly disappointed…EVERY THING I mention here, I stand behind or it does net get the MDM SAMM stamp of approval…

We will be announcing our first hop of the year soon....some of the tools will prove very valuable
and will certainly address your biggest concerns about VISUAL and LIGHTING.....  


I recently shared we do not do giveaways anymore ( they do not benefit our sponsors bottom line) ...but we do have  many sponsors  who have embraced our new plan. Those of you who participate in our hops and have been in our top 2 will be pleasantly surprised at what they  will find in their inboxes very soon.... 

So who again needed READERS and LIGHTING?



( black cat crossing begins next week)
Wicked Wendy is sooooo ready for us all..






Monday, October 13, 2014

.....inspired by my qtpatutie.... BABY FLANNEL NIGHTIES



As soon as RBD shared our next special hop was with FLANNEL.
My first question to RBD....
"Do you still have any  FLANNEL GINGHAM?"
I could see her smiling at the other end of the line....

I knew exactly what I wanted to create...
Now I had to rewind back decades  when my "rug rats" -what my 
Ob/Gyn called my wee ones... all wore 
flannel nighties...they looked just like
baby hospital gowns. They were so practical too, 
they opened at the back, so it was very easy to change diapers...
The first 3 months, I kept them in nighties....
They were so little for such a short time...I wanted them to look like babies-
as long as I could. 


I remember purchasing a few nighties and then I started making them
in all different colours...  I believe they were CARTERS, and I had to order them from the US
as we did not have them in Canada at the time.

I don't think there was any GINGHAM FLANNEL otherwise
I would have made them in gingham too ..
So from a photo that is decades old....I DESIGNED  a new UPDATED
BABY NIGHTie one in a lovely GREY Gingham...
It is perfect for my wee baby who is wearing one...his name is TOMAS...
I modernized it with the addition of  a gingham cap...
NOW tell me he is not adorable?
Ohhh and his gown has some smocking too......
and another in white (below- this grey one was me perfecting the pattern) 
AND MY INSPIRATION....


A photo of my qtpatutie ( my first born) I still call her that today 
and she is a MUMM and will always be my little girl
who still brings warmth to my heart..
She was not crying here....she was just YAWNING...
she was such a happy  baby.... love her white tongue....

She is wearing a baby nightie in a very soft PINK...


And here she is....lying on a lambs wool rug.... ( she is going to be sooooo emBAREassed)  :)
YOU really cannot tell BUT those curtains
behind her were PINK GINGHAM yes they were....the Raggedy Ann doll, one of the
first dolls I started designing...I still have it... ( she will probably want it back now wink) 
She was really a beautiful baby who would have been about 6 months here...
Her BEDROOM was very large...with 12 ft ceiling...
I still remember purchasing a BOLT of PINK Gingham to make her curtains...
and yes they had ruffles...The bolt had over 20 yards of fabric. 



Now here she was crying, she was not too fond of my OTHER NANNY...
psst I wasn't too fond of her either...lol
But here she is in another PINK BABY NIGHTIE complete with PINK Flannel Bonnet....
I used to make those too...
All of my children wore nighties with bonnets and little booties and  knitted sweaters...
even my boys....
OHHHH and will you look...A YELLOW GINGHAM Diaper BAG....
Now what a shocker that is...wink...
This was my Nanny's house...will you look at that wallpaper? 
But it was a soft yellow, so I actually did like it for that period...


So you can see GINGHAM has really been part of my life for  DECADES
and I can still  think of many things to create with it...
Aren't we glad RBD did not get rid of all their GINGHAM...
OUR campaign WORKED.....thanks to all of YOU. 






I made the first baby nightie out of some white flannel...I did not want
to mess up RBD 's grey flannel...and this one is just darling too with the red smocking
and little watermelon button...
I am thinking this winter of making many of them....they really make
a baby look like a baby.... I am hoping grandMUMMs may want some
for their grandbabies.. maybe I can get new MUMMS thinking 
how practical these really are. 

( no manufacturer makes them anymore ..I checked) 

I have more  RBD flannel gingham nighties completed, 
but we were heading for holidays and I just did not have
enough time to photograph...will add to this post upon my return...


 OHHHH.....I think I felt a tear on my cheek....
brings back so many delightful memories..
I loved being a MUMM- still do! 

This doll belongs to my husband's medical /surgical company.
It is one of many that their surgical reps use to train nurses in mic-key Gtubes .

It is a very special and expensive doll...
psstttttt I am going to borrow if for a long while...:)
TOMAS wants to stay  HOME with ME! 

Thank you RBD for including me in this very special
heartfelt Flannel HOP....

I soooooo love FLANNEL GINGHAM! 
I am thinking of making these for ADULTS..



Here is complete list of OTHER FLANNEL ENTHUSIASTS
who are part of this hop.

Be sure to cheer for them too! 



This is still going on....
OMG I have to do a FLANNEL PROJECT ...lol