Friday, December 19, 2014

Days away ....from NEW BEGINNINGS! SEW WE STITCH....




It has been a year of insights, revelations and certainly many AH-HA moments.
2015 will bring  along a different pace, at least for me.
And when I explain why, I think many of you will nod in agreement. 

Two things I kept asking myself :

"Why am I rushing?"
"Why is time moving so fast?"

Answer to the first one....I was trying to pack so much into every moment that I actually lost
my passion that brought me along this journey. I was not competing with anyone but myself
and it was only I who kept raising the bar. It was only I who was doing this to me....
There were no prizes for accomplishing more STUFF. 
This treadmill that I was on, was taking me no where! 

It wasn't until Brooke Nolan  and Cori Blunt 
came into my life with their passion of cross stitch  and hand applique
that I put the breaks on and dug out my threads, needles, scissors, frames and patterns
and began stitching again with PURPOSE. 

Cross stitching  and hand applique 
has brought that JOY back, the JOY in seeing something you stitch come to
life. I have slowed down the pace considerably and I am loving it ....

Please don't fret, we will still have blog hops, I already have so much
planned, till March 2016  but there will be more time in between them so I can
answer the second question....

Why is time moving so fast?

I noted this one almost immediately. Days were speeding by along with weeks
with only a faint memory of all that went into them because I was not enjoying the MOMENT. 
Don't get me wrong, I loved everything I created, but I was rushing through each one
and I was not loving the process....UNTIL I started cross stitching and hand applique...
I took my time and guess what? My days began slowing down to a crawl.

I was still getting my home cleaned, and meals prepared, and sending off
packages, and making calls, and taking care of my wonderful family...
and creating life into my PIECES....

SEW WE STITCH....is a new BLOG that will open it's door on JANUARY 1st.

You know what surprised me the most....When I thought of this, I was certain
the name was taken, it was not ....
( take a peak, it is up) 

When there are no roadblocks and all the sponsors come on board....
YOU know the timing is right.....

SOOOOOOOO my sweet friends CROSS STITCHING, Hand Appliqué
and Embroidery will be  MY/ OURS new adventure...
We will have blog hops, ( more time in between each one) 
so we can all enjoy the process and slow down the pace....
I have many designers who are working behind the scenes
creating EVERYTHING VINTAGE....
Another hint I was sharing throughout the weeks,
VINTAGE, no doubt brings many smiles, many memories
and simpler times....

This is the logo I created, our Banner that will be seasonal.
A rose I created years ago is our BRAND. A rose that stirs
many insights, beauty and joys..
Funny thing about Cross Stitchers, they don't sew...
Quilters + Cross stitch they sew....
SOOOOO it made sense that we have  a NEW BLOG
for everyone who stitches by hand....
I have been following many cross stitchers...
they have many projects they are working on..
We are going to have them completing them now...

I believe with all of my heart, I can hear the drumming already...
Many will enjoy this new adventure...
WE will  pour more HEART, more JOY, slow down the PACE 
and enjoy all the MOMENTS we have LEFT.

Join us will YOU! 

It will be a year that changes EVERYTHING for the BETTER.
Just wait and see...

I promise you all- many seasons of JOY and Happiness!



And to celebrate this season, let me turn back the time
with Bing and David....love this piece... their harmony together
brings such JOY! 


                             





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The year was 1984, this may inspire YOU...well at least keep you in stitches..


WE all start somewhere...Whether you are new to Cross Stitching or picking it up
again after a break. I thought this might inspire you...

These were Precious Moments patterns...I think they all came from a booklet. 

These were some of my very first counted cross stitch, 30 years ago.
Prior to that, I had done plenty of cross stitch pieces that were stamped..
all you did was make crosses....

These were counted cross stitch patterns, because you add to count your stitches...

I found these recently in my hope chest, had not seen them in decades..
I made them all for my wee tots....

Nobody had shared that you did not need to stitch with 3-4 strands...
( which is what I did here) I know better now so I only use 2....

Nobody told me, that you had to be sure your stitches all went the same way?
( I do that now) 
Nobody told me when you make a mistake you do not need to take out the stitches...
( I am known to take out rows, to be sure it all lays nicely)


Now someone did tell me to date them.... ( I am so glad I did)
30 years ago.....I still remember where I was when I stitched these...
I lived in Toronto at 
Broadview and Mortimer...I was at University
studying bio-chemistry. 

I found cross stitching helped me to concentrate more...
MORE on my studies then by stitches however lol...


I believed in Miracles then and NOW.....I love that I have picked
up cross stitching all over again....

Many of you will find how wonderful it is, how it calms you down,
how it forces you to relax...and you know one of the BEST benefits...
It actually increases your memory...( more on that later) 


Will you look at my back...oh my....I have to say my backs look 
as neat as my fronts today....




I am actually proud to say, I graduated from Aida cloth...( still like the black, when doing vintage pieces) but I love linens, such as jobelan, monaco, even weave.....
I love that I can stitch for hours using my readers and I am sooooooo relaxed..

I know some of you don't think that just YET...but it will come...I promise you that....
YOU will wonder why it took you so long to cross stitch...

That other lady is still asking me " when will this relax me?'
she is so funny! 



SQUIRREL...we interrupt this post for a moment to say HI....
WE have quite a few that have made friendly these days...

Ohhhh another one I am completing....I just have to finish the rolllllll of her dress.
She is soo beautiful and quite large..... this has kept me busy the last 2 weeks...

She was to have these large wings....I did not add those...
I have changed her quite a bit, as far as colours..
something that is nice when you have been stitching for this many years..
YOU know you don't have to follow the pattern...
YOU can make it your own lol

Welll that I am doing and I just LOVE HER! 
I am not making her into a stocking...
I am actually thinking something else....
sooon....




Ahhhhh one of my favourite ornaments...reminds me of a colleague of mine
called ED. He always wanted a red truck, so one year, I found these music
globes and I purchase 3 of them...ONE for another colleague for the reason,
when we bring it out every Christmas -we will be reminded of a wonderful relationship
and how much we mean to each other...

Just a share! 


YOU so matter too!

 and all I want for Christmas...
WElllll Micheal says it better in this rendition....x

Friday, December 12, 2014

There is a village, snowmen and some holiday stitching.....

It never seems like Christmas until we get our village up..
Complete with post office, not one but 2 coffee shops...
A needlework store, a cattery...
We even have our own sign painter...
It has been snowing a lot so you can see, they are almost waist high in that
white stuff...


And what village would be complete without some mention
of the warmth a stitched quilt could bring? 
Even in the cold of winter these ladies are basking in the warmth of the season...

( I think I will stay indoors under my beautiful friendship quilt and be happy here) 




Our postmen are struggling this morning, they have been so busy
getting all of our packages out... Many are sent, so keep watching ladies...


And our mantle is all set up with our SNOW People CHORUS as they all sing...
they needed a perfect spot....we have 9 of them so Hallmark better
not make any more, as there is no more room. 

I keep everyone in stitches when I push all their buttons....and they sing all their
very different tunes.... it is comical to see and hear, they need some MTC 
fine tuning....what do you say Deonn? 

And speaking of STITCHING.....


I have all of my Vintage Patterns done by Brooke...
I made my stole with angora and cashmere wool....it is soooo warm...

She has them all up in her store now....They look so Vintage
and they are sooooo wonderful to stitch up... They do not take long at all..

I am waiting for some new threads and I will be doing up a couple more in different threads...
the above fabric is DMC MONACO. glass blue....in Canada we can get it
from our friends at H.A. Kidd....can be found at all their retailers...

they are all available in her shop..








I managed to stitch up yet another Santa, since my other is long gone to
some lady who realllllly wanted it ...
( this one stitched on dmc Monaco tea stained) 


This weekend will be filled with baking and possibly more stitching...

I am working on this piece presently, called Enchanted Alphabet.

It's a sampler of the most beautiful stitches...it looks variegated
but it is done with single  dmc threads....the artiste who passed
a couple of years ago, Marilyn, welllll she knew color
and could she ever stitch magic.... Her work will live on forever in our
minds and our hearts.... I have many of her patterns...
Found 22 of them the other day....Not sure I will ever get to most of them
but let me say, they are all so unique and very detailed...This is one of her simpler ones! 

This piece is fairly large so it make take awhile..it has a little girl smack in the middle
and a BUNNY..yes a sweet bunny..
I am stitching it on some beautiful linen that was in my stash....I think it is Zweigart Annabelle
32 count....I could not do it at without my READERs....
If your reason is you cannot see your work anymore..welllll 
get to readers.com ....with their over 600 fashion pieces and strengths....( not 600 strengths lol)
you will be stitching once again....


I leave you with some engaging Kenny G.....
Hope you all have a GLORIOUS weekend....
YOU all Matter!