Friday, October 29, 2010

looking forward

So, I don't think I've mentioned this yet but it is with great excitement that I share this little space... I know I know, what is so great about a near empty room with some craft clutter on the floor, right? Well, turns out I have a little spot of my own in our new home. I feel kind of guilty about it because our new place is actually pretty small overall and there are probably better ways to use the precious square footage but...I think I'll just keep that to myself. Obviously I haven't really turned it into much yet but there will be time for that in February. You all can see the potential, right?
I'm also excited about these new beauties. I spotted these at a local craft store and believe me, a photo doesn't do them justice. They have so many variations within each skein and the color is so rich and gorgeous! I haven't stitched anything yet but I will be sure to share when I do. Check out the rest of their colors here.
Everything that I AM stitching right now is 'in progress'. I thought I would have some finished things to show by today but it was not to be. Soon, though, soon!
Who is finishing up Halloween costumes this weekend? I ducked out of that this year, I admit. I'm, just not into Halloween this time around - too much other insanity to worry about I guess. This year I'll settle for being a spectator rather than a participant. Oh, I will be participating in candy consumption of course.

Monday, October 25, 2010

we made it!

Internet service always seems to take longer than expected to get going, doesn't it? We made it through week one and I don't even have a single photo to share yet!

Our house in Omaha is still for sale everyone so DON'T WORRY - you have not missed out on the real estate opportunity. I encourage you to act quickly though because, hey, it could get snatched up any day. Or, it could sit on the market for. ever. you just never know.

I have yet to organize my crafting supplies but that has not stopped me from getting my stitch on. I'll be sure to share later this week because I have two projects that I'm really excited about!

So there's the update from St. Paul, now it's time for me to catch up on all the blogs I missed reading while we were disconnected. See you soon!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

signing off for now

It's time to head north folks. I'll be in internet service limbo for a few days and will be missing my crafty friends! Until then.... I'll be back, when the week is new. And I'll have more ideas for you. And you'll have things you'll want to talk about. I. will. too.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

seasons stitchings

Let me just tell you how great it feels to have a little bit of time for embroidery again! I managed to get two ornaments done this week. Of course, I would have liked to have made more but it wasn't to be. I made this one as a tiny tribute to one of my favorite Christmas songs - can you guess which one?
I have always wondered why they play "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music at Christmastime. I mean, it's not really a Christmas song, right? Oh well, I welcome it's broadcast anyway because I love that song. I also really wanted to stitch up another tiny little dress after I worked on a couple last year. So, this seemed like a fun way to do it.The green fabric is appliqued onto the white fabric base. The white fabric has a very subtle floral pattern on it but you can't see it from every angle. If this doesn't sell I won't be sad at all because, well, I kind of want this!
And then there is the sweet little baby ornament. It's stitched on red linen which I love even though every time I use it for a project I have second thoughts when I remember how difficult it is to photograph red. The color isn't exactly right on this photo - the real ornament isn't quite this BRIGHT but it's close enough. As long as I have Photoshop I will not give up my favorite red linen!

Friday, October 8, 2010

hand me downs

Do you know what happens when a stash of embroidery supplies gets handed over to someone who doesn't embroider and then it gets passed on like a hot potato to someone else who does not embroider (and so on and so on). It eventually will find the hands of someone who does embroider and this time it was me. My mom handed me this huge bag stuffed with floss, hoops and patterns the other day, much to my delight. I haven't even looked through it all yet because I have been, well, you know, busy. But I can't wait to discover all the treasures here. I did spy this adorable pattern set in the mix.
And I do know some people who are big fans of owls so... the wheels are spinning.
And then -

My mom also gifted me this amazing crocheted bedspread. I have tucked away but was sure to get a quick shot of one bit of it to share here. She says she isn't 100% sure who made it but she knows it was either her grandmother or her great-grandmother. W-O-W. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled to have this handed down to me and now I'm just not sure what to do with it. I want to use it but, geez, if anything happened to it I would be crushed. What do you all think - use the heirlooms or pack them away for safe-keeping?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

and now we play the waiting game

I wasn't sure this day would EVER come but here we are getting ready to list our house. It's been an exhausting journey just to get here and I am trying to be optimistic as we look ahead but with the market being what it is, it's not easy. But anyway, I thought I would share some photos of my house now that's it's clean. Even I am amazed at how much nicer my home can look when I just stop embroidering (and paying attention to my children).

It really is a cute house - built in 1926, tons of woodwork, a little sitting room and a butler's pantry and a HUGE porch. Lots to love (and to clean). I hope someone else will love it too.

I'll have to share some photos of the new room soon too. It's finally done!