Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tast 2014: Beaded Herringbone Stitch

I used heavy-duty craft/button thread instead of embroidery cotton in order to fit it through the narrow eye of the needle I used for beading.  I have a difficult time keeping herringbone stitches even - and found it almost impossible with the added challenge of beading.  DH suggested that I should have used my magnifier, but I'm not sure it would have made much of a difference...

Saturday, August 09, 2014

TAST (Continued)

Trying to get back in the swing of things a little bit, I thought it was about time to revisit TAST and resume work on my stitch sampler.  I wanted to add a little bling so I did a variation of the chained bar, zigzagging over metallic gold rickrack.  Below that is a row of closed herringbone stitches.  Then comes a row of backstitched herringbone stitches. Next is a twisted lattice band.  Lastly, there is a row of double herringbone stitches.


Friday, August 01, 2014

Another Song

I’ve been AWOL from this blog for quite some time and hope to resume posting on a regular basis, soon.  In the meantime, here is another little original song I just uploaded to SoundCloud.  I wanted to make a test using TX16Wx Celtic high whistles.

The photo is of me from “back in the day.”  I’ve been thinking about the past quite a lot, lately…choices made, times when I simply chose not to choose (out of fear or confusion), roads not taken… and I marvel at how I arrived at this place of blessing and peace.  My mom would have laughed and said it was “more luck than management!”  I am married to a man who is altogether lovely from the inside out. He’s “the warmest chord I ever heard” to quote Joni Mitchell.  Long ago, a friend described him as an angel that God had sent to land at my feet.  And just in the nick of time, too…


Saturday, January 11, 2014

A New Dress for Ellowyne

I made this easy sundress for Ellowyne from a free pattern available at MHD Designs called “Robe Soleil.”  Magalie Dawson’s instructions are very thorough and the pattern was a joy to sew.


Friday, January 03, 2014

Nature Journal: Rhododendron Leaves

I drew these leaves last night before the big snowstorm.  We got eight inches of snow overnight.  I knew the leaves would curl and droop, today, in the bitter cold as the temperature only reached 22 degrees.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

Gulli is enjoying a quiet evening at home, watching the fireworks on TV and enjoying some French fries from his favorite fast food restaurant.  He's such a party animal!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We tried the Tofurkey Feast for the first time (had a free coupon from ShopRite) and were very pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was!  We will definitely be having that again.

I had some fleece left over from a Santa outfit and found this adorable free pattern from Simplicity to make mittens.  They require less than ½ yard of fabric.  The pattern is simple, quick to sew and fun to embellish.  I added fleece flowers to mine (instructions here).  Make the initial square for each flower any size you want and add a fun button to the center.