Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Time Keeps on Slipping into the Future....."

As I sat to write this post, I glanced to look at the date of my last post - YIKES! It's been awhile. The lyrics of the Steve Miller Band song, "Fly Like and Eagle" sprang to mind. It seems the older I get, the faster time moves.....I don't get it. Maybe it's because I'm finding more and more things to do and just not enough time to do it all. How about you?

Jessie Mann taught me how to paint Limoges boxes many, many years ago. I was fortunate to have the pleasure of traveling to Jessie's home and experiencing her grace and graciousness. I will be forever grateful for her passion and willingness to share her talents.

I received the most wonderful surprise in the mail - a Limoges box and porcelain purse fob painted by Jessie.


Jessie - thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will treasure these always. If you want to see more of Jessie's painting, visit her website here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I << LOVE >> My Blogging Friends!

Hello all,
I want to thank all the fellow stitchers who responded to my cry for help and sent me links to some great sites. I'll share them here:

Michele Bilyeu
Needle Crafters
Snowmen A to Zzzz

There are so many nifty patterns and ideas, I could spend HOURS going through the links.....and probably will <g>.

A special thanks to Shami. She had saved the patterns from Cheryl Fall years ago and sent me the pdf. I'm so very excited to start the stitching this weekend.

You guys are the BEST!! HAPPY DANCE! THANK YOU!


Need Help - Embroidered ABC Quilt Block Pattern?

HI, Ladies! I hope your week has been a good one. I've been contemplating making an ABC quilt for my grandson. Since I can't sew <g>, I'd like to embroider the letters. So this is where

I NEED YOUR HELP

I've looked all over for cute blocks to either cross stitch or embroider a redwork design, but have come up empty. I saw the sweetest blocks on About.com (they happened to be free) by Cheryl Fall, but the links don't work (SOB!).



I'm willing to purchase the patterns....but I can't seem to find any I like for a little boy. I see cute ones for girls.....

It occurred to me this morning, if anyone can help me, it's all of you. If you have any ideas or sources, please share. Hopefully I can make this in time for his birthday (October) or Christmas.

Many thanks to all - have a great rest of the week and weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What a Surprise!

I'm so very blessed to know so many kind and caring people. I met Shelly Hawley Yan on the MSAT Mini doll list. Basically, it's a group of like-minded women who love miniatures and creating miniature dolls, room boxes - anything miniature. Shelly and I have a lot in common besides miniatures - animals, music, needlework and more. She is a gorgeous artist and lovely person.

In Monday's mail I received a box from Shelly. Look what she created for me:


Missy and Sally (Best Friends for almost 15 years)  and Sweet Holly (who passed away at 5 years from congestive heart failure)


Emma and Bella (our current furry friends)


Me hugging sweet Holly 


Lovely Lilacs (I love the scent...we have a bush outside our back window)


An Artist Trading Card - reminding me of Toby, my one-in-a-million horse of my dreams....now in greener pastures


An Artist Trading Card - Just for Me!

Shelly also included five other ATCs, which I will share in a future post.

I have to say, I was totally overwhelmed when I unwrapped these tiny gifts.....it all brought me to tears and touched my heart. Please stop by Shelly's website On Dragon Wings Studio and browse through her works. She even offers some free needlework patterns!

Shelly - THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Initial Heart Swap Goodies

Good morning!

I participated in Cheryll's Initial Heart Swap this year. Unfortunately, in my haste to send out my package to my swap partner, I forgot to take pictures. I know the package arrived at its destination safe and sound to Judith (no blog). Hopefully I can post pictures later. In the meantime,  I received these glorious goodies from Terry F.


Fabrics and a quilted needle book


A darling card and a travel mug with hand stitching - with my initials 


A bowl of chocolate kisses and English Breakfast tea


What was in the bottom of the bowl

THANK YOU, Terry! I don't have your email to send a thank you, so I hope you're seeing my post. I love, LOVE it all.

I've got so much more to blog about - more later -

HAPPY VALENTINES  DAY!!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ballerina

Hello everyone! Yes, it's been awhile - lots going on here - just wanted to pop in and share my latest finish - 1:12 scale ballerina named Litana. She's the first of Dana Burton's Black and White Series. She's VERY delicate - only a tiny pin in her left front foot (and glue) holds her onto the base.


Litana - 7 inches tall - from tip of toes to top of hair 





Sunday, January 29, 2017

Where Does the Time Go??

Greetings! I can't believe it's the end of January already! I've been busy - and not blogging much these days. Things are really going to jump into warp speed.....I volunteered to be project manager for an international miniature doll convention in July of 2018. It will be held in Green Bay, WI....so my hours of stitching and sculpting will be a little light these coming months. Ah, but it's been a blast working with all the talented ladies and I'm SOOOOOOO looking forward to meeting them in person next year!

I received two lovely surprises in the mail some time ago. Apologies to both sweet ladies for my tardiness. After I show you my gifts, I'll find my Emily Post book on manners and shamefully shuffle off into a corner to refresh my memory <g>.....

Dzintra sent me a lovely note and included a bookmark kit - THANK YOU, DZINTRA!! I'm looking forward to quietly stitching this up and will definitely use it, as I love, LOVE to read.....


Lynda-Ruth sent me these gifts for my birthday. She spoiled me so - I feel like a Princess!!!


Two lovely ornaments - can you see the tiny blue bird and snow flake buttons?? 


Yummy lavender soap


Potholders and polished stones - look at the wonderful wire wrapping Lynda-Ruth did! Isn't the necklace beautiful??


And lots of TEA! Made my cold, gray days warm and cozy.....yes, they've been consumed.....

THANK YOU, LYNDA-RUTH! Your kindness is so appreciated. Again - apologies for taking so long to post.

OK - now - off to attempt to get a stitching project done for a swap I'm in.....and maybe even play with clay....or maybe I'll watch a movie and put in a plea for DH to start a fire in the fireplace.....decisions, decisions.....

HUGS to you all!!!