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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Butterfly Transfer


Butterfly Transfer
Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
I have the electrician coming shortly to wire for the new ceiling fan. I have a few minutes so I scanned one of the loose transfers from my trade with Sherry.

Isn't this a pretty butterfly design? I know the transfers with the dots are older. If you click on the photo you can see a larger version in my Flickr album.

This would be pretty on a CQ! Or one of those gorgeous cushions that Julia has been sharing!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Idle Hands....


Vogart 3
Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
are the devil's workshop! That's what my grandmother used to tell me when I was little. Perhaps that's where my need to stitch comes in.

I did do some stitching on my peacock quilt yesterday. I mentioned a few weeks back that it's too big for the scanner. We have the camera out right now so when I have a few free moments, I'll take a picture of it.

Anyway, I did some stitching and it felt good. If all goes well, maybe I can have an hour or two later to work on it.

Another verse from an antique sampler that just popped into my mind is this:

"This needlework of mine may tell,
that when a child I learned well
and by my elders I was taught
not to spend my time for naught."

I always liked that verse and used it on a marriage sampler for my living room a few years back.

Today, I've scanned 2 more of my newest vintage transfers from Sherry. These are just so cool! Why does life have to get in the way when there's so much to stitch?!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Living Room Progress


Vogart 2
Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
Well, the tear out in the main part of the living room is done now. Whew! What a mess! The room is "L" shaped so we moved our stuff over to the short side and taped off the long part with plastic. Once the long part is done, we'll move on to the short part.

Anyway, Scott is working on adding some insulation right now. I changed into some clean clothes and I'm going to go park myself in the corner by the television and try to stitch a bit. He doesn't want me to get too crazy with cleaning up yet and said I can take a break until a little bit later.

I'd like to say thanks to Gina and Julia for the thoughtful and encouraging words. I have such a hard time with the mess and the clutter. Thank you so much ladies!

Anyway, today's offering is a few more of the of the vintage transfers that I received from Sherry in a nice trade.

The cutwork pattern looks so interesting. I've never tried cutwork but maybe when I have my life back, I'll give it a whirl!

Thanks so much Sherry! I love everything!

More tomorrow...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Living In A Nightmare!


Vogart 1
Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
This Living Room remodel is way more than I bargined for. To be honest, I just don't have the patience for inside home improvement anymore. The dust and filth is more than I can handle and I'm tired of spending my free time ripping out the old ceiling.

Scott too was complaining a bit last night. He said he thinks we bit off a little more than we could chew. I politely reminded him that this was his idea!

In reply to Julia, yes, Scott took some photos the other day so I'll post as many as I can just as soon as I have the time and energy to transfer them from the camera to a CD.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a couple of my "newest" vintage Vogart transfers with you. Geez, I so much miss stitching! Maybe I could squeeze in an hour or so this afternoon before Scott gets home from work. In the meantime, I think my dryer just shut off so I guess I have to go fold a load of laundry.

I'll try to be in a better frame of mind tomorrow. Be sure to visit Julia again to see some of her gorgeous stitching!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Living Room Remodel

Well everyone, I'm really sorry that I don't have any stitching to share with you. We have about 1/3 of the living room ceiling torn out now. It's alot of work and it makes a huge filthy mess but by doing this, the new drywall ceiling will be 7 or 8 inches higher than what we've been living with.

And lucky me! With the ceiling open, a mouse got in this morning and fell into my living room! EWWWWWW! None of my 4 cats had any idea on what they should do with it. Scott was finally able to catch it in a waste basket and he took it outside and let him go.

Anyway, between my x stitch design work during the day and tearing out the old ceiling every evening, I just don't have any stitching time. But I do have some "new" vintage transfers to share with you which I'll start doing tomorrow.

In the meantime, be sure to visit Julia at Camille's Place for a beautiful Crinoline Lady pattern!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Home Improvement

Sorry I disappeared again everyone! We're doing some home improvement here. Our house had a drop ceiling in the living room. Ick! So we're in the process of tearing that out. Underneath that, there's a tiled ceiling. Icky 50's type stuff. So that will have to come out. Then under that, there are spacer boards which we'll have to pull out before we can drywall. It's ridiculous!

Anyway, I'll try to have something interesting for you tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Wool Felt Valentine


Wool Felt Valentine
Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
I received this pretty little valentine from my mom yesterday. She designed it herself using woold felt, beads and several different stitches.

Isn't it just too cute?!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Redwork Books

For those of you who like Redwork, I have 2 wonderful books in my collection. The designs in both books are from vintage Redwork quilts.

The first book, Red & White is a two book set. One contains the history of redwork along with vintage advertisements and photos of antique redwork quilts. The second book in the set contains many of the patterns from the quilts.

RedworkBook1

The second book titled, Nature's Beauty In Redwork contains 25 beautiful patterns from antique Redwork quilts.

RedworkBook2

Both books are available from Keepsake Quilting or Amazon.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Sharing Some Of My Books

I don't have any stitching to share with you right now so I thought I would share a few of my favorite needlework related books.

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Briggs1

These two books are loaded with wonderful Victorian designs by William Briggs and Co. LTD. Perfect for Crazy Quilting and many other needlework and craft applications. I ordered mine from Amazon. The "Forgetmenot" sprig that I used on my All That Jazz block came from one of these books.

Speaking of the All That Jazz project, be sure to visit Annies Crazy World blog to check on the finishing progress.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Bonnet Kitties In Cross Stitch

I don't have any stitching that I can share with you today. I did start a 15 inch peacock block the other day but it's on my big quilt frame that my husband made for me and it doesn't fit on the scanner. I don't want to have to keep taking it on and off the frame.

So today, I thought I'd share with you 2 of my newest designs for counted cross stitch. These are Bonnet Kitties and they are published by Imaginating Inc. The designs aren't up on their website yet but they are available in stores and catalogs.

Cat1

Cat2

The designs are based on real cats, Magic and Katie. They belong to my friend Sylvia who graciously grants me permission to work from photos of her babies for my designwork.

Thank you Sylvia!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Good Luck Block Completed


Good Luck Block Day 7
Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
I looked at this for a few days and I decided to add a few little white seed beads around the shamrock. I think they finish it off nicely.

Is there someone out there who downloaded the Doorknocker finishing instructions that I posted on Saturday? If so, would you consider emailing them to me? It would be so much easier than to sit here and rewrite the directions. Thanks!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Another Bunny


Bunny3
Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
Well, I don't know what happened to my post on Sewing A Doorknocker but I sure hope it isn't gone forever. It took me 1 1/2 hours to write that up on Saturday. I'll give it a couple of days and see if it comes back. If not, I'll try to rewrite and repost it.

In the meantime, I finished up this little bunny last night. I'm going to add some little yellow seed beads for the flower centers on the egg.

Again, please excuse the cat hair.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Good Luck Block Day 6


Good Luck Block Day 6
Originally uploaded by Kitty And Me.
I had a little time to work on this some more. As you can see, my mom crocheted the little shamrock for me so I handpainted it, sewed it on and added some flowers and leaves. Then I beaded around the outside.

Help me out here, does this look done? Or do you, my readers feel it needs something else?

With the craziness in my life at the moment, and because I had to put it down for a bit, I feel a little out of touch with it. Let me know what you all think.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I'm Back!

Sorry for the long absence. Things have been rather crazy here but if all goes well, I hope they'll be settling down soon.

I haven't been able to do much in the way of stitching. What little bit I have done has been iron-on transfer embroidery. I stitched up these two little Easter bunnies. As you can see, I crayon tinted them. I've also started on a 3rd one. As soon as I complete it, I'll post it here.

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Bunny1

Please excuse any kitty hair that you see!

I've had to put the Crazy Quilt valentines away for the time being. I don't think I can complete them in time for Valentine's Day. I'll have to save them for next year I guess.

On the "All That Jazz" quilt front, check out Annies Crazy World blog to watch the assembly process.
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