Monday, August 26, 2019

"My Room" Part 1

Hello, Dear Ones! Oh, I'm so excited to show you "My Room" today! I have really worked on it and have been busy sewing and putting together my cross stitch pieces and more so come on in...
 We are in the hall looking at my door and what to your tiny eyes do you see?
 A sewing sew cross stitch piece!
 On the door knob hangs a little cross stitch pillow I made many years ago. Okay...come in.
 Ta dah! This is what you see as you come inside the door. This is a bedroom on the front of our house and it's quite a bit smaller than my previous sewing room so I had to get really organized! This is going to be a pretty full post so go and get you an ice cold Diet Dr. Pepper and come back.
Okay, ready?
I made new curtains from this blue and white toile fabric I purchased about five years ago but never cut it up for anything!
I bought quite a few yards of the toile so I had plenty to make skirts for my tables. Above you see my sewing table in her new skirt.
 Then behind my sewing table is another area that is a large top that sits on two file cabinets with drawers. So this area got a new skirt too! Do I need to mention what is under the skirts? ;) Stuff, y'all stuff!
 Then I got all talented and all and covered this olden office chair! I used a little quilt that was on the daybed in our previous home and just chopped it up! It's a little different shade of blue and I liked it for the contrast. The chair was just old, covered in a dark brown fabric and in need of a redo. I haven't painted the legs yet and know it would look better if I did. I just measured the areas to be covered and hot glued everything down! Hey, works for me!
 Here she is again!
I also recovered by 'back' pillow. I'm short, um vertically challenged, so this pillow really helps me as I sit an sew.
Since I'm showing you my skills here is my sewing machine cover I made. Ain't she sweet?

 My table is not dirty but scratched up pretty good! Here you can see what is behind me. The room has carpet so I had to get a chair mat so I could scoot around.
Of course I had to have more of my cross stitch pieces hung up. The top one is one I stitched in 1987 called "The Virtuous Woman", the bottom two all about stitching.

 Starting at the tops of my little shelves, you can see lots of cuteness. In those boxes on the left are Barbie Dolls, doll clothes and their patterns. The bunny and little dolly sitting in the chair were given to me by my Daddy many many years ago. You can see a couple of Tildas looking sweet while sitting on their bench surrounded by some Cats Meow Village.
 Moving down I have sewing threads, wire cutters, box cutters and such in these little bins. Jars hold ribbons and buttons.
 These the shelves hold scrapbook papers, painting supplies, glues and other crafting supplies with a few cute things poked in. You can see my paper cutter and cutting mats. I did give my grandbabies much of my stash of stuff. They love to craft and were so glad to get some new supplies.
 I just have to show you this dated little figurine given to me by Mr. Precious in 1973! I'll always love it.
 Moving right along this wall is a little half moon table that belonged to my little mother and a lamp that doesn't go with anything in this room but I love it and it's staying. This is sitting next to my very olden Lazy Boy rocker that is the most comfortable. I can sit and do whatever here. The little corner table holds my CDs and CD player so I can have Note Songs! More Tildas and cuteness sit on the little pink shelves. My Yard Lady on the right hangs on this wall because I had no where else to hang her in my house. She doesn't mind that she's hanging by the closet.
Here we are looking back from the closet to my sewing table.
I hope you've enjoying seeing the first part of my sewing room. Believe me there's more even in this little small room. Now that green bag does not contain any yummy groceries, in case you're wondering, but my cotton crochet thread. I probably should have set the bag in the closet so you would have thought I was just so neat! Nah, I'm just a regular messy!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

 Don't Stop Believin'



Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' anywhere

A singer in a smokey room
The smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night

Streetlights people
Livin' just to find emotion
Hidin' somewhere in the night

Workin' hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin' anything to roll the dice just one more time

Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night

Streetlights people
Livin' just to find emotion
Hidin' somewhere in the night

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to that feelin'
Streetlight people

Don't stop believin'
Hold on
Streetlight people

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to that feelin'
Streetlight people 
~ sung by Journey


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Been Just a Stitchin'

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, today I thought I would share with you what I've been up to pertaining to cross stitching! If you didn't know, as of now and the past three years, I've been pretty passionate about cross  stitching. I just can't stop! I've been known to finish a piece and instead of fixing up my piece to display, I just lay it down and pick up another one to stitch! I'm so talented like that you know! :)
This is a little wall area before you walk into my laundry room and I got it all patrioticed up! The top picture was an anniversary present from Mr. Precious. It's a Norman Rockwall piece called 'The Four Freedoms'.  When we lived in New York one of our favorite places to go was Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the Norman Rockwall Museum was there. He used so many of the folks from Stockbridge in his paintings.
So needless to say when I found this precious little pattern from Little House Needleworks called 'The Four Freedoms' I knew I had to stitch it! It's perfect, well, except that I got the finished piece just a little bit crooked when I framed it. Oh, well, it's done and it will stay crooked!
Then to finish out my vignette I stitched this piece. I think it's called Patriotic House, I think! On the right hand side it said 'Freedom' or 'America', I forgot, but I didn't want that so I just extended my flowers up the side. I like how it looks. Oh, the mat was white and I didn't like it so I just painted it a soft green with craft paint. I also added the little American flag ribbon on the bottom. So each time I walk into my laundry room I place my most tiny dainty talented hand filled with fingers over my heart! :) You do believe that don't you?
 Oh, I'm so proud of the above piece. I started collecting the patterns over two years ago and when I had acquired them all, I started to stitch them on one big piece. These are called 'Little Sheep Virtures' by Little House Needleworks. Is it not the sweetest little stitched piece you've ever seen? I just adore it and enjoyed stitching it so much. I changed a lot of the colors of floss. The borders were mostly greens and I went with mostly blues. I am going to have this framed, not by me who gets pieces crooked, but by a professional.

This is a tiny little round by With Thy Needle and Thread is called 'Summer Hoopla' which I poked inside this little green wreath. There is a sweet little round for each season. Of course I'm stitching them all.
Oh, I love this one! I guess I love everything I stitch. This is called 'Good Morning' from Prairie Schooler Designs. The words 'Good Morning' were to be stitched under the sun and over the fence but I didn't like the way it looked so I extended my sun rays and added flowers. Did you notice the yard birds?
 Now this is not a companion piece to the Rooster piece but I think they work well together. I had pulled this pattern from a cross stitch magazine years ago and do not remember who the designer was but the name of the pattern is 'Crows and Sunflowers'. In case you're wondering I have magnets glued to the backs of the two above pieces and then they are just slapped down on the little metal hanging pieces. I learned this from Priscilla, who blogs at Priscillas2000, whom in my opinion is The Queen of Cross Stitch and taught how to do this on her blog. Thank you, Priscilla! It's so nice because I can change out my pieces seasonally! And...I do.

Precious little piece from Little House Needleworks. I think is from the Scripture Series - small little pieces with scripture on them. I have more to stitch.

Oh, this is an absolute favorite. Sorry for the quality of some of these snaps as I took them with my phone. Anyway, this is called ' The Old Red Barn'. It's pretty obvious, isn't it? Another Little House Needleworks. I guess this is one of my favorite designers along with Prairie Schooler Designs. I just love the sweetness and fallness of this pattern. The stitched piece is layered over a multi colored fabric that is backed with magnets again and then the magnets are clinging to little pieces of metal that are glued down to the wooded hanging piece. Got that? :)
Here is a monthly piece by Prairie Schooler! I've almost stitched all 12 months. I think I have a couple to go. Aren't these so cute? Roosters!
Then to close because you're probably bored to bits with all of my stitching, but one last one. This pattern is one of three from Waxing Moon Designs and is called 'Autumn House Trio'. There are also trios of houses for Christmas, which I've stitched, Summer Trio, Spring Trio, Halloween Trio, Patriotic Trio. I'm on my second house of Autumn with one more to go and they'll be up on my wall before you know it.



One last snap - my babies while on vacation on Cliff Island in Maine. Carter is reading to Camp as they relax in the shade. Life is good.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Silver Threads and Golden Needles 

 I don't want your lonely mansion
With a tear in every room
All I want's the love you've promised
Beneath the halo moon

But you think I should be happy
With your money and your name
And hide myself in sorrows
While you play your cheatin' game

Silver threads and golden needles
Cannot mend this heart of mine
And I dare not drown my sorrows
In the warm glow of your wine

You can't buy my love with money
For I never was that kind
Silver threads and golden needles
Cannot mend this heart of mine

Silver threads and golden needles
Cannot mend this heart of mine
And I dare not drown my sorrows
In the warm glow of your wine

You can't buy my love with money
For I never was that kind
Silver threads and golden needles
Cannot mend this heart of mine

~ sung by The Springfields