Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Week In July...

A week in July
~ ~ ~
Gorgeous sunflowers in a vase.
(Velvety golden petals bordered with 
a sharp green 'crown'.)

My American Cranberry bushes are full of berries 
that are just beginning to blush.
(Ahh, a sign of things to come.)

I'm continuing to work on 'Grandma's House'
punchneedle design.

Cheesecake at it's finest...
(a gift from our #3 daughter)
to celebrate 28 incredible years of marriage !

Morning Glories growing everywhere.
(Really - EVERYWHERE !)

One of my 'summer reads'.
With chapters like...
Go Big or Go Home
Slippery Stones
Boundary Stones and Stolen Hours

The best part ??
There are 48 chapters in this book.
All are each only 2-3 pages long.
At the end of a long day,
that is exactly what I want and like...
a small reading commitment that gets
right to the point !

Have a relaxing Sunday ;)

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Long Walk And A Song...

It couldn't be any more beautiful here today !
78 degrees with a soft breeze.

Out for a walk,
and this is what we found...

Loving these long deep purple stems !

Bluebird boxes enclosed with wire to keep predators out.

~ Queen Anne's Lace ~
I like to press these flower heads in old books.
When they are dry, I will attach them to card stock,
give them a light spray of fine glitter,
and you have snowflake cards !

Milddlecreek Wildlife Sanctuary

Milkweed and a 'Bumble'

Adore the color and texture of this plant

So soft and elegant

As kids, we would love to catch 
one of these silky seeds floating on a breeze.  
If we were lucky enough to catch one,
we would make a wish and then release it.

I love to hear a musical instrument in the house.
I have been lucky enough to be serenaded
all summer by my son, (who practices
piano twice a day).

Enjoy this beautiful day, friends...
here comes the weekend. ;)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Valdani, Beads And Wool...

Valdani Perle Cotton Thread, Czech Glass Beads 

We have been having stormy weather for days.
I don't mind one bit...
perfect for drinking tea and stitching.

**  Several people have asked where to get
the Wool charm scissor fob...
I purchased the Wool charm from Ali Strebel.
It can be found on her website, HERE.  **

Punch Needle Embroidery

Often I will complete Punchneedle designs
and then wait until the thought strikes me for
how to finish them.  This works for me because I 
don't like forcing a finish and not really liking
the outcome.

I love these rich and warm shades of wool 
and as soon as I saw them together,
I knew they would work with 'Seaside Fancy'.

The warm honeycomb borders the punchneedle,
while the teal and caramel plaid will cover the pillow.

I am partial to bead work,
however a plain blanket stitch to edge the pillow
would have worked well also.

I like to use Czech Glass Beads, size 6/0, 
for finishing edges.
Go to Beaded Blanket Stitch, to learn more.

Punchneedle pillow measures 16in. x 16in.
Both, front and back are covered in wool.

To learn more about finishing into a pillow,

There are so many great ways to finish your 
punchneedle work.  There is no right or wrong way.
Do you have a favorite way to finish ?

Enjoy your day...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Let's Take A Walk...

Slip on your garden clogs...
let's take a walk around the garden...

Sun Sugar Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
after a rain.

My favorite Zinnia.

Copper salamander and concrete rain catcher,
a 'find' at The Philadelphia Flower Show.

Oak Leaf Hydrangea
(Love how the large leaves turn copper in the Fall.)

Pink Zinnias make me very happy ;)

Black Cohosh

Phlox peeking out from beneath a Purple Smoke Tree.

So many simple pleasures...
I'm convinced simple is best.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Grandma's House Punchneedle...

Grandma's House Punchneedle design

I am working on Grandma's House...
A little cottage with a rounded door and 
shingled roof.
A place filled with warm memories.

A cottage nestled in pines...
 using variegated Valdani 
in Withered Green and Green Pastures.

Variegated Valdani Perle Cotton Thread #8

And, is Black 'black' ?
My new favorite is Valdani Perle Cotton
O511 - Black Sea.
Because black is not just black.
Black Sea is a variegated Perle Cotton
that has an almost dark antique flavor to it.
It is beautiful in punchneedle projects.

Soft blue shades using Valdani
Seaside and Vanilla Sky.
Muted green shades in Wintergreen Mint
and Silver Foam.

Enjoy your weekend !


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Doodling With Fiber...

I have been doodling with wool roving 
and a felting needle.

I am not very good at all, but I still like to experiment. ;)
It takes practice to get the right shape and form.
To this I've added some hand embroidery,
glass beads and Swarovski crystals.

Little delicate flowers and swirled designs,
make me happy.
Older needle felting project

Wool Roving

Funny, I cannot resist buying wool roving
in gorgeous colors, but I don't really use it much.
As a result, I have way too much roving than I
know what to do with !  
(All displayed in large old glass jars) 

This is a jar I take with me to shows.
I am always amazed at how many people
don't know what natural wool looks like.
As in, "fresh from the sheep".

Beautiful,soft, curly and twisty...
unprocessed wool fiber.

I am thinking this might work wonderfully
with a Santa's beard or an appliqued sheep.

Here in Pennsylvania it is 81 degrees
with cool breezes...perfect.
Enjoy this beautiful day !

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Honeycomb Wool For A Finish...

Choosing wool for a finish...
Sometimes the most unlikely patterns
are perfect together.

 For pillows, needlekeepers
and other sewing projects, 
I will often use a rotary cutter on my wool
to get a clean straight edge to work with.
And other times, I will simply tear the wool.

I love to work with this Honeycomb wool,
the color and texture are a perfect combination.

The Honeycomb wool will frame
'Seaside Fancy'.
The wool coaxes out the caramel color
in this Punchneedle piece
and makes the blues 'sing'...

My plan is to place the framed
punchneedle piece on a block of
teal plaid.

Stitching through the week ;) 

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