Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Spring Hare Etching & Blooming Bearded Irises

Hope you're making the most of this time, whether by yourself or family.
It's simply a one day at a time kind of time.  I'm feel less stressed and dealing better with this whole nasty terrible situation!  That or end up at the Bellevue in a padded room ... LOL!

Here's another stitched project all finished up and prettily hanging by the inside of our front door.
It was a fun, quick and small easy stitch to work on.  I used all supplies on hand.  The small metal hanging basket is from a local charity thrift store for a mere &1.  The vintage crochet doily is another thrifty find; and the altered pin is from a swap I participated several years ago.
The chart for the Spring Hare Etching is a designed by Cecilia Turner of Heart in Hand Needleart, featured in the latest Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher 2020 Spring Issue Magazine.  

In late fall I was given several bearded iris bulbs for my garden.  Thanks to the beautiful cold and wet winter, our iris bloomed beautifully.
These are not mine, but so wish mine they were!
These beautiful iris are from my mother's best friend's garden!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

April Bunny & Blooming Cacti

I am so happy that today I get to get out of the house and play golf with one of my Sun City Birdie Babe friend.  It will just be the two of us, and we'll be walking the course.
On Friday we get to golf again, but more of our SC Birdie Babes will be joining us!  I miss them so much!!!  We will be keeping our Social Distance!

Here's my Lizzie Kate's April Flip-It Bit.
These Flip-It Bits are so much fun and quick to stitch.
I have been using leftover scraps of Aida cloth, different size thread count; unfortunately, this month's cloth is is bigger than 14 count.  I barely fits inside this red tin where I have been storing the other months.

So far I have ~
February, and

Spring has arrived here in our Desert and our cacti is blooming with colorful flowers.
Bees are so attracted to these blooms.
I don't know the name of these cactus, but I LOVE their flowers!!!

I'm currently suffering from at least one anxiety attack a day, but not as bad as it was last week!  Praying and talking to myself while I go through it, has been helping me a lot.
I focus on what I can control, and I let go of what I can't!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

April Showers & Yellow Roses

It sure feels like spring here ... it's gorgeous!
I love sitting in our back patio and enjoy watching and listening bunnies, birds, and the occasional coyote.
As unfortunate as this virus is, it has forced me to just sit and relax.  It really helps with my panic and anxiety attacks.

Here's my very quick and easy monthly cross stitch called April Mini Bunny, designed by Eileen Gurack.  This bunny is one of 12.
I found the cross stitch chart from Just Cross Stitch Magazine, April 2018.
I didn't use floss colors called for.  I tried to match as closely as I could and had on hand.
The lace ruffle is vintage seam binding ribbon, and then I sewed the tiny purple glass beads around the border of the frame.
I think these mini bunnies are too cute.

The following bunnies are for March and February.
The March one, I simply framed it so I could display it last month.
These are the February mini bunnies.  As of right now, both (March & February) are in line to get fully finished and be ready for next year.  I will try before the month is out, to get January done.

Aren't these yellow roses gorgeous?
They smell so good!
They're from my neighbor's.

Let your FAITH
 be bigger than your fear.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Tulip Time & Citrus Season

Here's a quick and springy cross stitch all done!
I love tulips, unfortunately here in Arizona they're hard to grow.  You can grow them, but with lots of hard work.
So instead I will have tulips forever!
It was an easy stitch and I used colors on hand only.
The chart is a generous freebie from Cathy Habbermann, Hands On Design.  You can find her free chart on her Facebook page here.

I wasn't too happy how I mounted it onto the easel, so I went ahead and used a vintage cutting board I found at a church rummage sale years ago.
I hung it right behind my bunny on the second shelf for now.

Citrus Season
Towards the end of last month I helped some friends and neighbors pick their oranges, grapefruit and lemons from their trees.  
This year was a great year for our citrus season.  Our trees were so lush with fruit!
I shared a lot of the fruit with family and some friends. Grapefruit and oranges have been thoroughly enjoyed.
 I still have some lemons left, which I have to juice and freeze to use over the summer.

Stay Safe & Positive

Strength grows in the moments when you think you can't go on, but you keep going anyway.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Spring Bunny & Roses

I'm all caught up with "fully finish spring/Easter stitch work"!
Last year I cross stitched this adorable Spring & Tulips Bunny, and last week I finally completely finished it off so I could display it.
I love how it turned out.
All supplies on hand, and again I attempted the ruche technique; and I have a ways to perfect it ... lol!
I used this very tarnished and old silver butter dish and purposely did not polish it, to display my Spring stitch.
Supplies used: 
~foam board, batting, hot glue gun, DMC floss on hand only, French wired ribbon, seam binding ribbon, and rosebud embellishment

I received these beautiful fragrant roses from my neighbor.  Sorry … I forgot their names.
My bedroom smells divine!

Stay safe and positive!

Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Easter Peep

Happy Monday and making the most of it, and are staying safe!
Honestly, last week I was really suffering from really awful anxiety attacks 3-4 times a day.  It was tough.  I'm trying and working hard to stay calm, and now feeling a bit better.  The only time I notice I have the beginning of an anxiety attack, it's when I have to go out to the store.  Just awful!
I'm praying and staying as positive as possible that this pandemic comes to an end soon.

As I try to stay calm and not worry so much, I'm staying busy with keeping busy.  It really helps me with my anxiety.
I love it and it actually gave me joy while stitching it.
To fully finish it off, I'm constantly inspired by Priscilla's finishes.  She's one absolutely creative and talented Lady.
I used color DMC floss on hand only, and added tiny glass beeds for the eyes.  All of the other supplies come directly from my craft room ... I'm doing great job about staying home and observing social distancing!
All of the supplies used to finish my Easter Peep came directly from my craft room.  I even surprised myself by finding out how well supplied my stash is!  So proud I'm doing a great job about staying home and observing social distancing.

I want to share a Palm Sunday chuckle that made my day yesterday!
The following decorated front doors for Palm Sunday decorations were beautifully done and decorated by my creative girlfriends: 
Elegant simplicity!
Cut and trimmed palm fronds from her own garden palm trees.  She simply added some to her Easter wreath.
Palm frond from her garden as well, and she braided the palm grass cross.

Drum roll please before I show you see mine.
Ready ...

No creativity whatsoever!
Our palm tree is super tall … like 80 feet tall … so I asked my neighbor Tim if I would have one his palm fronds, which he did.  He must think I'm nuts … but anyways, brought my palm frond home and just stuck it by our door … please don't judge me …  LOL!!!
Next year I'll plan ahead and promise myself to make something with better presentation!!!

Wash your hands!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Hoppy Easter

Hoping you are staying safe, calm and busy.  Keep the faith.
I have my moments throughout the day where I kind of lose it!!!  I'm praying to stay as positive as I can.
My goal today is to sit down and focus on making face masks, since my family and dear friends are requesting I do.  I'm thinking of making at least two per person.  One to wear and one to wash and have ready when needed.

I stitched this adorable bunny to stay busy.  It's a freebie by Tiny Modernist.
I used floss colors on hand only.  What I enjoyed about this small cross stitch type of projects, is that you can be done in a day.  It gives me the satisfaction of accomplishment.
I love how cute it turned out!  I simply finished it by adding a DIY ruched ribbon technique.  I'm loving that I'm using supplies I have on hand only.

The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
Psalm 118:6

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Welcome April

So lucky to welcome April!
Where did the time go since January?  It has all been a blur and lately so chaotic and nerve wrecking.  Just praying and trying to stay calm and positive!
Since I have not blogged in several months, I was surprised by the new Blogger posting page, which now I will have to learn how to navigate it.  My issue today with this post is having to enlarge photos!!!  Never mind!  I figured it out!

To pass the time and keep my mind of all this Coronavirus chaos and quarantine, I have been catching up on several crafts and needle work.  Besides this, I have been doing lots of cleaning, purging and spending time out in our back patio.  Luckily for us, the weather has been beautiful. 

Since it's the beginning of a new month, and I hope life goes back to normal soon, but be more conscious of health precautions; here's my fully finished cross stitched April.  It's a beautiful freebie from The Snowflower Diaries.
I actually finished stitching it a year ago, but never got a chance to frame it or altered it.
The farmhouse style frame comes from Micheals, which I attached it to my DIY embroidery hoop wreath.   

  I am hoping that by returning to blogging, it will help me with my anxiety and visit others and not feel so alone and scared.
Stay safe and keep the faith.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Winter Flip-It Bit

January is almost over, but I'm just happy I was able to make this small Lizzie Kate Flip-It Bits.
I felt the  need to work on a small stitchy project to  feel a bit of accomplishment after working on this sampler called Autumn Quaker by Rosewood Manor.
This is my true sampler cross stitch work, and I was very nervous to start a project this big, but so far so good ... more on that on another post.
Working and *fully finishing gave me a great sense of accomplishment!
Now on to the February one ...
On another note ...  I can't believe is almost over, but it truly has been a very good month for lots of fun adventures and DIYs!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Winter Chunky Yarn Wreath

 I made this super easy simple chunky yarn wreath and I love it!!!
 I decided to not add any embellishments and leave the wreath undecorated.
The lighted snowflake was an after thought.  I was at the 99 Cents store at the beginning of  the New Year, and they had their few remaining Christmas decorations on clearance.
I had a hard time taking a good picture of the lighted snowflake without the glare… sorry.
I had seen these kind of wreaths all over Pinterest, and had planned on making one for myself.  After seeing the above handmade wreath at last month's Stamping Christmas party, I told myself I just had to make one & soon!!!

I already had the straw wreath base (got last summer from Hobby Lobby at 50% off); and the chunky yarn is from Michaels (also half off) … love coupons!!!
I love it's simplicity, and will keep it up for the winter duration.  I may add a heart or something St. Valentine's related to go update. 

I do plan on upcycling it for Christmas by just adding some Christmassy picks or decorations.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winter is...

 Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. 
~ Edith Sitwell
 My winter snow village (in our TV Room) is growing a bit more every year.
After the holidays I simply remove any Christmassy decorations to my winter village.  As I find more wintry reminders, I keep adding it to this Tablescape.
I also make sure it stays lit day and night to keep the blues away.
 The oil lamp is a new addition this year.  I found it a nearby garage sale about two months ago for $5.  The glass trees are from last year … also another thrifty find.  I would like to find one more glass tree in a smaller or taller size.  I filled them with Epsom salts.
 A little bonus … 
I hung last year's winter mitten garland (I found last year at Target's dollar spot) on our TV cabinet. I added snowflakes and some dried orange slices I made this season.
The crochet runner is a gift from my neighbor Barbara across the street.  She is an avid crochet hooker person!  I thought it added a snowy touch to this area.

I'm discovering that I'm enjoying winter!  It gives me a chance to slow down and appreciate the cycle of life.  I know I'm lucky that where I live, our winters are very mild compared to other places of the world.  It also helps a lot that I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn, and hit the road to get to work on time in freezing conditions anymore … brrr…!!!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Winter Cross Stitching

Last May I started cross stitching a winter sampler, and meant to get it done before Christmas.  I didn't quite meet my goal, but I did get it done before the end of 2019! 
 It's a Michaela Learner freebie cross stitch chart (Winter Sampler) I found via Facebook's Cross Stitching Guild last May.  I was lucky to have made a copy of the chart, because it's no longer available.  I also did a searched for it with no luck.
I was inspired to fully finish it off by Priscilla.  Priscilla is absolutely talented in displaying all of her cross stitched work; and has a YouTube video where she shows exactly how she does; actually she has other videos that she shares her techniques with us.

First of all, I stitched on red 14 count Aida.
To display my 2019 Winter Sampler, I covered thick cardboard with batting and black gingham fabric (10"x10").  The second piece of thick cardboard is also covered in batting and measures 9"x9", and then covered it with the stitched sampler.
I chose to use a crochet border edging instead of trim or ribbon.  About 3 years ago, I crochet several different edgings using leftover crochet cotton thread.  The white berry winter picks are from Michaels (after Christmas sales), I made the satin white ribbon bow, and the metal snowflake is an embellishment from my stamping stash. 
I'm very pleased how it turned out being this my first sampler.

I am so glad I pushed myself to finish it before the New Year!
I feel very accomplished!