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Monday, March 27, 2017

Mermaid Berry

I got the Erica Michaels Mermaid Berry mostly all done.  I stitched it all then went back and changed the color of the mermaid's skin.  It was too light against the linen.

  The assembly was easy, you just cut it out adding 1/2 an inch for seam allowance around the berry pattern and then sew it together.  I gathered up the top.

 I kind of wish I'd made it tighter, but it will do.  All that is left is to put the top on.  I cut out a circle of blue felt and a smaller circle of cream ultrsuede that goes on top but I still have to sew them on.

 I think it turned out cute.  I wonder if I should put a twisted cord on the very top?  I don't see one on the model.

I was able to walk outside today.  It was a wonderful 50 degrees. The bathrooms are clean.  I am getting excited about Spring Fling. It is at the end of next week.  I have to think about packing.
I'm going out to lunch today, fun!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Raise the Roof

I've been plugging away at finishing the Home Sweet Home Etui.  I sewed the lining to the outside embroidered panels with help from some pliers.  So the roof is the next challenge.  I sewed the twisted cording around the edges of the two roof panels.

 I attached the pieces of cording that will hold the roof open.

 Then I began making the lining to the roof.  There are supposed to be some fabric covered elastic bands on the roof lining.  I had read that these were very difficult to do so I thought up something else.  I went diving in my bin of laces and ribbons (boy, does that need to be cleaned out!).  I came up with some old lace I bought somewhere and some 1/4 inch black ribbon.  I decided to put that across the lining panels instead of the elastic bands.  I think it looks pretty.

  I love the material I am lining the box with.

I read the directions on joining the roof to the main body of the house. You are supposed to ladder stitch the whole bottom edge.  I don't think I can do that and still have the roof open up.  I was thinking and thinking how I could attach the roof.  I thought of Betsy Morgan's Toy Box.  I really liked how Betsy attached the top lid on that.  So I got it out.

 Hmmm, I think I can use that idea.  But first I had to attach the cording to the roof panel.  I decided to just stabilize the roof panel with that same tacking kind of stitch used on the Toy Box.  Yes, I'm happy with that.  Now I am on to the other roof panel.

  Once I get the roof all done, all that is left (besides the smalls) is the tray that goes inside.  Progress!  I love that this project looks just like the book.

Too much rain today.  I had to walk at the Y again.  Luckily it was much quieter today.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


I got another order from The Silver Needle.  That is becoming my favorite shop to order from.  Especially since they send a few jelly beans with every order.  The way to a woman's heart is through - jelly beans!
I have a thing for Just Nan so I had to order the new things.  Who could resist a mouse and a house?

I got the fabric too.  I love that some of the notions are included with the chart.

Then there is a tiny biscornu.  Cute.

I got the little bird thing.  This will be easy to stitch up.

I'm already thinking of projects I want to take with me to Spring Fling.

I also got this one.

I think it would be cute just to do one bird.

I also got some stuff on Ebay.  I needed these bee hive charms for Home Sweet Home.  Ebay was easy and inexpensive for exactly what I wanted.

Then this was a good deal.  (Terry quit rolling your eyes!)

 I have been looking for a 6 inch Duchess embroidery hoop.  I love that there is no screw to get in the way and they are tight enough with the felt lining.  I also like how light they are to hold.  I found a good deal on a group of four hoops, two ovals (9 by 5) and two six inchers.  So I got them.  Now I'm done buying hoops.  I promise.

It was seriously raining this morning so I went to the Y to walk.  But I forgot that the walking track was closed today as there is a kids 3-on-3 basketball tournament going on.  Rats.  I decided to get as many steps in as I could until they threw me out.  Nobody threw me out so I was able to get my walking in but I am nearly deaf from the racket and I dodged quite a few kids and basketballs.
Now I can appreciate my quiet house.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Oh the trials and tribulations of putting together Home Sweet Home!  I put together the lining for HSH a while back.  I knew that the tray just barely fit in the lining.  There are still many pieces of the tray yet to be covered with fabric and inserted.

 So if the outside embroidered panels were too small (and they were), I would just have to make them bigger.  So that is what I did.  I took all of the outside pieces and unlaced them.  I cut new boards just one-eighth on an inch bigger, measured them next to the lining to make sure they fit and then re-laced them on the slightly larger board. I drew around the original board then added 1/8th inch to the top and side.
Taking the bottom off of the original board gave me the opportunity to sew on some button feet.  I forgot the buttons first time around.

 It was kind of a trick to lace the embroidered panels together.  I tried a curved needle.  That needle was too hard to use.  So I got out my trusty pliers to help me.  Now the outside is all sewn together.  I'm impressed, it looks good!

I can slip the lining in, no problem.

Now comes the fiddly stuff.  I made some cording to go around the roof panels.

 The pattern called for Armeniam knot stitch.  Nope.  I'm not doing that.  I could mess that up royally.  So I took all the roof thread I had left, cut it in two and made twisted cording.  I think it will work.  I have to sew it on.
I'm taking it slowly, a little bit at a time to put this all together.  The next major part is to sew the lining to the outside embroidered panels all around the top.
This side is my favorite.
I made myself sew all the embroidered panels together before I started the Wren.  Is that discipline or what?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's Here

The Wren kit arrived in the mail yesterday.  I was ready to hug my mailman!  It came beautifully packaged in a box, that is, a box in a box.  This is the photo on the front of the box.
 Oh joy!  Now I can make it.  The timing is perfect as I just finish stitching Home Sweet Home.

 There are so many little items packaged carefully and labeled.
 I was so fnscinated to see this bird form because it was made with a 3D printer.  The beak is a thread cutter.  How perfect!

 Aren't these the most beautifully perfect bird feet?

These are the instructions, a whole pamphlet.  The kit for the Mossy Hillock is here too.
I didn't start yet.  I made myself work on putting together Home Sweet Home.  I tell you all about that tomorrow.
I just love love love my Wren kit.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Home Sweet Home

I finished stitching Home Sweet Home.

 The house, that is, there are still some smalls to stitch but this is the main etui.

I need two bee hive charms to finish this off.  I looked up a place that sells them.  Then I looked up to see if I could find them on Ebay.  Yes, I found a place.  So I bought them.  They won't be here until Monday but I'm sure I can sew them on even if the house is already put together.

Now comes the task of putting it together.  I bought the pre-cut boards from Australia so it would be easy to put together.  But I don't think it is going to fit.  I am going to have to cut a few new boards for the outside panels.  But I have to sit down and mess with it a bit.  I think it is about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch too short on each side.

The Wren didn't come yesterday.  Maybe today.  I had to walk at the Y because it was too cold outside, 17 degrees.  Paula asked me about walking.  I started going to the Y several years ago when I stopped working.  I took exercise classes every day and Pilate's on Saturday.  My Pilate's teacher talked about FitBit but I had never heard of it before.  So I looked it up and bought one.  It took me at least a month to be able to get to 10,000 steps in a day.  Without walking, I only get about 2400 steps in.  I ended up not going to exercise class any more and just walking instead.  Fortunately, I live very near a park so I have a place to walk.  I worked out a path that gets me to 10,000 steps.  At the same time DH began grilling fish about 4 days a week.  So I changed eating habits as well as exercise habits.  I lost a little over 30 pounds.  I still have more to lose but I am in much better shape now.  I fight my sweet tooth every day, but don't we all.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It Could Happen

I could finish up the embroidery on Home Sweet Home today.  I am sooo close.  I just have some grass and a couple of french knots to do.
This is the bee that I did yesterday.

Yes!  Then I can put this baby together.  I still need another bee hive charm.  I can order it from Susan Clarke Originals or I can drive up to Stitching Bits and Bobs and see if they have one.  Would JoAnn's have one?  Maybe.

I got good mail yesterday.  My order from Silver Needle came.  I got the new Cross-Eyed Cricket Vintage Eggs.  Just in time for Easter stitching.

I also got that cute bunny pattern from La D Da.

I resisted getting it until I saw that it is small and therefore cute.

Yes, I'm tempted to start something.  But today is the first day that I think I might get the Wren.  It has been 8 days since it was sent from the UK.  It could come today.  So I must finish up Home Sweet Home and lace it on it's board.  I am absolutely starting the Wren when it comes.