Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas ornies

Here are a couple of Christmas ornies that I've made. They almost look like paper piecing, which I cannot do.   I regret that I don't recall where I found the pattern for the angel but you'll find a similar paper piecing pattern here.

This Santa was a pattern that  Eleanor Burns  showed how to make on her TV program many years ago; it was from her book 'Christmas Quilts & Crafts '(Quilt in a Day).  Back then there were some fabulous sewing how-to shows on PBS ... those were the days.  You'll find a paper piecing pattern for a similar Santa here.
I find myself making these two over and over again so I guess that makes them timeless for me.  They make nice package tie-ons, too.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

x-stitch candle mat

I made my first x-stitch candle mat ... my thanks to Valma
for the idea. 

 Whilst looking through my goodie box I spotted a small shoebox  nearby that said had written on it  "to be finished" so I took a peek and discovered a couple of x-stitch pieces that I'd stitched a few years ago ..... and I finished them.  This is one of them ...

and this is the other ...

Now I must finish the other stitched items in this box.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

creative links

 The tutorial for the Tomte can be found here.  I made this little guy last year - isn't he loveable!

I made this half-eaten Gingerbread Boy last year also.  You'll find the tutorial here.

I couldn't resist including this photo of Little Dog checking out the Gingerbread Boy ... "nope, doesn't taste any good".

This door hanger was one that I made a few years ago.  The tutorial is found here.

Santa's gone country and you'll find the tutorial for his Gift Bag here.
This is my newest project ... yeah I know, it's a crummy photo but the other one was worse.

Friday, November 23, 2012

x-stitch ornies

Between Canadian and American Football there are lots of games being televised just now.  Thursday was a bonus with NFL games broadcast for Thanksgiving.  This Sunday is the Grey Cup, which is the final football game of the season for Canada .... and it's the 100th Grey Cup Game!
As I've mentioned before, during football games is when I do most of my stitching and I've got more stitching lined up for the weekend.  These two worked up quite quickly, in fact I think it took me as long to finish them as to stitch them .... alas, I still struggle with my finishes.  Valma has finished some of her x-stitch designs as candle mats and you can see them here.
I think it's a great idea.  

 I like the simplicity of this one.  It was a design from 

There are crystal beads gracing this one although they are difficult to see in the photo.  This was a design from here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


 Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers.

This design is from Blueladie Designs.

I am grateful to my followers, my readers, and all of you who leave comments .... without you I'd be blogging to myself. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

yo yo angel

Here's a cute yo yo angel ornie.  She makes up quite quickly and is limited only by your imagination.  The link also has cute little sayings  if you want to personalize  your angel.  Don't you love the button face on this one?   This button was in my stash and it had the perfect face for the wee angel!  Have fun.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

vintage hankies

I'm very fortunate to have a few vintage linens including some hankies.   It seems a shame for them to be tucked away but I couldn't come up with a good idea .... and then the light bulb went on -  why not make sachets from the hankies I experimented with one and was quite pleased with how it turned out.

 the vintage hankies
 the sachet filled with lavender

Friday, November 16, 2012

mug rug

I finished this mug rug that I'm giving to an elderly friend.  I know that she likes green and I'm hoping she'll like the "prim" look to it.


Thursday, November 15, 2012


I recently received this award from Valérie.   Thank you, Valérie, it's nice to know that you enjoy my blog.

There are rules with this award ... only blogs with fewer than 200 followers can receive it, the bloggers must be notified, and they in turn are to award it to 5 others.  It's a great idea since it introduces us to different bloggers around the world.  I 'googled' on Liebster Award and apparently there are also 11 questions to be asked/answered - whew, the requirements have been lowered.

I am awarding the following blogs with the Liebster Award - I cheated and chose 6.   I enjoy each of these blogs and they cover a variety of subjects - there is always something interesting to read and/or look at.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ta dah ....

I made this bag this afternoon - so what's the big deal you ask.   I saw a bag like this on Pinterest  and  really liked it so I decided I'd try to make a similar one and I succeeded!!  Pats on the back are welcome.  I think I shall use it for make up or as a catch all bag for my hand bag.  It could be made any size.  The design was quite straight forward  and I just needed to determine the dimensions that I wanted.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I found them .....

We've finished redoing our kitchen after 4 months at it so I finally had some time to spend on other things.  First job was to tidy clean up the sewing room and  whilst doing that I kept wondering where is this and where is that, etc. - all items that I'd  made earlier this year.  Ahh, I actually found them and here they are .....

A tree ornie that was a complimentary chart from
The Silver Needle.

A Crabapple Hill design.

A Redwork heart to add to my collection.

This will be tucked into a gift of homemade jam or cookies.

A mug rug for a friend.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


We had a snow event this weekend and now have lots of snow which made this snow family happy.

 These characters were made from old fence boards from the old neighbour's yard.  My husband did the cutting and attached a stake and I did the rest ... they were fun to do.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Remembrance Day

This stitchery is a free chart.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Emma's Tree

This is Emma's TreeEmma was the mother of two young children  when she died of breast cancer at age 29 .  Her mother, Miriam Gogarty, made this tree in memory of her daughter and very generously shared her pattern.

I made Emma's tree in memory of my daughter.

Monday, November 5, 2012


My thanks to Jeanette for the link to these cute redwork tags.  I stitched them on muslin with DMC pearl cotton #498.

 Looks like Santa has been sampling the eggnog.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


My reputation is at stake here - I am not always stitching and watching listening to football.  Here's proof .....  a pile like this 

 turned into this .....
a small makeup roll for the handbag

hand warmer rice bags for my husband

hexagon tree ornie

candle mats

 a compact sewing kit that fits nicely into a handbag; I'm not sure that I like the fabrics that I used but 'it is what it is'.

And these little characters  that are made from plastic pop rings - those rings found on a 6 pack.  Just cut them into individual rings and crochet around them.  It takes 2 -3 per character and it's lots of fun embellishing them.  I use them for package tie-ons.

Now I have to tackle the pile in the photo.

Friday, November 2, 2012


We got our first snow overnight .....

 it was light and fluffy and easy to move.  Little dog had lots of fun.  (Yes, she's tied up since this part of the yard isn't fenced - if she's loose she'll herd everything that moves, even those with two legs. 

I've got another finish; these were a free design from Create and Decorate.