Tuesday, March 16, 2010

And now it's MARCH?

This year is flying by, isn't it? I can't believe that March is half over already. Soon it will be spring, the snow will be melting, and leaving mud pits all over the place. See, I look at it that way because of dogs coming in with muddy paws.

I had planned this update a lot sooner than it is taking place. We've had nearly two weeks of rain and gloom, where the sun didn't show its face and made it difficult to get pictures. Of course, there was some lazy in there too, or too tired, or too distracted, or plain just too much to do.

I forgot to take a picture, but I'm 3/4ths done with BBD Moonlit Garden. The house is done, the pumpkin is done, the lettering is done and half the stars are done. I'll just wait and show you a finished piece, ok? Now, I have Befores and Afters.

BEFORE: My tea cozy, stitched on the linen that came on the finished piece. As I told you before, I couldn't figure out how to stitch the blasted thing while it was all together so I took it apart. Here are all the pieces, after I ironed the stitching. Couldn't really fit the words "The Tea Room" on it because of how they cut the linen for the ruffle.

BEFORE: Shepherd's Bush MY PINS pincushion. Here it is, stitched up with all the finishing supplies. Took me an hour to find that envelope with the fabric, as I had placed it some place to keep it safe. Yeah, even safe from me, it seems.

AFTER: My tea cozy, all put together. If I had been smart, I'd have checked the size because it doesn't fit over any of my normal sized teapots. Seriously! It only fits over the 1-2 cup pots. Anyway, here is how it looks all sewn up--or sewn back together.

AFTER: Shepherd's Bush MY PINS. I hate it. As you can probably tell, I did NOT stuff it, or fill it with anything. That giant rick rack was a major pain, and I'm taking it apart, sewing it back without the rick rack and then will apply the rick rack to the outside by hand. Just what is wrong with cording or ribbon, or even tiny ruffles? Rick rack? ICK!

I don't remember if I even said I was stitching this one, but my son thought he would surprise me (knowing that the money doesn't stretch to stitching stash) and pick up this little Lizzie Kate flip-it. He even bought me two pieces of fabric, one for the over 2 stitching and a piece for an over 1 for a fob. So that is exactly what I did. I'll frame up the larger one and give it to him, as he likes all things Halloweeny, and I'll make a fob out of the tiny one. As you can see, nothing has been done on the finish finishing but I'll get to that soon. And last weekend, when he was out shopping, he picked up the newer LHN piece, "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Isn't he a sweetie? He is in the process of moving into his own apartment so I'd best get some framing done so he has something for his walls.

This is LizzieKate's October Flip-it, done with the recommended threads.

On the home front, hubby is waiting for a call for a job he applied for, that would mean more money and probably shorter hours. I'm really hoping he gets it. Right now he's working upwards of 65 hours a week and not getting paid for overtime. And his schedule seems to be different every single day which is incredibly wearying.

Dinner is nearly ready and after clean up, I get to stitch while my shows are on. Stitch on my friends. I am thinking of you while I ply my needle. Thank you for the kind comments you leave, for the encouragement, and the prayers.


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Well, Miss Debs, the tea cozy is darling - sorry it doesn't fit your big pot but it's still really cute. I'm glad your going to take apart your ric-rak piece to redo it. There's no sense in not making it into something you'll love!
The flip its are so cute - of course - gotta love the over one!

Nicole said...

Adorable finishes Debs!! I hope you dh gets the job!! I'll be thinking good thoughts for you both!

Deb said...

I think that your tea cozy is adorable. And I think I have to agree with the rick rack. I like it, but don't like working with the stuff for some reason.

poussy stiches my love said...

oh what a marvel debs c 'est too too nice, I find your talent there! for tea my God that c 'est nice! you have talent!!!
PS: I prepare for you a small package for soon big kisses you
best regards

Siobhan said...

That tea cozy is adorable!! I was thinking last night, after seeing a Victoria's Sampler cozy, that I might just have to do a bunch of tea cozies. Then buy a bunch of tea pots to help display them, LOL. I loved your other finishes, too! I'm glad to hear, in the way misery loves company, that somebody else has safe places that are so safe, they can't remember them. I do that waaaay too much.

I'm crossing my fingers and toes for your DH and the job.

Brigitte said...

You were doing some great stitching - and finishing lately. I love how the tea cozy came out, and even if it doesn't fit for the tea pots you have just leave it out for decoration. It looks gorgeous on your picture.