Liebster Award

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A special thank you is extended to Ester(Grab a Coffee) for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award.

“So what is the liebster.   it’s a way of getting blogs with smaller followings (under 300) noticed, as well as newer blogs noticed. It gives them chance to be viewed by more people. It’s said that it originates from Germany , which makes sense as one of liebsters translations in German is dearest. (Always a nice thing to be considered.)

Several things are required when nominated.  These are:

1.  Answer 11 questons asked by your nominator

2.. Post 11 facts about yourself

3.  Ask your nominee 11 questions

4.  Nominate 11 blogs (be sure to notify them)

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Eleven questions asked by my nominator

1. What inspired you to start blogging?  I started thinking about creating a blog a few years before retiring.  I have be a craftist for at least 5 decades.  Within these years, I leared to embroider, crochet, knit, and sew.  I still dabble in these needlecrafts today.  I realized that if I did not find a way to share my creations, it may all die with me.  Hence, my blog began.

2.  Is there one thing you wish you could change about yourself, what would it be?  The thing I would like to change pertains to my health habits, in particular, exercise.  Once Ig get started on a project I sit until its completed.  I need to figure out break times that will allow me to move.

3.  If you could meet someone famous who is still living who would it be?  I’d like to meet Vanna White.  I understand she knits and crochetsand would like to know how she got started and what type of projects does she enjoys.

4.  What was the most interesting class you ever took in school?  At first I would have said Home Economics Class, as that is where I learned to crochet, knit and sew.  However, I think a basic art class was the most interesting.  I am always intriqued with color and how it is used.  Studies the colors of the great artists helps me to be creative in my pieces.

5.  What did you want to be when you were little?  I wanted to own a clothing store.

6.  I you could decorate your workspace, however, you wanted, what would your feauture color be?  Notmally, my color choice would be a form of green.  But for my sewing room we did the walls up in a pastel blue.  Window frames are white.  Floors were made of laminate walnut.

7.  If your life were a book, what would the title be?  My book would be called, “Mastery and Rising from the Ashes.”

8.  What one happy memory do you have always coming in your mind?  Sitting down with my maternal grandmother practicing my embroidery stitches making kitchen towels.  She would seat with me (chatting, drinking tea) while I sewed my dresses onver the weekend.  She was there to help whenever I got stuck.  She helped me to personalized an outfit.

9. Do you preer to read actual books or use of an Ereader?  I prefer actual textbooks.

10  If you could keep only one item from your wardrobe, what would it be?  If I could only keep one item from my wardrobe it would be an crochet-yoke peach eyelet dress.

11.  If you win some million in lottery, what would you be the first thing you’d buy?  I would buy an embroidery machine because then I could produce more little girls’ dresses.

My Eleven Nominees:


Eleven Nominees:
Jeanne Maries’ Sewing Studio
Pattern Theraphy
Pins and Patience
Pillows A-la_Mode
Simple Delighting
Tanit-Isis Sews
Highland Crafts
In The Inbox Jaunt

Eleven Questions for my nominator:
1. Why did you create your blog?
2. How did you come up with your name?
3. Of the multiple crafts that you work in, which one is your favorite?
4. What is your ideal way to spend a weekend?
5. What are your favorite colors?
6. Who do you admire (crafster) most?
7. What is your favorite thing in your craft room now?
8. What are your plans regarding incomplete projects?
9. What is your favorite season and why?
10. What do you do to help get you out of a creative slump?
11. What is your favorite book?


Butterflies A Flutter

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Started another Silk Embroidery Class this Tuesday. Using a coral tee shirt as the foundation, the first step was to transfer a pattern onto the shirt fabric. Once this was done, the stage was set for embroidery. Decision was made to finish the design in a mixed medium (silk ribbon and embroidery floss). The greenery was done in 2 mm silk ribbon. So is the yellow interior of the wings of the main butterfly. The additional butterflies (or dragonflies) were done with shaded purple rayon embroidery floss. This same floss was used for the french knots in the butterfly wings. A stain stitch was used with a medium mauve 2 mm silk ribbon. Other embroidery stitches used include: outline stitch, laisy daisy.

The contrasting colors on the coral background lifts this design adding character to it. See below.

A view from the side.

A view from the side.


This project is also a refashioning project. The coral tee shirt is one I pulled from my closet. It is rather enjoyable to find a way to enhance an existing wardrobe piece. Personalizing my wardrobe through creativity. Not too shabby. What do you think?


Pineapple Surprise

First project in 2013 is taking form. Decided I wanted to do a quilted square, in particular, a Hawaiian quilting square. The applique is that of a pineapple–the universal sign for welcome. This project is i an intermediate phase. What will this square morph into?

finished square

Initial phase was to applique the pineapple motif to the cream square. Then I used a running stitch around the outside edge of the pineapple.

pineapple square

Below is the step in which the cream background is quilted.
pineapple square 1

Now, that the square is completed I need to decide what the final outcome should be. Will it be a potholder? Will it be a sachet? Will it multiply and become a quilt? Time will tell…

2/4/13–This one square is multiplying into others. The applique pattern seems to be morphing into other forms. Will it be a menagerie. Little kits were generated, stored in individual bags, and are ready for on the road trip type of work. More will come by April 2013.


Hawaiian Applique Quilted Pin Cushions

Hawaiian Applique Quilted Pin Cushions

Finally, finished all of the appliquing and quilting of these pin cushions. Assembled them using a 1/4 inch stitch, filled them with crushed walnut shells, and hand stitched them closed. I think these will make nice gifts.

Happy New Year–Welcoming in 2013

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As I sit here in Hilo, Hawaii and enjoy the HGTV’s Rose Bowl Parade, it seemed appropriate to wish all of you a Happy New Year. 2012 was a very productive and rewarding year. Many craft items were happily completed. Some of these ended up as presents to loved ones. I’ve included some in my blog, in my ravelry account and more in craftsy account.

So, what lies ahead in 2013. Wellllll, most definitely there will be sewing projects. I’d like to go back to making some blankets for our local Project Linus group. Additionally, there are other sewing craft projects I’d like to start. For instance, I’d like to whip up a bunch of tote or shopping bags, I also want to make a few health-style items like heating pads. In going through my fabric staff, I found cotton knits; hence, I’d like to stitch up a couple of nighties.

I am going to continue with my embroidery projects—silk ribbon embroidery clothing items. I have a crewel embroidery pillow cover to finish.

Knitting projects are on the list as well. I am currently working on a lap afghan so I definitely need to finish this one. It may end up as a Project Linus gift.

Unfinsihed projects–there is one that still sits in the corner and occasionally calls to me it. It is a green and yellow crochet shell pattern afghan. This one to will probably go to Project Linus or perhaps the local Catholic School Craft Fair.

Since, I don’t want to get too carried away and then exhaust myself int the process I think I will close for now. Take care of yourselves in 2013. Happy stitching! May God bless each and every one of you. Happy New Year!