Monday, September 15, 2014

Finally, a finish!

I finished my Hornbook Bestiary!!!  Hooray!

Hornbook Bestiary by Scarlet Letter
using the AVAS silks and the linen from kit
Done in tent stitch and basket weave stitch over one on 35ct. linen

I did manage to leave the grass off of the zebra block.  But I actually like how the zebra looks without it.  And I wasn't about to go back and fix it.  lol!

Here is my fussy cut star for the week, using the same fabric from the Blue and White collection by Michael Miller.

And here is Mia.  

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

stitchin' while watchin' tennis

The US Open makes for good stitching time.  Here is my Hornbook Bestiary as of now.

As you can see, I've finished another row, and I've gotten Mr. Mick Jagger outlined and am filling him in.  Mick Jagger, you ask?  That's what Lisa of The Inspired Stitcher  blog named the fish in the W block when she was stitching him.  lol!  I think it's perfect and I've thought of him that way ever since!  (Can you see why it's the perfect name?)

Anyway, here are more pics of the hornbook.

I finished the second side of my hexie purse.  I just need to make the bottom, and then I get to figure out how to make it into a purse!

And here's my fussy cut star for this week.  I used a fabric from the Blue and White collection by Michael Miller.

Been watching the US Open tennis as much as possible.  I still can't believe the men's final will not have any of the top 4 men in it!  I was expecting a Djokovic versus Federer match.  It will be interesting to see who wins!  I'm loving the coaches involved -- I watched all of them when they were at their primes.  So much fun to see the influence they've each had on their charges.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

empty nest again

Here is my Hornbook Bestiary progress.

I love the sheep so much -- I'm glad he's there to represent wooly goodness.  The turkey is a bit early, but he's ready when he's needed!

I'm making slow progress on the second side of the hexie purse now that I'm home.  But I do love it!

Can you see it?  It's sitting on the father type's laptop.  lol!

And here's my fussy cut Friday star -- still using the octopus fabric from Tula Pink's Salt Water collection.

The boy child was home for most of the week.  He and Mia got a lot of cuddles in.

But then on Friday, it was time for this once again.  (See the train in the distance?  Sigh....)

Back to Boston to get ready for the new school year.  The boy child's classes start on September 8.  I can't believe it's that time again!

I'm enjoying the US Open tennis so far.  The last slam of the year is going great so far!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Sorry that I wasn't commenting on blogs this past week, but I do have an excuse.  We were on vacation up in Maine!  But first, I will show you what I worked on while on vacation.  I started working on a hexie purse from a pattern by Brigitte Giblin.  It uses 1/2" hexies, and I'm using all Liberty Tana Lawn prints.  I'm loving this project!

This is the first side finished.  I've started the second side as well but didn't take a pic of it.

I also started the Boxy Sweater by Joji Locatelli.  I'm using Madeline Tosh Light in Worn Denim -- love this color yarn!

And here is my fussy cut star for the week using another Salt Water fabric (the octopus one) from Tula Pink.

But Maine!  It was a big family vacation this time around.  We went with my sister's family, and my father and stepmother.  The boy child was picked up by us and was along as well.  The girl child showed up on Wednesday evening.  I will let the pictures do most of the talking.

Mia guarding the bags so we can't leave her behind.

Meeting the boy child in Boston.

Squished in the back of the car with my niece and nephew.

Just a taste of the spectacular house we stayed in for the week.

Taking pics on a rock up on a hill by the house.  (Yes, it was part of the property.  Amazing views!)

My father reading and enjoying the view from the terrace of the house.  (That's the bay out there.)

The patriarch, my father.

Stash from a lucky encounter with a lovely sewing shop called Clementine in Rockland, Maine.  I loved their fabric selection -- and they even had lovely yarn and wool for felting as well!

Sunrise out our bedroom window.

The boys enjoying a natter out on the terrace.

My niece practicing her violin.  She's quite the musician!

Camden Harbor.

Picking up the girl child at Portland Jetport.

Celebrating the belated birthdays of my niece and the girl child (niece's birthday August 8, girl child's birthday August 16).

View from the loft of the house.

A fantastic knitting store called the Cashmere Goat in Camden, Maine.  Wish I'd had more time to browse!

Fried clams, a necessity in my book.  From a lovely restaurant called Hills Seafood in Rockland, Maine.

We all had a great time, although as always it was too short.  We stopped by my sister's on the way home since we had an extra passenger in our car to drop off.  The boy child took a family selfie before we left.

Mia was very happy to see us when we got home.  And happy to explore my bag when I was unpacking too.

And now all is well with Mia's world.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

US Open tennis -- I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014


Here is my progress on the Hornbook Bestiary (by Scarlet Letter, using the silk kit).

And here is my fussy cut star for the week.  The last of this particular Tula Pink Saltwater fabric.  Again, copying the talented Eef's Needle for the fussy cutting!

My Rams and Yowes hasn't gotten far -- you can see some sheep legs, but that's about it.

I started another knitting project, but I will show that next time.

I wanted to mention an exhibit I'm looking forward to, down in Princeton, NJ.

The exhibit is from October 3, 2014 to March 29, 2015.  There is a needlework symposium on Sunday, October 5, 2014.  Here is the link for the exhibit.  And here is the link for information on the needlework symposium.  It should be a wonderful exhibit and symposium.  And no, I'm not connected in any way with the exhibit.  Just wanted to give a shout out to it!  Oh, and there will be an exhibit catalog too, which is fantastic!

Here is Mia enjoying some box time.  Such a silly girl.  You can tell she's in a pouncy mood by how big the black of her eyes is.  lol!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!