Wednesday, April 24, 2013

On the final COUNT down...

Down to twenties days until my blogoversay!! I look forward to celebrating the followers and friends I have met these past TWO years. I still cannot believe how time flies when you are having fun. Stayed tuned and hope you can join me on my blogoversay for a fun give-away. I know how busy life can be so I truly appreciate the time you take to leave comments on my blog and the time it takes for you to post on your own blogs. I enjoy being part of this creative, stitching, hooking, crafty community. Take care. Keep on stitching and hooking. P.J.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A WOOL of a good time

Another Saturday spent with the wonderful Winterport Hookers.

I truly appreciate the grace and talent these ladies possess. I am tickled to have been given the opportunity to join them for their Saturday gatherings. We had a splendid potluck lunch with kale & rigatoni soup, quiche, potato salad, green salad with cranberries & mandarin oranges, and tortellini & spinach salad. For desert there was a pineapple cake straight from heavens clouds!! Oh, was it ever so light, refreshing and just down right delicious.

Kathleen was working on her Drawn Thread Little Spot Sampler. I enjoyed helping her with the Algerian eyes; once she found her rhythm she was on her way.

I got the basic outline of my sky area hooked and sought the advice of several of the ladies on how I should work my sky. I left the creative hooking for when I got home. I get into deep thought working my colors out; hard to do that when I am merrily chatting away.

I did however ask the ladies if I could take pictures of their finery and share it on my blog. I am pleased to be able to share their talent with you, my dear blogging friends.

Let the talent show begin:
Sandra's finished rug 

Joan's finished runner

Sherillee's hooking zone

 Creativity in progress (her own design from a photo)
Sherillee's rug
Sandra's bunny pillow - adding the finish
Sandra's bunnies & strawberries penny rug...starting to see a theme here. :)
Debbie's rug (colors more vibrant in person)
Carol's rug
Martha's Irish cottage (from a photo she took on her trip)
 Joan's Big Apple
Thank you ladies for sharing your talent!

After hooking I went down the road to Hampden to stop in at The Keeping Room. I know I was waiting for Karri's next visit to go, BUT I was right there. How can a girl resist. Besides I wanted to pick up a little something for her and Kathleen for our get together next weekend. What a sweet shop!! A nice blend of antiques with wools for hooking and penny rugs. Tony, the proprietor, is very talented in her rug designs, hooking and even makes custom lamp shades. Wow! So you know I picked up a few goodies, mine I will share; have to wait to see what I got the girls for next time. :)

A rack, renderings and some wool

And a wrap up with a progress picture of Jack.

Keep on stitching and hooking.
P.S. Hope that was not too much on the photo overload; but ain't that why we come here.
P.S.S This is my 123 post. :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It has arrived!!

I have been on the search for this beauty (Spanish Mystery Sampler - Shakespeare's Peddler) ever since I saw Natalia's beautiful work over at Stitching-4-Joy last year.  You have to see this piece in all her glory, in the most perfect frame I have ever seen to be meant for a piece.

 Check out Natalia's devine work.

I can only hope I can give my sampler the same honor.

Thank you Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler for reproducing this lovely piece.

My husband was born in Madrid, Spain. No it's not that exotic...he is dark haired and handsome, but no sexy accent. Hahah. His father was stationed at the AF base. But when I saw this I knew it would be the coolest birthday present to make him. Hmmmm, I did not realize how B I G this baby is so, I'm thinking I might get it done by his 45th in four years. Hahaha.

  I just want to "woller" in these beautiful silks. Yum!
The ladies at Traditional Stitches in Calgary, Alberta where a pleasure to work with.

  I know, I know I need to finish C@HRH and two more baby gifts before I start another project. What the heck! I can't wait to get my needle into this one.
Keep on stitching.

Rug progress

You can see where my time is being spent. I have to say when I get home at night I am too pooped to stitch; hooking does not require much of my brain and eye power. Although I am putting a lot of thought into the sky. I just need to dive into the blue and grey wool and get to it. If I don't like it I can always pull it out.

So here is Jack with the ground filled in.

You can't see the blue accents very well in this shot. I made the mistake of asking my husband how he liked my progress and colors...he was very concerned over the tan looking like dirt. I did not see it that way. It just shows everyone sees things differently.

I do like the way it is coming along.

My blogoversary is coming up fast; I cannot believe it will be 2 years already. Time flies when you are having fun and it has been fun learning and sharing with all of you.

Hope you have a terrific week and are able to enjoy some stitching or hooking along the way.

Keep on stitching and hooking.