Georgia was the 4th colonial state to ratify the federal Constitution on December 7, 1787. The design features the Cherokee Rose or the White Chinese Rose, approved in 1916 as the official state flower. The plants are prolific and were originally brought to Georgia from China and sold to large homesteads and plantations in the 1800’s The Georgia Peach symbolizes Georgia’s major agricultural industry: Peach growing as well as the State Nickname: The Peach State. The State Bird is the Brown Thrasher and the State Tree is the Live Oak. Under the peach you will find stitched in green Partial Rhodes Stitch which symbolizes the State’s many beautiful State parks, 77,500 acres of natural beauty from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Colonial Coast. The state motto is Wisdom, Justice and Moderation.
The featured stitch for this piece is the “Ribbed Spider Web” in the band of Azaleas, Georgia’s State wild flower. The Georgia butterfly, a Tiger Swallowtail, is represented by the Rhodes Butterfly at the bottom of the heart.
One of the blogs I visit regularly is having some great book giveaways. Visit Parajunkee's View. She is having drawings for several books with Vampires & Witches, oh my!
Don’t forget to click on the live links on the right for other great giveaways. Just don’t enter so the odds will be in my favor!
Oh, how I love the way Hand Over Dyed Fibers look after stitching a piece… But Oh, how they tangle. If I have picked out 1 knot, I have picked out 50!! Does this happen to everyone out there? I don’t seem to have this problem with DMC Floss !?!
Just a quick update on my Lizzie Kate “Dog Lessons for People”.. Here is a photo of the stitching through this afternoon:
It really looks good on the fabric I chose.
I discovered today that somehow I wound up with 2 copies of Just Cross Stitch 2010 Ornament Issue. So, why not have another drawing for it?
If you would like to win this magazine, you can get up to 3 entries:
1. Leave a comment on this post only that you would like to win.
2. Be or become a follower.
3. Mention it on your blog.
Drawing will be Monday, November 1.
A little catch up. HunnyB has been in Minneapolis since Monday playing/watching racquetball. This is a once a year thing that was for the past 18-19 years, here in our town. It is always a fun time for him to pal around with his guy friends. I on the other hand haven’t been able to sleep for some reason. Yes, I have stayed alone. He has traveled some for his job. And good grief, I was a single parent for 12 years and owned my own house, and raised 2 boys !! I guess as we get older and settled, we get “comfy” in the way we live and when something happens to tip the cart it just takes some adjustment. That being said:
Can you tell what I have been doing most of the week by this photo ?
Ahh..Hemm … tuning up the pipes..”Froggie went a rippin, he did rip..uh huh .. uh huh ~ Froggie went a rippin, he did rip..uh huh .. uh huh ~ Froggie went a rippin when he stitched, he did mess up quite a bit..~ Froggie went a rippin he did rip ..uh huh..
I began the week on Monday with picking out a pattern to stitch on the Round Robin piece I received from Tina. I had decided to stitch on the Halloween piece, and selected a darling freebie piece by Brooks Books Publishing. And wouldn’t ya know it, it had FROGS on it. Well, about 3/4 the way through, I realized that when I put my floss bobbins in baggies and labled them with the stitching symbol … what did I do ??? I switched two colors, and the first frog ended up with hot pink front legs !! (something told me that there was something wrong, but not until I began with the backstitching did I realize it) .. So that big pile of floss snippets… It was frogs… REALLY FROGS!!
Soooo, after stitching for about 8 hours and ripping for 5 hours, I changed to a simpler pattern and stitched this Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Isn’t he cute with his candy corn and all ??
Then this morning I started Lizzie Kate’s “Dog Lessons for People”.. Here is a photo of the piece so far…
The photo doesn’t show up the color of the fabric, and that is what I think is going to make this piece so pretty. It is called “Sand” but instead of being an off white as I picture sand being, it is sort of a very ..very light pumpkin color… real pretty!! It is cashel linen, and I think THAT is the fabric I truly like !
I guess that is all the news that is news here. Don’t forget to visit the blogs I have listed on the right slidebar for some great give aways.
….. and watch out that the frogs don’t visit you !
After listing all the entries and new followers on a spreadsheet, I used a random number generator at Startrek.com .
Kimberly won my first ever blog giveaway which is a Cross Stitcher ~ October, 2010 magazine. Thanks to everyone that has visited, become followers and commented about my stitching.
I guess cross stitch and the internet compete for most of my time. Everything else I can do without…. housework, cooking, laundry, bathing, exercise, sleeping, eating, … well maybe not eating …I can eat and blog hop simultaneously. I wouldn’t want to shrivel up and blow away, as if there is a chance of that.
I have decided, today, that I just don’t like stitching on Lugana. I ordered 2 pieces from Joann at 123Stitch.com and thought it was somewhat like linen. It is an Evenweave fabric but definately NOT a Linen. I needed a piece of Khaki colored fabric and when I found that 28 ct. Lugana was the perfect color I needed I went with it. Ugh….. I think I need to stick with linen. This fabric is bulky and thick like Aida. BUT, for me, Lugana is hard to stitch on…..but it is the perfect color! I guess instead of saving $3.00-$4.00 ordering online, I need to get off my butt and trek over to my LNS…(I do like to support my LNS but it all the way across town and my fingers do the ordering so much easier on the net). Is that lazy or what???
As stated, I am stitching an additional set of ornaments for the Stitching Corp (photos at a later date). Tina, a fellow stitcher that I have known for many years is hosting/sponsoring/collecting pairs of ornies that she will mail to deployed US service personnel and their families. One is mailed to the service member over seas and a matching one is mailed to their family here at home. This is a project that is close to my heart since I also have a son that is in the Army and has been to the “SandBox” 4 times. Thank the Lord he missed out on deployment this year. He is just training to be a Green Beret (as if that is any safer ???!!!???) Mom is turning grey fast… But if I haven’t stated before, I am so proud of My Two Sons. You know. when they were young I thought they would someday be wearing prison stripes and I would be talking to them behind glass!!LOL!! I guess anyone that has raised teenage boys could probably say the same.
Well, enough of my mindless ramblings…My Beauty Shop Girl is on her way over to trim/color my hair..( I am lucky to have a personal beautician that does house calls).
Till next time….
Anyway, back to my stitching for Friday. My two WIP/UFO’s are too big to carry around on errands with me so I had to start another piece. It was a rather small one that was designed by three ladies that own my LNS ~ Jan, Margie & Nina.
Sadly Nina passed away several years ago due to Breast Cancer. The piece titled “Hearts of Hope” is stitched on 32 ct. linen in shades of Green and Mauve. I bought the kit probably 8 years ago and it has been
to finish this piece
that I stitched up this week as a Christmas gift for my water aerobics instructor. It is a so cute freebie pattern from Sue Hillis Designs. There is also one that says "Put on your Big Boy Shorts and deal with it" that I need to stitch for my HunnyB. Anyway, I think the fabric will be perfect for the Hearts of Hope piece also and it will make up into a really cute flat fold.
The other piece I completed stitching on is a really darling Thanksgiving piece ~ Give Thanks ~ the A in Thanks is replaced with a cute little ceramic Turkey Button. I think I will try to find some small print Thanksgiving like (or fall print) fabric and make this into a ruffled throw pillow…Any other suggestions ??
On another happy note, I received my goodies from Missy. I believe I have mentioned that I won the 8th day in Missy & Annette’s 31 days of Halloween. I got a darling pin pillow that Missy stitched on silver/grey linen. She backed it with black velvet fabric and added beaded dangles all around with black spiders dangling down and stuck in a little pumpkin counting pin. She also sent a black spider floss bobbin with red DMC wound, and a bag of Halloween Candy. Soooo exciting !!!
The last bit of news for 2day is that I received my Round Robin piece from Tina and am in a quandary as to what to stitch. She sent two pieces, a Mystery/Halloween piece and a Down by the Sea piece. They are incomplete RR’s that she was wanting to get filled up. What should I stitch ?? The Mystery/Halloween piece ?? The Down by the Sea piece ?? OR stitch something on both pieces ??
I painted a decorative plaque (from Michaels) bright orange. Then I mounted the stitched piece on a piece of padded core board and glued black satin ribbon that I ruffled to the back. Slapped that onto the plaque with a hot glue gun and added a piece of the black satin ribbon for a hanger… Isn’t it cute ??
My second favorite thing to do is Blog Hop !! In my wanderings across the WWW I have found another fun giveaway at “Cat’s” Kitty Cat Cross Stitching Blog . She is having 2 drawings on October 20th, so dash over and read her blog. But don’t enter… I need all the chances I can get!
This afternoon I started a new Victoria Sampler Heart ~ Georgia. The specialty stitch for this one is the Ribbed Spider Web Stitch . Reading the instructions for this stitch is some what confusing. But I will persevere. I am still waiting on a fabric order from Joann at 123 Stitch to begin my Lizzie Kate’s Dog Rules for People” . As I was digging around in my sewing room I found the cutest piece of fabric to finish it with. It is a medium blue with different colored dog bones printed on it. I think I will make a quilted wall hanging with it.. What do you think?
Enter The Parajunkee’s View giveaway of V.C. Andrews latest book “Daughter of Darkness”. Transport yourself to her blog site by clicking on the new button on the right sidebar.
About the book:
Beloved bestselling author V.C. Andrews's passion for vampires comes to spellbinding life in a long-awaited novel of dark desires as all-consuming-and forbidden-as in Flowers in the Attic. One night, with the sound of a young man's scream, high school senior Lorelei discovers that her stern but loving father, who adopted Lorelei and her sisters as infants, is no ordinary man. He has raised his beautiful girls for one purpose: to lure young men into their world of shadows. Like her sisters, Lorelei has been trained in the art of seduction and warned never to fall in love. But when she meets a handsome and charming classmate she boldly defies her family and follows her heart-even if love is a poison. . .
If you have never read a V.C. Andrews book you are in for a paranormal treat.
This being Tuesday, I spent the morning in water aerobics and then had to go stroll though Hancock Fabrics. Found some really darling fabrics that would make great quilts…I love making machine pieced quilt tops… the problem is doing the actual “quilting” on the. BUT….. I met a lady that has a long arm quilting machine and does the quilting for others for a really reasonable price. I thinks me might have to get all my (7) quilt tops out and start getting them quilted. I would have some ready made Christmas Presents !!!
I was also in a Halloween Ornament Exchange on a message board I subscribe to. Darlene was my partner.
This is the ornament I stitched for her. It is from Shepherd's Bush ~ Halloween Folio. It is finished as a heart with black lace.
Here is the ornament I received. It is a darling piece stitched on black perforated paper with seed bead accents and a little star charm beside the crescent moon. The picture doesn’t do justice to this cutie.
I want to mention another giveaway that Jennifer at Feathers In The Nest is having for Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Here are a few pictures of it. I am so happy to get this done and be finished with the black fabric it was stitched on. While I nearly went blind trying to stitch on black, I don’t think it would look as nice on other colored fabric.
Yesterday was the deadline to sign up for my Pay It Forward and the chosen ones are:
1. Viv – from Too Busy To Stitch
2. Debbie – from Debbie's Cross Stitch
3. Alyssa – from My Stitching Corner
Each of you – Viv, Debbie & Alyssa need to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail information so I will have your address to mail your gifts from me when they are completed. Also if you would please include a little about your likes and dislikes..(ex: if you don’t really care for snowmen, I wont send you something with a winter theme.) The little mice in my brain have already begun running around with ideas of items to send each of you.
And a stitching blog isn’t complete without something about my stitching !!
I finally finished the stitching on my Needlebook and just got back from Hancock to get the finishing felt. I plan to spend the day tomorrow finishing up about 4 projects.
I just had to start this little Pumpkin piece. I have had this for several years (actually have about 15) Stitcher’s Surprise kits that were a monthly thingy at my LNS. I was digging through my stash and snagged 3 of the kits out to stitch up. The fabric is I think like 10 count so it has stitched up really fast. see the pretty purple &
pumpkin & orange fabric I have to finish it into a double flange pillow.
And here is another finished piece I thought I would post. I stitched this cutie about 5 years ago and it has been packed up with all my other stitching. I have pulled it out, pressed it and it is now in the stack of things to get finished…
One last piece for today…
I think of all of the pieces, I like this one the most. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It is stitched on lime green linen and has 3 buttons: a bat, a frog and a Witches hat. The corners are stitched witches hats done in multi-colored metallic thread. I plan to finish this one a little different. (actually I am borrowing the idea from another blog I have visited recently). I’ll post an update when I have everything complete.
HERE IS THE GOOD PART
I didn’t realize until today that I already had a copy of The Cross Stitcher October 2010 magazine. It has a couple of Halloween charts, some for Thanksgiving, a beautiful Breast Cancer chart and a couple of Christmas charts. If you don’t have it and would like it, leave a comment on this post. I will draw a name next Sunday 10/17/10. If you comment you have one entry, if you are a follower of my blog you get a second entry. And of course, don't forget to click to enter Missy's 31 days of Halloween. Today being the 10th it is an even day.
Well, I guess that is all the news that is news. Until next time…
That’s 10 Happy Dances !!
I was the WINNER yesterday (10/08/10) in Missy’s 31 Days of Halloween !!!!!!!!!!!!! Yikes, I never win anything so I don’t waste $$ on the Tennessee Lottery, but this one is exciting for me none the less! Thanks to Missy for pulling my name. Be sure to click on the hot link buttons (EVEN for Missy and ODD for Annette) to enter their giveaways and become a follower….Missy is hosting a tutorial for a Scissor’s Crypt Keeper…Looks like fun and a fun thing to make for the Halloween season.
The latest cute giveaway I have found is at Marnie's Country Fried Stitches .. She is giving away an adorable Needlework Etui with a Halloween theme/twist. Also Annette and Missy are still going with their 31 Days of Halloween, and Sarah is still taking names for her giveaway. (three hot link buttons on the right). Dash on over to their sites and enter.. (or don’t so I will have a better chance of winning) .
On the stitching front, I worked on the Army Emblem for my Army Boy Son that was about 9/10 finished over 5 years ago. UGH!!! The border is a pain in the #&@ to stitch. I keep missing a stitch and have to go a froggin … I think I pulled out over 100 stitches on this piece but I at least got 5 more letters stitched back in along with the backing stitch. I am going to plug on - stitching this on Fridays until I have it done .. and done !!! Maybe by his birthday (next August) I will have it finished…
Tomorrow is Sunday-Sunday-Sunday Football... And the Tennessee Titans are butting heads with the Dallas Cowboys. I sure hope the Titans get their heads into the game tomorrow and we don't have another disappointment like last week! I am not a huge fan of the game, but my HunnyB is and he gets so into these games. I will, I suppose be stitching on either the next Heart in the HOA series, or I may start my Lizzie Kate – Dog Rules for People. I have had the threads for a few days and the kitted up project keeps calling me… Do you hear it?
Here is a picture of a 4 person Round Robin piece I am participating in on one of my Yahoo Message groups with Lynzie, Sharlene and Tina.
My theme is Teacups and Saucers. I have added little Mill Hill glass beads stitched on the fruit and have included packages of different colored beads that can be stitched on stratigic spots on the other patterns. ( oops…sorry about the wrinkles..)
Well, I guess that is about all the news that is news for today. Better pull out something to stitch on so I have something to show for the day!
Another heart finish from Monday. This one is New Jersey, the 3rd state to ratify the Federal Constitution on December 18, 1787. Its nickname, “The Garden State” is represented on this heart by the flower garden stitched below the state name. The origin of this name can be traced back to Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Browning, who referred to New Jersey as a large barrel full of good things to eat and open on both ends, with both New York and Pennsylvania eating from its agricultural produce. The purple Violet was designated as the state flower in 1913, although the sunflower received the most votes. The American Goldfinch is the state bird and the motto for the state is Liberty and Prosperity. The specialty stitch on this heart, the Cushion Stitch, represents the residential communities in this state.
While I'm here I thought I would add a current photo of my Needlebook piece. I have almost finished the "frame" of the celtic knot and the border on the second one. Then there are smaller knots intertwined in each section. Tomorrow is UFO day and I think I will stitch some more on my Army Emblem as I had hoped to get this finished before Christmas..(don't see that happening!)
3 things to remember today:
#1. Go to The Breast Cancer Site.com
and click to help give mammograms to
women in need.
#2. Don't forget Annette's Giveaway
Today is an "odd" so it is her day for the drawing.
#3. Think about joining in my Pay It Forward. Just make a comment that
you would like to join in and I will put you in for the draw. There
will be 3 people. Scroll down to my PIF blog post to Read All About It.
Here is a updated picture of my WIP on my Needlebook
I stitched on it yesterday during the football games. It took everything I had to keep stitching on this black fabric. I love the way the threads show up, but it is darn hard to see what you are doing while stitching.
Don’t forget about my Pay It Forward. I still need 2 people to join in. Scroll down to Saturday’s post for the info and rules on how a PIF works. Come on… this could be a great way to meet a few new crafty friends.
Just post a comment here or on Saturday’s post to join in.
Today I plan to spend the day (between laundry loads) stitching on my New Jersey HOA. It is the third in the series and the fourth one I ha stitched since I first did Tennessee (my home state).
October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and the NFL – for those of you across the many ponds around the USA – National Football League – has gone all out to support the Fight Against Breast Cancer.
Take a moment to check the side bar on your right and click on one (or all) of the three Pink Buttons.
Pass it on- Until Every Woman Knows is a link directing you to a new diagnostic test that can help YOU and YOUR DOCTOR determine the best course of treatment if you are stricken with this terrible disease.
Click Every Day – is a clickable link that will take you to The Breast Cancer Site.Com which will take you to a page where one additional click will provide a Mammogram for a woman in need.
And the third button – Feel Your Boobies will take you to a web site where you can enter your video showing how you would get the reminder out to Feel Your Boobies. (and a chance to win $10,000.00).
I spent the day, uhhh, watching Football and stictching on my needle case (for about 3 hours) and The Victoria Sampler – Hearts of America – New Jersey – the third in the series. I will try to post pictures tomorrow.
Oh and one more thing….The buttons at the top – 31 days of Halloween are clickable links to Annette’s and Missy’s Halloween daily giveaways.
And last -but by no means least -- don't forget to CHECK YOUR BOOBIES!
- Three participants (if there are more than three people looking to join in on the fun, I will draw three names next Saturday October 9)
- The three people selected must host a PIF of their own
- I will send something handmade to the three participants sometime in the next 365 days ♥
- Host a PIF on your blog inviting 3 participants to join your PIF to ..Pay it Forward
So ~ is anybody game?
Please come and join me and be one of my THREE because I would really love to make something special for you. It doesn't have to be cross stitch that you make, just so long as it is made by you with LOVE. So whatever you want to make for your PIF will be PERFECT!!
Left to stitch are: "Elecric Company", "Virginia Avenue", "Pennsylvania Railroad", "St. James Place" (2) "Community Chest" "Pennsylvania Avenue", "North Carolina Avenue" and "Pacific Avenue". Then the big MONOPOLY and card squares in the middle.
Whew, this 18 count Aida is really getting to me. I keep wanting to cross two since the x's are really small.
Oh, and don't forget to click on the button on the side bar to enter Annette's 31 days of Halloween giveaway.
Here is a picture of my needlebook. I can't believe I finally finished one of the celtic knots !! I think for every stitch I cross, I uncrossed one. Started the border around the second one around 9:00 last night.
I am also posting photos of my other two WIP, The Army Emblem that I started about 5 years ago for my son that is in the Army,
and this other one, titled The Old Rugged Cross. The pattern has the words and musical notes (like out of a music hymnal). The Cross is really pretty with Dogwood blooms. These will move into my Friday WIP rotation soon.. I hope to get a bit more stitched on the Monopoly board before I get sick of all the backstitched letters with fracional stitches. Do you know how hard it is to stitch a "P" or "R" on a single square on 18 count Aida ??
OH..I almost forgot, click on the little button at the top of my blog and enter Annette's "31 Days of Halloween" giveaway.