Monday, April 14, 2014

Less is More....

Today I planned on doing laundry, finishing up some projects, and cleaning the house.  Well, um... I did some of it. lol.  I started my laundry and as that was running I sewed up a few things in order to be able to coffee stain them.   I painted the picture frame I needed.  I picked out the fabric I wanted to use with my newest punchneedle piece.  Priorities people!!!!  Projects before housework!!! At least that is my motto. LOL.  Then I poured my second cup of java sat down in my messy dining room and decided to heck with cleaning let's rearrange.  I have been informed by some of my like minded friends that this is OK because I dust things off as I move them.  That's cleaning right?  So, I went through my dining room and moved things around a bit.  I took some things out to try once again to simplify.  It is so hard because I have so many collections.  I actually thought about needing more crocks, but looked around and geez I have more than I thought. LOL. I can't help it.  I just LOVE them as well as my wood bowl collection.  ughhh.... it's a curse I tell you!!! I can't have just 2 or 3 of something. Oh no!!! It has to be a ton.  And that my dear friends is why I am running out of room to put stuff here at the homestead.

WARNING: Picture heavy!!!  This is as far as I got today in the dining room.  Still sort of Springy in here don't you think?

Hopefully tomorrow I can finish up all my unfinished projects and then stitch on my newest cross stitch pattern I started yesterday at work.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finishes So Far...

Well, I didn't get much accomplished yesterday.  I was just too tired to do anything more than the necessities.   You know shower, massage, and eat!  LOL.  Oh! and think about how I wanted to finish the goodies I showed you yesterday. :-)

Are you ready to see what I've done so far?

I was going to frame it, but after looking at it I thought this was a better finish :-)  It truly is not this bright.  It has that dark subdued coffee stained look.  It is handsitched on to green wool then stuffed. 

Next, we have a gorgeous pinkeep made from a stitched piece I did about a year ago and couldn't decide how to finish it.  I have a blue one that I'm thinking of doing the same way.  The pinkeep part is rag stuffed to give it that lumpy appearance.

This isn't completely done because I need to paint the frame black.  But I decided to mount it on black wool.

I think I will work on my punchneedle for the rest of the evening.  I'd really love to get that finished up.  Hopefully I can get the bird pattern finished up and ready for purchase soon.  I will let you know!  Have a great day everyone.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Goodies In the Works

Good Morning!!!!! I have so much to do in my next 3 days off.  I just got off my 24 hour shift this morning and am a little tired but I'm just so excited.  I can't wait to get started!!!  I have been working like mad on all types of projects recently.  I finished one completely and have a bunch more in progress. 

After letting my punchneedle piece lay around for a month or so I finally decided how to finish it.   Not too bad if I say so myself. lol.  toot toot... I'm blowing my own horn... lololol.  Keep in mind this is only my second piece I ever punched.  And the first time I ever finished one like this.  After I finish up a few more projects this will be up for sale.

This is where I am this morning....  I coffee stained everything Sunday night so it could dry all day yesterday while I was at work so it would be ready for today.  Lots of goodies!!!!

  OK the "Welcome Spring" bunny just arrived in the mail from my stitcher Reeta when I got home this morning.  I still need to stain that piece.  But it is one of my newest designs!!! Too cute don't you think?

I'm also working on this new punchneedle piece.  I started it yesterday while I was at work.  This is another design I came up with.  I'm getting better at this each piece I do.  (The true colors are burgundy, navy, and cream.)  The lighting is bad this morning.

So, as you can see I have a lot to do and keep busy for the next few days. :-)  You know I didn't really plan it this way, but last week was cross stitching and this week punchneedle.  I kind of like it.  It gives me something different to do each week.  That way I don't get bored of one thing.  Now if only I could keep up with my business paperwork too.  There's always tomorrow...  Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great day!!!!
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Still Stitching...

Good morning!!!! It may be rainy and dreary outside but inside I'm thrilled.  As you all know I am trying to get my business off the ground.  Well, if I can keep going like I am I will certainly get a lot done.  I know it doesn't make my business do better automatically, but I need to keep creating so my customers have a lot to choose from.  That being said I got another cross stitch pattern done.  2 in one week!!! I can not believe it!!! These aren't little ones by any means.  In fact the one I just finished had a lot of fill work to it.  I am NOT a fan of fill work!  Anyway, I LOVE it so it made it worthwhile. LOL.

You all know I've been on a redware type look kick.  I've seen redware designs using black, brown, green, mustard, and red.  My entire house, with the exception of my bedroom, is done in those colors.  I'm not a green fan, but I have made exceptions for some beautiful pieces.  That being said here is a picture of both of my newest pieces I completed.  It is a better picture of the first one I showed you the other day. 

I'm not sure if I'm going to frame both of them or finish my bird differently or what. We'll see.   I just love the folk art look of the one I just finished.  He took me 2 days to finish.  The first day I did all the red and mustard.  Yesterday was all fill in of the green.  My eyes were almost crossed by the end of the night. LOL

Today I will finish up a customer order then maybe start a punch needle project.  I need to do something else for a bit.  Have a great day everyone!!!!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1 Down...

In my last post I showed you some cross stitch patterns I had designed and couldn't decide which one to do first.  Well, I completed one of them in 2 days.  I LOVE when it's slow at work!  I can sit down and stitch away.  This one turned out a little differently than how I designed it color wise. I originally wanted it blue and mustard, but once I started stitching I saw it as different colors instead.  I wanted more of a redware feel.  So, this is what I came with..

I know the picture isn't great, but I will take a better one once I coffee stain it.  I just LOVE how it turned out.  I will be making a pattern for this one very soon.  I need to go in and change all of the original colors to these. 

Now to decide which one to do next... lol
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

I am NOT Slacking...

Well, good evening everyone!  I bet you're wondering where I've been.  I have had a lot going on this week.  However, in 2 days... count them 2 days... I will be a one full time job and one part time job (instead of 2 part time jobs) woman.  I LOVE teaching so does that count as a job?  I don't want to give that up besides it's only a couple of hours a week.  Anyway,  my leave of absence from one starts on Tuesday.  I will be so glad to have a little time here at home to catch up and take care of me.  I have been working multiple jobs for a little over 5 years now and it's time to slow down a little.  I'm not getting any younger.  I am finishing up odds and ends of things like renewing my National Registry for Paramedics.  That needed to be in by Monday, but I already turned it in and it has been accepted.  Not that I plan to move from Ohio, but it is a good thing to have just in case in addition to my state certification.

I have also been busy designing in between my bird orders.  I have four new cross stitch patterns that need stitched.  Any takers to help me out?!?!? lol.  I'm still working on birds so I can't start these until they are done.  But here is a sneak peek...

I have also come up with a few punchneedle patterns out of a book I have about Pennsylvania Dutch designs I have I'd like to try...  Obviously I won't be selling these as patterns because they are NOT my designs.

I also went for a pulmonary function test this week for my lungs and am waiting to hear back from the doctor as to what we are going to do next for my fast heart rate and shortness of breath.  My ankle is healing..SSSSLLOOWWLLYY... the new EMT's I'm teaching are enjoying the up close and personal look at it as it heals. lol  My tail bone is still very sore from falling on it especially sitting in the truck at work all day.  It's literally a pain in my butt waiting for it to heal!!!!

Well, friends I thought it was spring, but tonight I'm guessing not...

I keep hearing the tap tap tapping at my windows as the sleet is hitting it.  I am so glad I am not working right now because I would probably fall and injure myself again no doubt.  I am hoping we don't get too much snow overnight as I work tomorrow for 12 hours.  YUCK!!!! Then I work my last shift at my part time job Monday then, my friends, I'm hoping the magic begins...  yes completing some new projects and finishing up some old ones!  Mark my words... "I'll be back." like Arnold Schwarzenegger would say.  Hopefully all will go well and I won't go back to my one part time job!   

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just Call Me Oompa Loompa

Happy Tuesday everyone!  First, thank you to all my wonderful customers for the overwhelming response to my Spring Birds. :-)  I am so thrilled so many of you liked them too.  You can still order if you would like.  They can be found on my website  I had a slight hiccup with Paypal, but I have it fixed now... I think. lol

Second of all, does it seem like I'm accident prone?  What two weeks ago I fell down my steps and hurt my tail bone.  Well, last Wednesday/Thursday while at work I was getting out of the back of my truck and despite holding onto my partner's shoulder my left ankle decided to do a somersault.  I gave it a 10 because as it rolled I fell.  If it wasn't enough falling in front of my partner... oh no... I would fall in front of an audience.  My patient and a couple nurses at the facility we were at. Talk about embarrassing.  They also heard the same snap I heard and felt.  The pain was out of this world.  I still got up helped lower our cot and got the patient inside the facility.  In the meantime, I felt my ankle instantly swell and the pain was so nauseating I had to sit down and drink water for a few minutes.  Our next trip was taking me to the ER at 4:30 in the morning.  I am a horrible patient let me tell you. LOL.  A couple of x rays later a really cute doctor looking at my ugly foot it was confirmed nothing was broken just a lot of soft tissue swelling and a nasty sprain.  I got to choose what type of a brace I wanted and I went for the Ace wrap and have been using it for the last few days.

WARNING: graphic ankle pictures.  Remember, unlike TV, I was actually hurt while filming this LOLOLOLOLOL

Day 1

Day 2
Day 4 

This last picture was at work yesterday.  I did not take any time off of work.  The occupational health doctor I saw Friday couldn't believe I didn't want to be off.  He kept asking me if I was sure. LOL  I said it's just a sprain.  I'll wrap it and I wear boots at work so why wouldn't I go back?

So today while I'm home, working on my bird orders, I'll try to keep it up and hopefully the last of the swelling will go away.  Have a great day!

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