Saturday, November 28, 2009

...Navy Mom...

My youngest son Levi joined the Navy. He is in boot camp over the holidays; has been there since the end of October. I've received 3 letters and finally one phone call. He had to have his wisdom teeth out on Monday which involved a lot of drilling. {{{shiver}}} ...And he is having a quite painful week now. Other than that he is doing great... acutally got a top score on a personal inspection last week - (Is that the same boy we nick named "Leave-it"?)
Blessings to all the armed forces thru the holidays!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
We had our get together last night - the annual Thanksgiving Eve party,
aka the Pie Party. (Life is dessert first)
I am thankful.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

...and to the blue bunnies...

An 8 X 10 thread sketch... it say's, "I'm going where the blue bunnies fish".
I don't know if blue bunnies are like pink elephants...
maybe so.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Zig and Zag Orange Cats and other Thread Sketches

I just love orange cats.
I'm really a dog person... but have two cats...
one black
one calico
and no orange cats.
So... here is a tribute to the lovable orange cats out there.
...and to the barn they frequent in their dreams...

...and to the horse that really lives in the barn...

All are 8 X 10 thread sketches.
...and on etsy.
And... THANK YOU to all your wonderful sweet comments!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fender Guitar Thread Sketch

Ta da...

Guitar thread sketch update

Here is stage 2.... (stage one was getting shapes & fusing onto canvas). Stage 2 is stitching the outline and details into the guitar. Stage 3 is going to be background. I don't want plain stipple quilting, and I think wild design like on my paisley cat piece would loose the guitar. So... maybe some tan swirls with a splattering of black musical notes... drum roll.... (wish me luck).

Ahhhh Weekend!!

We are getting our first real snow storm here today. I tried to go out and get my 23 yr old son (who does not drive) and bring him over, but I only made it half way and decided with the multiple cars (including mine) struggling to get up a simple hill... that I would turn around and come back home. It is SLICK out there! (And I normally LOVE driving in this stuff).
I made some more happy mini's to list on etsy... Most of them are blue, with a couple pinkies.
And... todays project is to experiment with a fender guitar as per request. Looks okay SO FAR. But we'll have to see what the machine decides to do with it!

BTW... the Jack Pack - or at least the puppies part of it...

are THRILLED at this white stuff falling in the air and piling up to run thru.


Sunday, November 08, 2009

Dancing Pony Thread Sketch

Bear Thread sketch

...just looking under a rock...
This was a lot of ziggie lines! He goes with the wildlife collection.

We have had a beautiful week of weather for November here. It's been shirt sleeve weather in the 60's, and even reached 74 one of the afternoons.

Happy Weekend to all!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Home Projects

Project ONE...

With the arrival of Winter we needed a warm shelter for the pups to stay in while we are at work during the day. They can't be trusted in the house yet, and it's too cold to leave them in the outside kennel - even with the igloo dog house.

Here is what we came up with: The furnace room in the basement has a window that is under the deck - on the section of patio that we made into an outdoor kennel. We put a doggie door in half the window so they can go from indoor kennel to outdoor kennel.

We then gated off 1/2 the furnace room and doggie proofed the walls with brick paneling & the floor with tile. Next we (when I say "we" it really means my sweetie) built steps for the dogs to safely access the window with.

They can speedily (white lightening) go in and out, and we can close gates on the outdoor kennel and/or indoor kennel as needed. I think they like to lay on (or probably wrestle on) the window sill and top shelf during the day, but they have plenty of floor space to play as well. We still need to paint the top walls...
Project TWO...
There is one unfinished room in the basement that I have been using for storage. We are going to finish it into a craft/sewing room. We have taped off the areas that will be cupboards and counter tops...
Hopefully I can show an update of this project before too long! Cool, huh!

Song Bird fabric collage

Okay... this is different... I'm experimenting....
it is 5x7 and has patches of fabric,
zig zag stitches,
gesso paint,
fabric paints,
machine stitching,
and tulle.