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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Schoolgirl Lessons

I received this pattern in the mail the other day and just knew I had to stitch it right away. It is from LHN recommending Rose of Sharon by CC Belle Soie . I've used these silks in other colors before and just loved them and not had a problem. It's hard to tell in the picture but the red has turned this white fabric pinkish. Should I have rinsed the thread first ? I used Jubilee fabric, does it not go well with dyed floss ? One thing I am definitely not going to do is wash it, that would be a disaster !! I was going to stitch the bottom of this for the back, finishing it as a pillow. I am still going to finish it as a pillow, but will find some fabric for the back, in the meantime it will go with the rest of my "finishes" waiting to be finished. I really have to set aside a day and do some, my drawer is getting full.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


First we have the tree that Terri designed for Stitch Pink . I had stitched this up some time ago and used dyed thread and it ran when I ironed it. After living in the laundry room and going through every hot wash I remembered to put it in, it is as clean as it will get.

Second we have a design from Tantes Zolder stitched on 28 ct. with DMC CV4180. Thinking of making this into a pin keep. This design would be better in a solid color for the hearts to stand out more.

And last we have a Pink Butterfly from

DMC also using DMC CV4120. This is my first pillow tuck and I just "tucked" it in for the photo. There is not enough fabric to "fill" the tuck. Any help in how I would get this to stay put would be appreciated.
This is the Gastown Steam Clock. It is situated in the oldest part of downtown Vancouver.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

In Feb. 2000 a girl at my work asked if anyone wanted some Love Birds. I said sure I will take 2, my Dad had always talked about getting a pair. I asked her to bring them in on Feb. 14 (Dad's birthday) as this would be the perfect gift. Imagine my surprise when she comes in with a couple of finches. Her family were calling them love birds as they bred like rabbits :) Needless to say Dad laughed and off we went to the pet store and bought two Love Birds, naming them Sonny and Cher. Shortly after midnight New Year's Eve I happened to look in their cage and Cher had passed. Sonny was broken hearted, he started sticking his head out the bars of his cage begging for affection. If we let him out he would come and sit on our head or shoulder, like always, but now was pecking to the point of biting. He truly missed his mate. A friend had an extra Love Bird, who she said needed a mate, so Sumas came to join Sonny 2 weeks ago and they are very happy together. Sumas is a baby, 2 or 3 years old and a bit smaller than Sonny, but they are Love Birds, which says it all.

Monday, February 11, 2008

New Look

Just like a haircut or wardrobe I was getting tired of the same old look. Came across this site and thought why not. While it may look like I know what I am doing, I really don't. When I was saving the new template it said something about saving widgets, what the heck are they ??? Guess I didn't agree to saving them and now half my blog is gone. Thankfully none of my posts are gone, just the sidebar, which probably needed updating anyways. Hopefully next time I will know what I am doing :)

I do have some stitching done, but my camera battery is being charged.

This is BC Place, future home of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Olympics. While I won't be going to see them, I do remember like it were yesterday, going to see Pope John Paul II in 1984.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Hooked on Exchanging

This is the fob I received from Nic in the scissor fob exchange. She also included some beads, buttons, WDW and Rainbow floss.

If you would like to see what I sent to Jean you will need to look at HOE blog as I can't find where I saved the picture of hers.

Today we have a photo of the main branch of the Vancovuer Public Library.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Hope Perches

is stitched on 32 ct. Belfast Vintage with hand dyed floss from Stranded by the Sea, no name on the card, does say Limited Edition. When looking for more of the fabric I was going to use I found a scrap of the one shown and I think it matches perfectly. Once again I don't have enough, but I'm pretty sure I bought this at Michael's, if so I should be able to get more. Groundhog Day is stitched on 32 ct. Vintage Linen.

To get to Michael's in North Vancovuer I would need to to cross this bridge, The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing Bridge.