Saturday, July 23, 2011

More Fun

I was so excited to finish this beaded necklace.
It is done with silk embroidery, beads swarski crystals, a gold  honey bee and a swarski crystal butterfly
The chain is an assortment of lovely crystals and specialty beads. It measures 30" long.
 I have listed it in my Etsy Shop.

 I was in LOVE with this bracelet pattern and have completed four. I plan to change the clasp on the gold/silver gray bracelet from silver to gold. I thought  the gold would be a better compliment. I put the slilver clasp on the pink one. Looked nice there. I am thinking I can use alcohol inks to color clasps to match the other 2 bracelets. One has sky blue swarski crystals and the other one is amethyst crystals.
The pictures do not pick up the true beauty but believe me they do sparkle and shine.I will be adding them to my Etsy
Thanks for taking a peek. Have a great week-end.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Stitch Tutorial

Goodmorning Dear Friends
I have been trying to learn some embroidery for crazy patch and decided to browse some tutorials on stitches and this is what I found..
It is  "Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread"   link
If you have time go take a look .....there are videos of any stitch you can imagine. I just had to share.
It is a wonderful link. I have picked out a few to practice.... stay tuned for my progress ;-}
Happy Stitching

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Bracelets

Here is the bracelet I learned in class on Tuesday.
I just LOVE  the design. The centre is swarski crystals surounded by delicas and seeds..
I'm not sure the picture captures the beauty. The one I finished is done with 24kt. gold delicas, silver plated silver delicas, and grey seed beads. The centres are clear swarski crystals that sparkle so beautifully.
When I finished that one I looked in my stash and picked out some other colors I could try. These combinations are lovely too...I would have finished the next two I started but it is very intense beading and since I broke my glasses the cheaters I am using are not the best for close work!! Better take a rest....
I would finish these this morning but my DH and I are off to the city.
He has an appt. to see the specialist and discuss all the tests he had regarding the year long bout with migraines and a heart valve issue..
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Finished another fish bag.
I love the colors in this one... very summery.
This one is swimming over to my Etsy shop.
I am off to Paris to-morrow(Paris, Ontario, Canada that is!)
I'm excited about taking a beading class learning a new bracelet design.I will share pictures as soon as I can.
Hope everyone ios having a great summer.. It is sunny and hot here in Southern Ontario and I am loving every minute!
Now I am off to finish some fabric postcards,
Toodles for now

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Retreat at Crieff

These are some pictures from my annual quilt retreat with friends.
We  have a lot of fun with lots of quilting and eating..... and eating.... and quilting!
We stay in a wonderful century house called House Of Prophet.
Upon arrival we have lunch and open our goodie bags we share with each other.
The first morning one of the gals always treats us to eggs benedict.... YUMMO!
The weather was very rainy but we didn't mind as we were busy with our sewing projects.

 This  is Carol's quilt

 Here is Karen with one of her quilt tops. She won the prize for the most productivity(She pieced 3 quilts tops!)

 This is the one I was working on... a postage stamp.. Still have a lot ot do but those little 1 1/2" squares take a lot of sewing to make one block.

 This is Karen with her challenge quilt
 Here is Heather's

 Lunch  outside. It was nice and sunny the day we arrived

This is the housewe stay in for 3 days. We have 4 tables set up in the sunroom at the far left. SEW MUCH FUN...  

Saturday, July 2, 2011

New Challenge

I  need a baby quilt  for a gift and I thought I would use some of  my 30's reproduction fabrics.
I just drafted up this simple design using  2  1/2" strips.
I think it will be fun to do since it is really simple.
Try it if you like.The number of pieces I figured out is for the lap size quilt. If you want a baby size you will need less so subtract one row of blocks along the top.

Friday, July 1, 2011


To-day is July the 1st and we are celebrating Canada's BirthdayPrince William and Catherine Celebrate Canada Day with Massive Crowds

The weather is sunny and 27C.... a perfect day for entertaining our british newly weds Kate and Will AKA Catherine and William Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Her facinator has a maple leaf on it..... How neat!
Off to a BBQ later to celebrate..