Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I Got Mail!

Hello my friends!  I do hope you have had a good start to your week.  As I type this I have the windows in the house all open and the curtains are drifting around like ghosts.  It reached the mid 60's here today but we are in for a cold spell again.  That's OK though.  I'll take what I can get in January!

Thank you so much for the kind comments on my pin cushion creation.  As you probably guessed I was very excited that I had made it all by myself.  I don't consider myself to be a very crafty person but that one wasn't so bad, if I do say so myself.   :o)

I had a couple SUPER visits from my mail carrier yesterday and today.  Monday I received a package from Lisa at The Inspired Stitcher.  She mentioned something once about a tool she uses on her blog to tame those wild threads called a star de-tailer.  I had never heard of it before and said something about looking for one in a comment and she up and sent me one!  Lisa says once I use it I will wonder how I ever got along without it.  I am sure she's right.  She even made the cutest little fob that's on it.  Oh she knows I like pink!  She also included some tea and a few freebies she picked up at a retreat she recently went to.


Thank you so much Lisa.  I will treasure this (and use it often).

The other two things arrived in today's mail.  I must have oooed and ahhhed a little too loudly (purely by accident you understand) about a book I saw that I wanted.  I'm not sure if I saw it on someone's blog or where it was but Masterchief got right on the big boy computer and ordered it for me!


It's an awesome 712-page book that has 844 alphabets in it!  It's a sampler lover's dream!

♥ Thanks Honey ♥


Here's the third item that had me all beside myself....


Now I have all three seasons!  Should I wait and watch the season each week or play this baby start to finish right now?

Oh I almost forgot - I got something else in the mail yesterday too.....

These are the frames I picked out from East Side Mouldings.  Now I have to get the glass and wait for Carmen to come here from Tennessee for our framathon!  I can't wait too see Carmen and her husband. They have become great friends we met while in TN a couple years ago.  You can go HERE to see her blog.


I've been working on a few other things lately that has taken me temporarily away from my sampler.  I can't say what it is yet because if it turns out, there might be a few RAK's coming from my neck of the woods, or from my bend in the lake!  Things don't always turn out the way I picture them in my head so I'm not getting all excited just yet.  Here are a few pictures of my sampler as it is right now.  I'm not sure how much I got done since the last time I posted a pic..........


It's the details in the border that take the longest...
I think you can click on the pictures to see them bigger.  It seems I only stitch a few stitches and I'm cutting my thread already!  I will be SO GLAD to have this one done.  Have I said that yet?  I'm sure I have!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I said in one of my recent posts that I would offer a giveaway as part of the Grow Your Blog party.  I gained some new friends during that shindig and I want to thank you all by offering a giveaway.  I'm not sure yet what I will be offering but I can tell you it will be Valentine's Day themed.  I have a few ideas rattling around in my head.  If you would like to be included in this giveaway just leave a comment on today's post telling me so.  You don't have to have a blog and I'll send the winnings to wherever you call home.  I would like you to be a follower though since that is the reason why I am having this giveaway.  Stay tuned for more details, like WHAT I will be offering and WHEN the deadline for entering is.  


Thank you friend for visiting with me today.  I love reading your comments.  They really make my day!

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee


Monday, January 21, 2013

Look what I made!

I was inspired by the cute little bottle cap pin cushion Vickie from  A Stitcher's Story sent me.  I wanted to learn how to do it too.  So I looked up a great tutorial {HERE} and spent a good part of my day making this.............






You all know I am a big fan of anything patriotic so that was my theme for today. Masterchief donated some of his BB's so I could put them in the bottle cap to give it some weight before I attached the top part.

 Today was the first time I have ever done the blanket stitch.  I always wanted to learn how but for some reason never got around to it. Ya know what?  It's really not all that hard.  This pin cushion was also brought to you by the inspiration of Sweet Sue.  She sent me this back in 2010 for my birthday.  Isn't it cute?  (Thanks again my friend)

                                          



Thanks for looking at today's creation!
I appreciate your comments so very much.  They encourage me more than you know.

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee

IHSW Progress???

Hey there Friends!
I made some new friends over the Grow Your Blog weekend.  I'm following a few new blogs and I gained some new followers myself!  Thank you ...   {{welcome hugs}} to you all.


It's a chilly Monday afternoon here in KY but at least the sun is shining.  We had so many gray days last week I thought I was going mad!

This past weekend was also my very first IHSW.  I had big plans to accomplish lots of progress on my sampler but it didn't turn out that way.  I just couldn't make myself sit down to stitch during the day when there was laundry, dishes etc...  You'd think I had a house full of kids or pets but it's just me and Masterchief.  

Here is a reminder of what my sampler looked like before the weekend.  You can click on these to see more detail...


Here it is as of today.....


Wow...it makes a big difference what time of day and where you take your pictures!  The first two were taken at night in the living room and are more real to the actual color.  The second two were taken this morning lying flat on the kitchen table.  
You can see the white flowers or petals are done across the top now and if you look closely, you can see the thin line of stitching around the edges are coming along.  The border in this design is very complex and has more stitching in it than the design within.  It doesn't help that I am using two strands of DMC on   40 count. Yes that's right.
I said 40 COUNT!!  
How crazy am I?  I don't know why I decided to do that.  I started this one a few years ago.  The stitches are very crowded but I think they give it a "rich" look.  
Yeah ... I  meant to do that.  A rich look.  


All was not lost this weekend though.  I still did stitchy-related things. Does that count?  I framed a little piece I finished in 2011.  





It's ABCD by La D Da.  
Shortly after stitching this it began a journey as a traveling pattern with a journal for those who were taking part to write a note or include any tidbits about this design and their experience stitching it.  It was all started by Jennifer at Confessions of a Serial Starter and I was so grateful to her for doing that.  It made it to 14 of the 18 homes but never arrived at that 15th destination.  I was so disappointed but what can you do?  I am still so very thankful to Jennifer for organizing it and getting it started on it's journey.  You can see everyone's finished piece by following the links on Jennifer's side bar.  Maybe one day I will get brave and try it again. 

That's it for today folks. 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week.  

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Time To Party!

Good Morning Friends! 


 Welcome to my Grow Your Own Blog party.



This shindig is brought to you by Vickie from 2 Bags Full.  She has been planning this for a long time and the day has finally arrived.  Go to her blog to see the massive list of blogs.  Each blog title is a link to go make a new friend.  So that you can meet bloggers who have a similar number of followers, her list is broken down to these categories:  Less Than 50; 51-100; 101-200; over 200.  Although I am in the "101-200" category, (I have 266 followers)  I look forward to making new friends from every part of the list...new bloggers and those who are seasoned veterans.  

Let's see....a little about me:
  • I am originally from North Central Pennsylvania but now live in South Central Kentucky.  I moved here just a week or so after marrying my Masterchief.  I refer to my husband as Masterchief in this blog because he is a retired US Navy Masterchief.   I've lived in Kentucky now for 7 years and I am still trying to get it through my thick head that the whole world doesn't operate like Pennsylvania. I don't very often see chicken corn soup on a menu here or shoo-fly pie for dessert.  Instead they have: Burgoo, Hot Brown, Derby Pie, Bourbon Balls, and speaking of which, Lamb Fries (which I can say have NEVER touched my plate!) 
  • Before moving to Kentucky I was a foster parent in Pennsylvania for over 100 children.  Some I had for a very long time and others stayed only a night or two.  It broke my heart to see what some demented people could do to their children and I wanted to do my part to help make a difference. 
  • I've had many jobs: waitressing, retail, school bus driver etc..... but now I work side by side with Masterchief in the commercial nuclear business in the field of radiation protection.  It's not a 9-5 kind of job.  We work all over the U.S, sometimes on a moments notice.  
  • I have one son who is 26.  He and my beautiful daughter-in-law have given us two precious grand babies, Liam is 2 years and Abigail is 2 months old.   


  • I prefer to stitch samplers and designs of a primitive style.  Just a few of my favorite designers are: 
  1. La-D-Da
  2. R&R Reproductions
  3. Falling Star Primitives
  4. With My Needle
  5. Homespun Elegance
  6. Threadwork Primitives
  7. Stacy Nash Primitives
I could go on and on.  There are so many talented designers out there!
  • My favorite online shop is 123 Stitch
  • My favorite number is 14.
  • One of my favorite colors is PINK but if we are talking about colors of thread to stitch with, I prefer the more muted collection of  sampler-style threads.
  • My least favorite color is PURPLE.
  • Some things I collect:
  • wooden nickles
old buttons


stickers

I collect many other things but the day isn't long enough for that!
  •  I was first married at age 16.....divorced at 18.....remarried at 21.......divorced at 33.....remarried at 37.  This one is IT!  I can't believe I had to go through all that to find the one I was supposed to be with.
  • I am a Pescetarian (the only meat I eat is seafood.) I don't do this because I feel it's wrong to eat red meat. I do it because I prefer veggies and fish more.  That's all. 
  • I am somewhat of an OCD case when it comes to housekeeping.  Just ask my family. You wouldn't know it sometimes but most of the time I'm pretty nuts about it.  It is a problem when I want to sit and stitch.  I usually can't do it if I know there is something that needs to be cleaned...and there is ALWAYS something that needs cleaned!
  • I drink my coffee black and my herbal tea with one Splenda.
  • I can carry a tune pretty well and sang at many functions in my younger years. 
  • I created this blog on June 25,2010.  I have posted 214 times (not including this post) and have 266 followers as of this morning. 
I will be offering a giveaway in my next post.  It will be open to all my followers, old and new, wherever you may live. 


Well that's about it for today.  I hope to gain many friends through this.  I have met some wonderfully talented stitchers out there through blogging and look forward to many new friendships to come. 

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Let The Party Begin....(soon)

Greeting dear friends!
It's almost the weekend and I'm already getting giddy with excitement!  

There are two things going on that I will be participating in.
I am usually not one to commit to these sort of things but I've been sitting on the bench too long!


The first party is the very first IHSW of 2013.  


GO HERE for more information about this. It starts tomorrow and lasts until Sunday evening. It's the perfect excuse to plant yourself in your favorite stitching spot and ignore the dishes and dust bunnies for one whole weekend!
I've already warned Masterchief about what this weekend will look like and so far he's fully supportive.  He has said he will take pictures of  me in my chair with needle in hand.
This could be ugly....stay tuned!

The second event is the Grow Your Own Blog party that Vicki from 2 Bags Full has started. I must say this promises to be quite the shindig. It took a lot of planning and time to for Vicki to put this together.  Isn't she awesome?


GO HERE for all the information. This even will only be on Saturday.  I'll have to put my needle down to participate but I think I can be forgiven being that it's stitch related.
It's all about finding new friends through blogs of similar interests.  I will do a little post introducing myself and telling you some things about me you may not know.  Those of you who follow my blog pretty much know what there is to know already but I will do this post for the benefit of my new friends out there.
I may even be offering a giveaway.  I guess you'll have to come back on Saturday and see!



That's it for today.
Put your party hats/dresses (or in my case, sweatpants and fuzzy slippers) and lets get jiggy with it!  

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Little Organization Please....

It's a chilly Tuesday morning here in southern Kentucky.  
I was quickly spoiled by those few warm days we had.  

Being organized was never one of my strong points but I think I have finally made some sense of things. 

 I know I will probably move stuff around some more but this is where it's at right now. 


The last cupboard on the end is the "new" one.  We couldn't believe the good deal we got on it.  Sometimes you can really find a treasure at those Peddler's Malls! 


My intent with this latest effort of becoming more organized was to stop worrying about displaying my goodies as much as making things more functional.  Well I'm sorry to say I don't think I accomplished that.  Nevertheless it looks good enough for now.  At least I can walk through the room without tripping over everything now!  


I did manage to organize my linens a bit though.  See the two baskets on the middle shelf?  The pieces of linen are categorized according to count.  It's better than the stacks of chaos I had before!

I even put a couple things underneath.


The crock has some miscellaneous pieces of linens and grunge attempts.  The fishing basket has my big roll of jute in it with the start coming out the hole in the top.  Clever, huh?  

I made good use of the magazine holders I made last year.  Was that last year?  

 
I could probably use a couple more of these but this will do for now.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


I took a little break from my Saxon Sampler to try my hand at a scissor fob.  The first one I made didn't turn out as well as I'd liked but that's the perfectionist in me.  The second one is just a little bit better but I still have a lot of learning to do. 



The first fob was a strawberry but when I sat down to try it again I skipped the green part at the top and turned it in to a heart instead.  The back is a tiny over-one heart. I thought it would be appropriate to put it on my heart scissors. 
I wasn't going to show you this one but here is my first attempt......



The stitches around the edges are very crude.  Hopefully with practice that will improve. 
Again, the back is over-one.  


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


I promised a pic of my Saxon Sampler progress.  

Hannelore Orkis's Saxon Sampler
JCS May-June 1989
Vol. 7 No. 1
Here it is with a yard stick propped up next to it so you can get an idea of how big it will be...


The white flowers are driving me nuts because the color is so close to the linen. I am determined to get them all done and out of the way before going on to anything else. 

See the little fuzzy white petal in the upper left corner? 
FROGS!!!  


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


While I was in the living room taking these pictures I thought I'd show you the cabinet I  sacrificed lovingly gave up. 


Before you get any ideas that this is his entire collection....clear that thought from your mind!  
While this has certainly thinned out a good portion of the clutter beautiful collection in my kitchen, this is by no means all of them. 




This post was originally intended to be all about the Grow Your Own Blog coming up this weekend but that will have to be the next one.  I'm sure you have probably read about it on someone else's blog by now.  You can read all about it HERE.  It has really turned in to a big party!  
I will have a giveaway (don't know what yet, stay tuned) and you'll learn a few things about me.  

Still having problems leaving comments.  I think I will just send a quick email when I'm not sure if the comment will post.  

Big {{HUGS}} to my new followers.  Thank you for taking a moment to visit with me and thank you for your lovely comments.  They do so encourage me!  

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Friday, January 11, 2013

ORT Report and Blogger Woes.....

Good evening friends. This is the first year I have joined in on the TUSAL and I think I'm going to like this!
There is a link on my side bar if you want to know more about it.

I should probably tell you before I post the pic that I stitch with petite needles and I use the thread until I can't turn the needle over again to get it through the linen.  I don't know why I do that.  The longer pieces you might see in there are either threads that have come loose from the edge of my fabric or droppings from an uninvited frog.


There she is.  A pitiful excuse for signs of progress.  So after each ORT posting I will put that month's threads in the big jar you see in the back.  I've had that baby forever and it just keeps getting more solid. I smash and smash on those poor threads.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I read in Shirlee's blog post today that she is having problems leaving comments for some.  I too am having that problem.  I don't know how to fix it.  I guess we just wait and see if it corrects itself.  So for those who didn't receive my comment today, I am sorry.  I DID read your posts!  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Masterchief and I received our flu shots today.  We took a bottle of sanitizer with us as we went to the Dr.'s office and to the grocery store afterward.  You just can't be too careful.  I also received a shot in my bum.  {{OUCH}}   :o(      I have been having sciatica trouble lately so he gave me that shot and showed me some exercises I should do.   I had one of those shots about 6 years ago and it left a huge dent in my...ummm.....cheek.  I told him about it today and kinda smirked and said he would tell the nurse to give me a different kind instead because that one I got years ago is known to melt fat away.  Har-dee-har-har!!! I guess that's why the dent it left was HUGE......and where can I get a vat of that stuff??  I'd like to skinny-dip in it!  

That's all I have for you tonight.  I wanted to show you a picture of my progress but again, I didn't take a pic.  I will try to remember to post one tomorrow.  I am really enjoying this sampler and can't wait for it to be finished.

May your weekend be full of crossed X's and short of pesty frogs.

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thank You!

Hello friends!
Just a quick post to thank the five people who signed up for the PIF 
acts of kindness.  

~~~~~

I think four of you have posted about it on your blogs.  THANK YOU!!  

If you all would send me your addresses  (yes, even if you know I already have it.) 
This way I will have them all in one spot. I am so very unorganized! 
You  may also want to include a little information about yourself.
~What you like or don't like
~favorite colors
~tea or coffee
~sweet or salty
~if you collect anything

Anything you could tell me would help me choose something just for YOU!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I also want to remind you of the Grow Your Own Blog party coming up on January 19th. 
Please go to this post HERE to find out more about it. It should be so much fun! 

Thanks for stopping by!

~~Peggy Lee


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Creative Pay It Forward



I have decided to take part in Mary's "Creative Pay It Forward" she has posted on her blog, Colorado Stitcher.  I saw it on FB as well and thought it would be a great idea.

 The first five of my friends to comment will receive a random gift from me sometime during the year...maybe something handcrafted, maybe a book, baked goodies, a surprise! Your gift will arrive whenever the mood strikes me without warning. Here's the only requirement: You have to post this on your blog as well and commit do doing the same for five of your friends. Please email me with your address if I don't already have it.

The first five people who leave a comment saying you are interested in joining me and who also posts about it on their blog will get a random gift me from me sometime during the year. 

Please join me in spreading a little kindness!

~~Peggy Lee


Results...

Well this is the moment you've all been waiting for!
OK maybe I exaggerate just a bit...
a few of you were interested in the results of my linen-dyeing experiment. 

A great number of you commented on the wonderful aroma this must have created. 
I've gotta be honest with you.
Maybe my sniffer is off.
I really didn't smell much of anything aside from the coffee. 

I squeezed out the excess concoction from the two pieces of linen 
and laid them on a foil lined oven rack.  I don't have a baking sheet big enough for them
so I though that would do the trick. 


I left the cinnamon sticks on them as well as some loose tea from one of the teabags I ripped open.
I set the oven to 200º and watched them carefully for about 15 minutes.  
They weren't completely dry when I took them out 
but I was running out of bravery. 

Here is what they looked like as I left them last night.....


I laid them out on a big piece of freezer paper on my counter overnight. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When I got up this morning I saw that I wasn't completely satisfied with the level of 
"grunge" in them so I broke out my little bag of walnut crystals.  
I added a heaping teaspoon to one cup of boiling water and just sorta
rubbed the back of a wet spoon over it in a few places. There are a couple spots where
I put a little more. 


The picture above was taken without the flash.  
I think the others were taken with the flash last night.  
As you can see I have a designated el-cheapo iron for this purpose only. 
We won't talk about the time I grabbed the wrong one to iron 
Masterchief's shirt. 

:o(


So what do I have planned for these two 28" long pieces of linen you ask?
I want to sit right down in my stitching chair and start at the top left corner with
the alphabet, or a border, or whatever my little heart desires at the time. 

What got me on this kick you ask?
My goodness you all are just full of questions!
I realized that most of the framed and soon to be framed pieces are of the usual
size and my eye has been drawn to the long, narrow look of a primitive sampler lately.

I have no pressures of a schedule or deadline to meet 
so I have no clue when this will be finished.

So there you have it!

The advice I will give is just get in there and DO IT!  
Don't be afraid that it won't look "right".  There is no set way to do it.
Throw your fear and OCD issues to the wind and 
let 'er fly!!

Thanks for your interest in this little adventure and thank you for all the comments you have left. 
I love reading them!  
Oh yes I do.

~~Peggy Lee  


Monday, January 7, 2013

Experimenting.....

Good Monday evening to you  :o)

I am experimenting with dyeing my own linen.  

Some strong coffee
a shot of vanilla
a handful of teabags
and a few cinnamon sticks..............



Looks kinda gross at first glance, I know.

Stay tuned!


~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 TUSAL and Grow Your Blog!

Happy New Year to all my blogging friends out there!  

First off I'd like to sincerely thank you ALL for the new friendships I have made through this blog. I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of you in person as well.  I appreciate the time you take to leave comments here because I know the dedication keeping a blog up and running requires.  There have been many times when I've thought of hanging it up but then I read one of your comments of encouragement and I jump right back in the saddle.  Besides...I would really miss you!  :o)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

OK...now on to today's business.
I've been watching a lot of you posting pictures of your ORT jars each month and I think I'd like to give this crazy thing a whirl.  I must warn you though...I've been using the same jar for a couple years now.  I just keep smashing it down.  It's a pretty solid chunk of threads.  I threw in those little wrappers you find on some threads in there as well as all those furry frog droppings (there are a bunch of 'em).  You can click HERE to learn all about it.  I have also put the link on my sidebar.  

So without any further adieu, here she is......

 I'll try to be faithful in posting a monthly picture but it might be difficult during those times when I'm traveling for work.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Another blogger adventure I have been looking forward to is called "Grow Your Own Blog".  It is the brain child of Vicki from 2 Bags Full.  You can read all about it HERE.  There are over 150 blogs signed up so far.  This is a wonderful way to meet fellow bloggers.  Please consider it.  I hope to see you there!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I cleaned off my bookshelves to make room for Masterchief's growing Ball jar collection and now I have several books I would like to share with you.  If you are interested in any of these books just send me an email and I'll be glad to send them to you. 

Just click on the picture to see it more clearly.  I hope you can read the titles good enough.  

Here is what my shelves look like now.......

I am still nagging encouraging Masterchief to find a suitable display case for them so I can reclaim some of my kitchen space. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

While in PA, my mother gave me a few of my grandmother's dolls.  She collected them and had hundreds of them in her house. I have most of them still in the box but here is one of them....

I will post more pictures of the others when I unpack them.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I wanted to share a picture of my progress on the Saxon Sampler but I didn't get to take one yet.  I'll do that soon.  Right now I am stitching with the white thread and it's slow going.  The shade is not much different than the linen so it's playing tricks with me.  I have added a few of those frog droppings to my ORT jar recently.  :o(

My stomach is grumbling because it wants fed.  I think it's soup tonight.  The sun is out today but I'm cold and in need of something warm in my tummy. 

Thank you for visiting with me today.  I cherish your comments and try to reply to as many as I can. 

Until next time - - - -
Curl up in your favorite stitching nook and try to keep warm if you are on this side of the lake.  Soon we will be enjoying warm weather as our friends are now over there!

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee