They say April has 30 days. I’ll try an post on the Easter Sunday.

I sat today thinking about the Easter’s I had in the past.

Life has changed so much. People are in such a hurry, and far to casual to find things to set up simple occasions to create memories for the family.






















Our world is spinning so fast we don’t have time to do fun and sweet things for our families.

I am praying for my family to take notice of things, you know stop and smell the roses.

I have been working on a few things in February and March will try and share some with you. I am finding it harder to set at the sewing machine, or work on large quilts. So I have turned to small things.

I’ll look and fine some to share.cover







This is a little journal I did for March.

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This is a pretty lady in her garden.

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Pretty red roses

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Butterfly in the garden




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My sun flower, best loved flower for me, the silver border is a part of the dog food bag

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squares with different stitches, plus red peppers the beads are from shells



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last page features the chicken scratch stitch, I did’t have any gingum so I used a print that I could regulate as squares


I have completed another little project.

I love the color brown, I guess it is the color of Chocolate Brownies,Fudge. All those things I love.The center piece of embroidery is done on a linen. I guess the circle is my favorite form at this time. I have tried several different threads, added beads and buttons, I love the way it looks. buttons

The piece in this post was a planned    design.

img_0639-sketch-and-copy This is the design I planned to use. I charted my design onto the fabric. I did change the colors. I used purple and blue. The two colors come in many shades. I have used some that are very bright/dark down to pale lavenders and blues. Bead have been applied.













I did several under stitches of cross stitch and a fan design using buttonhole stitches. The top layer of stitches are also buttonholeand lots of French knots. The design is left open and outlined.  






























The wonderful class for Sumptuous Surfaces by Sharon B. on Joggles.com has finished, the 6 week course just flew by. Sharon is such a great teacher, Her lessons help you to understand each step of creating an embroidery . I really get a lot out of her work. If you are serious about learning more, this is the class to take.If you are just starting to learn to embroidery this class will be hard to keep up. I don’t know how many took the course, but only about 10 took the time to do some work and use the forum to share, ask questions, most of the posts were I’m so busy right now,I can’t catch up. I don’t understand that idea. I know Sharon must feel bad when the response is so slim.

Ok, got that off my chest.  (somewhat!) LOL

Will try and upload some of the work I have been doing,

daisy-done1This is the first piece I did. Posted the beginning lower on the blog.

the stamp was hand made, I carved only a 1/4 of the daisy. Around the edges I have embroideried a frame of various stitches, beads, buttons. It mesaures 6×4 like a postcard.The colors are in different shades of white and ecru. The beads are small woodenin natural colors.

I have worked the last week on the project I was doing for the Sumptuous Surfaces class I am taking from Australian Teacher Sharon B. at Joggles.com

I feel like the piece is finished. I see lots of things I would do differently. But it is finished! That means I am learning the lessons from the classes.

You can teach an old dog new tricks.  LOL


First look at my project for S Surface’s will be a Postcard. I had to substitute a larger weave fabric then the lovely one I had bought just for this class. But it has to do. I can not see well enough to work with anything smaller. LOL img_0693post-card11The off center design I carved with a soft stamp material. Stamped it with beige paint. The frame around the stamp is a Portuguese Stem Stitch done with a cotton #8 Finca cotton. Next stitch is a Herringbone Stitch done  in cream Finca #8. Above that is a straight stitch with  a variegation purl cotton.Then with a heavier cotton in a pink/cream is a border of

squared Palestrina Knots. I did not make uniform stitching, I wanted each area to stand alone. The long rows of mixed color are buttonhole stitches is various sizes. To the side of the stamp are simple cross stitches. Now I need to plan what to do with the stamped daisy.