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February 27, 2013

Spring Colors Floss Giveaway

Good Morning!

Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having  a giveaway on her blog for 5 winners
who will each win 5 skeins of floss in new,
antique-looking spring colors. She's keeping the
colors a surprise until the winners are chosen
and we all like surprises.
A lot of you are already stitching your Spring
pinkeeps, samplers and other projects, and from Nancy's description, this floss would be perfect
for primitive and folk art projects.
Go to Nancy's blog HERE to enter. 
After this giveaway, Nancy says she will be showing more spring colors and she plans on having another giveaway with possibly some trims, too.
Good Luck!
It snowed again during the night. Wherever you are I hope you are warm and safe.
Susan

February 16, 2013

Saturday Nite Cravings and Bear Fur

Is anyone else in menopause having cravings?
This has been going on with me for several months. Poor sweetie, after working 12 hours he's stopping off at the store for fried chicken, baked beans and cole slaw. I just couldn't help it. We've both eaten supper,

but we're eating again. And we wonder why we're overweight (no we don't).
The boys and I have had a quiet, lazy day. There's something in the air, it's supposed to snow again. Yesterday was just a dusting, 2 inches. It made everything pretty again after the semi-meltdown.
I've been piecing patterns over cloth all day. Trying to decide which color I'm going to use for Priscilla's dress. Priscilla is the 16" bear that Mom is getting for her birthday tomorrow. Yes, you read that correctly. Her birthday is tomorrow and Priscilla and her wardrobe are still on the table. It's not all my fault. Yes, I ordered everything with enough time to spare. But the storm (first one) delayed the deliveries. When the fur got here, guess what? The piece wasn't big enough. I don't know how I blundered but I did. Now, the second order won't be here until the 19th. Last night on the phone, I had to break the news (she's actually getting used to me breaking news since she moved South) and she said, 'Oh, sweetheart, that's o.k. I'm not a child, I'll live'. Well, I'm hoping I really am off the hook and she means it. Sis and Dan are taking her out to dinner tomorrow. Dan's birthday is actually right after Mom's so they're doing a 2-fer.
Mr. Glen Oaks will be home soon, I hope, before the snow starts again. I need to finish up here so that I can greet him at the door. 
I hope you all have a peaceful, happy weekend.
Hugs,
Susan

February 7, 2013

Check Out Kathy's Beautiful Finish of Faux Grain Sack Dish Towels

We're expected to get two feet of snow starting tomorrow, and I went looking for something that I could do in case the power goes out. Check out these projects from the blog Dee Duncan writes at 
Vintage Country Style.  Thank you Kathy at Kittredge Mercantile  
for posting about her recent finish of faux grain sack dish towels.
They came out beautiful, Kathy! She listed the link for Dee's tutorials so I wanted to share with more of us bloggers.
The links are below. 
I have the deep blue paint and I found some very old feed sacks that have no printing left on them anymore, it's so faded it's almost invisible. I thought I'd use those to work on. Even if the power doesn't go out, it's looking like a great project to work on. I've got my sister's birthday coming up, and if the Izannah Walker doll doesn't work out, I need back up's!!
Thank you, Kathy and Dee:
http://vintagecountrystyle.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html
 Faux grain sack pillow covers,
Repro blue stripe grain sack flour towels

Vintage Country Style: Tutorials

February 5, 2013

Quiet Time and Brenda's Giveaway

Thank you, Carolyn, of Antique Images

Good Morning,
I've spent the last two months reading everything I can get my hands on. I love reading in the winter, getting all snuggled under a quilt in my recliner with a book.
I recently ordered two books from Amazon, they are a wonderful source.
One is titled American Samplers by
Ethel Stanwood Bolton and Eva Johnston Coe. It's an older book; it contains 17th, 18th and 19th century samplers. It lists the schools and schoolmistresses that taught young ladies to stitch samplers, a section on sampler verses (great source),
a list of early schools and a section on materials, designs and stitches. It's a wonderful book.
My second book is modern-day, it's titled Sampler Workbook Motifs and Patterns by Caroline Vincent. She's given the meaning of a variety of motifs, like squirrels, trees, houses and other animals. Shapes and patterns are also explained. She has charted some fantastic graphs of them and quite a few alphabets and texts.
I'm looking forward to charting my own samplers.

This is Brenda's current giveaway. Visit her blog HERE to enter.
All of our snow melted the other day when we had 60 degree weather. I don't like the barren woods without snow!
Believe it or not, I'm still working on the Polly Daggett sampler. I keep picking up new work and my little sampler keeps getting put down. I made quite a few gifts at Christmastime and I've had 4 series of injections for my back since November, so I'm going even slower than I normally 
go, and that's pretty slow!
I'd like to post the pictures of the dolls and bear I made for Sis and Mom. Maybe the next post...
Susan


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