Tuesday, January 12, 2016

First Finish of 2016!!!

Hello!!!! My friends!!! How is everyone doing? I am off at a pretty good start, I think!!! Presenting my first finish of the year~~

Pattern: From book "Mit Nadel und Faden" by Jutta Ortmanns
Thread: DMC Cotton Thread
Fabric: 32ct Lambswool Linen 
Stitched Size: 4.5” x 4.25”
Completion Date: 01-08-2016

I bought this booklet a while back, couldn't resist the whimsical birds~ While I was stitching it, I noticed a lot of half stitches in the design, don't know if this is common in Scandinavian designs. Not a big fan of them but pulled through in the end. Love the French knots, though!!! They made the whole thing pop~


Here it is framed. Nothing fancy, just a simple frame from IKEA. I have a confession to make. When I started this project, it was originally planed as a gift for a friend. But last night when my husband saw the final product, he hijacked it...... Sorry friend, I will make something else for you.... ;-)


Have a wonderful day~~

Friday, January 1, 2016

Glass Jar Sewing Kit

Happy new year!!!!! Hope you all are enjoying your holiday!! We had a little Christmas gift exchange in our sewing class a couple days ago. Since it was kind of a last minute thing, it had to be something simple for me to finish on time. When I was searching online for ideas, those beautiful mason jar sewing kits caught my eye. I thought to myself, this I could manage!! So here is the final product~ 

Pattern: Kazuko Aoki Wildflower Garden - Christmas Rose
Thread: DMC Cotton Thread
Fabric: 32ct Belfest Linen in color Flax
Stitched Size: 3” x 3”
Completion Date: 12-22-2015


The pattern I chose for the pin cushion cap was a Hellebore flower, which is also commonly known as Christmas Rose,  perfect for this occasion won't you say? 


Despite it's common name, Hellebores are not closely related to the rose family at all. The flowers have five "petals", which are actually sepals, surrounding a ring of small, cup like nectaries, which are actually the petals modified to hold nectar. This is how it looks like in real life. It is such a beautiful plant~



After finishing the pin cushion part, all I have to do is fill the jar with threads and buttons and all kinds of goodies~ This sewing kit would be perfect for anyone who like to work with needles!  I think I need one of this myself~~


Wishing you all a wonderful 2016!!! 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Late Christmas Post

And we reached the end of the year again. This year, Christmas is special. I always wanted to get a Christmas tree in the house, but we moved around so often, it just didn't seem practical. This year, however, since we finally got our own house, first order for Christmas was to find a Christmas tree!!!!



I finally have a tree to display all my stitched ornaments, and there is plenty of room for more!!!! 


Of course there has to be giraffes on the tree, too~ 



I remember seeing those wine cork wreath online and really liked it, so I have been saving my wine corks. Of course I had help from some friends to finish all those wine~ Several toothpicks later, I have a wreath!!! I was actually short on the wine corks, but the ribbon helps conceal some of the bare spots. The good thing about this project is, I can easily add more corks in when I have them, and change out the decorations according to the season~ I really like the variation of purple stains on the ends!!



Still have to think about where I could store the tree in our small apartment after I take it down, but I won't be worrying about that just yet. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!! Happy holidays!!!

  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stitching Again~

It has been a while since I started a cross stitch project. My hands were itching, so I pulled out my fabrics and thread.  


I really enjoy the process of seeing the design coming alive on the fabric. It so felt good to be stitching again! 


Our county was giving out free plants a month ago. I brought home a Hibiscus without knowing what kind of flower it has. It had its first bloom this week, and it was an orange blossom with multi petals extending from the base of the bloom!!! What a pleasant surprise~  


These are my little happiness recently. What are yours?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Autumn...

Long time no see, my daring friends, summer has been very busy for me, and when I look up, fall has sneaked in!!! It took me a while, but I finally finished the applique of my Hawaiian quilt~~ It has been a struggle, I had to take apart some portions of it cause I just didn't like how it looks, still not 100% satisfied with it, but I am going to set it aside for now, and come back to it with a fresh eye later.



And then there is my crazy quilt sewing machine cover. I am working on hand quilting it right now. It is quite a challenge to hand quilt through so many layers, but with the help of a pair of trusty pliers, it is coming along just fine. 


Some other things I did during summer, a little gardening fun~ While I was eating dragon fruit one day, I looked at those millions of little seeds and just thought it might be fun to germinate them so I did, and to my amazement, they really did germinate!!! Their little leaves are so fresh and cute, and with time they start showing their cactus characters~ 


And then I thought, a little bit dressing up is needed!!! So a few leftover fabrics and cute mushrooms later, this is what I ended up with~~ Aren't they just adorable?! I will have to make more of these, they make perfect gifts, won't you say?


Speaking of fall weathers, in sub-tropical Taiwan, it means it's time for blooms again!! Because our summer is too hot for flowers to survive, winter is the best time for them to thrive. Now that the weather is cooling down again, I filled my balcony with lavenders and daisy. It is such a joy to see them greeting me every morning, while I enjoy my breakfast on the balcony~~


So that is my story lately. What have you been busying? By the way, if you haven't already noticed, Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has been hosting some awesome giveaways, be sure to join the fun if you haven't already!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A New Attempt!!!

I have to say I wasn't a big fan of Hawaiian quilts - that was before I started this one. Something traditional can totally transform into something different just by changing the fabric choice, and I am totally in love with it now~


This is a great way to learn applique, something I have not tried before. I was intimidated by it, and  looks so difficult!!! I have to say it still is a bit challenge to me, especially keeping it looking nice. My first few turns and points are not exactly pretty.....


It is a slow process, patience is required!!!!! But this is a start, hopefully when I am done with the whole thing, I would be better with it!!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Work in Progress...

Hello my dear friends, summer has arrived and it is soooo hot and humid here lately!!!! I'm sweating like non-stop and ice-cream is my new best friend right now!!!! The upside of this hot weather is that it is making the Golden Shower Tree is blooming like crazy, and it sure is a beautiful sight!


Nevertheless, the hot weather did not stop me from keeping busy with projects. I have been working on several projects right now, and one is a cover for my sewing machine to keep all the dust out when I am not using it. 


When I told my quilting mentor Sophia that I would like to make a sewing machine cover, I thought it would just be putting together three pieces and it would be simple and quick!! But being the creative  Sophia as she is, of course she designed something that is super awesome and that I could learn new techniques from!! 


So we are using the concept of a crazy quilt to make this cover!! I have to say this is super fun, starting from choosing the colors right down to sewing them piece by piece together!!! Right now I am done with the piecing part of the project, and have to hand quilt it before assembling them together~


Doesn't this bloom resembles the roses that were on my balcony?! The real ones were gone already, but this beauty will be blooming always on my sewing machine cover~ I love it already and can't wait for it to be finished!!


Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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