Sunday, August 30, 2009

Recipe Blog!


Me and my sweet sister Nicole have started a recipe blog..
although it is in it's beginning stages, it is coming along nicely!
If you are interested in trying out some of our recipes, just stop by our new blog.
We would love to have you visit us!

2 Stitchin Sisters Recipe Blog

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Peacock Pincushion


I stitched up a small motif of a peacock and decided to turn it into a pincushion.
I did some investigating online to see what the best "filler" would be for my pincushion.
I have always used fiberfill in the past, and that didn't seem to work out too well. (The cushion would not stay upright, and would not be heavy enough).

I came across a very interesting idea. Fill your pincushions with Crushed Walnut shells! I have never heard of this before, this was something new to me...
Now, where to buy crushed walnut shells? At the pet store!
It is sold as bird cage litter.

The peacock design is a freebie, and is part of a very old sampler dated back to 1742.
Colors were not listed, so I picked my own DMC colors, and I stitched it onto linen.
I do like the way it turned out, and the cushion is nice and heavy with the walnut shells inside. Supposedly, the crushed shells will sharpen your pins as you use the cushion..not sure about that, but we shall see!

You can always buy emery to fill your cushions, but the walnut shells were more convenient, and I was able to find them right away when I went to the pet store.

If you would also like to stitch up a peacock or two, here is the link for the free design that you can print out:
Free Peacock cross stitch motif


Raggedystitches,

Friday, August 28, 2009

Little House Needleworks Finish





This piece is called "Home of a Needleworker (Too!)" By Little House Needleworks.
I stitched this on 28 count Antique Ivory Linen with Crescent Colours Threads.
This was so much fun to stitch, I have added my own personal touches to this piece, (as you may have noticed), and I am so pleased with the outcome!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's a bird, it's a plane..it's a ????

***Edited to add:
The creature has been identified! It is a "Hummingbird Moth"! :)
Funny little fella!****


I am not sure what it is! lol

If someone can identify what this is, I would LOVE to know!

I saw this today flying, flittering and hovering over my flowers out back. I thought for sure it was a hummingbird..but as I looked closer, it wasn't!
It seemed to be trying to get nectar out of the flowers.
I have never seen such a creature in my life!

I managed to get a photo of it before it quickly zoomed away.

Do you know what this is?

Click on the photo for a larger picture.

thanks for any help in identifying it!

Raggedystitches,

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Trip To Florida



We recently took a trip to Florida.The drive down is always a long one. I make sure I take my stitching along! I worked on my Ida Mae Crow. She is coming along nicely :)
We saw some pretty cloud formations in the sky, I made sure I took some nice pictures on the way.
It was nice to visit good friends and our old hometown again.
We had a nice time in Saint Augustine and I was able to shop in all the wonderful places that I have missed so very much! We also went to Ripley's believe it or not..some interesting things in there to see.. I visited with some of my dear friends, and it was good to catch up with them again. I sure wish I could have seen everyone on my list, but we only visited for a short while. I hope to see some more friends next trip we take. Our daughter had a nice time with her friend she hasn't seen in a while.
I went to a quilt shop that I absolutely love called the Olde Green Cupboard My friend Lynn works there. I took plenty of pictures in the shop, as you can see! It was so beautifully decorated for the Fall. Sure wish my home looked as pretty as this shop. I picked up a couple of wonderful Quaker style cross stitch charts there. Can't wait to start on them.
Made sure to stop in all the local craft stores that I don't have back home in NC.
Found the cutest little wire baskets.
I had a bit of a setback when I hurt my knee. I wasn't quite sure what was wrong, but I was in a lot of pain! I had trouble walking and decided it would be best to go to the doctor. My knee was swollen. I was told it was tendonitis, and was given meds to take which brought the swelling down and now I feel much better. So glad it was nothing major.
Looking forward to my weekend ahead, hope to get some sewing and stitching time in.
Monday comes all too fast.
Raggedystitches,
Louise