Thursday, January 12, 2017

So Excited

I just submitted my entry form and photo to The San Francisco School of Needlework!
Mermaid and Her Jewels
Back in September the school opened their Home Challenge, Jewels of the Sea,  and they would select people to receive a package of Swarovski crystals to use .... every one of the crystals sent had to be used. You could also add any other items to complete the piece. I thought and thought and over thought until finally today I sat at my table and voila! finished. The deadline to send or email entry is January 18th...so I was cutting it close. I used a piece of batik for the back round.
Her tail fin is a piece of tatting and sheer ribbon for the seaweed. She is a "paper doll" appliqued on with sheer ribbon for the body and the 2 heart shaped crystals. I used tatting for her waist band.
I had some clam shells so I used them to hold some jewels and some pearls from my beading cupboard.  I thought about a sea chest, but this appealed to me more.
Now I know these creatures do not really look like the real thing, but this is my octopus... and the other creatures are my turtles... remember I worked with what they sent.
I am very pleased with the finished piece.  I just could not wait until tomorrow morning (when I usually post) to share this.  I now, I sound like I am tooting my own horn..... actually I am banging the drum!!!! Off now to see if Mr H is planning on cooking my dinner or am I. Thank you for being here and for your kind words and friendship. Have a great evening.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A bit of this and tat

What a lovely day yesterday.  Always is when you get to sit with a few friends and stitch. I have one of my KISS ( keep it simple stitching) projects that does not require too much thinking so I can chat. A short time after I arrived home, a telephone call from the restaurant that I email my concerns re: my debit card being compromised. The words I used in my email were may have been compromised but this corporate person choses to start the conversation , "I am calling in response to your email that we are corrupt!" I flew with that one. Never once asked for the staff person name on my receipt or the transaction number. I think he now knows who he was talking with and  I did set him straight. So I steamed for about an hour later then figured, it is what it is. We are still waiting for one transaction to clear. But let me tell you about the earlier part of the morning. I went to the bank to cash a check and asked Katrina if she had any new pennies. Especially since they will no longer be made as of this year. This sweet gal explained that they really do not have uncirculated coins and that the wrapped pennies are in paper but she would try to look. After opening 4 rolls we determined that there were quite a few shiny pennies for my Lucky Penny projects...
 This is the same pattern for the Sun Catcher without the final row. Once I get my ducks pennies in order I will show you what I am planning. Then I blocked the Star piece...
I did not like it before but think it is okay now. Did I mention that I enjoy tatting? Oh, I think I have. I really want to finish my Sun Catcher piece so I will plan to get to Hobby Lobby today. I also need more size 20 thread in a few colors. It is still dark outside...but all is quiet, well that is not true. The washer is doing its thing so a bit of back round noise there. I am taking a Me Day, but let's not mention this to Mr H...he will give you one of those looks...he thinks I have lots of Me Days, and I really do. I just want to stitch and tat today. Gee, that is how I feel everyday!
I have started to look for my Fairies...and found this one!
 She sits in one of my kitchen plants....wait till you see that I do have Fairies....I will introduce them to you here and there. I am sure there has to be a few in the garden....so far I only have seen lizards and hummingbirds. I think the washer has stopped so I must give it some attention. Such a pleasure to have you chat with me. Thank you for your kind words and your friendship. Hope you have a marvelous day.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Love the mail

It seems like I never went to bed...I have been awake since 1 am or so which means I only got a few hours sleep. Not that this is very unusual, but of late I have been sleeping until at least 3 AM which is not much, but better. I just may need a nap while Mr H watches football play-offs later today. Alice kept me company for a little time but not enough to take a picture and brag. Friday the mail delivery cheered me up...

Remember the Manger Herbs and Betsy Williams? This is a book I that someone mentioned someplace in a blog or Facebook and I thought I would like to have it so on my "to get list" it went. Then you know how lists are, they are made and filed away. In my case a note on the computer desk in the box in the corner...
It is a simple repurposed container that hold notes, quotes and other pieces of paper tucked over to the side of the monitor and guarded by Mouse. Anyway, after visiting Betsy's website I realized she was the author of this book. Well I ordered it and glad I did. It is a pleasant read....
Did you know that Fairies like to make their homes under a Rosemary bush? I knew there was a reason why my Rosemary bush is large and healthy....did you know there is a recipe for Fairy Cakes? Anyway, this is now one of my "special" books ( I do have a few). Betsy, I can call her by her first name is a new friend who I am happy to know, wrote a special message for me inside
How sweet is that! Betsy Williams can be found on Facebook at Betsy Williams/The Proper Season. She is the author of several books, a lecturer and holds classes and workshops. If you have visited me here enough you know I believe in Fairies and have them hiding around me all the time. My goal in this new year is make them more comfortable in my garden and home! If you have some time, visit Betsy FB page. I should report to you that one of the fraudulent charges has been returned to me....now for the other 2 and then I will be truly happy. I appreciate the good thoughts and emails from you wishing just that.  With that, I will say how happy I am that you take time to visit and thank you for your kind words and most of all for your friendship. You make me feel special in my corner of our great big world.