Changing the header

Yesterday, I decided to change the header of my blog.

The train did have significance and sentiment but only to me and did not reflect this blog. My youngest son had set this blog up for me and this was his choice of a picture. His brother, my second son also works for the railroad that sponsors this train so it had significance but mostly sentiment. I always intended to change it but it was another one of those “to-its”. So I put it on my list and now I can cross it off…maybe this list thing isn’t to bad.



Yesterday I was taking the Christmas things hanging on my hall wall and that’s where this picture hangs. I love this needlepoint and the attachments; The attachments were a bracelet that became to fragile to wear from a special friend. I also like it because it was quick and easy to stitch; it is a combination of 6 inchies to make an ATC (Artist Trading Card).




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My hall connects the front of the house to the back of the house. I love this wall, it has a lot of things that I love to look at…it is my eclectic wall and has so many family memories.




calendarThis is “Master Calendar for 112 years”. from 1844 to 1956.It was my father’s and he kept it on his desk at work even after 1956. I keep it accurate only the year is 1909.













A glove stretcher (it was used to dry those cotton gloves we all wore in the 40-50’s)

Antique keys (don’t you wonder what secrets they hold?) and a brass stencil of a tulip, our last name means tuilip.

A zodiac plate from Brazil, and abacus, and my Grandmother’s tea strainer that I still grab to use.

A Mari plate that has so many cracks is looks like a mosaic, but my favorite aunt loved it and I just could not bear to see it thrown away. I hung it up close to ceiling and you would be surprised at the number of people who comment on how pretty it is. Some I show it’s faults, others I just smile to myself and say thanks.

The tree I made in the 80’s during my wood cutting days…there is a walnut angel and pineapple hanging also. We hung the ribbons from the tree during the 1st and 2nd gulf wars. Look at the beads to the left of tree, they were my baby toys. One set is wood and the other the Bakelite, but what is most interesting is both are strung on string and the pieces are small.  Boy what a hazard these are by today’s standards…not to mention that the paint could have lead… and yes they were chewed on.

And the last plate was from my Great Aunt Rose and Aunt Hazels kitchen. These two favorite aunts could make shoe leather taste good. They loved to cook and Thanksgiving at their house was a feast…and meal at their house was a feast. Whenever we have family “get-to-geters”, I look at this plate and know that traditions continue.




And this is my mystery antique. It is metal, the thing on the end is like a spring over the end. It does not bend. It is 3 inches long and 3/4 inch wide at the bow underneath the spring. 

 Anyone know what it is? I’ll tell you Friday. This is a conversation piece when people see it…







 I love my street sign. We were in New Orleans for Carnival (Mardi Gras is only Fat Tuesday) in 1986. We saw 9 parades in three days, it was quite an experience. These signs hang all over the city, each parish had their own sign. This one is from Jefferson Parrish. I wanted one, so I asked the Commander of County Sheriff’s Department how to get one. He looked at me like I was nuts, but gave me his card and told me to write after Carnival was over. I did and he sent this to charge! I can’t believe they didn’t sell them. What a great fund raiser.

I love greeting cards and some are too cool. I frame many greeting cards to hang, it is great inexpensive artwork. If I ever get tired of them I can replace them, so far that has never happened.  These are from Mary Engelbreit, she autographed one for me too. I have three sets of these: this one books, the “good to be the Queen” pair and “Grow old with me” pair.

And of course needlework.


mountain-star1The sunflowers are one of about 12 of these I did for a ANG certification piece I was doing. I stitched them to see which color combinations worked well, and which stitch combinations I liked best. I gave most of them away as Christmas gifts the year I made them.

The gray piece is Mountain Star. I taught this as part of my ANG certification in Denver. I only taught it in pinks or blues but my husband wanted this color for his office.

There’s a lot more hanging there: Family pictures, Pat Buckley Moss prints, Charlie Harper postcards, some original art work, stained glass pieces, my uncle’s horse and camel crop (complete with poker), brass knuckles that belonged to my husbands grandfather. My mother’s last Fuller Brush vegetable brush…she loved these things and we found boxes of them. We just used them up last year except for this one that we hung.  Like I said this is a fun hallway, full of memories and reminders of many generations who made us who we are.

This post got carried away down memory lane, but I can now mark dusting all the pictures and wall off my list. 🙂


Inchies turned ATC

  The first inchy is made for the Heart Association Red Dress Pin. A friend of mine gave this to me and I think it deserves to be dressed up for all of us. I probably will put a small cording around this before I wear it.

The second picture is my #8 inchy from Inch by Inch ( turned ATC (Artist Trading Card.) The inchy parts are the #8 sampler completed as a color wheel arrange in complements. The attached people with stars were a bracelet from a dear friend. I loved wearing it, but it was very fragile and one of the stars had become very weak and I was afraid I  would lose all of it.  I am going to have this framed and place it somewhere I will see it daily to remind me to reach for the stars and that friends are heaven sent.

I went to the craft evening at my church Monday and there were knitters, scapbookers, quilters, cross stitchers and me doing Temari Balls. There were only a handful of ladies but I have been assured that usually they are a large group . Of course everyone was interested in the Temari Ball and if there is enough interest I may put together a small class for them but I am going to wait another month of so to give everyone the opportunity to show an interest.

I have been going to the YMCA everyday for the past couple week and doing water exercises. I just love the water and have decided in my next life I want to be a mermaid that stitches. Of course all my threads would be water proof and would really never get wet in my fantasy. I exercise and then spend a half hour just floating around the pool. It is like meditating to me. I am so relaxed the rest of the day and I can really tell the difference in my muscle tone in just a couple weeks.

Tonight I am going to veg out with a cuppa ice tea and read your blogs.



Sometimes when I am roaming around online I see a design that I like, I will bookmark it. Some of these designs are just inspiration for another idea that pops into my mind, very rarely are these designs a copy of the original design and sometimes they never go any further than… I like this. BUT, every so often I will use part of these designs in my stitching and then I try and get permission to use the design or work. If I see an entire design that I want to convert to needlepoint…then this requires getting permission from the original designer before you adapt the piece.

I have became very interested in ATC (Artist Trading Card) made in needlepoint, they make great little ornaments to hang, quick easy gifts, and good ideas for cards I also make for friends and family.  I very rarely see a design in stitches and threads, but last month I came across a design that popped right off my screen in stitches and threads. I could see this stitched as an ATC. I wrote Grace and told her what a nice design I thought this was and that I would like to adapt it to needlepoint. She wrote me back a lovely email:

 “…I would be honoured to have you to use my “Spring” quilt pattern to adapt for your needlepoint. I do have a few requests though. Please reference me as the designer of your needlepoint pattern. I would also ask that only you use the pattern, if others want to use my design as well please have them contact me themselves… ”

You can see the original design on Grace’s April 24 blog at Baryard Chatter:

 And so I stitched Spring in an ATC format (2.5 inches x 3.5 inches). Graces design is 10.5 inches by 14 inches. I made two of these, one for me and one for Grace. Thank you Grace. It is a fun design! There will only be two of these adaptations from this source and I cannot give permission to copy or reproduce this design, only Grace can do this. If she gives permission to use the design then you still must contact me for permission to copy my interpertation.

You can see more of Grace’s work at:

In a nutshell, this is an example of how the copyright law should work. ALWAYS give credit where credit is due and always get permission to use someone else’s work.


Another TIF for March & a quick gift

Blackwork TIF  Yesterday, I went to local ANG guild meeting and the program was Blackwork. I could have used the suppilied thread but since I knew I would probably complete this at the meeting and I happen to still have the colors from the March TIF still in my stitching box…Well…It was just a given…another TIF and an ATC too!

Back & Run   This little Blackwork technique was worked in 2 methods: The flower and leaves were worked in a “Back and Run” Stitch; it is a back stitch followed by a running stitch.

 Double Running   The border on the bottom is a “Double Running Stitch”.

Then I committed a great faux-pas… I missed one of my only two Granddaughter’s birthday! It was kind of a honest mistake but it made me feel awful. I sent her an IOU ticket and today took her to lunch complete with cake and a shopping trip.

ticket   cash stash pad  cash stash b

Her gifts were Webkins and cash stash pad. I made the cash stash pad with unused $2 bills and a glue stick. Make sure all the bills are sqared up on one end and rub over a glue stick. I also put a tiny piece of ribbon over this glued end. Then I made the cover using legal sized paper. Glued the cash to the inside and folded. And a gift anybody would love to get. I think I’m out of the dog house now and I won’t make this mistake again!


Thoughts about January

Today is the last day of January and I can hardly believe how fast this month has flown by. As with any January day in the Midwest it is cold and snowy, a good day to hibernate with a cup of tea, a fireplace and reflect on the past month.

As I said in another entry, I had good intentions of starting a blog but thanks to Sharon B. it happened sooner than later. Thanks Sharon.  It has been fun learning how to and doing, nothing like learning on the fly. I know I have much more to learn but I am fingering along for now.

When the TIF challenge was first posted I knew that the first part was going to be easy. The challenge was: “To make a design about a person(s) you admire or to use the color scheme suggested.” This was the easy part, I immediately thought of my grandmother and my Aunt Rose. I don’t think there was anything the two of them could not do or would not try, and both had a great love of life and a true sense of family. The color scheme was definitely colors they loved, wore and used. Simple solution January is dedicated to my grandmother and my Aunt Rose using the given color pallet. I thought it was a good way to start the year remembering two women I admire very much and who had a great influence on who I am today.

The next step was not as simple. Since I am a needlepointer, this is my first choice but what to do? I pulled the threads and canvases samples and tried to sort out the many ideas floating around in my head. I could do grapes, flowers, geometrics (my love) … I felt like a kid in a candy store with to many choices and not enough time. While I tried to sort this out I decided to head another direction…

When I first saw the color pallet, it spoke to me of Temari. So I decided to listen…something I do not always do. I usually try to force my artist endeavors in the direction I want to go and not to listen to the inner artist within me and go with the flow. But it is a new year had decided to try new things so why not listen to the artist within too. So, since Temari balls are another passion I have, I went with it. I just think it is to cool to start with a piece of cloth, some yarn, crochet thread and a spool of thread to make a ball and then to mark that hand made ball and decorate it with a design. The Temari were easy, they almost stitched themselves. The colors and designs just seemed to fall on the balls. Temari was the easy part of this challenge.

TIF canvases But still I was struggling over my canvas ideas, not wanting to give up on this idea completely. Last year I had become aware of ATC and postcards that many applied and textile artists were doing. This idea was appealing to me all though I did not know exactly how I wanted to incorporate them into the needlepoint media. I kept trying to force the design and that does not work…nothing comes together, nothing works. I was just about to give up when I decided to make an ATC of the Herringbone stitch. The Herringbone stitch is the basic stitched used to decorate the Temari so I wanted just the basic stitch. So I stitched the ATC, and it turned out as I wanted it to look but nothing “ah-ha”; then I decided that the postcard would be taking the basic Herringbone Stitch a step further. The large interlocking Herringbone stitches in the round are an interpretation of the purple Temari ball. The stitches to the right of these interlocking squares, the rickrack, and the long bar across the bottom of the canvas area on the right are good examples of how the Obi band might look. The three small purple motifs on the left side are the different ways that the Herringbone stitch would be used on a Temari guideline. This design was originally stitched with the large interlocking Herringbones located in the lower right. I felt after it was stitched that it looked more like an addressed envelope or postcard if I inverted the canvas.

I am neither happy nor unhappy about the stitched canvases. I think that because I am a graphic computer artist and do most of my “doodle” stitching on the computer rather than on a doodle canvas stitch samples do not appeal to me. I am a visual person and I can visualize stitches on the computer.  I do like the idea of making ATC or postcards; I’m just not sure how they are going to work for me. I’ll keep them in my thought process and maybe that “ah-ha” moment will happen.

For now I am going to cleanse my mind by watching a movie, drink more tea, stay by the fireplace and return to stitching Lucy.  I’m looking forward to the February TIF challenge. Since it is February and I think of this as a romantic month: Valentine’s Day and this year Leap year I am going to try and remember to apply the KISS principle to whatever I chose to do.