Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Busy Busy

We are in full wedding prep mode these days.

Less than 2 weeks til the big day
and I probably won't be posting until after the wedding.

Anyone notice that all the blogs in their reading list on blogger dashboard have disappeared?  
I sure hope it's a fluke and they reappear.

Have a Safe & Relaxing
Labor Day Weekend!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pink Poppies, July Stitches & Questions

 I've had more Pink Poppies bloom this summer
than any other summer.

Years ago, I'm talking about 23 or 24 years ago, my mother-in-law came over with a quart jar full of poppy seeds from her gardens.  She walked all around our house and yard scattering the seeds everywhere.

Over the years, we've had pink poppies here and there, but it was usually only a flower or two.  Many times the plant would grow, but never bloom.

This summer, however, we've had groups of pink poppies as well as single pink poppies here and there.  It amazes me that even after all these years, the poppies are still coming up.  I wonder what conditions caused so many to come this year.


Now that the BAP consignment pieces are behind me, I've been working on my other consignment pieces.  You might remember late last year and early this year, I showed some of the Brooke's Books Bride's Tree ornaments that I've been working on.  I'm stitching all 12 ornaments for my client. 

Hope (left) & Happiness (right)
Bride's Tree Ornaments
Brooke's Books Publishing
Wichelt Imports 28 ct Cafe Mocha Linen
Crescent Colors Belle Soie Silk & Cotton Flosses &
Mill Hill Beads

Pink Flowers on Gingham
The Sweetheart Tree

I finally got the finishing stitches and beading done on this piece!  I'm not sure how I want to finish it yet, so it's sitting in the drawer with the other pieces I haven't finish-finished yet.


Now that I'm working on the Bride's Tree ornies again, I've been thinking about how I'm going to finish them.  My client wants them finished as flat pinkeeps.  I've looked at some tutorials on making pinkeeps.  Every tutorial uses glue in the finishing.  My concern is what the glue does to the fabric and stitching many years down the road.  The intention for these ornaments is that they will be heirlooms handed down to my client's daughter someday.

So my questions are:  What does the glue do to the fabric and stitching after 10 or more years? What glue should be used?  Is there an alternative to finishing pinkeeps without using glue?


It's hard to believe that DD's wedding is in a month!   Months and months of planning and in just a few short weeks, the big day will be upon us.  I'm finding I'm getting more and more emotional as well.  I was standing in the card aisle at Target picking out a bridal shower card crying my eyes out.  A lady came into the aisle to pick out a card and looked at me with great concern.

I thought I was doing pretty well at the shower, until the first card was read and the gift was a rocking chair that Hubby's grandmother bought for Hubby's mom to rock Hubby in when he was born.  My MIL has a way of being super sentimental and when DD read aloud what was written in the card, DD cried, I cried, my MIL and SIL cried and I think probably everyone else did as well.  It was a lovely shower and we all had a good laugh when my sister tied ribbons through a potato masher and DD had to break them to get to the gift it was attached to.

The Resurrection Lilies are just starting to bloom!

Have a great day!