Friday, December 31, 2010

To my followerers & friends

Hello & Welcome to my blog.
I just want to take the time to bless you all -
for all of the nice comments that you leave behind when
you visit me. In a couple of hours
we can celebrate another year to rejoice that we have made it
through the year of 2010!
For those that have not - our thoughts & blessings are with them.
Also I wish each and everyone of you to have the best that the
new year has to offer.
by Hopblogger

Monday, December 27, 2010

This Ribbon Biscornu was fun.

Tops - it took less than 15 minutes to create.
And its really, really pretty. The 3 golden butterflies are
help make the piece. There are some blogs
that show Biscornu's they have made from just
fabric. So I thought this would be a great piece
for this project.This little beauty started
life as a 10 inch pillow. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo
of the pillow. The back fabric was the same
as the front fabric. I liked that it matched so nicely.
To see what I am talking about - start with the photos
at the end of this post & work up to this text. I opened up
the pillow & took out the stuffing. Next, I cut off excess to
even it up. See I even showed you some of the scraps. I cut
it to 7.5 inches equal width & length - in other words square it up.
For those that have never stitched up a Biscornu - back
& front have to be the same size. Try to make sure your
pattern on the front is centered. Machine stitch it together,
be sure to leave an opening. There was a large opening on this
biscornu - so stuffing it was a breeze. I reused the original
stuffing that was in the pillow. Stuff it tightly. Slip stitch
it closed. Add your buttons and - its done! For
buttons I used ladybugs. They seemed kind of fitting for a garden.
This biscornu is a little over 7 inches across & about 3 inches thick.
Even though the photos make the biscornu look small - I
can assure you it is large! I dont really mind that it is big
because I love biscornu's. Now I have a one of a kind piece.
Start looking at your ribbon embroidery for other uses. Take
those little wallhangings or pillows & put them to good use.
Remake, remix & reuse them into something functional.
Anyone could use a pincushion - no matter what size it is.
lots of laughs!
by Hopblogger

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Recently I found in

my attic another cross stitched project I stitched
over 13 years ago. The name of this pattern is unknown to
me especially since the pattern was not in the box.
Sure did forget I had it. However I do remember
stitching it now that I've seen it. Above the red door I
stitched the year of my marriage to my husband.
Grandson Cohen wants it. He loves the red, white & blue.
I think where it says 'Our House' - I think I was
suppose to stitch in our surname of Wethington.
See how raw I was in cross stitching. I was learning
back then. I didnt sign it either. In fact on alot of my
cross stitch - some of it I never signed.
Keep enjoying the Holidays while its still here!
by Hopblogger

Are you tired of Snow yet!

Most people are. It was so beautiful as it fell. Can you see
the flakes - probably not. 6 to 8 inches fell in the Triangle area. I think
that I heard that Chapel Hill got a foot of snow. My little dog Kane would
get lost in that. He loves to play in the snow. Kane is so fast that its hard to
get a photo of him. Look at the snow on the trees behind
my house. Click on that photo.
I am wondering if the limbs are gonna break. Hope not.
Brrrrrr it sure is cold! Hubby shoveled the sidewalk & the driveway
already. Now we hear that more snow is coming. It doesnt look
like I am leaving the house anytime soon. This is good stitching
weather! Time to hibernate. Enjoy the pics of the snow.
I do hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas!
by Hopblogger

Let's See Brie's Bedroom

yep, she fixed it up all by herself. She did a nice
job. She even took my lamps! Me thinks that its
starting to look a little shabby. Enjoy your new
bed Brieby! I love those yellow walls.
by Hopblogger

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Light Up My Life

I hope you like this biscornu pattern.
Take a good look at the actual pattern & the outcome
of it. They are not the same. On the front which is the
red side - at the last minute I changed the light so to speak.
In other words, I like this version to show 'light'. You might like
the pattern version. Either one of them are okay. Use this one
or the other. Now look at the back or the Christmas Tree side.
Again I changed the 'light' and I added small glass beads to
imitate glass ornament bulbs. Notice at the bottom there are
3 small beads on the white just to the left of the brown pot
that the tree sits in. These beads represent ornaments that
have fallen from the tree. I hope you think its cute! At the top left
I added a star because I felt that it needed something else.
Now take note that when I did this - it put my tree NOT in the
center as it should be. So it looks off somewhat. However
the tree side is still very pretty. Take a chance and use different
colored beads. Change my light or candle colors. Or do not add the
star in the left hand corner. After I finished putting the biscornu
together - then I added 2 beads at every corner on the front
red side. I have been wanting a red biscornu. See why it took me
so long to finish it.
Hope you want a red one also.
by Hopblogger

Hello my Friends...

I am sorry that I am late in posting
this pattern . My intentions were to
show it to you last week but I wasnt finished
with it. It's name is 'Light up my life'. If you get
started on it now - it should take you about 2 days from
the beginning to the ending. Remember when you do these
Biscornu's - stuff them hard until you cannot get any more
stuffing inside. I use alot of stuffing. Maybe this could be a last
Merry Christmas & may God Bless you all!
by Hopblogger

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The first time I have

ever cross stitched on linen - or is it evenweave?
It did kill my eyes.
The fairy was so cute that I just had to give it
a try. Have been working on this for awhile. Dont
know what I will make with her. Any suggestions
out there in blogland!
This was a free pattern that I found on a blog.
I would tell you where - but I cannot remember
because it was so long ago. Isn't she playful.
You can't help from smiling.
God bless you all!
by Hopblogger

I had to sneak these

photo's in as quick as I could because the little room
is getting ready to change again! By friday!
I cannot keep up
with all of its changes. This little room off of our foyer
used to be part of the living room. But it was sectioned
off many years ago by my dear husband and one of my son in laws.
At my request of course. My dear husband even tiled
the floor. God what did I ever do to receive a good man like that!
We have been married for 36 wonderful years and I would marry
him again. Ok, stop rambling conny!
This gave our living room privacy as it now faces towards the
back of the house. Anyway, back to the small room in the front.
This room always leads double lives and constantly gets in trouble.
Never has it ever remained the same in one given year. Its been a
hang out room, a library, a christmas room and its
past life was a reading room. Now it is a bedroom and has only
been that way for about a couple of months. I am not going
to put any doors to this room. I like the white curtains.
It gives it a tent feeling and also aids in the shabby chic decor
in which I am growing very fond of. My grandchildren
have been sleeping here when they come over. They dont
complain. I think secretly they like it - maybe they just dont want
to tell me they do??
See the bare wall that is devoid of any paintings - yea well thats
where the blue bookcases stood. I need to fix that.
Well anyway, at the beginning of this week - Briebie said,
"grandma I am bored. I want to do something with my room.
Maybe change it around". So she moved her bed & didnt like it.
She moved it back. And then Bang - here it came.
"grandma I like your white bed (my mothers bed)." Anyway,
you get the gist of it. One thing led to another and the next thing
I know - my bed is leaving here friday to go to her bedroom at her
parents house. I am okay with it because I will now get my
Pottery Barn Trundle bed set back from her!
(now you know how my house keeps changing - all of us
trade our furniture back & forth. When someone tires of
it - we change again. Constantly we trade.)
Maybe something is wrong with us??
You be the judge of that.
My father & my sister are coming to spend the holidays with us
so the trundle bed set will come in handy - especially since
I no longer have any bedrooms that anyone can use upstairs.
I can put the trundle bed in another room for her to use
until after christmas is over.
Remember my upstair bedrooms are now a computer room
and a sewing,craft room. Hopefully it will remain this way for a long time
as I love those rooms separated.
Did anyone say they were bored - no NOT ME!!
I will post more photos of this little room in shabby chic after
christmas. Maybe by then the room will take on that shabby chic
Merry Christmas & may Santa bless you also this year!
by Hopblogger

Sunday, December 12, 2010

This year the ANGELS are

guarding my tree above and below. I was
going to make my main tree just for Angels since
I had so many of them.
But as I got to pulling stuff out of the boxes my mind
changed. Then I started adding moons, gold bulbs and Cherubs.
My Angel tree soon dissolved. Now I have country mixed
in with victorian and a little bit of mystical. And this is not
the end of it. Am thinking - that next year I am going to
invest into many small trees thru all of the rooms of my house -
so I can use
all of those ornaments that I have collected. Every year our
trees keep shrinking. When I first moved here my tree was the size of
my bay window - large. About 3 years ago I invested in this smaller
tree & 2 silver trees that I placed in 2 of my bedrooms. When christmas
ends - I am going to buy 3 more small trees and use themes for
each one of them. I hope you enjoy my tree. The last 2 pics of the angels
are sitting under my tree. Enjoy yourselves this year!
Merry Christmas and may God Bless you!
by Hopblogger