Thursday, October 27, 2011


Whoa!!!   it's TUSAL TIME!!!!!

Nearly forgot to post - not having my own computer at the moment really stuffs up blog posting.
You can see how full this is getting AND not only is there halloween autumn tones at the top, but you can see WHITE floss - what do you think - Ghosts or Sheepies????  What do you think of my little sheepie - new to my flock?  I found him at an antique shop for a couple of dollars - he's an old ceramic sheepie and now has a new home - at least until the new year, on my sheepie display..... (what AM I going to do, come January, with all these sheep???)

I also get to share a wee bit of happy dancing with you - Pauline sent me a lovely package, and I received it today at work.  There's Voodoo Bob at the back right - a Mill Hill Christmas Sheepie chart, a pattern for a sewn sheep, a lovely scissors bag AND a sweet pair of scissors (hmmm....what sort of fob will land on these???), a lovely mug rug and a really sweet stitched pin pillow.  Thank you Pauline, I don't remember winning something, but this was a sweet surprise in the mail...I don't think Voodoo Bob will make it in time for this year....I love that nice to make friends in blog-land.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Halloweenie Spider Scissor Fob

With just on a week to Halloween, I realised that it was really getting to me, trimming my Halloween Orts with my Sheepie Fob Scissors. 
This afternoon, I fixed that dilemma - and I'll be able to use these next year.
I made a tiny little pillow, stuffed it then fashioned a spider, using the same trick as my last Halloweenie finish, with a button, beads and stitched legs.  I added a few beads and a tassel and there you have it...

Yes, I know - two posts in a row with no sheep..... I'm working on that...

I just checked, and this was my 301st blogging post.  Leave a message on this post, and I'll draw a winner on Halloween - they shall receive their very own Spider Scissor fob.  The usual conditions apply - If you are a follower, you will have two entries!!

Happy Halloweenie!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloweenie Madness creeps further in.

Here's my latest stitchity offering - sorry for the wonky view, but you know how it is, finish late at night, having only a chair back to drape your project on, and the flash washes out the colour of the tea-dyed fabric.  You only realise that the pic has a bend in it when you post it to blogger - but that will all be fixed when you fling it into a frame and take another pic later that same week (fingers crossed!)
This is Spooky Stuff button Sampler, by Homespun Elegance.  I stitched it using more of the lovely Nancy's handdyed floss - Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe - Swapped around the order of colours for the alphabet so that important letters were highlighted.
B = Bronny  
I = I stitched it!  
J= John (my maiden name and one of my son's -sorry Harry - you missed out this time!)
N= Needlecraft and Nancy (my mum's name)
S = Stitching!!
X = X-Stitch of course!!!

The chart called for Olde Brass embelishments to be stitched in each corner.  I, of course, changed that to something I could afford.  4 nearly black buttons, to which I added brass toned seed beads as I stitched them on to the fabric, then added 8 stitched black legs to each.  They make me smile, every time I see them.
Such an easy look - I might play with a bit of fabric later today and make a small fob with the same idea.

It's nearly TUSAL time again - and looking at my container, I can see so very few white floss orts.  I really need to 'raise the baa' and get a wriggle on to some more sheepie stitching.

What do you call it when a flock of sheep roll down the hill?????

A LAMB-slide    !!!!!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Year of the Sheepie - October's Sheepie

I had thought about Dimb-ewe-la, to celebrate our brief holiday in Dimboola last weekend, but couldn't think of what to stitch the sheep about.  Of course, I'm about to drag out my Halloween decorations - and had to pick that as a theme.  But; how to title it.  Let's face it, it's hard to come up with something fitting that links sheep, fleece, baa, flock to Halloween - let alone keep it precise.  I toyed with :
Boo! - Did I Scare Ewe
Woolly Boo-lly
Happy Hall-ewe-een

but in the end, decided that Creepy Sheepie fitted the bill.  I like my 'ghost sheep'

Now back to working on Spooky Stuff by Homespun Elegance and Halloween Magic by Carriage House Samplings  - I should be able to finish one, if not both by the end of the month.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Parlour games and a halloweenie finish!

For those who are interested, the answer to the quiz I posted a few days ago are:

  1. Inimitable
  2. Vegetable
  3. Delectable
  4. Irritable
  5. Adaptable
  6. Marketable
  7. Comfortable
  8. Profitable
  9. Unsuitable
  10. Portable
  11. Unforgettable
  12. Indubitable
  13. Inevitable
  14. Disreputable
  15. Palatable
  16. Respectable
  17. Unbeatable
  18. Notable
  19. Tractable
  20. Illimitable
Did you get them right???  I think Illimitable (20) has disappeared completely from the english language

I'll post another word challenge next week.

What have I been stitching??  Not much in the way of sheep I'm afraid, but as I'm on leave from work for the next fortnight, that could change.  I am however planning to stitch and finish 2 more projects for Halloween before the event.  I did design and stitch a quick cushion for a surprise gift for my sister ......... turn away NOW Meg - you cannot see it until tomorrow night.... !!!!!


stop looking Meg (or at least pretend you've not seen it before I hand it to you!)
I was reading SPINSTER SISTER's blog and she mentioned having a small plaque on her wall, with these very words....  That started me thinking, and this is the result.  I've stitched it on some more of that tea-dyed aida using some floss that came to hand.  I finished it into a mini cushion this afternoon - something she can stick her pins into perhaps...
I hope she likes it...

back in a few days - I'll try to remember to take photos of my holiday to share with you.