May 9, 2010


After a rather uneventful Saturday, Stewey and I awoke to a lovely sunny morning. Considering it's Mother's Day and all, I half expected a lovely little brunch and some serious Kindle reading in the big girl sleigh bed, but he had other ideas. I suppose when you're only four years old and don't have any workable thumbs, you get a pass, but would a little toast have killed him?

I played around with various stitchy things yesterday. First up is the Big Zipper kit from 2009. I'm doing this on 32ct. linen rather than the 18ct. burlap that came in the kit, but for some strange reason I can't get my heiney in gear on this one. I only managed to get a little part of the fence done in the lower right box:

Then I started futzing around with the mail and other crap that's been piling up on my desk and I came across a little kit that I purchased from Sue Spargo:
I am determined to learn how to do wool applique, and this project seemed like a good place to get my feet wet. It came with everything I need to make a needlebook, and after a quick glance at the directions, I think that even I will be able to figure it out.

Aunt Chrissy and Bosco came for dinner and a little TeeVee watching last night, so I decided to start something new. This is Strawberry Shortcake from Needle Delights Originals, and I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying it! I already knew that I love to work with Caron Watercolours, but now I am developing a very serious addiction to Crescent Colours Belle Soie silks. I had never worked with them before, but Aunt Chrissy raves about them. Now I see why:
Methinks that by the time I finish this project I will be headed to a LNS to invest in a few more skeins for the 'ol stash. It's delicious. It really is.

I crack myself up over this one, since for the entire forty-four years I've been on this planet I've always said "Oh, no thank you. I don't care for strawberries". Yet for some strange reason, I buy (and eat) pints and pints and pints of them and I have never....not even once....turned down the opportunity to stuff myself full of them when it comes to them in shortcake fashion. What the heck is up with that? Could it be that I actually LIKE...dare I say LOVE...strawberries and I never knew it??!!! I'm thinking that this will involve some very serious study this summer, so stay tuned for the scientific results as tabulated by the accounting firm of Bippity, Boppity, and Boo.

For all you mothers out there...woo hoo for you! Enjoy your day!


  1. I just discovered your super fun blog! I am a Belle Soie snob myself. I can't get enough of it, and sometimes I buy it just because it's pretty (not because I need it). Bad, bad!

    Stewey should have made you toast- opposable thumbs or no! Happy mother's day!

  2. Your "Strawberry Shortcake" looks scrumptious! Love the colors!

  3. You're going to love wool applique! It's very forgiving and perfection isn't required! It's one of my favorite things to do.

  4. I, on the other hand, LOVE strawberries (I always have) and your new endeavor looks absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!!!

    And I'm sure that Stewey had lots of doggie kisses today for his MoTher!

  5. I love that BIG Zipper! And I love your strawberry shortcake of the ZERO calorie kind ;)
    AND wool applique - HURRAY! I just finished a little wool applique picture on Saturday for myself. LOVE IT!

  6. Love the colors on "Strawberry Shortcake." I can't wait until the strawberries in the garden are ripe. Do you think the kiddos will let me have a few this year?

  7. I love Strawberry Shortcake. Such wonderful colors. I know that one of these days you're going to pull me to the needlepoint side with your wonderful pieces.

  8. Sounds like you had a great mothers day , love your wool kit !

  9. Strawberry Shortcake looks positively scrumptious! Beautiful stitching as always.

  10. I'm just hoping for the day that Duffy brings me in a cup of coffee. I'm figuring I could outfit him with a pack for his back and he could work on his balance as he brings it in on his back. I really don't think that's too much to ask... I might have to mention the toast thing, too.

    Great progress on your projects! I can't wait to see your wool applique. I have wanted to try my hand at that SOOOOO badly. Have you seen Joann Mullaly's "Wool Crazy"? L-O-V-E it!

    BTW, we watched the first episode of the last season of "The Tudors" last night. Even the puppets were boinking!! Jiminy crickets.

  11. Oooooh...I love the strawberry shortcake project! It's making me hungry guessed it...strawberry shortcake!
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