November 30, 2012

Update (Warning - Picture Heavy!)

It must seem like I've disappeared off the internet and, to some degree, I have. My writing has suffered greatly since Malea passed away and I have had no heart for blogging. I have been busy with my needle and thread, however.

But first, I wanted to share with you the framed piece that Malea made for me earlier this year. She went with me to Hobby Lobby on July 23rd to pick out the mat and frame and we bought beads, which I added to every hole on the piece. After she died, I took it back to Hobby Lobby and had them use the frame and mats we picked out together, plus I added a cut out with her name and her birthday and date of death. I haven't found the perfect place for this yet, but I want it somewhere I can see it all the time. That probably means moving some things around in the family room.

I also did a bunch of finishing done this week. It seems like I get on a roll on something and keep going until I'm done! This ornament was finished with ribbon that was ruched all the way around. Really fun to make!

Little House Needleworks - All Dolled Up Collection

This ornament was beaded all the way around with red glass seed beads. I've decided I really enjoy doing bead work. Maybe I can branch out and do some jewelry!

Just Cross Stitch Magazine - December 2011
This one was the stitch along that Carrie over the summer. We will be starting our next Diane Arthurs chart soon I hope. Life has really gotten in the way and Carrie, I apologize!

All Hearts Come Home by Diane Arthurs
This next is a project for the Embroidery Guild. It is on perforated paper with perle cotton. When finished, it will be a scissors case. I'm so excited to be making something useful! I only have the beads to add and it will be ready for the finishing class in January.

Hapsburg Lace Scissors Case by Tanya Berlin
Lastly, since my HAED is all in blue right now, I have been working on this one a lot. I don't have to really think about what I'm doing or worry about color changes or making errors, so it's just right for my frame of mind right now. I wasn't going to post an update until I finished page two, but I'm close enough to share. It's blue all the way to the edge on the right. I will be glad

Fairy on Butterfly by Michele Sayetta
Sorry it took so long to get an update on here. Not only did I lose my best friend on October 21st, Justin's 97 year old grandmother passed away right before Thanksgiving. We also got the news that my mom's experimental medication is no longer working and there are no more treatment options for her. My life feels unbelievably surreal right now. I hope to get back to reading and commenting on your blogs soon.

Happy stitching!


November 15, 2012

Help! I Need to Finish This!

I have managed to stitch together the back and front of this Christmas ornament.

All it needs now is ribbon and a hanger, but I am afraid to try putting this together, as I don't have a lot of finishing experience. Any suggestions would be helpful.

I have another one of these ornaments to make from the All Dolled Up series by Little House Needleworks. It's a cute little snowman and I would love to stitch that one up quick and have both of them ready to take with us when we go to my parents' house for Christmas this year to hang on their tree. But I need to know how to finish them off!

This project was started by Malea when we went on our girls' weekend in August. She picked out the pattern from one of my cross stitch magazines and then we went to the store and picked up the supplies she needed. I'm so sad that she didn't get a chance to get more done on this. The needle is exactly where she left it at the end of the weekend. Her sister has asked me to finish it for her, so this is something I will also be working on. It's not a large project and shouldn't take more than a few days to get finished.

Malea had two other projects in progress and I am hoping her husband will come across them when he is going through her things and mail them to me to finish for her family. She had gotten quite a bit done on her angels (you can see them under the tab with her work above) and she had finished the one for her granddaughter, which I would like to get framed and send to her son. I know it must be really hard for her family to sort through and part with anything that belonged to her, so I am trying to be patient and remember how difficult that task will be.

Please leave suggestions on how to put the ribbon on the ornament in the comments. I truly appreciate your help!


November 14, 2012

A Finished Piece

I did okay when I went to order the matting and frame for this, but cried all the way home from picking it up.

I had so hoped not to have to put that inset into the finished piece. It would be a much better world if Malea was still in it.


November 13, 2012

Update from the Survival Zone

Sorry I haven't been around much lately. It's been a rough few weeks, with Malea's passing away on October 21st and my mom getting sick again. But I wanted to show you what I am working on for the Embroidery Guild of America (Winchester Chapter). This month we started a Hapsburg Lace Scissors Case designed by Tanya Berlin. Here is what it will look like when it is finished:

And here is what mine looks like right now:

I'm a little stymied on putting the ribbon in and I want to get some help from some of the other embroiderers this Friday at sewing club.

I've also been working on my HAED quite a bit. Here's where I am right now:

There is nothing but blue on the horizon of the next few pages, so I will plug along and hope for some color changes.

The last time I saw Malea, she urged me to sit and cross stitch when she was sleeping. I asked her about the projects she was working on. One of them she had finished and I wanted to take it to get it framed for her. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate it in the house, as they had brought home bags and bags of stuff from the hospital and she was a little too out of it to know where it was. Since she made it for her granddaughter, I have told her husband to mail it to me if he finds it so I can have it framed and send it to her son.

I also took in the beautiful butterfly she made me. I added a cutout in the matting with "Designed and Stitched by Malea Kanoho" and her birth and death dates. It was very hard to drop it off, because we had picked out the framing I was going to use when she came to see me for my birthday in July and I even got the same woman who was there and she remembered when we had come in. It will be ready by November 19th and I will be sure to post a picture.

While I was looking for the piece for her granddaughter, I did find this project that Malea had started when we had our weekend away in August.

I knew when I saw her that there was no way she would be able to ever finish this. They had her very medicated and she was in hospice care. This was in a bag with another project she had started for her mother. I grabbed this one, since I had given her the pattern and the supplies and will try to figure out where she was in the pattern so I can finish it for her. I regret that I didn't grab the one she had started for her mom, since I have not been back to their house, but I told her husband to mail me that one too, if he finds it, and I will finish it and have it framed and send it to her mom.

This has been a very tough time for me and I have to say that without Justin, my kids, and my furry, four-legged family members, I would not be making it. So, we have decided to add one more to our collection of animals. Meet Princess Sophie Malea.

Sophie will be coming to stay on Friday afternoon. We could have had her today, but we know those first couple of nights will be hard for her, so we wanted to be able to get up and down to make her feel more at ease.

She is a pure bred border collie, second cousin to our five year old, Charlotte. We will co-own her with our vet (pictured here) and we may breed her when we see what she is going to look like in six months. It will be up to our veterinarian, as she will retain the right to make that decision. Sophie comes from a very distinguished line of border collies and is an absolute doll. Jack took to the puppies like he was one of them and was so excited. Charlotte maintained her regal bearing and did not deign to play, but she wasn't territorial either. I think we will stop with three dogs and two cats, as we are becoming a farm without the land!

No other news right now. I hope all of you are doing well and I am sorry I have been unable to keep up with your blogs. I hope to be back to reading and commenting soon.


November 01, 2012

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Christmas Giveaway

Just wanted to mention that Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is giving away 25 gifts for the 25 days of Christmas. Please check it out and tell her I sent you.

I have one finish I can show you. Well, two, if you don't count the finishing part. It seems that all of my projects are huge, so I have been trying to do a few smaller things in between.

This is a biscornu I made last week for my mom. I wasn't up to stitching on a big project, so I decided to make her a little pillow with the colors of her house in South Carolina, which are mostly blues, teals, and tans. I really like the way it turned out. Now that I've had the chance to show the guild members, I will be getting this in the mail to her shortly.

This little Christmas ornament is all sewn together. I just need to either make more cord (in which case I need some big packages of floss) or figure out how to do a ruched ribbon around it. I have another one from the same "All Dolled Up" series that I am hoping to finish before Christmas.

I am planning on taking the cross stitch picture that Malea made for me to Hobby Lobby for framing. I would like to do a cutout in the frame with her name and the dates of her birth and death. If anyone has any suggestions on how to create a little card like that, please feel free to share.

My blogging has gotten sporadic, at best, so I hope you will all bear with me. Unfortunately, cancer has kind of taken over my life and I am grieving in the worst way. I hope to be back at full update soon.