Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yummy Felt Veggies

I slightly modified the tutorial at Elemental Stitches for the broccoli. I cut my felt 7" x 4" instead of 9" x 6". For the carrots, I followed I Make Stuff's tutorial. She has created a PDF file with pictures! Gotta love that!
These are for my granddaughter to use with her new pink kitchen Santa brought her!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Please Vote! Only 4 days left!!

Only a few days left to vote at the poll on the right sidebar. You can read more about the Q-snap "issue" that led to this question in my previous post.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Best Stand For Q-Snaps?

I've had my needlework stand, the original Gazelle by Artisan Design, for about 20 years. My frame holder will not hold Q-snap frames. I've tried a few tips, such as using the rubber jar openers as a barrier in between the frame and the Q-snaps, but it still slides around. I called the manufacturer and inquired about a Q-snap adapter (like the one for the Gazelle 2). They told me I should be able to use the frame holder that came with the stand, but I would just need to turn it a certain way. I tried it, but the Q-snap frame still loosens up after a short time, even if I can get it snug at first. I'm a "flipper"...I flip my stitching over to the back side a lot when I'm cross-stitching so I need a stand that will accommodate that without having to re-insert the Q-snap frame repeatedly.

I've created a poll to get feedback on the most popular needlework stands. Please vote (top/right sidebar) for your favorite!! I would like to know what stand you prefer and why. Can you use Q-snap frames with your stand? Give me your thoughts. I love comments! (I don't have any stitching buddies locally, so I'm depending on my blogger friends!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Reach Total Care Floss - Product Review

I purchased Reach Total Care Floss over a month ago and I actually enjoy flossing now! The floss has ridges that grip, is flexible, and is comfortable to use. The floss hasn't shred even once. One of Johnson & Johnson's claims is that Reach Total Care Floss removes up to 2 times more plaque than Glide (my previous brand). All I know is my teeth feel cleaner than before! What a life-changer!

Johnson & Johnson are offering a coupon now for the floss, so give it a try. I think you'll like it.

(Please note: I'm not getting paid to review this product. I just happen to LOVE it and want to spread the word. Doesn't everyone want a clean mouth?!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Linky Parties

Check out these great linky parties:

So many great ideas!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Beauty Rest

The divine Miss Lucy, sacked out on the sofa...such a diva!
She usually sleeps in my lap while I cross stitch. I call her my 4-legged heater.

Monday, January 03, 2011

First Attempt at Felt Food

Here are the first of the felt foods I made recently. You can't beat a couple of  Swiss rolls, donuts, bacon and eggs all with no calories! These were gifts for my granddaughter's birthday. I've seen beads sewn as donut sprinkles, but I chose to use DMC floss instead to prevent a choking hazard.

I use a combination of the Escape Artist tutorial and Skip to My Lou's tutorial for the donuts and Swiss rolls.

The egg tutorial is found on Day to Day. Some of the links to the tutorials were found on Ucreate. I just winged it for the bacon. Easy peasy!

One more great site with many links to felt food is Ohdeedoh.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Day 2 of New Year...Round 2 of Deployment

My DS/24 just informed me he was deploying to Afghanistan this summer. This will make his second deployment (first one was Iraq). He was supposed to finish his 4+ years in the army in a couple of months, but he re-enlisted. I've been looking forward to him returning home. Now, there will be much praying, mailing of care packages, and keeping the news on 24-7.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year with a Strawberry on Top!

The holidays flew by without a single blog post. No looking back though. 2011 is here...so...Happy New Year with a strawberry on top!

I found the tutorial for these sweet felt strawberries here. I think they may look more realistic with a different shade of green felt, but I used what I had on hand. The tutorial is great and easy to follow. Once the red pieces were cut, I just ran them threw the machine and cut them apart later.

Of course, they would also make wonderful clown noses at this point...just saying....

The rest of the sewing was by hand and the "seeds" took the longest to sew. I finished that part while watching TV. If I sew any more, I think I will enlarge the pattern a little just to have more than one size and maybe use fabric instead of felt. Moda Bake Shop has a different tutorial for a larger strawberry sewn in the fabric they offer.
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