Wednesday, November 27, 2013


These are two bracelets that I have made recently.  The top one my dd gave me as a kit last Christmas and the bottom one I took as a class.  The top one is fairly simple using two sizes of Fire Polish Crystals( 6mm and 4 mm) plus size 8 &11seed beads. The bottom one is much more complicated as it uses pearls, Firepolished Crystals and seed beads.  The dragonfly button was picked up at the Madison Quilt show. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Jingle Bell Santa Finished

I need to fluff up the moustache but I will do that after I finish him.  Hopefully I will get some time next week to put my ornaments together.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Start of Elizabeth's Hair

I have been busy working on ornaments so did not spend much time on Elizabeth.  I tried to work on her last night, but this section requires some concentration.  My little straight stitches need to be fluffier and fill the area a little more.  I will post a note to Gay Ann to see what she thinks.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Pearlcicles Finished

I finished all five of my Pearlcicles by Michelle Skobel.  I have beads for one more, but I need to work on some other projects, like Elizabeth and Ghost Dancer and Jingle Bell Santa. But at least I have my kids Christmas ornaments ready!(Two are for a friend.)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Santa's Go His Beard

Santa looks better with his beard.  The beads are taking forever.  I think I will force myself to work on beads before he gets his moustache.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Little Blue

A friend inspired me to try to organize my house/life by taking small steps on projects that I keep putting off.  This fabric was dyed in the early fall and although I had rinsed it, it needed ironing.  So every time I went into my craft room, that pile of fabric would nag at me.  Today, I took the time to iron it.  It makes me feel better to see it neatly folded.  Not a big step, but at least it is one thing done. 
Now, I had better do my 12 stitches with Elizabeth before supper.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Dance!

Since my mom doesn't read this, I can post this picture of her quilt.  I have the top totally done.  Now I just need to find someone to quilt it for me.  It is too large for me to attempt.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Start of a Beard

I have added a few beads and part of the beard.  The beads are time consuming so I am glad that I did not wait until the end on them. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Hardly Any Progress

Sorry I haven't posted in a bit.  Life has been busy, as usual.  I did not get as much done on Elizabeth as I hoped, but I did stitch a little on her. For those who want to know: Elizabeth was a kit offered by Gay Ann Rogers through the Shining Needle Society.  I don't think she is offering the pattern or the kit anymore.  The problem is the pearl beads, I do believe.  Gay Ann said she had a difficult time finding ones to make her kits.  Also, she is in "Mail Jail" right now as she just had her big E-week sale.(Elizabeth was NOT offered.)She offers new patterns for sale at various times, but E-week is when she offers some of her older patterns.  Why does she only sell her patterns at that time and not all of them?  Because she also needs some time to stitch.Gay Ann's Home Page should take you to her home page.  There should also be a link to join the Shining Needle Society from there or you can email Kate Gaunt: .  None of the patterns are still for sale on the web page, but it would give you an idea of what Gay Ann offers.  (She has hinted that she may do Catherine the Great....) I have no financial interest in Gay Ann's sales, but I do have a lot of her patterns and kits!  
My beaded ornaments are coming along, but I have added two more that I need to do.  A friend was having trouble with the instructions and I offered to make them for her.  I was at a stitching meeting and several other ladies offered regrets that they had not bought the kit so I could make theirs too.  Ha!  I am crazy, but not that crazy!!!   I will try to get a few done and post a photo.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Elizabeth has a Ruff

I have finally started Elizabeth's hair.  Except before I do her hair, I must do the headdress. Sigh Well. at least her ruff is done.  Just to let you know, that little grey section took me 8 minutes.  How do I know?  I timed myself.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Another Beaded Ornament

I am working on my second ornament.  It is so fun to do and goes quickly.  The measuring cup holds the ball in place while I add the tassles.