Friday, December 9, 2016

UFO - Snow Happens - IS FINISHED!!!!

Last night, I finished sewing on the binding of Snow Happens! Needless to say, I'm very glad to have it done.

Here's a few more links (snowman related)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tea & Sale

Today was 'set-up' at the Anna Templeton Center for the Christmas Tea & Sale, starting tomorrow. I forgot to take light bulbs for the lights. Thank goodness it doesn't open until 12pm so I will be able to get that done. I'm on the third floor AND there is an elevator! Hope to see some of my friends there this weekend.

Interested in some more links?

Since I'm not working on any new Christmas projects at the moment, have a look at the cross stitch tree I did back in the mid 90's. It was worked on glittery cross stitch fabric and is approximately 11" x 15". It was a lot of work but is a favorite of mine. I bought the tiny charms in the USA on one of my trips.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Quilting 'Snow Happens'

I still don't have the binding finished on Snow Happens but several friends asked me how I quilted the piece. So here goes: the sky has loopy loops and the snow has gentle curves  Machine stippling is outside the inner blue border. I stitched in the ditch around the squares. I thought about stitching snowflakes in the sky but, as my granddaughter often says, 'I'm done' !!!!

Here are a few links to check:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Felted / Beaded Wearable Art Pin

I finished a couple of one-of-a-kind felted / beaded Wearable Art Pins recently. Here's one of three. These will be for sale at the Anna Templeton Christmas Tea & Sale this weekend. I will be on the 3rd floor.

Thank-you, Heather for requesting a fish to be stitched on your felted pin. It motivated me to do a few more like that.

Have a look at these links:
I've also linked up with Linky Tuesday


Monday, December 5, 2016

Update on Snow Happens and More!

I have the quilting done on 'Snow Happens'. A big thank-you to Jo, Linda and Carole for their quilting suggestions. I'm working on the binding. Needless to say, I won't be taking any commissions for this one (HA!).

On another note, my brother sent me a photo of his two 'Shimmer' trees. The trees are decorated with only my ornaments. If you click on the photo you will see them.

Now for more links:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Snow Happens

Finally, my UFO is pieced together, sandwiched and ready for quilting. Now I'm stumped! How will I quilt it? Any help would be much appreciated.

'Snow Happens' is a Bird & Brain Designs by Robin Kingsley.

four of the fabrics used in the border
A few snow related projects:

Friday, December 2, 2016

UFO in Progress & Links

Tonight I decided to finish up a piece that was started two years ago. It needed some borders so here's a look at my progress. After cutting out all the blocks, I discovered that I cut two of the blue strips too narrow! Drats! How did I do that? Now I know why I really didn't get into too much quilting (GRIN)! Guess I need to pay more attention and not let my mind wander. I didn't even have the TV on.

So, I've cut more strips cut but I am leaving the rest of the sewing until tomorrow.

Here's a few links to check:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December!!! Ornament Exchange - Part 3

I love Christmas! The lights, the tree, the decorations, the baking, the food, the goodwill, family, friends, making gifts . . . Need I say more. I will be posting some great links this month so check back occasionally.

Needless to say, the embroidery members did some fantastic stitching. I did not participate in the exchange as there wasn't enough time to do something handmade. My Shimmer Ornaments are lovely and partly handmade but I like to keep my business ventures separate from my guild activities. Maybe I'll have time between now and next year to finally make one to share!!

Here are the rest of the beautiful ornaments from Tuesday evening:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ornament Exchange - Part 2

More ornaments from the St. John's Embroidery Guild:

This is Verna's Christmas Temari Ornament.
I haven't posted any new links lately. That will happen soon. However, in the meantime, check out my blogging buddy, Mary Ann, at Magpie's Mumblings. For my Crazy Quilt enthusiasts, check out her Santa. And to all the grandmas whose little ones are quite young, scroll down to view her 'quiet' book. Job well done!!! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Embroidery Christmas Ornament Exchange - Part 1

Tonight the embroidery guild held its annual Christmas Ornament exchange. I will show them all over the next couple of posts. All were beautiful!

I had difficulty editing this one. It didn't matter what I did, this is how it stayed.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Shimmers and Cake!!

It's time to take the bull by the horns and get back to posting. One of the minor problems I'm having is not having my photos on my machine. I got this new tablet just before we left in May and as a result, most of my photos are on a portable hard drive (somewhere among my husband's stuff) and on my phone. So instead of transferring my phone photos to computer (long story), I have been emailing them to me and using them that way. Got to get all this fixed soon.

Today I finished stitching the last of the new Shimmer Ornaments (elves below). They still have to be trimmed with the burning tool and packaged but that's minor in the scheme of things. All my ornaments come packaged as you see below in the second photo. They can be put in a card and mailed anywhere in the world (cheaper than sending a package).

These elves are drying before cutting apart.

Packaged, ready to go!
The Gingerbread House was designed by my daughter, Jill. You can see her art at:
and on instagram: @jtcartist.
Her paintings are amazing!  
Designed by my daughter, Jill T. Cooper
These shimmers are mummers. Mummering is an old Newfoundland tradition. Read about it HERE
This 24 inch tree was purchased at Home Depot. It has a 6 hour timer for the lights which works out perfectly.
Tree for displaying Shimmers at the fair
Tonight I baked my dark Christmas Fruitcake. This is my mom's old recipe and the best one I've ever tasted. However, mine cracked on the top even though I spread it over with a knife dipped in hot water before baking (mom's tip). It didn't work for me - again!! However, it smells great and I know it will melt in the mouth!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

New to Studio

November 17th and this was the temperature in the back garden this afternoon:
A new 12 needle felting machine or embellisher, as they are called in industry, was added to my studio yesterday.  This one replaces my 5 needle felting machine. The 5 needle machine is in excellent condition but the 12 needle one is much faster for my needs. I will be selling the older one.

An added feature of the new machine is a holder for yarn and a place to thread the yarn so that it comes out by the needles for easy felting. I am making a few new needle felted Wearable Art Pins to replace the ones sold at the Christmas Craft Fair. There is also a place on the front of the embellisher foot to thread ribbon. I'm looking forward to 'playing' with this new machine!!

Here are a few felted projects / tutorials to check:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Booth at the Christmas Craft Fair

The Christmas Craft Fair is over for another year! Five very busy, successful, days!!

I had a corner booth, sized 8' x 12'. This time, I decided to have a separate display for the Shimmers (blue board below). I was going to drape black fabric over the blue board but decided to leave it. The blue matched the drapes in the stadium. Lots of Shimmers will have new homes this Christmas!

A hugh thank you to everyone who visited my booth and to those who purchased my textile art pieces.

This shows all my Shimmer Ornaments

Fibre Lace Scarves

Friday, November 4, 2016

More New Pendants

Here are a few more pendants that were finished today.

The background for the trees below, were needle felted using various touches of coloured wool roving. It was then stitched using a stippling stitch technique. Silver metallic thread was used for the trees.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New Shimmers

These mummers and a gingerbread house have just been added to my Shimmer Ornament Collection:

The Newfoundland Weavery is having a Gingerbread Theme at their store this year, so they have some of the gingerbread houses already. However, the mummers will be introduced at the Christmas Craft Fair, next week at the Jack Byrne Arena.

The hours for the fair are:
Nov 9, Wednesday 4 - 9 
Nov 10, Thursday 10 - 9 
Nov 11, Friday 2 - 9 
Nov 12, Saturday 10 - 9 
Nov 13, Sunday 10 - 5

I will be at booth #103.