Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Finish

I started North Pole Express on Monday and finished it today. It is a nice, fast project. You can get the pattern from your LNS when you purchase the Classic Colorworks threads. I might try to make it into a little pillow, though I need to practice with the sewing machine before I attempt that.


 I used a remnant I picked up at my LNS. It is a 32 ct. Natural Opalescent. You can see some of the sparkle in the picture.

Now I have to go start something else. I do have startitis very badly right now.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Most Recent Face

Finally got off my tush and finished the latest face in the Joan Elliott SAL. I stitched the face 1 over 1. I love these faces.

Now I am off to start something new. I have a serious case of startitis.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Great Customer Service

I stopped buying Vera Bradley when they moved their manufacturing to China. No offense to the Chinese, I just believe in supporting my country's businesses when possible. Quite frankly, the quality of the bags went way down. The stitching was not as good and the fabric wore through very quickly. So, when we were visiting in Roanoke a couple years ago my sisters and I went to this little gift store. We were lamenting about VB with one of the shop ladies and she showed us a new line of handbags. The maker was Stephanie Dawn. I bought a bag and a wallet. I have had this bag for two years. Just last month the magnetic clasp came off. So I emailed them about getting a replacement clasp, planning on putting it on myself. I received a very nice email from them stating they did not send out replacement parts, but to send the bag back to them and they would fix it or replace it. They included a FedEx RMA with the email. I sent it out on Monday. Tuesday I received an email saying they were shipping something to me. I got it today. A brand new bag replacing my old one. In this day and age it is so refreshing to have a company not only with goods made in America, but also with such fabulous customer service. I highly recommend them.



Isn't the fabric pretty? This is how the handbag comes. I couldn't be more pleased.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Playing with a Christmas Gift

Several years ago my DH got me a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. It has been my pride and joy since then. On my Amazon wish list I had the pasta cutter set. My wonderful in-laws got me the set for Christmas. I was planning on playing with it last weekend but the plague put a dent in that idea. So this weekend was it. OMG! I love it and now here is the picture show.
The dough in waiting. This was the hardest part of the whole operation.
I had to add twice the amount of water. I suppose because it is so dry in the winter.

The roller attachment close up

The mixer with the roller attachment (ignore the messy countertop)

The dough after it has been rolled out in all the settings

More fettuccini than I know what to do with
 
Next weekend will be the spaghetti experiment. You get two different cutters in the set I got. I plan on making chicken carbonaro tonight. Now I have to go clean up  the kitchen.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Stitching

It doesn't look like I got much stitching done this year, but I worked on a lot of larger projects. So here is what I did this year.

Red

Frosty Forest - 9 stitching projects in 1

Faces - monthly WIP
 
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. The plague has moved on and we are now getting our strengths' back.
 Happy New Year Everyone!

Monday, December 29, 2014

I've Had Better Christmas'

Dad in hospital in Roanoke. Picked up the flu in Roanoke (never visiting a hospital again when they say all the beds are take with flu patients). The porcelain throne and I have been great friends for several days now. DH has it too. Merry Crappy Christmas! New Year's better be pretty freaking great or I'm having words with someone.

And I missed the sale at In Stitches!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Start

I hinted in my last post about a new start. My first week of stitching has been pretty good so far.



That's right. Another Mirabilia. This is At the Met. I don't think this is going to take very long at all. I am stitching her on 32 count PTP Storm. Wish the picture was better but it's been another rainy winter day.

Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments on Faces and thanks for stopping by.