Tuesday, October 31, 2006
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Monday, October 30, 2006
Come Jan. I'm going to start doing the "Take a stitch Tuesdays" with Sharon B. I think it will help me to improve if I take weekly time to work on stitches and make a sampler of all the things I can think to do with a stitch. It should be fun too.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
This morning at church we sung this modern hymn during worship and the words really jumped out to me. I wanted to share them. The words mean so much to me, and really sum up my faith.
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song.
This cornerstone, this solid ground;
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love! what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease.
My comforter, my all in all;
Here in the love of Christ I stand!
In Christ alone - who took on flesh;
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness;
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
'Till on that cross as Jesus died;
The wrath of God was satisfied.
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live!
There in the ground His body lay;
Light of the world by darkness slain.
Then bursting forth in glorious day:
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death:
This is the power of Christ in me.
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
'Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand!
If you would like to know how you can have this peace too, Click Here!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Here is another photo of my second block, I hope you all can see the colors of it better.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
The only thing that's giving me trouble with this block is the accuracy of the photo you are seeing. I just couldn't get the colors and textures to look right. This is as close as I could get. The lightest piece is a little darker it's really a black gold Dupioni silk, and at the bottom is a black brown Dupioni silk, in all the photos it looks purplish!
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
I have a question, are you supposed to add a seam allowance to the square? Like for a 6 inch block would you make a 61/4 in square and piece it to that size and then sew around the edge to 6 inch? Or do you just make 6 inch, 6 inches and add extra fabric around? OR do they really shrink and a 6 inch block is really a 5 something inch finished block.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Off to dye the leaf!
Thank you to everyone who is giving me their valuable opinions! I really appreciate the honest feedback.
And please, if you have some feedback, I'd love to know. It won't hurt my feelings in the least. I promise to consider it. Anything helps my creative process, and helps me decide what I'm going to do.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I printed out a few copies of the heart so I can try drawing a few idea's out. I just read that idea in Sharon B's first lesson from the Encrusted CQ class that started today.
Monday, October 16, 2006
What's your favorite spot?
Charlene says they are made of Finca cotton! They are so very soft! I love them. Thank you Charlene!
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Here is some of the fabric I reclaimed! I love the unusual texture of the last photo! Although I think the remnant bins at JoAnn's and WalMart are better deals! Can you believe the price of thrift stores? Because of the high prices I just bought the ones I couldn't live without! LOL In fact after I left there I went straight to JoAnn's and got like 5 gorgeous remnants as well (which includes some silks and a plain green brocade too).
Thursday, October 12, 2006
That is the question!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
It's made out of 4mm silk ribbon in loop stitches, 2 for the top, and 3 for the bottom (stitching the middle loop last), and then adding 3 amber seed beads to the middle.
Then I was inspired to try some stitches I hadn't tried yet. So I got out a piece of muslin, and black floss and with 2 strands I stitched the feather stitch a few different ways. I also tried out the fly stitch and then messed around with the french knot and colonial knot. I've been doing the colonial knot backwards!!! But I now know how to do it the forwards way. I have to say that The Embroiderer's Handbook is awesome for learning! I haven't seen a colonial knot explanation in a book that I could understand before, but I could get this one! It has lots of photos of the steps.
Last is a cute pink petunia from out in our back garden. We didn't plant it but the seeds fell into this pot and started growing. The original is long dead and was in a hanging basket. I just love it when plants reseed themselves! They are little gifts! Bonus plants! Thank you Lord God! I really appreciate the extra flowers!
Monday, October 09, 2006
I also added some gold metallic thread to the hummingbird's beak so you can see it better. He's so cute!
I think this heart is finished. The only thing that's keeping me from saying 'done' is the upper right corner. I don't really like the solid ribbon going across where the bow is and then I feel the flower beads need a little more too. But I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I think I will wait and see what I get in the mail from Carolyn Cibik since I ordered beads from her close out sale.
Click Here to see the naked heart.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
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Saturday, October 07, 2006
Click Here to see my progress on the heart.
Friday, October 06, 2006
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Thursday, October 05, 2006
This recipe is originally from Kraft, but I adapted it to be reduced calorie by changing a few of the ingredients. So if you want the original recipe Click Here
I'm going to tell how to make 1 and you can multiply to make however many you need. It's a very adaptable recipe.
You'll need per serving:
- 6 reduced fat vanilla wafers - Coarsely crush the vanilla wafers and place in serving cup
- 2 to 3 Tbs coffee - drizzle over crushed wafers so that they are saturated (I prefer making a real cup of coffee for this recipe but you can use instant coffee too. 1 cup of coffee will make about 4 servings)
- 1 sugar-free Jello vanilla pudding cup - top with contents of pudding cup
- 1 or 2 Tbs sugar-free Cool Whip - top with Cool Whip
- Cocoa powder - place a little cocoa powder in a mesh strainer and lightly tap to sprinkle the cocoa powder over the tiramisu
Now repeat until you have as many servings as you would like.