Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mimi goes to Germany...

Soon...very soon,
I will be hugging my most 
amazing daughter & I will most assuredly
have a fit of giggles with my 
very entertaining Granddaughter in person!
My travel project, are those colors fun or what?!

All packed and ready to go, flight leaves tomorrow.
Am I just a little excited....oh yes I am!

Chat with you in a couple of weeks,
[side trip to Italy too]

Thursday, April 23, 2015


...wicked cool!
"My Castle, My Dragon"©
Figured you could watch me bring this to life...
this will be available ... after it's totally complete.
Once again, I love what I do!
Even when it takes an entire day to accomplish one small area!
I haven't come up with a name for my beast,
it'll come to me though.
Scales, sparkle and shine and ... well defined!
His ear and eye ridge.
Eye ridges are important to dragons.
So a little more sparkle to the ridge.
I managed to move to an area that is
the Sahara Desert of Needlepoint.  

Not one shop is close by.
I do, however, know how to pick up the phone.
 But ... sometimes ... WHO wants to wait.
 The idea is there and you're ready to stitch.  
This happened on his eye ridge.  
I only have Kreinik #8 in 3202, one of my favorites,
 so it's not odd that I'm out of a size.  
Another BUT ...
did you know you can strip/ply some braids??  

It's not easy but it is possible.
So I gently extricated three very fine plies
from my #8 and worked
just the tiniest bit of string art
on his ridge ... and it's perfecto!

Warning...this may take a while for me to stitch.
I'm on a roll right now but shortly 
I'll be winging my way to Germany for
 ... drum roll ... can you believe it's been a year???
Emma's first birthday!!!
Emma's First Easter celebrated in Crete.
My little world traveler!
And yes, I knit that colorful cardi she's looking so adorable in.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


 ...two steps back ... one step forward ... cha cha cha!
Decided earlier today that this weeks post should be a bit of a look back. 
Not that far back actually but none the less, previous.
I've been painting like mad on new designs to release 'soon' and found myself reminiscing.
Below are several pieces that are available through my distributor  Ruth Schmuff Designs
Like old family pictures, they bring back a host of memories for me.
'Camel Flowers'© 
close up detail ... when I see this I think ... wow, I was focused !
Different angle of top detail.
I'm working on another design right now
that's a larger version of this burst of color.
Never a dull moment.
Camel Flowers©
This piece started with the 'flowers' that were actually saddles
 I had painted on a friends stand up camels
for a nativity she felt needed some blinging.
As I painted I kept seeing the saddles as flowers,
hence the name.
This piece may be on the small side
but it's packed with different techniques and threads choices.
From major technique to meditative basketweave.
This is my
Provence Purse© design.
I even made the strap basic Kumihimo
with a strong nylon craft cord.
'Austintatious Peacock'©
This piece was actually designed for a friend
to stitch for her secret Santa gift.
Funny part is the giftee was also the owner of the camels!
Dear friend of mine as well, Kim Hollifield.
So much in the detail,
loved finding crystals for his wreathed neck.
By this time...
you know how much I love designing borders.
Mondays Belt Design
the canvas this is laid across is the beginning of the painted Provence Purse.
original piece designed to fit the
Weekender bag from Lee Designs

This bag has seen some miles!
I'm not sure what I'll call this yet...Sunburst, Happiness....
I see a lot when I look at the different elements in this piece. Below is the beginning of it's new life on the painted canvas.
Happy Sunburst....maybe....the beginnings.
Only the pinks & red are in so far.
I see feathers too....
Sir Chancelot's thought bubble...
'just name it already'.

Friday, April 3, 2015

I'm painting...

...and having a blast, of course! 

Happy Easter and Happy Passover, 
have a fabulous weekend!
Butterfly Camera Strap© for my sis in law.
This will also come to life in a carpet bag I'm dreaming of.
'Little Lamb'©
On it's way to Ruth soon for production.
This guy has always seemed Eastery
or perfect for someone who knits!