Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Feels Good!

Well, I'm back on the Stitching Wagon again. YEA! Here's a design from Brookes Books - getting a head start for Christmas gifts 😁

I've started on quilt blocks.....but now I can't find the muslin I was using, so I may have to start over - AUGH!!!!

But I'll worry about that when I return from visiting family in Arizona for a week. I'm leaving DH and the dogs to guard the house - HA!

Hope everyone is doing well and stitching away. Cheers!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Six Wives Club - Anne Boleyn Badge Cross Stitch Pattern

Last year, I offered to post cross stitch patterns of the badges of each of Henry VIII's wives. Sadly, I only made it to the first one - Katherine of Aragon. HOWEVER, with the new year, comes a new badge - that of Anne Boleyn.

Badge of Anne Boleyn
Courtesy of Tudorhistory.org

The symbolism of the falcon, tree stump and red rose (of Lancaster) and white rose (of York), crown and sceptre is deep and intriguing. Visit On the Tudor Trail for what this represents.

Anne's motto was "The most happy." She adopted the motto before her coronation.

If you are so inclined to stitch Anne Boleyn's badge, the pattern can be found here.

Happy stitching!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Believe it or not.....

.....I'm still around. I know I've been absent/remiss/a bad blogger.....life just seemed to go into overdrive last year. SHEESH.

Having hobbies that are sedentary brings a challenge to being healthy - at least for me. SO, thinking I needed to improve my health, I joined the YMCA. Loved going to water aerobics twice a week....until we had the arctic cold snap and suddenly getting into a swim suit at 7:30AM wasn't appealing anymore. (Yes, the pool is heated, but somehow, it just doesn't seem RIGHT πŸ™€). So instead of water aerobics, I moved to the elliptical machine, rowing machine and a spinning class. LOVE the spinning class. Not wanting to embarrass myself, I claim the bike that's in the last row in the back. That's all good. However, being exuberant, I increased the resistance on the rowing machine and, come to find out - I wasn't ready.

Yep - pulled a muscle in my wrist. DRAT. That also translates to not being able to do any stitching. DOUBLE DRAT.

ANYWHO, I'm bound and determined to get back on the Blogging Bandwagon in 2018.

Thank you for being my friends. Missed you guys!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Meet Breena Fai

Hi, Ladies!
Well, here's Breena Fai, my first teacup fairy entirely sculpted out of polymer clay. "Breena" is Celtic/Gaelic for "Fairyland". I made the tiny flowers in her garland out of clay, too. If she were standing, she'd measure 5 inches tall - my first tiny, full body sculpt. I can see more wee fairies in my future!

Once again I learned a LOT. The tutorial is one of Deb Woods' of Enchanted Hearts. Deb is an amazing instructor with an open, sharing heart. THANK YOU, DEB!!

So - here's Breena, blowing tiny fairy kisses to all who greet her.❤️πŸ˜˜πŸ’•

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Faerie Shaylee

I just returned from a seminar with the delightful, talented Deb Wood. I learned SO MUCH more about sculpting with polymer clay. Faerie Shayleee was the result of my adventure. "Shaylee" is of Celtic/Gaelic origin meaning "Fairy Princess of the Field". Can you see her freckles??

Faerie Shaylee

Monday, September 4, 2017

Blogging Friends are the BEST!

Another lovely surprise in the mail last week - from my friend, Lynn B, The Stitching Fairy. Aren't these gifts AWESOME?!?!? (I'm not certain why these pictures are showing up caddy-wompus, they look fine until I import them into Blogger)......


Now I'm getting ready to head north for a five days of sculpting!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Surprise Package, Nerissa and Marin

Good morning! Time is flying by 'way too quickly between posts. I really, REALLY must become more diligent about reading your blogs and updating mine. I'm afraid 2017 has found me woefully short on both.

A few weeks ago, I received a surprise in the mail from a sweet blogging friend, Jo (Serendipitous Stitching).  Jo send a lovely card and a copy of Cross Stitch Collection magazine that contained my blog and interview. Jo - THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF ME! (Aren't blogging friends the greatest EVER?!)?

In spite of no stitching to show, I have been busy - here is my first full body sculpt - Nerissa. It's American/Greek for "Daughter of the Sea" or "Nymph of the Sea". I took a class from Deb Wood. She is an awesome sculptor and teacher - Deb - THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME BELIEVE IN MYSELF!!

Nerissa, Daughter of the Sea

When I returned from working with Deb, I immediately started another mermaid sculpt. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm very proud of how this little one turned out - meet Marin, Star of the Sea:

Marin, Star of the Sea

Marin's Journey
 One of the things I love about creating is researching the meaning behind whatever it is I set my mind to create. It makes the entire process more meaningful to me. It is my hope that that spirit will shine through to the observer.

Before embarking on this little mermaid’s journey, I studied the myth and folklore behind mermaids. They are considered to be sea dwelling creatures with the upper body of a beautiful woman and the lower body of a fish, conveying elegance and fantasy. Most have long hair, either red or gold. Their hair symbolizes that of the supernatural or of the gods. In myth and folklore, mermaids are often described as being seen above the surface of the sea combing their hair and gazing into a mirror. The ancient Syrians are said to have worshipped a mermaid moon goddess, Atargatis.

Out of this information Marin was born - a golden haired beauty, gazing into a mirror admiring her gold tresses and hypnotic gaze.  The name “Marin” is of Irish and Celtic origin meaning “star of the sea”.  Hence the star fish embellishments surrounding her coral throne and the sand dollar with the star on her crown. Marin wears a moon tattoo armband in memory of Atargatis.

And - there's MORE to share! Till next time.....