Archive | March 2010

Alhambra Update

Just a quick update!

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I have a couple of small projects I want to work on, then I’ll decide if I should work on this some more or go back to Alpine Seasons….

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A Sweet Little Finish…

Here is Sweetheart Tree’s “Pink Flowers on Gingham” finished as a biscornu:

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These aren’t really the best pictures, but I took about 20 of them and then decided just to do the best with what I had. ūüôā¬† I stitched up the side using the pink beads on every other stitch.¬† Its not obvious in these pictures, but this is stitched on pretty pink and white gingham linen¬† Besides the linen though, it¬†didn’t call for anything special.. just DMC and mill hill beads.¬† It was a fun, quick stitch and a perfect pick-me-up for my unemployed status and also for impending spring.¬† I wouldn’t be surprised if I stitched this again someday as an ornament or a pincushion.

Butterflies!

Last weekend I went to see a butterfly exhibit at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.  It was wonderful!  The butterflies were in the enclosed tropical gardens which is amazing even without butterflies everywhere!

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The one below was my¬†favorite butterfly! It was larger than the others and when the wings are folded like this, although pretty, it is a bit drab. When the wings are open, they appear to be a brilliant blue! I caught a pic of one flying that follows, but since it didn’t turn out that great, I’ve included a pic that was part of the exhibit…

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They also had a nice exhibit of the cocoons where you could watch the butterflies hatching that was pretty cool. The exhibit will be going on through April, and I might like to go back to see if there are any new ones that weren’t there last weekend.¬†¬† If you’re within driving distance, it would definitely be worth the trip.

Goodbye Watchmaker Cases…

I loathe the watchmakers cases I’ve been using to store my beads in.¬† The lids don’t fit right unless you bend the bases enough to make the lids stick… and last time I went to look for beads, I opened one of the cases to find that most of the beads had somehow spilled out of their individual containers and were a mixed mess. So, over the weekend I was in Joanne’s and saw this!

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The individual containers are clear and have screw top lids! I bought two! I did a little bead organizing today and ended up with this:

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Yep – those are all of the beads I have (not very many, I know).¬† I used a fine-tipped sharpie to write the bead numbers on the lids.¬† I might try to find some tiny sticky labels for future use, but for now, I’m happy with this. Over the weekend I worked on a little piece that I ordered from House of Stitches.¬† It’s Sweetheart Tree’s Pink Flowers on Gingham:

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Isn’t it pretty?¬† I love that gingham linen!¬†¬†I’m going to stitch it again and make a biscornu (It came with a heart shaped button for the center which isn’t attached yet).¬† I knew my friend Susan would like it and sent one to her also and we’ve been doing a stitch along together.¬† I also ordered SHT’s new Colonial Roses Biscornu. I won’t be getting any new stash anytime soon.¬† I lost my job last week and just can’t justify anything new when I’ve got so many things I can start and work on in my stash already. Its finally warming up here!¬† I went out today without a coat!¬† The piles of snow are melting!¬† I’m looking for crocus…..