Sunday, July 29, 2007

Fairy Flora update

I worked on Fairy Flora last night and got some more of the side leaves done. I can't believe how addicting it is! The top picture is my messy studio. Elinor is my latest folk doll. She is getting ready to go to her new home this week as her auction closes on Ebay tonight.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Fairy Flora

Look what Nicole started!!
After viewing her progress on Queen Anne's Lace, I started looking at Lavender and Lace designs, Mirabilia, and one I've never heard of before Passione Ricomo. I actually ordered a new Mirabilia design called Shimmering Mermaid to stitch for my DD Chelsea-who loves mermaids and fantasy designs.
Then I went into the WIP archives and pulled out Fairy Flora yesterday. I actually located the threads and beads much to my surprise! I started this design probably around 1996! I had a great time working on it yesterday. Isabel went crazy when she saw it! She had never seen this kind of stitching before. She said," Mom this is the best stitching you've ever done!" I started this design before she was even born! Ha! HA!' Hope I can finish it before she goes to college!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Watermelon needle book

I stitched this for my secret stitcher in my local EGA guild. I love how it turned out. I stitched her initials on the back.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

What season are you?

I saw this on another blog so I had to do it myself! wink!

You Belong in Spring

Optimistic, lively, and almost always happy with the world...

You can truly appreciate the blooming nature of spring.

Whether you're planting flowers or dyeing Easter eggs, spring is definitely your season!

Monday, July 16, 2007

I love this new LHN!

This is a must have for me! My boys and I are great fans of these old ships-they are so cool! We love everything from that era-Pirates, Master and Commander, Horatio Hornblower, all the British Royal Navy stuff!
Not much stitching to show right now as I am mostly working on models for my upcoming first releases, and some exchange pieces.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


I have opened an Etsy shop! I'm kind of excited about it! If you want to see what I have listed click here. It is VERY simple to sign up if you don't already belong, and then you can BUY!! hehe! I am tempted by lots of other handmade items I have seen there. The cost is so much lower than ebay. I hope I can eventually give up ebay altogether-its getting ridiculous! Wish me luck on ETSY!

Monday, July 9, 2007

A Place We Call Home

Here is my progress on this piece. I hope to finish it this week in between model stitching. I started out with less than a full skein of cidermill brown, and then I ran out. So I had to wait until I got some more. I really love the way this is turning out-its so pretty!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Annie Beez Samplings

After trying out some different names for my needlework design company, I have settled on Annie Beez Samplings, because it will be a division of the business I already own, and makes all the legalities and paperwork much easier. I will be adding a section to my website with my new designs. I have one model finished, and another in the works. I am going to wait and release them at the same time. Also I will be looking for model stitchers in the future, as I have more designs than I can possibly stitch myself, especially with all the constraints of my doll business still going strong. I am so excited about this new venture, as I have always dreamed of being a needlework designer! Wish me luck!

Monday, July 2, 2007

A little stash enhancement

I got my order from Colonial Crafts today. I have ordered fabric and supplies from them for my dollmaking for years. I finally found the perfect fabric to finish off my Colonial Bride Box, which will be my first official needlework design. I have the model all stitched and ready to be mounted to the top of an oval paper mache' box, but I just couldn't find the right fabric. I saw this one online at CC and thought I would take a chance. Its hard to be sure when ordering online, but it turned out to be perfect!
I also ordered several of the Crab Apple Hill patterns. I just adore the vintage shabby chic look of them. Some are on back order, so I will get another wonderful package with the rest of my order one day soon.
And last but not least, I ordered the two limited edition Colors of America sampler thread packs from The Gentle Art. The colors are luscious and I couldn't resist them. But then when they arrived I thought, edition? What am I going to do with these? They won't be called for in any design because they won't always be available, and I probably shouldn't design with them for the same reason. Am I right? Well, I'll just have to use them on personal stuff and the wool applique stuff that I sometimes make to sell. Still I love them, they are gorgeous!