Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Bluebonnets are in Bloom

I think this will be our last cold spell of the year. Spring is definitely in the air. I took one of my daughters to spend spring break with her grandparents and the bluebonnets are starting to bloom, and they are gorgeous, as always.

Some time ago, I made some of my own. I just never posted them here. 


I used a stamp from a scrap booking store as my pattern. The flowers are simply french knots that are left loose around the needle instead of pulled snugly to it. The leaves are just a satin stitch.

I used a variegated floss and fussy stitched (you know, like fussy cutting) based on how I wanted the color to flow. I used two different colors for more variegation.

I also dyed my own fabric. I laid my hoop on a piece of white cotton. Then, I took a blue Sharpie and drew a mark along the top of my hoop on my fabric. I took it to the sink and poured alcohol on it, which makes the Sharpie run. When it was like I wanted it, I ran it under water to stop the process. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and hope to do some more experimenting with it.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Few Finishes

These are some of the cross stitch pieces that I finished last year.

As you can see, the Merry Christmas is the only piece that has been fully finished. I guess that needs to go on the list of things to be better about, too.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Better this year

Happy New Year!!!

I'm so sorry that I was mostly absent last year. I did stuff.....I just didn't put it here.

Soooooo, this year, once again, I have chosen a focus word for the year rather than setting resolutions that will be broken and forgotten by the end of January. My focus word for 2017 is 'Better'. Keeping up with this blog and my other one are both part of my goal of being better. And there are only a million other things that I need to be better at also, but anything I do better is an improvement.

Awhile back, I had seen a picture in a catalog of a sweatshirt with a lace heart on it. The price on it was outrageous, and especially so since I knew I could make one. There wasn't anything special to it.

I took a sweatshirt from my son (he never wore it) and got a lace curtain panel off of ebay for a couple of bucks.

 I cut the shape out of my lace. Used iron on bonding to attach it to the shirt, and wallah.......


If you decide to make one, a word of caution though.  Because lace is, well......lace, make sure that you have some wax paper, or freezer paper, covering what would be the exposed part of the lace so that the bonding stuff doesn't melt to your iron.

If you try it, let me see some pictures. I'd love to see yours and see what other shapes people might choose to go with.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to try to be BETTER about posting this year. And I hope that everyone has a year that is better than last year..........even if you had a great year last year, I hope that this one is even better.

See ya soon!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

I'm still here

I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted. Life just seems to have it's own plans regardless of mine sometimes. 

In my absence I've somehow managed to become the 'crazy cat lady.' We already had two cats that are house cats. We live out in the country and wanted a cat for outside. A stray that hangs around my Mom's house had kittens so we decided to take two of them. In the meantime a cat and her kittens started showing up at the office. I decided to try to catch her and the kittens in order to get everyone fixed. Well, we caught her and one of her kittens.

It turns out that the Mama cat was pregnant again and repaid my kindness by having three more kittens!! We've now got 9 cats and one of those outside cats is also pregnant. I don't even know when she went into heat. I've managed to have two of the cats fixed, but how did I even get into this?

Anyway, in my world if crafting, I've fallen in love with cross stitch all over again. I've even started a channel on YouTube for my flosstube videos. You can check it out if your interested. My channel is Taryn Verleye.

One of the projects I've been working on is a set of free patterns from Brooke's Books. It's her Animal Advent Calendar.

How cute is that? There's a set of 25 animals and they're adorable. And, they're free! 

I've also made a few needle minders to go with what I'm doing. 

They're listed in my etsy shop if you think you would like one. 

I'll be back sooner with more updates.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Quick and easy garland

I made this little garland to hang from a shelf at the office. It was so quick and easy, but looks so cute.

I just put some holes in a few playing cards and ran some twine through them. Then I tied short pieces of various ribbons in between cards. Done!

I put it up for Valentine's Day (I put the queen of hearts in the middle), but it could be for just about anything depending on the ribbon. And what a great way to use up little bits of leftover ribbon!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

From sweater to pillow

Some time ago I watched a video where the speaker was talking about finding usable fabric in unusual places. Since I live in a small town and fabric stores are few, I took this to heart. When I'm out at the thrift stores, I look at things a little differently now. 

So, I found this cute little sweater and thought it would make a great pillow for Valentine's Day.

I left the side seams in, cut off the top (including sleeves), stitched the top and bottom closed, and stuffed that baby. 

I think it turned out pretty cute......if I do say so myself.

It's a lot fun to look at things a little differently. Give it a try.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

American Spirit

Red is my favorite color and I love Americana type things, so I couldn't resist this cute kit.

It came together so quickly and easily. The stitching was quick and simple and so was the rest of the pillow making. I may have to make another......just because.