Monday, June 15, 2015

Summertime and the livin' is easy, and GG

Well, it's easy livin' this morning anyway. It's supposed to get to 94 degrees this afternoon. Our mild Spring is over :(

It's GG time! Gifted Gorgeousness is a SAL hosted by the famous Jo, her first year long SAL. Charts, fabric, threads, stuff that was gifted to us, we stitch or use.

I'm working on Whoo's There by PS..
This is where I'm at right now. Before, I just had the upper line done. I'm having fun stitching this. 

My work day evening stitch is Salem Sisters by PSS, and she's coming along nicely..
I have a few words next to *cursed* and about two more lines of words and a bottom border left. Before I had half the crow and that was it!

Last year I bought a cord winder made by Kreinik with the intention of making my own cords for finishing. Well, I finally fired up that thing, used Vonna's (the Twisted Sitcher) tutorial for making cord, and Viola!, made my own! Take a look..
First, let me introduce, on the left, Santa's Hat Sampler, from the JCS 2012 ornie issue, with a metal heart from my stash hanging from Santa's hat, and Let It Snow from the JCS 2008 ornie issue. I sewed in the hanger for Snow but it came out so I used a mother of pearl button to sew the other hanger end in place. Santa's Hat and Snow are my 11th and 12th DUCJ/FSAL finishes, respectively, woohoo!

I used just 3 strands of floss for Snow's hanger which was super skinny. According to Vonna, whatever number of strands you start out with, gets doubled when cording. For Santa's hat I used 4 strands which I am more happier with. It's more bulkier and there is more to work with. All in all, it was a success! Thanks Vonna! 

Thought I'd show you a picture of my prickly pear cactus that is blooming..
The flower petals are waxy like and are really smooth to the touch. The green bulbs right below the flowers are fruit that will turn a dark red. I make jelly with the fruit that ripens around September.

And here's our 20+ years old rose bush, blooming like crazy!

And that is that! Have a wonderful week!



  1. Congrats on the great finishes Shelly. Awesome progress on both projects.


  2. Summer hit the Valley today, it was 114. Beautiful flowers

    1. Ugh! Yup, I got nothing to complain about!

  3. Your finishes are so pretty. I have been thinking of getting one of those things to make my own cording. Vonna's tutorials are great. :Love that cactus and rose! I always enjoy seeing Halloween projects. I will be watching yours!

  4. I love your finishes and the cording is perfect! Now that you've starting using your "device" you'll have matching cording on everything!!!
    Your cactus and roses are beautiful!!
    It's hot and humid here in the South....

  5. Great finishes with the cording! They look lovely :)

  6. Your ornaments turned out so cute! Well done!

  7. Everything looks great Shelly and good for you learning how to do your own cording. I keep a little notes sheet with the different numbers of floss lengths I like to use for various things as sometimes you want thinner or thicker cording and I can never remember what I used the last time.

    We just checked the thermometer on our patio here in the Valley - it's 3% humidity and 105 degrees. I have NEVER seen the humidity that low before!

  8. Thanks for taking part in GG this month. Nice progress on both your spooky pieces.

    I love the Santa alphabet, I have stitched the Hallowe'en one myself and the Santa is on my stitch list too.

  9. Gorgeous finishing Shelly! The cord winder makes things easier.
    I love seeing cactus blooms :)

  10. Cute finishes ... your cording looks fabulous.