Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hand Stitched Decorative Mats

Hey everyone! Hello there!
All I can say is I'm so glad to have stitching to occupy my time while I'm laid up.  I really do love doing it, and it's something I can easily do without having to get upstairs to my studio for a bunch of supplies.
I have been using Tammy Tutterow's beautiful Dies so much, it's just crazy!
For this piece I used the slightly stiffer and larger felt sheets. (found at Hobby Lobby).
I wanted to use my accucut 12x12 die for the background piece so I need to use a larger piece of felt.
I get spoiled stitching on this stiffer felt, because it's a dream to work with.  It holds in place so well with no stretching or pulling.

I will be posting finished hand stitched projects for sale here, on my blog and on instagram.... so if there is something you are interested in please let me know.

Spring is just around the corner, and then before you know it, it will be Summer.  These would be pretty on a table with a Spring or Easter arrangement.  They are approximately 12x12 and all hand stitched on firm felt. Each one is backed so that no stitching shows on the back side.

They are $25 each 
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If you are just getting into stitching or need to practice up a bit, I totally suggest you try a couple of projects on this stiffer felt.  It's very forgiving.

And.... Tammy's flower dies from Crafters Edge are so great for stitching. There are so many to choose from.  You can see them all HERE

You can find lot of inspiration, tutorials, and patterns here on Tammys blog also 

as well as HERE on the Crafters Edge Blog




I'm so thankful to enjoy stitching so much , because it's really helped to keep my mind and hands busy since surgery.   Surgery went fine.  Really glad to have that part behind me.  Now... to manage to stay off my feet and not go stir crazy for the next 10 weeks.
We were able to leave the hospital Saturday morning to beat the snow storm that was quickly approaching.  We were so thankful to the Doctor and staff at Midwest Surgical Hospital for helping us get going.  I just can't say enough good things about that place. Superb care!

Speaking of care, .... my nurse here are home has done pretty well also. lol  Some days are defiantly better than others when it comes to pain. He's tolerates me even when I'm a smidge grouchy. lol
They harvested bone from my pelvis, so lifting that heavy cast around is not fun.
He keeps my diet coke cup full, so what more can I ask for. lol

Happier news!  Wes and Amy got moved into their new home!  We are so excited for them.   

(Jep too).  He is pretty excited about his new big back yard!

Hope things are well with all of you! As always, thanks for taking time to stop by.  If there is any items I post that you are interested in you can email me at or message me on Facebook or instagram.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cheery felt flower banner

Happy Day everyone! 
We may have had a lot of snow here the past week, but today the sun is shining! Yippee!
It's amazing what a difference that can make.
I decided to squeeze in one more post.  Tomorrow is my surgery to repair my foot.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous.  Not as much about the actually surgery, but more about dealing with being laid up the next 3 months. I cant have any weight baring at all for that entire time. (cringe).
All I can say is .. "let the stitching begin".  lol No pun intended.  I'm referring to stitching projects to keep me busy. I've been pre cutting so I'll have that part done, and I'll be ready to go. Since they will have to harvest bone from my pelvis, I wasn't sure how much cranking of the die cutting machine I'll be wanting to do. No worries... it's done!
I hadn't had a chance to use the adorable set of borders set, so I couldn't wait.  Since I took down my string of hearts I had hanging on this chalkboard, I needed something else quick. (It being blank was driving me crazy). 
Although it is felt, not paper, I didn't do a lot of stitching on this. I did stitch the flowers and petals on this banner, but that's about it.  It was a quick project that I put together in just a couple of hours.
SO... if your needed a little something to brighten up a dreary February day.. a cheery banner might just do the trick!

You can find Tammy's beautiful dies here at
The Crafters Edge

and for great inspiration for ways to use Tammy's dies... check out her blog.  Tammy Tutterow

 Yesterday us girls got together at the Corner Cafe here in my little town. (Yes, it's on the corner and yes, it's name is actually the "Corner Cafe". lol  We love meeting here. It's super cozy and quaint ... Oh, and the food is great!

It was a perfect time to celebrate Birthdays for these two kind hearts. Karen and Julie.

We celebrated and chatted a couple of hours away. (easy).   I'm so blessed to have these sweet friends.

We always include our gem of a waitress, Monica, in our group photos.

There was a table of about 6 elderly farmers at a table behind us, but I'm beginning to wonder if all our cackling may have had something to do with them wrapping up their card game early. lol

Any way you look at it, it was a great time.  I always feel so uplifted after spending time with these gals.  We just "get" eachother.   Trust me, there is never much of a lull in the conversation.

We seem to have so much in common. Family is so important to all of us. We often share about our children and Grandchildren, and about our parents who have passed. We all care deeply about preserving memories.  Which seems quite fitting since scrapbooking is how most of us met in the first place.
We often group next with eachother between our get togethers. Just silly things, recipes, memes, you name it. This past week Karen shared photos of her Granddaughters learning to hand stitch. Karen was teaching them. I remember my Aunt and my mom teaching me to embroider, and it is such a precious memory for me. 
Writing about  this made me think a embroidery piece I did as a kid. I wondered if I still had it, so I went to look in my keepsake bin.  Sure enough.. there is was

I have many doilies, embroidered pillow cases, and quilts that my mom and Grandma made, that mean so much to me.
Karen was telling me about a project she is putting together for all of her Grandchildren. I thought it was an awesome idea and asked her if it was okay to share.  It's Karen..and she's the sweetest, so of course she said yes. lol

Her mother in law has colored many of these designs ( similar to adult coloring books), while she sits with her husband at the nursing home.   She literally has a stack of them.
Karen is working on framing groupings of them together as a keepsake for each child.
What a cool way to preserve this memory of their great grandmother.

 I'd love to hear about a memory you have of  a time in your childhood when someone took time to teach you something you enjoy.  Cooking? sewing? gardening? fishing? Whatever it is. Leave a comment and share.

   I will be back sharing as soon as I'm feeling up to it. Until then.....  here's a hug


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dreamcatcher with Tammy Tutterow dies from Crafters Edge

Hey friends, I'm hoping all is well in your world. I think I've finally wrapped up my felt heart stitching for the year. Thank you to everyone who ordered. It makes me feel so good that so many people still appreciate "hand made". 
I was extra inspired this year, to stitch heart, after receiving Tammy's new dies from Crafters Edge.
They are so beautiful and fun to work with.
Today I thought I would share a new project I just finished up using some of Tammy's dies.
I just can't get enough of these flowers. LOVE them!
You can read more about these great dies and how they work here

Dies used


You can see all of Tammy's Dies here at The Crafters Edge
These dies are a dream, because they can cut multiple layers. That made cutting the lace sooo easy!
I used a mix of linen, canvas, lace and felt to create these flowers.

I also thought I'd share some photos of the last batch of hearts. 

I think this garland is my favorite.  It was actually a bit hard to part with.  It went to a good home, and I know she will be so happy with it.

Oh, and of course I have to share a photo of Emmett showing of his Dog house/Valentines Day box for school.   He and I had a great time putting it together.

As for me...

I will be having surgery to try to repair my foot, a week from Friday.  I am still dealing with the pain since my first surgery after  my car accident over a year ago.  I have been hesitant to have this done because it means another 3 months of "no weight bearing".  Ugh..... sitting around is not my thing.  I have been trying to line up projects I can do to keep busy.
  I will be able to post projects and blog, this time around. I have the advantage this time of being able to plan ahead.. so that's good!
The surgery entails a bit more then we thought in the beginning. I was  sent on to a surgeon who is more specialized.  She will be doing a triple fusion and build up, using bone from my pelvis.
We have been busy lining up things for the main floor bedroom, wheelchair, walker, knee scooter ect.   Like I side, this time we can prepare.  
Dan is taking vacation to he will be here to help me, and I'm so lucky to have a loving and supportive family who is always offering to help.
It will be so good to have this behind me, so we can enjoy the Summer!

I will be back here in no time...
until then


Hugs, Vicki