Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tribute Winter Freebie 2012 -Calvin and Hobbes

It's winter here, in Pennsylvania.  The time for snowmen and er snow-creations is upon us.
The kids made their first snow castle today. (who needs sand?)
One favorite thing about this time of year is the emails containing Calvin and Hobbes snow creations.





Keeping this thought in mind, here is my contribution.
Just email me at mabscraftmail@yahoo.com if you'd like a copy.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Work in Progress








This is what it will look like.

 

Seashell Treasures   

Gold Collection Petites by Dimensions, Inc.

















This is what it looks like now.


Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I have been so busy!

So you've not heard from me for a while.  Summer just flew by and I barely stitched a thing all summer long.  We just fill our summers with so many activities. It seems a crime to spend it sitting down, not that the kids would let me anyway. ;)
  • I am almost done with the wedding chart for my Sister-In-Law.  I'll do a big reveal for that.
  • I get a few stitches in my Haed every now and again.
  • I have started on my hubby's Ganesha and then stopped even though he is bugging me.
  • I have a shell chart for my step-mom in progress trying to get done for Christmas
  • I have a small picture of a candle ornament in progress for a gift
  • I also have the Luna Moth that needs a bit of back-stitching. (this was for a class that I just ran out of time for)
I am an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts so my time is precious.  I am buckling down though.  I think I'm a more active stitcher in the winter months.  I also have a ton of holiday baking to do. I plan on making apple butter for gifts and packaging some of an awesome soup mix with recipe card to give out as gifts.

In other news..................My eldest has started horseback riding lessons this year. Isn't she cute? 
My little one, loves when her sister gets to lead her about for her very own ride.
 Thanks for listening to my rambles.  I'll post some more stitchy updates soon.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Week In Pymatuning

Pymatuning is a lake about an hour and a half from my home.  My Dad and Step-mom invited us to spend a week there in their motor-home with them.  We spent most of the week playing in the lake.  One day we went to Waldameer Park and Water World and another we rented a pontoon boat.  Enjoy the Pictures!

 Feeding the Carp and the Geese at the Spillway "Where the Ducks walk on the Fish!"

 

 Captain Lily!  and her Pappy the Co-Pilot

  
Captain Kayla! and backseat driver Lily.
Mimi and the girls.
A young Bald Eagle at the old Tuttle Point Campground.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tag I'm IT Now you are too :P

I have been Tagged by Shaunterria over at http://www.ca11i0pe.blogspot.com/


1. Post the rules
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post
3. Come up with 11 new questions
4. Tag 11 people and link to them in your post
5. Let them know you tagged them so they can answer the new questions


Here are the questions she had for her 11:
1. Which is your most favorite book ever? My Grandma's old Good Housekeeping Cookbook
2. Which is the one television character that you simply adore? Greg Sanders on CSI
3. What kind of music do you like? 90s Rock (anything played on octane Sirius radio)
4. Which is your favorite genre of movies? I like most, my recent favs are mirror mirror and Beastly
5. Which is the best vacation you've ever had? Nova Scotia We saw a good bit of it but I loved Peggy's Cove.
6. If given complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why? Art teacher
I missed my chance to go to college due to unforseen circumstance and I would love the oppurtunity
7. Which is your favorite time of the day? evening/ night
8. What is the funniest prank played on you or played by you? I ran my friends Daughter's backpack up the flagpole with the help of her other daughter and my eldest daughter. (this is only one of the MANY pranks that occur frequently within my social circle)
9. If given a choice, which animal would you want to be? Why? Dolphin to live in the oceans
10. Which is your most favorite place in this earth? My hubby's arms
11. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to survive?  
1.Kindle (with internet connection so I can get more books)
2. mom's giant bag o' floss and aida
3. kids and hubby oh you said lonely.....comfy pillow and bed
4. huge jug of sweetened  iced tea
5. Fettuccine Alfredo and Double Stuff Oreos. 

Now for my questions and who I tag.
1. RhondaWoman71  http://allthisabagofchipstoo.blogspot.com/2012/06/award.html
2. Chrism  http://merrickblogspot.blogspot.com/
3.  Anne Sans Tete http://www.mad-stitches.blogspot.com/
4. Dulcinella http://ladulcinella.blogspot.com/

5. Colin http://colin-nash.blogspot.com/ 
6. Kelly http://mabscraft.blogspot.com/2012/06/tag-im-it-now-you-are-too-p.html
7-11.  I know I'm missing some but I had to share with the Liebster Blog too.

??????
1-  What is your favorite amusement park or fair ride?
2- What is your favorite vegetable?
3-  What country would you chose to live in if you could go anywhere in the world?
4- Do you have fuzzy slippers and if so what color?
5- What is your favorite childhood cartoon?
6- If you could be a genie for a day who would you want to grant wishes for?
7- If you have children, pick one and explain how you chose their name or if you know how yours was picked please share.
8- Where are you tickilish? everyone is ticklish somewhere
9- What color is your house?
10- Are you a do it yourselfer or a call a repairman kind of person?
11- What is your favorite cookie and can you make them?




 

Liebster Award

I've been Awarded the Liebster Blog Award by RhondaWoman71

Some background: Liebster is a German word, meaning favourite, dearest or beloved and the Liebster is awarded by bloggers to other, newer bloggers, who have fewer than 200 followers, to spread the word and help the new(er)bies gain wider recognition. The award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting:

1. Choose five up-and-coming blogs (with fewer than 200 followers) to award the
Liebster to.

Maud http://pointscroises.blogspot.com/
Melinda http://melindasue10.blogspot.com/
Elena http://stitchaddict-elena.blogspot.com/
Leslie http://lesliescraftstore.blogspot.com/
Agi http://worldaccordingtoagi.blogspot.com/


2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
Thank you RhondaWoman71!

3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blogs so they know about the award.


4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you.

               1. I became Vegetarian after I turned 20
               2. I love to paint
               3. I am afraid of heights, but would skydive if given the chance
               4. I can't cook anything without adding my own "something ingredient" spice or just another veg etc.
               5. I don't like politics.         
        


Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Mad Stitcher

Move over Mr. Hatter, there's not room here for the both of us. 


So here's why I'm a  Mad stitcher.  Next week I'll be volunteering at a day-camp from 9-3pm M-F.  There will be over 100 little girls.  EEEEK!  lol  I have done this for the past 2 years and I really enjoy it but it is soo exhausting.  This year I am supposed to be in charge of the crafts. Wish me luck and if you don't hear from me by Next Sunday call a search party. ;)



I managed to finish my Needlebook to Debbie Jo and sent that off to her today. I am really proud of my first attempt. I just hope she likes it.  I got the one she made yesterday and it was truly lovely.  I'll post a pic of the one I sent after she gets it.



I did not finish the wedding chart but it is getting closer to being done.  I'll post pic as soon as it's done.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Needle book and Wedding

Hi all! 
Well I've gotten some more done on the wedding chart.

I have been trying to stay working on this for the most part so I set aside my DH's Ganesha. 

Memorial Day was spent in my Father's pool with my sister and several of her friends, my kids, my Grandmother and my step-mom.  We had a nice cookout and a big juicy watermelon. 

Today started out nice. I was working on getting all the stuff together for the last meeting of the Girl Scout troop for this year.  It's the Court of Awards ceremony this Thursday.  All the girls will get their last badges and my helpers etc. will get their thank you gifts. 

Of course Murphy's Law struck and in the process of cleaning out a box trying to locate some items needed I tripped over the step and twisted my ankle.   I had ice off and on my ankle for the rest of the day. My work has been put off to tomorrow. 

The hidden silver lining was that on Monday I got the remaining thread needed for the Needle Keep that I am making for an ILCS exchange, so I was able to get a lot done on that today while I was playing invalid.  I will have to post pics once my partner gets it in the mail.  Let me just say I am trying something new for it and I am thrilled with how it is turning out.  I think she'll love it. 

School ends next Friday and I really hope things settle down for a bit so I can breathe.

I keep repeating to myself something I heard my Grandmother say when she was alive.   She'd always say under her breath that she'd finally rest when she was dead.  It used to upset me to hear it but now I understand the meaning behind it.  It's a harsher way of saying live life to the fullest and pack every minute with wonderful things.  I find myself uttering this phrase and suddenly gaining the energy to continue on.  It is a crude mantra but it works.  She continues to surprise me, over 20 years since she has passed.  She was so full of life and I know without a doubt that she is sitting on Heaven's beach sipping wine and watching the waves roll in.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book Fair, Wedding and Ganesha

I am still crazy busy.  I am volunteering at a local book sale.  Now volunteering is an incorrect definition.  I get paid in books.  These are mostly kids books but being that my daughters are avid readers, this saves me a fortune.  It is only 3 days but they are long tedious days. 

I have some progress on the wedding chart I am trying to finish for June.
I might just finish it in time. Wish me luck!













I also started a Ganesha for my Hubby.

I have a small bit of his trunk done.









I hope to  get back to my HAED very soon.  Next week is the last meeting of Scouts until one weekend event and then summer camp at the end of June.  I am just dying to get back to it as I enjoy it so much.
I hope you are are having more luck working on your stitches.
Hugs!

Monday, May 21, 2012

TUSAL

Here's this month's TUSAL.  As you can see not much added to it as I have been very busy with everything else.  I have been making good progress on the wedding chart for my SIL and I'll post pics of that tomorrow when I make my regular post.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I'm so Dizzy!

I have been stitching just a small bit on my SIL's wedding chart.









I have been doing many other things including finishing up the school year for my eldest daughter's homeschooling, helping my mother with a large party for her nonprofit organization (I made flower arrangements, boutonnieres, the programs, and making a good portion of the food tomorrow) , finishing up the year with the scout troop meetings, and handling my husbands usual chores as he is down with some unknown illness (no doctor has yet to discover what's making him feel "icky"). So all is the same as last posting on his health.

I am trying very hard to relax each night with a few stitches at least.  It really helps me settle down and let the room stop spinning. ;)
Wish me luck to get back to a regular routine soon.
Hugs All!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Busy Busy

Hi all,
I just wanted to let you know that I have been extremely busy with several different things.

My husband has some unnamed illness that no doctor can seem to diagnose.  He has been trying various homeopathic remedies and they seem to help.  He has increased his exercise regime in order to get his blood pressure under control and that also seems to help.  Despite all these things seeming to help he still has bad days where he is just worn out.    Because of this, he is unable to handle stress so I have been taking over his workload and dealing with all of his delinquent renters etc.

I now have his work, teaching my eldest her homeschooling lessons, the girl scout troop and general dealing with a 3 year old on top of keeping the house in order.  I have unfortunately little time for stitching.  I seem to pick it up to start do five stitches and fall asleep. 
I miss talking with you all and I hope that very soon I'll be able to get back some personal time.
The regular scout meetings and school ends soon and I am looking forward to it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

TUSAL for April

Here's my TUSAL jar,  the kids were playing around in it so you can't really see all that purple from my HAED and my Luna moth.  There are some bits from the wedding chart, Christmas ornies, some roses, and a few other small charts.
Happy stitching all!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Box Finishing Class

This is all for the Box finishing class hosted by a fellow ILCS member.
I went to my Local Craft Store and they had 2 for $5.99 boxes.  I purchased the rectangular set and the square set.  I plan to use the 6x6 larger box for the luna moth chart. seen here



 
Rather then buy more fabric I went through my stash.  Mum was kind enough to give me some hand dyed Aida 18(we think).  If mum can't see the holes she gives it to me.  I feel bad for her eyes, but Yay for me. The picture really doesn't do it justice.  It's got light grey greenish blue accents.  There will be little border around the chart but it's nice to have more then the suggested grey fabric. 






I had most of the colors for the chart itself I only needed to order 1 blue and then the color variations.  It required the same purple as my HAED (like I really need any more purple to work with) This had me laughing for a good five minutes.  I also ordered the mill hill beads and the Kreinik braids from 123 stitch, those are hard to find at and of the stores around me.  My LCS had an unheard of 5 of the spools but they were the wrong colors. 

I am still stitching away on Dizzy Heights and the Vervaco wedding chart that a friend let me borrow. 





Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Liebster Award

Linda M. over at Stitching in Suburbia passed the Liebster Award to me. 
The origins of the Liebster Blog award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany, "Liebster" meaning favorite or dearest, to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.  Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of note.
  
Here are the guidelines:
Thank the person who gave me the award and link back to her blog.
She is a wonderful and very talented woman, be sure to visit her blog. (linked above)

Post the award on my blog.
The banner posted above is the award.  

Pass the blog award to five other bloggers.
I have sent emails to five other bloggers advising that I am passing along the Liebster Award to them.

List the bloggers to whom I have passed the Liebster award and let them know by commenting on their blogs.
1. Kim from Granny Stiches
2. Leslie from Leslies craft store
4. Terry from Shut up and stitch! 
5.  Cindy from Home of Cross Stitching
Share five random facts about myself that people do not know about me.
1. I just this week signed up to sell Mary Kay products but I have been thinking about doing this for a long time.
2. I love to paint and I love to take my Nikon out for walks and take pictures of anything I can catch in my lens.
3. My kids keep me crazy....oh wait, that's common knowledge.   Our family consists of myself, hubby, Lily, Kayla, Lucy-Fur (prissy Himalayan kitty), Molly (Cock-a-poo), Thumper (Lion-Head bunny) and 3 fish tanks (2 Bettas in separate tanks and the large tetra tank).  Yes, I live in a zoo.
4. I had plans to go to Art School after high school but was unable to do so.  I wanted to be an Art Teacher.
5. I have lived in the Pittsburgh, PA area my entire life but I love to travel.  I have been up and down the East coast all the way to Florida and then to Nassau Bahamas.  I have been to Canada many times. I went to Nova Scotia by way of Bar Harbor, ME and drove back through Niagara Falls and once came back through Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  I have gone as far as Utah to the West.  I told my hubby when Kayla reaches 18 we were going to England.  


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tulip is here!

Here it is, my friends!  The tulip you requested.  
Email me at mabscraftmail@yahoo.com if you wish to add this chart to your collection.  

For those of you that voted for the quilt square, I will be posting one very soon.  Thank you all for voting!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My copyright rant

I've seen a number of rants lately on copyright infringement.  How could I let the chance pass by where I could have my rant?  I have very strong feelings on this as you will find.
 
I am just starting as a designer.  Copyright infringement is a big concern of mine. Unfortunately, like anything, we have to take the good with the bad and just do our best to reduce the chance of copyright infringement.  So I am going to play devil's advocate for a bit which as a teacher to my daughter, I tend to do a lot so she learns the value of debate.  I think those that do not cite where the chart was taken are in the wrong, however, the designers are not blameless. 

I think a major way to stop this is to do away with downloadable Pdfs and other files. Pay for snail mail and stop worrying about the customer getting it immediately, if they want the chart that badly they'll wait for it. If it is not meant to be a freebie, make them work for it.  If people intend to pirate the chart they will do so regardless of what you do.

I made my freebie charts available through email request only and made the pictures so small that you can't get a decent screen shot of it.  I am not belittling the designers but if you put a plate of candy in front of children you should expect pieces to be taken.  By making things so easily accessible you are just asking the less moral of society to steal from you.  It is sad that in today's society we have to prepare for the worst, but it's how it is.  If you're not capable of shoring up your defenses then you will have the bad stuff happen to you. 

People's moral compass degrades with every generation that starts.  Parents refuse to spank the bottoms of those naughty children and now those children have no idea of consequences.  Teachers are only skirting the proper way to cite references and copyrights are being ignored across the board.  I home-school my daughter and I basically told her that if she copies someone's words and uses them as her own then she would be in severe trouble as it counts as stealing.  I put it into her perspective as if she made some amazing piece of art or story and said how would you feel if someone stole it and said they did it.  Oh the tears that started and the sincere apology I got from a seven year old.  I felt bad for making her cry but you can be damned sure she'll think twice before she copies again.  I'll go back to my little corner of the world now.  I hope you don't think I am taking the side of the thieves, I have sincere issues with copyright laws in general and I have issues with people wanting things to stay private or semi-private when they post it on a PUBLIC forum.



I post here knowing there is a chance that one of my pictures or freebie charts is likely to get taken if I gain popularity.  I need to create so I make it as hard as possible to just pilfer off my blogs.  It will not stop me from creating. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

What happend to last week?

Cross Stitches
What the heck happened to last week?  I was puttering along on all my projects and WHAM!  It's Monday again!  I hardly got any work on my HAED done maybe another 20 stitches.  I did get a chunk of my wedding piece done for my Sister-in-law's first anniversary. A friend of mine was kind enough to let me borrow the chart.





Crochet
I did manage to make one crochet dish cloth, however it is too tight so I need to adjust and make them more loose.  Then my darling 8 year old convinced me to teach her how.  Now she's got my hook tied up so I'll have to use a different size or steal my hook back when she's not looking. 

Chart Making
The poll came back to a Tulip Freebie so as soon as I manage to get the chart done I'll be posting that.  Thank you all for voting!

The Bookmark and Tea Exchange
Shaunterria sent me a very lovely bookmark with gorgeous red roses, my favorite!
She sent along some Lemon Zinger Tea and Peppermint.  Very yummy with some honey in.
 She also sent along some Victorian Sampler Over-dyed Floss in the color theme of Red Roses.  I was so excited!  I have never had the opportunity to work with over-dyed floss before.  There was also a neat little card with a very sweet note.  We are both relatively new to Stitching and I think for two newbies we did an awesome job on the exchange.  She truly was a wonderful partner. Here are pictures of what we exchanged.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Crocheting

About 9 years ago I tried to make dishcloths like my Aunt Neenee did when I was young. She would sit and make one in just a few hours.  She spent many afternoons doing these, pot holders, and the deco hanging towels with the crocheted top. My grandmother gave me a set of instructions she had found and showed me how to start. She was visiting us to see her newly born Great-Grand-Daughter so crafts were quickly set aside for more important things.
 I made one chain stitch and the directions just confounded me and I could not figure them out.  I was the craftiest person I knew at the time and my grandmother lives about 2-3 hours away.  When we finally managed to get together I had set the project away and completely forgotten about it.  I am about to the end of my Aunt's supply so I asked my ILCS group (extremely talented and crafty people) if they knew of any way to learn visually.  I am not normally a patron of YouTube so it never crossed my mind to look there.  Thank goodness ILCS members had numerous suggestions to look for. 

I found several videos that helped and I got about half way done. Not perfect by any means but I am proud of myself.  Besides, it's a dishcloth, all not perfect ones will just get used in my own sink. ;)

I put this away so I could work on my HAED.  It is quickly becoming therapy for me.  I try to stitch at least  50 stitches each night.  With both girls being big snuggle buddies and hubby being his normal demanding little boy in a man suit, I do not always meet my goal.

If I don't set a goal, It won't get done.  I'm posting pics of my HAED progress under Dizzy Heights on the HAED SAL Blog in the tab above.  Feel free to have a look at all the progress of the other contributors to the blog.  There are some really amazing pieces there to see.

Don't forget to vote for your next freebie top right of page!  Poll closes at the end of March.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In Stitches ;)

Hi all!  I finished my bookmark for the ILCS bookmark exchange.  I sent that off Yesterday with tea bags.  I hope she likes it!  I'd post a pic but I can't until Shaunterria sees it.

When that was done I started my HAED SAL.  Now that is a major project.  It took me a bit to get started.  You can read all about it under the Dizzy Heights section in the HAED SAL link in the tabs above.  I think I have around 300 stitches done so far.  Seems a lot right?  NOT!  lol  There are 625 stitches per every square inch.  The whole piece is 16x 11 1/8.  112,400 stitches.  That's why there are many people out there that say HAEDs can take a year to finish.  I figure I can get mine done in about 6 months, hopefully less.

Mom asked for a bit of help with making some things for a local non profit society she is involved in.  This will consist of making small beaded items and some stitched items (ornaments, bookmarks and other daily use items).  They have a pool for birthdays so she'll need small handmade birthday gifts for each member that has a Birthday at the monthly meeting.  She gets a list so some months have a ton and some have 1 or 2.  I'll be making a few of these when the HAED starts to make my eyes cross.

I've never really told you all of my UFO.




















The part finished is the part right by the horse's butt Left side middle of the chart.  This is a running joke with my eldest daughter that started before the baby came along.  It has now caught on with Lily.
 
While driving down the road I always call out when I see horses.  Kayla is normal little girl horse crazy.  One time I saw only the butt of the horse sticking out of a dark barn so I called out "horse butt" to her.  Of course this resulted in a fit of giggles.  It is now a contest to find the horses' butts only.

I'll end this post in hopes you leave with a smile thinking of the little girls in their car seats giggling over the sight of a horses behind.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Almost SAL

I received my fabric in the mail Thursday and I printed out my chart.  I have all 85 DMC threads and one Krenik fine braid,  Lugana 25 count antique white (so soft).   

Now if only I could start.  Hubby decided I needed to do a bunch of running around paying taxes for all our properties at the different county courthouses.  I may have to do more running next week if they won't let me pay the township ones at the county courthouses too. 

Why must men wait until the last minute for nearly everything? I could have all this done by now and not had to waste a full tank of gas to do it by planning my errands around his stops. GRRRR 

I think tonight he's making his own dinner and the girls and I will just be "starving" while we're out and about and have to stop to eat. ;)

Thank you for reading my rant.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lily-Bean is Officially 3

Well I'm beat.  We just settled down after having about 40 friends and family members over to celebrate 3 years of having my youngest. She was born in February but with the weather around here we tend to push the party later so it's less winter and more spring.
 She got 4 packages of Legos!  She loves Legos.  They are supposed to be for older kids but she will sit there and fit the pieces in to fill one of the green boards completely.  Takes about an hour or so and she will sit there the entire time and work on it.  She also got a bunch of clothes (now I don't have to go clothes shopping) and several other girly type toys.  She got this really neat bell carousel. Similar to this one.^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
She hasn't left it alone yet.

In addition to Legos, her other favorite thing is playing on the computer.  pbskids,org and nickjr.com have a ton of games.  Bean spends hours playing the learning games on those sites.  

STITCHES----Yea right.  I did a few stitches yesterday for the bookmark exchange.  I dug through mom's giant bag O' floss to find a few colors for said bookmark.

I am now going to dig through the giant bag O' floss for colors for my HAED chart.  If I don't find a way to sneak some money in there to replace permanently borrowed threads, I'll have to find some other way to repay her.  Have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My First HAED

This is called Dizzy Heights Artwork by Kirstin Mills.  If I'd had the money I'd have bought a ton of  the charts on HAED website. 
The finished chart will be 16 W X 11-1/8 H.
I need to get the 25 count fabric and then all the 86 colors of thread including 1 fine braid.  EEEK!

Luckily the wonderful members of ILCS calmed me down from my panic attack and gave me some wonderful advice. 

We're doing a SAL HERE

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Daughter's Rose

Kayla's Rose
It's Finished!  She is planning on hanging it somewhere in her room.  We framed it with some ribbon we had laying around.

Who wants to bet the little one asks for something next?  lol
Take care all!

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Roses

Roses are my absolute favorite flower. Call me traditional, but those blooms are just the most beautiful. I have around 18 rose bushes in my yard. I am working on getting a few of the Old English Roses to add to my garden since I don't have any at all. This pic is from David Austen site it is of the Winchester Cathedral Rose.




Back to the topic at hand, I bought this old book of rose patterns and have been working on a few of the quick to stitch. 

The one was for the Secret Sister Key chain. 

I also made this, a double sided small bag that I fully intend to turn into a sachet as soon as I figure out exactly how to go about it and find the lavender to fill it. Roses outside, lavender inside, screwy I know, but it works. I managed to find some Lavender charts to make legitimate sachets at some point in the future.


My daughter has decided she absolutely must have a rose. She picked a small pattern of a pink shrub rose. I am currently working on that. I am going to write something around it, maybe the kind of rose or her name, I'll think of something.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Freebie 2012

I love Irish Blessings. My ancestors were Irish so it fits.  This has always been a favorite of mine.  "May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks in the fields."  I stuck it next to a cute clover and here's your cute little chart for St. Patty's Day.  Just email me at mabscraftmail@yahoo.com and I'll send it to you.





My favorite Irish Blessing is
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
~Mab

My Friend the Hairdresser

I recently made a friend of a hair stylist.  She is a wonderful woman and is fast becoming a very good friend. She has a daughter in my Scout Troop and she has joined as an adult volunteer (she is basically an assistant leader). 

She did me a huge favor and cut my daughters' hair at a discount price at her home.  My older daughter was so happy to have her hair done, the little one was cool with it but would rather play games.

Ms. S gave Kayla a whole salon experience. She used a flat iron to gently curl the bottom under and used special salon style hair care products.  I feel a little lacking in my mothering, I was a tomboy and the whole girly-girl thing escapes me most days.  Apparently my daughter has a deep girly-girl soul buried under the toad chasing and mud-pie making girl she usually presents. Ms. S in no way made me feel bad that I discovered that I was not mommy most perfect.  I am unbelievably grateful that she opened my eyes to my daughter's growing into her feminine side.  

I made up this chart and plan to stitch it for her in my appreciation for the gift she has given me. It is a quote from Joan Crawford,"The most important thing a woman can have - next to talent, of course - is her hairdresser."   Email me or comment here if you'd like the chart.

Ms. S has also told me I can ask her anything in regards to styling etc. this will come in handy in the coming teen years.  I am not ignorant of the girly-girl stuff just limited so I'll take all the help I can get LOL.  Wish me luck when Kayla truly expresses her sense of style.   

Monday, February 20, 2012

Whoops

I had the wrong email listed at the left of the page.....If you sent an email requesting freebie charts please send request to corrected email.  Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

World Thinking Day

If you are a girl scout then you know all about this.  

WAGGGS 
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

 Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  Here is a chart I found in freebies a few months back. Stitch on Navy blue fabric with yellow floss. 
This post is dedicated to all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts out there.  Cheers to you all and congrats on Girl Scouts reaching 100years.

Free Counted Cross Stitch Chart

This is my first attempt at making my own chart.  I thought since it was close to Easter a bunny chart would be appropriate.  Just say in your post you'd like it and leave an email for me to send it to.  Though Hoppy looks mad here he really doesn't in the chart. 

~Mab