Friday, January 21, 2011

Dateless on a Friday night and it's OK!

I am alone on a Friday night and am I lonely?  No way!  My husband took off for New England yesterday to ski his heart out and I am left to stitch to my heart's content.  I have also pulled out all my "unfinished finished" projects and trying to decide what to do with them all.  I have a few frames, (praying for patience) and fabric and pillow forms to use.  I figure I can make a mess and not worry about cleaning it up since there is no one around!  Just the kitties and me and the snow and cold.

I mounted this tiny piece that I stitched up in April of 2009 on a little box that I picked up at the craft store.  I was trying to find a way to mount it on a larger fabric covered box but in the end just took the easy way out.  I painted the box with cranberry colored paint.  I am going to start experimenting with covering boxes with fabric as well as paper. 

 Blackbird Designs
Platinum Belfast
over 1 with Thread Gatherer Silk

This piece was a freebie offered by Blackbird Designs.  I'm sure many of you remember it since you also stitched it!  The stitched area is only 2 x 3 1/2 inches.  This is a little gift for my daughter Claire, whose birth year is stitched next to her name.

I also made friends with my sewing machine again and stitched up this cover for my ereader since I couldn't find a pre-made cover that would fit.  I always want to have a "do over" when I finish something!  I had a little trouble interpreting the pattern I purchased off of Etsy.  If I make another one I probably would leave off the smaller pocket on the inside but for the most part I am happy with it. 



No other stitching photos to share at the moment.  I'm working on a little La D Da piece called Leaping Cat.  Shouldn't take long to finish this one.  I pretty much abandoned the Christmas ornaments I started as well as another little piece I want to give to my daughter.

Cheddar kitty
One of my kitties loves the ironing board (which I hardly ever put away) since I think she feels safe up there.  I have a lint roller nearby to remove her hair when I need to iron!  Excuse the messy corner.  See the exercise ball in the laundry basket?  Not that I'm using it mind you, it just looks good. 

Now, if I wasn't so warm and cozy as well as lazy I'd get myself to the nearest Redbox and rent a $1 movie.  Maybe tomorrow...

23 comments:

Sandy said...

Very pretty finish. You make me want to spend some time finishing this weekend.

Sandy (www.obsessedstitcher.blogspot.com)

Jan said...

Barb, great post and perfectly charming finish for that box! Your daughter will be charmed. Love the kitty picture.

Enjoy your alone weekend! Sounds like fun!

Carol said...

I'm counting the days until my husband goes skiing in February, Barb! It is so nice to have a few days all to yourself just to stitch and read, isn't it?

I love your sweet box for your daughter--it's perfect for storing little keepsakes!

Have a relaxing weekend :)

Karen said...

Love the box finish...I know your daughter will love it. Happy stitching this weekend...

Theresa said...

Your box finish is sooo pretty~~~ And that cover case is so clever!!! Lovely finishes~~

That kitty photo is toooooo cute~~

valerie said...

Enjoy your alone time! Love the finish of the little box top and the case for your reader. Coffee fabric...love it!

KarenV said...

Your box turned out great and I love the E-reader cover, nice choice of fabric!

Lynn said...

Great job on your box finish! I have got to try one of those. They look so nice! I bet your daughter loves it.
I love your ereader cover too. The fabric is so cute.
Isn't it nice to have some time to yourself? Keep warm!

The Queen Bee said...

The box looks to sweet and the cover came out really nice. Good job on both. Can't wait to see what else you accomplish this weekend.

Pam

Lisa said...

Very nice finishes...the box is beautiful; I am sure that your daughter will treasure it! I love your ereader covers, what a wonderful idea! Looks like it is going to be a very productive weekend!
Take care

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a great finish, Barb! You did a great job on the box - couldn't be better. Love the e-reader cover as well. As for the exercise ball - that's about where my equipment usually ends up, too. ;-)

Deb said...

What a wonderful finish. The box is so sweet with that design on it. I just love your eReader cover too.

Melissa said...

Oh, I love that photo of your kitty. That's not only funny but she's so cute!

Your finishing is awesome. Stitching over one? Such a pretty box for your daughter!

That was a fun dateless night! ;-)

Robin said...

What a perfect way to display a sampler. Love your box finish! Looks like you have a great start on finishing up some of your unfinished finishes.

I have a cat that loves to sleep on my ironing board too. DH thinks it has to do with the heat reflecting cover, which makes sense because cats always find the warmest places to nap!

Karoline said...

Great finishing Barb, the box is gorgeous.

Love the picture of your kitty

Margaret said...

Very nice finish with the box! And the e-reader cover is nice too! Your kitty is so cute on the ironing board. Funny how they adopt their favorite places.

Suzanne said...

Nice finish on the box!

My DH is in Japan at the moment and I am getting lots of stitching time in during the evenings when it's just not too hot to stitch.

Jeanne said...

Great little box you finished - it's fun seeing all the great things people are doing with their finished pieces. I'm always glad when husband decides to take a weekend away - i sew and stitch all weekend and watch 'my' movies LOL.

Carol R said...

Lovely finish!

Kathy A. said...

Love the cover on your ereader. I am going to try adapting a pattern as well. Let's hope it looks as good as yours.

Sharon said...

Your box is gorgeous! Great job! I love the e-reader cover as well, it looks perfect to me.

Jennifer said...

What is it with cats and the ironing board. My old Alix loved to be up there and now little ROy seems to have taken a liking too it. Mine is really unstable, which cats usually don't go for. I guess it's the height and the "forbiddeness" of it all that makes it so interesting for them.
Would be interested to hear more about your local source of woolfelt. I'm sure there's someplace around here....maybe Waynesville...but the weather has been too bad to shop-hop lately.

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Hi Barb, I'm new here but can I say your plans sound heavenly, enjoy! Nice stitchy and sewing finishes:)