Thursday, August 21, 2014

Telecast Thursday: Embroidery Inspiration

Hi everyone:

Welcome to Telecast Thursday! I've finished the videos about my Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP sewing machine and am now switching from machine stitching to hand stitching, specifically hand embroidery. 
While I love working with my machines - and I have lots of machines - I also enjoy sitting down with a hand stitchery project. I find it relaxing and easy to do.

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While there are many hand embroidery patterns available, I like to create my own. In this video, I discuss where I find my inspiration for my hand embroidery designs. You can watch the video on my Youtube channel or below.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Estate Sale Birthday

Hi everyone:

What could be better than going away for your birthday week-end? Stopping at an estate sale - twice - of course! Yes, my hubby and children indulged me and whisked me to Lethbridge for my birthday.

The high-level railway bridge in Lethbridge 
Enjoying a walk through Indian Battle Park in Lethbridge
On the way we stopped at an estate sale in the country and we picked up a few things. 
Even better than the treasures I found was the fact that we got them at 25% off on the way down to Lethbridge and 50% off the next day on our way back to Calgary. 
I got some antique hand-painted china, 
Teacups, saucers and small luncheon plates - yum!
Can hardly wait to use these
a Cornflower cream and sugar set,
This is what I went back for on Sunday and it was still waiting for me.
Really love the tray with the candlewick handles
a Beswick foal (I collect these),
This Beswick foal matches a larger one that I already have
a strand of cultured pearls, some old books, including a typing practise manual (I remember those days!), a manual typewriter for my daughter, a vintage dartboard and darts for my son, and a few sewing related items. 
I'm sure this typewriter manual will help Sarah with her typing skills
I also picked up two vintage children's aprons, one of which belonged to the daughter of the homeowner, who was also at the sale. I managed to snag a desk Ott-Lite, which I've been wanting to buy for some time now and a few vintage doilies - I always get the doilies. I also snagged these gas ration coupon booklets from WWII, just because I had never seen any of these and thought they were so cool.
Gas ration coupon booklets from WWII
They even had the licence plate number on them.
My best purchase was a wooden sewing basket that folds out. I had passed on one of these at a previous estate sale and I was glad I did, because this one was a treasure trove!
Look at all the goodies inside! 
Every layer full of vintage sewing supplies
Teeka inspecting the new addition to the studio
It's really large when you open it all out!
Teeka is as thrilled as I was with this discovery! 
Thread and perle cotton and needles and ... there was even some partially finished embroidery in the bottom of the basket. I was thrilled!
Lots of old thread and some Singer shears 
Perle cotton and some lace
Did I go a bit overboard? Well, maybe, but it was my birthday after all and the net proceeds from this sale were being used to fund a scholarship at the local high school, so I didn't feel too bad about my purchases. 

Of course there is always another estate sale just around the corner, or in my case, just a few miles away, and I'll let you know about the most recent sale that I attended and what followed me home from there in a future post.

Let me know about your best estate sale find in the comments below.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quilt Kit Giveaway

Hi everyone:

Wouldn't you love to win a quilt kit? Of course you would and Craftsy is giving you that opportunity. You can enter to win one of two quilt kits and the choice is yours. 

Which quilt would you love to win? One randomly selected quilter will get to choose their prize, whether it's the starry True Blue Quilt Kit OR the elegant Blue Garden Quilt Kit. 
True Blue Quilt Kit
Photo Courtesy of Craftsy

Blue Garden Quilt Kit
Photo courtesy of Craftsy
The best part: the prize also comes with the coordinated backing for the quilt!

Enter to win here: Enter to Win a Quilt Kit from Craftsy 
**Please note that only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter.** 

The contest is on now until August 27, so enter soon. Good luck!