Sunday, April 28, 2013

Shake Your Pom Poms!

I have loved pom poms since I was a little girl.  I signed up for cheerleading in fourth grade for the shear swishing of the pretty pom poms I was able to use.  I had a girlfriend who would sit with me and make pom poms out of yarn all summer long using only those horrible cardboard circles.

For the Shake Your Pom Poms blog hop I started out knitting tiny little newborn hats and making equally small pom poms for the top.  I can't wait for the babies to get here that we are waiting for so they can wear them!

I have loved the Creative Breathing blog and wait anxiously for her creations.  I have always wanted to make one of Elizabeth's characters and this was the perfect opportunity.  They are so beautiful and so fun to look at.  The only problem...which one to choose.

Yes everything is made and sewn by hand.  I asked my son what he thought of my little friend and he said "It looks like a mailman Mom."  Perfect, that is just what he is.  :)

I of course want to thank Madame Samm and Thearica for being our cheerleaders once again.  Please take a minute and check out the rest of today's participants.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

April 29
Meadowbrook (you are here!)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hello Sunshine!

We finally have a day that feels like spring.  Everyone has come out of their houses to enjoy the beautiful weather.  Of course in Minnesota fashion they are predicting snow again for next week, but we are going to enjoy every minute we have of the 70 degree weather.

I've been working on my scarf again in between trying to figure out how I suddenly became a "no reply blogger" and lost my Google+.  I can actually see some progress with the scarf, and I'm still working on  the "no reply blogger" status.

How great is it that a tiny ball of yarn can cast a shadow?  I think this linen yarn is going to drape beautifully!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stash Report

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to hang all the bedding outside on the clothes line.  The bedrooms smelled heavenly last night.  It was a warm spring-like day, and then today we had more snow.  It seems the weather is having a hard time deciding if it is winter or spring.  I hate to complain about it since there is nothing I can do about it, but I could really use some days that look and feel a little more like spring.

I made a lot of pom poms this weekend.  I can get about 10 of the large sized ones out of one large skein of yarn.  I figured if it isn't going to be sunny out, I might as well make a little sunshine of my own. I still have quite a few more to make.

The 1500 pack of 1/2" hexagons arrived yesterday.  Now I can start basting again!!  The glue pen is ready and all the little squares of fabric are cut and ready to go.  If the soccer and softball fields ever dry out I should have plenty of waiting time to sit and stitch hexagons.

Stash Report

Used this Week: 12.25 yards
Used year to Date: 14.75 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 10 yards
Net Used for 2013: 4.50 yards

I haven't posted a stash report for a while, but I have finished quite a few, it looks like I have used more than I have this past week.  The good news, for the first time since starting to report my "stash used" I have more used than purchased.  :)  YEAH!  There is hope for me!!!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WIP Wednesday

This started out as Design Wall Monday...but it is now Wednesday so it is my work in progress.  :)  I spent some time in the car again this weekend and more time waiting which allowed me to do some basting again.

I now have 375 dime-sized hexies basted and I've run out of the paper hexagons so I have to order them.  I'm not quite sure which pattern I'm going to use which will make me wait until I have the papers here to start working on them.  They are so bright and cheery to work with, especially with the dreary weather we have been having.

I also got the knitting needles out and started on a new summery scarf.  I'm using a linen yarn called Sparrow from Quince & Co. and I love it.  It is kind of like knitting with DMC thread, which makes me slow down, but the further I get into it, the more I want to knit.  It is a free pattern that can be found here.  It seems I never have a shortage of things to work on, but they all seem to keep me out of trouble.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug Hop

It is time for another blog hop with Madame Samm and Erin our cheerleader.  I've really been enjoying all the mug rugs made this week.  As a matter of fact, I now have more than one on the design wall.  
Life has been a little crazy around here lately, so I thought a little spring happiness was in order.  I was able to use my blanket stitch on my sewing machine, a little hand embroidery on the eyes and antennae, some machine quilting, and then hand binding (I soon realized is rather difficult on something so small).  What fun to be able to use a little bit of all those different aspects of quilting and have a finished "mini quilt."  

                                FRIDAY, APRIL 12th
Bobbie @ From This to That
Leslie @ Les Quilts
Kristen @ Meadowbrook you are here!
Lavonna @ ZellerWear
Lynn @ Thimblemouse & Spouse
Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy
Martha @ Living Life
Shawn @ Creative Inspiraciones
Rhonda @ Sunrise at Ravelly's!
Toye @ Quilting Adventures of a Ginger

Please take a little time to visit the rest of today's participants.  I know I have been very inspired seeing everyone's creations this week.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Well, I don't know what happened, but it seems time has gotten away from me.  It started out with me doing some filing to prepare for our taxes and it ended up in a huge spring cleaning frenzy.  You know the "let's pull all the furniture out of the rooms and start over" kind of cleaning.  I can say our house is a lot more livable now and we got rid of a lot of junk, but it took some time.  We also celebrated my husband's birthday, his one year anniversary of being cancer free, Easter, and spring break for my son.  Soccer and softball season are supposed to begin for my son this week, but the weather really is not cooperating which is disappointing as I have all my sit and wait bags repacked and ready to go.

In between all my celebrating and cleaning I have been working on some hand projects....

There were a few days when I almost gave up on these hexagons.  Looking at it now it seems almost doable.  I tend to start projects that are HUGE undertakings and get the easy parts done quickly and then suffer at the end with the more time consuming not so fun parts.  I still have all the centers of the flowers to satin stitch, but looking at this photo I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I have also been working with wool, which I am really enjoying.  This pincushion is from Just Another Button Company and although it was rather expensive to purchase as a kit, it was completely worth it and a joy to assemble.

I have big plans for this guy.  I'm planning on him having a red friend, a blue friend, and a yellow friend.  I actually think he was easier than the carrot.

Last, but not least I assembled this box for my take along bag.  The kit came with the tiny scissors and the thread keeper.  Hopefully I will not lose my needles anymore with both the pincushion and magnet.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen