Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snowbound Stitching

We got a big surprise yesterday -- a snowstorm!  Let me clarify.  I live just north of Atlanta and what comprises a snowstorm here is completely different from what I grew up with in the Midwest.  There is this belief that Atlanta drivers don't know how to drive in snow, but I don't think that's true.  The reality is that the local governments don't know how to prepare for "snow events", and just don't have the proper equipment to keep the streets clear.  I'm not complaining.  That's just how it is.

Somewhere in Atlanta.  Found this photo on one of the news pages.
 My husband spent the night on the floor of his office, but at least he didn't get stuck on one of the highways like a lot of people did.  Many businesses are closed and we're being told not to go anywhere today.
So yesterday I was snowbound, and I got the call at 6:00 a.m. today telling me that I didn't have to be at work. I decided to take advantage of being shut in and do some stitching.   I'm working on a little moon and star chart that I will turn into a tooth fairy pillow for a little boy.  If you look at the moon closely, you'll see that it was mainly stitched in metallic!  I have made peace with metallics!  I recently received some valuable advice about stitching with metallics -- make a knot with the thread in the eye of the needle.  That will prevent the thread from slipping around and fraying.  I did not know this!!  It is so nice to learn something new.
I enjoyed taking part in the Grow Your Blog party.  My followers now number 180!  In addition, I received some nice comments on my blog.  My giveaway is still open to anyone who wants to try for one of the two prizes.  All you have to do is leave a comment on my Grow Your Blog post and I'll draw two names on February 15th - one for each prize.  Go on.  Check it out.

In the meantime, I'll try to enjoy my unexpected day off and do a little more stitching.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog!

Hello and welcome to my blog, CraftyCat.  Last year I participated in the Grow Your Blog party hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full and had a wonderful time.  So I am happily joining in the fun again.

My favorite craft is cross stitch, but that's not all I feature on this blog.  You'll also find posts about jewelry making, beading, sewing, crocheting and other crafty endeavors.  On occasion, you'll see a recipe, photos of what's growing in my yard, and maybe photos of cats.  Yes, they do appear here from time to time.

I try to make this a fun place to visit, and don't take myself too seriously.  I'll happily admit to my shortcomings, like my limited crochet abilities.  But my goal each time I begin any kind of craft project is to create something beautiful.

During last year's Grow Your Blog event, I found so many great blogs.  Along with gaining inspiration, ideas, and helpful crafty information from them, I've just had fun reading many of these blogs.  It is my hope that you will have the same experience when you visit CraftyCat.

As part of the Grow Your Blog party, I am having two prize drawings! Yay!  To enter the drawings, all you have to do is make a comment on THIS post.  That's it.  And remember that if you win, I'll have to get in touch with you, so make sure that I can find an e-mail address for you.  The prizes are:
#1: A very cool beaded (by me!) needle case.  

#2: Better Homes & Gardens "Cross-Stitch Christmas"(128 page book)
Pretty awesome, right?  So just leave a comment.  I'll draw two names at noon (EST) on February 15th.  One will win the needle case and one will win the cross stitch book.  I'll post the names of the winners right here in a blog post in addition to sending them e-mails.  Good luck!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back often!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Almost Missed The Party

Last year I participated in the Grow Your Blog party hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full, and had fun viewing new-to-me blogs and adding followers to my own blog.  I fully intended to join the party again, but found out that I missed the sign-up by a few days.  Woe is me.  I usually follow the rules, but this time I missed the boat and decided to ask in a nice way if I could still join.  Vicki sent me a message back saying that she would indeed include me and to go ahead and sign up.  Yay!  So on January 25th, I'll be participating with about 500 other bloggers in this event.  I'll also be including a prize drawing as part of Grow Your Blog, so watch for my post for details.

I was on the hunt for some deep blue fabric to stitch a special little gift, but was having trouble finding the right shade.  Finally I hit the jackpot by contacting Leslie at Under the Sea Fabrics.  I had the winning bid on one of her fabrics during her auction, and added a beautiful deep blue fabric to my order.
Harvest Moon & Witching Hour
Yeah, that made my day.  And now for the bonus:  I get to start something new!

On Facebook, I'm a member of a little cross stitch group of friendly stitchers.  We are doing a Valentine exchange with stitched cards.  This is a totally new craft for me!  I did finish mine, but will wait to post the result here until it is received.  I did crochet a little add-on last week. 
Awwww, cute, right?  And yes, I finally got some red yarn.  I had originally learned how to crochet this little heart with gold yarn because that was all I had available.  You can find the instructions to make this little cutie at Maybe Matilda's blog.  Just click on the "crochet" button and that will take you to all of her crochet projects including these Valentine hearts.  They're amazingly easy, even for me. 

What do you think of my blog's new look?  I'd had the old one for quite a while and decided to spruce up the blog a little in anticipation of the Grow Your Blog party.  Happy colors for this time of year, when it's most needed!

Monday, January 13, 2014

My Lonely Craft Room

I've worked at making my craft room as comfortable, user-friendly and welcoming as possible and I think I've succeeded.  But there's one thing missing and that is me.  Look how sad and lonely my craft room is.  I think I can hear crickets chirping.  Over the past 2 months several things have prevented me from getting crafty.  Those are:  working extra hours, being sick, and the holidays.  Excuses, excuses, right?

The really bad thing is that if I turned around and took a picture of the opposite wall, you'd see a book case (used for storage and pretty display) that is crammed with stuff that I just stuck there.  You'd find gift bags, my fabric wreath, magazines, framed holiday cross stitch which should be stored properly, and an assortment of miscellaneous items.  Do you like how I just photographed the neat side?

Maybe I haven't been TOTALLY idle.  I made a pretty tote bag for a Christmas gift.  Now that it's been given, I can show you.
This past weekend was Stitch Day for the Sisters In Stitches.  I worked on another gift that I can't show anyone just yet, but will soon.  But I did have a small finish during the holiday time:  "Cardinal Winter" by LHN.
Now that life is back to normal, I am enjoying getting back to stitching and planning my next project.  And I plan to get back into that craft room soon to try my hand at turning a tiny stitched project into a greeting card.  I also have an ongoing painting project that has been sorely neglected.  Happily it's in the home stretch so when I do get back to it, it will be a short time before it's completed. 

But first, I think I should do some serious cleaning up of my craft room mess and get a little organized.