Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Bag, a Bird and Kitties

Hi everyone, I'm glad you stopped in to visit!  It's a beautiful October day here and I wanted to show you what I've been up to.  The lovely design on this bag is from the most recent Blackbird Designs book, "A Schoolgirl's Work."  It's "Polly's Sewing Box", but I decided to put it on a bag instead.
I used mostly the recommended floss colors but chose Antique Rose to replace Woodrose, I knew I would like it better with a more pink look.  I also did the door on the house in pink instead of the off white and stitched the little beehive with satin stitches.  Here's the back view with a lace trimmed pocket:
I also did some embroidery and made it into an ornament.
This is from a wonderful book called, "Simple Pleasures in Redwork".  It's full of gorgeous embroidery designs, most of which have a bird theme.  I used Carrie's Creation Silk floss in the color Lumiere de Cheryl and trimmed it with a tiny purple pom-pom trim around the edge.  This was a super fun project to stitch!  Here's a closer look at the stitches:
I've also been taking some kitty pictures:
Sweetpea, our little old lady kitty trying to beg a drink of water from the kitchen sink.
Harley, who's never too shy to have his picture taken.
Trixie, enjoying a little bit of sunshine.
Nap time for Maggie, Cricket, Trixie and Harley.
The last picture is of a morning glory that I found as a seedling in the yard and dug it up so it wouldn't get mowed down.  I potted it and put it in an upstairs window where it's been blooming very nicely.
These are one of my most favorite flowers, isn't it a beautiful blue?  I think I just might get a tattoo of one some day!  Thanks for  visiting, it's very much appreciated!


Nancy said...

As always everything is beautiful Karen! The Schoolgirl Embroderies book caught my attention by the name alone, and now that I see your beautiful stitching I want it even more. I really love your embroidered ornament - such wonderful colors, beautiful stitching and finishing! Your kitties are gorgeous!

Carissa said...

The bag is lovely and what a neat idea for finishing. I love the embroidered ornament - I've always wondered what that particular looked like stitched up. I like it a lot, guess I'll have to pick that one up for myself to use on something.

Your kitties are adorable and your Morning Glory looks great! I've got mine climbing up my evespout in my backyard and it's nearly to the roof!

Penny said...

Your stitching is beautiful and another gorgeous bag! The ornament is so pretty and I love the purple pom-pom trim. What sweet kitties, I love how they nap together.

Sally said...

I love the tote bag and that ornament is just gorgeous!

Cute photos of your kitties :)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I always love to visit here.......such a cheery place full of sweet kitties, flowers and of course, your beautiful stitching! Makes a soul feel right at home! Love tht purse! blessings,Kathleen

sana said...

I love this Blackbird Designs book!
Beautiful finish!

Solstitches said...

What a lovely post Karen.
Your bag is really special - I love the design and the lace pocket is a lovely accent.
The ornament is gorgeous. I have a little design card by Kathy Schmidt and think that book is by her also?
I love the colours you chose to stitch the ornament.
Love the pictures of your kitties all taking a nap together :)


Enza said...

Wonderful bag, ..... fantastic cats!!!! Enza xxx

Ivana said...

Absolutely perfect bag! I needed to sew a bag for the dog, but I can not sew so beautifully ...

Heth said...

Love your pretty bag, and your kitties. I like to grow Morning Glories, the blue is so fresh and bright. Great blog

l'alternativa said...

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Bits of Stitching! said...

Lovely projects! I've stitched the In My Garden stitchery by Kathy Schmitz a while back with a blue variegated Valdani thread. The thread you used its lovely!