Tuesday, November 30, 2010


"O Christmas Tree" is another design by Jenny Hoffman. This was stitched on osnaburg,1 thread over 2. Have you tried that???? Don't know if this one will be for sale or not,cause I want a $1000 for it!!!!! I'm old,can't see and doing this caused my brain tumor to go into fits with lots of brain and vision attacks!!!! I've been doing pretty well with the brain attacks due to taking Percocet 3X's a day for the colon pain,but I even added Tyelenol to that and it didn't help. I was determined that I was going to finish all these stitcheries and I did!!! Which brings me to another story.
For a long time I've thought about getting a floor stand Ott lamp with a magnifier. So after this recent episode of the daily brain attacks,not to even get into the problem that I'm always too hot and sweat my head off trying to work at nite under my 150 watt floor lamp,I decided it was time for an Ott. They were 50% off at Joann's and Sunday was the last day of the sale (NOT since a new email from them). Anyhoo we thought we'd go get one Sunday. Well I didn't feel up to going so John said he'd go. Well I always try to do everything I can to make things easier for him. I called Joann's explained that he's on oxygen and would need some help. I gave her the item number,price and sale price. She said they had 3. I told her that I also need a 1 lb. bag of fiberfill and 1 pkg. of white pipe cleaners and 1 pkg. of red. She told me that they were busy. I said well he's on his way and it's only 3 things. They'd have to help him anyway once he got there and isn't that part of the job,to help customers??? She said the items would be at the cutting table. GREAT!!! But when he got there they weren't there. I had given John a list with all the info on it and he said she took her own list to get and went to get the stuff. So when he came home I looked in the bag and there's the largest size of quilt batting NOT fiberfill. I said well this has to go back. So at half time of the Browns game he put my lamp together. I looked at it and said where's my magnifier???? YUP it was the wrong lamp!!! Wish I would have seen the item number on the box BEFORE he put it together. Not the right number I gave her so not the right lamp. I did get the right pipe cleaners though,YEAH!!! I called the manager of Joann's she said she would put my name on the right lamp. So John went back yesterday,MONDAY and got the right lamp!!! He put it together last nite and put it by my chair and I plugged it in. YEAH I can hook without sweating my head off!!!!! I flipped the switch and NO light!! Tried a few times and no luck. I went to take a shower while John checked it out. Well he said that the wires are broken inside. So as I type this he's getting ready to go to Joanns for the 3rd time!!!
I'll let ya know if I actually end up with an Ott lamp or if it's gonna be stuck where the sun don't shine!!!!!

I think I might frame Season of Hope. It's a design by Jenny Hoffman. The little Merry Christmas stitchings are my design and will be finished into ornies.Lot of work left to do on them yet though.

I CAN NOT OVEN DRY RIGHT!!!!! 30 some years of doing shows,being known for my dolls and Santas and I grunged stuff before grunging was the "IN" thing to do. But NEVER in the oven!!!! Last year I caught some angel wings on fire that I had made from an antique quilt!!! Of course it had that old cotton seed batting in it,so everytime I thought I had gotten it to stop burning,I'd look back in the kitchen and there'd be smoke billowing up again!!! AND I thought I was gonna kill myself from the fumes that were coming from that old batting!!! Good thing John wasn't home!!! The doll was almost finished at this point and I thought,I am NOT going to throw this out after all this work. So I managed to fix her and she SOLD!!!!!

This is a bigger "Everyday Angel" and the next time you see her here you won't recognize her. I've got an idea!!!!! The gingerbread boys?? I'll fix them up somehow. Now for the next things that need to be finished. I am so NOT good at doing this blog that I'm betting my pictures are all out of order. But I'm not starting over so if they're mixed up,I'm Sorry and if they're not YEAH FOR ME!!!!!!

This pinkeep pillow is a pattern from Jennifer of taylors*farmhouse*attic

These items are on ebay right now along with the last gingerbread doll I've hooked.It's a girl!!

This dolly is from a pattern by my friend Lottie of Sweetpeas Primitives. I decided to do her face differently. She really looks like an olde doll in person

This Everyday Angel I made from a pattern by Primitive Heart. I used antique cutter quilt to make her wings and heart.


  1. Oh, my goodness!!..You have been busy!!...Bless you and John's hearts on having to go through all of that with the lamp...When I worked outside of the home(before my first was born) I worked at a drugstore and i loved helping the customers...It is such a shame that courtesy and customer service has gotten so poor!!..I hope you get a workable lamp to use!!

    The sampler you stitched from my pattern is beautiful!!!..And I love all your sewed items!!

    I spent last evening baking samplers in the oven with Tim complaining about the smell...It's not the most pleasant, but we love the look it gives us!!

    Have a great day!!~~hugs,Jen

  2. Good luck with the lamp, and let me know what happens cause I want one too!!! Love your finishes!! Have a blessed day...Robin

  3. Thank You so much Jen and Robin!!!!

    I am now sitting and hooking with my new Ott floor lamp!!!!!
    It's not even 4 p.m. here in Ohio,but it's very dark so I need a light on to hook and it's working great!!!! Don't know yet how the magnifier will work cause I don't have any stitchin' pieces going yet. It's not the most attractive looking thing BUT it'll be worth it to get rid of some of my problems!!!

  4. Sherry ~
    I've been using an Ott lite in my hookin' room for a couple of years and I could not work without it! I think I am getting one for Christmas that I will put in the living room (if I do get it) so I can sit by the fire and work.
    I didn't think you were ever going to get one that works :(
    All your "stuff" looks great!
    Hugs :)

  5. Oh Sherry! An Ott light would be so great for you! I sincerely hope that you were able to overcome the bad service and get one! Yes, it's a widespread problem these days...... personal service has gone by the wayside.
    You do such marvelous work on all your creations. From stitching to hooking and doll making. I can tell by your photos that you are meticulous and no one would find a thread hanging on your finished works! Hope you are creating like mad under your new Ott lamp!
    Hugs and Merry Holidays to you!
    Cathy G


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