Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Friday, January 24, 2020

Long Time No TUSAL

...and we're back! It's been nearly a year since I've posted a Totally Useless Stitch A Long update. My last TUSAL photo was of an empty jar and I've saved every ORT since then:


I stitched more than I thought I did this last year. However, I cannot remember what all I stitched! Bad stitching blogger!

My ORT jar is shown here with my current stitch, "Pear Tree" by Little House Needleworks. I've stitched this a time or two before and it's a very "zen" project. This stitch was chosen when I was going to spend all day at the hospital for Dash to have a procedure and I needed an easy travel stitch. 



The leaf bowl is full of sewing ORTs as I've finished quite a few projects, even a quilt! Maybe a quick pic of that sometime soon, if you'd like to see.

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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your January TUSAL post so we can come to visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Treats

I have been treating myself whenever I can. Little indulgences that make life sweeter. Yesterday I treated myself to a mani-pedi:



Life is definitely sweeter with bubblegum pink toenails, right?

I treat myself every now and again with a thrift store shopping trip with my dad, who can ferret out the best shops to go to. On one of these trips, I found these Wilson pattern boxes. They are perfect to store sewing supplies in!



Don't you love those retro colors? They certainly brighten up my studio.

I treated myself to this Hyacinth and to a couple of Amaryllis (flowers not shown) that now have taken over the kitchen window. The Hyacinth smells up the entire kitchen with a yummy scent.



These may not be the treat they appeared because my nose gets stuffy every time I'm home! I guess the allergies are worth having flowers in wintertime.

What do you treat yourself to?

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Stuff and Thangs

The Walking Dead fans will recognize the reference in the title of this post, others will read it as my Okie accent bleeding through!

Lots of stuff has happened while I was off gathering myself. I finished Merry Sunshine:


Design ~ Merry Sunshine
Designer ~ La D Da
Fabric ~ 32 count Daffycat-Dyed Lugana
Fiber ~ Gentle Arts


I adore this finish. Merry was such a pleasure to stitch. I really enjoy stitching letters and words and La D Da really made some fun ones to stitch!

I got another tattoo:


The verse reads:

Take a Breath
Gently Blow
Spread Your Dreams
Let Them Grow

A little tribute to my Mom (who loved growing things) inspired by Silver Creek Samplers design "Dandy Dreams." Have I shocked you? Have I even ever mentioned I like tattoos???

I also taught myself to cuff too-short jeans into capri pants, as shown in the picture.



I think maybe I freaked everyone out enough for one day!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I Can't Stop Loving You

My deepest apologies for neglecting my blog for so long. My mother's death threw me off my center for a long time. The new job was a godsend helping me deal with my grief and I am approaching my one-year anniversary of working there.  

Shortly after my mother"s death, I happened to hear a Ray Charles song, "I Can't Stop Loving You" and it became my anthem and solace in these sad days. One of the verses always spoke to me and I could picture them, a tiny tribute, stitched in pink.


They say that time heals a broken heart
But time has stood still since we've been apart.



I left it on my mother's pillow near the anniversary. 

My dad told me later it was her favorite song.

I never knew.



Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Monday, February 4, 2019

Yes, We Have No Bananas

We have no ORTs as well! At least we are on time for once. Since I have no ORTs this month, I'm expecting ya'll to have picked up my slack! You better have lots! I'm just kidding! Wanna see my lonely, empty, sad ORT containers?


Now, why do I have empty ORT containers? I've been busy the past several week's job hunting, interviewing and accepting a position. I actually started training just this morning, Yes, my days as a Lady of Leisure are officially over! On to new, bigger and better. I will have to get my mojo back soon as I will need the stress relief, right?

On a side note: I have updated the TUSAL link with the correct dates of this year's New Moons. The sidebar widget usually gets updated with the next date too. Again, If your blog is not listed, please send me an email with your link!


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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your February TUSAL post so we can come to visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Monday, January 7, 2019

Totally Useless Stitch A Long

Okay, I totally forgot to swap my calendar to 2019 so I thought TUSAL was supposed to be today, the 7th, not yesterday the 6th. I'm late! What else is new?

My thread ORTs were sparse. Just not feeling the mojo this past couple of months.


My sewing ORTs look better but only because they are so bulky! The wood leaf bowl has ORTs from Christmas ornaments and a few bits from an appliqué project I've (barely) started.


Here are this year's ORTs stuffed in one place! I didn't mean to collect a yearly jar, I just forgot to dump it that first month before adding a ton of ORT. It was fun though!


Just for fun...here are all the ORTs I've collected since starting this blog 10+ years! I put the jar next to my iron so you could see the size. 


If you would like to continue (or begin) with the Totally Useless Stitch A Long please visit the link below and see if your blog is on the list. If your blog is missing, please email me your link to daffy-cat AT hotmail.com (Replace AT with @ or it won't go through!)


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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your January TUSAL post so we can come to visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox



Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas stitching I mentioned in the last TUSAL post was from working on these cuties. I started them in early November, hoping to get them finish-finished before Christmas.


One for each of the hospice ladies that cared for my mom these past months. Mom's death came sooner than expected but I was able to pull myself together enough to finish the gifts. Dad gave them out over the last week. I hope they brought a little holiday cheer. 

Merry Christmas, dear friends.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Friday, December 14, 2018

In Memory of My Mother

FEBRUARY 16, 1942 – DECEMBER 5, 2018


Born Barbara Ann Barron, the eighth of eleven children of Benjamin Arthur Barron and Lilly Mae (Carney) Barron and raised with love in Midland, Texas.

Barbara, beloved Bobbie Ann to her husband Landis, high school sweethearts who made a loving home for their family in Midland, Texas, then in Oklahoma City, Stillwater, and Edmond, Oklahoma for 60 blessed years.

Barbara is survived by her devoted husband, Landis and their children, Carol Harris, Hershel Dewayne Legge, Sharon Bennett and husband Richard (Rick), and her grandchildren, Danelle Zemke and husband Ryan, Jessica Bennett and husband Matthew, Michael, Landis, and Tristen, and her one great-grandchild, Roark Zemke.

She is also survived by her brother Norman Barron and wife Phyllis, of Harrah, OK, her sister Donna Steele and husband Cliff, of Wichita Falls, TX, her sister-in-law Francis Walters and husband Donnie, of Enid, OK, her brother-in-law John (Jack) Legge and wife Ruth, Liscomb Mills, N.S. Canada. Barbara was predeceased by four of her brothers and four of her sisters.

Her family wants to thank Humanity Hospice for their care of Barbara in her last months, especially Keyla Short, to whom Mom expressed great affection.

While Barbara’s love of all flowers God created, even the flowering weeds, her family would appreciate in lieu of flowers, donations to Humanity Hospice or Alzheimer's Association of Oklahoma City.

To our friends, we appreciate the love and support we have received in the days since her passing.



xoxoxox

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xox

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Belated ORT Report

Life got in the way and I missed posting our Totally Useless Stitch A Long for December. The New Moon was last Friday, the 7th! Did you get yours posted on time?


I was working on some Christmas projects and used quite a bit of red and white. I even ended and started a new skein. 


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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your December TUSAL post so we can come to visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Singer Model 404 Restoration by Sharon, an Andy Tube Viewer


My mentor, Andy, created a video slideshow of my recent sewing machine restoration and I'm so happy to share it with you today.

Thank you, Andy! 

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox