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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Well, La D Da!

Dear friends,

It snowed like crazy here today.  The sky was gray and the snowflakes were small but it came down heavy and the foggy, snowy air made everything look like we were truly in the midst of winter's embrace and not like we're on the cusp of Spring.  With the snow today, and the sub zero temperature we're supposed to have on Thursday, this will go down as the worst winter on record for the Detroit metro area.  Whoop-doop-de-do!   When Spring does arrive, and the snow starts to melt, we are going to have lakes of mucky, dirty water on our lawns, roads and trails, for quite a while.  Dog feet are going to have to be wiped constantly!

Enough about the weather...

I have finished the stitching on a piece we are doing for a La D Da class in our guild.  Lori is coming in April to teach her name tag bag and a pin keep drum.  I love most of what Lori designs and have stitched several of her pieces.  Sadly, what she came up with for our guild, I did not love.  It just wasn't what I expected. I think she designs a different bag design each time she teaches this class.  I hate to say, I wasn't thrilled with what she came up with.   It just didn't have the pretty, primitive feel most of her designs do and I didn't want to stitch it.   What to do?  I didn't want to spend time stitching something I didn't like so I borrowed a design of Lori's I do love and went to town.  I used her new, limited addition Birdy Stitching Roll pattern, moved the motifs around to fit the bag, and ta-da!    I did add several colors to kit provided for the bag and it doesn't match the Stitching Roll exactly, but I do think they'll be nice together.

Edited to add: Why do my pictures look so crappy, unless you click on them?  Anyone?  I know - they don't look all that great when you do click on them but they're REALLY bad unless you do.

The picture above is the truest to the linen color and the patterns pictured are the Birdy Stitching Roll on the left, name tag bag in the center and drum pinkeep on the right.

The sage, floral fabric will be the lining of the bag (I think).  The three pieces came pre-sewn together in the kit.

Now I have to get busy on the pin keep drum stitching so I can finish it in class, as well!

Thanks for all the congrats on Ty!  His visit home seemed all too short and he's now in North Carolina at the School of Infantry.   He'll be a great Marine!

Time to stop.  I've gotta go watch "Survivor".  It's a guilty pleasure.  I've watched it since it first came on the air and I would have loved to compete.  I think I could have kicked ass, back in the day.


The gross food challenges would have been my biggest stumbling block.  Still, I would have loved to try.   My chipper in the morning personality might have gotten me booted faster than anything else!  It seems to me that far more people are not happy risers than are.  Which one are you?  Would my singing in the morning irritate you?  What would you do if I sang out of tune?  I love the Joe Cocker version of that song; it's one of my favorites.
Sing it today, with or without a little help from your friends!

Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by and thank you for leaving me a note!
You're the best and I'm grateful you've stuck around!

Peace and Love,


Faye said...

Love love love that LaDDa you went with.. You made a great choice!!

pj said... your name tag design. Great job! You are so good with colors. I have taken a class from Lori and love her style. She is so sweet!


Pam in Iowa

Robin in Virginia said...

Nice looking bag front you created! And you being chipper in the morning wouldn't bother me at all!

Robin in Virginia

Barb said...

I agree with the other comments. I love the design and colors you chose. I can't see spending the time stitching a design you really don't like!! I hope Spring comes soon to your part of the world. I have a dear friend in Alma, MI!!!!!

Cheryl said...

Love it!

Margaret said...

Beautiul stitching! I'm glad you went with something you love instead of something you don't like much.

Annette-California said...

Beautiful design you went with and the colors. Your bag is going to be gorgeous! Love it!
love Annette

Ranae said...

I love it
I stated the birdie stitching roll last week
I love the colors

Cari said...

Love your La-D-Da 'stitch around'. Perfect !!! You're such a sweetheart. I'd be singing in the morning right along with you. We'd both be voted off for sure. I love Survivor. I am amazed every season with the people who are on the show !! So much fun. Hugs dear friend…soon it will be Spring..really !!

Teresa S. said...

You are really great at thinking out of the box on designs!
And I'm in love with your scissors!

Teresa said...

beautiful, I love this work

Chris said...

Your La-D-Da piece is fabulous. I love the birds. It is so great that you are supporting the guild even though you didn't like the project.
I hope that this is the last if the snow!!
Have a great weekend!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

hey. I'd have the pitch pipe all warmed up for you... I Love the early morning... and your work with Lori's design is awesome. Have fun with the drum. oh and I'd bang a drum early in the morning too.
Cheers and keep your cup straight

Annie said...

Good for you in finding a way to make the project fun and still be part the group. Love your work on this.

Wicked winds last night and icy cold here in DC too, but no snow today at least. I keep fearing that this winter will never end!

I'm a Survivor fan too, but for me it's vicarious thrills only. I could never imagine myself actually volunteering for something like that!

KAREN said...

Good choice-beautifullly done! I too have issues with some of Lori's designs lately, but I keep looking just in case. We are still 10" down for snow this year in Denver. the poor midwest and east coast. Spring is peeking though so have faith. Hugs

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I like your rendition! I can't wait to see it in person. I'm still waiting on mine to wing it's way to me. Then the stitching frenzy will commence. See ya soon!

Vickie said...

Great job! I am an early morning girl.

Von said...

Good for you for finding a way to participate in the guild activity with a design you love!!

Angie said...

I love the design on the birdie roll. Glad you could make it fit and create a name tag you like. Is it possible your M is missing a stitch?

Melissa said...

Oh, I love those LDD designs, especially that new Birdy kit. You've done a wonderful job adapting it to your class bag - love it! And I love those scissors too - do tell, what are they?

Carol said...

Very nice choice, Terri--no sense in spending time stitching something you aren't in love with :) I look forward to seeing your finish!

I used to watch Survivor back when it was first on and always enjoyed it. No way, though, could I ever have gotten some of those food challenges past my lips. I gag at green vegetables as it is :) But, yes, I, too, am a cheery in the morning type!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Love what you did with your version of the class piece :)
Ty is going to be a great marine!
I'm a chipper morning person too. Ha ha! It does irritate most...I don't sing until everyone is gone then I put on a concert for my cats!

Katrina said...

So sweet, I love how you've made it your own!!!! Can't wait to see it all finished :-).

Patty C. said...

Love the pattern you chose!

Charlene ♥ NC said...

I agree - why would you want to stitch something you didn't enjoy for a class? Love your choices. I'm not a chipper, early morning person - not as bad as some, but need a little while to get my thoughts together. Glad to see you posting!

marly said...

Ooooh I like those designs. I remember dirty paws. We had thick plush bath carpet pieces, kept them soaking wet and she had to walk over them to get back in. A rubber boot mat filled with water and a plush bath mat works too. She was a Lab and loved muddy water so many times, we had to dip her legs in a plastic wash basin. I wouldn't even make it off the boat in Survivor.

Wanda said...

Terri, your bag is amazing! It's way to much time to spend our limited time on something we are not happy with. It's beautiful!!

Maxine said...

Beautiful stitching. I wouldn't mind you singing in the morning(I'm an early bird too) in or out of tune as I'm sure my singing would be much worse but we'd have a laugh ;)

Karoline said...

I like what you've done for the bag, hope you have a great class

Hilda said...

You did a great job on this bag, Terri!
I agree with you, it looks better, than the original motif (although I like the original motif too).
This will be a wonderful bag - can't await seeing it finished.

And I am also looking forward to seeing the drum pin keep.


Sharon said...

Terri, it looks awesome! You have a great eye for color, I love it.

Patty C. said...

LaDDa is awesome!