Sunday, March 30, 2014

Items for Sale

I have been trying to clean some items out of the house.
While I hate parting with cool stuff, I must as I just have to much. 
And I also have a new goal all moneys made from these sales will be saved for a trip so I am not so sad to part with cool stuff.
So on offer today 
If you look closely in above picture Stacy Nash used these in her booth at the Nashville Market 2013 they are holding some of her famous tulips.

Item A

 Item B
Item C

I am asking 25.00 each plus shipping
I will ship anywhere, but due to the weight overseas shipping may be expensive.
If interested please email me at

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Long Time

What has been keeping me away from blogging!
Really in my line of work we call it soil...may be to make it seem more glamours, but let me tell you that's not working for me.
This innocent looking tray of SOIL (40 samples per tray) is what I look at day in and day out.  We (myself and my one lab helper who is 75) tested 1850 samples in one week.  I think we were doing pretty good, however the soil just kept coming so at this point I have quit counting.
I really am not complaining about the Dirt because with out it I could not purchase any stitching supplies so...I will just be knee deep in dirt for awhile.
 This is the hallway at work were all of the samples are stored, just in case the customer wants us to run more tests.  This is only one half of the hallway.

So to get away from it all my husband thought we should go fishing, well he's fishing and I'm stitching.  I can stitch almost anywhere so I always have some project in tow.
I have to mention that the next picture of me in a boat will be different because someone unnamed had to order a new one....but it does have a console for me and I am here to say there is plenty of room for my stitching supplies in the glove box. 

So other things that were keeping me from blogging.
We finally finished the bathroom remodel it only took six months but I am well pleased with it.
I heard Danny telling some friends that we are allowing people to use it for a fee to help cover costs, I hope they are still our friends.
 Here are a few pictures of it.

Even the Cats like to bath in here.

I also went to Knoxville for two day. While Danny was taking classes I was playing.
I visited with the kids and found some little items that had to come home with me.
Check out the scissors they look like they would just be good for decorating with, but they are super sharp and have a nice blade for cutting, may be a tad big for cross stitch.
I also spent time with Candi and Jean and we exchanged Christmas gifts, but did I have my camera??
Really what king of blogger am I.

I finished this sampler a couple of years ago, but it got framed in a hurry when I needed red accents in the new bathroom.  Do any of you have a drawer full of samplers that are completed and just needing framing?  I will show some of mine another day.
 Stacy donated this floor stand to my stitching room and it came in handy for the manifesto sampler that I am stitching for The Scarlet Letter stitch along.  This project is going to take me forever as it is on silk gauze and I can only sit hunched over this frame for a few hours at a time.  I should ask those of you that use a stand all the time does your back hurt or am I doing it wrong?
 I did manage to put a few more stitches in from the last post, but you have to look closely.
But never fear I have other projects in the works..
The Red Deer by Gigi.
I love stitching this the colors are to die for.

I am also stitching Stacy Nash's  Emilia Pool.
This is a stitch along with Irene and Anne in England.  I am having fun stitching it, but I feel that I'm not doing my part in the stitch along as these are the first pictures I'm sharing.  I keeping thinking practice makes perfect, but I am not getting any better at blogging or keeping up my end of the sharing.  It would be so much easier if I could just pop around to their house and stitch with them, I think I could really fit in as I have even started drinking tea.

So because I can never have just a few thing started.... and I needed a project for the Scarlet Letter Year I have started not one but two new samplers.
Ann Sherman 
FWSA an Italian Sampler 1826. 
 Back in February I attended the Nashville Needlework Market.
I was helping out Stacy Nash and her mother in their booth. 
I must say that Stacy had an awesome booth and I just wish that I had a small amount of her talent.
I of course forgot to take my camera, but there were a few picture of her room on some other blogs.
I can not wait till Stacy gets her studio up and running...I am already planing a visit.  If you need a reason to get out you should put it on your list also as you will be sure to find many things you can not live without.
At market you get over whelmed with all of the great stitching to be had all in one place, may be that is why it is so hard to put it in words here on the blog.
I could make a list of all the great designers there along with their samplers, but I would not want to skip anyone so I am going to mention one designer that had no help in her booth so I offered to sit there for an hour or so while she made a quick tour to see other booths and pick up supplies.
I have to say there was NO ulterior motive in this offer.
I did not count on her heading right to Stacy's booth and Stacy and her mom told Kimberly not to worry I liked helping out and that I probably had my magnifying glass out studying her samplers.
I was quite embarrassed when she came back to the room and I had a list of questions about her samplers, oh why did Stacy have to give me away.
Well who is this Designer?????
Samplers Not Forgotten
Kimberly Anne Nugent
She has some wonderful Reproductions and they are so awesome in person.
Isabill Robb
is just one of her samplers and it is now on my list to stitch.  It is huge so I may have to remodel the kitchen to find a place for it in my house.
This pin cushion was her freebie and oh it was just too sweet.

So I'm sure you are saying enough already.
But one last item that I found while out shopping.
I can not say that I'm very good at quilting, but oh I love them and the fabric and books and....
This book contains some really awesome works of art.  Since most of the projects are small pieces I told myself to get it as I could may be able to finish some thing that is small in  size,  or it may just be a picture book for me but oh it wonderful just looking.
 One of the projects inside Ooh.
So since I have gone on and on I will end here, wishing you many happy of hours of stitching.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bring it on 2014

I'm ready for 2014 and just to prove it I have already finished my first sampler!
Of course I'm not going to tell you that I have been working on this one for some time how long you ask well.......
 Scarlet Letter
Solitude, Religion, Virtue
stitched over one on 30 ct Linen by Weeks Dye Works
Needlepoint Silk #998, 921

The Black Forest by Goode Huswife
Stitched with Needlepoint Silk
maybe on Ink Spot Black by R&R

Cute little Thread winders by Niky's Creations
These are great for a quick start to finish project and look like you spent ages working on them.
Scarlet Letter
40ct silk gauze
A project that will be forever on going.

I think that I will be spending quite a bit of time on this Scarlet Letter sampler in order to move her out of my WIP basket and up on my wall.
I love the colors on Jane Parish and she has an unusual lay out that just draws me in.
Since I did have three finishes I could not resist a start I'm bad that way, but this one should go quickly.
Janet Reid 1835 Sampler by Chessie & Me
Stitched on 29 ct Glenshee
Simply Wool thread
Oh I just love stitching with wool it is a joy!
Well due to cold weather (cold for TN that is) I have no problem staying in and stitching.
I hope that those of you in the really cold areas of the country stay warm and safe and get to have many hours of stitching.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Little Christmas

I woke up early this morning with an idea for my advent rabbit.
I made him years ago, but he is large and I have a hard time finding a place for him, but today inspiration hit.
and I think that my one and only Christmas decoration so far turned out OK.
When I got home on Friday I had a wonderful surprise in the mail from Ginger over at Primitives by the Light of the Moon she does great punch needle and this is a little booklet of her designs.  So I need to break out the needle and get going! 
Now I know you have seen my rug in progress, complete and now put on my foot stool.
The cats love to snooze here as it is soft and warm, plus it has some little cat friends.
One last picture of my blanket crane, I have had it for some time and I finally put it up.
It hangs over my workspace and I can put fabrics that I'm working with so they are right at arms length.
As you can see by the mess on the table I'm in the middle of some projects.
I hope that you have had a productive weekend and may your coming week contain lots of stitching. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Winners Winners Cats are hoping for the Chicken dinners!
We employed the cats to pick the winners of the Primitive Quilts Magazine giveaway.
The winners are!
Set of 5 -  Chris
Set of 2 - Barb
 Set of 1 - Catherine
Chicken Dinners - Baby and Newbe

I finished my hooked rug and am very pleased with how it turned out, now onto the task of covering the footstool with it!

I have been doing some more forced cleaning and am looking for more items for giveaways so stay tuned.
Hope everyone is getting in the holiday mood, it is coming up fast!
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hooking with Bobcats!

Look who showed up to our rug hooking class!
You just never know to what levels hooking in Tennessee can take you.
This young bobcat was really visiting the friends of TN state parks program that was taking place next door, but we all stopped hooking/talking and ran out for a visit.
So on to why I was even close to that bobcat.
 I participated in a 3 day rug hooking workshop called Three Bags Full
This fun filled workshop was put on by Lisanne Miller owner/teacher of P is For Primitive.
Betty from Sampling from Spring Creek and I thought this would be a good way to get some more projects underway, because you can never have to many.
We were to bring 3 bags of wool each bag containing one color but any and all shades of that color.
from that we were going to learn how to color plan a rug of our choosing.
So the desperate rush to pick a pattern started two week ago.
I had found this neat little foot stool at a hook in that I went to this summer.
It needs a new covering so it will be a rug!

 I love antiques and the look of all the old primitive rugs so the search on pinterest began.
I picked a handful, OK an armful of pictures and each night I would run them by Danny.
After about the third night of this he commented it was just a rug decide all ready,those are modified words.
So here is my choice!

Should be fairly easy right?
Well I learned lots of things, this is easy as I don't know much about rug hooking.  I have collected lots of the tools of the trade and don't really even know how to use them all, but I am getting there.
So here is where my rug is at after 2 days.
So what has been happening with the rest of my time.
I have finished a few cross stitch pieces
A nice one from Notforgotten Farm's new book.

Three of the four Santa's from Birds of a feather.

Have made good progress on Dear Hart from Kathy Barricks new design house!

Since my last post I have been forced to do some clearing out.  Our bathroom redo is now reaching into other rooms and catch all cupboard had to be emptied so... today I'm finally living up to my promise to have a give away.  Well lets make that 3
1st name will get 5 Primitive Quilts  Magazines
2nd name will get 2 Primitive Quilts Magazines
3rd name will get 1 Primitive Quilts Magazine
I would like to limit the draw to US shipping addresses only due to increased shipping costs.
If you would like a chance to win just post a comment below I will draw a name on 
 Nov 30,2013 small business Saturday.

Speaking about small business.  I will be closing the Cardan Antiques and Needlework website on December 31st.  Every thing is 10% off plus free shipping until that time.
I will just be selling from time to time off the blog as time permits.
I hope you all have a wonderful week with lots of stitching time thrown in!
See you on Nov 30th with 3 lucky winners!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Where does the time go

Who doesn't love them...
Giving gives one great satisfaction
Receiving them out of them blue gives great pleasure.
My son is visiting for the weekend and I talked him into taking photos for me, this way I had no excuse not to blog as his feelings would be hurt if I didn't use his pictures.  
You see I have to play mind games with myself to get me motivated, don't get me wrong I love to blog, see comments and read others blogs, but how easy is it just to pick up needle and thread and just stitch.
Thank goodness everyone is not the same or I would have nothing to read in the evenings.
So What are the gifts????
I received a nice size box from Irene and Anne who are stitching pals in England.
This was what was inside
 Ironstone pudding mold, marmalade jar and potted meat pot.  Some lovely linens
 A tiny thimble purse with a beautiful thimble and tiny buttons in it, and Gypsy Pegs!
I had to ask what Gypsy Pegs were, not their function cloths pins but if you live here in the US we don't have them.  They are most intriguing really a small work of art now I want to collect them...

 Then two weeks ago we went to Knoxville for a quick visit and to shop at an antique show.
I stayed with Candi for the night,  it is never enough time to get in all the trouble we would like to, but...
She gave me my birthday gift
Fabric, thread for the sampler bag in SANQ and thread keep, well you know I had to start that night.
I have put in a few letters since, it is a very fun stitch and I'm looking forward to putting together in the bag form.

 So what have I been up to for the last three months???
A little finishing

 A little stitching

 Notice Gypsy Pegs in use.
 A little antiquing do you see pin cushions????
A Little Cat Watching
So I'm going to post this quick I don't want to test fate, three months really!
I will be posting very soon as I have items that need to make it into your hands, so please don't give up on me and check back soon.
Have a great weekend with lots of stitching.
Not sure what is causing the big gap at the beginning of this post, phantom sampler that was completed this summer?