Sunday, June 24, 2012

Idle Hands

You know that thing they say about turning into your Mother?  I think it might be happening to me.  For as long as I can remember, my Mom has been carrying around a little bag with a needlepoint project in it.
   And I mean, she carries it everywhere! When I was in high school, we had Astros season tkts and she would sit at the games and needlepoint!   I walked around her place in Florida the other day and took these pics of some of her creations.

 This one is my favorite.  It's a little antique stool that's all about, piano, OU, her kids and grandkids initials, a needle and thread, crosses to symbolize her faith...isn't it great?
You really have to see it up close to appreciate the work.  Each block is done with a different stitch.  Truly impressive!
   She can't sit and watch a TV show, or sit on an airplane, or on the beach, etc. with idle hands.  So she creates these amazing needlepoint canvases and turns them into beautiful pillows, framed art, seat-cushions, Christmas ornaments, bags, you name it!

I have been chasing after young children now for about 13yrs, so I haven't had much "idle hands" time.  But now that my youngest is 7, I do find that I get very antsy when I'm not being productive.
  Friends will say, "...isn't it great that you are out of the baby pool now and you can just sit and read a book or look at a magazine when you're at the pool?". 
 What?!?  How long can you actually do that?  I'd go stir crazy!
  So, I took up a hand-sewing hobby myself...
 .... beading!   It's not needlepoint, but isn't it gorgeous?  I did it on the beach, by the pool, on the's a little addictive!  I feel like my Mother!
Sis Boom fabric is PERFECT for embellishing!  No idle hands for the rest of the Summer!  Thanks for the inspiration Mom!


  1. Oh that is sooo pretty! Gives the fabric some sparkle and glam!

  2. Stephanie, That is Beautiful! I love the beads on the fabric. Needless to say, that is a favorite fabric print of mine! Your mom is such an inspiration. Her work is beautiful also! You're lucky to have her!

  3. I love the beadwork, It is really gorgeous! What a great way to spend "idle" time! YOur Mom is lovely and what a great example to you!!!

  4. This is so pretty! I saw your lovely work on the Sis Boom blog!