Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

I used to be really good at blogging regularly...not so much anymore. My goal is to get back to a weekly posting but life just gets in the way sometimes.

Since my last post, I decided to work only on  And They Sinned for awhile. It was becoming addictive, the more I stitched and saw progress, the more I wanted to work on it. But last Sunday, I decided I needed a break. Here is where I am at now.

Not the best picture. I figure I am about halfway done. YAY!!!

I didn't really do any stitching this past week, but here is what I did this weekend!

This is "Birds Eye View" by Kathie Barrick. I love it! The best is just good old DMC floss. I miss just using DMC. I may have to do more Prairie Schooler designs as they are one designer that only uses DMC in their patterns. This is on 32ct. Belfast Antique White stitched 2 over 2.

The downside of finishing a project, for me anyway, is I always have to "regroup" to gear up for the next project, whatever it may be. Right now I am not sure what I will stitch next, maybe something rather small, we'll see.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, April 12, 2015


Well I didn't get as much stitching in this last week as I had wanted, I have been really sick. They call it bronchitis, but it has been horrible!

I worked on my "And They Sinned" this last week. I am going to try to stitch only on this every other week for awhile and see how it goes. I am really enjoying watching this one progress!

Here is a picture last Sunday...

Here it is today!

I turned up the bottom part. That is the end of 2 pages of this pattern! Very Exciting!

I think I am going to work on something a little smaller now, maybe an ornament. I am waiting for some threads to start a new "With Thy Needle and Thread" design.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!


Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring...the season of new beginnings!

My plan was to get back to my blog when Spring arrived. I am a couple of weeks past but here I am.

I am not going to go into why I haven't blogged in over 7 months. Just alot of everything! I have got quite a bit of stitching done these last 2 weeks however.'

First is Blackbird Designs, Strawberry Garden Sampler. I stitched this with the threads as charted on 32ct. Cream Belfast.

I chose not to put in all of those lazy daisy stitches. I thought it looked too busy. I am very pleased with how this turned out.

Then I couldn't wait to stitch up this new one from Hands On Design, Stitch Every Day. This one I stitched with the DMC equivalents and it is on 32ct. Raw. I will be finishing this one as the drum and it is going to go on my desk at work!

The next one is one of Plum Street Samplers, A Friend Loveth. This one I did with DMC's also. This is on 32ct. but I don't remember what color linen.

North Pole Express is a free pattern from Little House Needleworks when you buy the charted threads. I got mine from I thought it was so cute and it was a very fast stitch!

Now to decide what to work on next? I will start something new but I am going to start some kind of rotation with my "And They Sinned". I would like to get some serious progress done on that.

Well, thats it for now. Hopefully I will be back next week with more to share! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I know, it is only August 10, but last week we had our annual Stitching Retreat and our theme this year was "Christmas". It was a condensed one this year, just Wednesday and Thursday, but it was still lots of fun!

At last years retreat, I said that I would make floss tags for us for this year. Here is what I made.

They are from the Blackbird Designs stocking series, with a little tweaking on the toe! These were alot of fun to stitch and I think they turned out great!

Unfortunately I did not take pictures of all of our goodies before I put them away once I got home. You can go over to MamaJoans blog as she has posted pictures.

Since the theme was Christmas, I decided to work on some ornaments. I recently received Lizzie Kate's Santa '14 and the new Tiny Tidings. I completed the Santa '14 and part of the ornament with the elf. I worked on them this weekend and have fininshed stitching all of them.

These pictures aren't the greatest. I did iron my linen before I put the beads and charms on but they got a little wrinkled again. These will go in my "finishing" box for my upcoming finishing day.

I have been a bad blogger once again. I started out the year with great intentions and life just got in the way.

I have "unearthed" the Fair and Square Exchange our 2nd exchange is just underway. The first exchange was a Patriotic Exchange and my partner was the great Marie P. Here are the squares she sent me.

I was thrilled to get these! Thank you Marie!

Here are the squares I sent to Marie.

I have more to share. Maybe later this week, I will be back.
Thanks for visiting.

Happy Stitching!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Back in the Groove

So my plan for the new year is going well, except, I have not been blogging as I had hoped. My plan is to update at least weekly.

After I finished my ornament for January, I pulled out a project I actually started last New Years Day but did not get very far.

Yup, this is And They Sinned. My goal is to stitch 1 pattern page every 3 months. I am not going to push this one real hard as it is intense! I finished the 1st page last week and here is where it stands now.

The background of this section gets filled in, but I am going to wait until the very end. I might change this up a bit.

So, out of my bags of many, came out another WIP.

This is Patches of Life Sampler. As you can see, I started this in 2012. Yikes! I love it and am anxious to finish it. I have been working on it now and here is where I am at.

I am going to work on this one for awhile now. I have been collecting ornament patterns so I am ready to go come the 1st of February. I am excited about my plan.

I have to share one more photo. My Kirby. He is always by me, wherever I am.

He is my secret service...literally.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 2014 Ornament

So, day 1 of my new plan for this year went perfectly. I started and finished a Christmas ornament. I chose one from the 2013 JCS Christmas ornament issue.

It is called "Roly Poly Santa". Isn't he cute? During the finishing process, you attached a string to each of his hands which they attached 3 felt stars. The picture on the right is from the magazine. I am going to look for something else...maybe jingle bells, lights, hmmm? He is stitched on 30ct. Putty with the DMC as charted.

Now I can choose from one of my WIPs to concentrate on! Yippee!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Two Stitches for 2013

This was my 18th year in making a Christmas ornament for my godson, Jacob. He is a senior in high school now and was the captain of his cross country team. I tweaked a Prairie Schooler, "Eleven Lords a Leaping" pattern to make a running Santa. I was very happy with how it turned out and Jacob loved it.

I also have been making an ornament for my son. This one I just finished today. I never thought I would stitch on perforated paper again, but it was actually fun. I really enjoyed it. The best part about it is the finishing. It doesn't require much.

Foxwood Crossings
RFD Sledding

For quite a few years, I have been starting a new project on New Year's Day. I have decided to try something different this year. I am going to stitch an ornament on the 1st of every month and work on WIPs in between. Maybe an occasional new start, but I have quite a few WIPs that I really would like to finish.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mary's 3-5

This is week 5 of the Plum Street Sampler's, Mystery Sampler already. I have been keeping up but not been a good blogger.

Here is week 3 and 4's addition. Apparently I didn't take a picture after week 3.

And here is today's installment, week 5.

I really like the smallness of this sampler. The pictures I have seen of it stitched on the charcoal/black linen, look very interesting. I might have to do one that way also.

I had a message that my background was going to disappear this week so I had to change it.Kind of an odd message I was thinking. Either that blog is closing down or they are not "free" anymore.

Oh well. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mary's Sampler...Part 2

Today's pattern was sent bright and early this morning so I got right to it.

This is so darn cute! Love it! I was a little worried that the fabric is a little too dark, but I am using what was called for. We'll see.

Yesterday I went to Joann's for a little therapy. I ran across this.

I quickly realized that I have not received mine in the mail yet as I am a subscriber. Since I had it in my hand and had a coupon, it was a no brainer. I haven't looked through it yet, hopefully I will get to it today.

Today I am just planning on stitching. What is everyone else up to today?


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I Still Do Stitch!

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I did work on very late birthday gift. I finally got it mailed out and it was received just this past week.

Jackie celebrated a monumental birthday back in June (just a little late, I am!). My summer was kind of a blur with being so busy at work. I just said yesterday, we never grilled and I still have not had any corn on the cob, which is probably too late now! Anyway, Here is what I sent her.

 Instead of wrapping it in paper, I wrapped it in some 28ct. overdyed evenweave.

It is a scissor/needle/trinket box. The hardanger motif was taken from a freebie fob pattern of the Victoria Sampler. I used some waterlilies that I had that was not labelled.

And here is the inside. Felted bottom and magnets for scissors and needles. Jackie sent me a voice mail and an e-mail and she loves it! That makes me happy! Happy Birthday Jackie!

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Is anyone out there participating in this? I could not resist. I was sick all weekend and didn't have the right fabric right away so I finally completed my part 1.

This is a 9 part Sunday Mystery Sample that Plum Street Samplers is doing. The Sampler's theme is the birth of Christ and it is called Mary's Sampler. I am so excited to do this. I think my friend, Jackie, should do this also!

I am still plugging away at my Patches of Life Sampler and should have an update this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!