Friday, January 27, 2017

Working Those WIPs

Hello Blogger Friends!
After I finished my Christmas Joy, I picked up my Reindeer Stocking out of my WIP bucket. I was going along making good progress when I ran out of thread! Yikes! While I waited for my thread to come, I picked another WIP, No Bees No Honey. When my thread finally arrived, I was so close I just went ahead and finished it before going back to my stocking.

This is stitched with charted DMC threads. This was a really fun stitch. I then went back and finished my Reindeer Stocking.

This went pretty quick. It is stitched with Classic Colorworks Steamed Broccoli on 28 ct. Raw linen. Love it!

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Christmas Joy

Hello Fellow Bloggers!

Yesterday I finished Christmas Joy by Barbara Ana Designs, which I started on January 2. I have been sick since Friday and was able to get more stitching in than usual but not as much as I would have liked as I am just not feeling well.

This was a very fun stitch and I can't wait to frame it!

Down to 22 WIPs!

Happy Stitching and have a great week!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

For The Record...

Hello my stitching friends.

So I have decided that 2017 is going to be a YOW year for me. Year of WIPS (works in progress)!!! I decided to come clean and document my WIPS. Even though my house is discombobulated, as I am in the process of repainting and getting new flooring throughout, I am pretty sure I have located all of them. If I do come across anymore, I will add them.

So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are my WIPS.

1. Mirabilia "Lady of The Flag".

2. Examplar Dames "And They Sinned".

3. The Primitive Needle "Kindred Spirits".

4. Blackbird Designs "Sewing Mends the Soul".

5. Bent Creek "The Red Thread".

6. The Gentle Art "Cardinal Points".

7. Willow Samplings "Land of The Free".

8. Northern Expressions Needlework "Twisted Band Sampler".

9. Birds of a Feather "No Bees No Honey".

10. Stitchy Kitty "Daisy Dog".

11. Cottage Garden "Christmas Sampler".

12. JBW Designs "Reindeer Stocking".

13. The Scarlett House "Hannah's Brownstone".

14. Blackbird Designs "My Pink Rose".

15. Victoria Sampler "Heirloom Sewing Sampler".

16. Hardanger Carpacar "Deseos".

17. Prairie School "Garden Alphabet".

18. Papillon Creations "Around the World in 80 Stitches".

19. Primitive Needle "Yule Game Board".

20. Carriage House Samplings "Alphabet Blocks".

21. Lizzie Kate "Things Unseen".

22. Long Dog Samplers "Death by Cross Stitch"

23. Barbara Ana Designs "Christmas Joy".

Whew! OMGosh! Quite the eye opener!
This list has GOT to be slimmed down. That is WAY too many for me.

Now, #23 is my current project and I will continue on this and finish it. It should be a quick stitch. I am going to stay on task and attack this list. Yes I have new projects that I will want to start, however, I am going to concentrate on these WIPs. I am not going to make any hard rules as life happens. I think I will try to finish 3 WIPs and maybe then I can start something new. We will see. Not all of these are very large projects, however, there are quite a few!

OK, I need to get stitching. Happy Stitching to all of you!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016!

I don't know about you but I am ready for a NEW YEAR!

2016 was kind of a rough year for me. My husband, who had health issues for several years, passed away on September 4. Prior to that, he had been in and out of hospitals, transitional care units and nursing homes, for about 18 months. It went pretty fast in the end, which I was grateful for.

Needless to say, I did not get as much stitching as I would have liked. However, in the last month or so, I have gotten my stitchy bug back and have lots of projects ready to be stitched.

I have been watching quite alot of Floss Tube. Have you been watching? WOW! I, myself, have not joined in on that. I just watch them. There are quite a few floss tubers out there that have done some extraordinary pieces! Of course, watching these enables one and I have done quite a bit of purchasing. Thus, the "lots of projects" ready to be stitched!

I did manage to get 2 things stitched for this Christmas. My annual ornament for my Godson, Jacob, was this:

My good friend, Viki, who I have known my entire life as we grew up next door to each other, is Italian. When I saw this Rome pattern, I knew I had to make it for her. It turned out so good. I put the fairly new museum glass on it (from Michaels), as I knew it would go in her kitchen. She LOVES it!

Then yesterday, I finished stitching up this guy:

He was alot of fun. But boy, that feather trim is tricky. When you cut it, the feathers explode off! The glasses I made out of memory wire. The full supply list is included in the pattern. It is a Blackberry Lane Designs. I was going to make him into an ornament but I haven't completely ruled out framing.

So, as I set here on New Years Eve night, I am thinking about the new year. I always have started something new on New Years Day and yes, I will be doing that tomorrow. It will be a surprise. I do know that it will not be a large piece. I need to work on my WIPs.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Who Knew!

Well, here it is June 5 already. Where does the time go? This will be the last week of school,  just 3.5 days. For a long time it seemed like the school year would never end and now I can't believe it is almost over. Looking forward to some time off.

I have been away for quite awhile and I am not going to go into all that. But the last couple of weeks I have made some new discoveries in the stitching world.

FlossTube. WOW! Now instead of blogging, people are bringing it on YouTube. They talk about their WIPs, finished pieces, stash enhancements and some are even doing tutorials on various topics. I have watched a few but I find myself wanting them to pick up the pace. However, it is kind of fun to place a face to some of the fellow bloggers.

They other big discovery for me anyway, is NEEDLEMINDERS. Who knew? Now I do already have some needleminders. It is one of the treasures we get annually at our little retreat we have from fellow stitching squad member, Jackie. However, I thought you could only use them when you were using stretcher bars or Q-snaps. I, for whatever reason, didn't think that they could be used on just ANY piece of stitching. I guess I thought it had to be a flat surface or the needle would fall off!? What was I thinking? Silly me! Since coming to this realization, of course I have a few more of these on order.

Anyway, I do have some stitching to share. I decided to start something new on Memorial Day weekend. I chose Plum Street Samplers, "Betsy's Tart". I did however, change everything about it.

I bought the below clock at Hobby Lobby. They are still 1/2 off. I removed the insides and spray painted it using Krylon Cherry Red paint.

And here is my finished piece. I absolutely love it!

Plum Street Samplers
Betsy's Tart
28ct. Lugana White/Silver
DMC: White, 326, 797 and 799
Star buttons from JoAnn's

I am so happy with how this turned out. I haven't completed a finish for a long time. It is kind of a large piece. The face is 6" round.

That is it for now. I am going to stitch the rest of today. I hope you find time to stitch as well.

Thank for stopping by.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Two Thousand Sixteen

A New Year. A New Beginning.

I have been so amiss from not only my blog, but from stitching in general. For the past year and a half, my husband has been in and out of hospitals and rehab centers. And in September, he was put in a care center. Unless you have been in this kind of situation, I don't think you know what it is like. It is just so wearing...mentally. I still work full time as an Office Manager in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade school, which I REALLY enjoy. However, I have really missed my stitching life and am going to give it my all to get back into it.

The other day, this came across my Facebook page.

This really hit me good. It is really hard for me to do what this says, but I decided I need to really try. I can't fix everything.

OK, enough of all that.

Working at a school, I have had the luxury of having some much need time off the past 2 weeks for Christmas break. It has been so wonderful! I decided to clean out my big walk-in closet, get rid of stuff I really don't need and re-organize my stitching stuff so it will all be more accessible. It won't all be done quickly, but I have been working on it for a few hours everyday.

My son, Giles, and may I say how grateful I am for him now, gave me 2 patterns off my wishlist and a beautiful accordian style file with peacocks on it for Christmas. I started one of them the day after Christmas and finished it in 2 days.

With Thy Needle and Thread
Holly Jolly Frosty

This was really a fun and fast stitch. I am not quite sure how I am going to finish this one.

I then started this next piece and was hoping to finish it still in 2015, but I was just a few hours short.

Plum Street Samplers
Merry One

Another very fun stitch. I really like this one. I think I would like to frame this one.

Traditionally I have always started a new project on January 1. I really wasn't sure I wanted to do this as I have sooooo many WIP's that I really would like to finish. However, since I am working on my "stash", I perused through a basked of older patterns that I have not stitched yet. What was the most fun of going thru these was the fact that about 95% of them used only DMC floss. YAY!!! Overdyed threads are overrated and I have been disappointed by them so much, I just don't use them anymore. There is no dye lots for these so the threads that were used in the picture on any pattern won't be exactly the same as what I buy. The above pattern, Holly Jolly Frosty, uses 13 different overdyed threads. One color is used in just 8 stitches. Really, how much color change are you going to see in 2 blocks of 4 stitches? And pay $2-$3 for that 1 color? Anyway, I did find "Peacock Spot Sampler" by Ewe & Eye & Friends.

Sorry this picture is so light, but it is very light on my pattern. I have had it so long that the picture faded? LOL!

It is not very big so I was okay with that. Here is my progress so far.

I couldn't get this picture to rotate. It appears that I am a little rusty at blogging. I will have to sharpen my skills back up!

Will, I think that is it for now. Happy New Year to all and thanks for stopping by!


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!