Monday, December 28, 2009

SamSarah's "Need to Read" from the Pearls series was safely delivered to Big H's teacher last Wednesday on the last day of school before the holiday.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Old Cross Stitch

I found this in my parents' basement today while helping my dad decorate for Christmas. I'm pretty sure, after first learning candlewicking, that this was my very first cross stitch project. I made it for my mom to hang in our blue-and-brown, goose-themed bathroom circa the mid-1980s. The pattern is long gone, but if I had to guess, it was from an old Dimensions or Jiffy kit, maybe Janlynn. The finishing is a wire hoop and you thread the end of the lace bands through the hoop to make the frame. This is one time I'm glad my mom never threw anything away!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Finished Ornaments

Sunny days have been few and far between here and the ones that have been sunny have been extremely windy, which makes it tough to take pictures outside. But I was finally able to snap a couple of pictures of these completed Christmas ornaments hanging outside on one of our evergreen trees.

Mill Hill "Teddy's Tree"
Is supposed to be finished as a pin, but I finished it as an ornament instead for our neighbor who collects teddy bears.

Mill Hill "Hope" Charmed Ornament
Hoping to get to the post office tomorrow and send this to the hospice where my mother was earlier this year.

I've completely finished three of the Sugar Plum ornaments. Only two more to go!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Holiday Stash

This wonderful package arrived in the mail on Wednesday from 1-2-3 Stitch!. It's mostly holiday gifts for other people, with a couple of things thrown in for me. The Mill Hill "Teddy's Tree" is a gift for our neighbor, who collects teddy bears. The other Mill Hill, "Hope," I plan to stitch and send to the hospice where my mother was last month. Then I'm going to stitch SamSarah's "Need to Read" for my daughter's teacher. The other two designs are for me, as well as some scrapbooking alphabets that were on clearance. I love that witch hat from Plum Pudding and it will give me a chance to use up this really old piece of 14ct black Aida I have. I want to start it now, because the design itself is not that big, but I need to focus on my holiday stitching first.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


I've been busy working on a few ornaments from the Just Cross Stitch issues.

First up is "Scared Folk Pumpkin" from the 2009 JCS Halloween issues. I had hoped to have this finished by Halloween, but ended up finishing it on Sunday. I just need to get a hanger for it.



I also completed the first of what will probably be five of "Sugar Plum" from the 2008 JCS Christmas Ornament issue. I'm planning on giving these to my aunts and sisters-in-law for Christmas.




The finishing is cellophane and ribbon to make it look like a candy wrapper.

Both of these were stitched on sewing cards from Tokens & Trifles. I loved stitching these, especially the sugar plum, because the detail on the card makes it look like it was a lot of work, but it was very simple. I can think of a million of things to make with these cards. I love the flag banner they have on their website.

Off to keep stitching more sugar plums (and that other stocking, too)!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stitching Bag

Picking up the meme from Anna's blog, here's a look inside my stitching bag, which is a freebie I picked up at a work conference a couple of years ago. It's nice because it's tall and has a pocket in the front and two on the sides.

I used to be a one-project-at-a-time stitcher, but not anymore! Right now, I'm working on some ornaments for Christmas from last year's Just Cross Stitch issue (better pictures to come soon) as well as some Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ornaments for a friend, the baby sampler, and the second Snowman stocking. I only have one pair of scissors and I'm finding that with working on a lot of perforated paper recently, I could use a pair with much sharper points. Like Anna, I reuse other plastic bags. The red one came with a toy in it and the roomy, large one had curtains in it at one time. The small bag is recycled from a Pine Mountain kit and Rudolph is in a plain old Ziploc bag. Everyday supplies such as extra needles and the Tacky BOB are in the front pocket.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Now that Anna's challenge is over, I can post a pic of my Bent Creek "Swirlygig" that I entered. Congratulations to the winners, both of whom I voted for (no, I didn't vote for myself!). I pretty much picked the colors for the pattern to match my family room, which is where this is going to hang.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Finally finished that last little bit of "Holiday Seasons" after picking up the WDW Fire last week. On to the framing...

Also, one of my goals for many years now has been to have Christmas stockings for everyone in my family, all four of us. I made one for each of my nieces, but have yet to finish any for my family. I have started and stopped at least three different stockings, all from Dimensions or Bucilla kits, and then realized how awful they were. They just weren't what I was looking for. Eventually, I found a few stocking charts from Bent Creek that I loved. I believe I started "Snowman Stocking" for daughter #1 (who is now 7, by the way) some time last year. I finished it over the weekend on 28 ct. tea-dyed Monaco fabric using DMC threads. I'm going to add black buttons on the snowman and two gold stars on either side of the name after I sew the stocking together.

The finishing-finishing will be the real challenge if I want her to be able to use it this year because my mom sewed the other two for me. She won't be able to right now, so I guess I'll give it a try. Next, I need to start "Snowman" again, in pink, for daughter #2. Then I have "Holiday Home" for me and "Christmas Eve" for my husband.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I finally made it to Needlecraft Corner to get the WDW Fire I needed, along with a few other things, of course. I picked up the Halloween issue of JCS, as well as the Christmas ornament issue, which the shop was busy shipping off to those who pre-ordered. I've flipped through both a couple of times, but need more time to digest them. Plus, I look forward to Anna's review when she receives her issue. I also bought "Primitive Wizard of Oz" by Midsummer Night Design and the "Tree Farm" Buttoned & Beaded kit from Mill Hill.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Work in Progress

Not much stitching this past week, with back to school and then Big H's birthday party on Saturday. While I'm waiting to get the WDW Fire I need to finish "Holiday Seasons," one of the other projects I'm working on is the "Winter Baby" Sunshine Line by Brooke's Books. This will be Little H's baby sampler when it's finished. I completed the original "Baby Girl" Sunshine Line for Big H after she was born and these will hang next to each other in our upstairs hallway next to some baby pictures of the two of them. These are stitched on perforated paper with DMC floss and a little bit of beading.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Finish

I quickly stitched this little octopus last week and turned it into a magnet for my mom. She has adopted the octopus as a symbol of her fight against cancer. The design was a freebie from Brooke's Books and I used DMC floss that closely matched the called for colors on white perforated paper.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

After I was laid off in January, I started working on "Holiday Seasons" from Birds of a Feather. I've had this pattern and the supplies for ages. It's stitched on 32 ct. Belgium linen with the called for WDW floss (my first time using overdyed floss). This project was really like doing four different designs (similar to the Lizzie Kate four seasons boxers), but comes as one chart. I was so close to being done last week but then I ran out of WDW Fire, which I need to finish the last design (Winter holidays). Once the design is done, I plan to finish it in a frame I have that looks like a window pane. Lessons learned from this project - I prefer evenweave to linen and I don't like stitching on fabric smaller than 28 ct. (unless maybe I invest in an Ott Lite and magnifier).

Swirlygig Challenge

Last week, I finished stitching Bent Creek's "Swirlygig" design for Anna's challenge. This only took me a few hours to stitch and usually I'm a very slow stitcher. Now I need to "finish finish" the design and send a picture to Anna. I won't be able to post a pic here until September when the challenge is over.

Brushing Off the Cobwebs

Well, it's been a long time. A lot has happened, but without going into everything, I've decided to make this more of a cross stitch/crafts blog, since I post most of my every day and family stuff over on Facebook. So look for the links on the right to change shortly and for some pics of projects in progress. There's an incredibly active cross stitch community out there and they are all very inspiring. Since I'm not working right now, I've had a lot more time to stitch and scrapbook and I'm actually getting a lot accomplished! So stay tuned...