Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Finally a Finish

Winter Whites
I thought I would be able to link my picture from webshots to the blog in the post to show my latest finish. But I can't seem to get it to work. I am still trying. It is Littlehouse Needleworks Winter Whites. I used a piece of linen from my stash and converted the threads so that I could use dmc since I had those on hand. I really enjoyed working on this one. I really like how it turned out. Now I just need to find a mat/frame. I think I got the picture to work.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Fall/Halloween Exchange

One of the message boards I am a member of had a fall/halloween exchange. The lady I got likes witches. I have been stitching in the cutest little witch. I am done stitching and just finishing the back stitching. I love this pattern so much I am going to have to make one for myself. I can not show a picture right now because I am afraid she would see it on my blog. Once she has received it I will post a picture. I am going to go now and finish the back stitching so I can make it into a pillow tomorrow.

San Man Original Finish

Here is my Autumn finish I used DMC floss and a piece of fabric from my stash so I don't know the name. I just need to get a mat & frame to hang it up.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

WIP Friends Come in All Flavors SAL

This is by SanMan Originals. The fabric is Rollercoaster by Sugar Maple Fabrics. The thread is by Silk Strands Sweet.

Has It Been That Long?

I have been so busy this summer that I haven't been able to blog. I need a few more hours in the day to get everything done. In May I was downsized from a company I had been with for 10 years. My dad has been going through chemo treatments for a blood disorder and has congestive heart failure and he has been in & out of the hospital twice this summer. That has take up most of my time. In August I started praying for a job. I applied for two and wanted at least 3 of the ones I heard about. But I decided to leave it up to God and prayed he would put me where he wanted me. When I turn things over to God it is like everything is perfect. He put me at a company that is so wonderful I LOVE going to work everyday. I thank Him everyday for this job. It is a dream come true for me. It is funny how you don't know what you need in your life to ask for it....but God does.

Last Monday my mother in law was diagnosed with breast cancer. Tomorrow we go to the hospital to see if it has spread and cut out the lump. She had a mammogram 5 months ago and it came back fine. She found the lump 2 weeks ago and here we are. My prayer is we caught it early & the doctor's will get it all out. So on that note I am adding a link to the STITCH PINK.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A Fall Finish

I have been stitching but I haven't been blogging! I just keep stitching from one project to the next. I didn't realize until tonight how long it had been since I had posted. I finished up one tonight. It is a SanMan Original design called Crow Missing letter. I have a black frame to put it in.
I will post more finishes tomorrow after I get home from visiting my dad in the hospital.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Good Things

I ordered the new Lizzie Kate chart Good Things from DownSunshineLane and found a piece of fabric (28 ct Sage Jobelan) in my stash that was a green color but depending on your lighting it looks different. In the kitchen it looks brown and in the bedroom it looks green. Anyway here is the picture I am going tommorrow to find a frame. I stitched it with dmc thread.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Liberty House Finish

I completed Liberty House Sampler by Heart in Hand Friday night while waiting for the drive in movie to start. I finished just as the movie previews were starting. We seen Ratatouille (rat*a*too*ee) I loved it. My almost 3 year old fell asleep 5 minutes into the movie...but that is past his bedtime it started at 9 pm. I definitely want to purchase the movie on dvd. I am going to stitch a small Halloween chart next by ewe & eye & friends called "just jack". I also have all my things to start The Lighthouse by Bent Creek I even have a great fabric 32 ct sun dappled glade by Sugar Maple Fabrics.

Tomorrow the van goes in the shop and I am off to my LNS to pick up The Big Zipper by Bent Creek and some threads I need for other charts. One of my goals this week is to get back to walking. I just seen the weather for the week & it is suppose to rain every day. I just hope it is scattered so I can still walk.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy Independence Day. I hope everyone has a safe & fun day!! I am going to stitch on the way to the family get together. I have a few more patriotic charts I want to finish. Then we will be swimming, bar-b- qing and shooting off fireworks. Crossing my fingers no one will get burned this year! Anyway, off to stitch.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


I have been hit. Well my van has been hit. My husband, I, & our little guy went to our local movie rental store last Friday night to return/rent movies. While inside trying to find something to rent a lady pulling into the parking spot next to my van ( there was a van on the left an empty spot and my van on the right of that) oh she had a large size ill thoughts just laying out the picture. I don't have anything against SUV's until you try to pull one in a parking spot and hit my van and continue all down the side of the door! I think the lady who worked for the Movie place said she was on the phone. we have the pleasure of having the insurance estimate the damage and write us a check. I didn't know that was how it worked. I thought I scouted about town finding estimates and pick where I want it fixed and then give that body shop's estimate to the insurance company. Apparently things have changed. I take it to the insurance adjustment center and they look at it give me the estimate and cut the check to me. That had me a little worried what if they Car Dealer's body shop was more??? I guess we find all that out on Thursday morning. I haven't ever had this experience before.

I spent the day stitching on Heart in Hand's Liberty House Sampler. It is a very fast stitch. I am using the WDW's & GA threads. I really like having something small to work on so I can have a finish to show. I am thinking I need to make another one and give this one to my sister in law. Here is the pattern picture.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Oh sweet stash!

New charts! I just received the new charts from Little House Needleworks Garden Pleasures & Gourmet Garden. I just love these new charts. I decided I would also add Spot of Coffee, the following thread packs Faith & Pear, two dear diary charts Lucy Fairchild & Rebecca Small, Psalms 145, & Nature's Beauty. I have a pile almost waist high to stitch now and I just added these two.....I also picked up from Country Cottage Needleworks Daisy Sampler & Ice Cream Sundae. I just had to buy Crescent Colours Little House Brown. I can not get enough LHN & CCN.

Garden Pleasures includes a design for a bookmark! What an added bonus! I can't wait to stitch these charts.
There wasn't much stitching this weekend we had hot water heater problems. The heating element went out. My husband was wonderful and was able to save us lots of money by draining the hot water heater easy job...and change the heating element. Then we changed the thermostat and 30 minutes later we had hot water again! I was so glad he was able to complete the task himself. I am thankful for him. When we called they wanted $130 just to come look at it and $1 a minute they were here. WOW! Kudos to those who do this everyday it is a pain to drain that tank.
Well I am off to stitch tonight. I have a few patriotic charts I would like to stitch before Wed. I might just keep stitching until they are completed even if the 4th comes and goes. The next seasonal thing I stitch is for Halloween. I have to admit I already started LK Fall Crazy - 4 patch.
Happy Stitching everyone!

Oh sweet stash!

Monday, June 25, 2007

La D Da

My current WIP is LaD Da "Old Glory Angel". I am stitching on 35 count "Sheep's Straw" linen by R & R Reproductions and Gentle Arts Sampler threads. I really like the shades of the thread on the fabric. I seen this completed at my LNS and had to stitch it. Here are pics of what the design will look like completed and my WIP.

Stars & Stripes

I haven't been blogging but I have been stitching. I have been spending time sitting with my father in the hospital which allows me to stitch but not blog. I did finish Little House Needleworks Stars & Stripes. I used DMC floss & a blue linen I had in my stash so I am not sure of the name. I haven't decided yet how to finish it maybe a frame or a little pillow. I am trying to work on 4th of July stitchies to complete and hang up. I leave them up a little past the middle of June since I really like Americana things.

New Lizzie Kate charts

I received by Lizzie Kate charts in the mail today. I ordered Fall Crazy & Good Things. I LOVE stitching for fall & Halloween. I can't wait to get started on these cute designs. Here's some pics of the new designs.

Bent Creek Ornament Exchange

I signed up for a ornament exchange through my Bent Creek Yahoo group awhile back & today is the day we opened our packages. I received an ornament stitched by Shari a design by Little House Needleworks Woodland Snowfall. It is stitched over one. It is just adorable. I can't wait to hang this on the tree this year. She sent me the cardinal card I don't know how she knew I love cardinals. It is a perfect little package. Thanks Shari!

Monday, May 7, 2007

ABC123 finish

I finally finished today. I was hoping to finish over the weekend but I just couldn't find the time. The weather was so beautiful no one wanted to stay inside. I haven't decided yet if this is going to be framed or made into a pillow. This is my last week at work & then I am going to reorganize our bedroom and redecorate the family room. It will end up in one of those rooms. I have a huge stack of LHN designs to stitch. I started Daisy Lane Cottage a month ago but then other things came up and it was pushed aside. I might pick it back up again to complete it since it is one of my favorite designs. Too many patterns not enough time to stitch them all as fast as I would like.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Little House Needleworks WIP

Here is a picture of my WIP by LHN ABC123. I am using a scrap piece of fabric some type of linen and the recommended dmc floss. I am hoping to finish this up tonight so I can start a new project tomorrow. The May sanman sal is starting on Monday. I also have a ornament to stitch for my Bent Creek yahoo group.
My job ends this next week and I have had such mixed feelings about this. I am ready for a change and some time off this summer but it is an end to a life I have known for 10 years. I have been into the office twice this last week which has made it harder. I think once I turn in the computer and the severance contract signed I will feel positive about moving forward.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

LIttle House Needles WIP

This is what I am currently stitching. It is ABC 123 by Little House Needleworks.

Christmas Ornament SAL

Last weekend was the Christmas Ornament SAL. I chose a design from the 2001 JCS magazine called Christmas Ewe by Elizabeth's Designs. The fabric is something from my stash and I used DMC floss. It is finished into a hanging ornament.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Finished Easter Corner E

I love Sanmanoriginal designs. Here is one I did on silkweavers 40 ct newcastle fabric with DMC threads. I found this fabric at my local quilt shop and had to have it thinking something will go with it! I like how it turned out. I put it in a white basket with pink organza ribbon & bows around the handles with the pillow below. I will take a picture with the camera and add it later.

Easter Challange

During the week after Easter there was a little contest on my sanman message board. We were given a bunch of free charts and whoever posted a completed picture of one of the freebies got a GC to be used towards sanman goods. I tried to stay up all night and finally at 2 am went to bed. I finished later that morning and posted my picture. However, someone else did finish and post right before me! I have to tell you it was a lot of fun!!!! Here is my completed stitch finished into a pillow.

A change of life

Well I see that I haven't blogged in a long time. I just couldn't bring myself to post. I have had a heck of a month. My dad has been ill for some time now. It seems like everyday there is more new and usually not uplifting. My dad is facing so many life threatening problems with none of his treatments helping. So now the only option left is chemo and he doesn't want to do that. I love him and respect his wishes but at the same time wonder if this won't shorten what time we have left with him. In less than a year I have lost my uncle who I was very close to & the greatest man I ever knew...Bert just in January. I love them all so much and this has been the hardest time in my life loosing John & Bert and now being unsure of my dad. I just want to make whatever time he has left good for him and lots of memories for my kids and me.

To top all that off I have also lost my job after 10 years. Downsizing! I think the phrase that gets me the most is "this is not personal" Believe me I told HR well it is personal to me! The company is generous enough to give us all a severance package that will allow me to stay home with the two boys for the summer. Which also mean stitching time!! Oh and a little redecorating around the house. I guess I will have plenty of time to work in the garden!!

Okay so now that I have gotten that off my chest I am feeling a little more upbeat. Now on to fave the rest of my life. :)

Monday, April 2, 2007

April SAL Christmas Snose

This is a San Man Original design. It is the SAL for April. The design is part of a series given to board members at Christmas. This is the the 4th day of Christmas design. I collect snowmen & just love this little guy. I found the materail to make this into a pillow and will work on that tomorrow. It is blue with snowflakes. Such a very fast stitch.

Happy April

I can hardly belive that March is over. I am trying to get my Easter stitching completed. I do have the Easter banner from Lizzie Kate stitched now I just need to make it into the banner. I found the material back in February. Here is a picture of the completed stitching.

I have another Lizzie Kate chart canlled Spring I am going to start today from BH & G cross stitch calendar 2000. It is so cute.

I am worked on my April SAL this weekend for my SanManOriginals group. I should be done with that today or tomorrow and will post a picture of it. Tonight is stitch night for SanMan.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Geranium House Finish

This is my spring stitch along with my Little House Needleworks group Geranium House by Country Cottage Needlworks. We started on March 21st. I really enjoyed stitching this design. I love the colors. I am hoping to find a mat & frame I like for it this weekend. I had 3 days off last week so I sat down and stitch in peace and quiet as everyone else was out of the house during the day.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Great Weather for fishing

We spent yesterday with my husband's family at Bennett Springs State park. The weather was so wonderful for walking around. There is a trout hatchery where you can feed the fish. Alex really enjoyed dropping fish food in the water and watching all the fish jump for it. We are definitely going to spend weekends there and teach our little guy how to fish. He loves being outside and seeing all those fishermen. Due to the outing there was no stitching done. I didn't mind too much because I so enjoyed the weather. It was such a nice break from being cold and cloudy and being couped up inside. I am really looking forward to spring/summer.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

LHN Finish

Finally I can post a picture of my first Little House Needleworks design. I just found this designer and have bought a bunch of her patterns. This was fun& fast to stitch. I think I will finish this as a pillow. I am working on Daisy Lane Cottage now.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

March comes in like a lion

Is it already time for tornado season? I guess so. We were informed last night that we could have severe weather last night from midnight through 3 am. I stayed up late finishing my LHN Pine Tree & Acorns waiting and watching. I am still working on how to load a picture. I hope to get that accomplished today.

New Blog

Okay, I have been spending so much time looking at everyone's blogs that I have been inspired to try this myself. I am really enjoying setting this up. I know I will make many changes as I learn more. I hope you enjoy looking at my WIP's and finishes.

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