Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Good afternoon dear friends,

I haven't done much stitching this week, but I have been working on some other things.
Holiday Wreath,

Today I thought I'd try my hand at a glass block, $12.00 after coupons to make it, I think it took me longer to make the blasted bow then it did to make the purchase.  I think I got it down now, will think about making a few more as gifts, not sure yet.  I've been spending to much time looking at Pintrest...I love that site.

Other than that, I've put the lights up outside, watching movies with DH and fireplace on, and reading blogs.  I just can't seem to get moving on my stitching, I get distracted with other Christmas crafty things.  I've been looking through books and magazines trying to find an easy themed Christmas table runner, I think I've found one.  My sewing skills are moderate at best so I need to start easy...
thats it for now, time to take the cookies out of the oven...

blessings to all

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Good morning dear friends,
It's been a week since I last posted, I've been around, mostly reading everyone else's blogs, looking at everyones pretty finishes and fall to Christmas transformations.

I wanted to take this time to thank you for your friendship through stitches.  Today and for the next few days will be busy with family showing up, cooking starting, feasting and football tomorrow, chaos over the weekend.  No, I do not go to black friday shopping, I will swing by the LNS for small business Sat hopefully, by dear daughter has to work at the mall on Friday and Saturday.  Her little job at the Dairy Queen in the middle of the mall.
I have pulled 2 turkeys out the freezer on Monday, they will come into a cold bath today as MIL will be coming this afternoon and we will be cooking in the late night.

I have been stitching on Winter Plaid by LHN here and there, my slow progress, but it sure is pretty..

I haven't made much stitching progress, i've been spending time on Pinterest and trying my luck at some lil decorative trees for my mantel.  I did a sequin one, and a ribbon one, tried to decorate the third with cranberry beads and I didn't like all the spaces so I stripped it down, peeled all the hot glue off and will do something else, lol.

When I was home last month, I ran out to the vineyard and cut some grape vines, harvesting is long over with and I have always wanted one of these trees, they are soo expensive, and since I grew up on a grape farm, I was going to take advantage of being home and grab some vines and make one for myself.  It took 2 days to make since I had to soak the vines over several days and my wash tub is small.  I think it came out well for my first attempt.  Perhaps there won't be snow at Christmas and dad won't have mowed the brush and I can grab more.  I would love to have a 4 " one.

I also picked up my Home of a Needleworker (too) by LHN from having it framed, it is so pretty, I really love it.  I was hoping that the new Season of Love ornament was in so I ran up to the store yesterday, but alas, it wasn't.  I have this bad luck that by the time I get there she is always sold out so I tried to beat her to the punch and they haven't arrived yet. My Baby it's cold outside chart remains on backorder too.  Disappointing yes, but as all of us stashers know, it's not like we don't have projects to work on...nuff said.

Weather you are traveling across town, across the country or staying home, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Exchange received

Good afternoon friends,

We had a beautiful weekend and only to wake up to rain and cold temps, it was 62 this morning and now it's in the low 40's and working it's way down low.  It's been a great day for me to work on exchange finishes and do some stitiching.  My current project is LHN Winter Plaid, and a few Christmas ornies.

Lainey posted the Fall round of Stitched with I can share my goodies with you..

This is what I received from My partner Catherine, I also learned from her that her husband, herself and I all graduated from the same college, same year!  I thought that was awesome.

This is what I sent to my partner Lisa M.
This is a Homespun Elegance chart done on stash material using  DMC floss.  Pattern name is ABC Cat.

Well that is it for now.  Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New start, and exchange received

Good afternoon dear friends,

thank you for stopping by, I've been trying to do a blog update on my IPad and keep getting an error message so since I received an exchange piece today, I had to sit down at the computer and do a post.

So, lets play catch up!

Seasonal exchange received today from Stephanie at Blue Star Stitcher, it is a cute squirrel, but I don't know the name of the pattern, anyways, it is just adorable, which reminds me, I haven't seen a squirrel in our yard since Chloe joined our family??  I'll have to find out when I post to the seasonal exchange blog.

Then I received some on line stash on Friday...i'm addicted to LHN and CCN...

So after going to my folks on Friday night, and being hyped up, I finished an ornie for a private exchange, so I can't show you that one...on to the next

Before I left my parents grape farm, I ran out to the vineyard and cut a bunch of vines, I've decided to make a grapevine tree, they are soaking in the laundry room right now.  I've wanted one for ages and stopped to price them, I think not!, espicialy when my childhood home is 40 acres of wish me luck :)  hope to work on that this week.

So Monday brought me up to my LNS to deliver the Shepherds Bush piece, yeh ( and get paid, double Yeh!)  I bought some threads and linen for the above patterns...

but...I started on Winter Plaid by LHN that I ordered and got about 3 weeks ago, it's been killing me to start it but I knew I had to finish the SB piece.   Also I asked if she had Baby it's cold outside and she said she sold out over the weekend...No.....but she will order one for me.  I've seen it on so many blogs this past few weeks and have fallen in love with it so I have that one to look forward to.

Oh, I also went to JoAnn's and bought a Ott light, it was half off and then I was a day late on the 25% off coupon, as I paid for it and walked out, I noticed tomorrow starts their Veteran's day sale, so the light has been in my car all week, tomorrow I will return it and repurchase it at the half off and the 20% off that I get with my military dependant ID, that should knock it down to about $80 dollars.  It's the only thing I've treated myself with, besides all the books, threads and fabrics (shh, we won't tell DH)
I always miss the sale or they are always sold out, so this time, i'll just return the bugger and rebuy at the cheaper price, besides, I own stock in this store, just go through my bins of fabric  ;)

lets see, just the cutest lil Frenchie photo, just made me grin, I wonder if Duncan wouldn't mind wearing a hat like that??

Have a great week everyone!!


Friday, November 2, 2012

not just a happy dance....a disco party!!!

Good afternoon friends, thank you for taking time to visit with me today.  I have been hiding, working hard to finish this Shepherds Bush Toy Gatherer as a contracted piece for my LNS.  I am so happy to report  I'm Done  :)  The stitching that is, I have to put the wool as his beard and since I don't know how to do that, my lns said she would show me how, doesn't look to complicated, but I want to do it right since this isn't my piece.  It's a large piece and done on 32 count linen.  I love the colors but the pattern is a difficult one with a lot of blank areas that you have to use the outline to fill in.  Plenty of beading to, I am pleased with it.  The weight is off my shoulders and I can enjoy working on exchanges and starting on some stuff for me.  I bought Plaid house from LHN a few weeks ago and have been wanting to start it but I didn't, yet, I will this weekend.

This afternoon the kids and I are heading up to Erie to visit my parents, I havent' seen them since end of July, and then I'll see them for Christmas.  It's a 5 hour drive.  If our kids has busing to and from school I'd proabably go more often but between sports and one working, I am the taxi.   Mom gave me her Janome embroidery machine over the summer, I stuffed my trailblazer with stuff, and now I can grab the rest of the "stuff"  I'm looking forward to learning how to use it. 

Well, enjoy the weekend, stay warm,