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Saturday, December 31, 2011

My 2011 Review

Here are my pieces from this year!  I was very pleased to finish so much!  I didn't realize it until I put them all together.
The first is the Bee Man's Garden.  Don't you love the hive?

And Alphabets has to be my favorite finish to date.  I LOVE this piece, red, red, RED!!! I love red samplers!

The next piece is Needles and Pins Pinkeep from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I made this into a lovely Pinkeep on an oil can base for Melody (Woolwoman).  I really want to make one for me.

In Disguise from Cross Eyed Cricket.  I've had this pattern for-ever and while I was unemployed I finally decided to pull it out and stitch it.

Another Halloween piece done during my hiatus.  Lizzie*Kate's Halloween. 

Her Sampler by Carriagehouse Samplings. 

Noel...someday to be made into a pillow.  When I get up the courage. LOL.

All is Calm.  I want to make it into one of those nifty pillows. 

My adaptation of A Cardinal Winter

Lucy Minton from The City Stitcher

An Autumn Splendor

A prolific year, indeed!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Picture, Pictures!

So, this week I decided to break out "June" my sewing machine and sew up a few ornaments and make a flat fold.  I can't sew a lick really, but I did my best.  Here are the fruits of my labor:

 Silent Night
30ct Weeks Dye Works "Tin Roof" Linen

The Prairie Schooler
32ct Belfast "Lambswool" Linen

 Snowman '10
GAST and Weeks Dye Works fiber
"Mystery" Linen

Don't you just love the pom-pom trim? Looks like snowballs!

Frosty Flakes
Cresent Colors Cotton Fibers
30ct Weeks Dye Works Linen "Straw"

I also finished Cardinal Christmas but I haven't made it into anything.  Maybe this weekend, if I get a chance. And this is my latest start and the project I am working on right now.  I hope that I don't lose interest in it because it's a Christmas piece.  I get bored easily, don't 'cha know?  The piece is stitching up faster now since I finally finished Santa's Sleigh. 

Merry Christmas
The Prairie Schooler
28ct "Lambswool" Lugana Evenweave

I hope that tomorrow the day is sunnier so I can take a picture of the BeeMan's Garden and maybe some pictures of what I did complete in 2011.  I've seen so many blogs with a "Year in Review" and I am so inspired to do the same.  I do have a few pieces I've finished.  Plus, I need to take some "today" shots of the WIPs I'm focusing on for the Wipocalypse.

So, my dear friends, thank you for hanging in there with me and for all your thoughts and prayers this year for me.  Thank you for your inspiring stitching and for all the "enabling" too!  I wish each of you a very Happy New Year!  May 2012 be the best year for you!



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas and the GiveAway Winner

Hi all,

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas.  Ours was very low key, it's not the same with the kids being so far away.  We did get an opportunity to Skype with them and of course, once we got off the computer, I cried like a baby. 

I got lovely gifts from Japan, a beautiful temari ball for my Christmas tree, a colbalt blue ornament, a handpainted scroll and a Japanese calendar.  I gifted myself with the newest Blackbird designs book and all the fixin's to stitch it.  I certainly don't need another chart, book or bauble, but hey, I can't resist!  I got some stitching done too over the weekend,  I finished the Bee Man's garden and another LHN ornament that I modified.  I'll post those pics soon because it's very, very grey here today and the pictures will be very washed out.

Now, on to the giveaway.....the winner of my Christmas Gift-Away is....

MISSY, Raven

Girl, drop me a line at with your address and I'll get this in the mail to you!

Thanks so much for all those who played!

So, today I have an interview.  Say a prayer around 11 for me.

Gotta run!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Giveaway!

Merry Christmas everyone!

I am so sorry it's been such a long time since I've posted.  Life is so in the way.  I have been struggling with my job, mainly my boss.  It's really a sorry tale.  I thought that he was going to fire me a few weeks ago.  The job started going south right before Thanksgiving.  Mainly, it's a communication thing.  But my boss is the boss and the boss is never wrong, so it's my communication that's lacking.  I am not sure what I am going to do.  I like the people that I work with and I think that given time, maybe it will work out.  But I am pretty skeptical.

On the stitching front, I did finish a few ornaments.  Frosty Flakes from LHN and a Prairie Schooler snowman.  I don't have pictures because the David is in Japan with the little camera.  I tried taking pics with my cell phone but they didn't come out very well.  He will be home in a few days, so maybe I'll be able to take a snap or two. I am working on Prairie Schooler's, Christmas Eve, but it's a slow stitch for me.
And I've bought some things, Merry Christmas to me!  I bought the new Blackbird Designs, Christmas Garden, and all the fixin's which I'm going to start on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  I also bought the new Stocking too. 

I joined the WIPocalypse.  Go take a look.  I have too many wips.  Need to pare down some of them and I did good with finishing some of my Wips during the first half of the year but the later half, not so much.  I have to make a list.  I pulled some of them out and nothing right now is calling my name.  I'm hoping this little SAL will motivate me.

Now for the giveaway.  I have been going through my stash and I've come up wth a couple of duplicate charts and magazines.  I am giving away the following:

2011 JCS Ornament Magazine
LNH Ornaments:
Cardinal Winter
Silent Night
Gingerbread Village

The Scarlet House:
Jingle All the Way

So all you have to do is comment to this post only.  I'll draw a name on Christmas Eve.  I'll throw in a few extras too....

Hope everyone is ready for Christmas.  I'm not but that's ok.  This year, I'm doing my best to reflect on Jesus' birth.

Merry Christmas!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you, Veterans!

I wanted to post a quick message to thank all of our service men and women and their families for their selfless sacrifice and service to our country.

My DS, Mike, just returned to Okinawa from Afghanistan this week.  We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers for his safety over the last 5 months.  I will leave you witha few  pictures of his homecoming.

We love you, Michael, and are so proud of you!

God bless our troops!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wow, another post!!! WooHoo!

Just a drive by post.  There were a few comments from my last post that I want to reply to and I do want to say thank you for your positive words about my SLUMP.  I am happy to say that I did finish the LHN ornament (hopefully to be ornamentified this weekend) and I put needle to fabric last night.  I worked on Lizzie*Kate's Snowman 2010 and I have to tell you that it felt really, really good to stitch!   I am debating on if I'm going to stitch the entire piece or just the snowman and the band of snowflakes beneath him and ornamentify him too.  What do you think?

Now to answer the questions....
Well, Jennifer asked about the piece hanging above the Lizzie*Kate Halloween cube.  That piece is from Blackbird Design's boo, Trix or Treats.  I stitched it on 36 count linen and I wish that I would have stitched with 2 threads instead of one because the coverage on the pumpkin looks rather sparse in my humble opinion.  My DSIL wants that piece desperately so I may just send it to her and stitch it again.

And Sharon asked if I display my Halloween pieces in one place or all over the house.  Well, I usually display them mainly in 3 rooms.  In my kitchen, I usually put them on the oak shelf.  In my sunroom, usually I try to put together some sort of vignette on the console table behind the sofa.  In my family room, I put things  on the mantle or the fireplace hearth.  These are the rooms I spend most of my time in.  Right now, I have a wooden bowl filled with potpourri and some witchy stitchin' that I did last year on my kitchen table in addition to the things on the oak shelf.

So, my stitchy friends, there ya go!  I really appreciate all your wonderful comments.  It makes me smile to know that you guys are out there!  Thanks for coming by and stop again!  There might just be ornaments for you to see....

Many blessings!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Have you forgotten me???

Hello!  Have you forgotten me? 

I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post.  Color me *embarassed*.  It's not that I didn't want to blog, I just didn't think I had really anything to say.  I'v been stitching a little, certainly not like I have stitched before.  I am in a bit of a slump.  Not a full fledged "I'm never going to pick up a needle again" slump but more of a "I really don't want to stitch right now" slump.

I do want to show you my latest Halloween finishes though.  I finished them a few weeks ago but well, you know....slump.

 Lizzie Kate Halloween
Recommended fibers and fabric
Made into a long cube

 In Disguise
The Cricket Collection
DMC on 32 ct Raw Linen

I'm working on Christmas ornaments right now.  I am so close to finishing "Silent Night" by LHN.  I have about a dozen ornaments to finish.  I'm planning on breaking out the finishing next weekend when the David goes out of town.  I have a list about a mile long of things I want to do so wish me luck on the finishing.  I'm hoping that this finishing session will cure my "finishin phobia" once and for all.  Geez,  I never had such a problem before.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by....I am off to finish Sunday's dinner of pot roast, veggies and homemade pumpkin pie!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Herding Cats

This is how I feel right now.  Last week was a blur.  I didn't think that taking on a new job would toss me into such controlled chaos.  I've gotten used to being home, I had a routine and now, it's all changing.  Don't get me wrong, I am so blessed to have this job and I'm not complaining.  NOT. AT. ALL.  It's just shuffling stuff around again.  My commute has doubled and no longer will going to the grocery store be on the way home.  But it's all good!

I've stitched finally! Yesterday.  Almost the entire day.  I finished my little witch and today, I framed her.  She's adorable!  And I finished making a wall hanging for Halloween too. Just wait for pics though, it's been dark and dreary here in good ol' Upstate NY.  I'm switching gears now, Halloween stitching is officially over, now it's Autumn stitching until October.  Then it's Christmas stitching.  Ornaments.  I'm hoping to finish my Merrily Beam's sampler before the new year.  Oh, the plans!

I think I'm losing my mind though,  I've lost a completely stitched Halloween ornament.  I was going to finish it today but I can't find it.  Anywhere.  Last week, I misplaced my driver's liscence.  And I couldn't find my undergraduate degree to prove to my new employer that yes, I went to school.  Maddening.  I think it's stress.  Yea, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.  (I am firmly denying "age".)

So before I return to work tomorrow, I'm going to stitch this evening away cause I'm not sure when I will get back to my needle.  I'm really tired when I come home and I need to start to walk again.  I'm gaining a bit of weight. :(   It's time to get back on track.

So, with that, I'm going to sign off for now.  I will be back soon, I promise! 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Well, once again, I've been MIA on my blog.  Big surprise.  But I have an excuse!


I start tomorrow.  The last 2 weeks have been really, really busy!  I interviewed last Thursday (18th) and got called back that afternoon to come for a second interview this past Friday.  I met the lady who's retiring and I met with the management team again.  They told me not to worry if I didn't hear from them for a few days.  Well, at 5PM the recruiter called and offered me the job starting tomorrow!  The only downside is that I am on probation with their temp agency for 30 days.  But, I can live with that.

I've been stitching.  Mainly Halloween goodies.  I did finish Lizzie*Kate's Halloween. I will take pic when the sun comes back out.

Well, for those affected by Irene, you've been in my prayers.  I hope that all of you are safe and sustained little or no damage.  Here, we've got flooding. 

So, wish me luck tomorrow cause it's the start of a Good Thing!

Stop by again,



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Where the Magic Happens - Usually...

Welcome! Please come in and make yourself home as I walk you through my creative space. My muse lives here and I find creativity and joy in this 10 x 12' space. It is here where I experiment with paint, fabric and of course, fiber.

Looking in the room from the entrance to the room, you see my work table straight ahead.  It faces South and I have views of the pond and the hayfields.  It's great to look out the window and be inspired.

(Pics are clickable)

Along the right wall you will find many things that I find inspiring.   Samplers that I recently stitched.  A picture of my first kitty, Puffer.

On the dresser that holds all my cross stitch fabric, I've set up a display of stitching things, scissors, Sajou cards, painted items. The round candy tin was my Mom's sewing box so it's got top billing on the dresser.

 Dresser (left side)

Continuing on the right side of the dresser, you find my first piece of needlework I made for my husband right after we were married. He had it on his desk at work for many years. It's a cruel piece of crewel embroidery but I did make it with love.  Also, you will find jars of buttons, marbles, spools of thread and a lovely lady pincushion.

(Dresser - right side)
Above the dresser is an 8' shelf.  This shelf holds memories, toys of my childhood, items of my home, things that I love, some of Mike's things. This shelf is sentimental and it's filled with items that remind me of my home, my parents, and good times.

The stuffed animals were Mikes.  Buzz Lightyear is my reminder that anything is possible if you believe. I love the toothy alligator, behind that is an art piece made by Mike.  The clock cookie jar was in my Mom's kitchen.

Continuing along the shelf there's funky plaques that hung in my parent's home,  a Huckleberry Hound bank that was mine when I was a child and a stack of old cameras.
Underneath the shelf is a pantry that holds some pieces from exchanges, patterns.  On the top of the pantry, there's a Mr. Machine that was a childhood toy.  I loved that toy! And I have a thing for bunnys.

To the right of the window is a peg shelf that holds a stitched piece made just for this room. A Mcoy planter holding wooden spoons from my Grandma.  Folk art painted pieces from another lifetime.
On the peg is my Dad's work hat.  I treasure that hat.  When he wore it, I knew he was in his groove, fixing, painting or sprucing something up.

Underneath that peg shelf is another book shelf.  If you look on the top, there's a nod to cross stitch.  On the shelves below you will find Halloween goodies, more books(!) and a tray of stuffed goodies that I put out during the various holidays throughout the year.

Then, we turn to the right wall.  The wall of storage.  In the hatbox, you will find just about every card, letter or keepsake from my DH and son. Baskets hold ribbons, cards, paint tubes. DMC is stored in those nuts and bolts containers. And there's my typewriter from high school. LOL.  The pantry holds my painting supplies.  The drawers hold stitching supplies.  Further to the right is another pantry unit that's stuffed with binders that hold my cross stitch patterns.  The globes were from childhood too. I love globes and would collect them if I had the room.  In this pic, you can see the color of the room.  Tangerine!  Love the color, it's so cheery!

And swinging back around to the back wall, you'll find an overstuffed bookshelf.  Cross stitch, work books, quilting books and some novels that I can't part with live here.  The paper mache pumpkin is another childhood piece.  It's at least 50 years old.

So kids, this is the place where I find inspiration, joy and peace. It's still a work in progress and that's what I like about it. As art and my style evolves, so will the room. Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll come back again!


Monday, August 08, 2011

When We Last Left Our Plucky Stitcher....

She acquired some stash (Shh-hh-h, that's not all of it!).
(Pics are clickable)

She contemplated Halloween / Autumn /Christmas stitching:

Made progress on the Beeman's Garden but didn't finish it in time to get framed: 

Stalled on Do Unto Others:

Love that hive!!!

Got "Bewitched"

Picked out a frame for the little witch: (Aquired at HomeGoods, my new BFF store!)

Pattern for the little witch cause I know you'll ask.

Candy Corn too!

And finished Lizzie*Kate's Halloween to be made into a long cube using the fabric behind it:

Stitched up a linen pumpkin (I see more of these in my future!):

Pulled out another finish that has been buried far too long (Stitched when Mike was 6 and he's now 24. Do the math.) and will be made into a wallhanging:

And contemplated working out until Miss Ella beat her to the treadmill.

I took pics of my stitching /craft room too but I won't bore you with all of them just yet.  Here's a tease though:

So my friends, there you go!  A post with PICTURES!! Go me!  LOL!!!
Thanks for coming by and seeing what's going on in my world.
Keep stitching, kids. 


Saturday, August 06, 2011

Oh My...Has It Really Been That Long?

Over 2 weeks since my last post.  Shame, shame on me!

Well, what's been going on with me.  A whole lot a' nuthin' besides the job search and taking care of house-y type stuff that looks like it would only take an hour or so to do but ends up taking most of the day.  I honestly don't know how I did it when I was working, I think I used to "slick" housekeep, not doing a thorough job but "slicking" it to make it look presentable and hiding the rest.  Now, I'm actually doing a complete job and I'm embarassed to tell you that I'm embarassed at the housekeeper that I am.  I used to blame alot of things on our critters (dragging in dirt from the barn, the cats and the dog) and the DH.  But, now that I have "time", I'm realizing that I was a large contributor to the state of affairs at Chez Dirt.  Oh, say it's not so!  But it IS!  Hopefully, my house drudgery now will prevent me from house fudgery later on when I get back to work (which isn't looking like any time soon). 

I am actively being courted by a recruiter for a firm in Nashua NH.  It would mean me moving away in order to take this job if it presents itself.  The DH and I talked about it and it's doable for awhile until the economy in NY rights itself.  The job would look fabulous on my resume, it's management and dealing with medical device compliance.  But there are a couple of glitches, I've managed teams but never a department and although I have experience in medical compliance, my previous employer was not a final device manufacturer so we were not involved with FDA submissions or QSR 820.  Weak areas in my work experience.  But nothing I couldn't handle.  It's convincing the company to take a chance on a rookie who would have to learn by doing instead of hitting the ground running. 

Stitching wise, I sorta lost my mojo during the last heat wave and the last round of resume rejections.  I switched my focus from stitching on Done By Me and the BeeMan to small things for Halloween.  (Although BeeMan is so close to being done I might just finish it off and use my 60% off Michaels coupon to get it framed.)  I've stitched Halloween from Lizzie Kate that I want to make into a long cube and I'm working on a little witch from The Cricket Collection and Candy Corn from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I found the bestest frame for the witch at HomeGoods (my BFF store!).  I'll post pictures soon. We are having a blessed day of gentle rain (sorry Texas) that my gardens sorely needed but it's not conducive to photoshoots. The light is not present so the pictures taken with my little camera wouldn't do the designs justice.

If you could, please keep my boy and all the soldiers in your prayers, I read today that 31 of our finest were killed today.  I'm sure the news is weighing heavily on him.  And he's been working around the clock, on what he can not tell me, so I know it's not good. 

So sorry for the long winded, un-pictured post but I did want to check in to say I'm HERE!!  (waving to everyone new and old).  Thanks for dropping by...until next time...


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Accuquilt Go Baby Give Away


Check out Amystitches for 3 chances to win an Accuquilt Go Baby and 3 dies of your choice. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Just Buzzz-zzin' Along

I broke down and stitched the Bee Man's hive.  I couldn't wait anymore and that's true to my nature.  Patience has never been a virtue with me and I guess I'm into "instant gratification".  Besides, I just couldn't wait!

And the artsy one. Look, I promised better pics, right?

I am on a personal mission to finish this before the 23rd because I have a 60% off coupon from Michaels  burning a hole in the bottom of my purse. I only have the bottom section and the bottom border to finish.  Wish me luck!

See ya soon!