Saturday, September 20, 2014

FNSI and Giveaway winner!

MARY!! You are now the proud owner of the Christmas cross stitch book. Email me at with your mailing information and I will get it out to you.

FNSI or Friday Night Sew-In, I worked on the Scary Sampler by LK while watching the last Downton Abbey Season 4 disc, boohoo! I can't wait for Season 5..But here's the sampler, which is also a Turtle Trot WIP..
That top photo you can see just how little fabric I have left for framing. I'm not sure if I'm going to put in the satin stitched border at the bottom like the top. Oh, and I posted these same pictures over at Flickr under the name yavagirl. I'm not sure I did it correctly but they are there.

Today I'll be sending off my exchange package to the recipient. Exciting and I hope she'll enjoy what I've sent.

Thanks to the ladies who entered for the giveaway; wish I had a book for all of you. Take care all!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Night Sew-In

or FNSI for short.
On the third Friday of the month, grab your stitching or sewing, wine (soda, in my case), snacks and what have you and stitch/sew to your hearts content. Here's the link-

Then, blog about it and put a picture up about it in Flickr. More info can be found on the link above. Sure hope it works! 

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

And the winner is...and the final book giveaway


I wish I could change the font size on this Blogger app!

Anyway, Virpi, send me your mailing information and I'll have the book on its way to you!

In the spirit of hitting (killing sounds terrible) two birds with one stone, here's the final book to giveaway.

Same rules as all the others: follower or no, can ship overseas, if more than one person is interested, I'll draw names a week from today.

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy, Happy, Happy!

I'm so happy to get back to my WIPs and no-pressure stitching! I finished my exchange stitching and just need to sew it up. I'll send it and everything else next week. That, my friends, is that. Because I love Halloween, I only join the Fall/Halloween exchanges, so it'll be another year before I do that again!

Here we are for Turtle Trot time though and I managed to stitch on 3 WIPs. Here's my problem child-the LK Mystery Scary Sampler. Why problem? Because the fabric is too short, I'm having to leave out quite a bit of the pattern..
I've left enough fabric for framing at the bottom. I can at least get the lawn in with the x's and satin stitch. I wanted to make sure I put in the WDW Kohl and Guacamole border that kind of frames the house area. Here's that border right above the house, below..
which is unfortunately in the shadow! I'll put on my big girl panties and get this stitched up for Halloween. This is how it looked before..

Now, here's Vintage Stars by Jeannette Douglas, another Turtle Trot WIP
And how it looked before..

Just a few more stitches in the bluish Quaker and finishing up the large one in the middle.

And take a look at School Days. I'm building the school house now..
and the flag pole. A first, when I stitched the flag pole, I thought it should be a gray color because they're metal. But then I thought, no, an older style schoolhouse probably had a wooden flagpole back in the day. So now the color will remain.

For August, I asked Mel from SFS if I could please have a Free Month. Here's why..
Strawberry Fields Forever is awaiting its fabric but the others have fabric and fibers. This great shop in Maryland is called Needlecraft Corner They can sell you just the chart or the whole enchilada (fab/floss/chart) at decent prices. They have a simple website where you have to either email or call in an order. Drema is a very nice lady and you can bet I'll order from them again. Next year though! Ha. Spent too much but look at those charts! 

So I'm giving away another cross stitch Christmas book, see last post. It ends this Friday if you're interested.

I've got a load of laundry to get done so I'd better do it! I wanted to thank everyone for their comments on my cube finish. I still stop to look at it! Hope your Thursday is wonderful!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Another book giveaway!

More pictures...
Hope the pics aren't too blurry. The same rules apply like before: If one person, after 7days, say they want the book, they'll get it! More people interested? I'll draw names on the 12th. I can ship overseas. You don't have to be a follower.

I used to buy these books every year as you can see. I'm not sure if these books are being published anymore.

I thought I'd throw in a picture of an Agave or Century Plant. As a family, we'd go out to cut wood for our fireplace and my dad would take cactus or something else and replant in our yard. So anyway, here it is
Yeah, I'd hate to fall on this thing! It's has really grown in the last 3 months because of our Monsoon rains.

It's supposed to really rain this weekend because of Tropical Storm Norbert traveling up Baja California and all the moisture/rain is going to travel into the normal Monsoon flow. The news just said 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible in places. So it's going to be perfect weather to stitch. I'm so far ahead on my exchange stitching that I could send off the package Monday but I'll wait a little bit. I haven't stitched on anything else so I'm getting antsy to get back to my other stitching!

I'm awaiting my market stash from a ONS from back east. I wish I could remember the name and website but I'll put that up on my Turtle post. They don't have a catalog but you can either call in an order or email it. My stash is all Blackbird Designs. Can't wait! I haven't stitched in 3 days so I'm sure those patterns will be a well welcomed kick in the butt to get going!

Thanks for stopping in! All your comments about my cube finish was much appreciated. Have a super weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Giveaway winner!

Five people were interested in the giveaway for A Cross Stitch Christmas and here's the winner!


So Carolyn, send me your mailing address and I'll have the book in the mail this weekend.

Thanks to the 4 other ladies who played along. Friday I'll have another giveaway for another Christmas book. Be sure to check that out. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

My first cube finish!

Yay! Thanks to two tutorials with Vonna and 
Little House Needleworks, I got it done!

This design is Buttons Black by Plum Street Samplers

To me, the wire ribbon on top looks like a big tarantula. I had the piece of styrofoam for awhile, thinking it was  
going to become a cube finish one day. Side note: I'm slowly becoming a hoarder! I see things like that styrofoam
and into my craft room it goes. Here's another view

The fabric for the back has some purple running through it and it matches my ribbon. This was so easy to
This fabric was amongst the bundles of fabric that I bought from Terri of Dixie Samplar fame. Thanks Terri! I knew 
I wanted a classy look to this, nothing with grinning skulls or witches. Both Vonna and LHN don't use any glue   
on this except for Vonna using spray glue to adhere the padding to the styrofoam. Just flat headed pins are used.

I love it!

Thanks for stopping by to see what the big commotion is!