Monday, July 21, 2014

A little distraction..the Questions!

Morning! Or Good Afternoon!

I've been seeing these questions pop up over the last few days so I thought I'd answer them too! I'm taking a small break, about to go check for mail and do some quick grocery buying. So here goes:

Q1: How did you start? Who introduced you to cross stitching?
I've always been crafty, doing mostly latch hook rugs and some very amateurish quilts. I had seen some simple stitching kits and picked up one. I think it was a Mill Hill beaded Christmas Tree kit. I am self-taught with the outcome of that kit answered on Question 14! I also stitched a lot of Jeremiah Junction stuff on 14ct Aida.

Q2: Favorite theme or Designer?
I would say Halloween with Christmas a close second. I have stitched a lot of LizzieKate so designer will have to be LizzieKate. Now I love Pineberry Lane, Stacy Nash, Plum Street Samplers, and of course, still LizzieKate.

Q3: What brand of floss do you use?
I mostly use DMC but I'll use overdyes for a pattern when called for. I love silks but they're kinda pricey for this budget minded gal!

Q4: What is your fabric of choice?
Linen, any color, 32 to 36 counts.

Q5: Do you use a needle threader or are you a floss licker?
Floss licker, lol!

Q6: What brand of stitching frame (or hoop or otherwise holder) do you use?
I just use Qsnaps or versions of them. I also hand stitch.

Q7: How many projects have you finished?
Hard to say as I sold a lot on eBay. When my computer kicked the bucket, I lost a bunch of pictures of my finished items. I'm going to guess about 50 projects, in various stages of finish.

Q8: How many completed works are hanging in your house?
Zero big items like framed samplers but I do have these
My collection of mini's. I'll have a entire wall of mini's eventually. All my own framing except the Kindness one at the far left which was professionally framed. I hang my ornaments up too.

Q9: Do you stitch for gifts or for yourself?
Mostly myself but some of the ornaments you see me finish go to other homes for Christmas. I also still sell a few on eBay every now and then.

Q10: Favorite finished cross stitch piece?
The Queen's Crowns by Plum Street Samplers
First time stitching with silks and on 36ct fabric. I stitched this while watching the London Olympics. I also stitched a Shepherds Bush angel some years back and sold on eBay. I wish I could have it back! It had beads and metallic threads on it. It was beautiful.

Q11: Worst experience whilst stitching?
I left a stitching unattended and my cats decided to frog it! I learned my lesson on that one!

Q12: What do you love and hate about cross stitch?
I enjoy the serenity it gives me. I'm a divorced single mother and the years of raising my daughter hadn't been easy. Stitching was and is my therapist! I'm not sure I hate anything about stitching. Maybe that it takes all of my attention and I let things go a little like dishes, housework!

Q13: Have you introduced anyone else to cross stitching?
Nah! My daughter didn't take to it but she sure likes Pinterest and has done some of the crafty things from it like covering her closet doors with that printed burlap
It's pretty neat in person. So I'm glad she's got some crafty in her! Other friends and family? Well, lets just say that they are either not crafty or consider stitching to be an old ladies thing!! Well, the nerve! Live and let live, right?!

Q14: The first project, did you finish it?
A resounding NO! Lol. I had stitches going every which way, bugle beads missing where there should've been, just a general mess! Tossed it.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! I've been feverishly stitching on the Primitive Hare SAL to get caught up as the second portion has been released. I have an ornament finish and have sat down at my sewing machine, finally. I'll be back with all that on the 26th for SFS.

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July's Turtle Trot

Hi everyone!

I can't seem to leave comments on blogs lately. I don't know what's going on. It must be a Blogger thing because when I click on local newspapers' website, the page loads completely. On the blogs, the page doesn't go to a full load, which also describes my mind lately! Sometimes I feel like I should just buy a PC. I'm hoping this isn't permanent. Anyone else using an iPad having this problem? So to Gracie from Needles Pins and Dragonflies, I'm hoping you're feeling better after your fall. One of these days I just may 'wander' into Joanne's too!

Edited to add: I restarted my iPad and that seemed to clear up the problem. Thanks Kathy Simpson, I will keep your tip in mind!

As for Turtle Trot, I managed to work on just one WIP
LK's Mystery Sampler from almost two years ago. What I'd like to know is What happened to last year?! It's Thursday and..never mind, I'm starting to babble. I get tired near the end of the week and my mind isn't fully loading! Anyway, I thought I would delay the satin stitches but I like moving left to right, top to bottom so I bared down and stitched them. They were actually fun and so shiny. The picture doesn't do them justice. I have the entire bottom section left to do. Here's what this looked like before

The Ruby Pemberton Sampler Pillow is not a TT WIP but I did make progress on it until I ran out of thread! Here she is before

And now
I put in an order for another skein of GAST Claret.

I also forgot to show my progress on School Days last time
It's coming along nicely. I was glad to stitch in the tree trunk and the leaves to get some color onto this thing!

Along with the GAST thread mentioned above, I also ordered the LK Hats Off chart with the embellishment pack. The designer has some real cute stuff coming out for Halloween and Christmas. I also received word from 123stitch that my reserved copy of the newest JCS Halloween magazine has arrived and that I can go order it! Haha, may have to wait to order that though. Although my stashing has gone down considerably this year, I feel like I'm still not learning anything! But seriously, after I buy that magazine, I will be putting a clamp on the wallet and doing my best to forget my Visa number!

Thanks for stopping in! A big WELCOME to the new followers also! I'm off to restart this iPad and see if it will help this blog problem. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014


I had some smokin' needles this month
That's a lot for me. Mojo kept sneaking away last month. Not this month! I'm stitching like there's no tomorrow!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Stitch From Stash June

For this months SFS, we were given a $50 bonus of which I took advantage of! Thanks Mel! It's quite convoluted though and I just hope Mel can figure this one out!

Beginning Balance was $33.13
Regular June amount-   $25.00=$58.13
Add $50 bonus =$108.13

I spent $14.00 on Miss Baxter's House by Stacy Nash
               0.46 on a skein of DMC to finish Fancey Blackett
              22.55 in fibers for Miss Baxter
              15.90 for the patterns for the Primitive Hare Mystery SAL
              11.09 fabric for Miss Baxter
              11.40 fabric for the PH SAL
for a grand total of $75.40 in purchases! I now have a new balance of $32.73 (108.13 - 75.40).

I had 2 new starts from stash: Happy Bunny Bunny Day by the Trilogy (which i showed on a previous post) and Wicked by Barbara Ana Designs. Here's what I have for Wicked

WIPs I worked on were Fancey Blackett, Snowy Night, R.B. Sampler Pillow, Dream Big, LK Scary Mystery Sampler, and School Days. Here's progress on Dream Big

And what it looked like before

Here's School Days before

And now
The colors of this sampler are what it really looks like. 

I really blew a hole in my budget so I've got to watch it from here on out. In July the new Halloween JCS issue comes out and I've reserved a copy from 123stitch and that will be the end of the money leak. Well, until I see what kind of things are in the Halloween issue!

I'm off to stitch. Take care!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Finishing

Just what am I up to anyway?! I surprised myself by FINALLY finishing some things. Above is the leftover mess.

Take a look at Housework Never Killed by LizzieKate
The backing fabric is the same as the green polka-dot on the front. Yesterday, I went to Hobby Lobby to see what kind of trims I could find. Found some and then went to the sale wall to check out the fabric remnants. This green polka-dot was there with a larger piece. I've been stitching an Easter piece that I'm going to make a cube and thought this fabric would go great for it. I originally had a green check for Housework but tried this and viola! Very pretty if I do say so myself! Love it.

Now this design I don't know who the designer is but I did the bleed thing again. Darn!
See the 'a' in Xmas? Aarrgh. Well, this is for me personally so it's not too bad but I was so proud of how it turned out. The backing is the same stripe but going horizontally.

Trick or Treat from La D Da, from a Halloween preview issue of JCS
It looks funny because I ran out of stuffing at this point. It needs more. I may edge this with black beads.

And, Dead of Night by Funk and Weber, no stuffing at all
I have the funky (Funk and Weber? Get it?) skeleton fabric sewed to the side. I need to cover the seam and have white ric rac for that. It's busy but a skeleton get together is always busy right?! I stitched the pumpkin with an orange that matched the skeleton hats. Tomorrow, I'll head to Hobby Lobby for more stuffing.

Last week, I picked this up to stitch. Poor thing was still sitting there from before Easter!
Happy Bunny Bunny Day by the Trilogy. There are 6 pink buttons that go on this, 3 on top, 3 at the bottom. I found the buttons from JABC on a ONS but they were $8.something for 6. Ugh. So yesterday at Hobby Lobby, I found those buttons in the pic for $1.99. They're perfect. I'll use the pink ones. That's the white ric rac I'm using for the skeletons. For Bunny though, I have this pretty white frame that works very well but I also thought of finding a fabric with those colors on it and making a pillow. I'll have to see what I'll do.

I mostly finish things to hang but decided it would be nice to have pillows to put in a bowl.

Here's my trims I picked up. I'm blowing my budget to smithereens! I'm pretty sure I read that trims, fabric, etc. are exempt from the SFS budget, as are q-snaps and the like. I also bought a very small q-snap for ornaments. Last week Mel from SFS, let us know of an extra $50.00 added to our budget. We just have to spend the usual $25.00 first. Oh yeah! I'm taking care of that, you betcha! I've gone and joined The Primitive Hare's Mystery SAL she has on FB. So I bought the e-pattern and am awaiting the fabric for it. I also bought fabric for the Stacy Nash design I spoke of last post. I gotta do my part for the economy, dontcha know!

Well this is it for this post in between the SALs and whatnot. I squirreled away 4 hours of finishing this morning and if not for running out of stuffing, I'd probably still be finishing! Oh, and I've got more to finish too! Take care everyone! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Turtle Trot, Dancin' with Fancey, Mojo Resuscitator, and losing myself

Hi all! I'm so excited! I just went and picked up my copy of this
Of course, Momo had to get into the picture. After I post, I will be losing myself in this book!

Turtle Trot, right! Here's Fancey, all finished
Fancey Blackett by Pineberry Lane, on 28ct Antique White linen with DMC. See the evil red eyes of the owls? And I thought the corn cobs looked great with their coloring. I have my fingers crossed that these pictures show up good on my blog. I'm at the mercy of this Blogger app. I'll miss Fancey but I do have one more pattern with her on it.

What's next? Oh yeah! I finished my 5th ornament
Snowy Night by Prairie Schooler, using 32ct Lambswool with DMC except for the dark area, used GAST Black Crow. I'll make this up like it is in the magazine, with felt backer and a hanger. Out of the JCS '08 Ornie mag. As Carol from Stitching Dreams said, Prairie Schoolers are a comfort stitch. And she's right. You can really lose yourself in them. They're like wearing an old comfy pair of slippers!

I also had some progress with the Ruby Pemberton Sampler Pillow, before

And after..
I wet this a little to iron it and some of the color bled in that middle row of stitches. Argh! I will keep this so it's no biggie! On 36ct, 1 over 2.

Couple weeks ago, I was hardly stitching at all. I was reading blogs and came upon Stacy Nash's blog with a pic of her new series of samplers and took one look at those chickens and said to myself, I've got to have this! Check out the chickens
Miss Baxters House. I put in an order for the fibers yesterday. Yes, my budget took a hit but I'll be a good girl from here on out. I do, however, need the fabric! Ha! My budget can handle the purchase of fabric because nothing in my stash looks good with this pattern.

I think that's all I had to say. Thanks for stopping in, as always. I really do appreciate your comments and try to respond quickly. 

Take Care!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TUSAL for May

I feel like I stitched a lot but my jar doesn't look like it!

See you all on the 10th for Turtle Trot! Sheesh, I guess I better get stitching on some WIPs!