Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Lovely Blog

Well, thank you, Gracie, for nominating me for this award..
Be sure to learn more about Gracie here

The purpose of this award is for bloggers to nominate fellow, mostly newer, bloggers that they wish to recognize. The goal is to bring attention to blogs that we think are "lovely" and enjoy reading. We hope others will enjoy reading these blogs also. In order to accept the award, the nominated blogger must follow these rules:

     *Thank the person who nominated you and link back to then in your post
     *Share seven facts about yourself
     *Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award

Hmm, seven things that no one knows about me. Here goes:

1. Born and raised in Arizona except for 9 years spent in Los Angeles, CA from a couple days old to 
    9 years old. Dad was born and raised Montana, Mom born and raised Arizona. Dad asked her
    where we should live to get the heck out of L.A. He told her about the brutal winters in Northeastern
    Montana. Arizona it is!

2. I have one daughter who is 20. I'm divorced and on my way to Modified Spinsterhood!

3. My favorite holiday is Halloween! This should come as no surprise to some.

4. Love to hike and a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is on my bucket list. 

5. I have 4 cats. Mama is 7 and kittens, 3 of them, are 6.

6. I love the smell of Scotch tape and Playdoh! Yeah, I'm weird.

7. Love Red Velvet cake, Red Velvet ice cream, and anything else Red Velvet!

I'm going to try to nominate 10 other bloggers:

Well, just 4 blogs that I felt I could put here to nominate. A lot of blogs I had in mind have already been nominated! 
Hope you ladies don't mind being nominated!

On the downhill slide to the weekend, Yay! Take care!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Christmas Garden, my FNSI stitch

Just a short post
I finally got the Calico Kitty threads I needed and stitched in the flower parts. That's about all I'll do for now!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness April, Finishes

Where do I begin?! I feel like I've been gone forever!

So it's GG time. GG is a year long SAL hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitcher fame. We stitch on fabric, use threads, kits, charts, etc. that have been gifted to us. 

 So here's Fancey and what I've done with her..

And before...
Wish I could get a better shot of the color of this fabric. It's Beige from WDW. This is Fancey Blackett's Brooms. I feel like I could have her finished by this time next month. She has to be pretty happy to get her red lips!

I was a recent winner of a giveaway from Frances from Symphony of Stitches and here's what I received..
Love all the PS! Whoo's There? in the upper right will be my next Gifted Gorgeousness start once I'm   finished with Fancey. Thanks again, Frances!

Don't you love this guy? Or girl! Can't tell! I had two Sheepy finishes though, woohoo!
On the left is Blackie Pincushion by Homespun Elegance. This thing is tiny. I can't remember what count the fabric is but the whole thing is a little over 2" across. It's one of my Crazy starts and finishes. Yay! I can't remember what the sheep on the right is called or who the designer is. I was stitching on it before the start of the Crazyness and put it aside. Didn't have much to do to it and now it's done! 

And miraculously, I had another finish and its yet another Homespun Elegance!
This is Holiday Samplings II and it's also a Crazy start. Don't look to closely at my version of French knots around the holly leaves! I don't do French knots, these are just knots! Too bad the color of the fabric didn't come in very good. It's a Terri from Dixiesamplar hand dye and its darker than this picture and has a great feel to it, like silk. It was great to stitch on.

And I bought a chart, a big one. I had to print out 26 pages of chart and instructions and even ran out of printer ink. It's from a lady called Diana70 on Etsy. I don't know how I came to be on Etsy. I have bought stuff from there but kind of traded that for Pinterest. So here it is..
This is Romantic Castle, a pdf. I haven't looked at how much DMC it will take, too scared! But I love castles. It was only $6-something! I have some plans about next years stitching, like doing a couple big charts with Castle being one of them. Because, you know, I plan to stitch every single chart I have this year. One can dream!

I'm off to jump on my exercise bike. I'm in the middle of overtime at work again and my brain is tired. Which is why I can't remember a darn thing! 

I've got to say a big Thank You for all your great comments last post about my bunnies. 28 or 29 comments. It was great!

I think that's it, can't remember! Take care all!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bunnies Galore and a winner!

Can you guess what I spent my morning doing?
Yup! I finish finished up a few things. I started last weekend on this one..
Harvest 1823 is one of my Crazy starts and finish. I planned this as I went! No real idea on how to finish but I'm happy with the result. I wanted to fill this with lizard sand but forgot to use fusible lining on the linen section. Oh well.

Also last weekend, I finally gave Dream Big some attention..
I had a marathon session with this. You know how it smell a finish coming on and stay up late to get it finished! I had to look back in my posts to find when I started this and that was just last year. Not too bad. But today, here's what I did with it..
Eeeeeee!! I'm just in love with it. I attached white ric rac to the sides and pins that somewhat matched the hearts and the sun. I didn't put any beads at the bottom because I'm buying an easel for it. At the top is a funny beige ribbon. Here's another side..
Hope it's not too blurry. I believe the designer is CCN, Country Cottage Needleworks. It's very cute. 

And here's Happy Bunny Bunny Day by the Trilogy. I started this last year, finished it, and left in on the unfinished pile until now..
Love how it turned out. I wanted to bring out the color of the heart so sewed in the hand dyed ric rac. I made up new cuss words sewing that ric rac to the dark green fabric! I spent more time ripping out seams than actual sewing. Sheesh. I like the look of it though! I only added two buttons instead of the six it called for. Finished it all off with the ivory-ish chenille trim. 

My other 'bunny' design is an unknown freebie. Just a tiny thing, I added the grass, the sun peeking from the corner, his tail, and more flower. Here it is with the other bunnies!..
I'm done! Two Saturdays in a row of finishing...whew! I just found out this morning that Easter is April 2nd, so this is my Easter/Spring contribution.

Time to announce the winner of the magazine and fabric and that would be...
Congrats Jacquie! Email me at to give me your mailing address. By the way, can you all let me know if I'm a no reply blogger? Frances gave me a head up on it. I went and tweaked a few things and I'm not sure if its fixed.

Thanks for coming by! Have a wonderful rest-of-the-weekend!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness-March

Fancey, I'm glad to say, now has a body!
Well, more body! She just needs hands and legs now.

This was last month..
This bottom picture shows the more correct color of this fabric. This is Fancey Blacketts Brooms by Pineberry Lane. I'm taking my time stitching on this because its the only gifted project I have but then I forget that I won some threads, which I'll use to start some new things like freebies or bigger items. I'm good for the rest of the year with GG. Yahoo!

Please check out the little giveaway on the last post if you haven't already. It's a magazine and fabric for one of the designs inside it. I'm off to stitch. It's promising to be another great day. It's great to know that Winter has loosened it's grip on some of you. I just heard birds chirping outside! 

Take care! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jumped right into it, we have a winner, and a magazine/fabric giveaway!

Ahh, Spring! It's supposed to get to 74 degrees today. Maybe I can finally turn off the heater!

Although I don't have all the threads needed, I decided to make the leap and start Christmas Garden by BBD!
I've been budgeting for the purchases of the threads needed for this as some call for 3 or 5 skeins each. I have 3 colors and still need 2 others which I'll buy here in another week or two. Above is what I have so far, just some border. It's huge! A new start is definitely what I needed and I haven't picked up anything else! 

So we have a winner from the two that wanted the Aida and that would be LINDA!!!! Linda I have your address from the package you sent me for the Traveling Chest. Wonder what happened to that, if it got lost or what. I think some countries are going through mail strikes. Anyway, I'll have the Aida on its way to you this coming week.

How about another giveaway? This one is for the magazine and the fabric for one design..
My pictures are just terrible, ugh. The 28ct Dawn Grey Jubilee evenweave is for the project on the left-Autumn in New England. Lots of tweeding here, judging by the next picture..
The bracketing represents using one strand of one color and a strand of another. There's a lot of work here but it'll be beautiful when done. Not a whole lot of backstitching either. This is a JCS August 1992 issue with lots of other designs too. I've had this in my stash for a very long time; time for a new home! Who would like it? This time I can send overseas and Canada. As usual, if more than one person wants it, I'll draw names next Saturday. Open to everyone, follower or not.

Alrighty! That's it for today, a short post. I'm stitching on my GG project so I'll be back tomorrow to post for that. The 15th already! Time is just speeding by. 

Take care!