Sunday, December 30, 2012

What the SAL??!! Happy New Years!

Oh boy! This is what can happen when under the influence of several pecan pie bars loaded with chocolate! I've joined 3 other SAL's besides the Turtle Trot!

Stitching The Little House Flock

I figured that these cute sheep are small enough for me to stitch and finish. After all, Vonna does ask for just the stitching completed. Finishing the sheep are optional. If you haven't heard of this yet here's the link Little Sheep Virtues. Stitching Bits and Bobs have the pattern and button for sale at their site and may offer both as an auto program. I've already pre-ordered; I now need to order the fabric for these sheep. I'm looking forward to this!

Ornament SAL 2013

Reflections in the Pond is starting an ornament SAL for 2013. You can stitch any kind of ornament be it Halloween, Christmas, Easter, or etcetera etcetera. Here's the link Ornament SAL 2013. Check it out.


I already have the dates up for posting on my sidebar. Just another way to get me to post more often! Here's the link TUSAL.

And of course, the Turtle Trot 2013

I'm supposed to post pictures of my WIPs. There are dates to follow for posting progress and I think it's the 13th of every month, yikes! So here we go

I have not touched this since stitching this little bit almost a year ago!!
My poor, poor neglected Winter at Beacon House. I'll try to stitch this more often and finish it because I have another Praiseworthy Stitches design I want to stitch later on in the year.

This is Christmas Magic from the 2010 ornament magazine from JCS. This is part of the ladies' dress. The designer and the magazine escapes me! I guess I better find the magazine.
Called Klagetoh IV, a Navajo rug. This'll be a perfect Christmas gift for a friend of mine who is Navajo. This is on 14ct Aida. Lots of stitching left!

From an old BH&G Christmas magazine. This is the year of the Mitten!

(Hanging head)

(Can't wait to see what Blogger will do with these two pics!) It's supposed to be a
This one is a contender for early finishing as I just have the flower heads to stitch.

It's pretty overcast today, we may get some rain/snow tonight. I need to stitch this; it's too nice to leave it lying around! So far so good. I'm waiting for Blogger and/or my computer to act up with all these pics I'm putting up!

I must admit that I've been stitching on this for the last 3 days. Filling in that boot is some work! Do you see my mistake here? I'm a center starter and that's what I did. But I must've turned it around and started stitching. I may have just enough fabric for framing! It's supposed to be! I took it off the Q-snap and thought-oh crap! But my mistake turned out to be good as I'll have 2 pieces of fabric to use for ornaments for the SAL I mentioned above! I think you may know that La D Da has an ornament of witches feet in one of the JCS Halloween magazines. Not bad huh!

So I tried to load another picture and no go so I'll post the last 3 WIPs tomorrow. I have leftover Christmas ornaments kitted up, a few Halloween and I'm looking through all my charts and freebie charts to get ready for the Ornament SAL. I'm looking forward to all the stitching I'll be doing in 2013! I'm certifiably committed!

I need to put an ALL POINTS BULLETIN out for the MIA Deb from Threadgatherers! Where are you Deb? If you see this, you won the big prize! Send me an email to let me know your address.

I'm going to get back to stitching cheating on Something Wicked. It's back to work tomorrow, then off for the 1st. I'm still in Christmas mode because I feel like it just snuck up on me. We had a great time eating too much and opening gifts. Hope you all did too! Thanks everyone; I appreciate your comments and even those who lurk, coming from a former lurker!

Friday, December 21, 2012

And the winners are.......

Deb is the winner of the Grand Prize!

Deb said:
Isn't that shooting unbelieveable? My heart aches for all the people involved. So senseless. My daughter just had a lockdow at her school yesterday for suspected weapons. It gets so that you don't want to let your children out of your sight.

Your giveaway is great and I'd love to be entered. It's really hard picking out my favorite chocolate/candy though. Maybe Heath Bars would be my favorite - I love toffee and chocolate.

Congratulations on your second Blogoversary!!!!

And the winner of the Consolation prize is:


PJ said:

We could use a bit of cheerfulness this day. What a generous give-away. Happy anniversary and wish you and your family a joyful holiday.

Keep on stitching.

So ladies, email me with your snail mail addresses and I'll get these out to you right away. PJ, I see you didn't choose a candy/chocolate. Let me know what you like when you email me with your mailing address!

Thanks everyone for leaving a comment and playing along! Here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!

Playing Santa-HoHoHo!

So now I've received everything I was waiting for from USPS for this giveaway and here it is, divvied up! This is the Grand Prize with the LHN Holiday House with fabric for it.
And here's the Consolation prize with Pineberry Lane's Bringing Home the Tree with fabric.
Can't wait! I've had fun gathering this all together and wish I could give something to all of you. Thanks for your participation and your comments! BTW, here's the link to post a comment for entry into this Giveaway!

Books, books, books! I can't live without 'em!
My new reading for 2013. Just ignore that mini bottle of whiskey there at the right! It's a '65 bottle of Early Times that I was selling on eBay along with other mini bottles of liquor. I imagine drinking a bottle of 47 year old whiskey would pickle the liver and more--eww, yuck! Even drinking new stuff would make me say the same thing!

I haven't taken pictures of my WIPs yet but I have lined up new starts for 2013! I'm going bonkers big in 2013!

 School Days
La D Da
JCS Oct. '03

I'm sooo glad I bought this camera. These pictures are coming out so good!

I'm seeing the Crazy January Challenge ladies are gearing up again for 2013 with 3 different challenges, including one for WIPs. It's tempting to join again but I need to work on my WIP pile!

I'll be back later if the world still exists! with the winners names. Thanks everyone!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Finished Christmas ornaments

Just two of them but I love how they turned out! I'm about finished with Ho Ho Ho by Val's Stuff. After I post here, I'll get on with it. Yes, just 3 ornaments for the year but I finished a few earlier in the year. I'm itching to start something big. Here's my ornies
Bringing Home the Tree by LHN. Cute huh?! The backing fabric is a red and white striped fabric. I cut out a small square of batting to put under the design to give it some softness. Here's the next one

Oh, surprise!, another LHN design. Called Blue House in Winter, from the newest JCS ornament mag. I thought this was a Blackbird Designs design! I made this to look almost like the model in the magazine. I have the blue felt on hand, the ric-rac is a different color and I used buttons that match the chimney and the holly berries? at the corners. I may glue something on the wool side though. It's looking kind of blank. Here they are together..

Took me about 25 minutes to put these together.

We got our first snowfall of the season. Glad it did it during the weekend though. Didn't stop us from Christmas shopping on Saturday, hehe.
December 21st is closing in on us...did you comment on the last post to enter the Giveaway? Click here-  Giveaway to leave a comment and your choice of candy/chocolate. Anyone and everyone are welcome!

I'll be back before the end of this year with a picture of Ho Ho Ho. I'm also lining up all my Turtle Trot WIPs for their picture day. I'll have all 13 of them posted here, depending on Blogger of course! BTW, did I mention I'm using a new camera? It's a GE and it's very nice. Pictures come out really nice and pictures are loaded onto my computer really fast. I bought it right after Black Friday.

Thanks for stopping in and visiting! Appreciate all the comments coming in on the Giveaway post. Don't forget to let me know what kind of candy/chocolate you like! Take Care!

Friday, December 14, 2012

2nd Blogaversary coming up!


I wanted to get on here and announce my 2nd Blogaversary coming up on the 21st I believe. I did this last year too, not exactly sure when I first started this blog. But it's been fun and I've enjoyed reading all your comments and checking out your blogs!

So I'm having a Giveaway! Yay! A Grand Prize and a Sorry-You-Didn't-Win-The-Grand-Prize! prize! Just leave a comment here on this post and let me know what kind of candy/chocolate you like. I will ship the prizes to wherever you're at! Be a follower or not. The followers I have now who comment, as of this post. will be given an additional chance to win (gotta take care of the followers we already have, right?!)  Be sure to leave your comment between now and 6:59 p.m. Arizona time December 21st. At 7 p.m. I'll draw names for the Grand Prize who'll also receive this one remaining jar of Prickly Pear Jelly. The winners' name of the Grand Prize will be removed from the drawing for the Consolation prize. In other words, no one can win both prizes!


This ought to be fun! So far, here's what I have for both prizes. It's not all here as I'm awaiting delivery of more stuff and if you've ordered anything lately, you'll know it's taking forever! I haven't decided what will go with what. So far I know the Santa sniff tissues will go into each prize and one pattern/fabric per prize. The patterns are: Bringing Home the Tree by Pineberry Lane (love them, getting fabric for it) and Holiday House by LHN w/fabric. Also trims, note cards from Homespun Elegance, Stitch Happy travel cup, the needle minder, Bohin needles, and some surprises too! Check it out....


Let the comments begin!

As far as stitching...What stitching?!! I've worked on the Val's Stuff Santa a little. My car broke down for a week, the starter went out. My daughter and I had to scramble for transportation to school and work. Thank God for friends though. My daughter was able to borrow a car from a friend, and some mornings I rode in with a co-worker. So this latest Crisis had me a little blue and no stitching. Said car is now fixed and things are smoothing out. 

I'm just now hearing of the Connecticut elementary school shooting and I'm just broken-hearted about it. 18 to 20 kids possibly dead. I feel like just crying right now. There are no words....Whatever problems I may have pale in comparison to what families and friends of the victims are going through over there. Prayers and thoughts are winging their way to Connecticut right now. And during the Christmas season too... :..(

Take care, hug your loved ones a little tighter!