Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My April '13 Ornament

This will be a quick post because it's bedtime!
Downton Abbey freebie designed by The Sampler Girl. Can't wait for the next season of this show! I used Belle Soie silks from my stash on a light coffee-dyed 32ct Cream linen.
Sweet Dreams! (Me-I prefer no dreams!)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Exchange Goodies!

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for your comments on the last post. Thee I Love with the Lilies of the Valley was obviously the favorite finish of most of you!

Pictures of the Stitched with Love exchange have been posted to the Gallery, so here's what I received from Cherise
My first Shepherd's Bush anything! It's very cute. The egg kit is in woolfelt which is right up my alley. There are 2 blank key rings, ribbon, handmade paper w/pencil, stitching fabric, fabric buttons, and that very pretty fabric with the pink flowers. There was a small chocolate bunny that was inhaled within the first minute. Love it all, Bev! Thank You!

Here's what I sent to Cherise
Luckily, the Rolos survived the trip to California! If I had to send these during Summer, they would've not made it! The pillow turned out wonderful! I made up some new cuss words though, while ruching that ribbon around it! All worth it, and Cherise loved it all. I have a bunch of small cross stitch to finish so I plan on ruching ribbon on them!

It's going to be 81 here in Prescott Valley. I'm planting zucchini and cucumbers so perfect time to plant. Although this past Wednesday or Thursday, it was spitting snow. Crazy weather!

The 24th is the day to post for the Ornament SAL; I have an ornament stitched up for that already. I tell you the days are just going by way too fast. I feel like it was just last week I posted for the SAL!

Take Care all!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Turtle Trot April '13 Edition

I had two WIP finishes this past month. Note: Blogger is in control of this post as I had this picture centered!

Meet Thee I Love! As I look at this, I am befuddled at how long it took me to stitch this! I had it kitted up for 2 years or more. I barely started stitching on it last year. It's not very big. Where I got hung up is probably the whole plant on the left. There are 7-yes 7!- shades of green. Not to mention the back stitching! Here's a little tidbit of backstitching info-
  • 368-top of lower right leaf, right side of large background leaf,
  • 320-bottom left leaf except for tip, upper left side of tip of large background leaf, etc, etc.
And so on and so on. Also the symbols for the colors are all drawn by hand. But, I think it's all worth it because it turned out very nice! The color of the fabric is more sea-mist or seafoam color. It looks gray in the pic.

Here's another look at it
That's how those old JCS magazines were though, hand-drawn symbols. This particular design is from the June 1989 issue.

Christmas Magic is the second WIP I finished. This one did double duty for the Ornaments SAL and now for the Turtle Trot. Here it is again
From the JCS Ornament mag 2010.

Well, that's all I got! Sun's going down, the wind too. I live in a valley and the wind just blows through here. I am working on an ornament for the Ornament SAL coming up at the end of this month. The days are just going way too fast! Take Care!

*This post is dedicated to Dana, the recently departed animal buddy of Claudette who hosts the Turtle Trot and has the blog BAP Attack.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Here's my jar
I'm seeing Easter-y and Spring-y colors in the jar. I'm stitching LHN's Love Sheep. Yes, I'm a month behind on the Flock! I'm on automatic with the Sheep so I've already received Peace, which I think is more cute than the previous two.

I've been putting in some stitches on Baby It's Cold Outside

I've added the snowflakes on the left, the beginnings of the house, the snowflake to the right of the house, and Fire for fireplace. Love that Pomegranate from Simply Shaker/GAST; it's my new favorite color. When I first began stitching this, I had reservations about how everything was going to fit inside the border but it's working out!

I did a little stashing too!
L to R: Flowers kit by LizzieKate, Three Tulips by Country Stitches/WTN&T, and Black Cats Trick or Treat by The Sweetheart Tree. I also picked up some fabric

The first one is Lilac which is for one of the extra designs that came with the Mystery Sampler from LK. The other two are for whatever.
And now for your entertainment, may I introduce my Easter Hat! Over at the Stitched with Love exchange, Lainey had an Easter Bonnet/Hat contest. The prize was a small design with backing fabric, trim, floss. There were only 4 of us crazies who made a bonnet/hat and Lainey's hubby picked me!
That's me underneath. I took a straw hat I found for $1.00 at a second-hand store, covered it in green check, hot-glued the house and everything else to it! Took me 20 minutes! Wish I had a better pic. So anyway, I'm patiently waiting for my prize to arrive all the way from Scotland which, btw, is on my bucket list to visit! Speaking of exchange, I received my partners' package and love it all! I'm just waiting for the OK to show what I have.

I'm seeing a few bloggers who have already signed up with Bloglovin. I've set up an account but just to follow. I'm confused at whether we can keep our blogs here or do we set up a blog with Bloglovin? Or is it needed to read other blogs? Those of you in the know-let me know! Myself, I like having everything right on one page like it is now!

Well the washing machine is calling me so I'd better attend to it. I just want to say to everyone Thanks for leaving comments. I enjoy reading them! And it's exciting that I'm up to 91 followers-Yay! Welcome! Take Care