Saturday, October 31, 2015

Frolic on Halloween Eve

Finally, I remembered to stitch something for Friday Frolics!

My WIPs have been getting quite loud for some attention so I picked up the lucky Blackwater Hollow Sampler by Stacy Nash..
I am almost half way with Blackwater. For those of you who don't know, that horse was supposed to be brown, but my boo-boo resulted in the Onyx Horse! I decided to leave him Onyx. He looks fine! I left my needleminder attached.

Here's the sampler before..
July of this year was the last time I touched it. The first picture shows the fabric as its real color. I'll be getting back to the PSS Mystery Sampler today. I'd like to keep up with it, but it's something I'm not in a rush to finish for this Christmas. I'm starting to see some nice versions of the sampler around Blogland though. Great stitching ladies!

I took an inventory of my Halloween stitching this year and while it's not a lot like the year before, I'll take it!

Can't leave out Fancey Blackett, my favorite witch!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October Stitch from Stash

"Time for SFS! It feels like it was just yesterday I was doing September's SFS!

Month: October 2015

Spent: $20.00 and $9.99 = $29.99
        I bought JCS Christmas ornament magazine and PSS Merry One

Earned: $14.00 

The breakdown: 
      Balance from September-$26.50
      October add.                 +  25.00
      New balance                  =  51.50
      Spent.                            -   29.99
      Balance.                         =  21.51
      Earned.                           + 14.00 $8 for a giveaway pinkeep, $4 for Wicked and $2 for Waiting
Balance for November          =  $35.51

Maybe by December, I'll figure out a better way to do a balance sheet for this, lol.

Pictures! Here's my spending..
I guess I should be lucky I was able to get my paws on that PSS! Paulette says they're sold out. Sorry for the dark picture. I have about 7 ornaments picked from this magazine to stitch. I never Not find anything to stitch from these magazines.

I finished 3 things- two Halloween giveaway items and this little itty bitty kitty called Waiting..
Taken from the 2012 JCS Halloween magazine
I stitched it on 28ct Tarnish linen with my own overdyes, all from my stash. This thing is about 2.5 sq. inches. I'm not sure what I'll do with it. It's soo cute!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of what Heather and Missy received from my Halloween giveaway. For those of you who don't know, Heather blogs at Fantasy Cross Stitch and Missy blogs at Missylaneous. Heather has pictures up of what I sent her. But I'm not sure about Missy.

And look at this..
The mystery Christmas SAL Paulette is hosting. I'm putting all of them on this piece of 36ct Vintage Maritime with DMC threads. I'm adding a few other colors to the mix. Like this pattern, it has one pear that is a different color than the other pears. So I looked for a thread that looked like pear color, a light greenish yellow. Now that my Halloween stitching is done I'll pay attention to this SAL and what I put together for my Christmas stitching, below but ignore that owl!
These are the plans anyway because all of my WIPs are really starting to talk to me! If I finish all of these, I have more as backup!

I am joining the Debbie's Crazy January SAL in 2016. No super duper for me! I'm thinking 15 but may do 30. I'll be better organized than I was this year! The sad part is I have a full 30 projects kitted now that I was supposed to do in February of this year. So I'm pretty set right now!

My daughter and I are headed to Las Vegas, or Lost Wages as I've heard some people call it, in December and Hallelujah! there is a cross stitch shop there! I will be bribing my daughter to go with me, haha. I better save up some SFS credits and finish more things between now and the first week of December. Yee-Haw!! 

Thanks everyone for stopping in. I've had some new followers by way of Bloglovin, Welcome! I have a few no-reply followers too, thanks since I can't reply to you. 

Take Care!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Whoo's There?

Is there anybody out there? Quick, what song or singer is that lyric from?

Well, it's Gifted Gorgeousness time again and house construction has begun on Whoo's There..

So the color of this fabric is actually white and gray, not how it looks above. I'm too lazy to get off the couch for a better picture! I'm hoping for a finish before this Halloween, fingers crossed. 

Thanks for the well wishes, my headache has been gone. We're due for 3 days of rain and maybe that had something to do with it. My daughter came home sick tonight, oh boy. Fun times ahead! Not!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

My oh my, what a wonderful day yesterday was! Today? Not so much..

My exchange goodies have arrived!

A big box!

Packages, a card, candy, candles, black trims, the orange kitchen towel..

The Halloweenie chart, the adorable cube. I had never seen that design by LizzieKate before. Two ceramic decorations and the pompom trim. It's always great to be gifted with trims.

Another chart I have never seen by Stacy Nash. This is identical to my tombstone angel drum keep which is still not sewed together! The notepads will keep me in an Autumn state of mind for awhile. And..
this great 36ct Mesa fabric! By PTP, my favorite kind of linen that is off limits economy-wise! 

Thanks again, Joanie! I love it all!

I'm home from work with what feels like Mr. Vertigo or a migraine trying to make a comeback. Thought I'd post this and then go back to bed! 

Take care, y'all!

Monday, October 12, 2015

The winner and exchange goods!


I have survived the Great Pepper Fire! I'm good but I haven't broke into a jar just yet to see what they taste like, haha. 

Onto the business at hand! 

                 LEE is the winner of the magazine and fab/floss!

Lee, email me at to leave your mailing address and I'll get it out to you asap.

As for my Halloween giveaway, Heather has emailed me with her address but Missy, no. Where are you Missy?? 

I have not received my Halloween Harvest exchange goodies just yet but my recipient got hers from me:
Becky does not have a blog but she does FB. I made her the box at the top with the August freebie from the Stitcherhood, fabric and trims because she finishes her own things, caramel, cinnamon candle, a thread holder, two overdyed threads, charms, a Notforgotten chart and fabric to go with it. Here's a closeup of the box..
I enjoyed making it. I also changed the color of the Quaker emblem on the stitched section and boy, can a button with a ribbon cover up a joining problem! 

I believe this is the last exchange for me. I love them but s___ happens and sometimes your partner isn't able to send your goodies on time. I can understand that but it's happened the last two exchanges I've taken part in. Is it me? Who knows. Besides, it interferes with my Halloween stitching! Woo haw! 

Finally, finally I'm stitching for myself! I'm so bad, I have forgotten the Friday Frolics with Kitten Stitching SAL, the Americana SAL, and the PS SAL. but my excuse is giveaway and exchange stitching. And I missed the Gifted Gorgeousness last month because of Mr. Mojo leaving the building. So last night, I pulled out my Whoo's There and started on the scary house. I'll update the PS SAL with that one, pictures forthcoming.

That about does it. I'll be back on the 15th with Whoo's There for the GG. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Winners are.....

HEATHER!! She wins the main prize and 
gets the Consolation prize!! 

Ladies, send me your mailing addresses to and I will get your packages in the mail by next week! 

I am kinda still stitching on the bigger prize, lol. So glad you all played along. Thanks!

Okay, back to NHL hockey! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

This and that, and a magazine/fabric giveaway!

Greetings from a blustery, somewhat wet central Arizona. It's finally Fall here after temps in the high 80s and 90. I now have to pull up a blanket in the early mornings. Woohoo!

Since I'm stitching feverishly on my giveaway project, this post is about all sorts of stuff.

A couple weeks ago, Ranae of the Stitch to Stitch blog, had a giveaway of skull stick pins she had made and I was one of the Winners! Yay for me!
You just have to have a hot pink skull in the house for Halloween! She also sent the cute Dragonfly pin. So cute..Thanks again, Ranae!

I also expanded my horizons by downloading that Xstitch app. It was $2.99. I watched a movie while entering some of my charts and 114 threads! That was just my GAST and Classic Colourworks threads. If anything, this app reminds you of just how crazy we really are about stash! Before, I could go happily through my life not knowing exactly how many charts I have! Psst, I have 34 and more that I haven't entered. But this hobby keeps me out of trouble so I'll keep it!

This past Saturday, my daughter and I headed to a farm some 30 miles from here to pick veggies. For $3 a bag, we couldn't pass it up. Here's what we got: chilies, all kinds, zucchinis, green tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and big tomatoes. I'm going to can a lot of it. Here's a story that may be funny to you but not me at the moment. I found a recipe for Cowboy Candy, really candied jalapeƱos. I sliced up 2 1/2 lbs. of jalapeƱos and am now paying for it! I didn't use gloves and now my hands and fingertips are burning and tingling, my eyes are burning and my face. And this is the second day! I did get 2 1/2 pints of this candy but I've had enough of hot for the time being! The moral of this story is: Wear Gloves when cutting chillies!

Part of our trip was to test this out..
My new ride! A Honda Civic and it drives great. My old jalopy had almost 250k miles on it so it was time. The old car's radio didn't work and turning on the AC made the engine do crazy things. And in AZ., you need AC! The older I get, the less tolerant I am of hot. 

Congrats for reading all that because now, here's the Giveaway..
You get the magazine which is the Cross Stitcher, not the UK magazine, October 2003 and has 7 Halloween designs. This design takes the 14ct Purple Potter aida and the fluorescent floss for the moon. I also stitched another design from this magazine...
And no, this is not in the giveaway! I couldn't bear to part with it! Follower or not, stateside or overseas, I'll pick a name if there are more than 1 person interested in the magazine/fabric/floss this Saturday the 10th. Good luck! FYI-this magazine has been around, it's not perfect!

So there you have it-no personal stitching of mine in sight. I am chomping at the bit to start some Halloween smalls and Christmas. I spent sometime this a.m. pulling fabrics and charts for stitching in these last 3 months. Oh yeah, my stitching mojo has come back with a vengeance!

Next time, I'll show what I made and sent to my recipient in the Halloween Harvest Exchange 2015 hosted by Dixiesamplar/Terri. I'll be receiving my goodies sometime this week so I'll show that off too.

Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Hoping the best for those in SC and places affected by Hurricane Joaquin. The flooding looks horrendous! Take care..