Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Hello Spring

April Year In Chalk
Hands On Design
stitched with Sampler Threads (Chalk and Ohio Lemon Pie)
on 30-ct. Gunmetal linen from WDW

A little late but I finished April's Year In Chalk yesterday. This is the first one I have "finish finished" following the tutorial Cathy has online. It is also the first time I have tried lacing the back instead of using pins along the sides. It's not perfect but it's not half bad either. I definitely learned a few things and next time I hope to not feel like I have ten thumbs!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I Say WIP It!

Every time I start thinking about my Works In Progress that song by Devo gets stuck in my head. It happens every time so I just go with it, singing lyrics that aren't even close to correct. There's no help for me!

Anyhoosie, I have two WIPs to share today!

First is my Prairie Schooler Birdhouse Sampler...
I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this one! I've always loved stitching anything with critters and flowers so it's definitely scratching that itch! 

Next is a little freebie called Season Wishes from Earth Threads (from 1995!)...
I had started this one before we left to go to Florida for the winter and when we got back it was still sitting by my stitching chair. I was going to put it away since it's a Christmas project but got to thinking that if I can stitch a little bit on it every day it will be done in no time. So I'm calling it my Ten Minutes a Day Project and we'll just see how this pans out!

I'm loving the big blue skies we've been having here the last couple of days! My mind is all a-whirl with gardening plans and outdoor projects!

And Devo...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I'm Baaaack!

Greetings from the Chicken Ottoman Empire! We are back home in Michigan and I am doing everything I can to ease back in to life up north! What does that mean? Why, starting a new cross stitch project of course!

This is an ooooold leaflet from Prairie Schooler (copyright 1994!) called Garden Samplers. I am working on the Birdhouse Sampler which is the one pictured in the center. Just what the stitchy doctor ordered for some spring stitching fun!

After a few "welcome home" flurries yesterday, the sun is shining today. The temps are still a little cool but we are working on hauling the chairs and loungers out to the deck and I am getting all my pots ready for planting soon. I am planning to re-do an area in front of the house for a flower garden so stay tuned for that adventure! I am not known for having a green thumb but I will give it my best shot and hopefully we will get to enjoy some pretty blooms!

(And for any squirrels who may be reading this, yes, I am planning to plant strawberries again and would be much obliged if you would not eat every single one of them like you did last year!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A St. Patrick's Day Finish

A Year in Chalk - March
from Hands On Design
stitched on 30-ct. WDW Gunmetal linen
with GAST Chalk and Avocado

I started this Saturday afternoon and crossed the last stitch just minutes ago! This is a fun series that I'm hoping to complete as the year progresses. The patterns have not all been released yet so I will have to wait and see what they look like. Confidence is high that I will love each of them! I have the board that you use to mount them on and swap them out each month but all my crafty stuff is up north so the finish finishing will have to wait. I have April all set to go and will start it soon.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Florida Flora


and the real deal...

Thursday, March 05, 2015

BeeBeeDee FeeNee!

Sweetheart Sampler
Blackbird Designs
Loose Feathers #12
stitched on 30-ct. Olde Town Blend linen
with Holly Berry & Chamomile Sampler Threads

I am so happy with how this turned out! It is a true sweetheart sampler with the addition of Phil's initials at the bottom and the year that we met! I plan to take it to be framed as soon as we are back north so we can hang it in our house in Michigan!

It's a beautiful sunny day here in Cape Coral so I plan to head out to the patio soon with a cold bevvie and a trashy novel!

 Enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

We Pause Now for Some Hyperventilating

I decided to change things up a bit for the bottom part of my Sweetheart Sampler. I've substituted "sweetheart" and Phil's initials instead of stitching "Valentine's Day". I'm fine with how the "sweetheart" part turned out but the line with Phil's initials ended up running into the left side. I didn't like the funky hearts that were there so I decided to substitute some more of the flowers and I really was flying by the seat of my pants here and GAH! I want to rip it all out but I'm down to the last of my Chamomile thread and I'm sitting here wringing my hands because I really wanted to finish this by the end of the month!
Okay... breathe...

There... that's better!
I will work on the rest of the red hearts in the border today and maybe that will help to balance out the flowers. 

Monday, February 16, 2015


I've used a needlework light with a magnifier for as long as I can remember. Over the years it has come in handy for more than just counting threads on linen. I've used it to remove splinters from fingers. I've used it to read dosage instructions on medicine bottles (two every six hours, not to exceed six in a 24 hour period) and nutrition facts on packages (so I know exactly how much sodium is in that soy sauce). Recently I've been using it to check my Everything Pretzel Crisps for caraway seeds. (Because I really really  hate the taste of caraway seeds!)

You see him there? Hiding amongst the sesame seeds? Trying to blend in with the poppy seeds? He thinks he's fooling me but no! I see that little rascal!

Anyone else out there using their magnifier for tasks unrelated to needlework?

Friday, February 13, 2015

A to Z

418 rice stitches later and I am done with the second alphabet! Woohoo! I have a lot of the heart border to finish, and I do mean A LOT, but I have a feeling it will go pretty fast.

We are heading up to Gainesville tomorrow to visit Phil's son for Friends & Family Day at the Medical School. I promise not to take any selfies in the cadaver lab!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Day's Work

O, Q, S, & U are now finished!
Time to switch from Holly Berry to Chamomile for P, R, & T!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Sweet Progress

Six days and two skeins of thread later and I'm now halfway through the rice stitched alphabet on my Sweetheart Sampler! I'm really pleased with how it looks so far! We have two more weeks down here in Florida before heading back home to Michigan for a week so I'm kinda sorta hoping to have it finished by then. We'll see how that goes!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Gimme an F!

And half of a D!

I didn't have much time for stitching over the weekend but I did get a start on the rice stitched alphabet. So far so good!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sampler Love

I'm super pleased with how quickly Sweetheart Sampler is stitching up! I've finished the first alphabet and my initials and now it's on to the second alphabet which is done in rice stitches. Should be fun! I'm playing it safe and leaving the year off until I'm done! I don't want to jinx myself!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sweetheart Sampler Start

I fully intended to make my next project stitching the first over one verse on The Riddle by the Drawn Thread. After a half hour of trying to get my eyes to focus on the teeny tiny holes I decided it was best to leave it for another day.

So out came Sweetheart Sampler by Blackbird Designs...

Tres seasonally appropriate, don't you think?

Thank you all for your comments on my Seasonal Sampler finish! I love sharing what I'm working on, and to have someone say, "Hey! That looks great!" always makes me smile!