Thursday, July 02, 2015


Birdhouse Sampler
by Prairie Schooler
stitched on 28-ct. Raw Linen
with DMC

To think I've had this pattern in my stash for nigh on 20 years and just now got around to stitching it! Apparently my tastes haven't changed much over the years because I LOVE how it turned out!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mill Progress

Jacob was off purchasing windows for the mill so I was able to get two trees planted in his absence. He's hoping to have the whole operation up and running by the end of next week but he doesn't realize how many X's need to be crossed before the walls are up, the stream is flowing, and the wheel is turning. Not to mention his contractor's proclivity to run off and work on other projects!

Today is errand running day but I'm hoping to have a little time to stitch this afternoon! I am getting close to finishing Birdhouse Sampler!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jacob - 1, Me - Zip

When I showed up at Block 8 yesterday with my gardening gloves on, the roofing crew was already there and eager to get to work. Jacob had also taken it upon himself to "misplace" my NPI 245 so the landscaping was put on hold for the day. Now that the roof is complete my silk has magically reappeared where I left it and I've been able to get started on the leaves.

Jacob is quite please with himself and his new roof and has scheduled the walls to be framed next. He fails to realize that if I don't get the rest of the tree trunk stitched his fancy sign could come crashing done at any moment!

Quel drama!

Monday, June 29, 2015

There's Something in the Salad

Whether it's the basil or the pine nuts or maybe the feta cheese, there's something about orzo salad that puts me in the mood for finishing! I threw together another big bowl of it Sunday morning and by that afternoon I was ripping apart pin cushion version 1.0 and reworking it into something I can live with.
Not too shabby!

It's housework day today but I do hope to sit down and work on Ye Olde Grist Mill at some point. Jacob is getting antsy about the roof not being complete, but I thought it best to finish the landscaping first.

Hope everyone's week is off to a great start!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jacob's Grist Mill

Let's hear it for Jacob! He applied for and received the proper permits to begin building his grist mill in the humble Village of Hawk Run Hollow! Our man Jacob didn't waste any time hanging out a shingle but I believe it may be a while before he can open his doors to the public! Lumber is on order and the walls will be going up soon!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wining and Dining and Painting

Last night I went to a Wine and Canvas class in Grand Rapids with my darling daughter. Sooooo much fun! And I think my "Red Wildflowers" isn't half bad!
Here's my daughter with her masterpiece...
This is the second class we have taken and always have such a great time! I'm already checking next month's calendar!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

That's Better!

Woohoo! Some actual progress on Block 8! Although I admit having to frog a bit more because I stitched black right over the spot where the apostrophe is supposed to go.

I really need to stop going on auto-pilot when I'm stitching!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ducks or Frogs?

I was hoping to share a picture of my start on Block 8 but ended up doing more frogging than stitching. Silly me, I wasn't checking and double checking as I stitched and "Jacob's Gris" ended up one thread off. I did manage to save "t Mill" so at least I have that much to show.

All together now...


But here's something to cheer us up! A family of ducks!

Ahhhh! That's better!

I'll take ducks over frogs any day!

Friday, June 19, 2015


It started innocently enough. I stitched a small Prairie Schooler design and gathered a few materials to make a pin cushion that would look more or less like the one pictured on the card.
Simple enough, right?


An hour later this is what I had managed to create...
Quel horreur!

The seams are all wonky and my corners are even worse. I cut my trusty twiney trim too short and it unraveled before I could get it sewed on. And there's bleepin' bird seed everywhere!

I do think I can rescue the stitching and make it into something that isn't quite so frightening! I just need time to recover!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Somebody Stop Me!

Seriously! You all may have to stage an intervention because I have yet another finish to share!
This was originally meant to be a floss tag but it ended up waaaaaay thicker than I had intended. So out comes the glue gun and my *now* favorite twiney trim that hides a multitude of sins (thank goodness!). I haven't quite learned the "neatness counts" lesson so please squint your eyes and tilt your head before viewing from across the room!

Here's a photo of all three of my funky finishes together...
I've been trying to create a summer themed centerpiece for the table and these guys are filling it out nicely!

Tomorrow? A pin cushion? Do I dare?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Birdhouse Sampler Progress

Sorry for the wrinkles but I wanted to post a quick progress pic of Birdhouse Sampler! I've been working on finishing up the little fussy bits I skipped over. Bird beaks and legs. Wings. Eyes. That sort of thing. It's like a scavenger hunt for missing stitches!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

One More!

I finished Lizzie Kate's Summer ABCs into a little hanging dealie-o. It's pretty darn cute as long as you admire it from afar! I had to resort to using hot glue (and burned fingers!) to get the trim to stay on and barely escaped with my sanity intact! I have only so much patience with sticky things refusing to stick!

Looks like more stitching is on the shed-jule for today! Should I get started on my next VoHRH block? Maybe keep working on Birdhouse Sampler? Or do I dare start a new project?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Back to Stitching

I've made a some more progress on Birdhouse Sampler. I was on auto-pilot when stitching the verse and didn't notice that "singing birds" was supposed to be stitched in a different color. The little angel stitcher on my shoulder has been trying to convince me to rip it out and "do it right" but I'm ready to shoo her away and leave it as is!

I was hoping to share another finish today but things did not go as planned. I've been having technical difficulties with the trim so I thought it best to set it aside before I made too much of a mess of it. No telling what was going to happen if I poked one more pin in my finger!

Time to relax with some stitching!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Another Finish!

This is a little freebie from The Sampler Girl that I stitched way back in 2010. I finished it into a pinkeep and I think it turned out pretty darn good for my first ever attempt! I may have over-doo-dadded with the buttons but it's still pretty darn cute! I have an easel hiding in a box somewhere that I can use to display it. In the meantime Miss Chicken is doing me a favor by propping it up on our sofa table.

One more finish to go and I will be back to stitching!