Wednesday, March 21, 2007


I finished the beads and buttons on Spring Bugs Me yesterday afternoon so I now have 10 out of 50 projects done for my challenge! Woohoo! 1/5 of the way there! Gotta love these quick and easy projects! This is the last one I needed to stitch of the (Season) (Blanks) Me series that The Silver Needle did.

I don't watch a lot of television but tonight I'll be tuned in to Lost. According to the preview, we'll find out how John Locke was paralyzed... something I've been wondering about since season one! I'm seriously hoping they don't kill off Charlie... he's way too sweet!

Monday, March 19, 2007

What a Great Weekend!

This past weekend was the FGBB monthly Stitch-a-Thon. I had planned to work on my SB Easter Egg Needleroll on Saturday but picked up Spring Bugs Me instead. It was going so quick I didn't want to put it down. All that's left to do is sewing on a few beads and buttons and it's done. Sunday I worked on Winter Sampler. I didn't get to spend much time on it, but I am finally seeing some progress. The chart is so hard for me to read, I've started shading in the squares that I've stitched and it's helping a TON!

My son gave me a break from cooking dinner this weekend, too! Saturday we had a braided bread stuffed with all sorts of goodies, and Sunday he made a chicken stir fry. Both were delicious!

We made a run to Half Price Books on Sunday and I treated myself to some books on CD. A friend of mine had recommended the Stephanie Plum series of books by Janet Evanovich. So far I'm enjoying the heck out of them, and it's sooo great to be able to stitch while I listen! These are read by Lori Petty. Her voice was familiar but the name wasn't ringing any bells. I looked her up on IMDB and had to scan down the list pretty far before it clicked... she played Kit in A League of Their Own.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 16, 2007

SBQ x 2

Stitching Blogger's Question

This week’s SBQ was once again suggested by Danielle and is:

If you had $500 to spend on stitching-related items, what would you buy?

What a fun question! I could definitely put a dent in my Wish List with $500! I'm still drooling over so many of the new releases from the Nashville Market! And I'd love to add to my Crescent Colours collection! Most of all I'd like to splurge on a nice, sturdy floor stand. And I'd put anything left over (ha ha!) in a "future framing fund"!

And from last week:

Do you use your needle, a seam ripper, or something else when you have to frog stitches? Why do you use the method that you do?

Most of the time I just use my needle because I have it right there, especially if it's only a few stitches. For bigger jobs, I'll grab my "stitch fixer" which is just like a needle, only bent slightly at the end and attached to a wooden handle so you have something a little more "substantial" to hold on to.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Treasure Chest

One of the things my mother left to me was her mother's cedar chest. I remember my grandmother calling it her "hope chest" and the only time it was ever opened was when we were having a special dinner and needed the *good* table cloth. Last month, my sister-in-law and I went through it's contents and did our best to divide things up according to who might like what. My grandmother obviously had an obsession with crocheted doilies because there was probably close to a hundred of them, in all shapes and sizes. Seriously, there was a TON of these! There was also a few *good* table cloths, some lacy dresser scarves, a crib blanket and some baby clothes, a wooden jewelry box, a "granny gown" with a crocheted bodice, and a pair of BLOOMERS! I wish someone had taken a picture of me with them on... quite attractive! So now I have to decide what to do with my share of the "booty". Most of it isn't in very good shape... the tableclothes are stained, the jewelry box lid has a broken hinge. My guess is I'll select a doilie or two to use around the house and the rest I'll tuck back into the chest for it's next owner.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Baa Ram Ewe!

As promised, here is a photo of my finished Wooley Tyme for March. Being a bit "Finishing Challenged", I was happy to discover how simple the blankets are to make.

I was hoping to get outside today to do some spring cleaning in the yard but last night's thunderstorm has left the flower beds a little too soggy for me to work in. I have an extremely low tolerance for wet gardening gloves! I'll just have to find something productive to do indoors!

Thank you for the comments regarding my Spring Zipper. I think I'm going to use it for some finishing practice, and if all goes well I'll gift it to someone. :-)

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Done and Done!

A record TWO finishes to share today! The first is the Lizzie Kate Snippet "Happy Hoppy Easter". I actually finished it Sunday but I've been a lazy blogger and haven't posted in FOREVER! This was stitched with trusty ole DMC on 25 count Lemonade Linen from R&R Reproductions. I loved, loved, loved stitching on this delicious shade of yellow!

My second finish is the Spring Zipper from Bent Creek. This has been in my UFO basket for ages!I started it during a very difficult time in my life and every time I picked it up to try to finish it I would get slammed with bad memories. Now that it's done, I'm not sure what I'll do with it! I still love the colors and the design, I just don't want a constant reminder of things I'd rather not think about! Anyone else ever have this issue? I am soooo looking forward to moving on to something else!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

SBQ: Smoking Needles

Stitching Blogger's Question

This week’s was suggested by Danielle and is:

Do you find yourself stitching faster when you are getting to the end of a design?

My guess is I do stitch a little faster towards the end, mainly because that's when I tend to make the most mistakes! It's either the speed of my needle or my mind being on that next project!