Thursday, May 06, 2021

All Done!

Love Lives Here
by Country Cottage Needleworks
stitched with Classic Colorworks
on 32 count Vintage Smokey White Belfast
I'm super happy with how this turned out! I had to use a couple of different threads because there was no finding Ribbon Red or Shrimp Cocktail back in February when I started this but I think my substitutions worked out well! I have to get this finished into something post haste!

And now for the obligatory picture of my constant companion...
I should have named her Velcro!

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Five Minute Finish

Phil was on puppy duty while I got some housework done earlier (Aida loves the Swiffer game. Me? Not so much.) so I grabbed a few extra minutes to see what I could do with my Spring finish. I found this Marjolein Bastin frame that I bought at a thrift store a couple of years ago and thought it might work. One of the birds was broken off (except for his feet!) so I hot glued a couple of tiny daisies on to disguise the area. It's not bad but I would like to come up with something a little more craftsy.

I realized I only have a few flowers and leaves to stitch on Love Lives Here so hopefully I will get that done this afternoon and have another finish!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, May 03, 2021

A Spring Finish

I finished this freebie by From the Heart NeedleArt on Saturday. I just grabbed whatever I had handy because I've had zero opportunity to organize my stash since coming back from Florida. My room is a mess still! Luckily I found some pastel shades of fancy floss that I think worked well together. I really would like to get this finish finished into something cute this week! Any suggestions?
I've learned that stitching with a puppy in your lap can be challenging! Patterns need to be chewed on and thread needs to be played with! Being banished to the floor simply isn't tolerated for very long! Someone has to be the center of attention!
Aida is growing so fast! I wish she could stay this size but she's starting to take offense every time someone asks if she's a Chihuahua! Plus she wants to get big enough for real puppy clothes so she doesn't have to wear mommy-made outfits! It's been a little chilly here so I made her a little shirt out of an old sock. It looks like a little turtleneck on her and is quite adorable but hilarious at the same time! She hid it under the loveseat but I have the other sock and can make her another one! I'll be sure to get a picture so I can embarrass her in front of her friends!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Aida Has Landed!

Right in my stitching chair!
She is the sweetest thing ever and we love her to bits! She has tons of personality and energy! We took her for a long walk earlier so she is conked out now! I don't want to wake her up!

We are finally back in Michigan after going on some camping adventures! I've started unpacking but it's going to take me a while before things are organized and I'm not wandering around the house wondering where I put something or if I even brought it back with me! I think next week better be an organizing week for me!

Uh oh! Someone just sneezed and woke herself up!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021


I hit my stitching goal once again! Grass... done! Flowers... done! Words... done! I'm happy dancing all over the place, quite literally because I'm trying to learn four new dances before we go out tonight! I'll be concentrating more on that than stitching for the rest of the day, so I'm not setting any goals other than maybe the birds' beaks because they're looking a little unfinished.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! There's going to be a bagpipe group at the place where we dance tonight and I've heard people have actually line danced to the bagpipe music in the past! Should be fun!


Tuesday, March 16, 2021



Woohoo! Yesterday's goal was to finish the stitching on the house and I'm happy to report that it's done! Today's goal? I think I'll finish the grass under the house and then move on to the words underneath that and the two flowers on either side. Seems like a lot but I'm up for a challenge today!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Mid-March Update

Not much stitching to report. I've been working on Love Lives Here by Country Cottage Needleworks off and on. I guess there's been too many distractions lately to get much done. I need to get better about carving out some time for serious stitching or I'm not going to have this finished until next February!
Phil and I have still been enjoying our time in Florida. We try to go line dancing at least twice a week. Once we're back north we won't have the same opportunity so we're doing our best to take advantage of it while we're down here. We'll be heading back to Michigan next month so the weeks are winding down.
We also went down to Everglades National Park to do some more camping. We were lucky enough to have a clear night our first night at the campground so we got to see a ton of stars. Unfortunately, my phone didn't capture how spectacular the sky looked so I don't have any photos to share. We were parked right under Orion and it was truly amazing watching all the stars pop out as it got darker and darker.
I have a roast simmering in the crock pot for our dinner tonight and it's making the house smell so yummy! It's hard to resist sticking a fork in the pot and having a taste! With dinner taken care of I'll have extra time to stitch! I am determined to finish the house today so I better get going!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 01, 2021


I can't believe it's March already! What happened to February??? I guess I'm supposed to be making plans for the month but I've never been good about that! I'm a fly by the seat of my pants, play it by ear type of gal! Which explains my lack of blogging as of late, haha!

I'm about halfway done with CCN's Love Lies Here but I'm getting a little bored with it so I might have to start something new. I've also started the backstitching on Amid Amish Life but it takes my full attention so I try to work on it in the mornings when I'm usually just listening to music and not watching something on TV. Ripping out backstitching is not fun! 

Phil and I have been kicking around the idea of getting a puppy for a while and finally decided to pull the trigger. I really love Italian Greyhounds so we got on the list at a breeder's and after several weeks of waiting for a little fawn colored female to be born we got the call!

We have named her Aida and will be picking her up on our way back to Michigan next month! I can't wait! I have a feeling she's going to be very spoiled!

That's about it for now! I promise to get better about blogging more regularly and actually post pictures of what I've been working on! It's a new month so we all get a fresh start!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Love Lives Here

My Valentine's stitching plans took a slight detour. I had thought I'd work on one or two small, quick projects that I could have done by the end of the week. This new design from Country Cottage Needleworks arrived in my mailbox Monday and, well, it was love at first sight! I am stitching it on 32-count Smokey White linen with most of the called for fancy flosses. I couldn't find Classic Colorworks Ribbon Red or Shrimp Cocktail when I ordered the chart so I'm substituting Ladybug and Orangena, respectively. I really like how the colors work together and I'm getting a lot of subtle variegation in the border. Love, love, love it!!!

What are your plans for this Valentine's weekend? We are hoping to go dancing tonight and then we have dinner reservations at a restaurant we've been wanting to try on Sunday. They have a special Valentine's Day menu and will have live music as well. We're really looking forward to it!

Monday, February 08, 2021


February's Violet
from Love Is In The Air
by Blackbird Designs
stitched on 32-count Natural Linen
with DMC, Classic Colorworks, and Gentle Arts threads

I finished the Blackbird Designs stocking I was working on in record time! (At least for me!) I didn't have all of the called for threads so I mixed and matched from what I had here in my Florida stash. I thought my flower centers might "pop" a little too much but then I looked at photos of actual violets and the centers do stand out so I'm leaving it the way it is.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm thinking I might continue with some "season of love" stitching. I know Cathy Habermann of Hands On Design has a bunch of little freebies on her blog so I'll probably opt for one of them. You can take a look at the latest one here.
Phil and I stayed home for our Super Bowl watching last night. Our party was just the two of us and a monstrous braided bread stuffed with BBQ chicken, peppers, and onions. It was supposed to have cheddar cheese as well but about the same time I had finished the braiding I realized I had forgotten to put it in! We ended up dipping it in cheese sauce which was pretty darn delicious! Happy little accidents, right!

It's lunch time here so I better scoot! Stitching time this afternoon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 01, 2021

Weekend Update

I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend! I can't say we got a whole lot done here at the Chez Paisley, but sometimes it's nice to take things slow. Groceries were bought and laundry was done so we should have food on the table and clean clothes on our backs for the next week. Can't complain!
I wanted to work on something super easy whilst taking a break from Amish Life so I picked up this Blackbird Designs stocking I got a tiny start on a couple of months ago. I'm working from a copy I made from the pattern which is around here somewhere but I guess I should have spent some time organizing my stitchy stuff! I did find the birthday card I meant to send to my son last April (sorry Evan!) and this...
Just in time for February and Valentines Day! Woohoo!


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Thursday Morning

I'm happy to report that the stitching is done on Amid Amish Life. Part one. Which is not to imply I will ever stitch parts three and four. I have a feeling this experience is going to be like childbirth though, and in a year or two I'll forget what a pain in the patootie the fractional stitches were and I'll start staring wistfully at a piece of wedgewood blue Lugana. I'm way past popping an ovary every time I see those cute little newborn sleepers in Target so stitching it will have to be!
I still have the back stitching to do, of course, but I'm going to celebrate that the cross stitching  is done for a day or two (or three) and then get back to it. Otherwise it'll find it's way to the bottom of some pile and get buried for months. Or years. You do not want to see the state of the daybed in my stitchy room!
Thank you for all your encouragement on this project! It definitely helped me to stay focused!


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tuesday Afternoon

The youngsters are playing quietly on the quilt but they have requested a cat to keep them company, and not one of the Cheshire variety as he appears (or doesn't appear!) to be. The little girl also pointed out to me that chickens' beaks are supposed to be yellow and not green. Oops.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Still Amishing

Our Amish lady now has a basket full of laundry to hang on the line. She's not exactly thrilled as her only job before was to stand there with her arm in the air. The phantom boy has a hat now. I had to frog a bunch in that area because somehow I had managed to stitch the top part of his hat about three stitches further to the right than it should have been. I kept looking at it thinking to myself that something didn't look right. The page from the magazine with a photo of the finished sampler is rather beat up so I don't take it out very often. I should really have it in a page protector at this point! I finally took a quick look at it and saw my mistake right away. Grumble grumble grumble! I did some ripping on Saturday and restitched on Sunday so we're back on track now! I'd like to concentrate on finishing the girl today and possibly the boy as well but we'll see how far I get. It's tedious to say the least, with all the fractional stitches. I'm thinking I might have to take a break from this before tackling the backstitching.
The Paisley of today is looking at Past Paisley and wanting to wring her neck for ever starting this in the first place! I'm sure Past Paisley would say, "Hey, you're the one who wants it finished! I hid it at the bottom of a box so it might never see the light of day again!"
I hate it when she's right!