Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter.....



I wanted to wish all my friends and family Happy Easter.  Today we celebrate our risen Lord and Savior!!  I pray will be blessed this beautiful Easter Sunday and find celebration for this wonderful Lord's day.

We attended our Sunrise Service this morning at the Prairies Chapel for WPAFB.  It was a beautiful service and yes DH brought a wonderful sermon this morning.



I want to leave you with a very special cross stitched piece I stitched.  This is Examplars From The Heart Resurrection!!!  This picture was taken after Jill Rensel framed it for me.


Blessings to you and your family today!

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2017.....

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching is our wonderful host of the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop.  So go over to her blog to start your journey to visit all the different blogs collecting the letters to form a mystery phrase.

I love stitching spring projects so what do I do but start a NEW PROJECT just to have to post for our Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop today!!  I had a hard time to decide with all the spring charts I have in my stash.  I chose JBW A Very Merry Spring and then pulled Waterlilies Rose Blush silk to stitch it on 28ct White Cashel.  I just wanted a little pillow to display and it is filled with polyfil.


I also wanted to share another project I had stitched years ago and made into a small pinkeep.  It is one my favorite spring smalls to display especially at Easter time with the church!  This is from PS Bunnies and Chicks.


Now for the reveal of my letter that you have been waiting to find out.  It is.........


So go on over to Reading and Stitching to get your next letter.  Happy Hunting!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Suggestions needed.....

I have stitched Sew Stitcher from iStitch Designs but I am wanting some opinions.  Should I stitch in my name in the lower left hand corner or 2017 or both?  Any suggestions will be appreciated so please just leave a comment on this post.


I finished sewing my Easter dress yesterday but I did sew in the hems for the sleeves and the bottom of the dress today.  I also made a matching hairbow.  I wasn't going to but DD talked me into it.  So it it is finished as well today.  I will share picture of it after Easter.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Quick update....

I didn't post my "Vintage SAL" on Apr 1 for my Stitcher's Garden message board group as we had just gotten back the day before from being away on Spring Break with the family.  However, that weekend after getting back home allowed me time to make a little more progress on my Mirabilia The Lady of The Flag.  Here is where I am at today.


It's not much but it is getting there.  I have been working on a few other smalls and I hope to have quite a few to share at the end of the month for my Smalls posting.

DS is taking the ACT today.  So I will be praying he is doing well while stitching here this morning.  I hope you are finding time to stitch an ornament for this month.  I got behind on March's ornament so I will finish stitching that up today.  Then hopefully later today I can start sewing on my Easter dress to match DD.  Sadly we won't be together on Easter as she is back in college, but at least I was able to get her's made over her Spring Break to take back with her.  YEAH !!!  LOL

Until next time.....HAPPY STITCHING!

Friday, March 31, 2017

March Smalls Post.....


Heather of Stitching Lotus is our host of our monthly Smalls SAL.  You can click on her blog name to be taken to her sight to see all the other participants and to sign up if you would like.

I have been stitching on bigger projects for the month but one is a medium project and not framed.  I would rather show it to you framed than now unframed.

Here are my 2 Smalls that I can share with you this month.  The first one is a Foxwood Crossings letter sled for my dear friend Carol of iStitch Designs.  It is a very belated Christmas ornament but I had sent it with her very be-birthday present as well.  I promised Carol I wouldn't be so late on her birthday and Christmas presents this year.


The second Smalls I finished was this SB Embrace The Journey bag that I bought when I went to the SB retreat October 2016.  This was such a fun little bag to stitch up and was very quickly done.


I was also stitching on my PS ornament for this month but sadly he did not get finished in time. Therefore....I will have 2 to share for next month!!!

Now back to my stitching for today!!

HAPPY STITCHING EVERYONE!!!



Monday, March 27, 2017

March TUSAL report....


Yeah!  Today is our TUSAL report!!!  I don't think I have as many ORTs as I did for last month.  Maybe I just stitched the thread all the way down to practically nothing. LOL  But here is what I have to share with you today!!!


Now it's back to stitching time for me!!  I am working on JN Peacock Cypher which is WAY OVERDUE for being finished!!!  I really need to get stitching on some more ornaments as I feel like I am getting behind on this year's Christmas gifts.

Happy Stitching everyone!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Jill Rensel framed pieces!!!!

Well, I am WAY OVERDUE for posting about my new pieces I had Jill Rensel frame for me.  I always take some pieces whenever I go to the SB Retreats to drop off to Jill to be framed.  I LOVE how Jill does her framing and her staff is just as equally talented as well for helping her get my stitching goodies framed so beautifully!!!  These pictures are from the email that Jill sent to me.

SB Gratitude Sampler.  I wanted a lighter colored frame than what SB had framed theirs in.


SB Family.  I used a different frame than SB.



SB Friends.  This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FRAME molding.



SB Glad Hearts


This is JN Spring In the Air.  I had been wanting to stitch this for many years, and then I got the bright idea to have Jill paint some pansies on the mat or do something creative like that.  Jill said that Amber was the better painter for painting pansies!  Amber showed me some pansies she had painted on the computer while we were in the shop and suggested that we put some on the right and one on the left.  I told Amber I had seen her painting skills and had COMPLETE FAITH in whatever she would do for my piece.  She did an excellent job on the pansies!!!


As I told my husband before I left for the SB retreat, I was taking a "few" pieces to be framed by Jill and her staff.  But as I told him, this was to be my 2016 Christmas presents, 2017 Valentine's Day present, 2017 Mother's Day present and 2017 birthday presents.  I did not want any other gifts for those holidays.  But he still gave me something for Christmas.  LOL  And yes.....I scolded him too.

Didn't Jill, Amber and her staff do such a EXCELLENT JOB framing all 5 pieces!!!???!!!!  I LOVE THEM and get to enjoy them hanging on my wall!!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts!!!

Happy Stitching everyone!!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Mid Month Stitcher's Garden Vintage SAL.....

Well I am a day late for posting my mid March Vintage SAL, but I had a full day with errands and a doctor appointment thrown in there at a new place that I had to find.  Thank goodness for GPS!!!

Here is my Mirabilia The Lady of The Flag WIP.  I haven't gotten to stitch on her too much but that's ok.  I knew it was going to be long process for this project and I really don't like carrying it outside of the house when traveling.


Hopefully I can get a little more progress on her before the Apr 1 posting date.

I did start on my Facebook Smalls Flowers challenge though.  Sadly....no picture of it yet as the starting day was just yesterday.  With having LOTS of errands and that doctor appointment, I didn't even get to start it until last night.  But AT LEAST I started on it on the actual starting date!

Now back to the sewing room and sewing on DD Easter Dress.  I have to get it done as I take her back to college on Sunday!!!  At least it's started and half sewn!!!   And yes....I will take a pic of her in it before she goes back.

Happy Stitching everyone!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Contest.....


Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is offering up an Heirloom Treasure Floss give away.  You can click on her blog name to go and enter her conest.  I have used her floss before and I really love using it!!!

So  go and enter your name to try and win some new floss!!!

HAPPY STITCHING!

Monday, February 27, 2017

February TUSAL....


Well I think I am a day late on posting my ORTs for February.  I think I misread it on It's Daffycat blog.  But I am only a day late.  It was very busy weekend for my family that I won't bore you with the details with.  

Here is where I am for my February ORTs though.  I had quite a bit and I hope to have just as much all year long!!!


Happy Stitching everyone!

Friday, February 24, 2017

February Smalls SAL.....


Yeah!  We get to post about all our Smalls SAL.  This group is hosted by our lovely Heather of Stitching Lotus.  You can click on the link above or on her blog name.

I was stitching a lot of MBT 10 Commandments which I had shared earlier this month so I did not accomplish as many small ornaments this month as I had hoped.  Oh well.  There is next month.

I stitched Heart in Hand XOXO for my daughter's Valentine present in her box of Valentine goodies this year.  I found the backing fabric I wanted to use and then matched the floss to the colors in the backing fabric.  This is stitched on 28ct Opalescent White Lugana with Sampler Thread Buckeye Scarlett and Bubblegum Pink along with WDW Molasses.



Next I stitched PS 2016 Santa for my monthly ornament!  I did change the green from 501 to 895.  I like the darker green better.



I didn't really like how stiff the Polyfil was when I stuffed this up.  It was Polyfil brand, but the packaging was WAY DIFFERENT than I had ever bought in all the many years of using Polyfil and it felt different in my hands.  I went back to JoAnn Fabrics and got this brand which I like WAY BETTER.


This is JN Tiny Toile Heart.  It was a small chart that came with the silk included as well as the lovely crystal for the attachment.  I just finished it as a pincushion.


The last small project I stitched for this month was JN Frost Flowers!!!  I already had the whimzi in my stash as I'm trying to get all my whimzi's completely stitched this year.  I only have a few more.


Thank you for taking the time to read through all of my Smalls finishes!  Now....back to stitching!

HAPPY STITCHING EVERYONE!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day....

YEAH!!!  I was able to get this little Valentine freebie from iStitch Designs finished!!!  You can click on Carol's blog name to get to her website.

I stitched this adorable design 1 strand over 2 on 40ct white linen using Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Christmas Red thread.  Although after I had turned it and had it all stuffed up, I am realizing that I may have left a little too much between the stitching and the finishing fabric.  It's all stuffed and I'm not taking all that Polyfil back out.  I think it still looks cute though.


I did pick my finishing fabric BEFORE I actually stitched this.  I wanted to make sure the floss matched the finishing fabric.  Sometimes I forget to do that before stitching a small quick project.  I just used what was in my stash and I may restitch it again and make 1 in a pink color.  I will have to look at my finsihing fabrics to decide.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY and most of all......HAPPY STITCHING!!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

MBT 10 Commandments FINISHED!!!!

Come and HAPPY DANCE with me as I finished stitching My Big Toe 10 Commandments!!!!  WOOHOO!!!  I put the last of the stitches in on last Saturday night, but DH and I had a formal dinner to attend so I was not able to blog about it.  I'm sure though if you heard a small...ok loud...squeal that would have been from me when I put in that last stitch!!!  However, I did manage to get the picture taken so I would know exactly when I finished it before leaving for the dinner.

Here she is!!!  Now.....to take her to be framed!!!!


Thank you for allowing me to share my progress on this project with you.  I hope I have not bored you to tears with it.

It is stitched on 36ct Legacy Edinburgh Linen by Picture This Plus using 2 7/8 skeins of Gloriana Midnight Silk thread and 1 skein of NPI #503 (the red accent color).  I stitched this with one strand over 2 threads for the entire project with the exception of the Hebrew word underneath "I AM".   That is stitched with one strand of Midnight over one linen thread.

I will be sure to post a picture of it when it gets framed.

Happy Stitching everyone!

Monday, February 6, 2017

New iStitch chart is out!!!

WOOHOO!!!  Carol of iStitch Designs has a new chart called Sew White Rabbit.  It is sooooo cute stitched on this red linen that it just can't help to catch your eye!!!  So head on over to her blog and get yours today!!!  I will be!!!  Just click on the link above for her blog or HERE.

Happy Stitching!!!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Friday and a new project to start.....

Happy Friday everyone!!!!  I just had to post a quick picture of what I am going to stitch for myself.  WOW!!!  Yes.....this project will be for me.  I find that I stitch so much for everyone throughout the year that I do try to get a project for myself in throughout the year for myself.  And this one is not a B.O.P.!  (Big ole project is my acronym to say versus using the other name that people tend to use.)

Because I am leaving up my little Whimzi tree that I put every year for Christmas, I thought it needed a new Whimzi for this Christmas.  I meant to start this back in January when we were having some snow here but unfortunately, that didn't happen.

This is JN Frost Flower chart and supplies to stitch it up,  Yes I do have the Whizmi to frame it with but I just forgot to pull it out to photograph with the other supplies.  One great thing about JN whimzi's they can be made in to small ornaments without using the frames.  That is what I will be doing once I have used up all my Whimzi's!


Of course with it being February, I needed to change out my scissor fob for something with Love on it and what better choice than SB Love scissor fob!!!  I made this long ago and I pull it out every year to use.  Yes.....I do change my scissor fobs for the seasons as well as my ORT catchers.  My husband always asks when I buy a new pair of scissor if I really do need another pair and do I actually use them all?  Well OF COURSE I USE THEM ALL!!!  What better excuse to change your scissor fob and scissors for the different seasons and holidays??!!!  LOL   Only other cross stitchers can understand this concept.

I'm off to stitch the day away!!!  Hopefully I can complete this one today as I have NO CHORES to do today!!!  YEAH ME!!!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday.....

Well it is time for my WIP and 1st of the month report for the Stitcher's Garden Vintage SAL.   As you most know, my chart really isn't all that vintage.  Well if you call it being in my stash ever since it was released, then YES....it's Vintage!

I have been concentrating on working on MBT 10 Commandments as I was nearing the end of it and that has taken my attention away from Mirabilia's The Lady of the Flag.  I started to stitch on her the other day so I could have some progress to report only to find out that I had stitched one area 2X.  So I ripped out the wrong portion and now have it restitched in correctly.


I have checked my stash and I did have the Kreinik Braid that is used in the flag pole so hopefully by my next post on Feb 15, it will be somewhat stitched in!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read and follow my blog.

HAPPY STITCHING!

Friday, January 27, 2017

TUSAL report...


I knew I forgot something when I posted my Smalls SAL today.  I meant to also post my TUSAL report!!!  It was listed on It's Daffeycat blog that today was the day to post and I STILL forgot to do it earlier.  Oh well.

Here is what all I have from this year.  You can read about what I have been stitching on my Smalls post.  Not too bad for all the things I have gotten stitched this year thus far!!!


Now I REALLY am off to stitch!!!

Happy Stitching everyone and thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

January Smalls SAL .....



Once again we are starting our Smalls SAL!!!  Heather from Stitching Lotus is our wonderful hostess for this SAL.  You can click on her blog title Stitching Lotus to find our more about it and to sign up if you want to join us!!!

I've been quite busy stitching trying to stay ahead of the game for birthday presents and my ornaments.....and anything else stitching that might catch my interest!!!!  LOL

This is Foxwood Crossing's K initial on a medium sled.  I bought it while visiting family in TN at Dixie Darlin cross stitch shop in Pigeon Forge, TN.  It is stitched in the bead colors and DMC floss suggested!!  This was such a fun design to stitch, and I foresee many more gifts being stitched like this one.  (Thank you again Robin for getting me addicted to these sleds!)


This next project is from BBD In Friendship's Way book.  I did not use the box that BBD suggested as it was not available at my local Hobby Lobby.  So I just used the next best thing......chose another size box.

I stained the box with Minwax Wood Stain Early American 230 color.  Here is the Wood Stain if anyone wanted to know exactly what it looks like, and I found it at Lowes.


I finally got around to sewing the ribbon onto my SB 2015 O Christmas Tree ornament.  Ribbon finishing is not my favorite thing to do when sewing it onto ornaments with the beads.  I find it very "fiddley" to get the ribbon to lay the way I think it should lay.  And yes.... I have watched Teri Richard's of SB You Tube video on how to attach it properly.  Numerous times in fact to make sure I am doing it right.  I guess I wasn't in the right mood for finishing it the other day as a couple sides didn't turn out the way I wanted them to and stick out too far.  But IT'S DONE....and I'm not taking it apart.  I would MUCH RATHER attach rickrack and beads or make a cording and sew it on to go around my ornaments than attach the ribbon edging.


This is SB Happy Christmas freebie.


And the back of Happy Christmas.


The last picture is an ornament for myself which was inspired for me to start after reading Vonna's blog The Twisted Stitcher.  She had posted about her Christmas trees on Days 21 and 22 last year and said she had a PS tree.  You can see it here on her blog.

I have stitched many PS ornaments for friends over the years but have never kept one for myself.  Well I did this past December but I wanted to add to that ornament this year.  So I stitched PS 2006 Santa, and he is stitched on 36ct Summer Khaki.



Now....to decide on which PS Santa to do next.  I'm thinking of starting 2014 Santa, but I will have to go look in my PS binder to see which Santa or ornament INSPIRES me to stitch next!


I'm off to stitch for the rest of the day.  Happy Stitching everyone!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A few finishes to share....

I had been wanting to share some of my finishes but they never really seemed to fit into any particular category.  So I thought I would just post about them and share them with you.

This is With Thy Needle & Thread Letters for Santa.  I made it into a pillow but I used 36ct Cream Edinborough to stitch it on so that it wouldn't be huge pillow.


This is a project I stitched last year for Dh's birthday.  It is a chart from 4 My Boys called Fear Not Tomorrow.  I stitched it, put it in a "safe place" in my sewing room and ended up forgetting WHERE I had stored it in my sewing room.  I had wanted to get it framed in time to give to him for Christmas but with not finding it in time, he didn't get it framed as part of his Christmas present.  Then when I was looking for something else in my sewing room, I FOUND his project.  Well at least he was able to go with me to help pick out his frame for his stitched piece.


Here is a close up of the frame.  I thought he did a great job picking it out.  It is hanging in his office at work.


I'm sure there was another finish but right now, I can't think of it.  So when I do, I will post it then.  This upcoming Friday will be our first Smalls SAL post.  I do know what I will be sharing then.  So be sure to check back on Friday to see what Smalls I have stitched and/or finished to show.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

YEAH ME!!! Smalls winner!!!!

Heather from Stitching Lotus had emailed me to say that I was the winner of the Smalls SAL she hosted for 2016!!!  The Random Number Generator had selected my name from the list, and she was needing my mailing address to send me the prize!!!  WOOHOO!!!

I was sooooo excited that I won!!!  I stitch smalls every month and I have always enjoyed belonging to this group.  If you haven't seen the group or know anything about the Smalls SAL, be sure to click Heather's blog name Stitching Lotus above to read all about it!!!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stitcher's Garden Vintage SAL and a WIP

Stitcher's Garden is a message board that I belong to, and we have decided to stitch a "Vintage" chart from our stash.  We were to gather all our supplies in the late fall last year and make a start on Jan 1.  I had chosen Mirabilia The Lady of the Flag as I have wanted to stitch her for the longest time.  I know my first post of her on Jan 1 this year was just of the chart and the supplies.  I had hoped to get more stitched on her, but I didn't get as much as I had hoped.  That's ok as there is no time limit on her....except maybe the fact that I want her finished and possibly framed by Oct when it's my husband's birthday.

Here is what I have started.  I did find the center at the top and I had to count over to get started at the top of the flag pole.  I counted, recounted and recounted.....and recounted again.



I thought I would post my other B.O.P. (big ole project).  This is MBT 10 Commandements.  I am enjoying stitching this one SOOOOOOO much and now that I'm almost finished with it, I just want to get it done so that I don't have 2 B.O.P. in my stash.  I can have medium and small projects as WIPs but it seems to bother me when I have several of the huge HUGE projects started.


That' all I have to show today.  I hope you are enjoying this new year and your stitching time.  So until my next post.....HAPPY STITCHING!