Monday, July 22, 2013


Before I show pictures I have to say that I didnt get as much stitching done and Im going to blame it on my husband.  On Saturday when I was just sitting down to stitch DH came home from the golf course (yes in 90 degree heat) and asked I mean announced that he was taking me to the movies to see RIPD. (Which was really cute, I liked it.) Anyway after the movie we had to eat and then walk off some of the food so we stopped at B&N and I picked up a little light reading.
Long story short not a whole lot of stitching got done that day. Then came Sunday, well after he had again gone to play golf and got back home I was obligated to cook dinner since he wasnt forcing me to go out to eat. While the oven was already on cooking dinner, I decided to take a bag of Amish Friendship Bread batter out of the freezer and make a few loaves.  These are what I call Pina Colada because it is flavored with Coconut cream pudding, shredded coconut, and pineapple extract.
As you can see it is really good.
As a result of all the interruption by DH I was only able to stitch another row and a half on the wedding/anniversary sampler which from now on will be SO,SN (Something Old, Something New).
As for the Wipocalypse part of this post, there was no progress on any of my current wips. I stitched a design for my up-coming needle book exchange (which I cant show), I stitched the third part of the LHN Hometown Holiday Series Caroling Quartet I stitched LHN Needleworker and youve already seen these pictures.

So there you have it, if it hadnt been for DH forcing me to do other things I would have had much more to show. So while he is at work and the laundry is in the washer and dryer Ill sit and make some more wonderful little xxs.  Thanks for stopping byJ

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's that time again... IHSW

Why not join in on the fun of the IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend)?  I know if youre like me youll be stitching this week end anyway. To sign up go to Random Ramblings and join the fun with everybody else.  I have been working on this design for an anniversary gift for my son and daughter-in-law. It is from a May/June 1988 issue of Cross Stitch& Country Crafts.
Its being stitched on 28ct white evenweave with DMC#995 Dk Electric Blue and #413 Dk Pewter Gray. In place of the little pillow with their names on it I will be adding the heart from this design I stitched as a practice for me and the hubby.

 I suck at making heart shape pillows and this will fit the space perfectly.  The heart was freebie on a French blog unfortunately I cant remember the name. So far this is what I have done.
The IHSW couldnt have come at a better time, with the temperatures soaring into the upper 90s and the high humidity, the only thing to do is stay inside where it cool and stitch.  I hope you all join in and stay cool.  Thanks for stopping by and welcome to all my new followers. Im off for now to make some wonderful little xxs.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Here I Am...

I was going to say that I was once again late with my blog post; however there is no deadline or specific time I have to post so here I am.  As Ive said before I love that you all come to visit and leave great comments, questions, and compliments, but it is totally beyond me as to why? Dont get me wrong, I definitely dont want you all to stop but it is surprising that so many of you keep coming back to read what an old woman writes and to see what she stitches next.  Awwww Haaaaa! Thats it, isnt it? Its the stitching J well I do like to stitch the not so usual and it doesnt matter to me who the designer is.
Lets see what news do I have to share I received the latest issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine and it has the most adorable design on the cover Witchy Witch by Ursula Michael and another inside (a spooky haunted house) Spooktacular by Alma Lynne Hayden. There is also a brand new 12 part series by Joan Elliott Treasures of Christmas these are just a few, looks like a very good mag.

I also received a copy of A Cross-Stitch Christmas Handmade Memories from Craftways, it is also chucked full of wonderful charts and Christmas card ideas.
I got a few tips from a friend on facebook about some very useful apps. Just think have you ever wished you could keep an inventory of all of your flosses and have it on your iphone or ipad, well wish no more there is an app for DMC, GAST, WDW, Crescent Colors, Anchor and even HDF. Go to your app store and search for xstitcher, all of the apps should come up. These are not free apps but for $1.99 each they are a bargain.
Ok, ok Ill get on with what you came to see, some stitching. Here is the Needleworker ready to be ironed and framed.
And my latest projects, first one is #3 in the Little House Needleworks Hometown Holiday series Caroling Quartet. I am stitching it on an unidentified piece of fabric from my stash with the recommended CC and DMC threads. Of course as you can see Ive changed a few of the colors just to put my touch on it.
 Second one is the beginning of the anniversary sampler for my DS and DIL. More of that one later.

That is about all I have for this post, I hope it was worth your time and Ill see you all here again next time until then, thank you for stopping by and Im off to make some more wonderful little xxs. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

My excuse...

Life happens. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. For all of my complaining earlier this year about the lack of sunshine and warmth I have been enjoying “Summer”.  I’ve been doing some walking, playing golf and stitching outside on the balcony. Last month for my birthday I spent 4 days in Las Vegas. I must have walked a hundred miles. Because I am such a big fan of CSI hubby surprised me with the CSI Experience which is an interactive tour through a crime scene to collect evidence, then analyze what you’ve found in the crime lab and at the end if you can tell what happened and who dun-it you get a diploma.  We are now both Crime Scene Investigators, at least according to Supervisor Gil Grissom. 
I loved it!  We also went to a show that was a tribute to Michael Jackson, it was awesome, and this guy looked and sounded exactly like him.  The rest of the time in Vegas was spent contributing to their local economy by way of the slot machines. Needless to say I did not win anything but I had a great time losing. 

Here is a picture of the other gifts I got for my birthday, that gorgeous chart was from my very good blogging friend Shirlee. Thank you again, I love it. 
While out exploring the new Post Exchange on Fort Belvoir here in Alexandria, VA I came across this beauty and I just had to have it. It is an apothecary cabinet with all of those lovely drawers for floss storage.
On the stitching front I have stitched a design for a needle book exchange and I can’t show you everything but here’s a sneak-peek.

 I’ve got the sewing part to do but it not due until Sept so I’ve got time.
Also I’ve been stitching on the Needleworker by Little House Needleworks and it’s coming along pretty quickly. 

Hopefully it won’t be such a long time to my next post and I have more stitching pictures to show you.  I have got to start a piece for my DS and DIL’s 10th anniversary so until next time thank you all for stopping by and welcome to any new followers.  I’m off to make some wonderful little xxs.