Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I'm still here...

A little more weary,but here.  I owe you all an explanation for my disappearance but for now I just want to share my finishes for 2014 , which are in a page up top. I have a few wip
Wednesday We Stitch Black /The Primitive Hare (Come in my little pretties)
Advent Animals /Brooke Nolan
Dare to be Daniel /Silver Creek Samplers
Joan Elliott 2014 Mystery SAL
Make A Wish / Joan Elliott
Rose Sampler /Ellen Maurer-Stroh
Sea Goddess/ Joan Elliott
Tranquil Sea/ Anne MacGregor
Thine is the Trick and the Treat/ Prairie Moon
Three Kimonos/ Joan Elliott
Calendar Girls / Little House Needleworks
My Advent Animals are part of a 25 part set and this is as far as I have gotten but these two are finishes for 2014. Joan Elliott's Mystery SAL has 4 more sections but these are finishes for 2014. Make a Wish needs a border but the main design is a finish for 2014. This is the only one of the Three Kimonos finished for 2014. Finally I am missing the chart for December Calendar Girl but these are finishes for 2014.  The rest are true wips.  My main goal for 2015 is to do finishing work on all of the stitched items in my 2014 folder and complete all of the above wips. 
Thank you all for staying my followers and stopping by for a visit and I wish you all a very safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Thursday, October 9, 2014


The question asked this month is "Are you a Halloween or Christmas stitcher?" My answer is I can't decide, it kind of depends on which charts I see first. The stitching magazines for both usually come out around the same time and most of the local shops have Christmas in July and Halloween in May or June. As far as stitching goes I love both so which ever I see first that's which one I'm stitcher for the year. Like this year is Halloween.

 I stitched another Halloween ornament but it's for an exchange and can't share just yet. I have also been working on my Joan Elliott Mystery SAL this past month. Due to so much skin showing on this one and I'm stitching one over one it has taken a little longer but I'm loving every stitch.
 Almost done.  Then there are of course my Sept. Calendar Girl and Cake.
I love the little bee made of beads.  I managed to finish Katie Kitty from Brooke Books Productions.
None of my other wips have been touched but I'll give them all a little love soon. Until next time thank you all for stopping by and welcome to all new followers. Going to make some wonderful little xxs.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Missed Wipocalypse Again!

I know, I know... it has been forever since I've been here or at least it feels like it to me. You all may not agree.  Well as always it's because I've been stitching a little. For some unknown reason I have become addicted to SALs. I finally finished the very first one I started, it is "Around the World in 80 Stitches" by Papillon Creations.  All of the stitches are done but here are about a million beads to be added.  I will get to them some other time.
This is stitched with all DMC flosses, the white is DMC 8 & 12 perle cottons, the fabric is a 28ct Jobelan in "Dusty Green", I even used DMC Jewel Effects (E130) as my metallic. The charts are still available, but I don't know for how long.

This one is a little in-between chart that I liked and stitched  up, it is "Love Never Fails" from The Primitive Hare. I stitched it on a scrap of fabric and I forget what it is but the floss is DMC variations # 4240.
This will eventually become a small decorative pillow.  Next is another update of yet another SAL, this is my "August Birthday Cake" from Brooke's Books Publications...
followed closely by "August Calendar Girl" from Little House Needleworks.
Another stitching finish that has been a long time coming is "Idelia Mae Rich", from Little by Little. This is only one of two charts that I know of, that are like this where the head is printed on paper and attached with glue before framing. From the chart this is how some pieces were done in the early 19th century.
Ms Rich was stitched on 36th ct Vintage linen in Butter-creme with DMC and Gentle Arts theads. I will have to find the perfect frame for her. Here we go again... 
another SAL. This one is "Early Witches" Halloween Mystery SAL from The Primitive Hare. This one is so much fun, it's not just the stitching but learning the history behind the Witches. You can Google their names and read their stories.  I can't wait for the next one. This next picture is an up-date of my World Cross Stitch Day project. It is my traveling project and I only get to stitch on it while riding with my hubby or waiting at the doctor's office. So not a lot of progress, but some.
It will be finished before the next WCSD (2015).  It is now September so of course I've started on the September Calendar Girl from LHN.
I just love her little basket of apples and her green pants.  Last but not least is the start of Brooke's Books "Advent Animals Collection" this is #1 of 25 so stay tuned for more up-dates.
I am stitching these on this one piece of fabric which is actually a kitchen towel.  
I am loving the way the colors (DMC) are popping on the Robin Egg Blue. So now you see why I have been missing.  I hurt my right shoulder back in late April or early May and finally found out that it is a torn rotator cuff. I've started physical therapy which has improved my range of motion already. It's a complete tear so I don't know if surgery will ever be in the plan but for now it's PT twice a week. Okay, enough jibber-jabber  it's time to go make some more wonderful little xxs.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

IHSW August 2014

As this month's IHSW comes to a close I have a few things to share even through I didn't stitch as much as I would have liked to.  Normally Saturday evening is when I get the most stitching in but this Saturday night was Cirque Du Soleil "Amaluna", this was suppose to be hubby's birthday gift last Saturday but sadly he was sick as a dog and we missed it. Thankfully I was able to reschedule for last night's show and it was FUNTASTIC!   Now I didn't exactly stitch this during IHSW but I did finish part two of the Joan Elliott Mystery SAL, as I mentioned before this is what Joan called "Cottage Cat", who us stitchers named Hayzie Elliott.
As you can see I stitched his eyes, ears and nose 1 over 1.  I just love the way the eyes turned out, and here is the over all picture.

After that finish I decided that I should really get to work on the August Birthday cake but this is as far as I got.

And this other mystery SAL started calling me... it is "Early Witches" a Halloween Mystery SAL from The Primitive Hare. I actually haven't gotten too far on this one either.
   As I say,(and I'm making this up right now) any stitching is progress. And with that little pearl of wisdom I'm off to make some more wonderful little xxs. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


It's WIPOCALYSPE time again and I think I can dig up a few things to share to show that I haven't just been sitting around doing nothing. Lets see shall I start with my big finish for the month:

"Africa" is designed by Joan Elliott and is stitched on 28ct Jobelan, the color is Light Moss with DMC,  Kreinik and Mill Hill beads.  As soon as I find a frame worthy it will be framed.
Next up are my once-a-monthers, July Calendar Girl from LHN

 And of course my July Cake from Brook's Books Publishing, I think it's gorgeous.

Next is the next to last part of AW80S, it's part 23 but has to parts to it


Just one more and it's a done deal. The next item is a new start, yes, I started something else. It is "Love Never Fails" by Isabella Abbiati from The Primitive Hare, stitched 28ct Cashel linen color Light Mocha with DMC color variation #4240 (Mid Summer Nights).

And another new start is "World Cross Stitch Day" this is a compilation of several designs by my good friend Phyllis Grundy. She along with several other friends in our Facebook group decided that we wanted to extend our SWAT (Stitch Week A-Thon) to everybody and created an annual WCSD. We started promoting it for the 2nd Friday, (08-08-14) in August. For a short notice event I think it was a great success and we hope next year will be even better. Next year WCSD will be 08-14-15 so mark that day on your calendar or you can pick up a button that you can add to your blog.  On this design I will stitch the dates of each WCSD.
Unfortunately I didn't finish yet but it's coming. The picture for your button is here
and the link is
 Last but not least as you remember I am stitching the Joan Elliott Mystery SAL on Facebook and I shared the first part (Guardian Angel) a couple of post ago, here is the beginning of the second part (Cottage Cat) "Hayzie Elliott".

This months question or topic was "Tell us about your oldest and newest wips.  Well I really can't remember which is the oldest but "Africa" was one and then there are 
Rose Sampler
Three Kimonos

these poor babies have been neglected for some time now and  you've seen my newest above.  I know you are probably tired of me by now so I will stop here and go back to making some of those wonderful little xxs.  Thank you all for stopping by.


Saturday, July 26, 2014


All of the goodies I shared pictures of in my last few posts produced lots of orts and they had to have somewhere to go, so they were collected in my little ball jar to become my July TUSAL. Actually I missed posting my June TUSAL so this is a double dose.
I know this is not the same without Mr. Jenkins, he had another engagement and couldn't make this post.  He will be here next time.
I wanted to share my "Guardian Angel" the first face in Joan Elliott's (facebook group) Mystery SAL.  The skin is stitched one over one on 28ct evenweave.  One over one stitching took longer but it was well worth the time.  Of course now all the other faces will have to be stitched one over one.
There are beads to be added in the empty spaces at the end.  I love this one.

I am a member of several facebook stitching groups and the group that has the SWAT (stitch week -a-thon) several times a year decided that maybe cross stitchers should have an annual World Cross Stitch Day it is   the 8th of August. Hopefully this will help preserve the art of cross stitching and show the designers that we love what they do. If you are interested and have a facebook account go to the WCSD page and "like" the page. Join in the fun of stitching with other people all around the world.   Now back to making those wonderful little xxs. Thank you all for stopping by.