Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Back to my sampler

I am back to posting about the sampler I am doing for my mom in honor of my grandmother.  Here is where I am as of last night:

I just love how those angels look!  To be honest, I was anxious to stitch them - they make me smile, and I need that right now!

My giveaway is still underway - check out my "Picnic in the Park" post - I'm really proud to be a part of this great design, and I hope you will all spread the word so I can give away the Aida as well as the floss!  Only 42 more followers needed!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Picnic in the Park

I am thrilled to announce a brand new embroidery/quilt pattern by Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane!  It is called Picnic in the Park, and I think it is simply GORGEOUS!  Okay, perhaps I am biased a teensy bit (I model stitched a bicycle for her!), but see for yourself!

And here are some closer shots of the finished product:

 I just LOVE how detailed the quilting is!  And the colors are a dream!  I'm so proud to be a small part of this fantastic project!  And because I model stitched for her, I can tell you the pattern is so easy to read and really fun to stitch!  Melissa is a fantastic quilter, and she makes adorable dresses for her girls (and their dolls!), so please take a look at her blog - you'll find plenty to "ooh" and "aah" over!

So, in honor of this wonderful occasion, I announce my first ever giveaway!  All you have to do is go to Melissa's blog and show her some love by leaving a comment on her Picnic in the Park Pattern post.  Then, leave a  comment on this post letting me know you did so.  One lucky winner will win all the DMC floss needed to stitch this project.  You don't have to be a follower of my blog, but if I reach 100 followers by the end of April, I will also include the 14 ct Aida needed to stitch the project!

The winner will be announced on May 1, so you have plenty of time to enter, and please spread the word!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A long overdue update

I haven't posted in so long!  I promise to do a better job of updating my progress.  I have been stitching a model, and I just finished it Sunday evening, so I was able to pick up my "In Memory" again, and it has brightened my spirits considerably.  I miss so many aspects of Mom - her sense of humor, the way she always cheered me on no matter what I was trying to accomplish, her advice, her gentle nudges when I needed them.  Just too much to list, and I have been feeling the loss so much.  Stitching this keeps the tears at bay...

As of 2-22-12

As of 3-7-12

As of 3-14-12

As of 3-28-12

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Update and a Model

Here is my latest update on "In Memory"

This is still getting very little love on the 123 stitch board, but tons of love from me!  I have finally reached the band with the angels and that band is FULLY stitched, so it is going to take an age and a half to get that completed.

As much as I hate to put this down, I have a model to stitch!  I started it Sunday and it is going very quickly!  At first, I was unsure of the design and the colors, but once I put floss to fabric, I realized why I am a stitcher, and not a designer. :)  I'm hoping to have this completed by early next week, and back to it's owner by next weekend.

This weekend Mischief and Mayhem have their first annual Valentine's Day party.  Small guest list, but that's okay, because the cats just run upstairs and hide while the hubs and I get stuck doing all the work!  Hope you all have a great week!


Thursday, February 2, 2012


I completely forgot to post yesterday!

This week was tough for me. I had to go start cleaning out my mom's house and get it ready to be put on the market in the spring. I live 4 hours away, so it will take a while to get everything done. It was a hard and sad weekend, but I was able to relive some good memories too.

Because I was so distracted, the frog came to visit. He's gone now (I hope Mayhem ate him!), so here is my meager progress:

And here is Mischief and Mayhem, saying goodbye to the frog:

"And STAY OUT!!!"

Have a nice day, everyone!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Another Wednesday update

Plugging along, and doing a fairly good job at keeping my emotions under control.  I find myself anxious to complete each motif, but dreading completing the entire sampler.  I don't know if that makes any sense...

Mayhem was a good boy this time and stayed away from the camera.  But, in case you missed him, 

And his equally handsome brother Mischief,

Together, they are best buds!

I just love that shot!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Another Wednesday update

Here is where I am with Mom's sampler.  I may have messed up on the left side border - for some reason, I thought it was going to be a tighter fit, so I am a wee bit close to the left edge.  I'm confident my framer will be able to work with it - he's excellent!  Here's a pic:


Better, but a bit wrinkly.  I love the tiny little butterflies!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Memorial Wednesday

Here is my progress on "In Memory"

I'm using Vicki Claytons HDF, and I am really liking the conversion.  It's not EXACT, but close enough for my taste.  This is 11 days progress, and I am really enjoying it so far.  My biggest challenge, of course, is the extra fabric.  I don't have a scroll rod or a stand, so my hoop tends to be quite heavy.  I don't dare cut the excess until I have reached each corner so I will know for sure where to cut.  I'll plug along for now.

A very nice lady out there in blogland (BeckySC) announced recently that she is hosting a BAP SAL, with certain requirements (found here), and if you finish by December 31, 2012, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 GC for stash!  I figured since I met the requirements, I may as well enter.  She has over 100 participants, so winning a GC is a long shot, but it's nice to know I have lots of company stitching large projects!

I am also posting progress on the Remembrance SAL thread on the 123 stitch message board.  I am kind of co-hostessing this SAL with another very kind lady who is a member of the board.  We encourage anyone who wants to stitch a piece in memory of a loved one to join in and post progress.  It's nice to be able to share memories and stories about my Mom.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

In Memory

Here is the sampler I am stitching for my Mom.  It was supposed to be her Christmas gift this year, but she passed away 3 days before I was going to start it.

I started it on 1-1-12, and here is my progress as of today:

I am missing her so much I really thought it would be hard to work on, but I am thinking of her with every stitch, so it is the closest I come to spending time with her.  I will post updates on Wednesdays.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

6 fat men update

Here is my progress on 6 fat men. I have been trying to get in the Christmas spirit, but it's going to be tough this year without Mom and Scott's mom. To have lost them both this year is so hard.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I surrender to the 6 fat men!!!

It finally happened.  I have been looking at the Lizzie*Kate 6 fat men series for a while, but thought, "No, I have so many other things I need and want to finish."

So I soldiered on... for a while...  But then I thought, "I don't have to do the entire series, maybe just 'Snow Day'".  $$$

Tried not to think about it any more, but then my sister came for Thanksgiving and we went stashing, and 'Snow Friends' fell into my basket. $$$

But, "I'm not doing the whole thing, just those two", I said to myself.  Until last night, when I realized if I stitched it over one on 28 ct, I have juuuuuust enough Night Magic by Sassy's Fabbys to accomodate the design.


So, I printed out the free border, and started it:

I still only have the 2 charts, but the rest are on my wish list.  I'm committed now!

(Those little white tootsies belong to Mayhem, who was trying to get to the penny.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In Memory

I planned on stitching this as a Christmas gift for my mother, to honor HER mother.  My plan was to start it on September 1, my birthday, as it is a special day for both me and my mother.  Mom passed away on August 29 (my father's birthday - he would have been 74).  After much thought and many, many tears, I have decided I will still stitch it to honor my grandmother, and also to honor my mother, though her name will not be featured.

This is "In Memory" by Midsummer Night Designs, featured in the July/August 2008 issue of Just Cross Stitch.  I will be starting it on January 1, 2012.  I miss you terribly, Mom.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Halloween finish!

I know Halloween is over, but this will be for next year!  It's called All Hallows Mini by Waxing Moon Designs.  The model was stitched in black on a cream colored fabric, but I had a small cut of 28 ct black Lugana, and some glow in the dark DMC, so I went with it!

Here she is:

It's hard to see it glow in this photo, but trust me, it's BRIGHT!


Sunday, November 13, 2011


Testing to see how easy/hard it is to blog from iPad.

ETA: Super easy!