Sunday, November 30, 2008

Afghan Progress

I finally got a chance to get back to the Northwoods afghan, and stitched the moose square.

I have 4 squares stitched so far, and hope to get a lot more done on it over the winter months. Hopefully, it will be done for Jonathan's birthday in May.

It is being stitched on a 18 count beige Proud Pine afghan, over two threads with 4 strands of DMC floss, backstitched with 2 strands of floss.

Here is the afghan so far, with 4 squares stitched.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Tony!

Today is my oldest son's birthday. Happy Birthday baby boy!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers!

Today's photo is of a finish from a few years ago, and is called Happy Thanksgiving by Sue Hillis. The was the very first time I ever used something other than DMC and I remember being very confused. The leaves on the tree are done with Caron Watercolors Wild Fire. I remember wondering how just one color floss could produce such colorful leaves on the tree, but once I found the floss, I saw how highly variegated it is. It was such fun to stitch with, I couldn't wait to use variegated floss again.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Another Great Mail Day!

I came home from work on Monday to find a box from Teresa. This was for the Stitching Divas ornament exchange, but she sent more than an ornament! She included a lovely hand towel, complete with chart and floss in pretty box tied with a very festive ribbon. I can't wait to stitch the towel! I won't have it done in time for this Christmas, but definitely for next year.

The ornament itself is just wonderful! It is a simple reindeer taken from a sampler chart, but stitched over 1! Such tiny and perfect stitches! It will make a lovely addition to my Christmas tree, and will hang in a place of honor for years to come.

Thank you again, Teresa, I love it all!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holy Hopping Lederhosen!

This past Sunday, some of the family gathered at the German club for the anual Sunday-Before-Thanksgiving Brunch, now known as the Santa Brunch, hosted by the youthgroup. It was a lovely event, with lots of good food and fellowship, and of course a raffle.

One of the more unique raffle items was a "Remote Control Hopping Lederhosen with Knockwurst remote control" that also yoddeled. It was won by some friends of ours so we got to see it up close and personal but did not have time to install the batteries to see it in operation.

BUT...there is a web site that shows how it works. Hopping Lederhosen is sure to put a chuckle in your day! Be sure your sound is turned on, you wouldn't want to miss the yoddeling!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Captain's Inn Finished

I finished Captain's Inn by Little House Needleworks over the weekend. At first I was going to stitch a tall ship instead of the Captain's Inn sign, but then changed my mind again and stitched it as charted.

I spent some time this weekend looking for a frame for it, but didn't find what I was looking for. I don't want to do a custom frame, so I will just keep on looking. A standard 8 x 10 frame will work, it just has to be deep enough to accommodate the needlework, mounting and backing.
This was stitched on 28 count ivory jobelan fabric, with DMC and Gentle Arts Sampler Threads as recommended.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Wonderful Surprise in the Mail

Saturday, I came home very late in the afternoon from a day of being on the go to find a large envelope in my mailbox. It was from my ornament exchange partner on 123 Stitch, Kay, from New Zealand.

What a great package! Kay included pamphlets from the area where she lives, pictures of her home and the view from her home. Some coins, a fun pen, a pin the says "Kiwi crossing" and TWO Cherry Ripes! (I wonder how she knew I love Cherry Ripes?)

Also included in the envelope was an ornament that she stitched, and the flying Santa is so cute! I love it! He will have a place of honor on my tree!

Thank you, Kay, I really loved the package and hope you will enjoy what I am sending to you!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Blessings of the season

As we near Thanksgiving, I thought I would post a finish from a few years ago. This one is called Harvest Blessing, by Sue Hillis. It was probably the third or fourth Sue Hillis design I stitched, and also the third or fourth piece on linen/evenweave. This was the second time I had ever used a specialty fibre. The border and lettering are all done in Wildflowers Fiesta, by Caron. It is a highly varigated cotton, single strand, very much like a perle cotton. I really enjoyed working with it, and it has become my favorite fibre!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Save the Choo Choo!

The Choo Choo Restaurant in Des Plaines IL is right down the street from the very first McDonalds. For generations, it has been delighting young and old alike. Children love to sit at the counter or end booths and watch as the train delivers their meal. There is usually quite a wait for a seat at the counter even in colder weather. You can read about the restaurant and it's history at Save the Choo Choo.

The City of Des Plaines would like to tear it down to build a new police station . If you are so inclined, please sign the petion on the Save the Choo Choo web site, you can find it by clicking the link above.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What does 200 hours of stitching yield?

Here is Rocky Mountain Christmas with 200 hours of stitching completed. I have now completed a little more than 5 of the 6 pages, and see the light at the end of the tunnel!

I hope to have it finished sometime this spring, if I can keep up with the 10 hours per month. 50 to 60 hours stitching should finish it up completely.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Congratulations, Mark!

My youngest son, Mark, was sworn in as a firefighter/paramedic in Prospect Heights IL this morning. He has been working toward this goal for a number of years, and we are all so proud of him and excited for him!

Monday, November 17, 2008

November Teapot

I finished the November Teapot on Sunday afternoon. When I started stitching this one, I didn't think I was going to like it, but kept on stitching anyway, as it wouldn't do to be missing a month in the finished series. It was lousy at first to stitch on the dark fabric, but I used the usually tricks: good light, white towel on my lap, etc. As time went on, it began to grow on me, and now that it's finished, I do like it!
I have now decided that a wall hanging with all twelve teapots isn't going to work. There are too many colored fabrics to deal with, and the wall hanging will be too large. Add to this the 12 co-ordinating teacups that I will be stitching next year, and it gives one more reason why a wall hanging will not be practical. So I have decided to frame each one individually, under glass, and hang them all around my kitchen, on the soffit above the cabinets. Now I need to find 24 7 x 7 frames, wholesale......

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday Evening Concert

Saturday evening, John and I went to a choral concert. My daughter, Viki, sings with the Chicago Chamber Choir, and they had their fall concerts this weekend.
Although I try to attend every concert my children are involved in, I was originally excused from this concert. That is until Viki was chosen to do a major solo. So, this nice Catholic girl and the nice Lutheran boy went to a concert of Jewish music.
Dinner before the concert was great, the concert was wonderful, and Viki was amazing! Okay, you are going to tell me I am a bit biased, but after the concert, two different people with very heavy accents came up to her to tell her how wonderful she was, and that her Hebrew was excellent! Both of these people were from Israel, so I think they would know. Countless others stopped to compliment her on her solo. I was very proud, I paid for those voice lessons in high school!

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Why am I posting about socks on a stitching blog? Well, stitchers can be a crazy bunch. One group of stitchers on the Threads of Life board, decided to do a "sock exchange". Every participant was assigned someone to whom they were to send socks. As you can probably imagine, some of the socks were quite wild, as this group of stitchers is a wild and crazy bunch!

This is a picture of the socks I received from Sue in Reno. They are wonderful!

I sent some socks to Loni. I was quite conservative compared to everyone else, but I did manage to find some stitching themed socks!

Thank you, Sue, for the really wild socks to keep my feet warm! And Loni, I hope you enjoy your socks, too.

Friday, November 14, 2008

November Flip-It Block Added

I stitched the November Flip-It Block the other day. I loved working with the fall colors.

I only have one more block to finish and will do so after the first of December. Then the entire piece will be finished!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Gift from an Anonymous Friend

I came home from work yesterday, later than usual after a particularly difficult staff meeting at work. There was a great deal of discussion about calendaring for the parish and questioning of how I do things and people who have no idea of what is involved telling me how things should be done even though their vision doesn't make sense, but I digress.

I found a large envelope in the mail from 123 Stitch, a wonderful on-line cross stitch shop. I was very confused as I didn't remember ordering anything recently. I opened the envelope to find the Seascape pattern by Silver Lining with a note that it was a gift from an anonymous friend! I contacted the owner of the shop, and she wouldn't disclose who this anonymous friend was.

The chart is lovely, and similar to Humbolt Coast by the same designer. I was going to stitch Humbolt Coast in the near future, but it is a horizontal design, and sometimes those are a bit harder to hang. Seascape is very similar, but vertically oriented, so it might fit better, but I don't quite know yet. I will have to study both charts and get some opinions.

I will probably end up stitching both, one for me and the other one to give away! Feel free to let me know which is your favorite of the two.

So thank you to "my anonymous friend" whoever you are, you are so very kind to think of me.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mystery Sampler part 4 added

I added the bottom band that is shown on the photo last evening.

Did I ever mention that I just love doing specialty stitches? Well, I do, but just not all the time. I was really happy to do all of these stitches, but really happy that I was finished with them and could go back to a regular cross stitch project afterwards where I didn't have to concentrate quite so much.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We Remember

Today, Veterans Day, we honor and thank those who served our country in the military, and we remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

Monday, November 10, 2008

EMS Rose Sampler Part 11 completed

I completed part 11 of this sampler recently, only 1 more part to go! I can't wait to get it finished.
I have been asked what I am going to do with the finished piece. I don't don't know. In this case, there was definately "joy in the journey" with no thought to the destination!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad and Joey!

Today is my father's 83rd Birthday. Happy Birthday Dad!

and my nephew, Joey's birthday! Happy Birthday Joey!

Friday, November 07, 2008

An Ornament from Suzy

Suzy from NC was my partner for the Threads of Life Ornament Exchange, and here is the ornament she sent me. It is so pretty and sparkly in person, unfortunately you can't see that in the photo.

Suzy lives in Raleigh, NC., and last time I was out there, she and I got to have dinner together.

Thank you Suzy! I will have to find just the right spot for this lovely ornament.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

An Package from Leonie!

I received the first ornament exchange package a few days ago. This was an exchange organized by Lesley, and my partner, Leonie outdid herself. Look at the cute Santa ornament she stitched for me! If you poke him in the tummy he plays a song! I love it!
Leonie also included a Snowman Trio chart that I have been eyeing for some time and two dish cloths that she knitted. They are too pretty to use!

Thank you Leonie, your ornament will hold a place of honor on my tree for many years to come.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Looking Ahead to 2009 - Stitching-wise

I know it is a bit early to look to next year and make stitching plans, but that's what I started doing yesterday afternoon. I have soooo many things I want to stitch for myself as well as for others. I am behind on new stockings for each of my children as well as my bonus children (daughter and sons in law), as well as two wedding samplers (Kristin please pick out your sampler!!!!) and 5 baby samplers for babies that have already been born.
But the most important piece that I will be stitching in the first part of the year is Just Nan's Baby Garden. This will be the birth sampler for my very first grandchild that is due to be born around June. My friend Irene stitched this for her grandson last year, and I just fell in love with it and purchased the chart last October (of 2007) in anticipation of "someday" being an Oma. Well "someday" is getting closer, and I will be starting this piece right after the first of the year, so that it will be complete when baby Rill is born.
The important stitching for the second half of the year will be Baby Rill's Christmas stocking, but I haven't picked it out yet. I will need to wait until s/he is born to find just the right one.

In case you haven't noticed, I'm just a little too excited about the happy news!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Hungarian Sampler part 6 added

I worked on this sampler again this weekend, and have completed part 6. The wording is in Hungarian, and it translates to: All Beginings are Hard.

There is only one more part, so I will be doing a huge Happy Dance in December, when I am scheduled to do the next part.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Rocky Mountain Christmas - October progress

Well, most of the progress was in October, and I finished up the last bit of the 10 hours on November 1st. This WIP (work in progress) hasn't seen the light of day for a few months, but I did get to it recently, and here is the latest photo at 190 hours of stitching.

Another 10 hours and I should have 5 pages of out 6 done. My goal is to finish this up before baby Rill arrives in June.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Part 3 - Papilon Mystery Sampler

I finaly had a chance to get back to this piece last week. I started and completed part 3, which is the center square part. Lots of new specialty stitches, but fun to do.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

October Progress - November Goals

October Progress
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas 7 ½ hours done!
October Flip-It Block – Lizzie Kate done
Part 10 EMS Rose Sampler done
October Teapot – Just Another Button Company done
1 block on Northwoods afghan - didn't get to it
Hungarian Sampler part 5 done
mystery sampler part 3 done
2nd ornament model – started it!
Spool tree ornament #6 done
Whimzie Rose ornament #1 done
Whimzie Rose Ornament #2 done
Whimzie Rose Ornament #3 done
whimzie rose ornament #4 done
whimzie rose ornament #5 done
Fall floss ring tag done
Moon and Stars – LHN done

November Goals
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas
November Flip-It Block – Lizzie Kate
Part 11 EMS Rose Sampler
November Teapot – Just Another Button Company
1 block on Northwoods afghan
Hungarian Sampler part 6
mystery sampler part 4
2nd ornament model