Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kreativ Blogger

Thanks to Katica who shared this award with me! It was a very pleasant and sweet surprise. The rules are to nominate 8 bloggers, link them in your post and to let them know they were chosen. I would like to share this with the following:
1. Sarah
2. Coral
3. Ranae
4. DaffyCat
5. Robin
6. Jenn
7. Holly
8. Lit and Laundry

I will admit, picking only 8 was difficult! There are so many very beautiful and creative and inpspiring (not to mention enabling) blogs out there. Thank you for your inspiration, and thanks to everyone who does read and visit me...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


I have always wanted to make a biscornu, but have never gotten around to it. There always seems to be so much to stitch and so little time! As part of our planned projects for the year, My EGA chapter distributed one side of a biscornu chart in January, and the distributed the second side on February. I decided to join the group doing this project. We were to have it stitched by the March meeting, which was last evening so that we could begin construction of the biscornu.

The chart was designed by one of our members, Annie Belcher. I stitched it on 36 count cream Edinborough linen with with one strand of Royal Jewels Waterlilies over two threads with some Mill Hill petite glass beads and two tiny buttons.

I started the construction at the meeting, and finished it later on at home. I am quite pleased with the results.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Scissor Fobs

Or Scissorskeeps, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live on.
I stitched two of these for two different exchanges, and mailed them off. One of my partners has already received hers, and the other will be opening hers any day now.
This is a free chart on the Lizzie Kate site, but I stitched it on 25 count over 1 with DMC Floss.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shopping and lunch

Saturday was a day off of German School, so my sister and I were able to join some other stitchers for shopping at Welcome Stitchery, in Crystal Lake, Illinois, our very favorite LNS. After shopping we walked around the corner to Finn McCools Irish Pub for lunch. Ranae took this photo after lunch, before Tracy headed back to the shop for round two of shopping, and the rest of us headed home.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mail Art for Kim!

In a recent Mail Art Exchange on the Threads of Life board, I was given Kim's name to send my piece to. Now that Kim has received it, I can show you some pictures!

This is the front of the envelope. I used some stitchband to stitch on.

The front of the envelope had a design by Just Nan, and back had just the lady bugs from that design marching across the envelope.

The inside was lined with lady bug fabric.

It was a fun exchange and made it through the mail in pristine condition.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fess Up! Who sent it?

Yesterday I received a package in the mail containing this lovely Ort bag. Robin in WA made the bag and enclosed a card saying it was a birthday gift from an anonymous friend.
Thank you, thank you! I wish I knew who it was so I could thank you properly in person. It was not necessary but so appreciated!
Robin does lovely work!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

April Tea Cup

I finished the April Tea Cup the other day. It is stitched on 30 count Skuppernong Weeds Dye Works linen with WDW and GAST fibres.
Since I grabbed the worng one to stitch this month, I will be stitching the March Tea Cup in April.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This is not a day I usually celebrate, but this year I participated in a St. Patrick's Day exchange on the Threads of Life message board.

As part of the package I sent to Sue in Reno, I stitched this floss ring tag. The design is from a recent issue of the Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

North! To Alaska!

The Sue Hillis Stitch Ahoy cruise, departing August 7th, for Alaska has great news to share. Please forgive this shameless plug for our cruise, but I just had to share with you that prices have been reduced, in some categories quite drastically!
More information is available on the Stitch Ahoy webiste. But hurry, deadline for booking is April 5th

Monday, March 09, 2009

What month is this?

I had a very long general membership meeting scheduled for Sunday afternoon, and knew I could get a lot of stitching done.

I just had a little bit of finishing left to do on a floss ring tag, which I will show you once the recipient has received it, so I needed to bring another project.

I grabbed my Tea Cup bag, and pulled out what I thought was the March chart, pulled all the floss needed, and went merrily on my way.

The meeting was long, and I stitched for a good two hours on the tea cup.......until all of a sudden I noticed I was stitching the April chart.

Oh well, I guess I will just stitch the March chart in April, and then be back on track.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

February Cup 'O Tea finish

I finished the February Tea Cup chart by Just Another Button Company yesterday. It is stitched on 30 count WDW Angel Hair linen with WDW and GAST threads.

2 down, 10 to go.......

Friday, March 06, 2009

Northwoods Afghan progress

I finished block 6 of Jonathan's afghan this past weekend, another pine tree. I am now half way done.
Now I have to decide which animal to stitch this month....a goose, a deer, and I forget the third choice...or I could stitch another tree....

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Mystery SAL part 6

I know that most stitchers have already finished this piece, but I started late, so I am still stitching! I finished part 6 the other day, so it is time to post another update.

I am enjoying the specialty stitches. It is a nice break from plain old Xs, but does require quite a bit of concentration.

I have learned to do quite a few new specialty stitches, and have also learned that I hate queen stitches......

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

How to give Tony a heart attack

I took a sick day today, as I am still fighting this upper respiratory infection. Mark, who was working for a private ambulance company today, stopped by to get a can of soda and left the ambulance parked in the driveway.

Tony was out working but needed to stop by the house between assignments for something, and saw an ambulance parked in the driveway. He didn't know that Mark worked for a private company in addition to the fire department, and thought I was being taken to the hospital.

I am fine, we picked Tony up off the floor, and everyone went on with their day. And now back to stitching.....

Monday, March 02, 2009

Cloister Garden

Tonight is my first class at Welcome Stitchery on Cloister Garden by Drawn Thread. I have had this chart for awhile, and eventually want to do all of the Drawn Thread gardens especially Alpine Garden. I hope that after this class I will have the courage to do Alpine Garden on my own as that is the one I REALY want to stitch.
The class is for three Monday evenings, starting tonight, and then every two weeks for the rest of the month.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

February Progress and March Goals

February Progress
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas didn't get to it
finish January Teacup done
TOL mail art piece done
February Teacup - Just Another Button Company didn't get to it
1 block on Northwoods afghan (6) done
Mystery sampler part 6 1/2 finished
10 hours on M&K's Wedding sampler didn't get to it
10 hours on Guardian Angel didn't get to it
10 hours on a baby sampler actually did 19 hours and finished Eddie's sampler
1st Texas Ornament done
2nd Texas ornament done
Divas' smalls exchange piece done
Scissors fob for a PIF done
Quilt square for Love Quilts didn't get to it

March Goals
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas
February Teacup - JABC
March Teacup - Just Another Button Company
1 block on Northwoods afghan (7)
finish part 6 on mystery sampler
Mystery sampler part 7
10 hours on M&K's Wedding sampler
10 hours on Guardian Angel
10 hours on a baby sampler
3rd Texas ornament
Love Quilts Square