Monday, January 6, 2014

The Year of Unfinished BAPs

Greetings Friends,

I trust you all had a great Christmas and Happy New Year.  Ours was quiet and uneventful...just the way I like it.  It was so fun to watch my granddaughter and great niece enjoy Christmas this year.

My great niece Norah playing with Uncle Henry and
her great big adorable cheesy grin.


Kayci ready for the slopes and 
a little Christmas brat action.

This year I feel like I have stitched quite a bit.  Reflecting back I wondered where all that stitching time went.  I didn't have a huge amount of finishes but feel like I should have tons finished. 
Then I started looking through my WIPS.  2013 was the year of the BAP.
For years I would stay clear of anything big, preferring to stitch small pieces that I could quickly finish.  Now, I have so many big pieces started I'll never finish them all.  
Start....that is the key word.  I LOVE to start pieces.  Every time I go to a retreat or visit a shop I can't help myself.  I see so many things I have to stitch.  

Here is just a sampling of some of the pieces I started this year.

  
Cinderella Sampler
Willow Hill Samplings

Christmas Alphabet
Prairie Schooler

A Christmas Sampler
Midsummer Nights Designs

Quaker Christmas II  Songs Of the Season
ByGone Stitches

Dragonfly Quaker
Stickideen von der Wiehenburg


 Greetings Halloween
a mon ami Pierre



Shores at Hawk Run Hollow
Carriage House Samplings


12 Days of Christmas 
Stacy Nash



Spanish Flair
Lady K Creations

4 Corners
Little House Needleworks

ABC Tapestry
Rosewood Manor





It is hard to believe another year is in the books.  Although I don't make stitching resolutions or goals, this year (2014)  is going to be the year of the WIPs.  Maybe one or two of the above will actually become a finish this year. Thank you for your kind words and friendship, not only last year, but for all the years to come.  

Keep on stitchin'
Nan

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Santa's Village....FINISHED!

Greetings Friends,
I was overjoyed when I received the call from the framer that 
Santa's Village was ready to be picked up.  

I rushed in after work and here is what I found...

Santa's Village
Stitched on 40 ct. Tree of Life Linens and called for fibers.
I opted to use only 1 of the buttons.  
You can see the reindeer flying in the bottom left corner. 

The shiny red frame with the white insert is just perfect.  I am so glad to have this finished, I think it is safe to say I'll be avoiding designs with snowflakes and houses for a while. ;)

Thank you for stopping by.  
I enjoy hearing from you and always try to reply to comments if I have an email address. 
 Many of the comments come with no reply option in the email notification I receive.  
I completely understand but want everyone to know I appreciate your sweet comments.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Keep on stitchin'
Nan

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snow Day Finishes

Greetings Friends,

I've spent my snow days in a productive manner.  6 ornament finishes.









If you are experiencing this thing called winter, please be safe in your travels.
It has been quite treacherous here the past week.  Lots of stitching time.  I started Quaker Christmas II Songs of the Seasons.  I'm almost done with the first page. :)  I also have my Santa's Village at the framer.  Can't wait to see the finished product. 
Thank you for stopping by.
It is so nice to hear from you.

Keep on stitchin'
Nan

Friday, November 8, 2013

Janet Reid 1835

 
Happy Friday Friends,
 
The end of the week brings a finish from the framer. 

 
 
 Janet Reid 1835
Chessie & Me
Called for Gentle Arts Simply Wool & Vintage Examplar Linen
 
 
 
I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this sampler.  I was a little leery of stitching it on 28 ct. linen with wool fibers.  My official report is I love stitching with wool.  I want to stitch everything on 28 ct. with a wool conversion.  I beg Gentle Arts to make all their colors in wool so I can convert other patterns I want to stitch to wool. 
A bit passionate, you say?  If you haven't tried wool I highly recommend it.  I used a shorter length than I normally would with cotton and a bigger needle to cut down on friction but all in all I really didn't notice the wool fraying.  I LOVE WOOL! :)
 
I hope everyone has a fun filled weekend planned. 
Lots of stitching and a trip to JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby for me in the morning. 
 
Keep on stitchin'
Nan


Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday..... Schmonday

Greetings Friends,

I hope this Monday finds you well.  
Mondays are always well, Mondays.  The realization that the weekend is over and my stitching time is limited until the next weekend rolls around.  Monday.....Schmonday!  
With all the pieces I have that need to be stitched I don't have time for Mondays or Tuesday or....well you get the picture.

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The weekend brought some sad news for a friend.  She lost her 17 year old dog.  
All pet lovers out there know how heartbreaking this can be.  
I stitched a little memorial for her and plan to give it to her tomorrow.  
I hope she will see this and remember all the joy Bootsie gave her over the years.

 LHN ~ A Walk in the Park

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 I've also kept my BAPs streak going.
Cinderella Sampler
Willow Hill Samplings
Called for Fibers and Linen

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And not to break the BAP streak....
I received Janet Reid in the mail today.
This sampler caught my eye the minute it was released at market.
The colors in this sampler are unbelievable.
It is also the first time I have stitched with wool fibers.
I think this will receive my attention tonight!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a part of your day.
I love to hear from you and appreciate your kind words.

Keep on Stitchin'
Nan

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Summer Stitching

Greetings Friends,

As summer winds down and school is in full swing, I long for the days of endless stitching and completed projects.  I did a lot of stitching this summer. 
 I have been working on starting a lot of designs, and well, I've started a lot of designs.  ;)
I did manage to finish 3 frame worthy pieces this summer. 
 I picked them up from the framer this afternoon.
I am so please with how they turned out.

 Needleworker
LHN

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 Betsy's House
Plum Street Samplers

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 I Like This Place
Barbara Ana Designs


Thank you for stopping by and for sticking around even though my posts have been few and far between here lately.  I've got a few small pieces I'm working on finishing and I hope to be back to share them soon.
I appreciate your kind comments and love sharing my stitching with you.

Keep on stitchin'
Nan

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Couple of Patriotic Finishes and a Very Bare Tree

 
Greetings Friends,
 
 I hope this finds everyone well and finding time to stitch.  I have been busy finishing the school year but have found some time to stitch and finish a couple of patriotic designs.  I love stitching for the 4th of July.  I found the wire tree pictured below at a lawn and garden show a couple of weeks ago.  I knew it had to come home with me.  It looks a little bare but I have a few more patriotic designs to finish that will hang proudly on the branches.  I also found some cute patriotic ornaments at Hobby Lobby to help fill in the empty spaces.
 
 
 

I've also been keeping up with my Santa's Village.  I love the piece but am a bit tired of stitching houses.  I'm motivated to keep up with it so hopefully I'll be able to stay on track.

I hope your summer is shaping up to be a good one.  In a few weeks I'm off on a shop hop with a dear friend who will be visiting.  We plan to hit several shops around the Chicago area.  Look out, here we come.  I don't have any other plans this summer besides stitching and getting this house in order.

Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comments.  I love hearing from you and thank you for spending a small slice of your day with me.

Keep on stitchin',
Nan