Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wanted to share my only two Halloween finishes for this year.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to stitch for so I'm a little bummed to only have two pieces finished. 

Scary Halloween
Cherrywood Design Studio
Stitched on WDW Cashel Linen ~ Pumpkin
WDW & GAST Threads as Charted

I started Scary Halloween while at the Pals Fall Fling.  I finally finished it this morning and started right in on the finishing.  It took me 4 hours to finish this little beauty. I put the clothespins on to hold it down while the glue dried and went outside do some yard work.  I came back in, took the clothespins off and realized I had the pieces on the wrong sides.  To my horror it read WEEN! HALLO- HAPPY.
So what's a girl to do?  Well......I started trying to pull it apart.  I was able to get it apart but in doing so I stretched the fabric.  I glued it back together and here is the end result.  It's a little whopper-jawed but I'll have to live with it.  I still love the design and will proudly display it in my house.

I decided to join a cross stitch Halloween card exchange.  Here is the card I made.  I had fun finishing this card and will probably do more.  I hope it made someone smile on Halloween.

I've been working on more exchanges and will have more to show you very soon.
I think tonight I'll start on a Little House Needleworks I've been waiting to stitch.  I received some linen that is perfect for it in my grab bag from the fall fling. 

Thank you for taking time to look at my stitching.  I love sharing it with you and thank you for stopping by!

Keep on stitchin' on,

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If You've Never.................Well, You Should!

If you are a stitcher the Pals Fall Fling is like heaven on Earth.  I don't have any friends who stitch in my town so it was such great fun to be around a group of like minded ladies.  If you've never been to a cross stitch gathering, I highly recommend it.  Stitchers are such a great group to be around and in my opinion PALS are the best!

Look at this table full of goodies.  On Friday night we had our grab bag and Christmas ornament exchange.  For the grab bag exchange we had to fill a "container" with cross stitch goodies.  When our number was called we got to go to the table and choose a "container" or we could steal a container from someone.  It was quite interesting to see which containers were stolen the most.  The trash can and Santa's butt were very popular. 

When it was all said and done I got the cute beach baby can that is in the first picture.  It was full of great stitching stuff:  fabric, threads, needles, a pair of antique scissors, a thread sorter, a Vera Bradley coin purse and many other useful supplies. 


Friday was a busy night!  We also participated in a Christmas ornament exchange.  Here are the two ornaments I received.  I was so excited about this exchange I forgot to take pictures of the two ornaments I stitched and finished.  So if anyone out there in blog land received my ornaments, I'd love to have a picture of them.  :-)

This little beauty was stitched by Robin.  The design is from the JCS 2007 Ornament Issue.  It was stitched on Silkweaver Reflections "Angel Song" 32 ct. linen.  I love the effect of the fabric and think I'll be getting some soon. 

This little cutie was stitched by SusanNC.  I love snowmen and he caught my attention immediately.  I'm not sure of the designer but he seems familiar.  I'm thinking he came out of JCS Ornament issue.

We were blessed to share the convention center with a group of Miley Cyrus lovin' Mary Kay ladies and
The Mary Kay ladies were hard to ignore but the X-CON people were surprising inconspicuous, except for Saturday evening when they invaded Myrtle Beach for their Zombie Walk. 

On Saturday night we ended our evening with one last exchange.  Here is a cute little piece from Michele (aka Mavis).  
Michele told me this was her first attempt at beads and I think she did a great job.  It looks perfect sitting in the basket on my stitching table. 

I'm already looking forward to next year's Fall Fling.  My goal for next year is to take more pictures.  I was so busy enjoying myself that I often forgot to capture things with my camera.  I guess I'll have to go blog stalking and steal some pictures from fellow Pals.  :0)

Thanks for letting me share my Myrtle Beach trip with you.  I appreciate you stopping by and I love reading your comments. 

Currently I am working on a Halloween piece that I better get busy on or Halloween will come and go.  I'll be excited to share it with you when I get it finished.

Keep on stitchin' on,

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back Home Again in Indiana.........

The PALS Fall Fling was a great way to spend four days.  We stitched, we participated in exchanges and games and on occasion laughed until we cried.  I met some great new friends and had a wonderful time.  Thanks to AmySC at Down Sunshine Lane for organizing the event.  She worked so hard to make sure everyone had a great time. 
I didn't get as much stitching done as I thought I would.  I brought about 10 projects with me and got one and a half complete
(apparently I'm easily distracted). 
Our base of operations was the Springmaid Beach Resort on the very South end of the Grand Strand.  Here is the view from my room.

Wednesday was a day of stitching and getting settled in.  I checked into my hotel, got some snacks for the room and then spent the evening stitching.
Thursday evening was the Fall/Halloween exchange.  Here is the piece I stitched and finished for the exchange.

Beth (aka hipgrammy) chose my piece from the table. 

There were lots of beautiful designs to choose from for this exchange. 

It didn't take me long to choose my piece from the table.  Karen (aka Badonkadonk) stitched and finished this lovely pillow.  I'm not sure who is or the pillow.  :-)

I'll be posting more from the Fall Fling soon.  It was a fun filled 4 days and I can't wait to show the other goodies I came home with.  Stay tuned!

Keep on stitchin' on,

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin, Pumpkin On the Vine........

Happy Fall Y'all

I am so excited to finally be able to share some finished pieces with you.

I am slowly but surely sending off exchanges and once they are received I can post. :0)

Here is a little pumpkin I sent to Patty C.

I found the wooden pumpkins at Hobby Lobby and knew I would have to find a way to use them for cross stitch finishes. I have one more so I think I'll have to work one for me. :0)

Here is a pinkeep I stitched for Lynn . While viewing her blog I discovered she was a quilter. I found this cute little chart in a fall quilt design. I enjoyed stitching it and finishing it as a pinkeep.

I received this pumpkin ornament from Najima. The stitching is so tiny. I think it is done over 1 on 40 count linen. I've never tried stitching on 40 ct. I bet frogging would be nearly impossible.

Thanks for the lovely Najima.

I'm off to Myrtle Beach this week for a cross stitch retreat. I'm so excited to spend the week stitching and making new friends. My only problem is how to get all my stitching stuff in my suitcase. I'll be posting pics when I return.

So, until next week.........

Keep on stitchin' on,


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Candy Corn

Lizzie Kate Candy Corn
Punch Needle
Fall is one of my favorite times of year. I don't like the cooler weather but I do enjoy all the Autumn colors and decorations. I especially like stitching for the Fall Season.

Candy Corn

A few years ago I learned punch needle. It is an enjoyable, easy to learn craft. I stitched this piece a long time ago and put it in my stitching basket. I had forgotten about it until today when I cleaned out before mentioned basket. I finished it using the background fabric you see in the picture.

It's turned cold and dreary here in Southern Indiana. I think I'm finally in the mood to finish decorating my house for fall. Finishing this little pretty might give me the motivation to get going on that.

Keep on stitchin' on,