Friday, December 31, 2010

The Last Day of 2010...........Really?

Happy End of 2010 my Dear Friends,

It seems so hard to believe that tomorrow will bring a new year.  My, how time flies. 
I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2011.

To wrap up 2010 I have a few things to share with you. 

Christmas at our house was very quiet and enjoyable.  We went to my sister's house on Christmas day.  I was showered with lots of stitchy goodness.  My sisters and niece gave me all the patterns you see pictured below.  How spoiled am I?


My sister also gave this great Ott Lite. 
I've wanted one for a while and am tickled pink to have it. 
(My sisters are in the picture next to the Ott Lite...I'm in the middle)


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Next up is this great package that arrived in the mail.  Tricia at The Stamper's Stitches had a giveaway to celebrate the beginning of her stitching blog.  I was so delighted to win this awesome giveaway.  It included LHN "Tree of Life", Threads and Linen.  I think I know exactly who I'm going to stitch this for.  Thank you so much Tricia!

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Am I Crazy?..............Well.....Yes!

Here are the patterns I've picked for the Crazy 2011 Challenge


I have decided that I'm going to have to modify the Challenge a bit.  The challenge was to pick 15 patterns.  On the 1st day of January start one of the patterns and continue to start a new pattern every day for the first 15 days of January.  On January 16th you will have 15 WIPs. 

I can't do it.....I really think that having that many WIPs would drive me crazy.  I generally try to finish one before moving on to another.  Does that sound OCD to you?  ;-) 
So, my plan is to put them in my stitching basket beside my chair and pull them when I'm ready to start a new project. 

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And last but not least.....

My last finish of 2010.  One more ornament for my tree. 
"Happy Skater"
Little House Needleworks
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue 2010

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  It has been a great year and I've enjoyed getting to know you all.  I appreciate the time you take to read and comment on my ramblings.  Cross stitch is so enjoyable for me and I love sharing it with you.

We are off to a friend's house later this evening to ring in the new year.  I hope that however you spend your evening that it is enjoyable and safe.

Happy New Year,

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas All Year

Hello Stitching Friends,
I hope you are finishing all your Christmas decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking......does it ever end?
I have had a little extra time to get things done this year due to the winter weather Southern Indiana has received this year.  We had 2 snow days this week and (2) 2 hour delays. 

During this time I've been developing an idea for a Christmas stitching blog.
Please allow me to introduce
The All Year Long Christmas Stitch-A-Long blog. 

I've always enjoyed reading the blogs where people post their finished pieces.  I realized that..... 1. people generally post Christmas pieces at Christmas and 2.  There is no blog that I can find dedicated to Christmas finishes.  So......I got busy and created one.

Christmas is my favorite holiday to stitch for and I stitch for Christmas year round.  I hope you'll come and join me at The All Year Long Christmas Stitch-A-Long.  

Please feel free to share with your stitching friends and on your blog.  The more the merrier!

Merry Christmas,

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Productive Snow Day

Hello Friends,

School was cancelled today due to the weather so I've been finishing a few stitchy projects.

I finally decided to pull out my sewing machine and try a pillow finish.  I love seeing everyone's pillows but had never stitched a piece that I wanted to finish as a pillow. 

I stitched Parson Brown over 1 and it was still too big for an ornament so I decided this was a good piece to try as a pillow.

I loved Parson Brown the moment I laid eyes on the chart.  When I got him home he went right to the top of my "waiting to be stitched" list. 

The instructions called for severe tea staining of the finished piece.  I've tea stained fabric before but have never stitched a piece and then tea stained it.  I was so nervous thinking I wouldn't like it after I stained it and all that time stitching would be wasted. he is and I think he turned out OK.  I still need to find a ribbon or something to go around the pillow but I'm delighted with my first pillow.
The finishing fabric I used was from my friend Faye.  She sent this fabric to me as part of a giveaway I won on her blog. 

Parson Brown
By: Notforgotten Farm
Stitched over 1 on 28 ct white lugana with
suggested threads

Here is Parson before I tea stained the piece.

Here is a little ornament I stitched yesterday. 
This little one is staying here to hang on my tree.

Vonna's finishing inspired me to try to create something similar.  Vonna finished the ornament showcased in the JCS 2010 ornament issue.  I knew I would have to stitch it as soon as I saw the magazine.
Merry And Bright
Country Cottage Needleworks
JCS Ornament Issue 2010
Stitched on 14 ct pink aida using suggested threads

Thank you for stopping by to spend a part of your day with me.  I hope you are staying warm today.  It is currently 16 degrees here and there is about 5" of blowing snow.  I think I will go see if I can clear off a spot for my doggy.  He so short that he can't get any "ground clearance". 

Keep on stitchin' on,

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Stitchy Goodness!

My Pals Secret Santa package arrived today and it was full of stitching goodies!

Miss Shelleen sent this lovely package.

Inside were 4 fat quarters of fabric, a nice piece of 28 ct. linen, a Lizzie Kate and Prairie Schooler pattern, John James needles and an adorable Star Santa Tart Tin Kit.
Shelleen sure did her homework and really did a nice job of putting together these items for me. 
I LOVE IT ALL and can't wait to dig in and start stitching and finishing.  I think the Star Santa ornament may make it onto my tree THIS year.

Shelleen said she asked Santa if I was on the naughty or nice list.  She said Santa reported that I was a little naughty but mostly nice.   Hmmmm.....Shelleen may know me a little too well.  I think I must have been exceptionally good for this package to land on my doorstep.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!  Thanks you for stopping by to share part of your day with me. I love hearing from you!

Does anyone else see funky labels on my page tabs?  On my computer it shows something like     amp&39
Anyone have any ideas on how to fix that? 

Keep on stitchin' on,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I've Found My Christmas Spirit

Hello stitching friends....

I just wanted to drop by and share a few finishes with you. I've been busy working on exchanges and a few of them have reached their new homes.

Here is a cutie patootie little penguin I stitched for a card exchange.  I'm really starting to enjoy making cards.  I don't really scrapbook anymore but I've had fun putting my scrapbook supplies to use.  I'm thinking I might even finish some of the pieces I keep for myself as cards.  Then I can use the card/photo holders I found at Kohls to display them. 

Below is my Secret Santa Pals exchange.  I had so much fun shopping for the Christmas items I found.  This package found it's new home in Arizona with Meg. 

I have to give credit to my friends Karen and Michele.  I pilfered their pin cushion idea.  They were kind enough to give me a cute little pin cushion at the Pals Fall Fling.  I loved it so much that I decided to brush the dust off my sewing machine and give them a whirl.  Thanks for the inspiration girls. 

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Here is a little ornament I included with the Secret Santa exchange.  It's the first ornament that I've stitched over one.  (Thanks again Karen, the over one queen :-)

I have definitely found my Christmas spirit.  After visiting my house 4 days in a row the UPS man made the comment yesterday that someone was going to have a Merry Christmas. 

I hope that you are finding your Christmas Spirit this holiday season.  Someone once told me that Christmas is for kids.....all the more reason to never grow up.

Keep on stitchin' on,