Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Traveling Pattern.......Where will she be off to next?

The Traveling Pattern

My Needle and Floss They Comfort Me
Waxing Moon Designs
28 Ct. Lugana  ~  Purely Primitive
DMC & WDW as suggested

I was the lucky recipient of the Traveling Pattern from Lisa V. 
I have successfully finished stitching her and found the MOST perfect frame.
She is now ready to be on her merry way.  It was so much fun to stitch this design knowing that many before me had enjoyed it.  I'm excited to see where is will end up over the years. 

If you are interested in participating here are the rules.

* You need to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be the next recipient of the Traveling Pattern.  Please leave your email address if it is not readily available on your blog.

* I will draw a name on February 4, 2011.  I will post the winner on my blog.

* The recipient of the Traveling Pattern must stitch it (within an acceptable time frame), finish it and display the finished piece for all to see.

* Then the recipient must offer up the Traveling Pattern for another stitcher to use and it will be off on its travels again.

So far this pattern has traveled to the US, Australia and Germany.

Keep on stitchin' on,

Friday, January 21, 2011

Love Is In The Air.....

Hello Stitching Friends,
I have decided that it is time to move on.....
Most of my stitching this month has focused on Snowmen and Winter themed designs.  It has occurred to me that I may be leading Mother Nature to believe that I actually enjoy snow.  So, I've decided to fool her into believing its time to move on by starting on some Valentine's Day stitching.

I found this lovely FREE pattern on primitivebettys blog.  She is so generous with her patterns and I've got a few more printed and on my to do list. 

The colors are a little off in this picture.  The writing and flowers in the fabric and fibers are a really pretty fuchsia color.

"Love Me"
28 ct. white even weave
GAST Cherry Wine

This was my first attempt at this type of pillow finish.  I didn't leave enough even weave around the design so I had to improvise.  Although I will always know the flaws are there, they will disappear when I display this with my other Valentine's Day designs.

Now I'm debating on whether to put away my snowmen for the year, or......I could just keep stitching.

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visits and comments keep me motivated to do what I love.
I hope if you are in a snow covered area that you are warm and safe.  I think tomorrow I will venture out and do a little window shopping and some errands. 

Keep on stitchin' on,

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Finish & A Prayer

Dear God,
Whomever you put in charge of the "snow" button please tell them it's not funny anymore!


Today was another day spent inside watching it snow.  No school today (or tomorrow) so I busied myself finishing these cutie patooties.  I've had this pattern and buttons for several years but never found the time to stitch it.  Last weekend I headed to Hueston Woods State Park for a retreat.  I started this design while I was there and finished it today.


Snow Fence
Raise the Roof
28 ct Zweigart Lugana "Blue Breeze"
Suggested fibers and JABC Buttons

Thanks to my dear friend Beth for suggesting the tool for cutting styrofoam.  It took a little trial and error but I think it turn out well.  The tool I am referring to is called a styro cutter plus.  If you like to do cube finishing its a great tool to have.

Now.....more about the retreat at Hueston Woods.  It was hosted by the lovely Barb from Keepsakes in Cincinnati.  I got to stitch, catch up with old friends, make new friends and increase my stash substantially.  I'm already planning for next year. 
I was so busy having fun that I forgot to take any pictures but you can see some at Jenny's and Marsha's.

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my finish.  I appreciate you spending part of your busy day with me.  Your comments keep me motivated to do what I love.....stitch :-)

Now..............what will I get myself into tomorrow?

Keep on stitchin' on,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chocolate Box

Hello Friends,
I hope that everyone is staying warm.  I read today that almost 70% of the United States is snow covered including the mountains in Hawaii.  I thought that was an interesting fact.  All I know is that I've seen enough snow this winter.  We are out of built in snow days in our school calender as of today.  That means any days missed now will be tacked on at the end of school.  I'm praying I won't be going to school in June.....

I wanted to drop by and show you how productive I can be on a snow day.
I finished stitching LHN's Chocolate Box last week but couldn't find time to finish it until today. 

Chocolate Box
Little House Needleworks
28 ct. evenweave I received from my friend Patti
Stitched using suggest fibers

I love how it turned out but forgot how hard it is to cut styrofoam.

Does anyone have any tips on cutting styrofoam?

I also want to thank everyone for your kind comments on the birth of Kayci. 
Kayci and momma are doing great. 

Thank you for stopping by to read my posts.  I appreciate you spending part of your busy day with me and it makes me happy to share my cross stitch finishes with you.

Keep on stitchin' on,

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Introducing Kayci Grace

Our family was blessed with a new bundle of joy this week.
My step daughter Kati gave birth to

Kayci Grace
Kayci Grace
6:43 p.m.
6 lbs. 13 oz.
20 1/2/ in

Momma Kati  & Kayci

Proud Papaw Scott

...And of course that's me unwrapping the package to inspect the contents.

I couldn't let this moment pass without a stitched treasure to mark the occasion.
Kayci's nursery is brown with pink and green polka dots.
This kit was perfect but I changed the colors to match the nursery.

Mama and baby are doing well and everyone is ready to spoil this kiddo rotten.
Thanks for indulging me by letting me share our new addition.

Keep on stitchin' on,