Thursday, January 31, 2008

Another Little Finish

Instead of working on one of my wips I decided to start "Lovebird." I got it finished tonight. It was such a fun stitch! :)

Midsummer Night Designs "Lovebird"

Midsummer Night Designs "Lovebird" Freebie.
Midsummer Night Designs "Lovebird"
Fabric: 32 ct. Lt. Mocha Belfast
Threads: DMC
Started: 1/30/08 - Finished: 1/31/08

I found another free Valentine's Day design. It's a pretty monochrome heart pattern by Maryse.

Belle Soie Rouge
Rouge Belle Soie & 40 ct. Antique White Newcastle Linen.

I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday. I'm so looking forward to the weekend. The only thing I have planned is to go to Golden Needle Saturday for their Super Bowl sale. Other than that I plan to be lazy! :) Write later!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Stash For Sale!

I've put some more stash that needs a good home up for sale. Click here for a link to the album.

I still have some fobs available too! Click here for that album. : )

Look at Shepherd's Bush's version of "Be Mine Valentine." Scroll down to the bottom. It's so cute!!

I printed the thread list for Carriage House Samplings "Shores of Hawk Run Hollow." I actually had some of them. I think they would look really pretty on the 40 ct. Mockingbird linen by R&R that I already have.

Carriage House Samplings "Shores of Hawk Run Hollow"

I really like this design, but not sure if I would ever get around to actually stitching it! :) Write later!

A Little Finish

I started the little Lizzie Kate the other day and got it finished up last night. It turned out cute, but I think my thread (Red Grape) used in the words "Be Mine" was old because it wasn't as dark as the picture. Oh well, I'm not going to change it now, it's done! :)

Lizzie Kate "Be Mine Valentine"

Lizzie Kate "Be Mine Valentine"
Lizzie Kate "Be Mine Valentine"
Fabric: 32 ct. Light Mocha Belfast
Threads: Weeks and GAST
Started: 1/27/08 - Finished: 1/29/08

And I was a little bad yesterday I stopped at my LVBS (Local Vera Bradley Shop) to check out what they had left of the retiring styles and they had one Little Travel Case left and it was 50% off! It's in the Capri Melon colorway, which is pretty bright, but cute and springy I think. :)

Vera Bradley Little Travel Case in Capri Melon

Vera Bradley Little Travel Case

Well, that's all for now! I'm trying to decide what I should get back to now. Quaker Christmas? Brave Hearts? P&P? Hmmm... Decisions, decisions! :) Write later!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sweet Becky!

I got home tonight and there was a package in the mail from Becky waiting for me! She sent me an adorable pinkeep. It's Shepherd's Bush's "January." I just love it!

Gift from BeckySC.  Shepherd's Bush "January"

That was so nice of her to think of me! I have made some wonderful stitching friends in the past year. Here are all my wonderful stitched items made for me that I've received....

Gifts from my Wonderful Stitching Friends!!

It's still hard for me to believe that people think of me that much! Words can't express my appreciation. Not just for the gifts, but mainly for the friendship! I feel so blessed in so many ways! Thank you all!

I have to share a picture of the sunset over Tampa Bay as I was driving home. It was spectacular. The picture doesn't do it justice, but you get the idea.

Crossing  the Howard Franklin

Sorry for all the spots, my windshield was just a tad dirty! :) I'm so tired from driving, but I'm going to try to stitch a little anyway! :) Write later!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Another Cute Valentine's Design

And this one is free! :) It's Lovebird by Deborah of Midsummer Night Designs. It's really cute! I pulled the threads for this one before I left...


Ok, now I'm really going to get off the internet and do some stitching! :) Write Later!

I Love Valentine's Day!

It's just so pink! I pulled the threads for the cute little Lizzie Kate design that came out recently...

Lizzie Kate "Be Mine Valentine"

I'm not getting any stitching done. I've just been looking through blogs and playing with stash. I need to stop goofing off and get to work! LOL! :) Write later! :)

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Before I left for South Carolina the mail came! An order I placed from Handcrafts Online arrived! :) Thanks Mary Kathryn!

Blue Ribbon Designs "Stitched With Love."
Blue Ribbon Designs "Stitched With Love"

"Iced Tea" by Little House Needleworks
Little House Needleworks "Iced Tea"

We also went up to Summerville today and I was able to check out a cross stitch shop there. It was pretty big. They had a ton of old charts that I could have spent all day going through. But since dh and the kids were out in the car I didn't have all day. Next time I come up I will plan for that! :)

Keep Em in Stitches Stash
Keep Em in Stitches Stash

I got a couple Barbara & Cheryl Charleston charts along with the new Sampler and Needlework Quarterly. Well, not much else going on! I think I'm going to let Bradley play hooky Monday, so we can stay an extra day up here. Aren't I a bad mom?? :) Write later!

Friday, January 25, 2008

More Hanky Pysanky

I decided to get back to HP last night. I love the diamond motif that I'm working on now. It's so much fun!

Hanky Pysanky as of 1/24/08

I'm getting ready to go to South Carolina for the weekend. It's supposed to be cold up there tonight! I'm so glad there's a fireplace in the apartment. It's so cozy! :)

I thought I'd some questions before I go...

Danielle asked if there was a conversion to Crescent Colours for Brave Hearts and the answer is yes!

Cindy asked what type of 40 ct. linen I prefer. I definitely prefer Zwiegart Newcastle. Not Wichelt, which is too holey and stiff! I love lakeside Linens, which uses the Newcastle as it's base.

Anonymous asked if I was pregnant! He or She said I wouldn't say on my blog if I were. Well, that's not quite true. I blabbed right away about Matthew. No, I'm not pregnant. My dad used to ask that when I got migraines. People who don't understand migraines seem to ask that! No, I think three kids are enough for me and dh! :)

Well, that's all for now! Write later! :)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Quote on My Starbucks Cup

I never really look at the quotes on the cup, but decided to read it today...

The Way I See It #291

In a world where celebrity equals
talent, and where make-believe is
called reality, it is most important
to have real love, truth and stability
in your life

--Bernie Brillstein

I like that, a lot. :)

Even Badder!

I was stitching away on Quaker Christmas and my eyes were getting really tired. I wanted to keep stitching, but all my current projects are either on 40 ct. or on black, so I decided to start Little House Needleworks "Brave Hearts."

Little House Needleworks "Brave Hearts"

I found a piece of 32 ct. Examplar big enough, so I decided to go with that. I'm using two strands of Belle Soie over two. Here's another little progress pic of Quaker Christmas. I got just a little bit more done before I got too tired.

Quaker Christmas 40 ct. Vintage Examplar

Thank you all for your very kind comments yesterday. It makes feel glad to know there are others out there who understand me and my nerdiness! :) My family just shakes their heads! Write later!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

So Bad!

I couldn't resist! I started Quaker Christmas last night. I decided to go with the 40 ct. Vintage Examplar and I'm loving it so far! :)

Quaker Christmas as of 1/23/08

I had to make a fob to match - I'm such a nerd! LOL! :) The silk is Cranberry by Belle Soie. Well, Matthew is fussing, so I'll write later!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Feeling Better

My head is just a dull ache now. Thankfully, no more nausea or pounding headache! I'm taking a little break from Poinsettias and Pines. I got back out Hanky Pysanky this weekend. I worked on it just a tiny bit.

Hanky Pysanky as of 1/22/08

I'm still loving it! it's such a fun stitch! I'm also getting ready to join Tanya's Quaker Christmas SAL. I'm trying to decide which fabric to use. I think I'm going to go with the 40 ct. Vintage Examplar. It doesn't look like I'm going to be a one-at-a-time girl for long! LOL! :)

Well, not much else going on here. I'm going to take some more Excedrin and then get in bed and stitch! :) Write later!


I hate migraines. I used to get them all the time after I had Jake and I was thinking after I had Matthew that they somehow disappeared. Well hopefully this is just a one time occurrence. I woke up at 5:30 am and knew I had one. I took some Excedrin right away, so I think it will be ok. If I don't do that I will be sick. Migraines are evil. Anyway, I don't have any pics to share right now. I didn't get much stitching done with dh home this weekend. I decided to put some more fobs up for sale. Here's a link to my online album. Write later! :)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Fun Day!

I met Deb and her daughter Jessica yesterday at Golden Needle in Port Charlotte. We had so much fun looking at all the goodies. We stayed until they closed at noon and then we went to eat at Chili's. It was so nice just to get away from it all! I got a Lizzie Kate chart and a new pair of Dovo scissors.

Valentine Fob

I put my Valentine's fob that I made the other day on them. :) When I got back I thought I'd go to the LNS near me because Golden Needle was out of size 26 needles and they didn't carry the threaders I use. Well, of course I couldn't just go in for what I was needing. I got the new Just Nan chart "Memories" and the freebie with the bead pack. I think this new chart is so pretty!

New Stash

We're at my in-laws right now. I'm hoping maybe, possibly that dh and I can get away on our own for a little bit. We'll see! :) Write later!

Friday, January 18, 2008

And More P&P

I feel so boring being a one-at-a-time girl. But that was my resolution to try to get things done, to stick to one project at a time. So I guess I'll just be boring. :)

Poinsettias and Pines as of 1/17/08

It's cloudy today, so getting a decent pic was hard. I'm still getting used to my new camera and the different settings. It seems my pics are either dark or bright, it's hard to get them just right, which is why you see so many variations of this one design. One day I'll understand it all... I think?? :)

Chiloe asked if I knew when I'm moving. I think we're moving the first week of June after my ds is out of school. We'll have to find a place before that though because dh's lease is up at the end of May. Anyway, I can't wait. I'm counting the days! :) Well, nothing going on here. I'm thinking of taking the kids to The Pier just to get them out of the house! Writer later! :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Matthew - so cute!

I wanted my blog to be wider, so I can put bigger pictures in from flickr.

Changed Name Again

Yes, I know I should have my blog name be more stitching related that way I wouldn't have to keep changing my name so often. But where I live is part of who I am, so I guess I'll keep it for now. I chose the name because all I've been doing lately is dreaming of living in beautiful South Carolina. I can't wait! :) While I'm posting I thought I'd share a little stitching. I'm to the trees at the top of P&P! Now that I'm up there I feel like I can get it finished in a week or so if I keep at it!

P&P as of 1/16/08

Well, Jake is needing me, so I'll write later! :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


I thought I'd share some pics of my recent fobs.

The last fob is a recreation of one I made before for these scissors (I gave the original to Karen). I found this big heart clasp and it works great for thick handled scissors like these Ginghers. Lately I have been using sterling silver findings because I want my fobs to last a little longer than they have been. I don't know if it's the humidity or what, but they seem to tarnish fast down here in Florida. So we'll see if it works! I wonder if they do start to tarnish if I can just use silver polish? Something to look in to. I'm such a newbie at beading that I really don't know too much. Write later! :)

P.S. I've been cleaning out my cross stitch a little. Here's a link to what I have for sale!
Cross Stitch For Sale. Sold Out, but I hope to be adding more soon!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Not much going on here lately. Just hanging out with the kids. I've been so tired the past couple of days. I'm not sure why, but I haven't done much!

I did work on "Poinsettias and Pines" just a bit yesterday and today, not really enough to show a pic, but I will anyway.

I did go to the bead shop today to stock up on some more beads and clasps. I'm meeting Deb Saturday and she wanted a fob for her daughter, so that gave me the perfect excuse to go shopping :) Well, I'm going to crawl into bed and hopefully not get up until 6:30 tomorrow. :) Write later!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Back to P&P

I thought I'd get back to Poinsettias and Pines before I forget it all together! I got a little bit more done this weekend...

I finished listening to "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon, and now I'm listening to "Dragonfly in Amber." I love these books so much. Davina Porter is such a wonderful narrator. I sometimes forget she's just one person because she does the voices so well.

Tonight is "Persuasion" by Jane Austen on Masterpiece Theater. I can't wait! Write later! :)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Now it's Finished!

Little House Needleworks "Prairie Sampler"

Threads: Two strands of Belle Soie
(substituted Sister Scarlet for Red Fox)
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Examplar
Started: 11/25/07 - Finished: 1/11/08


I just realized that I forgot to stitch the chimney on my Prairie Sampler! I don't know what I was thinking! I noticed it after I saw Debs's stitched. She did such a wonderful job! I guess I'll be getting it back out today to get it finished up the right way this time! :)

I did work a little on HP again last night...

That big diamond is going to take longer than I thought it would. Lots going on in there! Write later! :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Little More Hanky Pysanky

I worked on this a little more last night. It's so much fun to stitch!

For those wondering I'm stitching it two over two on 32 ct. Belfast Linen. The threads I'm using is Carrie's Threads. It's my first time using them, and I like them. They're soft and easy to use. Write later! :)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Something New and Different!

I needed a change from Christmas stitching. I needed something new for the New Year! I was looking through my stash and came across "Hanky Pysanky" by Ink Circles, which I had all kitted up. I decided that this was just what I needed! I got a little start on it last night and I'm loving it so far! I'm doing the pink version, but I bet it would be very pretty in the rainbow version too.

The black Belfast was a little hard to see at first, but I'm getting used to it now. Well, Matthew is fussing, so I'd better go! Write later! :)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Thank you!!

Thank you to everyone for your very kind words! They mean so much! I feel so good about my decision. I just don't know how I would've done it for three years. As it is we'll have lived apart for a year and that's long enough! :)

Anyway, I do have a little more progress to share on P&P. Are you getting sick of this one yet?? I am, but I am determined to finish it!

It's hard to stitch something so wintry when it was 82 degrees today! It feels more like summer than winter. Oh well, what can ya do?? :) Well, not much else going on here. Just hanging out with the kids - getting ready to make dinner. Write later!

Monday, January 07, 2008

I'm Moving!!

I finally got up the courage to tell my mom and my brother what I wanted to do (thanks to a few kind friends who gave me great encouragement). My mom freaked at first, but is doing much better now. My brother was totally supportive, which helped to calm my mom down. Anyway, I'll be moving in June! Only five months. I'm so excited. Bradley is ok with changing schools and is glad he can finish up the year here. I'm glad too. I want to make the transition as smooth as possible. I told dh to look for a bigger place for us and get ready! :) I feel like a huge weight has been lifted! I'm so happy!

Well, I do have a little stitching to share. I worked on P&P again last night. I got some more of the words finished...

Well, not much else going on here! Just had to share my news! Thank you to everyone for your very kind words. I couldn't have done it without your support! :)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

I'm Home

We made it home about 3 pm yesterday. I haven't done too much since coming home. Just a little cleaning and laundry. I definitely miss South Carolina! Thankfully dh is coming home this weekend and I'm going back up there the week after that. I need to get more pictures!

Well, I got back out Poinsettias and Pines. I'm determined to get it finished. Although I don't make New Year's resolutions I would like to try to be more of a one-at-a-time kind of gal. I just hate seeings wips and ufos build up. Anyway I don't have much progress, but I'll share a pic anyway. :)

I did get some fabric in the mail while I was away. I ordered this way before Christmas for "Christmas Tea" by Plum Street Samplers. The fabric is much darker than I thought it would be. I shouldn't order fabric I've never seen before on the internet anymore. It may actually be cute though. I probably won't stitch it now until next Christmas.

Well, not much else going on here. Just hanging out with the kids. Back to school and work tomorrow! Write later.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Prairie Sampler

We ended up staying in a hotel in Jacksonville last night. I could have kept going, but Matthew was not having it. He was very fussy, and the kids were restless, so we stopped. They were very happy to get out and watch their shows and play with their toys. And I was very happy to listen to my CD and stitch! I got Prairie Sampler finished up about 8:45 pm and then crashed. Thankfully Matthew slept all night, so we all got a good nights sleep.

Little House Needleworks "Prairie Sampler"

Well, it's time to get back on the road. The kids are now getting restless in this hotel room! Write later! :)

Edited because I realized Prairie Sampler is not finished! I forgot to stitch the chimney! I will post a real finished pic soon! :)

Friday, January 04, 2008

Can't Sleep

I was sleeping sooo good. All warm and snuggly in my bed and then Matthew woke up. He's teething and has not been too happy about it the last few days. Then I got to thinking about the pot roast I made yesterday. It was so good! I used this recipe. Instead of Italian seasoning I used a Lipton soup packet. It was so hard to leave it alone and just let it cook though. I had to force myself to wait until the end - until it was fork tender. It was so good, did I mention that? :) So anyway I decided to get up and make myself a midnight, or actually 4:30 am snack.

We are leaving today and I should be sleeping, so I can rest up for the drive, but I just can't sleep yet. After I write this I'm sure I'll fall asleep only to be woken up in an hour by the kids. Oh well, what can ya do! I'm not looking forward to leaving. It's been so nice here. But I have to get back to reality. Bradley goes back to school Monday and I have to get back to work and all my other duties. I will definitely look back at this week with much fondness. Well, I'm just babbling now! I did get a little stitching done yesterday. I don't have too much to do now. just some words and leaves!

I'm almost tempted to stay here until I get it finished because I won't be able to stitch for awhile once I leave here! :)

Well, I'm going to try to get some sleep now! Write later! :)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

More Fun in Charleston

I decided to take the kids to the South Carolina Aquarium today. They had a lot of fun, even if it was freezing outside! We were not prepared for the cold. We only had light jackets with us. Here's a few pics...

Bradley holding a Sea Anemone

Giant Sea Turtle (real)

Jake sitting on a Giant Sea Turtle (fake) :)

Matthew waiting for lunch (see his purple lips - the poor baby!)

After we got home and warmed up a bit, Matthew took a nap and I stitched some! I got the bottom part of the cabin finished. I just need to do the roof now!

Well, not much else going on. I'm dreading going home in two days. I really wish I had the nerve to tell everyone that I'm not coming home, but I just can't do that to my mom and my brother. Plus I don't want to take Bradley out of his school in the middle of the year. That happened to me too many times when I was growing up that I don't want that for him. It's not always easy being the new guy or girl. It won't be long until we're all together again as a family and we have our own place. It's just hard right now. We'll make it - one day at a time. :) Write later.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

It's been a gorgeous day here in South Carolina. I can't believe I have to leave in three days. I'm not looking forward to it. It has been so much fun just hanging out with my dh and the kids. We've been sleeping in and lounging around late. Pretty soon it will be back to reality. Back to waking up early, getting ds ready for school and being the bus driver! We went downtown for a little bit today. I took a few pictures. I would like to go downtown again and do some more exploring. I just love all the old buildings.

Cooper River Bridge

Old Building on East Bay

Window Box

Another Old Building off East Bay

United States Custom House

Market Street

Italian Restaurant in old building (the menu looked really good) on Market Street

Alley off East Bay

Shem Creek with the sun setting

Shem Creek again

It was a great day. I didn't get any stitching done today, but I did get some done yesterday...

Prairie Sampler as of 12/31/07

Well, not much else going on here. I'm ready for bed, which is so sad because it's not even 8:30 pm! :) Write later!