Friday, May 30, 2008

Another Small Finish...

I've been trying to get back into my stitching routine. My part of the house is a mess though... I really should be cleaning, but I decided to stitch this instead...

Lizzie Kate "Housework Never Killed Anyone"
Fabric: 32 ct. Flax Belfast Linen
Threads: GAST & WDW
Started: 5/19/08 - Finished: 5/30/08

I also worked on "Beloved" a little bit last night. I think this one is going to take me the rest of my life to finish!! :)


Well, I no longer have internet. I decided to go ahead and cancel it. I'm sitting outside the public library right now using their internet. :) Only two more weeks now until we move! It would have been one, but oh well, what can ya do?? Write later!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Stressed and Insane

Whenever something big in my life happens (birth of a child, moving, etc.) I always stress out by starting many new things. And these things are never small, no that will not satisfy me. They must be huge projects. For example when I was getting ready to have Matthew I started Carriage House Samplings Alphabets, Carriage House Samplings "Village of Hawk Run Hollow," and I'm sure there are more. When my SIL was getting ready to have my niece I started Mirabilia's Petal Fairy, Lizzie Kate Flip-It's over one, and Needleprints Ann Trump. Now, do you think any of these projects are even remotely close to being finished?? So what am I starting now?? Well, lets see - Happy Home Sampler (only two motifs finished) and now Beloved....

Beloved Start

It really is insane how big this project is, but I love it so far. I know I've just done a teeny tiny part of the border, but I still love it. Like Gill says "[It's] Amazing how much fun you can have with black Floss!" And the fun has just begun for me! :)

And a Little More Stash....

After seeing this cute pattern on Jane's blog, I knew I had to have it! It's just so cute! :)

Froggy Stitcher Stash

I did a google search and found it at The Froggy Stitcher. I chose the pink of course. :) I also got some of those new thread rings (I can't wait to use them) and a couple packs of my favorite needles (John James #26). I promise I will show stitching here one day. I just haven't had the time. It's been so sad! I have so much to do and all I want to do is stitch! :) Write later!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Little Stash...

...Appeared while I was away! :) I ordered "Beloved" by A Stitcher's Hands after seeing Gill's beautiful progress. Now I'm just trying to decide which fabric would be best, and if I should stitch it over two or one??

Beloved with DMC and 32 ct. Vintage Lentil

Here is the design with 32 ct. Vintage Lentil. If I chose this fabric, which I like a lot, I'd have to stitch it over one because I don't have enough to stitch it over two. So I was leaning a little bit towards this one....

Beloved with DMC and 32 ct. Vintage Examplar

32 ct. Vintage Examplar. I could stitch it over two if I chose this one. I don't know. I can't make a decision right now. My brain is mush! :) I think I need a nap!

Thank you to everyone for your kind compliments on my bedroom. I tried taking a picture of the living room, but I have terrible lighting in there (not that I'm complaining)! I'll try again in a few weeks. :) Write later!

edited to add: I just found this piece of Antique White linen in my stash, which is also a possibility!

Beloved with DMC and 32 ct. Antique White Belfast

Edited again to add: I stopped by my LNS and ended up getting a piece of 34 ct. Cafe Au Lait (what Gill is using for her's and what I'm using for my Happy Home Sampler). I think I found it the right fabric now! :)


Monday, May 26, 2008

I'm Back!

And I'm exhausted!! My fingers ache (from gripping boxes and furniture) and my toes ache (from gripping my flip flops while trying move said boxes and furniture - what dummy wears flip flops while moving?). My stitching bag was not opened once. It was pretty much non stop work. We are halfway done. I just have to wait now until June 14 (we decided to delay our move a week) to move all of our stuff down here up there. I have a ton of packing and throwing away ahead of me. Fun, fun! I did manage to do a teeny bit of decorating...




In my bedroom I hung my two favorite Shepherd's Bush designs (Queen Bee Sampler and Beekeepers Cottage) on one wall and on the other wall my favorite L&L angel (Peace Angel). It was so good to see them hanging there. Like old friends I haven't seen in almost two years! Please take no notice of the hastily made bed! :) Well, I'd better get some sleep now. I've got to get back into my routine again! Write later!

Friday, May 23, 2008

A Tiny Start....


I made a tiny start on Happy Home Sampler. There are a lot of color changes! More than I'm used to! I ended up going with the Cafe Au Lait by Legacy, but I'm using two strands, not one. I like the coverage better than one. I'm getting ready to go up to SC today. I'm in the middle of packing, so this will be short. I'm not sure when I'll be able to update next! Have a great weekend everyone! Write later!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I've been busy!

I thought I would have my little Lizzie Kate design finished by now, but I'm not done yet! Maybe today? Well, I did start another little LK design for Habitat for Humanity (see Martha's here), so that slowed me down too. Tuesday night I went to my first Photoshop class. It was fun. I did learn quite a bit. I'm glad I decided to take it. Last night I went stitching at Golden Needle. That was fun as always. I was so tired that I almost didn't go, but I made myself because I don't know when I'll be able to get down there again.

Of course I got a little bit of stash. I scoured the bargin basket and found some good deals! :)



I got an Amy Mitten kit for only $5 (notice the names of the threads - aren't they great?)! And I also got a tiny Just Nan chart (Crystal Heart) with beads and fabric for $1.50! So I made out pretty well. :)

I have decided to join the Happy Home Sampler SAL with Becky, Amy, Vonna, Lynda, Jan, and Myrna - am I missing anyone? It's such a pretty sampler! I'm just trying decide on the fabric...


I really like the one above, which is 32 ct. Vintage Lentil, but I don't think I have enough fabric, so I'm leaning towards the one below, which is 34 ct. Cafe au Lait.

Cafe au Lait

Well, I'm going up to SC this weekend to help my dh move from his apt. to the condo. So that means even less stitching. But it will be worth it the end because I will have a summer filled with stitching! :) Write later!

Monday, May 19, 2008

A Finish and Some Stash!

I finished up HN2 today! Woo Hoo! I'm so happy to be finished. Although I really like it I was getting ready to move on to something else. That's why these designs are so good for me. They are quick and easy and work wonderfully for someone with zero attention span! :)

Home of a Needleworker (too!) finished!

Home of a Needleworker (too!) finished!
Little House Needleworks "Home of a Needleworker (too!)"
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Light Examplar by Lakeside Linens
Threads: Crescent Colours
Started: 5/9/08 - Finished: 5/19/08

And the stash I got...

32 ct. Vintage Examplar (my favorite linen).

A fat 1/2 of my favorite linen (32 ct. Vintage Examplar) from Elegant Stitch.

32 ct. Smokey Pearl Lugana and buttons

And a fat 1/4 of Smokey Pearl Lugana and buttons for "Seasons of Change" from 123 Stitch. Well, not much else going on here. I should have another little finish soon. I started another small Lizzie Kate today. Write later! :)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Small Finish!

I decided I needed a little break from stitching the house on "Home of a Needleworker (too)." I made it to the roof with all that brown stitching ahead of me and decided I needed to stitch something with a little color to break the monotony. I got out "Plant Love" by Lizzie Kate (from the latest Gift of Stitching), which I had kitted recently. I thought it would be a quick, fun stitch and it was...

Lizzie Kate "Plant Love"
Lizzie Kate "Plant Love"
Fabric: 32 ct. Flax Belfast Linen
Threads: DMC, GAST & WDW
Started: 5/16/08 - Finished 5/17/08

Just three weeks now until we move! I'm so looking forward to it! :) It will be so nice for us all to be together again! :) Write later!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

More Home of a Needleworker...

I got a lot of the house stitched yesterday. I don't want to put it down! :)


Diane put her two newest designs on her site. They are so sweet! I love them both! :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I Spoke Too Soon...

Matthew got sick again last night. I think it was the milk. I should have held off giving him milk for a couple more days. Oh well, live and learn. I did work on "Home of a Needleworker (Too!)" a little bit last night. It's such a fun design (like all CCN and LHNs are). :)


I'll probably be rotating this one and Family Sampler. I'm so excited about the new designs Diane has coming out. They sound wonderful! I think tomorrow she'll put up the pictures for the May releases. Can't wait! :)

Roses for mom

Here is the whole bouquet of roses that I gave my mom for mother's day. Can you tell she loves white? Her whole living room is white. White furniture, white walls. It's a great room for taking pictures.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

All Better

Everyone is doing much better, Thankfully! I have been trying to get back into our routine. I got the stitching back out and finished the border on "Family Sampler" by Shepherd's Bush. I think I'm going to really love this one. I love the colors...


I got my mom a dozen white roses (her favorite color). I took a picture of one today. They are really starting to get pretty now that they're opening up.


Well, I'm going to get back to my stitching! :) Write later!

Monday, May 12, 2008


I'm back! Oh man, where do I begin? The last day of camp was just as much fun and I hated to leave! I left a little early to get up North to have lunch with my MIL for mother's day. We had a nice lunch and then went home and had dinner with my mom. It was a very nice day until... Matthew and Jake got sick. They both threw up everywhere. It was not fun and not a very nice mother's day present. :) Thankfully they are doing much better now and I haven't gotten it yet. Hopefully I don't!

When I got home yesterday I checked my mail and saw a package from Linda. Inside was a beautiful fob. I was so surprised! It was so sweet of her!

Fob from Linda

I have more pictures of camp and pictures of some new things I started and stash I bought in my flickr album. I have a little headache, so I'm going to lay down. Write later!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Camp Stitch-A-Way

It's day two of camp and I'm having a blast! The place we're staying at is so nice and so spacious. And the lighting is terrific! I escaped for a little bit and went shopping and decided to come to Panera to get online. I found a great spot - a big comfy chair in the corner. It has a cup holder and little table to put your laptop on. I could live here. :) I took several pictures and I'm in the process of putting them online. I did finish "Heart of America" yesterday, so I was very excited about that!

Little House Needleworks "Heart of America"
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens
Threads: Crescent Colours
Started: 4/2/08 - Finished 5/9/08

I started "Home of a Needleworker (Too)" yesterday after finishing HOA and I'm loving it. It's such a fun design!

Well, I got all the pictures online now. Click here to check them out! I'm going to take more pictures, but probably won't update until Monday or Tuesday (I know I'm going to be busy)! Write later! :)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Fabric and Stash


Deb sent me some beautiful fabric to do the finishing on my Wool Needlebook. I know there are several that will look great with it! I'm so excited to get it finished now!


I also placed an order with Nordic Needle. They are the only ones I know of that have all the colors of DMC Pearl Cotton and they were having a sale. So I got the green pearl cotton and the "Autumn Stitches" leaflet and thread pack. I have been coveting that leaflet for awhile and when I saw it on sale on the Nordic Needle website I knew I couldn't resist any longer!

Well, I have decided to take the Photoshop class. I'm very excited about it. I'm so glad I decided to do it. Thank you all for your encouragement! I also got this book today. I thought I could use it as kind of a text to go with the class.

My other news is that I'm going away this weekend! Martha organized a get together for the whole weekend - Camp Stitch-A-Way! I'm very excited about it! It's going to be so great just to get away and stitch all weekend. My MIL is going to watch the kids, which is so sweet of her! I doubt there will be internet access, so I probably won't write again until Monday. See you then!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Photo Story

I didn't have a photo story picture yet, so I told Jake to throw on some shorts and go out to the dock with Mindy (the nice dog) and I would take his picture. This was the first picture I snapped and I loved it...


My instructor liked it, so I was happy. It was our last class tonight. My SIL is thinking of taking a photoshop class and I was thinking of maybe taking it with her. I would miss the last class if I moved when I was planning on moving. I could delay the move by a week or just miss the class, or just not take it. I'm still trying to decide. My mom said she would pay for it if I wanted to go, so that was good! Anyway, I'm blabbing now. I should have pictures to post of stitching tomorrow. I have been stitching... slowly, but surely. :) Write later!

Monday, May 05, 2008

More Dyeing

I'm truly obsessed now. I had to try the navy blue that dh bought. I wanted just a light blue though. So I tried just an 1/8 of a tsp and I'm very happy with how it turned out.


I have been stitching on "Heart of America." I'm so close to being finished. I'm so sad to see it ending. I have really enjoyed stitching this one. Maybe I'll stitch it again someday - my dad did mention that he liked it! :) I don't have a pic though because there's really nothing to show since the last pic and I'm losing my light. My camera acts up when the sun starts to set.

Thank you all for your encouraging words on my fabric dyeing. It's a lot of fun and so easy - I highly recommend it. Well, my last photography class is tomorrow. Another thing I'm going to miss. It's been so much fun. I can't say that I have learned a whole bunch, but it has been fun being around a lot of people that love photography as much as I do. Here's my pic I'm planning on sharing tomorrow. Our assignment was to take a portrait shot. We were also supposed to do a photo story, but I'm kind of stuck on that. I'll have to think about it some more...

Picture for Photography Class.

Write later!