Thursday, July 31, 2008

LH Neighborhood

I'm almost finished with the bottom section of my Little House Neighborhood. I can't wait to move up to middle section!

LH Neighborhood as of 7/30/08

Not much going on here. I need to get the kids registered for school, so it will be a busy day today. Write later!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sweet Treats Finished!

I finished up Sweet Treats today. Well, it's almost finished. I still have to sew on the buttons, but all the stitching is done.

Sweet Treats Finished!
Country Cottage Needleworks "Sweet Treats"
Fabric: 28 ct. Tea-Dyed Lugana
Threads: Crescent Colours
Started: 2/23/08 - Finished: 7/30/08

I did substitute one thread. I used Weeks Dye Works Bright Leaf instead of Crescent Colours Peanut Brittle. It was a little darker than the Peanut Brittle, which worked better for the fabric I used. Another change I made was I stitched the word "Tart" using the purple in that block instead of the blue. I just thought it showed up better. Well, now I just have to sew on the buttons and I'll really be done! :) Write later!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Little House Neighborhood Nightmare!

I was dreaming last night that my LH Neighborhood had a snag in it, almost like a run in a stocking, or if you were to pull a string out of the linen. I pulled at the two sides and it came apart! I was so disappointed. All that work I put in to it. I didn't want to stitch it again. I was so glad when I woke up this morning and it was in one piece! What a relief!! :)

Little House Neighborhood as of 7/28/08

I got a package in the mail yesterday from DSL! Since I live so close to Amy it usually only takes one or two days for me to get them from her. What a treat for me!! :)

All Dolled Up charts

I love them all - I don't know which one to start first! :)

Monday, July 28, 2008

More Socks

Ok, I know I said I was going to stitch, but I got some new sock yarn from Knit 'N Knibble in Tampa while I was down in Florida and it was calling my name! Here are the two socks I started...


This one is BFF Socks by Cookie A. They are so much fun! I love cables! The yarn is
Araucania Ranco Multi - Colorway #312.


And this one is the Kureyon Basic Sock Pattern, using Opal UNI in Bright Green (#40).

I wanted to thank everyone who nominated me for an award on their blog! That was so kind and thoughtful of you. You all are Kreativ and Brillante in my mind!! :)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I'm Home!!

Yeah! I'm so glad to be back. I enjoyed myself for a couple days, but after that I was just ready to come home! I feel like Dorthy - "There's no place like home!"

Anyway, I ironed my "Needlework Shop" (sorry Wendy, I just had to do it!).

Needlework Shop

And here it is next to my "Tea Room"

Needlework Shop and The Tea Room

Now I think I will finish up "Sweet Treats." I got the final thread pack in the mail while I was gone. And then I'll get back to my neglected LH neighborhood. :)

"Cake" the final Sweet Treats chart

Write later!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Needlework Shop Finished!

I got it finished up last night! Please forgive the wrinkles, I don't have an iron where I am at!

Needlework Shop Finished!!
Country Cottage Needleworks "Needlework Shop"
Fabric: 32 ct. Lambswool Jobelan
Threads: DMC
Started: 7/17/08 - Finished: 7/23/08

I met Deb today and we had a very nice lunch. Unfortunately, I had Matthew with me, so it could have been nicer (he was pretty good), but it was so nice to see her. I did get to go to the Golden Needle beforehand and got the new Shepherd's Bush "Sail Away" kit and some needles.

SB Sail Away and Needles!

SB Sail Away silks and fabric

Well, I'm driving home tomorrow and can't wait! I will be glad to have a T.V. again and my internet (and see my hubby of course). I have been hanging out in the Panera Bread or the library parking lots using their wifi. I will be able to answer emails and comment - it's going to be nice! Write soon! :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

More Progress

I'm in Florida and I've been stitching a little bit. Here's my latest progress on "Needlework Shop."

CCN Needlework Shop

And here's my latest progress on "LH Neighborhood."


Hopefully, I'll be able to find some time tonight to stitch! Write later! :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Needlework Shop Restart

I started over on 32 ct. Lambswool Jobelan to match "The Tea Shop," which I stitched last year. I frogged the border about ten times on my restart. I should have took my friend Debby's advice and put it away until today. But I'm stubborn. Anyway, here's my progress next to my "Tea Room."

Needlework Shop restart

I'm going to Florida tomorrow. I should have internet (hopefully), so I'll update again down there!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Another Start?

I don't know what's wrong with me lately! I can't stop starting new projects! I started CCN "Needlework Shop" last night. I'm not crazy about the fabric. The feel reminds me of Heatherfield, and I don't like Heatherfield because it makes my hands sweat. I'm thinking of putting it on a Q-Snap, or choosing a different fabric. I'm strange, I know, but I can't help it! :)

CCN "Needlework Shop" started 7/16/08

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Finished Scarf

Here's the finished scarf picture as promised! I don't know why I stopped knitting it before. It was a fun pattern!

Chevron Scarf Finished!
Chevron scarf from the Last Minute Knitted Gifts book (using Julia's modifications)
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino color #110
Started: 1/21/05 - Finished: 7/15/08

I promise to get back to stitching soon! I was just happy to get these old knitting UFO's finished! :) Write later!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I decided to get my yarn and knitting projects organized. My yarn stash was worse than my stitching stash. I had some yarn here and some yarn there. So I got it all together and inventoried on Ravelry. What a great site. I wish there was something like that for cross stitching. So anyway I decided to finish up a pair of socks that I've been working on since 2005! I finally did it tonight!

Trekking XXL socks finally finished!!

Trekking XXL Socks
Sally Melville's "Simple Socks" (with a few of my own changes)
Yarn: Trekking XXL Color #100
Started: 10/2/05 - Finished: 7/15/08

I also finished a scarf today, but it needs to be blocked, so I'll have a picture of that later! I did stitch a little on "Joyful Summer" last night and today...

Joyful Summer as of 7/15/08

I got the thread I was needing at my somewhat LNS yesterday. I also got some threads for the new designs coming out. :) Not that I'm excited or anything! :) Well, not much else going on here! Write later!

Monday, July 14, 2008


My friend Debs sent me a wonderful package today!! She made me a beautiful floss tag using one of the motifs from LHN "Heart of America."

Floss Tag from Debs - front

Floss Tag from Debs - Back

I absolutely love it Debs! I also love the scissors and the very nice card. Thank you so much!!

I also got a package from DSL today. Amy got in the new CCN pattern "Needlework Shop," so of course I couldn't resist that...

Needlework Shop and fabric

I also got the 28 ct. Natural Pearl linen that it called for. I have heard a lot of good things about it, so I thought I'd give it a try! :) The other thing I ordered was the new Just Nan "Sizzle" tin kit. I fell in love right when I saw it! It's so cute! :)


I did stitch on LH Neighborhood. I post an update on the LH Neighborhood SAL blog. I'm loving it! Speaking of LHN - have you all seen the new designs?? All Dolled up! They are must haves! Diane continues to design wonderful patterns, I love them all! :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Little More Neighborhood...

Little House Neighborhood as of 7/12/08

I'm really enjoying it! I did work on Joyful Summer a little bit and then I realized I was going to run out of the darker green "Bean Sprout." I thought I would have enough, but I guess not. So I'm going to take the thread to my somewhat LNS and see if I can match it up!

I also have some news! I'm going to the Pals retreat in October! I'm so excited! :) I'm going to be taking Jane Timmer's class - Madeira Tin Project.


It should be a blast! Well, not much else going on! Going to get back to stitching! Write later! :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Another Start...

I think I may have a case of startitis! :) I started Joyful Summer yesterday to work on in between my LH Neighborhood. I'm going to wait to work on the Lizzie Kate Christmas Double Flips until the next set comes out so I can work from the bottom up, which is how I'm most comfortable stitching. Here's my little "Joyful Summer" Progress pic...

Joyful Summer - 28 ct. Summer Sky Jobelan using Crescent Colours and DMC

And here is my latest LHN pic...

LHN LH Neighborhood as of 7/10/08

I'm having so much fun stitching this one. I love the design, the fabric and the basic DMC threads.

Pink Carnation

Here's a carnation from the latest bunch I bought. I know carnations aren't roses, but they are still pretty. Especially the pink ones. There's something so simple and sweet about them. :)

Write later!

Monday, July 07, 2008

My Little House Neighborhood Start

I got started on LH Neighborhood yesterday. So far I'm just working on the border, but I am liking it! :)

My start on Little House Neighborhood
"Little House Neighborhood" - 32 ct. Vintage Examplar using DMC threads

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

Sunday, July 06, 2008

My Decision

Thank you all for your comments! I have decided to go with the lambswool. I really liked the Maple Sugar, but it had a little bit of a pink tone that I just didn't like with the thread colors. I have also decided to only do the first six of the designs. I enlarged the top and bottom of the chart from the Lizzie Kate website and taped it together and then made another copy.


This will be good for me because I always start good on these banner projects and then fizzle out towards the end, so hopefully with only six I'll get it finished and maybe by Christmas! :)

Two Finishes!

I had a very productive day yesterday! I went stitching at Keep Em in Stitches in Summerville. I met Teresa there, a girl I met at Amy's. We had a lot of fun! I definitely would like to go back again. While I was there I finished "Pie" the fifth block in the Sweet Treats series.

CCN "Pie" Sweet Treats #5

I also worked on "Quilting" and got it finished up last night after I got home...

Little House Needleworks "Quilting"
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Lentil
Threads: Crescent Colours
Started: 6/26/08 - Finished: 7/5/08

And of course I couldn't go to a cross stitch shop without picking up a couple of things. I got the first two patterns in the new Lizzie Kate Christmas Spirit Double Flips. I also got some fabric for it - 28 ct. Heritage Cashel. A new over-dyed linen. I really liked it in the store, but when I got home I wasn't too sure. So now I'm trying to decide which fabric to use. I put all my choices in a set. Please help me decide!!