Friday, November 28, 2008

Another Finish

This isn't a stitching finish, but a finishing finish, which is a big deal for me! I never finish anything! I decided to make "Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle" into a pinkeep. Only I can't find my pins. So it's a pinkeep minus the pins!


I used the finishing technique I learned from Jane Timmers. I just hate finishing. I find no enjoyment in it what so ever, which is why I barely ever finish anything! Oh well, it's done and I'm glad. I think Vonna would be proud! LOL! :) Write later!

Christmas is Forever Finished!

I finally got this one finished up today. It seemed to take me forever! I was also off by a stitch and kept ripping and fixing and finally I just fudged it!

Lizzie Kate "Christmas is Forever"
Lizzie Kate "Christmas is Forever" Kit
Fabric: 28 ct. Light Mocha Cashel
Threads: Crescent Colours and DMC
Stared: 11/13/08 - Finished: 11/28/08

Hope you all had a very nice Thanksgiving. We had a nice day. After I cooked dinner and we ate I crawled in my bed a fell asleep for an hour or so. It was bliss! I then took the older boys to see Bolt. It was a very cute movie. Well, I'm going to eat some leftovers now! Write later! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas is Forever

I stayed up way too late last night stitching Lizzie Kate's "Christmas is Forever." I'm loving this one! I love the colors - they are so bright and pretty!

Christmas is Forever

I had some leftover bananas so I thought I would make some banana muffins today. I got the recipe from my mom and they are so good!

My Mom's Banana Muffins

Here's the recipe...

Preheat oven to 425, spray muffin pan with cooking spray.

Wet Ingredients
3 ripe bananas mashed
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 - 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Dry Ingredients
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

mix wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in another. Make a well in dry ingredients, dump wet into the well. Mix well. Bake for 15 min - until top is firm. I sprinkled some walnuts on top of a few of them for me (my kids don't like nuts).

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. We are staying home having a very small dinner. Actually I haven't even gone shopping yet (that's pretty sad). Write later!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I have been playing around with digital scrapbooking. It's a whole new world out there. So if you come back and see that my template has changed 50 times that is why! I'll have a stitching update tomorrow! :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Tiny Finish and Christmas Stitching

I finished up my Nov. Flip-it Bit today...

LIzzie Kate "A Bit of November"

Lizzie Kate Flip-It Bits Jan-Nov.

Now that all my fall stitching is done I have been getting my Christmas stitching in order. I have quite a few projects I'd like to get finished before then. I figure if I devote a week or less to each one then I think I can do it! First, I'd like to get my Flip-It Bit banner finished by getting "A bit of December" stitched.

A Bit of December Chart and Threads

Next I would like to finished up my other Lizzie Kate Project "Christmas is Forever."

Lizzie Kate "Christmas is Forever"

I would also like to finish CCN "Peppermint Lane." Oops! I forgot to post that I had started this last month too. I went through a little closet startitis phase. :)

CCN Peppermint Lane

I'm stitching it on 32 ct. Maple Sugar. I only stitched a little bit and then thought I would put it away until Dec. I would also like to stitch this little freebie ornament by Blue Ribbon Designs called "A Star on Top."

Last, but not least, if I have time after all this I would like stitch "Christmas Tea" by Plum Street Samplers. I was going to stitch it last year, but ran out of time.

Christmas Tea by Plum Street Samplers

Do you think I can do it?? Maybe?? Write soon!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Couple Little Finishes...

I got "Southwest" finished up the other day. I made one change. I decided to use Icing instead of the Tumbleweed. The Tumbleweed was just too gray for me. I like how the Icing stands out better making it looking cleaner and crisper.

Sea to Shining - Two Blocks completed

I then decided to work on my little "Acorn Scissor Case" yesterday. I got it finished up before the kids and I left to go to Chuck E. Cheese, which we couldn't go in to because it was filled beyond capacity. They were pretty disappointed (I was not).

Lizzie Kate Acorn Scissor Case finished

And since we couldn't go to Chuck E. Cheese I decided to go to A.C. Moore and get myself an early Christmas present!

I got a Daylight Slimline Magnifying lamp. My Ott-Lite broke a while ago and I've been wanting a new light for some time now. And I've been wanting a magnifying light, so I can stop complaining that I can't see while working on 40 ct. :) I found a place online that carries the floorstand for this light at a good price with free shipping, so I may get that in the future. I would like to be able to take it around the house easily.

Anyway, that's all for now! I started my November Flip-It Bit last night and I hope to get it finished up today. I'm so determined to get these done! Just one more after this!! :) Write soon!

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Package in the Mail!

I won Andrea's blogiversary giveaway and her package arrived today! I had to take a picture of the tissue paper, it's so cute!

Package from Andrea

She sent an adorable Lizzie Kate scissor case...

Acorn Scissor Case

Thank you Andrea! I love it! :)

P.S. Have you seen the newest by Blue Ribbon Designs? I love the one called Peppermint Twist. I can't wait until it's released. I think it would be a good companion for my Poinsettias and Pines! :)

Feeling Much Better!!

Wow, what a difference a day can make. I can type! And maybe later I'll attempt stitching! My finger is still numb from the shot they gave me, but the pain virtually gone. I took some pictures of the stitching I had been working on before this happened...

Sea to Shining Sea "Southwest"

Lizzie Kate "Christmas is Forever"
Lizzie Kate "Christmas is Forever"

And a start I forgot to share from last month...

Papillon Creations Quaker Game Board
Papillon Creations "Quaker Gameboard"

Thank you to everyone for your well wishes! They definitely worked! Write soon! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Not a Burn

As the day went on I could tell it wasn't a burn, but it was an infection and it was getting worse. I couldn't stand the pain any longer, so when the kids got out of school I went to the nearest walk in clinic. They drained it and gave me some antibiotics and sent me on my way. Unfortunately, there is no way I can stitch right now because of course it's the finger I use to hold my needle. So, I'm just hanging out on the couch watching Spongebob with the kids. Hopefully, I'll be back to normal soon!


Okay, I know I said I was going to go lay down, but a couple people have tagged me, so I thought I'd better comply before I get in trouble! LOL! :)

Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.
Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.
Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.
Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up.

The people that tagged me were Leah and Michele

Hmm... six random things

1. I have lived in 17 cities in 6 different states, no I wasn't a military brat, but I was a military wife for the six years that dh was in the Army.

2. I lived in Hawaii for over two years, and regretfully didn't see very much of the island we lived on (Oahu).

3. I met my dh when I was 14 and in 8th grade and we got married when I was 18, two days after high school graduation.

4. I got married on a boat called the Show Queen in Clearwater, FL. We were married by the captain of the boat.

5. The worst job I ever had was working in the shoe dept. at Walmart (in Hawaii), but I met one of my best friends there, so it was worth it... Heel, toe, heel, toe.

6. I learned to stitch by making friendship braclets. One day I was bored and decided to learn what that thread was really used for. :)

I won't tag anyone, but if you want to play along feel free!! It was fun!

Write later (again)!


I have a hurt finger. I don't know what I did - I can't remember if I burned it or if I have a hang nail that got infected somehow. All I know is I'm in a lot of pain and it's very swollen. If it doesn't get better soon I'll go see a doctor. It's so strange. It's sad that I can't remember if I burned it or not. Probably because I'm such a spaz in the kitchen. I try to do too much, too fast. I really need to slow down a little. Another reason I think it may be a burn is because it feels better when I put ice on it. Who knows? I was able to stitch a little bit yesterday - I have been working on block #2 of Sea to Shining Sea (Southwest). I'll take a pic a little later. For now I'm going to lay down with a bag of ice. Write later!

Monday, November 17, 2008


I went to my local quilt shop and bought a few fat quarters. They are reproduction prints from the 1800's. I could have bought them all they were so pretty! Here's what I did get...


I actually wish I had gotten a lighter blue to go with my Stacy Nash piece, but I think this gray and gold one will be pretty...


Here is also a little preview of "With My Needle." It looks good with the fabric too! :)


Jane asked where you can find the pattern and it's actually one of the designs from the recently released Book of Designs (vol. 1). Well, I'm definitely getting back into my stitching groove. Write soon!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stacy Nash Pinkeep Pillow Finished!

I was determined to get it finished up last night so it wasn't hanging over my head. The holes on this linen were sooo tiny. I know it's got to be smaller than 40 ct. because I had a fairly big margin on the top and left side. Anyway, it's done! I want to go to a quilt shop and find some pretty backing material for it tomorrow.

"Early Style Alphabet Pinkeep Pillow"
Stacy Nash "Early Style Alphabet Pinkeep Pillow"
Fabric: 40 ct. Purely Primitive by Silkweaver
Threads: DMC
Started: 11/9/08 - Finished: 11/15/08

I started Goode Huswife "With My Needle" today. I'm using DMC on the 40 ct. Light Examplar, which is still tiny, but not as tiny as the other! I don't have enough stitched to post a pic yet... maybe tomorrow? Write Later!

Friday, November 14, 2008

In a Slight Slump....

I haven't been able to stitch lately for some reason. I'm feeling restless. I don't know if it's because my dad and his wife are coming or what? I've been cleaning and trying to have everything look nice for them. We also got new living room furniture on Wednesday, so that has occupied my time some. We got a black leather couch, love seat and tables from Rooms to Go. Normally, I wouldn't chose black leather, but dh likes it and I was thinking it would be practical with three boys. I got some pillows and lamps to warm it up some. Here's a pic...

New Living Room

It's not the greatest pic, but I think you get the idea. :) As far as stitching I have been fleeting from one thing to the next. Trying to settle on something. I stitched a little bit more on my Stacy Nash pillow..

Early Style Alphabet Pinkeep Pillow

And I decided to start Lizzie Kate's "Christmas is Forever" kit. I just got a little bit stitched on that yesterday...

Lizzie Kate 2008 Christmas Kit

And today while looking through Andrea's albums I came across her "With my Needle" by The Goode Huswife and fell in love! I realized I have that pattern after doing a search. So I pulled the DMC. I can't decide whether to use 32 ct. linen or 40. I should probably go with the 32 since I can only stand stitching on 40 ct. for so long! Here's a pic of the threads on 40 ct. Light Examplar...

Goode Huswife "With My Needle"

Well, my dad just called and he's on his way! Write later (hopefully with some stitching progress to share)!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thankful Sheep Finished!

I got it finished up today! It was a fun, quick stitch!

Shepherd's Bush "Thankful Sheep" Kit
Fabric: 32 ct. Liberty Gathering Grey
Threads: Soie D'Alger and Threadgatherer Silk
Started: 11/9/08 - Finished: 11/11/08

Hmm... what to stitch now?? :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Two New Starts

I was surfing the web and came across Stacy Nash's designs on Pattern Mart and decided to download "Early Style Alphabet Pinkeep Pillow." I thought it would look pretty on one of the new fabrics I got recently (40 ct. Purely Primitive).

Stacy Nash's "Alphabet Pinkeep Pillow"

I got just a little bit stitched before my eyes started to go cross-eyed because of the 40 ct., which I actually think is smaller than 40 ct. because of the dyeing. So I decided to also start "Thankful Sheep." What a difference! I love the look of 40 ct., but I don't love stitching on it so much! Anyway, here's my little progress pic of that one..

SB Thankful Sheep

I'm having a lot fun stitching this one, I should have it finished fairly quick. Well, not much else going on here! Just hanging out with Matthew while his brothers are in school. Write later!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

West Coast Finished!

I was going to start "Thankful Sheep," but I couldn't stop stitching "Sea to Shining Sea!" I got the bottom border and "West Coast" stitched. Now I just have to do the top border and wait for the next installment. I'm loving this design!

LHN Sea to Shining Sea "West Coast"

LHN Sea to Shining Sea as of 11/08/08

Nothing much going on here. Just enjoying a lazy Sunday! Write later! :)

Friday, November 07, 2008

A Little More Birthday Stash

I had ordered some Silkweaver Fabric a couple weeks ago and it just arrived yesterday...

Silkweaver Linen

I really like "Days Gone By." It reminds me a little bit of Vintage Examplar. I'm thinking of ordering more of that in 32 ct. in the future. :)

I was also going through my stash for a Thanksgiving pattern and came across this little Shepherd's Bush kit. I had sorted the silks last year, but never got around to stitching it. I'm thinking of stitching it this year.

Thankful Sheep

Well, not much else going on here. Write later! :)