Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stitching progress.....

Hope all are having a great stitching month....

I finally decided to start the BBD
Garden Series from this month after
seeing Nicole's beautiful finish.

I started in the bottom right corner which
meant the last one would be the first.

BBD "All in A Row"
stitched on Silkweaver Clay Pebble
with recommended threads

This was a quick sweet stitch but I have
to admit I was a little disappointed
in the colorway of the hand dyed threads.

I know the variegation of the threads can
cause the stitched piece to vary from the
model and I wish I had now changed the
threads to better match by taste.  I will
definitely do that going forward.

After finishing up my monthly PS Alphabet series,
I decided to stitch another in the
Garden Series. I just love the colors in
this one.  I can tell this one will
be a fun one to complete.

 BBD "Fairy Garden"
stitched on Silkweaver Clay Pebble
with recommended threads

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Speaking of my PS Alphabet,  I have finished
my next installment and stitched
"F is for Friend".  This was a fun
stitch even with the solid blocks of color.

PS "F is for Friend"
stitched on 40ct linen with recommended DMC

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Wishing you many happy stitches and
thanks for visiting.....

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February frolics....

Hello stitchers....

This past month has been a good stitchy
one.  January's installment of the
PS Alphabet
has been completed and I can
honestly say this was not a favorite.

I dreaded stitching it before
I even started but decided to
go ahead and get it over with....

Prairie Schooler "D is for Drum"
stitched with DMC on 40ct linen

I wasn't thrilled with the design and think that
attributed to my lack of desire to stitch. 
I really didn't like that the letter was
at the top, which is the only one like
this.  I decided to switch it which meant
a little bit of a redesign but I am happy
with how it turned out in the end.

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I decided to carry on with the next installment
for February and have to say this is one of
my favorites.  I love the tapestry even
though I did a little unintentional redesign.
Counting is hard.

PS "E is for Embroidery"
stitched with recommended DMC

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I was able to get together with some stitching
friends the end of January and decided
this little design would be good for
stitching and talking simultaneously. 
Someday this hopes to be a pinkeep.

Threadwork Primitives "All in Bloom" kit
kit from the Primitive Stitcher's Society 2016 retreat

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I also had the opportunity to have a few pieces
framed and glad I veered away from the
brown frames to choose reds.

Carriage House Samplings
"Matter's Choice"

This is still one of my favorite finishes from last summer.

Heartstring Samplery "Three Little Proverbs"

 This will be on display as a daily
reminder of the poignant messages.

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Thanks for visiting and I am off to stitch!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Out with the old....

 Time got away from me before year end
so I start 2017 reflecting on my
last finishes for the year....

"O is for Owl" was this month's stitch
for the Prairie Schooler Alphabet. 
Like the last two, this one had a lot of
stitches in brown but I persevered
and got it down before year end.

PS "O is for Owl" stitched on 40ct linen with DMC

Here are the last three stitched.  "N" and "O"
really tested my patience so I'm glad they are done.

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I had a few days left in before we turned the
calendar page and I decided to focus on a finish
from one of my Crazy January Challenges. 
I have put a few stitches in this one here and
there and decided this one deserved my attention.

BBD "Quaker Garden"
stitched on PTP 40ct Legacy
with overdyed threads

This was finished on New Year's Eve with
the help of some all day football
and a little time to spare.
I did change the color scheme slightly
using WDW Caper instead of Palomino. 
My ivory thread is a little lost on the
fabric but I am very happy with the
way this one stitched up.

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I think I have counted 10 WIPS I will be
carrying over to 2017.  As always,
I like the Crazy January Challenge
of starting 15 new projects the first 1
5 days of the month.  My least favorite
part of the cross stitch process is the
gathering of supplies and the initial stitches
in a design.  I guess I am always second
guessing my fabric or thread choices
(yeah....I like to make a lot of changes so I
guess I bring it on myself!)
so once the first stitches are done I am
pretty much committed and can relax.
Once I have all started, I enjoy having some
many stitching options and can choose
as my mood suits.

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I hope to be back later to document my
lingering WIPS and their current status as
well as the projects I have slated to go. 
With so many WIPS, I am changing my
plan and will start a new project every
other day in January.  This will allow me
to have some extra time on each project. 
I also plan to devote at least a few stitches
each day to one of my WIPS.  By the end
of the month, I will have at least touch all
of my projects with either 1 stitch
or 100 stitches.  Wish me luck!

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I hope everyone had a great new year
filled with many stitches!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tis the season....

The Christmas season is upon us as we
begin the wave goodbye to fall.
I had a pretty good stitchy autumn since
last we spoke.

October's installment of the
Prairie Schooler Alphabet
was a mermaid.

Prairie Schooler "M is for Mermaid"
stitched on 40ct linen with DMC

Honestly I was not looking forward to
this block due to the large
chunks of color.  I was surprised to
find the blues and greens were a
nice change of pace from 3371. 
This is one of my favorites thus far.

Yes...November is over and I should
have the next installment, N is for Nest,
finished but I am can't find my
motivation to stitch finish it. 
Good thing about being an adult is
I can stitch a little bit at a time
until it is done.  My goal is to finish
N and O is for Owl by December's end.

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A favorite finish in the month of October
was Heartstring Samplery "Proverbs 8:11".
This is a three-part series and I stitched
the other two parts in 2015 and decided I
really wanted to finish this one this year also.
Heartstring Samplery "Proverbs 8:11"
stitched on PTP 40ct Legacy with recommended hand-dyed threads

I loved this series from the first time I saw
them not only for the messages but for
the softness and beauty of the designs.

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I decided to throw in two more Christmas ornaments too.

Summer House Stitche Workes "Barn Star Ornaments"
stitched on PTP 40ct Ale with Victorian Motto Red and WDW Bark

I love these little ornaments and hope
to finish as bowl fillers.

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Who doesn't love Lizzie Kate and I was
gobsmacked as soon as I saw her
"String" snippets.  Is this not the cutest?

Lizzie Kate "Merry String"
stitched on 28ct over one with DMC

I wanted to one to be small for an ornament
and I envisioned this one to be in a drum fashion. 
It turned out to be the size of a
Christmas tree ball which was perfect.
Oh my.... cuteness overload!

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As Thanksgiving neared I couldn't
resist these two cute designs any longer.

Homespun Elegance "Turkey Tyme"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with recommended threads

Lizzie Kate "Sampling Thanksgiving"
stitched on WDW 30ct Straw with my own thread conversion

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Holding on to fall a little longer, I stitched
this Blackbird Design from last year. 

 BBD "Bittersweet September"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with Victorian Motto threads

I just love the burst of orange on this
design....the over one stitching
for the alphabet not so much.
My friend Charlene shared a tip to
use a #10 beading needle for the over
one and I will say it did go a lot quicker.

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Thanks for visiting today and
happy stitches....

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Summer fading to fall.....

Welcome back!

Looking back at my last update from August
I can only guess it was still hotter than
hades here.  Now we are approaching
mid-October and fall is definitely in the air. 
It is so nice to enjoy the cooler temps
for a little while.

I decided to pull out one of my Stitchmaynia
starts and see if I could get another
finish to end August.
Notforgotten Farms' "Sepia Sampler"
seemed like the perfect choice.

Notforgotten Farms "Sepia Sampler"
stitched 40ct Khaki linen with my DMC conversion

I had a few unintended redesigns on this one
and decided they were good enough
to stay.   Although the color palette is
"drab" I have to say I loved it.  I found
this sampler so easy and soothing to stitch. 

My favorite part  is the simple little white house. 

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Every fall my complete attention turns to
college football as we follow our beloved
Clemson Tigers through the season.
Our first game was also our first road
trip for the season.  I always start a
quick project to take on these games
and the finish always brings
back memories of our travels.
We travelled to Auburn and this would
give me 6 hours of uninterrupted stitching. 
Threadwork Primitives
"Halloween Menagerie" 
was the chosen project and I knew
immediately it would only make
one road trip this year.

Threadwork Primitives "Halloween Menagerie"
stitched on PTP 32ct Sand with my overdyed conversion

Oh my....this was such a sweet design to
stitch and I do plan to finish it as a
drum as is the model finish.
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I did get in a few more summery stitches
in September and this one from LHN has
to be one of my favorites.
I loved it from the moment if was released
and love the soft and simpleness of this design.

LHN "Honeybee Sampling"
stitched on 40ct white linen with Victorian Motto conversion

This will be another addition to my
Bee Sampler wall soon I hope.
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Next up was September's installment of my
Prairie Schooler Alphabet Sampler.
"C is for Cow" was this month's choice and,
with this completion,
I am officially 33.3333% complete.

Prairie Schooler "C is for Cow"

And here it is as of today....

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Now that Halloween is around the corner
I pulled out another Stichmaynia piece. 
I decided to use DMC 3021 on this
piece instead of the overdyed thread and
I love this thread/linen combo.

Primitive Needle "Hornbook Angel"
stitched on 40ct WDW Straw with DMC

I am definitely make a note of this for
future uses.  I think DMC 3021 is now one
of my new favorite colors.  Weird huh?

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Hurricane Matthew decided to visit the s
southern east coast this past week and we
were closed beginning Wednesday.  We
were not directly in the path of the
hurricane but many of the schools were
being used as shelters for the coastal
residents and the Governor wanted to keep
us off the roads as they bussed the
evacuees into the shelters.   Now that
the aftermath is over, it is sad to
see all of the damage and debris 
from the storm and there are still
so many without power and water.  
Hoping they will get some relief soon!

We were so engrossed in the Weather Channel
for three days so I decided to stitch something
simple and quick.  Homespun Elegance is
one of my favorite designers and I have
so many of her smalls for Halloween. 
I pulled out several of these designs,
chose some mystery linens from stash
and pulled some random threads
that had autumnal colors.

This was my favorite one so I stitched it first.

Homespun Elegance "Witch Inn"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with overdyed threads

Stitched on the smaller count will make
it the perfect little bowl filler.  That will now
be the plan for all of these cute little designs.

I chose to stitch this cute little witch next.

Homespun Elegance "Pumpkin Gatherer"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with overdyed threads

I think these are going to be so cute finished.

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Well....I am pretty much up to date now
so I think I will go back to stitching.  
I am headed to the Stitching at the Beach
retreat later this week.  It was touch and
go for a while as to whether the retreat
could still happen since the hotel in
Myrtle Beach was closed due the hurricane. 
Luckily they were able to move us to
another Hilton resort and so I am looking
forward to 4 solid days of just stitching!

Thanks for visiting and happy stitching....

Sunday, August 21, 2016

B is for Blackbird....

August's installment of my
Prairie Schooler
ABC's sampler.....

PS "B is for Blackbird"
stitched on Lakeside Linen 40ct with DMC

This one had a lot of solid blocks of color
and was not one of my favorite blocks.
Glad to have this done and moving on to
something fun for the rest of the month.

Only 19 more to go.....

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Hubby and I took a little adventure to
the northwest corner of our state and I took
the opportunity to visit a new to me
Cross Stitch/Bead store.

Panda's Crossing is located in Mauldin, SC
and about 25% of the store was cross stitch.
Hubby had me on a time clock so I
only had a few moments to browse and did
find some new to me designs from Erica Michaels.

I am a sucker for anything seasonal and
couldn't find Random Thoughts of Winter but
it will eventually be added to the fold.

Let me just say that if you have the
slightest interest in beads and/or beading,
you will definitely be in awe of this store. 
I had seconds to take a quick peek and
oh my goodness.  I will definitely be
back soon and without hubby....
to take it all in leisurely.

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Well I am off to stitch something other
than Prairie Schooler and DMC 3371!

Thanks for visithing....

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Stitchy Finishes and Finishing.....

Summer is moving right along and
I have had a good stitchy one thus far....

After the 4th holiday, I pulled out
CHS "Matter's Choice".
I love everything about this piece.

CHS "Matter's Choice" stitched on 40ct Meadow Rue
with Victorian Motto "1840 Cranberry Rainbow"

I did change it a little bit and added
my initials and the year at the bottom. 

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I reached into my big bag of WIPS and
this was the lucky draw.
As you can imagine, I couldn't help but
hum that favorite hymn as I stitched.

 Silver Creek Samplers "Blessings"
stitched on 40ct PTP Mello with Victorian Motto threads

I am blessed to be married to my
best friend so I added
mine and my hubby's initials.

The colors were so soothing to stitch
and I truly enjoyed this one.

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With the beginning of August I couldn't
resist spending some time with Miss Martha.
The colors in this one just pop and
the combination of the teal blue and
golden mustard work perfectly together.

Kathy Barrick "Miss Martha's Potting Shed"
stitched on 40ct. PTP Tycho
with Victorian Motto threads.

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I needed a quick gift for a friend and
decided the bonus chart from
Lizzie Kate's Things Unseen Mystery Sampler
would be perfect. 

LK "Things Unseen" bonus chart
stitched on 40ct PTP Sand with
Victorian Motto threads

The original design was charted to be
rectangular but it was easy to alter
into a square shape for the perfect no-sew finish.

The base for this finish is a little wooden
plaque from Hobby Lobby, and with a
little paint and Briwax, finishing
couldn't have been easier.

While at Hobby Lobby, I spotted a
galvanized plaque that I thought would
be perfect for another recent finish I had.
A little more paint and I have the perfect 
backdrop for this cute design.

Oh....I still am in love with that fabric...
WDW Red Pear...got to find some more.

LK Selfie Sampler kit

I loved this design the first time I saw it and
I am happy to have it in my office so that
I can be reminded often to have a great day.

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Well I hope you are staying cool and
crossing many stitches.
Thanks as always for visiting my
small corner of the stitching universe
and happy stitching.....

Sunday, July 10, 2016

When it's hot......

....you stitch.

July 4th weekend was just too hot
for much else but stitching.
It was too hot (for me at least)
to even cookout.

I finished this month's installment of the
Prairie Schooler alphabet first thing.

Prairie Schooler "A is for Anchor"
stitched on Lakeside Linen w/DMC

This was definitely the easiest block
so far with no big blocks of color.
Not sure why but I really like
this block.

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I picked up one of my
Stitchmaynia starts and focused
on finishing it.  Saturday I was lucky
to meet up with some stitching
friends, old and new, at the
Stitch & Frame
for some shopping, stitching,
eating and laughter.
With a little help from them, I have
had a good stitching weekend.

This was the first installment of this
year's Dyeing to Stitch
Colonial Gatherings Club kit.

Plum Street Samplers "Pennsylvania Fraktur"
Colonial Gatherings kit
stitched on R&R 36ct Ligonier Latte with
WDW, GAST and Classic Colorworks

Hubby and I vacationed in June in Pittsburgh
and was my first visit to Pennsylvania.
We had a great time, which may be
surprising to some, and Pittsburgh
had some neat things to do and see.

Fittingly, the design is a sweet tribute
to the founding of Pennsylvania
with the state's birth date and state motto.
I will definitely be reminded of my
wonderful trip.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions....
what to stitch next?
I am itching to start something new
.......so I think I will.

Happy stitching and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Catching up: Finally June....

Yes....I am officially caught up on my
stitching endeavors over the past months.
Thank you for all of your wonderful
comments and for sticking with me.

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June stitching was limited with a week
away for vacation, food poisoning,
just summer fun that takes you outside
and, of course, some summer stitch-alongs.

First up....was Whine and WIPS.
The  Stitchmaynia Facebook group was 
sponsoring this event for June.
Simple....work on something
that makes you whine.
It can be something that makes you
whine when you stitch it or makes you
whine when you can't stitch it.

I chose a WIP that has been languishing
since December 2013.  I love this
design and I bought the project after seeing
the model at The Attic Needlework
during a trip.  I bought the supplies,
came home and promptly started it.   
What about this beautiful design
makes me whine????

*****    40ct black linen  *****

OMG....I have the brightest light I can take,
wear 2 pair of readers and I still have a
difficult time distinguishing those little
holes.  This was a good excuse to
bring it back out and work on it. 

I did give it the old college try and made
great progress on the border. 
This is where I started.....

Scarlett House "Ann Topley"
stitched on 40ct with recommended threads

And this is where I have ended up.....

I can't promise every stitch is over 2
holes but I don't see any glaring
mistakes.  I have made myself work on this
in hopes it would spur a finish but I
just can't take it anymore. 
So away it has gone again.  

I will keep plugging away and know
eventually I will finish it & love it. 

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Cross Stitch Finish Line on Facebook
was also hosting a stitch-along that sounded fun.  

Vintage SAL required you start or
stitch a design that was from the 90's o
r earlier.  Having stitched and stashed
for 30+ years, I had tons in my stash
that would fit this bill.   I decided to
finally start something I have loved
from the first day I saw it.

The Heart's Content "Rose Marriage Sampler" 
circa 1990
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen with DMC

I just love this design and figured I should get
going on it after 22 years of marriage. 

My start was meager but at least I have it
started now so I have no excuse to not stitch it.
Hopefully I will have it done by
our 25th anniversary.

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My Prairie Schooler alphabet design 
this month is my sixth and that
means I am at least 20%
done with this project. 

Prairie Schooler "S*T*U"
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen with
recommended DMC

All six designs so far....

I still love stitching it and this is one I
want to be completed now....
oh well, back to stitching.

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And lastly...
I had two finishes just under the wire.
Both were Stitchmaynia starts
and both were a joy to stitch.

WTNT "Grand Olde Flag"
stitched on 40ct PTP Sand with
Victorian Motto thread conversions

The Drawn Thread "Free and Brave"
stitched on 32ct PTP Legacy with
Victorian Motto thread conversions

I use a lot of Victorian Motto thread...
I have built up quite a collection
and just love it.
Many have asked about how I convert
designs to Victorian Motto and it
is quite simple.   I just compare them to
the model picture or DMC conversion
(if available) and just pick the colors I like.
Sometimes it works and sometimes
I am constantly changing my mind
until I find what I like.

If you haven't tried Nancy's thread,
I urge you to give it a try. 
It such a great bargain
and the colors are beautiful.

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Hopefully I will be able to keep up
with more timely posts.
You can find me on Instagram daily too at


I love seeing everyone's stitching
progress so if you are on Instagram,
please let me know in a comment so
I can make sure I am following you.

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For those in the States, I hope you
had a nice, relaxing July 4th.

As always thanks and happy stitching....