Sunday, April 20, 2014

be happy.

Work is just too draining sometimes and I find
myself having to remind myself to be happy.
Find some happy fabric....
and create a basket of happy.... 
It begins with a
simple alphabet....
  with simple Aida....

and simple finishing....
  for a wonderful start.
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 Thoughts of spring flowers....

they sneak into my basket too!
Whether at work or home.....

 I am reminded to keep happy thoughts.
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Easter is such a wonderful time to reflect
on how fortunate I am to have my faith,
family and friends.  I hope you can enjoy
this time and have a wonderful week.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Weird week in South Carolina....

Pax aka "Winter Mess 2014"
The week started with the impending visit
from Pax to South Carolina.  It is uncommon
that we get hit with snow and ice and this would
be the second time in two weeks.  We stocked up
on every possible junk food item needed to
weather the storm.  We received more ice than
snow and were so fortunate not to lose power.  
Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands were
not so lucky and they estimate there were still
100,000 without power as of this morning.  We
have several family members and friends who
have been out since Tuesday night.  I know the
utility employees are working hard to restore
everyone and I am praying
everyone will be back to normal soon.
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Thanks to Pax, we got three snow days and 
hubby  thought it would be a good idea to
get caught up on some household chores
These are a gift so I quickly declared them
"stitch days" and made the most of them.
The Primitive Hare "Love Never Fails" freebie
stitched on 32ct coffee dyed linen with
Victorian Motto
I stitched this cute freebie last weekend and got
the finishing done just in time for Valentine's.
Since I had the sewing machine out,
I finished these recent finishes off too.
Homespun Elegance "Majestic Bird"
 Summer House "Simple Abundance"
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I made good use of my stitching time on
Part 2 of Thirteenth Colony.
I was able to finish one page of the 4 page design.

 By The Bay "Thirteenth Colony-Part 2"
My last stitch was put in Friday night around
10:20 when hubby and I felt some rumblings.  
At first we thought we were crazy ... you know
that second you think "did that really happen?"
Lo and behold.... it was an earthquake.
There was a second aftershock this afternoon
but was too weak to be felt 60 miles away.
Needless to say, that just capped off one of
the weirdest weeks here.  Glad to see things are
getting back to normal and am actually looking
forward to going back to work tomorrow.
Hope you all have a great week and
happy stitching!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A new pin pillow....

Last year I admired a beautiful design June
was stitching and she was sweet enough
to let me borrow it once she had stitched it.
I finally decided to move this one to the
top of the pile and I am so glad I did.
Here are all of the stitched pieces
for my little pin pillow.
Jardin Prive "Carre d'Abeilles"
stitched on 32 ct. white linen w/ DMC
I am in love with the colors..... 
the pinks and greens are just perfect.
And there are bees.....what could be better?
Lovely little design for the sides.
When they all come together, you have
this wonderful little treasure.
Precious comes to mind when I look at this.
 I had the best idea to stitch my
initials and year on the back. remained just an idea.
remembered once I had stitched it together. 
Either way....I just love it!
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I was lucky to meet up with Charlene,
Faye, Nicole and Linda a few weeks
ago for shopping and stitching.  Faye
treated us to the cutest little pin
cushion.   I just love the little
pin with a wool penny decoration. 
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I am trying to keep track of my stitching
progress this year and here are my
efforts from January....

Scarlett House "Ann Topley"
started January 1, 2014
Dames of the Needle "Ode to Mary Needleroll"
started January 2013
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Thanks for visiting and I hope you
have a happy stitching week!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Out with the old....

I am happy to start with a clean slate
this year but wanted share the
last of my 2013 finishes.
Summer House "Simple Abundance"
Kit from 2013 Pals Retreat
A new to me designer, Summer House, was at the
Pals Retreat this year.   I really liked her designs
and came home with a bag full including this
cute little exclusive retreat kit.  I stitched the
end of October during a football road trip
and forgot about it until rummaging
through my finishing pile.
 It is destined to become a pinkeep.  
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Homespun Elegance "Majestic Bird"
stitched on 32ct coffee dyed linen
w/ Victorian Motto threads
I found time to sneak in another ornament
finish while travelling for Christmas celebrations. 
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After taking stock of what was languishing
in my stitching bag, I do what any
stitcher would do and start something new!

Threadwork Primitives "Merry Winter"
stitched on 40ct coffee dyed linen
w/ Victorian Motto threads
So cute....can't decide if I will finish as a box.
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I want to document what is so patiently
waiting in my stitching bag.
Hopefully this time next year I can look
and relish them as finished.
Threads of Gold "Shining Star" ornament
CHS "Matter's Choice"
Dames of the Needle"Ode to Mary"
Plum Street "Halloween Hornbook Sampler"
Not worth a picture:
LHN "Thirteen Colonies"
With Thy Needle "Snow Day"
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I am off to start Scarlett House's "Ann Topley".
Thanks for visiting and I do hope you
have a great stitching year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Stitching and socializing....

Just a quick post before
all of the serious Christmas
celebrating is underway....

We had another sweet lady retiring at the
end of this month and I wanted to
stitch a little something for her.
I loved the BBD Peace ornament and thought
it would be a nice memento.   I did change
the colors since I didn't have all of the
called for on hand and am happy it.
BBD "Peace" --JCS 2013 Ornament issue
Stitched on 36ct PTP Earthen
with Sampler Threads and WDW
The verse is stitched in Pomegranate and matches
the chenille trim from Victorian Motto perfectly.
I really like this one and hope to stitch
it again for myself.
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Hubby and I just got back from Arizona and I
decided to take along this cute little
Christmas design.  Lizzie Kate is always
my go to designer when traveling since they
are so easy to pick up here and there.
LK "Ho Ho Ho in a Row"
Stitched on 14ct light blue with DMC
I had a piece of light blue aida in my stash
which was perfect.   I did take some liberties
with the design and changed the colors in the
snowman's scarf, ornament and the bottom row.
I think this was a first but I actually finished
this the last day of our trip!  Since I had my
sewing machine out I just had to get
it finished for this Christmas. 
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Some of the highlights of my trip were
visiting the Attic Needlework and
catching up with Tanya from The Scarlett House.

This  happened to be our anniversary so my
hubby was very sweet and let me shop
as long as I wanted.  The shop models were
amazing and it was hard to not come
home with a suitcase full.  

Ann Topley - 1802

I did pick up some needfuls and I was excited
to get Tanya's latest design.  My plan is
to make this one my New Year's Day start.
We had a great time in Arizona and can't
wait until we head west again.

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 Well...Christmas is calling and I
have plenty yet to do.  I hope all of you
are have a joyous holiday season!

Friday, December 20, 2013


Like most of you, I've spent  hours on
Pinterest "pinning" projects I would
make one day.  The Christmas spirit hit
so I decided to mark a few off the
list over the last few weeks.
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could anything be any hotter right now? 
I had some burlap and decided to repurpose
some Christmas pillows from years past. 
Simple trees with simple adornments.
After seeing Vonna's ornament, I knew
a poinsettia would be perfect.
The little ones were perfect for
simple sentiments.

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Corn starch ornaments...
I had made salt dough ornaments years ago
but loved the brightness of the corn
starch ornaments so gave them a try. 

I used some of my embossing folders to
make the imprints.   Perfect!  
Although these are very fragile compared
to the salt dough ornaments,  I will
definitely make these again.

My favorite.... my Palmetto Moon & Tree.   
These will be the perfect adornment for my gifts.
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Christmas tree snow globes....
I bought trees last year after Christmas and
thought these would great tucked in
little spots around the house.

Epsom salts for the snow....
Rosemary greenery....
with the jute twine these
simple little trees are perfect.
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For once I was happy with all that
I made and can't wait to do
some crafting for winter!

I have been stitching and am off to get
some finishing in tonight.  Our Christmas
festivities begin tomorrow so I will
make the most of a quiet night.
As always, thanks for visiting and
happy stitching...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Catching up....

Time is flying.... 
Laziness has kept me from updating my blog
but now that the Christmas season is here
 seem to be rejuvenated!
I thought I would share a little bit of the
happenings the past few months......
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I was lucky to win this great giveaway from Vickie at
Amazing I didn't have this in my LK stash....
This will be the perfect stitch during
our upcoming travels.
Vickie also included these sweet counting pins....
Aren't they wonderful....I just love them.
Thanks again Vickie!
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I made my annual trek to Myrtle Beach
in October for Pals Stitching at the Beach
and enjoyed catching up with
some stitching pals.
Even better is meeting new stitching pals....
Anne   ~  Pam  ~  Teresa
.....Band of Misfit Stitchers.....
Also love the little goodies shared
by talented stitching pals....
While there my complete focus was stitching this...
By The Bay ~ 13th Colony Part 3
Stitched on 40 ct.
with recommended DMC
It was about 1/3 finished when I picked it up and
just knew I would knock it out in no time.  
Wrong... after 2 1/2 days of solid stitching
I still didn't come home with a finish.  It
took a few more days but I finally
finished that Weeping Willow.
I love this little part of the design...would love
to stitch it as little pin cushion.
I am stitching all three parts together so
this will come back out after the new year!
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This Christmas design caught my eye a few
weeks ago and I decided to stitch this up.
CHS "1999 Christmas Sampling"
Stitched on 28ct black evenweave over one
with Victorian Motto thread
I had hoped to make it into an ornament
so I stitched it over one on 28ct.  
Over one on black...what was I thinking???
Though a little large, an ornament it will become.
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I am not sure what to stitch next but plan
to clean out my stitching bag.   I still
have several Crazy Challenge pieces
lingering and it would be great to
finish one before year end.
Hope you all have a great stitching weekend
and as always thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pumpkins for Cathey...

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Happy Blogeversary
Here are few paper pumpkins to
celebrate  a wonderful stitcher!
Of course....these don't compare to her
little "pumpkin" at home! 
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Want to see more pumpkins???? 
Then head on over to

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


So happy that fall is here.....
at least in theory.
The calendar tells me it is fall but the
temps in SC are telling another story....
hopeful cool weather will be here soon to stay.
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Work is starting to settle down after a crazy
summer.  To get back in the swing of
things, I picked these up to add to
may fall basket of goodies..
Plum Street Samplers "Stranded Jacks"
stitched on 40 ct. LL Toasted Almond
w/Victorian Motto threads
Don't you just love that name...
Stranded Jacks....
I wouldn't be surprised it there was an Irish
trio out there by that name.
Anyway...these are a fun stitch.
There is still one more to stitch but I just
couldn't wait to finish these.

I just couldn't bring myself to get out
the sewing machine...

so I decided on a no-sew method.
I did bring out my Sidekick to
make the scalloped frames.
This is my favorite....
I love the little wave at the bottom
and think it matches the fabric perfectly.
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Well....I'm off to catch up some blogs and
see what other wonderful goodies y'all
have been busy stitching!
Wishing you a great stitching week...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Bee's Gathering....

Once I saw Nan's newest design I
just knew I had to stitch it.
I already had the perfect spot for it...
Here is my current Bee's Gathering and this
will make the perfect addition.
Threadwork Primitives "A Bee's Gathering"
Stitched on 36ct. PTP Earthen
w/Victorian Motto threads
I love the look of the browns and golds
in this design.  Since I  knew I was going
to frame this, Nan was fine with me
rotating the beehive.   I decided to fill it in
so that it would be similar to the other beehives.
My favorite bee....
I just love this little bee and think he would
make a perfect little pin cushion.
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My SIL Pam surprised me with
these scarfs last weekend that she made.
I have wanted one like the brown one since
last winter so I can't wait for it to get
cold so I can enjoy them.
With temps in the upper 90's, I
think it may be long wait!
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Things are really rolling at work as
we prepare to meet our new crop of
freshmen as well as their parents in
the next two weeks.  Although
I have been doing this 22 years,
it is sweet to see how excited and
scared these students and parents 
are when starting college.
If you are preparing to send yours off
to school soon, I do hope all have
a great start to the new year!
Hope you have a great week!