Friday, June 24, 2016

Catching up: January.....

My least favorite part of stitching is
starting a new design.  I am always second
guessing my fabric choice and
thread choices so it makes it hard to put
that first stitch in.  I have found over the
years that "speed starting" a lot of projects at
once helps with this anxiety and I then
have a basket of delight to choose
from each day.   I know that it stresses some
people to have too many designs going
at once but I believe that having something
started is no different than having the
design sitting in my stash waiting
its turn to be started.   

So.....I decided to partake in the Crazy January
challenge again and I kitted up 15 projects
to start.  I did change it a little by "speed starting"
several projects over the first two weekends
in January.  I eventually only started 9 and I
am glad these were in my rotation.


Scarlett House "Coverlet Houses"

BBD "Quaker Garden"

Rosewood Manor "Old Glory"

La D Da "Peace House"

Carriage House Samplings "A Quaker Study"

Rosewood Manor "Cornwall Cottage Sampler"

Goode Huswife "Be My Love"

Silver Creek Samplers "Shadow of My Wings"

BBD "Sweetheart Sampler"


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Our journey with our Clemson Tigers ended
in Arizona at the BCS National Championship
game. Realizing this was a lifelong dream
and an opportunity that may never come again,
hubby and I made the trek west to see our
Tigers play.   Although they didn't prevail,
we had an awesome time. 

Clemson fans have an awesome tradition that
began in the 70's when Clemson always
traveled to Atlanta for a match with
Georgia Tech.  To show the impact fans
have on a city's economy,
we stamp Tiger paws on $2 bills. 


It is amazing how many you will see
floating around while visiting the host city. 
Some rival fans are aware of the tradition and
will often ask for one as a souvenir.   We know I
t works because of the usual publicity it
brings once we have left.   This was the
case for Phoenix when several stories were
printed regarding the tradition and how
much money fans pumped into the
hotels, restaurants and bars during our trip.  
And that is your daily dose of Clemson history......

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The best part of the trip was being to
visit The Attic Needlework shop again and
to visit with Tanya from The Scarlett House.
We had a short and sweet visit and yes....
I did leave some $2 bills at the Attic.

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Thanks for visiting my small corner of
the universe and I will be back
soon for another update.
Happy stitching....

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Catching Up: December .....


The thing I love most about my blog is the
historical timeline I create when I post my
finishes.   I use Instagram to capture
my daily stitching activities but it is nice
to come back here and reminisce about
designs, fabrics and threads.
With that in mind, I hope you won't
mind my next few posts
will catch me up with my projects so that
I can enjoy them down the road too.
Let's start with December....

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I continued stitching a design from the
A Most Suitable Name series 
by Jeannette Douglas
over the holidays and finished this sweet design.

Jeannette Douglas "Devoted Dorothy"
A Most Suitable Name series
stitched on 40ct PTP Legacy with recommended threads

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My hubby completed his Museum Certification
program in December and I decided to
stitch a little memento for him.
My love for Lizzie Kate and this powerful
quote made this a perfect gift for him.


Lizzie Kate "Promise Me"
stitched on 28ct khaki evenweave with my thread conversion

I did make the design a little more masculine
and replaced the flower motif under
"Promise" with a globe and some books.  
I was very happy with the result and a
wonderful reminder to my hubby
of his accomplishment.

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I decided to finish up this Colonial Gatherings
club piece that I had started back in August.  
The designed border just didn't appeal to me
and I played around until I settled on this.

Plum Street Samplers "Goodness & Plenty"
Colonial Gatherings Club kit

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With my hubby's interest in Colonial history,
I too am drawn to elegant ladies and
gentlemen of this era.   Some years back
I decided I would have a George & Martha wall
(which I think I actually stole from Paulette Stewart of Plum Street)
and have been stitching designs that
reflect this time period to add to my collection.

Plum Street Samplers "Pretty Pleasures"
stitched on 36ct Lakeside Linen with my DMC conversion

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As some of my friends know, I am avid
Clemson Tiger fan and December was packed
with travel following the Tigers on the
road to the National Championship game. 
We started in early December with a trip to
Charlotte for the ACC Championship game. 
Following the win,
Dabo (our beloved coach) held true
to his promise of a pizza party in
Death Valley if Clemson won.

We then headed down to Miami to meet Oklahoma in the BCS Playoff game.  We celebrated a win there, which was memorable, but not as memorable as the fish and chips I had.

Holey moley...I still dream about this piece of fish. 
Yes....I ate the whole thing!

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Thanks for visiting as always and hope to
see you soon with another post for January.
Happy stitching....

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Where has the time gone....

I'm still here!  Once again I have let time
get away from me and neglected my blog.
I have been busy stitching in 2016 and will
be back to share some favorites.

For now I want to share some wonderful finishes
from the Carolina Stitcher. Last year
I stitched these wonderful designs
from Jeannette Douglas and decided to have them
finished into project bags.  All were stitched on
40 count PTP linen & were the perfect size. 

Now I can enjoy them all of the time 
while I'm stitching away.

Wool Willi

Devoted Dorothy

Humble Hilda

Alphabet Annie

Nimble Netty

Button Betty

Prim Penny

Modest Mildred

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back
soon with some more stitching.
Until then....happy stitching!

Friday, December 11, 2015

November update.....


Time has flown by again but I have been stitching.
Might want to grab a cup of coffee...

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I attended the Pals Stitching at the Beach in
mid-October and had just started this
BBD design.  I have had the design for
years in my stash and it hit me one day
that I had the perfect PTP fabric in my
stash and so a start was warranted.
I finished it at the retreat and can say
this one was a fun stitch. 

BBD "Sunflower House" stitched on
40ct PTP Dwarf linen with Victorian Motto threads

A few of my favorite elements from this design....






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I decided to stitch another part of these
design and I will have to say it
seemed to take forever.
There aren't too many elements in this
design so I'm not sure why it was
such a slow stitch.
I still have the last part to stitch and
hope to finish before year end.

Heartstring Samplery "Proverbs 17:17" from
"Three Little Proverbs" stitched on 40ct PTP Wren with
Victorian Motto and recommended threads

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I found this old design in my stash.   
It was a very quick stitch and hopefully
I can get it finished before Christmas.
Drawn Thread "Peace" stitched on 32ct Summer Khaki
with Victorian Motto threads

I didn't realize this ornament was full of
specialty stitches until after I started but
will say they weren't that difficult.  My favorite
was this little corner stitch, the Boucle stitch,
and will file that away for future use.


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I also stitched another in the
"A Most Notable Name"
series from Jeannette Douglass.   I just
love these quick stitches and only
have one left to complete.   I hope she
will continue this series with a few more. 
I love the sewing themed designs and hope
to have these finished into cross stitch
 project bags so I can enjoy them all of the time.

Jeannette Douglas Designs "Button Betty"
stitched on 40ct PTP Legacy with recommended threads

As is the norm, the design looked so much
better stitched than the model picture.
My favorite part was the little row of buttons. 
These will definitely be stitched again as
I add them to a future project.


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Lastly, I stitched these
Hands On Designs Chalk ornaments.
I just love these on this PTP fabric
but will say they were are difficult
without good lighting. 

Hands On Designs "Peace"
2015 JCS Ornament Issue
stitched on 32ct PTP Shadow with
Victorian Motto threads

The only thing I wasn't too happy with
was the white stitches.
I always find the white DMC difficult
to stitch as my stitches done seem to lay flat.
I do love the results though.

 Hands On Designs "Plenty"
2015 JCS Ornament Issue
stitched on 32ct PTP Shadow with
Victorian Motto threads

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If you made it this far...thanks for visiting.
Hope you have enjoying some good
stitching time during this holiday
season.  Happy stitching...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Stitched goodies....

 
I'm back.   I make a promise to myself
each time I do a blog post that I will not
wait so long until the next one. 
Amazing how time flies.....
 
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I first want to say I have time to write
this blog today
due to my office being closed.
We experienced horrific flooding over
 the weekend in South Carolina
thanks to Joaquin.  The devastation
we have seen in our city has been unbelievable
and the flooding continues due to
dam breaches.  Please say a prayer for
all of these families.  We made it through
Hugo and know we will make it
through this too. 
 
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Just a few goodies to share.
I knew as soon as I finished this one that
I wouldn't wait to have it framed.
I still love it and have to say it is still
one of my favorite stitches.
 
By The Bay "Thirteenth Colony Parts 1,2 & 3"
 
I always gravitate to this molding
and thought it fit this piece beautifully.

 
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August turned to be a good month to finish
up some long lingering WIPS.
 
I started this piece back in 2012 as part
of the Crazy January Challenge.
I have picked it up several times over
the years but it just felt like a chore to stitch.
 
Plum Street Samplers "Halloween Hornbook"
Stitched on Lakeside Linen 35ct Parchment
w/Victorian Motto threads
 
I still don't know why I had such as
hard time with this one but I am so happy
I stuck with it and finished in time
for this Halloween.  Hopefully I can
get my gumption up to get it finished
before month end.

 
I am guessing these are some type of
morbid peacock and I just love
this one with the witch's hat.
 
I dove back into my pile of WIPS
and pulled this one out.
This was a freebie that I had miscounted
and just lost my steam.


Freebie--"Pear XII--Swan Song"
 

I think I still have a couple more of
these to stitch.  I can say that I was glad to
finish this one and add it to my collection.
 
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Well...if you made it this far, thanks for
visiting my small place in the universe.
 
I hope you are having a great stitching month.
Happy stitching.... 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Flosstube....

 
My. new. addiction.
 
Flosstube.
 
I can't even recall how I discovered Flosstube
but I have been watching for a few months now
and I am amazed how addicting it is.
Are you familiar with Flosstube?
In a nutshell it is stitchers making videos
talking about and showing their WIPS,
hauls, FFO's, UFOS.......
it is just fascinating!
 
I have been wondering for weeks why I find this
so interesting.  It is just another social media
outlet for stitchers to share.  I know Facebook
groups seem to be all the rage now but it
isn't my thing.  Like many I too find
Instagram the easiest way
to share my stitching and finishes.
 
Flosstube (a.k.a Youtube) is different. 
Although I don't know
any of the Flosstubers, I find it a nice distraction
at night while stitching.  It is almost like
having someone sitting with me as
I stitch and talking about stitching.
Granted it is a one-way conversation
it is amazing how much you can learn about
a person you have never met.  Even now
as I write this it still boggles my mind
why I like it so much.
 
I have learned a lot about myself too
from Flosstube.
 
I am very judgmental.
As Flosstubers share their stash and haul,
I often roll my eyes commenting that they
will never stitch all they have accumulated.
I know they will never stitch all they
have in this lifetime.
 
I am a hypocrite.
As I judge others about their stash
and inability to stitch it all in this lifetime,
I continuously add to my voluminous
stash that I will never stitch
 in two lifetimes. Bless my heart!
 
I obviously don't know the most
popular designers.
This could be a drinking game as you watch a
video.  It is almost with certainly that you will
find a flosstuber stitch at least one if not all
of these designs/designers:
 
HAED
Mirabilia
Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Storytime Sampler
Box of Delights
Save the Stitches
Twisted Band Sampler
Rainbow Band Sampler
 
If you are unfamiliar with any of these
designers or designs, head on over to
Flosstube and you will soon be educated.
 
I am amazed that I don't find more Flosstubers
showing designers and designs that I
like to stitch.  I guess that is one reason
I am so amazed at my fascination.
I may see the occasional Lizzie Kate but
surprised you don't see a lot Blackbird
Designs or Plum Street Samplers to
name a few being stitched.
Even though I have no interest in these
particular types of designs, I still have this
feeling I am missing out....am I?????
 
Great source for new techniques/designers/supplies.
I have gotten some great tips and techniques
to make stitching easier.  I love exploring
new to me designers, fabrics, threads
and other stitching accessories. 
 
I am motivated to stitch.
Although I will never join the Flosstube
community, I do find it motivating and
have noticed my stitching during the
week has picked up considerably.
I found it a chore to stitch after work but
there is something relaxing about stitching as
I listen to others talk about their stitching.
I will take it...any stitching is good.
 
So....if you haven't checked out Flosstube,
give it a try.  I do warn you, though,
that it can be addictive.
 
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I do have some stitching to share...
told you I was motivated!
 
I just love the A Most Suitable Name series
from Jeannette Douglas Designs. 
This is my fourth finish and I still have four
more to go and hope to start another this month.
 
Jeannette Douglas Designs "Alphabet Annie"
from A Most Suitable Name series
stitched on 40ct PTP Legacy with recommended thread
 
 
I love the little motifs on this one and
would be cute on a little pincushion.
 
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I decided late Friday night to get a start on
Heartstring Samplery's Three Little Proverbs,
which has been kitted since last year.  
There are three designs and I decided to
put in a few stitches on the first one in hopes
I could stitch on it this upcoming week.
 
 
Heartstring Samplery "Proverbs 15:1"
from Three Little Proverbs
stitched on 40ct PTP Wren with Victorian Motto,
WDW and Sampler threads
 
Not sure how this happened but I couldn't stop
and put in the last stitch this afternoon.
 
 
I don't know what it was about this design
but I couldn't put it down. I just love all of
the little motifs and the color combos
are just so pretty and pleasing.

 
I love the message also and am anxious
to move on to the next one.
 
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Well...if you stayed with me this long,
thanks for visiting my small corner
of the web.  Happy stitching.....

Sunday, July 5, 2015

By The Bay "Thirteenth Colony"....

 
So excited to share this finish.....
 
By the Bay's "Thirteenth Colony"
parts 1,2 & 3 stitched as one.
 
I started this one back in early 2013 and I
can remember then the feeling that it
would take forever to stitch this.
I stitched on it here and there as the
mood hit me but something clicked
last month to get this one finished.
 
By The Bay "Thirteenth Colony"
Parts 1, 2 & 3
Stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen with recommended DMC
 
I decided I really wanted to finish this one
by the end of the month and with only had
Part 1 left to stitch it was definitely doable.  
Of course, I completely lost interest in stitching
it after making that decision.  Figures....
 
I made myself trudge on and, after some
marathon stitching the last few days, I put
the last stitch in this afternoon.

By the Bay "Thirteenth Colony Part 1"

I started in the lower right corner so I basically
stitched it "backwards" from right to left. 
Part 1 was the last one for me to stitch. 
 
Love the little sheep and houses.

By the Bay "Thirteenth Colony Part 2"

Love the trees in this one....
they reminded me of butter beans.

By the Bay "Thirteenth Colony Part 3"
 
This huge weeping willow took
forever.....
 
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Two of my favorite parts of the piece...
love this little island....

 
Love the little house with sheep.....

 
I did joke with hubby that this one had on
specialty thread in it....
"Hair of Black Cat"
.... especially the last part.
My cat couldn't resist sitting in my lap
while stitching so I spent a lot of time
pulling out little strands of cat hair. 
Guess it could have been worse.
 
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Thanks for visiting and hope you are having
a great stitching weekend. 
Now I am off to find something
small to stitch.....