Thursday, June 30, 2016

Catching up: May......

May can only mean one thing...


If you watch Flosstube, then you
know exactly what I mean.
In the same vein as the Crazy January
challenge, you start 15 projects in 15 days. 
Some do more....some do less.
Once again, I was on the band wagon.  
Unlike most, I decided to do a start
every other day and spread it over
the entire month.  I kitted up 15 projects
and went on my merry way. 

Here is my lineup...

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

Kathy Barrick "Miss Martha's Potting Shed"
stitched on 40ct PTP Fog
with Victorian Motto thread conversion

These threads are just yummy!!!


Notforgotten Farm "Bee Sampler"
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Porcelain
with Victorian Motto thread conversion

and we had a finish......

This will soon have a place of honor on
my Bee Wall in my kitchen.


Lila's Studio "Bee Sampler"
stitched on Lakeside Linen 40ct Vintage Porcelain
with my thread conversion


Drawn Thread "Free & Brave"
stitched on 32ct PTP Legacy
with Victorian Motto thread conversion


Notforgotten Farms PSS 2016 Retreat kit

.......and finished!


Plum Street "Pennsylvania Fraktur"
Colonial Gatherings club piece


Notforgotten Farms "Sepia Sampler"
stitched on 40ct Khaki linen
with recommended DMC


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


Lizzie Kate "Selfie Sampler" kit
stitched on 32ct WDW Red Pear
with recommended threads

....and another finished!  
I just love the fabric in this kit....sweetest color.

I was excited to have three finishes so that only
added 7 more to my WIP pile.   I now
have 20+ projects to choose from
so I shouldn't get bored anytime soon.

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I still found time for my monthly
Prairie Schooler project.  These designs
take me about a week to stitch so that
did eat into my Stitchmaynia plans. 
No problem...just happy to have another done.

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

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Well if you stuck with me this long,
thank you ever so much!
Happy stitching....

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Catching up: April.....

I hope I'm not boring you with all
of the posts but it has
been fun to reminisce about
what I have been up to the last
few months.

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Fifty Shades of Gray....
this took on a whole new meaning in April
as I celebrated my 50th birthday.

I tried to celebrate quietly but my
family and co-workers had other plans. 
I am just glad I was here to celebrate with them.

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While browsing through my Blackbird Designs,
I saw this one and had to instantly
start it.  There is just something about
it I love so start I did.

Blackbird Designs "Button Box"
from In Friendship's Way booklet
stitched on  hand-dyed 40ct Buttercream from DixieSamplar
with Victorian Motto threads

I love the yellow tones to this piece and
do plan to finish as sewing day.

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I had to travel to Denver for a conference
and decided to take something small for the plane trip.  
The Prim Society's retreat kit from

Summer House Stitche Workes "Prim Tapestry"
PSS 2016 Retreat kit

I was a little unsure about the rusty star
included ...looked a little big.  Obviously
Beth knows what she is doing
because it was just the right touch.

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And yes there was another
Prairie Schooler alphabet finish....

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

I loved this block especially the
measuring tape border detail.

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That's it from my little stitchy
corner of the universe.
Not too many more and I will
be officially caught up.
Happy stitching....

Monday, June 27, 2016

Catching up: March.....

A few goodies from March.....

While at the Pals Stitching at the
Beach retreat last October, I discovered
Silver Creek Sampler's wonderful
designs.  This was one of my favorites
so it had to be stitched first.

The sentiment is a nice reminder
we are not alone....

Silver Creek Samplers "Shadow of My Wings"
stitched on 40ct PTP Fog with recommended threads

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March's Prairie Schooler alphabet
design was "L"....

Prairie Schooler "J*K*L"
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen with recommended DMC

I really like stitching on this monthly and
could see myself focusing on this one project. 
My fear is I will burn out so I am
restraining myself and sticking to one a month.

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Some of my stitched goodies
have now become
framed goodies.....

BBD Sweetheart Sampler

BBD Sunflower House

Goode Huswife "Tree of Life"

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The end of March was an exciting time
as I prepared to attend the
Prim Stitchers Society Retreat in Marietta.

It was a wonderful time packed with
classes, stitching, gabbing and laughing.

I did participate in the Exchange and
decided to try something new. 
Threadwork Primitives' "Bee Gathering"
was perfect to be finished as a drum,
my first, and I was so happy with the result.

Threadwork Primitives "Bee Gathering"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with Victorian Motto threads

I had this fabric in my stash and it
was perfect for the mood and color of the design.
I took a lot of liberties with the finishing
but loved once done.

My most favorite detail was the little
bee pin I stuck in the top.

I received a wonderful piece with a
very unique finish in exchange.
  I am not sure if this is an old biscuit
cutter or butter mold, but it just
suited for this sweet design.

Perfect addition with all of my thread bobbins.

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As always thanks for visiting and
happy stitching.....

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Catching Up: February......

Stitching commenced in January and
I had a few finishes from my Crazy January starts.

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I have always loved this design and it was
just perfect as Valentine's day
quickly approached.  I did my own
colorway and just love the color combination
of chocolate and cherry on the linen.  

BBD "Sweetheart Sampler"
Stitched on WDW 30ct w/ Victorian Motto

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One goal this year was to stitch more ornaments
so I joined a monthly SAL.  My first
finish was this older design from
a Shepherd's Bush newsletter.

SB "Be Jolly"
stitched on 25ct evenweave with hand-dyed threads

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With Valentine's Day approaching, I
decided to stitch this sweet holiday
design from years ago.   I just loved all of the
Be Atitude series and am happy
to have finish added to my collection.

SB "Be True"
Stitched on 32ct white linen with recommended threads

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Another goal I set for myself was to
stitch the Prairie Schooler's ABC series. 
I have had the designs for several
years and decided I wasn't going
to wait any longer.

I am stitching mine all together with three
rows of nine designs.  Even though
the chart indicates the design
size to be 70 x 70, a review revealed
this was not the case for most of them.  
I was obsessed with making sure
the alignment is even.  
I have counted, counted again,
sketched it out on paper, counted again,
and then counted again
to insure I have enough spacing between
them without running out of fabric.

Since the second row would be the longest
(few were 70 stitches wide) I decided
to start with "J", which would be the
first design in that row.  
Oh my goodness....I never thought that
pumpkin would end.  It seemed like it took
forever to stitch but I got it done.

Prairie Schooler "J*K*L"
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen with recommended DMC

If I had it to do over again, I would
have changed the color of the pumpkin
but I can live with it now.

I not very happy with the coverage even
though this is 40ct but I will wash this
once done and hope the weave will
tighten up a bit.

Since I planned to finish a block a month,
I carried on to catch up and stitched
the next one for this month.

Prairie Schooler "J*K*L"
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen with recommended DMC

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And my last finish for the month was
another Crazy January start.
So glad I finally have this sweet design stitched.

CHS "Be My Love"
Stitched on PTP Legacy w/ DMC

She is now framed and ready to be added
to the George and Martha wall....

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Thanks for visiting & happy stitching.......

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!