Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Let It Snow!


I thought that title might get your attention.  

I finally finished this project that I had started late last year.  Isn't he cute??


"Let It Snow" by Hob-Nobb Designs.  
Stitched on linen with DMC thread.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Snail Mail Surprise

In the past I have blogged about model stitching for my friend Beth.  (If you missed those posts or would like to know exactly what model stitching is, you can read them here and here.)

The last project that I stitched for Beth was a pattern called Snow Zone.  The inspiration for the design came from a hooked mat that Beth found at an antique mall.  You can read Beth's blog post and see the antique hooked mat here.

Recently I received an envelope from Beth in the mail.  Hmmmmmm.....what's this?  Beth didn't tell me that she was sending me a package.  Let's see what is inside...







Since Beth has the original antique hooked mat of the Snow Zone design, she sent me the piece that I had model stitched for her.  Also enclosed was a "needle minder" with the cutest little pine cone design on it and the latest issue of Sampler and Needlework Quarterly magazine (which has a couple of patterns that I must put on my "to stitch" list).

What is a "needle minder"?  The round disk is magnetized so you can place your needle on it.  No more "where's my needle" panic attacks.  Needle minders are one of those "why didn't *I* think of that" inventions!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another Finish!

At the beginning of the year I set a goal to stitch two Christmas ornaments each month.  I started out right on track but fell behind last month.  Last night I finished my sixth ornament.  If I can stitch two more before the end of April, I'll be up-to-date on my goal once more......not sure if that will happen or not!

Without further ado, here is the design I just finished.


This is a Glory Bee Designs pattern from the 2010 Just Cross-Stitch annual ornament issue.  I stitched the design on 32 count platinum linen.  I love the simpleness of the design.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Harvest Delivery

I finally finished this piece on Thursday night!  I dropped it off at the frame shop yesterday.



Harvest Delivery by Plum Street Samplers; stitched on linen.  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Crafting With Friends

This week I had the opportunity to spend time with some friends who were interested in cardmaking.  The ages of my friends ranged from 2 to 13.

I gave instruction on making four different styles of cards and then the children were given the opportunity to create their own masterpieces.  A fun time was had by all!













Everyone made an A+ in paper crafts!  












Thursday, March 20, 2014

Okay, So I'm A Little Behind....

I was fairly consistent in posting weekly stitching updates until I fell off the blogging bandwagon about a month ago......

So I've decided to change my weekly stitching updates to a monthly update.  Here is what I've accomplished in the past month.

Finished one Christmas ornament:  LizzieKate "Christmas Love" pattern from Just CrossStitch Annual Ornament issue.


Started a new Christmas ornament by Glory Bee Designs from the 2010 Just CrossStitch Annual Ornament issue.
Stitching on 32 count platinum linen using overdyed threads.


And I made some progress on the Plum Street Sampler "Harvest Delivery".  Hopefully my April stitching update post will show this as a completed project!


So until next month.....

Stay 
Calm 
&
Cross
Stitch





Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekly Progress Report - A Finish, A Start, and A WIP

The finish......

Happy Holidays by
Country Cottage Needleworks
(Pattern found in 2012 Just CrossStitch Annual Ornament issue)
Stitched on linen using overdyed floss


The start.....

Christmas Love by
Lizzie Kate
                     (Pattern found in 2012 Just CrossStitch Annual Ornament issue)


The WIP (work in progress).......

Harvest Delivery by
Plum Street Samplers

Stitchin' Time!!