vasárnap, december 07, 2014

dancing away...

I have a few happy dances to show... my blackwork piece is finally finished into its final version... a stitcher's bourse. My darling hubby helped with the sewing, and it is now making its way to its recipient.


I've also finished a few more scarves... here are scarves 5, 6 and 7.

I still have a couple of more scarves to make but I have a few things to stitch first before I continue along with the crocheting.

And just a couple of pictures to help get into the Christmas spirit...

We turned on our Christmas lights last night...

and today we went and saw some reindeer!

Till next time... happy stitching!

csütörtök, november 27, 2014

As seems to be the norm for me lately... I'm late in posting my TUSAL, however I seem to be able to take the picture on time each month!

Here is my ort jar for this past month, not much stitching (for me anyways) but at least I have orts in there, so I'm happy!

The orts in there are from a blackwork project I've finished, but I still need to finish it into something... I have to actually wait for my husband to help, who will be back home next week.  You see, I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but if not, I will say it again... I am terrified of the sewing maching... darn thing just scares the heck out of me!  So in order to finish this project off into what I would like... I need to wait for him.

Here is the finished stitching though...


The second picture will be a little fob, I just have to finish that part up too. I love stitching, I dislike finishing stuff... maybe that is why I have so many thing in my drawer!

Other than stitching... what have I been up to???  Well I've been making scarves...  As you saw in my last post, I made one, and since then, I have finished 3 more... The first one (in the last post) and the second one (the first one pictured here) were gifts that have already been delivered and from what I heard, well received. So that makes me very happy!  The other two are Christmas gifts, and I have a few more to make before I call it a day.

I've already started on number 5, but there isn't much to show, so no picture yet.

Till next time... happy stitching!

kedd, november 11, 2014

another quick jig

I finished the scarf I was working on late last night... I think it turned out pretty cute. 

My polar bear is modeling it for me...

hétfő, november 10, 2014

happy dance and some wips

Just thought I would show what I have been working on in the last couple of weeks...

I have a happy dance in that the blanket I was making for my other little nephew is complete too...

Here it is, as well as the two together:


Now that those are done and ready for Christmas, I'm working on some scarves for the ladies in my family...  I started the first one today... here is my progress:

It will be an infinity scarf once I'm done...

I also have some cross stitch wips to show... I'm almost done one of them, they are put on hold as I am waiting for the beads to arrive. I don't mind doing a few French knots but there are an awful lot in this one, and I would much rather switch them out for beads, as at least that way they will all be evenly sized!  It is AAN's Soffia, stitched on 32ct silvermist jobelan by Stephanie using Nina's threads

 And my other wip is a blackwork freebie I found on the net... I just love the way it looks and how quickly it works up!

That's it for now! Till next time happy stitching!

szombat, november 01, 2014

all saint's day....

Remembering all those we love and lost...

kedd, október 28, 2014

ort report

I'm late, I'm late, for a very special date...  I'm here! I've made it! I'm here to post my ort report for this month... the new moon was Oct 23, I did manage to take the picture at the right time, just not post it.

Lots of dark coloured threads from my two recent happy dances that I shared in my last post, as well as some more dark threads from my current new wip... Soffia by AAN

My current wips were not calling my name, so I started something new. I'm enjoying it so far, I am stitching it on 32ct silvermist jobelan by Stephanie using Nina's threads.  I am planning on using beads for all the French knots in the piece.

other than that, I've got one more happy dance to share, this time a crochet one... I finished off another blanket, this time for my littlest great nephew... when he saw me making my purple one, he said he would like one too... and he picked cookie monster blue for his...
and since he gets a blanket, I can't leave his big brother out, so that is my newest crochet wip...  a blanket for him in his favourite colour - orange crush...
As you probably guessed, the two blankets will be mirror images of each other, so this one will have  the blue border.
That's it for now... till next time, happy stitching!

szombat, október 18, 2014

busy few weeks

We've had a busy few weeks since my last post, including a fantastic holiday with some of our friends to New Orleans.

Before I show a few of my favourite pictures from the trip, I thought I would share a couple of happy dances! I finished off the flowers in red, white and black by Handblessing designs, but I am going to stitch it again for myself, as this one ended up being a gift.

I stitched it on 28ct ivory jobelan, using DMC 815, 310 and mill hill beads.

I also finished Salem Remembered by the Primitive Needle. I can hardly wait to get this one framed.
It is stitched on 28ct sandcastle jobelan by wichelt, using dmc 815, 730, and 3781

Now onto the trip!  We went for a week, and had an amazing time.  We saw so much and did so much that it would be impossible to show you all the pictures we took... if you are facebook friends with me, then you saw a bunch there already.  These are just a couple of my favourite ones...

My hubby and I on the porch swing at the house we rented...

City Park, sculpture garden

St Louis cemetery No. 3

Swamp tour... it was so peaceful and tranquil... one of the best things we did on the trip...

Plantation tours... we went to three different plantations... each one beautiful , but so different and yet the same.  These were also my favourite places to go... the oak trees were absolutely amazing... they definitely take a person's breath away with their beauty and size!

the French Quarter... we were there several  times, we even went to Bourbon Street to few jazz bars on our first night... not my cup of tea, but at least I can say I did it. the buildings and the architecture is what took our breath away...

now onto more needlework things... we found needle work in the strangest places...  We went to the NASA assembly centre, they have a tour and a science centre to check things out... very neat place to go, but not one you expect to find a lot of needlework... guess again!  There was a whole wall set up with a few hundred squares of stitched pieces of various space themed topics...  It was so cool to look at!

this is just a sampling of all the squares they had displayed!  The way the walls were curved, you couldn't get a good shot of the whole thing to show how many there actually was!

As I mentioned we went on a few plantation tours, and of course you would expect to find needlework there... and we were not disappointed!  Here are just a couple of pictures that we saw displayed at Houmas House Plantation...

The stitching was absolutely beautiful... and the frames... oh my... I just love them!

Being the crazy needlework lover that I am, and having friends that know and understand this obsession of mine... they were kind enough to go with me to two different LNS's...  What a treat!  The funny thing is that I think the other girls did more shopping in the stores than I did! 

The first one we went to was the Quarter Stitch located in the French Quarter, just off Jackson square... what a lovely shop!  It is mainly a knitting/crochet/needlepoint shop with all sorts of beautiful yarns and canvases, but they also had a little bit of cross stitch... it was super fun looking around...

We also went to Accents Inc, on our last day, which is a strictly cross stitch and framing shop.  Great selection, the models on the wall were great, and the two ladies in the store were very helpful and oh so sweet!  Love the wall of fabric they had!


That's it for now... hope you enjoyed checking out bits of our trip.  As I said, we had an amazing time.

Till next time... happy stitching!

csütörtök, szeptember 25, 2014


sooo where have I been... I've been here and there... just haven't had any mojo to blog... not just post on my own but to actually read any that I follow!

But that doesn't mean I haven't been busy!

I owe an ort report from August... not much stitching was going on for that month... a little but definitely not as much as normal for me.

However, I did crochet a bunch...I finished my first ever crochet blanket! 

Not sure what I'm going to do with it... keep it for myself or give it to someone for Christmas... we'll see...

I also started my second blanket, which will definitely be a Christmas gift for one of my great-nephews.

Now on to September!  here is my ort report for this month... just a little late - a few days... much better than last month! Also a much better looking ort jar!  I have many many more orts in it this time around!

I've been doing some stitching and even have a couple of happy dances to show!

First up is Moon Garden by Blackbird Designs...

Stitched on 32ct stone dark belfast linen by Nina's Threads, and the threads used are DMC 712 and Nina's threads in eggplant, lavender, green mold, and spring grass.
My other finish is Red Riding Hood by The Primitive Hare

stitched on 32ct pearl gray belfast linen with DMC and Anchor threads

I really enjoyed both pieces and am very happy they are done!

I also have a new wip to add to my pile of projects on the go...

It is flowers in red black and white (I believe that is the title) by Handblessings designs. I'm stitching with DMC black and 815 on 28ct ivory jobelan.  The stitches seem so huge after stitching on 32ct.