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Thursday, May 25, 2017


I made some progress on the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.  One row done and three to go.

I put a few stitches in the mystery project but not enough to notice any difference.

Then I picked up something easy.  Every once in a while I need something that is easy.  It was Just Nan's Strawberry Mouse.  She is all stitched and ready to be put together.

I plan to finish her today.  She also has a house.  That will be a much bigger project.

I have a plan for the socks I need to decorate for my retreat in three weeks.  But it is a secret.  It may not turn out so I'm keeping it to myself for now.  If it doesn't work, I may be buying another pair of socks!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Good Start

I got a good start on the last flap for the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.  I want to finish the lowest row today.  I changed the row above the last row to strawberries from apples.

I think the whitework row will be challenging to see.  I'll probably have to use the magnifier for that one.  Then the top row I'm going to do as charted, in apples.

I worked hard on the mystery project.  It is going slowly because there is a ton of confetti.  I began with the strategy of starting in the top left corner.  Then I used the strategy of a jigsaw puzzle.  I tried to get all the edges in first and then build around that.  Yesterday I decided to pick a 10 by 10 square and finish all of it.  I didn't quite finish but at least I didn't get lost.  I want to finish off that square today.  I tend use the  "cross country" method of stitching.
When this rectangle of stitches is all done, it will be only one tenth of the design.  What was I thinking?  But it is fun to work on.

Three weeks from tomorrow, I'll be going to a retreat!  I'll be with both BFFs and we will have so much fun.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Not Decaf

Coming home from an errand yesterday I could see that there was a box on my front porch.  Oh, that must be the decaf coffee I ordered from Amazon.  But when I opened it up, it wasn't what I thought it was.  It was the kit I ordered last week.  Boy, did it get here fast!  I am tickled pink with it.  I must tell you that these are extremely limited kits.  I heard about them on Facebook that linked to a YouTube video.  This kit is a collaboration between Elegant Stitch and Hands On Designs.
This is what you get:
A paperboard box.

Inside the box are a couple of papers to line the box with.  Cool.

There is a waxer shaped like a key.  Love it!

A couple of finishing supplies:

Then here is the design:

I just love that tomato pin cushion.  So cool.  I like the verse for stitchers.  The bag and scissors fob are icing on the cake.
There is another bag with more finishing supplies.
I like the colors.

This will be so fun to make.  What a nicely put together kit!

Monday, May 22, 2017


My Monday chores are done.  The bathrooms are clean, the walking done.  I've also done some errands.  There is a brand spanking new shower curtain in the bathroom.  So I'm on to other things.  I stopped for a couple of DMC flosses.  I was amazed that Hobby Lobby did not carry 3860.  I wonder why.  I just assumed they had all the colors.  So I went to JoAnn's and they did have it.  It is one of the colors I needed for my mystery project.  It calls for 75 colors.  I've been obsessed with this and can hardly put it down.  It is a full coverage piece and I was just going to quit if it wasn't looking like I wanted.  But it is looking right.  There are no blended colors (thank heavens!).  I am working on the first page which is more than 3000 stitches.  It still looks like an abstract painting.

I finished the Virgin Queen's Stiching Wallet flap I was working on.

 Now on to the second (and last) flap.  Someone commented that it was a lot of stitching and she is right!  There are four rows of design on the last flap but I'm thinking of changing one row slightly.

I accidentally ordered a few new charts.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Project Bags

When I was at Spring Fling a friend gifted me with a project bag.  I loved it!
 When we went shopping at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop I found some great fabric for another project bag and I asked my friend if she would make it for me.  She said "Sure!".  
It came in the mail yesterday and I love it!
It has a clear window so you can see which project is inside.  I'm already using it.
 I love how she lined up the motifs of the fabric on the bag.
 She put some ribbon on that I got on my England trip.
 The bottom is flat so it will stand up when there is stuff inside.
This turned out so cool that I got to thinking.  I have some French General fabric that I bought to make a bag but changed my mind.  Maybe she could make a project bag out of that.

One print for the outside and one print for the inside.
Then I thought of some other fabric I have.  Somewhere I heard that seven strips of a jelly roll stitched together would be enough for a project bag.  I measured and I think I need another strip or two.  But I love this Paris Flea Market fabric.  You could go vertical or horizontal with the strips.
Then I have this William Morris fabric.

That would be darling.  But I'm going crazy here.  I could keep her busy for a long time.
Thanks for the bag Vicki!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

New Toy

When you are a stitcher for more than 45 years, you collect a lot of stuff.  You are always on the lookout for great tools, especially lights, chairs, hoops and magnifiers.  When I visited Janet, she had a new magnifier/light.  It looked really great.  So when DS#1 gave me a gift card for Mother's Day, I ordered one just like Janet's.  It came in the mail yesterday.  It is a light made by Zeny.

 It came from Canada.  It is not designed to be a light to stitch by.  It is for the beauty industry, for giving manicures and facials.  I'm trying it out to see if I like it better than my other light and magnifier.  I had a magnifier sitting on a step stool (to make it the right height) and behind that a bright Blue Max light.  With this new combo magnifier/light there is just one thing by my stitching chair.  It is very cool since it has wheels.

You can pour water into the base to give it more stability.  I didn't do that yet.  It gives a softer light than my Blue Max light.  I love that the neck of it is very bendable to exactly where I need it without me having to contort to see through the magnifier.  I also like that there is no inset in the magnifier.

 It is distracting when there is an inset.  It is easy to turn on and off.  I've only tried it for one day so I haven't noticed any issues with it.  I've had bad luck with some of my magnifiers.  Three have broken due to poor design.  I have high hopes for this one.

The Farmer's Market was cold today.  I sure am missing those cinnamon rolls from last year.  Quiche doesn't do it for me.  I bought a couple of dark chocolate turtles instead.  Yes, I'm bad.

Friday, May 19, 2017


How can it be Friday again so quickly?  I think I say this every week.  I'm cooking today.  I have bread dough in the breadmaker.  I have everything ready to make sweet and salty mix.  I'm going to mix up some cookie dough.  I'm on a roll here.

I am over half done with the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet flap.  I'm hoping to finish it today so I can start the second flap.

I worked a bit on the mystery project but it doesn't look much different.  Last time:

It is fun to add a new color and see how it changes.

I watched a Hands-On Designs Youtube video yesterday and got tempted enough to order the project.  I'll show you when it arrives.
DH is off to the grocery store.
I have a new grandniece, born yesterday, so I have to think about a baby gift for Mackenzie Ann.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


The forecast was for rain.  But the rain went around us (as it often does).  So we have to settle for lovely balmy weather that is great for walking.  There are birdies in the nest in the rhododendron.

 I think they sleep with their mouths open.  The sweet pea is growing like crazy down by the mailbox.  Oh do I like this time of year.

I am about half done with the flap for the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.

I have been distracted by my mystery project.  I am really enjoying it.  Here is what it looks like today.

You can't really discern any thing yet.

I started the finishing of the Shepherd's Bush afghan.

 I stopped when I ran out of bobbin thread.  I was just not in the mood to rewind the bobbin,  also called "being lazy".
There are double begonias in the urn outside the front door.

DH plays soccer tonight.  It is the perfect day for it.  We will probably go out to eat.  I love it.
I hope you have a lovely day.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wonderful Day

It is a wonderful day.  I didn't need a coat or sweater or anything to go walking this morning.  Such comfortable and pleasant weather.  There are baby birds in the rhododendron.  The snowball bush is in full bloom.  Stocks are plentiful in the park.  Lovely day!

I finish-finished the Drawn Thread pocket.

 I wasn't sure whether to put a button and hedebo to close it.  The picture of the project doesn't show one, so I just left it as is.

I am working on the next flap of the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.

I am deciding on the motifs for the Virgin Queen's Stitching Pocket.

I also started something new.  It's a mystery.  You have to guess what this will be.  I think seeing a project develop is the most fun of cross stitching.  So after a couple of hundred stitches, this is what it looks like.

Have a spectacular day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Finish

I have a finish!  I stitched all of the Threads That Bind piece by Drawn Thread for the Silver Needle's A Little Help from our Friends Stitching Circle.

There is a mistake in it but you probably won't notice it.

I went digging in my stash for a lining fabric.  I really liked how the designer lined the pocket with a nice light blue but I didn't have anything like that.  I found a nice neutral that will do.

It is all ironed and ready to be sewn together.  It is pretty simple finishing.  It sure feels good to finish something.

I bought a chart on Ebay.  It is by Sharon Cohen of Nostalgic Needle.  I'm hoping I can use it on one of the caskets.  We'll see.

In with the chart was a freebie bookmark chart.  I like that too.

DH put the screens in!  It is so lovely to be able to open the windows and feel the breeze.  I can't believe we are half way through May already.  Time flies when you're having fun.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stuff on the Footstool

I have a footstool by my stitching chair.  You usually can't see it as it is piled with WIPs.  Every now and then they all fall off.  I picked up one of the projects that fell off yesterday and worked on it.  It is Drawn Thread's piece for the Silver Needle Friends club.  It is close to being all stitched and I want to concentrate and finish it.

It will be made into a pocket.  Maybe I can get it done today??

It is a beautiful day. and warm enough to wear shorts.  The bathrooms are clean and I'm off on a few errands. Have a great day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to me!  In some ways I am sorry that my kids are all grown up.  Then in some ways I am counting my lucky stars.  They both turned out great.  I'm hoping I was a decent mom.  I spent my gift card from DS#1 and I got roses from DS#2.

I started something entirely different yesterday.  I was looking for a kitted up Just Nan project and happened to run across the Barbara Jackson kit from the Shining Needle class of three eggs.

 So I thought I would start it.  It is done in mostly mosaic stitch.  But I was short tempered yesterday and  said (like Stitcherista) a whole lotta nope on that one.  So after I stitched the top flower, I just decided to cross stitch the rest, mostly.
Here is where I got to:

Hey, it is almost finished.  It sure feels good to get close to finishing something.  Well, of course, there are two more to do.

I started the backstitch around the next part of the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.  It was a little irritating when it didn't match up.  But I found my error and fixed it so I'm ready to start the pretty stitching.

I went to the closer but smaller Farmer's Market today.  I got some very good salmon pate.  Yum.  It is an absolutely gorgeous day today.   Walking was a treat.  Can't wait to talk to Claire and Evan.