A Winner, A WIP, and a Pattern that Wants to Travel

Hello again!  Thanks for all the sweet comments on my last post!  I threw everyone's name in a hat - well, actually in a pile on my table, and pulled out a name to receive the Santa's Flight start, and the winner is........   Jackie!!!  Be sure to get me your address so I can send it out!  My email is in my profile. :-)

I pulled out my CCN Pumpkin Cottage start to work on last night, and then put it away after a few stitches.  I don't think it was wise to work on that one while I was sick.  I think I need to reconstruct the house with as many errors as I made!  

So... rather than just dealing with it, I decided to work on another CCN start... "Let it Snow."  Here's my progress.  I should be able to stitch for awhile tonight after supper, so I'll see how much I can get done then.

Now for today's fun!

Nicky had made this adorable Shepherd's Bush Spring Scissors Fob last year and kindly sent me the chart when she was finished.  I finished my version of it the other day, and I'd like to pay it forward and send it to someone who would like to stitch it and then pass it on as well.  A traveling pattern, if you will. :-)  Please only enter if you would *really* stitch it in the next few months and send it along.  It's so adorable that I'd hate for it just to get buried in someone's "someday" basket!

To enter, just drop me a comment on this post.  You can be a follower if you'd like, and post it if you'd like, but that's totally up to you, it's not required. :-)  I'll choose a name for the lamb's new home next Wednesday.


One of these things is not like the other...

So.... notice any difference between these two pictures???  *Besides* the fact that one is finished?

I started the this piece during the challenge and I've always *loved* the pattern.  I also needed to finish it sooner rather than later because it's for an exchange, so I pulled it out on Friday and did a few stitches and then thought I'd finish it on Saturday.  BUT when Saturday rolled around I found that I couldn't face it.  Which is silly.  I love this pattern and have wanted to stitch it since I first saw it.  What was my problem??  Hmmmm....  Then it hit me.  I had started this on a piece of linen that I'd cut from a huge hunk I'd gotten when our LNS went out of business a few years ago.  I figured I could do an ornament on it.  Wrong!  It's just beautiful fabric - the color is more mushroom than the grey it looks in the picture - and I love the look of the stitching on it.  But I can not work on it, without feeling ill.

Soooooo....  I found a piece of 28 count tan evenweave - 100% cotton - and restarted it Saturday night... and finished it on Sunday!  Yay!  I'm 3/15 completed with the challenge, because I completed this one on Saturday, too!

So... if anyone is interested in the unfinished start of Santa's Flight, let me know.  It is 32 count linen, and I was using the recommended DMC.  The pattern is in the '09 JCS Ornament Edition.  Just look at it like a Round Robin project that you get to keep.  :-)  If you're interested, just leave a comment on this post and if more than one person is interested, I'll draw a name on Wednesday.

Happy Stitching!


Friday Night Sew In & Weekend Wrap Up

What a busy week!  I'm so glad that I signed up to do the Friday night sew in, though.  It got me started on a quilt for my dh.  I'd made the center block a long time age, but then I couldn't decide how to make it scrappy, cuz there were too many fat quarters of color to choose from.  Pathetic, I know!!  Anyway, I'm making up a simple design and have it all ready to sew on little by little.  I think the center star is destined for a tabletopper. :-)

My other sewed project for yesterday is this...  I finished the Shepherd's Bush Glad Tidings fob from the challenge!!!!! :-)  I am *so* thrilled.  I've never had a scissors fob and I just love it.  I put it on the Lion's Tail scissors that my dh got me for Christmas, and it just fits. :-)

Which brings me to the next piece of news...  I have enough of the kit left to make another fob, I think - or pretty close at least.  You'd need to add some fabric and maybe a little thread, but I'll sell the remnants and the chart for $5 to the first one who is interested.  I prefer paypal, cuz it's easier. :-)  Here's a picture of what is included (and the chart, of course!)...  My email is in my profile on my sidebar.

As for my weekend wrap up, I got a lot done this week!

First, I finished the block for Angel Quilts.  It was my last 2010 UFO.

I worked on my Challenge Start #2...

And on my challenge start #5.

I'll see if I can finish those this week. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!!!



This Friday

I'm going to try something new this Friday and join the Friday Night Sew-In.  I was planning on cross-stitching, but maybe I'll set Friday night aside to work on a quilting project.  It seems I don't take the time otherwise.  We'll see!! :-)

Here's the link if you'd like to join in the fun!


The Craziest Start of All

Yes, I have officially done a crazy thing to end this crazy challenge.... but before we get to that, here are the pictures (kind of crummy ones, sorry!) for days 13 and 14...

 Day 13 - Here's a cute sampler from Cross Country Stitching.  It will read, "Thank God for what you have; Trust Him for what you need." and is surrounded by lots of birds.  Just a sweet, quick stitch.
 Day 14 starts an old pattern from Stoney Creek (1985) called Shepherd Boy.  My dd thinks that it looks like a mutant sheep so far! :-)

And then, the craziest of crazy starts for day 15...

The (absolutely huge) kit my husband gave me for Christmas!  I can't imagine that I could get it done this year... I just don't have that many hours in my day to devote to cross stitch, BUT... I figured that I will be much more apt to spend time on it if it is part of my challenge projects.  Almost all the stitching you see is more of that 5 strands of floss on 18 count nightmare.  Grrrr.... who *designs* stuff like this???   I know that that is only for the deep shadows, and, granted, it is gorgeous when it is done, but *really*!!!!! :-)  

I think it's fun that tomorrow is the start of a new week, so I can start my plan to devote a week to a project.  I'm going to start with a 3/4 finished square for Angel Quilts and see if I can get that sent off by the end of the week.  Then we'll see what calls my name the most.  I might finish the ornament that is for an exchange come February, but, probably it will be one of the projects on the scroll rods so I can reuse them as I finish.  Have I mentioned that I love my stitching stand?  LOL!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and being so encouraging during the challenge!  Blessings to you!


Catching Up

Hello friends!  I have a few days of starts and one finish to show you today!  First up is the little pillow that I finished and mailed off to my friend with cancer.  I pray it will be a blessing to her!

Here's today's start (Day 12).  Bwahahahahaha.  I won't have a lot of time today to stitch, so I did about 35 border stitches this morning, and then realized that my fabric was turned the wrong way and I was going to go off the edge, if I continued.  Grrr...  So, I frogged it all and did 2 stitches the right way.  It's still a start!! LOL!

Yesterday (Day 11) I worked on this little sampler from October's Cross Country Stitching magazine.  It's going to be cute, I think. :-)  And I *love* two-handed stitching!!!  I worked on the kit this morning without it being on my stand and I really missed using it.  It goes so much faster with the stand!

We interrupt this blog post to show you the blog candy I won around Christmas-time! :-)  Thanks so much Cathryn!

And one more start! Day 10 I worked on a JCS ornament for my DD for Christmas next year.  It's almost done! :-)

Thanks for stopping by to check on me!  Just a few more days of the challenge and then it will be time to finish some of these!!



Day 9 - Pumpkin Cottage

Last year, when I was working on The Stocking that I was making for my daughter for Christmas, Country Cottage Needleworks came out with the adorable pattern, Pumpkin Cottage.  I don't know exactly why, but I just fell in love with it.  I think it was the colors.  Anyway, I knew that I just couldn't start it until The Stocking was finished, but I did go buy the pattern and floss and tuck it away in a mesh bag as a "prize" for when The Stocking was complete.  Of course the Crazy January Challenge was then announced and I decided to join, so Pumpkin Cottage became just one of a group of starts - rather than the enjoyable "stitch until it's finished" that I had planned on.  For that reason, I hadn't started it yet during the challenge.  I felt like it deserved better.  Isn't that silly?  Especially when I was sick, I just couldn't *not* enjoy it while I was stitching on it.  I thought maybe I would leave it until last, but yesterday I realized that it *was* the last week of the challenge - already!  So I pulled out my fabric, attached it to the scroll bars of my new lap stand and sat down to enjoy a day of stitching and to celebrate feeling so much better.  I wasn't quite up to going to church yet, so between making meals and cleaning up the kitchen, taking the dogs out and taking a nap, I was able to make some pretty good progress.  I'm *really* enjoying my new lap stand!  Of course, I did make a mistake... my house is one line too short.  But it was way back at the beginning of my stitching and there was no way I was going to frog all that work.  So I'll just work around it.  It won't be perfect, but it will be mine. :-)  I'm loving the colors.  They are so soft and warm and fall-ish.  I'm working it on 28 ct Monaco - maybe called Mushroom?  I don't remember.  But it is just the perfect color.  I'm going to have a hard time leaving this for the week, while I work on my other starts.  Sigh.  I so look forward to finishing them all!!

I hope to get around to comment on everyone's work this week.  I might be a little pressed for time, though, as I didn't do anything much last week while I was sick, and now I have the year end things to do for my GraceWorks business.  Thank you all so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments!  You are such an encouragement to me!!




Days 7 & 8

It's day 8 of the challenge and I'm finally starting to feel better!  What a blessing!  But when I went to write this post I realized that I had been feeling so rotten that I'd numbered my days wrong on the last few posts.  They're fixed now! 

  Here is my Day 7 start - LHN's Woodland Sampler ( or is it Woodland Sampling?  I don't have it in front of me...)  I was going to do it on linen that I'd bought especially for it, but my head hurt too badly last night to attempt to do anything over two, so I started it on 18 ct Fiddler's cloth and it's adorable.  I can't wait to finish it!  

And here's today's start... and finish. :-)  Just pretend that I made the picture look antique-ish and that it isn't really the horrible light that I took it under that made it look sort of yellow.  I'll post a better picture when I actually finish-finish it. :-)

I've had this Shepherd's Bush fob kit for a year and just kept putting it off.  Today was the day, though.  I was feeling better, but not good enough to do much, so I spent most of the day stitching and listening to Elizabeth Klett read Emma.  She is a FANTASTIC reader!  I love to listen to the Jane Austen books that she's read for Librivox while I stitch.  It was so fun to finish something - especially cuz I feel like I've lost a week of the challenge while I was sick.  I'm not behind with my starts, I just didn't feel like I'd been accomplishing very much. 

So... what shall I start tomorrow?  I hope you'll stop by and see! :-)



Day 6

My day 6 start was a cute little spring stitch from Cross Country Stitching.  The words will say, "Plant a garden, feed the bunnies."  The colors are so cute in real life.  I think I'll enjoy finishing this one!

It's 5:50 pm and I still don't know what I'm going to start today.  I keep sneezing so hard that my head hurts, so it's going to have to be another easy stitch that doesn't require much thinking.   I'm going to see if I can talk my husband into going out for supper, too.

The bright side is that I'm one day closer to feeling better!! :-)


Day 5

I decided to start a little Shepherd's Bush ornament yesterday - called "Santa's Flight".  I love the little sheep reindeer in it!  I had a little more time to stitch yesterday between napping and coughing, so I feel like I accomplished something. :-)

Today I'm going to start a little Spring chart from a Cross Country Stitching magazine.  It should be a fairly quick stitch, so my plan is to make myself do something for 15 minutes and then stitch for 15 minutes throughout the day.  That's about all the energy I have to be up and around and the stitching will be a nice reward. :-)

See you tomorrow!


Days 3 & 4

Not much progress to show.  I have the cold in full force and can't concentrate to stitch.  Sigh.  Here's my Day Three start... Thankful for Ewe by LHN and Crescent Colors.

 Today we were gone all day and now that I'm home, my sore throat and I just want to find a warm blanket and go to bed.  I did just enough of this CCN Let it Snow ornament to say I started it and then I put it away.  I do hope that I feel better in a day or two.  I have so many fun stitches to work on!

I hope to visit your blogs and see your challenge progress, but tonight I may not be leaving many comments.  It takes too much effort!!   G'night!


Crazy Days!

Welcome to 2011!!  I'm sorry that I didn't update yesterday, but I'll try to catch you up to today...

First, here's my new Stitch E-Z lap stand (and some of my grey hair if you look closely! LOL!)  It comes with the clamp that you see, as well as a scroll frame.  I'm loving it!  Although it is going to take me awhile to learn this two-handed stitching thing!!

In the hoop is a square for the Angel Quilt Project.  I hope to do a number of squares for them this year!

Here's my last finish for 2010 - a JCS ornament.  I haven't had a chance to finish it into a pillow yet, but it is for a friend who has just been diagnosed with gastric cancer.  I'd like to send it to her as a start to a "basket of hope"- something like Faye's pink basket that she's making in honor of a friend.

Here is my start for Day One of the Crazy challenge.  I really didn't have a lot of time to stitch yesterday, so there isn't a ton done, but it does seem like it will be a fun stitch... except for trying to use 5 strands of floss in 18 count aida.  Grrrr....

And here's today's start.  This adorable fob by Shepherd's Bush.  I've finished the back and started on the front, but I think now I will put it away and work on my Angel Quilt square for awhile tonight.

I'm starting to feel like I could be getting the cold/flu that my daughter has been fighting with for a week.    I do hope that I'll at least be able to do my crazy 15 starts if I get sick. :-)  See you soon!