Sunday, November 28, 2010


We put the tree up today and I am slowly decorating. Above and below are two things I stitched years ago. My Mom finished them for me. I love the blue Santa!!! Prairie Schooler on top and Cricket Collection pattern on the bottom.

Okay, here are some of my works in progress!!! Above, is Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. Last year I started this on 36 count and got very frustrated. Finally, last Friday I got the 32 count fabric and I can tell I am going to love working on this huge project! I started again last night.
Christmas Eve by Prairie Schooler. So cute! My friend Pat did a thread and linen conversion for me!
Deck the Halls by The Sunflower Seed. I love this! Started it on Friday, but it got interrupted by CHRH.
Miss Mary's Pin Keep by Primitive Needleworks. I am envisioning this in a basket of smalls (which does not exist yet).
Liberty Belles by Little House Needleworks.
Sugar Plum Fairy by Little House Needworks.
I got out some of my Christmas decorating treasures.....wanted to show my Dutch friend, Karin, my small little wooden shoes!

Above is a dear little wooden ornament that my Mom got for me a long time ago.
I found a very cute tart warmer buried in a box. It makes everything so homey to have candles burning; especially on a Sunday afternoon of hibernation in the house.
My Mom got me this little votive holder from Yankee Candle. I can't find my votives anywhere though.....may have to make a trek to Yankee Candle. I love that store!
Lastly, I came across this darling little angel. She is hanging on the tree now. I am doing my decorating slowly over this week. Have to have stitching time or I will go insane!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I Ate Too Much Turkey

by Jack Prelutsky

I ate too much turkey,
I ate too much corn,
I ate too much pudding and pie,
I'm stuffed up with muffins
and much too much stuffin',
I'm probably going to die.

I piled up my plate
and I ate and I ate,
but I wish I had known when to stop,
for I'm so crammed with yams,
sauces, gravies, and jams
that my buttons are starting to pop.

I'm full of tomatoes
and french fried potatoes,
my stomach is swollen and sore,
but there's still some dessert,
so I guess it won't hurt
if I eat just a little bit more.

The images that you see here are from my beloved postcard collection. My Mom and I used to go to postcard show after postcard show and find such amazing vintage images. I really miss attending those shows!!! Please feel free to use any of the images in your artwork.

I am wishing everyone a very lovely Thanksgiving. I hope you are surrounded by beloved family and friends! Oh, and lots of good food!!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Solo Stitching

I was working on the project above, Liberty Belles by Little House Needleworks. I love it, but tonight I got in the mood to work on Sugar Plum Fairy by Country Cottage Needleworks. Love the colors! I have not gotten (is that a word?) very far yet, but I am enjoying it very much so far!! Will get some progress pictures up here soon!
By the way, the Sugar Plum Fairy was finished by Vonna of The Twisted Stitcher. Gorgeous finish......hope to have it done this way myself!

Edited to Add: The picture of the projects in this post are taken from the internet. They are not my finished work. My projects are nowhere near done yet!!! I just wanted to show you a picture of what I was working on.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Can you imagine the fun??? Teresa brought her entire collection of Prairie Schooler patterns to stitching the other day. I love their designs!!!

Pictured above is a chart I had never seen. I asked everyone which chart of the three they would was interesting, nearly everyone picked #3 (the one with the deer). I would do the #2 chart.

Which one would you do?

EDITED TO ADD: This is PS #83. The title is Winter Samplers.

EDIT #2!!!!! SEE BELOW FOR A NEW POST. I made some kind of mistake and it went below the current post.

Sunday Stitching

Last Sunday was stitching day for the addicted. Here are pictures of some of the great projects from my friends.
If you would like to know the name of any of these beauties just let me know in the comments section. I am too "ketonked" to list them right now. (Kee-tonked is a word my Mom made up and it means totally tired out!)
The projects here were stitched by the marvelous and lovely Linda, Karin, Jayne and Nancy.
How about this wall of fibers!!! Yes, please!!!
The color of the thread in this project that Jayne is working on is just TOO stunning!!
Above and below are Nancy's projects. So gorgeous!
I have had so much fun reading your comments this week!!!! Thank you so much!


I really wish I could put into words how very special the women in my stitching group are. Here is an example to give you an idea. The above work is "Friends Count" by Mary Garry. It is an out of print chart by a woman who no longer designs. It is a chart that is very hard to get. Jayne, pictured above, had the chart.
Barb, pictured below, wanted to stitch this piece, so Jayne lent her the pattern. Get this, before stitching the piece for herself, Barb stitched it for Jayne. Not only stitched it but personalized it so that we are all represented on the piece.

Below are all of the people who are represented on the piece. Teresa is symbolized by the quilt, I am represented by the book, Cathy is represented by the Inspired Needle itself, Karin is represented by the Dutch tulip, Linda is represented by the crow, Pat is represented by the hypodermic needle (!) as she is a nurse, Patti is a teacher and so she is represented by the ABC and Barb is a cyclist and is represented by the bike!
Barb charted all of those symbols herself. What a beautiful work of art!!!!!!! So you see, my stitching friends are truly one in a million!!!!!!!!!

P.S. The picture of Barb with the Carriage House Samplings 1848 Reproduction Sampler is special too! She knew that as soon as we saw her finished stitching that we would all want that chart!!! She was right, and she was prepared. She had purchased each of us a copy of the chart!!!!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Can't Explain

Even though I have not gone to see a movie in a theater in several months, I do love the whole movie going experience. One thing I can't explain is my love for these studio logos that start everything off. I just think the designs are so cool!

This Columbia Pictures lady is my favorite!
This RKO logo is really old and really cool!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Christmas Stitching

I am so excited!!! I am off to stitch night tonight at Inspired Needle and I am bringing this chart with me. My friend Pat is going to do a conversion from DMC to variegated thread. I am totally in the mood to start this project stat!!!!! I love to stitch on Christmas related projects during this time of year.

Last weekend I went on the 2010 Count Me Inspired stitching retreat sponsored by my incredibly great LNS, Inspired Needle! It was so much fun that I did not take any pictures! For shame! We were there from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. It was like being in a perfect stitching bubble all weekend. We had a great time looking at each other's works in progress and rifling through each other's stitching bags. Our retreat was held at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana. Not too close to home and not too far. I even was able to get something on my wish list in town. The new Vera Bradley Kiss and Make Up bag in Twirly Blue. I copied off my friend Karin. She has one in another pattern and uses it to carry her notions in!!! So fun!