Tuesday, April 5, 2022

A Couple of Small Finishes

I thought that April was supposed to be the gentle month, coming in like a lamb. Instead, we are having severe thunderstorms for the next couple of days. At least it will wash some of the pollen away. 

Here are a couple of small finishes. Nothing earth shattering. 
Just haven’t made pics of anything else, and Lauren ( Rugs and Pugs), who manages to post quite regularly, gave me a nudge. 

This tiny penny mat was a club piece from Country Sampler’s Maggie B club many years ago. It is only slightly larger than my hand. I’m not sure why it took so long to get around to it. 

It looks cute enough in this little vignette. 

I had finished stitching this Brenda Gervais cross stitch several months ago, but just never got around to fully finishing it. I knew I didn’t want to frame it, but couldn’t decide exactly what I did want to do. 

I ended up with a simple pillow finish, loosely stuffing it with sawdust and adding bias ribbon, rusty pin and bells. Frankly, I think that the ribbon and bells make it. 

It is stitched on a mystery 32 count linen with called for overdyed threads. It is stitched one strand over two threads. I would have been happier with two over two….but by the time I realized it, I was too far in to change. 

Jackson recently caught this big ole bass. Was he proud or what!!

Take Care,

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Happy Sunday

This has been a beautiful day, weather wise. A little windy, but the sun was shining brightly. So nice to finally see the gray of the last few months lifted. There is, however, this….

I finally pulled the last loop on this huge runner….

It still needs to be blocked and bound, but it is nice to have it off the frame.  It is a pattern from Cushing, here…. https://wcushing.com/?s=Let+us+be+silent+pattern&post_type=product

While I was packing away my St. Patty’s Day decor, I realized that I hadn’t shared that. Things are a little sparse, but this was the first year that I had decorated for this holiday.  This is my (rather large) dough bowl. 

This is Miss Shamrock from Pineberry Lane. 

Mystery linen in what I believe is 40ct. DMC threads similar to those in the pattern photo. 

A Celtic styled cross, pattern free from the internet. Mystery linen and a variegated overdyed cotton???color. 

A simple wool appliqu├ęd shamrock. 

The wool applique round for the holiday. 

Followed by this one….probably my favorite thus far. 

The ladybug is a cute button from my stash. 

I store the pieces that aren’t in use inside this wonderful vintage picnic basket…

And the metal stand holding each month’s round sits atop it. 

Well, that’s about it for tonight. 

Take Care,

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

I Need to Learn

I need to learn that I don’t need to take a gazillion Instagram worthy photos of my projects in order to blog. So I am going to try to blog more often and with more abandon. We’ll see how it goes. 

On the cross stitch arena, I am participating in #12ornamentsin22. The hash tag is pretty obvious. An ornament a month gives you twelve lovely ornaments for your tree by the end of the year. My focus thus far has been to bolster my collection of Prairie Schooler Santas. So here you go….


Both fully finished….gasp….and ready to be tucked away until Christmas. 

In the hooking arena, I am back to this very long, but simple, runner. Determined to get a finish here before proceeding to one of my other class projects. I have too many rugs in the works….thanks to Zoom classes with Lisanne Miller at Cushing. 

That’s going to be it for today. Hope you are having a good one. The weather is lovely here. It’s almost time to dig in the dirt again. 

Take Care,

Friday, December 31, 2021

Some Christmas Goodies

Always bringing up the rear, but I finally took some photos of my Christmas stitching last night. 

Two from Pineberry Lane which were finished last year and fully finished this year. The middle one is from Lori Holt’s stitch cards and was completely finished this year.!

They are fashioned in a Rae Dunn Christmas bowl and surrounded by felt balls from Feltpod on Etsy. 

This cutie was completely finished this year to go with my new Santa Mug collection. 

Design is Tis the Season by Stitching with the Housewives. The frame is from Hobby Lobby and had some sort of saying behind the xstitch. 

Woodland Santa all mounted on an easel and standing beside my xstitch tree. 

Cross stitch on perforated paper all mounted to little sled ornaments. Completely finished this year.

The lower ones are from Anniebeez and the top ones from Foxwood Crossings. 

Prairie Schoolers and Blackbird Designs stockings. 

All but six of the Prairie Schooker designs completely finished this year. The other six stitched last year and fully finished this year. 

 The new crossstitch tree.

Our big tree. 

Mattie and Buddy. 

Casper and Daisy. 

The cousins. Oh my, how grown up they are. 

Our free spirit♥️

Wishing you the very best New year!!!
Take Care,

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Not Quite Ready

The Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving decor is in the tubs and ready for next year, but it is a little too early for me to haul out the Christmas decor. As I put my decorations away, I realized they had never debuted on my blog. I know everyone is tired of seeing Fall decor, but I am going to post anyway. Just sign off if you can’t bear seeing another thing. 

Skinny pillows:

These are so stinking cute that I couldn’t stop making them. Easy, too.

Wool applique:

I am doing one a month of these fun stitches. Fall is a squirrel, but I am waiting on Rick rack to arrive on the slow boat from China so he won’t debut till next year. Santa is almost ready. They are attached with magnets glued to the backs for easy change out. 

This little mat is slightly bigger than my hand and was a kit from Maggie B’s club years ago at Country Sampler. Am going to try to work through them over the next few months. 

Cross Stitch:

I had posted the birds before, but just got around to fully finishing it. The Halloween small is one of my favorites. 

I need to press poor Louisa, but I am getting pretty close to a finish on her. 

I’ve stitched fourteen Prairie Schooler Santa’s over the past couple of years. This one is the latest. Plan to finish them soon…I bought a special tree for them, so that is my incentive to get them done. 

These Blackbird Designs stockings were stitched by me and sent to Faye Rigsbee @carolinastitcher for finishing. They fit in the palm of my hand. I am in love with them and plan to stitch more….they have monthly leaflets for lots of them. 

Daisy and Casper got groomed last week and arrived home exhausted.

Christi and John got married♥️♥️♥️

And Macy(on left) won Most Improved for her first year running Cross Country!!

Baby, it’s cold outside….

Happy Thanksgiving and Take Care,

Thursday, October 21, 2021

No Better

Well, I was doing better with blogging more regularly, and now a month has passed by. Good grief. Well, at any rate, here we go.

Finished this cute rug, Pumpkin Ride, in another class with Lisanne. 

It is blocked and just needs to be bound. Need to do that so that I can enjoy it for Fall. 

This cute stitch, Good Intentions by Kathy Barrick, will be finished soon. 

Didn’t need to start another project, but this one had been calling my name for awhile. 

Kitty Corn will not be a wrap for Halloween this year, but I am making a little progress. 

This English paper pieced project has been planned for a long while. It is from a Quiltmania book, and I believe it is called Feathering the Nest. 

The centers are from a modern line of barkcloth. The fabric it is on will actually be the next row of hexies which will serve to join the current set. In the book, this joining tow was embellished with beautiful embroidery, but that won’t be happening here. Friend Laura has also started this one and we are working on it together.

Macy bested her time by over two minutes at the most recent cross country meet!!

Sara Ashley was home from college for Fall Break last week.

Good advice.

Take Care,