Quiet and Relaxation

I'm glad you could visit. My stitching brings me joy and is a source of relaxation. Visit often and feel free to leave comments.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ending 2011

I'm hoping to get 1 more finish besides this done tonight. I'm working on another ornament from the 2011 JCS ornament issue.

This is the last of the Rainbow Gallery canvas type pieces I had. I actually had to completely frog this one and start over. I'm now thinking I will put them on paper mache' boxes that I will stain/paint.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Canvas type work

on perforated paper. I had 3 of these Rainbow Gallery designs started from the early 1990's. Pulled them out of the UFO/kitted up drawer.
This one is 'squares n squares'

This one is 'Potluck'

I don't know what I'm going to do with them but they are done!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Santa's still here

I went through my drawer of kitted up things. There aren't that many in there but some are sure old. I decided to do this Needl love Tweed n Twinkle Santa on 7ct Klostern, I'm not a big fan of aida and large count but I had the fabric so stitched him up. He's over 10" tall.

And wahoo, the edit tools on my blog page finally decided to show back up....sure is a lot easier to fix things than having to go to the dashboard each time.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Had a wonderful Christmas with family. Much preparing and visiting that I didn't even pull out my stitching till the weekend celebrating was over. I managed to finish LHN Fresh Fallen Snow before the weekend started.

Then after Christmas I finished Victoria Sampler's Winter Squirrel less the buttons and bead I have to purchase yet.

I've pulled out some UFOs to work on and get them out of the drawer. Right now I'm working on Needle Love's Tweed n Twinkle on 7ct.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Seasonal finish

These are Prairie Schooler designs from TGOS 2008

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's done!

I finished the last redwork block of Crabapple Hill Winter Wonderland. Today the last 2 go to my mom and after the holidays a start will be made on the quilt.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Getting ready for Christmas

We finally got the tree all decorated...it takes several hours to put the tree together and fluff it, an hour or so to put on the lights and about 2 days of a few hours each to get the ornaments all set. I love it when it's done though. It's a 10 ft tree and looks so real in person. You can see my many years of cross stitch ornaments from stitching friends.


I haven't been stitching the last few days until an hour or so ago. I've been heming 5 2yd. fleece blankets that are Christmas gifts. They are all done and ready to get wrapped along with all other gifts.
After finishing the fleece blankets I pulled out redwork block #9 and finished it up.

And here is Aury Tm's a gobble couple done up as a large cube. Took the picture before it got packed away till next year.

Back to my redwork....I'm on the last of the blocks.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas party time

I attended my two xs club Christmas parties yesterday and today. So now I can show the finished ornaments I stitched earlier this year.
These 3 are Val's stuff snowman trio....they show a tad crooked in the pics...more so than the real thing. ;(

This was the JBW Scottie dog for another gift

This was my finish for today at the party...we stitch before & after eating and gift & ornament exchange. This is Drawn Thread's calender cover series. Only December left to go.

Friday, December 2, 2011


a UFO is done! I will have to look back and see when I actually started this piece. I know it was a few years ago and I hadn't done much...seems like earlier this year I pulled it out and got it to the hardanger point...decided it needed to move along since I was doing so well with the redwork and would be a nice break. Well, just this morning I finished the last row of drawn thread.

I'm selling the Cross n Patch leaflet for $3 + actual postage.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The end is in sight

Two more blocks done with 2 to go...Woo hoo!

Monday, November 28, 2011

A wonderful thanksgiving and a wonderful week

I started out the week by doing some Christmas shopping with my daughter on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We got most of it done.
I hosted Thanksgiving at my house and enjoyed it as well as the wonderful smells of all the goodies cooking. On Friday my daughter and I went out AFTER the craziness of black Friday and finished our Christmas shopping. The evening was spent resting up and getting to stitch and of course it didn't hurt that the Blues(NHL) were playing either. GO Blues!

I have several finishes since my last post.
This is Homespun Elegance charming bellpull sunflower

I also whipped up a Cross-eyed Cricket mitten.

These are the two halves of CEC 12 days toppper for the ornaments I did earlier this year.

I also got back to my Redwork and finished up another block which was a good sized one. The snowflakes on all of these are my least favorite part to stitch I guess because they are such short runs before a turn. After that one I started and finished the next...it was a nice small one. I'm now working on block #7 which is 1/2 done. I hope to keep going and get them all done so my mom can get the quilt put together.

The Homespun Elegance is for sale for $3 + actual postage. Check out my 2nd page tab for all my leaflets still for sale from my finishes.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Don't forget Santa

I keep several Prairie Schooler santas in the car for stitching while waiting. I finished this one Wednesday and just remembered to bring it in to show it. This is the 1993 Gardening Santa.

Weeds make haste

This is Shakespeare's Peddler Weeds make haste. This is one of two patterns of her's I bought at Celebrations this year. She had a nice selection of patterns and I was naughty in buying silks I needed as well as 40ct. linen...but 'hey' when it's available you purchase it when you can. ;)

I am selling this pattern for $4.50 + actual postage.

Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11 finish

but I didn't finish it till 1:35. This is Blackbird Designs morning star....it calls for a paper mache box but I haven't located it yet so may improvise and use an unfinished wood box instead. It is stitched on 40ct. Bittersweet using called for colors

I'm selling this leaflet for $5 + actual postage.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Introducing Mr. Scottie

This was a fun quick stitch...It's JBW's Scottie Dog....there are quite a few possibilities in stitching....stitch with white on black or black on hunter green....all quite cute. Not quite sure yet just how it's going to be finished as it would be a good sized ornament if I choose that.
Sandy, the chart will be in your hands next time I see you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Brrr it's cold outside

We had close to 70 degrees the last few days with a storm predicted for last night....We did get the rain the last 3 days but they downgraded the storm and boy the temps have dropped with a high of 52 today and strong wind gusts. With all of this I had been working on a garden piece by Shakespeare Peddler called Magic Garden Sampler. I did it on 40ct. Bittersweet. Boy do I like stitching on 40 ct.

I am selling this chart for $5.00 + actual postage

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The other finish

I didn't know when I posted earlier that I would get this fob done but here it is....it's the bonus chart with the Lizzie Kate When we do chart/kit.

When we do

I've love Lizzie Kate's recent releases. I just picked this piece up Tuesday morning at stitch club and immediately had to start it. There are 2 more of her charts pictured on the pattern that are a must for me.
I substituted threads pretty closely as I have minimal CC fibers and prefer weeks & Gast anyway. Oops, in a hurry that I didn't heat up the iron.
Starting the bonus fob included in the package.

I'm selling this pattern(along with the bonus when it's done) for $4.00 + actual postage.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

No pic

I have a new finish...but I can't show it for quite some time as it will be a gift and the recipient might see it here...so I'm just teasing you all but wanted to post as it's been a week since my last post. I will be adding the leaflet to my sale page though.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Finish and Re-framing

I just put in the finishing stitches in LHN Melicent Turner sampler....I used floss I had on hand instead of the called for colors. This was for the fall SAL for the LHN Yahoo group.

I also decided to re-frame Elvis. I like him better in this frame and the gifting to my sister was yesterday. She seemed to like it.

I am selling the LHN Melicent Turner pattern for $4.50 + actual postage.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Did some finishing

I picked up ready made frames at Hobby Lobby for what I could actually make work. All the others will require custom cut frames or fabric framing. Well, here they are just popped in minus one that I need glass for so it won't show well till I get that done. They all need to be permanently mounted and tweaked yet but this shows them a bit.

Blackbird Designs Pumpkin Farm

Shepherd's Bush Winter's Tale $4 for chart& leftover silk on sale page

HIH Harvest Home $2 for chart on sale page

Homespun Elegance Welcomes a plenty 3

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gobble Gobble

I started this day off with a finish. Here is Aury TM A Gobble couple. I substitued and used Gast/weeks/DMC/CC to use what I had on hand. Also used a piece of oatmeal evenweave I had.

I'm selling this leaflet for $4.50 + actual postage.

Friday, October 14, 2011


This is a Dimensions leaflet Snowy St. Nick. He is 90-95% done...I need to only do french knots, beads, metallic blend and some cording. He is about 15" x 15" or so. I started him quite a few years ago and only had about 100 stitches in. Earlier this year I decided to pull him from the UFO drawer and get going.

And I'm almost done on the first of the Gobble couple by Aury TM. These are fun.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Casting a spell

I've finished up the charts for the box for Blackbird Designs Casting a Spell. I have the box painted just need to sand, antique and wax it.

I'm selling the leaflet for $6.50 + actual postage. SOLD