Monday, December 22, 2008

The Stockings Were Hung....

These are Nathaniel's and Stephanie's childhood stockings, stitched many years ago. They are now 24 and 21 respectively. I am taking a much needed break from the courthouse, and working my tail off at Borders. But I love it there and the Christmas rush is just too much fun.

Dug this out of my stash bucket, along with the button pack that I paid way too much for. I have changed a few colors, which is rare for me, and it is coming along very nicely.

I hope all my stitching and blogging friends are having a fun holiday season!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Historic Times

Took time out to stitch up this little freebie while watching the debate the other night. Yes, there's one for the other party as well. You can find them at The Sampler Girl.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Under Sail - For Now

Wow, it's been a while! Anyway, here's where I am going to stop for now. These sails are a b***ch!! As the leaves turn and (ugh!) fall, I am going to turn to some holiday stitching. Be back soon (promise!)....going to go shop in my stash....

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Who? Me?!

Stitchers are such a warm supportive group! I have been nominated by stitching blogger Kim for a Kreativ Blogger Award, and am humbly honored.

We learn so much from each others' blogs, and gain valuable insight, inspiration and motivation every day! I feel especially privileged to have made your acquaintance through this blog.

Here, in no particular order, are my 5 nominees:

A Sampler of Stitches

Garden of Stitches

Coastal Stitching

Tangled Threads

Santa Stitches

Thank you, gals, for keeping me in stitches!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Where is my Head?

After trips to Portland, OR, and to Portland, ME, I am back to stitching and blogging. Throw in a bad case of poison ivy, and a boring budget meeting in Cleveland, and I am ready for summer to end. Never even got the swimsuit out of the drawer!

Oregon was fun, especially the afternoon I spent at Acorns & Threads. Wagon, what wagon?? Just had to get the large check fabric used for Summer Soapbox, and lots more goodies.

Visiting my folks and my daughter, who is staying with them for the summer before returning to UMaine, was very enjoyable and restful. Of course, we had to have our traditional lobster feed:

This is about how far I was on Sailor's Knots before my schedule went haywire:

And here is my progress as of this morning!

Friday, July 4, 2008

On the Rocks

Today was a day off from the courthouse, so I found myself at Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby taking advantage of holiday sales. Too much fun! As you can see, I have been stranded on the the "rock bound coast" with my summer piece.

Guess what?! Just realized that dark-ish blue in the clouds is the wrong blue (shows- to-go-ya that working off the floss organizer at the stitch-in way back when was not a smart move!) Have now frogged and restitched it, and it looks so much better - DUH!

Stay tuned for the next pic...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

North by Northwest

I got so anxious to get to the compass I "navigated" my way down there!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

First Light

Here's about where I am with "Sailor's Knots." It is really a fun stitch. The shadows in this picture do not do the colors justice. You can see where I had to frog a little (two of the floss colors for the rocks were labeled incorrectly. I had to rely on the kit picture to fix it. Think I'll be staying with this project for a while.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Start-itis Attack!

Had a real bad case of start-itis the other night, and since I'm shopping in my stash these days, I dove head-first into my kit cabinet, and, lo and behold, came up with this beautiful nautical design:

In case you can't read the fine print, it's call "Sailor's Knots" and was put out by Needle Treasures. I've googled and ebayed it, and can't find any mention or picture of it, so it must be long OOP. I had, in fact, started it at a stitch-in at Creative Cottage many years ago, but, because it's very large, had a hard time holding the q-snap at the table. And, it's on ivory Aida, which I am sticking with. I actually think some designs stitch well on Aida. Do need to get rid of the pesky "color organizer" it came with, and wind or baggie-up the floss, though. Who knows, this could be my summer project...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Time for a Clambake, Right?

Whoa, can't believe it's been over a month since I have posted here. That's what comes from working 60+ hours a week!! Anywho, here's my finished Oberlin's Clambake. You'll remember I found this gem during our shop hop last summer. Makes my mouth water...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

3's About Me

My good stitching pen pal Jan sent me an email the other day with her list and it got me thinking, so here's a few of mine.

3 things I love about my life:

* my great kids
* my endearing friends
* my wonderful man

3 favorite things to do:

* cross-stitch (naturally!)
* listen to NPR
* watch a good movie

3 favorite foods:

* seafood (esp. lobster, shrimp, and scallops)
* rhubarb pie
* mom's potato salad

3 favorite TV shows:

* House
* Grey's Anatomy
* Bill Moyer's Journal

3 favorite places on earth:

* Maine
* Chicago
* Seattle

3 things I am looking forward to:

* selling my house
* retirement (more time to stitch!)
* travelling more

3 places I'd love to go:

* Scotland
* Greece
* Bahamas

Saturday, April 12, 2008

My Christmas Village

Prairie Schooler's classic Christmas Village is fresh off the Q-Snap. I'm pretty pleased with it.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Snow means HoHRH

Here in Southwest Ohio, it was a mess of snow. So, it was no problem hunkering down to finish House #3.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Music and Books Cubed !

Since Stephanie is home for Spring Break this week, I was reminded that I never did post the stand-up I made for her for Christmas. She loved it!

Friday, February 29, 2008

New Prairie Schooler !!

Just plunked my money down to my eBay seller for "Weather Wise," one of the new Prairie Schooler designs. It has lighthouses, so I just couldn't resist.....

Monday, February 18, 2008

Stitching as Therapy

Don't you just love that feeling of seeing the end in sight. Stitching has been so therapeutic for me lately. What with the house on the market, prodigal son returning home, and working two jobs, I try to find itsy bitsy times to stitch. It shuts the rest of the world out, if just for a few precious minutes.

This is my favorite house by far.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Christmas Village Update

My dear friend Vickie and I decided to stitch Prairie Schooler's Christmas Village together. It is so much fun! My fabric is a very pale green linen, which may not show up in this photo. I have decided to do all the cross-stitch, before doing any backstitching. Rounding that SE corner of the border really made me feel like I was close to the finish.