Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here Comes 2012 !!

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Friday, December 23, 2011


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Plum Street Samplers 2008

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Pudding Ball

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"Christmas Pudding Ball"
Casey Buonaugurio Designs

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas Tree

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"Christmas Wish"
Cross-Eyed Cricket

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ho Ho Ho

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

He's Skating !!

Stitched, photographed, and blogged - all from my stitching chair.  I love technology!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving !!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

For the McNamaras

Dear Linda, Paul, Kaitlin, Kelsey, Anni, and Audrey, with MUCH LOVE !!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from the Crypt Club !!

Prairie Moon's "The Crypt Club"

'Spose they're gonna jump each other's bones tonight?!

May I start you off with a Bloody Mary?

Whew, finished just in time!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Back At the Crypt Club

Where the heck have I been???
I have been stitching, of course! I’m working on the Oberlin “Chicago” for my friends the McNamaras, but took a Halloween break to get back to Prairie Moon’s “Crypt Club.” Loved working on the dress over the long weekend, down to the bows on her shoes! (Her elbow’s missing cuz she is arm-in-arm with her equally creepy date). Stay tuned!


Sunday, September 11, 2011




Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Very Fine Braid on Santa

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Santa and the Black Sky

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with my Santa! Need to grab some more white Kreinik very fine braid to finish the glittery checkerboard bottom border, and the game tonight will give me plenty of time to stitch.  Red Sox/Yankees games always run 3 hours plus.

House #6 is waiting in the wings, but the black sky really makes it.  More boring stitching for baseball watching!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th !!


Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend!  It is overcast here in SW Ohio, so will probably catch up on the ‘ole DVR and stitch away.  I am finally doing the “night” stitches on House #6 and will have a pic soon…


Monday, June 27, 2011

Up On The Roof!

This weekend, I resolved to make some visible progress on House #6. I am happy to be able to announce that I made it to the roof….AND BEYOND !!

I also participated in a “Stitch and Chat with A Designer” via The Stitchers’ Village.  We all picked either “Meow Spoken Here” or “Woof Spoken Here” and stitched and chatted with “Stitchy Kitty” designer Michelle Lutzen, giving her lots of design ideas.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Needle is Smokin!


Thanks to some intolerable temps around here and lots of Red Sox to watch on TV, I’ve found quite a bit of time to stitch.

My strong sense of completion is being satiated lately by flippin’ through my extensive freebie collection, and discovering some quickies that just thrill me.  Here’s a darling little French number that has been calling my name for several years.  I used a scrap piece of 28 ct. grey evenweave and some Gentle Arts Black Crow.  I loved every second of stitching this one.


“Black Needles” by Marie Auriau

This next is a La-D-Da freebie that I picked up at Keepsakes a couple of weekends ago. Barb cut me a small piece of 32-ct Belfast Autumn Fields, and I stitched it with DMC Variations #4130. Stitched it up while watching the 25 anniversary concert of Les Mis on PBS. What a production! Fabulous!


“1-2-3” by La-D-Da

These little projects have proven to be nice breaks from “Over the River,” but I am making good progress on it as well.  It is nice to see Santa all completed!


Hope your needle is blissfully sailing along as well!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yellow House, but more importantly....My Blogger Dashboard is BACK !!

As many of my Twitter followers know, I have been without access to my Blogger dashboard for what seems like an eternity. Well, I just now checked, like I've been doing constantly, and it's here's a quick post...OMG, I hope it stays....

I am actually on the "second story" of HoHRH's House #6 but this is the latest picture I have.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thrifty Stitching

I am still adjusting to having SO MUCH free time, but am certainly getting alot of stitching done. House #6 of HOHRH has been started....

And, in an effort to "stitch from my stash," and thereby save money (no more two paychecks!), I picked up this Christmas design from 2004, all kitted up (who knew?!)

I have also jumped on the flower frog bandwagon, and picked up this beauty on eBay. "Someday," it will be filled with a real collection, right?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

House #5 and a Maine mini

House #5 of Houses of Hawk Run Hollow is now finished, and it's on to House #6. I started the border last night, while watching "The Assassination of Jesse James" (the only Brad Pitt movie I actually think suits him). That's the house with the black background. Oh, well.

My evenings and weekends are now my own, and I have to admit it feels pretty strange. Three and a half years of rushing home from the bus, changing into my jeans, grabbing a bite and a few minutes of Hard Ball, and driving down to the bookstore. Getting home between 9 and 10, staying up too late ('cause you can't just go to bed), and starting all over again at 5 in the morning. What can I say. You do what you have to do, and it sure was fun. Of course, "the plan" called for that job to last a few years longer, but I WAS exhausted ALL THE TIME, and so... things happen for a reason.

I have piles of stitching to do, as well as sewing (on my new-to-me machine) and genealogy, all of which are calling my name.

You should have seen me this morning on the new, longer route, bus, listening to "Cutting for Stone," on my iPod and reading along with it on my Kobo. Pretty sweet!

Of course, with warmer weather on it's way, my thoughts turn to summer plans and Maine, and this little cutie proved a worthy diversion from my BAP* above.

* Big Ass Project

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Finish! Margaret Sherry's Ice-Skating Hedgehog

Took a day off from the daily grind, and managed to finish up my first ice-skating design. Came out pretty darn cute, I must say!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Another Rotten House

I have been diligently stitching on House #5. Hey, I'm on the second row !! There are just not enough hours in the day for stitching, sewing, reading, genealogy, and, oh yeah, SLEEP !

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Oh well, with the bookstore closing, I see lots more time coming my way !

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A House and a Hedgehog

I finished House #4 of Houses of Hawk Run Hollow over the weekend. It came out very nicely, and I am on to House #5. As mentioned earlier, it is my goal to finish this piece in 2011.

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For my "Ice-Skaters Wall" (see prior post), I have started Margaret Sherry's Ice-Skating Hedgehog, and here is my progress so far. Pretty cute! I have found a couple of other ice-skating themed patterns in my stash, so will add these to my project list.

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On a related note, I have rescued my old Elna Club sewing machine from oblivion and am trying to decide whether to fix it up to keep or list on Craigslist. It sure brought back memories of hours and hours of sewing clothes for myself and my kids from about 1990 to 1998. Once the cross-stitching bug bit, and other life events intervened, it was folded up and put away. I haven't even used it in the ten years I've lived in this house! Time will tell...happy stitching!