Friday, September 23, 2011

Lila Tueller

Lila Tueller has a beautiful blog full of her amazing patterns.

She is holding a contest to win some lovely pre-cut fabrics.

Enter now!

Happy stitching!

First Day of Autumn

The first day of autumn is upon us. Here are some scarlet berries of the dogwood tree.

"Go, sit upon the lofty hill
 And turn your eyes around,
 Where waving woods and waters wild
 Do hymn an autumn sound.
 The summer sun is faint on them --
 The summer flowers depart --
 Sit still -- as all transform'd to stone,
  Except your musing heart."
                      from "The Autumn,"
                  Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Today I will be finishing my two squares for the Fair & Square Round 26. My partner is Jill.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

French Freebies

I recommend the site "Le Chalet des Perelles." Cathy will send you her beautiful freebies by email. I got three of them yesterday.

Don't be disappointed if she does not reply for a while--you will get them. They are very pretty designs. I got a bird on a nest, and two different house designs.

Happy stitching!

I Won Again

I'm so happy to have won the Lizzie Kate chart "Snow Friends" from Peggy. It is sooo me because it features animals & birds---I can't get enough of nature themes.

I have five pinkeeps sewn to their mat boards and ready to be finished. I really wish some company would come out with more colors of ball-head pins. I can find pastel pearlized, white, pastel regular, and a mixed pack of a few brights. It's inadequate for matching pins to pinkeeps, don't you think? There aren't even any black ones for Halloween, or brown or orange or true red for fall.

The weather is definitely moving towards fall here. The leaves are just beginning to turn. Most mornings there is a fog over the river. Here is a photo of some honeysuckle. I know it's invasive, but it still makes a good picture.

Happy stitching!


I'm so excited to have won this chart from Annie.

Happy stitching!

Maison Fleurie Mistake

I bound this over the mat board and was all set to finish the pinkeep when I noticed a big mistake. Yep, I left out the bluebird. Now I must remove the piece from the mat board. I don't glue mine--I sew the selvedges together in the back, with long stitches.

Happy stitching!

Give Thanks WIP

This is my start on the "Give Thanks" free chart from Heartstring Samplery.

I'm stitching it on 28ct.cream(?) Lugana. I wanted it to be big so it will look nice in a frame.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sock Yarn Giveaway

Get over to Caffeine Girl Knits and enter the giveaway before 9/20.
Happy stitching!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Giveaway At Stuff With Thing

There's another giveaway to enter here.

The prize is some silk threads.

End date: 09/30

Happy stitching!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cross Stitch Queen's Giveaway

Cross Stitch Queen is celebrating her followers. Head over to this post and enter the giveaway. There's lots of nice stash.
Happy stitching!

Orange Sink Giveaway

Get over to Orange Sink and enter for a chance to win a lovely, hand-hooked, wool penny rug (10").

The giveaway runs through  09/18.

Happy stitching!

Elaine's Giveaway

Elaine is having a nice giveaway.

Hop over to her blog and enter before 09/23.

Happy stitching!

A Thursday Update

The water was shut off for some hours both Tuesday and Wednesday, and there was no notice given, and no robo-call. They have been digging up at the end of the block. It came back on yesterday at noon but I had to catch up on other things (due to lack of water) and so I didn't post. last night they were still at work, under lights.

I got rid of cable TV and bought a SONY DVD player. Yesterday I watched this video.  Whe I bought it from the sale bin, I thought it was the Tom Cruise one, but realized it was not after I got home. It was a good movie, and better, probably, because it lacked the Hollywood flash and glitz, and focused upon the mindsets and paths of the individuals involved in this ill-fated plot.

Daughter went to Ben Franklin and bought me my mat board while I was occupied elsewhere. She said that the store seemed not to have as much stuff--"struggling"--as she put it. The only mat board she could find were some large scrap pieces left over from their framing section. They still charged the full price. I just hadn't wanted to go up the I-70 hill to Michael's (lots more traffic). I guess the BF will not survive against Michael's too much longer. The dwindling population in our area cannot support too many competing stores.

So, I plan to finish as many pinkeeps as I can with the 3 pieces of mat that I got, before going out to buy more.

I finally got this (JCS 2010 Halloween Issue) stitched:

I finished Maison Fleurie yesterday:

The small flowers should have been stitched with a darker pink, as they blend in to the background of the grass, instead of standing out.

Today I will stitch solely on my Fair & Square Round 26, as I need to get it finished.

I downloaded a free "Give Thanks" chart from a blog. I will find the link and let you know from where. I've decided to stitch it upon Lugana.
Happy stitching!

Friday, September 9, 2011

No Mat Board

I wanted to finish up a bunch of embroidered pieces and make them into pin keeps. Alas! I have foam board but no mat board. Instead, I'll work on my Fair & Square exchange and on Maison Fleurie.

Family & a friend have been affected by the heavy rains from Lee, in two different areas of the nation. Stay safe, everyone!

It's Friday and rain showers are forecast all weekend. I plan to get a lot of stitching done.

Oh, Facile Cecile just published a beautiful embroidery book, "Jardin reve." If anyone knows where this can be purchased online through US distributors, please let me know.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Maison Fleurie WIP

This is my start on "Maison Fleurie," a freebie by Chantal Jordan for Jura Point de Croix.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One Skein Wonders

 I received this book from my Crafter's Choice Book Club yesterday:
I glanced at a few pages and the projects look amazing! I glimpsed some shawl patterns that I want to make. Today I'll sit down and look through it cover to cover.

I started my squares for the Fair & Square Round 26. I cannot show you a picture (or give hints) until the exchange is completed, but I think my partner will like them.

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Return to Blogging/ Stitching Update

Well, I feel much better and have the energy to take up this blog again.

While I was recuperating, I worked on Boo Jack:

and finished the two squares for a biscornu:

 (Pattern from The Floss Box)

and I bought some stash fabric:

and I purchased some kits to stitch for Christmas presents:

including this gorgeous peacock, which I hope to finish for my daughter's Xmas present:

and I started AND finished one of the small kits this past weekend:

It came out great! The only way that these can be displayed is with an easel stand. I plan to get clear stands for all of them. This one is for a birthday present for a friend. I highly recommend these for a quick gift. I got mine on sale from and with the free shipping coupon that week, they were a fantastic buy.

andI made progress on my Dimensions Petite Gold Beautiful Bird kit:

I plan to do some work on this blog (add a counter, etc) and do my own free charts over into PDFs that can be easily accessed. I'm going to make a schedule of visiting a certain number of bookmarked blogs each day, that way I'll be able to keep up with all the latest news and stitching.

I see Becky SC is not blogging due to illness in the family, and I can sympathize, especially when cancer is involved.

Happy stitching everyone!