Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My First Blog Award!

Thank you to Monica at The Hoopless Stitcher for giving me my first blog award.

As I was writing this and checking out the addresses of the blogs I was listing, I noticed that Melody at The Stitching Life also gave me this award!  Thank you to both you wonderful ladies!

So now I need to pick 5 blogs with under 200 followers:   I don't "officially" follow any blogs but these are some of the ones that I'm regular in checking (in no particular order):
  1. Ca11i0pe's Reviews and Stitching News
  2. The Stitching Life
  3. Reflections of a Desert Rat
  4. A Simple Mind
  5. All This & a Bag of Chips Too

Now the Rules are:

1. You must publically thank the person who awarded it to you.
2. Paste the Liebster Award on your blog
3. Pick 5 blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave them each a comment on their blogs letting them know of their honor.

Happy Stitching and Blogging!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New project...

Since I finished the Heirloom Christmas Sampler, I had a set of scroll frames with [gasp] nothing on them!  Well, that's just wrong, so I searched through my considerable stash to find a new project.

It was a tough decision to avoid starting another HAED design, but since the empty scroll frames are fairly narrow there weren't many HAEDs in my stash that would have fit.

The "winner" of the empty scroll frames is:  Woodland Violet Sampler from The Sweetheart Tree.  Here's what it looks like:

I've already got the fabric on the frame and I've entered it into my randomizer app but I don't know for sure when it will actually show up in my rotation.

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Blog Hop 12 - Thankful Stitching

Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop

The question for this hop is:

When it comes to the stitching part of your life, what are you most thankful for?

A husband who supports my "habit".  My husband has always been very supportive of my stitching no matter what form it takes.

For my cross stitch, he's bought me: a glider rocker w/gliding ottoman; my Gazelle floor stand; my Ott light; a DVD player for my "white noise" and most recently a flat screen tv.

For my quilting, he recently brought home fabric from a garage sale.  He pays enough attention that he bought only fabrics that I would/could use (all cotton and all nice patterns).

When people are at our house for the first time, he is proud to show off what I have done. 

He also allows me as much time as he can (we own our own retail, home-based business) to be in my sewing room.  He's also flexible enough to let me have one project in the main part of the house (so I have something to work on during business hours).  Trust me, I plan on keeping him!

Happy Stitching!


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A Finish!

Woohoo!  I have a finish!

This last round of my rotation had me working on Heirloom Christmas Sampler from The Victoria Sampler.  As I got going, I thought, "I'm close, I might as well finish this." and I did!

Here's the finished sampler:

Now I actually have an empty set of scroll frames and I'm contemplating what my next start will be...

Happy Stitching (and Finishing)!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Rapunzel progress

Well, I've finished another rotation on Rapunzel (Dawe).  This time I did a bit more than one page because while page 5 is a full page, page 6 is only 12 stitches wide so I included it too.

This means that I have the top row of pages done!!  Technically, the pattern is 30 total pages but I just looked and pages 25-30 are only 3 rows of stitches each.  For this update, I did remember to update the progress bar on the right side of the blog.

I was thrilled to watch the moth come to life on these last two pages.

Next up in the rotation:  Heirloom Christmas Sampler by The Victoria Sampler.

Happy Stitching!


Wall Quilt finish

I've finished another wallhanging quilt!  I was working on it as one of my goals for the Sept/Oct FIUP (Finish It UP) on StashBuilders.  While I didn't finish it in time to be an "official" FIUP finish, it is done now and I'm happy with it.

I've already rearranged the wallhangings along my stairway to make room for it but I still need to get a curtain rod for it.  Hopefully, I'll be getting one tomorrow!

Happy Stitching!


Blog Hop 11 - Interesting Stash Aquisition

Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop

The question for this blog hop is:

What has been your most unusual or most interesting stash acquisition to date?

I really had to think about this one.  One of my coolest is one of my smallest:  my scissors reel.  I think it came from a storage unit that my husband bought but I don't remember for sure.  I can tell you that it was made by Ketchum & McDougall.

UPDATE:  The scissor reel has a pin on the back which I attach to my shirt near my right shoulder.  The part that is hooked to the scissors is on a self-retracting cable (think of how a tape measure works).  When I need to cut something, I pull the scissors away from my body and clip away.  When I'm done, the scissors "reel" back into place.
Another great find was something I didn't keep.  Back in the 1990's as I was travelling across Montana, I stopped at a small cross-stitch shop.  In the leaflet racks, I found two Paula Vaughan in Miniature leaflets.  I knew that leaflet was out-of-print and very hard to find.  I bought both of them for the cover price of $6.50 and when I got home I sold them on Ebay for $73 each.

More recently, I went to a garage sale a couple of houses down from me and found two cross stitch leaflets:  Chandler's Cottage by Thomas Kinkade and Watering Can from Lanarte.  This was a surprising find because the bulk of the items for sale were quilting related.  Yes, I did manage to buy some fabric as well at 50¢ a yard!
Happy Stitching!


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