Walls for the wind and a roof for the rain and drinks beside the fire ~
laughter to cheer you and those you love near you and all that your heart desires.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bye...for now at least

You may have noticed I don`t update my blog much. I have struggled with writing posts, I just don`t have the energy. I may take it up again in future, I may not. Thank you to all who have read here and commented.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Well, I am back! I have had a wee adventure with my computer, I couldn`t stay signed in to Blogger and couldn`t comment on anyones Blog. It turns out my cookies settings had gotten changed (I swear, it wasn`t me!) and with a few simple (once you know how) clicks I can now comment and post again.

There has been lots of stitching going on, but alas, no finishes. The odd thing is I don`t seem to care. I am enjoying the stitching and Flosstubing and stashing for now, and I will have a finish someday.
I had started Froth and Bubble by LongDog Samplers (excuse the working copy chart front, I will insert a better pic of the finished sampler below)

This is what it should look like. I am changing a few colours and adding some specialty stitches, like satin and rhodes and maybe a few others.

Then I have been working on my Village of Hawk Run Hollow. I moved the schoolhouse up in place of the church as I am changing the church a bit and am not happy with it yet. Besides, it makes more sense to me to have the church next to the graveyard rather than the school...right?

I love this, it is such a fun stitch! I am also stitching on Shores of Hawk Run Hollow...

and as you can see I am changing a few things (or more than a few) around as well. I want to frame them as a pair, just in case there are the only two HRH pieces I ever manage to finish, so I changed the blocks around so it would hang vertical instead of horizontal. I am loving this one too, though I had to change a few floss colours because of the fabric. I decided to go with 40 ct Cedar Plank instead of the Sand...it seems I have so many projects on the go on Sand or Sand Dune I needed a change. 

Then on the Flosstube channel Mischevious Stitches I saw this little beauty, Needles and Pins "Wedding Sampler" by Theron Traditions. There was a stitch-a-long on Facebook. I am never good at stitch-a-longs, I tend to fall out very soon as I switch from project to project. This is my start. For some reason when I calculated my fabric for this one I thought I had barely enough, with a 1" margin all around. Nope, I will have about a 3 1/2" margin...the brain just isn`t what it used to be. I am stitching it on the called for 35 ct Sand from my stash ...it must be Wichelt fabric because it is stiff and scratchy. 

The verse reads "Needles and pins, needles and pins, when a man marries his troubles begin". It sounds like an anti-feminist sort of thing, but I have a theory, want to hear it? Way back when, pins and needles were made by hand. They were expensive, and most of womens clothing used a lot of them to fasten sleeves to bodices etc. A single man wouldn`t have needed many pins or needles, but his wife surely would. That is also where the term 'pin money' came from, a wifes allowance to buy such things...

If you are thinking of doing this, you will need access to a photocopier, the symbols on the chart are so tiny you will need to enlarge the pattern. I am thinking also I might change a few colours...or rechart the strawberries in the border. They bug me for some reason...

 This is from the June 2016 issue of Just CrossStitch magazine, designed by The Primitive Hare. I am only stitching part of the design, leaving off the 'queen bee' on the right. I think. We will see...I am also leaving out a few of the small bees, I think it looks a bit cluttered...I think the fabric is 36 ct Antique Ivory by Zweigart...I have changed some of the floss, I figured it was about time I started using my overdyes instead of hoarding them, so I am using Weeks 'Whiskey' and 'Beehive' as well as some DMC, 640 and 844. 

This is all I have done on the Linen and Thread Mystery SAL...I have started and stalled several times on this. No excuse except I have the attention span of a gnat. This is 32 ct natural linen and DMC

Whew, that took forever to write up. I have to confess that what with Flosstube being so popular now I don`t think many people are reading blogs anymore. I don`t know how much longer I will continue to blog. I am not prolific like some, I have a very boring (most of the time) life and I can never think of anything really witty to write. It has become a chore to post, and I don`t think I have many readers anyway. I will let you know if I come to a decision...

Til next time ladies and gents....keep stitching!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

A friend in need...

I have never done this before, but I am asking for help for a friend. I say friend, because she may not know it, but her wisdom and humour have gotten me through some rough patches in life...I have laughed and cried with her. I am talking about Coni Rich, The Spinster Stitcher here on Blogger. She needs our help. She is in stage five renal failure and is losing her house. If you could take a minute to check out this site:


A friend of hers has set up a site for donations. Please...anything will help. She has given so much to the blogging community and we have a chance to give back. Thank you in advance!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Well, that didn`t go as planned!

I can`t believe it has been three months since I posted! I have been trying to post every couple of weeks...or at least once a month.So much for that!

There has been a load of crap going on in real life, but I won`t bore you with that. I can never seem to make my life as funny or interesting as Marly at Samplers and Santas, or as witty as Coni over at The Spinster Stitcher. I come off as either angry or whiney so never mind all that. Let`s just say some people should be glad I only stab fabric. `nuff said.

Stitching! Yes, I have been stitching, I have new starts and some progress on some old ones. The one holding my interest has mostly been my Song of Solomon sampler. I have been having fun with the colours in the swirly border, picking them out as I go. This version is by Hideko Ogiwara and I fell in love with her colours.
that has been my inspiration for the colour scheme, and here is mine.

Similar, but different.

I have also been working on Village of Hawk Run Hollow. I have the first square done:

and am working on the fourth square. I decided to leave square #2 for awhile as I am thinking about re-designing the church to more resemble those where I grew up. I started Shores of Hawk Run Hollow, but as all I have done is a straight black line, i`ll leave that one for another time.

I have a car project (actually two) on the go, handy for waiting rooms where we have been spending huge chunks of time lately. Prairie Schooler Santa 2004 on 40 ct Lambs Wool linen, and Oh Christmas Tree by Bonnie Sullivan of All Through The Night. I loved this when I started it, but now I am feeling meh about it. Maybe pics next time.

Well, I finally broke down and counted my WIPs.

26. I have 26 flippin' WIPS, most are huge. OY!!

Til next time, kepp stitchin`!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Progress and futzing...

I have been working on my Celtic Summer from Lavender and Lace. Here is where I was:

Then I was here:

 Notice there are some stitches missing in her sleeve? I did my own colour conversion for the  purples and greens. The original was done with DMC 500, 501, 502, 503 etc...a minty green palette. I wanted a more spring green and substituted 890, 319, 367, 320, 368 and 369 for the greens. The purples were Needlepaints, which I didn`t have, so I did a conversion for the purples as well. using 333, 3746, 340, 156 and 3747. I then decided 3747 was too pale and too blue, so I picked it out and restitched the sleeve with 341.  Here is where I am now :

I like it much better now! The light purples are still a bit on the blue side, but I think it will be ok once all the deeper shades are in. I wish I could have adjusted the colour on all three pics so they were the same, but when Microsoft (also known as those f***ers in our house) did their last massive update it seems to have screwed up the program I used to download my pics and adjust them. The colours are the closest to the middle pic. 

Other than working on this, I have been clearing out some of my old stash and organizing a bit (futzing). It is still hard to get to my needlework stuff in the spare room, but hopefully it will get easier once hubby clears out the sunporch. That is where all his tools are for now, until he gets the garage built. If finances ever improve that is. I want the sun porch to be my stitching room. Maybe next year, fingers crossed. 

If you haven`t discovered Flosstube (on Youtube) you have to go have a look. There are so many stitchers that are making videos. Here are a few of my favorites:

Emily C     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyo82ed6INkZP_DsCHlwR3w/feed

Stitcherista     https://www.youtube.com/user/DefiningDani

Trisha      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOcY3eiZJx6XqVgbl24yaw

Heather   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWDzJUbYiuRnWqtX0et5htQ

I can`t seem to make them links, so just copy and paste into your browser bar. There are so many more, too many to list. Such fun to listen to while you stitch.

Well, it is 2:45...AM. Time for bed I guess. Keep stitching ladies!