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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


I am determined to get a few things in hand here. My stitching, my blog, my stash, and my life! Well, maybe not all of my life, but my stitchy life has been all over the place.

I finally have most of my supplies sorted out, my wips in some sort of order and I can get to my books. Yeah, my books. When we moved I have lost a box of books. I took great care with them, packed them all myself and brought the ones most dear to my heart in the back of the truck with me. I am missing a box!! I would cuss that moving company to he** and back but I am tired of that. If you follow me on Facebook I am sure you have read about the amout of stuff they have destroyed. I am still hopefully searching, but no luck. So far I am missing my book on Judah Hayle samplers..Eileen Bennett book sampler timeline, both copies of The Proper Stitch and my book on sweetbags by and several others. To say I am beside myself is putting it mildly! Hubby and I are going to tear apart the shed just in case they got put out there by mistake. ETA: Nope, no books

Anyway, not much progress on my Beatrix Potter. I have a mistake, I am off by one stitch and can`t find the mistake. I have also been working on The Garden Plot Thickens. Just a little. I have done more organizing than stitching, and we are still unpacking from our move. I told my husband they will have to bury me in Texas, because I am NEVER moving again!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Well, things have certainly changed...

Where to start? Well, about nine months ago my husband lost his job. He was a communications tech for a company contracted to the USAF. He still had his disability and his retirement (military) pay,so we were kind of limping along for a while, not in dire straits but unable to save any money. He couldn`t get a job at age 57, so burdened with a huge mortgage payment we decided to down size. We moved from Colorado to Texas, to a smaller house with a much smaller mortgage. Hubby has family here also, so it seemed sensible. The heat here, is not so sensible. Over 100 most days...I stay in a lot!

I have been doing a bit of stitching mostly on my Beatrix Potter sampler. I packed the back of our pick-up with things I couldn`t bear to lose, photos, needlework and books. During the long wait for our furniture ( it is being delivered today, we got down here on the 9th of May) I have worked on it a little now and then. It is simple stitching and it`s use of one colour, which I had multiple skeins of, meant I wouldn`t have to search for threads. I really have not been in much of a mood for stitching, to tell the truth. More watching movies and reading on line. I think I am stressed out to the nth degree, and just want to mostly veg out....
Anyway, here is Beatrix. On 32 ct Antique Ivory linen  with DMC ...um...a dusty kind of rose, don`t know the number at the moment. My needlework bag is in a storage cupboard which is behind boxes, so I will post that info when I can. Thanks for visiting, keep stitching ladies!                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Revisiting an old finish...

I had finished this Victoria Sampler piece years ago, but it is not 'finished finished' if you know what I mean? I hemstitched it with the intention of making it into a bellpull, but I feel it needs something to make it stand out on the white-ish walls that decorators love to do every room in. So I am thinking about this:

This is a lacy sampler, and I have always loved the look of lace and tartan. I could back it with this and leave an inch or so showing around the edges. What do you think?

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Long time, no post!

I have to wonder if it is worthwhile keeping a blog anymore. Everyone has stitch groups on Facebook (aka Facecrack) and posts there. It is quick and easy, everyone is in one place and pics are easier to find. I have been posting a lot on several Facebook groups and the traffic is heavy. Blogs, not so much. I will have to think about it I guess.

In other news, I have finished my Heirloom Stitching sampler. I know, I know, about time, right? I have also started about a gazillion other samplers and therefore don't seem to be making much progress on anything!

Sorry for the crappy pictures. I didn't realize just how bad they were until I loaded them on here. Geeze...
I decided to leave off the bottom section of hardanger. It just seemed to frou-frou. I am going to hemstitch it and make it into a bellpull. I think. That may change depending on my mood, which seems to change rapidly lately. Let's just say life has been interesting.

Thanks for visiting! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Progress pics, this and that...

I have been stitching on Heirloom Stitching sampler from The Victoria Sampler and having fun with it. I didn't want to go buy the silks and specialty threads because, let's face it, I have more stash than I will ever use up, and I also wanted to tweak the colour palette a bit so I matched the solid colours up with DMC the best I could, used Weeks Basil and Caron Waterlilies in Java, added a little more dusty purple with Anchor 871 and Bob's your uncle!

Sorry for the wrinkles, the pics were kind of a spur of the moment thing because I was actually awake when the light was pretty good.

There are still some leaves to do over one in the top section

I am leaving the cutwork, Hardanger and long satin stitches until last. I also changed the row with the pink flowers because there was a row of over one there, and I just wasn't in the mood (it is not my favorite stitch)
I have been working on a couple of other samplers, Mary Hurst by The Scarlet Letter and IM  IB by The Essamplaire, no pics yet, sorry!
I got a new sampler book,
Remember Thy Creator by Naomi Tarrant, a book on Scottish samplers, which are my favorite, along with English band samplers from the 1600s. It is a gorgeous book, I got it for Christmas and am still dipping into it. Lots of info and gorgeous pictures.
Speaking of Christmas, all my decorations are still up because on the 26th of December I had surgery on my foot to remove a neuroma and have a tailors bunion (on the outside of the foot) removed. The surgeon said it would be an easy surgery and quick recovery. HA! He lied. I promptly got an infection which was painful beyond imagination. I think I actually called their office while under the influence of pain killers and told them to cut it off (not kidding).I am still not able to stand for a long time and my foot is still too swollen to wear a proper boot to go outside so I am still stumping around the mall in this:
It's a tad cold on the toes in the winter, no matter how I wrap my foot. So, that's been fun!
I also got this book from Amazon,
an oldie (published in 1970) but goodie and was flipping through it last night when I found another sampler like the Jane Turner one! You may recall another blogger and I were finding a lot of what I call 'Jane Turners' sisters a year or so ago and had heard of a sampler by Mary Lawley but had not seen a picture of her. The pic is in black and white but she is unmistakably a Jane Turner sister. dated 1667. If you have no idea what I am talking about the posts about Jane and her sisters start here
Other than that, not much new here, just spending way too much time on Face Book on the various stitching pages. Less computer more stitching should be my mantra.
Til next time, keep stitching ladies!