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, 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!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

The road to he** is paved....

Why is it whenever I decide to restrict myself from buying stash, something comes along and I HAVE to have it? Or in this case, have them.

I just discovered Willow Hill Samplings. Maybe I have been living under a rock, why haven`t I heard of this company before?? I have been looking for years for just the right American patriotic pieces to stitch. I love red white and blue, and American history, and, of course, stitching, so these patterns are perfect. Just perfect. I LOVE them. Did I mention they are perfect?

Here is what I ordered:

Land of the Free

Betsy Ross

Paul Reveres' Ride

The Boston Tea Party

We The People

How gorgeous are they?? I should not have spent the money, my credit card is yelling obscenities at me. I really have to stop buying stash...but, as I think I mentioned before, these are just perfect! If you are interested, here is the link to the etsy site:


Hmm, hope that link works, if not just copy and paste it into your browser. 

Til next time, keep stitching ladies!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I am definitely losing it...

Have you ever done things that you don`t remember doing? Leaving aside memory lapses from drinking that is. Not that I drink...not that there is anything wrong with drinking...

Moving on.

I was organizing my WIPs and found some projects kitted up. I was pleased, as I wondered where I had put them. Until I opened a bag and found this one:

Wayward Garden by Drawn Thread. I have no idea where this came from. I don`t remember buying it. I am thinking I must have gotten the pattern at Fancy Mats, because that is the called for fabric, and that is their label. I love the pattern, but why the heck don`t I remember buying it??? I swear I am losing it.

Then there is this:

I remembered having this pattern, and went searching for it in my binders, but couldn`t find it. Then in a drawer full of kitted up projects (I don`t remember setting up a special drawer for kits) I found the whole kit. I never buy kits!! It has aida, which I hate, and presorted floss, which I hate...the price was 75% off though...I am thinking I bought it when Fancy Mats in Denver went out of business. That is just a guess though. Geeze...where has my memory gone??

No progress to show you...I put aside HoHRH for a bit and picked up a very old WIP Celtic Summer by Lavender and Lace. I was loving it, stitching along, needle flying, then discovered I am out of DMC 368. Crap. Pardon my French. I was hoping to show a great progress pic, but that will have to wait til next time. You see, our truck decided to take a little vacation. It is old and we can`t quite  figure out what is wrong with it. Hubby had all his teeth out (love your toothbrush ladies and gents) and isn`t feeling up to messing with it, so I am stranded. I will have to find something else to work on I guess. Til next time, keep stitching ladies!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Stitchy ADD

Not to offend anyone who truly has ADD, but I think I have stitchers ADD. I just can`t settle to one project for more than a few weeks before my mind begins to wander and voila! another start. I have been working on Houses Of Hawk Run Hollow, doing them individually

this is my progress, not much really

 and I had ordered the fabric for Village of Hawk Run Hollow, 40 ct Sand Dune but it is back ordered everywhere...evidentally Zwiegart had an issue with the bolts of fabric...

 so I ordered the fabric for Shores Of Hawk Run Hollow (seeing a theme here, lol?)

I am doing shores on Lakeside 40 ct Cedar Plank, but it hasn`t come yet. I have also been watching Floss Tube. Now that spells trouble. So many clever ladies doing so many lovely projects!! One in particular has been nagging at me...Death By Cross Stich by Long Dog Samplers

 Now when I first saw this I said "no way, are they nuts??" but the more I saw it the more I loved it. I adore the patterns, but it is sooo BIG!  (363 x 447) Then I got thinking it reminded me of something. So last night I went stash diving and found this:


this is Margreet Beemsterboers` Sampler of Motifs from Marken. I got this from the now defunct Needleprint publishing, which I still miss. This is big enough at 409 x 277. And is not as solidly stitched. Trying to decide what colour to stitch it in, I would get really bored with black so I am thinking blue, either DMC 792, 798, 797 or 796 with an as yet undetermined accent colour on antique white 36ct Newcastle linen.The sampler is made up of bands that traditionally decorated the caps of women from Marken Holland. Since this post is long enough already, I won`t go into the history of Marken bands, but will leave it to you to discover for yourselves. I have no idea how many WIPs I have, and I don`t really want to know...do I??

Keep stitching ladies!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Happiness abounds, stress recedes...

This is my Beatrix Potter sampler, done on 32 ct Antique Ivory Belfast with 3722. Not much progress, is it? I think I am tired of samplers. I just can`t get into them. They are too much for my tiny stressed out brain, so I am stitching this:

This is a square from Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. Easy peasey stitching with a small-ish finish.

I have been stitching the houses on small pieces of 40 ct lambswool with DMC and was going to frame the separately.I am now regretting that decision. The idea was to have them going up the stairs in our other house, but this house has no stairs. I have also ordered the fabric for Village of Hawk Run Hollow and am doing it on one piece of 40ct Lakeside linen in Vintage with DMC ( and possibly some Anchor for better colour matches). I just can`t justify the price of the silks. I wonder if I could seam them together? I have seen samplers done that way (there was one called Flea Market Find, I think?) 
Hmm....I will have to think about it I guess. No way am I starting them over again on new fabric! 

This is what the finished projects will (hopefully) look like:

Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler

Village of Hawk Run Hollow

Houses of Hawk Run Hollow

As for life, it is chugging along...I have joys in the shape of a step-son, his girlfriend and two sweet kids that all but live here most of the time, sorrows in that they are struggling financially in these hard times and thankfulness that we can help them as best we can...I am working on getting the girlfriend to take up stitching! ;)

Keep stitching ladies!

Oh, PS: I found my books, repacked into a box other than what I put them in, that`s why I couldn`t find them!! YAY!!