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I love anything creative...I am a busy mom of THREE (+3 dogs, +1 birds, 1 bunny, and 1 sweet husband) who sometimes wishes I had more time/energy/talent to devote to cross stitch/quilting/painting.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Quickie bit of Romance

Here is my latest project--finished in three days--i'll say that is a quickie for me!

It's a Bent Creek design "Rowmance". I like most of their row designs, and of course always love stitching in season! (It was hard to get a photo of the whole thing--you can see my shoes in the above photo)

I was surprised at the colors on this piece, they were different than what I thought they would be from the chart photo. I was thinking greys, but most of the letters are browns and greens. If you Google image search the design their are some cool variations stitchers have done. One of my favorites had tan letters and white hearts and flowers, another had lots of pink flowers and hearts. The only major variation I did with mine is instead of stitching on a tan fabric, I used a light blue.

And i'll leave you with a photo of my favorite little boy. My baby turned one last week. In our family we have a tradition of "baby cakes" where on their first birthday they get a cake of their own to make a mess of. I think more of it got on his face than in his mouth!

Sunday, January 4, 2015


So I am laughing a bit over my last post, which I wrote I think about three weeks ago and never hit PUBLISH on so it just sat there as a draft....sigh! I'll be crossing my fingers that this post actually makes it out pre-2016! (It sounds so weird to me to even say it's 2015 now!)

Here are my Xmas exchange peices. Above is the one I received from Rosa, it has beautifully delicate pink beads on it. And below are the two I sent out. I really liked the LK stocking, and it was my first time finishing one. I think I will be stitching that one again for myself!
Hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start, with all your resolutions still in tact!

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Guess who's done! Finally! WooHoo--happy dance--happy dance--happy dance!
I did enjoy stitching Mr. Claus, nice colors, beautiful beading, easy chart to follow. I am just not a one project at a time gal! I like to stitch a little of this and a little of that, and finishing something in the same year I started it is unheard of for me! Here is my friend that I stitched it for and I holding the finished project, she loved it and was so glad to have it out on display for this Christmas season. 
If I don't manage to post again before then, I hope everyone out there is on the nice list and has a very Merry Christmas! Here's a last photo of my littlest elf under the tree.
"I wasn't touching those ornaments mom!"

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Halloween exchanges and general stitchy updates

Above is my exchange I sent out to Kim M. through the HOE blog for the Halloween exchange. It is Prarie Schooler from the Trick or Treat chart. I love this little ornament. You may remember I stitched the bigger design off of the chart for myself, and in the bigger version the cat has on a little skeleton costume.  And looking back at my blog I don't think I ever posted a picture of that finish, i'll have to remember to do that next week, I loved this design.

And this is what I recieved from the Halloween exchange from Becky. It is a Nicole Farrauto "Petite Halloween Sampler" from the JCS Halloween 2014 issue. I love the black cat in the pumpkin patch!  
And my progress on Mirabilia's Santa. Almost there, his coat/cuffs look alot better this week, and I have been working on filling in his mittens and beard with all that white. Next will be his face and all that beading (but that's the fun part it makes it look so sparkly!)

And my own little Christmas ornament from JCS, by Ink Circles. Coming along but slowly. 

We are still moving houses this week. This weekend we moved 10 truckfulls of stuff from one house to the other. It was a lot of hard work, and I am so sore today. My back and arms are killing me! It is so exciting seeing everything come together in the new house, Also overwhelming though the amount of stuff we still have to move!

Monday, September 15, 2014

By the time i'm unpacked it will be Christmas

This week is our official move week, we should get the keys to our new house Wednesday or Thursday. I normally go all out decorating for Fall/Autumn but this year with everything still in boxes none of my fall stitches got to see the light of day. Fall is definately my favorite time of year so I am hoping to at least be unpacked enough so I don't miss my favorite holiday Halloween. Yes, yes I have seperate decorations/stitching for Autumn vs. Halloween--their not the same to me and I love both of them! Above is my progress on Ink Circle's "Stained Glass Holly", For an ornament this one has been slow going. The black took me a long time to do, so I am hoping filling in the colors now will go quicker.

And here is Santa again. Still stitching, and stitching and then there will be beading and by that time I may be very very old.....no just kidding, I only started this one this year, but it feels like it is taking forever. Solid stitching and lots of colors, but a beautiful design none the less. I am just an impatient stitcher.

I'll leave you with a cute little poem I found this week:

I like Winter,
Spring is nice,
Lets skip Summer,
And have Fall twice!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


I apparently am in no mood for fall this year. I managed to get my Prairie Schooler Autumn peice about 75% done before I got distracted by Christmas. So it was on to this lovely little ornament, "Stained Glass Holly" by Ink circle designs. Apparently the large Santa peice i've been working on all year is not enough Christmas for me. Progress on Mirabilia Santa is slow now, because it is a lot of confetti stitching and filling in. Blech!

This was a pretty biscornu I received from Kim through the HOE blog. She angel stitched it for me, and I love it. Blue is my favorite color so it was just a perfect choice. 
Here is me with our current foster dog Miss "Lil bits". She goes back tomorrow to the shelter to find her forever family. I know she will be adopted quickly as she is just a pup, and so tiny and so cute. She likes to snuggle on the couch behind my neck while I stitch/watch tv. It is so hard every time to give them back though, I always feel a little sad. We have fostered 10 dogs so far through a local rescue and through the Humane society, and every single one of them we loved. The only thing that makes it better is knowing there is another dog out there we can help. 

I feel like a lot of my life is in transition this month. We are in the process of buying a new house, which will be great for our family, but I love the house we are moving from. It is just too small for our family (1 bathroom for 5 people just doesn't cut it!). I have owned this house for ten years now and feel like our family has grown up in it. Now all of our stuff is in boxes and we have been painting/cleaning/prepping the house to move out of it. I feel a little unsettled by all of it though, excited but unsettled.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Last days of summer....

I don't know why my pictures look so blurry, it is frustrating the heck out of me! But I figured if I waited to straighten it out, my next post would be in December! Whew, babies keep you busy! Girls are back in school and loving it so far, my oldest is in junior high this year which just seems impossible. 
My newest stitch is above, Prairie Schooler "Autumn Leaves". I love the colors in it. It doesn't yet feel like fall here, we have had massive monsoon storms come through this month, so it has been nice to see the rain again.

This is my snails progress on Mirabilia Santa. My goal is to have him off to the framers by October. As you can see I have started on all the grey/white in his beard and finished off the holly behind his head. His face will be the last thing I do, as I am making some changes to the colors. I do love the collage maker I found on line, it is fun to see the before/afters!