Showing posts from May, 2009

Two New Projects

I need new projects like I need a hole in the head. My mom used to say that phrase alot and I find myself saying it more and more. Does that mean I'm turning into my mom?

I have discovered something. I LOVE Little House designs. I was never exposed to them until the LNS opened up two years ago, and even then it took quite a while for me to get hooked on them. But over the last six or eight months, it seems like everything that I buy is LHN. They are simple designs. They are pretty quick stitches. I saw this one at the LNS when I was there for the get together a few weeks ago. It's called "Necessities Sampler". I decided to do it on tea dyed fabric. The fabric is already dyed and the flosses have all been pulled. I just have to sit down to get started on it.

I saw this one in the shop while I was on the phone with MJ. I just happened to look over and that little panda caught my eye. You know that I can't turn down a panda, now can I? I thought it wo…

Hand Dyed Fabrics

Natahsa ( saw my BBD sampler and wanted to know where the fabric came from. It was fabric that I had dyed myself and she liked it so much that she bought a piece from me. Several people who follow her blog said that they would like to look to see what fabric I had, so I thought that if anyone was looking I would post the link to the Photobucket album:

If anyone has any questions, or is interested in purchasing anything, you can e-mail me at I also take Paypal.

I've gotten some stitching done on Mickey and Minnie and the sun that they are looking at is almost done. I also picked up some finishes from the LNS that I have to take pictures of and post as well. Also, anyone remember the angel that I made for Aunt J? The one that came from her stash that she gave to me? She was here over Memorial Day Weekend and I gave it to her and she was so happy tha…

Pampering and A Day Off

This was a good weekend. Saturday my future SIL and I went to have manicures and pedicures, and then get something for lunch. We had such a nice afternoon! Going to get my nails done, while it's awesome, is just not something that ever seems to make it to the top of my priority list. If someone says, "Oh, let's make a date to get our nails done," I'm all over that. But for some reason it's not something that I go to do by myself. I think part of the reason is that I have a large supply of nail polish (it's one of my weaknesses) and I actually like to do my nails myself. But, on Saturday it was so nice to sit and have my nails and toes done, and sit in the massaging chair while someone rubbed my feet. Ahh! That was nice!

My FIL is an airplane nut and he's turning my kids in airplane nuts, too. Over Memorial Day weekend there is an air show here. My in-laws have gone for the last several years. Last year they wanted to bring the kids, but I t…

Here Comes the Sun!

Nothing is better for someone suffering a loss of mojo than a get together with her stitching friends. I have stitched every day since I gathered with the ladies last week at Lazy Daisy and here is an update to prove it:

Mickey and Minnie now have a sun to look at, hence the title of this post! I'm just about half way done with this one. I have to finish the sun and Minnie's dress and that's it for the top half of the design.

The kids were off from school today for the Memorial Day weekend. M's friend called and asked him to go to the movies with her and her family so they went to see "Night at the Museum", which he said was "pretty good." He was happy that he went. Tomorrow is pampering day for me. I'm going with my future sister-in-law to get a manicure and pedicure. Woo hoo! I don't get to do that very often, so when I can go I look forward to it for days and just soak up all that pampering while I'm there. It's going to …

Get Together At the LNS

Yesterday was such a great day! A group of women from one of the message boards that I belong to all got together at Lazy Daisy and spent the whole afternoon stitching, talking, laughing, shopping. It was so much fun. Linda came all the way in from Arizona, Angela came from Indiana, and Carly was from Ohio. There were six of us all together (Sheri, Michelle, and I are all from the local area) and it so nice to spend the day together with people that I've "met" on line. It's amazing, because even thought we've never met physically, we all know about each other and our families, so it's really like a gathering of old friends who haven't seen each other.

I bought this at Lazy Daisy yesterday. I think Linda bought one, too, but in another color. Anyone want to guess what it is? Hmm?? Any guesses:
It's a scissor box!
The top and the bottom of the box are magnetized to hold your scissors. The outside is leather and they came in lots of fun col…

Kindergarten Screenings

Z starts kindergarten in September and this morning was his kindergarten screening. Each kid was given a 45 minute time slot, but they were running quite a bit behind schedule and I was there for nearly two hours. Yikes! Good thing I didn't have any other plans this morning. He did well, although they say he has some articulation issues. I could have told them that! I've been trying to get him speech help since he was two years old. I think, finally, they will give him speech. I've been asking for speech for three years and I won't really find out until September if they will give it to him, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

As for my stitching, I I have no pictures, but I can report that I finished page 11 of my sampler! Woo hoo!! I now have less than half of the sampler left with only 9 pages to go. I was looking thought my stash to see if I had a pattern for a small panda that would make a good cupcake and I found one! I had this tiny kit that was s…

That Darn Frog!

After a very buys weekend with very little stitching, everyone is back to work/school, and I have the house to myself. It's quiet. I don't feel like cleaning, so I sit down in my comfy chair to watch something the I recorded on the DVR, and work on my personalized sampler. I finished the letters on page 11, so that leaves the Celtic knot border to work on.

I'm sitting there for two hours, happily stitching, which is a feat in and of itself because my mojo still has not returned, so that fact that I wanted to sit there with a needle in my hand was cause for a happy dance from me. I look at what I've stitched and I'm comparing it to what page 11 says it should look like. Umm...wait a minute. This is not lining up the right way. The motif, which is a cross, that is closest to the border is not in the right place. I'm thinking, well, maybe I didn't placed the cross correctly. I count to see where the cross should be. No, that's not the problem.…

Petites Lettres Purple

Well, as I said in my last post, I don't know the French word for purple so my title is two thirds French and one third English. I'm sure there are purists everywhere who would not be pleased, but it's the best I could do right now. I finished my sampler last night and I was pleased with it:

Purple is one of my favorite colors. It's funny, though. When I picked the DMC threads out of my boxes they looked blue, and I thought that blue would look nice on the fabric, but as I stitched, I realized that they were really shades of purple.

Of course, after I completely finished it I thought of all different colors that probably would have worked better on the fabric. Live and learn, I guess,

I'm beginning to think that I need to build an ark. We've had about a half a day of sunshine in the last week and I'm starting to keep watch for the flood. Anyone want to join us on the ark? I will make a soundproof game room for the kids and there will be a great ro…

Happy Birthday, M!

Can someone please tell me where the time has gone? It was 10 years ago that MJ and I drove to the hospital to have our first baby. We came home with this little, tiny baby. I remember all of the milestones. Walking. Talking. Pre-school. Getting on the bus for kindergarten. And now M is 10 years old! Where did my baby go? He used to like to hold my hand when would go for walks down to Gram's house. He's too old for that, now. He doesn't even like me to kiss him good-bye at the bus stop.

I had family over yesterday for his birthday and I snapped some pictures of the happy, birthday boy. Sometimes he gives me a silly smile, but I got some nice ones from him this time. He loved the X-box cross stitch that I made for him. He said to me, "I knew you were going to give this to me for my birthday," so I guess it wasn't the surprise that I was hoping for, but he was still really happy with it. He found the "perfect" spot on the wall in his …

Calorie Free Cupcakes

Seriously, are there any better kind? My LNS held a finishing class for the cross stitched cupcakes last night. Most of the women that were there I've seen at the monthly sit and stitch that the shop holds, so it was a very fun group to enjoy a night out with. I think we spent more time laughing than we did actually finishing our projects. This was my cupcake:

This is not one of the designs from the cupcake book. I could not decide which one in the book to work on, so I found this motif in another book that I had in my stash and it was small enough for what I needed. Putting this cupcake together was much easier that I thought it would be. And we had so much fun doing it! M saw it sitting on the table on the den and asked where the cupcake came from. He thought it was a real one to eat. I envision a whole cupcake stand filled with stitched cupcakes. I told that to MJ and he sort of just rolled his eyes at me gave me that "Yes, dear" look. I know, I know. He&#…