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Teaching An Old Stitcher New Tricks

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Today is August 11, 2017.  Do you know what day it is?  It's World Cross Stitch Day!!  Does anyone plan on celebrating today?  I know I certainly do!  What is everyone working on to celebrate our hobby?
For those of you who don't know it, I'm a huge Star Wars fan.  I came to love the franchise in my late teens because I wasn't allowed to see the films when they first came out.  I'm not sure why that was, but the first film I saw in the movie theater was The Return of the Jedi.  Since I hadn't seen the first two movies, parts of the plot were pretty much lost on me, but I have since made up for that.  I'm not a big Etsy person, but every now and then I peruse it to see what they have.  I found Star Wars sugar skulls!!  Wow!!  I bought them, then wondered what I was going to do with them.  All I kept thinking was I needed to put one on a tee shirt.  You know what that requires?  Waste canvas.
First of all, it's hard to find.  The big chain craft stores d…

A Finish and a New (Re)Start

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My husband, my son, Z, and I were in Chicago for five days last week.  M chose to stay home and have some extra time with his grandparents.  I think Tiger the Wonder Kitty missed me while we were gone.

While we were gone, and after we got back, I kept working on Vinny the Vampire and his moon, and I'm so glad that I pulled this project back out to see the light of day!  He's finished!!  My plan is to turn him into a pillow and he can be a pair with Frankie the Thinker, also by Glendon Place.



A new finish means a new start, right?  How about a new restart?  I started Hot Chocolate by Alessandra Adelaide Needlwork a long time ago, and I got pretty far on it.  Unfortunately, I had my fabric turned the wrong way and only realized that the design wouldn't fit the way I was stitching on it until it was too late.  There was too much stitching to pull out, and I reluctantly tossed the fabric.  I had actually forgotten about it until I started going through my basket of kitted up…

Sometimes The Instructions Are The Hard Part

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We all have them.  Projects that started working on, and got quite far on, but it then gets puts aside for  one reason or another.  I am certainly no exception!  I started this more than a year ago.

Meet Vinny the Vampire by Glendon Place.  As you can see I got a lot done.  I had to stitch the moon that goes behind the bat, and do the back stitching.  So why did I put him aside?


There were several reasons, but the big one was that I just could not figure out the directions for how to stitch the moon!  It sounds simple.  Start here, and stitch diagonally.  You would think I would be able to figure that out!

I finally plucked up the courage and asked the question on Facebook!  Thank goodness for the kindness of stitchers!  No one made me feel stupid for not understanding what turned out to be something very simple.  Vinny finally has a moon, and I will soon be able to remove this project from the unfinished project bin!


A Quiet Afternoon...Sort Of

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For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it's summer, which means the kids are out of school for their summer break.  Heaven knows I love my boys, but the summer vacations really take their toll on my nerves for a variety of reasons.  This summer is no exception since it's the first summer that I've worked in many years.  M has taken on the responsibility of cooking dinner for the family while I'm gone, so that has taken some concerns away from me, and he's gotten quite good at it.  We started with simple dinners, like pasta and tacos.  This morning I taught him how to make sausage and spinach bread, a recipe that my father used to make for our family when I was a child.  It's a favorite of my kids, and he was really surprised to see how easy it is to make.

Yesterday the kids gave me some quiet time.  M was tired and went to lay down, and Z was watching a movie .  What was a stitching mom to do??  Set myself up with my stitching and stream something good on…

Passion Reignited

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Two friends and I have been working on the Little House ABC series.  As I said in my last post the OPQ square that I was working on is going to be scrapped and started again once I get new fabric and more floss for it.  The rest of the squares have not really seen much day light, partially because I wasn't sure what to do with them once I finished them all.  I thought about a wall hanging, but I wasn't loving the idea.  Then I thought about making them into little pillows, but I didn't really know how to display them.  While the project lagged I kept my eyes open for something that I liked.  Last night, while I was at work, I found it!!


There are nine pieces to the project, and I can display two on the top and the others in the little cubby holes.  When  Christmas rolls around I will put some of my Christmas ornaments in there to display for the season. 
Now that I have a place to put the finished pieces I started the next square in the series:

Please say hello to RST!  Ho…

The Beginning of Summer

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I can't believe it's almost the 4th of July already.  Last September school started on what would be my oldest son's senior year.   Now it's July.  The prom, senior day, graduation, and the celebrations that accompany all of these happy events have now come and gone.  M is excitedly looking forward to the next chapter: college!!  There was a time when I was not sure college was a possibility for him.  Behavioral problems at home have caused me many tearful nights over the years.  In all honesty, they still do, but as  M has gotten older and maturity has kicked in the problems have gotten better, and he is able to go forward and study the things he wants to study.  I'm very proud of him.

Summer brings lots of changes to our daily routine.  For the summer months I decided to change my work hours to evening hours.  With two kids home my husband and I figured it would be easier for me to be home during the day and work nights.  In all honestly, I'm not a fan of the…

The Reason I Don't Buy Kits Anymore

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Big news on the stitching front!  I finished one of my long time WIPs.



Cherry Hollow Farm Sampler by Stacy Nash.  This project right here explains perfectly why I don't buy kits anymore.  
Let's start at the beginning.  I saw this project at Lazy Daisy, my LNS, which has, unfortunately closed.  I had just gotten into a Sampler period and really liked this one, so I snapped it up.  It came with linen and Weeks floss.  What could go wrong?

When I went to start it I was planning in starting in the upper left corner.  Three inches in and three inches down, right?  Something didn't look right.  I couldn't figure out what it was.  Then I measured. The fabric was too small and only left a one inch border.  I needed new fabric.  Okay.  Of course the only fabric I really loved was expensive.  Are we surprised?  Isn't that always the way?

Then I was reading the instructions that came with the kit, and it stated that the model was stitched using one thread over two.  Ummmm..…

Not Much Stitching Going On

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I seem to have entered a stitching slump.  Frequent migraines, several home improvement projects, my son's looming high school graduation, and family issues seems to have gotten in my way, and nothing seems to be tempting me to get my needles moving.
What is a stitcher to do?  This stitcher looked to a book that I bought at Christmas time, hoping to get myself moving.  I LOVE Star Wars.  While I was walking thought Barnes and Nobles one night I saw this kit on the shelf.


Wow!!  How cool is that?  I did Darth Vader and  Bobba Fett for my sons for their birthdays, and I've had R2D2 kitted up since the beginning of the year.  Could this be what I need to get me out of my slump?

While I have stitched on it, I can't say that it's gotten me moving.  I am, however, trying to stitch.  Maybe clear progress on a project will help motivate me and my stitching needles.  I have to say that I'm seriously thinking about ordering fabric for BB-8!

More Than Just Intervention

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If you have gone back to look at some of my older posts you will see that I am not a "one project at a time" kind of girl.  I used to be.  Then I met some other stitchers and their influence was pretty strong.  I'm not, however, the kind of person who can have hundred of projects started.  I have a stitching friend who is joining this group that will start a new project a day for 10 days.  I couldn't do that.  Too many projects started and I get seriously overwhelmed.

So, while Intervention has been taking up the bulk of my stitching time lately, I have been working on other projects here and there, as well.  Let's take a look!



As you can see, Intervention's borders are almost complete .   Now I get to pour through my book and pick motifs for each section of the piece.   Last night I had stitch night with my friend, and she and her husband thought it was a cool project to work on being that there really is no pattern.  We will see where it takes me,  but I…

Lots Of Borders To Look At

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It's been a busy time here.  Spring break starts this week, which means Easter is on its way, so why are we dealing with two kids sick with the flu?  Ugh!  We get through the whole winter with no one being really sick, and now that spring is here we have fevers and barky coughs.  It was not a fun week.

Work on Intervention is continuing.  I finished the blue, spring border:

I was really happy with these colors, and how this border turned out.  It was time to turn to my trusty book to find a border that I thought them would represent winter.  Nothing with a lot of flowers or leaves on it, but that was all that I was seeing.  The I saw it:


Sort of snow flake like!  I used dark colors, not only to represent the lack of bright colors and flowers, but also because the sun sets so early during the winter and it's dark for longer each day.
This is what the project looks like as of this morning:


One more corner to work on, and then I can start to work on filling in each section with …

The Four Seasons of Intervention

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As I moved from the brown, earth tones of the acorns border to the blues of the flower border I wasn't  sure I happy with the project.


Picking colors is not my strong point and I didn't think that the browns and the blues really went together, but I kept going, albeit very slowly.  As I was stitching on the blue border last night I was trying to think how I could make this work, and then suddenly it hit me!  Work the piece in quadrants.  Each color combination, except the center purple colors, will represent a season.  All of the motifs in the "fall" section will be done in the brown colors, all in the "spring" section will be blues, and so on.  
With that in mind may I present the beginning of the spring section of Intervention:

It's almost April, and like many, I am waiting for the warm weather to come and stay awhile.  I am, however, ready for it to get warm with this awesome cross stitch shirt



Anyone else like this forecast?



Intervention Brought Me Back To My Blog

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Wow!!  It's been a LONG time since I posted to my blog.  I guess life just gets in the way sometimes, and things, like a stitching blog, tend to fall by the wayside, however, I recently started a new project and it came to my mind that I should blog about it from the beginning.

I'm calling this project Intervention, because I think that is what I'm in need of for thinking about this.

It's all started with this book:



  I bought this book years ago when MJ and I were in Baltimore.  He was off with his baseball card geek friends, and I met up with a stitching friend and we were off on an adventure to The Stitching Post, a needlework shop in the area.  While I was there I found this book.  It is filled with beautiful French motifs and borders from the 18th and 19th century.  I haven't done a lot of stitching out of it, but I love to look through it, which I was doing recently when an idea came to me: I should pick different things out of the book and just stitch them.…