Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Contest.....

I know I commented earlier today about posting a contest this weekend but I decided to give everyone a little extra time for entering it.

If you want to win this cute little ORT catcher, all you have to do is comment on this post.  If you have a blog, post my contest on your blog advertising my contest, and you will get an extra entry for your name.

The outside color is soft pink with red and fuchsia hearts and white daisies with green leaves.  The inside of the ORT catcher is more of the fuchsia.

I will pick the winner on next Monday in hopes of getting it to you by Valentine's Day.  And yes....I will mail overseas but will not guarantee it arrives by Valentine's Day.

Happy Stitching!

Ending ORTs pic

When I posted my TUSAL for last month I meant to put a picture that I had taken at the end of last year of how many ORTs were in my big jar.  I keep a small ORT catcher beside me when I stitch and then transfer them to the bigger jar for holding.

Here is what I ended up with.

I think I ended up with a nice fair amount of ORTs for last year.  I can't wait to see what I have for this year ending.

Keep checking back as I will be posting a contest hopefully this weekend!  You won't want to miss entering it!

Happy Stitching everyone!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

January Smalls SAL......

Today, is our first Smalls SAL post for 2016!!!  YEAH!!!  I'm SOOOO HAPPY to have joined in this group again this year!  It is so much fun plus it keeps me focused on getting those smalls of mine all stitched and hopefully for getting Christmas ornaments made earlier too!!!  Heather of Stitching Lotus is our lovely moderator and host once again this year!  Be sure to check out her blog at the link above and the others who are participating in our Smalls SAL group.

I've been busy this month.  For my first smalls post I want to share Kimberly's birthday present.  I stitched her a small design from BBD In Friendship's Way book and mounted it onto a box that I stained for her.  I did not get the exact box that BBD had suggested getting from Hobby Lobby as they were out of of it.  But I thought it turned out nicely.  Kimberly says she is keeping her threads and scissors for her current project stored in it.

The second project I finished was JN Winter Spell Whimzi.  I just LOVE stitching those whimzi's and I've almost gotten them all done.  I'm not sure how many more I have left to finish but it's not many.

I am also trying to get some of my other stitched pieces ACTUALLY FINISHED to display in my house.  Yesterday I finished JN Jingle Tin Topper.  It's been stitched ever since it came out.  Yes.....shame on me for not getting it totally finished and displayed before now.

I've also stitched up DD Valentine's Day present and finished it already but I can't show you yet.  I found another small xstitch to stitch up for her so she'll get 2 stitched Valentine presents this year.  I will be able to share those next month!!

Happy Stitching!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January TUSAL ....

Ok I admit it.  This TUSAL escaped me in signing up and blogging on the date selected!  How did that happen???  Well anyway, I have signed up for Sharon's annual TUSAL SAL.  You can click on the link above to take you to her blog called It's Daffycat.

Here is what I have to share for January's ORTs.  Not too much as I wanted to spend as much time with DD before she went back to college and with DS before he went back to high school.

I hope to have LOTS more ORTs to share with you throughout this coming year!


Friday, January 8, 2016

Christmas present to DH.....

I can share what I stitched and framed for one of DH's Christmas presents!  It is My Big Toe Armor of God stitched in the fabric and threads suggested.  I saw this last fall and immediately ordered it to give to DH for part of his Christmas presents.  He opened it and LOVED IT!!!!  He was presented with an ornamental sword hanging on a shield from friends from Luke AFB.  The sword hangs in his office at work and now he can take my framed picture to hang next to it on his wall.

I found the frame from Hobby Lobby while shopping with my parents!  It turned out GREAT if I say so myself and DH was just totally surprised when he opened it!!! 

Now I'm back to my stitching today and movie day with DD before she goes back to college on Sunday. 

Happy Stitching!

Monday, January 4, 2016

A New Year....New Projects....and Happy New Year

I know I know.  I'm 4 days late wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!  I've spent this time with family which is very important to me!!!  DD will soon be going back to college and I'm wanting to spend as much time with her as possible as well as spending time with DS before he went back to school today.

Now is the time every year that I make my TO DO LIST for projects that I'm wanting to accomplish this coming year.  I make 2 lists actually. One list is for ornaments and another list for birthday presents.  That way I know when the birthday present needs to be finished by and mailed out.  I'm making ADDITIONAL list this for my UFO/WIP for projects that I want to try and finish this coming year.  I may not finish all of the UFO/WIP but at least I can see what I have and want to finish but also see if there are any of those that just need a new home to go to be finished.  We'll see how this additional list goes this year!

I'm back to stitching now in between loads of laundry. 


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last Post for 2015

I am writing this last post for 2015, and I want to share a photo of my LAST ORNAMENT with my followers.  As you know, I recently had to pull an ornament from my"stitched ornament box" to give as a last minute gift which I'm THANKFUL that I already had an ornament that needed to be finished.  So I gave the ornament as a gift, and it was greatly received and appreciated by our dear friends.  But I loved the ornament so much and wanted one for myself, so I thought that would be the best LAST ORNAMENT to restitch for myself this year.

So here is LHN This Is My Joy stitched ornament. is not "finished" but I will do that in January as I do not want to sew it up tonight.

As I reflect on this past year, it also helps me to plan and prepare for 2016.  I have signed up for the Smalls SAL again for 2016 which definitely helps keep me motivated in getting my ornaments finished as well as for birthday presents.  So tomorrow, I will make my 2016 CROSS STITCHING TO DO LIST for projects for this coming year.  First, I write down all the names of the people I stitch presents for and then I write all the names down for ornaments.  As each project is stitched, I cross off that name and put it in a "FINISHED" box to give to the recipient.  I buy those beautiful decorator boxes from Michaels and keep my "stitched ornaments" in one box to finish, and my "finished presents" in another decorator box.  That way no projects or presents go missing in my sewing room.  And you can look at your list to prepare for buying any needed supplies ahead of time so you aren't starting a project and missing any missing threads or fabric for the project.

I will be stitching all the way up until midnight tonight.  I hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve tonight, and Happy New Year for 2016!