Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2014

Happy Good Friday!!!!  I am taking part in Jo's Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop this year.  You can see where the Treasure Hunt starts by going to Jo's blog link at Serendipitous Stitching.

We were to xstitch something either Spring or Easter to share.  I decided on Just Nan Daffodil Run and framed it in her adorable frame.  I've been wanting to stitch this up for a while now and this was a perfect time since I thought the daffodil's looked SPRINGY.  I always remembered seeing daffodils around Easter time. 

I already had these 2 Just Nan whimzi's stitched up but decided since they were spring looking and had bunnies on them that they would be perfect to share as well.

Your letter for this stop is ........   W

I want to thank Jo for including me in this Easter Treasure Blog Hop.  Your next stop is to go to Jacquie's blog at My Journey.

I also want to wish everyone a very Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter.  May you be blessed today and every day.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

iStitch Designs Exchange

Ohhhhhh what fun this is going to be!!!  Carol of iStitch Designs has organized an iStitch Design Exchange and the closing date is coming soon.  

Here is what Carol says about this exchange:

iStitch Designs Exchange signups close on April 20 so if you do want to join in, please email me asap (my address is on my profile). I need your name and address and whether or not you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced stitcher so I can pair you with a like partner. Items have to be stitched and mailed on or before July 31.

To get to Carol's blog, you can click on the link HERE or on her link in my side bar.  She also has a link on her blog left side bar as well for the iStitch Designs Exchange.  If you don't have any of her charts but still want to participate in the exchange, do not to worry.  The Attic Needlework has some charts in stock 1-888-94ATTIC or you can contact Carol directly and purchase your chart directly from her.  She will then send you a PDF file usually within 24hours of purchasing.

So come on and join in on the fun!  Now I have the big decision of WHAT CHART to stitch for my recipient!!!!

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Contest to share.....

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a contest that you can enter to win a Custom Family Name chart.  You can read all about it here at this link or click on it in my Blog side bar.  She had designed up a BEAUTIFUL chart and she will even graph out your family name as well so that you can start stitching it immediately.  So be sure to go and enter to try and win!

Now I'm off to do some stitching myself after spending an eventful morning running errands, getting the van oil changed and then a delightful time of skyping with  my daughter who is off in college!  I just LOVE our little mommy/daughter Skype times together.  We're already making plans what to do when she comes home this summer.

Happy Stitching everyone!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

TUSAL update....

Yeah!!!  Today is our TUSAL update.  If you want to join, it is easy to do.  Just click on the link on the side bar or HERE. 

Here are my ORTs for the month of March.  I have done some small projects along with some bigger ones but these are the ORTs from my stitching.

Here is what my ORT jar is now looking like filled up with all the ORTs from this year already!  Wow!  I can't wait to see how it will look by December.

I have been stitching on MBT The Apostle's Creed along with 4 other ladies.  I was behind in my homework for last month so I've been trying to play catch up this month for the next time we meet at Sampler Sunday at Attic Needlework.  Here is where I'm at the moment but I hope to get more stitching done this past week.  My MS (Multiple Schlerosis) was making me extremely fatigued this past week so I did not get as much stitching done as I had hoped.  But I'm feeling better so hopefully you will smell the smoke from my needle this week.  LOL

Here is another WIP of mine that I pull out to work on as well.  This is The Primitive Needle A&E.  I was dreading stitching in that darn snake and if you know me I H-A-T-E SNAKES!  I don't like to stitch them either but I just loved this pattern so I just prayed while doing it.  ICK  But it goes along with the chart so I stitched him in and got past it.

Now I'm off to stitch for the rest of the day.  YEAHHHH  Hmmmm which one do I want to work on??  Until next post.......HAPPY STITCHING!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Just Nan SAL Update.....

Today is the date to post our JN SAL for the month!!!  YEAHHH  I actually stitched mine while away on retreat last month in preparation of trying to stay ahead of the game.  This month's project I chose to stitch up Winter Violets Whimzi.  It is stitched on 30ct Weeks Lilac linen.  I love the color of the linen but I find that purples are extremely hard to photograph.  This linen was nice but was not stiff.   I did iron the interfacing like Nan suggests when finishing.  The linen just still seemed limp when I finished ironing it and is easily stretched I found when framing this whimzi.  Here is my finish for this month but I have a couple more JN projects that I am stitching on as well for this SAL.

One project that I pulled out and worked on this past weekend was the Queen of the Needle Sampler Case.  I had started it right away when it came out from The Silver Needle but that was right before we were to move for an overseas assignment and got packed away til now.  I am sorry for any wrinkles as this was just hurriedly photographed at the last minute this a.m.  It is being stitched in the silks that came with the kit.

Another JN UFO that I have pulled out to work on is called Sweet Remembrance.  I love the delicate soft colors that JN uses in her projects as well.  Once again...I apologize for the wrinkles.  This fabric that I'm stitching on for this project is 28ct Star Sapphire Jobelan.  I LOVE the soft blueish green tone of the fabric.  I just wished the pictures did the fabric justice of how they REALLY look.  So reach in your mind's eye and just "see" what the actual true color of the fabric is.  I may have to start photographing my projects outside in natural sunlight since we are in so much abundance of it here in AZ.

I also want to share a picture of my most FAVORITE Just Nan piece.  This one is soooo special to me because my best friend stitched it for me.  But......there is a story that goes along with it.  My best friend Karen and I met 18 1/2 years ago when we both were stationed together at Scott AFB.  She and I both had small babies at the time, and we shared the love of cross stitching so our friendship was an immediate success!  We would meet for lunch and let the kids play together or sometimes one of the babies would be sleeping while the other played.  So it made for a perfect stitching time together.  As we were about to move to different bases, Karen and I both ended up stitching THE SAME EXACT PIECE.....True Friends chart......for our gift to each other.  However, the funny part was that only our LNS was in on the whole process!  Our shop was Mom & Me of Lebanon, IL and her name, Karen also, knew what my best friend Karen was stitching for me and I for her.  Well, it made for such a fun laugh when we exchanged our present of our stitched gift to the other one! 

I've already picked out my next project for April as I'm trying to stay ahead of the game and my SALs.  I thank Zeb for doing this JN SAL in helping me get all my JN stitched up and out of their binders or gift bag storage (see previous post of how I store my JNs to see what I am talking about). Plus.....for collecting all the "missing Just Nan" charts that I've either wanted to buy and didn't at the time that they came out.

Happy Stitching everyone!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2014 Smalls SAL Update for March

Today is the day to post our Smalls SAL post.  You can find the link to how to join in my side bar or you can just click on the link HERE.

This month I decided to stitch up something new from SB from the Nashville Market called Spring Box.  It REALLY was a quick and easy stitch and only took me 3hours to stitch it.  I am not sure if I'm going to put it in the box but rather maybe make it into a stuffed hanging pillow for decoration.  That is why it is not totally finished yet either.  I was having a hard time deciding HOW to finish it.  What do you think???  Buy the box to put it inside or make it into a hanging pillow???  Leave me a comment and let me know how I could or should finish it. 

Here it is:

Also this month I have finished another small project.  It was my afternoon stitching while waiting for the kids to get out of school when picking them up in the afternoon.  It is LHN Wisdom Sheep Virtue.  It is stitched on 36ct Lt. Examplar fabric using DMC threads.  However, the only correction is that I used white for my sheep.

Once again....he is not finished as I have all my fabrics for the sheep to be finished.....hopefully one Friday here soon.  Don't worry.....I will show pictures when I do get them all finished.

Another finish was a small ornament that I stitched for my dad's Christmas present this year while at my Sedona retreat.  It is another deer project for him.  Hmmmmm seems like I'm on a trend for my dad each Christmas.   It is from the chart Prairie Schooler Winter Wind.  My dad and I love deer and at his house they do come up to the house close to eat.

Now I need to figure out WHAT to stitch for my mom's Christmas ornament for this year.  That is all I have to share for today for smalls.  I had HOPED to get one of these pretty things finished but in due time they will. 

Thank you for stopping by once again. 
Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Finally Friday and an Easter Treasure Hunt

Wow!!  It's finally Friday!!  I love that song and no.....I won't post a You Tube link for that song because I'm sure it's already stuck in your head by now!!! 

As I was reading my blog links instead of stitching at the moment, I came across an Easter Hunt Blog hop.  I was reading on Jo's blog about her annual EASTER TREASURE HUNT BLOG HOP.  You can click the link to find out more about this fun filled event and yes.....I did sign up to do this.  I've already printed off 3 charts and now to decide WHICH one I want to stitch to be able to share a picture with you on the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop. 

I just LOVE Easter and especially those Bunny Big Ears that I buy my family every year for Easter.  However, I told my daughter she had to buy her own Bunny Big Ears as it just would not make it if I mailed one to her to TN from here in sunny AZ.  It would be more a Bunny Big Blob than Bunny Big ears!  Here is a picture you are confused by what I'm talking about for Bunny Big Ears.

Now if you have NEVER had is well worth the money you spend on this delicious treat.  I started this tradition when my daughter was a little girl of buying one for everyone in the family and then for both kids later.  But......  I have a story too that goes along with Bunny Big Ears that you might find funny.

One year, I put it out for everyone to have on Easter Sunday morning.  I came home later to find that my husband had taken a HUGE BITE out of my Bunny Big Ears!  ACKKKKKKK!!!!!!  WHAT????  He didn't???!!!  Nooo???  But YES.....HE DID!!!!!  I looked at him .... all mad.... and asked him why??  He said he thought it would be funny to see my reaction!  Well he saw it!  I didn't stay mad though and no.......he didn't let me take a bite out of his Bunny Big Ears to replace what he had eaten out of mine.  So......not to worry.  I waited a WHOLE YEAR to get him back. probably guessed it by now.  I took a HUGE BITE out of his Bunny Big Ears the following Easter and left it for him to find after church that Sunday.  He looked at me and just laughed!!!  He knew I had been waiting a whole year to get back at him for eating on my Bunny Big Ears the previous year.  So yes.....that year.....revenge did taste very sweet!  I am not a vengeful person in the least nor do I promote it but they knew then.......don't mess with mama's chocolate!  We have laughed about this every year since!!!  So all in all.....what was a bad situation at the time turned out to be a funny story to remember every year.

Now I'm off to pull out some stash for these new charts I've printed off working copies for and see which one I can stitch up quickly enough and finish for Jo's Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop.

Happy Stitching!