Sunday, July 30, 2017

I'm Back! July 30, 2017

Hello Friends! I've missed you all. My last post was May 16, 2017. After I posted that day, the computer died a painful death. I was already working both jobs and just trying to get to the end of the school year. Then, I was working full time at my second job. AND, we were trying to make it to vacation time. We just got back from vacation Monday, July 24 in the evening. We have purchased a new computer and now I need to relearn everything on a new PC. I've noticed this one is very slow. That doesn't bode well for a new computer but hopefully the kinks will work out and it will be better. 

I will be catching up on reading blogs. I've missed seeing what everyone is doing. My other technology is not good, either, so I haven't been able to keep up with you all. I hope to remedy that shortly. 

Our family vacation this year was a cruise. We drove from Missouri to Seattle, WA where we boarded the Emerald Princess and cruised to Alaska. It was a wonderful trip. We enjoyed so much family bonding time and were able to just r-e-l-a-x. Ahhhhh........  I did manage to find a shop with cross stitch in Skagway. Katie indulged me and let me shop for some fun things. It was in a quilt shop so there weren't that many patterns to choose from. Finding something my style was a little challenging but I came up with a couple of good patterns. Today's choice is Alaskan Sampler by a designer in Oregon. I like the variety of parts in the sampler. I was able to buy this as a chart only. I'll enjoy choosing fabric and flosses for this pretty sampler. 

Alaskan Sampler
Meredith Mark Designs
181 x 118
DMC/Anchor flosses

I'm so happy to be back in the land of blogging! I'll share some extra photos in the upcoming weeks. Of course, I start back to my school job next week on Thursday, August 10. Until then..

Happy Stitching!
Laura :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017

The Sweetheart Tree
84 x 84

This is one of the prettiest designs I own. I love everything about it! So really I'm just showing off something gorgeous from my stash. This came as a chart pack. It included the fabric, beads and charm. I just need to add floss and it's ready to go. It's just DMC floss, too, so I have no excuse other than laziness. The design isn't that big and the directions are great. It's time to pull the floss and get

Laura :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

Sheep in the Meadow
Country Cottage Needleworks 
173 x 75

Another cutie from CCN. The little sheep are so sweet! I like this pattern but I don't think it's one I'm hurrying to get into my WIP pile. At this point it's more of  a someday project. 

I've had a long day working both jobs so I'm off to bed. 

Laura :)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017

Strawberry Plant
137 x 101

Isn't this a sweet little chart? I bought this for my sister. She kept it for several years and tried to love it. It just didn't work so she gave it back to me. Now I get to try to get it into the WIP pile. 

Speaking of the WIP pile, it's now one project smaller! Today I finished Hope of Spring by Chessie &  Me. It's my ninth finish of the year. That definitely keeps me on pace to complete twenty projects this year. So, here it is!

That's it for me today. It was a lovely Mothers Day!

Laura :)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13, 2017

Little House Needleworks
227 x 58

This chart was gifted to me by my sister. Nancy has stitched it and has it hanging on her wall. I still haven't started it. I'm going through the usual debate with myself. I will probably change the fabric, but to what color? I want to change the lettering colors, but again, to what colors? Will I change a all the colors? What color should the bird be if I change the lettering colors? 

Isn't it crazy what I do to myself for a new project? Do you understand why I don't enjoy starting new ones? Sheesh! I think I'll go work on a WIP!

Laura :)

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

Tuscan Sunrise
Just Nan
78 x 38

I really liked this pattern pack when it came out. I looked at it over and over when I visited the LNS. It just didn't make it home with me. Then, I was fortunate enough to find it years later. Now it has been sitting in my stash for a couple more years. It's another matter of getting it into the WIP pile and getting it stitched! This seems to be a constant refrain with me. I'm happy to be taking steps to move things along. I feel I've made good progress in finishing projects this year. Hopefully the trend will continue!

Laura :)

May 11, 2017

The Strawberry Season
Heartstrings - The Artists Collection
174 x 33

I really like this sweet pattern. I have already stitched The Bittersweet Season which features a black cat atop a gorgeous pumpkin. I stitched it during a summer of doctor visits with my mom. This series features several interesting bands and simple but beautiful colors. I'm thinking of using a soft fabric color to complement the pretty floss colors. 

Laura :)