Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017

Easter Parade
Blackbird Designs

I made it! I've been having computer issues all evening but have finally managed to get things together enough to post. I've had this chart for about as long as it has been out ~ 2005. I was immediately drawn to the basket. I had started it but it is not with the pattern. I don't remember what happened to it. I suppose that's the problem with being a serial starter. I don't always work all the way through a project. Nevertheless, I will start this again and see it through. I'd also like to stitch the bunny. These are two very great projects in one chart. It will need to make it into the WiP pile sometime in the future. 

Need to keep this short!

Laura :)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 26, 2017

Bunny Love
Trail Creek Farm
1412 x 47h

Well, it's the last day of my Spring Break. I've had a pretty relaxing day. I slept late and stitched a lot. I've made some good progress on my Hope of Spring. It has been a great week. I would, of course, like more time off. I feel like I just started to really relax and now it's over. Oh well, only 9 weeks of school left. 

Bunny Love. Too cute! Not my usual bunny pattern but I still like this one. One day I will stitch this and have so much fun doing it! It won't be soon. There are several others I like more than this pattern but I will keep it still for a while longer. 

I've been trying to decide what smalls I want to pull to start the month of April. I need to get them pulled and kitted so they'll be all ready. I have so many great choices. Maybe I'll see what's already kitted and go from there. Of course, I think I'll have to sneak in at least a couple of the cute little bunny charts I've found!

Laura :)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017

Easter Bunny Row
Bent Creek
272 x 32

I'm home after a great trip with my sister to Wichita to visit friends, stitch and shop. We had a lovely time stitching with a few friends. We laughed and talked and stitched and ate and finally, finally went to bed. We got up this morning and I stitched some more. After breakfast we headed to Heart's Desire and shopped. I got a couple more charts, some beautiful fabric, a piece of felt for a pincushion and a few flosses for one of the charts. Then, I sat down and stitched and managed to finish this: 

Ship of Life
The Need'l Love Company
PTP linen
mystery flosses from a grab bag

I LOVE how this came out! I used the same floss for the lettering that I did for the rocks by the lighthouse. This was so fun to stitch once I got it going. It didn't take that long to stitch. I just needed to concentrate on each of the elements to make sure they all got in correctly. An interesting note: The flosses I used for this came from a grab bag that I bought at a LNS. They took leftovers from kits they'd made for events and put them randomly into bags. My bag had various amounts of floss in several colors. I did have to pull a couple of flosses from my regular stash but not much. It's my 5th finish of the year. I started the year with 61 WIPs. I added three more and have completed 5 this year. I now have a total of 59 WIPs. Hopefully I'll get a couple more finished soon. The only thing that will stop my current progress is my 'smalls month'. I've been thinking I would use the month of April for smalls. I may have to rethink this and maybe choose a week each month for smalls. That would allow me to continue to work on my WIPs and make progress. Of course, it will create new projects but I'm planning to make sure I finish one small before starting another. It should be fun no matter what. 

Today's project is Easter Row by Bent Creek. It's such a cute pattern. I think I will look through my stash and find a variegated/overdyed floss to use for the alphabet instead of changing for each letter. There are some wonderful little creatures and bits spread through the row. It will be a fun stitch. I'm not sure it would qualify as a small so I guess I will not be starting it any time soon. I did buy a beautiful piece of Lilac linen today that would probably make it just perfect. We'll see!!

I'm so exhausted I'm not even sure this is all making sense. I hope you've had a great weekend. I'm looking forward to one more day of Spring Break and sleeping and stitching before heading back to school on Monday. 

Happy Stitching!
Laura :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

Good Eggs
The Trilogy
108w x 45h
32ct Natural Belfast linen
GAST & WDW floss
chick button

Love, love, love these eggs! They're so pretty. Great colors, cool vines, a sweet little chick. This will be a pure pleasure to stitch. I bought this kit at Heart's Desire in Wichita after looking at it for such a long time. That seems to happen with a lot of things I buy. I look for a long time until I just can't stand it any longer then I give in and buy the chart. I figure that if I still like a project after visiting it for a few months' time, it must truly be meant to be part of my stash. 

I'm realizing the number of charts I have in my stash. I've not even scratched the surface yet. It definitely makes me think I should slow down. There are just so many great charts out there that it's hard to decide when enough is enough! At this point, I don't think I'll ever be able to stitch everything I have. It's definitely not the point since I consider my charts part of my collection hobby as well as my stitching hobby. Thank goodness for a husband who understands! LOL 

Have a great weekend!

Laura :)

Top Five Tuesdays ~ more than a little late!

This week's theme is Your Choice. Well, I've been thinking about it since the weekend. I've finally decided to show my top projects that are stitched but need to be finished. When I went through the pile, there were waaaay more than 5. So, this week, I will post, in no particular order and forgetting the names/designers for most of the projects:

Laura's Top 20 Projects in Need of a Finish

The Drawn Thread

I fell in love with this project when I saw the model hanging on the wall at CC & Company. I visited it several times before bringing it home and finishing it fairly quickly. I didn't find the exact buttons it called for. I chose buttons I really like. They're a mix of different mediums, too. Definitely a frame job. 

Faith, Hope, Love
The Workbasket
35ct Mocha linen from R & R Reproduction

This was fun to stitch, but oh my, did it require accurate counting! I did a floss toss with a few different overdyed flosses and landed on this one. I don't remember what color I used! It's really long so it probably needs a frame. 

A few years ago I was given a bag of stitching supplies from a friend who doesn't stitch and was clearing out her mother's things. I found this little cutie in there. I LOVE this bunny! I think it would make a perfect pin cushion. 

Three of my St. Patrick's Day projects that need to be finished! Irish is already pinned. I originally thought I'd make it a cube. Sl'ainte may end up being a long pincushion. I think I already have a frame for the Irish Blessing. I don't currently have any SPD projects ready for display. I think I've also stitched LUCK from Bent Creek so it should be included in this grouping. 

Violet's Blue
Blackbird Designs

When I saw this design, I knew it needed to go on purple fabric. I've added Jeff's and my initials and the year we were married. This will be framed. 

Second Chances 
I Still Do leaflet
Ink Circles
Orphan linen from Picture This Plus

I took this fabric and pattern into PTP and Marilyn was able to spend some time with me pulling flosses that would work. Since purple is a favorite for both of us, it was fun to play with all the colors. I really like how this came out. I have fabric and a great button to make it into a big pillow. I thought it would be a nice start to choose pretty things for the bedroom and use this as a decorative pillow there. 

Threadwork Primitives

What a sweet design. I stitched this easily in one weekend. I will finish it into a pincushion. I need to find a good display space for my pincushions!

Garden Flowers

I cannot remember the designer on this one right now. I tried to look online but wasn't successful in my search. Anyway, I really enjoyed stitching this design. I remember looking at the picture on the pattern and not seeing the fence at first. I tried to choose fabric that would allow all of these beautiful elements to show. This could be a nice framed piece or smallish pillow. 

Birdhouses in my Thistles Garden
Solo fabric from Silkweaver

I think this fabric and pattern were made for each other! I love how all the colors play off each other. My sister, Nancy, has stitched this and hers looks completely different. It's always fun to see how different the same pattern can look with fabric & floss choices. I think it needs to be a long pincushion/pillow. 


Is this the cutest flower ever? I had so much fun stitching it. I know my colors are not quite as charted because I found a great overdyed floss to use for parts of it. I enjoyed all the quirky elements that came together to make this project perfect. It may be framed so I can see it hanging every day. Maybe it needs to go to work with me? 

Where the Blue Berries Grow
The Gathering Place
40ct Ale linen from Picture This Plus
Vikki Clayton silk flosses

I saw this pattern and fell in LOVE. It has unusual coloring and it drew me in instantly. I had a terrible time trying to stitch this until Nancy and I started going to the library every week. I worked on it there where the light was better and I was stitching at a table. It made it easier to see all of this. This will be framed, although, a pillow could be sweet!

Voice of the Shepherd
Lavender & Lace
solo fabric from Silkweaver
floss as charted

This pattern had been in my stash for such a long time. Then, one year, Nancy and I decided to stitch it. My fabric is greenish and hers is blue. Our two projects look so different and so pretty! Every time I look at this, I'm filled with peace. I breathe deeply and just relax. Don't you love the trees leaning over the top? To be framed. 

Red, White & Blue
The Cross Eyed Cricket

This pattern came out after 9/11. I bought it and intended to get it stitched right away. It actually took several years before I ever pulled it out and stitched it. I used the silk flosses it called for as well as the fabric from R & R Reproductions. This will be framed. 

Miss Mary Mack
Pickled linen from Picture This Plus

Oh, such a fun, fun stitch. Jeff chose this pattern as one he wanted me to finish last year. It was finished during Spring Break last year. I need to ask him how he would like it finished. I'm guessing he'll want it framed. 

Skeleton Crew
The Cross Eyed Cricket
linen from Picture This Plus

This project is finished due to help from a round robin group. It traveled the world to get completed. It is stitched with glow-in-the-dark floss for all of the white bits. I recently priced this out for framing. I need to save some pennies and wait for a framing sale!

Give Thanks Always

I found this at a cross stitch shop in Bolivar, MO when my friend, Debbie, took Nancy and I to visit. I picked up several great charts that day. Unfortunately the shop is no longer open. For some reason, I went crazy and bought a piece of evenweave to stitch on. I hate evenweave. Wait, let me say that the correct way. I HATE evenweave! It made working on this project a real chore. I think I shoved it in the drawer as soon as I finished it. Now I'm ready for it to come out and be framed and displayed. It will be a long, irregular frame so I'll have to watch for a bargain. 

Give Thanks
The Drawn Thread

This is a project I bought, took home, chose supplies and stitched almost immediately. I really like everything about it. I just need to get it framed and hung. 

Deck the Halls
Bent Creek

CC & Company has had this on the walls for years. I've looked at it for years! I finally caved and bought it. I took it home and stitched it right away. It's such a fun project! I have a great frame for it and need to figure out what to do to cover the end where I don't have quite enough fabric. I'm thinking of adding a Christmas print fabric to the ends to complete it. 

Nora Corbett

Another great one that was on display at CC & Company. I finally bought and stitched her in 2011. That November-December I pulled a bag of several Christmas and Winter themed projects and stitched furiously. I finished several projects and still need to frame them all! This will definitely go into a frame. 

Santa of the Forest
Lavender & Lace
linen from Picture This Plus

So, this is the perfect wrap up for my crazy Top 20. I started this as a gift for Jeff many, many moons ago. I finally sent it out in a round robin - twice! The ladies liked it enough to work on it twice for me. It's all stitched with DMC aside from the gold. I've kind of pictured this as a banner of sorts but my hubby is insisting on a frame so a frame it will be. Another one to save up my pennies and let someone else frame for me. 

Now you know why I should never be turned loose with a random theme!!

Happy Stitching!

Laura :)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017

Spring Two
ewe & eye & friends

Another cutie from eef. I don't think this was one of the Black Sheep club. It's just one I liked. The surprise is that it's the chick, not the bunny that made me buy this one. It's just so silly and goofy!! Still inside it's egg, too shy to come out? These will be fun to stitch. I definitely feel a smalls month coming up. Maybe April will be the time since then all these cute designs will be appropriate for the season. I have about a week to gather supplies and projects and see what I can get finished. 

I also need to have a month where I focus on finishing. I have several projects just waiting to be pinned and mounted into frames. Others have fabric and stuffing and are waiting to be made into pillows. I would guess I could finish 10 or more projects in a month's time if I focused on finishing. Then I'd have more lovelies to add to the decor!! Finishing is always something I struggle with. I love to stitch but just don't follow through on the finishing. Maybe June would be a good month to do the finishing since I'll have a little more free time available. 

Tomorrow I'm off to Wichita to have some stitching time with friends. Nancy and I are going to stay with a friend. She has invited other stitchers over for a fun get together time. I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll make some good progress on my projects. 

Laura :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017

Bunny in a Basket
ewe & eye & friends
80h x 80w
35ct Italian linen from LC Kramer
Anchor & DMC flosses

This little cutie came as a kit from the Black Sheep Club meetings I used to attend years ago at The Old Mill Stitchery. I really enjoyed the kits from these meetings. I still have several waiting to be stitched. Bunnies are some of my favorites. AND, this project has purple in it. I cannot believe I haven't managed to work this one into my rotation in all these years!  

In some ways it's very difficult to go through my stash this way. I want so badly to work on all of these projects. I've found very little that no longer interests me. I just hope that blogging this way helps me keep my stitching mojo. Do you have things that help you keep yours?

Laura :)

March 21, 2017

Spring's a Buzzin'
Val's Stuff
44h x 42w

I've had this cute little chart for some time. I went through a time where I bought a lot of things from eBay. One of the many things was a lot that contained several charts. This was one of them. It's such a cute little project. This is another project where I just need a little time to get it stitched. 

I have so many of these smallish projects. I think maybe I need to designate a month to working on this kind of project only. I wonder how many I would finish if they were all I worked on for an entire month? I would imagine I would finish a good 4 or 5 at a minimum. 

There may be a small month in my near future!

Laura :)

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017

Breath of Spring
Blackbird Designs
105 x 41
GAST & Crescent Colors

Happy Spring! In honor of the first day of Spring, I thought I'd choose an appropriate chart. This one has some of my favorite elements, bunnies, flowers, great colors...what's not to love? It's fairly small and should stitch relatively quickly. It does call for 13 colors of floss. What? I'll probably end up using whatever bits I find in my stash that I think will work within the project. I love the clean look of the white linen, but knowing myself, I'll probably choose something overdyed with a nice pattern to it. Yellow, soft pink, soft blue, maybe green? We'll have to see what I come up with!

Laura :)

March 19, 2017

NOTE: ACK! My post didn't get sent yesterday so I'm sending it along today. 

The Bunny Collection
JBW Designs

I love bunnies! I think I've mentioned this multiple times. ;) This pattern is such a cutie because it has 5 different bunny patterns inside. It gives cute ideas to make it a birth announcement, too. I think I'll probably just finish them all as pincushions and display them every year for Easter. They're all 54 - 58 wide by 38 - 40 high. They would be very quick to stitch. Maybe I'll get one stitched this year???

Laura :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 18, 2017

Today was a great day. I got to spend the day with stitching friends, including my sister, Nancy, at Picture This Plus in Abilene, Kansas. I took some St. Patrick's Day show and tell as well as a project I've been working on as a gift for Nancy. I have previously stitched it for our brother. It has the first few words to a hymn that Mom and Dad used to sing. We all three really love it for that reason. It's so special to us. I changed the colors a little for Nancy's version to reflect colors she loves and has in her home. It's filled with blue, a little pink and a little green. 

I Come to the Garden Alone
Trinity Designs
56 x 222
28ct Haven linen from Picture This Plus
Vikki Clayton silks in Old Blue Jeans, Old Cherry and Jewel Weed 3167

My picture is not the best. It was taken a little after midnight when I finished up the top motif. 

Today, I was showing my projects to the ladies at my table. When I came to this one, Nancy got a little choked up and said, "It's Mom and Dad." (those are their initials near the bottom.) Then, I managed to choke out, "It's yours." We were both on the teary side. Nancy was pleased (I think!) with the project. 

Now, I need to stitch it one more time for myself. I'll have fun choosing colors. Mom's favorite color was red and I believe Dad's was blue. A floss toss and fabric choices will definitely be upcoming. 

This was another WIP in my stash. I had actually started it in 2015. I know this because my initials and the year are in the tiny band above the bottom band and it was dated. I had to pull out part of the 5 and make it a 7. That'll teach me!! 

So, I have a total of 64 WIPs for the year with 4 finishes now. I'm feeling pretty good about this. I will be excited to see how many WIPs I'm able to finish this year. Hopefully there'll be a few more. 

Have a great weekend!
Laura :)

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

Irish Blessing
Nancy Rossi

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I chose this project today for obvious reasons. But, as usual, there is a story behind it. I have always been a singer. I sing most often at church. Growing up, my favorite choral benediction was the Old Irish Blessing. The arrangement was beautiful and always sounded like I imagined the wind, sun and rain must feel in Ireland. It was a wonderful comforting song with heart wrenching harmonies throughout. 

I've had this project in my stash for a long, long time. I will not be using the fabric since it's Aida. I'm not sure if I should replace it with white linen or change to a colored linen. I'm leaning toward a blue linen so I would have the sky showing through in the upper portion of the project. What color would you choose? 

Laura :)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

Rabbit Roundabout
Heart in Hand Needleart
30 x 70

I have decided that I just can't continue to blog about Fall projects. I enjoy stitching them, but I need something more current right now. I've found a bag containing bunny projects. There might be some Spring projects in the bag also, but I know it's chock full of bunnies. For those of you who might not know, I have a whole collection of bunny charts. I don't usually go for the cutesy type, but sometimes they just call to me. 

This is so small and cute! Why in the world haven't I stitched this one? I could probably stitch it in a weekend. Maybe even in one day. It's a kit so everything is already gathered together and ready to go. Sheesh! 

Tomorrow is my last day of work at school before Spring Break. I don't think kids truly appreciate the thrill of having a week off in the middle of the semester! I will be working at my second job but probably only once during the time off. I've got stitching plans for both weekends. I'm excited to have some time to spend with my stitching friends. It's fun to see all the different projects that everyone brings along. I may be taking a little surprise with me. I'll let you know if I get it all ready to go. 

Have a great stitchy weekend!!

Laura :) 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

Harvest Moon 
Shepherd's Bush
55 x 227

evening echoes
twilight time
garden sleeps
harvest moon

I really like Shepherd's Bush samplers. They just take such care with their designs. Their samplers have interesting, fun stitches. I've learned so much from all of the SB projects I've stitched. The directions are great. I have felt confident adding the unique stitches to my projects. 

I've been stitching a lot lately. Blogging has kept me interested in my projects. I've been excited to get to work on my WIPs and, when I allow myself to start something new, determined to see them through to completion. I've been working on the Quaker Fantasies 2017 SAL every weekday morning before work. I've been able to get nice chunks of stitching finished each day. It's fun to watch the project come together. 

Next week will be my Spring Break. I have a few things planned, including lots of stitching time. Hopefully I'll have some completed projects to show!

Laura :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day! It was another day of testing at school. Tonight we got to go to Brendan's choir concert. I always enjoy their music. Tonight was no exception. They sounded great! 

Autumn Romance
The Victorian Sampler
64 x 126

This project calls for Antique white Belfast linen, flosses and beads. It says, "love is a dream that never ends". Quite lovely! I've had one or two of the other seasons in the series in my stash but haven't stitched any of them yet. I like how delicate they are. The subtle use of color is just beautiful. This won't be stitched this year, but maybe it will make it into my rotation of WIPs someday in the not-too-distant future. For now, I'll just enjoy looking at the chart. 

Laura :)

Top Five Tuesday - Time Related Charts

Happy Tuesday! If you haven't seen Top Five Tuesdays before, pop over to Kate's blog and check it out.   I will admit I was a little stumped with my stash when I started thinking about time related charts. I took a slightly different approach and I like what I've come up with. They are all pieces I've stitched so I'm showing my final projects. 

1. Rocky Mountain Christmas - Marty Bell - Pegasus Designs

Christmas is a time of year. That's how I qualified this one. I really LOVE this design. I wanted to stitch it for so long. I have participated in online chats for more than 20 years. In one group, I said how much I wanted to stitch this and my chatmates all supported me so much that they agreed to stitch it as well. There were about 6 or 7 of us that started this. At this point, I think 2 or 3 of us have finished it.

2. Key West Sampler - Brightneedle Designs

I'm sure looking at this project it won't be obvious why I think it works as a time related piece. However, if you enlarge the picture, you'll see that starting next to the top border and continuing down the right side, I've personalized it to commemorate the TIME I went on my first cruise. It lists the names of my sister and sister-in-law, the ports and dates. One of them was Key West. I was so happy to have a good excuse to stitch this!

3. Snow Days - Mirabilia Designs

Okay, Snow Days are definitely time related. I love the swirls and sparkles in this project. It takes me back to those times as a child when Mom would come in and let me know it was a snow day. Oh the joy those days brought! Sledding down the street, dumping off in the yard at the end of the street, climbing back up the hill, just to start all over again. 

4. Witch - Ewe & Eye & Friends ~ Black Sheep Club kit

Just like Christmas, Halloween is a time of year. This was such a fun, crazy stitch. The wire hair was so fun. Jeff helped to do that. He also went to the backyard and pulled pieces to make the hanger. It's good to have a supportive husband!

5. Millennium Sampler - Shepherd's Bush

This was an obvious choice for me. The millennium was such a unique thing to have happen during my lifetime. I'm so happy I found a wonderful chart to commemorate it. The bands were so fun to work. Shepherd's Bush is one of my favorites for a very good reason!

So, that's my list. Maybe not quite what was expected, but it's definitely my take on it! I don't actually know if I own anything with a clock on it. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017

Autumn Quakers
Rosewood Manor
170 x 270
Valdani Flosses

Happy Monday! I started my day with a bloody nose that lasted for about 15 - 20 minutes. It was crazy! The dry air just has my nasal passages totally messed up. I'm congested, I can't breathe. Today's nosebleed was the first of this magnitude. I hope it will be the last. 

I grabbed a bag full of projects to blog about. It happened to be full of Fall themed projects so be prepared! Today's project is so gorgeous! I love the Valdani floss that goes with it. I have to decide on fabric before I go any further. Thankfully it will only take a fat quarter to work. 

I was shopping at CC & Company in Blue Springs, MO with my sister. I had spent enough to fill my punch card on a previous visit so I had some free cash to spend on a project. I bought a birthday and Christmas present for Nancy and then decided I could choose one for myself. I looked at all four seasons. I think one of them didn't have the floss with it and I really wanted the whole thing so it got nixed. Then, looking between the others, I decided I would go with the one I liked the best. Since Fall projects always spark my interest, my choice was obvious. Now it's just waiting for me to make room for it in my rotation. 

Do you have project types that just keep popping up in your stash? What do you like about them?

Hope you have a great week!

Laura :)