Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Finishing Bonanza from Ruth

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Here are my autumn critters finished easel back and my Santa made into a Christmas card box for my husband the "Christmas card" person in the house!

Still needs a slight trim :-)

 Ready for business!

He  just ran off to get the first card (ours) to put in it!

Happy Turkey Day,


Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Little Amy Done

Hi there,

Wow haven't been here in a while, but lots going on.  We are going to Antarctica so I felt the need to knit my husband a scarf ( we are from Florida :-/) and then there's the usual planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We are doing "Christmas light" this year - meaning no tree- so maybe I'll put out my Snow Village.   In the hopes that someone will go "please Mom can that be mine?"

I have finished my 2nd Christmas Club piece from Amy - love these!  That's wirelace on the candle flame -  learned that trick from the Pumpkin Parade.  And sigh, that piece is still in progress as I sign up for yet another class.  But that's next year.  Just have to live long enough. And remember SOME things do get finished.

wirelace on the flame
I wish all my readers a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Hopefully I'll be able to post some finishing before too long.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Old meets New

Hi there,

Our chapter is gathering old canvases for a stash sale and I came across this one which I decided not to give away, but to basketweave in hand.  My problem was...what thread???  It's 12 count which might have been popular back in the 80s when I bought it.  I want to keep it in basketweave so it will be used and loved by kids.  If not my own kids,  I plan to give it to a Ronald McDonald House.

I was in Chapel Hill and drove over to Raleigh to check out and look what they suggested- absolutely perfect.  It's wool, but you would never know it to work with it.  So smooth and great coverage.  This piece is faded but the Planet Earth Wool is bringing it back to life.

Wonder what ever happened to Deux Amis?  I  had quite a few of their canvases in my stash.

So happy :-)


Monday, September 5, 2016

Autumn Squirrel

Here's my Labor Day weekend progress.  The Pumpkin Parade isn't mobile so the squirrel went with us for a few days.  I'd say he's about half way done.  Once I finish I can go back to the Parade - right now glued to tennis :-) Hard to stitch when I'm watching my iPad instead of my canvas.

Love the tail.  It's one strand of Burmilana and then one strand of Wisper on top.  Not together in the needle - 2 layers.  Easy and perfect.  Plus,  I love how the split stitch down the nose works.

See you later in the week :-)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Serena works and I work

I absolutely cannot stand to watch or listen to one more word of politics.  And I only watch the weather once a day!  So I have barricaded myself in my room and am watching the US Open on my iPad.

Here is the beginning of the pumpkin basket.  See how nice and straight the spokes are?

Here they are after weaving - a little droopy because even though I TRIED not to pull down on the weaving thread it's hard.  Because as you slide the weaving threads together it just wants to do that.  She's just  got to be careful not to drop the pumpkins out of the basket! BECAUSE I AM NOT MAKING HER ANOTHER BASKET!

And here are the wirelace leaves.  They were a lot easier than the bats.  Two more stems to go.  None of mine look alike :-/  Bullions are not my thing.  I think Serena beat her opponent in the same time it took me to do 3.

Here's hoping my friends are having fun at Seminar!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weather Fatigue

Yesterday we were scared indoors by what looked like a big lazy daisy stitch on the weather map.

Thankfully nothing happened in the weather department.  School was NOT cancelled for Emily and I got some work in on witch #5.  I did the hair and the hat, and today am going to work on the yellow hair bow and the pumpkin basket. Sooner or later I have to do the bullion stems on those pumpkins :/)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Spoiled Pooch

Yes, the little princess now has her own Christmas ornament

and just in case it goes missing....

OK back to fall :-)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Calling Fall!

I am desperately trying to place a call to Fall!!  While I love red, white and blue.... and pink and green ...I am ready to turn back to brown, rust and gold.  I plan to finish the Halloween Parade and just dug up...

Vintage 2011!  I got this from Bestitched in a flurry of "got to have it" and of course never finished it.

Good thing it's small :-)

Have a great week,


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thank You Rio !

It just takes some dedication to getting it done!  All smiles here!  And now on to finishing the Pumpkin Parade :-)


Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Flowers Are All Done

 Doing the Happy Dance :-)

Spring Flowers

Hi there,

I think the bunny may have surfaced for the last time and is going to get finished.  Here's my work from yesterday.

And the sky

Yes, there are 3 more (as in Summer, Fall and Winter)  and I hope they don't take 10 years each to do or I will be in my 90s when I finish :/)

Have a wonderful week,


Friday, August 12, 2016

Way Off Base

Hi there,

I'm loving the Olympics especially since most of the time I already know who won so I can watch with my eyes open.   It's a nice break from the political news for sure.  I have gone from CNN to MSNBC to FOX and now am on to Joel Osteen (at least he is positive).  A friend of mine said yesterday..."can't the Olympics just keep going until November?"...  That would sure be nice.

All week I have felt like yelling at the candidates to just GO AWAY.   Sort of like when your dog doesn't want people in the house.  So I pulled out the next best thing - Felting!  Maybe some good stabbing is the ticket :-)

My stitching friends all want me to finish this anyway.  This even pre-dates Lisa's magnets, LHM.

Have a great weekend,


Monday, August 1, 2016

Banana Peels

Good Morning,

Our local needlepoint shop is doing a monthly club of beaded fruit.  I just finished my banana.  These are fun and easy. Once you get the pattern down you're on cruise control.

Here are the "peels"

and a close up of the pattern

And a finished one

There are 12 in all.  Support our shop if you love these too  ...

Absolutely Needlepoint in Miami, Florida :-)

Have a great week and don't forget to pick out your Olympics stitching!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Elf Number 4

Hi all,

 Just a short post and pic of elf #4 - love the package wrapping!

Enjoy the convention - good luck to Ivanka!


Can You Believe It?

Hi all,

I have spent the last few days saying over and over..." I can't believe this is happening".  Well, there you see it - I even had to take a picture.  Shame on Ted - last night will come back to haunt him (I hope).  And the rest of them...

I also have been finishing up the last of my bird canvases.  I have no idea how to have them finished.
Here's the original...

And here is the interpretation.  Pretty close.  You can see why I hesitate over the finishing.  All that bird straw poking out.

And up next another Pat Sone stitch guide

Have a great day!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Dog Days of Summer

Hi all,

We are in the hottest July ever in my opinion (I say that every year) and Emily agrees!  Out for maximum cooling on the tile floor....

Here are the latest elf photos from my banner- setting up the guide lines for the beads

guide lines for the candy cane

Cookie Monster Elf

This last one I did last night during the olympic trials - it's a Miami Hurricane elf :-)  They are a lot of fun to stitch and it's great to see little stitches work so well.

Have a great week,


Friday, June 10, 2016

Quick Pics


Having a brief respite to work on Christmas and gather momentum to finish the Pumpkin Parade.

So here are this week's quick pics.

First, from Ruth.  Elf number 1 of the Christmas Banner. Love the ears!

Merry Christmas Banner

Second, my first finish from Amy's Christmas Club - going to make this one the front of a Christmas Card box.  I think that fur may be a touch too long - Santa looks like he's at the Wall on Game of Thrones or an Eskimo.

I told my stitching friends that my computer screen should just go blank when I click on Ruth's or Amy's websites :-/  Would save a lot of trouble.

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Reading and Summer Stitching

In the categories of 




Have a great Memorial Day weekend


Monday, May 16, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Pumpkin Cart

Hi there,

Here's the pumpkin cart completed so now I can do the broom bristles and finish the wheels.  Layers upon layers upon layers....   I love doing the hats so I think I'll do that first :-)

and a photo of my "nurse" on break - ready to respond at a moment's notice- no call button needed

Have a great Thursday!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

RIP Prince

Hi there,

In memory of Prince, a pretty little witch in her purple dress who finally got her lace.

We will miss you and your music