.....it all began with one thread....

Thursday, July 31, 2008


What?? You say? It's the Trick or Treat Fairy (ToTF). :)

I made a little more progress on her last night. I am using my own conversion from DMC to Crescent Colours. I especially like how her face and neck turned out with the Bella Rosa. It does not show that well in the picture, but I "manipulated" the thread a bit so that I could get the darker shades of pink for her cheek, under her chin and her throat.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Trick or Treat Fairy

A teeny, tiny bit of progress on her...since those little frogs decided to pay her a visit....(and yep, I do add beads as I go along....)

Another update

I worked on Victorian Christmas Eve again. More greenery, her sleeve and the beginnings of her gown. She is about halfway done now. VCE(g)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

VCE and Harem Garden

VCE(e)Harem-Part 2 WIP (p)q
Bits and pieces of progress on both Oriental Harem Garden and Victorian Christmas Eve.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

How lucky am I??

To have such a wonderful friend as Isabelle! She sent me some of the prettiest gifts for my upcoming birthday. Oh my goodness! How pretty is this fabric that she hand-dyed especially for me on which to stitch my Nora Corbett Trick or Treat fairy??

Then there is the beautiful book filled with tons of ideas for cross stitch and cardboarding! I cannot wait to give one of these wonderful pieces a try.

Believe it or not, there is more to come!! Adorable little heart buttons, each one sweeter than the last. There are purple floss rings to be used in a needlebook...and then....the gorgeous little pinkeep Isabelle stitched so beautifully over one!! This little design reminds me of Merry Cox. How great is this?

What?? Even more?? Yep...gorgeous antique scissors. They are great! And the Stitcher's Alphabet chart by A Mon Ami Pierre. Fantastic....that pretty much sums it up!!
Thank you, Isabelle, for your kindness and generosity!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Wow! Another blog award!! Thanks, Gio ! Well, I'm stunned to say the least. :))

OK, now to follow the rules for the award:

Put the logo on your blog;
2 Add a link to the person who awarded you;
3 Nominate at least 7 other blogs;
4 Add links to those blogs on yours;
5 Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

No. 1 - done
No. 2 - done
and working on No 3

1. CreativeThread
2. Committed Stitcher
3. Contemplating My Needle
4. Three Cool Pugs and Me
5. Plush
6. Stitching with a View
7. With Needle and Thread

4. Done
5. Off to leave a few messages!


Worked on my Harem garden again for a little while yesteday.
OHG (a)

and also a little more Christmas in July.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Deck the halls...

with boughs of holly....fa la la la la...la la la la....This made me think of my father, who loves Christmas songs so much, he would ask us to play them for him on our "record player" in the middle of August when we were kids..:)) Sorry for the side notes...here's my little girl with a little more of her halls bedecked...



Thanks, Jan! She has nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger Award...wow! This is really too nice! So as part of receiving the award I am listing the rules.

Here are the rules for this award:

1. The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you got the award from.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Now to comply with the rules, here are my 5 picks:

1. Carolina Dreams
2. Arthemise's (Mostly) Stitching Blog
3. Giovanna's stitches
4. TheTwisted Stitcher
5. Cross Stitch Happy

Thanks to everyone on these blogs for inspiring me!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Buzzin' by


This little guy has been a UFO f o r e v e r!! All he had been missing was one wing...so finished his wing last night, and all his beads this morning. Pretty sparkly and cute, for a bug, that is! ;) He is stitched on SIlkweaver's Jamaica Sunset Reflections with the recommended fibers and beads.

The design is a freebie from Mirabilia Designs.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

VIctorian Christmas Eve


A little more progress on my little Victorian girl. The greenery on this one is going to take a while. The ribbons, however, are much quicker....:)

And, I think I am starting a trend....there is another cat hair that I did not spot until after the pictures were taken..:p

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Christmas in July

As hot as it is here, you would think I would want to work on something cooling and refreshing...but no, I started Nora Corbett's Victorian Christmas Eve (a magazine design). I did another conversion to Crescent Colours for this one, too.:)

VIctorian Christmas Eve

Of course, as soon as I could get close enough, I just had to stitch her face. I love Nora's faces. She still gets some white Wisper all around her face, but I think I will wait a bit to add that.

(of course, I just noticed that cat hair! ooops!)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

He's got legs...

Cupid WIP (f)

Cupid - I stitched a little more on him last night. Once I fill in the "open" areas, I'll work on the dove.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I tried some finishing on one of my little fairies, Beatrice....

(picture is a bit crooked...oops!)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cupid and Ivy

Just a little bit of progress on Cupid...that gold Kreinik is...hmmm...such fun ....to work with...;)

Cupid WIP (e)

Ivy (sorry, she is really, really wrinkled):

Ivy WIP (e)

I did get her wing finished (which is always my downfall with these fairies) and a decent start on her gown, plus I added all the beads in her hair, as well as the gown. The wings still have to have the beads added to the outside area.

Monday, July 14, 2008


In between working on my Harem Garden, I brought Cupid back out for a little while.
Cupid WIP (d)

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Harem-Part 2 WIP (o)
Filled in quite a bit yesterday and this morning. Just a bit more of the Pumpkin Gloriana thread and then, I think I will work on those gates....;)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A one and a two..

first...a little progress on Harem:
Harem-Part 2 WIP (n)

and second....this is Nora Corbett's "Cupid" reindeer...(his antlers). The antlers took me so long on the other reindeer, I decided to start with them this time.:) (Not the best picture, but you get the idea.)

Cupid WIP (a)

Friday, July 11, 2008

A little show...

I decided to create a little slideshow of my progress on Harem Oriental Garden...take a peek:


Thursday, July 10, 2008

It's a Green Day...

Harem-Part 2 WIP (j)
...the progress on my Harem Garden, is green at least. That's all I have managed to get done on this since last night. I need to find my 3347 to fill in the last green on this portion.

Now, work on those columns....or the corners with the lanterns?? Hmmm...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Harem-Part 2 WIP (h)
Worked on those greens last night...a lot more counting than the night before...so not quite as much progress. I filled in a bit more of the outer violet border, too.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Oriental Harem Garden...I completed the outer borders for Part 2. I started to fill in a few of the areas, but there is a looong way to go!

Harem-Part 2 WIP (e)

Monday, July 7, 2008

Bits of Border

Just a little more to add on my progress on OHG.
Harem-Part 2 WIP (c)

This design is full of very vibrant colors.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Oriental Harem Garden

The second part for this Chatelaine garden has a of stitching. This is my WIP on one corner.
Harem-Part 2 WIP (a)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Here's my little Cassandra - all finished. I did not stitch the background or square outline for her. CASSANDRA (a)

...a little more on Ivy:
Ivy (WIP) b