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

Friday, October 31, 2008


I worked on the bottom portion of my Scream House yesterday. I have almost finished the outer border. Just the little design in the center to do yet. Every picture I take of this one seems to come out blurry - not sure why.

Then, later last night I pulled Athena out and worked on the column and her gown for a little while.

Athena WIP(c)

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Does that seem spooky? Hope so...I have been working on my Just Nan Scream House. I finished up all the missing portions and beads (which look like little tiny pumpkins) on the first panel of the haunted house etui. JN Scream House (2)a

I also finished the second panel with the mummy. The lines to show his "wrappings" do not show very well, both in the picture or IRL. I may have to change that to a little darker thread, since otherwise I think he looks just like another ghost.JN Scream House (2)

I also made a small start on the bottom panel last night, although there is not a lot to show other than black lines.

Thanks to everyone for coming by! I really enjoy reading all your comments. They truly brighten my day!

Monday, October 27, 2008



These reindeer by Nora Corbett are just too pretty and bright when finished. Vixen is finished for now (no border). One more of the original eight reindeer to go!

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Vixen has such pretty antlers!
I am going to work on the greens/wreath around Vixen's neck tonight. After that, the snow around the feet and the rest of the beads. Vixen (WIP) (b)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Forward and back

Well, I made some progress on Athena. I stitched some of the gold colors on my first column. But, I also had to take out some of the foliage I had already stitched to the far right of that column. Hence, a little bit forward and a little back.
Athena WIP(a)

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I know...I know...another start. But I am trying to get all eight reindeer finished, and, they are pretty quick to stitch. Anyway...all uh, hmm...all "justifications" aside....here's my start on Vixen.

Vixen (WIP)

A bow and a wreath are all the adornments for this one. Usually once that portion is done, the reindeer itself is pretty quick. So - onto the wreath around Vixen's neck!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beads, Bees and Spiders

First - the beads and the bees. Mini Mandala Mystery III, Part 1 complete with beads and the little bee charm from Margit (Thanks, Margit!! )
MMM03 WIP(f)

Second...the spiders (and ghosts and pumpkins, too!)JN Boo needlebook(a)
There are two more ghosts as well as a couple of little pumpkins and the remainder of the border to be stitched.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A switch (again)


From Harem to Trick or Treat Fairy. I finished her pumpkins last night. There is a half of a spider web that still needs to be completed as well as one more web. Then I think I will tackle her moon. Once the moon is finished, the beading as well as filling in the rest of her skirt.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


And another day of Harem. The upper portion of the building is done, except for the beads. So - of course I had to see what the start of those palm trees would look like.

Here's some of the greens below the palm trees and one lonely trunk.

Friday, October 17, 2008


more Harem:Oriental Harem Garden

I got a bit more done than I expected yesterday. Two windows, more blackwork and some of the top right hand side of the building. There is just a small portion to finish filling in on the top and then the black backstitching. I did change out one of the specialty stitches, too. There were supposed to be woven waffle stitches in the upper corners of the windows. Tried 'em - didn't like how they looked. So, I used a partial diamond eyelet instead.



I did manage a little bit of progress on her last night. The bits of the gold column on the right...every little bit helps, right?

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Some progress on Harem! (Yeah!) All the black outlines are done. I filled in some of the scalloped border, too. I stitched as much of the Gloriana Pumpkin thread that I could, since I ran out. Now to fill in all those windows and portals!

Monday, October 13, 2008

* * PRANCER * *


In all his sparkling glory! Just finished up the last little bits of snow under his feet. :)

Thanks to all for stopping by!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A little "behind"

:)) Prancer's. (Not what you thought, eh?)
Prancer WIP(g)

I finished up the two missing colors on the stocking as well as Prancer's back end, tail and a start on the greeenery.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Still prancing

Prancer WIP(c)
Now the stocking and bow are almost done. There is some greenery on the reindeer's back, some snowlike braid and the remainder of the reindeer to go.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Just prancing along...

(on three legs, no less!!) ;) Some progress on the ribbons and legs and the bottom of the stocking.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by recently. I have totally enjoyed all your wonderful comments.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

So many beads...

Full View
on such a little fairy! Little Fran is finally done! She had a lot of beads! But she sure does sparkle!

The beads close up:

Monday, October 6, 2008

More Harem

Harem-Part 3 & 4  WIP(k)

Filled in some of the buildings...:)

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Small amount of progress on my Oriental Harem Garden. The two smaller windows filled in, finished the blackwork next to the main portal and all the greens in the top scalloped border.


Here's some progress on my Letter Fairy, Fran.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A better picture

Mini Mandala Mystery III....a better picture than this morning's.

MMM03 WIP(cd)


MMM03 WIP(c)Part 1 is done! I think that this one is my favorite out of the mini mandalas, so far. I just love the colors and shape of this one. I had found some of the 078 beads - but I only had about 30 beads. The entire mandala requires more. However, there were enough of those 078's to at least fill in the center area. I'll add the beads as soon as I receive them.

Friday, October 3, 2008

More Midnight Stitching

OK, I really do not want this to become a habit! But look at the pretty results of my "midnight madness." This is a WIP of Part 1 of the Mini Mandala Mystery III by Chatelaine Designs. Much prettier in person. That gold really does shine! Now to finish up the other three sides. Hopefully, during the day this time!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

"The Zone"

OK, time for me to "wax poetic" a bit. No, this is not about the Twilight Zone...not at all. It's about that "zone" that your mind reaches when you are stitching. Stitching something you are totally enjoying. There are no unwanted visits from those pesky frogs. Every stitch is just so. Your threads do not tangle and knot. You stitch happily and pleasantly instead of being frustrated by every single stitch you make. That "zone". Been there? Well, last night for the first time in a very long time (especially with my recent visitations from the frogs)...I was in "the zone." I forgot what it was like. When I first started stitching, I was in "the zone" all the time. I loved everything I worked on. Now, this is not to say I do not like the pieces I am stitching. It just seems that the older I become, the harder it is to reach "the zone." Too many life distractions, family, home obligations, bills, etc., you know, just too much some days. I have always used my stitching as an escape from life's realities. (At least during the stitching process.) But last night was just one of those "old time" calm, happy, "I love stitching" feelings again. I did not want to stop last night. Here the clock said midnight, and I was still ready to go...but I put my stitching away...all the time thinking..."Yes..it's still here.":))

After my complete rambling on above, I am sure you would like to see the result of my "zone" stitching, right? Here's Fran (Letters from Nora, Nora Corbett Designs. :))