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

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Done!! This little fairy is very sparkly!

(Geesh....and yes...there is a hair on her...not a cat hair this time...looks like mine!)

Saturday, August 30, 2008



Lot more of the sparklies stitched. Still a bit more to do. :) There is quite a bit of work on this little fairy!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Christmas Treasures

Not too shabby, eh?? From this...
Christmas Treasures WIP(c)

to this: Christmas Treasures(b)

since yesterday. I spent most of the day working on the interior of the design. There was just a bit more than the first picture shows that I had already completed. The section with the little houses and some of those specialty stitches was done. But I did get quite a bit done. In fact, the only thing left is the word "Treasures", which remains to be stitched over one.

Victoria Sampler design - Christmas Treasures with recommended fabric and fibers.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


More progress on my latest little letter fairy, Eleanor (E). I just love the little fairies themselves in this series.:)


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

She's got legs

...remember that ZZ Top song?...:)) Well, it's not ZZ Top, but my Trick or Treat Fairy. I finally stitched her legs as well as started filling in her dress.ToTF(f)TOTF
Feeling like a little turtle stitching this one. . .

Monday, August 25, 2008

Purple Scissors

Stash in the mail!! Don't you just love it? I had ordered the supplies for Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. The Waterlilies, the beads, the treasures and the chart. And...some really nice purple scissors from Premax of Italy. They cut really well and the price wasn't too bad, either!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Jumping around

..with my stitching, that is. So, I worked on Lady of the Flag for a while....the bottom of her skirt, a few leaves and a bit of blue.Lady of the Flag(b)

Then a little on Victorian Christmas Eve...some of the white on her cloak, more greenery and a small start on the ruffle of her dress.VCE(l)

I worked on E (Eleanor), too...but I have to retake the pictures. I added the little fairy and a bit more of the actual letter itself. OK , I am having a really difficult time getting the lighter colors to show very well...E-Eleanor

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Ashley nominated me for an award. Thanks so much, Ashley! and in accordance with the rules, which say:

1) Choose 5 blogs deserving to receive the award (conception, creativity, interesting equipment and contributing to the community of bloggers whatever the language)

2) Every award must contain the link towards the blog of his author so that it can be visited.

3) Every winner must show the award-logo and put back the name and the link towards the
blog that attributed it for her.

4) The winner must show the blog link the Arte y Pico.

5) To Post the rules.

As soon as I can, I will nominate my five deserving blogs. I will have to go through my list to decide which ones to choose when I have a little more time. (Edited to add my list):

l. Isabelle
2. Nicole
3. Susimac
4. Vonna
5. Nancy

Thanks, again, Ashley.


I was all set to take some updated photos of the projects I worked on yesterday. I use rechargeable batteries for my camera (which I took out the other day and put in the charger). Well, after trying the batteries in the camera this morning....they did not charge this time. :((

No new pictures today, but I did work a bit more on my Victorian Christmas Eve and Letters from Nora, Letter E (Eleanor).

As soon as I get some batteries to work for my camera, there will be a new update.=)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Lady of the Flag

The middle portion of her dress is finished...lots of cream thread on cream fabric...not much fun to stitch, but once those beads were added....pretty, pretty! There is still a border on the bottom of her dress that needs to be stitched....I really, really want to stitch some other colors besides the golds....;)

The colors shown in this picture are much more accurate than the last couple of photos.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I worked on my LOTF for a little while yesterday...then my two little fairies started calling me..so little bits of updates on my Trick or Treat Fairy...ToTF(d)

and a tiny bit more on my small start on "E" for Eleanor:


(I will try to work on LOTF for a bit more today;) then, post an updated picture of her.)

Monday, August 18, 2008


...no...it's not "laughing on the floor"....:) Lady of the Flag. Well, I worked on her for a good while yesterday....here's the overall shot:Lady of the Flag (d)

and the part that shows the area I was working on a little better. It is the area to the left of the flagpole...the center bottom fold of her dress. Lady of the Flag(c)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Is it yes or no?

After going through my Mirabilia WIP's, I found this Lady, who has been "sleeping" for so long....Even after all this time, I still like her. Her dress is almost done. I do need to stitch the bottom banner, as well as the flag. However, I left those until the end, thinking those portions would stitch up a lot faster than the dress. LOL! How right I was...the dress still is not done. Lady of the Flag

So what do you think...work on her, or not? :)

Here's an overall glimpse.... I think she has such a sweet face.
Lady of the Flag(a)

Bits and Pieces

Here's a little bit more of my Dutch design. I did add some beads to this design, Delica #434 (a pinkish gold):


and more progress on Victorian Christmas Eve:


Friday, August 15, 2008

Victorian Christmas Eve

Lots of reds....but her dress is almost done. Just one more color to finish the empty spots. After that I think I will start on her ruffle peeking out at the bottom of her cloak.


...did you see the new Mirabilia design? Athena, Goddess of Wisdom....gorgeous! Check wichelt.com for the picture.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bright Spot

I needed a little bright spot in my day today....This is done with the linen DMC thread that Anne Marieke sent me with the pattern. Stitched on 32 count Baby Lotion Belfast.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A little birdie. . .

This cute little bird has been stitched for a while..so I finally did the pinkeep finishing for it today.

Birdie Pinkeep (blue)

The blue fabric is what I used for the back of the pinkeep.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Dainty Deidre is Done!!

I finished stitching on the last bead at about quarter to midnight...just had to finish her! :)


Say hello, Eleanor....;)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Trick or Treat Fairy & Deidre

Although she is coming along slowly, I like how she is stitching up on this great hand painted fabric. ToTF

More flowers and some wings (my- not-so-favorite part) for Deidre. She is so pretty...albeit a bit wrinkled right now....


Saturday, August 9, 2008


Deidre is such a fun little fairy to stitch. I usually dislike constantly changing colors for a few stitches in a design. However, on Deidre, even though there are quite a few color changes, I am moving along. Take a little peek....Deidre(e)

Maybe a few more flowers today!

Friday, August 8, 2008


Here's the latest update on little Deidre:


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Royal Holiday

I have been searching through my stash to find this one...I knew it was there...just could not put my hands on it until today. This is where I left off....ummm...quite a while ago.:) Now that I have found her again, she may be coming out for some air!

Royal Holiday

She is stitched on Silkweaver's 32 count Reflections, Sparking Cider.


I received my three new letters from Needlecraft Corner yesterday. I couldn't wait to start..they are just too adorable...Take a peek at my late night start on Deidre:

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Trick or Treat!

A little more progress on my Trick or Treat Fairy. I finished the words which are stitched with the #4 braid...a pretty tight fit, but it looks pretty. (Don't worry, her middle will get filled in;) ! )

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Woo Hoo!!!

Happy Dance Time....It seems like it took f o r e v e r...but Part 2 of my Oriental Harem Garden is done (with the exception of the beads in the outer border and corners). Yeah!! Onward to Part 3.


Monday, August 4, 2008

Even More!

Birthday Goodies, that is! :))

Anne Marieke sent me this beautiful 4 Seasons chart from NenneDesign. She also sent me the gorgeous linen threads that are used to stitch this one. I have never tried the linen threads, so this will be a fun experiment!

Thanks so much, Anne Marieke!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

More birthday goodies...and some new stash

We went out for a great lunch for my birthday (Carol and Kathleen, that is--thanks, guys!). Look what they gave me for my birthday, Olde Colonial's Miss Penny!! I have looked at her several times since she first came out and never bought her. She is just too sweet; her entire body is made of wood and she has a little slip and pantaloons on as well. Just too cute. (check out Klawd's foot in the background...he was checking out Miss Penny, too!)

We stopped at The Stitching Post before we went to lunch. I did add a few things to my basket while I was there. The Crescent Colours finish up my collection. I love the flip-flop thread drops. :) Kathleen also brought me the new Prairie Schoolers and Just Cross Stitch magazine from Needlecraft Corner, as well as the new PS freebie.

A wonderful day - thanks Carol and Kathleen!! :))

Friday, August 1, 2008

More Birthday Presents!

Lookee!! Lookee!! Look at what Margit sent me for my birthday! Two very nice charts, a beautiful card (I love the little fairies) and inside the card...a little bee charm that I will be able to use on a future Mini Mandala. :)) Thanks so much for your kindness, Margit!

birthday presents (Margit)(a)


that's what I have been doing...At least all the black backstitching is finished on my Oriental Harem Garden. OHG WIP (b)

Now it will be onto the missing gold stitches and the gold backstitch.