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

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hawaiian Garden WIP

Here's another update on my Hawaiian Garden from Chatelaine Designs.
Part 1 WIP (a)
I ran out of one of the threads I need for the final section; I still have just a little bit left of the silver and one other color to fill in. Then it will be onto specialty stitches for this part.

Saturday, December 29, 2007


I decided to run over to The Stitching Post today! Lucky me, for once! They were having their end of the year sale with 25% off everything! Look what I got...
a new bag...ladybug Dovo scissors, a Dovo nailfile...needles....some 28 count Jobelan in Bayleaf and Natural Light.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Secret Victorian Garden Tryout

The tryouts for Martina's mystery projects usually are released prior to the main charts. She did release this one last year.....I'm just getting to the finishing on this one. I just needed a little something to finish and found this one:


Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Not the best pictures....but here it is:
locket (3)


This was a very nice Christmas indeed. My father always asks for a list of things we would like, and then hands it over to my sister to do his shopping! :) This year I actually had something, other than stitching items on my list. It was Jim Shore's Mini Nativity. Take a peek:

Mini Nativity

It just makes me smile to look at it! Thanks, Dad!

I also received a beautiful locket from my husband and sons, Sam and Mike. It is engraved on both the front and back. One side has "Annie" (our dog) and the other "Harmony" (my little girl kitty), both of whom we lost this month. Inside is a picture of each of them. As soon as the sun is shining, I will get a better picture. One of those presents I will always treasure.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, one and all!

Here's hoping that your day is bright, your presents many and love surrounds you.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

....a third PS ornament....

Here's the "S" for my son, Sam.

Only one more to make...

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Another Ornament

I tried a different finish on this little letter. I used a four-sided stitch around it (ala C.A. Wells) with small squares of cardboard with quilt batting inside.

Two more to go!

Friday, December 21, 2007


Here's my little "M" from Prairie Schooler Designs finished as an ornament.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Ornaments

These are just turning out too cute!! I am making an ornament for my sons, Sam and Mike, for this Christmas. Here's the first one...(still has to be made into an ornament)

And the second one....

These little letters are a really quick stitch:))

Ooops!! Forgot to say that these were from the Prairie Schooler Christmas Alphabet booklet.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Well, now it at least looks like a reindeer....Reindeer

So far, this one has been fun to stitch. I am trying to think of a way to finish it. If there are going to be eight reindeer in this series, it might be nice to group them all together. Hmmm....maybe flat folds?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Butt, butt...LOL!

Well, that is all that's really there....Reindeer WIP this is one of Nora Corbett's reindeer....I just have his "butt" stitched right now. This one seems to be moving quickly (and as soon as I say that, it will slow down). I was in the mood for something "Christmasy" to stitch, so decided to work on this one. He is a nice change of pace from the mandalas.

Friday, December 14, 2007

a little more...

on Hawaiian Garden.....WIP (8)

I received almost all the threads required for this one....just a few more.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas.....and Hawaii

2007 Advent Calendar (2) Here's my little WIP of Martina's Advent Calendar for this year. Hopefully...I won't miss any days. So far, so good!

and a little bit of Hawaiian Garden
WIP (7)
(still waiting for the beads and some braids)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Blue Hawaii

....no, Elvis isn't here;) but this is:

Hawaiian Garden Mandala

As soon as I get my braids, beads and a missing thread, I'll fill those in.....

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Blue on Blue

Got a little bit more done on my Hawaiian Garden.
WIP (2)
Lots of bright blues...I'm enjoying working on this for now.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

...a new WIP...

Yep....just couldn't resist....too many pretty colors and the first part of the design is gorgeous! It's Chatelaine Designs, Hawaiian Garden. I've only got a small portion of it done. I decided to do this one with a few of the silk threads I already had and the rest with DMC.
Part 1 WIP


I received some lovely Christmas presents from Isabelle. Thank you so much! You just do not know how much they mean to me....here's a picture of everything...christmas presents

and another of just the inside of the book that she made...christmas present

Just too wonderful!! Thank you, thank you:))

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Finally....something is finished!

Here's a little freebie from the Cross Eyed Cricket, the s'mores mitten. I did not use the recommended fabric...in hindsight I think I should have backstitched the outine.
S'mores Mitten

and another one!! This is also by the Cross Eyed Cricket Collection...the Second Day of Christmas ornament....
Second Day of Christmas Ornament

Thursday, November 29, 2007

My Garden

Here's a little design from Shepherd's Bush. It came with the hand-painted mat. And the best part is, I got this one for half price!
My Garden

It's not framed just yet. I put the mat over the piece to see what it would look like.

Monday, November 26, 2007


Here's a little freebie I just finished.
Mistletoe Ornament

Sunday, November 25, 2007

...a tin....

Look what I found at the grocery store...
whitman tin

very pretty...silver and red...about 8" x 10". I wonder what I can put in it?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

...gobble, gobble...

Happy Turkey Day! Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Done, done and done!!

Finally!! The Christmas stitching I was working on is finished! But, since it is a Christmas present, no picture:( I still have to do the finishing on this one, too. I am hoping that it will be done quickly!! Yeah!!!!

And just for fun...here's a picture of a cupboard from the Shepherd's Bush store in Utah that I noticed when browsing through their on-line tour.

I just think this is so nice! I love the beehive!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Miss Hannah's House

Mis Hannah's House Here it is!! The Miss Hannah's House kit that I purchased from Ann on the Legacy Board. This picture shows the contents of the entire kit. Everything you need to stitch and to finish it. I organized all the threads yesterday onto the thread card. The stitching for this seems pretty straightforward. I can't wait to start....

but I still have a bit more to do on my Christmas "project." Once that is done,well, it will probably be Thanksgiving. No time to stitch but after is another story! Of course, the first of the month, all the new parts of the Chatelaine Designs will be released. I do want to try and finish Mystery X when the last part for that on comes out. Maybe it won't be too large!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Gotta have it!

Love the mermaids!! Isn't this great? This is one of Ellen Chester's (With My Needle) new designs, Maidens of the Sea.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Christmas Stitchin...

Yep, that's what I'm doing....so, no pictures right now.:(

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"My Little Girl"

Harmony, that is....Harmony with her"smiley face" bandage.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

My Workshop

OK, here's my Just Nan Christmas Workshop, so far. I have stitched all the outlines for all the triangles, as well as the tip of each triangle. Since I wasn't overly fond of the elves that are in the original design, I looked through all my Nan charts and picked a few that I did like. In one of the triangles there is my Christmas sheep. Another has a Christmas present. I found a chart for a nice Santa for the third triangle. I am still deciding what I am going to put in the fourth one....an angel, a tree??? Anyway, here's the presentWorkshop-Present and the sheep...Workshop Sheep

Christmas Stitching..

No picture...but I am working on a Christmas project...shhh.....

...(thanks, Isabelle!) I did pick up my Nan Christmas workshop again, too!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Jardin du Roi

or otherwise known as MIX (Chatelaine Designs)....worked on one side of Part 12 last night. Here's the stepsPart 12 steps and the little bit of border....Part 12 Border

I forgot how pretty this one is. I really am going to try and work on it a bit. Now, I am not saying "finish" it....'cause as soon as I do....I don't want to work on it any more.;)

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Here's one of the small medallions from Part 4.
Part 4 WIP (2)
I just love the way this looks IRL.

Friday, November 9, 2007

...out of hiding...

Here's my Mystery IX, which I worked on for just a little bit last night. I did finish one of the beaded scrolls. Now, there are only seven more to do...
Beaded Scroll

This really is a pretty piece. Just wish some of those beads were done....

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

"Done and Dusted"...

as Jeanette on the Chatelaine Board likes to say. Part 11 for my Mystery X is done!! Beads, crystals and all....just waiting for Part 12 now. I have decided to name this garden in honor of my little girl kitty, Harmony. She has been having a rough time lately. Usually when I stitch, she sits on my lap. This garden is for her, so it shall be "Harmony's Hideaway."
Part 11

This pieces is already 17" square. There is still one more part and the final size should be around 20" square...a big one:))

Monday, November 5, 2007

Another Part 11 WIP

Here's the updated picture for Part 11 on my Mystery X.Part 11 WIP (overall view) Only the blackwork in the third corner, some backstitching and then the final corner!! And here's a closer look at the lower left-hand corner. Part 11-Lower Left Corner

Sunday, November 4, 2007

stitchin' and stitchin'....

No picture tonight....probably an update tomorrow when it's daylight. I have been working on my Mystery X diligently. Two corners of Part 11 are done, as well as the entire outline around the piece. I started on the third corner. I'm getting there....;)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Small start

Here's the beginning of Part 11 for Mystery X. Each corner will be the same for the rest of the design.
Part 11 - Blackwork Corner (b)

I really like how the blackwork turned out.:)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Part 10

Here's my Part 10 for Mystery X!! Part 10...and Martina has released Part 11 early!:))

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Done, done, done!!

Woohoo!! Pretty long and drawn out this time...but Part 10 of Mystery X is done. I'll have to take a picture in the morning when the sun comes out. Dancing:)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Mystery X - Another gate...

Part 10 WIP (4)Seems like this part is just dragging on and on and on....
I really want those gates finished before the next part comes out on the first. Even if the corners aren't done, I'll be happy if the gates are completed....

Saturday, October 27, 2007

"The Moose" and Tuscany

I worked on the outlines for Part 4 for Tuscany last night. I did manage to get the entire black outline done.Part 4 WIP ....and everything lined up just as it should the first time around (knock on wood)!

Just because he was there while I was trying to get pictures of Tuscany, here's another of my cats, Ranger, also known as "The Moose" (give this name by my husband because of his "great size").Ranger

Friday, October 26, 2007


Yep...came to pay me a visit...well, I should say my Secret Victorian Garden. Have to take out part of a corner - the Midnight posts for one of the gates. I'll probably do that tomorrow, as I just need to put it aside for tonight. I think I'll work on Tuscany for a bit. I may even cheat a bit and work on Part 4 instead of filling in more of those Part 3 motifs. Part 4 is a little more straightforward. In the meantime, here's another of those gates (about halfway done). I did finish this one, so that only leaves me four more to stitch.gates-step 3

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tuscany Town and the Secret Victorian Garden

Sounds like a novel title, doesn't it? Well, here's the latest on these two. I haven't done too much more on the Secret Victorian Garden (Mystery X). Just managed to finish the lower left hand corner. I still have some Jessica stitches to fill in on the inner corner.
Part 10 Lower Left CornerPart 3 WIPThis is Tuscany, with one of the motifs filled in, as well as a corner motif with the beads. Now it doesn't look like I have done a lot of stitching. That's because I took out all the lazy daisy stitches and replaced them. Now, they look much better...New Lazy Daisies

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Here's one of my Tuscany Garden. That Part 3 is a bit tedious...Part 3 WIP

And here's the latest on Mystery X
Part 10 - WIP (2)