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

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


That little word could mean so many different things...

pieces of a quilt
pieces of a pattern
pieces of pie (LOL) - had to throw that one in there!

but what it means is pieces of my Gingerbread House. Each and every one is done, including the extra one - the scissor case from Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue! Yeah!! It's dancin' time....but I do apologize - no picture yet. I am going to try....now I say try...so don't hold me to it...to start the finishing on this one today.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

This and That

I really had plans of beginning the finishing for my little Gingerbread House this afternoon. So I started to gather some of the supplies I needed to get started...and found this. "This and That Box" with all the necessary supplies to complete the inside of the box. The outside (although it looks stitched, is not). This is the project from Elegant Stitch for Breast Cancer this year. Very cute. Now the inside:

You have the magnetic flower needleholder in the lid, as well as some padding that can serve as a pincushion.

On the lower half you have the wool felt pincushion with the heart, as well as some hand-painted dark pink pins. There is a button catcher and a scissor fob with Little Gem scissors (which came with the box and kit). The little wooden heart threadkeep and a nice waxer, all included in the kit, as well as the supplies to make and cover everything.

It didn't take very long at all to finish. About an hour. :))

The Tree

The fabric is a bit wonky, but this is the scissor case tree that is in the current issue of the Just Cross Stitch Ornaments as the companion piece for the Gingerbread House. One more piece to go - the back of the scissor case with the over-one name and date.

But as a little sideline from all the "gingerbread" - I started the Just Nan Over the Top Tin piece which is the witch's hat. Here's the brim:

(Yep - not ironed - again - sorry)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The 20,000 Ode (Get ready to laugh!)

Now a poet, I am not -
Nor claim to be.
But a goal has been achieved that
Has quite astounded me!

It has been two years and a little bit more,
Since beginning, what I thought, might be a bore.
Pictures of stitching, quilting and, yes, even the dog.
Each visitor tallied and counted upon my blog.

Who would think there would be
20,000, visits, just for me?
Not me - it's definitely true.
But fun ~ because of each of you!

Maintaining this blog has certainly been fun.
Now, let's see what else can be done.
Stitching, a bit of quilting;
Gosh, who knows what they will find.....
Once you enter this little "home" of mine.

A sillier poem has never been written,
But believe it. It's true ~
The sentiment - honest and grateful-
To each and every one of you!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Oooh! Almost 20,000

20,000 views on my blog! Wow! Thanks so much to all of you who visit and for all your great comments on my many and varied projects!

Now - here's the latest on my Gingerbread House. And no....I didn't start the finishing. I am almost positive I do not have enough matboard to finish it. Plus the directions indicate two different thickness of matboards (I only have one thickness.)

First the biscornu:

I temporarily placed a dark piece of fabric behind the stitching, so that the hardanger work would show better.

The teeny, tiny scissor fob (the first side - I am halfway with the over-one gingerbread man for the second side). This little thing is only about the size of a quarter.
Scissor fob (side 1)

Again - thanks to all of you for stopping by.


Monday, September 21, 2009

The Roof

...the second side is done! (not pressed, but at least it's done!) It is the same as the first side of the roof, with just a different color arrangement of the buttons.


Now, the question is....start the finishing of the little house OR work on the smalls? Hmmm....well, I could do both...work a little on the smalls, then do a little finishing......;)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Front

I finished the front of my Gingerbread House earlier yesterday. The last of the beads, however, did not go on until last night.


At first when I looked at the picture, I thought the people in the windows were Santa and Mrs. Claus. The instructions, however, showed me that they are stitchers!

All that is left for the house itself is one more roof panel, which I hope to get finished later today.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wandering Shepherd

Last night while looking through my Shepherds Bush kits and charts, I came across this one. It was almost done! Now why had I put it away? No clue...anyway, I stitched up the last four rows, attached the sterling silver shepherd and voila! It is done!


Oh, don't worry....I am still stitching away on the front of my Gingerbread House today.

"You can't catch me..."

I'm the gingerbread man!"

I finished Side 2 of my Gingerbread House Tuesday night...(forgot to upload the picture). This is the side with the little gingerbread boy and girl. Very sweet - pun intended!

Side 2

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

....and a little more....

Tired of this one yet? Gingerbread House - that is!

Here's the first roof panel finished.

And the first side of the house.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Just to tease...

No picture....sorry...I want to finish one more side on my Gingerbread House before I take another picture. I did finish one side of the roof and started on one of the smaller sides...the one with the birdhouse and tree...and finished the cross stitching for the biscornu (lots more work on that one - all the satin stitches and Kloster blocks!)

So...keep a look out!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What's this?

Two posts in one day!! Oh, my!!

Well, I picked up my Sail Away that was framed by The Stitching Post (Baltimore) yesterday. I usually go for all the bling, lots of mats, fancy cuts, doodads added on, etc. But this time, I restrained myself and went with a simple frame. This was a new frame that The Stitching Post had just received. A nice deep blue green, just slightly distressed, with little medallions on each corner. You could pick how many of the medallions you wanted. It doesn't show in the picture, but each corner has one.

And a close-up of the medallions:

(It's really difficult to try and take a picture of a loong picture like this one....but then, my picture taking skills are nill...;)

and the Hardanger, too!

My House Back for the Gingerbread House is finished! The Hardanger, too!

House Back(a)

I made a start on one of the roof panels, too!


(The beads got a bit wonky when I pressed the pieces on a towel - but they are attached straight!)

Thanks to all of you for all your wonderful comments on my projects! It does help to keep me inspired! :))

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dropped Everything

That's right! I dropped everything and started working on Victoria Sampler's Gingerbread House immediately....well, as soon as I unpacked and organized everything that came with the chart. ;)

I started with the little chimney (which is not yet outlined with the perle cotton thread):

Sorry about the funny angle of the picture - lots of little beads, big beads and buttons on this project!

Then I started with the House Back section:
It was then that I realized why I was having such
a difficult time stitching with the two strands of thread...my fabric was 32 count, not 28. I restarted the top of the roof with one thread...and I liked it and the coverage was fine.

Not too shabby for about two hours on Thursday and maybe a few more than that yesterday! ;)

My little gingerbread house will just be a wee bit smaller than all the others. As long as I do all the smalls on the same fabric, I should be good to go!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


May I present my February block for A Tisket, A Tasket by Bunny Hill Designs:

February~A Tisket, A Tasket

Now I did stray from the regular "pink, red" hearts for February on this one. I just happened to pick out the fabrics for the little hearts before I remembered I was doing the month of February. :>

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ooops! I forgot!

I picked up my little Queen Sheep picture that was framed by The Stitching Post the other day. Isabelle reminded me that I forgot to post a picture!

She's just too cute! Now to decide where she should hang!

"Alien Sailors"

OK ~ the entire time I am stitching all these little guys (and I am assuming they must be sailors), all I kept thinking was "What the heck are these bubble-butted aliens doing on my ship?"....plus, if you look closely, there is a lady one, too!:))

BTW ~ this is Page 7 of the mystery.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Christmas and Mermaids

Christmas and mermaids have absolutely nothing in common except for the fact that I worked on projects with both themes the past couple of days. First ~ my first block for the Bunny Hill Vintage Christmas quilt. I will have three red buttons at the top between the clusters of holly leaves.
Second ~ my Mermaid Sampler by Weihenburg Designs. There are three choices for this design: A very large sampler with a verse, a band sampler or the one I am doing, the square one without the verse.

I decided to use DMC color variations 4030 since the blues, turquoises and greens reminded of things related to the sea. It is stitched on 32 count Belfast Flax linen.

Now, tell me, are those two little critters, octopus or jellyfish? :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Of course, it's not January! But what I worked on yesterday and the day before is....the January Block from Bunny Hill's freebie - a Tisket, a Tasket....

and yes, there are so many other things I should be working on right now....but I had cut and traced the pattern pieces for a few of the blocks a week or so ago...and finally decided it was time to start! The quilt blocks are not very large - only 8 1/2" by 8 1/2" (or 8" by 8" when finished). My favorite one so far is the one for my birthday month (August) - cupcakes, too cute!

Anyway, here's the picture of my January block (it's really not crooked).