Monday, April 28, 2008

Resistance is futile!

I was at my LNS for the stitch-in Friday night and there was talk of a "mystery" sampler. Blackbird is doing a mystery? Yes, you have to have all the charts from this years Loose Feathers program and at the end there will be a diagram for a seventh sampler using parts from the six charts in this years program. Key words, "mystery", "must have all the charts".....I was thinking, I don't have those yet, and I sure as heck don't want to miss anything. So, here are the first two charts, AND I decided I had to have this book. I have seen way to many cool things made from the charts in this book so I had to have it too! Can I please buy more time to stitch? PLEASE? I am supposed to be doing the yard work since dear hubby is gone for a year. I keep thinking, I wonder if it would be worth the money to pay someone to do it for me so I can stitch. How much stash money would I be giving up? It's just not fair to have to make that kind of decision, I tell you! I mean, check out the additional stash that came in the mail this week! I love clearance sales.
I did manage to get some stitching done this week, too. Three small projects. The "Grow Old With Me" design will go on the cover of a small scrapbook and become a gift to my hubby for our anniversary next month. The other two are LK freebies that I just felt like stitching. I have tons of small pieces of linen and I thought it would be fun to match them up with some small freebies and see how many I can get used up and stitched this year. I am also challenging myself to do the finishing work. I have been reading BeckyBee's blog and WOW!!! What an inspiration she is!
There is also a contest for you to check out on the Stitch Pink blog. All you have to do is leave a comment, but please take a minute to read about all of the great pink things you can stitch and support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Have a great day!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Needles & Hooks

Still no paperback books, but then I wouldn't have these lovely finishes to show you! The Rose Sampler is by LHN and part of a SAL for the group I am in. The knit dishcloths and a couple of the crocheted scrubbers are for my hubby. The rest of the scrubbers will be set aside to be given away some time. I love to have a stash of handmade goodies for thank you gifts and such. The little "Peep" fob is from a Prairie Schooler freebie and I put that together last week, too! Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More Stash!

My order from Everything Cross Stitch came on Saturday. Everything I ordered was on sale so that was very nice. I also signed up for their newsletter and they sent me a welcome coupon. Which should help to explain the order I placed Monday...

Anyway, these are two of my most favorite designers. I have loads of their patterns and use them for stitching exchanges and gifts. I am currently working on Rose Sampler (LHN) and am more than half way finished. Over the weekend I had to crochet some bookmarks for another exchange I was in and like a space cadet, I forgot to take a photo before they went into the mail. When I make more, and I will, I'll be sure to take a pic to show you. I love to crochet, expecially quick small projects. Right now I am knitting some dishcloths for my husband. He is doing a remote assignment in Korea and asked me to knit him some cloths and crochet some scrubbers. I will take a pic and post it here before I send them to him.

Did anyone see "The Memory Keepers Daughter"? I just had to watch it. I bought the book quite a while ago but never got around to it. I am afraid that my "to read" stack is more like a three-dimensional list of movies I want to see when they come out. Of course, there are books that will never be made into movies so eventually I WILL have to read them to find out what happens. Well, the movie was very good and maybe someday I will be able to compare it to the book. Maybe.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fair & Square Earth Day Exchange

Wahoo! Look at what I got in the mail today! These are my squares from Daniela B. She also sent some very nice extra goodies - flower seeds, throat drops, a most delicious looking chocolate bar, a beautiful pattern with the thread to make it, and some pretty ribbon! I am so excited! Thank you Daniela!!!
Yesterday was fun! I spent a couple of hours stitching at my LNS, then went to dinner with some of the guild members at a place called Ambrosia Bistro. I had the Butternut Squash Ravioli and it was to die for! I want to have it again soon. There was some great show and tell, and cookies - I LOVE cookies. If you have a local needlework guild, you should check it out. They offer some great classes, group projects, and the chance to make more stitching friends and who doesn't need more stitching friends?!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Stashy Goodness & A Finish

Yesterday I received my order from Handcrafts Online and not a moment too soon because the pattern for my next project was in there! That next project will be the Rose Sampler which I have already kitted it up.

I finished stitching the Cottage Garden thread pack yesterday! I love those thread packs and order one or two whenever I get the chance (have the money). They are a great way to collect the Crescent Colours threads and one of the thread packs in this latest order has the silks in it which I have not yet had the chance to try. I am looking forward to that! If only there were more hours in the day...

The wool fabric behind the Cottage Garden is what I think I will use for the Wool Needlecase and fob pattern. I still need to pull the threads and have a better look. Tomorrow I plan to spend the day at my LNS and get lots of stitching done before going to the guild meeting in the evening. It is going to be a fun day and if I want to be out of bed before noon, I had better get to sleep! Have a great day!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Fair and Square Round 6

I heard from Monique that she received the squares I sent to her so here is a photo of them. I love these exchanges and I really need to start a photo album of the ones I have received. Mine will be made into Christmas ornaments and displayed on a feather tree that my dear mil bought for me.
I am still trying to get the hang of this whole blogging thing and deciding how I want mine to look and what info I want on it. I hope to add more links and maybe get that album started this week. Have a great day!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Don't anyone faint, lol

Yes, here it is. I have started a blog. I never thought I would, but I enjoy reading everyone elses so much and after some intense encouragement from dear friend, I decided to go ahead and take the plunge.

Therefore, I would like to dedicate my first post to Marie P., that dear friend ;-) and show the exchange I received from her for the Prairie Schooler Fans fob exchange. She does absolutely beautiful work and I am so happy that we were able to exchange with each other again. We "met" through an exchange on the Fair & Square blog.
Now, to explain the name of my blog. I enjoy cross stitch, knitting, making items from felted wool (needles), I crochet quite a bit (hooks), and sometimes I even read (paperback books). Who knows what other shenanigans I will get into but you can bet that if it isn't anything too embarrassing, I will post about it on my blog.
I am expecting some serious stash enhancement to come in the mail any day now, so you can bet there will be more photos of great stuff soon. Heck, I might even finish a project or two and show you those. Until then, have a great day!