Hello! I started this little piece last week and actually finished it yesterday during lunch. I really do love these little birds and eggs! This one is Robin on an Egg by Bent Creek. I believe that it is on Flax by Wichelt and is using a conversion of Week’s Dye Works flosses. Now I’ll need to go find the other egg that I have and stitch it as a companion piece. Isn’t he cute! 🙂
Good morning, everyone! I wanted to pop in and show you my new finish! I’m so pleased with it. It is Blue Flower by The Workbasket. I tweaked the colors just a bit to work better with my fabric, which is Parisian Blue Stripe. Unfortunately, I don’t know the maker. The flosses are all DMC – #3052, #520, #791 and #793. This is my first time ever beading and under the guidance of my sister, Laura and friend, Judy, I think I did a pretty good job! What do you think?
Oh! I wanted to share with you about my scissor fob. At our February Retreat, I surprised everyone with a new fob made from buttons. These were very special to me because they were from my Mom’s button tin. I just hated that they were languishing there with no one to see how pretty they all were. So, I thought about it and decided that she would have enjoyed being shared with all my friends. Jamie sorted all of them into color families for me, and I then laced them all together. I made 27 of them and everyone seemed really pleased. I’m so glad that Mom is smiling on each of them with a little bit of herself shining through her buttons. 🙂
I had a very wonderful weekend! Laura and I spent time with our friend, Judy. On the way to her home, we met up at Heart’s Desire, in Wichita, KS. We just couldn’t help ourselves and all of us had to add to our stash. 😉 That is just such a lovely store! There are just so many beautiful finishes. I love that because you can see what your piece is actually going to look like once you’re done. You know, those package pictures don’t always do justice to the piece and seeing the samples in person is just fabulous!
From there, we went to a quilt shop in Park City, KS (I think…). Wow! The fabric there was just awesome! I’ll have to go back there when I have lots of time and money. 😀
Next stop was downtown Peabody! We went to a couple of antique stores there – Flint Hills Gypsies and I think the other one was Fannie Sterling 1884. They were both so much fun and had so many pretties! I bought a small corner shelf that I just love and even though I don’t know where it’s going quite yet, I know it will shine brightly!
From there, we headed home to Judy’s and spent such a wonderful evening stitching, sharing and just having so much fun. Judy’s husband, Larry joined us for dinner and we had some great conversation. Judy’s table is always set so pretty! She has some very pretty dishes and it just makes you feel like you’re royalty to be at her table. She is a wonderful hostess! And then add in Shadow, her beautiful black poodle, and what more could a girl ask for?
We hated leaving on Sunday morning, so we stayed until early afternoon, then reluctantly headed back home. It’s a lovely drive and the day was absolutely gorgeous. Laura and I had a great time and look forward to reciprocating! We even did some retreat business during the drive and made some good progress there!
I think I’ll leave you for now…. I’ll come back and start posting all my finishes that I had during my hiatus so you’ll be up to date with me. Until then….
Have a wonderful stitchy week!
I’ve been looking for you, but couldn’t find you! 😉
It’s been such a long time since I’ve talked with you. The last time was when my son, Eric was getting married to my wonderful daughter-in-law, Jamie. 3 YEARS AGO! So, so happy that he married her and they are happy together. Time has really flown! I’m sure you know how it is…life just gets in the way.
Since then, I have been very busy! My sister, Laura and I wanted to do something different and were thinking of starting a business of some sort. We looked at lots of different options and just couldn’t settle on any one thing. We were approached by a few of our friends and asked if we would plan a retreat for them. Of course, it’s all around cross stitch! 😀 We thought about it, figured out how we wanted it to look and we started hosting retreats! Yes, that’s right! Last year, we held our first Crossed Borders retreat. The name came from the fact that this group is from Kansas and Missouri and we cross borders and stitches. We had 25 ladies attend and it was a huge success. All of them signed up again for this year’s retreat and we couldn’t have been happier!
We were told over and over that we needed to start our own Flosstube channel because we were doing crazy videos for our retreat group. We kept saying, Flosstube, what’s Flosstube??? Well, Flosstube is a YouTube channel all about cross stitching. Just a few weeks before our first retreat, Laura called me and told me to watch a couple of Flosstubers that she had found. I did, called her back and that was it! We just did it! We are The Addicted Sisters and we are definitely addicted to cross stitch! It started out as just something that we were going to try, maybe just once in a while. Well… once we got started, we were hooked! We try to post a new video every Saturday. Check us out here and join in our craziness. Who knows, you just might become addicted too! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXRyidlUGk6X0hjW-n31oVg/videos
Not wanting to rest on our laurels, we decided to add to this madness and host a HUGE retreat for all of our followers! Crazy, huh? Because we’re in Missouri, we’re calling this retreat Show Me. That’s also what you ask another stitcher once you get together, right? Show me what you’re working on! 🙂 Our first retreat is going to happen in July of this year! Needless to say, we are excited, scared, and hoping that it too will be a success. We have about 70 people signed up now and they are coming from all over… Australia, Canada, and most of the continental US. We are really looking forward to hosting this one. We’ve made some lovely friends and it will be wonderful to talk with them face to face. Our Flosstube recently reached 2,000+ followers who are from all over the globe. We are so pleased and humbled. Thank you to you all!
I really need to let you go now, but I will definitely try to get back here more often and of course, start sharing my cross stitch again! I have so much to show you! Until next time…. happy stitching!
Ok.. I know… I said that I would not be as long between posts. Well… I haven’t! It’s only been a month and a half since I was here last. 😀
I’m sorry that I kept you all waiting, but I’ve been busy! The wedding plans are steadily advancing forward. There was one loose end that we have finally, finally closed today. We now have our photographer! She is the daughter of an old friend, who looks like she is doing some fabulous work. I can’t wait to see what she captures next month. It should be fun.
While we’ve been looking for her, I decided that it was time to start working on some of the flower arrangements. I spent one weekend shopping and then creating this arrangement for the alter. What do you think?
I think that they have come out beautifully! and the more important thing is that Eric and Jamie like them too. Now on to the bouquets. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share those pictures with you real soon.
I’ve also done some stitching over the past few weeks. Laura and I were shopping at our favorite LNS and they had a crazy design in their freebie pile. So.. I couldn’t leave it! It hopped into my bag and home we came. I sat down and immediately started working on it. Oh sorry… did I not tell you what it was? lol
It’s HEN! By Bent Creek. Isn’t she a hoot?!?!?!
Now while I was working on her, a friend from work stopped me at lunch and gave me some good news. He and his partner came into some money and have been able to purchase the house of their dreams. I am so happy for them. He told me that he’d been thinking about this a lot and that he would really like to have one of my pieces in his new home. He didn’t care what it was, because he says that he likes everything that I have ever done. His only requirement was that it be about 5″ x 7″ sized. Just something small that would remind him of me every time he saw it. Now… I’ve never had anyone ask me to stitch something for them. I was honored and dumbstruck all at the same time. I came home and started through my stash. Here is what I ended up with…..
It’s Home Sweet Home by Goode Huswife and I hope he likes it. I just finished it up today and am pleased with the results. He asked for something kind of retro in flavor, copper colors, but didn’t care what the subject was. What do you think?
All righty! That’s it for this installment. I’m headed into the living room now to see if there is anything worth watching on the old telly tonight. So you all take care and have fun doing it!
It has been so long since I last posted, I can’t believe it! It was in June and since we just stepped into March today, that makes it almost 9 months. My apologies for the silence…
There have been some changes in my household. First, my son, Eric, has found a wonderful girl, Jamie, and they are planning on getting married this May. She now lives with us and is a real joy to have in our lives. She also has a 15 year old son, Austin, that is slowly getting comfortable with us all and we are all enjoying the time that he gets to spend with us. We see him every other weekend and we try to make the time we have together count. So now… because of all of this, the house has been turned upside down, dedicating space to them and rearranging our schedules to accommodate everyone. Is it a challenge? Of course it is! But our home is so much happier, that it is no burden at all. 🙂 So, remember that I said they are getting married? Well, guess who is doing all the planning? ME! Now, this is the real challenge… I’ve worried over the details, asked thousands of questions so they feel like it’s their wedding and not mine, made arrangements, you name it! But we’re down to 80+ days right now and I think it just might all come together! Someone very wise told me not to worry about all the small stuff. Things were going to go wrong, but no one was going to know but me. That would mean that everyone else would think it was perfect! Thank goodness! And I have my good friend and sister helping out all along the way. That has relieved me more than you know or that I can say. Thank you ladies!
Are you curious if I’ve been stitching? Well, of course I have been! That’s why I am still somewhat sane. LOL I’ve done several projects since then and since I really can’t remember the order, I’m going to have to just lay them all out for you to see. Here goes!
This is a little freebie that I found. I just thought it was too cute and had to stitch it. I’ve tried searching and couldn’t find who the designer is, so if you know, please let me know. I really hope that it was posted correctly and not pirated!
My Sis was working on the Clear Moon Sampler and the Thanksgiving Sampler by PrairieSchooler last fall. I saw those two, liked them, but then saw the third design of the tryptic, the Autumn Sampler and fell in love! If you remember, we stitch a lot of the same designs, but incorporate our twists on them. We generally use very different fabrics, thus needing to tweak the flosses. Well, that was no exception here. I used the same fabric that I used on Ezmiralda’s Boutique back in 2012. The piece that I had left was colored in such a way that I felt there were leaves falling , which made a perfect back drop for my fall piece. Don’t you think?
Last fall, Laura and I went to a Cross Stitch Retreat in Lincoln City, OR, not far outside of Portland, OR. There we met a lady that we chat with on Saturday mornings. ok… I have to admit that I sometimes skip chat because sleep and my cozy bed just hold me captive! We had a great time with Rita. She took us on a day of sight seeing, shopping, and even whale spotting! We had a wonderful day and wonderful time in your home state
of Oregon, thank you Rita!
We had a wonderful time, met a lot of really fabulous ladies, and actually got some stitching in while we were there too! I think that I actually started working on the piece above and then pulled out this little guy and started and finished him too! Isn’t he sweet? It’s Lamb by Shepherd’s Bush. I don’t know why…. but I just really are drawn to sheep…
One of the fun things they did while there was to have a White Elephant Ornament Exchange. Since this was our first time at the Retreat, we wanted to participate in the ornament exchange. I worked on a piece that I found on Pinterest, then purchased so I was supporting the designer. I absolutely LOVE this little guy and will probably have to stitch it again so I have one for myself. It is A Robin’s Christmas by Lynne Nicoletti. It’s one of those cute little embroidered envelopes!
So what’s next you ask? Hmmm….. let me think…. I think at this point, my competitor mode kicked in. Laura was working on a piece that we both owned… she worked on it at the Retreat and either finished it or came very close in doing so. That made me want to pull my piece out and do the same. So once my last project was done, I pulled out Poinsettia House by Little House Needleworks. I had what I thought was the perfect fabric – a pink opalescent from Silkweavers. The little sparkles make me think of snow falling on the little house. Do you see it too?
After this, I decided that I needed to finish some of my pieces so I could put them on display. So one weekend, I sat and stitched pillows, pin cushions, and framed projects. I’m feeling much better now. I still have a ton left to do, but at least I made a dint in them.
On another weekend, I took a leaf from Laura’s book, and went into my office and hung up everything that was finished. It is really nice to see them throughout the year and there’s an added bonus of knowing that they aren’t being harmed in any way while they are waiting to visit us again when their season arrives. I also created a spreadsheet of all the designs that I have so I can track what’s in my stash, what is a WIP, and what has been completed. I also cleared out an old dresser, arranged all my fabrics in two of the drawers and all my flosses in the top. I am really pleased with this because now they are so much easier to see and find what I want to work my next project on. All of my patterns are in a file cabinet set up according to what season they apply to. If they don’t, then they fall under “Any”. 🙂
This next little piece I’ve had for a long time and it always makes me smile every time I see it. It’s Warm Winter Woolens by Little House Needleworks. He worked up lickety split! I’m planning on making him into a little stitching bag to carry my projects in. He should be very cute and then I’ll be able to smile at him all the time. 🙂
Whew! that’s a lot of stitching… but wait! There’s more! I think my last finish for 2014 was Jingle by The Cross-Eyed Cricket. Laura talked me into the fabric that I used, which necessitated switching out almost every color of floss! Gotta love my sis! But that’s ok… I spend her money just as well as she spends mine! 😉 Here’s how he looks all stitched. I’m planning on finding a really pretty plaid and cording. I want to finish it in a pillow, just like the pattern shows. I think that will just be the finishing touch. Loved stitching it!
This made my finished project count for 2014 TWELVE items. Not bad for someone who really wasn’t counting, right?
After the start of the new year, I decided that I wanted to pull out a SAL piece that I kept seeing on FaceBook last year. I just loved the verse and wanted to see this piece in my own home. It is The Way to Happiness by Jardin Prive. I so enjoyed stitching this piece. Every time I would pull it out, I loved seeing the words and little motifs appear before my eyes. These are very good words to live by…..
Now… because I just stitch during lunch, this took me the entire month of January to finish. While I was diligently working on it, because I don’t like to switch between pieces or have multiple projects working at any one time, I watched from the sidelines while my lovely sister finished piece after piece. So you know what happened next, right? Do I even have to say? Yes, you’re correct!
C O M P E T I T O R M O D E
Since the beginning of February, I have finished three pieces. Yes, they are small, yes, they are quick, but boy are they cute and of course they are ones that I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time.
First, I stitched Birds Mini-Block by Hinzeit. It went together really quickly. I plan on finishing it as a Stand Up, so it can be displayed on any flat surface. I think these are very cute ways to finish your projects and hope to have it done this spring so I can see it very shortly.
Next I moved on to Under the Blossom Scissor Fob by Chessie & Me. I’ve probably had this little guy for a year or more and because he reminds me of my kitties, always want to stitch him. Well… out he came! The fabric that I chose was left from my Bumblebee piece that I worked on last year. It’s a pink and white check that I think makes this piece very sweet. What do you think?
This now brings me to today. Quite a trip, right? 🙂
I started this little project on Monday of last week. I worked on it during lunch, as usual. But, it was blossoming so beautifully, that I decided to keep working on it over the weekend. I finished stitching it just a few minutes ago and am proud to show it off too. It is Printemps (or Spring) by Broderies Passion. It was a freebie that can be found on this blog. I’ve kept a copy of it since it came out in 2012. Yes, 2012!!! So, you can see… it was well past time to pull it out and stitch it up. Do you like it as much as I do?
So, as I said at the beginning… this has been a long overdue post. I apologize for the length and can only hope that my next one won’t be so long in the coming. Be safe, stay warm, and keep stitching! 🙂
We are enjoying a beautiful Saturday morning here in the Midwest! We are expecting more rain tonight, but I’m going to enjoy the cool breeze and temperatures for as long as I can… because they say that next week, we’re heading straight to the 90’s! UGH! I’m definitely a Spring girl… not a Summer girl.
I got another piece framed this month. It’s my Song of the Seasons by Little House. I know there are several mistakes in it, but I don’t care. That’s what makes it uniquely mine and I still love it. Here a picture for you to see…
I also worked on Viktor and Irina this week. Drumroll please!!!!! They are done! 🙂
I have already started on a new piece – The Raven by La-D-Da. It’s going quickly and I’ll have progress pictures very soon.
Ok… I’m heading out to enjoy this weather while I can! See you again soon!