Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve is here!

Good Morning Everyone!
Merry Christmas!
It is so cold out there right now that I don't want to leave the house, but I do have some errands to run today and then its home to get ready for our family get together tomorrow. I can't wait, this is one of my favorite days of the year!
Thursday I finished my Christmas shopping, then I treated myself to a haircut and got my nails done. I also found out on Thursday that at the beginning of the year I will be working a 40 hour week for the post office for about 8 weeks. I haven't worked a 40 hour week in about 3-4 years. So this will be a change for me, but I can do this! If you don't hear from me for a while you know why.
Yesterday I got to spend the day with a sweet little girl - my nieces little girl. Her name is Amaya. I should have taken a couple of pictures to show you, but I took some on my phone and now can't figure out how to get it on my blog. Some day I will figure out all this technology.

I have been working on American Flag Quilt Sampler this past week. I thought that I would get bored with it and go back to We Three Kings but I am still enjoying it so here is my update of the past week.
Finished New Jersey on Wednesday  12/18/13

Finished Georgia in the 19th 

Finished the Star on the 23rd

What I have completed as of  yesterday morning.
I started Connecticut last night, and I should have it done this evening. Only 8 more states of the original 13 states added to the Union. Then page one of four will be done. They do stitch up pretty quickly.

Well its time to jump in the shower and then get busy with some cleaning and my errands that need to be ran.
Hope everyone has a Blessed Christmas!
I love spending time with my family!

Happy Holidays
and
Happy Stitching
Denise

Monday, December 16, 2013

American Flag update

Good Monday Morning!
This is just a quick update post for me.
I worked on American Flag since my last update.


Delaware  and Pennsylvania are complete and I have started on New Jersey.

Until next time 
Happy Holidays and Stitching
Denise

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A New Start!!!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I finally got my Christmas decorating done and I have 2 more gifts to go out and pick up and I will be all set for December 25th. I guess I will have to take that back I have to plan our Christmas Brunch that we have before we open presents. Always something.

I had been working on We Three Kings and here is my progress as of  Dec 7,
 Slowly but surely I will get this done - I am hoping by next Christmas it will be in a frame and hanging in the house.
Last Sunday I could not resist a new start. I have had it for a short while in my stash. I watch the progress of  a fellow blogger  and I knew I was going to stitch this one.
It is called  American Flag Quilt Sampler

 I am using 30 ct fabric that I had in my stash and the called for DMC floss.
Yesterday I was planning on posting a picture of my new start but never got around to it.
Here is the picture I took yesterday morning,

And this is the picture I took this morning
Delaware is done - the first of many!


 I took this picture of my oldest daughter and her family earlier this fall.

Well thats about it for today. I hope everyone is staying warm in this very cold weather!
Happy Holidays 
And
Happy Stitching
Denise

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Stitcher's Questions part 2

Good Morning Everyone!
Here are the final 10 questions.


11) Who is your favorite Designer?
      This is a hard question for me because there is so many of them.
12) Least favorite Designer?
      My least favorite is not so much a designer but design - I just have not gotten into the Primitives.
13) Will you or would you support a designer who's personal beliefs offended/angered you?
       Not sure what I would do. I believe it would depend on the situation.
14) Do you have a lamp especially made for needleworkers / crafters?
      Yes I do!
15) What brand of stitching light do you have?
      Ott lite
16) What kind of enviroment best suits you when you are stitching?
       Quite house, my recliner and a good movie.
17) Have you stitched any design more than once?
       No
18) Favorite design you stitched and finished?
      Birds of a Feather by Brenda Gervais- With thy Needle & Thread
19) Least favorite design you have stitched and finished
      don't have one
20) Last but not least - whats your longest running WIP?
       Heirloom Christmas Sampler by the Victoria Sampler.  Started sometime in 2006 I think.

Well that is the end of the questions. 
Happy Stitching 
Denise


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Stitcher's Questions Part 1

This is part 1 of 20 Stitcher's Questions that Bonnie (Bonnie's World) found on Facebook.

1) Which fabric do you most prefer?
     Belfast linen
2) What is your favorite fabric count?
     32 ct
3) What color fabric do you most enjoy stitching on?
     I don't have a favorite color - I just use what I think will look good with what I am stitching.
4) What is your favorite fiber/floss?
     I have 2 - GAST and DMC
5) How many of the 450 DMC Colors do you own?
     All of them plus duplicates
6) Of your last 5 projects how many used DMC as the main floss?
     Three
7) Of the last 5 projects if you didn't use DMC -- what did you use?
     GAST and Crescent Colours
8) What needle do you prefer?
     Bohin 26
9) What is the Ugliest design you've encountered?
     I don't think I have encountered an ugly design, just ones that I don't care to do.
10) What is the most beautiful design that you have encountered?
      That one is easy - I am working on it right now, it is called We Three Kings. But when I think about it next week I will probably have a new favorite.

Well that is the first 10 questions, hope I didn't bore you! My next post will have the last 10 questions.

Off to get some housework done.
Happy Stitching 
Denise





Monday, December 2, 2013

December Already!!!!!!!

Good Morning Everyone!
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday! 
Our 3 children, SIL,DIL, & 3 grandchildren spent the day with us.
Lots of food, enjoyed watching the kids play, and of course looking through Black Friday ads.
I don't do the Black Friday shopping but I like to look at the ads and get ideas. Then I tell  my daughters what they can buy me for christmas. hehe
November has been a busy month for some reason - so not as much stitching for me. 
I did finish Hope for the Holidays
Hope for the Holidays
Primrose Needleworks - Elizabeth Gorski
28 ct Monaco Antq. White
Called for GAST & CC Floss
Started - 11-8-13
Finished 11-24-13
After I finished Hope I started on We Three Kings again.
This is as of Oct 30, 2013

And this is as of  Dec 1, 2013
This dark material is a b---ch to work on, I have not done so much frogging in all my life! and its not hard to get one stitch off and then you have to go back and fix it or everything is off.

Last but not least is a picture of my grandkids that I took by the river we live near.

Well thats about it for me today.
I hope everyone has a great week!
Happy Stitching
Denise

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Life

Good Morning Everyone!
Since my last post life got a little sad and busy around here. 
On the 5th my Sister in Law passed away suddenly at the age of 47. Her husband (my brother in law) took this very hard. We helped him through the funeral and now we are helping him clean out of the house they had shared. She had become a Hoarder in the last few years. We have spent the last 2 days cleaning and going through all the stuff, and we are still not done. I am taking the day off to get caught up with stuff around here. The real sad part is that her daughter is due to have a baby in the next month or so. 
Life keeps moving on!

Before this all started I did get some stitching done and a piece started.
Angel
Freebie - aliolka.blogspot
40 ct Wisteria/ Lakeside Linen
DMC Silk - S5200 white & S800 Lite blue
Started 10/30/13
Finished 11/06/13

I finally got my order of floss so I was able to finish this next piece.
Witch
Freebie found on pinterest - e-subrosa.blogspot.com
28 ct evenweave antique white
Sampler thread - Soot
Started 10/18/13
Finished 11/07/13

Then I started another Christmas Ornament from the last ornament magazine.
Hope for the Holidays
Primrose Needlework

I  hope to get some stitching in today but we will see what I get accomplished.
Well I am up to 11 baby calves so I better get dressed and go out and feed them.

Happy Stitching
Denise

Monday, November 4, 2013

Loving the fall weather!

Good Morning Everyone!
This past week has been very busy, lots of stuff going on.
Did everyone have a nice Halloween? Here on the farm we don't get Trick or Treaters, but the grandkids always come out to show us their costumes, here are a few pictures.
 
She told everyone that she was a glitter witch.
They got lots of candy and treats and had a great time.

Saturday they had a Vendor/Craft Show in our small home town and this is my awesome purchase.

Is this not the cutest birdhouse ever I just love it. 
I have it right out side my dining room window.

I finally got the thread that I ordered so that I can finish up the freebie that I showed you on my last post called Witch. I will post a picture when its completed.

I did work on We Three King and here is an update as of Oct 30, 2013

I did put this one away for a while so I could work on some other things


First of all I seen this on Pinterest and I just happen to have some bandana's on hand so I gave it a try. Now I just need to find some material to use for backing and it will be used as a lap quilt. Cute idea don't you think, and it was so easy!

Then I started another freebie I found.
Angel 
Designer unknown but it came from aliolka.blogspot.
I am using 40ct Wisteria and I am using DMC Silk 5200 and Silk 800
I started it on 30 Oct, 2013.

Well that's about it for updates today. Now I am just waiting for the mail man to get here with my new phone. The one that I am using is having some issues with the speakers and I'm not always able to answer it. So I hope this new one works better.

Have a great week!!!
Happy Stitching
Denise


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Updates to show!

Good Saturday Morning Everyone!
Boy time has pass by fast, it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post.
I have not done anything exciting lately but I do have some updates to show.

I am still working on We Three Kings
as of  10/14/13
these are more of the true colors
as of 10/26/13
Lighting was not the greatest



















While at the weekend retreat I worked on this next piece called June's Sweet Cake
I added the beads to stand and realizes that the gray and silver
part of the stand was one stitch off so I had to remove and
restitch the gray. Now I just have to chart my granddaughters
name  and stitch it  and this will be done.
The last piece that I worked on is a Freebie from Pinterest
called Witch
I used GAST Soot for this piece, got this much done and ran out of thread. I ordered more and I'm hoping the dye lots aren't too drastic. The top part is going to say Witch.

Well that's about it for now, It 's time to go get ready to go to work for a couple of hours and then its home to sit and stitch.

Have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Stitching
Denise

Monday, October 14, 2013

Back from Lake Shetek

Good Morning Everyone!
I have not read any blogs since last Wednesday so I have a lot of reading ahead of me! 
Last Wednesday I left for Lake Shetek for a stitching retreat, and got back home on Sunday about noon.
I didn't take very many pictures but my daughter did with her new camera.
But I did get a bunch of stitching done 
First up is We Three Kings
 Got a good start on the second King.

This was my finish for the weekend
Merry Christmas by Glory Bee - Nancy Boyarsky
Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament 2013
Mystery fabric from stash
called for DMC Floss
Started 10-09-2013
Finished 10-10-2013

The last piece that I stitched on was started last year for my Crazy January Challenge 2012.
June's Sweet Cake
Erica Michaels - Rainbow Gallery
32 ct cream Belfast Linen
Hi-lights, Splendor & Subtlety, & Mill Hill Beads
Started 1-13-12 (CJC 2012)
I am making a few changes on this piece. To start with there is suppose to be nine candles, I only have five because this piece will be for my granddaughters 5th birthday. And across the bottom is suppose to say How Many? but I will be putting she name there.

I also worked on a table runner. I got the blocks cut out and some of it sewed together. I did not get a picture of it yet but as soon as I complete it I will post about it.

Well its time to get back to the laundry and house cleaning. Then it to town to pick up some groceries.

Have a Great Week!
Happy Stitching
Denise

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Finished some Finished Stitching

Good Sunday Morning Everyone!

My DH let me sleep in this morning, he made coffee and out the door he went and I am not sure where he was off too. Sleeping in to me is 7:00 am but is still feels good getting an extra hour of sleep. I couldn't sleep to late because I have chores out side to do. At the moment I have only one little baby calf to feed and my chickens to take care of but they need me to take care of them.

On Thursday rather than stitch I decided to finish up some finished stitching, So here are a few pictures.
First up is something I stitched a very long time ago and has been sitting in finish box with a whole lot of other finished pieces.

I did this piece so long ago that I don't remember who the designer is or what material and floss I used. but for some reason I think it came all kitted up. Oh well its framed and hanging in my kitchen.

Next up was:

This was a traveling pattern that I participated in  I finished stitching it in Sept 2012.

I do not know what this piece is called. The pattern came out of the back of one of Monica Ferris's books that I read, and I am not sure which one it was. The Second picture is of the back of the pin keep.

Welcome October by Brenda Gervais
This piece I just finished at the beginning of Sept 2013.

And the last piece I worked on was Happy Fall
I am still working on this one, the green ric rak is not glue down yet and I need to find some buttons or something for the corners. Still a work in progress.

Yesterday and this morning I have been working on We Three Kings again. 
Here is what it looks like as of this morning.
One King almost done except for the beads, they will be put on when all the cross stitching is done. 

Ok I think this blog post is just about long enough and hope you all enjoyed all the pictures and that I didn't bore you too much.

Happy Stitching
Denise

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pumpkins for Cathey


Happy Blogoversary Cathey !!!!!!
Many Hugs, Laughter, Prayers, Hope, Good Thoughts and Love to you and your family!


Happy Stitching
Denise

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A fall finish

Good Morning Everyone!
Yesterday morning I finished another small piece. I actually started it on Monday evening. Right before heading to bed I realized that I had just stitched 144 stitches in the wrong color. Thought about leaving it and fudging it but in the end I frogged all my work and restarted this piece on Tuesday morning, and finished it up on Wednesday morning before I went to work at noon.
I plan to finish this piece into a pinkeep for my fall basket.



This was a quick and easy piece to stitch up.
You can find this freebie HERE
I had originally found it on pinterest.

My DH saw me working on this and his statement to me was "at least its not a Christmas ornament and fits the season and that its to early for Christmas stuff." my responds was I stitch Christmas stuff all year round. Silly Man!!!

Yesterday morning my oldest daughter and granddaughter came over to have coffee with me. Jill works a job with rotating shifts and  she had just got done working a 7pm- 7am shift. She had to stay awake until she took her daughter to preschool. So we talked for a while then I went in the other room to do some laundry and this is what I came back too.
Jill had fallen asleep and Sharlee was watching The Wizard of Oz. So I let her sleep until it was time to get Sharlee ready for school. I would hate to have her work schedule.

I think rather than stitching this morning I am going to head up stairs and finish up some pin keeps and Christmas ornaments, so I may have another post on the way today or tomorrow.

Well that's about it for me today. 
Happy Stitching
Denise

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