Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Look what I saw today......

I saw the cutest commercial ever this am. So I tracked it down on the net (there really is everything on this thing!).  Click on this http://ispot.tv/a/7uEF and that should take you to the commercial.

Ok, the reason I love it so much is what the girl is doing at the very beginning.  And those reindeer crack me up. Seriously, cute commercial. Dang, now I wanna go get a white hot chocolate!  :)

Hope things are good in your world today...we are a balmy 23 this morning.....do you think if I click my heels three times and while doing so I say, "there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home"...I'd open my eyes to sunny Florida?   Hey, a girl can dream right?  :)

Wishing you all a lovely day.

Oh and I found someone put this up as a similar sweater the girl is wearing.  I am not sure if it's similar, but I do love the color of it and I think it would be awesome to wear....Hmmm it is a lovely sweater......Hmmmmmm where are my knitting needles?  Hmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CAL


If you are looking to learn something new.....If you are looking to make an awesome pair of mitts...then why don't you join us for a CAL.  Go here to read all about it. Also check out Ravelry to link your project up with the CAL with Sue.

Sue has went the extra, extra mile and has made videos of each step of these awesome mitts. So grab your hook, some yarn and head on over there.  :)

Hmmm now what color to make them in?

Wishing you all a most lovely day.  :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At the edge of the forrest.....


Go here to learn more about this issue.


.....I had just looked out my window when I saw them. They were standing on the Forrest edge by the babbling brook. There was a blanket of snow covering everything, but the babbling brook seemed to meander it's way through the frozen meadow all the same. The Evergreen trees looked as though they were wearing a layer of frosting. And the sky was that faded blue that only seems to happen during the cold winter months after it snows.

I had the fireplace going, everything was toasty and warm as I was in the kitchen making cookies. I looked out the window and that is when I saw them. They were more like shadows of blue among the snow....elegant and moving with such purpose. I could tell he was an older buck by his antlers. I could see his breath on the air as he panted. She stood by him, ever the help mate, observing their surroundings and waiting to follow his lead.  I stood there in my kitchen, smiling at them...wondering what wild adventures they had shared and hoped they would find a warm place for the night......

I am not sure what you see when you look at the cover above, but I had to write that little tidbit about the deer in the snow. You know me, everything has a story to tell...even cross stitched deer!

I have finished all my knitting projects...and now, with a nice cup of tea I am gonna settle down to cross stitch for a while. I hope to have the above magazine soon...I am not sure why I want to stitch the old buck and his mate, I do love all the shades of blue...and there is just something so whimsical about his expression. Such a truly clever design.  If anyone wants to throw their needle in with me and SAL, that would be awesome, too.

I plan to make this my only project (well, you know until something else comes along and catches my eye).  :)   What are you stitching for the winter season?  I have a few Christmas ornaments I plan to stitch, too. Might work on them while I wait for the above magazine to arrive on at my doorstep.  :)

Wishing you all a warm and cozy place to stitch and dream......





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you!



It's just two words...Thank You, but they are so heart felt. Without our Veterans we could not remain free.  They served and gave everything they had to give...and some even gave their very lives, so that we could live the wonderful life we all have now.

I also wanted to say Thank You to my Daddy who is in Heaven. He served in the army in Korea. When I was a kid he use to talk about his time there. He said they were so far up the mountains that when the war ended, they were still getting shot at because the Koreans did not know yet that the war had ended.

My Husband is also a Veteran. He has served in the Navy, the Air Force and the National Guard.
I am very proud of the men in my family for their service to our great country.

Bless each and every single Veteran and their families.  Thank you for your service.  :)



Friday, November 7, 2014

Guess who showed up at my doorstep.....

I was alone in the house. Mo and Jo were out trying to "shake down some deals" on up coming

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DMC 340

I looked down at my foot and there before my eyes was...well....I guess I'll just have to explain it in detail.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Medic...we need a Medic quick.....

Achoo.....excuse me, apparently, I have caught a bug.

Oh there I was just minding my own little bee's wax when all of a sudden...it hit me...I've got a bug and I've got it bad.

Now Hubby just looked at me and shook his head when I announced the news to him. He even walked out the room and threw up his right hand and said, "Stop! I don't even want to hear it."

Now before everyone gets upset and starts calling him names for not being sympathetic ....I might need to explain a little bit.

I have been working on my knitted cowl. So loving each and every stitch. Taking it slow as I knit since I am doing this without a life line. (Before anyone out there says anything, I do use life lines. I suck at knitting, seriously I make a Hoover vacuum cleaner look as though it just sits there I suck so bad. If you are blessed to not have to use lifelines. Yay. Good for you. But sadly, my skill set does not allow that at this time. So, hey...don't you judge me!).

I was knitting for a little while and then admiring the roses that grow below the window from the craft studio. It was such a lovely moment. And then....as though it were a scene from one of Hitchcock's movies, the bug, slowly creeped up my arm and then before I could stop it...it bit a big ole' hole out of me!

He was kind of cute, this bug that bit me. His body was a small purple skein of yarn. Well, his body was actually the label, and the yarn itself that extended from out of the label on both sides were his wings. His eyes were made up of two tiny knitting needles that crossed each other from the left to the right on the side of his body creating a sort of x pattern over his head. His nose was a small red row counter and the dial was pushed to 9 on both sides of the counters dial. His feet were made up of heart shaped stitch markers that dangled from his body. He was a true sight to behold I tell you.

He smelled of lavender and his body was as soft as silk. I held him in my hands after he was so rude to bite me. He just sat there looking at me. I was amazed when I realized he was actually using his eyes to knit as he sat there. His eyes were the ends of the needles that had the size on them. When his were closed, I could see they were a size 2. The back of his eyes, which were the pointing part of the knitting needles began to knit from the yarn that made up his wings.  I just sat there watching him, he watching me, and then all of a sudden he lifted his back leg and threw it over the right knitting needle and then began to knit again.

It was then and there, that I realized I had been bitten by the knitting bug!

I tried to explain it all in detail to Hubby who was watching a football game. "That's nice dear." he'd say, never taking his eyes off the TV.   I said, "And then the aliens took my body." He still was watching the TV and said, "That's nice dear," and then quickly put a cheese puff in his mouth. I gave up at this point. As I was leaving the room he jumped up from his chair and started yelling something at the TV.  Alright-y then!

Just to let you know that I....do not expect to recover for quite a while from this adorable bug that has bitten me.

Achoo....sorry....does anyone have a tissue?   :)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The adventures of Stormy Sky and the Gang of Valdani Threads

We were all asleep, buried deep in the back of a shelf, nestled snugly in the bottom of a basket.  Forgotten for so long, that any hope of ever seeing daylight no longer even entered our thoughts. We held no malice towards Miss Lori, for we understood that even though she’d forgotten about us at the moment, that one day, she’d remember and we’d all share in the glorious adventures of her needlework. Just between you and I, Denim Light had become a little…shall we say abrasive about the entire situation. Every time we heard footsteps in the sewing room Denim Light would pause what ever he was doing and then once the footsteps went away, he’d let out the biggest snort that turned into a huff…Quiet Fall called it a hissy fit, but what ever it was, I really felt sorry for DL. I knew his frustrations were only because he really wanted to be out there, ply deep in the needlework adventures of Miss Lori. We wanted that, of course. 

So when the day arrived that Miss Lori discovered us again…oh the joy that we all felt was beyond restraining. Why even Nostalgic Rose, who is normally rather sedate, threw herself over the top of the basket and rolled across Miss Lori’s slipper. Nostalgic Rose’s thread tail waving behind her in the breeze, it was quit a sight to see I must admit. 

Denim Light huffed and yelled out, “Show off!”

Miss Lori picked up Nostalgic Rose, and that made her giggle but she quickly stopped when she realized Miss Lori might hear her. You know, we are not suppose to let “them” know that we are…what was the word they used “aware”.  

I had to smile, because I shared Nostalgic Rose’s feeling of joy….we all did, of course. I quickly threw my thread tail over my mouth so not to giggle with glee at the sight of it all. 

Oh and let me tell you, when the time arrived to be put to work…we all felt so useful and…yes,  I will admit it, right here and now…we felt loved.  When you are able to do what you were created to do, you always feel love. That is what Miss Lori feels when she creates, she was made to create by her Creator, and that is why she gets so much joy from it. 

Denim Light could not seem to control himself once he got his chance to be used, so he began to roll all over the place…Miss Lori fixed his little “tail”, she put him in a jar. At first he was perturbed by this, but then he quickly forgot and just enjoyed being used.

Word in the sewing room is that Miss Lori has plans to buy “bucketfuls” more of us….and she’s even gonna be part of the Designer program. Isn’t that just awesome! We all love her designs and now we will all get to be apart of them, too. 

I can’t give away the super cool design we are apart of, but I will tell you, it won’t disappoint you. In fact, if you want to head on out and buy your own collection of Valdani threads…then you can join in on the fun, too. 

Wishing you all a most creative day.  

Sincerely yours


Stormy Sky

Ps...please go to this link to see what inspired this story...yes, it's true...apparently, I really do have too much time on my hands.  -Vicki  :) 

Oh and here's a link so you can order your own "bucketfuls" of this thread. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

That's a wrap people........auditions are now closed!

Ok, check out my last post for all the info about the most awesome cowl KAL that is being held over on Ravelry by the most talented Tanya Marie of The Sampler Girl group.   I think you will really enjoy her pod casts and her group, too. She also has a blog, so don't forget to check that out as well.

So there I was in the belly of the beast, you know, my basement that houses all my stash. I was trying to shift through the massive collection of Red Heart Super Saver yarn that over the years has taken on rabbit like habits by multiplying.  I've come to accept it that the stash has a life of its own.  I just close the basement door and apparently the good times are just a rolling down there when I do!

I had my eye on a sturdy Green Tone from Red Heart Super Saver, but I admit, she was a little rough and tumble for my taste. I mean, I am not gonna say she had a feel of steel wool to her, but I could easily see making a pot scrubby from her...I'll just leave it at that and move on.

So then I found a lovely chocolate Red Heart Soft yarn. Oh he was soft I will admit. Cuddly soft almost. But he did not remind me of Anne Of Green Gables, so we chatted a little and then I reassured him that the next time I needed something yummy in a darker color, he'd be my guy. He was very thoughtful and understanding...and gosh, it was really hard to not snatch him up and just cast on. He is the exact color of chocolate...I kept thinking of all the yummy Doves milk chocolate candy that I so much adore and love...and well....I might have freaked him out a little when I tried to lick him...but I digress.

I saw a snazzy purple yarn that was also Red Heart Soft...but I just smiled and said, "Next".

It was then, after the hours of the day were almost gone...and I was trying to figure out how to use Mr. Yummy Chocolate and relate it to Anne of Green Gables, that's when, as the sun had moved across the sky and casts it's finger like rays between the blinds that I saw him. His little label was pressed up against the sandwich bag that housed him. He was wound into a ball, and there was not much left of him, but as the sun shown down on him....my mind began to race and I knew...he was the one.

I dismissed everyone and then as quickly ran up to him and picked him up and without making too much of a scene, I carried him upstairs to the craft studio. I quickly took him out of the sandwich bag.

"Ahhhhh" he let out the biggest breath I had ever seen from a wound up yarn.

I smiled at him and when he realized I was still around he almost fell off my lap. I quickly caught him.

"It's ok, I know." I smiled down at him.

He looked up at me, turned to look around the room and then leaned towards me a little and then said, "You" he looked around the room again and then said, "Know?"

I smiled.  "Oh everything in my house has a life of it's own. When I leave you here, the knitting needles and crochet hooks will clue you in on all the happenings here.  Just keep your wits about you, and you'll be fine. But I would stay away from," and then I turned around and looked towards the closet. "there." I motioned for him to see.

He leaned over a little to  look past me at the closet door. I could feel his strands trying to stiffen up  again.

"No worries. I keep it shut so you will all be safe out here." I smiled at him and then petted him. He seemed to enjoy being petted. I smoothed out his label and then said, "I will begin with you, but I will need to add another so that I can finish my latest project." I smiled.

He looked up at me and then asked, "Another?"

It was then that I realized he was new to all this. I thought it best to leave him for a night in the craft studio so that the gang could fill him in on all the facts of what happens in the craft studio.

I sat in my chair by the window admiring my roses and reading the cowl pattern, I waited until he was asleep and then I quietly left the room. I closed the door behind me.

Hubby took me to Jo Anne's and I was able to get "another" skein in the color way of Everglades. It's such a lovely shade of green.  I could easily imagine Anne of Green Gables when I looked at that lovely green.

By the time you read this, I will have cast on with Mr. Sleepy Head in the craft studio.  I'll try to keep you up to date on my progress.  In the mean time, head on over to the links and join us for lots of fun.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Auditions are now being held.......

I have been down into the belly of the beast....the basement...looking through my stash to hold auditions for the yarn I will be using for this.   Go ahead, check it out, I'll wait for you. Isn't that the coolest.

 I adore this designer. She is the sweetest person. Head on over and check out her blog and podcast, too.  Oh and for all you cross stitch fans, she use to design cross stitch patterns, too.

Ok, so I will be knitting this awesome cowl that she has designed. There is a KAL over in her Ravelry group.  Come on over and join us for the fun.  :)

I plan to cast on later today....well, after I decide what yarn to use. I am kind of torn between what color to use. I want to use something green, but I am some what limited in my green yarns. I do have a green tone Red Heart Super Saver yarn...which is really pretty. I might use that.  :)

I am still working on the CAL for the doily, I am also working on a cross stitch Christmas ornament, and of course the Tunisian crochet afghan is still getting a little love from time to time, too.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :)





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My latest finish.....



I just finished this today! Yay! It was a really fun stitch. I adore the pumpkins and the little crow makes me smile. Now I am starting to do Christmas Ornaments. Yay!  :)

The little dragonfly in the bottom left corner (although out of season) reminds me of Florida. I keep them around to remind me of home.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :) 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pardon me, but did someone say cookies?

It was while I was trying to figure out the dynamics of how I could get my golden double stuffed Oreo cookie into the tiny opening of my Starbucks Vanilla light Frappuccino bottle without snapping the cookie in half, that it hit me!  What? You don't dip your cookies in your coffee? I usually dip them in tea, but today I was feeling kind of loose so I went with the frappuccino. Hey, don't judge me!

It hit me like a ton of bricks...ok, maybe Leggos...but it hit me all the same! Ok, I'll leave you in suspense no longer...it hit me that on round 22 of my doily CAL with Pammy Sue, that I made a mistake. Of course I had already finished round 22 and was half way through round 23 when I took a cookie break...and it was then, as the doily lay basking in the dim light of my computer screen that I noticed it.

Crap on a cracker! Yep, that's right...I can't believe I did it. It was a stupid mistake, too. I forgot to chain 3, so instead of there being a space there (that is needed on round 23) there is no space.

I will admit, there was a little bit of name calling going on...and I might even have questioned the morality of the doilies mother...it all got kind of vague when my cookie snapped between my fingers and fell down into my frappuccino.  It made a wonderful splash that then thought it would be just comical to shoot up and out onto my desk.  Needless to say there was more smack talk going on after that little episode, too!

After I cleaned up the mess, and then washed my hands (gotta keep those paws clean so my doily does not look like it's been frolicking in a bag of potato chips) I quickly frogged back to the spot where I needed to put in the chain 3.  I looked at all the thread laying every which way on the arm of my sofa, it looked like a pot of spaghetti had thrown up all over the place. Yeah, that kind of made me laugh a little at my crazy butt self.

I guess I really can't have a conversation with Hubby, watch TV and then work on a doily at the same time. Sad isn't it. I mean, when I was younger (much younger) I could do all those things at once and even a few more. Aging is really a heartless cow, isn't it!

Gotta run....hmmmm I wonder what gingersnaps would taste like dipped in a Vanilla light Frappuccino.....Oh Jo.....


Monday, October 13, 2014

Dear Stitchy Mc Floss......

I must admit, that when I went out to get my mail today, I was not expecting a letter from the big guy. Oh you know who I am talking about. Rosy cheeks,  red outfit that appears to never fade, a rather large tummy, always jolly....lives with a bunch of little dudes up north...has a cool ride like no one else...yeah, I am speaking of Santa of course.

Now Santa and I have had our issues. There have been times when he has just flown by my house and totally forgot me. Seriously...those were some really tissue filled times trust me! I mean, who expects  Santa to forget them? Oh sure, we are told if we are "good" we get loot...if we are "bad" we get coal...so I was wondering just what in the world I had been doing to get nothing!  Ok, STOP RIGHT THERE before any of you even think about filling my comment section with all the reasons!

So imagine my surprise when I get the following letter in the mail:

Dear Stitchy Mc Floss,

It has been brought to our attention here at the North Pole that you have started, ripped out, and re-started at least a hundred projects this year. The categories include cross stitching, knitting and crochet. We are sad to report that your transgressions have even begun to affect others who have started more projects than they could possibly finish by following your example.

It was after much thought and many late night meetings that we have come to the conclusion that we must regret to inform you that this year, instead of receiving anything from Santa, we expect you instead to finish at least one of your projects before the year of 2014 has concluded. As a good will gesture Santa has agreed to "pencil" you in for 2015 if the above requirement has been met by 11:59PM on December 31, 2014.

It is with our sincerest wishes that you have a most Merry Christmas.

Elf 5042321

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Well...crap on a cracker...I really did not see that coming!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's Fall Ya'll




If you want more info about the above photo, just follow this link.

It all began when the hot weather gave way to the cooler nights, which gave way to temps that went down into the 40's. Yep, that's right...it's Fall.

October...one of my favorite months of the year. Love the cooler temps, the pumpkins, the changing colors of the leaves, the smoke filled air from fireplaces....the blue skies that seem even bluer on cool days...you know what I am saying!

So I found myself knee deep in my cross stitch stash (let's not quibble about semantics, shall we!).  I found patterns in there that were so old they were printed on Papyrus! I also found some DMC floss that I had wound onto bobbins that appeared to be the same age as when Theresa de Dillmont worked for the company!  I would just like to go on record to state that the faded look is good on a pair of jeans, but not so much on a cardboard bobbin. What ever ink I used to write the DMC floss color number had faded into a sort of goblin Frankenstein purple color. It wasn't quite purple, not quite pink and yet there was also a sort of orangish hue to it all. The floss still looked good though, so I re wound the floss onto a bright new bobbin.  Needless to say, the old bobbin is now relaxing in the deep and wide tummy of Elliot.

Oh, you aren't familiar with Elliot? Oh gosh, where are my manners. So sorry. Elliot is the huge, big green, with a blue lid trash can that the city allows us to use (for a nominal fee mind you) for our refuse. He's so big that I have a hard time dealing with his butt even when he's empty. Hubby mainly gets to deal with him, but on occasion, I find myself out there, trying to lift his lid and fill up his insatiable tummy!  Why Elliot? I don't know, for some odd reason he just kind of looks like an Elliot.

It was while I was tracking through the wild ride back into time and reviewing my stash that I found the above pattern.  I vaguely remember when I bought it. Ok, the memory is not what is it use to be. Heck, I am almost fifty, nothing on me is what it use to be, but let's not travel down that rabbit hole, shall we. Let's stay the course and continue on with the pattern at hand.

I had two colors of the fancy pants hand dyed floss and all the DMC floss in a baggie along with the above pattern.  I had to smile when I saw it all.  The attention to detail, of just how anal I use to be, kind of cracked me up. All the floss on bobbins and in little bags,  all in numerical order.  Everything neat and tidy.

Crap on cracker! What happened to that chick? Heck, I am so lax now that I barely can find my scissors when it comes time to cut my floss tails. Seriously....just where did she go?

I have a few stitches in on the middle pumpkin of that pattern above. I kind of like it. I am using an 18 count fiddlers type of fabric. Yes, it's really hard for my readers to see..but my trusty old Ottie keeps me in line. (Oh, Ottie is my Ott light...ok, it's not very original, after Elliot, I know, but these things just kind of name themselves...I am just merely wall paper in the background around here...honestly!).

I am still working on the Tunisian crochet afghan....I have yet to get the sunflower pattern.  I am still in the thinking stages on that one.

I finally found my copy of Just Cross Stitch 2014 Ornament issue.  You can go here to get a copy.  I only found a few patterns I really wanted to stitch. It's hard to see it, but it's the two red birds in the center kissing.  Too cute. I had to stitch it for our tree this year.  :)



 And for what ever reason I want to stitch the Santa in the top row that is standing. The one with the huge gray mustache. He kind of cracks me up.  I have to get the fancy pants thread for his mustache and red coat, but other than that I have all the other threads.

And there is a snowman I want to stitch, too. But I can't find his photo to share with you. You can almost see him on the cover.  He is right under the am in Ornaments on the cover. I said I wasn't gonna stitch anymore snowman after our long, long, long, long winter last year.  But he kind of made me smile, so he's going into the pile of FWIP's! (future works in progress).

There were several other ornaments I may stitch in the future....but these three are the main ones I want to stitch for this year....next year....some year that starts with 20 in it...that's all I am saying!

Now that I have left you all with a chapter that is befitting of War and Peace, I bid you all a lovely day!



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunflowers on my sofa make my happy.....sunflowers in my blanket make me smile...


Go here to see the one I am in lust with, I mean in love with, is called Glorious Garden. Isn't it just awesome!

Some how Herschner's got my name and address!  You know once you get on a craft sites list, they will hound you to the ends of the Earth. They will stuff your mailbox with all kinds of stuff to entice you to loose any self control you might have had at Jo Anne's or Michael's Arts and Craft store. Yep, once you are all snugly and comfy in your home with their catalogue in your greedy little paws...the next thing you know, you are lusting after patterns, and more patterns...oh, wait...is that a kit?

Of course I am hoping that one of you will talk me down...will tell me, that I have too many projects going, that I have too many blanket patterns...that, that...well, hurry up and come up with some more ideas before I cave.

I am still working on the blanket from my last post. I have the top border finished and I am working on the bottom border. Then all I have to do is cross stitch them, and then finish the afghan in the middle, and then do an entire border around the blanket. Needless to say this blanket will not be finished this year. It's worked in Tunisian crochet and I have to say that it is really starting to hurt my hand. Not sure I'd work another one of these, but I will say, it is super warm. Super!

I am still having my issues with leaving comments on your blogs. If you moderate your blog, you will see my comment, but it will never send you an email in your box telling you that I left one. This kind of sucks!  But I am not the only one who is having this issue either.

It has to do with email addresses.  Go here to read for yourself.  :)

Wishing you all a most lovely day.  :)




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hey, there's a reindeer on my sofa!

I am thinking of doing this.  Mind you, I am just in the thinking stages. I figured, who doesn't need to have a cute reindeer throw lounging around on their sofa for the holidays!  With this pattern you make the body of the throw, and then go back and make the two ends, then you cross stitch the reindeers and all the other hoopla! It sounds like fun!

I am so itching to start this...but alas all my Super Saver stash is living the high life down in the basement. I've gotta head down that way and see if I have the colors required. If not, then I guess I am just gonna have to head out and about and get them!  Hmmm did someone say Michael's Craft Store?   :)

Wishing you all a most lovely day!  What's new on your hooks/needles?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Screaming Mo

I woke up to Mo screaming as he was running up the basement staircase.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I have an FO! Yep, FO not UFO!



Ok, I saw the above and thought it was so fitting for how I felt. I finished this. Go ahead, take a look, I'll wait for you.  It was so much fun to crochet, and the design was awesome. I really like this designer's designs.  So much fun!

I am now working on a Mystery KAL.  It involves cables. I am some what new to cables, but am finding them very easy...well, that is if I continue to put the stitches in the correct place....ok, so there was a time or two..maybe three,  where I moved the stitches to the front and they should have been in the back...but I figured it out and unknit them and corrected my error.  Yay! That is true progress for me. I have never been able to figure out my knitting mistakes, I usually just frog the entire thing and move on to a new project.

Oh, and I am using a life line.  No way I am gonna spend hours creating all that knitting and then loose a stitch and have to frog the entire thing. Nope...I am a lifeline kind of girl!  There is something to be said in the secure feeling I have knowing that a tiny piece of thread is all that stands between me and total disaster!

Wishing you all many happy stitches and hope your weekend was wonderful.  :)


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget



In silence, in prayer, in thoughts that reach towards Heaven.....I pray we remember them all, and never, ever forget.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Green Leaves Tablecloth Finish



I finished this some time ago, but just now got around to taking a photo.   I had a blast making this and hope to make another one in red, and using a bigger hook so it will turn out bigger, too.  I could easily see this worked up in a baby yarn for a blanket, too.

Thank you for all your kind words about my friend. I am still in shock.

I think this has really made me stop and reflect on my own life.

I am working on the crochet afghan, and I am now on the home stretch of adding the border. Hope to finish this week and take a photo next week.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :) 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

We seek solace for our hearts are breaking.....

I just learned today that one of my on line friends has passed away. I am in total, total shock.

She was an awesome cross stitcher. Go here for her blog.  Go here for her You Tube channel.

As you all know, I have been getting back into cross stitching lately. I discovered her awesome blog and You Tube channel and was following her and admiring all her lovely projects. She was a prolific stitcher. Truly a most talented and awesome stitcher. I left her comments and emails and told her how much I admired her work. She was always so kind to me and encouraged me to continue to stitch.

She loved her family very much and was always excited when she got to go to Texas to see her Son. I read somewhere that she had over 90 projects going at one time (see I am not the only one!).  Of course that made my heart truly melt. She was a kindred soul...a lady of the floss.

SoCal Deb knew no strangers, she only knew friends. She was such a sweet person who always made me feel that she was standing on the side lines cheering me on. I know that the few things I have stitched don't come anywhere near the level of talent that Deb had, but you know, she never, ever made me feel any less of a stitcher. I admired her stitching and she always picked the coolest projects to work on. Big, huge projects that I knew I'd never, ever finish...she started them, finished them and then picked another. She was awesome.

If you find yourself with a few extra moments today....please visit her blog and You Tube channel and please leave a comment on her blog so that her family can see how much she was loved in this world. The world seems so much smaller today...so much darker.  I will miss her sweet emails to me that were always filled with such encouragement and kindness.

Rest in Peace sweet friend.





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ahem....another one?

I am still working on the crochet afghan (see my last post for more pattern info). It's slow going because now I am reaching the point of where I will have to SEW. Yes, it's the four letter word spelled with only three...but truly, just as dirty as if it had four to me!

I found myself deep in the depths of the basement the other day. Digging through my stash of yarn, which is mostly Red Heart Super Saver...I kept getting hit in the head by the loose skein from the bookcase. I keep all of the yarn on a bookcase in the basement (well, all that will fit, the others live in boxes, and bags and well...you get the idea). So I was pulling and yanking to find a certain color and when I did, an entire row of yarn skeins started raining down on me. I smiled when I saw them all laying scattered on the floor.  After picking up the mess I just made I soon abandoned the idea of finding the color I was looking for when I realized...well, it wasn't there!

Off I went towards my three racks of stuff. Hubby bought me wire racks to put in the basement to put all my craft stuff on, and there among those racks is a box...ok, maybe two or three...that house bags, upon zip locked bags of started projects, projects kitted up to start and of course the bane of my existence...projects started and then abandoned.

I was digging through these boxes when I uncovered a perfectly knit sleeve. I know, it seems almost criminal to have a perfectly knit sleeve and nothing attached to it. But there it was. I looked at it stunned....I remember knitting it...wanting to finish it...and yes, there it was mocking me that if it only had an arm in it, it would haul off and hit me!

It was sealed in the huge over sized zip lock bags I buy to put all my projects in.  The yarn was a carrot color, and yes, it was a Red Heart Super Saver skein looking back at me from within the safety of the zip lock bag. The sleeve was talking all kinds of smack, but the skein just blinked at me.  What, your projects don't talk to you?

I took it and some other things I found that I thought I might use in the future and put them by the door for Hubby to take upstairs for me.  He's so sweet, he doesn't like me hauling stuff up stairs, so he makes me put it all aside and he takes it up for me. Is he not the sweetest or what! I know I am spoiled...but lets not tell him, ok!

I looked at it and then for what ever reason (ok, ok...maybe not wanting to sew the blanket together might be a reason) I thought I would like to finish the sleeve.  I had knitted it in the round, but the pattern called for it to be knitted flat. If you are wondering what pattern it is...go here.

Looking at it now, I kind of want to knit it flat.  I can't figure out where I was at in the lace pattern of the sleeve either...so it will have to be frogged.  But I don't have the nerve to do that just yet. I might just leave it alone and start the new one first.

I can't promise to finish the new one either.  But I know it will get chilly here soon and I want to have a shrug to wear. Now I am thinking of color choices, too. Not sure yet. I am still in the "thinking stages" of making the garment. It's kind of like the honeymoon stage...you are all lustful and excited and can't think of anything else. Just saying!

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Hey....who put that there?

I was walking down the hall way, it was dark and I did not bother to turn on a light since I was just heading towards the craft studio. I turned to enter the studio and when I did something caught my leg and I fell face down onto the carpet in the dark. At first I wasn't sure what was going on, but then I soon realized what had happened.

I slowly got up and flicked on the light in the craft studio. There is was, the culprit, staring me in the face, almost mocking me. It was a bag full of this yarn.  I took each skein out and then at the bottom of the bag was this magazine, with a sticky note marking the page for this pattern.

The yarn is yummy soft, and it's named after awesome places here in the good ole' US of A! The yarn is also made here, too. Which makes me happy because the more things I buy made in the USA, the more I feel that people get to keep their jobs. It's a very, very small thing, but to me, it makes me feel better knowing that I am supporting jobs here at home. Hmmm now how did that soap box get there?

Any who....I love this yarn. I found all of the colors (except for Shenandoah, Everglades, and Yellowstone) at my local Meijer's store.  I will be out and about looking for those colors this weekend.

 There is also a free pattern by the same designer that is very similar. Please note there is an error in the original pattern, so if you download this pattern from Red Heart, make sure to do so under the Pattern Correction hi-lighted in red.  This pattern also uses yarn made here in the USA. It's called With Love, it cost more than the usual Red Heart Super Saver yarn, but it's also way more soft.  Who knows, maybe I'll make both!

The only difference in the patterns that I can tell is that the Red Heart pattern has half motifs where as the pattern from the magazine does not. If you work up the Red Heart pattern, let me know what you think.

But the first one (maybe the only one) I will make is the one from the magazine using the Lion Brand Yarn. Gosh, I really, really like that yarn.

Wishing you all a most lovely day and weekend, too sweet friends.  :)


......Oh, I almost forgot. I am not sure who left the bag of yarn there, I am guessing it was Jo since the bottom of the bag (under the magazine) appeared to be covered in gingersnaps. Just saying! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mailman Mike

I was working on this....I know, I hate knitting, I know...don't question the crazy, just go with it. And then all of a sudden I got a knock on my door. Hmmm. I looked out the window (because I never, ever open my door without knowing who is on the other side) and it was our new mailman.



I opened the door and he smiled and said, "Well hello there!" and then he extended his hand. I shook his hand and he began to tell me his name, that he had worked for the postal system for 31 years and that he wanted to work for three and half more years before he retired and oh yeah, "Here's your mail."  I smiled and thanked him and then he said, "I could have just folded it up and put it in your mailbox" he pointed to the envelope that had "do not bend" stamped across it, "but that's not what I do." he smiled and I thanked him again for not bending my package and off he went down my front steps. He paused and then turned back and said, "I won't be here for the next three days, I am going on vacation, I haven't had one in over five years. We are taking care of my wife's 92 year old Mother and I need a few days off."  I smiled and then he waved and was off walking down my driveway towards his delivery truck.  He was a really nice guy and I look forward to stalking him just as I did with the previous one for when my magazines are due! I thought it best to not share that little bit of info with him just yet. It's best to keep a little bit of mystery in a relationship, don't you think!

So I knew what the package was. I had been waiting...and waiting. It was this. I know, pretty awesome right!  Oh, and I got this one last month at a stitchy shop.  I am going to have so much fun making these two.

Oh, the knitting needles are taking a snooze in the craft studio. I told Jo to give them something to keep them quiet...I was thinking something along the lines of a root beer and a snack...apparently, he slipped them a Benadryl or two....so I am guessing the knitting needles will be quiet for a while.

I have not worked on the SAL of the adorable Advent Animals either. I keep seeing so many things I want to start. Of course in order to retain my well earned title of Queen Of Starts, I must continue to start projects. One does what one can in order to hang onto one's crown mind you!

The new issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine is out.  Not sure I will get this issue. I only like the Fall Pumpkin in this one.

 Hope you are all having a most wonderful day!  Stitch On!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dr Who!



For all my fellow Who-villians.....mark this on your calendar!  Yay!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Mo, Mr. Subtle


Today, waking up before the roosters even think about waking up, I went through my normal routine...well, almost. Everywhere I went in the house I saw a picture of the above. Apparently, Mo has a burning desire to have this.  After collecting no less than 10 xerox copies of this magazine cover, I finally just went into the craft studio.  Mo was there quietly stitching and Jo, well, Jo was still in bed of course, it wasn't anywhere near noon yet.

I showed one of the photos to Mo who smiled and turned red and then said while stitching, "Oh, I see you got my subtle little hint." He smiled and kept stitching.

"You do realize it's not out yet, right?" I asked him.

He stopped stitching and then looked at me and let out a little gasp.

"Are you sure?" he asked reaching in his pocket.

I frowned as he started to unfold a rather large piece of blue paper.

"This is the newsletter from the stitchy shop." he smiled and then turned the paper over and then he read out loud, "coming soon" and then his hand flew back down to his lap and his face seemed to reveal a world of disappointment. He let out a huge sigh.

"Oh, it won't be long. Hang in there." I smiled at him and then turned to walk away.

"Does that mean yes we will get a copy?" he asked me.

"Of course." I said without turning around and kept walking towards the kitchen.

To my surprise when I got to the kitchen I saw Jo sprawled out in a chair, his right elbow on the table.  His hair looked as though it had received some sort of shock treatment, I thought it best to not inquire the reason behind the torture of his hair.

"How's it shaking?" he asked me as I walked past him heading towards the fridge to get my tea.

"I'm almost fifty Jo, everything shakes at this point!" I smiled back at him before opening the door to the fridge. After getting my iced tea, I closed the fridge door and then asked him, "What are you doing up so early?"

Jo rubbed his head, making his shock treatment hair stand down a little and then he looked at me and said, "Genius in there made me run him to the all night copy place to get copies of...." and he looked around and then picked up a copy of the magazine cover and showed it to me.

"Yeah, I saw them everywhere this morning." I smiled wondering to myself, just where is there an all night copy place...and then I quickly decided, it's best to not ask.

"So what are you up to lately?" I smiled at him while sipping on my iced tea.

"I have been trying to crochet. I am having issues." he said and then drifted off.

I looked at him and then he quickly added, "Don't ask." and so I just changed the subject.

"You do realize, we will need lots of help in the cross stitching department if we are to get any of those ornaments finished this year, right?" I looked at him and smiled and then pushed the box of gingersnaps towards him.

He smiled and then began to help himself to some gingersnaps.  "I know. I was hoping no one" he looked at me, "Meaning you, would ask me to cross stitch."

I started to laugh. "It's funny how you keep getting mixed up into things you never thought you'd get mixed up into." I reached for a gingersnap.

"If it were for anyone else, I'd say no...but for you, Doll, I'd do anything." he winked and then got up and started to walk towards the craft studio.

"Thanks Jo. I know I can always depend on you." I smiled and then took another bite of the gingersnap.





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yo! It's Jo!

How u doing? This is Jo, yeah, that Jo. I am back and off the chain as they say...who says that, probably Mo considering it's like from the Mesozoci Era. Gotta love Mo, well, at least that is what Stitchy continues to tell me over and over again when I make the mere suggestion that he might be better off with the fishes!

Stitchy and Mo  are out of the house, the dynamic duo are somewhere lost in the wilds of Ben Franklin's Craft store, at least that was what our boy genius Mo blurted out when he answered her call phone this am.  I awoke to, well...nothing. There was not one sound in the entire house, not even a clock ticking...it was eerie to say the least. So after I looked around and then poked my head in the garage to see if Sandy (yes, you know Stitchy named her car) was there, she was not, that's when I called up Stitchy's cell number.

It went to voice mail a few times before Mo picked it up. He was breathless and panting like a donkey trying to make its way up a dusty hill. I did not even bother to ask why he was panting, for we all know that Mo is a motor mouth and tells everything....usually things no one wants to hear, but that never stops him.

He said he was panting because they had to run across the parking lot in a rain shower. I could hear Stitchy laughing at him in the background. I really missed that laugh when the boy wonder and I were off at camp this past summer. So good to be home...thanks for asking by the way!

OK, so I was told to write up a post about this picture.



I guess it's from this magazine that is suppose to be out, or is coming out, or has been out...I forgot to tell you the truth because, well...I am out of gingersnaps and my attention span is somewhat limited!


I guess Stitchy and our boy wonder are out and about trying to locate this item. I know, I know....I keep telling her there is this new thing called an Inter Net where you can order things that will come to your home.  She just smiles and never does it. I sometimes wonder if she is not half Amish or something.  I know for a fact Mo is not Amish, he has a huge fear of horses...buggies....planted fields, unplanted fields, barns and what was the other thing...oh yeah right, hard work!

Any who, I am suppose to ask all of you wonderful folks, if any of you have this...if so, Stitchy wants all the details about the lamb in the first picture. Yarn used, how much, what color....oh and there was something else...hmmmm what was it?  Hold on I am trying to think of what it was....hmmmm, sorry it escapes me now.

Oh, yeah...something about although she still hates the feel of yarn, she is willing to "scarfice" in order to make the adorable lamb. I know, pretty lame.  I no longer question these things when she says them....living at the Chez Mc Floss has taught me to just roll with the punches, it makes life so much easier that way!

I guess that is it for now..oh, and she said to tell you she is still seeing Mr. Cross Stitch, but we are not allowed to tell Mr. Mc Floss...don't ask, trust me!

On a personal note, I would like to address the demise of Mr. Crochet. I was at a total loss when we discovered he was....well, no longer among us. Summer camp helped me a lot to get focus and figure out what I wanted to do in the future. I still want to crochet, but sadly, I will no longer have a friend to hook with...but Stitchy has assured me that she will join me from time to time and that will help ease the loss of Mr. Crochet.

Keep it shaking until next time.....and feel free to send gingersnaps, apparently Stitchy has forgotten to buy any and the entire house is devoid of gingersnaps...yes, it is truly a sad, very sad day here!

-Jo



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Video

Ok, here's my latest video. My voice sounds froggy because of my allergies, so please excuse, I usually don't sound as though I have been sucking on scrap metal, honestly I don't!

I so love this doily tablecloth. Hubby said it reminds him of bay leaves. The moment I saw it I knew I just had to make it. At first I was going to use a variegated green thread, but I quickly saw that the pattern was getting lost in all the variances of white and green.

This is a combo of Aunt Lydia and Red Heart size 10 thread. Both color ways were Frosty Green and since they are made by the same company and both made in India, they match. Surprise, surprise, right!

I am thinking I want to make another one but this time in red. I think it would look pretty for the Christmas season.

I still can not locate my 1.50mm hook. I have no idea what happened to it. My guess is Gauge took it on his way out of the house yesterday when I kicked his butt out!  He left in a huff with the knitting needles and yarn tucked under his arm. Never fear though, since Jo and Mo and headed back soon, I am more than sure one of them will find it for me.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :)


Monday, July 28, 2014

You knew this was coming...right?

Please disregard my last post about doing the knitted throw.

If I have to keep knitting, I will absolutely fall upon my knitting needles and end it all!

I am gonna say it here....right now....I hate knitting! I can't stand the feel of yarn anymore. I am going back to cross stitching and crocheting with thread.

Ok, we all saw this coming...right? Well, everyone but my crazy butt. What is wrong with me? I promise the next time I feel like knitting, I will just lay down on the sofa for a while until that feeling passes!

I am now headed to our local bakery.....I think I need a cookie fix after all this hoopla! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Gauge

Hubby and I were in Bed, Bath and Beyond way back last winter and I saw a cool knitted throw that I wanted. It was rather expensive, so I just looked at it and then moved on. Hubby touched my arm and then looked at me while raising his eyebrows and then said, "It's a shame we don't know anyone who knits " and then he smiled his handsome smile at me.

 I smiled back at hubby. He then said if I wanted the throw to get it...but I left it behind. My mind was racing at this point. I really could knit a throw. I had never tried to knit one. Although, my love for knitting is somewhere between a root canal and a colon exam, but I did know how to knit. It's not like I don't have a ton of yarn in the basement, right!

So when I came across this, my mind began to ask why not! So I dug around in the basement for some yarn, and tonight, while all the world is enjoying their peaceful Sunday, I will be doing a gauge swatch...yes, Gauge that red haired you know what that I threw out of my house long ago...never the less, I will be doing a gauge swatch. I honestly have never, ever done a gauge swatch.

I am a bit of a rebel and prefer to live life by the seat of my pants, so no, I have never actually worked up a gauge swatch.  Life is too short to waste it on a gauge swatch! Nevertheless, I plan to swatch until I can't swatch anymore.

Mr Cross Stitch has come down with a cold and has taken to his bed. It was all of a sudden and rather a shock to us all. He's a fighter though, so I have no doubt he'll pull through....right?

Mo and Jo are on their way back home from summer camp. Mo was all excited on the phone trying to tell me something when Jo yanked the phone from him and then calmly just said they'll be back in a few days.  I did not have the heart to tell them that Gauge was back. I'll just keep that between us for now, ok!

Wishing you all a most lovely day.  :)




Friday, July 18, 2014

SAL for Advent Animals

Ok, go here for the latest, adorable, must stitch it now, can't wait to stitch it, gonna stitch it, where is my fabric?,  design from our SAL.

I just absolutely love Hattie the Hedgehog. Don't get me wrong, all of the Advent Animals are all adorable, but I have always had a "thing" for Hedgehogs...it's there over abundance in cuteness...love them!

I can't wait to sink my needle into this puppy. Seriously...I have to drop all my projects and start this today! Love, love, love Hattie the Hedgehog.

Hmmm maybe I need to write a story about all the animals....no, no...I better leave it alone. I think I blew some of your minds with the Devil Wears Piranhas anyway!  Thank you for all your sweet comments about my crazy butt story. It was great fun to write.

As the dog days of summer are upon us now, at least that is the way it feels to me, I have been making great friends with the air vent next to my stitchy chair in the craft studio.  I am still red hot, madly in love with cross stitching. I just can't seem to get enough of cross stitching!  :)

Ok, head over to the link above and get your stuff ready for Hattie the Hedgehog...or what ever animals you choose to stitch up. These would make such sweet little cards and ornaments of course, too.  Just tell me who does not need a hedgehog on their Christmas tree? I know I do!

Happy Stitching!  :)


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

It snowed last night......



Townsend's Gap finally got a dusting of snow last night.   :)  (I used white mill hill beads for the snow).

Hmmm now to figure out what to start next.   :)

Wishing you all a lovely day and weekend, too!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Townsend's Gap



It's a quiet night in Townsends Gap. The brisk wind blows past the open fields on the edge of town. The temps have fallen to the point of where the snow can not melt. It covers every thing in the town and has left small frozen water falls on the edges of the mountain side. The town sits between  two mountains, it is the only flat area for miles.

The sky is clear and although there is talk of snow in the future, right now, there is only stars that twinkle in the sky reflecting their beams of light upon the snow.  A blanket of calmness has covered the town in peacefulness.

The creek that flows through the valley is frozen over and the edges are covered with a thick layer of snow that fell during the day. The moon can not be seen for after the day light gave way to the darkness the moon slowly drifted beyond the cliff's edge to where the tall pines cover the mountains.

A wolf cries out in the distance breaking the silence of the town. The wind blows past the flag at the  school,  leaving a clank, clank noise from the hoist. The sound seems to chime like a bell that echoes beyond the edges of the town and up the sides of the mountains and then back down again.

.....that's it for now....snow is gonna be falling soon, I'll be back with an updated pic when it does.

Happy Stitching.   :)


Monday, June 30, 2014

Brrrrrrr Update on Winter Town



 I still have a few more trees and buildings to stitch on this before it's finished, but I am getting there.

Summer appears to be getting in my way of stitching. I'll try to reel all the fun in so I can stitch a little more.

Hope you are all having a lovely day.  :) 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greetings from Tabby



Well Hello there!  My name is Tabby, you know, because I am a tabby cat! How do you like my snazzy little fish purse...or my uber cool ice skates?  I have a sprig of holly behind my ear because I am in the Christmas mood. I know, I know it's not even July...but you see I am part of a new collection of patterns. There will be twenty-five in all. Go here for more info.

Please come back soon I have a friend who just happens to be a polar bear and well....he's crazy for coco.  That's it, I can't say any more or else I'll spoil all the fun.

Hope you all have a most lovely day....I am off to the fishmongers to fill my purse full of...well...fish! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SAL for Advent Animals from Brooke's Blog

I am a little slow out of the gate at times....I know, it's true...but when I saw this, go ahead, follow the link, I'll wait for you.....aren't they the cutest!

Yes, I have to stitch them.  Each and every single one of them.

In stead of doing them as separate ornaments I am going to put them on one piece of fabric (at least that is my goal at this point).  This might change, depending on several things.

Seriously, aren't these the cutest little guys you've ever seen. I am just head over needle in love with them.

Now I just have to figure out how to explain to Hubs that yes, I have over 400 colors of DMC floss, and yes, I did just buy quite a few (it's for another project) but I need more.  It's always an interesting conversation. It usually ends with him shaking his head and me smiling as he drives me to Ye Ole' Michael's Craft Store.  I asked him the other day if he wanted to see my latest project...he said no! He said he's rather wait until it was finished.

Poor Dude doesn't realize he married the Queen of Starts.

So if anyone wants to join me in the SAL for these adorable little Advent Animals...please just leave a comment and let me know. That way I can follow your blog and then we can share our progress. Maybe we could pick one day a month to share a post on our blogs of what we've stitched so far.

Ok, now I am trying to think of fabric ideas...colors...what size I will need. How many in a row....Hmmmm I do have an idea (of course I do) but not sure yet. I might need to pull out the graph paper and dust off the ole grey cells to figure it all out. Hmmm.

Oh, and please check your comments, I am leaving comments but I am being told that you are not getting my e-mails to let you know that I am leaving comments. (And that a few others are having this same issue). The only way around this appears to be if you moderate your blogs comments.  That way you will see all the comments being left to you because you'd have to approve them before they are published.  Just know that I am reading your awesome blogs and leaving comments.  :)

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :) 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Just Because.......






I am still laughing about this....I honestly love this. I know, I know...what does that say about me...but I am sorry, it's just how my crazy butt mind works!

Here's the link where I found it.  :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Here we go again...

I was finally getting some peace and quiet since Mo and Jo had joined up for summer camp. Nope, I have no idea where they went, and trust me, after Jo's little adventure last year to places I had never even heard of,  I decided it probably was best that I just did not ask where they were going.

Needles to say that when the door bell rang, I did not answer it. I never answer my door bell. Nope, I sure don't.  I waited until I could hear the footsteps leave my stoop and then looked out the window. It was our trusty mailman Bob. He leaves stuff on my stoop all the time, which is perfectly fine with me.

I opened the door and then saw before my feet a 11 x 14 envelope. Hmmm. I picked it up and brought it inside. I laid it on the table and just stared at it. The address was typed, so I could not tell from the handwriting who might have sent it...and of course the post mark was all smudged and I am not gonna name names (BOB), but there was a small grease stain the size of a thumb print on the lower left corner...Bob eats his lunch before he stops at my house. He parks down the way where the street dead ends into the woods and partakes of his noon meal there.  Once I got an empty sandwich bag in-between my junk mail...yep, crumbs and all. From the smell of it, Bob was eating bologna that day.

So I just left the envelop there on the table and made me some tea. I needed a spot of tea as for I had spent the morning cleaning and doing laundry.  After I made my tea I sat down at the table and opened the envelope.

I saw this inside,




 along with a few skeins of white dmc floss, a 15 x 18 piece of navy blue aida fabric and a note scribbled in Mr  Cross Stitch's almost illegible handwriting. "Sorry."  I smiled. He was kind of a class act Mr. Cross Stitch. All the year's we've been together...gosh, I had to stop and remind myself that it truly was going on almost thirty years. Wow. That's a long time to have a friend.  Oh sure we've had spats and arguments, but in the end, we always remain friends.

The fabric is too small for the entire design, but I am going to do a portion of the design from left of the church where the two trees are to the end of the chart on the right.

Why am I doing a winter scene in the middle of the hot, sticky summer.....did I just hear someone ask? Oh that's easy...if I can't be cool, then at least I can stitch cool!  :)

If you need me I will be camping out under the Ott light, wearing my readers that would give the Hubble a run for it's money and stitching away.   Life is good...I am very blessed indeed.

Happy Weekend!  :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hello Darlings.......


Ginger here, that's right, that's me up there in that horrible photo that Stitchy Mc Can't Take a Decent Photo took of me today!

After my luxurious bubble bath, and gentle soaking, I am now pinned down onto the blocking mat. Well, rather stretched out almost beyond the limits of what my fiber was ever intended to perform.  I know, who knew Mc Can't Take a Decent Photo even had a blocking mat, right!  Don't let the word get out though, she's kind of crazy butt when it comes to blocking. I mean, seriously people, look at me...I feel as though I should change my name to Stretch.

I must admit I rather like having all the bling, you know the beads. It makes me feel all sparkly and girly.

That's it for now Darlings....I've gotta get back before "you know who" realizes I am even on this thing.  Smooches.   :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

And todays funny is.......



I saw this and it cracked me up. Just look into those sweet little eyes...can't you hear him/her screaming "HELP ME!".    Too, funny.

I am still knitting away on the doily (where the only thing that will suffer is a side table)....

Hope you are all having a most lovely day sweet friends.   :) 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

What a douche'!

Mr Cross Stitch came into the room and saw that I was knitting. To say he had a hissy fit would be putting it mildly. I tried my best to reason with him. I tried to explain it was only temporary, that knitting and I had a love hate relationship, that mostly resided on the hate instead of the love. That soon I'd be back again to cross stitching and......the douche walked out on me and slammed the door in mid-sentence.

Needless to say I have put all my cross stitching stuff up! I boxed it all up and threw it so far back in the craft studio closet until I am pretty sure it had to hit Hoffa, if you know what I mean!  What you didn't know he was in my craft closet? Oh come on, everyone else is in my craft studio, why not him, too!

I was rather disgusted with Mr Cross Stitches attitude, I must say.  Truly the audacity of such behavior. After all the times that he's been brought back to life...and now this! What an ingrate!

Oh, I am over my little hissy fit...well, kind of.

I just finished my first round on the knitted doily that required beads. I was rather taken back at just how easy it is to knit with beads. I love it! Now I've got all kinds of crazy butt ideas racing through my crazy butt head.

Oh and I got inspired and started to scribble a few things on paper. I have not drawn in years...decades truly...since I was in my twenties and trust me that was like, oh almost thirty years ago.  Hold on....I have to take a deep breath on that one. Do you want to see?


I call this one "Pierced Through the Heart" because it looks like those two branches are just one branch going through the trunk. I know, it's lame, but what can I say!  It's suppose to be trees in the distance with a lake in front of the trees. Can you see the bird? There were two of them, but once I cropped the photo, the other guy became a casualty of my lack of cropping abilities.  :) 

Again, it's been a really long time since I've drawn anything and well....I think this shows it, too!  I am feeling like digging out my art stuff again. I know, I know just how many crafts can I keep going at one time....let's just close our eyes and not ask those type of questions...ok!  :) 

Wishing you all a most lovely weekend...and hope to have photos soon of the knitted doily with beads. Yay!   




Thursday, June 5, 2014

Crazy butt strikes again!

I had written a little more in the story...and then took it down...which explains why everyone keeps trying to read the post but can't.  I am sorry. I was having one of those senior moments (I have been having them all my life really, but now I have an official name I can call it)!

I did not like how I wrote the last post of the story....so I took it down. I am kind of putting that story aside for now.  I have two more I am working on, but they are not Mo and Jo stories.  I plan to put them on  my writer's blog (just email me for the link). I will make the blog open so that anyone can read it, so you can "follow" my writer's blog and when I post a story on there, you will see it in your readers. That is if anyone wants to keep reading my crazy butt writings.  :)

 I have been given the privilege of doing a test doily for an awesome designer on Ravelry. I really love her designs. She just rocks!  Go on, take a look at all her lovely patterns, I'll wait for you. See, I told you her patterns are awesome!  She is also a very kind person, too.  She rocks!

 I have been turning the craft studio upside down looking for my number 4 double pointed knitting needles. The last I saw them they were in my knitting needle box....and now, of course that I need them, they appear to have sprouted legs and ran off....I won't go as far as to say it was a mutiny....but you can never tell with those fancy pants Addi's hanging around ....I don't have many of them, but the ones that I do have...they have attitude to spare!  Truth be told, I don't really like the Addi's....but I never say that out loud...I don't want to hurt their feelings.  I am more of a Chiao Goo Red Lace Circular kind of Gal.  I love their sharp points and they are truly a lot less expensive than the fancy pants Addi's.  But today I am hunting down a pair of bamboo double points with questionable heritage, since I don't recall what brand they are.  :)

Wish me luck that I will find them.  Jo has asked me to put out "feeler" if anyone wants to "take him in" for a while. He requires lots (and I do mean lots) of gingersnaps....a pack of "smokes" and he's kind of like a Gremlin...you can't feed him after midnight ....no direct sunlight...but truly he's loads of fun....Oh and Mo just chimed in to add "He's loads of fun in small doses".

Pssst....does anyone want to take Mo, too?


Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Oh My!

It was very early in morning,  the Hubby had already left for work, and the sun was just stretching out it's rays across the hills.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mr Cross Stitch Alive and Well......



Here is an update on my Rabbits Run.  I am still loving the cross stitching, so I figure I'll just keep at a bit longer.

I am so glad you were all shocked by the demise of Mr. Crochet. I am just thrilled that no one saw that coming. I know I did not either!   Not sure where the story is going from there, however. I haven't been inspired to write lately....just stitching.

I am having fits to start my new Quaker Christmas II cross stitch...but I am trying to be good and not start it until after I finish the Rabbits Run. I am not sure how much longer I can hold out. Seriously....I want to stitch that puppy right now! Go here for another look of the Quaker Christmas II.  I have picked out the red floss I will be using...still working out if I am going to use blue or green for the words of the songs. But there is lots and lots of time to work out all those details.

What's new in your world today?

Wishing you all Happy Stitching and many blessings my sweet friends.   :)







Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Creative cross roads......

I appear to be at some sort of creative cross roads. It happens every now and then. Sometimes it's a good thing. I stop and reflect on what I "really" want to do when I grow up sort of thing...yeah, still haven't grown up yet...but one must keep trying, right?  :)

After the demise of Mr. Crochet....I am kind of at an impasse, what now?

Oh sure, we all know the dead never really stay dead on my blog. It's probably just a matter of time before the drawer slowly opens at the morgue and Mr. Crochet jumps out complaining that his clothes are now wrinkled.  I have tried to knit...OMG! I wanted to poke my eyes out from the shear boredom of it all. Knitting is so much slower than crochet....which just left me there asking my crazy butt..."If you are bored with crochet, how on Earth will you never knit?" Easy answer. I won't!

Now don't get me wrong. I love seeing all the super cool things you all make. I think knitting and crochet are awesome ways to express your creativity...but for what ever reason, I seem to need....well, more.  Of what this more should consist of, I truly can not say...but there is a void.

Any ideas?


Monday, May 26, 2014

Gone...but never, ever forgotten.


Thank you to all our military members (and their families) who fight to keep us free.

 Long may our flag wave in a sky where freedom is still allowed. May that flag wave across our nation and cast it's shadow upon each of us so that today we can bow our heads and remember those who were left behind, who are MIA, and for all those who died, fighting so that we could remain free... all of them will never, ever be forgotten.

Blessings to you all sweet friends. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What did you say?

I wasn't sure how I felt about having to verify if that was Mr. Cross Stitch laying dead at the morgue.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Johnny Lawman

I was sitting down for a quiet few moments to cross stitch.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Duel

Dark storm clouds raced across the moon.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Blogger hates me!

Apparently, when I leave comments I am forgetting to hold my breath, lift up my left leg about 3 inches high, move my right foot in a circular direction all at the same time! For when I leave comments on some blogs I am getting a crazy butt msg saying that it did not go through...and yet, there it is in the comment section on their blog.

I do not get this msg on any blogs that have comment moderation. I only get this on blog that do not have that.

I have goggled it...and tried all the things that they say will fix this and nothing does. So I give up.

I am leaving comments on your wonderful blogs...but maybe you don't realize I am because of the email issue that says it can't deliver it to you.

If anyone has any ideas how to fix this, I am all ears!

I honestly can't complain about blogger though, it's free, so I'll shut up now....but I just wanted you all to know that I am reading and leaving comments.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :) 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rabbit's Run update...my first video!




 If you click on the lower right hand symbol next to the youtube logo it will make this puppy full screen...you know, if you want to see it full screen and all.  :)

Ok, it sucks...I know, I know I need to figure out how to get it in focus, which is kind of puzzling considering I used the auto function.

I would like to thank Jadee from Ravelry who helped me figure out how to get the video onto my blog. Thank you kind friend for taking your time to help me.  :)   I just love Ravelry it's filed with such lovely people who are always willing to help.  I wish there was a Ravelry type thing for needlework...wouldn't that be awesome if we had a database with all the patterns and stuff like on Ravelry. Awesome!

Here are some photos since you can't really see it clearly on the video.








Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :)