Monday, January 23, 2012

IHSW Recap

What a fabulous weekend. I love when I have nothing else going on and I can just do what I want. Such as stitching! So, here is what I worked on:

My February Cottage - Finished!

Monthly Cottage - February
Country Cottage Needleworks
32 Count Lambswool Linen & called for Threads

After that I moved on to Elizabeth Hancock. Ahh, Elizabeth and I have had a rough go of it. In my last post I talked about my issued with the WDW Straw Linen. The piece that I got was so dark that for a little bit I actually thought I had the wrong color. I stitched on that piece a little while longer, but it was really bugging me. I just didn't think the beautiful colors were showing up well enough, so I headed up to my stash to see what else I had that was big enough. I ended up starting over on 35 Count R & R Sheep Straw Linen. I'm MUCH happier now. All this putzing around though cost me most of Sunday so I didn't get as far as I would have liked, but I'm liking the way it looks. Here is picture of my progress on that:

The Elizabeth Hancock Sampler ~ Little House Needleworks
35 Count R & R Sheep Straw Linen
Called for Belle Soie threads

So, that's all folks! I have my very first IHSW under my belt!  It was back to work today. Ugh - tough to do after such a nice weekend! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend. Stitch on....

Friday, January 20, 2012


So, I'm going to be a hermit this weekend. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. This is my first time joining in on it and honestly, I don't plan to leave the house all weekend! It's been freezing cold here in the MN for a lot of this week. All the more reason to hibernate.

I'm sure you're wondering what I'm going to be working on. Or maybe you aren't! Well, I'm going to tell you anyway.

My February Cottage - here is where it stands last night. {I apologize for the craptastic picture, I didn't feel like getting my camera out}

I think I will work on this first and hopefully finish it. I believe that the March chart is on its way to me next week so I'd like to get this finished. I have a frame that I can pop them in and out of so I want to get that set up too.

Then I joined Vonna's SAL for Elizabeth Hancock. I have a small start on this, however, I'm struggling with the fabric color. I am using the called for WDW Straw linen, however, I'm using 35 count rather than 30. But I keep wondering if it is too dark? I would hate for the beautiful Belle Soie threads to not show up well. Hmmm. Anyone have any thoughts? I've barely started so it wouldn't be horrible to start over on a different fabric. Here it is - again - not a great picture.

Then, last but not least, is my fun Lizzie*Kate 6 Fat Men. This is such a fun stitch and right up my snowmen addiction alley! Here is my progress so far on this:

And now Blogger is making me center everything I type. I find this to be annoying. Sigh. Oh well,
I'm off to hunker down with my February cottage. I hope everyone has wonderful weekends.
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Remembering this furry friend today. Hard to believe that it has been two years today since she made her way to the Rainbow Bridge. My hope is that she is chasing balls, playing with friends and resting in the sunshine. I miss you Roxy. Everyday.

~ Roxy ~
June 14, 2003 - January 15, 2010

Friday, January 13, 2012

Two Framed Finishes

A week or so before Christmas I was able to pick up two framed pieces from Stitchville USA . If you live in the Minneapolis area and you have never been to this store - you must go. Go now. It is a fabulous store with wonderful people working there that are always ready and willing to help with anything you need. They also do a fabulous job framing!

So - here is my Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler all framed:

Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler
With Thy Needle & Thread
Called for Fabric & Fiber
Called for Frame - Valley Primitives

It was such a fun project to stitch and the frame that was made for this, well, I just can't put in to words how beautiful it is. The pictures don't do it justice. Here is a closer picture of the frame. The color of the frame is just wonderful with the colors of the stitching.

I also picked up my Gameboard Sampler:

Gameboard Sampler
The Drawn Thread
Called for Fabric and Threads
Frame is a bluish weathered frame ordered through Stitchville

Here is a closer look at the frame. I really like it:

So, that's it for now. I have a couple more posts coming with some finishes and what I'm working on now. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year and all the best to all of you in 2012!!

So, I guess starting a blog at the busiest time of year was not one of my better ideas. I have sorely neglected it. I'm hoping to change all that in the coming year. I'll be back soon with an update.