Saturday, September 20, 2008

Procrastination can still be productive

I've been very much distracted by lately. Between that and avoiding all that red on the Santa stocking I've managed to finish another Christmas present. Here is It's 5:00 somewhere before the backstitching
And all finished. Now I just need to find a nice frame.

Here's my next project of Santa avoidance. A freebie from Artecy cross stitch. Kinda obvious what this one is!

I've also joined Me, Myself and I Round Robins and am having fun planning my village. I'll have some pics once I get it planned out more.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Still stitching

I forgot to post a picture of the Irish Blessing so here it is. I haven't heard from the recipient yet so I hope she is happy with it. I went cross eyed several times stitching that knot 1 over 1 on 25ct.My latest project is Bent Creek's Santa Train stocking for my son. I've really enjoyed the simplicity of this one, not to mention the huge stitches. 4 over 2 on 18ct! I wonder if I'll have it done and put together in time for Christmas.
This is my progress as of last night. It's gonna take forever to fill in all that red! I still need to go back up and stitch the railroad track above Santa's head. I didn't have the right color so had to skip over it. I'll take a better pic of the whole thing when I take it off the Q snaps to move it.
I'll be taking a break from all that red today to start Post Stitches It's 5:00 Somewhere. This will be a Christmas present for my sis-in-law. So many shades of pink!!

Friday, August 22, 2008


Been continuing the stitching spree. I found this one on and plan to do more from that site. I'm not sure how I'm going to finish this one off. While stitching the outline of the castle DH walked by and said "Hey, you should make that Mario's castle!"
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Wine a bit by Post Stitches. I started this on Sunday night and finished it Tuesday night. A new world record for me! I really thought this would take longer and didn't have anything ready to start next. This will be a Christmas present for my mother-in-law and I'll be attempting to frame it myself.
I was going to start a stocking next but I don't really like the linen I was given for it. I have fabric for some pattens but no floss and floss for some but no fabric. Guess it's time to dig out a UFO!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Finishes feel good

This one is a freebie from here. I made it for DH to put on his desk at work. He loves his coffee. Stitched on blue 14ct aida

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Another freebie but I have no clue where I found it, it's been saved on my computer for over a year. This one is for myself which doesn't happen too often! Stitched on the same blue aida.

And my current wip. I was asked to stitch this Irish blessing by someone who's mother recently passed away. Stitched on 25ct antique white lugana. I was planning on using 28ct but apparently I had a total brain fart while buying the fabric and didn't realize it until the next day. The lettering is 2 over 2. Underneath will be a celtic knot (freebie from Ink Circles) stitched 1 over 1.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Finally finished!

After taking about five times longer than it should have, the wedding square is finally finished!! Now it needs to be sent across the country to California. You bet your butt I'll be putting delivery confirmation on this one! Hopefully I'll get to see it after it gets made into a quilt with all the other squares.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Stitching the night away

The wedding square is slowly getting done.  Just a couple more blue swirls to go then the rest of the border and lettering.  I've really enjoyed working on this and will be sad to see it go.  I hope I get to see a picture of the whole quilt put together eventually.

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I crocheted a nintendo ds cozy for a swap partner.  After searching all over for a pattern I finally made up my own.  It's pretty quick and easy so I'm sure I'll make more!  I've been trying to think of a way to add a pocket for games too.

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Chunky pages coming soon!

Saturday, June 14, 2008


I finally managed to get a bit of crafting done.  My little kidlets aren't making it easy lately.  I'm sure it's not going to get any easier since Noah figured out how to crawl yesterday!

Oh, before I forget for the millionth time.  Thank you Val(yarnigras) for the apron and bookmark!!!!  I love them and will try to get pics soon of the apron in action.  P.S. I've been behind on my blog reading lately so I'll probably be sending a bunch of comments your way when I play catch up.

I signed up for a Recipe chunky book swap and here is what I came up with.  I made the pages pretty big, 6 inch square, so I could fit the recipes on easily.  I couldn't find as many cooking embellishments as I would have liked.  Well, today I saw a whole bunch that would have been perfect, never fails.


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I've also been stitching along on the wedding square (after the kids go to bed).  It needs to be in the mail by the end of July so hopefully I can keep up the pace.  The light blue is half stitches which helps a ton.  I can't wait to see how it looks without the waste canvas!

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommy's out there. 

Here's is what my kids made me with just a little help from daddy.  I think I will attach some ribbon to them and hang them on the wall.

Friday, May 09, 2008

So much stuff, so little time

I keep buying more and more stuff and then I feel guilty because I never seem to get anything done. I need to get more organized...and a babysitter would be nice. Paige is heading into the terrible twos and getting a lot of practice in with the tantrums (even as I type this she's throwing a huge fit because I had the nerve to try to change her clothes!) Noah is pretty happy most the time but sometimes he wants to be held all day which makes it difficult to do anything, even with the sling.

Anyways, a friend has twisted my arm...I mean convinced me to start an Etsy shop. We'll see how long that takes for that to happen. I already set up the account, now I just need to make something to sell....someday.

To show that I am actually doing something. Here is a cross stitch I started last week. It's for the husband's cousin who is getting married this fall. The cousin's fiance's family has mailed everybody a 12 inch square of fabric to decorate. The squares will be made into a quilt that will hang over the couple when they say their vows. I decided to use the pattern from this kit and changed the colors to the wedding colors. This is my first time using waste canvas so I hope it works out. Stitching on a white grid over white fabric with light gray floss is not easy!!!

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Here is the beginnings of a pair of wool shorts I'm making for a friend on LJ. She has recently entered the world of cloth diapering and having entirely way too much fun with it!

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And just because I love to torture myself I started a Crochet-along in a crochet group on Swap-bot. The theme is Circle in a Square and each week I post a new square. My goal is to make four of each square. Right now we're on the second square. The four on the right are from the first week. They're all the same size, the camera was at an angle. The other square is from this weeks pattern. It came out a little bigger than the others so I need to adjust the last round a bit.

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This will be a blanket for Paige. I really wanted to try satin binding on this one but it cost a bit more than I thought so I just got the usual kind. I thought the bunny looked like she was ready to go to bed so I picked out the blue star fabric for the back.

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Gotta love sales!! More future blankets, possibly for the Etsy shop. These have binding too, I forgot to add them in the pic.


And finally, the husband has a blanket/tapestry of dogs playing poker so when I saw this kit in the sale bin I had to get it.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

You can never have too many blankets

I saw this fishing flannel at Joann Fabrics and just had to have it for blanket for Noah.  I thought the iron on would be perfect since my dad can't wait for Noah to be his fishing buddy.  I later went back and bought some binding for it.  It's the first time I've put binding on a blanket and I'm glad I did, it looks so much better that way!  The fabric on the right was picked out by my husband.  He wants me to make him a blanket for the couch.  I was going to make it like Noah's blanket but then I decided to be adventurous and cut it all up into 6 1/2 inch squares to make it quilt-like.  I've been slowly getting all those squares stitched back together.  My machine is being very tempermental lately and doesn't seem to want me to make this blanket!  But I will get it done!  It'll be far from perfect but I know better to expect that and I'm sure hubby will love it anyways.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I'm not obsessed I swear!

I had a 50% off coupon so how could I possibly resist?!?

I haven't gotten a chance to play yet. I plan on challenging the hubby tonight!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

My first apron

Thanks to Yarni Gras for the inspiration!! Since I don't have a lot of table space to work on I thought this apron with pockets would be perfect for holding scissors and glue and other random things. I didn't think I had any fabric to work with but then I found some in a bag of scraps that were given to me quite a while ago.

This is the first time I didn't have a pattern or a tutorial to follow so I'm sure I did something wrong but I think it turned out great! ...other than it being a bit too wide since I just guessed instead of measuring. Shhh don't tell!

I think I'll have to make a mini version.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I'm on a roll!

I kept my sewing machine busy this weekend and finally made a couple things not for swaps. On Saturday I used this tutorial to make Paige a new dress. She was sleeping by the time I got it put together so while I was sewing I was praying it would fit. Amazingly (and thankfully!)it fits her just right! I wasn't too sure about the red ric rac at first. I wanted ruffles but the ric rac was the only thing I could find that was the right color. I think it turned out great! The shirt was my dad's. He gave some shirts he didn't want anymore to my husband but they were too big for him. I hoping this weekend will be warm enough for Paige to wear it to Nana and Papa's house.

I wonder if Dad will recognize his old shirt?

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I also bought more of that kitcheny fabric and on Sunday I whipped up some much needed new kitchen curtains!

And last night I made a bag using another tutorial on craftster but my camera battery is dead so I'll have to show that off next time. Possibly with another bag I'm thinking about making.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Inspire Me Thursday....on Friday

I decided to try out Inspire Me Thursday. This weeks theme is Two. Since I just got a new camera I decided to take a picture of my two.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My happy mailbox

I haven't been getting much done lately. My ambition seems to have flown out the window. Not fair! But I have been getting some great stuff in the mail lately so I'll get some inspiration and get my butt in gear!

I got these wooden letters from PiNkPaPeRcRaFtEr for the Make my daughter something swap. I've been wanting to do the same thing myself and she beat me to it! I think they'll look great on the wall in her bedroom.

I received this wonderful package from Keroleen73 for our one on one swap. Lots of fun goodies including two discs packed full of cross stitch patterns!

I joined the Pity Party group on swapbot and signed up for the You've Got Mail drawing. I thought it would be great to send someone a package to cheer them up. I was very very surprised to find out that I won the drawing!! I received my first package from thatzghetto(love that name!) She sent me some great little kits, buttons and paper.

Sunshine9905 sent me these goodies for the YGM. I can't wait to find something to use those tags on!

I wonder what the mailman will bring me today. I think I'll fire up the sewing machine today!