Sunday, January 25, 2009

Update, Part II

This wonderful tree, stitched on 16 count aida in Sage using DMC floss 3865 was a SAL in one of my Yahoo groups and can be found here.
Sapin Monogramme d' Elisa

I also have a new WIP, Beneath the Sunlit Sky (Loose Feathers Pattern #26) by Blackbird Designs. I've substituted some colors of my own and I'm stitching it on 28 count lugana in Bone.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Weekly progress

I was feeling sick earlier this week so I spent a couple of days at home and mostly watched TV, stitched and slept. I was able to finish this great Lizzie Kate piece, called "Peace, Love and a Cure."
I also started a new mystery SAL by Pelin Tezer called "Alla Turca" which will be released in 9 parts. Part 1 is now completed. I am doing this one on 14 count Country French Soft Touch Aida in Antique Gold using DMC Variations 4240.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We have a new President!

"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America -- they will be met."
President Barack H. Obama
Inauguration Speech, 01.20.08

Monday, January 19, 2009

New from LHN and CCN

Some new goodies from both Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks.
Beach Cottage
She Sells Seashells
Coming to America
In the Beginning


Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring -- when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children -- black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics -- will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
-- Martin Luther King
January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Weekly progress

I concentrated my stitching this week on two projects and made a bit of progress on them both. My goal is to have them completed be the end of February since I want to start a new SAL with my friend Kate.
Progress as of 11.16.2008
Progress as of 01.16.2009
I also added two squares to my Book of Ink Circles and have 3 other squares to get done to get caught up. I believe this project is slated to end in March of this year so I  hope to finish it on schedule. More photos and information about this project can be found at:

Friday, January 16, 2009

New thread packs from LHN

Little House Needleworks has a new series, Little Woman Virtue, which begins in February with "Gentle and Kind." Each design can be personalized with the alphabet provided. The silks are provided so you all need is some 28 count linen/evenweave or 14 count aida.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

1st finish of 2009

I started this project on January 1st and was instantly captivated and couldn't put it down. I spent my whole stitching time this week working on it and finished it about 1AM this morning. I so enjoyed doing the speciality stitches (rice stitch, satin, and smyrna) that I can see myself doing more projects like this one. It's stitched on 28 ct. lugana in bone using the Anchor floss called for in the chart.
Christmas House Sampler
Ewe & Eye & Friends

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dia de los Reyes

The Feast of the Three Kings (dìa de los Reyes Magos) also known as the Epiphany takes place every year on January 6th. It is an intricate part of Puerto Rican folklore. Traditionally, this day is very important, especially for children, for it is on this eve that they will receive their gifts. On the feast of the Epiphany, the Three Kings visited the newly born Christ Child in Bethlehem bearing him gifts. This tradition is repeated and reflected in present day with the belief that on this eve the Three Kings will visit every child to deliver them gifts. Tradition states that on the Eve of the Epiphany children collect hay, straw or grass and place it in boxes or containers under their beds. This gesture is a gift of food for the Kings' horses (we have no camels in Puerto Rico).

Monday, January 5, 2009

2008 Stitching Review...

Thought I'd look back and see what I had accomplished with my stitching in 2008 and was pleasantly surprised on how much I got done. I had a total of 79 finishes for the year and ended the year with 7 WIPs. Of the 79 finishes, 30 of them were ornaments so I'm doing well in getting that wired tree filled. My designer of choice for the year seems to have been Little House Needleworks since I completed 16 pieces (4 of where were models for Diane). I participated in 4 mystery SALs and completed one of them.

My current WIPs are:
Little House Neighborhood by Little House Needleworks
Carnation Quaker Sampler by Martina Dey (MSAL)
Spanish Sampler by Periphaeria (MSAL)
Needle Mania by Marc Davis & Diane Jourdan
Double Flips Its by Lizzie*Kate
Book of Ink Circles by Tracy Horner (MSAL)

My new WIP for 2009 is
Christmas House by Ewe & Eye & Friends

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Think Warm...

I'm sitting here shivering in my bathrobe trying to think warm thoughts. Maybe these will help.
Mom enjoying the holidays in Florida.
My friend Rita went to Hawaii and wrote my name in the sand to let me know she thought of me. Darn, why didn't she just take me along? LOL!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Another year, another chance
To start our lives a new;
This time we'll leap old barriers
To have a real breakthrough.

We'll take one little step
And then we'll  take one more,
Our unlimited potential
We'll totally explore.

We'll show off all our talents
Everyone will be inspired;
(Hmm...while I writing this,
I'm getting very tired.)

We'll give up all bad habits;
We'll read and learn a lot,
All our goals will be accomplished
Sigh...or maybe not.

Oh well, Happy New Year anyway!!