As my dad would say…  that’s “finally” in Italian.  🙂



I finished it yesterday.  The weird angles are because it is in a small q-snap as I am picking out the border.

On to something FUN!!!

I was thinking Heartland Sampler (but uh oh… a big house is next and I have had it with houses) or Guadalupe or Quaker Gone Tropic.  I’m feeling lazy so whatever is already in q-snaps is going to win.  😉

I think they all are in q-snaps…

I have 10 starts and 11 finishes for this year.  I know I will be starting my last baseball pattern soon, probably on Opening Day — it’s coming up quick!  Other than that I have no plans to start anything else.  Of course all plans are subject to change.  🙂

I’d really like to knock some things off the WIP–in-perpetuity list.  That’s my only goal.

My youngest son and I planted zinnia and marigold seeds today.  We’ll see how that goes.  Last year we had maybe a 60% success rate.

I’m off to finish frogging that border.  I am almost done and want to get it over with before I have to worry about dinner.

Happy stitching!


R and I

The sun was out long enough this morning for me to take better pictures of the letter I and my just-finished letter R.


The fabric is more purple in real life.  On a cloudier day indoors, the pictures made the fabric look white.  I dyed this one myself the other day.  Dyeing fabric might be more fun than cross stitching!  This is 28-count Cashel linen.


Another piece of 28-count Cashel linen that I dyed the other day.

I was hoping to finish one letter a day then work on the Early Americans, but yesterday I didn’t have as much time (DENTIST AGAIN!) and didn’t finish the R until late this morning.

Today I will start the letter P on hand-dyed pink Cashel when I have a chance.  Hopefully this project will be finished soon.  I am so bored with the Early Americans series that I need to just plod through it as much as I can to get it over with — not a good feeling.  I hope I have finally learned my lesson to NEVER sign up for automatics on a series that I can’t see.  If I knew it was going to be 80% boring bland houses, I would have passed on this one.  😦  I am so NOT enjoying it that I am rewarding myself with these letters in between sessions.  Whatever works, right?

I hope your stitching is not boring to you, and that the sun is shining wherever you are.  (It’s been close to 90 degrees every day for about a week and a half… too warm for February!)  Be happy, and stitch the FUN stuff first!  😉



Paul Revere at last!  The Muddy Puddle floss came and I was able to finish him!  Abigail Adams is nearly finished, too.


The letter G… stitched on blue 28 count evenweave.20180221_180953_Burst01_resized

The letter S, stitched on 28 count Watercress Jobelan.

I have the letter “I” finished too, but the picture was not good.  I need daylight to capture the color of the fabric.

The letters are from the Cricket Collection pattern, “Spring.”  I am stitching each letter individually on different colored fabric because I have a finishing idea for them.  🙂

I’ve been down with tooth trouble, which means more time to stitch.  I just wish the tooth trouble was all in the past.  Let’s just say I had NO trouble until I went to the dentist.  They made it bad on the first visit, excruciating on the 2nd, and worse than bad on the 3rd.  $1700 later, and I have a lot of pain.  I had NO pain when I first went.  Not happy… but I am stitching!

Until next time… happy stitching!

Midwinter Stitching

A little progress (and I do mean a LITTLE.)


Quaker Gone Tropic.  On the left is the latest update.  You can see that I didn’t really get much done on this one.  There was an error in the green section on the right, and I ripped that back and re-stitched it.  The county fair is coming up this month and this was to be my entry.   That isn’t happening this year!

It is still a fun project to work on.  I just haven’t been stitching much.  I’ve had a subluxated wrist and a bout of tendonitis in my left wrist, and I am a lefty stitcher.


Heartland Sampler, updated version on the right.

There is definitely some improvement there.  It’s encouraging at least!


Paul Revere, updated version on the right.

With 29 stitches to go for the finish…  I ran out of floss in that color.  Of course it is overdyed, and I don’t have a shop nearby.  Thankfully my order with Stitches n Things has not been completed as of now, so Deb was able to add the skein of Muddy Puddle.  Hopefully one skein is enough to finish the whole project.


Mary Burgess.  A little progress here too!  🙂  Somewhat embarrassing to show you how little I have done this year, but I’m human, and definitely NOT perfect.

I had burned through (or sold off) my entire yarn stash, minus one skein of cotton for dishcloths and two for a shawl (someday.)  I picked up a big skein of baby yarn in white to make these for charity.


These are burial sets for babies and one burial blanket by itself.  I have made hundreds of these sets over the past ten years (though not many at all for the last six years or so.)

I also tried some of the scrubby yarn and made a scrubbie for my kitchen.  I am not too happy with how it turned out.  The pattern was designed for regular cotton yarn.  Mine is very hard where I sewed in the ends.  I knit the scrubbie, and I knit continental style.  My first two fingers are missing some skin because of it.  I had to switch to English-style knitting which is painfully slow.  The yarn was hard to work with too (due to the nature of the construction) so I won’t be making any more for a while.  Too many wrist and finger problems here to want to struggle with that.  Been there, done that, and ended up in wrist braces for 6 – 8 weeks, sometimes longer.  The crocheting also triggered the carpal tunnel I have in both wrists.  My wrists and hands are just so bad!  I have to take it easy because I want to be able to stitch for the rest of my life.

Plans?  Uh…  I guess I will plod along on UFOs/WIPs for a while.  I would really like a finish!  I contemplated starting something smaller, but do I really want another project hanging around?  I won’t be knitting or crocheting for a little while until the tingling/pain/tendonitis calms down.  I still can cross stitch as long as I use a bigger needle (26 or 24.)  I am thankful for that.  I have only a few projects using that needle size going right now.

My UFO/WIP list currently:

Heartland Sampler, 40 ct lambswool linen  (13″ x 7.25″)

Quaker Gone Tropic, 32 count lemon whip lugana  (11.5″ x 28″)

Loara Standish, 35 ct linen (11.5″ x 33.5″)

Cardinal Points, 18 ct Aida (12.5″ square)

Emmanuel’s Song, 32 ct linen  (4.5″ x 18.5″)

Our Lady of Guadalupe, 28 ct jobelan (11″ x 15″)

Paul Revere, 32 ct lambswool linen

Mary Burgess reproduction sampler, 35 ct linen (7.5″ x 17.5″)

Samplers, 36 ct linen  (4″ x 11″)

Betsy, 36 ct linen  (4.5″ x 12.5″)

A Right Spirit, 35 ct linen

Hopefully I’ll finish SOMEthing soon!

Wishing you happy, pain-free, mistake-free stitching!



A Little Progress

After posting the other day I decided to try an experiment.  What if I stitched just 3 needles worth of floss on a few UFOs every day?  Would that make a dent in the ever-increasing pile of unfinished projects?  Would it maybe break my stitcher’s slump?

The slump is still here.  But I have made a little progress!

You can see a little bit of progress on the wave and fish, and the plant on the right.  Better than no progress!

Even Paul Revere got some stitching done on him!

This one had a little frogging done on it, but you can still see a little progress.

I made a little headway on Emmanuel’s song — very little.  I’m signing off here and getting that one out next.

In case what I am doing isn’t clear:

Today on Heartland, I did one needle of Country Redwood, one of Endive, and one of Picket Fence.  I used them up completely, except for Country Redwood (I ran out of things in this section that needed it.  I stitched the flag today.)  Then I waxed and threaded needles for tomorrow — Endive, Picket Fence, and Soot.  It’s ready to go as soon as I can get to it.

Today on Quaker, I did one needle of aqua, one of green, and one of purple silk.  Then I threaded another aqua, another green, and I have a pink ready to go.  I stick the needles in the fleece that I use to make my q-snaps tighter.

I hope this helps someone who may be in a slump someday.  It is working for me so far, but we know everyone is different.

Happy stitching!


Last time I mentioned losing my stitching muse during Hurricane Irma.  Guess what?  She is still lost, out there floating around somewhere.

I have ZERO finishes to show you.

I’ve been slowly working on a few pieces.  Some were already started and languishing in the UFO pile.

I have no photography skills.  I have neuropathy in both elbows and both wrists, and apparantly I shake when taking pictures, even though it must be a very fine tremor.  I apologize for the quality.

paul revere

The Early Americans by Little House Needleworks, No. 6 Paul Revere

Borrrrrrinnnnngggg…  This project is languishing due to lack of interest on my part.  I just picked it up again this week and am in no hurry to get back to it.  I think I may tear the border out.  It remains to be seen.


A little progress on Quaker Gone Tropic.  It’s still a fun stitch, but the aqua wave is rather long and gets to be … dull… to stitch.  At least I can jump around, which you see I have been doing!  One aqua strand at a time…



This is Lavender and Lace’s Celtic Winter.  My husband suggested I stitch it to sell since I didn’t want the pattern any more and didn’t want to stitch it.  Interesting?  Heck no!  Stitching for money is a waste of time.  You get less than a penny per hour.  I am trying to talk him into stitching it, if it’s such a great idea…


This is my start on Joan Elliott’s Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Sorry for the weird cropping, but I didn’t realize the pattern was showing in the picture.


I actually picked at Heartland Sampler yesterday.  It was kind of fun.  I still hate the scratchy fabric though.

emanuels song

My Christmas stitch for 2017.  Emmanuel’s Song.  LOL  Ugh…  It was moving along fine until a couple of people told me the words were illegible.  I have never been fond of the “new”  Shepherd’s Bush font anyway, so I picked out a row of OVER ONE stitching.  I then had to chart all the lines of words over again.  Today I stitched the bottom row here in my own font.  And what did those same people say?  Suddenly they could read the other font.  I was ready to bash my skull against a wall!  It is staying as is.  I will gradually rip out the offending font and replace it with my own.  While ripping out the third line during school today, I raked my needle across my thumb, slicing it open.  I washed it and put Benadryl gel on it, but it is still itchy.  I am allergic to nickel.  Needless to say I am ready to throw this thing…

I guess I am not getting much pleasure out of stitching lately.  I know this, too, shall pass.  This just seems to be a prolonged episode of stitching funk.  I keep getting tempted to start some small freebies just to have a finish.  Maybe it would boost my morale.  Maybe?  But I haven’t done that yet.  We’ll see what happens as the new year rolls around.

If I don’t come back before next year, a merry blessed Christmas to you and have a wonderful, blessed, prosperous new year!


July stitching

Saturday was finishing day — these are the pieces that are finally finished.


Main Street Gazebo


Early Americans progress

I designed these and stitched them over the weekend.  You can’t see “love” or “joy” because they are caught in the q-snaps.  I am not sure how I will finish them.  I had been thinking little pin pillows as gifts for my ever-changing weekly prayer partner at our ladies’ Bible study, but then I started to second-guess myself.  What if she doesn’t sew? Now I don’t know…


After much time spent ripping out the right side, I finally finished this one!  The *local* beeswax made a huge difference.  The other beeswax was drier — this one was soft and not leaving chunks on the floss, and it made the Valdani thread stop shredding.

I also had a start but no photo yet.  It is the Mary Burgess Sampler from the Essamplaire, which you can see here.

I have been working a little on Samplers from the Scarlett House.  My “goal” would be to finish 2 UFOs before starting another project.  I have 11 to choose from, which is so embarrassing.  I’d really like to get the number DOWN — to 5 or less.  I would feel better.  Wish me luck!

Happy stitching everyone!

Summer stitching

batter up

I didn’t end up waiting until the All-Star break to stitch this one.  Since Nathan Hale and the Main Street Gazebo still hadn’t arrived in my mailbox, I thought I would probably be stuck working on them through the break.  All the colors except the green were changed to DMC.

bee sam

Little House Needleworks again!  Bee Sampler, stitched on buttermilk jobelan, which is a really pretty light yellow and sadly doesn’t show up well.  This was stitched with the called-for floss colors.  The beeswax is from a local bee farm in my town.  It is much softer than the beeswax I bought from an online needlework shop.  Maybe theirs had been sitting around for years?  I don’t know.  But this wax is soft and smooth and doesn’t flake apart.  If you are in the United States, I bought my beeswax here.  They also have an Etsy shop.

Last night I started the gazebo.  Since you all know I am dreading the big house on Nathan Hale, I put that one off for now.  I feel like I just received these two patterns and now the coffee shop is being released.

I do wish there was a LNS within a half hour from here.  Both are about an hour and a half away.  One marks up everything above retail, and the other is a traffic nightmare!  I ordered Nathan and the gazebo online and paid almost as much in shipping as I did for each pattern.  It works out that I paid about $8.50 for each $6 pattern!  I know shipping is expensive, but I also know that it costs $2.61 to ship that package!  I am considering having one of the more local shops hold several months’ worth of these for me, then making the ride out to get them.  Unfortunately that would leave me very behind in stitching them, and when I have done this in the past, I have never finished the series.  !!!  Hence, I still have 2 Little Sheep Virtues to do, and 4 from Shepherd’s Fold 2014.  That’s embarrassing to admit.  I can’t keep paying about $5 to ship them though — I’d rather have the money for something else.

If you have a good LNS, you are blessed!  If you don’t, have you found an online shop with reasonable shipping charges?  And do they actually have the products in stock?  I hate ordering online and then waiting for weeks or months — especially when it involves threads and I am in the middle of a project.  (That’s how Quaker Gone Tropic ended up as another UFO.  I waited weeks for the order that contained the silks I wanted.)

Bible school is this week and that is going to severely cut into my stitching time.  I usually stitch afternoons and evenings.  Maybe I won’t attend every night.   The Bible study topic for adults is one that doesn’t interest me in the least.  😦

Until next time… happy stitching!



Happy Summer!

Here is my progress so far on the Early Americans:


This one has become such a pain!  I ripped out most of the eggshell (Classic Colorworks) floss and replaced it with DMC B5200.  The eggshell didn’t show up on the lambswool at all.  Stitching houses was always one of my favorite things, but this Martha Washington house wasn’t fun at all for some reason.  I don’t have Nathan Hale yet, but it is another big house.  I *will* work on it when it finally comes in, otherwise the project will become a UFO.

Next up is the finished (and very wrinkly) baseball player.  I changed the floss to DMC 823.


Following these finishes, I worked on Faith of the Heart.  I had a lot more done and realized my counts were off.  A lot of it had to come out.  😦


I had to put in that partial grid just to figure out what was wrong.  Frustrating!

Once the picking apart was finished, I needed a break.  So I stitched up this Little Sheep Virtues, No. 6, Simplicity.


This one took less than a day to do.  Unlike the previous one, which took months.  ???

My only change was switching the sheep to Caron Impressions.  It made him fluffy and bumpy.

Yesterday’s start was Little House Needleworks’ Bee Sampler.  I didn’t get far, but it is a fun one.


The fabric is buttermilk jobelan.  It is such a pretty yellow!  The picture doesn’t reflect the actual color at all.

Stitching plans:  Finish the Bee Sampler and go back to Faith of the Heart, unless Nathan Hale and the Main Street Gazebo arrive first.  Start Little House Needleworks’ “Batter Up” during the baseball All Star break.  Beyond that… who knows?  It would be nice to finish up some UFOs, but I am committed to working on the Early Americans and Main Street.  So many of my UFOs are on 35 or 36 count (5 out of 10, plus one on 40 count) and I get bored with that easily.  Getting back to Quaker Gone Tropic would be nice as I haven’t worked with silk in a very long time.   Soon it will be time to think about Christmas ornaments too.  One day at a time, right?

One of the ladies at church has a bee farm, and I finally got to talk to her about that.  I asked if she sold beeswax for threads, and she does!  Her prices are very reasonable so I am going to order some.  Waxing threads for the higher count fabrics seems to work very well for me.  I will report back when I have tried them.

Enjoy your summer!  It is too hot to be outside here so it is a great time for stitching, unlike winter when everyone wants to be out.  That’s Florida!

Two more finishes

I finally finished “Home of the Brave.”  It is sitting on my Americana shelf in the living room.  You might be able to see it in the photo below.  The pictures that I took of it didn’t come out well at all.  I am not thrilled with my finish but mostly I never am!

And I finished Liberty Manor!

lib man 3

A finish I actually like!

The pin is an old one that I had bought in a cross stitch store about 20 years ago.  I used to wear it on patriotic holidays.  I haven’t worn pins in years.  It will be joining the others on the plant shelf.

I started “Faith of the Heart” by With Thy Needle and Thread.  It is slow going.  I special ordered the Valdani floss since I couldn’t find a conversion chart.  I am not impressed.  The first skein had several slubs and a knot, and the thread just shredded.  I tried Thread Heaven and it wasn’t much better.  Beeswax seems to be the only thing that makes it acceptable to use.  Next time I would probably not order it but use whatever color I like.  Maybe I was just unlucky with it, which is certainly possible, but at this price I can’t afford to work with something I don’t like.

I also started another “America” by Little House.  This one is for the plant shelf.  I had to do some serious frogging and haven’t caught back up to where I was before.  😦

And I frogged the entire roof on John Hancock.  My skein of CC Muddy Puddle wasn’t even close to the one on the chart’s photo — it blended in with the Hickory Sticks too much and hardly had any grey in it at all — more of a black.  So I am going to re-do it with a new skein which is mostly grey, like the photo.

That’s a lot of reverse progress!  I guess it is more of a “regress” update.  😦

Until next time, may the frog stay far away from you!  (And me, too!)