Pre-Summer Finishes

I’ve had 3 more finishes since my last post.

Rosanna Pinkham reproduction sampler…


From the UFO pile… Right Spirit by La-D-Da.  Did you ever have a project that you like but hate stitching?  This is the one!


Dragged myself through this one…

A start and finish… Plum Street Samplers “Sampler Lesson 2”  (dragged myself through this one, too… mostly because I had some patterns arrive in the mail and of course, those interested me more.  Isn’t that always the way?  This photo is of the pattern because ALL the photos I took were too dark or too blurry.  And I used a tripod.  😦


In between Right and Lesson, I picked up another old UFO, Cardinal Points.  It was going well until this…

(Excuse the blur.  Accidentally put away the tripod/lights then remembered this one.)

What kind of “cardinal” is that???  Good grief!  He looks like a cartoon superhero or something!  Maybe Frankencardinal?  I had TWO people check my stitching and it is correct.  They checked my colors.  Then three people suggested making my own cardinal, changing the gold color and fixing his crest.  We have a family of cardinals that live in our bottlebrush tree and they sure don’t look like this one!  Back to the UFO pile it goes.  I actually considered selling the pattern and the started project together, but I’m a left-handed stitcher so I don’t know about that…  it might be worth a try.

Today I will be working on “Betsy” by Sheepish Designs.  🙂

My rib is better but not 100%.  I tried sitting in a normal chair yesterday and probably wasn’t ready for that.  It is coming along though!  The joys of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome…

It’s supposed to be 95 degrees today with high dewpoints.  I hope it isn’t like that wherever you are!  It’s not even 8:30 AM yet and it is 83.

Happy stitching!


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!

May Update #3

May 8th was a work-on-whatever-I-feel-like day.  Since “In God We Trust” only had the red to fill in, I decided to do that.  And I finished it!

igwt finished

This was very quick and fun to stitch.  Thank you to Paula for the comment — I never considered that anyone would want to know WHY I stitched a certain project.  This is for you!

I have been homeschooling my children for 20+ years now.  There is a 20-year difference between the youngest and the oldest child!  With my youngest, I discovered Mennonite curriculum and decided to give it a try.  This is what led me to discover the Mennonite church.  (I had never heard of them before.)  It became painfully obvious that the math was way too slow for him so partway through 3rd grade we switched to A Beka, which is what I used with the older children.  I also found that I strongly disliked the science, so in fourth grade — back to A Beka for science and health.  This year we were sticking to that plan, when *I* became extremely frustrated with the Social Studies.  It was ruining my day having to teach it.  I didn’t like it, thought a lot of the questions were irrelevant, and found the text to be somewhat racist.  Every day I was angry about the text and kept wanting to switch back to — yes, A Beka.  Finally my husband said, “Just buy the A Beka!”  So we started US History in February.  Yikes!  I have to get through the book and of course we haven’t yet.  This has rekindled my passion for history — my very favorite subject through all my life!  I loved history so much in school, especially European history.  I actually wanted to be a history teacher and was talked out of it by *my* history teacher!  (She felt that there are too many history teachers and not enough jobs — you get the job, you stay in it until you retire.  So I would be waiting around for someone to retire.)  And that is why I have been stitching so many Americana pieces.

The fabric I used is linen that I hand-dyed myself.  I use actual dye almost all the time, though I did just coffee and tea stain some fabric that you will see on future projects.  I like the dye so much better, so I probably won’t be doing any coffee or tea staining in the near future.  To my surprise, I actually enjoy dyeing my own fabric.  This saves lots of money as I am pretty good at matching almost any color or getting one I like better anyway.

Once I finished this project, I brought out Country Cottage Needleworks’ Main Street Flower Shop.  And yes, I finished that too!

flower shop finished

I am stitching this series because I was attracted to the colors.  It doesn’t actually “go” in my house.  I keep questioning my sanity over choosing to invest the time and money in the project — but it *is* fun, so I guess that makes it worth it.

I went back to Home of the Brave that evening but made very little progress on it.

On the 9th, I was supposed to start something new, so I chose John Hancock from the Little House Needleworks series, Early Americans.  I got most of the bottom done and the entire border.  I was stitching the flower pot last evening when I noticed a wonky stitch.  I can get picky about things like that, so I decided to rip out two rows and fix the offending stitch.  Because of the arthritis in my hands, I drop the needle a lot, and when I went to retrieve it, I stuck it into my thumb.  FAR into my thumb.  It took a a strong pull to get it out.  It was bleeding and extremely sore.  Poor John was put away for the night and I didn’t do any further stitching.  Hopefully I will work on him some today.

I haven’t chosen anything for tomorrow’s start.  I know myself too well.  If I planned out the month like some people do, it would become a chore and I wouldn’t enjoy it, but would feel obligated.  And who wants to feel obligated to a fun hobby?

Anyway, that is the latest update!  Have a blessed day!



May Update #2

In my last post, I wrote that I wanted to start the February Year in Chalk pattern on May 3rd.  My stitch maynia plans were to alternate starting a project on one day with working on whatever I feel like on the 2nd day.  Since I didn’t stitch at all on May 1st, things have been a little messed up but I have basically stuck to the plan.

heart stitched

I started it and finished it the same day!  It was a very quick stitch.

On May 4th, I received some charts in the mail so instead of waiting to start something new on the 5th, I started a new project on the 4th.  On the 5th and 6th, I continued working on it.

It is the Main Street Flower Shop by Country Cottage Needleworks, stitched on evenweave since Star Sapphire linen is not one of my favorite fabrics to work on.  I actually sold what I had of it in my stash.

msfs day 2

I had stitched the brown in the top border with the wrong color and had to frog it.  Other than that, things have gone well.

On May 7th, for a new start I chose Plum Street Samplers’ In God We Trust, which is a free design available on her blog.  I stitched while watching (mostly listening) to two baseball games and two hockey games.  I have been stitching to sports for over 20 years. Since I don’t really have to look at the TV, it works well.

igwt day 1

I got everything done but the red.

Today is work-on-whatever day.  I am going to try to finish this one.  The flag might take a long time.  I did a little frogging on the bottom of it yesterday.  It was a row off.

A question for you:  When you follow fellow stitchers, would you rather see their work on Instagram or Facebook than in blog format?

Speaking of work:  The dress.  Ugh, the dress.  It has been SO MUCH FUN that I took the craft table down, put the sewing machines away, and hid the dress in the den closet.  I CANNOT get the zipper right.  I have ripped it out at least a dozen times.  Let’s face it — I hate sewing and I am horrible at it.  The zipper was taken out so many times that the fabric is fraying.  I don’t ever want to see it again.  It is so discouraging.  I think my next step is taking it apart further — removing the bodice altogether.  The bad news is that I have enough fabric to make SIX more, and I can’t even make ONE!  Having to sew actually ruins my day.  Why put myself through that?  I would rather be stitching or doing almost anything else.

On a happier note, here is my May stitching to date:

1st – none

2nd – finished Little House Needleworks’ Little Sheep Virtue No. 12;

– started Little House Needleworks’ Home of the Brave

3rd – started and finished  Hands On Designs – A Year in Chalk, February

4th – started Main Street Flower Shop

5th- worked on MSFS

6th – worked on MSFS

7th – started In God We Trust

8th — ???

Happy stitching!


Spring isn’t usually a big deal here — rainy season returns at some point and the humidity increases exponentially.  So far it has been very dry — there are lots of fires throughout the state.  At our house, spring colds are making the rounds, and with the dry air, nosebleeds.  We have 3 cool mist humidifiers and even they aren’t enough to combat this extremely dry weather.

I have been stitching, although I took two days off completely.  I managed to break a toe about eleven days ago so there hasn’t been much I have felt like doing!

I started “Hello Spring” by Plum Street Samplers.  All the flowers were in shades of brown except the blue one.  Because my fabric was lavender swirl Jobelan,  I changed a few of the colors.

hello spring

This took 3 days to stitch.  It was a fun project!  I have more PSS charts but they are much bigger patterns.  Right now I have enough big projects in the UFO pile.

Keeping the Spring theme going, I stitched Bent Creek’s “Spring Row.”  This was another 3 day stitch.  I dyed the fabric myself — I couldn’t find the called-for fabric anywhere.  It is 32 count linen.

spring row 2

I managed to fully finish a couple of projects.  I forgot to take pictures of Bunnies Galore, but here is Long May She Wave from Little House Needleworks.


I have Land of the Free nearly fully finished except for the cording.

You can see my plans changed, as they often do.  Yesterday I started Moon and Back from Heart in Hand.  I don’t think I will make it a birth sampler.  I am thinking that this should be a 4 or 5 day project.  Yesterday I worked “nd more than all”, the sheep, and most of the owl.  I also finished Spring Row yesterday.  We’ll see.  I have three sewing projects ready to go, but one requires hand sewing.  I worked on it for maybe 5 minutes the other day and that was enough to take several layers of skin off one finger.  (I am allergic to nickel.)  And I’ll admit that I *hate* sewing.

My school project (Little Sheep Virtue) is nearly finished.  Just the sheep remains.  But my son missed 3 days of school last week due to sickness, so not much was accomplished there.

Plans?  I am reluctant to say anything!  Just stay tuned…

Enjoy your stitching!  That’s the most important thing — stitch what makes you happy.

Until next time…