Thursday, March 30, 2006

One More Thing

As soon as I saw this new design from Little House Needleworks, I thought of Barbara. Isn't it an adorable design?

The Counting House

Have you seen the new Drawn Thread designs? Do you like them? I must admit, I like most anything from Drawn Thread!

Check out the English Garden Pocket and the Wayward Garden Chart!

Okay, better sign off. The kids are ready to go!

Heading North

Heading north to Duluth and then over to visit my cousins near Grand Rapids, MN for a couple of days (my kids are on spring break). Hopefully I'll have a stitching update for you when I return. And I'll have a lot of catching up to do on my blog reading!!

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Stitching Update with Pictures!

Finally, Blogger is cooperating and posting my pictures!

Here's my first update - I've been participating in a SAL that's been working on Cindy Valentine's Apricot Elegance Needlebook and Scissors Fob. This is my first attempt at any kind of needlebook! I'm almost done with the needlebook - I need to get some felt for the needle pages and need to make the cording for the closure. Then I'll need to stitch and finish the scissors fob. I am so pleased with this project - it's even better than I imagined it would be!

Update #2 - I promised you shopping pictures. Below you will see the lovely purchases that I made at Shakespeare's Peddler.

  • Dutch Strawberries from The Goode Huswife - Theresa had this framed and it was gorgeous! I'll be stitching this one on 40 ct. Iced Cappucino.

  • Sunflower Charms/Loose feathers #15 from Blackbird Designs - This one makes me think of summer, and we could use some warm weather in MN right now! I also purchased the 30 ct. Korty's Blend from R&R to stitch this one.

  • Finally, the pale yellow fabric you see in the photo was Theresa's fabric special for the month of March. The color is called "Chime" and it's from Picture this Plus. It's yummy and buttery and I have no idea what I'm going to use it for!

    Update #3 - Here's the photo I promised you last night of my progress on Danish Pulled Thread for more updates on this one!

    Now I'm off to bed!
  • Monday, March 27, 2006

    March Madness!

    Yes, I do think that is the best way to describe the month of March! Here in the U.S. we call it "madness" because there are so many college sporting finals - Men's and Women's Basketball Final Four, Men's and Women's Hockey Final Four, etc. In Minnesota all of the high school tournaments for winter sports are held in March too.

    It has been a busy month with school and children's activities. Here it is the last week of March and I don't have much to show for myself in the way of stitching!

    My sister-in-law, my daughter, and I took a road trip to Fargo, ND this past weekend. It's about a 4 1/2 hour drive from the Twin Cities. Yup, you guessed right - we went to the Nordic Needle. Spent nearly two hours looking at everything in their shop! Then we visited Theresa at Shakespeare's Peddler - we made arrangements to meet her at the shop (she will open her shop by appointment on Saturdays). Of course, we made a few purchases; okay, we made a lot of purchases. I'll share them with you as the week progresses.

    This evening was spent packaging up two of my exchange projects - the Quarterly House Exchange (the Exchange Place board) and my Spring Exchange (SBEBB). They will be going in the mail tomorrow.

    I think I mentioned that I am taking a class on Danish Pulled Thread - I have a picture to post but blogger is misbehaving again. I'll try to add it later.

    In the meantime, have a great evening!

    Saturday, March 25, 2006


    Sorry for my lack of posting lately - March has been a challenging month for me. My daughter and I are going on a quick weekend trip, so I'll be away for the next two days. Will try to post some updates next week!

    Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    Shepherd's Bush Retreat

    Shepherd's Bush is planning a needlework retreat for this fall. Has anyone in blogger land ever attended one of these, hosted by Shepherd's Bush?

    Shepherd's Bush Retreat

    Lots of designers - looks like it would be fun! All of the details will be available in April. Anyone interested in attending?

    Monday, March 20, 2006

    Four More Squares

    Please excuse the wrinkled appearance (I stitch in hand)- having neglected this piece for the past two weeks, I finally took time to work on it last night. This is a SAL that I have been doing with Bine. Normally I stitch two squares per week. Last night I stitched four squares. Now, if I can find time to stitch two more squares sometime this week I will be back on track!

    Sunday, March 19, 2006

    Spot of Spring Photo

    Finally, blogger is cooperating!

    Spot of Spring Happy Dance!

    Well, I'll have to add the photo later - Blogger is not cooperating this morning. On Thursday's, I've been stitching along with Katrina and Von on the DT "Spots". I'm happy to report that I just finished Spot of Spring. I will likely start another spot, perhaps not this week, but week after (I have quite a bit of catching up to do!)

    There just hasn't been much time for stitching lately. I had a busy week at work and winter sports are wrapping up for both kids. What time I did have was spent working on exchanges and my version of Apricot Elegance - many who participated in this SAL have completed their needlebook; I'm still working on finishing my stitching!

    This afternoon, I will be stitching on a Danish Pulled Thread project that I started two weeks ago. I'm taking a class at one of the local needlework shops. We meet every other Tuesday and I need to finish my assignment for this Tuesday's class. After this week's class I should be able to post a picture.

    We have about 15 inches of snow on the ground here in MN - yes, mother nature packed quite a punch this past week! I can't wait for spring!

    Monday, March 13, 2006

    Monday Update

    Wow, I haven't posted much lately. Having trouble keeping up I guess.

    I've been busy working on exchange pieces and completed the stitching this weekend on my Spring Exchange (SBEBB) and my House Themed Exchange (The Exchange Place). I will be able to do the finishing next weekend and they will be ready to mail, yahoo!

    My SALs are calling to me (DT Game Board Sampler and Spot of Spring) but I really want to finish Apricot Elegance - I'm so close! More than likely that's what I will work on this week.

    Over the weekend I accepted the Friends Gather 24-hour challenge. Kind of a wimpy project, but at least I got it done including most of the finishing (I still have to do the beaded edge). This is one of the Essy's Friends kits from a few months ago:

    We received 10 inches of snow today - quite a shock to the system considering it was in the 40's and 50's just last week!

    Sunday, March 05, 2006

    Lots of Stitching; No Pictures

    Hi everyone! It's Sunday afternoon in cold and snowy Minnesota. Just thought I'd post a quick note telling you that I got lots of stitching done both Friday night and Saturday night, but I can't tell you what I did. Shhhhhh, it's a SECRET!

    Actually, I decided to use this weekend to stitch up two of my exchange gifts - the House Themed Exhange (The Exchange Place) and the Spring exchange (SBEBB). I still have a little bit more work to do on both of them. I may give my SALs a rest this week so that I can finish these.


    Katrina asked: Is the Sampler Board stitched over one or two threads? The DT Game Board is stitched on 25ct Dublin and is stitched over two threads using two threads of floss. I'm not sure what the exact color name is on the fabric - my cut wasn't marked!

    Lili asked: You have loads of stitching plans for March. When are you going to sleep? Good question Lili. I'll have to get back to you on that one!

    Donnasews asked: What a cute snowman (HE Snowman Button Sampler)...Will this be a pillow? Donna, I haven't really thought about it. More than likely I will save this one to be framed...someday...

    Lili asked: Your snowman button sampler is gorgeous! Can't remember the designer? Lili, the designer for this one is Homespun Elegance. She also designed a very cute Sheep Button Sampler (which I've also stitched and like alot!)

    Tobie asked: Does Robin (my not-so-secret stitcher) live close to you? No, we're about a 3-hour drive apart. She lives northwest of the Twin Cities in an area known for its beautiful lakes and resorts. Great summer vacation spot!

    And finally, a message for Tobie: Yes you should find your DT Game Board Sampler in the WIP bin and stitch along with Bine and me. We only stitch one-two squares a week so it is totally manageable!

    Have a great week everyone!

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Seeing Spots!

    Made some progress on Spot of Spring last night:

    To see other 'spots' please visit Katrina's blog and Von's blog. Note that Katrina has completed her spot - happy dance! And Von is making great progress on hers!

    Thanks to all who have visited my blog recently. I enjoy reading your comments and appreciate your encouragement!

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    Game Board Sampler Update

    Normally I work on this project on Sundays with Bine. I had completed one square this past Sunday, but I wanted to get a little bit more done on it, so tonight, I stitched more of the right border (S - Z and 1 - 6).

    March Stitching Goals:

  • DT Game Board Sampler SAL with Bine (Sundays)
  • Cindy Valentine Apricot Elegance with Stitching Smalls SAL group (weekly)
  • Spot of Spring SAL with Katrina and Von (Thursdays)
  • Miss Mary Mack - yup, gotta find time to finish this one!
  • Quarterly House Exchange - finish and mail by March 31
  • Spring Themed Exchange - finish and mail by March 30
  • Stitch an ornament with Friends Gather

    Good thing there are more days in March than there were in February!