Thursday, June 20, 2024

Finish and more stash


 I finished Star Spangled.  The fabric below is what I will use to back it.  I am going to make it into a small pillow/pinkeep.  Stitched on mystery blue linen with Ginnie Thompson flower thread in red and blue.  Fun stitch and I love the flower thread!  Thanks again, Robin!

I follow a blog, Brynwood Needleworks, and won this scissor fob that she made.  It is done in gold and green metal threads in a goldwork technique.  He was so hard to photograph!  But he is gorgeous and I call him Prince Charming! LOL!  Thanks to Donna at Brynwood Needleworks!

And yes, I bought more stash!  I also bought some finishing materials. 
Pumpkin Row by October House Needleworks
The Itch to Stitch, also by October House
God Bless America by Mill Hill
Happy B-day and Bee Your Best Self, both by Lila's Studio
The JCS 2024 Halloween Issue and a round finishing form
I had fun picking out finishing fabrics!  Both patriotic fabrics and the bee fabric on the right are all sparkly.
Found some cute ribbons, sew on gems, and buttons
Bees!  Buzzzzzzzzzzzz.... ;-)

Whew, I think that's it.  It's too hot to do much outside, so I hope to get some finishing done inside where it's cool!

See ya!~~

Tuesday, June 4, 2024


 I took a mini vacation last week.  I drove down to Asheville, NC on Wednesday, went to see the Biltmore Estate (Vanderbilts) and drove home on Friday.  Had a great time!  Took Kody with me and he was SO good!   Here are a couple pictures.

The largest home in America.  Finished in 1897, but George Washington Vanderbilt hosted his family and friends there at Christmas 1895.
The view from the balcony on the back.  The Great Smoky Mountains!
Beautiful views!!
Kody resting on Thursday evening.
Another shot off the back balcony.  If you haven't been to see the Biltmore, you need to go!  Expensive, but well worth it!

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Even more stash!

I really, REALLY need to quit spending so much money, but it is SO MUCH FUN! 

More Tiny Towns
Halloween Tiny Town

Christmas Tiny Town

Big Hearted Tiny Town

Blooming Tiny Town

A Honey of A Tiny Town

Robin in Virginia sent me these Ginnie Thompson flower threads and the chart.  Thanks Robin!!

Already kitted up. The fabric is a 32 ct. blue/gray and really pretty!

3D Lovebird bead kit.  I belong to Seed Beads and More group on FB and they are doing these birds as a bead along this month.  Haven't started mine yet, but maybe soon.

A new Bead On It Board.  Hard to tell in this picture, but it is roses on a cream background and the tray center is white.  Very nice!  I've been wanting a new one for a long time!

Have a great week and a safe but fun Memorial Day!

See ya!~~

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Oldy but goody!

 This is Dream House, by Pocket Full of Dreams (copyright 1990) a freebie for DMC using DMC Flower thread.  I think I started this in the mid to late 90's, but not sure.  Just finished a couple of days ago.

I miss the DMC Flower threads.  I think I have most of them, but not sure.  There were 108 colors and they were discontinued in 2003.

Have a great week!~~

Thursday, April 18, 2024


 I have a couple finishes.  The first is Patriotic Tiny Town.

Sorry about the wrinkles.  Haven't ironed it yet.  Will be finished as a drum.  32 count white linen using DMC floss.
The Queen Bee by October House Needle Arts.  A fun stitch!  32 count cream linen using DMC floss.  Will probably finish as a pillow.  

A gorgeous sunny day here.  I hope it is beautiful weather where you are!

See ya!~~

Friday, April 5, 2024

Finishes and stash

 Hello again!  I have some stash and a couple of finishes to show. 

Hope Song by Heartstring Samplery

Christmas Snowfall Biscornu by Just Nan, Chubby Bee by Jeannette Douglas, Fourth of July Rules by Primrose Cottage, Owlvira's Frightful House by Just Nan, and some linen.

Harvest Tiny Town, Frosty Tiny Town, Any Tiny Town, More Any Town Tiny Town, Seaside Tiny Town, and Patriotic Tiny Town, all by Heart in Hand Needleart.  Christmas Eve Mouse and Rose Heart Bunny by Just Nan.  The Queen Bee by October House Fiber Arts.

I knew I had some more!

One of the Tiny Town's that I thought was in the other pile.  Bees in the Greenhouse by the Blue Flower, Christmas Countdown by Erica Michaels, more linen, the 2023 JCS Christmas Ornament issue, Hardanger Filling Stitches by Yvette Stanton, Songbird Serenade by Counting Puddles.

Needle Travel.  Lists all of the known shops in each state and their locations.  Lists quilt, yarn, embroidery, cross stich, needlepoint, spinning, and weaving shops. I hope to put it to good use!

Timely Trinkets November Edition by Joseph's Workshop.  I finished this one.  

I was not impressed by the kit.  The linen was cut wonky and not serged.  The kit included a size 24 needle which was way too big for 32 count linen.  For the price I paid, it should have been nicer.  I probably won't buy another, even though they are adorable.  The above gets finished to go in the little box 2 pictures up.  Oh, and there are no finishing instructions included in the kit and the chart was very hard to read.  

Whew!  That's a lot of stash!  I think that should hold me for a bit.  Maybe.....

See you soon!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024


 Hello everyone!  I hope there are at least a few people who still read my blog.  I retired March 1, yay!  I retired after almost 36 years with the Indiana Department of Correction.  And I don't miss it!  I have a few pictures of the stuff that was gifted to me for my retirement.  I was truly spoiled! 

My best friend got me the stuff in the first 3 pictures, plus a pair of spring themed hot pads which I forgot to photograph.

The following is all from my work.  Lots of great stuff!

In case you can't read the above, it says "I don't give a sip, I'm retired!"  And it sparkles!

There is a sash and a metal tiara in the above box that both say "Officially retired" in pink sparkly color!

The above is a very nice, big, and heavy canvas tote bag.  Love it!
The wind chimes are too pretty to put outside.  The disc part at the bottom was very hard to photograph.  It says "Never underestimate the difference you made and the lives you touched"  Yes, I cried when I opened it. 

The candle is a lavender-eucalyptus scent and I love it!

Now that I am retired, I hope to be able to post at least once a week, if not more.  I have pictures to share of stash and recent finishes.

Take care everyone!

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

New Year start

 I always start a new project on New Year's Day and this year, I can't decide which one! I've narrowed it down to the 4 below.

My Stitching Chair Necessaire by Hillside Samplings

Summer Garden by Country Cottage Needleworks

Quaker Seasons by My Big Toe

Denise, 2017 Pincushion Doll by Giulia Manfredini

I know which one I am leaning towards.  What is your choice?