Craft projects

Awesome Grassy Wreath

I don’t have a cross stitch to share.  Not even a knitting project, but I do have a project to share that uses yarn.

Isn’t this cool?  My  friend Lori  sent me a link for this a couple of month’s ago.  I started this project last month and finally finished it today.  It was a DIY project and you can find all the info at and search for Spring Wreath.   I tried to put a direct link, but I couldn’t get it to work and my IT man is out of town.  Basically I purchased a 12″ foam floral wreath (the directions say 8″ but I wanted mine a little bigger).  And then the fun begins…wrapping 3 skeins of fun fur yarn around the wreath, tightly to form “grass”.  I finally finished my wrapping last night.  Then I purchased 1 yard of daisy trim.  I clipped each daisy apart and inserted a quilting pin with a yellow head to match the yellow center of my daisies.  I wanted pink daisies as per the original instructions, but couldn’t find pink in my local stores.  Then I stuck them into the wreath.  Not all the way, but raised a little so it looks like they are laying on the grass.  I printed the sign saying on the computer and die cut it out with Stampin’ Up!’s Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I distressed the edges with a sponge and brown ink, stamped a couple of flowers on it and  glued a portion of a skewer to the back so I could stick it into the wreath.  I had these Jolee’s foam Flip Flops for some time and knew they would come in perfect for this project.  Here is a close up:

I tied a length of ribbon around the top and it is now hanging on my front door.  Thank you Lori for passing this idea on to me.  I just LOVE it!! I am leaving mine on my front door all summer as it will remind me what grass is supposed to look like when there is enough rain.  Hehe.  Thanks for visiting.

Mirabilia Round Robin


Hello my friends.  I finally have a finish to share with you today.

It’s Donner on Sophia’s RR.  I have been working on him all month.  With my back and sciatica giving me problems, I didn’t think I would get him finished by the deadline, but I finished him late last night.  And with a week to spare.  Here is the entire piece:

Sophia stitched all of the squares and those of us in the group are just stitching the reindeer-minus the beads and treasures.  This piece is so awesome.  I can’t wait to see this piece finished.  The fabric is perfect and sparkly.  This was a joy to stitch on.  Even with my back problems.  Thanks for visiting.


Tree Frogs

In case you didn’t know this about me; I love frogs.  Not real ones and not the mean ones that cause trouble on your stitching, but the ones that are cute and in pictures and stuffed animals and all kinds of other things.  A few years ago I bought one of those Bolo Bags and was originally going to do some flower design on it.  But a few days later, I knew just what I was going to put on it…

FROGS!!!  The pattern is a Funk & Weber Design called Red eyed Tree Frog.  Hubby made a mirror image for me and I stitched them both ways all over the bag. There is a total of 7 frogs on the bag.  Here is a close up of one of the frogs:

Isn’t he just too cute?  And I love the bag.  It’s great in the summer time when I go to the park or a baseball game or track event. I  Can throw a project in there, camera, sunscreen, snacks, whatever!  I believe the bag is from Zweigart.  Thanks for visiting today.

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Enchanted Mermaid and an award

Hello my  blogging friends.  I am still having back issues, so not much stitching done. But I am making slow progress on Sophia’s Reindeer RR. Hopefully tonight I can really do some serious stitching on Donner.   So  I will share another of my favorite mermaids with you today.

She is Enchanted Mermaid.  But I think she should be the Mermaid Queen as her pose is so similar to the Queens that Nora Corbett created.  I love how this Mermaid sparkles under the spotlight, dead center in my living room.  You can’t help but gaze at her as you come down the steps into my lower level.  I stitched her up in 2007 and was so happy when she was finished.  I was not happy when I had her framed.  I’n not really a Mat person, but when I took her into the shop to be framed, the fabric was too small.  WHAT!!  A gal that had worked at the shop, briefly, cut my fabric too small and I didn’t realize it.  So when I took it in to be framed, it had to have a “puzzle cut”.  Which means that the Mermaid is on a board just about the size she is in the center, so I could get the border I wanted around her.  I don’t like the mat at all, and one day I will probably have her re-framed or just get so much time on my hands and re-stitch her.  For now I try to look at just her beauty and not the framing.

Ok…So now that I have shown you a mermaid, I have to tell you about an award I was given by a fellow blogger. I was given this award:

A Stitcher’s Stitchingsgave me this wonderful award. Thank you so much.  It was a sweet surprise when I read my comments.  So, in order to accept this award, I must do a few things:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Ok, check out the blog linked above.  I have enjoyed visiting her blog almost daily.  And here are 15 blogs that I love to visit-in no particular order-I just love them all:

1. In My Kingdom of Crosses I am the Queen of flosses

2. Elegant Stitches

3. Stitch A Mirabilia

4. Elegant Jewels of the Needle

5. Kathy’s Sit and Stitch

6. Dani, Blackbelt Stitching Wizard

7. Diary of A Manbroider

8. My Stitchy Ramblings

9. Creative Stitches

10.  Stephanie’s Stitches

11. Come Stitch With Me

12. A Bit of This and That

13. TJ’s Cross Stitch Gallery

14. Creative Stamping Ideas

15.Melissa Frances

Ok, now for 7 things about myself…

1. I love to craft-cross stitch, knit, stamp, scrapbook, crochet and whatever else looks fun to make.

2. I love the color pink, because pink is an attitude, not a color :o)

3. I am a stay at home Mom to 2 wonderful boys that keep me busy.

4.  I am married to my soulmate for 27 years now.

5. I love getting my nails painted.

6. I love FROGS.  They are all over my house and in my car.

7.  My most favorite place to visit is the Zoo.  I LOVE the Chimps and can watch them and photograph them all day long.

Thank you again to A Stitcher’s Stitchings for awarding me the versatile Blogger Award.  I hope that you will visit her blog and the others I have mentioned here.  Make sure to leave them a comment so they know that you visited.

Have a stitch happy day!


Mermaid share

Hello my blogging friends.  My back has been giving me grief for the last 2 weeks so hubby suggested I take a break from stitching as I sit in a weird position.  So I haven’t stitched in a couple of days so I don’t have a WIP share.  I do however have another mermaid (they are my favorite, you know) to share that I did a few years back:

She is Mirabilia’s Shimmering Mermaid.  I stitched her up in 2005 on 16ct Aida.  I don’t know the color, sorry.  She was a fun stitch and I love all of the patterns on her body as wells as the purple ribbons.

My back is feeling a little better today, so hopefully I can get some stitching done on Sophia’s Reindeer RR this weekend.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great weekend and may your stitching be “Frog Free”!


Progress on Angel and another WIP

Well, it seems I haven’t had much stitching time lately, but here is my progress with Angel of Grace:

She is coming along and without the frogs, thank heavens.  I did put her down last week and gave some love to this fabulously pink table topper:

This lovely pattern is from At home with Needlework.  I can’t tell you the issue, it seems I have misplaced it.  It is from a few years ago.  The fabric is  11 ct Zweigart Ready-Made Oktav Table Topper in a beautiful shade of pink.  I didn’t get a good photo of the color, but believe me, it is pink.  I finished the outline on this design and now I have to repeat 3 more times.

Here is a closer look at the design in full. I do have to zoom in on that butterfly and it’s special stitching.

Well, that’s it for my progress this last week.  I received my next RR in the mail and started it this weekend.  It’s gorgeous and I will post a photo when I finish my block.  Thanks for visiting.