Lots of new stash, but no new finish


I am working on Rachel’s RR and as soon as I get it finished I will post a picture. Now that I am about done with the hair, it may go quicker.  I have recently acquired so much new stash, I don’t know where to begin…Yes I do.  A stitchy gift from my BSF (Best Stitching Friend)

Gift from my bestieThis cute little packaged arrive so pretty! Johanna sent it to me as a thank you for stitching the Royal Holiday on her Queen RR.  Isn’t she a sweetie?  Here is what was inside:

gift 3Sorry about the blurry photo.  I’ve always wanted to do a sweetheart tree design, but never knew which one do do.  Now I have the perfect one.  Complete with a key charm inside. The colors are beautiful.  I am hoping that when I stitch this up, I can finish it just like the picture.  I may have to get some help with that.

Next is last month’s Fabric of the Month from Stephanie. It is called Bewitched.

Bewitched 16 ct AidaIt is 16ct Aida and it is BEAUTIFUL!!  I love the colors in it.  Can’t wait to find something special to stitch on this baby!

I received this pattern in the mail:

The Gift pattern

It is a gorgeous pattern I saw on Patricia’s facebook page.  There is a mermaid in it.  I just had to have it. And hubby likes Dragons, so it is the perfect combination in a cross stitch pattern 🙂  I picked up a piece of fabric on Silweaver’s auctions last week and I am hoping it will be perfect for this pattern.  If you are interested in this pattern, you can contact the designer Particia Aikin by email at particiaallisonarts@hotmail.com  I can’t wait to stitch this one up.

And last I have a knit project I picked up this last weekend:

beaded scarf projectHubby and I stopped at a local knit shop on our day out this weekend and I found a partially knittied beaded scarf sitting on a shelf at the shop.  It was pink, so you know I had to see what it was all about.  It wasn’t even half knitted, but it was so heavy with the beads.  I loved it!  And had to have one!  They didn’t sell the yarn used anymore, so I decided to go with a cream yarn.  That will go well with my red coat.  At Joann’s I found some clear beads with a copper looking center that I thought would look good with the cream yarn.  It’s done on a size 5 needle, so I’m sure it will take me a while to knit.  Someday I will start it and it will be beautiful and sparkly when it is finished.

So, that is all of my new stash as of late.  Still working on some pidge scarves as well as Rachel’s RR. It is due in the mail next Wednesday, so I had better get to stitching a little faster.  Thank you for stopping by and seeing what I have been up to.  What have you added to your stash lately?

Dragon Seasons


Good morning friends.  We had snow flurries here in Michigan yesterday.  While the sun is out this morning, it is still cold.  So I guess that Mother Nature has put a hold on Spring in Michigan.  So since we don’t know what season we are in, I have decided to share Dragon Seasons with you.

This is a piece that I did for Hubby back in 2000.  All 4 dragons were stitched on one piece of  fabric. It looks like it is 28 count Ivory, but I cannot tell you the type of fabric.  Sorry.  I didn’t think to keep that kind of information back then.    The framer from Way Cool Mats did an awesome job in framing it.  I remember spending a lot of time picking out the perfect frame and mats.  The Winter Dragon is my favorite.  The coloring is beautiful and the snowflakes are sparkly.  This design is from a pattern book from Cross My Heart, Inc. titled Dragon Faire.

The Castle


My second piece I stitched back in 1988  is another one that I did for Hubby.  He loves dragons, fairies and wizards.  The whole fantasy world.  Since I had an easy stitch with the California Raisins, I wanted a challenge.  So I went totally hardcore with Teresa Wentzler’s Castle.  Here is the finished piece:

I fell in love with how she uses 2 different colored threads to create the shading.  This piece was so fun to do.  I don’t remember how long it took me to stitch.  It is stitched on 14 count Aida in Ivory.  The only thing wrong with this piece is that it is framed on sticky board.  EEEEKKK!  I know, I know.  But I am sure that was what was available at the time.  I can see bumps on my stitching and it looks horrible.  So no close up of this one.  Some day I will get it re-framed.  This piece used to hang in hubbys office at work.  When he switched jobs a few years ago, his space was. much smaller, so he had to pick one piece to hang at work.  Some day I will go and take a picture to share with you what piece he chose.  I believe that this chart is no longer available to buy in stores, but you can purchase a  download here.