My Framing is Such Joy


Hello blogging friends.  Hubby took 1/2 a day off today and he surprised me by taking me to the Rocking Horse to pick up my latest framing.

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Isn’t it lovely?  I was so afraid of how it was going to turn out because my framing session was not enjoyable.  And I didn’t have it framed like the model in the store because I felt it was too much green.  My fabric is a darker green than theirs, and I am not a fan of green.  So I went with the red mat.  And then I was afraid it wouldn’t match the stitching, but I really like it.  The frame was my first choice.  I didn’t even look at any others and I think it is perfect.   So now to find a temporary hanging place for it.  Just for a while so I can enjoy it a bit.  So sweet.

I am still waiting for threads for the Mystery Sampler.  My LNS says they are on back-order from the manufacturer, so no telling when I will get them.  However, a very sweet gal on the sampler group has offered to send me 3 skeins that she has as she is undecided about her sampler.  Stitcher’s are such sweet people ❤  While waiting on threads,  I have been working on Ella.  Here is where I left her last night:

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Not too much added since my last post, but every stitch counts, right?  The empty area in the dress is getting smaller, so I am excited about that.  Once I finish the bottom of the dress, I will have to move the scrolls up and work from the middle up.  But that will be a lot less stitching than the bottom.  This photo also represents my fabric perfectly, as it is a beautiful sunny day with 60 degrees!   It is 16ct Aida Pandora from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

I also started my Temperature blanket the other day.  What is a temperature blanket you ask?  Well, it is a blanket that is crocheted or knitted, with each row based on the high temperature of where you live.  So I found this color scheme on-line and tweaked it a bit for my blanket:

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I ordered my yarn from LoveKnitting and if finally arrived on Thursday.  I am using Stlyecraft DK instead of worsted weight.  Here is my start:

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I am using a G hook and chained 250 stitches.  I decided to do my blanket 3dc, sk 2. Then do 3dc in the skip 2 space of the previous row.  Today, while in the car, I noticed my blanket is bowing and my ends are not even.  I should have started with maybe an I hook and then switched down to a G after my foundation row.  I will have to brush up on my chaining on the ends and where to stick my hook for the first stitch.  So today I will be ripping this out and starting over.  I will probably be doing a different stitch, too.  Something where I can make sure I have the right amount of stitches every row.  My crochet skills are still not very well without a specific pattern and some visual tutorials, so I will be sure to have all that when I re-start.  It will be a fun blanket to stitch on every day or do a couple of rows once a week, based on the high temps.  If you are wanting to get started on your own Temperature blanket, you can knit or crochet, whatever pattern you want, whatever yarn and color scheme you want.  I do believe that Lion Brand also has some info on their website.  For the high temperatures, there is a website called weatherunderground.com that you can get the history of high temps in your area.

So, what are your needles creating today?

The “O” is Finished!


Hello my blogging friends.  Last night I finished the letter “O” in my Joy piece and she turned out quite cute 🙂

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I wish I could capture the true color of the fabric, but I am just not able to.  I just love the little peppermint buttons.  They really make it feel Christmasy 🙂

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So now I am on to the Y which I put a few stitches in last night.

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This photo probably shows the Sage fabric in how looks in person.  More green than the gray in the above photos.  Some day, I will get some sun and hopefully take some better photos.  In case you are just tuning in to this project, I am stitching Nora Corbett’s Fariy Letters on 16ct Aida Sage from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie and I am using a conversion from The Rocking Horse.  So what are you stitching these days?

Today is my birthday, so I am heading out to treat myself to a Tim Horton’s Cappuccino, which I used to drink everyday, but quit on December 7.  I had one yesterday and have only had one other since.  But since today is my special day, I am going to treat myself.  Have a fabulous day and go stitch something!

First Finish for 2017


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I finished this sweet little fairy last night.  I just love how she turned out.  And she was a pretty quick stitch, too.  Taking me only 11 days to complete.  She is Nora Corbett’s Fairy letter J and I used the conversion from The Rocking Horse.  Stitched on 16ct Aida Sage from Hand Dyed Fabrics By Stephanie.

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This morning, I found this on my porch.

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I had posted on my facebook page earlier in the week that I wanted seashells instead of snowflakes.  And some sweet person actually brought me seashells and just made my day.  So thank you to the sweet fairy who left me seashells. I just love them ❤ My heart is so filled with joy from such kindness.

Progress on the “J”


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Hello blogging friends.  Just a quick post to update my progress on the letter “J”.  I finished the cross stitching last night and have moved onto the back stitching.  As you can see, she fits perfectly in my 11 x 11 Qsnaps, so that gives you an idea of the size. And so far she has been a pretty quick stitch.  Warning:  There are lots of fractionals in the fairy.  I think her arms and legs are made up of entirely 1/4 and 3/4 stitches.  But even on aida, it wasn’t difficult.  Just a re-cap-She is one of Nora Corbett’s Fairy Letters and I am stitching her on 16ct Aida Sage from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Today is cleaning house day, so my break is done and I have to get back to it.  I hope that you are doing something fun, like stitching 🙂  What are you stitching on today?

My 2017 New Start


Happy New Year!  I hope your holidays were wonderful and that your New Year has started off with a bang!  I didn’t go out anywhere.  I stayed home and hung out with hubby and played Indoor Corn Hole!  Yep, got it for Christmas.  I just love that game.  Ever since playing it at the zoo two summers ago during Summer Zoomance.  It is quite expensive to get a nice set, so we haven’t bought one yet.  But hubby found an indoor one and bought it for me for Christmas.  For those of you who don’t know what corn hole is, it is basically like horse shoes, but you throw a beanbag into a slanted piece of wood with a hole in the middle.

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It’s pretty fun.  If you like horse shoes, you would like this.  So that is what we did New Year’s Eve, while waiting for the ball to drop.  At midnight, I kissed my hubby, toasted the new year and started a new cross stitch project.

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This one is going to be Nora’s Fairy Alphabet – letter “J”.  I will also be doing “O” and “Y”.

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While these letters look pretty, I will be doing a conversion from a local cross stitch shop and it will look like this:

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I fell in love with this piece a few years ago and purchased everything I needed to complete.  When I was going to start it a month or so ago, I realized the fabric was 28 ct and I really didn’t want to work on 28 ct so soon after mermaid 😉  So I looked everywhere for a green I wanted and settled on the 16ct Aida Simply Sage from Hand Dyed Farbics by Stephanie.  The color is actually a little brighter green than my photo.  I just couldn’t capture the true color.  If you are interested in the conversion of these letters, you can find it here.

That’s it for me.  It’s cold and I am going to go and stitch for a bit, under a warm blanket 🙂  I hope the new year is a wonderful one for all of us.  Did you start a new project to bring in the New Year?

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What I Was Up To When August Flew By


Hello friends!  Are you feeling like me and wondering where in the heck August went?  I blinked and it was over, sigh. I did get to stitch, but first let me show you Aphrodite, back from the framer:

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She turned out so beautiful. She is Mirabilia’s Aphrodite and I stitched her on 16ct Aida Kaleidoscope from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.   Sorry about the light spot on the first photo, but it does show the frame better.  But don’t like the frame too much.  When picking this piece up, I was informed that the frame has been discontinued.  Too bad, as I really like it.  I tend to pick the same frames over and over,  without realizing it.  I guess I won’t be picking this frame again.  I haven’t hung her on the wall yet, but I think I have a spot for her.

After I finished Aphrodite, I pulled out Passione Ricamo’s A Journey Into the Deep.  I worked on it until August 21, 2016, which is when I couldn’t resist a new start any longer.  (No pictures of A Journey, sorry) I started Nora Corbett’s Iris Pixie.  Here she is after about a week of stitching:

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Lots of browns and golds on this one.  I am hoping to finish her before I get so bored with these colors.  Can you see a bit of a leg on the right of the design?  I am happily moving over to the right side of her dress. She will be a beauty when I finish her.  And hopefully I can finish before I get the urge for a new start.  Passione Ricamo just came out with her new design “Guiding Fairy”, which I have already purchased and have fabric on the way.

Speaking of fabric…I know, I know, I am addicted.  Here are my recent purchases from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics:

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All are 16ct Aida and all of them except the top right one are small cuts for pixies or witches.  The top right is my chosen fabric for Mirabilia’s Rapunzel.  Another one I can’t wait to start 😉  Did you see those cute tags, attached with a button, hand-stitched to the fabric?  How sweet is that? Johanna is doing an amazing job at dying beautiful fabrics.  If you haven’t visited her facebook page, do so by clicking here. She only sells one of a kinds, so what you see is what you get.

Another fabric I received this week is Tropical from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

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This is 16ct Aida and is the August Fabric of the Month.  Don’t worry; if you love it, she will probably add it to her website soon so that you can order it. I just love the colors.  Maybe because they remind me of summer and I am trying to hang onto the last little bit.  Some day, a very special design will find it’s way to this fabric.

And last week, this little fellow came to visit:

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The first hummingbird I have seen at my house this summer.  It was during the rain and he fed from every remaining flower on all 3 of my hanging plants.  So he was here for quite a while and actually visited 4 times that day.  He even flew over to my sliding glass doors where me and a friend were standing, watching him.  He hovered in front of us, as if to say hello and went back to eating the sweet nectar.  I haven’t seen him since.  But I was able to get some pretty good photos for my scrapbook 🙂

So what have you been up to during that speedy month of August?

Stitching and Legos While Recovering From Surgery


Last week I had surgery to remove my gallbladder.  I had 5 major gallbladder attacks since July and have been pretty miserable since.  I wasn’t diagnosed with gallstones until February and in March I made the decision to have it removed robotically.  A week later and I am feeling pretty good.  I did have a minor setback, but today I am feeling better.  I am still on light activity for 2 more weeks and still no lifting over 8 pounds for 2 weeks, but I think that the worst is behind me.  I couldn’t stitch on my projects that are on a scroll frame so I spent some time off and on working on and finishing this little project:

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It’s Fairy Dust by Nimue and I must say that I am not very fond of this pattern. The backstitching was crazy! It went through stitches, and on the sides of stitches, not in any holes. I ended up backstitching how I wanted. And for some reason the 1/2 stitches in the wings really kept throwing me off.  I had to rip them out twice.  I am blaming the pain meds 😉 Hubby loves it and that is all that matters since I was stitching it for him.  I don’t think I will ever do another Nimue design, even though I have see some cute ones.  Not a relaxing stitch for me.

Hubby bought me 3 Lego sets to put together while recovering.  The first one was a small Lego Friends Bunny house. Sitting for very long was not an option, so this set was perfect.  The next set was a medium sized set; another Friends set. Mira’s Roadster.  Really cute girl car.

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And the last set was a larger set and it took me 3 nights to put together.  Disney’s Ariel’s Underwater Palace.  LOVE it!

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Such a cute set and there are 2 mermaids included!  So thanks to my wonderful hubby, who took great care of me and provided me with fun things to take my mind off of my discomfort.