Saturday, April 30, 2005

Celebrations Today :-)

Celebration of Needlework is going on this weekend in Nashua, NH, and I went today to meet up with new stitching friends and to take Betsy Stinner's Mary Queen of Scots class: Image hosted by Photobucket.comHere is the scan of the project off of the chart cover - you cannot see how truly elegant this is - all done up in silks and metallics, "to make it regal enough to fit Mary Queen of Scots," says Betsy :-) This class included an interesting lecture on the life of Mary Queen of Scots as well. And, here is what I got done of the little preface piece while I was there for 3 hours and 45 minutes: Image hosted by Photobucket.comI met a wonderful lady from Maryland in the class today, she was really lovely (even though she is an Orioles fan), and also sat with another stitcher, and both made the class so incredibly enjoyable!! Betsy looks wonderful, and is really recovering well from her cancer. She was, as always, fun and entertaining!

I called both Nicole and Jenn this morning to meet up at Celebrations. I was able to meet up with Jenn for something to eat at 11 AM with several other stitchers from New England Cross Stitchers - it was fun meeting Janey, Danielle, Susan and Violet... and seeing Joyce again for the first time in what... ten years?? I can't believe how grown her kids are now! And, surprise of surprises, Janey had invited Eileen Bennett (yep, of The Sampler House) to sit with us for lunch too!! That was very nice. What a fun group of ladies!! Meeting Jenn was wonderful!!

After my class I was able to also meet up with the adorable Nicole and her equally adorable sister, Aimee! We had fun looking at each others' progress on Legends of the Dragons - hers looks fantastic!! We were both amazed at how different our fabric is, though... mine is misty grey with a green hue, and hers is much bluer.... mine is lugana, hers is belfast.... but both are Dragon Myst from The Blended Needle... hmmmm....

I had a bit of a revelation today - a lot of people read my blog! I only have five or six regulars who leave comments, but I met many folks today who knew so much about me, what I am stitching, etc. because they read this blog. Well, hi to you all - I really had no clue you were all out there!!! I just figured I had those five or six who comment regularly - I had no idea there were so many other readers....

I also met Carol - a lady from Nashua, NH I have met through ebay - it was so wonderful meeting her! We have chatted via email in the past due our similar interests in Liz Turner Diehl, The Drawn Thread, Indigo Rose... she even bought some irises from my garden via ebay... I hope they bloom abundantly for you this year, Carol!
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Fairy Flora :-)

I totally forgot that yesterday I made a fun purchase on ebay - Tulip Fields by John Clayton - I love this one! It really evokes great memories of our 2001 trip to Amsterdam!!

Oh - if you have ever been on the fence about ordering fabric from Sugar Maple Fabrics, I hope my story will help you to decide to make an order - Mindy, the owner/dyer, was wonderful about dyeing me just the perfect piece of Peach Grove Cashel for Once Upon A Time... but that is not even the best part! A while back I ordered a piece of Thunder lugana for Midnight Hunting, but when it arrived it was just blue and white - no grey/black. Well, I still planned to use it, but when Mindy heard about it she replaced it by also sending me a new piece - this time on belfast - and she does not want the original fabric back! How amazing is she??? I received my fabrics today and could not be more thrilled!

I behaved really well at Celebrations today - I only purchased a piece of 36 ct dirty edinburgh linen, perhaps for House Samplings - I say perhaps because shortly after buying it I decided it is too dark, I will wait and order some natural or flax edinburg for it instead :-) I saw it stitched up today on what looked like flax... so pretty! I am sure I can use the dirty linen for something - LOL!

Red Sox 9, Rangers 2 - well, that is more like it - and about time - better pitching, better offense!!

Stitched on today: Mary Queen of Scots.... well, the preface piece, and Fairy Flora

Friday, April 29, 2005

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI worked on the iris garden tonight - it still needs backstitching, but I am not going to stay up to the wee hours of the morning tonight because I want to get a relatively early start on going to Celebrations tomorrow. My class isn't until 1 PM, but I want to give myself time to shop and maybe meet up with some of my new stitching friends too!
Image hosted by Photobucket.comI received my April installment of Monthly Bits from Stitching Bits & Bobs today, and boy am I disappointed. I haven't done the math yet, but I doubt I got any kind of deal this month.... it is usually only about a $1 savings anyhow... and what is with these color choices? I have the distinct feeling that these threads are just their overstock that they could not sell. Well, thanks a whole bunch! They sent me a skein of Dinky Dyes Cotton Floss in Pacific Sunrise, a skein of Weeks Dye Works in Hot Rod (what would one ever use this for??), a skein of Crescent Colours in Ruby Slippers, a card of Stranded By The Sea floss in Yellow Tang (again, what would one use this for??), a skein of GAST Simply Shaker floss in Green Apple, and a 4 yd skein of Gloriana silk in Blue Heron... are any of these popular colors? Nope! I am either going to drop out or select the "wish list" option now, informing her of what I want to receive... not as much fun, but surely not as disappointing. If anyone needs any of these fibers I just received, just let me know!

Well, it is that time of year (at last!) when my thoughts also turn to gardening. Get ready, I go to the extreme with gardening, just as I do with stitching!! Today I purchased my first new garden addition for the year - a Theresa Hall daylily :-)

I found the sad article about Ben Franklin in Derry, NH closing, and figured I would share it here since so many of you haved commented on how sad it is to lose your "old reliable" local craft store :-( I love this guy who owned the store, seen in the article, he was always so helpful and friendly - if I didn't leave the store with 50 skeins of DMC, he would always ask is something was wrong, LOL! I hope he and his wife land well on their feet!

On our way out to dinner tonight, Mike took me to Michael's in Manchester, NH (craft store) - I wanted to scope out what they carry regularly now that Ben Franklin is gone... and I found they don't have much :-( However, I picked up some Nymo for beading and then found they had their cross stitch kits on sale, and was thrilled to get a great deal on The Guardian! I paid less than $20 for the complete kit! And, earlier today I went to the other Ben Franklin out in Raymond, NH - these stores are privately owned and this one is associated with Ace Hardware - it could not be more different than the one in Derry.... but may fare better as it is in a more rural area with less influence from WalMart and the like. Anyhow, they carry DMC and aida, for the most part. But, they also carry many Oberlin Samplers charts, so I treated myself to Cape Cod and Boston :-) They also carry four cross stitch magazines, so they were fun to look through, but none that I wanted this time around (Cross Country Stitching, Stoney Creek, Just Cross Stitch and Stitcher's World - I subscribe to the last two, though my Stitcher's World has not come in yet - can't wait for it now though, as the cover of the one I saw said they are featuring Maria Von Scharrenburg this month! The magazine is sealed in plastic, so I have to be patient now to see what lovely design will be in the issue!).

Picked up a new DVD while out tonight - Darkness - the previews looked good :-) I hope we will watch it soon!

Rangers 7, Red Sox 2.... something is really wrong with the Red Sox. Defensive errors, offense shut down.... injured pitchers, suspended pitcher... suspended manager... it just goes on and on! But, Ryan Newman had his best ever qualifying run for Talladega today - he actually starts 5th - let's hope that starting near the front of the pack will help keep him out of the many accidents that are destined at this track - but he will need a strong running car to stay up there you know... hmmmm.... hasn't really been happening much lately for him.

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work, and 17th Century Irish Garden

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Image hosted by Photobucket.comEarth Angel today :-) Lots and lots of blue.... and I added some of the petite gold beads I am using instead of the gold metallic thread for which the chart calls - this is my own modification. I really didn't think the DMC gold thread would look as well as the beads. Originally I had regular size gold Mill Hill beads, but since I am using 32 ct evenweave, I opted to use the petite beads instead. If this were on 28 ct, I think the larger beads would look better...

I received the Petite Treasure Braids (PB 01, PB 02 and PB 03) from the ebay seller today... I have so many upcoming projects that call for Petite Treasure Braid, so this is a welcome addition to my stash. And, I also received the 32 ct Breeze lugana by Sugar Maple Fabrics, which is gorgeous - even more vibrant than the photo! With that order were also the two skeins of Moss Waterlilies for Skyler Wayne :-)

Moments ago, I learned I was high bidder for Year in Stitches by Elizabeth's Designs - I am thrilled with this!! Sometimes I just crave an Elizabeth's Designs project - this booklet contains 12!

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI wanted to share with you this photo of our cute little cherry tree in our backyard. It started to bloom a few days ago, but it has been very rainy here. This afternoon when I got home from work there was some sun and the rain was taking a break, so I ran out with the camera to get a photo before more rain knocks the blooms off! I don't know the name of this cultivar. It was tagged as an "import" at the nursery when we bought it three years ago. I love the trunk of this tree - it is very windy and twisty - it looks great at Halloween time when the branches are bare! It will be even better when the tree gets bigger :-)

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work (complete with some frogging...) and Earth Angel

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Little Wings is back :-)

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHere is my oft neglected Little Wings. I don't think I have touched it yet this month - shame on me! So, I gave it some attention tonight while we watched Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (which I loved). A milestone for this piece, as I managed to get the little girl's face and some of her hair done tonight...

I stopped at Ben Franklin's on my way home tonight. They are having their Store Closing Sale today and again on Sunday... it was packed! The parking lot was unbelievably full and my Jeep almost got hit twice by old ladies who don't know how to park. Anyhow, the sale is only 20% off at this point, but I got to their little needlework section and managed to get two pieces of 28 ct natural Irish linen for my LTD gardens, 7 skeins of GAST and 3 spools of Kreinik #4 braid.... I picked often used shades like 032, 002 and 018.... and I really don't recall what GASTs I selected, just ones that appealed to me :-) I will miss being able to get those so close to the house. I also got a small back of beads that are hearts, leaves, flowers... really pretty! They will make outstanding embellishments on needlework. Someone left them by the register, and in my boredom while waiting to check out, I saw them and got them :-) Bye Bye Ben Franklin's, I sure will miss you!

I did a little online shopping this morning, since Stitching Bits & Bobs is having their second anniversary 25% off everything sale.... their customer service and timeliness have improved markedly lately, so why not go for it... I picked up the three Gloriana silks I need for Take Time To Knit - I know I had ordered the Vikki Clayton silk conversions for this (and they did arrive today....) but I think the Glorianas are soooo much more vibrant, and I am sooo fussy with this being for my mother, so I got the Glorianas anyhow! I will use Vikki's conversions for the NPI and RG fibers though - they look fine :-) I also ordered all the beads and the Kreiniks I will need for Moon Fairy Spirit now that my Karma fabric is on order for this (yay!!), as well as the Kreinik blending filament I need for Once Upon A Time :-)

I received an order from Stitching Bits & Bobs today as well.... this one came in super fast (see, they are getting better!). This was the order for the Golden Grains Waterlilies and the Liz Turner Diehl Emerald Jeweled Garden chart. Ugh. The chart calls for Swarovski Crystals - sounded easy... but she describes them as "Size 6mm Glass Coin Disc, Emerald Green - 9 needed for Garden." I searched everywhere on the internet. No such bead exists! I finally emailed her and I hope she gets back to me with some hints. The chart also calls for a 1/2" x 1/2" Ceramic Green Leaf Charm - where do I get that? That is something I can find by choosing my own, but if she has hints... great! I was hoping the embellishments might be with the chart, but nope.... I hope Liz gets back to me about this... I really want to stitch this one, but need the stash first :-) Oh.... and I received Part 4 (the final part) of Welcome Stitching Club today from Rocky Mountain Needleworking (via ebay).... I love this piece!
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Q. Do you set stitching goals?

A. I only recently started setting stitching goals for myself - maybe two years ago. The jury is still out on whether or not I like it. I have a rather strong touch of OCD, so I think I do like it really. I have a file in my Yahoo album that shows pictures of all the projects I want to do for this year... so far I have at least started three or four of them!

I hope my friend Karen doesn't mind my posting this, but I just have to brag on her Petal Fairy - look how pretty this is coming out on Silkweaver's Summer Breeze: Image hosted by Photobucket.comToo pretty!

The Red Sox were rained out today - thankfully! Now Curt Schilling is on the disabled list for two weeks, David Wells for at least four.... and Keith Foulke is struggling with his mechanics and is not pitching well at all... oh God! They play the Texas Rangers tomorrow night... good luck to us!

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work, and Little Wings

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Image hosted by Photobucket.comIt's Tuesday, and that now seems to be Petal Fairy night :-) She is growing wings... hmmm... seems I have been working on wings all week so far :-) I am getting a bit worried about the 9300 #4 braid. I am a very conservative stitcher. I don't waste any threads. Now it does not appear that there is really all that much braid in her wings, but this is coming off of the spool so rapidly that... I might need to see if I can pick up another spool of it at Celebrations this weekend, just in case! Gulp! Heads up, if you plan to stitch her soon... I did see a comment on The Mirabilia Bulletin Board warning that this could happen! Too early to tell, but it is looking a little dicey now.... Katrina, were you able to get through with one spool?

I picked up two more pieces of the 28 ct natural Irish linen for the Liz Turner Diehl gardens at Joann's today... that is all they had left. I hope I can get some more when Ben Franklin's reopens for their Going out of Business Sale :-( Yep, I am still pretty upset about that!

I also received that gorgeous deep aqua solo from Silkweaver today - it is stunning! The ideas are flowing rapidly for what I want to do with this one :-) Here it is again: Image hosted by Photobucket.comAnd, Carol at Silkweavers emailed me today that it is perfectly OK to swap out the Charizma evenweave I ordered in error for Karma evenweave, which is what I really need for Moon Fairy Spirit - I really appreciate them for putting up with me being such a pain the butt this week - I misordered twice, and they fixed it both times! :-) (Nope, I don't work for them!!)

Orioles 11, Red Sox 8.... I am really upset about this one. The Red Sox let go of an 8-3 lead in this one... and Keith Foulke blew another save for us.... this is getting old fast! Tomorrow's game might be rained out.... GOOD, as far as I am concerned - the Red Sox need to regroup and have a little chat with themselves right about now! But... I did pick up their 2005 Official Yearbook while I was out and about today... not in the mood to read it after this lousy (and long) game tonight.

On a brighter note, it is "New Release Tuesday," and DH got us Blade: Trinity and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events :-)

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work, and Petal Fairy

Monday, April 25, 2005

Image hosted by Photobucket.comTonight I worked on Legends of the Dragons for a little while - now Magic is getting his wings, but they still need one more shade of blue in them.... and he needs another glowing ball and some backstitching, then he will be done :-)

I received a nice treat from Becky today - she recently stitched up My Garden, and then sent me her chart! I am so excited! This has been on my wish list since the kit first came out! It will be so easy too - uses DMC and Weeks, and I have tons of those little bee charms! Thank you so much Becky - you made my day, that is for sure!!

I needed that pick me up, because I was so disappointed... crushed, actually... when I pulled up to Ben Franklin's in Derry, NH this afternoon - I was thinking of looking into whether or not they had any Irish linen for my Liz Turner Diehl gardens... and the glass store front is all papered up and a public notice is posted. They are closing! They will reopen on Wednesday with a "gigantic going out of business sale," and I don't know if I will be able to schedule any time to get to that... but now I am wondering where I will be able to quickly pick up Mill Hill beads, Kreinik fibers and Gentle Art Sampler Threads any longer. I am so crushed! This economy is really killing off our craft stores now. A.C. Moore is nearby in Salem, NH, but they only carry about 25 colors of Mill Hill beads... maybe 10 Kreiniks (if that).... oh, just so disappointed! I could cry :-(

Well, Celebrations is less than a week away now!! I am really looking forward to taking the Betsy Stinner class on Saturday afternoon - and if I am lucky I can meet up with some of my new stitching friends there too!!

Orioles 8, Red Sox 4....

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work, and Legends of the Dragons

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Passione Ricamo SAL Week 5

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI did not stitch for too terribly long today - felt a bit off today and spent some time outdoors weeding my garden. The fresh air, after so much rain yesterday, did me some good! Plus we still had Erin with us until Mike drove her home late this afternoon. I did a bunch more of the beading (around her waist), plus some things here and there.... :-)

I purchased Emerald Jewelled Garden today: Image hosted by Photobucket.comI saw this chart was on sale at Stitching Bits & Bobs, and since I also had to order a skein of Golden Grains Waterlilies, I went for it (I realized after splitting what I had of this fiber that I will need quite a lot of it for one of my upcoming Chatelaine gardens.... :-)... no biggie, the Waterlilies are on sale too!).... Anyhow, since I am enjoying Liz Turner Diehl's historical gardens so much, I thought this one might be fun too!!

Red Sox 11, Devil Rays 3 - now, that is more like it! This game was full of drama with three Sox and three Rays all being ejected for fighting! What is with these two teams when they get together at Tropicana Field?? Many think the Red Sox and Yankees hate each other, but aside from the 7.24.04 game last year, such fights don't happen between us - there must be more respect between Red Sox and Yankees than with the Devil Rays? This hitting guys with pitches baloney is getting tiring...

Well, I won't complain about our rain since Michigan is getting snow from this system!

Stitched on today: Miracle Butterfly

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Spring Cactus in Bloom

Image hosted by Photobucket.comMy spring cactus has taken to full bloom on my kitchen windowsill.... isn't it a sweetie? I am so glad it decided to bloom this year - it loves the southern exposure out of our kitchen window.
Image hosted by Photobucket.comReally starting to make progress now on finally finishing the pink and lavender dress on Fairy Flora - it shouldn't be too much longer now!

Ryan Newman came in a rather unhappy 14th place in the race in Phoenix tonight, but he did manage to climb up to 7th in points! I realized today that no Dodge has yet won this year... I am not sure the move from the Intrepid to the Charger was at all good for the Dodge teams :-(

Wow, Silkweaver had an awesome 8 hour sale today, 25% off storewide! So, I scooped up a fat quarter of 32 ct Charizma lugana for Moon Fairy Spirit (though I think I was supposed to order Karma for this, oops!), a fat quarter of Tuttie Fruitie belfast for Mermaid Heaven (hey Jenn, I see you ordered some Silver Mist for this one - hmmmm, maybe we can stitch together again??) and a cut of Lakeside Linen 36 ct Vintage Meadow Rue for Six Hem Sampler (I know, I ordered light sand 36 ct for it last night, but Vintage Meadow Rue is the actual called for linen and this sale enables me to get it easily - so I am sure I can use a piece of 36 ct light sand for something else!! - for instance, one of my many Elizabeth's Designs charts....hmmmmm). Anyhow, I am psyched to hear that a lot of my pals have ordered from this sale too - great sale!!!

Earlier today I revisted The Avid Stitcher and picked up two skeins of Moss Waterlilies for Skyler Wayne (she has a limited selection of colors, but only $4.20 a skein!) and a fat quarter of 32 ct Breeze lugana from Sugar Maple Fabrics, a retail shop exclusive color.... I can always use blue fabric :-) And this one was only $18!! Good deals can be found here!

Devil Rays 6, Red Sox 5..... why oh why??

Stitched on today: 17th Century Irish Garden (just finished the backstitching of the camellia garden and did the spider web stitch there too) and Fairy Flora

Friday, April 22, 2005

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI decided to keep going for another day and enjoy working on 17th Century Irish Garden - it really is a lot of fun to stitch. I have a lot of backstitching still to do in the camellia garden (the right side garden you see in the photo) but I made sure to backstitch the little black cat before I put it away :-) Stitching with the burmilana wool was a little interesting... :-)

What a beautiful day - sunny and a little bit cool, but really nice. I took today off - the way my schedule has been running at work, I have been able to get every other Friday off. I have to reorganize that soon, as it is not financially a great idea to keep doing that. But we have Erin, our almost 12 year old niece, up here with us and it has been fun - she and Mike are playing with their PSPs, which is giving me tons of time to stitch and watch the Red Sox :-)

The mailman was very good to me today (again): I received The Spirit of Christmas chart from the ebay seller today, and I received some of the items I have ordered from Stitching Bits & Bobs too - this included the new Enchanted Mermaid chart, Once Upon A Time, and a skein of Avalon and a skein of Iced Lavender Waterlilies too. Plus, my friend Karen sent me a packet of freebie charts from BH&G in Australia - I had to ask BH&G to send them to her, and then from Karen to me, because they won't send to the US... this included the pretty Marjolein Bastin Garden Sampler I posted here in my blog about a week ago. Here it is:Image hosted by I am so excited about that - and generous Karen also sent me some Petite Treasure Braid she knew I needed for Angel of Dreams - isn't she sweet??

I sent off four of my Just Nan samplers to Karen today - she is borrowing them to hang in her new shop for a while - way, way down in Katoomba, Australia! My babies have flown far away from me :-) I trust them with Karen, though (of course!) - I just hope they get there safely. I sent her my Lady Scarlet's Journey (can't find a link that shows the entire sampler in one piece), Ebony Rose, Flowers of Joy, and With My Needle :-)

Late last night, after I had already blogged, I did a little bit of shopping at Paw Prints Cross Stitch - a custom cut of light sand 36 ct edinbugh linen for Six Hem Sampler and, at long last, the 16th Century English Knot Garden chart - I am so hooked on these stunning Liz Turner Diehl gardens right now!

I did a little bit of ordering today - I want to stitch Take Time To Knit for my mom (she adores knitting - my dad passed away in front of her while she was knitting back in 1995, so getting back to knitting was a struggle for her), but I don't want to buy a pricey fiber pack... but I came across this conversion by Victoria Clayton, and I am going to give it a go! I will put on a charm of my choice and it will turn out great! I also ordered a skein of Buckwheat Honey that I need for Rose Lights too :-)

Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 4.......

Erin and I ran to WalMart today - I bought her a couple of DVD movies from the $4.88 sale bin, and picked up Saturday Night Fever for us - because, sad but true, Mike and I grew up watching this movie!

Stitched on today: 17th Century Irish Garden

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Image hosted by Photobucket.comToday's progress picture is of Earth Angel - her head is totally finished now :-)

I wanted to share the link tonight for that cute French chart I received yesterday in the trade - this is Atelier de brodeuse by Au Fil des Reves ( Isn't it a cutie? I see several on this site that I love!

The fat quarter of Impressionism Cashel by Sugar Maple Fabrics arrived today - beautiful! I think this might just be the perfect fabric for Winter Fairy Spirit :-)!! I know I had picked out another fabric for it, but then I realized I want to do all four spirits on 28 ct... the fabric I had chosen was 32 ct....

Which Red Sox/Yankee Player are YOU?
created with Just couldn't resist another Red Sox quiz :-)

Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 - not a high scoring game, but a real pitchers' duel... all that matters is... we won! And we are at the top of our division for now....

We have Erin, my brother's youngest daughter, up for the weekend now. She will be 12 on May 17th (she was born only 9 days after our wedding) - so I get to keep her busy all weekend - I am thinking... yardwork!! Kids love to earn money :-)

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher (literally only a few tiny stitches at work - my disposable contact lenses alerted me today that it was time to change them - my up close vision was blurry - all fixed now!!) and Earth Angel

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

17th Century Irish Garden

Image hosted by Photobucket.comSince I wanted to get going on some of the projects that I feel determined to stitch this year, I started Liz Turner Diehl's 17th Century Irish Garden tonight. I purchased the 28 ct natural Irish linen today that it calls for - seemed like a good project not to substitute fabric - so I bought one of those tubes by Charles Craft - geez, haven't done that in years! It is lovely fabric though. I have two LTD kits and she used the irish linen in those too - so I wanted to use what she suggests and am glad I did, even though it is a bit stiff (maybe that is a good thing). I am totally hooked on this one - will not want to put it down to rotate to something else tomorrow, but oh well... this is the upper left part of the center of the garden - the yarrow garden, to be more specific.

I went up to my local needlework shop today, Yankee Cross Stitch in N. Hampton, NH, since it was such a slow day at work (90 degrees F and school vacation in Massachusetts = nobody really wanted to come to counseling this afternoon). I haven't been to Yankee in about six months. I was surprised and a bit disappointed - the stock appeared to be really low today. I don't know for sure what is up - perhaps they are just putting stuff aside for Celebrations next weekend. They had no Mirabilias, save for two copies of the latest release... odd.... Anyhow, I picked up Take Time To Stitch Too (skip the embellishment pack, I have almost everything already and will either get the snail charm or substitute it with something I like better), a skein of McAulvey Manor Needle Necessities for that chart... and a skein of Rainforest Waterlilies, a skein of Anchor Marlitt (need plenty for my upcoming Chatelaine design), a couple of cards of Petite Treasure Braid and a gorgeous pair of little gold scissors that have no brand name on them, but they are tiny and sharp and... well, now I feel better about doing the cutwork on Catherine Agnes :-) Sadly, there was a bad small plane accident just as I was arriving there - just a bit behind the shop, and there were police cruisers, rescue vehicles and helicopters everywhere :-(

The mailman was a good friend again today. My FOTM jobelan solo arrived from Silkweaver today - really pretty, so much like the Golden Turret I am using for Angel of Love. So similar, I had to laugh :-) But, that is a good thing! And, I received some fibers and a cute french chart from a swap with Karen V. today :-)

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI forgot to mention that yesterday I was high bidder for Part 4 for the Welcome Stitching Club by Elizabeth's Designs - yay, I have them all now - you can be sure I will start stitching that soon!!!

Red Sox 8, Orioles 0 - we shut out the hottest team in the AL tonight, so that is a good sign for us! The Orioles are really the team we need to beat this year :-)

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Q. Have you ever been asked to do model stitching?
Did you do it? If so, what was your compensation? (money, stash,
etc.) If not, why not?
If you haven't done it, if you were asked would you? Why or why

A. Yes, I used to stitch models for Needle in a Haystack several years ago - it was located in Manchester, NH and later moved to Bedford, NH. The owner at that time had been a friend of mine. She is no longer in business (at least not in the New England area... not sure if she ever opened anywhere else). Since she was a good friend, I happily stitched whatever she asked for - mostly Shepherd's Bush and Just Nan pieces. She paid me in stash. That is what I wanted... felt it was a better deal. Now I will be doing some occasional model stitching for Dragonfly Dreams as they open their new storefront in Katoomba, Australia in July... The owner, Karen, is one of my dearest friends. I don't want any compensation from her, but she is constantly sending me stash anyhow! I have to be super cautious about doing model stitching, as I have six fluffy persian cats here - have to keep those pieces clean from fur... When my old friend closed her shop, she gave me SB's Gathered Hours, which I had stitched for her, to keep... framed up so pretty! Oh, she also gave me my SB Water Woods back too. That was a nice bonus!

Got a couple of discounted DVDs for $4.88 each at WalMart today - classics from my early adolescence... The Bad News Bears (now you see when I started loving baseball, I guess!) and What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (ok, I wasn't an adolescent then...)

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher and 17th Century Irish Garden

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Peacock Cypher Progress Picture

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI made it through Section 1 of Peacock Cypher at work today - except for the beading, I do prefer to do that at home.... and I did the first few mosaic stitches atop Section 2 as well. I figured it was time to show my progress to Karen as this is a SAL we are doing together...
Image hosted by here is the other SAL we are doing together (yep, Karen is back in this SAL now after making a fabric change... and really wanting this done soon as a model for her new shop - more fun details to follow about her exciting shop news...:-)....). I didn't get much done tonight as we had to take a while to do some serious grooming on Angus, our black persian who has fur from hell... poor little guy. And, the frog visited me in a big way tonight too - I had to frog out a whole bunch of DMC 3799 and 317 in her wing... I think you can still see some trace of where it was frogged, but I looked at the chart and saw that all of that will get stitched over - thank goodness!!
Image hosted by Photobucket.comColor me lucky today!! I actually made it over to the Silkweaver site today before all their newly released solos were sold out! And, it is a pretty one! This is grounds for a happy dance!

I've been quite anxious to recieve my Enchanted Mermaid chart from Stitching Bits & Bobs, but when I checked my order status I saw that she is holding the chart in order to combine it with some of my other oustanding orders to help save me some shipping fees.... that is good, but ugh, the wait continues for the chart....

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3 tonight.... Pouty

My ever dutiful DH made sure to go out today and get me Meet the Fockers on DVD :-)

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher and Petal Fairy

Monday, April 18, 2005

Started Angel of Love... finally :-)

Image hosted by Photobucket.comFinally, I gathered myself up today since I had some free time - it is a holiday in Massachusetts (Patriot's Day formally, but informally it is Boston Marathon Day) - I got out of work early and while watching the Red Sox game I finally started Angel of Love. I bought this chart when it first came out in 1993 (same year I was married), and according to the receipt for the floss that I kept in the bag, I bought the floss back on 4/3/04. I know I bought the fabric, Golden Turret Cashel from Sugar Maple Fabrics, well before that.... but now it is started and I will rotate it with the rest of my projects! OK, you can't see much in this pic, but I felt like sharing my joy in getting it started. I always start in the center of projects (when I can) because I am horrid at centering any other way... so now I am slowly climbing "northward" on the project to get to her face.... I did, at least, get one hand stitched today (though I am not sure if you can see it... I took many photos of this and this one is the best in the lot... it does not show the vibrance of this fabric color as well as I had hoped it would either...). So, now I have another project to rotate in!

I did a little shopping today and got a fat quarter of Impressionism Cashel from Sugar Maple Fabrics at The Avid Stitcher - only $16 for a fat quarter of pretty hand dyed cashel?? Sold!!

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Received my monthly fiber club installment from Paw Prints Cross Stitch - I switched from the cotton option to the silk option this month. They sent me a skein of Caron Waterlilies in Polar Ice (lovely, but my timing was bad... I just bought a skein of this for Catherine Agnes a couple of weeks ago!), a skein of Caron Soie Cristale in 7055, a skein of Needlepoint Inc silk in 894 Lilac Range, and a skein of something called Eterna Overdyed Twist 8 in Mediterranean.... I will keep on with the silk option for now....

Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 7 - now Curt Schilling has his first win of the season :-)

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work - will put up a progress picture soon, Angel of Love and Legends of the Dragons (will edit this later with the progress pic, just getting going on it now...)
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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Passione Ricamo SAL, Week 4

Image hosted by Photobucket.comToday was the fourth week of the Passione Ricamo SAL, and I worked on my Miracle Butterfly - I started off by doing the beading of her tiara and outlining her face... and then the beading took over - I did her neckline and the cuff of her sleeve - and her dangly earring (which I don't think shows up all that well in my pic) - and some more work on her wings. I love her! She has a very Italian style to her - I have not seen any US designers do soooo much cluster beading for tiaras and necklines - she is so unique and Mike even complimented this one today - so it must be a good one! She is moving along nicely too :-)

It is kind of bugging me that with all the projects I have started (and am loving them all), I am not following my plans for 2005 as well as I wanted to - I really want to get started soon on Angel of Love (I have had this one kitted up for two years now, but keep getting sidetracked) and 17th Century Irish Garden as well... so I will pop both of this into my rotation very shortly now...

Mike ran out to run an errand today, and he picked up a treat for me - Finding Neverland DVD - my friend Karen really praised this movie, so I figured if she loved it, I will love it too :-)

Ryan Newman did not exactly have a stellar day today in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 in Texas - - - he started on the pole but fell back quickly - I am getting a bit concerned (and frustrated) that this team just cannot seem to get their car ready for races now - seems Ryan is struggling with his car every week, they just don't seem to have it "dialed in" when the race starts.... argh, frustrating! Other teams are getting it right, why not the #12 Alltel Dodge?? So, he came in 16th and is now 9th in the points.... can't take much more of this mediocore racing Ryan.... But... better news today... Red Sox 3, Devil Rays 1... get out the brooms, that is a sweep!!! And, Tim Wakefield passed Cy Young today for number of strikeouts! Go Wake!

Oh, and the Boston Celtics have clinched their division and will go on to the playoffs for the first time in... ?? a whole lot of years! Good luck to them - they could complete the trifecta for us!! (Red Sox/Patriots/Celtics ???) Hmmmm.... too much to hope for, I am sure!

Stitched on today: Catherine Agnes (finished the acorns this morning), and then... Miracle Butterfly

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Catherine Agnes

Image hosted by Photobucket.comIt took me a while to decide what to stitch today, but I ended up starting Catherine Agnes - this is a SAL with Karen V. - she should receive the Waterlilies I split with her for this any day now (if not already) - looking forward to seeing her progress pics too. I quit before the cut work, as I want to make sure I am wide awake for that - and am not sure my embroidery scissors are sharp enough to cut those threads neatly, so a little worried about that...

I was high bidder for The Spirit of Christmas today.... and I ordered skeins of Caron Waterlilies in Iced Lavender and Avalon as well... Stitching Bits & Bobs is having another sale so I grabbed them there.

I received my first FOTM order from Dyeing4U today - I received two fat quarters of belfast linen - one in Cameo Peach and one in Morning Dream. They are pretty, but I am not sure I have anything that Cameo Peach will work with. I am not big on pastels. You take that chance with FOTM clubs. Maybe I will hold on to it for a while and see what comes along, or I will put it on my trade list over at Fiberswappers or post it on ebay... or if any of my blog readers are interested in trading for it... cool. It's truly pretty, just not my taste. I believe the Morning Dream will work well with some of the L&L angels I have lined up.... I have been wanting a pale blue or pale lavender for one or two of them anyhow :-) ...I also received the Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading Issue No. 43 from ebay today... love those Australian charts in this one.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comIsn't this pretty? It is a Marjolein Bastin freebie that I will be receiving soon by way of Australia :-) BH&G Magazine in Australia had it to offer - I am looking forward to this one :-)

Red Sox 6, Devil Rays 2 - and a great start for Matt Clement tonight :-) Not to mention Manny Ramirez! It is safe to say he is out of his slump now with this back to back homeruns, the second of which was a Grand Slam :-) He provided all six RBIs for the Red Sox tonight!

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Wonder how they figured this one out - all they asked was what color undies am I wearing?? I said black and grey tiger print hipsters by Victoria's Secret - so they made me brown?? ROTFL!

Stitched on today: Catherine Agnes and Fairy Flora

Friday, April 15, 2005


Image hosted by Photobucket.comTonight I worked on Legends of the Dragons. "Magic," the center dragon, is starting to grow now... and I ambled on to work on a little of the knot work border too... I opted to use one strand of Waterlilies silk for mine - just a standard response for me using 32 ct. It is really delicate - I like it a lot :-)

I ordered a custom cut of Peach Grove Cashel from Sugar Maple Fabrics for Once Upon A Time - this is the fabric recommended by Laura of Passione Ricamo for this design. Mindy of Sugar Maple Fabrics was really excellent to work with - I told her what I needed the fabric for and she helped me out tremendously - I think I am going to like the fabric she will be dyeing for me in the next week or two.

I received a small order in the mail today - Wintry Mix and the embellishments for Ice Blossom - I put in a request over in the Fiberswappers group to see if anyone has a small amount of Iced Lavender Waterlilies silk that they would trade with me so that I can stitch this one :-) I really hope someone can help me out - I have tons of fibers I can trade for a small amount of

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHey, hey! Ryan Newman is on the pole again for the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 in Texas on Sunday :-) Go Rocket Man! (photo from

Red Sox 10, Devil Rays 0 - great game tonight for David Wells - seven solid innings of pitching - YES!

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work and Legends of the Dragons... not sure what I will stitch tomorrow... which one is next?

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Miracle Butterfly Progress

Image hosted by Photobucket.comTonight I chose to work on Miracle Butterfly - after waiting so long for the 010HL blending filament, I wanted to use some :-) I did more of her hair, some more of the body outline and some sparkly in her wings... during the Passione Ricamo SAL day on Sunday, I think I might do the beading of her tiara, outline her face and do the beading of her neck band... she will start to take more shape once that is done :-)

Much better night for the Red Sox - though the night was not without its dramatics! First our hitting coach gets ejected (NO clue why...), then our coach gets ejected for arguing.... but that was NOTHING compared to NYY's Gary Sheffield getting into a scuffle with a fan - the fan may or may not have tried to hit Sheffield in some way... it is way too unclear by the tape. But, what is totally clear is that Sheffield takes not one fraction of a second to react by swinging at the fan. Some news reports say he did not hit the fan, but I saw it live... it happened. What happened then? The fan gets ejected and Sheffield stays in the game?? What???? Since when can you hit someone and get NO consequences? ( acknowledges the incident as it was seen on TV: "Jason Varitek's two-run triple made it a three-run game, but as Sheffield went to field it, he appeared to be hit in the head by a fan who was reaching for the ball, prompting him to take a swing at the spectator. Security intervened quickly and no further swings were taken, though the game was stopped for a few minutes as tempers settled down.")

Anyhow, Red Sox 8, Yankees 5

Just Nan has two gorgeous new releases coming out in May!!! I want these (of course) - Morning Flowers and Robin's Wreath - Nan just never fails :-) But, when, oh when, will Drawn Thread have some new releases???

The new issue of Just Cross Stitch arrived today - in general, not a thrilling issue.... but, Carriage House Samplings is a featured designer and there are two Carriage House samplers in this issue. Nice!

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work and Miracle Butterfly :-)

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Earth Angel Progress

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI worked on Earth Angel tonight - I think the fabric choice was so good for this one - I worked some more on her hair and started the wreath of flowers in her hair - wow, the lavenders really look great against the Silkweaver Blue Fusion Expressions Lugana :-)
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Q. Do you "stitch with the seasons?" (This could be reflected by the
colors that you stitch with, the themes that you choose, or even that
during your favorite season you stitch more (or less) than in others.)

A. No, I don't. I am not fond of stitching anything seasonal. I am not an ornaments stitcher (we have six cats, so we don't put up a tree). I prefer to stitch items that can be put up all year. I do think I stitch more in the fall and winter than in the spring and summer, simply because I am indoors more during those cold seasons. But, since I stitch every day (if at all possible), it is not a very noticeable difference.... As for themes, my other favorite hobby is gardening - so I love spring/summer themes like gardens and garden fairies a whole lot!
Image hosted by from Just couldn't resist sharing this pic of Kevin Millar goofing around with Jason Varitek during the filming of the upcoming Boston Red Sox edition of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

Your Inner European is Russian!

Mysterious and exotic.

You've got a great balance of danger and allure.

Here I am, again influenced by the funs things recently found in

Jenn's blog! I like the answer I got on this one better than the last one - LOL!!!

Yankees 5, Red Sox 2 - sure hope tomorrow's is a better game (well, the game was good, hoping for a better outcome)!!

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher at work, and Earth Angel

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

A snow flurry today? What???

Yep, it is true - not forecasted, but very there. As my last little child client was in my office late this afternoon, she told her mom and I that she saw snow falling outside... it was hard to believe. Then when I left to go home, I was surprised to see she was right... Good thing I had a late change of heart this morning and opted not to wear sandals and did put on my leather jacket! Geesh!

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHere is where I am at now with Fairy Flora - the dense stitching of the flowers and the ruffle of her skirt sure is keeping me busy :-)

And, it is "New Release Tuesday" once again, and Mike picked up Ocean's Twelve for us - happy, happy dancing for that one!

Stitched on today: Fairy Flora and Peacock Cypher at work - finally took a couple of minutes to read Nan's clues and quickly cracked her code and can read the verse now - LOL!!! Will post a progress photo pretty soon.... just want to make a little more progress first :-)

Monday, April 11, 2005

Ring Ceremony and a big win too!

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAnd today, for the first time in 86 years, the Boston Red Sox received World Series rings :-) Here is Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez after they got theirs (photo from Even cooler, they won big over the NY Yankees in today's home opener, 8-1. It was great to see Derek Lowe and Dave Roberts there too. Too bad Orlando Cabrera, Doug Mientkiewicz and Nomar Garciaparra weren't there. Nobody expected Pedro Martinez. He is still off feeling jilted by the Red Sox.... silly.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAnd today was Petal Fairy day! I reset the pixels on my camera and am beginning to take some better photos for my blog now. I really like stitching this one - I wish I could get her in more than once a week :-)

Some really nice mail today - I finally got in the order from Paw Prints Cross Stitch today with the long awaited 010HL blending filament for Miracle Butterfly, so that I can finally fill in some gaps during next weekend's SAL day... and also the 902 #8 perle cotton for Love Letters, two of the Kreinik braids for Midnight Hunting, and Camouflage Silk 'n Colors for Castleton Sampler, so most of these projects are about ready to go now :-) I also received the embellishments today for Peacock Cypher (yay!!) and the three pretty little Liz Turner Diehl knot garden charts from ebay as well.....

The Golden Grains Wildflowers for Catherine Agnes came in today - so all is here now for that one! Karen V., just give me a day or two now to sit down and get the threads together for our fiber swap and I will zip them out to you :-)

Stitched on today: Petal Fairy

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Finally, some little spring blooms in my garden! These are my little tete a tete daffodils, that are in one of the happiest, sunniest spots in my garden. I bought these little bulbs, already forced, in a small pot in the winter of 2001 while we were living in an apartment in Bedford, NH. We had just sold our house in Derry, NH and were building this one in Auburn, NH. I needed some indoor garden.... and they are here, early, every year for me still! You can see that some daylilies are now also spreading over to them and are already trying to come up too :-)
Image hosted by Photobucket.comToday was Passione Ricamo SAL day, and here is my progress now on Miracle Butterfly. I am enjoying her, but I keep hitting these areas that call for the 010HL blending filament, and this is hard to believe, but that fiber still has not arrived :-( I emailed Paw Prints Cross Stitch, and they say it was already shipped... I am hoping it will come in this week. I have so many areas I want to fill in on her. She has a face now, yay! *****If you would like to join our SAL, please do! There are no formal rules or commitments. Just if you feel like stitching on a Passione Ricamo design on a Sunday, then you are with us! It is great if you can post a progress pic after your stitching day at the link above... once I finish this project, I plan to stay with PR Sundays and just start a different pattern :-) It has been a fun group so far, this is week 3.

Well, the Red Sox had another ugly day - they lost again - Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3. I am looking forward to their home opener and World Series ring ceremony tomorrow - I even took the day off from work to watch it :-) But, on a brighter note.... Image hosted by from Newman battled back from this lap one bump with Scott Riggs to come in fourth this afternoon in the Advance Auto Parts 500 in Martinsville, West Virginia.... and now back in the Top 10 for points, coming in now at 8th in points! Yes! Fun race to watch - nice to see the determination this week to gain points.

I had a couple of ebay wins today - Issue No. 43 of Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading (great chart of Sydney Harbour in this one!), a trio of Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braids (great, could nix them off of my wish list).... and two great Red Sox T-Shirts too - one Damon, one Wells :-)

Gorgeous weather today - didn't get to stitch a ton, spent time in the garden, going for a ride with Mike in the Vette with the top down, just a nice spring day in the 70's here in New Hampshire :-)

Stitched on today: Earth Angel for a little while this morning to finish up an area in her hair where I left off really late last night, and Miracle Butterfly

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Earth Angel frustrations....

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThis photo is a bit washed out and looks a bit blurry on my laptop screen (sorry if it looks that way on yours too, the original photo looked fine), but here is how Earth Angel is looking now - after several hours of fighting with her (aka more frogging) - she has not been very kind to me at all. However, now that I have given her her face, I am hoping she will become a friendlier stitch. Yikes, all that frogging, but now everything lines up perfectly. I thought I knew what was causing me problems (those blasted shaded repeat lines, that are unlike any others I have seen before.... took me forever to figure them out)... but apparently my error occurred quite far from the shaded areas... I hope we will get along better now. My friends and regular blog readers know how much I like to get faces stitched as soon as I can on projects like this, and I am happy I got that done tonight. I hope that tomorrow I can get the face onto Miracle Butterfly, as it will be Passione Ricamo SAL day.... I wonder how Jenn, my SAL partner for Earth Angel, is progressing this week.

I received the Apple Sampler chart from an ebay seller today. I just love this one - the model is done up on 36 ct, and my friends all know I love 36 ct.

Not a good day for the Red Sox today.... Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 5... sloppy, sloppy!

We enjoyed watching Elektra (Mike's choice) and Sideways (my choice - but I am so proud of Mike for actually sitting and watching this one with me) tonight - boy, these two movies sure couldn't have been much different if they tried! And, I picked up Spanglish while I was at WalMart picking up a DVD for a friend anyhow :-)

Which Rock Chick Are You?
Found this in
Jenn's blog this morning - looked fun and gave it a try.... wish I knew more about who Tori Amos is, though - LOL! I listen more to Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver, Godsmack, etc....! (That dress she is wearing is really bugging me :-)

Stitched on today: Peacock Cypher (just for a little while as I watched the baseball game, not enough to scan in, just most of the other peacock in the top band...) and Earth Angel (really working hard to make friends with her tonight...)