Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stitch from Stash - March

Well, we all knew it was going to happen sooner or later.  I fell of the "Stitch from Stash" wagon this month.  Yup, I caved...

Here are my purchased pretties...

Labyrinths and Inlays by Vickery Collections

CT2 by AAN
(I plan to stitch this design on a piece of dark blue fabric w/ white silk and beads that are already in my stash)

My grand total of damage this month is $15.25.  CT2 was $8.50 and Labyrinths was $6.75.
Once my wolf gets finished (I still have a boatload of back-stitching to do!), it will be fun to start something new!
Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Wolf Update - half of a happy dance!

I finally have a "half of a happy dance" update on my wolf!  All of the "regular" cross stitching has been finished,  Now, on to the backstitching.  I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am!!!!
As most of you know, this is my second attempt at trying to finish this project.  I tried it about a year and a half ago and messed it up so badly, that there was nothing for me to do but ditch it.
This is a piece that I'm making for our son.  Poor guy has had SO many medical challenges over the past couple of years.  I'm in awe of how many moments when he's pressed forward when I was a puddle of tears of what he was facing.  He gave me encouragement to try stitching this again...and has been a big cheerleader all the way.
There is a LOT of backstitching that needs to be done but I'm starting to see the finish line!  Whoo-hoo!!!

As soon as this project is "finished, finished", I'm going to be having a little give-a-way to celebrate, so stay tuned for that.  Also, stay tuned, because this gal is going to treat herself  to some sweet new stitching stash!  I'm hoping to stay "on budget" with my stitch from stash goals, but I have some gift cards saved up and I'm going to have me some good "Stash Enhancement Experiences" that I'll be happy to share with you!

Hugs and Grace,

("Call of the Wolf by  Dimensions.  I substituted Antique White 28 -ct Jobelyn)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Stitch from Stash - February

This has been another "no spend" month for me.  I'm REALLY hoping that before too long, I'll have my wolf finished and then, I'll be treating myself to some NEW stash!  I have some $ that I got for Christmas/My birthday and I'll be very happy to stimulate the stitching economy.   :)
(I've trained my peeps well - they know that I LOVE stash money/gift cards for special occasions.)

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, February 09, 2015

Yet another wolf update

This is my wolf as of this afternoon.  I feel like I keep stitching the same "green gray, light green gray, brown gray and pink brown gray" stitches over and over.   The color scheme is definitely falling on the side of "boring" at this point.  LOL.  I have an idea that the next design I choose to  stitch will have LOTS of "rainbow" colors!   :)
I'm happy with the progress I've made with the amount of "free" time that I've had to stitch.

I hope those of you dealing with all sorts of weather woes are staying safe...looks like it's been pretty ugly coast-to-coast.  And, just because I want all of you to move to Florida and be my stitching buddies, here's a picture I took at Disney last Wednesday.

Pretty sweet, huh? Just saying...   :)

Hugs and Grace,

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stitch from Stash - January 2015

Once again, I'm going to be participating in "Stitch from Stash".  I enjoyed the "push" last year that it gave me to be a bit more mindful of my stitching-related purchases and helped me to be grateful for the beautiful stash that I already own.

My report for this month is that I've spent $0!  I have really been trying to work on the I haven't been tempted to purchase anything new - YET.

I have found myself seriously enabled by some beautiful pieces I've seen that have been or are being stitched by wonderful stitchers "out there".   I know that as soon as the Wolf meets it's finish, I'm going to reward myself with some new stitchy goodness! 

I'm looking forward to a wonderful new year of stitching, blogging, commenting, and world peace.  (If only!!)

Hugs and Grace,

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A wolf, a frame and a stand.

Wow, how's that for a run-on blog title?   First, the wolf:

I'm getting there!  I'm really happy with the progress I've made since my last update.

Now for my frame and the stand:

Several months ago, my hubby and I were playing the game,  "if you had "x" amount of dollars to spend (only on yourself!) what would be at the top of your list.?   Of course, we all know that top of my list would be something stitching-related!  :)    I had seen the millenium frame in use on some of the "floss tube" videos I love to watch.  So, because we were being completely decadent, I put the frame and stand at the top of my list.  I have a couple of issues that were starting to make stitching a bit more difficult and I've thought that a floor stand might help.
Anyway...  guess what showed up at my doorstep??? 
These don't come cheap, but I can see this stand lasting the rest of my life and then some.

It has so many ways it can be's perfect for me.  I have become used to now doing two-handed stitching and I love it!  I also love how easy it is to pick up the frame and turn it over for starting and stopping threads.  The frame itself can be configured to fit nearly any design size.  The frame can also be used by itself without the floor stand and works well that way too.  (I wanted to stitch on our lanai to take advantage of our lovely weather but didn't want to take the stand outside.  It was great).  Hubby got me the "standard" size and one other set of bars that will accommodate larger projects. Who knew my sweet hubby was listening (and apparently taking notes!) during that "pillow talk" conversation from a few months ago?  See why I think he's such a keeper?  There are other reasons too but I'll save those for another post!  LOL
 Before I posted this, hubby asked me to mention that because these are made by hand and are such fine workmanship, don't order one if you're in a rush.  It took him 5 months to get this from order date to delivery date.

I'm a happy stitcher and a blessed wife...

Hugs and Grace,
(Frame and Stand from Needleneeds    -  )

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The end of a year....

Well, the wolves and I have become great friends in 2014.  I'm really hoping that I'll be great friends with the three remaining wolves yet to be stitched.  I'm really, really hoping that the wolves will be finished and framed in 2015!   :)

I'm going to put a few stitches into a new start tomorrow (by Rosewood Manor) and then head back to the wolves to get them finished up.

This wasn't a year that showed many finishes but it was a year that as a family, we pulled together and powered through some pretty rocky health scares and challenges.  I think that we lived out our favorite saying "Family: forever, for always and no matter what".  (I know that there's a cross stitch design that has this saying - does anyone know the designer?  I'd LOVE to stitch it!)

We were able to spend time with our wonderful little grandson who lights up our lives at every mention of his name.  (Oh yea, we love his parents too! LOL)  We love all our boys - each one of them are really something special!

We lost our sweet girl, Tea Tzu and our hearts still hurt and miss her.  It was also the year that Shelby arrived on our doorstep and she's opened the part of our hearts reserved just for her. 

We're blessed... and grateful... what a wonderful way to begin a New Year!!

Hugs and Grace,