Saturday, October 8, 2016

September - October update

Hello Everyone,
This month I have some more stitching smalls to share from the last few months.

My brother's visit was very nice - He stayed for 9 days - Left the day after Labor Day. Now he is on his way to his new home in the Southwest.
I'm a little late in this posting - My Dad had a health issue that landed him in the hospital for almost a week. Lots of tests later they determined that his renal artery was narrowed causing the high blood pressure event... Dr. changed some of his medications - also determined that his balance was off due to an inner ear issue - saw the rehab specialist - now waiting for his blood pressure to stabilize before any more progress can be made for his balance problem caused by an inner ear issue.

Dad was released just in time to celebrate as this week is my Mom & Dad's 54th wedding anniversary. Since they can't go out - I made them a special dinner. And last week DH & I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary.

Fall weather came about mid-month September.  Pine cones and acorns are scattered among the falling leaves.The apples have continued to fall since the end of last month ....
The apple trees (wild and planted ) and crab apple trees are loaded this year.

which means more of these visitors.....


So here are the finishes mentioned in my last post that I wanted to share:

This lovely has been kitted up for awhile... I wanted to try out the GAST wool threads and this seemed the perfect project. I left off the year and did not put in my initials.
Bonnie Rose © Louise Henderson (Cherished Stitches) 2014
Fabric: 36ct.Lakeside Linens  Vintage Light Examplar
Threads: Gentle Art Wool
Stitch Count: 51 x 51, 1 over 2

Found this freebie on the internet
Christmas Hearts by Just Nan
Fabric: 28ct raw linen
Threads: DMC + Kreinik Balger
Mill Hill Petite Beads
Stitch Count: 43 x43, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Satin Stitch, Rhodes Heart, Beading


I received this pattern when my LNS was closing
Darling Buds Designed by Carol Tinson ©2006
Fabric: 28ct cream linen
Threads: DMC
Mill Hill Petite Beads
Stitch Count: 47 x43, 2 over 2
Cross, Stitch, Backstitch, Smyrna Stitch, Eyelet Stitch


September Leaves ©2008 Handblessings
Fabric: 14ct antique brown perforated paper
Threads: DMC (called for #8 pearl, but I chose to use 4 strands of regular floss)
Stitch Count: 23 x 23, 4 over 1
Cross Stitch
I think this would make a very nice scissor fob if I stitch in on black... hmmmm.....


Still working on patriotic projects.. I chose to split this design and stitched the parts separately to make 2 bookmarks
I love USA © Madame Chantilly
Fabric: 28ct glass blue monoco
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count (each 1/2): 31 x 79, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch


Stash this month: I ordered one of the Victoria Sampler Hearts of America charts - I'm hoping to make each of the 3 states my Brother has lived in for his Christmas Ornaments this year. This month's mail also brought my kit from Silver Needle which is part of the Circle of Friends... and my Just Cross Stitch Ornaments magazine that is part of my subscription. So many choices... what to stitch next?

Bucky and Samantha have a vet visit and the end of this month - just to check on their liver and thyroid levels...DH also has a few scattered health appointments throughout the month.

Hopefully I'll be back at the end of this month with more to share. I'll leave you with these lovely fall colors.


Until Next time-
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

August Update some summer stitching

Hello Everyone,
This month I have some more stitching smalls to share.

I dug out this older freebie that I found when I was organizing some of my patterns
Summer House © 2006 Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 28ct raw Linen (DMC 3782)
Threads: Crescent Colors now Classic Colorworks
Stitch Count: 53 x 53, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch

Next...A year of Celebrations -July Published in Cross-stitch & Needlework July 2014 (
Designer Cathy Habermann of Hands on Design
Fabric: 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast  (DMC 613)
Threads: Weeks, GAST
Stitch Count: 50 x 50, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Backstitch

Then I stitched this lovely Shepherd's Bush Freebie
Free © 2008 Teri Richards
Fabric: 28ct Newport Cream with Tan lines
Threads: Crescent Colors now Classic Colorworks
Stitch Count: 49 x49, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Backstitch, long stitch

DH had his appointment for another cortisone shot in his back so I took along this project from The Nebby Needle:
© Bonny Wormer 2016
Fabric: 28ct mystery linen that was part of a bookmark grab bag (DMC 3024)
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count:99 x 22, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch

I have a few more finishes, but I'll save them for next month as my Brother just arrived from Florida for a few days. It will be a nice visit since I rarely see him and he is moving to the Southwestern US when he leaves.

My Dad had his ear cleaning appointment - will return in 6 months. Dad also had his hearing aids checked - next adjustment and check in 6 months. July has been hot & very dry. The heat this past month has been brutal - Dad had a slight episode the day after his appointment - we think heat exhaustion - so had his rest for a few days in his AC living room.He also saw his endocrinologist a few days ago... numbers are improving - next visit in December.

The heat also affected Bucky & Samantha... thankfully their appetites have started to return and their strength improved after the heat broke. Although a few days ago Bucky slipped while going up the stairs  (and slid down 4 steps to the landing).  Luckily nothing was broken although he seemed to be a bit sore the next few days. Lots of rest and TLC for him.

No new stash this month.

I'm looking forward to the cooler weather and more time stitching my Heavenly (HAED) projects.

Until Next time- I'll leave you with a glorious sunset (do you see the rainbow?)


... and a beautiful sunrise.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 29, 2016

July patriotic stitching - Update

Hello everyone,
I seem to be back on track.
July has been HHH (hazy, hot & humid).
The deer ate most of my hosta plants so I've been busy keeping the hummingbird feeders filled.

But nothing says summer like some patriotic, reading and baseball themes.

I managed to dig out some lovely projects this month - just didn't have enough time to finish all of them - so maybe I'll have more of them to share next month.
I found this older freebie on the back page of a newsletter (November 2001) from Cross Stitch and More, Inc. that was included in a care package from my brother in Florida.
Land That I Love by Erica Michaels
Fabric: 28ct PTP Fog (3024) ** Pattern calls for stitching over 2 on 18ct mountain mist
and finishing as a bellpull- instead this will be a cute little pin pillow finish.
Threads: WDW and substituted HDF Magpie Tears for the Deep Sea since my skein went missing (found it after I ordered a replacement and had already finished this)
Stitch Count: 22 x 53, 2 over 2 , Cross Stitch

Then I finished this up (This was one of my take along projects to Dr. visits )
Jefferson Quotation Bookmark  Kit PC-1504 © 2012 The Posy  Collection
Designer: Ceil Humphreys
Fabric: 18ct Charles Craft Ivory Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 120 x32, 2 over 1
Cross, Stitch, Back Stitch, Long Stitch, French Knot

Next I wanted a cute summer fun stitch, so I chose this
Hootie Baseball Let's Play Ball (This was a Hootie Single)© PinoyStitch 2016
Fabric: 14ct Blue Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 31 x 37, 2 over 1
Cross, Stitch, Back Stitch, Long Straight Stitch

Then I remembered that I had this lovely design kitted up - from the August 2014 Issue of Just Cross Stitch
Flowers & Flag Hornbook & Pincushion © Designs by Elizabeth Talledo of Dames of the Needle / Finger Work.
Fabric: 35ct Weeks Dye Works Cocoa
Threads: WDW, GAST and substituted  DMC 310 for the Nun's stitch
Stitch Count  - Pincushion: 35 x 35, 2 over 2 **I really should read the directions before starting - It calls for 1 strand over 2

and Hornbook...
Stitch Count  - Hornbook: 54 x 78, 2 over 2 *** I kept using 2 strands to match the pincushion- still have to complete the nun stitch border and paint my hornbook
Cross, Stitch, Nun's Stitch

Then when I was putting away my magazine, I quickly glanced through the pages and found this cute little design that I could make into a scissor fob. Fireworks Tag as published in the August 2014 Issue of Just Cross Stitch Design by Elizabeth Spurlock
Such a quick stitch - I just might do it again on black fabric as I expect the metallic threads will really pop.
Fabric: 40ct Misty Rain
Threads: DMC Light Effects & DMC Metallic
Stitch Count:33 x 33, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch

I also worked on 2 take along projects...will share all the details when I get them finished.

New Stash!
I ordered : The JCS Halloween issue, Imaginating Wild Animals Bookmarks, Hinzeit Love Dogs & Love Baseball, Just Nan Romeo Mouse, Heartstring Samplery Grand Old Flag Pin Drum - and a few skeins of threads.

After I sent my order in, I found there is a companion piece to the above Dames of the Needle Design - Flowers & Flag Tall Drum  - I just might have to get it!

Samantha went to the vet early this month for her necessary blood work - liver showed some improvement so the Denamarin seems to be working, and her thyroid levels were right where we need them so medication stayed the same. He did find that she had another yeast ear infection so tried a different medicine. Bucky is doing fine although this long stretch of Hazy Hot & Humid has their appetites diminished and their siesta times increasing- only when it is cooler late at night do they have lots of increased energy and appetites.

DH had some eye surgery to remove cysts and skin tags that were affecting his vision - much better now - even has some new glasses coming. Next month is the next cortisone shot in his back.

My Dad had a follow-up for his leg bypass surgery - there is a point in his thigh that has significantly increased velocity - might need a stent in the near future - but primary wants a repeat ultrasound and PVT test done first. So looks like August might be another busy month.

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!