Friday, January 29, 2016

January 2016

Hello everyone,
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments - they keep me inspired. I'm still going to try to post once a month - Hopefully I'll be able to.
First, I finished this lovely gem from Mill Hill
Charmed Mitten Ornament
Counted Glass Bead Kits
MHCM10 Sampler © 1998 Mill Hill Designed by Mary Jurgens-Jones
14ct perforated paper
DMC
Mill Hill Beads and Petite Beads
Stitch Count: 32 x 46, varies 2, 3 or 6 over 1
Cross stitch, half cross stitch, and Rhodes Stitches




The next picture says it all. I really shouldn't kit up a project late at night. I was picking out something small to work on at my Dad's multiple Dr. visits - and I wanted to get a few presents done early in the year - so I chose this lovely design from Foxwood Crossings. I couldn't find  a few of the called for hand-dyed threads so I took out my DMC Bobbins. Did I mention it was late at night? Anyhow, I grabbed DMC 3760 instead of the called for 3750. I do like the finish.. but I am sure that someday soon I will stitch it again with the called for color. I ordered the sled - am waiting for it to arrive.


Foxwood Crossings Harrisburg Winter© 2015 Cynthia Stalcup Smelcer DBA Foxwood Crossings
14ct perforated paper Mill Hill Midnight Blue
DMC Threads
Stitch Count 29 x 51, 3 strands over 1
Cross stitch, backstitch







A closer look...

















I did work on Mystic Garden - just not enough for a picture - maybe next month I'll have more to show.

So, what have I been working on? Well - since I couldn't find my threads, I started to organize some of my stitching supplies - which is very good - but I  unearthed so many treasures that I had forgotten about. Can you tell that I didn't start with my threads? Finding some duplicates along the way so I'm thinking about some giveaways in the near future.

New stash? Well I didn't have much time to do any shopping, but I did forget to tell you about a lovely gift I received from DH. He ordered the exclusive five part series from Silver Needle - A little help from my friends stitching circle that was available for a limited time from the Silver Needle. He gave me the first 2 for my December birthday and Christmas - lovely kits from Blackbird Designs and Chessie & Me. Shortly after the new year the next one arrived - Jeanette Douglas Designs! I'm looking forward to the final ones from Shepherd's Bush and Lizzie Kate.

Dad had a good report from his various Drs. We had 4 visits within  10 days - all of his appointments were 90+ miles away (one-way).

Bucky and Samantha are doing well - tomorrow they have their annual visit - lyme vaccination, shots, blood work,  etc.

I'll leave you with a visitor earlier this week.

Have a wonderful day!

Until next time - happy stitching!
Lisa M.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wishing You a Happy New Year!

Hello everyone,
December is always a busy month - but this year it seemed to be more busy than usual. It must be because winter held off which meant lots more days for holiday events.

My younger brother and I both turned a year older mid-month.

Bucky and Samantha are doing better now - especially since the snow finally arrived and they can climb the snow banks to see what other critters have been around.

This is a slow time for my stitching as I cook all the holiday meals (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day) for family and single friends - and this year I had quite a few pies to make: some for family, friends and our local historical society fundraiser at the Christmas Bazaar. Then there were extra shopping trips with my Mom and then with my Dad since they prefer to have me drive.

My cards and packages were all mailed in time although one package coming from my brother in Florida went on vacation for a week - and showed up earlier this week. So I was able to have an extra Christmas! (LOL!)

Santa and family members treated me to some stitching  treats - gift cards. Now to decide what to spend them on.

My very little stitching was adding 200 stitches to Mystic Garden.

2013BB SAL QS Mystic Garden (It is a cropped version of Peacock Garden.)
Design by Michele Sayetta Artwork by Ciro Marchetti
28ct Picture this Plus Valor
Stitch Count: 139 x 138, 1 over 1 full cross
DMC & Kreinik#4
Now at 6240 completed.






I also started this Mill Hill kit while in the waiting room for my car inspection...
Charmed Mitten Ornament
Counted Glass Bead Kits
MHCM10 Sampler © 1998 Mill Hill Designed by Mary Jurgens-Jones
14ct perforated paper
Stitch Count: 32 x 46, varies 2, 3 or 6 over 1
DMC
Mill Hill Beads and Petite Beads
Hopefully I can finish this up in a few days as I am itching to start something new.




DH treated me to a few new Heaven and Earth charts: Here are the links as I haven't printed them out yet.
Mini Last Look Artwork by Renee Biertempfel
Protector Artwork by Anne Stokes   *His favorite
Gwyneria Artwork by Fred Winkler
Mini Night Unseen Artwork by Chris Ortega
and Storykeep Secret Door Artwork by Babette Vandenberg

Wishing you all a very Happy & Healthy New Year filled with lots of nice surprises.
Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Saturday, November 28, 2015

November Update

Hello everyone,
Sorry this post is a little late. I had planned on posting earlier this week but got busy with some things including holiday prep and an unexpected trip to the vet for Bucky and Samantha. Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments.


We were lucky to see the vet last Saturday afternoon as both of our dogs have an ear infection. Bucky and Samantha are doing better now that they have had almost one week of medicine.

Here they are enjoying the sunrise a few days ago.





We had some really nice sunrises lately.


















We've also had a few evenings of black ice. Today temps are near freezing and we are getting some snow flurries.

By now you already know that dear sweet Mel has closed down the stitch from stash group. That didn't stop me from continuing to make some progress on my current project. 




Last month at 4640 stitches finished -







Now at 6040 stitches completed! Just a little more to go to have a full page finished.

2013BB SAL QS Mystic Garden (It is a cropped version of Peacock Garden.)
Design by Michele Sayetta Artwork by Ciro Marchetti
28ct Picture this Plus Valor
Stitch Count: 139 x 138, 1 over 1 full cross
DMC & Kreinik#4



No purchases of stash this month... but next month should be fun as it will be my birthday month as well as Christmas - and Heaven and Earth Designs is having a sale.....I wonder what will fall into my shopping cart this time.....



















Thanksgiving was a nice day spent with family. I am so grateful to have this time with them as last year DH was in the hospital with an infection in his replacement hip and my Dad was recovering from heart surgery.

Until next time,
Wishing you many wonderful days!
Lisa M.