Sunday, March 3, 2019

February 2019 - Let it snow...

Hi everyone,
It's been a colder than normal month with lots of snow - and several storms of icy mix ...but not as much snowfall as my brother has seen in his new traveling nurse posting. He is in Prescott Arizona since the end of January and he has been re-introduced to winter with record snowfall amounts. Much different than his last 30+ years in sunny Florida.

Since we've had a lot of snowy days, I thought that it was time for a snowman or 3...shoveling and power outages have kept me out of my sewing room.. but looking forward to getting in there this coming week to get these finished up.

I started out with this cute ornie...

Snowman Stocking© Sigrid Designs/Thumb-Elena published in the Christmas Ornaments 1997 Issue of Just Cross Stitch
Fabric: 28ct Black Jobelan
Threads: DMC
Beads: Mill Hill
Stitch Count: 70 x 35, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, back stitch

Then I moved onto this little freebie... (thinking about finishing this as a flat fold )

Yahoo Snow Day ©Sisters & Best Friends
Fabric: 28ct opalescent Luguna Silkweaver Snow Storm
Threads: GAST
Beads: Mill Hill
Stitch count: 44 x 75, 2over 2
Cross Stitch

And yet another freebie..

Snowman's Surprise Complimentary Design ©2007 Sharon Crescent for Crescent Colors
Fabric: 18ct Zweigart Stone Grey Aida instead of the called for Abecedarian
Threads: Crescent Colors / Classic Colorworks

Stitch count: 50 x 74, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch

Another freebie, this was was fun although I has the frog visit more than once on this one.

Cardinal Mitten © November 2018  The Cross-Eyed Cricket
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Silkweaver Spanish Moss
Threads: DMC
Stitch count:42 x 43, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, French Knots


And then getting tired of the white threads, I returned to:

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
DMC & Kreinik#4
Stitch Count: 139 x 138, 1 over 1 full cross
January 30, 2019: 15140 completed now at 15910 stitches completed

New Stash:

Rosewood Manor:Christmas Blues


Midnight stitching Heartstruck, Heartstruck Holidays, Heartstruck Seasons I, a few rainbow gallery threads, kreinik blending threads,  and some beads so I could finish a few things from last month

Waxing Moon Designs Winter grows on you, and The stitching bear's snowflake kisses


I also received my February installment of the Silver Needle Stitching with friends circle kit

What I've read: 
I started Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis I'm enjoying it - but have been too tired at night to do much reading. Hopefully, things will get better in the next few weeks as daylight increases and temps start to climb.


We've seen a parade of deer on the property... these were taken just a few days ago.. after nibbling on the thorn apple...

this one turned and looked at me  as if to say... "where are the apples"?

They've been eating everything in sight... I'm sure my azaleas have been a tasty treat for them... Hopefully they left enough to recover... although I doubt I'll see many flowers from them this year.

So looking forward to the next month or so ... or at least spring when it gets looks like we will finally be getting rid of our dial-up internet... FIOS is coming to our road sometime in the next 4-6 weeks - we need Mother Nature to cooperate - our existing phone line runs underground...not sure if this will be underground once spring gets here (MAY?)- said they'll lay on the ground and come back to bury... or if they'll run an overhead line...just waiting for the snow to melt so they can get to a pole on the property to determine best option.

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

January 2019 Update - A Very Snowy New Year

Hi everyone,
It's time to share what I've been up to this past month.

Made a little progress on

 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
DMC & Kreinik#4
Stitch Count: 139 x 138, 1 over 1 full cross
December 31, 2018: 14350 complete, now at 15140 completed


next I started this Christmas Ornament
The Little House Mouse © Judith Tuttle of Twisted Oaks
published in the JCS Christmas Ornaments 2012
Fabric: 28ct white
Threads: NPI, NPI Northern Lights
Beads: Mill Hill
Stitch count front: 24 x 45
Stitch count back: 30 x 53
Cross stitch, some 1 over 1, fractional stitches, back stitch, french knot

 All that is left is the red and gold beads. I went searching for the petite gold beads - but came up empty. I checked all the usual places, so I guess I'll have to order some (and when I do, this missing packet will show up).

I liked the look of this little freebie- but I wanted a more winter-y I chose a gray fabric.
freebie can be found here...

Winter Bird © 2017 Robin Sample / October House Fiber Arts
Fabric: 28ct stormy grey (Wichelt)
Threads: GAST and DMC (instead of the pebble as my pebble blended into the fabric too much)
Stitch count: 42 x 25
Cross Stitch, small amount of over 1 for the beak and legs

My Jeep was in the shop - the check engine light came on when I started it after picking up some groceries for Mom & Dad. Thankfully the bill wasn't too bad as it only needed another thermostat.and I got it back just before the storm...

21+ inches on Snow on the 20th...the gusty winds broke the birch - but it still might survive as it wasn't the main trunk branch. More spring clean-up

So instead of stitching some snowy things, I opted for this lovely fall colors pattern that was in my freebie binder.

Autumn © 1999 Lindy James Designs, Inc.
(I believe that this was Melissa Billam who now designs as ScissorTail Designs)
Fabric: 32ct Willow Green Belfast (instead of the New Khaki) ~ DMC 372
Threads: GAST and DMC
Stitch count: 50 x 29
Cross Stitch, Backstitch


 So pretty..

Weather changed and we had a mix/mostly rain last weekend with temps dropping into the teens so now our driveway has about 2" ice on it. Spent a few days chopping the ice but with the cold temps, not much came up... sanded and salted.. but it's still a mess. Couldn't do much stitching and my time for finishing was non-existent. So hopefully next month, I'll have some time in my sewing room for some finishing.  I did find a few spare minutes to make some ort catchers for the ladies in my birthday floss club.

I picked this lovely up a few evenings ago,
Valentine Sentiments: Pick Me © Frony Ritter Designs published in Just Cross Stitch February 2017
Fabric: 14ct white perforated paper
Threads: DMC
Beads: Mill Hill
Stitch count: 42 x 40, 2over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Straight Stitch, Beads

I still have to finish the beading and backstitch... I took this picture a few days ago. I'm getting close to running out of the red beads so it might be time to get them ordered so I can actually finish something.

More snow today. Expecting another 8-12" + so I've been wasting time looking online at ...yup, snowman patterns.  I guess it has something to do with today... car battery was almost dead yesterday.. dropped off at mechanic last evening, picked it up today only to have DH vehicle get stuck in driveway so had to get it towed up the driveway .

Stash: Last month I mentioned It wouldn't be December without a little bit of Christmas stash.

I received some fun charts...


Some small cuts of  fabric...


Some threads...


...and more threads

...a magazine...

...more threads with a chart

 The threads are for the arctic animals in the magazine above.


... And my Silver Needle A little Help from our friends Stitching Circle kit
 - this time from Summer House Stitche Workes

What I've been reading: 
Enforcing the Paw by Diane Kelly
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis
Town in a Lobster Stew by B.B. Haywood

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.