Saturday, January 31, 2009


I love looking at the beautiful French stitching blogs. Recently I found one that had the pattern and finishing instructions to make a needlebook. The book was so beautiful, I had to try. I was able to get the pattern from this site I choose a 28ct. fabric and a silk overdyed to stitch with. I made a file folder to keep the pattern in and also covered several floss bobbins. I even bought a needlekeep to match my thread. The pattern was originally given over several months last year. I would like to have the first part done by the end of February. I am really excited about this project and can't wait to get started.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vintage Flee Market

This Blackbird Design is probably one of my favorites. It has the look I love, vintage flee market. ( Just like the name ). It is the only piece of stitchery in my bedroom at the moment. This is also my favorite corner in the house right now. I found the table at a barn sale this past summer. The lamp is from my sister's house and the doilies were given to me by a friend.

Friday, January 16, 2009

In The Meadow We Can Build a Snowman

This is my first finished cross-stitch piece in 2009. I ordered the pattern from Country Sampler and asked that they include enough fabric to make two pillows. I had no idea it was stitched on 18 aida. I haven't used aida in years. It was a little odd at first stitching on aida, but then it was fine. I dyed the entire piece in tea after it was finished. I backed the pillow with a hand dyed plaid green wool from my stash. I am going to make the other pillow later this year.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


This is Chief. He joined our family this afternoon. Bryce has wanted a dog for a long time and now he has one.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Continued Challenge

Last Fall I challenged myself to do more with what I already have. I have been finishing projects that I started, making things with what I have on hand and trying not to buy anything we don't need. This year I want to continue that challenge. I have so much stuff that sometimes it is very distracting to me. I don't want to just throw things out because they are taking up space. I want to use them or give them to someone who can use them. I feel good about this challenge and I want to continue it throughout this coming year. First on my list is to finish several dolls that I started a long time ago. I am thinking about opening an Etsy shop to sell some of the things I make and collect. I need to think about it a little while longer. In the mean time, I am going to keep working towards my goal and see what I can accomplish.