March 31, 2011

ABC Hornbook (and the winner)

Here's my ABC Hornbook finish. It was while I was stitching this last month, that the terrible accident happened, which claimed Lisa's life. Such a tragedy, there really are no words. She will be missed.

Design by The Primitive Needle

Stitched on 36 ct. Earthen by Picture This Plus, using recommended WDW and GA threads.


Well, I have more Primitive Needle finishes to show, but since this post is picture heavy already, I will save them for later.

The winner (chosen by the random generator thing) of the Remember Me chart is Laurie! Thanks to all who entered the drawing and for everyone that takes the time to leave a kind word :)

Life is short, but LOVE is forever. Love those around you without measure.

March 23, 2011

Remember Me

Hello sweet friends! How are you? Ready for Spring? The weather here in Texas has been beautiful! Even though fall is my very favorite time of year, Spring runs a close second :)

Despite being hit with a second round of the "creepy crud" as we call it, my stitching fingers are still working. Hot off the needle is my latest finish...

From Blackbird Designs Reward of Merit Sampler, Remember Me
Stitched on 35 ct. Parchment linen, by WDW
Over two with one strand Gentle Art threads in Aged Pewter and Cidermill Brown

In that second picture you can see an old pocket watch that my husband has had for years. He found it a long time ago, can't recall the exact details, but it's very old and very neat. It's not in the best of shape, but we treasure it and wonder about who it may have belonged to.

I'd like to offer someone the chart for the above finish. I accidentally marked it with my highlighter (thought it was my working copy), but it's just a small part and won't affect the stitching of the design :)

If you're interested in having it, just let me know in the comment section on this post. And please tell me about something old that you treasure.
I'll draw a name this weekend.

And in Pug news, Astro wants to know if you think he's handsome....

He's thinking about Daisy and how she's always on the lookout for a sexy pug, and wonders if he qualifies :)

March 11, 2011


Next time I decide to go off and take a bloggin' break, someone please take a switch to my backside! Uploading pics to blogger is taking forever today. That'll teach me!

So, in no particular order, here are some projects that were completed during my blogging absence (all pics are clickable)....

First up, Trudy's Flower by Elizabeth's Garden (daughter of Kathy Barrick)

This one I started, oh gosh, who knows how long ago, and I just couldn't get into that much. Finally decided it was because I was using one strand of DMC over two, and the coverage was "meh" at best. Thankfully, one of my daughters enjoys frogging (she takes after her father, go figure), so she ripped out all I'd done (which was about a quarter of it, so I could start over on that piece of fabric.

So, with TWO strands of DMC, over two on the 36 ct. Barn Owl, it was much better.
Dated 2009 because that's the date it had on it before daughter ripped it out.

Next, Dainty Housewren by Carriage House Samplings
Stitched on 40 ct. Ink Spot Black with Needlepoint Silk.

I left off the beads because they just seemed HUGE and too busy on this piece.

This one is Snow Day, from With they Needle & Thread

Stitched on 35 ct. Confederate Gray linen by WDW, with two strands of DMC over two.

A very fun stitch!

This one, I've done before, for an exchange I was in. Liked it so much that I had to do it again

The design is from Chartmakers, and is called Christmas Night.
Stitched with DMC and WDW threads, on 32 ct. black Belfast, over two.

I'm thinking it would be nice to get it made into a bag like before. My friend Patti did the previous one. Maybe Tobie can help me out this time ;)

That's all for now. Oh wait....pugs!! As requested by MaryLou :)

Someone stole Mom's stitchin' chair....

and promptly got kicked out and put next to his brother ;)

They really cannot stand it when they can't sit right beside me. We got them that big pillow you see in the second picture, which I would pull up right beside me in the sun room, but they'll have NO part of it, thankyouverymuch. Astro says "You wasted your money Dad! We'd all be much happier with a bigger stitching chair" :)

Happy weekend y'all. Stay tuned for more finishes...will post next week :)

March 09, 2011

well, hello!

Anyone still out there? Hello! It's me, Andrea, and yep, I'm still kickin', chickens! Not sure how time flies by so quickly and how four months have passed since I made a decent post here! Yesterday I was at my eye doctor, getting my annual exam for contacts. Except that it had been TWO years since I'd been there. NO WAY! She showed me my chart as proof, since I didn't believe her, lol! Why is it, the older we get, the faster time flies? Oh well. You know that expression...time flies, whether you're having fun or not!

Anyway. I'm blessed that even when my life gets busy and hectic, I am still able to stitch. So I have lots of stitching to share, almost too much! My plan is to break it up into several posts. Also been doing a LOT of cooking and baking...if I'm on your list on Facebook, you already know this, lol! Sometimes I think I post too much about food. But it's a passion, as well as my stitching.

This is a little something that I stitched a long time ago and sent out for finishing. Love what she did with it!

Love is All You Need
Freebie by Bent Creek

Will be back with more that I've done, but for now, I must share a couple of gifts I'd received for Christmas.

Becky sent me this adorable little cupcake pincushion she made.

I think the design is from Blackbird Designs, but not 100% sure. It's just the cutest bitty thing you've ever seen! Thank you so much Becky, sorry to be so late in posting about it!

From my dear friend Patti:

Design by Carriage House Samplings. Filled with crushed walnut shells and also finished by (?), isn't it beautiful?

OK, one more from me ;-)

Bent Creek Winter Snapperland
I'd stitched this one a while back and sent to my sweet friend Tobie, to do her magic on it. I LOVE what she did :)

The fabrics she used couldn't have been more perfect! I have more Tobie finishing to share with you later :)

That's all for now. If you're still around after all these months, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I promise to come out and play more often ;)