Thursday, July 27, 2017

Another Jam Session

More Jam......Lots of Christmas Jam (Strawberry and Cranberry) and some Orange Marmalade.  I still want to make some Watermelon Jam and want to try Pepper Jam, too!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WIP Wednesday 7-26

Well, here it is Wednesday again, and I am stitching on another project in my screaming rotation.  This is the Santa Train Stocking by Stoney Creek. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Afternoon in London Finish

I finished Afternoon in London in the wee hours of the morning.  I stitched it to remember the time I spent in London......a very long layover at the airport in a terminal that was under construction and populated with the great unwashed.  There was a brand new TGIFridays that had just opened that day in the terminal, and two of my children and I were lucky enough to get a table there.  We just kept ordering food and drink that we really didn't want just so we could keep the table as long as possible.  Someday I hope to go back and actually see London and not just the airport.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend Jam Session

This weekend's jam session yielded Cherry Vanilla Jam and Blueberry Lemon Jam.  Both are new to me recipes and turned out really, really yummy!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jammin' Again on Thursday

Thursday's Jam session yielded 6 jars of plain Peach (I know, boring, but I like peach!) 8 jars of Fresh Peach Amaretto, and 13 jars of Raspberry Nectarine with Drambuie and Cointreau. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wednesday's Jam Session

Wednesday's Jam session yielded more Strawberry Rhubarb and some plain strawberry.  Boring, I know, but some people prefer it!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

WIP Wednesday 7-19

 Howdy, blog buddies!  It's been awhile since I posted a WIP Wednesday!  I will have to make a point to do it more regularly.  The WIP I was working on this Wednesday is Afternoon in London by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I am stitching it on the recommended fabric with the recommended fibres.  I have already done Paris and Rome, and have New York all ready to go when London is done. 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Short Jam Session this Past Weekend

This past weekend, I made Nectarine Mango Jam and Raspberry Nectarine with Drambuie and Cointreau.  They both turned out yummy.  I didn't think I would like the Nectarine Mango, but it is really good.  The Raspberry Nectarine is even better with the booze in it!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A New Start on the 17th

One of the facebook groups that I frequent has an event, where you start something new on the 17th of each month.   So.....on the 17th (Monday) I started (and finished) the Liberty House (the one at the bottom)  and on Tuesday, and did the other two houses.

These are the free Gingerbread Houses from Handblessings Designs.  Eileen Gurak releases three new ones every three months, and I am all caught up until the next release which is scheduled for Septeber.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Super Saturday!

Saturday began quite early (for me anyway).  I actually had to set my alarm!  After a quick shower, I sped off to Crystal Lake to take a class.  The class was "Merry Bells" and all the other participants had done the first day in May, which I couldn't attend.  I just got my class kit a short time ago, and although I tried to catch up, I just wasn't able to. 

The rest of the stitchers had already completed most of the stitching and were just finishing up the stitching and attaching beads, but I diligently worked on my Jessica stitches ( and there are many versions of that stitch on this piece!)  It was an enjoyable morning, and I am happy to report that my Jessica stitches were looking great!  (after many attempts)

After the class ended, I stopped in at Welcome Stitchery for just a few things.....   A friend was there and we went and had what was planned as a quick lunch.  Lots of great conversation turned it into a 'not so quick' lunch.

Then I drove over to the UFO stitching group (meets every 3rd Saturday of the month in Crystal Lake) which was already in progress.  More time to stitch on my Merry Bells and conversation with friends.

After a quick stop at Hobby Lobby for some beads and crystals (they were 50% off) a headed home. 

Dinner was an unexpected yummy deep dish pizza Lou Malnati's with John and a bottle of wine......

It was great day!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spring Banner Fin-eee!

Just finished up the stitching on Nancy Cucci's Spring Banner.  I will be teaching this project at our Needlepoint Guild in the spring, so I wanted to get it stitched ahead of time.  I am way ahead! 

It was an enjoyable stitch, once I learned how to count, that is.....can't even begin to tell you how many times I had to rip out the borders before I get it right.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

And More Jam....

Today's Jam session yielded 14 jars of Tripleberry Jam (Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry) and 19 jars of Strawberry Margarita Jam.  I must add that the Strawberry Margarita is my new favorite!

Another Jam Session

This time I made 6 jars of Blackberry, 6 jars of Strawberry Rhubarb, and 8 jars of Strawberry Lemon.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Three Gingerbread Houses

Over the past few days, I stitched these three cute little gingerbread houses.  They are free designs from Handblessings designs.  The second set of three has now been released and I will get those next time I am at Welcome Stitchery.  There will be 12 in all, and I plan to stitch them all!  There is a pack of charms for these cute little houses, but I won't add the charms until all 12 are stitched.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

A Present for Sewing Well

I have wanted to stitch this one for a long time, but the chart is out of print and when it does come up on the bay of evil, it is very, very pricey, so I have just lusted after it for some time.

One of the stitchers that attends our get together in LaPorte each year had the chart and each year, those interested can put their name in a hat, for custody of the chart for one year.  This year I was the lucky winner of the draw! 

It really was very enjoyable to stitch!  I used 27 count pyramid banding, and stitched it over 2 fabric threads with 2 strands of Waterlilies Oasis.  I need about 2 1/2 skeins, and the stitched part is 36 inches long. 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

It's Time to Jam Again!

Spent Friday afternoon making jam, the yield was 6 jars of raspberry jam and 11 jars of salted cantaloupe jam.  I had made some raspberry and tart cherry a little while ago, so that makes 30 jars so far this year.  I am not looking to repeat or exceed last year's 237 jars......

Saturday, July 01, 2017

June Progress, July Goals

June is over far too quickly!  The year is half over!  It seems like it was just January yesterday.  I managed to have 8 finishes in June, and worked on a number of other pieces too.  Never enough time to stitch!

June
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Mini Embellishment Project  finshed
French Alphabet Sampler page 3  finished
April flower of the month  finished
Landon’s Stocking
Pacific Heart  worked on it
Mini Embellishment 2  finished

Maynia Starts
December Joyful World  finished
Border Joyful World finished
Spring Banner  worked on it
Afternoon in London  worked on it
Perpetual Calendar
      #2 Sunny Day  finished
      #3 Happy Anniverary  finished
      #4 School Daze
 
Future New starts
A Present for Sewing Well worked on it
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
    #5
    #6
    #7
    #8
    #9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge

July
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking
Pacific Heart  
A Present for Sewing Well

Maynia Starts
Spring Banner  
Afternoon in London 
Perpetual Calendar
      #4 School Daze

Future New starts
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
       #5
       #6
       #7
       #8
       #9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
               Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge


 

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

3rd Panel Finished

The 3rd Panel out of 9 that need to be stitch to finish the SamSarah Designs Perpetual Calendar is done!

These little suckers take more time to stitch than you think!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

April Flowers.......

 This is the April Flower - Sweet Pea - from Ellen Maurer-Stroh's free monthly stitch a long a few years ago.  I started stitching it in January of 2016, and intended to stitch one flower each month.  That didn't quite work out for me.......but I finished the April flower today.
...that makes 4 done and 8 to go......

It really is a joy to stitch.  Very little backstitching, and the colors blend so beautifully!  I hope to get on with the May flower soon.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Page 3 is Finished!

 I started La grill mystere du Gand Marquoir at the beginning of last year.  I love stitching on it, but so many other things have needed my attention.  I pulled it out again and finished page three today. 

This is being stitched on 25 count antique white Lugana, over one fabric thread with one strand of Gloriana. 
I am now officially half done!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

Stopped in at JoAnn Fabrics because I had heard a rumor that they got in lots of new buttons. 

There were wonderful new buttons!  Mickey and Minnie, Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, and many, many more......I wanted them all, but then wondered what I would do with them.

I just couldn't resist the gnome buttons!  They are too cute.  Don't know what I will do with them, but they followed me home.............  The only problem is the shank in the back of the button.  I will need to find  way to take that off and then perhaps I will find a use for the buttons.

The fox buttons are for Miss Marguerite who will make needleminders out of them once I pick up the rare earth magnets for her. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Joyfull World Stitch-a-long Fin-ee!



Just a few months late, but it is finished!  That border just about did me in....but it is done.  How will I finish it?  I will probably turn it into a wall hanging and hang it in my office or a classroom at German School.  (after I get my sewing machine serviced)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A New Start

A challenge on one of my facebook stitching groups calls for a new start on the 17th of each month.  So I started this......

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Wedding Gift Stitched by Me!

I can finally show you this finish!  It is Bent Creek's Wedding Row.  I stitched this as a wedding gift for a young lady that was one of my students and also worked for me for a few years.  I changed the colors a bit, and picked it up from the framer's just in time to present to the happy couple at their wedding this past Saturday.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mini Embelishments 1 Completely Finished!

 I started this Nancy Cucci piece over a year ago, and finished the stitching and beading rather quickly.  The finishing on the other hand, just didn't happen!  I took it along on the retreat and made a point of working on it. 
I got it all done and ornamentified!  I am rather happy with the results!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Mini Embelishments 2 Finished

I have been wanting to finish stitching this fun piece for a long time, but the chart and the beads were MIA.  I tore my stitching room apart, and searched all over the house but couldn't find it.  A few weeks ago, my daughter found it!  It had slid down between the cushions of her chair while I was visiting.  She mailed it back to me, but the mail from Carbondale is incredibly slow.  It took over a week to get to me.  Only one long twisted bugle bead was broken, but it was an extra one, so all was good.  I need to order more beads so that I can make more of this ornament. 

Ornamentation will happen on a future date.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another Wonderful Weekend in Galena





It is time for the annual needlepoint retreat in Galena Illinois! 
















We always hold it at the De Soto House Hotel right in downtown Galena.  Although others go out to various restaurants and shop up and down the street, I never leave the hotel.  Lots of stitching and
laughter! 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Joyful World Finish

I finished stitching the last square of the Joyful World Stitch-a-long. 

I have started on the border so I will show you the entire piece when that is done.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Two Down, Seven to go....

Finished up Sunny Day from the SamSarah perpetual calendar yesterday.  These pieces take longer than I thought, but I will get them all done!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Biscornu Finish, Finished!

This cute biscornu was one of our EGA Guild projects.  It is the Valentine Biscornu by Cindy Valentine, and can be found under petite projects on the EGA webside. 

It is listed as a beginning hardanger project, but I would argue that it is not for beginners, but probably should be listed as an intermediate or at least advanced beginner. 

Nevertheless, I stitched it (with a few minor changes) and then did the finishing yesterday. 

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Pumpkin Fob Finished, Finished!

Well, here it is!  I got this pair of black cat scissors a few years ago and the Black Cat Stitchery retreat, and they have been nakid ever since.....until now. 

I stitched up this little pumpkin a few days ago, and today we had a Saturday Session at our EGA guild where I helped other stitchers construct their own scissor fobs. 

Thursday, June 01, 2017

May Progress and June Goals

Well, May went by very quickly and now it's June!  May was a pretty good stitching month.  Just a few minutes short of 6 hours of stitching per day!  And lots of good progress.  I finished the last two pieces of the Crazy January Challenge!  I started 16  new pieces for the 'May'nia challenge and finished 9 of those!  Not sure I will be able to carve out as much stitching time in June, but I will try!

May
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Mini Embellishment Project 
French Alphabet Sampler page 3  worked on it
April flower of the month  worked on it
Landon’s Stocking
Valentine Biscornu  finished
Pacific Heart
Mini Embellishment 2 

Crazy January Starts
Afternoon in Rome  finished
Stitch-a-long sampler finished

Maynia Starts
Stephanie’s Wedding Sampler finished
Shamrock scissor fob finished
Pumpkin scissor fob  finished
A Fall Heart  finished
December Joyful World worked on it
Border Joyful World worked on it
Spring Banner worked on it
Afternoon in London  worked on it
Frank ‘n Boo Photobooth  finished
Gingerbread House #1 -2 finished
Gingerbread House #2 -2 finished
Emerald Patch   finished
Perpetual Calendar
 #1 finished
#2  worked on it
#3 worked on it
#4 worked on it

Future New starts
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 
June
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Mini Embellishment Project 
French Alphabet Sampler page 3 
April flower of the month  
Landon’s Stocking
Pacific Heart
Mini Embellishment 2 

Maynia Starts
December Joyful World
Border Joyful World
Spring Banner
Afternoon in London 
Perpetual Calendar
#2
#3
#4
 
Future New starts
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Pumpkin Scissor Fob....Almost

I stitched this little pumpkin last evening, and it is already to be turned into a scissor fob for my black cat scissors.  I will do that on Saturday, when I demonstrate it for the members of our EGA guild.  The pumpkin is from the Sue Hillis chart Happy Holidays.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Photo Booth Finish

I just love these Bent Creek Photo Booth charts!  I have done a number of them already, and here is the latest installment that  I have stitched.  I need to pick up a frame for it next time I am at Welcome Stitchery. 

This is Frank 'n Boo! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Biscornu Stitching Finish

I stitched the Valentine Biscornu as an EGA project.  I just need to stitch it together, and will do that on Saturday as part of class to show those who are a little intimidated that it is not hard at all!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1 Down, 8 To Go.......

 A little while ago, I received everything (and I do mean everything) for the SamSarah Designs perpetual calendar.  A lovely stitcher, Jackie Walters recently passed away, and her sister-in-law, Judi, was cleaning out her stash.  I was gifted with the charts, the stand, and 39 of the 48 pieces stitched, as well as the cards to mount them on.  I finished the first of the 9 pieces left to do.  The rest will be done as soon as I can fit them in!

RIP Jackie, and thanks Judi!




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sampler Fin-ee!

I finished it!  All those eyelets!  and 4-sided stitches......and regular cross stitches too! 

This is actually a stitch-a-long project at our EGA guild, and it needs to be done by October, so I am ahead of the game.  It is a free chart from Blackbird Designs, and I chose to do it in a variegated floss instead of lots of different colors

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Needle Case Finish

Fox Emerald Patch Needle Case by Handblessings Designs.  I finished this one up and attached it to the metal needle case box, and Voila! 

This was fun to stitch, I love doing these specialty stitches on canvas.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Fall Heart Finish

I finished the Fall Heart by Sekas and Co.  rather quickly.  It was hard to put down!  I will be teaching a class for this project in August, so I wanted to get it finished!  It was a very quick and enjoyable stitch.  I have lots of these hearts in my 'to-do' mountain, and I will be stitching another one very soon!

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Scissor Fob Finish

Now that the recipient has received it, I can show all of my blogging buddies!  This is the scissor fob I stitched and finished just a little while ago.  It was gifted to Marguerite for her birthday along with the shamrock scissors. 

Happy Birthday Marguerite!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Stitch Mayia Recap

The first 15 days of May was dubbed "Stitch Maynia" by a Facebook stitching group.  We were to start a new piece for each of those 15 days.  I managed to do that and have been posting a picture on each day.  I have managed to finish 5 of the 15 starts so far, and will be working to get them all finished as soon as I can!

Maynia Starts
Stephanie’s Wedding Sampler finished
Shamrock scissor fob finished
A Fall Heart  finished
December Joyful World worked on it
Border Joyful World worked on it
Spring Banner worked on it
Afternoon in London  worked on it
Frank ‘n Boo Photobooth  worked on it
Gingerbread House #1 -2 finished
Gingerbread House #2 -2 finished
Emerald Patch   worked on it
Perpetual Calendar
 #1 worked on it
#2  worked on it
#3 worked on it
#4 worked on it

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stitch Maynia, Day 15

On day 15 I started Fox Emerald Patch by Handblessings Designs.  It is stitching up very quickly, and I did enjoy my time stitching it so far.  This was designed for the Fox ANG guild 35th Anniversary Luncheon.  I was not able to attend the luncheon but was gifted with a kit by Marguerite.  Her mother attended the luncheon with her, but does not stitch, so I got that kit! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stitch Maynia Day 14

On Day 14 I started the Sekas and Co.  Fall Heart.  It was hard putting it down at the end of the day, I wanted to keep on stitching!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stitch Maynia Day 13

On Day 13 I started Afternoon in London by Country Cottage Needleworks.  Big Ben is almost done!

Saturday, May 13, 2017



Twenty five years ago.....sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago, and sometimes it seems like it was yesterday. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Stitch Maynia Day 11 & 12

On Day 11 and 12 I stitched one Gingerbread House each day.  I have stitched these before, and will be making more of them for all the children and grandchildren for Christmas.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stitch Maynia Day 10

On Day 10 I started School Daze from the SamSarah Fun Every Day series, chart 9.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stitch Maynia Day 9

On Day 9 I started Nancy Cucci's Spring Banner.  Doesn't look like much progress, because I pulled the border out two times before I was happy with it.  I always seem to have this problem when I stitch one of Nancy's banners.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Stitch Maynia Day 8

On Day 8 I started Frank 'n Boo, from the Photobooth series by Bent Creek