Saturday, June 15, 2019

June Gifted Gorgeousness and more!

I'm not going to say it....I'm going to think it, but I'm not going to say all know what  I'm talking about, right?  Ok, I'll say it.....Where did the time go?  I can't believe it's June already!!  It's time once again for Gifted Gorgeousness!  If you don't know what that is, you can hop over to Jo's blog, Serendipitous Stitching and see what all the excitement is about!  You can find the rules here, and see what others are up to here.  Once a month we post our progress on things we are stitching that pertain to gifts.  It can be a gift of a pattern, floss, fabric, or even something we stitched for someone else!  Here is my contribution this month!

First off, DH gave me all the Just Cross Stitch CD's that have been published so far.  They include all the magazine issues that have been published until 2010 I think.  He has also gifted the subscription to me for the past 15 years (since we moved back from Germany).  So....the ornaments I have stitched for the challenges this year have been from magazines he has gifted me.  The first one is from 2019 and is called Special Delivery by Pickle Barrel Designs.  I love this and it reminds me of "home" where I grew up!

I stitched two others, but I'm participating in a Christmas in July exchange and can't really show them to you.  Sorry about that!  Hopefully by the next time I post, you'll be able to find them here.

Next was a freebie from Alita Designs called Snowmen 2014.  I've had this in my stash for a while, and found it online.  The link to the page is here, I think it was under the Christmas patterns.  There are a lot of nice patterns here so it's worth the time to search it out!

I finished up 6 geese a laying from the March 1989 issue of Cross Stitch and Country Crafts, a magazine that was a gift subscription from a college friend many years ago!

That's all I have for now!  I hope to have more next time, and I'm hoping things slow down just a little bit so I have more time for stitching.  Til then, Happy Stitching!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

RETREAT!! My saving grace!!

I was able to attend a retreat in June called Flower Power II hosted by LinAnn Events.  These ladies are a barrel of fun and I always enjoy their retreats.  I stitched only on the bellpull while I was there.  Here is a picture of our group....see if you can find me!  I'll give a hint, I'm tall so I'm always in the back of the pack!

We had a grab bag exchange, but I didn't have much time to prepare.  I should probably have not participated, but you know me, haha.  I'm always up for a challenge.  I feel sorry for the lady who got mine, but I think she was impressed by the scissor fob I included, which spelled out Flower Power.  Here's a picture of what I included.  The 5 objects had to spell out the word, Daisy.  So there is a Doily, Accessory kit for sewing, an Iron stitching kit, Scissor fob, and Yarnology socks.  haha.....can you see they say too many WIPs, the other sock says, Not Enough....haha.  It was all placed in a little tutu bag.

I received a  cute little wheelbarrow full of my goodies, with Dust sweep, Aida cloth, Ice cubes, Syrup and Socks, and Shovel, and Yarn.  What a lovely gift, with a stitched card.  A lady from Canada put this all together.  I assure you, I was spoiled!!

I haven't had much time to do much stitching, but I'm still working on the challenge my LNS is hosting.  This month our number was #8.  My #8 is Christmas Quaker Bellpull.  This was a work in progress and I had all but the first 4 pages stitched.  So far this month I've been able to finish off page number 4 working from the bottom up.  That leaves 3 pages left.  I really want to finish this, it's been hanging around for 10 years now!!  haha  Here is where I started....

And here is where I am now....

I'm home from NY for a little break.  I learned that my son got engaged to his girlfriend while I was away so we are in the midst of planning a wedding.  It's hard to believe Katie has been gone almost 2 years now.  It's been quite a journey since then, but thankfully Ben has met a lovely lady who has really helped him get past his grief over Katie.  His new love embraces his memories, has participated in fun raisers for Cystic Fibrosis, and is already a big part of our family.  I'm excited for her to legally become a member of our family!!

I'm still going through things back at the house.  I've found a few things that make me smile, or think, or wonder.  I've found my Dad's diary from the time he was in the Navy....

I've found a few more things I have stitched for my Mom....

I've found antique things that make me scratch my head.  This jar has the date Nov 30, 1858 on, I never knew they had it!  I think I might fill it with cross stitched smalls to have sitting about.  Sometimes I wish inanimate objects could talk!  

This journey of clearing out my parent's house of more than 50 years has evoked so many emotions....some tear jerking, some hilarious, some mysterious.  I feel closer to them in many ways, but in others it has me scratching my head.  I miss them, but it's been an exhausting journey.  I think I've worked through the initial shock of it all, and I'm in a place I can move on now.  A few more trips to NY (her internment is this month) and I think I will be able to only travel back when the lawyer needs a signature.  I've talked to Mom's friends who have come to the yard sale we've had.  Hearing stories of her generosity and kindness will be cherished.  I hope folks will say similar things about me when I'm gone.  While it's been a tough journey, and I know it will never be completely over, I feel like I've worked through a lot of my grief and I'm in a good place now.  I'll miss them both, but I'm at peace with their memories.  Time to move on.

So...that's where I've been.  Hopefully I'll have more time for stitching now (in between getting ready for a wedding) but we'll see.  Watch this space!  Till then, Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

May Gifted Gorgeousness

I can't believe it's May already!  I sound like a broke record, but it's true.  This year is flying by at an unbelievable rate and I'm desperate to find time to stitch.  Those days are few and far between. it is time for Gifted Gorgeousness again.  If you don't know what that is, I invite you to take a look over at Serendipitous Stitching to find the rules for this challenge.  Click here for the rules......and click here for the others who are participating and you can see what everyone has been up to.

From the previous post you'll see that I made a trip back to Maryland to attend our annual St. Michaels retreat.  I just couldn't resist being with friends, laughing and sharing our passion for stitching.  Now that I've been I can show you the two items I stitched for gifts for the retreat.

Take time to stitch by Jeanette Douglas

Spring Messenger by Ellen Maurer-Stroh.  I love her designs, and I've stitched this one twice.  One of these days I'll have to stitch one for myself!!

I've also stitched a few more Christmas ornaments that were from a Disc my husband gave me for Christmas one year.

Here is Julia Lucas' Home for Christmas from the JCS 2001 Ornament Issue

Here is Threads Through Time Joy To the World JCS 2001 Ornament Issue

I've been working on a SAL my husband bought me, and the SAL has finished now, but I'm still pretty far behind.  Here is Quakers in Holland by Tempting Tangles Designs.

Last is a gift I received at the retreat.  I'm not sure I'm spelling this correctly but this is Woolomena by Plum Street Samplers.  I love how she finished this off and can't believe I was the lucky recipient!!  Didn't she do a lovely job?

I'm going to throw this picture up here too.  As I said I've been going through boxes in the attic at my Mom's house.  I came across this piece that was the first one I ever cross stitched.  It was a stamped piece, and looks pretty rough, but then I was only 7!  haha  I am amazed when I see the antique samplers that young girls stitched hundreds of years ago.  They were so talented at such young ages.  It's kind of fun to find something I stitched so long ago, more than half a century ago!!  I guess you could say it is part of gifted gorgeousness since my Grandmother gave me the kit to stitch all those years ago.  

Off to get some shuteye, tomorrow promises to be another busy day!  Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Post cards from St. Michaels

It was our annual stitchers weekend in St. Michaels last weekend.  I can't begin to tell you how much fun we have, and how relaxing, and special this weekend is for us.  We've all been friends for many years, have shared the exciting times and the sad times.  We pray for one another, we lift one another's spirits, and most of all we laugh til our sides hurt.  It's special and very rarely do we add to our group.  

The last four years we have stitched a themed item that we then exchange.  This year our theme was spring.  It's so funny because we all leave excited to pick a pattern.  I changed my mind several times over the course of the year.  I (very luckily) stitched this early on in the year before all the stuff happened in NY.  Here is my contribution this year... Spring Messenger a freebie offered by Ellen Maurer-Stroh which has since been taken down from her group page.

And the rest of the items we exchanged.

Next year we are picking a stitcher's theme....darn, I should have saved this next one for next year!!!

Since the beginning we have had a Yankee Trader exchange.  This is a game where we can steal from one another, but it's all in fun.  I had no time for shopping this year, and since I had the pattern, fabric and floss for this piece, I stitched it quickly again a few days before our weekend.  Here is what I made... Take Time to Stitch by Jeanette Douglas

And the rest of the Yankee Trader gifts.

I did pretty well this year, although my head is not where it should be, I did pack enough so I had enough to stitch.  I packed fabric, floss and embellishments for some Christmas ornaments, but forgot most of the patterns!!  haha  Thankfully I had enough to finish these two.

When Cardinals Appear by Blackberry Lane was a piece for the Stitching Post challenge for the month of May.  

5 golden rings is for the other challenge I'm participating in as part of the 12 Days of Christmas from the Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine from 1989.  

On May 4th I started this Mystic Stitch pattern.  I'm stitching it on 28 count over one.  Yes I am crazy.  No I haven't lost my mind yet, or at least I don't think I have.

Marsha even made an appearance hanging with her peeps!!

Just a candid shot of the table we were working many varieties of things we are stitching, shows a little bit about our personalities.

And here is our group.  I hope the others don't mind that I caught them at a candid moment.  But if you knew each one, you would see that their personalities are shining through in this captured moment.  I can't express how much these ladies mean to me or how much our friendships have carried me through some very dark times.  I love these women!!!

I hope you all have some wonderful stitcher friends that you can hang with!!  They are priceless and I count myself very lucky to be a part of their group!  Thanks for a great weekend!!  And I'm counting the days til next year!  

Happy Stitching!

Monday, April 15, 2019

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Wow, that month went by quickly.  It's been a roller coaster ride for the past two months.  I'm running as fast as I can...but that's not the point of this blog post.  It's Gifted Gorgeousness again!  I don't have much to report because I really haven't had much chance to stitch.   

If you don't know much about gifted gorgeousness, head on over to Serendipitous Stitching and find out!  You can sign up for the challenge on this page.  Or if you want to check out what others are stitching for this challenge, check out this page.  Basically we showcase things we have stitched from materials gifted to us.  It could be a pattern, fabric, or a special floss. could be a gift we are giving to someone, or someone has given us.

As I said before I haven't had much time to stitch, but I was able to finish up this ornament that is from the JCS 2008 Ornament issue.  I received several CDs with most of the back issues of JCS magazine a few years ago for Christmas from my husband!  

I've been working on a challenge through our LNS where I have chosen 12 pieces I either wanted to finish or start.  The one they chose for this month was a gift my husband had given to me the year my Mom had a stroke and I spent several months taking care of her.  This is Come Let Us Adore Him by Lizzie Kate.

I've shown this particular SAL before, but I am so far behind.  I'm trying to catch up here and there and I made a little progess this month.  This is Quakers in Holland by Tempting Tangles.  This, too, was a gift from my husband.

I also finished Warm Wishes from the 2002 JCS Ornament Issue.

And also the Santa's Hat and Boots from the 2018 JCS Ornament Issue.  

Last is a gift I was given from Mary who is a member of Friendly Stitchers Yahoo Group.  Each year we exchange a gift for Stitcher's Day.  I wasn't home at the end of March when they were due, but finally was able to see it after I returned from NY while trying to take care of my Mom's estate.  Isn't it beautiful?  Thank you so much Mary, I truly love it!!

And that, as they say, is that.  I'm hoping to wrap things up in NY as soon as I can.  In the meanwhile, I'll try to fit in stitching while I can.  Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Well, that was quick!

Isn't that amazing?  I had a stitch day with friends on the 2nd of April and on the 3rd I finished this!  Here is Come let us adore him by Lizzie Kate!  This was stitched on the fabric that came in the kit along with the recommended floss.  I really enjoyed this project.  Sadly I think most of the others I have chosen for the challenge will take longer than this one did, but I'm glad, because I'm so far behind in my SAL's and challenges.  At least April was an easy and fun stitch!

Happy Stitching everyone!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April challenge

I mentioned in my last post that our LNS (The Stitching Post in Catonsville, MD) will be starting a new challenge to celebrate their anniversary.  I have a special page listed at the top that will notate my progress.  This is the first month of the challenge and the number we've been given was #9.  In my chart, that would be O Come Let Us Adore Him by Lizzie Kate.  It was a busy day yesterday (Thank you Marie for keeping me company while I ran errands.  It was great to see you if even for just a little while) but I finally managed to put a few stitches in just before bed last night.  Here is my starting point.  Let's see how far I get this month!

All the projects I will be working on for this challenge I have had in my stash for ages.  It's about time I pulled them all out and got working on them again!  I also have kitted up 4 other patterns for the ornament challenges I'm participating in.  I know, crazy right?  Wish me luck....and Happy Stitching!