Thursday, December 29, 2011


I have a major dilemma.  I have a project on next years list for the WIPocolypse that I began when I first started stitching.  I will not date myself, but I have to admit, I am amazed the fabric is still in tact.  Well, the problem is, I am self taught and figured out a bunch of stuff later my stitchy life.  The problem in this case is that the stitches are not all going in the same direction.  Its a mess.  Now, I really want to finish because I am 1/4 of way through, but the fact that the stitches are a mess is really bothering me.  I am attached to this piece because its the first big project I ever started.  The completed part is a line of lettering with a border and some garland.  I can unpick the garland to correct, but the lettering with the border is impossible.  The majority of the piece would be stitched correctly.
So, the question is, should I finish it and keep it as a reminder of all that I have learned?  Or should I just resign myself to the fact that I should begin again?
I leave it to you fellow friends.  Should I toss it, or should I finish her up?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas

I am so excited this year.  Its the first Christmas that my little one will know what to do with gifts.  Now, I should add that we have gone through great lengths to ensure that he knows the true meaning of Christmas.  Its a birthday party, not a holiday.  The concept of Santa is still not too clear though.  Out attempt at getting a picture with Santa turned into an after school special featuring the Stranger Danger message.

Of course, it doesn't help that Santa's eyes are glowing red (he he he).  And, yes, that is me trying to get my DS to sit still.

On a happier note, I was able to get the ornaments I made for his teachers done.

The pattern is a freebie from The Sampler Girl.  You can find it on her blog here.  You will want many many things when you visit, so consider your self warned. ;)  I used DMC's variegated floss.  I forgot the numbers, but if anyone is interested, please email me.  I am so proud of these ornies.  Its my first attempt that this type of finish.  I know they are bit crooked, but that (to me) is one of the nice things about home made gifts.

I also want to take this moment to say Merry Christmas to everyone.  I want to say thank you to all of my bloggy buddies.  I would never have attempted to try any of the new finishes I have done this year, or try new types of fabric.  I have learned so much from everyone and can't wait to see what treasures everyone of of you creates next year (so I can copy you ;). 
Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Favorite Elf

Hello All, not much stitching over the week-end, but lots of cleaning and Christmas decorating.  I have this insane need to clean everything including the walls before I put up Christmas decorations.  It keeps me sane and my house less embarrassing ;).  My house is in constant toy chaos - but I love my little elf.  I wouldn't change a thing.  I thank God everyday for giving me my son.  I am truly blessed.
As for the decorating.  I got half a room done.

Sorry about the clutter on the couch.  My DS will not let the box for the train go.  He likes to look at the pictures and play with the train at the same time.  He is a train fanatic.  Here are a few close ups of some of the treasures I have been given over the years.
This is an ornament my mother-in-law brought back from the Waterford Crystal company tour she took a few years ago.

Another she brought back from the White House two years ago.

I have a few of these crosses scattered through out the tree.  I am attracted to old fashioned things and these crosses were just perfect.  Miraculously, this tree and the main ornaments were all purchased almost 10 years ago when I was first married.  Even the strings of lights.  I consider it a gift from God who knows I am on a budget.  I have a few more I would like to share, but the pics are aw full.  I will do some retakes and get an update on the sock monkey next time.  The last pic is of the reason I put up all this stuff.  My favorite elf....

Footsie pajamas are my absolute favorite.  My DH told me he may have a line on a matching set for myself.  We will see how that goes.  I am not so sure my bottom is as cute as the one above. ;) 
Till next time, keep those needles sharp and the cocoa warm.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'mmmm Baaaackk

Hello everyone,

First I would like to say hello to my new friends and the long timers.  I appreciate you following my blog, especially since its been a few months.  I had some personal turmoil and illnesses that made it impossible to do much more than was necessary.  But, I am back and in full swing.
On the Stitchy front, I haven't had much energy or time to get much done, but I did manage to finish this little guy.
Pirate Sock Monkey by Raise the Roof Designs
I used the recommended DMC threads and a Strawberry Linen that was new at my local LNS.  He is from the 2011 JCS Halloween Issue.  I have a thing for pirates due to the eye patches.  I was forced to wear one on and off through out the years for the various eye surgeries, so I have a special place in my heart and a bedazzler for them ;).  I was also able to begin the little sock monkey for my son.
Nickademus from Raise the Roof Designs
I am using all of the recommended DMC colors and a blue linen I was able to match up.  Its a bit muted compared to the pic in the magazine, but I like it.  Its from the 2010 JCS Christmas Ornament issue.  I meant to get this little guy done last year, but I am super duper slow.
Can you tell I like sock monkeys?  Who doesn't.  They are cute, cuddly, and machine washable.  Very valuable when you have a two year old.
Well, I know its not much, but I wanted to say hello to everyone and that I have been silently blog stalking you guys.  Everyone is so talented and I am super duper happy to be back.  Type to you soon.