Monday, January 28, 2013


I'm finished with the model stitching!  Hooray!  I can't wait for the big reveal at market in March.  Hopefully I will be able to show it off to you then.

I was so happy to be done with that huge project -- I felt more relaxed even.   I immediately went off to start a project of my own choosing.  Didn't get too far since I had only one day, but here it is.

It's The Hart Lives Where It Loves by the Scarlet Letter.  I'm using 40ct Lambswool and the AVAS called for.  I'm loving it so far!

Mia seems to have settled in much better this time after her boy child left.  She is content to look out the windows at birds, and to find the warmest place possible to snuggle in for a nap.  For some reason, she finds this perch comfortable.

I really couldn't tell you why.  lol!

Snow, sleet and freezing stuff on tap for today.  A good day to stay inside and stitch!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Red Wall

I'm still working on the model so no stitching to show.  I thought I'd finally show you my red wall.  It's actually very silly, cause I need to hang up my Jane Pattison Sampler on the red wall -- she is impatient to join the other red ladies and gentleman.  But of course, I haven't hung her up yet.  Oh well.  Here's the red wall without Jane Pattison.  It's actually two walls.

From left, we have Susan Rambo (from SANQ magazine), Frederick and Frederica by Carriage House Samplings, Sarah Woodham by Shakespeare's Peddler, and Ann Grant by Shakespeare's Peddler.

Here's another view of one wall.  (Don't ask me which is Fred and which is ika.  I can never remember.)

Jane Pattison will join Ann Grant on the other wall.

We had to take the boy child back to college this past weekend.  We are lucky to have my sister living so close to Boston -- we are constantly staying overnight with her and her family.  The cousins were happy to have some time together.

On the way up, we stopped at one of our favorite stops to eat and browse books.

The boy child was back at his apartment by late Sunday afternoon, and we were back home again by Sunday evening.  The boy child is eager to start the next semester.  So exciting!

Here is Mia luxuriating in her boy's sweatshirt before he left for college.

She's good at finding places to snuggle in -- like pillowcases.

Such a silly girl!

Caught the last set and a half of the Djokovic/Wawrinka match at the Australian Open Sunday morning on my iPad.  Such a great match!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, January 14, 2013


I'm doing a late TUSAL post.  In case you're wondering, TUSAL stands for Totally Useless Stitch Along.  And it's fun and easy.  Feel free to join in -- details are here on Daffycat's blog.

I decided to do things differently this year.  I'm using an egg cup from my Nicholas Mosse collection to hold my ORTs for each month, and I'll empty them into my big ORT jar after each TUSAL post.

I like my egg cup.

Here's my emptied ORT jar alongside the ORTs from 2012.  I've been putting the ORTs for each year in a glass  ball ornament and writing the year on each.

Oh, and if you're wondering about that fabric pack behind my ORTs, here it is again.  It's a fabric kit from Temecula Quilt Company of Jo Morton fabrics to make these quilts.  I hope I actually make them.

If you're wondering why I'm not showing any stitching, there's a very good reason.  I'm finally back to model stitching.  It's a very large reproduction sampler that Needlework Press will be releasing at Nashville.  So I am doing my best to get it done in time.  Had a long wait for the rest of the chart but I'm finally happily stitching away.  Sorry, I can't show it off.  I will show it when it is released at market.  I bet you'll like it!  I love it!

My two babies have been happy together.

The boy child will be going back to college this coming weekend.  I'm dreading the empty nest again.  Poor Mia won't like it either.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  It's Australian Open time again!  Yay!  I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Adam and Eve

Don't you love Adam and Eve?  I do.

This is where I am on Adam and Eve by the Scarlett House.  I've finished all the motifs and now am working my way up to the top with pretty alphabets in red.  It's such a pretty piece!

I got a lovely gift from Laurie of Corgi Cottage.  It's a beautiful handmade laying tool from Kathy of The Unbroken Thread, made by her father. Kathy had a giveaway for two laying tools.  The winner got to keep one and give the other to a friend.  And I am the lucky friend! I know I am going to get a lot of use out of it for a future project.

Thank you, Laurie, and thank you to Kathy too, for having such a wonderful giveaway!  I'm so thrilled to have such a lovely piece!

Christmas break is flying by here.  Two more weeks and we have to take the boy child back to Boston. We've been having good times though.

Celebrated Christmas.

Made dumplings on New Years Day.

We even made it to the mall yesterday for our Johnny Rockets fix.

We also stopped by the Lego store and the boys got nostalgic.

The boy child and Mia have been having their love tussles too.

The father type had to go back to work the day after New Years.  It was nice having him home on vacation.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope 2013 is getting off to a good start for everyone!