Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I've been busy. I've read 2 books including the latest Harry Potter. Some parts I liked, some I thought needed some more attention. But it was a good book. I'm looking forward to seeing what else J.K. Rowling can come up with. Not that she needs to write one more word. She's set for life.
I've been appliqueing more of the circles for my Bountiful quilt that I started last year. My husband is soooo tired of seeing circles, he actually asked me to start something else. So I did. I now have the squares cut out to make a tote bag for a relative for Christmas.
I've stopped cross stitching for awhile. The Scarecrow Cutie that I started needs to be picked out. I realized I need to the follow the colored chart instead of a black & white copy I made. I missed all of the quarter stitches. I'm not thrilled with color of fabric I chose to stitch this on either so I may found a different color. In the mean time I did start a new cross stitch project, Virtue Baskets.
I haven't finished any of the projects that I finished stitching yet. They are next on the list. Hopefully this weekend I may get some done.

Monday, August 6, 2007

This week I was able to finish three items. 2 were WIPS and 1 was a recent start and I also started a new project.
The first finish was the Victorian Hearts cross stitch. There were a lot of color changes in these. But they look nice now that they are done. Of course I still have to make them into hearts but the stitching is done.
The second finish is the tartan thistle bookmark I purchased from England late last year. This one I'm not to happy with. I may make another an change some to stitches on the tartan squares. When you do the backstitching, the long stitches get all messed up.
And lastly I finished a plastic canvas pincushion I had started years ago. It only took about an hour. Just have to add some lace to it later this week. No pictures of these finished yet, hopefully by the end of the week.
I started Scarecrow Sweetie. Having a bit of trouble because the fabric I chose to use is so close to floss colors I'm having a hard time seeing. I hoping when the detailing is done the apron on her will pop.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Another Finish!!!
This is a free design from Cyberstitchers, Babara Ana. I love the designs Barbara makes. This is the 3rd one I've stitched of hers. I've also stitched Tea and Flip Flop Summer. Here's the link where you can found her designs:

Another Hornbook Stitcher

This one is done following the pattern., using just 3 colors of DMC. I stitched this one on 28 count linen, over 2. First time I stitched on linen. I found you need very good lighting. I do love the results and will be stitching on linen again in the future. I believe I will be making this into a pinkeep. Sorry for the blurry pictures. I must need new batteries in the camera.

When I first saw this pattern I thought it would be a cute bookmark. This one is stitched on 22 count Aida using 498 DMC, all one color. I will finish it later this week. I'll be making a few more these, very fast to stitch. I worked on for 3 days. You can find the free pattern here:

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Which project (finished or in progress) are you most proud of? Explain why.
I'm most proud of my Kitchen Alphabet because it was the first project I made without using a kit. I had never had to kit up a project before that one. I over bought all the floss I needed and the fabric. But I'm slowing using up both since I've been making my own kits since then.

My second most proudest is The Hornbook Stitcher I just recently finished. My first project done on linen. Can't wait to try some more.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I'm new to SBQ. I've enjoyed reading everyone's answers so much.... I wanted to get in on the fun. So here it goes....

Today’s SBQ was lifted from a couple of threads over on The Wagon and is:
What do you love to do that many people hate? What do you hate to do, but do anyway?

I too love to do the backstitching on projects. For two the backstitching adds the detail to many designs and makes the design pop out at you. And two, I know I'm almost done with that project and can start another.

I really do hate cutting fabric....but I do it. Not only for cross stitch but also for my quilting & sewing projects.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The new movie season is upon us once again. So far I've seen Ratatouille. This was alright. Don't watch it if you haven't eaten. You'll leave starving. There are rats in this movie!!! I also have seen Transformers. I really liked this movie. My husband was surprised I even wanted to see. I liked it more than he did. And he's a comic freak (sorry Honey I had to say it)!!! On Wednesday we are going to see the new Harry Potter: Order Of The Phoenix movie, can't wait!!! Big Harry fan here.

I also quilt. Haven't been doing this long. But I love it also. The top picture is a paper pieced miniature quilt I started years ago. I named it Forever because it took forever but also because of the red, white, blue theme...may she wave forever. It is machine pieced and hand quilted.
The other is Passion Spools. Another paper pieced pattern I found on the web (can't remember where). Machine pieced and hand quilted. I have some projects that are not finished. I'll get pictures up of those soon.

I've been crocheting for over 20 years. I've made many items for myself and others over the years. My favorite things to crochet are bookmarks, sachets, pincushions and scrap afghans.

This is a baby afghan I made for a friend at work last year. I've made many of these for friends and family. The pattern is from Annie's Pattern Club Newsletter No. 34 (Aug.-Sept. 1985). I have a huge collection of Annie Attic's publications. I still go through them all and find things to make.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pictures Of Stash!!!!!

As promised here are the pictures of the stash I bought last week with Jess.
All these kits cost $1 each. I could have bought more but I have so much now, I stopped myself!

These leaflets cost me full price. But I figured I bought most of my stuff from the discount bins...I could splurge!!!!

All of these leaflets cost me just $18.50. The Christmas Quickies book was just $2.50.
I bought more stash today when I finally got to Joann's. I'll post pictures of that stash soon.

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Today Jess (my daughter) & I went to the new Joann's Fabric Superstore opening in 2 towns away from me. However, when we got there....they couldn't open because of a few missing signatures needed by the town council. So I got a 40% off coupon to use when I go back with my husband on Thursday.

We then proceeded to Michael's & A.C. Moores in the same town. Got a lot of stash. Most of it coming from the discount bins. We then went to Joann's in a different town all because Jess needed one black button for a knitted bag she made. I'll post a pic tomorrow...too dark to take one now.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

This is one of my current WIPS in cross stitch. I do have one other WIP in cross stitch but don't have a picture of that yet.

This is a kit from Design Works called Calendar Cats. The story behind this is kinda funny to me.

I saw this kit in a needlecraft store called Hook 'N Needle in Westport, CT when my daughter was young (she's now 23). We both thought it was cute. Well I didn't buy it then. But always wished I had. So I began looking for it at all the needlecraft shops I ever went to. Years went by, couldn't find it. Then along came the web....I did a search one day and finally found it. Ordered it from some site in England. Can't remember what I paid, but it didn't matter......had to have it!!!

Years have gone by and I'm still working on it. Just the other day my husband says to me "Why are you sewing something with cats on it? You don't even like cats that much." (This is true, I like dogs better). I said "But look at them. They're cute. I especially like the one dressed up like a doggie."

As you can see I'm almost done with the cross stitch. I have one and half more cats to do then the banner on top. Then on to the backstitching. I don't mind doing the backstitching because it makes the pictures pop out at you. I usually start from the top and work my way down on a project when I'm backstitching.

I'll keep posting my progress now that I know what I'm doing!!!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

I've seen 70 out of 239 films

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, paste this as a note. Then, put x's next to the films you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints(x) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
() Neverending Story
() Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 4

() The Princess Bride
() AnchorMan
() Napoleon Dynamite
() Labyrinth
() Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Managemen
t( ) 50 First Dates
( x) The Princess Diaries
( x) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 4 + 2 = 6

() Scream
() Scream 2
() Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
() American Pie
() American Pie 2
() American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 6

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
() The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 6 + 6 = 12

(x) Finding Nemo
() Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch
() Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(x) Robots
Total so far: 12 + 4 = 16

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
() Deep Impact
() KingPin(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( x) King Kong
Total so far: 16 + 5 = 21

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
() Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween
(x) The Ring
() The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
( ) Flubber
Total so far: 21 + 2 = 23

() Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
() Hellboy
( x) Secret Window
( x) I Am Sam
( x) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 23 + 3 = 26

( x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
() Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
() The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 26 + 4 = 30

() Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
() Ocean's Eleven
( ) Ocean's Twelve
() Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
() Bedazzled
() Predator I
() Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 30 + 1 = 31

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
() Darkness Falls
(x) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
() War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
( x) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 31 + 5 = 36

( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
( x) Calendar Girls
() Sideways
() Mars Attacks
() Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
() The Terminator 2
() The Terminator 3
Total so far: 36 + 5 = 41

() X-Men
() X-2
( ) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
(x) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
() Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x ) Freaky Friday
() Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 41 + 8 = 49

( ) Swimfan
(x ) Miracle on 34th street
() Old School
( x) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
( x) A Walk to Remember
( x) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 49 + 4 = 53

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 53 + 6 = 59

() Baseketball
( ) Hostel
() Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
() Elf
(x) Highlander
() Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 59 + 1 = 60

( ) The Jacket
() Kung Fu Hustle
(x) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
() Monty Python and the Holy Grail
() Shaun Of the Dead
() Willard
Total so far: 60 + 3 = 63

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
() Dawn of the Dead
() Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
() 28 days later
() Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
() Waterworld
Total so far: 63 + 1 = 64

() Kill Bill vol 1
() Kill Bill vol 2
() Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
() Army of Darkness
Total so far: 64

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
() Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 64 + 6 = 70

() The Matrix
() The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
() Animatrix(x) Evil Dead
() Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
() Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Total so far: 70

Now Add them up and...
Put "I've seen ?? out of 239 films" in the subject line and repost it

Saturday, June 2, 2007

First post

This is my first blog and my first post. I'm hoping this will be a place that other people will enjoy visiting. I'll be learning as I go so bear with me. So far this is pretty simple. I'm sure that will change as time goes on.