Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Ornament and Progress

Happy Halloween!

I managed to finish one of my Halloween ornaments. Sadly, the other one is just looking at me and begging to be finished. For the one that I managed to finish, I glued it to a piece of cardboard, cut black felt out for the backing, and added an orange ribbon to hang it up with.

My progress this week on the birth record:

I am almost done! Yay! I have two more panels left to stitch, and then a little poem goes in the center along with the name and birth date.

I am also almost done with LHN's November, and I will post a picture of that when it is finished.

My stitchy goals for last month were:
  1. Stitch 2 Halloween ornaments (one is almost done) Finished
  2. Stitch 2 more Halloween Rules Finished
  3. Work on the birth record Getting close to finishing
  4. Finish the 6 o'clock rock garden in Japanese Garden, hopefully I can get more done! Finished
  5. Start LHN's November Started
My goals for November will be:
  1. Finish the birth record
  2. Stitch one Christmas ornament
  3. Start Mediterranean Mermaid
  4. Finish the 9 o'clock rock garden in Japanese Garden
  5. Finish November
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Non-stitchy stuff

While shopping at JoAnns over a year ago, I browsed the fabric section (I can't help myself!) and saw this red-print paisley fabric. It was love at first sight. Anyway, I bought the fabric then, and I finally now decided to make a bag with it. I liked the way it turned out.

I also have a few more flower pictures to share. The top one has light blue-purple top petals-so pretty. Apparently I can't take a decent picture of the dark purple flower-they all were slightly out of focus : (

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Stitching and Flowers

This past week I worked on the birth record. Fortunately, the panel I was working on was small, so I also had time to finish two more Halloween Rules. Hopefully the birth record will be done by the end of November or early December. Then, I just have to wait for the cute little girl to arrive, and for my sister to pick out a name.

The Halloween Rules are so cute and fairly quick to stitch. However, I will be putting up this piece until next year. Next up will probably be some Christmas ornaments (I like to stitch for the season). I digress...but LHN released a cute new ornament this month-Snow in Love-that I will be ordering today. I can't wait to work on it. Anyway, the pics:

I planted my violas back in August, and they started blooming within the last week. So far, I have one light purple plant, and one white one (that turns purple as it ages). Since the seeds were a random mix that I collected, I don't know what colors the flowers will be. So, it is fun watching them bloom. 

I think a big, mean, ugly grasshopper snacked on the purple flower : (  I don't like grasshoppers. The thing kept hanging out on my plants, and it was so huge! For a gardener, I probably should be a little less afraid of insects. Oh well. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 17, 2011

IHSW Progress

I had a very productive weekend-lots of stitching for IHSW-yay! We also cleaned the apartment, and I made maple-walnut fudge (tasted great but turned out ok) and pralines (yum! They were prefect!). I had forgotten how hard it is to stir fudge, and I told hubby I should make fudge more often to build up my arm muscles. The pralines in all their yumminess:

As for the stitching, I worked on Japanese Garden and finished the 6 o'clock rock garden-I turned the picture right side up for easier viewing. I liked the blue/green colors in the rock garden. A pic showing all my progress on Japanese Garden is in the Japanese Garden album on the right. As soon as I am done with the birth record, I will definitely work on this one more.

I finished Pine Tree Inn by Little House Needleworks. Instead of plain cross-stitches for the snowflakes, I added beads (more bling!).

I also worked on the birth record and finished the cat. I like its yellow/coral checked legs. So cute!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and I look forward to checking out your IHSW progress!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


It's hard to believe another month has flown by since the last IHSW, and I am definitely looking forward to relaxing and stitching this weekend, especially since we have been out of town the last two weekends. Check out Joyce's blog for more information on IHSW and sign up if you haven't done so already. It's a great excuse to stitch all weekend! I plan to work on Japanese Garden this weekend. I really love this piece, and I can't wait to do more Chatelaines (my husband will probably role his eyes and tell me I need to finish the Japanese Garden first before starting another one. LOL). I also think I am going to throw in some candy making this weekend- maybe pralines or maple-walnut fudge or both! Good thing I am helping throw a baby shower for my sister and will be able to pawn off some of the candy on them. I would love to eat it all...but probably shouldn't : ) Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, October 10, 2011


I worked on several ornaments this past week-two for Halloween and one for Christmas. My first Halloween ornament is from Cats, Bats and Witches by Prairie Schooler- I loved the clock-tower in this one.

My second Halloween ornament is from the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue: Halloween Acorn House by Jeannette Douglas. Hopefully this weekend I will be able to finish both of them.

DH and I flew to Los Angeles this past weekend for a wedding, and I decided to bring a Christmas ornament-Pine Tree Inn by Little House Needleworks- to work on while waiting in the airport and on the plane. I found cross-stitching to be very calming while we sat on the runway for 30 minutes in LA because Las Vegas had traffic congestion problems, and we couldn't take off. I was happy that I had more stitching time instead of worrying over when we would be leaving.

Lastly, my progress on the birth record (I also worked on this one at the airport).

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 3, 2011


It's hard to believe October is here already! This past weekend, I went to the Cotton Pickin' Fair in Gay, GA, and it was a lot of fun.(As a side note, Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy were there this spring filming scenes for a new movie set in the prohibition era). I loved seeing everyone's wonderful work and creativity. Of course I bought a few things and stocked up on dip mixes. Unfortunately, hubby doesn't like mayonnaise at all and refuses to eat dips that contain it. I don't care for mayonnaise, but I think the dips taste better with it in them. So we will have to come to some sort of compromise when we make the dips.Yum!

Last week, I finished October Flip-It by Lizzie Kate. I changed most of the colors. Originally, the witch hat was purple, green, and yellow, but I didn't care for the way it looked, and changed the hat to black, a red/purple metallic thread, and orange. I also used much brighter/vibrant orange, purple, and green threads.

I made some more progress on the birth record-a cute little butterfly.

Lastly, here are my stitching goals for the month:
  1. Stitch 2 halloween ornaments (one is almost done)
  2. Stitch 2 more halloween rules
  3. Work on the birth record
  4. Finish the 6 o'clock rock garden in Japanese Garden, hopefully I can get more done!
  5. Start LHN's November