Monday, December 31, 2012


I continued working across the top in the Nobuku stitch and also added the lettering on the word Broom.  The guide suggested black Kreinik in a cross stitch but I changed it to Cresta d'Oro instead and am doing
basketweave and tent to fill in the letters!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top Border

Time to start the top border!  I first filled in upright stitches with Very Velvet in orange and then added the Tila beads in between!  These are great beads and stand up very nicely as there are two holes in them so they are anchored at the top and bottom to lay perfectly in between the stitches.  Next is the green background which is being worked in Splendor and the Nobuku stitch. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

The final frog!

The last frog is all done! I stitched the Basketweave Twill and his warts in Kreinik and outlined him with the black single strand.  He is the largest one of them all is sitting on part of the broom.  On to the top border!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Frog Legs

Yes, the frog legs on the right are done, and I am working on the third frog below the legs.  I have the eyelids stitched and about three fourths of his body.  Using basketweave twill and Kreinik again.  I need to finish his body, outline him and add the warts yet.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Frog #2

Frog #2 is in the center peaking out from the top of the shoes.  He is also done in Kreinik and has the snap in eyes.  His feet are done using Corkscrew stitches both around his face and between the shoes.  How cute!  I have also started stitching the legs that are jumping out on the right side of the canvas.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!  A while back, I finished this set of ornaments and did each of the two patterns in a different colorway.  So the top photo is one side and the bottom the other.  I trimmed the edges with a white trim and sewed a few beads at the top before the hanger.  Both designs are by Loretta Spears.

Monday, December 24, 2012

The first frog!

I stitched the first frog!  He is done in Kreinik braids in basketweave, basketweave twill, and outlined in black with a single strand.  He has great eyes that snap in place.  His warts are also done in Kreinik in Smyrna crosses or cross stitch.

Sunday, December 23, 2012


I finished adding all of the orange beads on the shoes.  Then, it was optional to add two strands of Sparkle Braid in the open spaces of the Criss Cross Double Hungarian.  I did a few and liked it so I did all the cross stitches for finish that area of the shoes.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Buttons and beads

I finished all the black on the shoes!  I love the Neon Rays + accents too.  I then attached the great buttons that Ruth Schmuff chose and am now putting in the orange beads.  Even DH loves this one!  Thanks for the comments....Beth needs the magic wand to help around the house....what a great idea!  I may take this off the floor frame and wander around....maybe the dust will disappear!  LOL

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Getting Faster!

I made significant progress on the right shoe.  Not sure if I am getting faster or what!  This one is almost done too!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A full shoe!

I think I am the slowest shoemaker in the world!  The double criss cross Hungarian is taking a lot of time, but well worth it.  The look is fabulous and laying each stitch of Neon Rays is gorgeous!  Back to it!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fancy Shoes!

I am working on the shoes again!  The soles are stitched with Fyre Werks in silver and long stitches.  Then I have started working the left shoe from the bottom up and have been doing a criss crossed Hungarian in Neon Rays and the blue  is Neon Rays plus!  All of the orange spots will be stitched over for now.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Coming soon!

I got this in the mail and can't stand not telling you about it!  Champagne Corliss is another one of the Floozies by Leigh Designs and I just have to stitch her too!  Isn't she fabulous?  I can hardly wait to get her going but have to get organized, figure out and purchase threads, and a few other things to start her.  So watch starting sometime in January for her to reappear!  And, if you want one, visit your local shop and ask for one.....after you cruise Leigh's site for your choices!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A magic wand

I finished the magic wand using the seed beads, crystals, and tear drops!  I then moved over and tent stitched the heels using black Mandarin floss....more shoes tomorrow!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Surprise in the mail!

Sheena has been doing an Advent giveaway and if you haven't entered, you need to visit her site.  All you have to do is answer the trivia of the day and fill in your info and  you may win!  I did!  Her site is:
She sent the scissors, two magnets, square sequins, buttons, yellow beads and a nice collection of needles!
Thanks again Sheena!  I still go and try and answer her question of the day as it is fun!

Friday, December 14, 2012


I thought I would be starting the shoes with the next bag!  But, I was wrong....I had to do the broom wrappings first!  They are padded and then stitched with Fyre Werks to create the bandings and are quite shiny and make the brooms complete now!  Next up is the magic wand and I have started by putting in a few of the beads.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

And the straw, too!

 I did the last step on the brooms by adding the Limited Edition raffia on top of the Burmilana and they really do look like a broom!  And, like Ruth says,"they are brooms, they don't have to be perfect!"  Love it!
So, it is time to open the 3rd bag of goodies and here they are.....looks like shoes to me!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

All in

All of the Burmilana is stitched in the brooms!  Love it!  Next up....adding the raffia!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Still stitching straw

I have finished all of the dark Burmilana outline stitch on both brooms and have started filling in the one on the left with the lighter color.  since they are a focal point, they are taking a bit of time, but definately worth it!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Weaving and...

Weaving a spider web was first up using Access Commodities Metallic and some silver Sparkle to tack it in place!  Next up, the dark Burmilana using a split Outline stitch.  I am filling in the dark lines and shading first.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Off traipsing

 I finished the is all done!  Just a few more of my special ornaments for you to see.
Today I am on the train back from Chicago where I have been
traipsing around the city with two of my nieces and my sister!  We saw the lights on Michigan Avenue and
 went to One of a Kind Show and Sale at the Merchandise Mart on Saturday!  Over 600 artists displaying
wonderful creations.  And, we laughed and talked and ate.....what would you expect!  I promise to get back
to stitching on Monday!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Let's decorate......

I am a little behind getting the tree all decorated this year but have been battling a major is getting better and I love seeing the ornaments created by me and friends over the years!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Three S's

 So Stockings, seams and spiders are the rest of this lesson.  I finished the right leg in the Giant 4 way Continental and then had to open the next goodie bag shown above.  It has Subtlety, Fabulous Fibers, Sparkle Braid, Burmilana, Rafia and Metallic Soft Twist in it.
Using the Subtlety, the seams are done in Outline Stitch and so are the Spider's legs.  His body is done with the Fabulous Fiber....very hairy dude!  Great choices by Ruth!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Major progress!

All of the background is  done!  Woohoo!  I also started working on the stockings.  A Giant 4 way continental with more Sparkle braid creates her fish nets.....only on the left leg so far!  LOL

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Making Progress

 I have finished the coin stitch variation on the entire background!  Yippee!  Now I am working on the second step of that stitch.  It adds a strand of Sparkle Braid to the Floche and shadow fills the left side of the stitch! 
I will finish all of that quickly and get started on the next step.  This is going pretty quick!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lots more background

All of the first step of the background is done on the right and across the bottom.  Just a bit on the left side and by her legs and broom and we can move on to step two!  I was going to go ahead and resume the rotation but this is just too fun so I will go ahead and finish the background tomorrow--I hope!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Starting up!

 I framed the Broom Parking canvas on the Evertites and opened the first package.  It has the cute frog magnet needle minder--a necessity!, Purple Floche and a card of purple and black Sparkle Braid.
First thing is to work the background pattern in a coin stitch variation with a single strand of Floche.  Nice!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Boo is Framed

Boo is all framed!  I had a vintage frame in my stash, and had DH spray paint it black!  I then fit the canvas into it and added a black fringed orange ribbon for the hanger!

Thursday, November 29, 2012


I am almost back to where I found the mistake!  Woohoo.  I did the Diamond crescents and filled those in the with Jessicas, and then I have one side of the opposing Crescents done that have another Jessica in the center of them.  Boy, am I ever double triple counting everything!!  LOL

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In the mail

I am so excited!  This came in the mail.....Threedles, Christmas 2012 ornament!  The canvas, Kreinik and Splendor to work the 2 x 2 cube!  I will have to get this one on the frame and get it in the rotation!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Repeat stitching progress

I have finished the rip it and am back to putting in stitches!  The center circle of Smyrnas was off by one thread so I replaced them.  The Jessica is redone in Frosty Rays and the then the the Plaited Rays are all done in  Panache so far.  Almost back to where I was!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Back to a Different View

What, no photo?  No, and the reason is I was finishing the crescents around the outside edge of the first design and realized I am off by one thread!  One thread!!!  I am ripping, frogging, removing stitches, and probably even learning new words!  On a brighter note, I did finish the eight sided stars around the outside edge without making any mistakes....back to the scissors and tweezers!  Arghhhhhhh

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pulling from the stash

This is called Pansies and is by Trish Burr and is a needlepainted design that has been languishing in my stash pile for a while.  Time to frame it up and get it in the rotation!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Because it is Black Friday or

because I could not stand it anymore.....I called Ruth at Bedecked and Bedazzled and ordered Broom Parking!  The complete kit arrived in the mail last week and I can hardly stand not just framing it up and getting it started!  The canvas which arrived in lime green dotted tissue paper is a 9 x 14 design by Share One's Ideas on 18 count.  Ruth has worked her magic and this is a totally awesome Halloween design and finished piece!  You can see the finished piece on Ruth's blog:
The canvas came with the stitch guide, and four cellophane bags of goodies to stitch the design.....coming soon to this blog!
Here is Ruth's website at Bedecked, just in case you can't stand it anymore either!  LOL

Thursday, November 22, 2012

It is here!

Have a safe and Happy Holiday with family and friends!  My family is coming to my house for dinner and laughter and games!  May you all enjoy the day as much as I plan to!  Thank you for always coming by and reading the blog!  I am thankful for all of you too!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bliss revisited.

 Here is the second version of Loretta Spear's Bliss ornament.  I changed the colors on this one to use reds and golds instead of the silver and white in the original version below.
The pattern works up fast as it is done with 1/16 metallic ribbon, Neon Rays on the white and Flair on the red, along with Flair on the white and Neon Rays Plus.  Now, all I have to do is the finishing!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

One more

A while ago, I stitched this design by Loretta Spears in white Snow and liked how fast it stitched and decided I would go ahead and do another in blue Snow.  The design is called Snowflake, in the Needle Adventures pattern, date 11 of 94. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

The final touches

Sadie got the final touches.  I added a strand of blending filament to the ice in the glass for a little shine.  Next using sheer red ribbon, I added a frill to the top bud and then stitched the calyx and stem using YLI silk ribbon.  The back leaves are also stitched using YLI ribbon.  Next a piece of wired sheer red ribbon to pull one side and scrunch along to create a small center bud and large outside frill.  Last more sheer ribbon that I gathered in the center and then stitched down with black bugle beads for the cuffs.  I made the choice not to stitch the lavender canvas but leave it as is.  Sadie is ready for framing!  Thanks again to Leigh Designs for
permission to blog stitch the piece!  She is an amazing Floozy! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

And it is a bar!

The bar is finished!  All of the black and white Neon Rays stitches are in!  Woohoo!  Just a few more things to finish.....