Monday, August 21, 2017

Miss April, part five

I have finished the last row on the design that has to be worked on the stretcher bars.  I need to cut them apart and start the binding stitch around each piece.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Angelika is framed!

I have Angelika back from the framer! Frame is a gold wood with some red highlights and the larger mat is actually black...Hard to get a good photo but you can get the idea. Canvas by Purple Palm. Stitch guide by me!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Miss April, part four

I only included two of the three trying to capture the correct color.  The Pebbly Perle Smyrna's are still too  yellow, but I corrected as best I could.  I finished all of the eyelet variations.  I added two rows of Continental in the overdyed Kreinik #8 and have started the next pattern of overdyed floss next to tht.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Miss April, part three

I have added the final eyelet stitch with the lavender Fyre Werks.  The next row is more Smyrna crosses in Pebbly Perle, which is a pale yellow, not the funky one that shows up.  Then I have started another eyelet variation in Splendor.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


I have finished the first vintage bag!  It is all black beads-seed, and three different sizes of bugle beads, some silver pearls, some silver buttons with pearl in the center, and silver beads.  There are some iridescent black ones in there too along with some black cubes.....

Here is the next one I want to add some sparklies to!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One organization job done!

I had been storing my Kreiniks in a DMC thread box drawer with dividers and they were multiplying at a rapid rate when I wasn't looking.  They no longer fit in the size categories I had been using.  First they were in order by size, then color number.  When un-watched, the drawer started to overflow!
Enough as I was having a hard time finding what I wanted and getting the drawer shut!

 First I bought this photo keeper at Michael's.  It is a 14.9 x 12 x 5 inch box that came with 16 boxes inside.  This time, I sorted by color!  I keep a master chart of the colors I have as well so I know without looking if I have the number.  But this way, if I want a green, I can see what I have on hand.

So I have a box for black and gray, blue, brown and copper, 3 boxes of gold-who knew?, green, lavender and purple, orange and yellow, pink and lilac, red, one box of silver up to size 12, one box of silver size 16 and up, white, facets, and one for glow in the dark, micro ice, grass and ombre.
The entire thing snaps shut and is so much easier for me to find and use what I want!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Busy, busy

I am and will continue to be busy, busy enjoying summer and organizing projects.  I will be back as soon as I can.  Stitching is low on the list of things to do while it is warm and sunny!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Spring Fever has a new home

Spring Fever has a new home and they loved it!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Miss April, part two

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Sorry, the picture is a bit dark today.  I have added the third and final ornament to the canvas and they are now all at the same step on the chart!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Spring Fever Framed!

I just picked up Spring Fever by Machelle Somerville from the framer!  Framing by Cascade Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Miss April, part one

I have started Miss April and have set up the first two ornaments.  The canvas cut allows for three of the same ornament on the cut.  I will do all three and have extra for gifts.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Angelika Stitch Guide

The stitch guide is finished and available.  Please contact me for info!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

On the side

I am also going to work on this project a little at a time.  This is a vintage velvet evening bag.  I am going to add beads and sparkles to one side for a gift.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Quickie Project

Next up is a quickie project!  Christmas Ornaments II chart is by Carolyn Mitchell Designs.  The designs are worked on 6 x 13 inch cuts of 18 count canvas.  This size will make 3 ornaments of the same design if desired.  I am going to get this on the bars and start with Miss April.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Angelika is Finished!

I have finished this design!  I added all the designs on the dress and her pin.  Having lost power for a couple of days due to a storm, it was great to be able to get back to stitching!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Adding gold and black

I am adding in the black and gold designs.  Most of the smaller ones are done!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th!

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!  I designed this piece several years ago for my sister!

Sunday, July 2, 2017


I finished the feathers and also the bottom right corner of the dress.  Next up are the gold curliques and the designs on the yellow areas.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Half the Feathers

I am calling this half of the feathers stitched!  The spines will recede a lot when they are brushed over but for now they seem to jump out at ya!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

More of the same

It is difficult to see but I have added in a lot of the gold spines and continued on with feathers.  I added another bead at the base of the hat too.  Missed it on the first go.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Adding more feathers and a few of the black spines.  This is a little more slow going due to all the detail and I will start adding the gold spines next.  Notice I have not brushed any of the feathers yet so I can see the spine lines.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Here and there

The dress is almost done,  I have stitched one set of curliques on the hat, added thebeads at the back base of the hat and started feathers.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on the mail!

And here is where I ran out of thread!  Setting this aside and going to stand by the mailbox!

Monday, June 19, 2017


Normally, this stitch is worked across in rows, but I changed today and worked one section down to the bottom!  The end is in sight!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Seems like forever

Now that the garage sale is done I can get back to my stitching!  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The moon!

I made it down past the moon shaped pin on her dress!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Not quite...

Not quite half way done.  Mostly working with just the two colors except at the very right.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Slow and Steady

I am working away, back and forth across the canvas.  Now you can see all the needles I am
working with as I go!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shading as I go

I am working down and across the dress.  I have several threaded needles with all the colors!

Thursday, June 8, 2017


Some of all the colors worked all the way across.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Dress

I have started on the dress!  Lots more sparkle here too!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri by Leigh Designs. One of the Summer Sips line with stitch guide by me.  See all of the wonderful drinks at

Monday, June 5, 2017

That is the rest of the background.

I finished all of the rest of the yellow and gold areas so the background is complete.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Left side

I am working on the left side gold and yellow areas.  At first I though it was more feathers, but decided that would be over the top, so I am doing it as a background.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Moving on

I finished her face, neck and lips!  Moving on!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Hat and...

The hat is stitched and I am working on the face.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Working on the Brim

I am working on the brim and the crown is totally stitched.  I am leaving the spaces that are painted gold and silver til later.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

More Hat

I am working away on the hat and almost have the crown done.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Starting the hat!

I have started the hat and am working from the crown across the canvas.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The black is done!

Even though it is hard to see, the black background is finished!  On to the fun stuff!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Almost there!

The right side is entirely stitched and I have started the left side working down from the hat!  One more day and the black on black will be done.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More of the same.

I am down past the hat on the right side and have used one card of thread so far.  Getting there!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stitching away

Black on black is a little slow, but I am making progress.  The black is going to make the rest of this pop!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Black on black

I have started the background and working black on black!  Slow but steady!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Next up!  Angelika is by Purple Palm Designs, #202.  This is
going on the bars today.  It is an 8 x 11 design on 18 count.  Raiding the stash for threads now.  I am going to write a stitch guide as I go, of course!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

All done?

I added the beads all around in the blue for the holly berries.  I have trimmed and shaped the beard and cuff on the sleeve.  I am still trying to decide if I want to add a real bow on top of the stitched one.  I am afraid it will become the focal point and I don't want that to happen.  Thoughts?

Monday, May 15, 2017

All the beard

The turkey work is done!  I have clipped it all and did the first brush.  I won't trim the rest until I take the canvas off the bars.  It will be easier to do all the shaping then.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lots more beard

I am working away on the beard and have added the third color for more shading.  I have only done an initial trim as I want all of it in place before I reduce the height.  I will be shaping it a lot when it is all in place.

Happy Mother's Day to you all!