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Fun in February


Hi everyone! I promised you some posts on the projects I made before Christmas. the biggest project of 2014 was of a flower from my Mother’s garden. My sister took the photo and was good enough to crop it for me before I made a photo conversion Cross stitch pattern from it. It had about 1300 stitches in it.


I began in the upper left hand corner… which is not traditional or a good cross stitcher practice but some patterns seem to want to start at one of the corners instead of the center. :)


Such thick stitches! Full coverage of color, which i loved.


My little system for keeping track of all my threads and needles and other tools. :) Every project is different. This time I used this neat little white stitching box with a needle minder compartment.

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Finished stitching! Washed and Ironed, waiting for it to dry before putting it in the frame.





Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Happy 2015!

Hi everyone! I am back with some fun things to show you. Of course you know I always take a
break for November and December to work on presents which I don’t showcase until January. well Its January. :)

This year I discovered lots of things, but did not post much. Sorry about that- I had several major trips as well as a couple of computer crashes this year and posting got lost in the chaos.

BUT I plan to fix that this year.It will be a big year of big goals for me., I have joined the Facebook groupfor stitchers willing to take the 2015 Challenge and stitch 15 projects in the year 2015. Wow. that will besomething if I can do it! So look for more posts this coming year, as I share my stitching journey with you all.

Also in 2014 I started a new hand embroidery which I love. Punch needle. I hope to expand my experience in this form ofart as well as learn another new one in 2015.

So below are all the things I made for Christmas 2014. I don’t have as many photos of each project ( another resultof being a crazy past couple of months.) Enjoy!

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Posted by on January 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Owl Tote finished!

well I have a new finish to share!!!


This month my very best friend  came to visit me for a whole week. I had already lined up two project to make her that she knew about, ( and you will hear about them in the up coming posts!) But there was just one project that I had to try to make her in secret. :) The Goal was to have it finished by the time she left but while she left  yesterday, I was still finishing it up tonight.

She loves Owls. And yes they are EVERYWHERE these days. Everyone loves them! But she loved them long before they became the new craze. And instead of buying her a cute owl Bible bag I decided I just had to try my hand at making one for her.  I created the owl pattern myself, chose his color, and added the branch to match the fun themed satin ribbon- ( I LOVE satin ribbon!) I found this teal bag (one of  her favorite colors) at the dollar store, and after some cloth for lining was found, I was all set.

It took me several months to make this, since I took a long break in the middle to work on Christmas presents, and then another break in February and March, with travel, and vacation. So it was a long time coming, but here it is at last!!



The Front:

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Ribbon detail along bottom

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The inside lining. I added a pocket.


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Detail on inner pocket


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I left the stitching here visible- Some people like to see the evidence of hand stitching as part of the charm of a piece. I used black and tan Sulky threads and the lining is just a black cotton cloth.

I am very happy with how it came out. I learned a lot of things from this project, and my bag dressing skills are improving I think. Let me know any thoughts or ideas for other great bag projects!


Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Trivets Second Post-Christmas Post

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you are all still enjoying the Christmas spirit, even if most of us are starting back to work.

I have more fun things to share! I made two trivets this year. I have made them before, but this time I used my own cute owl pattern. I had a lot of fun with these, and they make great gifts. Since Owls are the “in” thing lately, I think they were a hit.


i used variegated floss, as well as some Sulky thread for the solid colors to create these. I made this green one, and a purple one ( I did not get photos of that, sadly.) These were done on 18 count white Aida. I bought the trivet kit at Wal-Mart,


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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Easy paw print pattern

Hey Everyone!

Just a quick post, to share a neat little pattern I just made. It’s free for you to use and copy, share, ect.

I am still working on my many Christmas projects which again like last year I can not share on here until January! However If you can wait that long, I will have some fun photos to share.

The Paw print:

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You can used this pattern for decorating lots of things and by placing it off set with another one, you can make the effect of the path of a dog or cat. :) If you use this, please feel free to share your creations! I would love to see what you have done!

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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Fall Projects

Hello everyone!

Fall is nearly here! ( less than 12 days!) I am gearing up for my Halloween celebrations, and my Fall garden work….and of course stitching!

I have been working on several projects at once ( when is that not the case, right? lol!) Anyway I wanted to share with you what I have been working on.

If you remember back a while ago, I began a project for my husband its the mascot of the school where he earned his PhD, NC State. So I took a photo of the mascot, which was on one of the things he had bought while in School. Then I did some editing of the photo, both before and after plotting it on my KG-Chart cross stitching program. When I was happy with it I printed it out and began stitching. (that was last year) I had to put this project down for a while to work on a commissioned piece, But I am now back at it! Here is a progress photo!



Also, I have been working on two pieces which I designed myself.  The first one is my first try at making a sampler. This one I hope to put a Bible verse or a poem into the open space above the picture. This piece has a woods and Nature feel to it, including Cardinal and blue jay birds, a cabin scene, trees, and a handsome buck on the bottom. In the bottom open space, I left room for the date, and special event information, such as a wedding, or birth announcement. I plan to use a back-stitch alphabet that is 3 or 4 cross stitches high.

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Here is my progress on this piece:



I have created another piece that I had lots of fun doing. My sister and my husband even gave me some input so I hope that others will be interested in this design. :) I was thinking of some of the Oriental and Celtic designs I have seen and admired, as I drew this.

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Here is my progress on this piece:


If you wish to stitch any of these pieces, contact me at this address,  I can send you the color list and the pattern, with sizes calculated for several different Aida fabrics. Some patterns also can come in several different color schemes. All this for $10 (US Dollars). If you wish for me to stitch one of my own designs for you, or create a pattern from a photo, or image, or stitch something else for you, contact me for a free estimate.


Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


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