15 April 2014

Sunflowers and a Winner!

I have been in a sunflower mood lately.  I so desperately want summer to come. My aunt's birthday was this past Sunday.  I  know she loves sunflowers too.  I stitched her Country Cottage Sunflower Sampler.  I had framed it but I forgot to take the picture with the frame.  I will take a picture on Easter Sunday, when I visit with her.  This pattern is for sell on page 3 of  Stash for Sale tab.

Sunflower Sampler 
by Country Cottage Needleworks
18 count opalescent aida, color unknown
recommended threads

I am selling my stash, mainly because I have a feeling I won't be stitching these patterns and I will be moving in a year or two.  As I was going through some ( just some), I came across of another Sunflower pattern but from LHN. See, I have a theme for this post. I kitted up Little Miss Sunflower and started on her.   This is the picture from last week: 

This is the picture today, when I finished the house.  

Still got quite a bit to go but I have a chance to stitch a lot this week.  Maybe it will be almost done by next week.   On Sunday, I had a Pampered Chef party by Skype.   It was the first time my consultant did the Skype party and I found out later, it was her first live show.  All her parties have been online.  She did a great job!  We had a lot of fun and I made a birthday cake for my aunt.  Next time I will take pictures.  I am still taking orders for my party.  

Here is a picture of me, 3 months after my surgery.  For some reason I thought 4 months had gone by but it is just 3. This was taken on April 9th,.  I have lost 49 pounds which is a lot.  I have been walking a lot more and I even went into a fitting room in Walmart to try on a top.  I haven't  been able to do that in years!!! I had my jeans on yesterday.  I took the belt off, and the jeans fell right to my ankles.  I need a new pair! 

I am sorry I had forgot I was doing a giveaway.  I had  appointments and a party to plan.  Time just got away from me.  I put in 16 entries in the random.org and number 5 popped up..  The winner is 

Vickie of Reading and Stitching!

Congratulations Vickie!  I will be getting a hold of you shortly and the patterns will be on your way!

Next week I will be back with new stash pictures.  My birthday is on Monday and my birthday gifts are piling up nicely.  Have a wonderful week!  Hugs, Vicky

27 March 2014

March Stitch for Stash and Giveaway

I did really good on mt spending this month.  I only spend $4 for a pattern from Stoney Creek.  I had forgot to grab last month's freebie and since I am in the middle collecting the series, I grabbed February's pattern with March.

Now on to the stitching progress.  I have 2 small finishes I can not show yet.  I do have 2 other finishes and a mini finish to show.

 Map of Connecticut
by Sue Ellis
14 ct Aida and recommended threads

LHN Calendar Girls~March
28 ct Clay Cashel Linen
DMC threads

My mini finish is finishing page 2 of Autumn Encounter.  I love how it is coming out.  I hope to start page 3 soon.

 I received this lovely pinkeep from Shari.  The exchange was during the Olympics, to stitch a pattern of your choice but to add a metallic touch in gold, silver or bronze. She included a beautiful notecard.  Shari did a great job Thank you Shari!
 I received this lovely chick dish towel from Lynda in my pens ans needles yahoo group.  It is so adorable!  It is hanging on my stove handle now. Thank you Lynda!

My Giveaway
I am giving away the first 3 patterns of the Little House Needleworks Calender Girls~ January, February and March.  They are unmarked so you can stitch them easily.  Just post a comment you wish to be entered.
On April 4, I will pick a name using Random.org.  I will ship international too.

One more note, I am putting my stash on sale.  I made a page for my stash.  I am tire seeing it and collecting dust.  I will be adding more stuff soon.  

Until next time, Vicky

19 March 2014

Pickle Barrel Giveaway

Pickle Barrel is having a giveway and looking for new blogger friends.  The winner will have a choice of winning one of her new patterns and they are so cute.   I will be selecting "Life Lessons" if I win.  Please let her know you read it on my blog .  Just click on Pickle Barrel to get to the post.

28 February 2014

February Stitch from Stash report

I am just making the deadline for this month's report.  I had want to finish my Calender girl before reporting.  First, on the spending.  I brought LHN Little Moss Sunflower, CCN Snowmen Trio and Nora Corbett Letter E for $15.60.  Letter E is for a gift, but not sure when I am stitching it, so I counted it against my budget.  It was only $4.

For my working in progress projects, I stitched on Azure and Autumn Encounter.

 In Autumn Encounter, I stitched the first 2 columns on page 2.  I will be stitching more on this next week.  I want to do the next 2 columns at least.

Azure finally hit a slow stitching period.  I am doing the skin over 1.  I forgot how slow it is, because I am doing 4 stitches for one square.  I am hoping to finish the skin this coming month.

I do have 2 finishes for this month.  I can't show one of them because it is an exchange and will be on to its new home shortly.  The one I did finish was the LHN February Calender Girl.

Little House Needleworks February Calender Girl
by Diane Williams
Recommended threads and fabric

I am loving this series.  I saw March Girl and she is very pretty.  I can't wait to get her.  I hope my enthusiasm continues through out the year.  I still have not decided how I am going finish the series.   Right now I am stitching them individually. 

I did not stitch on my LizzieKate ABC Lessons this month.  Hopefully I will get to it  next month.  That is my report for February.

Until next time,

17 February 2014



Itzy has reached 200 followers and having a giveaway.  Just press the button above and you will get to her blog.

11 February 2014

Stitch Update, Snow and a Goodbye

On Autumn Encounter by Kustom Krafts, I finished page one finally. I did start on page 2 but I will show a picture on my next post.

I finish the tail and fin on Azure by Nora Corbett.  She is very fun to stitch and easy too.  There is no blending threads.  I will be starting the skin portion in a day or two.  I will be stitching the skin 2 threads over 1.  

I am still stitching Lizzie Kate ABC Lessons.  I had to move the q-snaps over and took a picture.  Hopefully I can go back to it soon, I think after I do the skin on Azure and I stitch February Calender Girl.  I should have the pattern any day now.

I had went to my support meeting this past Monday.  I am 5 miles away but with traffic it can take 15 minutes to get there.  I took my camera and got some snowy scenes.  More snow is coming on Thursday with another 4 to 8 inches of the white stuff and a mixture of sleet and rain. Oy! What a mess!

As you must have heard by now, Shirley Temple Black passed away on February 10, 2014.  I loved her movies as a kid.  I would watch them at my aunt's house because she had a vcr and would rent the movies on the weekends.  My favorite movie is Heidi and closely followed behind A Little Princess.  Of course, you can't forget about the Shirley Temples cocktail drinks.  When my siblings and I went out to dinner with our parents, they will let us order a Shirley Temple.  I always felt like a grown-up because it was made at the bar and arrived in a special glass.  Rest in peace Shirley!

Until next time, Vicky

28 January 2014

Stitch for Stash January Report

I decided to joined the Stitch from Stash this year.  This is the one where you just stitch from your stash and spend only $25 a month on stash.  I did good on the spending.  I only spend $17.88.  I brought some threads and a couple $4 patterns at Stoney Creek.  I had to resist on buying more and it is hard.  In this report I have 2 finishes and worked on a new project and a UFO.


Merry Christmas Grumpy Cat 
Designed by Brooke Nolan
Stitched on 28ct Lugana opalescent
Jack's Rum by Hand-Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie
DMC threads

I finished Grumpy Cat.  I think I mentioned I was annoyed with the person I was stitching it for, and I really wanted to use the hoop, so I finished it.  I know if I took the hoop off before finishing, it will be awhile before I get back to it.  Besides I am trying to get my WIPs down, so it was better if I finished.  Now just to finish if into an ornament.

Calender Girl January
Designed by Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks
28 count Clay Cashel Linen
DMC Threads

I decided I wanted to do the Calender girls and I had committed to the purchases before signing up for SFS.  I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet but I enjoyed stitching January. My goal is to stitch them within the month I get the pattern.  I am hoping life doesn't get in the way too much.  I wanted to finished January for this report,  the reason why I am just barely reaching the time line, lol.  

I started on Azure on January 1.  I love stitching her.  The top picture is the body and her fin.  The bottom is the fail and big fin.  I have seen her done by a few people and she is gorgeous and quick to stitch.  This month was a tough one to stitch.  My goal is to finish the stitching part by end of February.  

This is the UFO I am working on, Lizzie Kate ABC Lessons.  I am determine to finish this one soon.  When I take the snaps out I will take a bigger picture.  I will need to order more threads for this one.  My next project I will be stitching on, before I go back to Azure, will be Autumn Encounter.  He has been howling for me and I do want to finish page 1.  I only have less than 2 columns left.  A picture on the wolf next time.  On the left side of my blog, are some patterns I want to work on and try to finish them. The list might get longer as I add things.   

I had my surgery as scheduled.   It went well but living on a liquid diet sucks!  I am now on a puree diet, which right now I think it is heaven, lol.  I did lose 22 pounds and very happy with that. I am dehydrated so I am drinking more water and watching my sugars closely.

The weather has been cold, cold, cold. I am lucky there has not been much snow with the cold.  I learned about snow rolls today. It is when the wind is blowing and makes rolls out of the snow.  It has to be under special conditions but it is weird and awesome at the same time.  Try to stay warm.

Until next time,