Friday, November 30, 2007

And the winner is...

Sheepish Designs, Alpha Sheep! I decided to work on this piece and get it finished up. Of course it won't happen in November but by the end of next week for sure (I'm hoping). I have been working at home much of this week and a couple of days next week also so I'm missing out on at least three extra hours of stitching time every time I stay home. As a result, my progress suffers. Speaking of finishes in November, what a dismal month for finishes. Only three! For me that is a poor month considering that two of the finishes were very small. Of course I did work on St. Reatham for more than a week and made huge progress there, but I would have loved to see a couple more things finished.

I'm closing off the week with a pug picture. This is what I always envisioned when I became a multi-pug household. All three pugs nestled together, taking a nap. :-) This is the first time its happended. :-)

I have updated my for sale or trade list. The link is to the right.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Imaginary Botanicals - Dots Finis

Imaginary Botanicals - Dots by SamSarah Design Studio
32 count Silkweaver Dark Tan Linen
Recommended Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts Floss

I finished up with Dots this afternoon. I love the two of them together. I can't wait to see the third (Stripes) go on the linen. It's going to be to the left of Swirls.

I had to order another skein of one of the colors for Strips so right now I'm not sure what I want to start on next. Part of me wants to finish up with what I consider one project and another part of me wants to finish up part three of the Alpha Series by Sheepish Designs - Alpha Sheep. And yet another part of me wants to do a couple of Christmas ornaments. I ordered a bunch of fabric cuts from Drema last week so I'm ready to go with at least five or six from this years Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue.

So many projects - so little time! :-)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Imaginary Botanicals - Swirls finis

Imaginary Botanicals - Swirls by SamSarah Designs
32 Count Silkweavers Dark Tan Linen
recommended overdyed floss

As I predicted, I finished up with Swirls last week and started Dots right away. I was hoping to finish it by the end of the long weekend but I was sick with a bad cold all Thanksgiving through Sunday and I didn't feel much like stitching. I'm hoping to finish up Dots by the weekend. I love how they look together. I can't wait to start on Strips.

Because I was sick, I canceled most of the plans I had made for the weekend. But that made the pugs happy because they had me to themselves for four whole days. :-) Here is little Aoife taking a nap on the pillow palace that she made. She is growing so fast!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Have a great Thanksgiving!

I'm almost finished with Swirls - I'll tie this one up tonight. Right now I'm not sure what I'll work on next. I'm feeling like I'm in a Alpha mood - it would be great to finish the Alpha series by Sheepish Designs before the end of the month. But who knows, maybe I'll start on the next botanical design.

Have a great thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate it!

Monday, November 19, 2007

We did it!

Clancy and I earned our first AKC (American Kennel Club) Qualifying score in Novice Jumpers with Weaves! And it was even a second place finish! As you can imagine, I am a very proud mom. :-) This means we have our first leg for our first AKC title. And we were "this" close to two more Qs but I have to blame myself and not Clancy for our failure. He did everything I asked him to and for one of the events, I didn't stay by him and I know he prefers it and in the other case, I pulled him off course with a bonehead move on my part. But in any case, I feel like we are well on our way. Our next trial is in two weeks and it's a four day trial so we will have many more attempts at Qs.

I have videos of the weekend and if anyone wants to be bored and watch them or just see what agility is all about, let me know and I'll forward my account name. I had to set them up unsearchable or I would just post them here. I have an old boyfriend who is practically stalking me online and I don't want him to have anymore access into my life then he already has found. :-( The whole thing is just sick. :-( But enough negitive talk on such a happy day!

I didn't find a second to put in stitch in Swirls all weekend. But I'm making good progress in any case and I should be finished with the first flower by the end of the week. I've already had to pull out one of the recommneded threads because it matched another color almost perfectly. :-( I hate it when I get such a different dye lot from the model. And by looking at this photo, I might have to pull another color because it's blending into the background too much. The model was stitched on a pinkish color and mine is Silkweavers Dark Tan and it's really a close match. Bummer.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A new start

This is where I'm leaving St. Reatham for now. Not to bad for five days work. :-) If I had to estimate how much I have completed, I would have to say I'm quarter of the way done. I really need to work on this piece more but I have so many other things to work on and they are all shouting at me.

Here is my new start - Swirls from Sam Sarah Designs. I'm doing all three Imaginary Botancial pieces on the same piece of linen width wise.
While I was taking photos of SR, Aoife wanted in the action. Can you find the pug??

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

First page - complete! :-)

I am "officially" done with page one! :-) Woohoo! Only seven more to go. ;-) As soon as I finish the motif I'm working on, I'll be pleased with this round of stitching's progress. My next project with be the Imaginary Botanicals and I'll start that as soon as the thread I ordered arrives.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Slow stitching weekend

I didn't get much stitched done at all this weekend on St. Reatham. The plan had been to at least finish the big motif but I fell short of that. I had plans with friends and Sunday was a really lazy day - napping with the pugs was the most important thing I did all day. :-)
I haven't posted a photo of the puppy in a whole week! Here is the cutest picture of Aoife and Molly. It's taken Molly a while to warm up to the idea of yet another pug in the house but I think she is finally there. I caught them taking a nap together Sunday afternoon. Aoife loves to snuggle.

Clancy was of course with me on the couch. He always pulls the pillows out of order to make a little nest. It's so cute.

I'm ending today's post with another pug photo but this one is not my pug. This is Molly and she belongs to my friend Peggy. This was taken at Pug Dog Nationals in Pennsylvania last September. The look of determination is incredible. She is a great agility pug.

Friday, November 09, 2007

At long last, progress

I'm making progress with St. Reatham, not fast progress but progress none the less. So far this round I've completed the round motif under the F and G, a couple of the tiny ones and have started on the of the three largest motifs to the left of the center. My goal for this bout of SR stitching is to finish the big motif I'm working on and then start back down on the left side of the piece. I realized this morning I still have not really completed one page of the chart. :-( I'm going to make sure that no matter what I'll complete page 1.
Isn't this piece huge?? I can't believe I even started to tackle it. :-) Sorry about the bad photo, in order to work on this piece on the train, I wrap the linen around my five inch hoop. It keeps the piece small and manageable and helps to keep in clean since I have only the back side of the piece facing me. Here is link the what it will look like finished -
I did a little birthday shopping and here are a couple of the charts I ordered. It's the Imaginary Botanical series from Sam Sarah Design Studio. There are three pieces in the group, Swirls, Dots and Strips. They are really cool and I'm going to stitch them on one piece of linen. It's hard to tell here because they are stitched on different colored backgrounds but they use the same colors of fiber just in different amounts. I'm planning on ordered the fibers today and this is what I'll start next when the supplies arrive. So I'll work on SR until that happens.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hunt Sampler Finis

The Hunt Sampler by Homespun Samplar
32 count Silkweavers French Vanilla Swirl
Needle Necessities Woodland Fantasy floss, Gentle Art Forest Glade, Crescent Colours Brandied Pears and Needle Necessities Dromedary floss

As I predicted yesterday, I finished up Hunt Sampler last evening. I'm so pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to get this one framed. Many thanks to Mindi who also did this piece - that right there is one of the best things about blogging. I didn't even know this designer existed and even if I had seen this chart I'm sure I would have pasted right over it because it was charted as a mono color design in blue. I saw it on Mindi's blog and knew I had to do it in fall shades like she did. :-) Thanks Mindi!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Just eight letters to go

As you can see, I'm coming to the end of this project. I just have the eight letters to go on the top and the personalization in the wreath to go. I should be finished by tonight. I really was hoping to have it completed by Sunday evening, but I under estimated just how much time I would have during the weekend. I did have a few things going on. ;-) I love how it's turning out and I think the colors I picked out are all working together. I'm not sure if you know it, but if you click on the top photo, you can see it closer.

By now, those of you who subscribe to the Gift of Stitching online, have seen the November issue. And I'm sure you all noticed the porcelain pin cushion doll made with a Christmas cross stitch over-skirt by Giulia Manfredini. Well I have always wanted a pin cushion doll and this project was made for me. So much that after I looked at my issue on Friday I went right to eBay and found a three inch half doll that appealed to me. It came in the mail yesterday! Above is a photo of it. How perfect is that? She even has a little dog in her arms. I'm not going to do mine in Christmas colors though, I want a more multi-season one and I'm already thinking shades of blues for it.

I need to start thinking about my next project but until that is clear in my mind, I'm going to work on St. Reatham. I have not worked on it since the beginning of September. I owe it at least two solid weeks of work but I think I'll work it until the weekend.

Friday, November 02, 2007


After feeling like I haven't been making progress on the Hunt Sampler for most of the week I can really see it now. It's actually going to be a quick stitch. And I might just finish it by Sunday evening. :-)
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Thanks for all your kind birthday wishes. :-) I had a great day yesterday.

I didn't get as much stitched as I would have like yesterday evening. There was a flurry of well wishers at the house on and off all night. That was nice but I would have liked a little more time for me. ;-) But in any case, I'm making progress on the Hunt Sampler and I'm still very happy with the colors I picked out. Sorry for the bad photo today, I camera's batteries ran out this morning and I had to use the old digital from the office.