Tuesday, August 21, 2012

lost again.....and a TUSAL

It has been a month since I blogged last...thank goodness for TUSAL posts! Speaking of which, I know this is a few days late, but better late than never, right?

It feels like the time has flown by and dragged along, both at the same time! Things around here have put me in kind of a tailspin since mid-July. Right before we left on vacation, my daughter's life starting falling apart, and we have all been caught up in it. But this is mainly a stitchy blog, so I don't want to go into all the details except to say that any good thoughts and prayers you could send her way are most appreciated. I know she will get through this, and maybe when everything is back on track, I'll feel like talking about it. Right now, I mostly feel like curling up in a ball! I always thought things were supposed to get easier as your children got older, but I think someone lied!

I haven't really done much stitching the past few weeks, but I did get some things done before that.
There is an exchange that I can't show yet, a couple of round robins, and some ornaments that will get finished eventually!

We had a Christmas in July challenge/exchange at Friendly Stitchers last month. I challenged myself to stitch three ornaments, plus the exchange. I did get the stitching done on three, but not the finishing. The first design is from Plum Street Samplers and was in the JCS ornament preview issue. it is called Second Day, and it is stitched on waterlily jobelan with GAST thread in HollyBerry. 

I wanted to stitch all three of the 2012 Quaker Ornaments from Twisted Oak Designs, but I ran out of one of the threads before I finished. (I just got some more in the mail, so I should be able to complete the third ornie soon. Here are the first two, stitched on Queen Anne's Lace jobelan with Crescent Colours threads in Ladybug and Goldfish. These were so much fun to stitch,and I am looking forward to finishing them (I don't always look forward to finishing!)

Melissa was my partner in the exchange. I sent her this ornie from JBW Designs - French Country Star. It was in one of the JCS ornament issues, but I have seen it sold as well. It is stitched on waterlily jobelan with Hollyberry GAST thread. (can you tell I love this combination? the fabric is actually more like a pale green color...but it certainly doesn't photograph that way) I finished is as a hanging pinkeep ornament.

Melissa sent me...not one, not two, but three!!! ornaments! To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. They are all beautifully stitched and finished and I can't wait to display them this holiday season. Thanks again, Melissa!

This also seems to be a year for round robins. I have three on the go at the moment! We are doing one with a group of stitchers from Friendly Stitchers, and this month I had Frances' piece to stitch on. She chose a Christmas Cushion pattern, and this is the bit I stiched for her. 

We are also doing a round robin at Every Stitch Counts and this month I had Kathy's piece. Her design is from Ursula Michaels and is called Threads of Joy. Here is the square I stitched for this one.

Well, I guess I have rambled on enough for one sitting! I promise to try and keep up more often. I know how much better I feel when I stitch every day...it has just seemed kind of hard to concentrate lately. (I have been reading some fun cozies though and they help as well!)

So, if anyone is still here, thanks for taking the time to visit! I really do appreciate it!


  1. Ooh well done. I'm stitching Autumn pieces and you are WAY ahead of me stitching Christmas.

  2. Beautiful stitching in all the photos! Know that I am sending prayers for your daughter and you. I know how when things happen with or to your children, it still effects us, moms. Hugs...

  3. Gorgeous stitching. I'm sorry to hear that things aren't too good in your daughter's life at the moment. It must be hard for everyone - I do hope things sort themselves out soon. Take care, hugs x

  4. Such amazing stitching! WOW!!

    I hope things will be okay and turn out for you and your daughter. I'll send you some prayers.

  5. I love your finishes! They are so pretty. And absolutely no, things don't get easier when they grow up. A more accurate saying is this"little children, little problems, big children, big problems!! I will send good thoughts to both you and your daughter.

  6. Beautiful finishes ..I love them so much.
    You and your daughter are in my prayers.
    Hugs xxx

  7. Lovely finishes and what great ornaments from Melissa.
    I hope things improve for your daughter. Wishing you guys the best.

  8. Very nice finishes Linda. Stitching does help when things are crazy. We had an issue with our daughter last year and you want so badly to "fix it" and make it better but it just takes time. Sending good thoughts your way:)

  9. lovely stitching and lovely gifts - I will pray for guidance for you and your daughter during this time.

  10. Seems to me that you have been very busy stitching. Love your finishes

  11. Wow...that is a lot of stitching for someone who hasnt done much...love the colours! Wish you all the best for your and your daughter. My daughter is 23 and we never stop worrying about them do we?

  12. Wow you have been a busy stitcher - love your Quaker ornaments and you got a great exchange package.

    I wish I could tell you differently but my mom is 81 years old and she would say no, sometimes it doesn't get easier just because your kids are grown. But you are still there for her and that's the important thing...nothing like mom to lean on when life turns you upside down. I hope things work themselves out for your daughter.

  13. Great stitching - love the JBW and the two Twisted Oak ones. Hope your DD's life gets better - been thru bad times for my DD, and it is not fun.

  14. I am sending positive vibes for your daughter!!!

    You've got a lot of lovely ornaments stitched, sent and received!

    Wow you're in a lot of RRs!

  15. I am sad for your daughter. :( I hope her situation gets better.


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