Friday, January 31, 2014

Totally Useless SAL

My camera battery died just as I was taking a photo of my little orts, so I plugged it in before leaving for work. So...a little late, but better late than never!

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stitch from Stash January Report

I am so happy that I have joined this Stitch from Stash group. I really do need this...I don't even know what all I have...and so I keep buying , not only more new stuff, but more of what I already have! So, without further ado...

In January, I spent nothing on stash! Not a I do (or did) belong to two fabric of the month clubs, but one of them has been discontinued, and I haven't received anything this month from the other...but they are exempt anyway. I am not saying that this is easy. I have seen several designs that I really really want to add to my stash...but I think I will just start a new wishlist so that I don't forget about them...maybe I can talk someone into buying me a groundhog's day gift????

I had two new starts from my stash...both small designs to be sent off for a block exchange. You can see one of them here, and this is the other, a square from Prairie Schooler's Nordic Holiday. 

And I started one new project, Shades of Autumn from Dinky Dyes:

I also finished a round robin here and stitched on two of my UFO/WIPs...Abigail Gould Sampler from The Scarlet Letter

and The Gilded Cage from Carriage House Samplings.


On to February!

I must apologize for the poor time to iron first, and I am having a really hard time figuring out how to crop my photos in Windows 8.1. Must practice on that. I am not very tech savvy!

Thanks for taking the time to visit!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog Day 2014 !!!

Grow Your Blog Day is hosted by Vicki as a way for bloggers to get to know each other, to discover new blogs, and maybe to get some new followers for their own blogs as well. You can click on the button my sidebar to get to her blog, and to see a list of all the bloggers who will be participating today. This is my second year participating in this. Last year was so much fun...I found lots of new blogs to follow. It is just amazing how many great blogs there are out there...this year there are over 500 bloggers participating! I think it will take me quite awhile to get to visit all of them, but I sure will try!

Just a little bit about me...I am a transplanted New Yorker, living in Oregon for the past 20 years (where has the time gone?). My husband and I have two grown daughters, and one grandson, who is the light of our lives. We share our home with two dogs and two cats. I am a librarian by profession. I love to read (surprise surprise!), especially cozy mysteries and biographies; love watching sports, especially baseball; love spending time with my grandson; love exploring new places with my husband; love cuddling with our furbabies. I also seem to have a slight addiction to HGTV and the Cooking Channels!

I also love cross-stitching, and that is what my blog is mostly about. I'm a pretty slow stitcher, but I do get some things finished! This year I have joined a group that is stitching from our stash...we have a small monthly allowance to spend if we choose, but I am hoping to only use that when absolutely necessary. The reason for this is that I have so much stash already...I will never get to the bottom of it! I am also going to try and finally finish some of the pieces I have already started. I am certainly not a one at a time is hard for me to resist starting new this should be an interesting experiment for me!

Some of the bloggers are offering little giveaways on their blogs for this event, so I will do that too. All I can say is that the giveaway prize will be cross-stitch related, but since I am still not quite sure what it will contain, it will be a surprise! I'm thinking along the lines of some patterns or other stash. We'll see! If you are interested, please leave a comment on this post telling me that you want to enter, and please include your email address so I can contact you. Since there are so many blogs participating this year, I will leave this open for four weeks and choose a winner on February 22.

I am hoping to discover lots of new blogs again through this Grow Your Blog Day, and meet lots of new friends. Thank you in advance to all of you who take the time to blog about your lives and your interests, and thank you to everyone who comes here to visit. Please leave a comment if you have time...they are always appreciated!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Reading Challenge 2014

I love to's one of the first things I remember doing as a child. Working in a library, getting to order all kinds of wonderful materials for our's fun, and when the new stuff comes in, it's like Christmas every day.

But usually these days when I read, I stick to my well loved cozy mysteries. The characters have become my friends and I look forward to every new adventure in their lives. This is a roundabout way of saying that I am often late to the party when it comes to reading best sellers or more popular and current titles. Maybe I'm in a bit of a rut, but it's a rut I truly love.

Yet, when I saw this challenge on facebook, I thought...well, why not expand my horizons just a little bit. There is a reading challenge for each month of the year, so I am going to give it a go. We are also offering this challenge to our library patrons...they'll get a little passport book and enter to win prizes. No prizes for me...just the enjoyment of reading some books I may not have noticed before.

Anyway, the challenge for January is to read a book published the same year you were born. I grabbed Agatha Christie mystery that I haven't read...A Murder is Announced, and a book by Georgette Heyer...The Grand Sophy. I've still got a week before the month is up...hope I can get to at least one of these.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hope everyone has a great weekend planned!

Monday, January 13, 2014

some stitchy progress!

It was a pretty blustery weekend overall, and our grandson was with his dad so we didn't get to see him. So hubby and I decided to cozy up inside with a warm fire and watch lots of football...four playoff games over two days which meant some quality stitching time for me!

I decided to tackle two of my WIPs. The first is Gilded Cage from Carriage House Samplings

The second is the Abigail Gould Sampler from The Scarlet Letter.

You can see the before pictures here in my Turtle Trot post.

I am very pleased with my progress!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Round Robin Finished!

A few of us from the Friendly Stitchers yahoo group decided to do a round robin in 2012. I chose Yesteryear from Little House Needleworks for my design. Everyone did a fabulous job on the stitching and it came back to me early last year, I put it away, thinking I would finish it up pretty quickly, and then promptly forgot about it.

I had stitched the top border before sending it out, so I still had to do the bottom border and the "Bicycle" square. I pulled it out last week, and now it is finished! I love how it turned out.

Thanks again to Niina, Sally, Frances, Judy and Gillie for all your wonderful stitching!

And thanks to you all for taking the time to visit!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Turtle Trot 2014


 This is my first year joining in on the Turtle Trot, but since I am stitching from my stash this year, I am really hoping to get some of my WIPs completed and I thought this might be  a fun way to do this.
I must admit that it was hard finding only ten projects...and to be honest, there were some projects that I really wanted to add to the list, but I couldn't find them. I have so many things in different bags and about being unorganized! Maybe they will turn up at some point during the year, and I can add them to the list to replace the ones I finish...see...I am being very optimistic here!
Before I list my projects, I do have a request. One of the projects I would really like to finish is Olde Pewter Letters from primitivetbettys. I found my bag with the threads, the started project, and all the papers that came with the pattern....the one thing I am missing is the pattern itself. I can't imagine what happened to it. It should be in the bag. If anyone has this pattern and would be willing to lend it to me for a short time, I would really appreciate it. I promise to finish it up right away and return it to you.
Anyway, on to the projects I chose. I apologize in advance for the wrinkled and crummy photos.
I won't be stitching these in any special order.
The first is Gilded Cage by Carriage House Samplings.
Next is Tea with JaneAusten from The Sampler Girl.
Next is Joyful Summer from Country Cottage Needleworks.
This one is Tis Better from La-D-Da
Next is Dicken's Mittens - The Last Word from Cross Eyed Cricket.
Next is the January design from Paul Vaughn's Quilts for All Seasons.
Next is Live Laugh Love from primtivebettys.
Next is Summer Band Sampler from Little House Needleworks.
Next is Shades of Autumn from Dinky Dyes.
And last, the Abigail Gould Sampler from The Scarlet Letter.
So I have my work cut out for me! One of these is my oldest WIP, some are starts from crazy challenges from a few years go, and some are more recent starts. I know there are lots of you trying to work on your old WIPs and UFOs this year, so I hope we can all cheer each other on and get some of these finished!
Thanks for taking the time to visit today. Hope everyone has a great weekend planned!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

over the hump day



The rains have come, but the temperatures aren't too bad. I don't miss the snow we used to live with back in New York. If I want to play in the snow, Mt. Hood is an hour away. And we don't ever have to shovel snow!

Our grandson was with us for much of the weekend, so I didn't get too much stitching done, but I did manage a little bit. We are continuing to do block exchanges in the Stitchers' Timeout yahoo group, and January's theme is snowmen. This is called Having a Merry Time and is from Val's Stuff. It is stitched on a bone colored evenweave with DMC threads. The whole time I was stitching it, I felt like I had stitched it before. It just looked so familiar, but I only bought the pattern a couple of months ago! I think he is kind of cute!

Last year, I joined in with all the stitchers who were stitching Scarlet Letter designs, but I ended up losing my stitching mojo for much of the year and didn't get very far. I started the Abigail Gould Sampler January or February and this is how much I got done that first day

I've decided to stitch samplers on Sundays, so I picked this back up on Sunday night. Here is my progress so far. I have no idea what the fabric is, but  it is stitched with DMC

I'm also working on finishing up a round robin that we stitched 2012/2013 with Friendly Stitchers.
I'll post a photo of the finished piece, hopefully by the weekend.

So, until next time, I hope that everyone who is in the really cold parts of the country get some relief soon. Thanks so much for visiting!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

first TUSALof the new year

I hope that everyone had a wonderful new year. Ours was very low key. Hubby had to work on new year's eve, but got home just before midnight. We don't usually make it up that long, but this year we decided to watch the ball drop in NYC...kind of disappointing because just as it started to drop they plastered this "Happy New Year" graphic across the screen which covered everything up! We had a nice dinner with my daughter and grandson yesterday, watched lots of football, relaxed...and I got to all was well in our little corner of the world.

I finally picked up needle & thread on Tuesday night or the first time in almost a month. I had a round robin to stitch on...Frances chose this seahorse pattern (from one of the British magazines, I think) We each are stitching the same design but in a different color palette. It was a quick and easy stitch and perfect to get back into the swing of things.

Finished this up yesterday, and started a January 1st piece...Shades of Autumn from Dinky Dyes. I love anything Autumn, and have had this one for quite some time. The fabric is actually yellow, which isn't showing up at all, and the silks are gorgeous and so nice to work with. Hopefully all of the colors will show up better when it is finished and I can take a proper photo.

Finally, here is my first TUSAL of 2014...not much to show, but it is only really one day's stitching.
If anyone isn't familiar with the Totally Useless Stitch-a-long, you can read all about it at Sharon's

Still dark out this morning, but I can see that it is another foggy morning. We have been socked in with fog nearly every morning for the past week or so. It makes for a very strange driving through a cloud! Off to work to take down our holiday decorations...we made a book tree this year at the library...I'll try to remember to take a picture to share. It was lots of fun.

Hope you all have a great day...thanks for taking the time to visit!