Monday, November 26, 2012


I actually finished this piece some time ago, 
but I just now got around to framing it.
 I framed it myself with a frame I bought at Hobby Lobby. 
It is pinned into foam core all around the edges and laced in the back. 
The whole project cost me $12.00:
 $10.00 for the frame and $2.00 for the foam core.
Yay! Another piece framed and finished!


P.S.~ see my Scarlet Letter Challenge here!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Annie Beez Samplings

Check out my cross stitch page(tab above) for a new post about a possible 2013 WIP-ocolypse!


Friday, November 16, 2012

My completed ornament

I ended up changing out the Antique Rose for Manor Red(crescent colors) and I used Desert Mesquite for the border instead of Evergreen.
I trimmed it with ruched ribbon.
What do you think?


Friday, November 9, 2012

All Hearts progress

Here is my progress on the freebie ornament(see post below). I love the Gentle Art sampler threads so much. I'm sorry the pic is dark,  I took it at night.
It was under my lamp too, so it has sort of a yellow-y cast. I will get a better pic of the finished piece..

I have sold Louisa. She was on TDIPT last month. The buyer asked me to add hair all the way to the back in case she wanted to display her with her bonnet off. I love the way she turned out!
A lot of times if the bonnet is sewn on, I only put hair in the front where you can see it. But I like the way she looks, don't you?


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Christmas Ornament Floss Toss

Here is my floss toss for the freebie Chrtistmas ornament. I want mine to look old, so I chose 35ct. straw linen (not sure of the maker, this was in my stash),  Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weekes Dye works threads.
 Here are my selections:
DMC 349...GAST Antique Rose
 DMC 839................Weekes Bark
DMC 3052......GAST Evergreen
DMC 3774...........Weekes Mocha
DMC3827...............Weekes Gold
DMC ecru...GAST Roasted Marshmallow

Note that the conversion for DMC 3774, which is Desert Sand vy lt, I changed to a much darker mocha color. Otherwise it is basically ecru next to ecru! I often get into this trouble when designing because my program monitor does not show the DMC colors true. Hope this doesn;t cause anyone fits, just consider yourself a model stitcher! LOL!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Christmas Ornament Freebie!

Here is a free chart for you! Thank you all for your comments and for reading my blog! I enjoy every single comment and cherish the friendships I have made through this blog!


Eyelets are stitched with 2 strands of 3774 Desert Sand vy lt OR #12 perle cotton in ecru.

This free chart will be available here to download for a limited time. 30 days to be exact! After that you will have to email me for the chart.

  If you stitch it PLEASE send me a picture, 
I would love to create a gallery of your beautiful work! 



Monday, November 5, 2012

Soccer season is over, so I finally got a free weekend and it was 
I had ample time to stitch:
I worked on Mary Beale's Sampler Stocking.
I finished page 1!

I also worked quite a bit on Quilty Neighborhood, but I can't show you that yet!

I FINISHED a needle roll!! This has been in my basket of smalls that I keep handy for when I just have a few minutes here and there.
Garden Needle Roll~Shepherds Bush

And I finished a pretty little Christmas ornament. This is an original design. I am waiting for some silk ribbon that I ordered to make the hanger, but here it is so far:
Hope you all had as lovely a weekend as I did.

 And for those in the Northeast who have been so devastated by hurricane Sandy-you are in my prayers every day!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

New offerings at TDIPT! And more!

For those of you hoping for a new doll, I DO apologize! 
I just couldn't get one done this month
with all of the unrelenting sports(Isabel) and being so sick.
But I do have some lovely snowmen up for adoption.

So click on over to 
and snatch these right up!

I am READY for the Christmas season, are you?
I LOVE to decorate for Christmas.
And this year with most of the kids out of the house I am going to really cull through all of my accumulated Christmas decorations and purge everything that is broken or that just doesn't sing to me.
I want to do a vintage white and sparkle theme this year. 
Yes, that what I'm going to call it...
Vintage White and Sparkle!
I just made that up right now! Ha!

Picture little glitter houses with bottle brush trees, 
lots of white sparkly garland, a beautiful feather tree,

 german blown glass ornaments...yes!
And of course, a sampler tree!
Filled with all of the needlework ornaments I have made over the years!

Add to all of this lots of beautiful silver vintage looking mercury glass-LOVE it!
Won't it be pretty! 
Are your Chritmas decorating juices flowing yet??