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Friday, April 21, 2017


When I first saw the wren on a lady's blog, I was enthralled.  I wanted so much to make it.  I love the wren.  I wrote to Jenny Adin-Christie and asked if it was available because it was not on her website.  I was thrilled when she wrote back and said I could order the kit.

  I knew that my goal for 2017 was to make this wren.  No matter how hard it was, I was going to make it.  I tried to finish up Home Sweet Home while I waited for the Wren kit to arrive.  It pretty much worked out perfectly. I was over the moon when the kit came in the mail.

 I stitched all the pieces of the wren.

 I tried to take my time and do them the best I could.  I was worried about my needlelace as I knew it wasn't perfect.  A couple of stitches I opted not to do because I was afraid of messing them up.
I put it together with my fingers crossed that everything fit together and worked out.

I am very happy to show you that the wren is finished.

 I love this little bird.  I like it to sit beside my happy chair and keep me company while I stitch. It really is even cuter in person.
Thank you Jenny Adin-Christie for such a fabulous design and such good directions and a great complete kit.  I just love it!

I will be gone for a few days taking classes with my guild.  See you next week.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


I've got a bad case of startitis.  I started a kit that I had on the plane to Spring Fling.

When I was at Stitchville I got threads for "May" which I have changed to "Amy".

I also got the threads for "Love".

So I had to start those as well.

When I got the Drawn Thread kit, I really wanted to start that, so I did.

I'll show you the reason I have startitis tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


At the end of the month, I'm going to Indianapolis.  I'll meet friends there and take some classes with Betsy Morgan.

 I'll also see my friend Janet.  I can't wait to see her progress on her casket, up close and personal.  I may take some things to show her too.
All three of my classes have pre-stitching.  I am so looking forward to taking Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.  I love the design.  This is the pre-stitch for that class.

Yes, I changed a color.  I changed that middle part to Bordeau.  Love it.

Then we are doing a The Virgin Queen's Stitching Pocket.  Love it.  I think this is a scissors fob.

Lastly I'm taking the Mexican Reticule.  This will be a ruler. I changed the color on just one little thing.
It will be fun to see Betsy again.  She is such a good teacher.

I'm wearing shorts today!  Things are greening up around here.  Oh to have some lilacs with their lovely scent.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Last One

I got good mail yesterday.  I got the last kit for this year's Silver Needle club, A Little Help from Our Friends Stitching Circle.  I really like Drawn Thread Designs and I have been waiting for this one.  I was very tempted by her latest releases but I wanted to see what her club design looked like.
I have made a few of Drawn Thread's sewing pockets before and I really like them.  I sorted out the colors of floss and would like to start this one soon.
Along with the design we got a couple of other presents, an ort jar (perfect size) and a Stitchy Dot needle minder.

I'm trying to resist signing up for yet another year of this club.  I'll have to think about it.

I also got my Paper Pumpkin kit.

 I have a birthday card to make.  Speaking of birthdays, today is a very special day.  Evan turns one year old.  Oh my, has it been a fun year to see him grow and develop and to see his personality emerge.  He is just so cute.  It is such a blessing to have a DIL who is such a great mom to our grandchildren.

Also in the mail yesterday was the latest issue of Just Cross Stitch.
There were a lot of designs in it.  Not really my style.

I tried out my Omanik frame.  I don't think I put the linen in right.  I'll have look at a tutorial on Youtube.  I think I had the linen in backwards.  So I need to try again.  I had a question about how long it took to get the frame.  I ordered it and was told it would be two weeks before it was sent. And it was.  After it was sent, I got a tracking number and was able to track it to New York but I couldn't get any information after that.  It took about 8 or 9 days for it to get from New York to me.  I presume some of that time was spent in customs.
Still working on my pre-stitching.  I'll show you tomorrow.

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's FlossTube's Fault

This is entirely FlossTube's fault.  I saw where to order a very nice needlework frame for stitching.  Estonia.  I didn't think that was a real country but I looked it up.  You can order a Millennium frame but you have to wait months for it.  The same sort of frame can be ordered from the Omanik Factory in Estonia.  So in a weak moment.  I ordered one.  It came in the mail on Saturday.  They always send a candy bar too.

 I'm particularly fond of dark chocolate.  Yum.
This is my frame.
I haven't put anything in it yet.  I watched a couple of FlossTube videos on how to set it up.  I'm going to try to put in some linen today and see how tight it can get.  I think it will be easier to use than the slate frame.  You can order longer bars.

The bathrooms are clean and the sun is shining.  Gotta get my pre-stitching done.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Walking was very pleasant today.  It was nice and warm.  I had to wear my raincoat as it was sprinkling a bit when I started.  How can it be the middle of April already?  My sister sent us a tin of See's Candies for Easter.  There are only two pieces left to fight over.  Can't wait to see Claire and Evan today.  I can hardly believe that Evan will turn one this week.  Kids grow up too fast.

When I was at Stitchville I picked out three little frames.

  I wanted a frame for this:

But I didn't have it with me so I had to guess what size.  As you can see, I didn't do very well.

 Oh well, I have a whole basket of finished unframed pieces.

  I tried a different one:

Still thinking about it.

I put the buttons I got into Mend. (I forget if I showed you this or not)

Also when I was at Spring Fling I got the pre-stitching for three classes with Betsy Morgan.  I didn't have a chance to start them until I got home.

At the end of this week, I'm taking two classes with Linda Vinson of Needlemade Designs.  So I will be gone next weekend.
I have something nifty to show you tomorrow.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


I finished off the Cross-Eyed Cricket Vintage Egg.  It turned out cute.

I also got the Barbara Jackson Shining Needle kit in the mail.  More eggs!  I really like these.

 There is one thing I don't like about this kit:

I hate when designers say just use the color you want.  I love the mottled green background behind the chicks.  So how do I get that?  She doesn't say.  ARGH.
Eventually there are going to be about 12 egg designs.  Barbara is teaching 3 different eggs at Celebrations.  I'm hoping they will be offered on Shining Needle as well.  I should feel guilty as I have a beautiful Barbara Jackson kit for a basket that I haven't even started.

It is supposed to be hot here today.  Almost 80 degrees!  Wow. I may have to change into shorts. Walking was very pleasant this morning.  The Farmer's Market starts in just a few weeks.  This is a great time of year.