I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Friday, October 2, 2015

2 WIPS No More and College Football

I must confess that I'm a serial starter so my wip pile gets pretty high.  I'm trying to whittle it down a bit by sneaking in a wip to finish every once in a while.  I'm in a fall mood and picked up these 2 that I started last fall:

CEC Nutkins mitten

I can see in my mind's eye a bunch of these CEC mittens stitched and "finished" into mitten-shaped pillow ornaments.  I'm slowly stitching mittens.  We'll see if the master plan ever materializes.  I made a couple of changes in this one...I used seed beads instead of French knots for the eyes and, since there wasn't much contrast between the fabric and the floss, I outlined the mitten with backstitching.

CEC "Leaves" (can you see a theme here?)

I'd seen a picture of this one (stitched) online and knew it was CEC but it took a while for me to figure out that it's from leaflet 142 Winter Circle.  I fondly call this guy "Leaf Man" and am thinking it would be cute "framed" in a grapevine wreath.

I'm so close to finishing Live, Laugh, Love sampler but have been thinking of what initials and date to use.  It's a prominent part of the design and I thought my initials and the current year don't quite match the mood.  I may use my grandma or great grandma's initails and birth date.  I'm still thinking about it.

I also started a fall Prairie Schooler design but haven't taken a picture of it yet.

We had a treat last weekend.  Our friends offered UT(exas) tickets to us again this year...the ones on the 50 yard-line 2 rows up from the field.  Of course, we took them up on it!  They were inducting various athletes into the UT Athletic Hall of Fame so there were lots of extra people on the sidelines.  We looked down at one point and there was Matthew McConaughey (a UT graduate and a big UT football fan) on the sidelines no more than 10-15 feet away from us.  He was very gracious posing for pictures for whoever wanted them...and there were a lot of people who wanted them.  UT failed to win the game but we had a great time anyway.

We forgot to take selfies until after the game when we were hot/sweaty.  Note the lovely "hat hair".

Happy stitching!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Another contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy's hosting another contest, this time for a boxed set of her beautiful Antique Dried Flower floss.

See her blog for details:

Contest for boxed set of Antique Dried Flower floss

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Finish and a WIP

I finished the stitching on this little guy from PS leaflet 198 Christmas Tree Farm for the Christmas Ornie sal blog. This one reminds me of the years we'd take the kids to cut our own trees and Christmas tree farms when we all were younger.  I think I may finish finish it like the fall ornament I did recently.  Quick and easy!

I'm on the home stretch of Primitive Betty's "Live, Laugh, Love" sampler.  I just have to stitch in the initials and date.

 I'm continuing with my daily walks and "stepping" that I added last week (despite the muscle soreness).  I (and my legs) feel more energized having added the stepping.  I'll try to keep it up.

Finally.....we're overjoyed and excited to be expecting our first grandchild next spring.  We're hoping to find out the gender soon and then I'll start deciding on a baby sampler to stitch.

Happy stitching!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Another contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shop is hosting another Favorite Things contest.  Read all about it here:

Favorite Things Giveaway

Good luck!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Update

Sorry but I can't think of a clever title.  lol!

My stitching update for this week:  I finished the model, sent it out, and it has arrived at its destination.  Happy dance!

After that, I went back to work on LHN Calendar Girl for September and finished stitching her:

Next, I went back to stitching Primitive Betty's "Live Laugh Love" sampler.  I'm on the home stretch of this one:

I'll probably get to work on this month's ornament (theme trees or gifts) for the sal blog.  I started one piece but think I will change to another one that I'm more likely to get finished in time.  I'll still finish the other one...eventually.

For my chatting:  I've probably mentioned that I take daily (goal of at least 5 days/per week) fitness walks.  Usually I walk on a jogging track over at the community college.  Yesterday I happened upon another track "regular" with whom I've only exchanged "Good mornings".  She was doing some step training on a bench beside the track.  I stopped to cheer her on and ended up walking with her.  We had a nice walk and chat.  Today I walked with her again...and I'm stepping up my game....literally.  I'm doing some of the step training too.  It wasn't as bad (for this old bod) as I thought it would be.  It was really nice to make a new walking buddy friend!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Another contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy's hosting another contest for her beautiful boxed set of floss called Auntie's Flower Garden.

For more details, visit her blog:

Auntie's Flower Garden floss

Good luck!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Progress Report

I'm on the "home stretch" for finishing a current model.  I should be done by today or tomorrow. 

I took last evening to stitch up an ornament for the Halloween ornie sal blog.  It's taken from a bigger design found in the JCS 2014 Halloween issue.  Our theme this month is "spooky words".

I'm also participating in a fall themed sal with a LHN/CCN Facebook group.  Since I'm wanting to stitch all the Calendar Girls this year, I chose the September one for the sal.

Happy stitching!