Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blog Anniversary and a Giveaway!

This month I celebrate blogging for 8 years! I can't believe it's been that long. My very first post was back in April of 2006. At the time,  my husband and I had separated and blogging was a big diversion for me. Through blogging, I have met some wonderful friends and now that social media is all the rage I can connect even better through Facebook and Instagram.  I am not the worlds best blogger, sometimes I feel that I don't have much to say or what I do want to say is boring, so therefore I don't post a whole lot. Perhaps, it's because I can connect through other social media that I don't blog as much. One of the reasons I continue to blog is that I find blogs to be such an inspiration for new ideas, finishing techniques and naturally stash enhancement, the friends I have made are priceless. .

So in the spirit of friendship,  I would like to give away Blackbird Designs Loose Feather's #8. My Friend's House, I will include the chart, the fabric and the threads to go with it.  Please leave me a comment if you are interested in being part of the drawing.  This will run through midnight of April 17th and then I will draw a winner via the good old random generator.


                                   

Blessings my friends!!

xoxox

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Finally a Finish...

Promised Lamb by Plum Street Samplers. I love the colors in this piece. I could have been finished a few days ago, but I have been lolly gagging around. It's stitched on an unknown to me Lakeside Linen in 32 count, using the recommended Gentle Arts threads.  I only changed my angels wings to pink just cause I like pink ;-) I haven't decided what to really work on next, going to refer back to my list I think and go from there. I am going to try to finish Kitty Cat Row though. 

Nothing much going on around here, my son turned 20 yesterday! Where does the time go? I just brought him home from the hospital, didn't I? I am getting ready for another cruise next month, looking forward to it. It's an all girl trip-so lots of laughs are on order and we celebrate my birthday and another of the ladies birthday while we are gone. In fact, I will be in St. Thomas, V.I. for my birthday. I love saying that! LOL I hope to get a little stitching in. I do know one thing, I will be having chocolate melting cake every night for dessert. My hips won't appreciate it, but my mouth sure will. 

  

I leave you with a picture of my Kensi, she is my youngest cat and a tortie. She is so sweet and spoiled. Love her to death!  Hope the rest of your week is wonderful!

xoxo 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February WIPocalypse

It seems as we get older, these days, weeks and months pass by so fast! Here we are again and I am late for the February WIPocalypse posting. I have been stitching, however I have been working quite a bit and sometimes reading (my other love).  My baby turned 16 and just got his learner's permit. So if you hear any yelling, it's probably me! LOL  I didn't make my goal of finish anything this month, but perhaps next month will be my month!  So here are my current wip's.

Promised Lamb by Plum Street Samplers

Hannah Lovina Joslin 1836 by Blackbird Designs 
My Instagram SAL

Kitty Cat Row by Bent Creek with a little help from one of my furry friends as you can see. So I hope to finish at least one of these because as you know my list is long and the Nashville Market just finished and naturally I found some new projects I want to start!

  Tell me what were some of your favorites from market?  I ordered English Garden by Blackbird and a couple of Stacy Nash's-I am not a border person but her flower borders just call to me. Anyway, I must run, thanks for your continued friendships and visits!

xoxoxo

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January WIPocalypse

Well finally, I  sat down and made a list of  my stitching plans for next year. Naturally, the list is still crazy and ambitious, but that is the fun of it! I rejoined the WIPocalypse and I hope to do better about posting.  I already have quite a few of these projects in play and it's just a matter of taking the time and getting to work on them. I have been trying to stitch a little in the morning after work and since that is something I don't normally do, I am hoping it will help propel me to finishing more.  I have found that, I enjoyed having a working list to refer back to, especially when finishing a project. It definitely has helped me focus on what I want to stitch next.
My current wip Promised Lamb
                                                               
The topic for the January WIPocalypse was for us to introduce ourselves, our projects and our goals. Many of you know me so just skip on by the next part!

My name is Sharon and I have been blogging now for almost 8 years. I can't believe it's been that long. I have 3 busy teenagers, 2 in high school and 1 in college. I have 5 cats and my daughter may kill me if I get anymore. I love to read, stitch, Internet surf and watch NCIS. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram.  I currently work an RN on a mother/baby unit.

My projects are listed here and you can read pretty much what my goals are above. My main goal is to finish anything!

ES Sport Motif Sampler by Of Female Worth*
Promised Lamb by Plum Street Samplers*completed 3/11/14
Away We Ride by Blackbird Designs*
Primitive Bouquet by Jardin Prive* (not sure if I am liking this as much, but close to a finish)
Kitty Cat Row by Bent Creek*
Ohio Treasure by Threadwork Primitives( This is going to be a restart on different fabric)
Christmas Village by Threadwork Primitives
Jane Pattison 1806 by Shakespeare's Peddler (My New Year start)*
Love Thy Neighbor by Plum Street Samplers
Hannah Lovina Joslin 1856 by Blackbird Designs (An Instagram SAL)
Bittersweet September by Blackbird Designs*
Tombstone Sports by The Primitive Needle*
Thine is the Trick and the Treat (SAL with Jinger)*
Sleigh Rides and Snowflakes by The Scarlett House
Summer at Hollyberry Farm by Stacy Nash
Thankful Davis by R & R Reproductions
Margaret Cottam by La D Da

I am still in The Ladies Prim Society at Dyeing 2 Stitch.. I also decided to move back over into the Stacy Nash Girls Club with Country Sampler.

Anyhow, I am excited for the stitching year, so many great projects and Nashville is coming up quick! Thanks for your continued visits.

Blessings
xoxo




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!



Well friends it's time to close the door on 2013! I can't say that I will be sad as it was a hard and frustrating year for some people I love the most. That's the beauty of starting a new year, because its a fresh new start. I am finishing my 2013 stitching with this sweet little freebie by Stitches by Cheri.  It's called Happy New Year of course!  I got up this morning excited by new prospects to come and finished it into this little cube. I used wired ribbon for the bow and my ribbon always looks as if it's going to fly away! It is stitched on 30 count parched bones linen with Gentle Art threads and the backing is this pretty funky batik. So easy and sweet,

I stopped doing resolutions many years ago. I do have some goals in mind but that is where they will stay. I would like to wish everyone best wishes with their resolutions, goals or whatever you may have in mind. I hope that you, your family and friends will all have a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!!

Blessings!!
xoxo

Friday, December 27, 2013

Mary's Sampler II Finish



Well better late than never! I finally finished my Mary's Sampler II design by Plum Street Samplers. It was a lovely stitch to do and I would have finished earlier if my stitching muse had not decided to disappear. My sampler is stitched on 30 count Apple Brown Bindy by R & R, and uses Gentle Art threads.You can still find this free pattern on Paulette's blog.  A big thank you to her for sharing her time and talents with all of us!

The holidays have come and gone, I hope yours were as wonderful as mine were. Time spent with family and friends is truly a blessing.  The kids are happy with what Santa brought and this mama is happy that the kids are happy. Now it's onward to looking at a new year, I am hoping and praying 2014 will be a  little kinder than 2013. I am still working on my stitching list for next year. I am not sure I will rejoin the wipocalypse, I liked having a list of stitching that I could refer back to. The list did help keep me organized, so I know I will continue that.  However, I got really lazy about posting on the dates required even though its a no pressure thing. So, I am still considering that, I  do know that my focus next year will remain on samplers. I hope to be back with a post before new years! Blessings my friends.

xoxo

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gift for a Friend

Every year for the last 5 years or so I have made a stitched gift for a friend. We have never met, we only talk via Facebook, email or texting. She is very dear to me. This years gift continues with the Halloween themed gift I gave her last year, which you can see here.  Since I was running behind, I had a little help from a friend. Sherri did the primary stitching for me and I did the finishing. Thanks Sherri! I finished it into a hanger for the door or doorknob perhaps.

It is stitched on 30 count Grasshopper linen with DMC threads, the little loop and the pumpkin nose beads came with the pattern. It had some other weird looking stars but I changed mine to black. The backing fabric is this fabulous Halloween orange fabric with the words boo on it. I added the fuzzy black yarn around it to finish it off. Oh, forgot to say the pattern is called The Witch is In by Amy Bruecken! I hope she likes it! Hopefully, I will be back soon with my Mary's Sampler finish.