Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Smalls SAL

Here is my Smalls SAL project for April.  It's a miniature monogram hornbook from Kelmscott Designs.
It measures 3" long, top width is 2" and the handle is 1".  The monogram was stitched on 32 ct linen.

Until tomorrow…...

Keep yourself surrounded in stitches ~ Cheers ~

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Baby Stuff and Letter Off to France

My wonderful step-son and his wife are expecting their second child in September.  My (only) daughter and her husband are expecting their first child in October.  Well, that's just license for me to go wild making baby things!  And I've been busy!

I still have the Christening blanket I knitted for my daughter 30 years ago.  For some reason, I kept the last portion of the skein of yarn I used for the blanket - and knitted up these booties:
You can find the pattern here.

Baby things are so CUTE!  Here is a baby quilt I quickly stitched up yesterday from Keepsake Quilting.  It's called "Honey Bee Mine".
 I finished this one Friday - also from Keepsake Quilting.  It's called "Bundle of Joy".

Managed to find these labels and attached them to the back of each quilt:

Here is the letter I'm sending today for the DMC exhibit I blogged about yesterday. 
Just got done shampooing carpets in our lower level.  WHEW!  Tired.  Think I'll have a cup of tea and take a breath.

Keep yourself surrounded in stitches ~ Cheers ~

Sunday, April 27, 2014


OH. MY. GOSH!  I just found out about the most WONDERFUL opportunity for us stitchers!!  I saw a post on and Stitches that points to a blog post by the French DMC blog.  There is going to be a permanent DMC exhibition that will open at the Textile Museum Parc de Wesserling in Alsace later this year.


&Stitches translated the details from the DMC French blog - here's all you have to do - but HURRY - they need to receive your initial by May 12th!!

You can also contribute to the History of DMC by sending us a letter embroidered. A large sign will be displayed with all the letters embroidered in red ( color 321 ) in an area dedicated to the Alsace region, where DMC is born. These embroideries become a subject of the permanent collection of the Museum of Textile Wesserling. embroiderers names participating in the event will be posted on a sign of thanks.

Enter the History of DMC with your letter embroidered red thread

How to participate : 
- Embroider a letter (whichever you prefer) with the DMC Mouliné ® : Inventory 117MC 321 colors
- Embroidery on a white or unbleached linen of your choice (Aida, linen, muslin ..). 
- The size of the canvas must be 15 x 15 cm
- The technical embroidery is free , whichever you prefer! 
- Send your embroidery with your name and your full contact details , including your e-mail , BEFORE 12 May 2014 at:

“Concours DMC”
68470 Husseren-Wesserling

I'm going to get my DMC 321 floss, my white linen, needle and chart and start stitching!!!  AUGH!  I'm SO EXCITED!!

If you decide to take part, please send me a picture of your initial.  I'd LOVE to see them.

Keep yourself surrounded in stitches ~ Cheers ~

Friday, April 25, 2014

Give Away from Stitching Lotus!!

Stitching Lotus is giving away a gently used chart from Lizzy Kate called "My Needle's Work".  Isn't it darling??  Go here to enter.  Hurry, quick - the drawing is Monday, April 28th!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Brooks Books Advent Calendar - Day 2 - Peter Polar Bear

Wow - are these designs ever FUN!  You can still join in the fun at Brooks Books .

I've been trying to think about how to finish them - in book form, as separate ornaments, as a wall hanging??  Hummmmmmm -

What do you think?  Ideas??

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop……My Letter Is…….

And here is "Tulips with Bunny" - a freebie from The Snowflower Diaries.  

Now…..hop over to the next blog, Time 2 X Stitch,  to find the the next letter in the Easter Treasure Hunt!!  Good luck!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Brookes Books - Advent Calendar Day 1

I just finished "Katie Kitty" - you can join the fun by going to Brookes Books Publishing.  These are free patterns and are simply ADORABLE!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Bunny Love

I had this lovely design in the "to do" pile.  Spring has sprung (FINALLY!), so was inspired to get it out and stitch it up.  It's a freebie from Snowflower Diaries called "Spring Bunny Love".  Isn't it darling?!

The back is a lovely peachy moire.  I ruched the ribbon (a first for me ;)) - then stitched it to the ornament. There are alternating white and peach pearls to enhance the ruching.

Now off to work on a Christmas stocking!

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Custom Family Name Sampler Chart from Victorian Motto Sampler - GIVEAWAY!!

Check out this WONDERFUL give away from Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler.

If you hear about this giveaway from me and pop over to enter, please tell Nancy I sent you.  Good luck!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tiny German Folk Slipper

I finished this darling little German Slipper from Thistle Threads.  It's stitched on 36 count light exemplar linen.  From heel to toe, the slipper measures 5.25 inches.  The design from arch to toe measures 2.5 inches.
It's perfect to hold my scissors!

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I Love Strawberries!

I've always loved strawberries.  When I was small, Mom, Dad and I went on a vacation to Florida.  I baffled them both by eating only ham sandwiches and strawberry shortcake from Illinois to Florida and back.

I picked up this little cutie from Sweetheart Tree a couple of years ago and it's finally finished.  It measures 3x2.5 inches, 4.5x4 inches framed.
When I look at it, it reminds me how sweet strawberries taste and fills me with memories of laughter and love.

Keep yourself surrounded in stitches ~ Cheers ~