New Starts

George & Martha, by Plum Street Samplers

-Using the charted DMC alternatives; 36ct Edinburgh linen in Light Mocha.

Book: The Washingtons, by Flora Fraser [I love her mom’s books (Antonia Fraser)].

Sometimes the Best Laid Plans…Oh, Forget It

I created my stitching schedule with the best of intentions.  Ashamed to say that I have had to cut my plans very short. I will probably only end up doing three patterns. I didn’t NOT stay on schedule on purpose; stuff happens and I’m trying very hard to not beat myself up about it. I can reframe this into having more time to cross stitch for me. And that is OK- …not selfish??? Anyway, I figured that I have way too much anxiety and depression in my life that I do not need them to seep their grubby fingers into my crafting life.

So I’ve been coping with more cross stitching, a little knitting, and shuttle tatting. Looking at everyone’s posts have been so inspirational in pushing me to keep stitching. There have been days when I really just didn’t want to pick anything up.   I’m finally on the quilt flag of “Knee High”. Unfortunately, I have lost a color- the dark green of the corn stalks. 😦 Must reorder soon.
On a way more positive note, I did begin to kit up my niece’s pattern. I seriously cannot focus on “Knee High” by itself. Guess I’m just not a one pattern girl! I cannot wait to get started- it’s a cute bunny that’s cross stitching with sparkles and beads. It’s perfect for her to get inspired to keep trying cross stitching! AND I love the stitching tin- mom got it for me at a Goodwill a long time ago.

My library haul included all things fun and scary. Not too scary though because I will still freak out. So happy to get into the Halloween and Fall spirit!

 Last Saturday (the first weekend I’d had off in one month, thank you), we had to take Baby Belle to the emergency vet at 10 pm. She is OK- I’m way too embarrassed to tell you what was wrong (and super gross)- nothing a few doses of medicine can’t treat…but Bilbo has to be treated, too.

After all of that, I’m ready to curl up with some tea and relax. AND stitch.

Happy stitching!

Desert Dreaming

Backstitch time

Hello all! This weekend I started the Cactus project from CrossStitcher magazine as mentioned in a previous post. I’m having so much fun with it; it’s so colorful and so simple (NO confetti stitching for me this time 🙂 which makes this pattern relaxing to stitch)! My cactus obsession continues…. This would look great on the wall next to another pattern I want to do, “What Lies Beneath” by Ink Circles! Anyway after I finish the backstitching on this one, I have three more cacti to go! I have a feeling that this one will go by quick.

I don’t know why I find this picture of him so funny- he just looks so comfy and spoiled.

It’s been too hot and muggy to do anything outside during the day, so Bilbo and I have just been hanging around. Mostly reading– 41% read in Little Dorrit and I am on the second book of the October Daye series. We did have a massive thunderstorm last night which included sparks popping out of outlets and Bilbo needing to get his Thundershirt on. So that was an adventure…. 😉

WIPs, Kits, and Finishes- Oh My!

It’s been a while- but I’ve got a lot of stitching done since then! I’ve picked up “Pretty Poppies” again. Going fairly fast.   Made a little progress on my Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s “Once Upon a Time Sampler”.    Two weeks ago, I finished Little House Needlework’s “Give Thanks.” I can’t wait to get it framed and on my kitchen wall! I also have another small finish, but it’s part of a present that I can’t show yet. 😉  I have also kitted up two patterns. One of them is this cacti pattern from CrossStitcher magazine’s February 2015, Issue 288. The other is “Stitchingly Ever After,” by Barbara Ann Designs.  I have also been preoccupied with reading Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit. The audio book performed by Anton Lesser is amazing as well. The main character is a seamstress/needleworker. I can only image the pieces she’s working on!

Happy Stitching!

WIP & Back to School

Hello stitchers!

Loving the weather- not too hot, not too cold. Bilbo is definitely enjoying his favorite thing:sunbathing; I really think this dog is part cat…

I got a lot done on my new project this weekend. More importantly, I got to stitch with my mom- my favorite stitching buddy! She always has awesome patterns she’s working on.

Secondly, to the non-stitchy stuff, which I’m always wary about publishing here because the intent of my blog is a personal journal of my cross stitch and crafty adventures, but here it goes: Pushing yourself is one of the hardest things to do. Personally, fear and anxiety always hold me; and honestly, sometimes I feel like prayers don’t soothe me (which I’m working on), and they definitely aren’t a quick fix yet. However, after going back and forth since late undergrad, I have decided to go back to school so I can do what I think I’m supposed to do with the rest of my life. Last night, I made the trek to Barnes and Noble’s and bought my ginormous GRE study book. Huge step for me- it’s a start of a commitment to this- something I’ve been so scared to do. I even took my first practice test last night; math is definitely going to be my focus. I’m already working on my letter of intent and checking deadlines (I missed Fall, so I’d be starting Spring semester). And I’m nervous.

Yep, I’ve finally decided to close my eyes and take the plunge and go to and get my graduate degree in Library Science! As an undergrad I worked in our library’s Preservation department. It was so crafty and calm to repair books. I loved the people I worked with. I fell in love being apart of a community of librarians who loved reading and books (just to be around them) as much as I did. I’m proud to be so in love with reading, and I have a big desire to help promote literacy (especially among adults- I feel like a lot of education programs only focus on kids, which is awesome, but I would like to find out ways to get more adults in love with books too).

So now I have direction, and for that I am very thankful. I will be busy with prepping for the GRE, STILL applying for jobs, and of course, cross stitching!

A Finish, or The Beekeeper’s Apprentice Series Commemoration Gift

Finally- a finish! This Mill Hill kit, called “Bumble Bee Inn,” was way too fun to make. This was my first foray into beading, and I enjoyed it immensely; I look forward to other bead-intensive projects. I made this for my best friend to commemorate us starting the Mary Russell- Sherlock series by Laurie R. King. It has become a huge favorite between us; I’m on book three already…and my lovely fellow bookworm in on book nine. The beehive is significant to this series because our now retired Sherlock has developed a passion as a beekeeper. Mary and Sherlock meet- instant kindred spirits united- and amazing mystery stories develop (I will dare to say King writes equal to Sir ACD).

Process Photos- This was luckily a pretty quick stitch and makeup. In the end, I turned it into a magnet for her.

Now off to the post office to send my gift to NY!

Happy stitching!