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!

Stitching Resolutions 2015

Hello and Happy Weekend!

Goals, change, resolutions! It’s that time of year again where everyone is forced to rethink their lives. Well, other than being more positive and being more consistent in exercise, I have a bunch of xstitching goals/wish list I want to achieve this coming year. Cross stitching is me-time for so many people that it just makes sense to make a resolution that makes you stop and do something for yourself!

Next year, I am going to focus on learning new skills (incorporating different stitches into cross stitch patterns, finishing styles) and finding smaller patterns I like so I can actually finish something. I seem to do a bunch of stitching but no finishes; I need to get my stitching morale up!

One of my favorite things about cross stitching is pattern shopping! I could (and have) spent hours in stores and online buried in pattern searches. Here’s my wish list- that will no doubt grow- for 2015:

  • Heap on the Wood,” by With Thy Needle & Thread
  • Jane Austen & Me (Emma Project)” by The Sampler Girl
  • Sue Bates’ seasonal windows series from The World of Cross Stitching magazine; currently working on Winter.Winter window, cross stitch design
  • an Elizabethan knot garden
  • “Stitchingly Ever After,” by Barbara Ana Designs
  • “Summer Quakers,” by Rosewood Manor
  • “I cannot count my day complete….,” by Lizzie*Kate

Do my lovely fellow stitchers have any stitching goals? Dare I ask, what are some of you top picks for your 2015 wish list? The latter question will probably only make it easier for my own wish list to get bigger!

Happy stitching!