Thank You

To all of my vistors. It is a joy to share my stitching. Anyone who leaves a comment has truly made me smile. Each comment is read and it is greatly appreciated. Happy Stitching.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas delights - Things to make you smile

 These are bound to make you smile
Some really pretty Gingerbread houses.
I like gingerbread.  Do you?
These were not made by me, but
maybe someday when i get to retire
maybe this is antoher craft i will
get into.   Perishable, have to
really think about that.

 My Christmas stocking.  It's one of the few
things I have from my childhood.  I love it.
My mom had a friend who made one for
me and my two sisters.  The santa has
Angora hair. It is an amazing piece someone
put a lot of talent into. I wish i could thank this
person.  I have no idea who made it.  Chances
are they are in heaven.  I truly like my stocking.
  Yes, the year does give away
my age.  I will be the big '50' on New Year's Day.
Fifty will be fabulous. 
 A couple of people have asked about storage.
For the small patterns i have a small binder with
page protectors and you can flip through the
book to find that special pattern. double sided.
 For larger patterns the same thing but
a bigger binder.  Yes, the whole book
has prairie schooler patterns.
For my DMC I store in Art Bins.  All
#'s are in order and doesn't take up to much
room.  For weeks dye and specialty 
threads I put in Floss bags to protect and
then in an art bin in name order. Easy
and quick access to find what you want.
Everyone has different storage methods.
This works for me. 
Enjoy the Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Some Finishes for December

 My second mini cross stitch necklace.
Pansies are one of my many favorite flowers.
This is the second cross stitch necklace I have
made.  I really like how it turned out.  I will
take a break from mini's .  I thought after this
piece I would need the next level of magnifiers,
but i didn't.  The first piece I made is a gift.
I was tempted to keep it but it was made 
with someone special in mind.
I will post later on.   I have been trying to 
expand on my finishes and different pieces
in general for cross stitch. Different ways
of displaying, finishing, etc.  This necklace
fit the bill for something different.  This
one I am keeping for me.  I have given
over 15 cross stitch pieces away this year.

 This was on of my favorite projects of the year.
Simple but bound to make you smile.  Made
for someone who loves the beach and sun.  What
could be better.  This is the second piece I have
framed myself.  I really like how the piece came
out.  Hard to get a really good picture because
it is framed under glass.  I miss the beach. 

 Sunrise in Knoxville, TN
 Sunset in knoxville, TN
And or course a rainbow in knoxville, TN
I have seen some amazing sunrises and
sunsets here with beautiful colors.  I 
hope everyone is enjoying the season of

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas decorations are out and old friends appear.

 When I put up the cross stitch tree,
you can't help but smile.  So many
pieces over the years.  Its like visiting
old friends. 

 Christmas pillow display
 My two favorite chrismas pictures
of my kids when they were small.
My oldest daughter, Amanda,
bought me back mini Christmas
ornaments a few years back from
her trip over seas.  I purchased a
small table tree to display them.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Some cross stitch finishes and gaitlinburg Nov. 2014

 A freebie snowflake.  Done over one.
I added swarovski crystals.

 Another different finish for Lizze Kate
christmas ornament.
 Gaitlinburg, TN.
November 14, 2014
It was a winter wonderland.  It looked
like all of the trees were painted
and sparkled with the fake white
snow you see at christmas.  There
are no words to describe it and the 
pictures don't do it justice.  Going up
to clingmans dome.  It was clear and
blue skies, at the bottom a winter 
wonderland.  A truly perfect day.

Clingmans dome

Me and Mr. Johnny hiking one of
the trails.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Memory of Boomer

In Memory of boomer
We got boomer when the kids were small.
We didn't receive her as a puppy, so
Estimating she was about two when we got
her.  She was roughly 19 years old.
Amanda, Chris and & Alyssa grew
up with her.  A full bred Jack Russell,
she was solid muscle. She was fast as
can be and in her younger years she
used to escape all the time.  I can't
remember how many times we picked her
up from the pound.   Each year she
got a stocking at christmas.  You
can see her with a candy cane in one of
the pictures.    I know it was a 
hard day for all the kids to say goodbye.
She entered the gates of heaven in Peace today.
We all love you boomer.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Celebrations and cross stitch

 We had a celebration with Terry McCoy
for finishing "The Cat" that took
4 1/2 years.  Cake, food, cross stitch,
lots of fun.
From the bottom row from the left:
Deb, Sue, Me(Cindy) right in from of the cat,
and Lindsey.
Back row from the left:
Donna, Paige, Barbara, Judy,
Terry, Marie , next to marie terry's
sister and daughter, Darlene, and Karen.
I coupe of people missing from the group.

I framed this piece myself.
I don't do a lot of frames but
I need to start. I really like how
it looks.  The grey wood frame
was on sale for 6.99.
The pattern is by Lizzie Kate
from seasons - Summer.  Love the colors

I have wanted to do this pattern for a long time.
Snowmen Trio
They are so cute and enjoyed doing this piece.
Blogger giving me an awful time uploading
pictures,  the fabric on the back matches so well.
I added the silver snowflake charm.

I didn't get to post pictures of my harvest luncheon
which was a great success.  Food, Fun, stitching.

Happy Stitching everyone.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

2nd JCS 2014 ornament finish and Mr. Holly Jolly

 The second ornament from the 2014 JCS
ornament isssue is finished.  Faith by
Nikyscreations.  I changed some of the colors.
I added the charm in place of the heart.
 I finished into a pillow and added lace trim.
A simple stitch, but it reminds of a victorian 
piece.   I hope everyone is enjoying the fall
season.  Much cooler here today.  55 degrees.
It will be in the 70s the next couple of weeks.
I will be hosting a harvest lunch on saturday
for the stitching group i belong to.  Pictures
to follow.

 Lizzie Kate - Snow friends.  I call him
Mr. Holly Jolly, he makes everyone smile
when they see him.  Really pretty colors.
Sure to bring a smile during the winter
months.  I added the snowflake charm.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2014 JCS ornament issue - First Finish - Lizzie Kate- With Bling

 I Just got my JCS ornament issue last night.
I am happy there are a bunch of ornies
I want to stitch up.  I really like the 
simplicity of the Lizzie Kate ornament.
I adde some bling.  Mill hill beads on
the wreath and Zwarovski crystals on
the deers neck.  My Deer has some
bling.  As Jean Bice used to say "Sparkle
and Shine".  I changed some of the threads:
Crescent colors : Roasted Chestnut
Sampler Threads:  Buckeye Scarlet,
Dark Chocolate,
Weeks dye works: Juniper,

I wish this issue came out earlier.  
July release would be good.  We
would have more time to stitch.
It's the end of September, Where has
the time gone.  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

4th block done on Spring at Hawk run Hollow - and some surprises

 Spring at Hawk run Hollow - 4th block Finished
AKA - The Johnny block
Since summer is over.  I will be stitching a lot
more.  I have been working on a lot of smalls.

 From my stitching group.
This piece is done by Tracey Benedict
It was stitched on an off for 6 years.
Finished an framed.  How pretty is
that?  By Blue ribbon designs.
 This piece was done by Terry McCoy
It took 4 1/2 years to finish this piece
240,000 stitches.  Pictures cannot
doe it justice.  The eyes are are just 
beautiful.   The colors are spectacular.
Terry also does some amazing watercolor
pieces.  Some great talent in this stitching

Stitchers truly appreciate pieces like these.