June 24, 2019

New WIP- Temperature Quilt

I recently started Stitchin' Mommy's (Her flosstube is here.) Temperature Quilt. Her chart is available on Etsy.

It is fun to watch the strip of colors grow each day with the ongoing changes in our local weather. When July arrives it will be a new strip of colors adjacent to this one, and so on with each passing month. 

I am stitching it on 28 count light blue evenweave, and I am using the 'hot' weather chart she provided with the purchased PDF pattern.

It's really a fun little stitch, but I have a little over 11 months left to go!

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June 19, 2019

Welcome, Summer! A WIP and A New Season

I have been working on Sarah Braizear 1829 for a year now. I am so enjoying her!

Nonetheless, I decided to start two new pieces and I will share those here another day soon.

I have recently retired and am elated to have a new, more relaxed lifestyle.  I loved what I did, but I am now loving this new phase of life. The last month of work was very intense and busy, so it's been refreshing to unwind for the first few weeks of June.


Each end of May and early June we await the blooming of the jacaranda trees in our area.  I took this photo while on a morning walk last week.  They are so wonderful to behold!

Here is a group of photos taken of Sarah B.  This represents the last few months' work.  I have done some satin stitching in the last few months which has been a nice change from the usual stitches. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Stitching,

March 25, 2019

Welcome, Spring!

Spring is a great time of year.  For me it is extra special this year as it is during this season I will retire from my job as a classroom teacher.

 I  do work through the end of May, but I am looking forward to a new, more relaxed lifestyle.  I will miss my job, I have no doubt of that. However,  I am hopeful that I will have lots more time to stitch!

I  have been working on Sarah B here and there since my last post.  Here are a few update photos of her. 

I have completed the border except for the satin stitches and filling in of some of the flowers.  It is great to be done with these 64 posies.

Part of me wishes I could switch to another project, but I just don't feel like trading this one out for the time being.  

Thanks for stopping by today, and I will update again soon after I remove the piece from the Q-snaps. 

January 19, 2019

Sarah Braizear 1829 Update

I have been working away on Sarah, making some very slow progress. Usually I only have time to stitch about 1/2 hour per evening, but that is better than no stitching at all, right?

Here are a few photos I took of the sampler this morning.

I hope to work on the sampler some this evening. 

The photo above shows a bit of the size of this sampler.  The Q-snaps I am using are 8 X 11 inches in size. I love my little lap stand! 

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January 10, 2019

The Kindness of Stitchers and the Amazing Gift I Received

I enjoy watching Flosstube from time to time.  It's fun to see what others are up to in their stitching life.  Instagram is also a great way to catch up with stitchers.  I have an Instagram account myself, but have never ventured into making a video, nor do I plan to do so.  Nonetheless, I do enjoy watching others' videos and adventures via YouTube.

While watching various videos I have enjoyed videos from Brian, or Blitstich as he is known on Instagram.  He has a great tutorial on diagonal parking if that interests you.  You can find that on his YouTube channel, along with so many other great ideas.

On one of his videos awhile back he announced a giveaway that included the Seedy Pumpkin Cottage pattern by Praiseworthy Stitches.  I submitted a comment to enter it, and lo and behold I won the giveaway! His generosity is amazing as he sent me not only the pattern, but also the corresponding hand dyed fabric and buttons /beads pack.  What a great surprise that was to receive such a package!

This amazing piece is definitely on my list of future stitching endeavors.  Our youngest grandson has always been thrilled by Halloween, so this would be a piece he would thoroughly enjoy seeing come to life.

Thanks so much, Brian, for your generosity.  Brian also has a blog so if you have the chance, please check it out along with his YouTube channel and Instagram  He does beautiful work, and he is a very generous person!

Here is what I won:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stitching to all of you. 

January 8, 2019

Post -Christmas Time and Sarah Braizear 1829

Pony Wall Decked Out- Village Arranged by our Grandsons

Stitched over the course of many years- How I love this series of patterns!

Our Very Old Front Windows- We opted to keep these old ones when we replaced. 
I took this photo on Christmas Night after all our family had left for the day. What a fun day we had together!

The holidays have come and gone.  Happy 2019 to all!

 It was a wonderful time for us, but I am always happy to put things away and start anew with the brand new year.  It feels bare when one first puts away the holiday decor, but for me it also feels less crowded and hence a bit more comfortable.  I wonder if I am one of the few with this outlook on holiday decor?

I have been working on Sarah Braizear 1829 and I am slowly making a small bit of progress.  I made it around the full length of the undulating vine border, but I had to be creative to get it to line up properly.  It is fine for now, hopefully my small miscount on stitches won't affect much in the middle of the border.  

I have been working on the lower left border and a bit of the interior tree found in that corner.  It is going slowly, but on the other hand this tree is large.  This large piece of flora corresponds with the overall girth of the project! 

I am fortunate to have a bit of time off work due to the holidays so there are more hours in the day to enjoy stitching.

Thanks for stopping by today, and please tell me what you have been working on lately.  :) 

Hurrah- I made it to the corner of this huge sampler!

The tree is growing each day! 

November 11, 2018

Update on Sarah

I have really fallen away from blogging. I miss reading blogs, and writing here as well.

Hopefully I can find more time to do so regularly.  I will make more time!

It used to be easier to post photos, and now it has gotten more complicated so I have fallen away a bit. I will strive to find an easier way to post them.

I have been working on Sarah Braizear 1829 since the beginning of June.  She has been my only focus except for a few times I worked on a small travel project.

I am plodding away on the border.  At this point I am not even half done with it, I'm sad to say.  Life is busy and afford little stitching time, that's for sure.

Here is photo that shows a bit of the border. 

I have completed the top part of it, except for the satin stitches.  I have decided also that from here on I will only do the outer green portion of the border flowers, with hopes of moving along quicker. I know that many are not doing to border first, but I am determined to do it this way to make sure it is correctly placed.  I have found some errors I have made, and fortunately was able to correct them.

Work keeps me very, very busy.  I wish life had more relaxation in it, but that is the nature of what I do. 

I did take some photos I wanted to share here.

First, here is a beautiful foggy morning in the fall where we live:

Secondly, I was amazed at this sunset one evening.  We do get pretty ones in the autumn here.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

July 19, 2018

Sarah Braizear 1829 Start

Summer is passing by so quickly.  We have taken a few lovely trips to various locations, and I am feeling very rested. 

Life has given me more time to stitch, and I appreciate it so much.

Here is some of my work on Sarah Braizear 1829. 

I am stitching this sampler on 36 count summer khaki linen using the called for AVAS silk threads. What great fun it is stitching this one!  I have also completed the undulating vine across the top of it, but unfortunately I just don't have a photo of that progress.  This is a large sampler with a stitched area of approximately 30 by 30 inches.

Finally, last week we visited Lake George in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California.  What a lovely place it is!  It is incredibly idyllic and peaceful there.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Stitching!

May 27, 2018

Variegated Sampler Progress and Sarah Braizear 1829 Silks

It has been a busy few months.  I am a teacher and the school year will soon be over.  It has been a great year, but I am looking forward to vacation.  I miss my students at the end of each year, and thus at this time I feel that bittersweet emotion again.

My blogging life has been neglected. Alas, I am still here. I vow to return more often.

When I am not working and attending to life, I do find time to stitch here and there. I also watch Flosstube and watching these videos helps me indulge in my hobby when I am not actively involved in it.  On top of that I listen to Fibertalk as I commute to work, and that is enjoyable as well.

In the end of March we took a family road trip to Yosemite.  The beauty was amazing and awe inspiring. We hope to return there soon. Lovely place to go!

I also embarked on a new project around that time.  I love Instagram and get some stitching fix from hanging out there.  While looking through IG one day I happened upon a gal who was stitching a sampler I first adored thirty years ago.  It is the Variegated Sampler from the magazine CSCC.  The issue with the sampler is the March/April 1988 issue.  I recall wanting to stitch this piece when I first saw it, but you know how that goes.  So with the encouragement of other stitchers and the SAL group for the sampler on Facebook, I started this piece.

As luck would have it (and due to the encouragement of my then teenage daughter, who is now over thirty) I had purchased a package of variegated floss years ago.  I had all the required colors for the project.  I had used some of my variegated floss for various surface embroidery endeavors, so in the case of one color I relied on my DMC color chart.  I was able to match up some shades so that I could blend in colors and thus use just one strand of the 95 variegated color.  What fun it was to use that color chart, as always!

Here is my progress as of this morning:
And a bit more close up:

It has been a fun stitch!

In other stitchy news, I joined the Sarah Braizear 1829 SAL that was initiated by the podcast Fibertalk.  There's a group on facebook for it if this interests you.  I have my pattern now, as well as the silk floss.  Isn't it gorgeous?

I ordered and received my pattern and silk floss from Sassy Jacks Stitchery.  What a nice experience this has been! I am just awaiting the fabric, which is on back order. Evidently the SAL has created a worldwide shortage of silks and fabric.  I believe at this point the SAL group on facebook has over 600 members.  The pattern is gorgeous, and Sarah will be a big girl.  I will be stitching her on 36 count fabric, one thread over two.  I can't wait to get started and hope to get my fabric soon. We will see. If I don't, I sure have plenty of other projects that await my needle.

Thanks for stopping by today.

March 19, 2018

Houses of Hawk Run Hollow - WIP

It sure is slow progress on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow.

Last time I shared a photo it looked like
this .

I have worked on it just a tiny bit since I was mostly focusing on the mystery sampler, ornament, and life in general.  I wish I had more time to stitch, but someday when I retire I will, right?

Here is the piece as of last evening:

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