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Welcome to my blog. The main focus of this blog is to share my explorations into handmade goods, mostly of the needlework kind. My interests are varied and include reading fantasy and urban paranormal romance, cross stitching and keeping hamsters. I must inform you that all of the pics and text on this blog are copyright protected unless otherwise stated and are not to be used in any other written or pictorial form without written permission from me. I give credit to the creator of the chart or the publication that published them in the caption. If you feel I have infringed on a copyright, please contact me ASAP. Whew..OK, now on to the fun...Thank you and Welcome.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Victorian Sampler Shoppe giveaways

Greetings to all, Nancy continues to have her world famous give-aways. She also makes pretty neat sewing necessaires of which I have purchased and of course, dyes her wonderful skeins, chenille and ric-rac (also own a few). Keep in mind that she offers these give-aways quite often so I do recommend that you follow her but also help support small businesses this holiday season by purchasing from her Shoppe.

Here's a link to todays give-away. http://victorianmottosamplershoppe.blogspot.com/2014/11/25-days-of-christmas-linen-aida-or.html.

Be sure to check her site out every day during this season!

Best regards,

Christina in hot and muggy Miami

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Give Away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe -woohoo!

HI folks, just wanted to let you all know that Irene at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having another give-away of her fabulous stuff. This time you get to choose your prize. Check out this LINK to be taken directly to her site. Good luck!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Stitch From Stash October 2014

Greetings to all!

Well, I have been a serious funk for over 6 weeks now. I have done absolutely no stitching for the last two. However, I did manage to not spend a single sent for October and its unlikely that I will spend anything for the rest of the year. I had decided in late September to work on my stash of prefinished items. I have afghans, bibs, napkins, place mats, bookmarks, coasters, aprons, little totes, sachets, towels and others I can't think of right now. I decided to start stitching on a tea towel and use a pattern from the book pictured below.


I have had this book for YEARs and have never made anything in it, but I have always admired a flower border in it and so have decided to stitch it up. This is an awesome book and I recommend it as part of any well stocked stitching library.

SNF -  So far this year for SFS:

Oct $0
Sept $16
Aug $20
July $ 7
June $17.25
May $0
April $9
March $4
February $0
Jan $0

I want to thank Mel for the opportunity to win protectors for my Q snaps. I received my "gift" on Friday and it was perfect! Thank you Mel. I would send a note to the sender but the postage covers the address and I couldn't get it off without destroying the packaging. The sender also threw in a few skeins of silk and Rainbow sparkly thread! Thank you!

On a separate note, I just saw an advertisement in JCS magazine saying that Sulky has added another 80 colors to their Sulky Petite range of threads....tres kewl! I love these threads..when it comes to neat and tidy finishes, they can't be beat! See my earlier post to read my review of these threads, here.

That's it folks! Hope everyone is preparing for the long winter ahead and for those in the southern hemisphere, yay summer!

Hugs,

Christina


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rolling Stone - Political commentary

Hi there, you all know I don't really get into politics but I couldn't resist letting you all know about an article in the October issue (issue 1219) of Rolling Stone on the Koch Industries political machine. I highly recommend reading it if for no other reason than to get another perspective on what is going on politically in the US. I know its a one-sided article but the arrogance, complete disregard for human life and the very successful "purchase" of  favor and power in Washington DC is something every American should know about. Fascinating and alarming, apparently with no way to stop this machine.

Christina

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stitch from Stash Update

Hello stitchy friends,

I know I owe you a few pics so here they go.  Below are pics of the Prairie Schooler ornies. I haven't decided how to finish these and maybe I won't. Those of you that know me probably have already identified a trend of mine...I don't finish smalls or ornies!


 I used the Sulky Petites for these except for the brown in the design - that was DMC. you might be able to zoom in, I couldn't, and see the coverage of the Petites is pretty much the same as the DmC 2 strands. Hmmm..I just notice the bird is missing a toe!

 I did do some enahncement to my patterns collection but still within m $25 limit. The above was "on sale" at the Hobb Lobb for $7.17.  I like these minis because other ornaments are just getting too big for my tree. I need little ones now to fill in the gaps. I am going to finish these simpl with felt background.


I also ordered these old Just Cross Stitch magazines from someone that was getting rid of her stash.  Magazines...also a weakness of mine. I got these for $3 a piece and there were actually three but I can't find the other one, lol!

So I spent about $16.00 this month on Stash enhancements....but at least didn't bu any more fabric or floss!

Breakdown so far this year:
Jan $0
February $0
March $4
April $9
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May $0
June $17.25

July $ 7
Aug $20

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SFS 2014 - August Update

Greetings stitching friends, well, storm season as come again in Florida, and it seems we are due for a busy season (which doesn't end until November). Hope we are all spared a big one, but especially the islands - they always seem to be right smack in the path of most storms.

Here is my SFS (kindly sponsored by Mel from "Epic Stitching") update: This month I spent $20 on Sulky Petites 12wt thread. 

Breakdown so far this year:
Jan $0
February $0
March $4
April $9
May $0
June $17.25

July $ 7

Sulky is a cotton thread that is as thick as 2 strands of cotton floss.  I am using it on 30 ct fabric with good coverage, but on 32 ct it would provide better coverage. I hope to have some pics soon comparing them side by side. I got these on sale at Joann's Fabrics on-line. 

Pros:                                                          

  • Work with one strand vs 2 strands floss          
  • Less twisting.                                              
  • Can work with longer lengths  (yay!)                       
  • Easier to thread through needle 
  • More yards - 50 yards of Sulky vs 48 yards of floss (8 yards x 6 strands) 
  • Tops of the spools pop up for easy storage of the thread ends (like the Kreinik spools)
  • Comes in Petites (50 yds) for hand work and regular (300 yds) for machines

Cons

  • On spools
  • Limited color collection
  • Expensive ($ 0.45 for skein of floss vs. $1.65+ for Sulky)
  • Limited fabrics you can use, i.e., Sulky is probably best used on 30 to 32 ct fabric, might be too thick for 36. Probably very nice for surface work other than cross stitch. 







 In total, the company offers 66 solid colors and 14 variegated in the Petites - certainly enough colors to work the simple designs that are popular today...but not enough colors for the more complex designs. Lucky for me, I have quite a few simple designs that I had in mind when I decided to purchase these. I found my Prairie Schooler Garden Beasties and am now working on the blue bird.

I like these threads. Knotting is still an issue because of the thread being wrapped around a spool, but a good yank on the thread seems to lessen the knotting.

Here is a pic of Garden Beasties:
I might work on the grasshopper next. I haven't any warm-toned threads ...I don't want to mix regular floss with the Sulky's but I suppose I could...no rules, right?

I took lots of pics with my phone of my current projects but can't seem to find the pics to upload them. I just love technology!

I can't wait for the slightly cooler temps of S.F Autumn but won't see those till late October = ( but I guess I can enjoy the beach and pool longer than those a bit more North!

Keep stitching and discovering new stitchy stuff!

Christina

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stitching From Stash 2014 Update

Well hello there! Hope everyone's been having a great summer. Me, not so much, work is starting to take its toll and I am really tired of heavy handed government oversight in health care. Scary part is that they are not overseeing the providers and the issues that they should but are running around chasing ghosts in the machine...have no idea what I am talking about? Good, cause if I explained myself you might just hurt yourself.

All rightie then on to the my update. I have no pics cause work has been grueling and have had company over the week end...you'll just have to take my word for it that I finished Sharon Pope's The Pedigree of Honey. It turned out lovely with the little bee charms all around the skep. I have started a Christmas themed design from one of the magazines, don't recall which one right now, but it has a tall pine tree with red hearts as decorations and it says something to the effect of "May the warmth and cheer of Christmas grant you peace" or something like that. I had a lovely hand-dyed Molina from Silkweaver's that I bought last year and it was perfect for it.

I did purchase three old magazines from Shelley, a buddy from a yahoo group, that was de-stashing. I love the magazines as I get much pleasure from reading them and flipping thru them for years to come. I also purchased a tiny little needlepoint kit from her that I have already started.

So for July, I spent $5.00! yahoo!

Past expenditures as follows:

Jan $0
February $0
March $4
April $9
May $0
June $17.25

That's it folks. Hopefully, my life will settle down a bit, maybe when school starts next month?

Happy stitching to all!

Hugs, 
Christina