About the blog

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.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Finished 10 minutes ago!!!

Hello fellow stitchers...I don't have to go on and on about the joys of completing a project; especially one that has taken a really long time. I have just finished the Halloween Fairy. She's been 99% completed for a while except for the beading in the moonbeams and around the hem of her dress. I just couldn't bring myself to finish her, but I just buckled down and voici! I thought about stitching in some wings but thought it might be a bit too much what with all the beads around her head and shoulders. Frankly, I think that the design has too many beads...a perfect example where less would have been more. Still, a lovely design. This was published in September 2008 issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework Magazine and designed by Nora Corbett.

I am now debating whether I should invest even more money in having it professionally framed or try framing it myself?

I'd treat myself to an icecream as a reward for my discipline but I am dieting. I will have a bit of sherry, instead. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Stash Giveaway

Greetings to all,

I have entered a giveaway and one of the rules for participating is to spread the news about the give away ...hmmm...thus diminishing my own odds of winning, but that's ok, the more the merrier. This paricular give away is for lot's of Halloween treats by a wonderful stitcher. Go check out her! Here is the link to her blog -  Thank you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I got home from work yesterday feeling tired and short-tempered. The drive  home took longer than usual and I was cranky (all over). I walked thru the front door and my kids were still working on their home work (sort of). I became quite exasperated because I had previously told them to make sure it was done by the time I got home. Well, I took a deep breathe, smiled at them, gave them hugs and asked what they had done that day. In a matter of seconds, I felt better. Their chirpy little voices making me feel good (all over). Of course, an ounce of Pinch Scotch worked wonders, as well.

After fixing a quick dinner of spaghetti and meatballs (where would we be without spaghetti and meatballs??) we sat around the table and discussed the plans for the forthcoming days and the projects and tests that they were preparing for. A headache started coming on but onward I pressed.

After dinner, the kids and I retired to my sewing room so they could complete their homework in my ever watchful presence and I could work on my Halloween Fairy. We chatted and laughed and giggled and managed to complete the home work - eventually - and made quite a dent in the Fairy.

It was a rather late night for the girls, as they were up until 9 pm, but all in all, we had a lovely time together. My eldest even managed to lay down a few beads - about which she was very excited. I sat in my chair and looked down at the girls, which were on the floor working on their various assignments, and I felt an utter sense of peace and contentment and yes, accomplishment. I found myself thinking, that life didn't get much better than this. It had been an absolutely perfect evening, headache and all.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stash Additions

Here is a pic of my latest addition to my stash. There are two magazines - do these counts as stash enhancers? And a Mill Hill Bead kit, a scared cat chart and a lovely scissor fob. Oh, there just isn't enough time do all that I want. I'll have to stop doing unimportant things such as bathing and eating (I've already given up sleep).

New Deliveries from Polstitches Designs and Maureen in Ayr, Scotland

Greetings to all!
I came home Friday to two packages. One was filled with fabric from Polstitches Designs. I purchased the pink fabric and a grab bag. This grab bag was filled with medium size pieces not one of which was ornament sized. I am very pleased with the grab bag, the bit of pink that I purchased and the delivery. The fabric was neatly packaged...not very neatly cut but I cut them all straight and used Fray Check glue to keep the threads from fraying. Here is the link to the company: The other package was a book that a fellow Yahoo group member sent me, by the name of Maureen. It's filled with lovely designs suitable for embellishing items.

This color is called Cuddles. Its a baby pink with swirls of white showing thru. I will be using this for a neele keep that I am making for my self.

This one is from the grab bag. It's linen and I believe the color is "Marbelled Rose."

This one might be "Fairy Footprints".

I think this is "Shimmering Seas".

This might be "Sniff and Sneeze".

This one might be "Addiction".

And this last one I believe is "Fairy Dreams".

As you can imagine, I have many designs that I can put on these and can't wait to get started! I might be able to put some of the designs from the book on to some of these bits of fabric.