Saturday, June 23, 2007


I've decided to start a rotation. I counted the number of WIP's I have and it's way, way too many. I have been using the one-at-a-time method, but it wasn't getting me very far. And it was getting boring. Hopefully having a rotation will be a better use of my limited stiching time and prevent those bored periods.
This is Rotation #1:
Mon and Tues- Fantasy Triptych TW
Wed- Scared Silly BOAF
Thurs- Celtic Christmas TIAG
Fri- Needlework Garden Olde Colonial Designs
Sat- Needlework Store Brightneedle
Sun- current exchange piece
I'll stitck with this rotation for four weeks and then start rotation #2, which I haven't decided on yet.
Thanks so, so much for all the support re the last post. You have no idea how much it means to me.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Friday, June 15, 2007

feeling like shit

Ever participated in an exchange, stitched something that you love and hope that your recipient loves it too. That feeling of excitement and expectation waiting to hear from the person you stitched for? Every get kicked in the guts for your hard work? Well, I have. And it is going to take some deep breaths for a long time to get over this.
I joined a fob exchange on a BB that I won't name but I'm sure would be obvious if my blog is read. She hates it, thinks that I stitched it for myself and decided to give it to her instead. What to read her whinings? Here it is **EDITED to add that she has now removed her offensive post to me and another exchange stitcher**

Should I let this bother me? Probably not, but having feelings makes it very hard. Guess if you join exchanges for the presents you receive you're bound to be disappointed. Maybe you should think twice about the reasons you join exchanges.

Monday, June 11, 2007

a finish and an exchange received

I finished on the weekend this cute strawberry. It's from the 2006 Just Cross Stitch Xmas ornies issue and is designed by Blackbird Designs and is called Quaker Medallion Strawberry Pinkeep.
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I also recieved a fabulous exchage package from Carol at Garden of Stitches ( )
She made for me a cute little fob designed by Stitchy Kitty, their Stitch and Bee Happy fob. She also spoiled me rotten by including some hand dyed threads, hand dyed fabbies and a great pair of blue stork scissors, my very first ones!
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What a lucky girl I am.
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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Going through old stash

I was going through some old magazines looking for a project, Merry Cox Needlebook, when I found all sorts of great projects. I found Indigo Rose Sweet Baby Jane Needle purse, a Brightneedle Mama Bird, a cute Drawn Thread and from a 2001 issue of SANQ a strawberry sewing box with smalls. I was quite excited to find this because the accesories are very cool, an attached pincushion, needleroll, scissor sheath and thread roll. The downside is that this issue doesn't carry the chart or instructions for the smalls. Oh well, I might be able to 'fake it' and come up with the charts on my own.

Thanks for the good feelings for Emily. She was back in the water today with no problems.
Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

the worst feeling in the world

I know this is my stitchy place. A place filled with happy dances and comforting images of WIPS, finishes... things that bring me joy. Today is not that day. This has nothing to do with stitching and everything to do with my first love, my family. Specifically DD#1. You've seen her in a previous post, all smiles after winning a gold in duet synchro. Last night though there were no smiles and lots of tears and scared faces. Last night, DD was taken by ambulance to the ER stapped to a backboard, her neck immobalized after she hit her neck on the underside of the bulkhead that seperates the pool into lap lanes and synchro pool/dive tank/deep end. She was practicing some of her moves and didn't realize where she was. When she came up to get air, she came out of a tuck into the bottem of the bulkhead hitting the back of her neck. She's lucky. After I got the call from the pool, all I could think of was that she hit her head entering the pool which would have been so much worse.
X-rays showed no fracture, only a large contusion on the base of her skull. Then she was relesed. I never want to see my child strapped to a backboard ever again. The site of her helpless and crying tore at a part of me so deep I didn't even know it was there. She's home now, very sore and tired. But ready to hit the water on Sat. She has a test coming up to move her up to the next level, and nothing is stopping her do that. 'I wish I had broken my arm mom, I can still do synchro with a broken arm. It would be a lot harder with a broken neck' Kids.

THanks you for the comments on the jig dress and kilt. I'm getting ready to do another one for DD#3.
Karen, she's wearing character shoes. She won't compete the jig for a little while so we'll get her jig shoes then. Save my floors for a little while.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Stitching Pics

I have a couple of pics to share. The first is of Heart in Hand's It's Spring. It's not finished into anything yet, but I might make it into a needleroll like BeckySC did. I quite like hers. Free Image Hosting at
The next is of DD#2's jig dress. She looks quite ticked which is fine for the jig, it is "the angry leprachaun' dance. The reason for the look? Ponytails! She hates ponytails *snort* Free Image Hosting at
Last pic is a back view of the kilt and jacket I made for her. The kilt is the Nova Scotia tartan, it has 47 pleats with a total of 5 yards of fabric. Every inch of this kit was stitched by hand, no machine involved at all. Free Image Hosting at
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