Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pat Winter Gatherings

By Patricia Ann Winter

Check out this book!!! Follow the LINK HERE to see additional pages.

The Keiskamma Altarpiece

From the Web Site:
In 2006, St. James Cathedral was host to the Keiskamma Altarpiece from Hamburg, South Africa, a monumental work of art created by 130 people, mostly women, from this Eastern Cape Province as a hopeful response to the AIDS epidemic in their community. Chicago was the first stop on a United States tour that has continued to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. before it returns to St. James Cathedral from March 26 to May 14, 2008.

Keiskamma Altarpiece Brochure

Thx Marjorie for telling me about this upcoming event/exhibit!!

St. James Cathedral | 65 East Huron Street | Chicago, IL 60611
312-787-7360 |

Stitching friends ...

I was adding more stitches to Moon Garden, and realized I had a Supervisor

After watching me stitch for 30 min or so, Honey (cat) decided it was time for a nap. Buddy (dog) in the background.

The weather is just windy and brrr cold. Per forecast, this wind (some snow flurries) will continue thru tomorrow. Never mind it was 50 degrees earlier today!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Happy Hearts SAL

I added some letters using Onyx {WDW}
I think I'm keeping the Old Blue Paint - as a substitute for Chesapeke (which I probably didn't spell correctly)

As I have been asked this question more than once, as far as I know, Happy Hearts is NOT out of print. I checked the website at House of Stitches and it is listed for $7.00. (shop & mailorders) Plus, I looked at the Hoffmandis site & see they have 52 Birds of a Feather patterns listed, which includes Happy Hearts. I'm thinking it is available at your LNS or ONS, too. Anybody interested in gathering up supplies is welcome to stitch!!!

Fiber Blues .... actually, GREENS : )

(left side) Willow / border - the ones I am no longer using.
(middle) Buttermilk (moon).
(right side) Willow - the fiber I am NOW using.

This photo might night be much help. The border is in Willow (the ones I started out with) -- the sliver of moon Buttermilk -- darker green is GAST Avocado -- and the blob on the left is Willow I am NOW going to use .... I frogged out a lot of the border -- did leave some in so I wouldn't have to RE COUNT : ) IMO - was worth switching. Keeping my fingers crossed I can finally just stitch the darn sampler!!!!


Got mine today!

For those of you who enjoyed my cat picture. I think better pictures are here. She really is an interesting pet : )

Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy Hearts SAL

My Start. I am using overdye fibers on 32-count Belfast Creams Linen [Zweigart]
The lettering is in GAST Old Blue Paint, dividing bands in WDW Brick

c.Birds of a Feather: Happy Hearts Sampler
Photo from pattern

Moon Garden, WIP ...

Moon Garden
Blackbird Designs, Loose Feathers No. 8
I realized my GAST Willow was nearly identical to my GAST Buttermilk. ARGH! Dye lots! Sent an e-mail to House of Stitches and asked for GAST Willow ... with more GREEN!!! Received different fibers & will continue on this WIP : )

More Birthday Cheer ...

Merry Stitching by Linda Connors, Calico Crossroads
Sent to me by GF Marjorie
Pattern, fiber, & charms! Thx a million!!

Pink Hydrangea LANG Mug
50/50 Fifty Fun Things to Do in Your Fifties
From MIL

Thursday, January 24, 2008

YOU are cordially invited to join!

Want to become a Pink Artist? For Charity?

If you are a quilter, mixed-media artist, polymer clay artist, painter, doodler, felting guru, pastel artist, doll artist, beader, collage artist, abstract artist,stitching queen, yarn goddess, paper artist, rubber stamper, photographer, digital junky, rusted ART connoisseur, crayon/marker enthusiast, journal-ER, poet... you get the idea, We need YOUR participation!
More Information at Monica's Blog.
Project Due: March 1, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Monica Ferris coming to Illinois

April 12, at 11:30 A.M.

Trinity Christian College
6601 W. College Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463

The Homewood Embroiderer's Guild is pleased to announce an opportunity to meet author Mary "Monica Ferris" Pulver on April 12, at 11:30 A.M. at Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463. Mary is the author of more than a dozen books of the "cozy mystery" genre. The main sleuth is the owner of a needlework shop in Excelsior, Minnesota, and each of the books highlights a different needlework skill.
The program will include lunch, a lecture by Mary with opportunity for questions, and a book signing. Tickets are $25.

For information, please e-mail

The url for directions to Trinity: LINK HERE.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ta Da !

hip hop; alphabet edge sampler (kit)
c.2001 Pine Mountain Designs

I used DMC floss 3727, 420, 422, 522, blanc, 318, 3041 on 14-ct hearthstone [pillow case edge]. Egg button from kit. Suggested 2-ply floss for all cross-stitch; however, I used 3-ply. IMO ... was better coverage with 3 ply.

It is nine degrees outside. brrr...Nice to be thinking about Springtime.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

hip hop ... almost finished ...

hip hop
alphabet edge sampler
c.2001 Pine Mountain Designs

As you can see, photos don't fib, I have one bunny to stitch. Yeah, I know, I said I'd finish it last night & move on to Happy Hearts today ...

Last night, DH, Alex, & I went out to the foreign film festival to view Curse of the Golden Flower. Goodness. What a colorful film. And the battle scenes just freaked me out -- they had these warrior people who were swinging down on ropes & just reminded me of the flying monkeys from Wizard of Oz. So, blame the night out on the town for my NON-FINISH.

NEXT -- Happy Hearts SAL. You can see Carol's start on her blog. I know Chelle started her project; however, don't see a pic on her blog [yet].

PER E-mail QUESTION ... Yes, I do still have pets. I have been posting their portraits on my other blog. If interested, you can see the latest HERE. I try to keep this blog for stitching-related projects. Everything else on the other blog site.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Flowers & Friends

Flowers & Friends
Designed by Elizabeth Foster
c.1999 Elizabeths Designs

Stitch Count 35 x 40. Stitched on 32ct Waterlilies Linen with DMC floss: #520, #522, #931, #3041, #3823. This graph says "Thank you for being a member of Flowers & Friends '98!" Might be a cute pinkeep. Maybe I'll get around to finishing it into a pinkeep one of these years!!!

I spent some time in Michigan City, IN this afternoon. More about my trip to Bluestem Beads & Lubeznik Center for the Arts HERE.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Moon Garden WIP

Blackbird Designs - WIP ... sorta ...

I admire stitchers who create lists ... and goals ... and accomplish more stitching than I could ever dream of!!! I noticed many New Year lists of WIPs & began to wonder ... "What ever happened to my Moon Garden?" Tore thru my stash on a hunt ... Oh my. Can this actually be a WIP? With so few stitches? Guess it needs some attention!!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Nifty to be 50!

This was passed along to me from my DH. LOL. It plays a jazzed version of the birthday song "You say it is your birthday ..." as the hampster dances with the walker. A GF, Mel, sent me a hilarious card which reads: "Birthdays are like bunnies ... You start out with a couple, then before you know it, you see so damn many that you can barely keep track of 'em all!!" LOL. And, my dear MIL gave me a card which, when open, plays the Meow Mix jingle from the tv ad. LOL. Loads of smiles all around.

Lucky me received WDW fiber & awesome Cattitudes card from GF Sue D! Thx a million. : ) My Mom gifted me with a House of Stitches gift certificate. Go Mom. Wonderful to talk for hours with my older sister, too. Guess being 50 is the new 40 after all!!

Sadly, our daughter Tori returned to college this evening. I enjoyed her visit & I am so lucky she put up and took down all the holiday decorations!! Plus, she bakes. She cooks. She mastered double baked potato for the holiday meal. Everybody should be lucky to have the wonderful daughter we have!!! She is a star : )

Tomorrow, nic works, alex has rehearsal, and I'm stitching : ) Will sprinkle in some housework & if the weather warms up ... will take the boyz shopping for new jeans in the late afternoon.

What I'm reading ... post here


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