Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Books


  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon
  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
  • Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
  • Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  • Yarn Over Murder by Maggie Sefton
  • Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
  • The Modern Art Cookbook by Mary Ann Caws
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
  • The Painter by Peter Heller
  • The Necklace and Other Stories by William H. Coles
  • Mattaponi Queen by Belle Boggs
  • Naked by Betsy Franco
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
  • Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland
  • Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
You can easily add books to this list by setting the Date Read for each book to any time in 2014.
Are you re-reading? That counts too!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Autumn Row

OK - a finish.
Bent Creek:  Autumn Row
Book #BC1078

c. 2000 Bent Creek
Designed by Marsha Worley & Elizabeth Newlin
32 ct Amber Linen
275 x 24

Fibers I used:  GAST Burnt Orange, WDW Lancaster Red, WDW Schneckley, WDW Chestnut, GAST Nutmeg, WDW Onyx

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blog Hop Around the World

Gracie, blogging at Needles, Pins, and Dragonfliesinvited me to join the 

Blog Hop Around the World

Grace has a fabulous blog.  She usually has oodles of projects in the works, participates  in swaps, round robins, + exchanges.   Her tatting is beautiful!    Take a peek and enjoy her needlework, tatting, sewing, and beautiful garden/nature photos.     Btw - chocolate.   Grace enjoys chocolate, tea (after morning coffee), and collects thimbles.    

To continue the global hop -- don't miss these great sites:

CathyB blogging at With Needle + Thread.
Cathy has spectacular hardanger + needlework projects on her blog, many from special workshops and events.  Her stitching and finishing are marvelous.   In addition to Cathy's projects, i enjoy the special posts about Hovej Embroidery and about her Mom (who tats)!   Enjoy traveling along with Cathy and enjoy her special blog.

Barbara, blogging at Mainley Stitching.
Barbara has a wonderful blog with animals, creative needlework & projects PLUS the family 'chateau chaos' activities.   In addition to Cathy's blog [above],  this is one of the first few blogs I ever read!   In addition to needlework, I've always enjoyed the animal and garden photographs.  Following Barbara's writing/posts is always a pleasure - never know what she will showcase in her near-daily posts.

1. What am I working on?

currently in my needlework tote:

Stitching workshop piece - Old Saybrooke Sampler

Bent Creek - Autumn Row
C Street Samplerworks -  Mary Hannah Gipson Sampler
Biscornu SAL 
Scarlet Letter (Year w/Scarlet  Letter)
Homespun elegance pieces  

In my tatting bag:

a couple workshop pieces from Lace Day[s]
Mini-tats book
Japanese tatting kit + couple patterns
Half-embellished origami bag with tatting motifs and edges.

Also enjoy my small pin loom (weaving), sewing - esp origami bags, fabric flower making/embellishing w tatting, sketching / drawing, punch needle   [other things in the works, too]

2. How does my work differ from others?

Most people actually finish!   i tend to enjoy the journey.   

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I have no idea.   I just start itching to be creative and I find projects speak louder than words.   It is fun to follow a pattern-make small changes so it remains unique.   Or, a bit more challenging - to have an idea and follow thru to a 'finish'... or, you know - buy a pattern because it inspires you!!!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

  For many years, i have had problems sleeping.   And, when I settle down and focus on an in-hand project, I can relax, rest, and it has a restorative effect.    

Friday, October 17, 2014

Interwoven Expressions Exhibit

and sale!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014
9a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission + Parking are FREE

Sand Creek Country Club
1001 Sand Creek Drive
Chesterton, IN 46304

Link HERE to FB page

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Pumpkin added to Autumn Row by Bent Creek. Not much time for needlework these days.

Some progress on Mary Hannah Gipson [sampler researched and charted by Ruth Ann Russell]
SAN-Q Magazine, Winter 2010.   

Homespun Elegance:   Yes, I did finish the tatting + added it to the roll-up.   So far, the tatting has held up well as I seem to use the roll-up often.   The red thread was found at an Antique Mall in Carmel, Indiana.   It seemed so interesting to find thread wound on paper/cardboard.   

And, here is the Homespun Elegance pattern [front]:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Madame Picasso by Anne Girard (Book Trailer)

Book available..... do you have your copy?    

A very nice book review - link HERE.  

I'm reading it now ....  Let the rain + wind [outside] continue!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


(a cross-stitch gift card)

(a cross-stitch gift card)

c.2001 Lesley Clarke - Textile Heritage Collection
Cross stitch kits - cotton floss on aida cloth

Finished the bag of mending.   Then, made some things for DD's chinchilla pets ... 4 pillows and 2 hammocks -- a little bit of sewing with left over fleece.   I think the fleece was from projects my Mom made for our sons - when they were in either High School or Middle School:

Back -- I thought the chinchillas might not like the kitty faces.

 2 hammocks - hope they like them

I found the cat nip + may get some catnip toys sewn, too.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tollway Tatters: Diane's Saori weaving

Oh my ... a delight to hold these lovely bags in hand.    These bags are woven on a saori loom by GF Diane, blogging at Lace-Lovin' Librarian.   The saori loom was a gift to her from her Mom.    She is creating fabulously interesting bags - and selling her creations.

 Here are a few photographs I took on Tuesday afternoon:

As always ... photographs do not do justice to the colorways and superb workmanship.   Some bags I took close - ups.

I may be mistaken; however, I think this one is already S O L D.    


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