Thursday, June 28, 2012

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I've been Awarded the Liebster Blog Award by mab3500!!

Some background: Liebster is a German word, meaning favourite, dearest or beloved and the Liebster is awarded by bloggers to other, newer bloggers, who have fewer than 200 followers, to spread the word and help the new(er)bies gain wider recognition. The award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting:

1. Choose five up-and-coming blogs (with fewer than 200 followers) to award the

Liebster to.





2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

Thank you mab3500!

3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blogs so they know about the award.

4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you.

1. I am the oldest and have 5 brothers
2. I love to cook
3. I have way too many shoes, purses & clothes. I also know I am overcompensating for having little growing up
4. I discount shop...I hate paying full price for anything
5. I fell in love which I thought was impossible until it happened.  Y'all don't get too excited he doesn't love me...isn't that just my luck!! lol

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Box Finishing Class

My friend Meari is teaching a Box Finishing Class for the I Love Cross Stitch yahoo group members that want to participate.  I have started my stitched piece and have the box.  I still have to find trim and fabric for the project.  Meari does the most beautiful work!!  Examples of her finished boxes can be seen here.

The piece I chose is "P" is for Princess by the Sweetheart Tree.  I either received this gift as a birthday gift in the ILCS Birthday Club or used some gift certificates I received to purchase it.

The Last Supper

This is what The Last Supper looked like when I took it back out.  I've stitched on it for a week.

This is the progress so far:

The Last Supper
by Leisure Arts
28 count Summer Khaki Cashel Linen
DMC Threads

Monday, November 7, 2011

WIP and Stash

 Progress on Work In Progress....ignore the rolled up portion on the right, I was lazy taking pics haha

The Last Supper
by Leisure Arts
28 count Summer Khaki Cashel Linen
DMC Threads
Oil paint by number painted by Granny.  It has been on her wall for as long as I can remember.

I still had some gift certificates for from my birthday in 2009....I bought several packs of needles.  I still haven't found on that the finish will stay on longer than a week and a half.  I also got these two items that have been on my wishlist there for quite a while.....
 I collect snowmen and this is the only type I am allowing myself to buy anymore.  I have more than one person should own....going to ebay some when I move.

I'm going to make this into an ornament and not a pin.  I love the Mill Hill Paper ornaments.  I need to find the rest of the set to a santa I made a few years ago.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Last Supper

This is what I was working on when I set aside Castles in the Air.

The Last Supper
by Leisure Arts
28 count Summer Khaki Cashel Linen
DMC Threads

Castles in the Air

The frogs have came to visit and it has been Rip Rip Rip here!
This is what it looked like prior to the invasion of the FROGS!!!
The gate does not meet with the section on the right.
I could not figure out why and put this project away to work on another (next blog with show what I worked on)

When I got the piece back out, I discovered that on the far right the two "swirly design do NOT line up"...and it t is NOT an issue of a counting error made by me.  The chart is INCORRECT.  It is quite irritating too!  In the top chart it shows one extra symbol for white at the end of the next to bottom row on right than in the bottom pic near the words "Band 2".  Definitely a lesson learned here on comparing the previous to current chart!!!

The entire right side under the top circle is ONE space off!!!  I had decided to only rip out the swirly part, mermaid and the specialty stitches on the end of gate and add a column of stitched to make the gate match.  This WAS a good idea until now when I notice the right corners being off is noticeable!  So now I am going to have to rip out the whole right side and restitch it. 

"Castles in the Air" SAL by Papillon Creations
28 ct Ivory Monoco Linen
DMC, Delica Glass Beads 

To the other SAL members, I reread the instructions and discovered that part 23 is NOT interchangeably in the Floral and Fantasy versions so my design idea of using the Floral (triangle one) has been eliminated!  I am going to use two Florals "vignettes"..stay tuned for updates as they are stitched...which will for MONTHS from now for sure with the redoing process!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

"How Does Your Garden Grow" by Papillon Creations Newsletter Freebie 
I copied the thread choice from a blog by Joei B. from Singapore with her permission. 
It is on a 28 count linen (add which one later)  
DMC Threads: 52, 103, 469, 470 
DMC Color Variations 4180 and 4210
Beads Treasures Crystal Lilac Luster 15/0 glass seed beads
I don't have all the details as the sheets are in storage.
Below are some close up pictures.  I can't figure out how to turn then right side up.  They are correct on my file but not here.  Any tips greatly appreciated.

I discovered a GREAT cross stitch store in DeRidder, LA named Country Lane Cross Stitch & Frame Shop and a very nice lady there named Vicki.  I am taking this piece to her to frame as soon as I am employed and can afford to.  At first, I was not using a mat, but have decided to go with a Merlot mat and a silver frame.  This shop is more then half the price less than other shops that are closer to me.  She also pins the pieces and does not chemicals which I really like!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beautiful Shoe!!!

Oh my!!! Such pretty things I am finding and I LUV pretty things!!!

Another great giveaway is at

I WON!!!!

I WON a giveaway from  La!!!  I can't wait to see what is in that Gorgeously wrapped package!!!  Since I am "The Queen" the bottle topper couldn't be better haha

Monday, January 24, 2011

Musing Potpourri Giveaway

A lovely giveaway fit for a Queen!!! like me ;-)