Monday, August 24, 2009

A Finish and A WIP

Below is my progress on Rene of ILCS our grand Hardagner original design of a Christmas Tree

"Hardanger Christmas Tree" by Rene la Frog

28 count Celeron Linen

DMC #5 Perle Cotton 368, Hand Dyed Fibers Chesnut, and Dinky Dyes Rasberry Ripple

And dut dut da daaaa we have a stitched finish!!!! I found a no sew cube tutorial by Hannah. I need to gather my supplies...I may have to go buy a backing material..not sure I have suitable in my stash. Hopefully a cube will be posted soon and even look like a cube since it is my first attempt.

"A Christmas Song" Ornament by Full Circle Designs-Lynda Watkins
Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2008
Stitched on 18 count Cream DMC Aidawith DMC Floss


GIVEAWAY Mel from The Daily Mel is celebrating her 8-year/1000th post giveaway.

Picture below is her items! I hope I get "lucky" this time!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

OH NO!!!

I had a bottle of water leak in my bag I carry back/forth to work today!!!!! It was only 3 oz but it sure seems like alot! Luckily Mary had sent my Carrie's Threads in the zipper bag or I would be crying right now!!! They are dry and fine...wish I could say the same for the JCS 2008 Christmas Ornaments Issue. I don't think it is going to dry and be usable the pages are just too wet!! I did make a working copy of the cardinal that is still usable. There were alot on 'unimportant' papers in there that soaked up a lot of the water..most of the important ones are ok. I hate that my magazine is ruined!!! At least I can still order it. My fabric the ornament is on is about 1/3 wet but the opposite side from what is stitched. I always but the water bottle in there but NEVER again!!! I am sooo lucky my Carries are ok!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Exchange and WIPs

ILCS Carrie's Threads Exchange
From Mary B. in Sycamore, IL
Thank you so much Mary!!

Colors are: Autumn, Antique Gold, Lumiere de Cheryl, Violet, Surprise, Epiphany, Ocean Blue, Polar Bear, Navy Blues, Cherry, Foxfire, and Harvest Brew. I also received this nifty zip up bag to store them in. Now to find something to stitch with them!!!!

"Castles in the Air" SAL by Papillon Creations
28 ct Ivory Monoco Linen
DMC, Bead Tresures Glass Beads
This is the progress on Part 4 about half way done. I have made a little more progress since this pic (I just noticed). I have finished the right side and completed the green on the left.

"A Christmas Song" Ornament by Full Circle Designs-Lynda Watkins
Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2008
Stitched on 18 count Cream DMC Aida
with DMC Floss
I just had to start a new project....if we counted I may have the most started. I just do not show everythign I start lol

Clearance Baskets

I found these baskets outside JoAnns in a clearance bin. Buying both would have been over $20, but I snagged them for around $6!!

I have the large one on the shelf under the coffee table holding my fabric and supplies for the Castles in The Air SAL.

The small one is currently on the coffee table holding the 4 remotes to work the various electronics.


I stitched these ornaments last year. I finshed them off like the booklet showed, I'm not sure I am happy with them. The first one was for an ILCS ornament exchange but I don't think it is nice enough to send to anyone. Any suggestions on what could make them more attractive. I feel they look more "homemade" than "handmade".

"101 Ornaments for Christmad" by Leisure Arts
Stitched on 14 count White Perforated Plastic
with DMC floss, acid free paper and craft ribbon

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


A small tornado touched down in West End Beaumont, TX today. No warning or notice whatsoever!!! I work on the South end. A few people were injured nothing serious. Macy's, Channel 4 News, Books-A-Million, Kohl's and Walmart all received damage. The most damage was done in the packed Walmart parking lot where cars were overturned, some on top of others.

One woman was in her car (not sure which parking lot) and the car was lifted into the air and spun around several times!!!!

People wer in their vehicles and other vehicles landed on top of theirs.

Many cars were not drivable and taken away by wreckers.

Tornados are not comon here except in conjunction with hurricanes. Hurricane Ike had several tornados along with it.

Here is a link to photos of the storm and parking lots on the news site: