WIP Wednesday

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything about cross stitching or crafting.  I really have been busy stitching and knitting and crocheting.  I’ve finished two crocheted dishcloths, a shrug that I’ve been knitting on for more than a year and was actually able to wear it for Christmas and the stitching I’ll be showing below.

WIP Januare 16 dThis piece is my own chart from a picture that Lori Brechlin at the Not Forgotten Farm drew and gave to her followers to use as they wanted.   I decided to create a counted cross stitch piece from it.   You can find it at Threads on facebook.  I’ve included the chart at the bottom of this post so if you’d like to stitch it go for it.  You’ll notice I made a slight change in the finished project.  It will work better for the small pillow I’m making from it.  (It has not been cleaned or pressed yet but I’ll be sure to put the finish here.)

WIP Januare 16 eAs you know I am part of a 10-month round robin group.  I’ve had the pleasure of stitching on some really beautiful samplers.  This one is Simply Jane Austin by the Sampler Girl.  My part of this one is the bottom right corner, ‘marry for love not money’ with the basket of flowers.





WIP Januare 16 cMy niece is getting married soon so I am stitching this sweet little marriage record.  It’s by Demensions/Gold Collection.  I love the way they organize their floss.  It really makes it easier to separate strands.

WIP Januare 16 bMy youngest sister asked me to stitch a cover for her new Bible.  It has soft leather binding and she wants it to be a bit stiffer.  I’m using plastic canvas for this project and my own design.






WIP Januare 16 aLast, but certainly not least, I’ve been working on my Smokey Mountain Cats.  I love stitching on this and can hardly wait to finish it so I can hang it in the blue bathroom.   (I know, I have a ways to go.)



I do most of my stitching while watching television.  Which gives me 2 to 3 hours a day of serious work.  During baseball season it’s usually more.  Can hardly wait to see my Tigers on the field again.  They’re Grrrrrrrr8!

Keep on stitching!


Happy Home Happy Heart

Work in Progress Wednesday

Have you given much thought to the fact that in God’s eyes you are a work in progress?  He is shaping, refining, restoring, adding new, and constantly changing us.  His greatest desire is that we become the one we were created to be.  His plan (Jeremiah 29:11) is more than we can imagine, but He knows every step, every decision, every minute of every day of our lives.

Don't be afraid

I’ve been busy working on my counted cross stitch Christmas Santas again.  The two you see here will be part of a set of twelve.  (I had started the one that’s most finished, forgot about it, and started the other. That’s why there are two in progress.)  6 are finished and I hope to use all of them this year.  Stitching on perforated paper has been a great experience. Don’t hesitate to give it a try.  2 Santas


51ZH54d0IeL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_I have created an entire book of Christmas Card Charts that would look awesome on perforated paper.  The charts work up easily and can be stitched throughout the year.  When Christmas comes you’ll have some really beautiful card/gifts for those awesome people in your life.


Blessings to you and yours!




Thursday Threads

Stitches and Needles and Threads, oh, my!  It made me smile when I thought of it and I could see Dorothy with her basket of projects skipping on the Yellow Brick Road.  Yep, I’m still smiling.

I was recently watching a You Tube video on gridding and the stitcher who made it commented that her reason for gridding is it makes the finished project more achievable with fewer mistakes and less frogging.  After thinking about that for a while, I thought perhaps she’s on to something.  How many times have I put down a project because it was becoming overwhelming to get the counting right?  So, I’ve done a bit of research into gridding and I hope it’s as helpful to you as it was to me.

cross stitch grid linesGridding your cross stitch fabric is simply dividing your cloth into 10 x 10 count squares and stitching lines into the fabric to make them visible as you are stitching.  This video is really short and sweet and shows what you need to know. Just click on the picture to watch it.

61sTrwVpczL._SL1200_Of course, the next question would be, what type of ‘thread’ should I be using  to make the grid lines.  Although you can use regular dressmaker’s thread in any color you want it can be difficult to remove when you finish the project.  I recommend Easy Count Guideline Thread.  It’s not cotton so your stitches are far less likely to get caught in it. (If you click on the picture it will take you to Amazon. Really great price!)

Stitch Along CollageI’ve been busy working on another of the Designer Stitch Along smalls.  Obviously, it’s not finished.  These Designer pieces have been so much fun to work on.  I’m loving it.


This next picture is the finished portion of the Sampler Round Robin.   I’m ready to mail it to the next stitcher and get busy on the piece I get next.  WooHoo!

Round Robin Sept. Blocks

Blessings to you and yours!

Keep On Stitching!