Saturday, April 18, 2015

April Showers~~

This has been a difficult month for me and It is because my father died three years ago this month. I miss him terribly. I have been mending my relationship with my mother and that has proved to be a highlight this month. Not only do I believe that a mother's love is everlasting, but also forgiving. I have not been the 'model' child or adult for that matter. There has been some rocky roads and mending fences is a good thing to do. 
     My oldest sister, Patricia, and I have also been mending fences. And she mailed to me a cookbook and some nicotine patches and lozenges. I am so grateful for her support in Jay's and my challenge to quit smoking. She quit February 26th I think. 
     I finished the Hunting Island Lighthouse for her and mom is going to frame it. It is the first project that I started and finished in a timely manner in a long long time. I am so proud of myself for this project and I really hope she likes it. I still need to wash and press it. I just love lighthouses and hope to stitch some more.

The newest addition to my Dimensions Gold Collection Kits is 'Leopard's Gaze'. I have not started it yet, but I couldn't wait to open it up and study the chart. I usually look at a chart for a long time before beginning to stitch it~~to get a feel for how the colors are going to be stitched. I don't know if other people do this or not, but I learned to stitch according to the shades~stitch the light first, then medium and last the dark shaded color. 

Frederick the Literate has been added back to the rotation. Here is where I am at and I would like to do a follow up in about a week to see how much I can get done. 

For those who missed my last couple of posts, I have been fascinated with cats and animals. Here are two of the Lesley Anne Ivory Cats for the signature series 'Designs for the Needle'. I found them on ebay and I have two more. I will begin separating the floss for this first one and instead of stitching it on 14ct material I will be stitching it on 28ct mushroom evenweave. I am very excited about this series. 

I am not sure if I posted this finish, but here are the suited cards for the Texas Holdem patterns I am stitching from 'Ante Up!' I have been working these since the first of the year. They are stitched on 16ct white aida and I will be making the whole thing into a wall hanging. 

And it is time once again to show our orts. It is a new moon. My jar is filling up and I smash them down. I enjoy saving the snippets of floss.

 Miss Tripp loves to get into everything and she keeps me company. I love her.

And last but not dare least, I rec'd my Spring Mail Art from Tracy Clark. I am sending mine to Connie Rogers for finishing as I do not have a sewing machine yet. Maybe the money Jay and I will save from not smoking will get us a TV and a sewing machine. That is my plan. 
I think she did a beautiful job on this mail art. 

There were seed packets and buttons inside. What a lovely way to start off spring. 

Once again, thank you for taking time to look at my blog. Leave a comment if you like. I love to read them. Just a note for what is coming ahead...I will be doing a giveaway at the first of the month. Continue following my blog and details will be forthcoming. Hugs, and Happy Stitching, Queeny

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dust Bunnies Be Gone!~~

Hello Fellow Stitchers! This is the time of year that I do my deep cleaning and it started yesterday. Everything in the house was dusted~shelves, knick knacks (commonly known as 'dust collectors') and all the nooks n' crannies, and ceiling fans. Dust Bunnies Be Gone! I usually let them stay for Easter, but this year I decided to try and get a handle on things early. Well, if you are like me, stitching comes first and house work whenever! ya right! 
     Miss Tripp has really got a hold of my heart. She has become my 'Maggie Messmaker'. And Boots is definitely Church's Dog. My husband said this last night and I was like 'come to think of it boots is...' LOL Too funny these furbabies are to us. Here is Miss Tripp trying to get in trouble...

I have been stitching on Maggie the Messmaker for a few weeks now, but I had to put it down to work on a gift for my sister and an exchange partner. Here is the progress I have made...
This picture was March 20th...

And Now...

 It wasn't until I saw the pictures that I realized how much progress had been made. I wish there were more hours in the day and that I had the energy like I used to. Since I can't sit for too long or stand for too long at a time, I stitch for a little while then get up and do something, then sit again. Boy, it is tough getting older, but I try to keep moving. Yesterday, I walked one time around the block which is about 1/4 of a mile. If I hadn't of done so much cleaning I would have walked again. It is a start, and I am thankful for every step that I can take.
     Last year a lady down the street gave me a box of patterns that was from an LNS closing. I never looked in this light house pattern book until the other day. I found a loose pattern inside the book of the very light house where my sister works in Beaufort, SC. The light house is at Hunting Island where we as a family vacationed many times. Patricia, my sister, works at the campgrounds. I can't wait to finish it and present it to her. 
     Miss Tripp was posing for the camera again, so of course I had to stop and take a picture of her too. 

I straightened and organized my craft table and wrapped a lot of floss last month. Here is my Ort Jar and my floss wrappers. The jars are filling up quickly~~now I want to see some finished items to go along with all the floss snippets!

     On the home front~ Jay went to his last disability doctor's appt the other day. I think it went really well. They said we should hear something within 10 business days. The doctor would have the report ready and the Judge will rule on his case. This has been a long process that I never thought I would be going through a second time. My disability did not come easy...I had to really fight to get mine. Jay's is going on three years.
     We announced to several that we will be moving to Colorado when Jay receives his settlement and starts getting benefits. My momma did not know what to say, 'It is Cold there! bbrrrr!' Well, I believe it is just what Jay and I need. I am so excited about the even aspect of moving. I have lived here in Brunswick since 1995. Jay has never traveled west and it will be an adventure for him.
     Miss Tripp and Church were given a new scratch box. they really like the catnip. LOL they go crazy over it. Until next time, be safe and well. Happy Easter! hugs, and happy stitching, Queeny
P.S. - I promise a picture of myself and Boots for the next update!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring has Sprung!!~~

Spring has Sprung here in SE Georgia. the temps are mild and in the 70's and 80's. The folks with snow are saying that it is melting and I am sure yah'll are ready for spring too! I got out and raked the yard today and put empty planters out back. I can't wait to get some new flowers and plants this year. I feel it will be a green thumb year!
     This has been a terrible week for me. I did not get much stitching in until today. So let me show you the progress on Maggie the Messmaker. I put in a wrong color brown...that took an hour...ripped it out...that was another hour...and then an hour and half to put it back in correctly. Geshe I hate froggin' and making mistakes. Jay of course said 'Leave it, no one will ever know'...HA...But I would know, so it was rip it rip it rip it. 
     While putting stuff away that I always seem to be moving and shifting...I found a stoney creek magazine with this cute frog! Oh I had to laugh at myself because I spent half the day froggin' LOL!
 While I frogged, Miss Tripp kept me company~~
While I didn't win the Winter Bingo game at, I did however respond the quickest to a give away that was hosted by Patricia Tidwell Cash. She so generously let us choose what we wanted and then mailed everything~~asking nothing in return. I was like 'holy cow' I didn't realize I would be getting so much fabric! WOW I chose one of the pieces of Khaki evenweave 28ct to start stitching 'Spirit Dancer'...there are many big pieces and the light pink will be good for flowers I think. 

I am so enthused with my Maggie the Messmaker. I am feeling positive about her and want to enter her into this years fair. Unfortunately I did not enter anything last year, but I think it should be a yearly thing for me. Something to keep me motivated and have a good outcome. Here is Maggie for the second week. 
 last week

and NOW...

And last but not least, it is a new moon so here is my ORT JAR for this month. It is filling up fast!

Cross stitching gives me so much pleasure, and I am meeting new friends and re-aquainting with old ones. It is nice and I say 'chores can wait, because there is stitching to do!'
Hugs, and Happy Stitching, Queeny

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone! Will I be drinking green beer?? I think not~~never have either LOL I am not much into green, I like blues and earth tones. How about you? What is your favorite color and do you notice that your thread and yarn all match?? LOL 
     Just a little update seeing how I am only a week away from a new moon and that is when we take pictures of our ort jars. Mine is really getting full ~~which means I have been busy. Last blog~I had just started maggie the messmaker. And I of course had to dig out my other charles wysocki piece 'Frederick the Literate'. Now only to find out that there is one of Leonardo~~oh my the list goes on and on but that is okay, I plan to stitch them all!! HA~ Here is my progress on Maggie~ Does look Like I have done a bit~lots of black and I really don't like the threads too much, but I am never happy with the way black 'lays'. 

And then there is Frederick~

There is no easy way to work on black to me. I have tried putting something white on my lap; and I have also tried holding the fabric to the light. I just stitch very carefully and do have a feel for the hole. pulling any threads out of black, especially black on black is no fun! Luckily no frogs have been visiting me lately!

I am on a new kick~~for cats and wildlife. Last weeks blog showed the 'portrait of a cougar' that I am stitching on light blue aida. Now, I am wanting to stitch Lesley Anne Ivory's different cats from 'Designs from the Needle'. Here are two of the kits that I purchased from ebay. I have another one on the way. This one is octopussy and the tiger toy! 

Becky and on the hexagons is on black fabric~~eek! more black! HA!

Also from ebay~~a steal! Jay helped me pic out this gorgeous cat 'Leopard's Gaze' a Gold Collection Dimensions Kit.

And finally, a finish! Yes I do finish things! LOL Here are the diamond, club, heart, and spade to go with the texas hold 'em and fold 'em wall hanging I am making for Jay. I did these on 16ct aida because I liked the tight stitching, and it looks neat. 

That is all for this week's report. I hope to have another finish in a week or so! Wish me luck! hugs, and happy stitching, Queeny

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March wind is blowing in~~

March wind is blowing in here in SE Georgia. I know there is a lot of snow out there but we haven't seen snow since 1988? somewhere along that year. I was in Houston TX when we had that cold storm. Jay and I both have been sick. I was on antibiotics the first week. Jay is 'toughing it out like a man'...geshe!
     I am thankful for the time change, but it takes a bit for my body to get used to it. Between the fibromyalgia and the seasonal disorder~I can sometimes be 'not a happy camper'. However, there are sunny skies behind the wind, rain, snow and sleet. And ~~
     I have some wonderful news! We adopted two adorable kitties from the humane society~~two more mouths to feed. this is Miss Tripp. We named her that because 'she is a trip'! LOL she is sophisticated, has catitude and loves to talk! She has a long fluffy tale and is part 'maine coon' she has fur on her feet and pointy hair on her ears. Love this cat...and she loves for me to talk to her.
Here is Jay, Boots, and Church. Yes we decided to call this cat church because he reminds us so much of our 'church' that past away in september 2014. This is a sweet girl and she is part blue russian. She has tried to run the place already, loves to chase boots around and lets jay hold her~~not me though. She will sleep on me but doesn't want much else to do with me. LOL She is a ribbon winner too! Here is her last halloween's win:

I can't remember how long I have been wanting to do this design. It is Forest Chapel by Thomas Kincade. I have just a few stitches in. I have some other new things like the Lesley Anne Ivory Cats. I am waiting for two of the other kits in the mail. This one is Becky on the Hexagon.

I am a new fan of 'Bothy Threads' and would like to have this Noah's Ark design/kit. I have to sell a lot more stuff on ebay to get this one though...they are kind of pricey. If anyone has this pattern and wants to sell it or trade...let me know! 

I purchased Stoney Creeks 'Natural Wonders' Leaflet from ebay and it has 27 designs. I will be stitching the protrait of the 'wolf and cougar.' Here is my start on that:

One week of work. I am a slow stitcher and I didn't rreally get much time in this week. I had doctor's appts. and other things going on. 

 This is the front cover. Lots of good stitching to be done from this book. I found out after purchasing the book that I actually have a kit from the front about extinction. It has all the animals on it. It was purchased a few years ago in a 'lot' and put away in a tote. 

Here is the kit:

I also started working on Charles Wysocki's 'Maggie the Messmaker':

Here is my 2 day start...not much but a good beginning.

And for happy update on my Hummel UFO from the NeedleTreasures kits:

Be safe in all you do...Remember Jesus Loves you...hugs, and happy stitching, Queeny

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cleaning and Organizing...

I actually started cleaning and organizing last Thursday. Sometimes one has to make a 'mess' to get things in proper order. I don't know about you but I spend a lot of time going through my stash, taking my time to pick out what I want to work on, but lately I think there is a bit of change in the air. Instead of looking at all the things I want to stitch and start, I have been looking at what is already started and how can I get my focus on a piece to finish it. It is so hard being bi-polar. The ups are UPS and the downs are DOWNS. I should have taken 'before' pics but didn't really think about it. So, come on in to my home and see what is brewing...

I wind my floss on plastic bobbins and use a fine point permanent marker to write the number of the floss on the bobin. I have my floss numbered and in order in the boxes that are clearly marked. I try to have at least two of each color, but I am missing some numbers, not many though. The floss boxes were actually in a cardboard box like this:

and it just kind of got in the way. I am very picky about wanting everything UP off the floors, so I can sweep and mop easily and also so no one trips and falls. We are dizzy people around here! LOL So, I decided to utilize my bookcase that is by the window for computer hardware, games, and floss. Here is the after pic:

 I have some pretty fun games. I want to teach Jay how to play backgammon if he is interested...funny, I have never asked him. I used to be hooked on the game with a girl friend of mine. We could play for hours at a time

Here you can see that I put all my projects in totes that are labeled either by designer or category...all my JJ's are together and my monthly stitch a longs. Then, I put them on the shelf above my craft table...which is actually the bedroom closet with the folding doors taken off. Actually, when Jay painted is when I came up with the idea that there would be more room in the craft/computer room if the table was situated in the closet, but it took some time for Jay to give in to it....LOL Men!!

You can't see it, but the totes are stacked two high....yes that is a lot of projects and kits, and UFO's uugghh the dreaded UFO's. My craft table is a Duncan Fifphe (not sure of  spelling) but anyhow the table was given to my mother, and it was painted black. When she gave it to me in 1997 I stripped it and refinished it with tongue oil. It is my favorite place to sit and relax. I try to keep it neat.

and this is a little table that was taken from the trash pile. I keep the tablecloth over it to hide the totes underneath.

In the master bedroom closet I have a lot of photo boxes that contain my treasures. To the top left you can see the leaflet patterns in magazine holders and to the top right binders that hold mags. I straightened and cleaned this last night. I have all my towels and sheets nicely folded and clothes hanging up.

Some of my clothes were in this armoire and the small craft boxes were in the closet. It wasn't easy to get to, so I put them back in the armoire which is much easier and I will probably utilize them more often. I have rubber stamps, small what nots, ribbon, and small projects in these bins.

So there you have it! I love to talk about organization and actually do it too LOL Putting something into action is sometimes difficult for me to do as I do not do 'change' very well. It will take me a couple of days to get used to all the changes I made over night.;..or really it took a whole week from last thursday. If anyone has any suggestions or comments please feel free to leave a post...I would love to hear from you! 
Hugs, and Happy stitching, Queeny