A sampling of my designs as well as personal stitching, and life in general.

Friday, April 27, 2018

This was posted on the Mutts site today.

I spent the morning weeding, pulling dead branches, etc
I guess it was an appropriate day.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


I know I am crazy at times.  I had an overwhelming urge to start my third Mill Hill Laurel Burch cat.
And I did.   I already have too many WIPs going.  Time crunches on a couple of things and really should not have done it.  Yet, I did it.

This is the packaging

Progress as of 4-24-2018
I chose the linen option.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


See all the fuzzy stuff
That's the green that I ripped out from the 3 Cats canvas
(see a couple of previous posts)
I have found a new green that seems to be working
Updates coming

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yes, Barbara stitched the rug!

Stitch something in memory

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I should have shown this yesterday but never got a chance.

If it's Monday, It must be snowing

Yes, it snowed again on Monday
the fourth one in a row.

Today there is still a frost on the ground with frost warnings for tonight.
Are we skipping spring this year?

Sunday, April 15, 2018


This is 3 cats
(my name)

This is the current section I am working on.
Not sure that I like it
Color is so-so, stitch is sorta ok
doesn't quite match
thread is a pain in the neck  (it's rayon)
no matter what, it doesn't lay flat
I've "waxed" the thread, made it wet, etc
still frays and still rolls

Notice the yellow next to it.  I found a combo of two threads that matched exactly.
The leaves were supposed to be white but I changed it to green.
I have red beads going in where the red spots are now.

This is the long view of the section.
The blue "hives" are in tent and will have white thread on top of them
debating between 2 stitches vs a bead (large)
The color of the "hives" will be the same as the blue
on the very bottom - see first photo.
It is different in color and type of thread than the blue triangles on the this side.


What do you think of the color?
of the stitch  (Mosaic)?
of the thread itself?

Any Suggestions?


Progress is being made
When it goes to get framed, I've decided to put something dark 
behind it so the white stands out better.
HOMe is stitched in actually.

This is/was an EGA project.  It is currently unstitched.
This was created using crayons, an iron and stencils.
The background will remain unstitched
the heart will be stitched.

Another EGA project.
Fabric covered box.

I opted for two colors.

That's it for my updates.
The 3 cats have taken most of my time lately.
The yellow area got ripped out twice (not all of it)
I only did small patches to test colors, etc
One of the things eliminated was the rayon thread.
Lots of WIPs never got touched this period nor will they
over the next three weeks which is a really busy time of the year for me.

Check out the rest of the group 
and welcome the newcomers

Saturday, April 14, 2018

An interesting week.
Monday snow on the ground and continue to snow thru the morning
Tuesday wake up to heavy frost
Wednesday more frost but eventually reaches 50 degrees
Thursday it hits 70
Friday is 70 as well
Today it 50's and rainy, more rain expected over next 2 days.

I did get some genealogy and needlework done.  Update on Sunday.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Enough of the weather.  Could we please have a day that is sunny, regardless of temperature?

Monday was snow on the ground and cold, Yesterday (Tuesday) it poured rain and flooded areas, it also thundered and had lightening and got up to 63 degrees.  But you couldn't go out without drowning.  My cats even hid under the bed for the majority of the day.  Tornado watches and warnings seem to be everywhere.  Then sometime over night, the rain turned into snow and the temps are back in the 30's.  At this point, I'm willing to skip spring and go straight into summer - anything to get out of the never ending winter.

I can't remember if I showed this finish or not.  I did show it for the Mill Hill Mondays (facebook) since it is a Mill Hill kit.

I still dislike the fabric but love the cat.  This is my 2nd Mill Hill Laurel Burch cat.  I have two more to go.  Neither are started yet.  Along with too many projects waiting in line plus the numerous WIPs that are started and not getting finished.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

From Kreinik

Gather your crafty friends and make a summer road trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania this August for the weekend show. Organizers are dedicated to creating a fiber love fest for all techniques: knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, Zentangle, embroidery, cross stitch, Temari, mixed media, art, everything. (How many people out there do more than one technique? Many!) There will be a shopping area, classes, and demonstrations. Kreinik will be there doing fun demos too. This looks to be a fun event for all ages.

Get the details here and make plans to visit the Lancaster Fiber Festival: http://lancasterfiberfestival.com/

Side note for any fiber-related businesses

Consider becoming a vendor at the show. If you're a designer, shop, kitmaker, or teacher, this is a great opportunity to meet new customers, spread the word about your business, and make some money. Take your cross stitch patterns off Etsy for the weekend, show off a new tool, or bring your unique yarns to tactile life off your web page. There's no better way to boost business than to meet customers and potential customers face to face. We're a people industry; here's a terrific chance to foster those relationships. Vendor info here: http://lancasterfiberfestival.com/festivals/2018-lancaster-fiber-festival-lancaster-pa/2018-lff-vendors/

Monday, April 2, 2018

The view out the back last night
At least it waited all day

The  view this morning

Someone called this the never-ending winter. I'm a believer.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

We'll get the silly day out of the way first.

The best reason for the day!

Have a wonderful Easter!