Thursday, March 07, 2019

Looking forward to Spring

Hope your week is going well. It rained most of the day yesterday and I was able to get a couple of hours of stitching done. I started a new cross stitch, this time it's for Spring. Most of my current projects are Christmas, so I was anxious to get this one started that I found in last year's issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine. It's not very big, I think I can finish it in a few days if I sit down and focus. I love the colors, although I did change a few. It's stitched on 28 count ecru evenweave and I'm using DMC floss. It's called Spring Tin by Liezabeth Gottschall. I think I'll mount it flat in a frame of some kind instead of a tin.

Anyway I should be looking for spring and summer patterns, because I don't have very many of any season. Lately I've been working on Christmas patterns. I'm usually looking through magazines or websites, because there isn't any local needlework shops in my area. Since getting back into cross stitch, I have very few patterns that I kept from years ago. I'll have to share my sampler I started well over 10 years ago. I never kept track of my projects, but I know it's old. Then there are a lot I made and gave away and most are Christmas designs that are packed away with the decorations. I'm so glad I'm cross-stitching again, I forgot how stress relieving it really is. 

Have a wonderful day and happy stitching!

Monday, March 04, 2019

Good morning!

Hello, well January and February were busy months and now it's already March! I'm looking forward to spring, and I love the rain but enough is enough! I'm glad the sun will be out for at least the next couple of days. 

Anyway, I was really busy with my cross stitching back in November and December. I've slowed down a bit in January, because I discovered project bags! I saw them on youtube and I just had to make my own. I have plenty of fabrics in my stash and a couple yards of vinyl. I think I was going to make some kind of tote bag with the vinyl, but I never did. I made nine project bags, I gave a couple away as gifts. Now, I have my wips organized and other projects kitted up and ready to go. They were so fun to make and it got kind of addicting!


I started Lori Holt's Vintage Christmas Sampler in December or maybe it was November, and I thought I would have it done before Christmas. No way! It's all stitched up now, I just need to finish sewing on the buttons and it will be ready to frame. I also have a couple of other cross stitch projects I'm currently working on. I like to have a variety of projects, so I don't get bored with one. Then there are some I started years ago and always knew I would get back to them. Now is the time since I'm now retired! I'll share my progress in another post, but I need to get this posted. I started writing this last week, I'm always running out of time to get anything done.

Thank you for stopping by.
Happy stitching! 
Happy sewing! 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December projects and more

Hello, I'm still here to share what I've been up to the past couple of months. I haven't been doing much blogging, but a lot of crafting, sewing, cross stitching, etc. It's been fun getting back into cross stitch again. It's been ten years or more.

Anyway, here are a couple of projects I did for October and November. These two are from a monthly series of patterns in Just Cross Stitch magazine. I haven't done the December one yet. I'm not sure I'll have time, I have so many projects to do and it's Christmas time, I still need to do my shopping, baking, etc.

This is from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Fall pattern. It's so cute! I temporarily mounted it on a decorative framed piece from Hobby Lobby. I can remove it and add a different cross stitch design later.

Here's a banner I made for our fireplace, it was real quick and easy. Can you see Charlie Brown?

And another finished piece from Just Cross Stitch Ornaments issue. I love the red truck decorations I've seen everywhere, I couldn't pass up stitching this. I stitched it on 18 count over 2 threads, I was having a heck of a time trying to see those tiny stitches! So it's bigger than an ornament size, but I like it. I just need to frame it up. I can see the stitches better now on 18 count, I bought a magnifier to wear over my glasses, lol! I have another ornament I'm stitching and it's a lot easier.

I have more to share, so I'll be back, until then have a great day!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cozy Christmas Sew Along

Hello, I'm back with blocks 7 and 8, but block 8 is not all complete. I can't believe I ran out of white embroidery floss, so I couldn't finish the embroidered steam coming from the hot cocoa. You would think I would have white floss somewhere in this house between two crafters. So looks like another trip to Joann's.

Cozy Gingerbread Man

Cozy Cocoa

I continued with hand applique for the Gingerbread Man, he was difficult to get perfectly flat. Plus I didn't have matching thread to machine applique. The Cozy Cocoa block I machine appliqued and it went by quickly. I'll probably machine applique all the blocks, because I'm getting a little concerned that they will fall apart. I'm still working on getting my triangles and flying geese to match up, I think that it's just luck, because that seems to be the most difficult part for me.

Okay, I'm off to make the next block, Cozy Holly. Here's a link to Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas Sew Along with the pattern and supply list if you think you would like to make this quilt.

Happy sewing!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

August Sewing and some cards

I hope you are doing well. I've been busy working on my Cozy Christmas blocks from Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas Sew Along from 2016. I started this year, but I should have been a lot further along, I'm just finishing block 8. I'm getting a little nervous when I start to put these blocks together, though. My earlier blocks don't seem to be the same size as the current ones. I have a funny feeling I will have adjust them some how.

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

I'll post Blocks 7 and 8 tomorrow, I just need to do a little embroidery and they will be done. Yay!

I also made a few cards, which I had already posted on facebook, but I also made a stack of bookmarks for my etsy customers. Oh yeah, handmade note cards, too. These cards are a "one sheet wonder" from a 6x6 paperstack, Garden Impressions DSP paperstack and Petal Palette stamp set from Stampin' UP!. Here's the link to the video from a SU demonstrator, great tutorial!

In the meantime, I've been interested in sewing clothes (again!). After looking at sewing blogs and watching youtube videos, I have been inspired to sew a few tops/blouses. I used to sew for myself and my daughter many, many years ago and thought I would never do that again. Well, never say never! It's not that I didn't enjoy it, just that it was so much easier to buy your own clothes. Well, my attitude is different now and my overall situation is different, too, that it seems it would be nice to sew for myself again. Anyway, I picked up some patterns at Joann's and we'll see. I do have to learn how to do some fitting adjustments, because that is what my problem was before. It will be fun to make a few simple tops and casual wear. No pressure on myself, we'll just see what works.

Happy sewing, happy crafting!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Hello, I'm Back

and no longer a Stampin' UP! demonstrator. It's a good thing, as much as I like sharing papercrafting and products, I found it hard to keep up and acquired a lot of stamp sets that I wasn't able to use. Plus I have other projects and hobbies I like and my personal blog is the perfect place to share what I've been making, sewing and cooking, like I use to when I first started this blog. I hope you stick around. Plus I still have cards to make!

My Cozy Christmas blocks

So far I've completed the first three blocks from the Cozy Christmas Sew-a-long, which started a few years ago, but I just started this year. I'm a little slow, I figure that I was going to do a block a month, but life is a little crazy, so I'll be making this quilt at my own pace.

I started with machine applique on the first block, but I decided that hand applique looks better. So I may redo the first block or just leave it as is. Hand applique isn't as hard as it seems, plus its good practice for me to do something new and very relaxing.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March Paper Pumpkin - May Good Things Grow

Hello, again. I have a quick post to share the cards I made with this months' Paper Pumpkin kit. They are very pretty, it has a vintage look to them. The first two are envelopes, which can be quickly made into cards.

Deadline to sign up for April kit is April 10th.

50% off your first two months for new customers. 
Use code SAVEFIFTY0418, March 11 - May 10

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

March Paper Pumpkin

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Baby Girl Card

Hello, today's project is a baby shower card I made this morning. Actually, my daughter needed a card at the last minute for a baby shower she was going to today. So I made two, one for her and one for me that I'm going to share here today.
Again, I used the Basket Weave embossing folder from the Sale-a-bration Blossoming Basket Bundle. The cardstock is Pink Pirouette, card base is Crumb Cake. 

I stamped the bunny from the A Good Day Stamp set. Then I ran it through the Big Shot with one of the square Stitched Framelits. I layered the bunny on a square piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. I adhered it on to the embossed cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I colored the bow with Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Markers and embellished it with one Pearl Basic Jewels. I stamped "Congratulations" from the Petal Palette stamp set on a strip of Whisper White cardstock.

Thank you for stopping by.


  • Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder
  • Cardstocks - Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Crumb Cake
  • Stamp Pad - Chocolate Chip
  • Stamp sets - A Good Day #145873, Petal Palette #145788
  • Petal Palette stamp set
  • Stampin' Write Markers - Subtles
  • Stitched Framelits
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Big Shot
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Mini Treat Bag Tutorial

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's a quick project share using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. 

I made the treat bags and then ran two of them through the Big Shot using the Basket Weave and Quilt Top embossing folders.

I used the Pansy Punch to make the shamrocks, then adhered them to the layered circles and added the Clear Faceted Gems and Rhinestones Basic Jewels to the center of shamrocks.

I printed the "Happy St. Patrick's Day" from my MDS program (retired), but you can use the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

 It seems like I'm always late with these holiday projects, but this one can easily be altered into Easter mini treat bags.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!


  • Mini Treat Bag Thinlits
  • Quilt Top Textured Embossing Folder
  • Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (Sale-A-Bration Blossoming Basket Bundle)
  • Layering Circles thinlets
  • Pansy Punch
  • Teeny-Tiny Wishes stampset
  • Lucky Frameable (MDS Retired)
  • Whisper White, Old Olive and Garden Green cardstocks
  • Coffee Break DSP and Tutti-Frutti DSP
  • Clear Faceted Gems
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • 2017-2018 In Color Bitty Bows Embellisments
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Big Shot

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Wildflower Wishes - Paper Pumpkin

Hello, todays' card share is from February Paper Pumpkin kit. It's so pretty. I whipped these three cards up in no time. I love these cards.

Paper Pumpkin is celebrating it's 5th anniversary in March! Subscribe by March 10th to get this month's special anniversary box including a FREE GIFT!

On a side note, I have started another quilt. I know, I know, I need to finish the other quilt I was working on a year or so ago, but I need to practice free-motion quilting first. Anyway, about the quilt I'm currently working on, I had bought the fabrics and templates over a year ago. I wanted to do the sew along, but last year got a little hectic for our family and I just couldn't get into any big projects. So, now I am sewing at my own pace. So far I have all the applique pieces traced and cut, now it's on to applique and cutting the borders and the rest of it. It's a Christmas quilt from Lori Holt's blog, Cozy Christmas. So I'll be sharing my adventures in quilting, or at least me appliqueing and putting blocks together. It's been quite awhile since I've done any kind of sewing. I'm excited! Yay!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Good Day

Here's another card share for you and also some news about more Sale-A-Bration options available.

I made this card this morning with the A Good Day stamp set and Delightful Daisy DSP. I also used the Layering Circles Framelits Dies and Stitched Framelits Dies. I colored the details with the Subtles Stampin' Write Markers. I love the little tree image, and so quick to color.

A Good Day 145873 (clear mount)
145870 (wood mount)

Sale-A-Bration - Three new Gift Options

Stampin' UP! has released 3 new gift options. You can earn free gifts with qualifying order! You can see the new Sale-A-Bration brochure here. I'm in love with the Blossoming Basket Bundle.

Looking forward to Spring

Hope your week is going well. It rained most of the day yesterday and I was able to get a couple of hours of stitching done. I started a new...