How did that happen?

You can never imagine it. The strangest thing happened today.   Two HAED charts jumped into my cart and then saved on my computer/printed out the beginning of.   I have no idea how it happened I swear……..

Then the remaining GAS, WDW, CC threads I need for a few projects i’m hoping to get to this year (it’s not looking too promising) found there way onto my ebay account- I love a store there- I get them for 1.40 a skein.  They just jumped their way into my paypal- imagine that right???

I have this strange feeling it is possible that with the 25% off Michaels total purchase in tomorrows paper- the DMC I need still to kit up Jessica Galbreth- Visions may just find their way to my house. I swear I have initiated NONE of this. I have no idea how it is happening. No really I promise. 

Pictures of JG in the next few days………..


Japanese Garden Update- Exchange Recieved

Japanese Garden Chatelaine 1/21/11

Valentines Day exchange from Katie

I finally got the 12 o’clock rock garden completed. I have started the bonsai pots on either side and hope to have them complete by early next week.   Expect the next photo then.

Today’s mail brought my valentine’s day exchange from one of my groups.  I love it all Katie. Thanks so much.  Sorry that the picture is sideways, I can’t figure out how to change it.  Isn’t the card cute? It is handmade. 


I decided to pick up Japanese Garden. Someone in one of my groups is stitching it as well. I like the idea of stitching the same thing as someone else.  I worked on it a bit last night. I may have made a mistake though, I have to look at it closely and see if it is something that will require frogging. I am stitching the rock gardens right now. If it is not going to be noticeable I will leave it, as I usually do with mistakes.   I changed some of the called for materials on this. Actually I changed all of the NPI for a more affordable option. I left the other threads the same as I had never stitched with variegated and wanted to know what they were about and all that stuff.  I like them, but I am not sure I will do the same again. I will likely change some of the threads out to cotton variegated.  I like the silk and all, but not enough to spend that much again.  I joke that JG is my million dollar cross-stitch project but really it is. It is definitely my most expensive one.  I got hand dyed fabric, and all those threads. I haven’t even bought the beads yet.  

I already have my next chatelaine project, but I won’t start it until I finish this one.  No budging on that one.  I am going to convert as much of it as I can, as I feel comfortable with.  Make it more affordable. Plus I dye my own fabric now, so that will help as well, a lot.    Speaking of which I priced dylon dye today. It wasn’t bad at all.   A dollar or so more than rit dye. I will try it next time.  

I have been unhappy with my current floss organization.  I have DMC on bobbins in the smaller drawers on the top. That is where the problem is. When I slide the drawer out, they get stuck. It annoys me for sure.  I have specialty floss in floss-away bags in the larger bins on the bottom. I really like that. I love those bags.  Especially being able to keep my thread bits. 

So I am switching to floss-away bags for all of it. I won’t need that bin anymore. I will repurpose it with art stuff I think.   I am in the process of switching all my floss to the bags. It’s a lengthy process.   My plan is to put the DMC onto rings.  A ring for each 100 series.  For specialty floss I will keep that on rings too- a ring for each brand- until I have enough to separate it further. For now I will keep the rings in large ziploc bags. 

I also started using the rings for projects. I pull all the floss for project and put it all into bags on the rings. I love it. Makes it easy to find as opposed to keeping it just loose in the project bag.  I have been pulling lengths of floss and putting it onto floss cards. You know those ones that come in kits?  I hate it.  

I found some bags and rings at Hobby lobby today. They are having a 30% sale as well, on the bags and fabric, and other cross stitch things (not floss or kits).  Of course you know where this is leading right????  I picked up some fabric as well.  Never can have enough fabric stash right?

I finished up my valentine’s exchange shopping as well today.   I have to see if I have a mailer here or if I need to pick one up.   Then I want to go ahead and get that out.   I just love exchanges. My goals for the year is to participate in 4 this year.   This is one down.  


What to pick up

I decided to put Mistress down for a bit.  I went through my stash and came up with a few.  Sadly I don’t have the colors for a lot of my new stash but that’s the way it is.

Here  is what I picked up-

Japanese Garden- Chatelaine- Martina Rosenberg

                                                           Current progress

When done.

Robin Blue Mermaid- HAED-Nadina Tate
When Done

Three Graces-Haed-Josephine Wall

This would be a new start-
Bringer of Light-HAED-Jasmine Beckett Griffith
Now I just have to decide which one.


I am bored with Mistress. Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE seeing progress on it, but the moon. Oy…….. The colors are so boring. Its hard to even see there is a color until it is in. They are all very pale shades.  Add the snow outside and i want COLOR!

What I really want is to start something new. So many things are calling my name. Do I give in?  Do I try to hold out?

Maybe I’ll get out Japanese Garden. I haven’t stitched on that for awhile. It has color and I really enjoy it. 

I’m in the 2011 SAL blog though. My piece is Mistress. I’ll see if I can add another one. Rotate them or something.  

I have the Garden bugs started from CCN. I’m about half done with the first border. I’ll try to get a picture today to post later.


New Stand

Nathan made me a cross-stitch stand for christmas. It is great.  It is a lap stand just like I wanted. It makes it so much easier to stitch. I will probably use it mainly for large projects as I don’t mind stitching with just a qsnap for smaller things. Anyways although I only stitched for about 3 hours this week, sad I know, I managed about 400 stitches.

Please excuse the toys and whatnot in the pictures. 

Here is an update on Mistress as well.


2011 Stitchy goals

I didn’t have goals for 2010.  I was 7 months pregnant this time last year and very large.

This year though, I’d like to set some goals.

1.  3 pages on Mistress
2.  finish Garden Series CCN
3   start and finish 1 additional small
4   do 2 ornaments
5   Participate in 4 exchanges
6.  Finish 1 page of Japanese Garden

I have NO idea if this is doable or reasonable even. We’ll see……..