Monday, May 16, 2016


Many of you have been sharing the joy of your children's graduations. On Saturday, I attended the graduation of my college roommate's college-aged daughter. (She of the mini-cupcakes craft day.) How quickly did those four years pass!? I swear, all I did was blink. At any rate, Cupcake Claire has moved home before she attends graduate school* on a fellowship. Look at her go!

To commemorate the occasion, I stitched
This is JBW Designs French Country Owl. I stitched it on 28 count of a beige variety with WDW Saffron, WDW Chestnut, and GAST Spring Grass. The white is DMC. The College's colors are yellow and white, with the owl as the mascot representative of Athena, the school goddess. (You can see how the students honor her during exam weeks here.)

Of course, the part I was in charge of charting got screwed up. I cannot center anything! To "balance" it I aligned the "College" four stitches in like the "Bryn" if that makes sense. If I hadn't been racing against the clock (I seriously finished stitching this, laced it, put it in the frame, got in the shower, dressed, and went to the graduation) I might have thought to put some buttons next to College. Whatever. It's artistic!

I think she liked it. She told me that she was a real adult now that she had two things in frames to hang on her wall. (Too true that the transition to adulthood is marked by no longer hanging posters with adhesive putty!)

And the transition to old age is marked by your children's (or your friend's children's) transition to adulthood. And yet, in my head, I am only 28.

I am so behind on blog commenting. I've been reading, and you are all fabulous! Soon, I will come and tell you in person.

*She's headed to USC!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

April Showers

This small was not so small. Only about 75x30 but, as you can see, it is wall to wall stitches. This is a Bent Creek kit called Showers and Flowers. This kit is from 2000. I used the fabric and the flosses (DMC and Weeks) that came in the kit.

I changed the flowers to rice stitches because I like rice stitches and I think they give more of a floral feeling.

I am linking up to Heather's Smalls SAL--and just under the wire too. You should check out all the lovely smalls the stitchers have stitched up. (Looking at the photo, I realize that the bee charm flipped over. It actually fits nicely into that green spot between the flowers.)

Off to work on a special gift that I should be able to show you in about two weeks. And then back to the rotation.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Oh, You Noticed

The dude and I recently saw Hello, My Name is Doris. In the movie, Sally Field's Doris is swanning for a much younger man and, in hanging around with him, her "vintage" becomes hip. In the hands of a lesser actress, Doris could have been completely ridiculous. But Field makes Doris charming and compelling.

I've been meaning to respond to Sanya Burgess's Sunday (London) Times article "I'll be Darned - Sewing's Trendy." Which demonstrates how the old lady craft, taken up by the hipsters brings cross-stitch from the ridiculous ("grannies and kittens and puppies!") to the hip (twenty year olds cross-stitch in bars!). 

I just wish these journalists had the sympathy of a Sally Field so they could elevate their articles. Instead of relying on the old granny foil, how about really understanding what you're talking about? If you're looking for patterns beyond the puppies and kittens, how about going to a dedicated cross-stitch store rather than a big box craft store? And I'm not talking about Sew and So. I just went there because they are specifically mentioned in the article since 300,000 of their visitors (they don't tell you how many total visits) are between 18-34. Big.Box.Craft.Store. (Which have their place! But don't tell me you don't like their stock therefore cross-stitch is for old ladies.)

The other evidence they give for young people getting into "needlecraft" is that they are "beating their grandmothers to the best sewing machines and cross-stitch sets." The sewing machines are in bright colors, which apparently attract young people. (Ooh, shiny.)

Let's invent a cross-stitch where there's space for everyone.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Getting Back in the Groove

 I always find it so difficult to get back into the swing of things after craft month. I think I've crafted myself out.

Of course, this is compounded by the uptick at work. We have an event where donors meet their scholars in mid April, and we've been expanding it to make the trip back to campus more attractive. So, instead of spending three or four hours at work on a Saturday for a luncheon, this weekend I worked from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday after working late on Friday. Standing on my feet all day. I literally crawled onto the couch and under the fluffy blanket on Friday night. (I had to skip stamping I was so tired!)

I did not get into the garden as planned at all this weekend.

I have stitched a bit, while watching Poirot. (Somehow we missed all the later ones (series 10+), the darker (and better) episodes.)

I have been working on my small mostly, and ignoring my rotation. It's a big small packed with stitches. In the past two weeks, I have taken a few stitches on Waldorff (previously) and Our Souls (previously) as well. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? At some point, I'll be back in the groove, and I will stitch on Cinnamon Stars--that was your pick to be added to the rotation.

Also, my rooster has arrived in Alaska. Or the rooster formerly known as mine...

Monday, April 04, 2016

Craft Month Review

I'm always a little at loose ends come early April. I just don't know what to do with myself after all those late night crafts!

The Wreath from Day 16
I think it was about the fourth day of Craft Month when the dude asked if he was going to lose me to the blog.
"It's only a month."
"No, there's the other month of blogging."
"Oh, November..."
"Yeah, I lose you to the blog for 1/6th of my life!"
We've made it through another Craft Month, marriage intact. Good news! The bad news is that I've already started thinking about what I might do in 2017. If you'd like to have a say, you can take the poll in the sidebar!

So let's review:
Page Views: 8,972
Most popular post: It's still Irish Potatoes.
Most popular from this year: My mason jar lid finishing

Most Comments: Winter Felt Flower Wreath
My Favorite: It's gotta be the beaded edge finish.
Dude's Favorite: "Either the needlebook or the turtle."

Facebook favorite: Watermelon album (but I think people may have been "liking" that I had complete all 31). 
Instagram likes: (I only posted about half to Instagram) Scissor fob
Number of Pinterest Fails: Just one, the retractable tape measure cover. Are we counting bad starts? Because then you have to add in the triangle fold card and the paper star.

This is my 2500th post on this blog o' mine. And I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Smalls Stitchalong, and Craft Month Finis.

Last year during my attempt to do 31 cross stitch finishes, I decided it would be a good idea to start a small right in the middle of the month. Sure, it's from Two-Hour Country Cross-Stitch but I didn't have a moment to spare. I have no idea what I thought I was doing then. But now, much more than two hours later, I used it to decorate the cover of a photo album. The album I purchased had a 3x3 opening on the front so you could stick in a photo. I had to be sure to make a flat ornament that would cover that opening with enough clearance to glue it on. That's why there is much more white space than normal. (This is almost an inch all around. I'm much more of a half inch kind of girl.)

I did finish the stitching this month for Heather's Smalls Stitchalong. Go check out what others have done.

And so concludes another Craft Month. I'm going to go over there and collapse in a heap! Thanks for all your lovely comments and encouragement. I appreciated it all so much!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finally a Spring Wreath

Thanks all for the permission to love myself for using an adorable kit this month! You've all been so kind to me.

Today's wreath is finally the spring wreath I needed! I had bought these felts last year (the year before?) so I'm glad to have put them to use. My sister has made one of these yarn-wrapped wreaths, and she told me that it took forever to wrap, but I managed to get through it while watching Hot Fuzz. I only used one type of flower, the spiral--from four inch and three inch circles. Two of them I wrapped two colors together (the top dual pinks and the hot pink and orange). I also wrapped two colors together sequentially, yellow and orange.

I'm very pleased with how it came out!