About Loretta

Stitcher from a young age. Mom of four amazing boys. Wife to the comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Seeker of knowledge and reader of novels. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.

Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop: Staying Active

In this round of the blog hop we’re talking about something a little different. Staying active. Stitching isn’t exactly an active sport, and many of us also have jobs and other things that keep us sitting or stuck in one spot for long periods of time, so sometimes staying active and getting enough movement in the day while still enjoying the things we love and getting our work done can be a struggle.

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Blackwork Bookmark Trio the First Pattern

I was stitching up some bookmarks as gifts and these were the designs I charted for them. Simple, fun, and easy to finish.


Available on Craftsy & Etsy

blackwork bookmark cross stitch pattern preview

Each bookmark is approximately 30 x 100 stitches in size, there’s a slight variation in each pattern’s size. As usual there is no color legend, this is a choose your own threads stitching adventure. I look forward to seeing what you pull from your stash to create these bookmarks.

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!
Loretta

The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

The Light of the Fireflies book by Paul PenI want to start by mentioning that The Light of the Fireflies as I’m reading it is a translation from another language. I do think the translation was done very well, the sentence structure and word order all makes sense and flows well for the most part. I’ve read some translations in the past that were just plain confusing and frustrating in their English versions, so bonus points for this.

Book summary from Amazon:

A haunting and hopeful tale of discovering light in even the darkest of places.

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For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns.

He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone’s been acting very strangely. The boy begins to wonder why they never say who the father is, about what happened before his own birth, about why they’re shut away.

A few days ago, some fireflies arrived in the basement. His grandma said, There’s no creature more amazing than one that can make its own light. That light makes the boy want to escape, to know the outside world. Problem is, all the doors are locked. And he doesn’t know how to get out…

One thing that sort of bothered me is that no one in this story has a name. Everyone is nameless. The boy. Father. Mother. Brother. Sister. Grandmother. Grandfather. The baby (sometimes referred to as nephew). At certain parts of the story it would have been much easier to follow if everyone just had a name.

Then to call further attention to the lack of names, at one point one of his siblings refers to the boy as “the boy” and one of the parents says, “He has a name you know.” Well, no, no we don’t know, because you didn’t tell us anyone’s name. It’s not a big deal, but it did sort of drive me crazy at several points throughout the book. I think it might be an attempt to dehumanize the people, or maybe the author just doesn’t like names, I can’t be sure. [Read more…]

March and April Stitchybox Goodies!

stitchybox unboxing of march april box halloween cross stitch supplies
The color inspiration for the March/April box was The Scream painting, and this is the Halloween box. Upon opening the package there were three packets filled with beautiful surprises waiting to be discovered inside. [Read more…]

Zodiac Cross Stitch and Blackwork Patterns Complete Set

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Sagittarius Zodiac Pattern Blocks

Available at Craftsy | Etsy | Amazon

Sagittarius (♐) Full of energy and a burning desire to explore. Positive and optimistic, Sagittarius loves becoming enlightened to new ideas through people, travel, and philosophy.

Sagittarius Cross Stitch Pattern Preview

Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and be interchangeable. On their own they’re the perfect size for an ornament, a card, or a scented sachet. You can group several symbols together for a family sampler or stitch all 12 for an annual sampler. So many stitchy possibilities to explore and have fun with.
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Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop #21

I’ve had a few requests to revive the blog hops, so here we are. I think we’ll give it a go on the 1st weekend of every month for the rest of this year, maybe with a few extra special event hops thrown in here and there just for fun.

stitching bloggers blog hop

The theme for this blog hop:

Your favorite post on your blog from this year so far. It could be a finish with lots of pictures, a tutorial you wrote, or just a fun experience you wrote about and shared. Anything goes.
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Coffee and Mill Hill Kits – Two of My Favorite Things!

I finally got a chance to look at the latest Mill Hill kit releases. I was surprised to find a set of six designs from Debbie Mumm called Good Coffee & Good Friends, all coffee themed!

Stitching and coffee are the two things I most frequently start my day with. When someone asks my kids what their mom likes to do aside from work and family, the answers would be drink coffee, cross stitch, and read a lot of books. Probably in that order. These adorable designs need to get in my kitchen immediately.

Good Coffee & Good Friends Debbie Mumm Cross Stitch Kit by Mill Hill

available on Amazon

It’s worth noting that these kits come with aida fabric instead of the usual perforated paper stock that often comes with Mill Hill kits, since they’re more stitching than bead work. While they are still of a size to fit in the cute Mill Hill wooden frames that are available, I’m thinking they would make a really cute quilted wall hanging all sewn together with some fun print fabrics.

Six designs:
Coffee Grinder, Coffee Cups, Coffee Grounds,
Coffee Server, Coffee Beans, Coffee Pot

Each kit includes all Mill Hill Glass Beads, Wichelt Permin 16 Count Brandywine Aida, floss, and chart with instructions needed to complete the project

Approximate finished size of each design: 4.75 inches wide x 4.75 inches high

Yes, I admit I have an addiction to Mill Hill kits. At least I know I’m not alone there 😉

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!
Loretta

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