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. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.

Pattern Pick of the Day: Hedgehog!

hedgehog cross stitchOver the past week or so I’ve seen lots of of my stitchy friends posting pictures of their kids and grandkids learning to stitch, working on their first project, and even a few that are on their second or third project. I love it!

My boys all know how to stitch, but none of them kept interest in it long enough to complete a project. Honestly, I think they just wanted to play with my threads and scissors without me making angry faces.

Anyway, hedgehogs make me smile and I like that this little beginner project is appropriate for just about anyone, it’s not so adolescent that an adult wouldn’t want to stitch it (I want to stitch it, he’s cute) and it’s not so grown up that a child wouldn’t be interested.

Dimensions Crafts Kids Learn a Craft Counted Cross Stitch Hedgehog is available via Amazon.com

Enjoy & happy stitching! :)

Pattern Pick of the Day: Holly Jolly Mandala

holly jolly mandala ink circles cross stitch patternThis fun winter design is available at 123stitch.com and directly from Ink Circles.

I love all the Ink Circles mandala designs, but I chose this as today’s pick of the day because I very much like how it’s wintery and fun but still holiday appropriate.

Model is stitched n 28 Ct. Crystal Herald Belfast linen by Picture this Plus using Snow White DMC (#B5200).

Stitch count 115×115.

The only shades of GRAY I care about…

It’s funny, because it’s true. No, seriously.

That whole Shades of Grey book trilogy and movie thing that other people are going bonkers for in social media every.single.day, I’m not interested a single tiny bit.

However, if you have some gray DMC, I’m all in. I always seem to be running of #415 and I need to pick up about 10 skeins of the variegated #53 for a sampler I want to stitch – maybe I’ll just pick up a whole cone of the stuff.

This fun shirt design is available via teespring until May 20th.
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Pattern Pick of the Day: Cock-a-Doodle-Do

I don’t know what it is about roosters that make people go crazy and buy all the things for the kitchen, but here we are with another rooster pattern and it’s sitting in my shopping cart because I think it would make a great gift for a friend whose kitchen is full of rooster-themed decor…

Cock-A-Doodle-Do from Barbara Ana Designs


Model stitched on 32 ct. Summer Khaki Belfast linen with DMC floss. Stitch Count: 111×79. Finished Size: 7″ x 5″.

Available at 123stitch.com

Pattern Pick of the Day: Bee Thankful

Bee Thankful Cross Stitch Pattern by Stoney Creek

Bee Humble
Bee Kind
Bee Thankful
all the time

This is a cute little inspirations pattern by Stoney Creek (stitch count is 56 x 55)

Available from 123stitch.com

Pattern Pick of the Day: Sugar Skull

I know you’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but Mill Hill has really been impressive the past year. Not that they weren’t before, but their latest releases have had me hitting the buy button a lot more. The Autumn 2015 releases were no exception and the Sugar Skull kit landed in my Amazon cart immediately

Mill Hill Beaded Sugar Skull Cross Stitch Kit
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Keep Calm and Cross Stitch Shirts

Shirts are available at http://teespring.com/keep-calm-and-cross-stitch
keep calm and cross stitch shirts available as t-shirt, tank, or hoodie
($15 for a tee, $24.95 for a hoodie)


What colors are available?

  • The t-shirt is currently available in blue, purple, red, navy, and gray.
  • Hoodies are available in navy, green, purple, and cardinal red.
  • The tank is available in dark gray.

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Pattern Pick of the Day: Twilight Silhouette

Twilight Silhouette Dimensions Counted Cross Stitch Kit available on Amazon

Twilight Silhouette cross stitch pattern from Dimensions

This kit includes Navy aida, presorted threads, needle and instructions. Finished piece is approximately 14 x 11 inches.

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