Halfway Point Stitching Azul Calavera

I’ve reached the exciting tipping point of a Mill Hill kit where all the solid cross stitching is done and it’s time to add the beads.

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Almost There on My Token of Love

This has been my morning break stitching piece for the past two weeks and I realized I hadn’t shared an update on it in quite awhile.

progress on My Token of Love (Rosewood Manor design)

thread is DMC variegated thread (#115 garnet)

Making slow but good progress on it and the motifs are filling out nicely now. It will definitely be a finish at some point really soon. [Read more…]

Framed and Gifted Lace Heart Wedding Sampler

So I’m a horrible friend in general. I forget things, a lot, frequently, and all the time. If you look closely you’ll see the date on the piece is April of 2010. My husband became very ill that month and we missed the wedding. With so many things going on, I set the piece aside and figured I’d finish the beading and give it to them later.

And then, well, life happened I guess. A year later I finished the beading, but I wasn’t sure how soon I’d be able to have it framed. My intention was to give it to them as an anniversary gift, so I put it in my finished project box for safe keeping until I was ready to have it framed. I even blogged the finish here.

Finished Lace Heart Wedding Sampler Cross Stitch
(The design is Lace Heart from a Jeanette Crews Leaflet of wedding sampler designs, all the details about fabric and supplies are in my other blog post)

I’m not sure what happened, but I must have been distracted by life between my husband being ill, buying the house, stuff with the kids, and then me being ill, the past few years of life are really just a blur of doctor’s rooms, trips to the hardware store, and a lot of confusion. [Read more…]

Finished Stitching Capricorn Zodiac Block

I’ve finally gotten back to my morning stitching routine. After everyone leaves in the morning I get my second cup of coffee, turn on Netflix, and do a little stitching before I go to work (which since I work from home is just walking to the office from the living room LOL).

I’ve had a few small finishes recently. Penny’s Paw was stitched by me while I designed it, and I just finished up my neglected Capricorn Zodiac Block that has been sitting on my desk since I started the designing process on the series.

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Halfway Point on My Token of Love, and something extra to share

I may not get to stitch every morning, but I’m still making good progress.
My Token of Love Stitching Progress
(you can compare to my last update) I’m, halfway on this project now and I have to say there is something very satisfying about highlighting all the symbols on a single page of working copy, a nice little milestone in the accomplishment process.

I also wanted to share this cool art project that my son Noah did with my fellow owl-loving friends here…

Noah's Art Project Owl

Yes, that is indeed an owl drawn up of the word OWL over and over again at different strengths and sizes. I can barely draw a straight line most of the time, so I’m very glad my boys inherited their artistic abilities from their father.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the creativity happening in my corner of the world. I’d love to see what you’re working on too, leave a comment below and point me toward your latest project update 😉

Happy Stitching!

Almost Halfway on My Token of Love

I’ve made a nice amount of progress stitching My Token of Love this month, I’m almost at the halfway point. I’ve been taking 30 – 60 minutes in the mornings during the week after everyone leaves to just sit by myself, enjoy some hot coffee, and stitch before I fire up the computer and start working.

progress stitching My Token of Love (a Rosewood Manor design)

I’ve had a lot of folks ask about the threads I’m using on this project ~ DMC variegated thread (#115 garnet)
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Loretta’s Annual Report of Stitching for 2014

At the end of the year I like to look over what I finished, what I started, what I wanted to do versus what I actually did. This year I had some slumps, I had some finishes, and I made some progress. Not as much as I would have liked, but then again I’d always prefer more stitching time over less. Last year I only had two small finishes, so this year is a bit of an improvement in that regard.



[Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy]

and two ornaments that I still need to get pictures of…

Progress Made….

I love this sampler, but I’ve been really slow at making progress. The days I do work on it, I could sit for hours and hours, unfortunately there always seems to be some other thing to do that pulls me away from it.

pirate treasure
Pirate Treasure is feeling neglected, so I think I’ll stitch on it a bit to kick off the New Year, it’s a fun project to work on (especially while watching The Curse of Oak Island on History channel!)

I have a few projects kitted up and ready to go that I haven’t started stitching yet;
If Nothing Ever Changed (Designs by Lisa)
Gaelic Banner (Dracolair)
Winter Sun (a kit)
and oodles of ornaments and small designs

What did you finish in 2014? If you have an annual wrap up post or photo gallery, please leave a link in the comments below so I can check it out 😉

Finished Stitching Blackwork Deer Head

All finished stitching the blackwork version of the deer head silhouettes and really pleased with how it turned out. I’ll be turning it into a throw pillow on my next sewing and finishing day.


[Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy]

The fabric is a Silkweaver Solo, 32 count Opalescent Lugana. I stitched the outline in 2 strands of DMC 986 the fill work was all stitched with 1 strand of the same.
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