Projects and progress

•November 19, 2010 • 1 Comment

I have been wanting to organize a closet in the dining room for quite a while now.  I have finally gotten the chance to do it and I love the outcome.  On the upside of the project, since I did all the work, I decided what was going to go into it.  Hehe.  I have all my current stitching projects in it now along with the rest of my Chatelaine kits.  WooHoo!!  They are no longer being stored in the basement where the lovely little mice could use them as a home.  I have also gotten all my fabric stored in it instead of in the basement where again, the mice could make a lovely little home out of them. 

Here is the before of the closet:                           


After photo of the closet:

In stitching news, the Q-Snaps have been moved on Quaker Diamonds.  I’m still working on it but slowly.  Everytime I think I want to work on something else, I end up working on this piece.  However, I am not sure that I will have it finished by the end of the year like I had hoped.  To say that this past year has been a disappointment stitching wise is an understatement however, I am determined not to look back but forward.  So, I give you my progress on Quaker Diamonds:

Before taken on 10-16-2010:                                                           

 After taken on 11-13-2010:


The after picture taken on 11-13-2010 is pretty true to the colors in real life.

I have some other projects in the works and I will post them as soon as they are done which should be this weekend.  They are things that my daughter and I are working on together.  Should be lots of fun …if her cold doesn’t get any worse.  So, look for an update here on Monday.

May your day be bright even if the sun is not shining.

With love,



Stitching and tendonitis …

•November 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

just do not go hand in hand.  I have been doing some stitching on Quaker Diamonds by Rosewood Manor but not as much as I would like.  There are two reasons for this.  One being the tendonitis which is in my right elbow but I also have other WIP’s screaming at me.  I have been trying to ignore the screaming because I really would like to have one more finish for this year.  That will give me a grand total of four, count them, four finishes for 2010.  To say I had higher hopes is an understatment.  I really wanted to finish a Chatelaine this year but alas, it was not meant to be.  Look out 2011, here I come.  I may not finish Quaker Diamonds this year, but I should come close.  When I move the Q-Snaps again, I will post another picture.  That should be soon.

Fall is definately here in South Central Wisconsin with winter right around the corner.  The trees are becoming barer and barer and the daily high is going lower and lower which means snow is right around the corner.  Bleh!  I would have to say that winter is my least favorite season but …I do love blizzards for some reason.  As long as I am sitting in a warm house with no where to go.  🙂

I will leave you with another WIP photo:

Taj Mahal by Martina Rosenberg of Chatelaine Designs


With love,


Dilemas, Decisions and Dreams

•October 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Have you ever noticed that sometimes dilemas lead to decisions which often become dreams?  The dilema is do I continue working on Quaker Diamonds or move onto something else.  The whole dilema started when I began organizing my WIP photos on my laptop and then organizing my Chatelaine pdf charts as well.  There is still the dilema of starting Indian Summer Reflections but now there is the added dilema of working on one of the several Chatelaine WIP’s that suddenly seem to be calling to me.  This leads to the decision process.  Do I continue working on Quaker Diamonds?  Do I start Indian Summer Reflections?  Or, do I find a Chatelaine WIP that is wanting some attention?  This leads to dreams.  I dream of finishing at least one of my many Chatelaines.  It will be such a feeling of accomplishment and I can’t wait to see a finished one.  Since I’m not bored with Quaker Diamonds I just may plug away at it some more and see if I can get another finish in this year.

I’ll leave you with a photo of one my Chatelaine WIP’s that is talking to me (no I’m not insane 🙂 ) from the stitching cabinet.  It is White Nights in St. Petersburg by Martina Rosenberg of Chatelaine Designs.

White Nights of St. Petersburg by Martina Rosenberg of Chatelaine Designs

With love,


Diamonds …a girls best friend.

•October 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

In this case it is not the sparkly, cut glass kind but the quaker kind in the stitching world.  Yes, I am finally posting photos (click on photo for larger image) of my progress on Quaker Diamonds by Rosewood Manor. 

I am stitching this piece on the recommended fabric: Mello by Picture This Plus as well as using the recommended Valdani Floss.  I would have made even more progress on it this past weekend but I am currently experiencing a mild case of tendonitis in my right elbow.  Hence, very little stitching.  I think the only thing I did do that was stitching related was move the Q-Snaps.  I also set up a folder on my laptop called Stitching WIP’s which has folders within it of each of my current WIP’s with those folders containing pictures of the WIP’s.  I guess that can be considered stitching related.  🙂  I am hoping to track my progress better on my projects so that I can see the progress of each piece.

I am still toying with the idea of starting Indian Summer Reflections by Martina Rosenberg.  I was trying to decide between the recommended fabric or a real pale yellow and I think I have decided on the pale yellow.  The yellow is actually the fabric that Taj Mahal was to be stitched on but I changed my mind on that as well and am stitching it on Pink Lemonade by Country Stitch.  Since I am still not 100% sure of the fabric, I am going to continue plugging away on Quaker Diamonds.  Besides, I am still enjoying the piece so why put it away for something else.

Tonights menu: Sweet and Sour Chicken.

With love,


Football and stitching …

•October 4, 2010 • 1 Comment

I may have forgotten to mention that I am a football junkie.  Hey!  I could be addicted to worse things.  The Badgers didn’t look so hot and neither did the Packers for that matter.  At least the Pack managed to pull out a win while the Badgers …well, I think they gave the game away.  Hopefully both show some improvement for their next games.

I did manage to put some more stitches in Quaker Diamonds this weekend but did not get as much done as I had hoped.  I think I spent more time just looking at the chart than I did actually stitching.  I KNOW it isn’t going to stitch itself with me just watching it.  I hope to put in some more stitches tonight but, I am also craving a new start so I am in somewhat of a quandry.  The new start I am craving is Chatelaines Indian Summer Reflection.  The only thing is, I am not sure about the recommended fabric which is Ice Blue.  Maybe I’ll stick to Quaker Diamonds while mulling over fabric for the new start.  Whatever the decision is, the fabric will have to come out of my stash as I am currently only stitching from my stash but I am sure that I have a piece that will work nicely.

Fall is in the air here in South Central Wisconsin and I love it.  The cool, crisp mornings and the afternoons that can range from the 50’s to mid 70’s.  The leaves are all changing colors and mother nature is showing us her idea of a fireworks display and she never seems to disappoint.

Off to make some dinner.  Pork roast done on the grill, oven roasted potatoes, green beans, and a lovely salad.  Should be good.


Stitching update

•October 1, 2010 • 2 Comments

Today was a productive day of stash shopping.  Kind of sad that I have enough stash that I can actually shop in it but oh well.  That is the way it is and I like it that way.

I have a beautiful oak cabinet that my dad made for me that houses five art bins that each hold two projects.  Woo Hoo!!!  Ten projects completely accessible but not cluttering up any living area.  Those of you that know me well will not be shocked to find that nine of the ten projects in the cabinet are Chatelaines.  The other is a Mirabilia.  I went through all my Chatelaines (yes, there are more than nine) and picked out the ones that are screaming to me the loudest.  They are: St. Petersburg, Misty Morning Vineyard, Waterlily Pond, Egyptian Garden, Alpine Seasons, Japanese Garden, Peacock Garden, Indian Summer Reflection, and Taj Mahal.  The lonely Mirabilia is Fairy Idyll.  Next I went through all my projects that are kitted up or started and picked out some small to medium ones that fit in a small wood container where I can keep them accessible, but again, not cluttering up any living space.

Lately I have been working on Quaker Diamonds by Rosewood Manor using the recommended Valdani floss as well as the recommened fabric, Mello by Picture This Plus.  I love the rich colors of this piece and it is progressing nicely.  I will make sure to post a picture of it in the near future. 

Have a great evening everyone. 


Dipping toes into the water …

•September 29, 2010 • 4 Comments

and entering the blogging world.  We shall see how this goes.

I live in South Central Wisconsin where I get to experience four distinct seasons with fall and spring being my favorites.  I just love the colors at those times of the year.  I have a passion for cross stitching and have more than I could ever do in two lifetimes but that is ok.  Right?  Hopefully I will be able to share my stitching progress with all of you as well.

So …stay tuned for the next update and hopefully photos.