Monday, December 16, 2019

Llama Lump

Better late than never, right?  My kids went to Peru together the day after Christmas last year.  It's our family tradition to buy or make an ornament for every place we go.  Here's the one for their trip to Peru.  

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The SWAN Christmas Party 2019

Another fabulous party on the books!  Every year our Society of Women Addicted to Needlepoint(SWANs) have a Christmas party where we exchange ornaments that we have stitched for each other.  This year the party was at my home and it could not have been more fun.  Delicious food, delightful companionship and the cutest ornaments.

Overview of all the cuties

Peter nativity that KSH stitched for me - I adore it!

Custom mini-stocking with beloved kitty included

Sparkly tree

Festive mailbox with messy beading in the snow

Cute reindeer for LO

Custom mini for G our lover of dachshunds

Precious snowman from Melissa Shirley

3-D House with LD's name on it

Shelly Tribbey Santa stitched by me for ML - Ribbons from The Ribbonry in Chaparral - stitch ideas from Carolyn Baird

Flying Santa by Rebecca Wood on his way to the finisher

Festive tree for SA by ATB 

Monday, October 28, 2019

What Have I Been Up To?

Hi, everyone.  I haven't posted much lately since I am cross stitching.   I did go to Barbara's Needlepoint Retreat in early October.  I absolutely loved it.   I flew to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, all by myself.  It was deliciously cold and rainy when I arrived.  It had been so hot for so long here that I was thrilled to pull out sweaters and socks to pack.

Anyway, it was all so grand.  Barbara and her staff could not have been nicer or more accomodating.  I took some studio time from Carolyn Baird at the shop on Wednesday.  I took Thursday off from classes to have a look around the city.  They did have an open table to stitch at during the classes so I went there at lunch time to hang out and eat.

Speaking of eating, we had the most delicious food the entire week.  You could partake in as much or as little as you like.  It was fabulous.

Friday and Saturday I took a class from Carolyn Baird which I will post tomorrow.  I also bought a stitch guide and kit from one of the classes that was going on but that I chose not to attend in order to have my free day.

Melissa Shirley heart with Carolyn Baird stitch guide

So cute, right?  This was so quick and fun that I might order the other three.   You can order the guide and canvas or canvases from Barbara's Needlepoint.  The number is 605-3679050.

In case you are wondering what the cross stitch project is,  here you go:

Monday, August 5, 2019

Almost Another Month Has Gone By...

All the Christmas stitching is done.  I will post pictures as soon as I can with that stuff but on to something new.  For some reason I just love these giant samplers.  I bought this one after seeing the finished product on The Silver Needle's website.  I got the linen and threads called for.  It's a bit like stitching a blanket but I've been there before with The Village of Hawk Run Hollow.

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Here's what I've done so far 
Hopefully this will look great over my mantel some day.   Happy Stitching.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Whole Month????

I can't believe it's been a whole month since I posted.  I am so sorry about that.  I have been stitching away on my Secret Santa ornament and that project should be completed tonight.  I can't post any of it until after it is given in December.  While I was waiting on the thread I needed to finish that secret project, I pulled out this girl.

She's from Painted Pony Needlepoint Designs and I call her Kitty Witch.  She has been in time out for a long while.  So long, in fact, that I don't remember what the white thread is on the wings.  That will take an investigative trip to The Needle Works to figure out.  Wish me luck.  In the meantime I stitched her sleeves with Neon Rays in a scotch variation.    All stitch selections are mine.


Sleeve closeup

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Building Walls

I am stitching the walls with three strands of silk in the Staggered Cross stitch.   Very cute!

Halloween House Row by Melissa Shirley with stitch guide from Amy Bunger

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Roof is On

The roof is on House #5.  I used three strands of silk in the Fern Stitch.

Melissa Shirley Halloween House Row with guide from Amy Bunger

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Roofing on Sunday

This is the roof of the fifth house. I outlined the black with three strands of silk.   The fern stitch on the lower right is from the guide.  The upper shingle is my idea.  I think I will stick with the guide.  That Amy knows her business!

Halloween House Row from Melissa Shirley with guide from Amy Bunger

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

Halloween House Row Progress

Stitching away!   The purple house is double brick over four with three strands of silk.   

Purple House

Cute steps to House #4

House #4

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Another Landscape???

Yes, but it's the Halloween House Row from Melissa Shirley.  I can't stop stitching this cute thing.  It is that much fun.  I really need to be finishing up the Christmas items for this year.  I think I will give myself the Memorial Day weekend and then get back to business.    I bought the canvas, stitch guide and threads from Amy's Golden Strand.  


House #1

Chimney close up

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Report from Amy's Golden Strand

We had a wonderful time!  Six SWANs took off for Memphis for stitching, eating and visiting.  Jill and Amy were as charming and gracious as they always are.  We saw some other Memphis friends and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.   I asked Amy for stitch ideas for The Village.   

The Village by Diane Ulmer Pedersen from Painted Pony Needlepoint Designs

Church roof
Green yard in Skinny Byzantine Variation
Road and front field


A Rent Amy Day is RAD!  I highly recommend it!  More to follow. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Painted Pony Angels are Heavenly

USC mini-angel with stitches by me
Christmas Eve Angel stitched by ML
Texas Angel with stitches by Carolyn Baird - stitched by ?
New York Angel with stitches by me
San Antonio River Walk Angel stitched by ML

Owl Angel with stitches by me
Mitten Angel with stitches by Carolyn Baird - stitched by ?

Quilt Angel stitched by KH
Thailand Angel with stitches by me
Queen of Hearts Angel with stitches by me and guide
Texas Tech University mini-angel with stitches by me
University of Arkansas mini-angel with stitches by me

University of Texas mini-angel with stitches by me
Texas Angel with stitches by me
Hohoho Angel stitched by ML 
SMU mini-angel with stitches by me