December 1, 2014

My Sweet, Sweet Girl


May your heaven be full of never ending belly rubs, car rides, snuggles and McDonald's french fries. I love you my baby girl.

November 27, 2014

SFS2014 ~ November & HoE Exchange for Karen

Our Stitch From Stash is almost done for the year already!  Only one month left, it stuns me to think that we're almost through 2014.

And so for my November report...  I spent NOTHING!  It's been a while since that's happened and so I'm pretty excited about that ;o)

I managed to stitch from the stash this month too ~ my HoE exchange was purely stash (if the magazine that I bought two months ago counts as stash!)

After a long trip in the post, I heard from Karen that the exchange piece I sent her had made it's way into her hands. 

Give Thanks
Just Cross Stitch ~ Fall 2014
substituted for GAST & WDW threads
32ct mushroom lugana
I didn't even realize until I received the email from Karen that I totally forgot to take pictures of this piece before I shipped it off in the post.  I posted one pic on Instagram when deciding how to finish this piece, and that was it!  Thank you Karen for also letting me use your pics that you posted to the HoE blog!
Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the US, I hope you enjoyed your turkey day... I hope everyone is managing to stay warm! We are in the midst of a winter snowstorm, expecting 25cm to between today and tomorrow... yikes! 

November 14, 2014

Practical Knitting

It seems like since I learned how to implement the terms knit and purl earlier this year, there's one thing that has been a constant on the needles.  I love, and I mean LOVE, handknit dishcloths, and am determined that I will have a drawer full of them.  

And I believe this will be accomplished in no time at all actually.  I have a nice little stash of cotton yarn that is calling my name, just waiting to be turned into something useful.  I also have many hours at the rink ahead of me to achieve this.

I think this look that Mary, my feisty little feline, has here is actually a warning to my loved ones...  you all may find yourself becoming the owners of your own drawer full of handknit dishcloths this holiday season.  I sure hope you like them just as much as I do.

November 8, 2014

Autumn Exchange Received

I participated in an Autumn Exchange with the HoE group and received my piece from Kim.

It`s a fun piece and is making autumn last a little longer since we woke up to snow this morning!!

I actually received this piece in late October, but have had a lot going on in our life and had been delayed in finishing and mailing my piece so I wouldn't allow myself to open it until I had my piece in the mail.  Thank you Kim as it was well worth the wait, and made me smile after a rough patch :)

Wishing you a fabulous weekend and hope you're staying warm...  I have a feeling that we will stay in frozen temperatures now till spring!

November 2, 2014

SFS2014 ~ October

This month`s stash enhancement was something that I just couldn`t walk away from...  the new JCS Ornament issue!  And then I also snatched up a large piece of 32ct Mushroom Lugana, it`s my favorite fabric to stitch on and it seems like my LNS just can`t keep it in stock, so I have to grab some whenever I see it :)

Total spend...  $46.98

We received  a $50 exemption to be used before the rest of the year, so I think I`d like to use it now! :D

Thank you Mel for hosting the SFS challenge this year!  I think it`s been good for me to track my spending and be more aware of it.  I don`t know if I`ve been actually spending less or not, but am definitely more thoughtful when purchasing!

October 10, 2014

HoE Halloween Exchange from Melissa

I received my Halloween exchange from Melissa in today's mail.

Melissa chose to stitch me a design from Lizzie*Kate and finished it beautifully.  I love this piece!

Thank you Melissa!!

It's Thanksgiving here this weekend and so we have a long weekend with a lot of hockey to watch and I'm preparing to cook my very first turkey!  It's hard to believe that I've manage to go almost 38 years without cooking one...  keep your fingers crossed for me that it all turns out ok ;o)

September 28, 2014

SFS2014 ~ August/September

I missed my SFS update for last month... We were on holidays for the last week of August and then getting ready for back to school and back to hockey... Phew! Honestly, I'm exhausted lol :)

So, my update is for the two months... And I spent $36.63 between both. My stash enhancement is here, minus a bit of fabric that I've stashed away already!

I'm looking forward to working on my first Mill Hill bead kit, it looks like a lot of fun, but definitely not a project that I can drag around with me! 

I'm hoping to be updating a little more (three posts in three days!), I have a fee more things to share. But for now, I wish you all a wonderful week ahead!  I'm hoping our weather will stay nice for a while longer, we got a taste of snow a couple weeks ago and I sure don't want that back for a while yet!!!

September 27, 2014

Pumpkins for Pumpkin

Cathey, you are very much missed in my world.  I'm greater to have "known" you, even though I never had the privilege of sitting down and sharing a cup of coffee and some stitchy time with you.  You gave so much to others and I'm so thankful to have been a recepient of a wee bit of that kindness.  Your "ROFL!!" and "LOL!!" comments never failed to make me smile and I miss them more than I thought possible.  The Walking Dead is returning soon and I think of you and our emails debating about what's going to happen next week, every time I sit down to watch with some stitching in hand.



Happy Blogoversary!  Rest easy my friend. 

September 26, 2014

Halloween Exchange for Lillie

I received a lovely email from Lillie letting me know that she received the Halloween ornament I sent to her in a recent exchange.
JCS 2014 Halloween Special Issue
32ct Queen Anne's Lace
DMC as charted
Victorian Motto Shoppe ribbon
Here's a couple of close ups of the front & back of the ornament.  I especially love how the back turned out...  I didn't have a piece of fabric wide enough to complete the backing so I stitched two pieces together and left the frayed edge showing. 

Lillie, I'm glad you like the ornament, it was a fun one to stitch!
Happy Friday!

August 14, 2014

A Washcloth Exchange

Recently Angela organized a private washcloth & postcard exchange which I jumped at the chance at.  I love knitting washcloths, and as a new knitter, I find it a great way to practice my stitches and end up with a usable product at the end!

I received this pretty washcloth from Angela in the mail this week.  Thank you Angela!

And here it the washcloth I sent to Angela.  I missed including the postcard as I quickly snapped this pic on my desk at work on my way to the post office!
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Size #8 5mm needles
Thank you Angela for organizing this exchange, it was fun!