December 29, 2009

The Internet - It Enables Me

You see, I thought I was so close to finishing my Christmas crafting.... and then I was blog-hopping and saw this. I'm surprised the hubby was able to hide the eye-rolling from me when I told him about this wonderful craft I saw and how I thought we should make these for our parents for Christmas. Oh, and did I tell you that my since parents are divorced, that means not one, or two, but three wreaths?!?!?!

So, the Saturday before Christmas I hauled out the glue gun & various other crafty paraphernalia and we went to town.

We pulled all the tops off the ornaments...

...and glued them back on. Thankfully we bought non-breakable ornaments, so the kids were able to help pull the tops off.

Then strung them on the wire and finished them off.

They were very simple and easy to make, but after all that... can you believe I forgot to take pictures of the final products??? Now that they've all been gifted, I'll have to go house hopping, and may not get proper pictures until next Christmas!!!

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We're now in Christmas tournament time around here. This year only my daughter is playing in a tournament and so far they've won both their games. Back at the rink tomorrow morning for Game #3!

Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas!!

December 18, 2009

Final 2009 TUSAL Update

Here is the final progress post for the TUSAL in 2009. If you're looking for a no-pressure SAL, then hurry over to Yoyo's blog, she is taking signups for 2010 here now.

I've decided to start a new container for the next year. I'm going to keep these orts for now, maybe I'll do something with them, or maybe they'll just hang around until next year is finished & I'll combine the two. In other words, I have no clue what I'm going to do, we'll just have to wait & see :)

Next update is on the next new moon - January 16th.

December 15, 2009

Tis the Season

The tree is finally up, the Nativity is out and tonight we spent the evening at the kids' Christmas concert.... Yes, the Christmas season is here!! Now I just need to find a way to increase the amount of hours in the next 10 days to get it all done and have time to enjoy it!

I thought I'd share with you the first piece of cross-stitch I ever owned. It's a Christmas ornament from my mom I received some time before I ever picked up a needle and thread. I believe she stitched it from a Christmas Cross-Stitch magazine from Better Homes & Gardens, I'm guessing from about 1990.

Thank you for stopping by my little space in the world, I hope you find the time to relax in the upcoming days and remember... Enjoy the season!!

December 9, 2009

HoE Christmas Ornament Exchange

Yesterday's mail delivered both my outgoing and incoming Christmas Ornament Exchange.

had my name (lucky me!) and she stitched this gorgeous ornament for me.

Aubree tells me this was her first time trying this finishing style and she did a wonderful job! It's just beautiful. Thanks Aubree!! :)

Then I received a lovely email from Ina (no blog) letting me know she received the ornament I sent her.

Snowman Ornament
The Prairie Schooler
freebie found here

I was surprised how quickly this package made it all the way to The Netherlands, it only took one week! Ina, I hope you enjoy this little snowman, and maybe we'll meet up in an exchange again soon!

December 5, 2009


A little while ago my little guy was flipping through my magazines and asked me to stitch up this little fella. Said he looked like Jack Frost. I've had him stitched for a little while now, but decided to finally finish-finish him last night.

Heartfelt Harvey
Imaginating, Inc.
2008 JCS Ornament Issue

It's not too terribly cold here yet (for December), but holy, has the snow ever come down!! Two days ago we barely had a dusting, and today the drive to the rink looked like this...

It's been a long, slow trip to get anywhere around here, but with a little patience we managed :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks for stopping by!

December 1, 2009

It's Finished!

I finished my afghan tonight!! After two nights of weaving in all the ends, I'm one happy camper :)

Hmmmm, what's next??

Thank you for stopping by!

November 25, 2009

The Essentials

Yesterday Sharon (Daffycat) shared her essential stitching items on her blog and asked to see what other stitchers couldn't live without.

Here's the "must have's" on my list.

A hoop - I use a hoop for my larger projects, I have 4, 6 and 8 inch hoops. For smaller pieces, like ornaments, I usually stitch in hand.

Scissors and fob - I like to use my fob (this one received from Nita in an exchange) as a pincushion for my needle too when I have to put it down for a minute or two. I also have a little pair of scissors that fit into my container for "stitching on the go". Unfortunately, I don't have a "real" pair of embroidery scissors, but maybe Santa will help me out with that this year!

TUSAL container - must keep all those thread clippings!!

Little pot - since I only add thread clippings to my TUSAL container, I keep this cute little striped pot nearby. It will hold everything from fabric remnants & DMC bands to snack wrappers :)

Floss organizers - I use two systems to hold floss for my current projects. I'll either use a floss tag (this one from Theresa in an exchange) or this blue container my mom found at the dollar store. I love this little divided container, I can hold threads for multiple projects all in one place!

Pill bottle - this fits just perfect inside my little blue container and is where I keep spare needles.

Well, there you have it! What are the items you can't live without??

November 23, 2009

What a Weekend!

This was the craziest weekend we'd had in awhile! Are you ready???

Friday night was hockey. Saturday morning was hockey. Then again before lunch. Then Saturday night. Then again on Sunday afternoon. And a meeting for bingo (for the hockey club of course) Sunday morning! Ahhh, such is the life we lead :)

But on top of it all, my oldest was in a dance convention all weekend, 8 hours on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday. The exciting part of her weekend was...

That's Peter (the tapper from this year's SYTYCD) and Taylor (Season 2 SYTYCD Canada)! They were at convention as instructor's this year. My girl was over the moon, especially for Peter. Tap is her favorite class, and what teenager wouldn't love to meet him anyways! LOL! Katee was there as well, what a star studded weekend!

Well, after all of that, there wasn't much in the way of stitching happening. I did manage to put a little time into BoInk on Sunday, here's my progress:

I finished off the left cross & did a wee bit more of the black border on the bottom motif.

Well, that's it folks and thanks for stopping by! Oh, and thank you so much for all the love on the needlebook in my last post! I enjoy reading all your comments :)

November 20, 2009

TTE Needlebook for Mary

Mary sent me an email yesterday letting me know that the needlebook I stitched her for a recent Tiny Treasures exchange had arrived. So, without further ado....

Count Your Blessings
freebie found here

I'm so glad you like it Mary! I hope your needles enjoy their new home :)

Have a great weekend!

November 16, 2009

Update Time!

It's already time for another TUSAL update... wow, this month has flown by!

As you can see by the TUSAL pic, there's been BoInk progress (finally)! I've been missing my regular Sunday stitch sessions, but on the last two Sunday's only one of the kids has had hockey, or they've been at the same time and DH and I have headed off in seperate directions with kids & gear in tow. As a result, there's been more time spent working on BoInk.

Sorry for the crappy pic... trying to figure out how to take good pictures of this one, especially now that it's so much bigger!

And there's been many hours spent at the rink over the last couple of months, which means there's been crocheting happening. There's been a few more rows added to this afghan, I think I'm about three rows away from a happy dance! The only part I'm dreading now is weaving in all the ends... I don't know why I never do them as I go along, I always wait until the end!

Have a wonderful week and Happy Stitching!

November 10, 2009

BeCause it's Pink from Jean

I stopped by the post office tonight and picked up my BeCause it's Pink exchange from Jean. Jean chose to stitch Lizzie Kate's Peace, Love and a Cure for me and finish it into a pillow. Jean picked the perfect design for me, this one has been on that never-ending list of patterns to stitch since I first laid eyes on it!!

Jean also included a few yummy goodies:

Thank you so much Jean, this beautiful pillow will have a special place in my home :)

November 7, 2009

BeCause it's Pink for Stacy

I always feel a little anxious when I send a parcel out the door. I want it to get there in an instant so I know it's safe!! So much relief was felt when I heard from Stacy this morning that she received the HoE beCAUSE it's Pink exchange I sent her.

I chose to stitch Ink Circles Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Mandala and finish it into a needlebook for Stacy. Freebie can be found on the Ink Circles site here.

The front:

The inside:

And the goodies:

This was the first time I have tried finishing something as a needlebook and was so excited when it turned out as it did. I think this piece has become my favorite finish ever!

Enjoy Stacy, I'm so glad you like it!!

November 1, 2009

Truly Blessed!!

Halloween has just passed, and yet it's felt like Christmas around here!!

Recently, Cameo was having a massive chart giveaway and I was fortunate enough to win two (two!) of her daily drawings.

Thank you so much Cameo, it was fun!! I can't wait to stitch these up, especially the basket & accessories!

October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Stop by Missy's blog for her amazing Grand Prize for her 13 days of Halloween giveaway!!!

Happy Haunting and for all you trick-or-treaters, Stay Safe!!

October 29, 2009

A Story

Please go and visit Jolene's blog and read the beautiful story she's shared with us. And if you can still see through your tears at the end, she has an amazing gift to share to wrap up her October Party Giveaway.

I know as a working mom of three that sometimes things can get overwhelming and it's easy to overreact, especially with your loved ones. Sometimes you need a story like that to put things back in perspective.

Thank you Jolene.

October 28, 2009

TTE Needlebook Exchange from Amanda

Wow, I could get used to these nice treats in my mailbox every day!!

Yesterday brought my TTE Too Needlebook Exchange from Amanda. She did a wonderful job on this book, I instantly fell in love with it! Here's the front:

And the back:

And the whole exchange:

Amanda also made the sweet pins and scissor fob. Sad thing for me is that I don't even have a proper pair of embroidery scissors to put the fob on, but now I don't need to justify a pair anymore! I mean, I have to let the fob do it's job, right?

Thank you Amanda for such a great exchange!

October 27, 2009

I love the mail!

Earlier this month I was the lucky winner in a giveaway Staci was hosting for one of her handknit scarves and it arrived last week (and the picture doesn't do it justice, it's so gorgeous!).

Thank you so much Staci, it will definitely help keep me warm during this cold Alberta winter that's quickly approaching!!

You can see a much better picture on Staci's blog here :)

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And if that wasn't spoiling me enough, yesterday another great parcel was in my mailbox when I got home from work. Here is my HoE Halloween exchange from Ina (no blog).

Ina stitched me this very sweet ornament which is backed in coordinating orange & black Halloween fabric. She was also included these great goodies, including the cute scarecrow fabric in the background. Thanks so much Ina!!

October 25, 2009

TTE Angel Stitch for Lynn

I saw on the TTE Too board that Lynn received the floss tag that I stitched for her. I volunteered to do an angel stitch for Lynn since it appeared that her original partner was MIA. Well, just as I was finishing her tag, her original partner posted that she had been delayed, but was finished and mailing a tag for Lynn. I decided to still post my tag, Lynn deserved an extra surprise for her patience!

Birdhouse Floss Tag
Motif taken from "Expect a Miracle"
May/June 2009 Just Cross Stitch

Lynn, I'm so glad it arrived safely & you like it! Enjoy :)

October 24, 2009

Halloween Exchange for Cindy

I received a wonderful email from Cindy yesterday letting me know that she received the Halloween exchange I sent her. I forgot to take a photo of the back and extras, Cindy's posted pics on the HoE Too blog.

Fraidy Frog Scissor Fob
Just Nan - 2009 JSC Halloween issue

This was my first exchange with the HoE (HoE Too) Group and so much fun!! I just posted my second exchange with them and sitting with baited breath hoping it makes a quick trip :)

Thank you for stopping by & sharing my stitchy journey with me!!

October 20, 2009

Check out this giveaway!

There is an amazing giveaway at Pumpkin Patch Primitives blog.... check it out here!! Brenda is offering a chance for a pile of beautiful fabrics! Good luck!

October 18, 2009

TUSAL Reporting

Well, time is really sneaking away on me, it seems like I just posted September's TUSAL update!

Here's October's clippings. You can see there's a lot of pink floating around the top from the HoE beCause it's Pink exchange I've been stitching away at. And since the mailing deadline for this exchange is sneaking up on me and I still need to finish-finish, I don't think there will be many stitches added to BoInk today :(

Have a fantastic week friends, thank you for stopping by!

October 15, 2009

BoInk Update

Wow, I cannot believe that it's been over a month since I posted a progress pic on BoInk. I haven't been able to spend as much time on this lately as I've liked, hopefully now that we're settling into our winter routine I'll be able to do that!

I'm at the start of a four day weekend, so I'm looking forward to a little bit of "me" time over the next couple of days. I'm off now to pack up my Halloween Exchange and get it into the mail and then settle down and work on my beCause it's Pink piece.

Happy Stitching!

October 12, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A great weekend, full of turkey and lots of family time. We also celebrated two girls' birthdays in my house this weekend, so there was lots of cake too!

And of course, what weekend would be complete without a little bit of this:

And some of this:

My hockey project has been brought out again after being put away for the summer! There's not too much work left to do on this blanket, and I have the yarn ready for the next one. The best part of this one is that it's big enough to keep me warm at the same time, once it's finished I'll have to cart my project and another blanket with me to the rink!

October 6, 2009

Some days...

You know, some days are just crappy. Today was one of those days. Terrible sleep last night, kids arguing (about nothing I might add), bad day at work, there just seemed to be drama everywhere I turned. Yuck.

But then I got home and checked the mail. What a pick me up!! Lady Luck smiled on me last month and chose me as the winner of the monthly giveaway hosted by Oubliette and it arrived today. Thanks Riona, I can't wait to kit up some of these new charts!

See, no matter what's going on it can only get better :)

September 26, 2009

I just realized that I didn't post my TUSAL update. We took the picture last Friday, but I never got around to posting it :)

There's a lot of black added to the mix this month, working on my Halloween exchange and a new piece too.

No BoInk update this week, I just worked on the frame for an hour or so, not really enough to share :)

But I thought I would share a picture of my WIP that's been hanging around the longest. I started it in July 2008 when we drove through the US and have worked on it off and on since. It's not the most exciting piece to work on, since it's so repetitive, but I can't wait to have it finished and let the kids use it. And the little playing pieces are stitched too. I might be crazy, but can't wait for the kids to fight over who's going to be the ladybugs and who will be the bees :)

Now I think I'm going to cozy up on the couch for awhile with my coffee & stitching... After three hours at the hockey rink already this morning, and a game tonight and back there tomorrow morning I think I've earned it!

Have a fabulous weekend!

September 8, 2009

BoInk SAL Update

This week's BoInk progress. It doesn't feel like there's been too much progress over the last few weeks, at least not as much as I think I could have! I think I just need/want an excuse to spend a little more time in my comfy spot on Sundays!

September 7, 2009

Happy Dancing!!!

I'll let the picture speak for itself :)

I just fell in love with these little blocks, I think I'm gonna miss them a little when they're gone. Hopefully one little boy will love them too.

Alphabet Blocks
adapted from the alphabet banner in
America's Best Cross Stitch

August 30, 2009

The Halfway Point...

Phew! I've managed to hit the halfway point with the alphabet blocks assembly. They've gone quicker than I figured they would, the trickiest part has been trying to stuff them equally! I really like how they're turning out. And the bonus is that I'll be able to spell the little fella's name when they're all done :)

And I figured I'd better get last Sunday's BoInk progress posted. Now I'm gonna sit down and pick it up again, hopefully finishing off this motif today.

We're starting shift back into the school year routine around here. School starts this Wednesday and hockey started this weekend. We spent almost 10 hours at the rink in the last two days, working with the teams and registering new players. It's been busy!

Have yourself a wonderful week!

August 22, 2009

SAL Updates & Alphabet Blocks....

Here we have the TUSAL progress for August..... and on the right day too!!

There's a lot of red in there from outlining all those little squares for the alphabet blocks!

And the latest progress on BoInk... I've been missing this piece, I haven't been able to dedicate as much time as I've wanted to each Sunday lately. I'm hoping now that summer is winding down (unfortunately!) that I'll be able to put a little bit more time into it, even with hockey season starting! Besides, my Sunday night Desperate Housewives/stitch session will be starting again soon :)

And... I've finished stitching the ABC's!!! I'm almost done with the other 10 blocks as well, just working on the last one. I couldn't find any numbers that were the right size and that I liked, so I found some cute little bugs & sport motifs. What little boy doesn't like bugs, right???

Thank you for visiting!! :)