Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The date has been set

Good morning (afternoon) everyone.

Our move date has been set and now it is just a matter of finishing packing, getting lights turned on/off in their respective places, finding the school, transfering cable, water and deciding what can NOT be packed until the last moment. That is the hardest part I think. No pictures today as there is too little progress on anything to take note of. Can't stay long today as there is lots to do.

Ta Ta for now,
Angela the crazy cat lady (as my daughter likes to call me)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lets all help!

Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shop has found a way to help her friend Gaynor. Please stop by and visit her blog to find all the details and links to help this wonderful lady.

Ta Ta for now,

Saturday, January 26, 2013


This week has been a roller coaster. I completed my first Scarlet Letter sampler and was trying to decide which project to pick back up or to start. I just couldn't make up my mind. I wanted to start AW 1662 but got scared of the different stitches involved. I thought about picking up An Acrostic Sampler, but didn't like the linen provided. I decided to work on another snowflake for WOCS for a little while until I could make a decision. I worked on it for a night an then this wonderful pink and white variegated yarn caught my eye. I started working on a small blanket with it until I could make a decision. I was still going back and forth when I decided to get out of the house one afternoon and when to my LNS. I figured since I didn't care for the linen sent with either sampler I would look for something else and maybe that would help me decide. I looked at my charts and wrote down what sized pieces I would need. So armed I figured I could go in and look/feel for a fabric I would fall in love with an be able to walk out. How wrong I was thinking that I could walk out without picking up anything else. I walked into the shop and the first thing I saw was all the lovely charts set out. I think I spent a good 1/2 hour looking at the different charts I didn't get a chance to look at the last time I went in. I have to admit that some of the charts were quite old (the plastic that they placed the charts in disintegrated upon touch). But there were others that were new. I figured since I had the time I would look thru them all OK, most of them (wasn't at all interested in the animal charts). I was in heaven. My wish list grew and grew but my wallet was reminding me that I did not have enough for all of them and my head was reminding me that I would still have to pack them all. :( Did that stop me from dreaming and drooling over them? Of course not!!! I picked up a couple charts/kits and carried them around with me for a while. I finally decided on...

Cat Lessons for People

As I was checking out the gentleman helping me stated that a customer came in earlier and said that they were not going to use a piece of fabric and gave it to him. He then asked me if I could use it. For about 30 seconds I was speechless then said yes, I would be able to use the piece. He then placed the fabric in my bag with no charge. I am so glad I went in and supported my local store. The second chart I picked up is...
ABC Lessons

This one I decided to use a piece of linen I received in one of my SL kits. I settled on a Mocha 32ct Lugana for AW 1662

and a 28ct Royal Linen in Spun Silver for my Acrostic Sampler.

I got home put my wonderful additions away and finally overcame my fear and started AW 1662. I am so glad I did. I am loving every stitch.

Just one more note...Parsley from Seasons of my Mind and I participated in a Valentine exchange. I posted what she sent me in an earlier post. I still love it and keep it near me in my stitching chair. My DD still asks me if she can have it. I hate disappointing her, but in this I must. I will NOT give it up. :) Now that I know Parsley has received my gift I can show you what I sent her.
Front (with the card I made)

I found the cutest heart buttons to put on the top of the little biscornu.

Ta Ta for now,
Angela the crazy cat lady (as my daughter calls me)

Monday, January 21, 2013

My first Scarlet Letter Sampler

I have to say that I never new I would need a magnifier. I always figured my eyes were good enough for any fabric. That is until I started SL's ABCD 1817 on 30 count unbleached linen with every stitch one strand of floss over one thread. After the first row (where I am still not sure if I crossed every "X") I put this on aside. A week later I finally purchased my magnifier and worked on a valentine exchange to allow my eyes time to adjust. I completed the piece. Then I picked this one back up. I only put it down one night as my eyes decided they were too tired. I have to admit that I enjoyed every stitch. The only problem I had is that I used the wrong color on two letters and didn't have enough for another letter later on. I had to substitute another color. I don't think that the color change on the one letter detracts too much. Now onto the finished picture:

Since this piece is so small I think I am going to make a pillow out of it. Now I just have to decide if I am going to start SL's AW 1662

or An Acrostic Sampler
Any suggestions?
Ta Ta for now,
Angela CG

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grow your Blog Pt 2 Giveaway

When I put my post together yesterday for 2 Bags Full Grow Your Blog Party I forgot to add a giveaway to be picked on February 1st. This is open to any person, any where as long as you leave a comment on this post. No need to be a follower. There will be...

this lovely kit and maybe something stitched by me. This will be my first giveaway ever. I am very excited!!!

Now on to another stitchy finish.

My first pillow ornament.
This is the second snowflake I made from the January pattern of the 2013 Ornament Pattern Club from STNA. This is the first of my handmade ornaments for my Christmas tree.
This was such a cute little pattern. Thank you Loretta for designing this one.
I am off to stalk read a few blogs now. Have a wonderful weekend.
Ta Ta for now,

Friday, January 18, 2013

Grow your blog party

I started this blog in August of 2012 to have a record of the stitching projects I completed. At the time (and even now) there are few people near me that I can share my obsession passion hobby with. I found that not only do I have a place to share my progress but I also found a large group of friends that encourage me to continue stitching on the days that are filled with the madness that is life in my zoo. Thank you for my current followers and any new ones that may start after/during this party.

Now onto the part we all enjoy...finishes.

This latest finish is not a cross stitch piece but I enjoyed making it none the less. This one was made for a former co-worker. She is classic and distinguished and this particular fabric called her name. She also loves boxes and funky jewelry.


I painted a plain wood box black, put a coat of polyurethane and then put a piece of fabric in the bottom and on the top then filled it with goodies. Today was the first chance I had to see her since before Christmas. I received a message from her a little while ago and was told that she loved every bit of it. I already have a top ready for the next box, I just need to decide on a color for the box. This time I think I am going to go with a stain instead of paint. Another gift for the present box. Maybe this way I will be ahead of the game on gifts for 2013.

I also completed my exchange gift (no pictures yet) and will be mailing that out tomorrow. I am working on another snowflake from STNA and a different snowflake for WOCS. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with lots of stitching.

Ta Ta for now,
Angela the Crazy Cat Lady (as my daughter calls me).

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Another Finish

Good morning all,

Last night I finished the January Snowflake ornament designed by Loretta at Stitching the Night Away. Her chart is designed so that we can make our own fabric and thread choices. Many others have stitched this snowflake with such pretty colors.

I stitched this on 14ct cream Aida using DMC 3818 and 816. I love the way it came out but it is just a little too big to make into an ornament. I plan on finishing this as a box top to be put in my Christmas box as a possible gift this year. To who? I don't know. I plan on stitching this again in the near future on a smaller count fabric so that I can make an ornament out of it. This Christmas I plan on getting a second tree so that I may have one just for my stitching. So I better get started stitching up lots of ornaments so my tree is not bare hehehe.

I am working on putting the finishing touches on a late Christmas box for a friend I used to work with. I have not had the chance to see her since before her trip at Christmas. It will be nice to see her again.

It is raining again today which means that the world is very gray today. Will be turning on more lights so I can actually see.

Ta Ta for now,

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Grow Your Blog Party

I have spent the last couple of days reading about the Grow your Blog Party on 2 Bags Full Blog.

I dithered back and forth on if I should join. Then I realized that when I see my follower count go up I do a little happy dance. So I made sure that I signed up today.And in honor of this event I will be having my first Giveaway! Can't wait to see you all there. Have a wonderful week.

Ta Ta for now,

Monday, January 14, 2013


It seems as if I have been very busy stitching but I have nothing to show for it since it is an exchange piece. There have been a couple of mis-steps along the way but it is coming along nicely. Today was spent seriously sorting and packing. I have to say that I was able to get quite a bit done. I completed scanning all the old files and am able to get rid of that paperwork. I spent a couple of hours today shredding that paperwork and still am not done. Tomorrow I am going to burn the rest since I do not want to waste time or money on shredding. Next on the list of things to do is to sort my craft items. I like the idea of knowing exactly what I have but I have enough that I do not relish the thought of sorting and packing. I must admit that it will be nice to know exactly what I have and where it will be. :) Since I can not show you what I have been stitching I will leave you with couple of pictures of my stitching and packing partner this week.

Ta Ta for now,

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Quick update

I just wanted to give a quick update today.

I completed my second piece of the year. This one took longer than I expected. The pattern is deceptively simple but so beautiful.

I started ABCD 1817 by Scarlet Letter for Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year. There are so many wonderful samplers being made by the participants. I made a start...

and then had to run out and get a magnifier to be able to see where to put the needle. This is the whole first line on this sampler. I am working on 30 count linen stitching over one. This is also my first use of linen. I think I like it, but would have preferred to work the stitches over two.

I was selected to participate in a Valentine exchange with Parlsey. Since we are in the process of moving she sent mine early.
I am almost finished with hers so no pictures yet. When I opened the mail yesterday and saw my gift I was oooohhhing and aaahhhing and saying how much I loved it. My daughter saw me and gave me a look and then started laughing at me. I continued anyway because this is such a lovely little piece.

Well that's it for today folks. I volunteered to lead our Girl Scout troop tonight since our normal leader has to be away for a meeting. I am a little nervous at the thought of facing 10 teen and pre-teen girls tonight and trying to keep order. Wish me luck.

Ta Ta for now,
Angela CG in GA

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Year, New Blog Hop

It has been too long since I last posted. I have not wanted to get on the computer. I have not even kept up with every one's news. I am sorry for that. I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. This will be a picture heavy post so pour yourself a  cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy. We are going to start with the first Blog Hop of the year hosted by Stitching the Night Away.

What was your biggest stitching accomplishment in 2012?
What was your favorite stash acquisition in 2012 and will you be using it in 2013?

I think my biggest stitching accomplishment this year was to start back into stitching. I did not realize how much I missed placing color to fabric and have a wonderful picture appear before my eyes.
I think my favorite stash acquisition has to be the Scarlet Letter kits

I went looking at these because one of the other bloggers (for the life of me I can't remember who) is doing a Scarlet Letter year I just couldn't pass these up.
Visit all the blogs in this round of the Stitching the Night Away Stitching Blogger Blog Hop:
Find the instructions on how to participate in this round by clicking here.
Now on to catching up...
The last couple of weeks have been eventful. When pulling out our Christmas decorations this year we found that we had lost (or given away...can't remember) a couple of stockings. I had to go out and pick up another one but none were to my daughter's taste. We found one that was close and I personalized it for her.
 She absolutely loved it.
We were invited to a couple different friends houses this year to celebrate Christmas. We did not plan on going anywhere this year but couldn't pass up the opportunity to spend time with friends before we move. Just imagine...Christmas morning I woke up the little one (yes...believe it or not I had to wake her up) after fixing my morning coffee. I am sending out text messages to friends and family and I receive a text back saying that one of my friends would be leaving for a family members house at a certain time. Of course I was confused since I did not want to intrude this year and was told that we were expected to be there. ;) So here we go trying to hurry up and get ready to leave. We quickly got ready and met up with our good friends and had a wonderful meal and gift opening session. I made their gifts this year. I had a great time doing it.
I painted the inside and outside this one blue to match the colors in the fabric.

The wonderful woman I made this for loves Pooh Bear.

This one I painted a dark blue.

I just love the star pattern. I added a few buttons to add a little something.

I placed a coordinated fabric inside and added a little bit of chocolate and a gift card.

 The little cardinal added the perfect touch.

We had to leave there because the neighbors invited us over for the evening meal. So we rush back, pick up the pumpkin pie and went next door. The funny thing is we were still full from lunch at our friends. Of course they served a very Southern meal (including greens and macaroni and cheese) which I could not pass up. What a wonderful time we had. Earlier in the week we discussed going over to one of my daughter's friend's house. Of course as we were leaving the neighbor's house stuffed and tired she reminded me. Since I had not heard from them I text'd and made sure that we would not be intruding. They said we would not be intruding and we walked over. After all the food during the day I needed the walk. We talked and laughed for a couple more hours and finally headed home. I have to say my family has been blessed with wonderful friends and neighbors. When you least expect it, they are there for you.
We took the next day to recover and started cleaning up and moving things around. My father and his wife were coming to visit for my daughter's birthday. Since his wife will be joining him at his new posting (not military) soon they brought some of her stuff to be moved with his. What did this mean for me? Well out of a 20' room I only am able to use about 8' of it because the rest is packed to the ceiling (you read right, to the ceiling) with her things. Moth balls are great at keeping creepy crawly things away but they smell awful. We had a wonderful time with them though and as my daughter said more than once while they were here, we were spoiled by them. It was wonderful to see my Dad again. It has been over three years since I last saw him.
 Even though I have not been on the computer I have not put down my stitching. I received this cute little pre-printed kit. It stitched up quick.
I plan on finishing it as a flat fold. Currently it is sitting in my finishing box. :)

I found this cute flowered brown fabric to match.

This orange fabric is going to look great.

 This red is great.
I have been working on some pieces for WOCS. They also have started a new project of snowflakes.
 This one is a gray variation. This piece of gray fabric just fits.

 I saw this purple fabric that will work well with the thread I have picked out. I will complete this one next.
 Finally, I will try and make a third using these blues and pair it with this fabric.

I did not realize how many stitches are included in this pattern. I hope I can complete them in time.
I just love making these pieces. I get such a sense of accomplishment when I complete one of these pieces. I get the chance to work with other stitchers to make amazing gifts.

Ta Ta for now,