Victorian Sampler Love

Ooooooooo I’m in stitchy love…or maybe stitchy lust…I dunno, it’s hard to tell the difference.  Maybe it’s both!  Either way, my little fingers are itchin’ and a-twitchin’ to get ahold of some of these.


Isn’t that just yummy?  It is a Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Gift Bag, full of scrumptious threads, luscious trims, piquant charms, and delectable buttons.  I am positively salivating!  She is having several give-aways on her blog, and I encourage you to hop on over and check them out, and enter yourself.

These are all photos from her blog (she graciously gave me permission to post them here, because posting these without her permission would stealing her beautiful work).  And if you are like me, and just can’t wait to get your hands on one of these wonderful bags full of wonderful goodies, you can buy one on her ebay shop.  Resistance is futile!  I have been assimilated! :o)

If you surf over there from my blog and enter her give-aways, would you please say so? I will get extra entries if you do, and you would give me a greater chance of easing this itching and twitching I have going on.

September Update

We are finally enjoying a little fall-ish weather here in Mississippi.  Our temps have gone down in the 60’s at night, and all week we are supposed to be in the 80’s.  Much better than upper 90’s! 

Megan sent me a photo of her in the pirate costume.  She is wearing the bustle and chemise I made, and a corset she bought.  I think it turned out great!  And she looks really pretty. :o)  She said she had lots of fun at Dragon Con, but I didn’t ask for any details.  Sometimes its better for a mother’s peace of mind to not know too much.

I have been working almost exclusively on my Halloween House this past month.  Its coming along!  I am bound and determined to finish it by the end of September.  Can I do it?  Stay tuned and see! LOL

 I am working on my crochet skills.  Our local knit shop has a crochet block-of-the-month class, and I joined it yesterday.  We will be making a sampler afghan, and it was a lot of fun.  I chose different colors than what the pattern had (of course).  Here are my colors.  When I have some completed squares, I will share. :o)  (And by the way, this is a split complimentary color scheme, and I’m delighted to show off my technical color skills I am working on. LOL)

And I decided to purchase the Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler Very Scary.  I went through my favorite online shop who has really become my not-so-local local needlework shop, Beach Cottage Stitchers.  Cynthia Harris runs it, and she is very helpful and very quick with your order.  Even if she doesn’t have something you are looking for, she goes above and beyond to help you get it.  So if you don’t have a LNS like me, check her out! :o)  She helped me pick out the fabric for my Very Scary mystery.  It is gorgeous!  I’m looking forward to starting on it, but not until I finish my Halloween House.

Well, I went from January to an update in August, and then another update just a month later.  Think I can do an update midmonth?  I’ll try!  :o)

Stitching Update

It has been so hot here in Mississippi, but strangely, not as hot as up north!  We have been in the mid to upper 90’s, while many of our neighbors further north have been in the triple digits.  Whew!  I have been hibernating inside with my A/C.

I have been stitching quite a bit.  The two things I’m concentrating on right now are my Halloween House by Imaginating and my Portrait of Elizabeth by Gay Ann Rogers.

Here is my progress on my Halloween House through this weekend.  I am hoping to finish it in time to frame it and hang it in my office for the month of October.

This week I am concentrating on my Portrait of Elizabeth after Gay Ann posted in our group to encourage us to pick up our needles and work on her, so that a bunch of expensive kits would not be languishing in our stashes.  LOL  It was just the stimulus I needed to pick Elizabeth back up, and my goal is to work on her 30 minutes each day this week.  In this photo I have her face finished, and I’m now working on her hands.

At the end of July, I made a bustle for my daughter.  She is going to Dragon*Con, which is a huge sci-fi and fantasy convention in Atlanta, and one of her costumes is a pirate queen.  So I made this bustle for her.  It was a lot of fun!  She will be wearing a corset and boots with it.

I had some tiny guests hanging around my flower pots on my patio…teeny tiny little toads.  There were three of them, and they were about the size of the nail on my pinky.  I really wanted to hold them, but they would have none of that.

Isn’t he just too cute? :o)

Stay cool!  And happy stitching!

Halloween House SAL

Linda at Stitching With My Furbabies is hosting a SAL for Halloween House.  It is such a cute design, and Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I just had to join in. :o)

I started it as one of my Crazy January projects on the first Friday in January.  I originally put it on 18 count Lambswool linen, over one.

Although I like the way it looks, it was misery to work on.  Stitching over one on Lambswool linen just totally stressed me out.  And the last thing my stitching is supposed to do is stress me out!  So I will frog it and use this piece of linen for one of the monthly cottages I am stitching from Country Cottage Needleworks.

So I restarted it on some pretty green 28 count linen that I bought at the EGA seminar this past September.  It is much more fun to stitch on now, and I love the purples and oranges on the green fabric.  I spent my entire  IHSW on it.  Once I got in my groove, I just didn’t want to stop. :o)

First TUSAL Post

It is the first new moon of the year, so it is time for the TUSAL post.  For those who don’t know what that is, it is the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long, and you can read all about it here.  To participate, you save your orts from new moon to new moon, and add them to your pretty glass container each month.  It is a fun way to record progress on projects.

So here is my first ever TUSAL photo:

Just a wee bit o’ thread, but I am looking forward to watching my orts fill the vase! :o)

All of these orts have come from my Crazy January starts.  As of tonight, I have started all 15 projects.  I didn’t manage to work on one every day for the first 15 days, but that’s okay.  They are all started now.  I’m working on taking photos of each one.  My camera died and I had to get a new one, which I managed to do this weekend.  I’ve just not had the patience to get each project out, take its photo, and put it back, but hopefully by this weekend I will have all the photos done and posted.