A to Z blog challenge

A is for Artist and Ambition

First, let’s talk about Ambition. Ambition, as in a strong desire to do or achieve something, usually requiring a great deal of determination  and hard work. I have lots of ambitions, probably too many ambitions for the amount of time I have to devote to the need for determination and hard work. One of my ambitions is to complete the Blogging from A to Z April  Challenge.  A lofty goal seeing as how my last post was in October 2017, and the post before that was in September when I tried to do another “blog every day” challenge. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a challenge?

So, ambition. I am ambitiously thinking I can do this A to Z Challenge. I’m already a day late since the challenge started yesterday, so, that means I can break the rules and work it my way, yes? Yes. If I don’t get a post up every day, that’s okay. I’m determined to work my way through, A to Z.

Okay, enough of that. Now, what my blog is really about, my Art. I love to paint with needle and thread. I love to capture images using fiber rather than paint, pencil, water colors, or other mediums. I am a Fiber Artist.

I remember the first time I applied the term artist to myself. It felt…odd. I felt like a fraud. I certainly didn’t feel like an artist. That word was for people who painted beautifully, people like my daughter. But I kept mouthing that word at myself, and eventually I grew into it. Now I am proud to claim the words Fiber Artist for myself. It is more than what I do, it is what I am. If I couldn’t stitch and work with my needles, I would not be who I am. I open myself up, and my soul flows out.

[Fire Mother img here]


Craft Demonstrations for Saturday, October 14

The Craftsmen Guild of Mississippi is celebrating the rich history of crafts in Mississippi tomorrow, October 14, from 10 to 5. There will be all kinds of craftspeople there, and I will be demonstrating the art and craft of Embroidery, and showing the wide range of techniques that make up this wonderful art. Come on by and see me!


What I really want…

What I really want is to win the lottery so I can quit my job and buy all the fabrics and threads and beads and stitch all day and play djembe all night and have all the glittery things the TV tells me I should want……..

Naaaaahhhhhhh, not really (although…winning the lottery……hmmmmmm).

I have a good job, sometimes stressful but not always, and I like the people I work with.

I have a comfortable home, shared with a man I love. It’s not a perfect love, but then, what is that?? My home doesn’t have my daughter within it, but she is flying free and making her own life, and that is a good thing.

I have my fiber art, and I have even worked up the courage to claim the label “artist.”

My health is not as good as it used to be, but I still do what I want.

So what do I really want?

I want people to stop being such fear-mongerers and to stop hording resources. I want people to stop seeing other people as “other,” “foreign,” “bad,” “less-than.” I want people to stop viewing Mother Earth as something to dominate and use. I want people to have more compassion in their hearts, to see differences between each other as something to accept, and even honor. I want people to treat animals with empathy and kindness.

And I want these things for a purely selfish reason. You see, I have an over-abundance of empathy. I hurt when I see another person being hurt. I hurt when I see an animal being abused. My heart aches when I get behind those horrible chicken trucks, or the cattle trucks. And then I rage because I am powerless to stop all the uncaring, unkind, unthinking abusive things we do to each other and the earth that is our home.

But I still have hope. I hope that more people will wake up and see that we are all the same inside. I hope that more people will wake up to an awareness of the interconnected web of life that we are a part of, that what we do to another being or to our planet, we really do to ourselves.

I have channeled my hope into a goddess doll. She is currently in progress, but I will share her with you. She carries the Human World Tree. The leaves of this tree are in all the colors of the people that make up this world. And they dwell together on the branches of the World Tree in harmony. She is made from recycled jeans. I’m waiting for her to tell me what else she wants on her.

World harmony…is that so much to ask for?

Blogging along with Effy Wild.


Hello September

Hello blog world! It has been another forever since I have been on my poor neglected blog. Oh well, no excuses, no reasons, no story. Just waving hello and jumping right in. I’m joining a blog challenge with Effy Wild, to blog every day in September. So here we go! Can I do it? You will have to come check up on me to see!

I love September. It makes me think of fall, of leaves changing color, of weather turning cooler, nights getting longer, starting school. Speaking of starting school, I have signed up for five embroidery workshops that started either the end of August or that start this month. I don’t know what goes on in my little head sometimes. How on earth am I ever going to keep up with FIVE embroidery workshops?? I can’t! Tis impossible! Oh well, I will have fun trying. And my starts, because I promise I will start each and every one, will show up here this month. Aha! Another reason to come back and visit me!

Another thing that September means to me is a harvesting of things…the fall equinox, which is also the time of Mabon, the second harvest festival. The fall equinox is a time of equal day and night, a moment of balance, a moment of stillness before shifting into the dark time of the year. It is an easing into the quiet, into a reflective state, a time of preparation for the death and regeneration the Crone brings with winter. It is time to see what is going on in my life, what is working for me and also what is not working for me.

So that is what is on my mind. Now, what’s on my needles?

My current cross stitch WIP, Satsuma Street’s Halloween Cat. I’m stitching this as part of a SAL on facebook, Carla and Leo’s Halloween SAL.

I will leave you with my Fall Goddess.


Year of the WIPs Challenge

I forgot to post this blog! I did it way back the first part of October, and here it is November 23. Oh well, I’m posting it anyway! 

The Soulful Stitchers group on facebook is having a challenge to work on and finish WIPs. It started October 1 and runs through December 31, 2017.

Out of my gazillion WIPs and UFOs, I have picked 12 to concentrate on, and here they are in no particular order.

The first one is my Halloween House, and it is sooooo close to being finished! I just have to do the back stitching. Can I tell you how exicting that is to me? The pattern is by Imaginating, and I started it January 2012. (I know I just showed a photo of this, but I’m putting it here too.)

Santa’s Village also made the cut. This is a series of different Christmas-y stores designed by Country Cottage. I decided to put all of mine on one piece of fabric. I started this in September 2013, and I have two finished.

Next up is Very Scary Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate. I just started this one on September 30, 1016, and it was just a few stitches…enough to call it a WIP.

This one is Pumpkin Patach Farm by Victoria Samplers. I started it in June 2012. I just love autumn themes.

Things Unseen Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate, started December 2014.

Blue Jeans and Daisies Mystery Sampler by Blue Ribbon Designs. I started it January 2013. (Can you tell I have a thing for Mystery stitching?)

And here we have Petit Trianon, a needlepoint piece. I think this was offered as a chapter project by Cyberpointers Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild.

Wildpea and Longhorn Moth is a stumpwork piece by Jane Nicholas, one of my all time favorite teacher and designers. I took this as a class at the Embroidery Guild National Seminar in September 2011. I am very close to being finished with this piece.

This piece I call Mushrooms, and it is my oldest WIP/UFO. It is from an Aunt Martha transfer. I started it when I was 15, way back in 1977.
This little WIP is Spooky Spider by Mill Hill, started in January 2012.
This is an Embroidery Guild of America Correspondence Course I started in March 2012. It is a piece of Rozashi, which is Japanese Needlepoint, and was designed and taught by Margaret Kinsey. I only have the background left to do, so I am this close to a finish! I enjoyed this so much I bought anothere Rozashi piece from Margaret.

This is a needlepoint sampler called Curious by Needle Delights. I haven’t put a stitch on it yet, but I did draw the gridlines so I am counting it as a WIP.


Happy Halloween Hop!

Hi Hoppers! This is the post for Jo of Serendipitous Stitching Halloween Blog Hop.

First, a little “scary” stitching from me, hot off the hoop. Mill Hill’s Spooky Spider. The gem in the middle of the spider’s abdomen is supposed to be red, but when I saw the colors on the bottom of the gem, dark blue and purpley, with little flashes of red, I decided I liked it better.

Now on to the hop.

Looking for a letter? Well, here are some clues:

If you are looking for my letter in the forest and you hear this guy howling, you are in trouble. His boy Damien is not far behind.

Beware, for this lady may come and carry you away, never to be seen again.

And if you need help, forget asking this guy. He can’t even keep up with his head!


Did you get it?

Are you ready?

My letter is …………………………………………………………………………………..

Your next blog is Justine’s Cross Stitch. Have fun!


Halloween House update

My  poor neglected blog. I see my last post in January of this year started the same way. And with an update on my Halloween House! lol

Well, I’m very excited! I finished all of the cross stitches on my Halloween House this past Sunday. Now I just have to do the back stitching. I am so close to a finish on this, I can taste it!

I joined in on a Tempting Tangles Mystery SAL called Welcome. It is her first one, and I am enjoying it. I got part 1 done, and she just released part 2, which I will try to get to this weekend. I am going to put beads for the flower center. The parts are small and a really quick stitch.

I have been watching the Floss Tube videos on youtube, which are videos or vlogs I guess made by stitchers, talking about their stitching, their hauls, and their lives. The videos are just fascinating! I love stitching and watching them. It’s like you are sitting down with your friends to stitch. I wonder if that will be the death of blogs? I hope not, because I enjoy reading blogs too. And I don’t know that I would ever have the nerve to do a video. I hate seeing myself. lol But I really enjoy watching them.


First 2016 Post

Tis been a while since my last update. My poor neglected blog. I always have the best intentions, but poor follow through. Let’s see if I can do better.

I have made some good progress on Halloween House. I am determined to finish it this year. Here is where I left it at the end of January. I didn’t get to stitch on it last month. But getting close!

As you may or may not know, I love Halloween, horror, and all things ghouly and ghastly. :o)  So I am participating in the Halloween Ornie Stitchalong hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. I have challenged myself to not only stitch according to the Halloween theme, but also to also follow along with the Alphabet Club. In January, the Alphabet Club was up to ‘F’ and the Halloween theme was Winged Creatures.  My ornie for January was a Flock of Owls. This is my own design, my very first counted design, and I must admit to being a bit proud of myself. :o)

But alas, I am behind for February. I wonder if I can get both February and March done before the end of March?

I am currently madly stitching as a pilot stitcher for a new EGA group correspondence course. Unfortunately I can’t show a photo. But I will say it is a delightful project, and I’m enjoying it very much. It has goldwork and stumpwork in it. I haven’t had much experience with goldwork at all. I have such a limited time to stitch this project, I have to leave my mistakes in there because I don’t have time to redo what I did wrong. And let me tell you, that is driving me NUTS!

I have new babies….plant babies that is. They should be ready for transplanting into the garden by the time our wild, weird winter to spring weather is finished.

Happy Stitching!


July Stitching

Stitch from Stash 2015B – July Report

Budget for July 25.00
Amount Earned 0.00
Amount Spent 0.00
Carryover to August 25.00

I spent most of July working on a soccer jersey quilt for my hair dresser. It was a lot of fun to design  and stitch together. It is the largest quilt that I have quilted on my machine. I thought that the bulk of this quilt going in my machine would drive me nuts, but it wasn’t bad at all. And the best thing is I got to spend money, but it wasn’t my money. :o)

I have also been sewing covers and cushions for our djembes. They travel a lot to drum circles and workshops, so we have to protect the heads. And of course, they must be well-dressed djembes. :o) Here is one I worked our name in embroidery on.

This one I designed based on an African mask called The Good Mother. I am enjoying embroidering this, so I will probably do some more masks.

And I have been working on some smaller motifs. These are for a Redwork Class that I am taking from a group called StitchMAP (Stitch Mentor Apprentice Program). I should have already finished these, but with one thing and another, they are still hanging out there. They are now my number one priority.

I’m excited that Tanya Berlin’s beginner needlepainting online class is coming up. This is a skill I want to work on, so I am looking forward to the class.


Stitch From Stash – March Check In

I cannot believe that March is over.  And I haven’t posted as I intended!  Oh well, April is another month.

Time to check in for the Stitch From Stash challenge hosted by Mel of Epic Stitching.  I have done very well!  No purchases this month, AND a finish!  Free pattern, and everything from my stash.

My March report:

Carry Forward from February 35.14
Budget for March 25.00
Item finished from stash 8.00
Fabric 0.00
Thread 0.00
Patterns 0.00
Kits 0.00
Books 0.00
Total Spent 0.00
Balance Forward to April 68.14

I finished the January flower, “Carnation,” a free pattern from Ellen Maurer-Stroh’s flower of the month seriesAlyssa Feller of Brownie’s Chair is hosting a SAL of this series.  I’m not managing a flower a month though, I think it will be a flower a quarter for me. lol

The fabric is a very pretty overdyed 28 count linen, soft greys and grey-greens.  It made me think of our cold, grey January weather, and that is why I used it.  I have no idea where I got it. :o)  I’m not sure how I will finish it yet.