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A Stitching Faery's Ramblings...
May you always be blessed with walls for the wind and a roof for the rain
and drinks beside the fire ~ Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you ~
and all that your heart may desire...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Gifties from a friend... the stash faery strikes again... and ramblings...


My dear friends, I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the last few days... What joy it is to have such lovely, treasured friends... your kind, thoughtful and wonderfully inspiring words of encouragement are such a blessing and continue to brighten my days... I cannot thank you enough for thinking of me and helping me through this rough patch... Your heartfelt wishes are akin to a soothing balm to my heart and enrich my days beyond compare!

I received a lovely PIF gift from Tuula on Saturday... it was my weekend to work and I have been exhausted so did not have a chance to post earlier... Tuula I was so thrilled to find your lovely biscornu waiting for me when I got home on Saturday! The colours are gorgeous and your finishing is beautiful... I will treasure it always! I love the postcards from your home, Tornio... what a lovely city! Oh, and I am hoarding the Chocolate... ;-)

Lovely PIF gift from Tuula

Close up of the beautiful biscornu
Tuula sent me...


The Stash Faery also decided to pay me yet another visit last week... More yummy stitching goodies... I informed my Dragon she must keep a "constant vigilance!" ;-) I do declare, the way my stitching chest is filling up, I don't have a clue what to stitch next... And as for making a decision... you may as well forget it! ;-)

Homespun Elegance...
Spring Gathering & Delivering Spring

Homespun Elegance...
Tiny Stuff I & There Is A Garden

The Prairie Schooler... A Prairie Village I
Blackbird Designs... Garland Fair

Lakeside Linen
Fabric of the Month at Shakespeare's Peddler
Fat Half of Belfast Vintage Maple Sugar


As for stitching updates... I believe I do need a few lessons from the Hare for I fear I have become the Tortoise... As for rotations... hahahaha... I am stuck on CCN's Geranium House! I'm loving this one... yet I am none too sure about the colour I picked out for the house... I decided to use CC's Rosy Glow for the white flowers and the House, however, I really do not like the look of the house... the scan does not show the colour as it is IRL... it's almost a candy pink, if there is such a thing... and not at all what I had envisioned... The entire skein together is gorgeous, however when stitching it with two threads with these colour combinations... I'm thinking it's too pale and too candy pink for the look I want for this design... so I think I'm going to frog all the Rosy Glow on the house and go with another colour... I don't know what colour yet... perhaps GAST Oatmeal, Straw Bonnet, Parchment or Buttermilk... or even Butternut Squash... Or Olde Willow Stitchery's Chestnut, Gratitude Old Rose, Rebekkah Green, or Quaker Star Gold... Or CC's Antique Lace, Bunny Honey or Tufted Yellow... Help!!! What do you all think? I just cannot decide! lol This was my progress as of last night... I did stitch quite a bit more on it today... alas, no new scan as yet...


Geranium House WIP...
by Country Cottage Needleworks...
Stitched on R & R 30ct Iced Cappuccino...
With DMC, GAST and CC Threads...


I haven't stitched anything save this since my last post and as with everything else, I am getting behind yet again... My boss, Connie sent me over to the ER last Monday as she could tell I was in a lot of pain and not feeling well at all... I am not one to readily go to the Doctor... Someone usually has to talk me into it and most likely by the time they succeed in convincing me, I've admitted to myself, perhaps it's time to go... and if I think there is no other recourse... I will relent. Thus, she was fairly adamant about it in a sweet way... she's a lovely lady, and quite frankly I'm surprised she didn't threaten to dispatch an ambulance to come and get me if I didn't go on my own... I'm sure if she had thought of it she would have! Anyway, after four hours of lounging about in a Hospital bed, they told me nothing... just wanted to dose me up with pain killers, of which I refused... However, they did run lots of tests... the results of which led to more blood-work today... Thus, I had a Doctor's appt this morning, so I took my stitching with me as I knew I'd be there for several hours... it's always this way at my Doctor's Office... too many patients... too little time... As suspected, I was there for several hours {only three this time} and managed quite a bit more stitching on Geranium House amidst questions from curious folks... My Doc's office is in a rambling old house with a wide front porch complete with nice comfy chairs and a sun room off to the side... I chose to sit out on the front porch as it was such a glorious day and it's so dark in the waiting rooms and naturally most folks coming and going had to inquire about what I was doing... And as it's always such a pleasure to stitch, and chat about stitching, and seeing as how I was out on the front porch enjoying a lovely Spring Day and stitching to my heart's content... I could almost forget where I was... Almost... Anyway, aside from more blood-work and anti-biotics for sinusitis, the Doc also told me I needed to start taking my prescription Iron again... Which I already knew... I know I am too stubborn for my own good... Anyway, I go back next week for these results, so the saga continues... and we shall see what we shall see... ;-)

Oh, and Hazel, hopefully, Drema will have my fabby soon for A Most Noble Pursuit... I'd like to wait until sometime in May as well as I'd really like to finish up a couple of my WIP's too... so that will be fine with me! And as for your inquiry about who bought all that stash for me... {giggles} I am afraid to say, I bought it all... ;-) Yes, I know I have really splurged of late... and as for the Stash Wagon... Nope... I'm not even considering it! lol

Jamie thanks so much for checking on me, Sweetie... I'm sorry if I worried you or anyone else with my silence... You are all such sweet and thoughtful friends and I don't know what I'd do without you... your friendship means more than words can say... I'm off again tomorrow, so I'll be stitching and catching up with your blogs... can't wait to see what you've been stitching the last few days... As prolific as some of you are... I know it will be loads! :-)

My deepest heartfelt thanks to you all for your visits and your lovely thoughts and inspiring words of encouragement... they are ever blessed rays of sunshine dancing through the mists...

Until next time... Love in Stitches...


I am thankful for precious moments... blessed friends and sunshine...

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Stash Faery and other meanderings...


I don't know where the time has gone... I am sorry I've been MIA for over a week now and I feel like I am falling so behind with everything... It's been a rough two weeks dealing with my Fibro and RA... It can be such a royal pain in the bum at times... There have been other life issues I am dealing with... and I won't bore you with them at this time... suffice it to say... the lot of it has been akin to a dark, gloomy cloud following me around... and I so long for a wee bit of sunshine and laughter in my life... They say... don't ask me who they is... the experts I suppose... anyway *They* say... we make our own happiness... And if that be the case, will someone please send me the recipe and clue me in! Alas, c'est la vie... Nonetheless... enough gloom and doom...

On a brighter note... I finally got around to taking some piccys of the rest of my Birthday Stash... The Stash Faery was Oh, so very kind and dropped it off whilst I was sleeping one night... ;-) Imagine my surprise to awaken and find such lovely treasures... I must say, I thought I was caught up in the midst of some fantastical dream... And perhaps I am... who is to say? I have no idea what I will start first... between this batch and the last batch of stash... not to mention what's stashed away in my stitching chest... there are so many lovely projects to dream about and such lovely threads and fabrics to fondle... It's all quite mind boggling to say the least, and I oftentimes find myself aimlessly adrift in stitching heaven... Oh, whatever shall I stitch next? For someone who has trouble making up her mind over the slightest thing... it can be quite a dilemma at times... I know Hazel and I are supposed to start our A Most Noble Pursuit SAL in a few weeks... so I'd better find some magic needles and get on with my WIP's so I won't feel so guilty starting something new... and then there are my secret projects I've got to finish... Oh, so much to stitch... so little time... Once again, the image of the White Rabbit comes to mind and I can see myself trotting along, pocket watch in hand... all a'dither... and oh, so dreadfully lost in my own wee world...

So, without further ado... a wee glimpse into my stitching chest... more precious than a Dragon's hoard of treasures... And needless to say... I guard my stitching treasures much akin to a dragon... ;-)


Collaboration Sampler - A Most Noble Pursuit...
Carriage House Samplings - Hopeful ...

Carriage House Samplings...
Elijah's Angel and The Tulip Patch

Carriage House Samplings...
Molly and Withering Tulips

Carriage House Samplings...
The Song They Sang and Be My Love

Blackbird Designs...
Easter Parade, Spring's Promise
and Blessings Be Thine ...

Blackbird Designs...
Fond Hearts, Sweetheart Sampler and Evergreen ...

Blackbird Designs...
Quaker Garden, Garden of Life
and Moonlit Garden ...

Blackbird Designs... Their Song...
30ct Apple Brown Bindy Linen by R & R
Weeks Dye Works Threads...

The Workbasket ... Bunny Parade
Hands to Work ... Be Not Weary

Lynne Nicoletti - The Velveteen Rabbit...
The Yankee Stitcher - Midnight Stroll...

Fat Half Cashel Apple Brown Bindy by R & R ...
Fat Half Cashel Dark Cappuccino by R & R ...
Belle Soie Silks by Crescent Colours...
{for Irish Coffee by The Sampler Girl}
Needlepoint Inc. Silks
for In The Forest by La-D-Da
John James 28 platinum needles...
{my favourites}


And... now for a couple of stitching updates... :-) I am so loving stitching both of these... in fact all my current WIP's are a joy to stitch... I have made a few changes to Geranium House by CCN ... instead of stitching the border flowers and the house in white... I am using Rosy Glow by Crescent Colours... and the White Picket Fence is DMC 3866 instead of white... and I made my bird a wee blackbird using GAST Black Crow...

I was much further along on Easter Avenue by Glendon Place... I had most of the bunny's face stitched and then that dreaded frog decided to pay me a wee visit... so I had to frog all of that and most of what you see below... Alas... I am back to where I was a few days ago... oh, well... we must endeavour to persevere! :-)



Geranium House...
by Country Cottage Needleworks...
Stitched on 30ct Iced Cappuccino Linen
by R & R Reproductions...
with DMC, GAST and Crescent Colour Threads...



Easter Avenue by Glendon Place
Stitched on Moonglow...
Picture This Plus Cashel Linen...
with Weeks Dye Works Threads...


I'm away to catch up with a few of your blogs before I retire for the evening... It's taken me forever to post this entry... And it's back to work tomorrow and with all of this rain... I am so not looking forward to it... Oh well, tomorrow is another day...

My deepest, heartfelt thanks to you, my dear friends, for all your lovely, kind and encouraging comments... they are ever warm rays of sunshine dancing through the mists...

Until next time... Love in Stitches...


I am thankful for precious moments... the stitching faery... and dear friends...

Friday, April 6, 2007

Chocolate Stitches... Blossoms Fair and Kitty Cuddles...


I haven't done a lot of stitching this week... had too much on my mind and I have had a lot of bother with my Fibro and RA... However, I did manage a wee bit of progress on Ye Olde Chocolate Shoppe by LHN...

Ye Olde Chocolate Shoppe...
by Little House Needleworks
Stitched on Vintage Country Mocha Cashel Linen
with DMC Threads


I took a few piccys of my azaleas and my dd, Brandy the other day... I love the beautiful pink blossoms... they are just gorgeous! And she is most precious to me...


My dear daughter Brandy...

Gandalf the Grey and Shelley...



This is the first time Gandalf and Shelley have ever laid this close to one another... peacefully... I couldn't believe it when I walked in and saw them on the sofa together... They are both my sweet babies and they are terribly jealous of me... They sleep with me at night, but on opposite sides of the bed and sometimes they try and run each other off the bed... Maybe this is a sign they have finally decided to be friends... :-)

I'm away to read in my bed for awhile... it's my three day weekend to work and I am already tired and it's only the first day... I stitched a wee bit today on Easter Avenue... Hopefully, I'll have some time for a few more stitches tomorrow... I'm sorry this is such a short post... I will catch up on my blogging over the next few days... I need to see what you all are up to and what you're stitching... :-)

My Deepest Heartfelt thanks to all of you for visiting and leaving such lovely and kind Birthday Wishes and encouragement... Akin to a roaring fire in the hearth... they fill my heart and soul with warmth, comfort and cheer...

Until next time... Love in Stitches...



I am thankful for precious moments... my dear daughter Brandy... my furbabies... and dear friends...


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