in progress...

I'm overdue for an update. I do have several wee finishes coming up soon, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures of several of my works in progress. Just a quick little post tonight, no special news from me.

~ La-D-Da's Gentle Words - a very old wip, but so pretty

~ CCN Winter Welcome; needs ironing!

~ the 2008 PS Santa, on some pretty Sage Jobelan, for something different

~ From the 2007 JCS magazine - I love this cutie!

And I'll leave you with a picture of Philo living up to his name, hanging out with Mike's philosophy books. :)

Happy Stitching!

A Special Tea

We have a dear little friend named Micaela. In early December, my husband and I took her out for a special Christmas tea. I put on my best hat and we enjoyed all the dainties of the Christmas be-decked tea room. Micaela, who has SMA , is a huge anglophile and the smartest reader you would ever care to meet. She is also my little stitching buddy as I taught her to cross stitch. She keeps trying to like the taste of tea, but at 13, she has lots of time to acquire that taste. In the meantime, she loves the scones and the atmosphere! My husband was a great sport to go with us, even though the entire room was pink and he was the only male around. :)




the bill was presented in this sweet little embroidered purse




love the rosebuds on our lemon curd and cream!





Micaela looked elegant in my hat!




Two LHN

Thank you for your warm comments on my last post! I'm wishing I were a better commenter on all of your lovely blogs. Hope to be catching up that enjoyable task in the next few days.

Here are two more finishes by Little House Needleworks from the tail end of 2008...




Pumpkins will be a pinkeep for my LHN Fruit Salad Pinkeep Basket. I changed a few colors in the Pumpkins thread pack and am happy with the result --one of the skeins of CC that came in the thread pack was too pale for my fabric. I like the look of two different oranges for the two pumpkins.

Holly & Berries is stitched on the recommended linen with DMC. I can't decide how to finish that one! Maybe a little pillow??

fun fair squares





Here are the fair squares I made and received in November and December. The Bent Creek cutie may seem out of season, but April is turning her squares into a Halloween quilt. I need to get busy and finish the ones I received!

January is here



Prairie Schooler "Winter Wind" Bk. 133
32 ct. Lambswool, DMC floss
Finished as a flatfold



A Rose is a Rose by La D Da
Finished as a Matress Pinkeep
32 count lavender mist belfast linen
Sampler threads and weeks dye works
A Sweet Gift from the Lovely Hazel

As I type, the verse on this Winter flatfold could not be more true... January has brought us such a lovely dusting of Winter snow outside, and oh how I love the beauty and stillness of an early morning snowfall. I finally finished this design which I stitched in 2007 into a flatfold to display on my hutch for Christmas and beyond.

I should say ... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! December and the first part of January has been filled to the brim for me: I left my job at the foster care agency, and began a new job as an outpatient therapist; my sister-in-law came to visit for 10 days at Christmas, and the next day we left for Chicago to spend a week with my family; oh, AND, in what became a crazy 2 week project, I re-arranged all our furniture, which entailed selling/freecycling 7 pieces, making a big trip to Ikea with the requisite assembly required, making 4 new curtains and 5 new pillows, and purchasing a beautiful new iMac computer for our Christmas gift --our old computer was on its very last leg. When I type all that I start to feel exhausted! But that is why I have taken a break from blogging for a few weeks.

Somewhere in there I received this beauty of a pinkeep from sweet Hazel, and I have been admiring it ever since. Thank you, dear Hazel! Speaking of Hazel, I hope to start my Beatrix Potter SAL today ~ can't wait to dive into this fun project.

I have tons of stitching to show you --will try to get it posted incrementally over the next few days... in the meantime, Happy Stitching!