Monday, July 21, 2014

Down to the Wire

I'm so close to finishing that way-too-enormous 100th distributed sampler design, I can taste it. It appears that I know myself pretty well, and had the timeline just about right. I might sweat a few drops in the meantime, but I think this lovely lady will be unveiled with all the pomp and celebration that a needlework market release in St. Charles can give her.

Just some wings to add to this eternal being...
Then to fill in this (relatively) small space with a few more furred and feathered friends...
And she'll be ready to go.

Well, once I get that gigantic frame re-finished, and stretch and pin the largest piece of linen I've ever worked with, and do some last minute chart edits, and design the cover, and take a tempting photo of the finished model...

One step at a time, eh?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Studio/Office/Sewing/Work/Guest Room

That room that has at least two dozen names, one for every mood, it would seem, has once again been altered. We finally put the kiddos into a bunk bed, leaving us with a twin bed that needed a home. I was all for storing it in the shop at first, but my more practical other-half, the Farmboy, convinced me to move it to my already over-crowded work room.

Which in turn, forced me to sort, re-organize, and generally work some serious squeezing magic with all of my STUFF.

It works. It really does, and I'm glad the Farmboy is so convincing when he sets his mind to something. And that I'm pretty good at sorting and squeezing the most use out of my space. We make a good team.

How would you like to sleep here (quilt by my big Sister, granny squares by my Grandma, sampler wall by Me)?
Your last glimpse of my sampler was was here. I predict that it will be completely full by this time next year.

The other side of the room has changed slightly, now holding all of my small designs and that little printer that works overtime.
And just for the fun of it, I spliced some photos together to show you the current state of my pincushion collection (a few are living in other locations around the house, so this isn't complete by any means).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Small Town Parade

I've lived in this community for 15 years now, and have managed to never attend the yearly Sandy Mountain Days parade. Crowds just aren't my thing, and I generally avoid them at all costs. But with kiddos now, aged 6 and 8, I figured I had better give them a chance to decide for themselves whether they like the experience or not.

And they did.

The Blizzards and pizza eaten street-side helped, as did the school classmates who made appearances in a few of the "floats". I even heard "Mrs. Twist!" shouted out to me from the parade, as if I was the celebrity of the moment (gotta love being a regular on campus; if you ever need to feel popular, just go volunteer at your local grade school).

Me? Am I a parade convert now? Nope. Still just meh... but having my camera there to entertain me made it much more worth the trip to town.

And now you get to enjoy it too...

Friday, July 11, 2014

*NEW* Housework is for the Birds!

Its true, isn’t it? That neverending duty of keeping our people-nests tidy can be so mind-numbing. As the old saying goes, “its for the birds!”.

But where does that old saying come from? The expression “for the birds“ is common enough to crop up in everyday conversation. “This soup is for the birds!” “The weather is for the birds!” “Politicians are for the birds!” This phrase is obviously negative in connotation, meaning objectionable or worthless. But why is it that bad things are for the birds anyway?

Poor birds.

Stitch Count: 160 x 75
Model stitched on DMC 28ct. Natural linen Which was coffee-stained before stitching, using floss from The Gentle Art: 0194 Moss, 0460 Grecian Gold, 0560 Nutmeg, 0892 Loganberry, 7041 Apple Cider, 7061 Caramel Corn, 7092 Otter Creek, 7097 Pecan Pie

Recommended Additional Materials:
1 small piece of cotton fabric for bird body
1 small piece of felted wool for bird wing

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will be going out to my distributors and the shops on my automatic shipments list soon. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email:

Thursday, July 10, 2014


It finally feels like Summer is here. Nearly four weeks into the school break, and we are catching up on all of the pressing tasks that were on my list. Going through toy collections and piles of to-be-sorted-later. There has been a wedding, a few picnics, doctor's appointments and haircuts. Now, after just a few more to-dos, I might be able to tackle my mending and sewing list. And start planning that 15th anniversary party and the 40th birthday party too (big year for this girl!). But first, a glimpse of some of the things that have caught my attention in past days...
Phlox :: Three Cousins and an Uncle :: Daisies :: Tiny Trio :: Multnomah Falls :: Columbine :: Feast for Mimi :: Chives :: Sword Fern :: Triple Chocolate Cake :: the Garden Grows :: Mowing the Orchard :: Stick Play :: Mama School :: Huckleberries :: Lone Daisy :: Finding Faces :: On the Back of Her Head :: Robin :: Reflection :: Looking for Handouts :: Watering the Dahlias :: The Allowance Game (circa 1978) :: Bunny in Clover :: Herb Garden :: Sparklers :: the Moon with Mars on the Right :: Fun with Eyeballs