Monday, December 28, 2009

Suzy Q Progress

The first border/band is completed on Suzy Q. It was not difficult, just took awhile! I like the way the brown border brings out the greens. The next border/band has several different large stitches, so may take longer.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Suzy Q !!

Merry Christmas every one! I hope you are all having a wonderful day full of love & stitchy stuff!

I have been working on another Ro Pace design - Suzy Q. Ro will be teaching this piece at the ANG Seminar in Columbus next year. It is a little smaller and easier than the other Ro Pace projects I have done, but very pretty and fun nonetheless! The canvas is ecru glitter. As usual, I have changed all the colors. Ro's are purples & blues. Mine is a soft green (yes, green! not aqua!) and brown. I just finished the center sections last night. There are still 2 bands around it and some filling work to be done. I think it is coming along nicely.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

10,000 Hits

Wow, my Hit Counter just turned 10,000 yesterday! It is hard to believe. Thank you all so much for following my Blog posts!

We are in Reno now and although there was heavy snow a week or so ago, it is nice now. Pretty view out the window with all the snow, but the roads and driveway are clear now! Just right for enjoying the scenery.

I recently got an iPhone and it is so cool. But this morning I got the new app, Suzy's Portable Stitches. Now that is waaaaaaaay cool! So now I will have stitch reference wherever I go! If you want it, search on needlework in the app store.

I'll be working on things for my website, plus I have 2 new projects to start. Maybe I'll get far enough along to have pictures for you in a few days.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Travelling without Sweet Pea

The Holidays are beginning. Tomorrow DH and I are heading to Reno for 2 weeks, and then several days in Phoenix before we return to Las Vegas. We will be gone almost 3 weeks. Sweet Pea will be visiting friends during that time. My friend has 5 cats of her own, so Sweet Pea is in for a big adventure! I am going to miss her.

I'm packing up a bunch of projects to work on, including new patterns to get ready for sale. My new website has a tentative opening date of Feb 1 and I want to have several new patterns available by then. So this will be a "working" vacation for me. Of course "working" is kind of a misnomer since I love what I do!

Monday, December 14, 2009

M is for Mom

This mini-pillow is a Christmas gift for my Mom. She doesn't use a computer, so she won't see it here! I actually did the cross stitch a couple of years ago and never did anything with it. I found this little prefinished pillow at my LNS and just blind stitched the cross stitch onto it. Easy finish! I hope Mom likes it.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Stitch-of-the-Month Finished

Finished at last! Tony Minieri's Stitch-of-the-Month 2009 for ANG is complete. I changed the background pattern as I didn't care for Tony's. Mine is a smaller pattern thougn and took quite awhile to stitch using just 1 strand of Needle Necessities overdyed floss #120. This was a fun project. Even though it stretched over a year, it was usually only a few hours each month. I would definitely do another Stitch of the Month project.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Exploding Diamonds, Framed

I just picked Exploding Diamonds up at the frame shop. I am really pleased with the way this turned out. The inside mat doesn't photograph well as it is a metallic copper and reflects too much. But I love the piece & I was so excited when we found this frame molding that is just perfect!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

12 Days of Christmas FINISHED

It's finished! The 12 Days of Christmas bargello is done. I finished it Friday night after spending several days trying to decide how to do the center. I did lot's of doodle stitching before I settled on this waffle variation. Since it is in FyreWerks Soft Sheen, it didn't photograph too well - too much reflection. I will get a better picture for the title page when it is offered for sale. That won't be till after I get my website up, but it is too late now for another xmas design anyway!

Here is a detail of the center. I put this on the scanner, but it is too big too get it all. The metallic shows up better here.