Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Happy Dance - All American Santa

Started in 2019: 8/19/2019
Finished: 9/3/2019

This is All American Santa, a kit from Charlotte's Collectibles.  I used all the called for materials and it's stitched on 14-count white plastic canvas with DMC floss.

This was a UFO, but I don't remember when I started it.  It was on my list of UFO's to finish this year though.   This is where I left it the last time I worked on it.

 Unfortunately, I think the reason I stopped stitching on was because it needed some frogging.  Once I completed the frogging, it looked like this.

If you remember my last happy dance post, I said my next project would be a birthday present.  Unfortunately, it was not fun, took away my stitching mojo and is still not complete.  I decided to move on to something else.  Hopefully, I'll still get it done in time for Christmas.

Next Project: Black Cat Christmas Ornament
Goal: Finish

I'm also going back to stitching on both a large and small project each day.  The goal for the smaller project will probably be a finish, but the goal for the larger project will most likely be a number of hours.

Next Large Project: Magic Doll - Fox
Goal: 5 hours


They Grow So Fast

Back in June, I posted pictures of our new kitten.  Here are two of them.  He was about eight or nine
weeks old in these pictures

He fits very well in the space where I keep the floss for my current project.  Last night I took another picture.  He doesn't fit so well now, but he still likes to cuddle there.  He's now almost six months old.

He also loves plastic for some reason and loves to play with the trash bags I'm keeping my giveaways in.  Sometimes he curls up and falls asleep on them and sometimes he likes to investigate what's in them and sometimes he even pulls stuff out to play with.

He also does something that I've never seen a cat do before--he plays fetch.  He will bring me something to toss for him and keep bringing it back over and over.  I usually wear out before he does.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Girl Scout Bronze Award

First, I want to apologize for not posting in almost a month.  First of all, I hardly stitched anything during the month of August and had no additional finishes.  I also went into another funk which kept me from doing much of anything.  I'm better now and stitching again so there will be some posting going on.

Now, onto the reason for this post.  My granddaughter just completed her last year of Junior Girl Scouts and my daughter is the leader.

The highest award a Junior can earn is the Bronze Award which is earned as a troop and is meant to meet a need of some kind.  The girls decided to create quiet books out of felt and give them to the church so that they could be used by the younger children who didn't want to go into the nursery. 

On Sunday, they presented six of the books to the church and the church posted the following pictures on the church Facebook site.

The Facebook post included the following:
"Thank you to Girl Scout troop 4082 for presenting to the children's ministry handmade Quiet Books the girls made. The books will be stored in the nursery on a book tree. Young children can borrow the books and use them while sitting in church with their families. This project earned the girls the Bronze Award, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Congratulations girls and thanks for the gift!"

Here are some examples of the pages they did.  Everything is tethered so that the pieces won't get lost while in the church.


The books were put in canvas bags and can be checked out in the nursery.

After the presentation, the girls met to have refreshments and receive their bronze awards in front of their families and a few friends.

Kyleigh's cousins were visiting from Oregon and were able to attend the presentation with Kyleigh's dad and other grandparents before heading home.

And finally, just because this is probably the last time she'll wear her vest, here's a look at the back.  You can sort of see the front in the picture above.  She's been a busy girl and had a lot of fun the past two years as a Junior and will be continuing as a Cadette this year.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Happy Dance - August Palko Lap

Started: 8/1/2019
Finished: 8/5/2019

This is a free SAL from several years ago on her blog which can be found at
It's stitched on 25-count ivory Lugana as charted with DMC Coloris floss #4521which reminds me of sunflowers.

It took approximately eight hours to stitch over five days.  It should have been faster, but there was a lot of frogging involved.

Next Up: A Birthday Present
Goal: Finish

Friday, August 2, 2019

Happy Dance - July Owl

Started: 7/27/2019
Finished: 8/1/2019

This is the July edition of Leslie Teare's free Owl SAL on Facebook.  It's stitched on Lite Oatmeal 14-count Aida with the called for threads.  The only change I made was to do the backstitching in 3799 instead of 310.  Oh, and the border was supposed to be stitched in 666.  I also believe that there is at least one unintentional customization, but it's minor and I didn't notice it until I was doing the border.

This will be donated to WOCS with the other owls, hopefully by the end of the year.  I'm very proud of myself for keeping up with this SAL.

Next Up: Palko Lap - August
Goal: Finish

Monday, July 29, 2019

Smalls SAL - July

It's time again for the Smalls SAL hosted by Mary at Mary's Thread This is where we share the small projects we've stitched during the previous month. Click the link to see what other stitchers are sharing this month.  I'm a little late this month.  Fridays are always busy, but this time the weekend was too.

Everything I stitched this month qualifies as a small and you've already seen them all before, but here goes.
Fabulous Watermelon - Cross Stitch Crazy #192 (Jenny Barton)
Flip Flops -Lucie Heaton (Free Chart)

June Owl - Leslie Teare (Free Facebook SAL)
July - Palko Lap (Free Chart on Blog)
Tree Shopping - Mill Hill Winter Holiday Collection

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Happy Dance - Tree Shopping

Started: 7/17/2019
Finished: 7/26/2019

This is Tree Shopping from Mill Hill's most recent Holiday Collection.  I used the materials in the kit, but made two changes: 1) I used two strands of floss for the cross stitch and I filled in the empty areas around the white stitches at the top.  

It seemed to take a lot longer than usual to stitch and I'm not sure why, except that I actually followed the direction and did the stitching first and beading last; usually I bead as I go.  Also, all of the beads were in one bag and I had trouble distinguishing between the black and green and the gray and white at first.

It came with a magnet, but I made a hanger for it instead.   I still need to attach the hanger and add the backing, but once that's done it will be added to my drawer of Christmas ornaments to go on the tree this Christmas.

Next Up: July Owl
Goal: A Finish