Monthly Archives: July 2008

Well for all my big plans…

…I’ve stitched for a sum total of an hour and a half this month.  I have, however,  gotten most of my needlework library packed, my stash closet cleaned out and organized (with most of it in bins in the middle of the living room floor) and had a mild bout with food poisoning. (Have I mentioned I LOVE salsa? Sigh…) I am also trying to finish up a new website for work and share time with my mom who is visiting for a few weeks.

I am also woefully behind on sending thank you’s to those of you who leave comments and I’m even behind in my blog reading.  So please, be patient with me. This month maybe a little hit and miss with both stitching and updates, but in Arnold’s words ‘I’ll be back’ 🙂

The only thing I’ve stitched on this month is a little necklace kit from Shepherd’s Bush called I Love America.  This is kind of a special little kit as I bought it at Shepherds Bush a couple of years ago.  We were at a family reunion in Idaho…and on Saturday, July 3rd I looked at my sister in law Paula (with whom we happened to be sharing a hotel room), waggled my eyebrows and said ‘you know…it’s not THAT far to Ogden.’  I spoke the truth as I saw it. 🙂 It was, in fact, a mere 300 mile drive across a whole lot of nothing with high speed limits…piece of cake.

Being both adventurers and committed stitchers, common sense didn’t enter into the picture  and we were on the road in less than an hour. It was a good thing we called Teri at the shop. They had been planning to close a bit earlier than normal because of the holiday…but once they found out what we were doing, they graciously stayed open long enough for us to get there and do some serious shopping.  They do such a lovely job of making their customer’s feel very special!

It was a fun, if long, day and a wonderful memory.

I will be glad when the move is over and things get back to normal. I MISS STITCHING!

I’ll post again soon and hopefully will have a photo or two to share.  In the meanwhile…take care and thanks for stopping by!



(This was the missing post referred to in the following entry. I um…well, I published it as a page and not a post.  One of those ID-10-T errors. (read the word it spells :-))) So…I’ll be back tomorrow.  Blessings, J)



…I guess I’m losing my marbles.  I know I wrote a post yesterday. Could have sworn I published it. Now it seems to have disappeared. It’s not in drafts…it’s not anywhere. 😦


I am off to the lake until tomorrow. So I’ll update then.  Sorry, I really did have good intentions.

If anyone finds my lost words…please send them back to me. 🙂 Happy Stitching!



Happy Fourth of July!!!!!!!!!

I am grateful for my country, my freedom and the men and women down through history who have given of their lives and energies to ‘make it so’.

May everyone who lives here in the states have a wonderful holiday and may EVERYONE have a peaceful and blessed day.  Happy Stitching!



First of all…

…thank each of you who visit me here and leave comments. I had more visitors last month than ever before! I want you to know it is a joy and a privilege for me to share my passion for the needlearts with everyone who takes the time to stop by. I have met wonderful friends in this on-line world…what a friendly and talented group of people! I feel so blessed.

Well, stitching in June ended with kind of a bust. I was organizing my studio (stitching room, whatever 🙂 trying to get ready to move and I didn’t finish my kloster blocks or my Christmas ornament. Still, I was able to put some of my goals into the ‘done column.” This is how June shaped up:

June 2008:

1. Get back into the habit of blogging- at least 2x per week-15 posts for the month–Done!

2. Finish Santa Fe Square by Gay Ann RogersDone!

3. Finish a Christmas Ornament-Nope 😦

4. Finish Kloster Block outline on A Quilter’s Garden by Emie Bishop-Made progress, but didn’t finish 😦

5. Finish second repeat on the Colinette Afghan-made progress but didn’t finish 😦

6. Start a freestyle embroidery piece…even if it’s just two stitches. :-)--started a little Janalynn kit…a simple pillow, but it’s still a start! Done!

Not great, but better than the last few months.

Now, as for July. I went ahead and set goals, but with moving, I’m not entirely certain how successful I will be in the done column. Still, I want to try, because it helps  to have something to aspire to, apart from filling boxes. 🙂

So here are my July goals (also posted in ‘2008 Monthly Goals’ in my sidebar.

July 2008:

1. Continue blogging-at least 2x per week.

2. Finish (as in clear coat) new maple bookcases and move.

3. Finish second repeat on the Colinette Afghan

4. Finish klosters and eyelets on A Quilter’s Garden by Emie Bishop and start cross stitching.

5. Stitch Christmas ornament

6. Finish Janalynn Pillow-freestyle embroidery

7. Start rotation, even if just one hour on the Kingsland Ancestral Wedding Sampler.

8. Send in next phase of ANG Master Needlework Artist.

9. Stitch 4th of July Shepherd’s Bush necklace!

10. Start Catherine Agnes by Indigo Rose

I have to do the Master Needle Artist submittal…that is non-negotiable. While it seems like a lot, none of these are really huge, time consuming things, so stay tuned and see how it all turns out. Besides, what’s life without something to work towards. 🙂

For all of you who live in the U.S. A.-I hope that you and your families will have a peaceful and happy 4th of July celebration. Please join me in giving thanks for this marvelous country in which we live.

Blessings to all who stop by to share my little world. I’ll end as I began.—thank you!