Stitch Therapy

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We had a lovely low key weekend. I spent time clothes shopping and leisurely house-keeping and even had a date night with Tom (Mexican food and tarot card readings!). It was just what the doctor ordered.

I realized recently that I have finishes that have never been photographed. Add it to the to-do list. The problem is my love-hate relationship with photography. I love good photos, but lack the knowledge, patience, and skills to consistently take them. Oh well, another thing for the to-do list; learn photography.

That being said, here is the latest big finish.

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This was stitched on 32 count linen in The Gentle Arts “Cranberry” floss (the perfect red, in my opinion).

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I am such a big fan of Modern Folk and love the way this turned out. Now I just have to work up the courage to actually sew a pillow cover with it. Zippers are so scary.

Any finishing tips, fellow stitchers? Do you do it yourself? Do you hire someone? Are zippers really as difficult as they seem? Help!

Diary of a Crazy Cat Lady

Spring has sprung here in Pennsylvania! It’s hard not to feel cheery when the snow is melting and the sun is shining.

We can actually play in the driveway again! Hooray!

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In addition to the beautiful weather, this was a pretty stellar weekend. There was not just one, but THREE(!!!) cross stitch finishes! I didn’t have time to take nice photos or even iron them yet, but here they are in their fresh-off-the-hoop wrinkly glory.

Finish #1…

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I LOVED LOVED LOVED working on this. This project definitely falls into the category of “stitch therapy,” because I don’t know how many mindless, meditative hours I spent on it (I started it last JULY on the cruise!). Need a relaxing project? Go here… I love Modern Folk designs. He is currently offering a free pattern that is super cute for Mother’s Day.

Finish #2

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The boys got me this for my birthday last year. In a house full of boys, I need all of the Girl Power that I can get.

Finish #3

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This one is from the (one & only) embroidery club meeting that I attended. Maybe I’ll make an ornament out of it but that’s something to think about on another day.

In other news…

In a continued effort to be a crazy cat lady, I discovered #catsofinstagram.

HAHA! This photo cracks me up! I’m looking at cats and Charlie is looking at me!

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I am so glad that Charlie came to live with us. He entertains me to no end. Here he is squeezing himself onto a pile of napkins when there is a whole empty table to sit on.

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And here he is giving me the stare down while I’m trying to relax.

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I just love him so much.

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Happy Tuesday!

Excuse me while I blow my nose.

Ahhh- CHOO! I officially have my first cold of the season, so my 4 day weekend was full of soggy tissues and NyQuil. Ick.

On Thursday, I dragged the boys around on errands. We went looking for new dog beds and ended up with a beta fish. His name is Finn and he’s blue.

We did get dog beds too.

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Everyone had to try them out.

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On Friday, the boys were otherwise occupied so I could be a complete slug, except that I wasn’t. In my delirious state, I tried to finish my quilt and it REALLY SUCKED. So I just cut up the stupid thing and made pillows instead.

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They don’t match anything else in our house, but I don’t care. After all of the time and effort and money that went into them, we WILL use them!

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Anyhoo… on Saturday, we had soccer and it was hot. The boys were sweaty and frustrated and I was trying to be peppy and supportive (“Good play! Wow! Great save! Go team!) but I was really pretty feverish and tired. Luckily we made it through the game (6-0, we lost), afternoon playdates, and went out to dinner. The boys thought that it was super fancy to sit on a couch at a restaurant. Yay for easy dinners.

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I perked up a little on Sunday so we went apple picking. We got a lot of apples.

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So we made applesauce and ate it with whipped cream, which was good. We still have a lot of apples though.

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Then the best part of the weekend happened. You know, the part in which Tom hung up my cross stitch projects!!! Wheeee!

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This really deserves some break-out-the-good-camera action, but have I mentioned that I’m feverish, so phone pics will have to do for now.


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It’s like a museum of cross stitch! Dedicated to ME! I’m not an egomaniac, I swear. Or am I? How embarrassing. >gulp<

An apple a day.

Look at me on a blog posting roll!

Happy Wednesday! Last night we ate grilled salmon, rice, and sautéed “power greens”. That’s really what they were called. I feel full of power today (not). In fact, it was extra hard to crawl out of bed because bed was extra cozy and warm.

I am still trying hard to appreciate the little things like:
a nice boss,
when you’re driving and a really great song comes on the radio,
sitting on your honey’s lap and having the kids say “Look at that happy couple!”,
some alone time with your oldest son while everyone else is at taekwondo,
going through that same son’s baby albums to help him pick out photos for his timeline project,
a secret space heater under my desk at work.

Tonight we have leftovers and Scouts, then tomorrow we have OFF! Hip Hip Hooray!

This weekend, I vow to hang all of my cross stitched projects that came back from the framers, put out some Fall decorations (the only time no one questions witchy decor), and maybe go apple picking. Is it too early for apple picking? Is it ever too early for apple picking?

Here’s a photo from the last time we went apple picking. Holy heck… my hair was long!

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Finish & Start & Summer & a Boat Trip

Hi Blog! I can’t believe that it has been so long since the last post!

Summer has been busy so far. Here’s what’s been going on…

The boys are enjoying camp; swimming and playing soccer and doing archery each day.

Littlest switched to a new TaeKwonDo school which is super intense.

We have had a lot of playdates.  Everyone is pooped by the end of the day.

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We found our first red strawberry, only to have it stolen by a chipmunk or some other pest the very next day.

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I got my hair cut by a Korean lady who didn’t speak much English. I told her I wanted VOLUME and she smiled and nodded and just started cutting away. Now I have bangs and a lot of layers. It’s growing on me.

This is how I usually find Tom and Coal.  Tom: reading. Coal: anywhere that Tom is.

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Good Old Llama (Littlest’s favorite stuffed animal during the baby/toddler years) was rediscovered and has been seen toted around the house again. I love him.

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I finally baked a good loaf of bread! (No pictures, Darn, but trust me!)

Raven Bewitched is finished! This was SO FUN! Definitely my most relaxing stitch ever.

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We are leaving this Sunday for an 8 day cruise to celebrate Tom’s parent’s 50th Anniversary. I have never been on a cruise before and am nervous about 1. getting sea sick and 2. being bored.

To deal with #1, I went to Target and bought every kind of motion sickness medicine that I could get my hands on. To deal with #2, I am packing many books AND a new cross stitch project. So…


Floral Heart Pillow by Modern Folk!

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I’ve admired his patterns for awhile. I clearly have a thing for monochromatic symmetrical traditional looking pieces, so this fits the bill. Doesn’t it look like it will be such a bliss-out-relaxing-no-thinking-at-all stitch?



So, I have this problem where I keep buying old frames at yard sales and thrift stores. I love the ones that are really beaten up and chunky and held together with big ancient looking nails and wrangly knotty wires in the back.

Then it occurred to me that I also have this problem of finishing my cross stitch projects and then not doing anything with them.

Can you see where I’m going here?

This morning, I had some extra time so I pulled out my finishes (and almost finishes) and frames and played a little game of match up!


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First up, Raven Bewitched!

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Isn’t she bewitching? I got this lovely for $2 at the neighborhood yard sale last weekend. It is chunky and solid. The old man I got it from said that it used to hold a picture of his Grandfather, who was “quite a famous man.”  I started to ask him who he was, but got distracted (probably by another treasure). You can see the spot on the bottom where there was probably a placard with this famous man’s name. Now I’m wondering who he was.

Next up, my cute marriage sampler. Remember this one? I love her.

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This frame is understated and has a pretty antique patina. There is a price tag on the side for $7, so that must be what I paid. For once, I left enough fabric around the edges so that it won’t be a nightmare to frame.

And, finally, good old Quaker JOY.

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I got this frame at a really cool architectural salvage place in Philadelphia. I don’t remember what I paid for it, but it was more than I’d typically spend. I couldn’t resist because the wood was so pretty and the design so simple. This will need some kind of mat board to hide the stingy fabric edge.


Frame hoarding pays off!


Is Christmas really only 2 weeks away? (Yes, it is)

Did I really miss my one year Blogaversary? (Yes, I did)

Did it really snow this much this week? (Yes, it did)

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Am I really several weeks late in posting photos of my recent finish? (Yes, I am)

So, without further ado…

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Because you all know me and my flair for the dramatics, I will say that this one just about killed me.

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It was stitched on 36 count linen, using 1 strand of floss.

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I learned to do the Queen Stitch…

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and Petit Point.

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There were 39 thread colors in total. I used plain old DMC, because can you imagine using the fancy stuff on this many colors?

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It’s supposed to be a wedding sampler but I left out the verse and the names, because I’m a rebel like that, and besides, I didn’t like the sentiment.

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I do like the snake though.

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I started in May 2013 and finished in November 2013. I don’t even want to think about how many hours that is.

This was definitely my hardest project to date, but also my most satisfying. There was a lot of cursing involved in the process, but it feels really good to have this one under my belt. Any bets on how long it will be before it actually gets framed?

Another weekend gone by.

I got back from NY late on Friday so we skipped soccer practice (we are such rebels!). I met Tom and the boys at a Greek place for dinner and they were already waiting when I arrived with a giant hummus platter. Do my guys know me or do they know me?

Saturday = the last regular soccer games of the season. Now onto tournament weekend and then we will be DONE! Hooray!

Biggest went to a sleepover on Saturday night so we got to hang with Littlest. He got to choose the activities, so we had a Dance-Off (I won) and watched Minecraft parody videos (Who knew there was such a thing?).

I started my new cross stitch project and it is mighty fun.

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I wanted to use the kit in its full form without substituting materials so stuck with the provided Aida. I like the color, but it is so stiff! Hopefully, it will soften with handling. I am also trying once again to use my Q-Snap frame which I’m not loving. There’s just something about a nice wooden hoop that feels so much better. Call me Old Skool.

I also FINISHED my sampler! Finally! I love it! Unfortunately, there was no time to take any pictures. Must wait for a nice sunny day to break out the big guns. This project took so long that measly iPhone photos just don’t seem adequate.

Sunday, we worked all day on Biggest’s huge school project. It is a video and we are all in it. Coal even makes a cameo appearance in full costume. Getting Biggest motivated to work on it was a huge PITA but the end product was pretty AWESOME (if I do say so myself)! We might have a future movie director on our hands, although I wonder if Steven Spielberg fights so much with his little brother while on the set.

Did you have fun weekends too?

A finish!

So… there was a quiet little finish around here last week.


I loved working on this one.




The thread was delicious. Is it OK to describe thread as delicious?


I bought a frame a while back, but I don’t know what I was thinking, because it doesn’t fit. I might splurge and have this one professionally framed. We’ll see if my frugality wins out though. I dream of having a big wall in our family room full of cross stitches in random frames and designs.


Isn’t it such a feeling of accomplishment to finish, but also kinda sadness because it’s over?

I’m suffering a bit of withdrawal now that this is done. I have a new pattern picked out, but need to go buy thread. In the meantime, I’m randomly stitching here and there on Roseberries, which is now officially categorized as a practice piece for trying out stitches and colors and such. That takes the pressure off of having to love it. Categorizing make me feel better. It works for everything… such as “yoga pants to wear in public” vs. “yoga pants that can only be worn around the house when no one can see you” or “healthy food to eat” vs. “food to eat while standing in front of the fridge when you’re PMSing.”  By the way, these are just EXAMPLES of categories and certainly not ones that I actually use. 😉

On that note… it’s time for me to go be productive. Have a great day, Blogland friends!



I’ve been framed.

Hello Monday. I am not happy to see you again.

We had a nice weekend. Indoor soccer, birthday party, book report, doctors appointment, trip to Target… you know, exciting stuff.

I did finally work up the nerve to frame my first piece. Ready?



I was planning to document the whole process with photos, but was not patient enough to do so. It’s probably a good thing because you would’ve seen me making all kinds of unattractive stressed out faces.

I ended up using this frame that I picked up for $4 at a thrift store. It had a corny picture of geese in it.

Since I didn’t take photos, I will tell you that I followed these steps.

  • Wrapped fabric around foam core
  • Centered and pinned around the edges
  • Laced the back with strong floss

What I learned from this project… leave a lot of extra fabric on all sides of your stitching or you will be really frustrated when it is time to frame. I did not leave enough extra fabric on the right and was barely able to reach the frame on that side. I suppose that I could have used a matte, but being both cheap and lazy, I just stretched the fabric as far to the right as possible.

It feels really good to have my first project completed and framed! This one will always be extra special because it is how I discovered my love of cross stitch. Who would’ve thought that making little Xs could be so much fun!

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