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Did anyone else have the same reaction as I did when I turned my planner page this month?

"Wait.  What?!"  

That's what I said last Monday.  Aloud.  At my desk.  At work.  People stopped and stared.  As if Mondays aren't bad enough.

I mean, clearly, 1 November comes after 31 October, but this year for some reason, I thought my planner was playing silly planner games.  Like, no way was it already November.


BUT.  You DO know what that means, right?  CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!

I cannot even contain my excitement about Christmas.  Literally.cannot.even.  I listened to Christmas music today at work while writing a memo.  I did a chair dance when Mariah's "Oh, Santa!" came on shuffle.

Don't you get all judgy on me.  You know you do the same thing, every time.  Yup.  Every time.

In other news, I actually have a finish!  Score!  AND, it's Halloween-themed!  I was on a Halloween roll there for a while.  I'm over it now, though, because....Christmas.

Anyways.  Halloween!  Witches!  Snakes!  Pumpkins!  Bats!  They're all in this fun piece from Prairie Schooler -

Double, Double | Prairie Schooler #crossstitch #halloween


Double, Double | Prairie Schooler #crossstitch #halloween


Those skulls, tho!

Double, Double | Prairie Schooler #crossstitch #halloween

Double, Double | Prairie Schooler #crossstich #halloween



Monday Catch Up.

Did you ever get so behind in reading your blog roll that you just went through each one and cleared the feed without reading any of the articles?

No?  Just me?  Ok.  Well....I just did that.  Last week, I fought what I call The Trifecta: ear infection, sinus infection, and bronchitis.  All of that at the same time.  I'll let you know when that's fun.  When I was able to sit upright for longer than 35 seconds, I made chocolate chia pudding, because, priorities.   And chocolate heals all ailments. 

Since I'd been out of commission for so long, I had wayyyy too many posts in my feed.  So, I just deleted them.  It was liberating.  Now I can start the week fresh with new blog posts I'll (hopefully) have time to read!

I wasn't able to do much last week, being laid up on the couch and all, but I was able to make some serious progress on two of my pieces.

First up, Shores of Hawk Run:

Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings

That house was killer to build, and the stone cliff made me want to drink heavily after I was done, just so I could see straight again.  It doesn't look like much...but 40 count is a beast when you're filling in all those squares.  

I also finished The Night Before Christmas from Prairie Schooler:

The Night Before Christmas by Prairie Schooler #crossstitch #christmas

I stitched this on 32 count Smokey White, which is actually a painted linen vice overdyed - the smokey effect is only present on the side it's painted on, rather than variegated through the entire fabric.

btdubs - I'm sure most of you have heard by now, but after this year, the ladies at Prairie Schooler will be retiring, and they will not be reprinting those designs already in print.  So, make sure you get your hands on whatever graphs you want, because once they're gone, they're gone.  This, friends, is precisely why I hoard cross stitch graphs - you never know when one of your favorite designers will retire and you won't be able to get their graphs ever again.  And because, well, some of them I just can't pass up and need to have.  

Ahem.  Moving on.

I don't know about you guys, but have you been watching True Detective?  Are you as completely and utterly confused as I am with this season??  Please tell me I'm not alone.  I finished watching last night's episode just exhausted from trying to piece everything together.  There are only two episodes left and literally no answers.  It's like I'm watching LOST again - every week there are 42 new questions and no friggin answers.  GAH.

Anyhooter.  I'm off to go grab my 5th mug of coffee (yes, 5th) and hopefully make it through this Monday in one piece as I come down the home stretch of recovery from The Trifecta. 

May your Monday be full of sunshine and an endless pot of coffee!! Sig


Halloween Smalls | Cross Stitch

Well, it's officially August, which means any day now, we'll have Halloween candy shoved in our faces when we walk into the grocery stores.  My mom actually told me the other day that she saw it in the Giant already.

Totally inappropriate.  

I do love fall and Halloween, though.  Mostly I like the fall fashions - I get to wear my skinny jeans and riding boots again after a hot summer - but if I could, I'd move south in a heartbeat.  The winters just make my entire body hurt straight through to the bone, and quite frankly, I'm over it.

But that's neither here nor there.

What is here, is a new Prairie Schooler Halloween graph that's TOTALLY cool.  It's a chart of smalls, and each one is cuter than the next.  It's called Boo Moon.  And I love it.  

Being the former owner of a small black panther a black cat, naturally, this had to be the first one I stitched.


The best part about these smalls is you only use two colors - the dark brown (3371) and the orange (937).  Only one uses a third color, which is a yellow (729).  I decided to stitch these on 32 count Ale by Picture This Plus, instead of the cream/white that's called for in the graph, which helps add to the creepy feel of each small.

Because no black cat is seen on Halloween without a witch close at hand, this one clearly had to be next ~


So great.  Love her cape blowing in the wind as she scares the crap out of the moon.

Have any of you picked up a fall/Halloween piece to stitch??  The season will be here before you know it!!!

Much love ~



Weekender post.

Happy weekend, everyone :-)

I don't know about any of you guys, but this week was particularly mentally draining.

So much so, that I would find myself daydreaming about opening a needlework/fabric shop in a town like Asheville, and never looking back.  

I was organizing some pics on my computer - putting them into albums, deleting duplicates, etc. - and came across some that I'd forgotten I'd taken.


Took this at Barnes & Noble one night when I was there reading my nook & sipping some coffee.  The endless books just captivate me, much like libraries do, and I always feel like I need to start reading  One of my goals for 2013 is to read more, since I definitely didn't do enough of it last year.

This is a splice of a giant metal sign outside the King Arthur Flour baking education center that I snapped just before my gluten-free baking class I took last summer; the right side is a snap of their store.  I could have wandered around there for hours looking at all the amazing baking supplies they have.  Being there around all those bakers made me want to open a gluten-free bakery when I got home.  Then I remembered bakers have to get up around 0300 to start baking.  So.....nevermind.


Working with paper, stamps, and all the fun embellishments is so much fun.  From making little gift tags like this one with the shoe (adorbs, amiright?) to cards or big scrapbooks like I made for my sister, the art of papercrafting is addicting.  Maybe one day I'll do some custom mini-albums or even a big album for all those brides out there who need help preserving their memories...

But, as most of you know, cross stitch is my passion.  Without my needle and thread, I just don't know how I'd get through some days.  Most days, when I'm sitting at work totally exaspirated, I think of how and where I'd open a needlework shop, what classes I'd offer, and how much sewing fabric I'd stock, so that those stitchers who do their own finishing (for pieces they decide not to frame) have one-stop-shopping.  I'd even have a sitting area so you can bring your stitching, have some coffee from my pot, and join me for the afternoon for stitching and chatting.  

That, my friends, is my idea of Heaven on Earth.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you so much for stopping by my little piece of the Internet world.

Much love to you all.



Winter is coming...

Any "Game of Thrones" fans out there???  I CANNOT wait for the new season to begin.  Cannot wait.  I love my HBO series......but I do not love that they make you wait a full friggin year for the new season of your favorite shows.  Makes me angry.  "Boardwalk Empire" just ended, now I gotta wait till April for GOT.  Not happy.  I need something to keep me going these cold winter nights.
Well.  Once it actually GETS cold.  I'm not complaining....but I'm kinda freaked out.  64 degrees today in Philly.  Way weird.  
Anyhooter.  I have pics of a WIP I got goin' on in my den.  It's fitting for the time of year despite the fact that it's not actually cold out.  Yet.
I have a few Prairie Schooler patterns, but I haven't done any of them...until now.  I found this one in my stash - "Winter" - and thought it was appropriate to do now that Christmas is behind us (anyone else feel like it was for serious a month ago already???  how does that happen??  the week after Christmas and I already think it's been behind us for months.).
So...I went through my fabric stash (which these days, is a bit ridiculous.  i signed up for the fabric of the month in 2011 with Shakespeare's Peddler, and i'm now the proud owner of 12 (yes, 12) fat halves of 40 count fabric.  i'll let you ponder that for a moment, and you can all gasp in astonishment and slight horror when you realize how long after i'm dead this fabric will last.  a small hint:  a long, long time.), and picked out a very pretty piece of "Autumn Blush" from Silkweaver.  I wanted something light so you could see the contrasting dark DMC colors once it's stitched.  
It's turning out rather nicely, if I do say so myself...even if it's taking me foreverandafreakingday since it's TINY.  Seriously.  I do not know what I was thinking when I got so much of this count fabric.  I much.  I'm swimming in 40 count.  
Pretty, huh?!  :-)  I put my scissors next to it so you could see just how tiny this comes out when you're stitching it on 40 count fabric.  Itsy bitsy teeny weeny (yellow polka dot bikini!).  No fiber changes on this one - I'm stitching it using the same DMC that the sample was stiched in.
I also have been spending some QT in my craft room doing some scrapbooking.  I have pictures from the shore from this past summer, but not enough to fill a big 12x12 book, so I decided to give these mini albums a whirl.  I've been seeing them all over the place, and finally gave it a go.
Let me tell you - these mini albums are GREAT!  I  used a book I already had, but I plan on doing a chipboard album soon so I can try some different stuff.  I don't know what the theme will be, but I'm def doing it!  Here's a peek at a few of the pages I did for the shore pics I took (sadly, I'm not in a single pic....):


Aren't they fun?!  I have to go back and add some embellishments to some of the pages, but for the most part, it's complete.  For those of you who do scrapbooking in addition to your needlework, I suggest you try a mini album!  They're super cute and tons of fun!  I also find they're a little less work than the big books, so you have (almost) instant gratification!
That's it for me for the moment.  I know you've all been so patient waiting for me to post pics of stuff I've been working on, and I appreciate you all hanging in there until I finally get around to posting them!
Much love ~