Saturday, December 31, 2011

"Oldest UFO SAL"

Progress updated as of 31 Dec 2011.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Oldest UFO SAL"

This is one of my "oldest UFO". I think I started a few stitches about 8 - 10 years ago. I can't remember exact year but it was a gift to me from my mother. I decided to join Evaline's "Oldest UFO" challenge 2012 to encourage me to finish this lovely design. The designer is Tom Taylor.

Dinosaur for pajama bag

I just finished stitching the dinosaur from World of Cross-Stitching magazine to "finish" as a pajama bag for my youngest grandson. The fabric is a collection of dinosaurs. The drawstring has lining inside which I follow the tutorial from the internet.

Monday, December 12, 2011

This is as far as I got when I last stitched "Dawn Tuskers" about 19 years ago. I think I got sidetracked with other designs/charts or I developed a case of startism and completely forgotten that I had put this aside in my stash bin.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Coasters for mugs -3

This is for my 2nd son who loves to drink coffee. I bought a gift certificate for him to buy coffee from his favorite coffee store and his coasters has Hawaiian turtle theme since he used to live in Hawaii during the winter seasons.

Coasters for mugs - 2

I made up 4 coasters with West Coast totem material for my mother.

Coasters for mugs

I am starting to enjoy my sewing machine and making coasters is a good way to get back into the groove. This is a coaster with dog's paws. The left photo is the back of the coaster and the right photo is the front. Jolihen, from the Stitcher's Village is teaching me how to make coasters.

Monday, December 5, 2011

drawstring pajama bag

This is my husband's drawstring pajamas bag for our RV.

drawstring pajama bag

A long time ago, I joined Helga Mendal's Mystery SAL and when I finished stitching her design, I put it in my drawer to decide what finishing I wanted to do. I finally decided to make it into a pajama bag for my RV since we travel during the summer. The bag says "back on the road again". I made another pajama bag for my DH using travel signs fabric in the States.

Mitten motifs for wicker basket

I am stitching motifs for 3 wicker baskets. My grandson is almost 3 years old so I needed to stitch motifs of what is inside the wicker basket. This one will have mittens only inside. (Photo on the right) The second one will have a scarves only motif and the third one will have toques only motif. He will be able to take the basket from the shelves to get what he wants without taking all of the basket down and dump them on the floor to find what he wants.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

bath hand puppets

Bath hand puppets for grandson's Christmas presents. There are 10 different characters. So far, I have done ladybug, frog, lamb and bear.

I am struggling with my stitching ability on the sewing machine. I think it is because I am still new to appliques on terry cloths. I found out that I was supposed to use a stabilizer cloth underneath the terry cloth when stitching appliques. But the fusible web underneath the nose, eyes, mouth, etc is causing my machine to tangle the threads so I ended up hand stitching around those areas. I am self-taught and I thought I needed to broaden out my stitching ability. Back to my favorite hobby which is more relaxing on my nerves.....cross-stitching!

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Christmas Kisses"

Just finished "Christmas Kisses" from The World of Cross Stitching magazine, Issue #181, page 8. The bird is underneath the mistletoe which the mouse is holding and waiting for a kiss. I will be making it into an ornament in a few days. This was a fun stitch!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"Space Robot"

I just finished my "Space Robot" from the World of Cross Stitching, Issue #180, page 33 for 4 grandsons. I made the pajama bag out of space ship material into a drawstring bag. The lining is solid color of their favorite color and each boy has their own initial letter on the gift tag to put outside of the Christmas gift wrapping when ready. First I have to buy new pajama to put into their bag, then I am ready to wrap them up. Next project will be to figure out what I want to stitch, make or to get for my son and DIL.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Give-away !

Linda is having a give-away in her blog!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

"Space Robot"

Making a pajama bag for one of my grandson using "Space Robot" on the front as a theme. Will stitch his name underneath as I plan to make 4 different "space robot" for each of my 4 grandsons for Christmas gift.

I am still working on "Meerkat Standing" as well.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuck Pillow

Well, I finally had the courage to stitch my first "tuck pillow" for a gift to one of the ladies that attended the Quadra Island stitch get-together! I will be making quite a few of different stitching design for the tuck pillows. Each ladies has their own favorite theme and colors. I am still working on "Meerkat Standing" in rotation. I have 9 more to go so I will be alternating my smalls and the "Meerkat Standing".

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Meerkat Standing"

Just an update of my progress on "Meerkat Standing". Soon the meerkat's head will be showing.

I stitched during the stitching get-together at Quadra Island last weekend. It was a great experience and I got to meet the ladies that I have been in contact with for many years in our Canadian cross stitching yahoo group. Our next stitching get-together will be in New Brunswick in 2014. We are all looking forward to that new adventure.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Christmas gift tags

I managed to finished my grandson's christmas gift tags done. All I will need to do is to buy Christmas gifts when I received their Christmas wish list in November. Now I need to stitch tags for the adults in our family. Sons, Daughter-in-law, parents and grandparents. The adults will have a Christmas theme gift tag instead.

"Meerkat Standing"

I will also be taking this with me to the Quadra Island stitch get-together over the weekend. I will be stitching in rotation both designs...... hopefully will have the meerkat's face done. I love stitching this as it is also no fractional stitches nor backstitching required.

"Bear Country"

The face of the bear is starting to appear. I enjoy stitching the "Bear Country" design as there are no fractional stitches to deal with. I will be taking this design with me to our Quadra Island stitch get-together over the weekend.

Friday, September 9, 2011

"Meerkat Standing" "cross stitch kits"

This is the beginning of my stitching "Meerkat Standing". It is a joy to stitch because Yiotas provided threads already wrapped in bobbins so there is no sorting to do before starting the stitch. This prevents the guessing of which color represents which symbols. I really appreciate that since my eyes are not as great as they used to be. The chart is in large print and very easy on my eyes too. There are no fractional stitches nor backstitching to stitch when done. She also provided DMC threads conversion for the threads that came with the kit. I am really looking forward to watching this meerkat develop as my needles continue to stitch.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"Bear Country"

I will also be stitching "Bear Country" as well. I started this on the fabric that came with the chart but it was too short so I switched over to 28 ct Lugana, Anitque white and I have 3 inches around for framing. The original fabric is 14 ct light oatmeal. This is an unique design as well. Designer is Joyce Cleveland.

"Meerkat Standing"

This is "Meerkat Standing" which I will be stitching. The owner and designer is Yiotas Christodoulou. (Yiotas XStitch) Her website address is

I just received the kit and I will be posting my update of the "Meerkat Standing".

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

progress of "Humble Adobe"

This is going to take me forever to complete. It is stitched on 28ct Laguana, stitching 2 over 2.

"Seeds 4 A Song" - Lizzie Kate design

I just finished this design. It is stitched on red, 28ct Jobelan with mixture of hand-dyed threads and DMC. There are 3 sunflower buttons, a regular button for the birdhouse on the left above the heart and black seeds between the word "a" on both sides.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

"Tree of Stitches" SAL

I have finished my "Tree of Stitches" SAL. This is stitched on 28ct with various kind of threads. The specialty stitches starting from the left side to right are:

1. Cross Stitch for tree trunk
2 Smryna Stitch or Double Cross Stitch
3 French Knots
4 Eyelets
5 Rice Stitch
6 Cushion Stitch
7 Jerusalem Stitch
8 Floral Stitch
9 Norwich Stitch
10 Star Stitch
11 Rhodes Square
12 Fancy Cross
13 Tied Windmill Stitch
14 Leaf Stitch
15 Owl, Rabbit and flowers (the owl and rabbit was omitted)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Name tag

I just finished stitching the name tag for an upcoming stitch get together in Sept on Quadra Island, which is across from Campbell River in Vancouver Island, B.C.

The design is stitched on 28ct evenweave with DMC threads. Since I have attended several conventions in the past, I took one of my old plastic name tag holder to insert the stitched name tag that I made.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Little Kate" at the beach making sand castles

I just finished "Little Kate" from Margaret Sherry's calendar. This is Little Kate at the beach making sand castles. This will be going to Quilt Angel Project for sick children in Canada.

Stitched on aida with DMC threads

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Margaret Sherry's duck

I stitched this for the June Challenge. Stella told a story and the members were to guess by stitching one of Margaret Sherry's chart to match the story. I stitched the duck swimming.... the winner was "Lazy Day", which is Archie and a dog sitting in a lawn chair. It was a fun challenge!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Disney- "Let's Bounce"

I have one more character to stitch. Tigger on the top of Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh. It is stitched on 16ct aida. It is 6" by 20" in design. I am thinking of making it into a oblong tube with elastic on the bottom and a loop to hang it up. I will either put plastic bags from the grocery store to store it and use when needed or put my socks in and hang up in my RV. It will give me more space to put my clothes into drawer and this will keep all of my socks together in one tube.

Friday, June 17, 2011

"Mechanic Dog"

Margaret Sherry's "Mechanic Dog" stitched on 28ct Lagana for my husband. A fun and quick stitch!

Monday, June 6, 2011

"Africa Safari"

This is as far as I will go for now. I am switching over to another one of my stitching project to give my eyes a rest. I noticed that the designer of this chart forgot to include the letter "K" in this sampler. I may have to stitch the letter "K" but not sure where at this time.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Tree of Stitches" SAL

Progress updated. Part 1 to 10 finished. I just finished the "Star Stitch" which is on the right side of the tree. It is hard to see each stitches when taking a photo of the full tree. There are 6 more different specialty stitches to learn and then the tree will be completed.

Monday, May 30, 2011

"Africa Safari"

Progress updated and still going slow due to color of fabric and stitching each X before moving on to the next square. But interesting design.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Fuzzy Moon"

This is a cover kit from the Crazy Cross Stitch May Issue #150. It is a fun, quick stitch. Strange teddy bear but cute.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Siamese Cat Bookmark

I just finished stitching this Siamese Cat Bookmark from Jill Oxton's magazine. I was thinking about my sister who passed away 3 years ago from cancer and she used to have Siamese cats for most of her life. When she left, she had 4 Siamese cats at the time. So I was in the mood to stitch a bookmark in memory of her.

Friday, May 20, 2011

"Tree of Stitches" SAL

Progress updated.... Part 1 to 9 completed. So far, I have stitched
1 cross-stitch for the tree trunk
2 smyrna stitch
3 french knots
4 eyelets
5 rice stitch
6 cushion stitch
7 Jerusalem stitch
8 Floral stitch
9 Norwich stitch / Woven cross-stitch

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Humble Adobe"

I decided to switch over from 25ct to 28 ct 2 over 2. It will be 56"H by 46" W when done. My eyes were becoming sore and I think I was straining them after stitching over an hour on 25ct one over one. The last straw was when I made an error and I was unable to frog the thread without damaging the fabric on 25ct. I am enjoying stitching on this fabric so far.

Monday, May 9, 2011

"Let's Bounce" progress

I only got this far since I have been busy with family gathering during Mother's Day weekend. Part of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Roo, and part of the flowers and grass done.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I just received my Britain's #1 Cross Stitcher, Issue # 238 magazine yesterday in the mailbox. This is a cover kit that came with the magazine. Just a fun project to keep me going in between my large stitching projects that I am working on.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

"Let's Bounce" - Disney

I am stitching "Let's Bounce" from Disney on 14ct aida with DMC threads.

This is my progress so far. It is in rotation with my other stitching projects.

"Herd of Elephants"

This is one of my oldest UFO. I had forgotten that I put it aside for another project. This will be a large design. It is stitched on 14ct aida with DMC threads.

SanMan 4 seasons freebie

I will be stitching this SanMan 4 seasons into a bookmark. I just have the backstitching on the months left to do. Each corner of the bookmark will have a different charm from the button company. ( acorn, bee, flower, snowflake) I have learned that it is very difficult for me to stitch on a dark fabric. This is 28ct dark grey, Cashell linen.

progress of "O'Canada"

I am stitching in rotation for this week about 5 different projects.

This is "O'Canada" stitched on 28 ct linen with DMC threads.

Designer by Sandy Orton.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Love you, Mum

I added this "Love you, Mum" from Britain's No 1 Cross Stitcher, Issue # 237 on page 79 into a Mother's Day card. This Margaret Sherry's card will go with the meerkat bookmark that I made for her as well.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Meerkat bookmark

Meerkat bookmark completed in time for my mother's gift. She requested a bookmark for Mother's Day. I stitched a tassle instead of fraying the sides of the bookmark. The backing is a piece of fabric in desert sand design. Stitched on 28ct Lagana with DMC threads.

Monday, April 18, 2011

"Tree of Stitches" SAL

Just finished Part 7 - Jerusalem Stitch with WDW Marigold thread.