Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Well, I saw this image tonight (dare I call it a Meme...is that the correct use of that word?).  What ever you want to call it, I can call it one thing for sure.....TRUE!
I was re-inspired by Pam to get focused on the stocking last night.  Now that I am re-inspired, I did not have one free moment to stitch today.  But, I will tomorrow, and this is exciting!  In the meantime, I will dream about the creepy hoarders music and the chance that I would be featured for my Needlepoint stash.  Goodnight, fellow hoarders!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Needed: Faith (of the spider that is)

I simply can not motivate myself to work on the stocking.  I have many cheerleaders, Mary, Pam, Laurie, and Jill!  Instead, I started the first of my first 12 Days Of Christmas by Shelly.  It is easy to take on the go, or at least that is how I rationalized it to myself!  Finished the sky and half of the grass on the Partridge in a Pear Tree....and still the stocking sits.  Seriously, this is a TIRED post!  I need to get motivated and just blast through the task at hand!  I am hoping that putting it into words (again) will serve as motivation for me!

For the time being, here is the sky on the 12 Days of Christmas!

P.S. I am excited to try to use my stash threads on this project.  I used a size 16 Krienik for this background and the string that you see is all the is left ~ mission accomplished ~ stash reduced!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Success through trial!

Well, after much consternation and crankiness, I finished the project.  Whew!  Good news is that finishing it somehow made me inspired to get back to the stocking!  Perhaps I needed to realize that it was actually something that I wanted to stitch!  So, a grateful "thank you" to the project that caused me to curse yesterday!

Friday, January 4, 2013


Frustrating night of stitching!  I am working on a project for someone else and it is making me crazy!  To make matters worse, I have already stitched this project.  So, I have given up for tonight! I shall let the frustration win and give up!  UNCLE!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Who Gives a Hoot?

Apparently, I give a hoot.....or 9 to be exact!  I finished Lily tonight, my 9th Raymond Crawford owl.  She is pretty in pink and was just about 100 too many French Knots for my taste!  My fingers are numb from all the french knots!

Meet Lily

Oops, now I am seeing that there are about 8 french knots in the lower right corner that I left off.  I will get right on that.  Obviously, I am loving these Owls.  Many of the Needlepoint bloggers refer to WIPs (works in progress).  Well, count this as one of mine....completed tonight, Day 3 of 2013!  

Obviously, I will not keep this pace up as I am ticking off all the smaller things that I have on my list.  It is funny that I am so reticent to begin again on the Stocking for henry.  I have quoted her before and I will do so again, " I can't think about that today, I simply go crazy if I do.  I'll think about that tomorrow." (Thank you Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler .......obviously, you suffered from indecision and procrastination as I do!)

More to stitch tomorrow!  Cheers!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tried and True Cliché

Cliché: Dangle a carrot in front of him. Explanation: 1. To motivate someone by providing an incentive or reward. 

 How to begin the New Year of stitching?  Well how about a little needlepoint motivation?  I finished my first project as the midnight hour had just passed and 2013 had arrived!  Thinking in terms of the reward I will give myself if I am able to relieve my stash list of some of its members.  Undoubtably, the reward will be new additions to the list.  (Yes, I see the irony in this!).  

Associated Talents provided me the realization of this cliché with one of the Easter carrot canvasses.  I love the way Pam finishes these for us at Needle House....and truth be told, it was the finishing that made me want to stitch a couple of these.  Here is my first project for 2013:

Also, completed today is one of the Raymond Crawford Owls that I am stitching.  I started it in late December and just added some finishing touches tonight.  As a matter of fact, after this photo, I added his feather "whiskers", but I did not take another photograph because I have put some temporary stitches in to train the feathers to extend in the direction that I desire.  So, I will add a refreshed photo of him in a week or so, when his whiskers come out of "traction"!

Meet Archimedes!

These two items put me on the track for a successful Needlepoint Year!   Cheers!