I forgot to add…

this photo to my earlier blog post tonight to show where I left off last night on October Sampler.  A bunch more letters added and I hope to be able to post a photo tomorrow with at least all the letters finished – if not a bit more.  I got nearly 7 letters finished last night.


9-17-21 Stitchy Update

I’m so glad it’s Friday – it’s been a busy week and for some reason I’m really tired tonight so hopefully won’t doze off during my Friday nite extended stitching time.  (I think the problem is that  I was extending my stitching time several nites this week and staying up way too late.)  My grocery order has been placed for tomorrow’s delivery so my task for tonight is done; dinner should be delivered shortly because I decided I was too tired to figure out what to make and I’m already in my lounging jammies.  So the plans for tonight entail catching up on some flosstubes, stitching, and all my floss for the Lincoln Sampler has arrived so I can start winding that and putting them on floss drops if the mood strikes.

As for the Friday “A Changed World” update – I  had hoped to work on framing mine this week but haven’t gotten to it yet but maybe for next week’s Friday update.    The chart was given away earlier this week in a Flash Chart Adoption so another stitcher can enjoy stitching that chart.   And be sure to check out Judy and Jo‘s progress on this project.   

Another Flash Chart Adoption was posted yesterday and has now closed for submissions (if you don’t know what those are and want to play along, click the button at the top of the blog to read all about them and how to become eligible to play along next time a Flash Chart Adoption is posted).


Yesterday’s Flash Chart Adoption was for the bonus chart included in my Coming to America kit which I had finished stitching. So here’s the statistics for that flash adoption:   

There were 14 comments.  Of those 14, 10 commenters were eligible for the challenge.  Of those 10, only 3 included the correct chart name which is Celebrate Harvest.  So  Kathrie2013, I have emailed you to let you know once you respond with your email address I will be mailing that chart off to you.    Stay tuned, you never know when a new Flash Chart Adoption will appear.  🙂   

Hope you all get to enjoy some Friday nite stitchin!


9-16-21 Stitching Progress and…

First, yes I must say how fun, again, October Sampler is to stitch on.  I got quite a few letters added last night and some border lines started.   I’m just sort of changing letter color wherever I want, not always necessarily following the chart color placement.

As for the FLASH CHART ADOPTION — I decided to discontinue the Sunday Chart Adoptions (I will announce last Sunday’s chart adoption this coming Sunday tho in keeping with the normal schedule). Instead I will be doing FLASH chart adoptions similar to the last one I did for A Changed World.

I have updated the button in the header bar of my blog – FLASH CHART ADOPTIONS – so first go there to click on and read the revised rules as to how this will work since you wouldn’t want to be rendered ineligible if you really want to adopt a specific chart. 🙂

This is the chart for today’s flash challenge. It was a bonus chart in the Coming to America kit so as far as I know is not available outside of that kit. It was a very fun stitch which I recently finished stitching and just need to get fully finished into a little pillow similar to the one shown on the chart.


Did you know……

it’s National Live Creative Day?   And here is the description of this day:  National Live Creative Day is a holiday that falls on September 14th annually and encourages people to look at the world through a creative eye. Although most people think of art as something only done by “artists,” this holiday posits that all of us are artists in our own right. That’s why we believe that everybody should take the time to celebrate this holiday and create the type of art they like to create.

So here’s my creativity so far for today – I stitched the “D” during my lunch hour.   I added the floss color used in the “D” as an additional color to the chart because it went so well with the other fall colors.  I’ll use it sparingly throughout.  I used it in the  that little border line started under the letters and I will use it for the letters in the alphabet that are my three initials.  I was hoping to be farther along than this but fell asleep watching Flosstubes last night which seriously cut into my stitching time! 

Also in honor of National Creative Day, how about another FLASH CHART ADOPTION.   The difference between Flash Chart adoptions and my normal Sunday Chart Adoption Day is:   Sunday Chart Adoption Days occur on Sundays (if I have charts I have finished with and can pass on to someone else to stitch and  you always have right up to the  following Sunday when I do the random number thing,  to comment on the original Sunday post where a chart(s) were offered for adoption, using the keywords provided  and following other Chart Adoption rules (click on page for adoption info at top of blog to get how all works.)   I will add the Flash Chart Adoption information at that same button eventually but basically the only difference is (1) Flash Chart Adoptions can appear on any day at any time other than Sunday and are open for whatever time period I randomly decide and you will not know if it’s open for one day, two days, 2 hours, etc. – it’s left up to my whim at the moment.  And (2) unlike Sunday adoption days where YOU are responsible for emailing me privately if you have been chosen to receive a chart to give me your mailing address,  for Flash Adoptions I will email YOU to let you know you have been chosen (because you won’t know what day to look for an announcement of  who the chart is going to).  Okay – everyone still with me?


This chart designed by Scarlett House (which Judy and Jo and I have been doing a stitch along on) I have finished (just need to find time to frame it) and loved stitching on this.  So if you are interested in stitching this chart (and please only play if you are interested in stitching it yourself), leave one comment on this blog post with the name of this chart.  


Happy National Live Creative day!

ETA 11:00 PM 9-14-21 — FLASH CHART ADOPTION HAS ENDED and the lucky recipient is Ellen B.  Ellen I have emailed you.   Thank you to all who joined in the fun – you never know when the next flash chart adoption may happen. 🙂


Chart Adoptions on September 13, 2021

Recipients of the “flash chart adoption” posted today (not to be confused with the normal “Sunday Chart Adoption Days”) are below so please email me privately with your mailing address.  (Flash Chart adoptions are done on days other than Sunday and are open as long as the mood strikes me for people to join in so you never know when one might pop up but same rules apply, must have a US Mailing address and email me privately if you are chosen to adopt a chart with your mailing address.)  These lonely charts will have new homes.

Simple Gifts – Margaret Kennedy

The Quiltmaker – Sherry Bobak

Berry Bird – Lori Campbell.   (Lori I saw your note and yes you were a previous winner but unless my computer ate your email I didn’t find it anywhere – even double checked the folder where I save all the chart adopters – but the cross stitch fairies must have wanted you to get this chart because the random number generator picked you again! 🙂


You may get tired of seeing this

But I can’t help  but show the progress since I am loving this project so much.  I added a fifth color in mine and I’ve been playing around with where I place my colors in October Sampler, no necessarily placing them where the chart says.  And while I don’t usually like stitching borders, this one is fun.


My two project bags arrived from Patchwork Pawprints  – I had ordered them before finding a seller for some of that cute mouse fabric sold in Europe I had previously posted but it’s raining and too dark to get a good photo of the bags.  I was a bit concerned about the bags because after the tracking said the package arrived in the port of New York from England, it suddenly took a side trip to Jamaica on 9/9/21 and allegedly are still vacationing there even tho they safely arrived at my door so I let the seller know that they tracking was wrong,  they were not lost and had arrived.

Now to go make that BLT for dinner.   I was hungry for a BLT and was going to have it Friday night for dinner.  I went to pull the bacon out of the cabinet  and the box was sealed and the box was EMPTY!!!  LOL  Oh well,  I may have to shake any future boxes upon delivery to make sure there is something actually in them.  So I added some to my weekend order (and yes checked upon arrive to make sure it was not empty).   So now I get to feed that craving.

Chart Adoptions in the mail

Okay – I’m caught up in mailing all prior Chart Adoptions out to the lucky recipients. These are going in the mail today.

  • Grandfather’s Barn – Pam B
  • Grandmother’s House – Ruth C
  • Home of a Quilter – Carol P
  • Strawberries Forever – Karen W
  • Enchanted Alphabet – Carol D

Ladies I hope you all enjoy your stitching on these.

It is mildly annoying (and some days really annoying) when people who opt in for chart adoptions don’t bother to check back to see if they have been selected to adopt a particular chart they asked for. And to those who respond so quickly I truly appreciate it and am glad it is going to a home where it is really wanted.

So, I have several charts that have never been claimed – I think two of them have never been claimed twice already and I’m sure are feeling downright neglected. So here’s your chance to adopt the charts no one claimed: Berry Bird, Simple Gifts, or The Quiltmaker.



berry bird tartTheQuiltmaker

Leave the name of the chart(s) you are interested in stitching and at some random time (whenever the whim strikes tonight) I’ll do the RNG thing and post the adopter(s) of these charts.

Chart Adoption Sunday – 9-12-21

Before I do chart adoption, just a quick pic of my start on October Sampler this afternoon.  If you want any details on it go to the post prior to this one.  The chart, the floss colors (doesn’t matter what it is – floss, yarn, quilting, furniture, clothing  I love Fall colors best), and this fabric which I love stitching on even if I am using strands, will all make this a quick and very enjoyable stitch.


And now that I posted this photo and see what I screwed up (isn’t that always the way – it is more obvious in the photo than when you just finished stitching it), I’ll be ripping out those three  separate stitches on the bottom petal (oh wait no I don’t have to rip I can just add more in) but that row should be a solid row all the way across the same as the row below above it and then the next row is 3 spaced stitches.  Easy fix.

On to the Chart Adoption – as always if you don’t know how my chart adoptions work – go to Chart Adoption Information button at the top of the blog and you’ll find all the info there on how to be a successful  chart adopter.

I do still have adopted charts to mail out from the last adoption day –   this week was just plain crazy busy at work and I forgot to put them in my bag to take to the office  and the prior week and a half I worked from home so warned they wouldn’t get mailed until a day when I was back in the office.  I will get them mailed this week one of the days I am there as I just grabbed them and put them in my bag.

So today I have two charts that are up for adoption (and 4 or 5 others waiting in the wings for another day).

Xmas Hare is first up – Keyword is Hare.  It was originally a kit to make a holiday card but I wanted to stitch it as an Easter decoration so left off all the background motifs and words.  it was done with a new to me floss that is sort of a little fuzzy and then after you finish stitching his sweater you take a little piece of Velcro – the prickly side – and pounce that over the sweater and it makes it more fuzzy to look like a mohair sweater.


You will get  the front cover, chart and what’s left of the floss.  Since I didn’t use any of the background flosses you will have enough to use for this stitch but since I did stitch the rabbit, you will need to use your own flosses or order more for that part. 

The second chart is Do Small Things With Great Love, a Lizzie Kate design.  It’s only 73 stitches by 41 stitches so a quick little stitch but I decided not one that I will be stitching so, if you wish to adopt this one, Small is the keyword.  I forgot to take a photo of the chart front but you can see what it looks like here.

Now back to my October Sampler stitching.  Hope you got some stitching time in this weekend too.


October Sampler

Well that was easy to pick a new sampler to work on for Sampler September, the month many stitchers start/work on their samplers (much like Socktoberfest where knitters start socks).  And the October Sampler chart by Threadwork Primitives fits the bill and it was a quick job to pick the floss I wanted to use on it since nearly all was from one of the Victorian Motto packs of floss I got called Autumn in Vermont so of course lovely fall colors in it to choose from. 

Again the chart

twp october sampler

I’m use going to five colors instead of just four called for and they all have perfect names for a Fall stitch.  They are (L-R):  Vermont Red Maple, Cobblestone Moss, Woodsey Acorn, Vermont Autumn Leaves, and Vermont Haystacks.



And I also pulled one of the pieces of fabric that recently arrived which has a tan/gold/greenish mottle to it depending on the light it is viewed in.  It is 14 count so I’ll be using 2 strands on it and with the fabric size I’m using the stitched area will be 12-1/4″ x 6-1/8″ .



Guessing Game a bust

I posted a little guessing game yesterday just for fun.  There were 4-5 charts I have finished the stitching on since August 1 and some of those charts I was completely done with so could be passed on to a new stitcher to enjoy.  So the game was to make a guess as to what one of those charts was finished since  August 1 that you wanted to stitch it, leave the chart name or a description of the stitch so I could identify what you were talking about, and the first one to guess the correct one I had set aside for this game, would receive the chart.  Actually unbeknownst to any who chose to participate, I would have given all of them away if guessed correctly not just the one chart.  But that’s neither here nor there because no one guessed any that were available. 😦  

Now I didn’t want to make it too easy  (because all you had to do was scroll down thru past blog posts to see what was finished since August 1) it needed to be completely finished stitch everything in the chart (and some charts like Broom Hilda were from a booklet I posted that had several charts in it so I’m not ready to pass on that chart yet).  And some charts I always offer first to a friend with similar stitching tastes and of course no one knew which ones those were that were finished in that time frame that I was sending to her.  And if more than one guess was made (sound disqualifying buzzer here)  or more than one comment it didn’t count (but none of those included charts I was finished with either).  Yes I’m tricky that way.

There were only two guesses that might have qualified but unfortunately for the guesser those two are charts I am sending to my friend – Ever so Grateful and Jack in the Hat.  Sorry ladies. 

Most of the other guesses were for charts that have previously found a new home on Chart Adoption days and I had finished stitching long before the August 1 to date time period.   But never fear, there still will be a chance to adopt a chart later today since it’s  Chart Adoption Day!  

I did find it surprising  that no one guessed either of the charts I’d so recently finished  – Harvest Blessings and A Changed World – but I did say to only play if you named a chart you wanted to stitch and maybe no one wanted to stitch those. :-)Anyway stay tuned for Chart Adoption Day coming up later today  for a cute little chart that needs adopting. 

Since I finished the one Autumn Saltbox, I of course needed to start a new small project and Merry Noel by Brenda Gervais just happened to arrive in the mail yesterday with most of the flosses (I think I need to find a green in the stash yet) and I knew it would be pretty on that Fawn colored fabric I had posted a photo of on Friday.  So I got a bit of a start on it late last night.



As is obvious, I’m starting in the middle on this one with the urn. it should be a pretty an easy stitch. I think I will take this one in to work and leave it there to stitch on since filling in those letters will be a easy lunch time activity.

My Honest Abe – Lincoln Sampler chart that I preordered during Needlework Expo arrived yesterday.


Oh yes it is a very large chart and as I was looking thru the chart I was thinking “What Was I Thinking!!!” LOL I’m not always real fond of stitching borders and this one has a doozy along with all the other stitching – it’s a biggie and is going to take a while but the video of the finished sample is so vey lovely and the photos and chart cover just do not do it justice. I was going to start Honest Abe on the day he gave his Gettysburg address but decided I may move it up a bit to start it on the date Mary and Abe Lincoln got married which is Nov. 9. Or… you know me … I may start it today … actually no, the floss is on order so I have to wait. It calls for all DMC but I’m going to be subbing in some overdyed flosses in some of the larger areas so they have a bit of shading in them to add some interest (like Abe’s coat and Mary’s dress and the dog for sure).

But if I take Noel into work then I need a new project to work on at home and this one fits the bill since I love fall and I love the look of this project.

twp october sampler

I’m not sure what the significant of October 1845 date at the bottom is but I will likely just put in the year and my initials there.