Sneaky designers

I had posted this chart yesterday as I had received it in the mail.  See that little pilgrim man on the lower left by the wooden spools.


I didn’t realize he was a separate extra chart contained in the chart booklet for this design.  It’s hard to make out (even if you have the cover photo of the chart right in front of you, that he’s holding a cornucopia of fruit in front of him.  The colors in the cornucopia are all real dark and sort of meld together.    Well about 10PM last night I decided I wanted to stitch him.  Got a piece of fabric, 18 count same fabric as I had used for the crow/pumpkin I had just finished stitching and started.  After a few stitches of the top of his hat I decided the 18 count would have made him too small.  I want him small but not that small.  So grabbed the leftover piece from the fabric I’m stitching October Sampler on and managed to get his hat, head, beard and black part of his shirt stitched last night.  This morning before work I got the cornucopia nearly stitched (just the basket type part of it not the fruits) and realized I had goofed in one spot so got nearly all that ripped back before having to leave for work.  I’m thinking I might be able to finish him tonight so I’ll wait to post a photo of him when he’s done.    I’ve named him Peregrine Pilgrim (Peregrine being one of the top five most unique baby names for Pilgrim boys – yes Google told me that).


And I found another chart for a Flash Chart Adoption – read the rules at the top of the blog header for how to participate and what you need to do.  This is one I started stitching many years ago but it’s not something I have any interest in stitching now. The buttons may or may not come with it – there’s a butterfly and maybe a caterpillar – but I can’t remember whether I used them on something else or not.

Happy First Day of Fall 2021

Today truly does  feel like the first day of Fall outside coincidentally.  Temps which had been in the upper 80s just a few days ago – well it is 60 our right now and there’s a crispness to the air.  I love days like this – – except for it getting darker earlier.  Since I was working from home I had the door propped open to let in the fresh air (until the lawn moving service showed up and the sounds of birds in the woods was replaced with the noise from them).

Friend Judy posted on her blog that the Colorado Cross Stitcher was officially open for business – that is the brand new cross stitch shop created by Sheri, the owner of The Loopy Ewe.  I knew it was opening soon but didn’t realize it had happened.  Physically it’s located in  part of The Loopy Ewe brick and mortar shop, but it has its own separate website.  So had to place an order to cheer Sheri on in this expansion of her shop!  She also has a flosstube under the same name.

As for my stitching, well I finished off this little stitch and hope to get it mounted on the front of the little pumpkin this weekend.  There’s one little thing I may want to change on it but it is basically done.  The only tricky part will be getting my oval sticky board or chip board cut smoothly to fit the front of the pumpkin.  Can’t wait to see this finished.




 Today’s mail brought the other preorder chart I had ordered as part of  the most recent Needlework Expo.   A cute winter chart (and winter lasts a long time here) so I need to have lots of winter stitches I think! 


It’s called Up on the Housetop from Teresa Kogut.   

I’m going to have to find the right piece of fabric for it.

And the other chart that came along for the ride I do have all the floss and  I think even the fabric for – The First Thanksgiving.   Just love this chart.

September 21, 2021

The pumpkin is filled in, it has a stem and I’m adding two gold blossoms and I think I have room for one large green leaf.  I changed the shape of the stem in order to make sure I could fit everything in I wanted.


I took a piece of dark blue craft paper – a bit heavier than normal copy paper – and put it over the section of the wood pumpkin I want to mount this stitched piece on.  Creased all the edges of the oval into the paper and then cut on those creases to get the template size for the front of the pumpkin.  I can then place that piece of paper behind my hoop and shine my stitching light from the back of the piece so I can see the outline of the template and know that I am not stitching outside the available space.

Remember my package that the tracking says went to Jamaica (and allegedly was in Jamaica the day it arrived at my door) well I’ve been waiting for a different package that says it arrived at “destination processing” in my city on Sept. 12 and says it’s still there. I have no idea what day it actually arived in my mailbox since I don’t wander to the other side of the apartment complex often to get my mail (which is mostly junk mail in the mail box anyway) but decided to stop there on the way home from work today to see if may be it had been delivered. Yes indeed it had!

These are vintage prints of postcards printed on fabric. They come with a paper backing on them that you peel off before using them but it keeps them wrinkle free thru the mail. The colors are rich and so pretty and I absolutely love the graphics on old postcards. These came from Doodaba on Etsy – she was super quick to ship (they just got delayed in the mail system) and I will definitely order again from that shop. Most of them you also have a choice of sizes to get them in. I ordered just for the upcoming holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas – but there are so many options available.


I love that big turkey.  That one is about 8″ x 10″ and the others I ordered are all 4″ x 6″.  He is going to be a little pillow with just one fall fabric on the back and some sort of trim around the edges.   The rest I will either make into little pillows/ornaments with coordinating fabric on the back.  I had originally planned to use these as fabric for the back of some cross stitched pin pillows but I love these so much I may need to have these images showing and mix them in with the cross stitch finishes.

Halloween  – the bottom one is so cute pumpkin head and owl – love the colors in that one.


and Christmas.  The nativity one doesn’t show up as gorgeous as it truly.  Love the ornament with the little town/church in it and I know the purple santa will be made into an ornament for a friend.   Such fun!


fooled you….

And you thought I was going to show you the October Sampler yet again.  Nope, not today.  You won’t see it again until it’s totally finished because even I’m tired of posting progress photos on it.  🙂

But I did start on the Prairie School Acorn.  This is the stitch I plan to mount on the front of the little pumpkin.


And yes, another image of the pumpkin because I think they are just so absolutely adorable.   I’m stitching this on 20 count aida I got from MyVintageNeedleworks on Etsy and the color is Caramel Creme.  It’s a great color with some slightly darker speckled area (or at least speckled in the small piece I cut off my very large piece.


So I pulled out some floss – I love the Weeks Dye Works color “Carrot.”  It’s not a bright halloween orange (which I didn’t want for this since my pumpkin is actually golden) but it reminds me of orange Dreamsicles (and of course now I really want one of those!)


The crow is done.  I moved the pumpkin over to the right a few stitches so it didn’t stick out beyond the crow’s tail since I want it to be more condensed.  And I’ll have to see how many pumpkin leaves if any get added.  Once I get the pumpkin base stitched I’ll trace the from piece of the pumpkin to see how much room I have to play with.

Another October Sampler update

Here’s where I left off stitching Friday night on

October Sampler

October Sampler by Threadwork Primitives

And here’s  where I left off in the wee hours of this morning.


As you can see from the chart image below, that lower space is supposed to have  Oct. 1845 in it.

twp october samplerA quick search didn’t really find anything of significance for that month and year.  The Oct makes sense since the chart is called October Sampler but the year is likely random.  I may just put my initials and the the current year or maybe just the year and extend the vines on each side.  Maybe just the word October spelled out?  Not sure what I will end up with in that space but 1845 won’t be included.  What would you put in there?

One of today’s things I want to get to is to figure out what to stitch to mount in the center of this wee pumpkin.

luckyladydecor That front oval measures 3″ x 4″ so not a huge space.  I think I may try to fit the crow and pumpkin design from the Prairie Schooler Acorns chart.  If I stitch it on 20 count it should work – I may have to adjust placement of a leaf or two or leave them off but  I’ll cross that  bridge stitch when I get to it. 🙂

At some point I’d also like to get some of those other charts (the tree with the pilgrims is really cute for fall as well as the squirrel and cornucopia) finished into the acorn shapes – the finishing instructions and pattern for shape are all included in the chart as well as the large leave shapes behind them.


Happy Sunday morning – really early morning

It’s 1 AM so official Sunday September 19 and I’m just taking a break from stitching – I finally finished all the green stitching for the borders on October Sampler.  Whew lot of green but I really wanted to get at least that far tonight but I’ll be stitching for a bit longer since I’m wide awake.  Plus adding in the flowers and vines in that border goes fairly quickly since it’s not having to count out all those border angles making sure they match up with what was previously stitched.   So, I decided to post the Sunday Chart Adoption recipients from last week.

Chart 1 from last week was the Xmas Hare — Cindy F, I will mail off the chart to you if you send me a private email with your mailing address.  Congratulations!

CORRECTION 9-19-21 2:45 PM  – Cindy F kindly emailed me to let me know she had not put her name in for the Xmas Hare chart and likely wouldn’t stitch it so asked that I pass it on to someone else.  Thanks Cindy! Clearly I can’t be trusted to count and look at specific words at 1AM!!  So  Kathy Harris – you are the lucky person to receive this chart.  I will email you privately to let you know since you may have already read this post before it was corrected.

Chart 2 was Do Small Things With Great Love — Liz (frogquilter), email me privately with your address and that cute little chart will be sent off to you.  Congratulations to you as well.

Just for anyone who only reads the blog on Sunday – I have previously posted that the Sunday Chart Adoptions are now being discontinued.  In their place there will be Flash Chart Adoptions that can be posted any day, any time so just a heads up that there is currently a flash chart adoption running that has not closed yet.  Please read the Flash Chart Adoption information at the button at the top of the blog to find out how you can participate in those.

Okay – back to stitching for me after I find a new flosstube to watch since I’m caught up on the ones I usually watch.    Can I get all the flowers and vines filled in on the top and side border?  Likely not before I decide I must sleep but we shall see.

Last Night’s Stitching Progress, a bit of a rant, some lovely floss and a flash chart adoption……

Even tho I did doze off for a bit while watching some floss tube videos, I did manage to get all the alphabet letters done, border lines finished along bottom and started up the right side.

October Sampler

October Sampler by Threadwork Primitives

The colors for the letters were mostly grouped with pairs of letters stitched in the same color but a few that weren’t stitched in pairs.  I didn’t necessarily follow the chart as to color placement and put in a few more single letters where I switched colors each letter just sort of choosing colors as I went along.  I had gotten an email from someone asking a question about the chart and they recommended  changing the color of the D or the M so the same color wasn’t right on top of each other.  Well we are all entitled to or own opinion and I don’t expect others to love everything I do (tho if you dislike what I do don’t feel compelled to tell me so) 🙂  Actually, if I were just stitching the alphabet and spacing out the colors with no other plan in place – then I likely wouldn’t have put those two letters right over each other with such a strong color.  However, as I politely explained to that person – that color was an extra color I added to the stitchery because I wanted the letters in the alphabet that are the initials of my name, to be in a separate color from the rest.  Hence the color placement of that dark burgundy color.  Oh and someone else asked if  there were specialty stitches in this – no, it’s all cross stitch so definitely Aida friendly.

So let me say this and then move on.  If you are a lovely reader who has never been inclined to send me a grumpy private email about things you dislike that I do on my blog – then you should just skip the next two paragraphs because my comments are not directed at you, and you can continue down to the photos of some lovely flosses I just received and some other goodies.  I appreciate you and your kind comments on my blog!  If you have recently sent me emails about the topics below, that does not necessarily mean these responses are directed at you.  I get lots of emails on the topics below and am happy to answer any questions — unless you were one who sent me a rude, unkind email and then they most definitely are.

There seem to be a lot of grumpy people  emailing me privately lately about things they don’t like about my blog.  And if it were just one or two or three random grumps – I would simply ignore it as I have in the past.    It seems to go in cycles every so often where there’s a glut of grumps.  But seriously there are been 9 emails in the last week on various topics but the most popular places where I am apparently failing (in their eyes) are the  topics below.  They were not emailing polite requests or polite comments – they  were just plain rude.  For instance, (and I’m wording it nicely here as if they were polite requests not how the actual email read)  requesting that I put the fabric, floss changes I do, chart name, etc. in each blog post where I  show a project I’m working on or create a separate page for all that info that they could refer to like all other cross stitchers do;  that the Sunday Chart Adoption posts should be posted the same time everyday so they would know when to look for them;  when am I going to show some quilting – they found my blog thru quilting and don’t cross stitch and aren’t interested in it and get tired of checking my blog only to find x-stitch stuff;   they didn’t like the flash chart  adoption challenges because not knowing when they end or start did not give them time to participate and wasn’t fair (yes several people actually said it wasn’t fair).

So now I’m going to respond in a somewhat grumpy fashion too –  but I need to straighten out the grumpy people now.  Grumps,  (1) if you don’t like the way I do things on my blog – tough!  Seriously, don’t read my blog then.  I’m not saying I’m not open to suggestions but you can bet it will never happen if it isn’t a polite request but rather a rude statement of how I seem to be lacking in your opinion. (2) I generally try to remember to list fabric I’m using when I pull a chart and do an initial blog post when I’m starting the project and try to remember when I show it finished but putting it in every blog post that shows the project – simply not going to happen.  As to floss I use or a list of changes to floss or a separate page with all the info for a project – sorry – that all takes away from my stitching time and since I’m never going to need to refer to that information again, it would be a waste of my  time.  Perhaps “all” those other cross stitchers they were referring to do not work a full time job and have lots of time to stitch AND make lists for other people to use, perhaps they enjoy tracking all that information for their own use — that is NOT me.   If you have a question regarding a specific floss I’m using, ask away and I’ll be happy to help if I can.   (3) Sunday Chart Adoptions have been discontinued so that should ease the mind about them not being posted at the same time every Sunday. (4) I will be posting quilting stuff when I get back to quilting – if finding cross stitch stuff on my blog doesn’t interest you maybe you need to find a blog that is truly all about quilting – there are tons of them.   I likely won’t get back to quilting until late fall or winter most likely. (5) as for the Flash Chart Adoption challenges – that is how all chart adoptions will be handled from now on.  It’s a challenge, it’s a game – it is fair for everyone since no one knows when I will post one or when it will end.  I find it particularly galling that multiple people would complain when I’m passing along charts that I have paid for, that they do not need to pay for to receive, and that they do not need to pay postage to receive.  Undoubtedly there were likely others who were disappointed if they didn’t see the flash challenge in time but there will be other flash challenges and maybe next time they will win. And of course in most respects there is always the option of going to a shop and purchasing whatever chart you missed out on if you really want it.  So please, let’s put an end to all this grumpiness  and you need to just move on if you don’t like how I handle things.

NOW, as for the lovely Victorian Motto flosses I recently received.  Part of what I received is in the October Sampler –  and here are the rest I got.

victorian motto floss

These are a little blown out in color  in those photo because it’s sunny here today but they are sold in packs on the Victorian Motto Etsy site.   It’s wierd because the green of the project bag back is true in color but the flosses are more dark/rich looking in real life than in the photo.

And a chart that arrived not long ago that I just love called Faith of the Heart – the saying on it and the birds and that house – just lovely.  I also got a notice that the final chart I was waiting for from the Needlework Expo presales is in so that should be coming soon.  This one may be a start in the not too distant future but I have several smalls going at the moment that I want to get finished first.

faith of the heart

Now I need to go decide if I have a late lunch or just a snack – I’m leaning towards snack because in my grocery order I had a big pack of ribs so when they arrived I immediately put them on to par boil so I may just stick them in the oven shortly to slow cook and have an early dinner today when they are ready.  My mouth is watering already.

And last but not least – yes it’s a Flash Chart Adoption challenge for the chart below.   If you have not already – please read the Flash Chart Adoption rules at the button in the header of the blog that were updated this week to make sure you are following all of them so you don’t render yourself ineligible.


.and oh I almost forgot after  mentioning  the back of the green project bag previously – to post the front of the bags I had been waiting for.   They are by Patchwork Pawprint where I originally saw that cute mouse fabric (that I managed to find yardage of elsewhere later to use in an future quilt project).  These are meticulously made vinyl front project bags..  The one with the banners will house my summer themed smalls and the other one the fall themed of course. I just adore these mice.




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.