Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Through the Years Gone - Jan Houtman - Page 11

Normally I would post a new page of work on this particular sampler, or at least it seems that I have been able to post about a page of work a week.  Until now!!!!Right now I am stuck on page 11!  I had to rip scads of stitching out, and then I had to actually put down grid lines, to make sure I was staying on track.  All started because I was one measly stitch off.  I keep thinking that it would just work out.  After all it's just one measly stitch.  But the more I stitched, the more off it seemed to be.  So, the only thing to be done, was rip it out, and run grid lines and start all over again.  So if there looks from this picture that there has been no progress, it's because there really hasn't been any.  OHHHH, the joys of cross stitch.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Through the Years Gone - Jan Houtman - page 11

Well, I have had a lot of stitching time due to having my hurt foot.  I have been trying not to over due anything, otherwise it swells up. 

I am now up to page 11.  Feels like I have been doing a lot more stitching, tearing out and restitching lately, but still making progress.  Somehow, I am on stitch off, and for the life of me I can not figure out where the booboo is.  The only thing I can do at this point is try to find a way to make it work and get it back on track.  Cuz I sure don't want to tear a huge amount out. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Several years back, I attempted to get myself a lot more organized on my cross stitch projects, when I almost accidently bought the same pattern twice.  (must have really liked it!)

Since then, I bought a binder and some dividers, and took a copy of the front page and materials page, inserted them into report covers and now I know what patterns I have.  On the patterns, I wrote additional information, like if I already had fabric, or needed special thread.  It has worked for me, as when I go my favorite cross stitch store, I know exactly what I need, by carrying my handy-dandy blue binder with me.

I have several sections, one for patterns I have, one for patterns I have finished, and then there is the "I WANT" section.  Here is where I store patterns that I might want to or would like to purchase in te future.  In addition, my kids or hubby can sneak a peak at something they might want to purchase for me for Christmas, birthday, Mother's Day. 

It has been awhile since I added to the "I WANT" category.  Mostly because I have tried not to go looking for anything new, since I already have so many patterns and fabrics in the "Have" section.
But...recently I found 3 charts that I just am going to have to add to my "I WANT" section.


And last but not least a Rosewood Manor.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Season and Time - Moira Blackburn

The Silent Auction was held this weekend for the Good Shepard Housing in Alexandria, Va.  Unfortunately we were not able to attend!  Our weekend was way too busy going back and forth to Richmond, Va., to watch the daughter participate in her very last cheer competition. Ever!  She has decided not to cheer next year at JMU, due to her work load in her very first year in nursing school. It was sort of happy/sad situation, happy that we won't have to be doing the travel to watch her, and sad to see this part of something that has been a big part of her life since 7th grade in middle school.

Back to the Silent Auction.  My sampler went for $450.00 which is the estimated value I placed on it. The framing was almost $200.00 and the kit was someplace around $75.00.  I didn't keep track of my time, but rounded the total cost up to what someone might pay for it.  My hubbie's ex boss said he stopped bidding when the price reached $300.00.  I am so glad it did so well, and I know the proceeds are going to a good cause and that is helping families with housing.