Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 2015 TUSAL

I am a bit late posting my TUSAL, as the new Moon was, ahem, 6 days ago....however my pic is actually from the 20th...

As you can see...the dreaded frog has been a very unwanted guest!

Thanks to our very dear friend, Daffycat, for hosting this awesome group, yet again!

Glad you stopped by for a visit...and I hope you come back soon.

Monday, January 05, 2015

In With Both Feet...

Hello, dear friend!

Today, I'm excited to share because it is the first day of two SALs that I joined for 2015.

The first one is an AAN Christmas Mystery SAL that I signed up for last year in anticipation of the private release of the 2015 chart...I jumped on this one fast and am so glad that I did, as it is no longer open to stitchers.

Here is my toss floss for the SAL which is a Mystery Christmas Calendar...


The Second SAL is a Tried and True one...the 2015 TUSAL sponsored by our very dear Daffycat...I have tried and failed for the past few years to keep up, but this year I am determined...determined! If you would like to join too...head over to It's Daffycat.

The third SAL that I joined is The 2015 JCS Ornament Challenge sponsored by our other very dear Bronny...This a SAL based on a monthly stitching from the 2014 JCS Ornament issue...you can find all of the detail at Bronny's Bits.

My other challenge, which is a personal one in nature is to stitch small monthly themed ornaments that I can display in my dough bowl...I hope to average 5-7 for each month. So far, I have finished October, November, December and part of January, which represents a bit of a pickle so I've decided to jump ahead to February.

So, there you have it!

I think this should be enough "belonging" to keep me occupied, yet not overwhelmed so that I keep both feet in.

I finished the stitching on Little Brother's stocking and just have the charms to attach...I'll post a final pic when I get there.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, I hope that you have enjoyed a wee peek at my 2015 SAL list...

Keep On Stitching...

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Stockings For Everyone...

Hello, dear friend, and welcome to the third day of 2015...Can you believe it?

I want to share with you my ongoing BAP (Big A** Project), which I began on January 1, 2014. It all started when Christmas 2013 approached, the year that Big Brother got married, and the question arose in my mind as to who should be the owner of his Christmas Stocking which had been with him since birth, thanks to an aunt who needlepointed one for him and one for Little Brother, upon each of their births. I polled friends and family and worried over how to part with such an important part of our family Christmas, not to mention such a treasured heirloom. After much thought I decided that I just couldn't part with their stockings, as they had been hanging upon every mantle in every home that we have lived in and were as much a part of watching these two miracles grow up as my own sweet memories.

And with that in mind, I decided that I would stitch each Brother his own new stocking to begin their own set of memory making in their own homes, and what better designer to go for the long haul, than Shepherd's Bush. Of course, you know that I couldn't stop there,  because if I was going to make a Christmas Stocking for the Brothers, then I should make one for each member of the immediate family...and every member who enters our family in the future.

I finished two stockings in 2014, one for Big Brother...

Shepherd's Bush "Harry's Stocking"

Shepherd's Bush "Harry's Stocking"
And, one for Daughter In Love...

Shepherd's Bush "Sheree's Stocking"

Shepherd's Bush "Sheree's Stocking"
They were both a really fun stitch, and took very little time to finish...I use the term "finish" loosely as they were not finished in any way, shape, or form until I sent them off to North Carolina where our very talented and dear friend Faye( Carolina Stitcher) turned them into the most amazing family heirlooms...

Big Brother's stocking back...

Two sweet stockings ready to be hung...

Daughter In Love's stocking back... 
My pics don't nearly do them justice!

Faye not only coordinated every detail so that they look perfect hanging side by side, but she attached two tiny hearts that I sent her inside where only the kiddos will see them, that say "Made with love."

I filled them up with Christmas stocking stuffers and mailed them off to the cold Northeast, and as expected the young dears adored them and hung them up by the chimney with care...happy me!

I am now working on Little Brother's stocking...

Shepherd's Bush "Robert's Stocking"

Shepherd's Bush "Robert's Stocking"
I changed this chart just a bit, so to make it a bit more manly...one of the biggest changes being the above sheep, which were charted in some very soft pastel patterns, and I chose to stitch them in "Whisper" Floss.

This may very well be my first finish of 2015, as I am very close to the end...just a small design at the bottom, then attaching the charms and, of course, the back stitching....and off it will go to Faye's for finishing.

Next in my rotation will be MeMa's stocking, and so on, which I will share with you as I stitch each one.

I hung the Brother's old stockings up like I have every year since their very first Christmas, and will lovingly do so for every one after...where I go, they go...

Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you have enjoyed this wee catch up on my Shepherd's Bush stocking BAP as much as I have...

Keep On Stitching...