Friday, July 29, 2011

Writing, Writing Writing

Working on finishing instructions. Here is a peak of one piece that is being released at market. It is a teaching piece-Mary's Etui and Accessories.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pictures are taken

New items will be posted soon.....keep watching. I have to finish the instructions and start printing....

Finishing touches on instructions

Today I hope to finish up with instructions. Waiting for pictures to finish the covers.

Waiting for supplies for kits...

Waiting is the word for the day.

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Christmas Ornament

Just finshed charting new is set up to be kitted tomorrow. May use new thread from The Gentle Art for these....

Also, new hornbook being charted. Think water....yes it may end up having a mermaid theme...surprise.

We shall see tomorrow.

Off to Market We Go

I am busy putting the finishing touches to the new releases. The Meet the Designer Piece will be a pillow with a surpirse.

There is are two new pieces to stitch for friends or the adornment can be changed to my daughter, sister or mother.

Do not get rid or your bathing suits yet....there is a Nantucket romp in the sand coming.

Off to finish the instructions and to create more.

Oh and there is a Patriotic Hornbook to be released...

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Just working on new piece. Going to luncheon to meet ladies from Africa that are trying to make it by stitching items for sale. I will have more information later. I may have an opportunity to help these ladies, but will need to get support to do this.

I hope to be able to help these women with my skills. It may mean a trip to Africa, so fund raising will be in the future if this can happen.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Finished cool pin pillow....with surpise addition....An Afternoon With Your Favorite Designers should have fun.....cannot wait to show this one off....

Started new project, I hope to have it done in the next day or so....and Nantucket Beach is almost finished. Stitch Stitch Stitch!

Missing in Action

Sorry-will post more soon. I just finished my piece for Market-An Afternoon With Your Favorite Designers....I have been under the weather and dealing with no hot water for two days, so I have been pre-occupied.

I have several other items that are finished or almost for Market and they will be photgraphed soon.

I will post more later, just wanted to let you know that I am still alive and kicking.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Calling it a day

Brown Cow in hand. Words with Friends on Iphone. Just finished a Cheers marathon while stitching on new piece. Will have more work tomorrow.

Have a great weekend-

Tip of the Day

I find that these small metal gum tins are great for a small pair of scissor and needle. I like to cut a piece of wool so that it fits in the tin to insert my needles. I put a small magnet in the tin and it helps the scissors from falling out and it also keeps the needls in the tin.

Remember to clean out the tin before you use it.

Off to Stitch

We are recovering from hectic night. I am starting to stitch. I have new piece worked out and hope to have another charted. I have to go out and see if I can find some ribbon later in the day-or tomorrow....but that is Saturday....

Website-I won

I finally figured out how to beat the site!!!!! I got the changes to go through. Next-I will attempt to do Dreamweaver and build the site again...There may be no stopping off to make money. Actually off to bed.

I have lived through torrid rain storm, Harry Potter Premier, lost van keys, found van keys and now children that are hyped up on soda, popcorn and a movie. I am giving up and going to bed. Tips and charting for tomorrow.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Check out website. I did get information out about up coming classes

There are two classes in September. One in Spring Texas and one in Toluca California. Check them out.


Website is trying to get the better of me....but i will win....


Still trying to get the info to come across. I just have to keep telling myself that I will win, I will win, I will win....

Trying to up date Website

Well I followed the instructions....and some of it went through then the new updates did not go over. Off to go to post office and other will have to conquer the web later.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Close up of the tag

Here is the close up of the tag for the canvas bag. Call 3 Stitches in Spring Texas for more information. Coffee dyeing, embellishing, embroidery and more. 281-320-0133

Close up of bag

Here is the close up of the stitching lady. Call 3 Stitches in Spring Texas for more details 281-320-0133.

Bag for 3 Stitches

Here is the picture of the bag being taught at 3 Stitches in Spring Texas call 281-320-0133 for more details.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Been stitching on the new piece. It is coming along nicely. Hopefully there I can post some pictures of it in a day or so. Tomorrow is road trip day-so there will not be a lot of news.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Will see if we can come up with a tip for the day...

Friday, July 8, 2011


It is friday-and I am working on the new piece that I finished charting last night. I am going to take a break and hopefully chart a couple quickies to get things rolling out the door again.

I am still wondering about the tip of the day....bad when one's brain does not work.

More later. Have a great morning.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


As you can see I am on the computer again. I did almost finish the new chart. I am at Mellowmushroom right now surfing off their internet.

I figured out how to put a link from my website to the blog this afternoon. I thought I would share this information, because 1-it is scary when computer things work right the first time I do them. 2- that the end of the world may actually be near-since I am conquering the complicated skills of website desinging and I have the Book for Dummies for Dreamweaver....I hope to do an overhaul of the site before the end of time and do it with this software....we shall see.

Tip of the Day

I know-it has been a couple of days. I hate it when we have a three day weekend. Well let's say I hate it when one of the days is spent on a road trip going to a place and coming right back. I am confused as to what day it is and when things are due and well-let's get back to the subject in hand.

Needle Threaders. Now do not laugh, well yes you can! In fact I hope this brings a smile to your face.

I have been stitching since I was 5 years old. My grandmother never really used a needle threader and neither did I. When I started teaching in 1989 the shop that I was working/teaching in kept giving out needle threaders. When I would teach a class all the students raved about threaders and how a stitcher could not live without one. Well, I thought I would try this contraption out. I put the thread in the hole of the threader and tried to push it through the eye of the needle. Yes, this is where you are suppose to start smiling then chuckling then laughing. Well, I did this over and over and I could not get the thread to go into the eye of the needle. Now is when you go and get the tissue to wipe away the tears of laughter.

I kept this little secret to myself and when my students kept telling me that everyone needed a needle threader and how they make life so much easier for the stitcher, well I would just smile and think in my head that all of these people were full of it and that it was a conspiracy from the Notion Departments to sell these stupid little metal things.

Then one day I was teaching and a student pulled out one of these little contraptions. I took a moment to stare at the contraption of torture. As I watched the student put the metal part of the threader through the eye of the needle then inserted the thread into the threader. The light bulb went off. And yes, for those of you that know me, I told the class my needle threader story. For the record no one actually wet themselves laughing at me, but they came pretty close to doing so.

I think of myself as mechanically inclined and an out of the box thinker. I want you to know that if I had not seen this person using this device I would have never figured out how to use it.....

So the tip of the day is to put the threader through the eye of the needle and then insert the thread. Pull the threader back through the eye of the needle and you are ready to go.

I hope that I have made you laugh or at least smile about this experience. And for those of you that are like me and could not figure out how to use can now go out into the world and use this contraption with confidence.

Check out the link to Hoffman

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Skulls every where

I have two skulls sketched out and they will be scanned and with the magic of the internet on their way to be made into something interesting. Cannot wait to show them.

Then I will be able to work on the bathing beauties....


I am in a nautical mood. I still have the mermaids floating in my head. I am working on a scaled down nantucket picture....water, life guard in stand, with ladies in bathing changing tents....and I am still working on the skull....

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Survived the 4th

I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th. It was a strange on here. After road trip got home in time to see the fireworks, but mother nature had other plans.....

Take care and more to come.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

New design brewing.

Been thinking about mermaid love letters. Hearts, partial letters....americana theme....who knows if it will work or move forward. off to dream on this one.

Tin Roof linen is coming to mind. Now I am wondering if it should be a picture, sampler, needle book.....who knows.

Happy Fourth....

The fireworks have already started. The pets are a little spooked...Hope to get some sleep so I can do the drive to Charlotte tomorrow.

Working on new Americana piece.

I am reworking a piece that was in a magazine last year. I am going to add a scissor case to a hornbook pin keep. Maybe a to design.

Getting Motivated

Going to be doing a road trip tomorrow, so a lost day. Hope holiday traffic not too bad.

Trying to get motivated to get work done....not in the mood. But a pool day yesterday, so work needs to get done or the bills do not get paid....ugh.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

What is everyone doing for the 4th????

I am doing the road trip to Charlotte-soooo as I stated before-stay off 85!!!! Just kidding. Hope you will have time to spend it with some family and or friends. Sit for a moment and reflect on how our country was born. It takes a lot of courage to go fight for what you believe in. It also takes a lot of courage and grace to know when to step aside and let someone else take the reigns.

Please take time to reflect on what you want and how you are going to acheive it.

Have a great weekend.

I am actually going to take a small break and go to the pool. But sketch pad and maybe computer are going along.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Writing instructions

Just finished nice chat and visit with good soul sister. Beer float hit the spot.

Now off to work on instructions. Will see if they help with the grammer......

Working on instructions

Winding down and trying to finish instructions. Then maybe a drink to wind down. Then to bed early. Hope to get a lot done on Saturday....crack that whip....

Maybe a good walk and a work out.

Hope you are all getting ready for the 4th.

Holiday weekend

I hope to grace the pool sometime this weekend. I also hope to hit the gym....lot of things to do.

Tip of the day.....hummmmm....Keep a pad and paper handy with your project. If you miscount or just want to change something you can write it down and leave it with the project, so when you pick it back up you know what you did....I love post it notes for this, but I also write all over the back of my charts when I change things. Always try to have a pencil only. Ink stains and can transfer from one thing to another. Pencil you can erase out of the fabric.

Off to do more work.

Hoffman and Norden

Check out their new items. Get inspired-call your needlework shop....

If you like the bag contact....

If you like the Ladies Stitching Bag then contact 3 Stitches 281-320-0133 about the class. We are looking at doing this class the beginning of September.

We will dye the bag, distress the tag and then embellish with charms, embroidery stitches, beads and netted fabric.

Guaranteed fun and lots of laughter.


Close up picture of tag for bag

Picture of complete bag with tag.

Up close picture of embellished bag for 3 Stitches

Computer back in running

Silence for the day yesterday was due to hard drive going bad.  I caught it in time and got new hard drive, got it installed and now up and running.  Still defraging everything and there are a couple things that I am having to mirror over, but saved most of my work.  Yeah.

Shipped some items that were ordered from TVR Seminar.  Now working on getting some thread orders together.  Will have to call them in on Tuesday since this is a holiday weekend.

Will post more later.  Behind due to not having a computer yesterday.