Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Rebekah she's on her way

I finished the first row of my Dark Sorceress for the stitchalong and she (and her stuff) went out today. I know, early but... Hey, just gives you more time to get your part done right? LOL

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy and Safe Halloween to all .... :)Laura

Monday, October 29, 2007


Vanessa, I went to your blogspot, and It has disappeared ??? thought you might like to know - if you dont know yet and let us know if everythings ok!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Red Poppy progress pic 1

this is the progress from yesterday The colors are beautiful... Cant wait to get to the reds :)

3 New Charts - one allready started! This is the link to my current project which is Red Poppy I believe she is the first girl on the page I love the colors.... :) in person they are just as beautiful the next link is where the other 2 charts I picked to do are - they are 1. peony, and 2. purple autumn The people at Heaven and Earth Designs are wonderful, and extremely quick! These 3 pieces will be in my new living room which I chose to work on them now!

hardanger mini ornie finish!

okay so here it is ... Andrea - if you click on it you will see my mistakes, but it is my first cutwork piece, so dont be too disappointed At least there are holes in there ... lol I need lots of practice. I also followed directions in my book to wrap the threads... I need practice on that as well... I will definitely watch for that tutorial. Thankyou for the inspiration... I promise to work harder on it when I get time...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

ornies finished this week

Well here is my newest addition.... I thought I would post them together, mostly so you could see the boy and the girl

see how he is doing a happy dance to get away from my needle and dmc!

Love them

a few to go... and then I will take a pic of them on my mini tree !!! this is the link from Darlene to the Northwest Stitcher`s Guild note Andrea ! there is a stitching retreat at Fort Worden this summer (that is one of my most favorite places in the state!) ... It is in Port Townsend, and there is a great bead shop there as well, and a Vintage Antique Hardware store that is unbelievable, not to mention that it is on the water:) so so much to do... it will be hard to stitch ... lol

Welcome Darlene!

Would like to welcome Darlene! She is our newest member! She is part of Seattle area stitchers, and She has a great site that I will link to soon! Andrea, I think we will have to meet up with her soon to stitch! I will forward the information to you, in case you would like to join us!

Gingerbread girl ornie finish!

Well, this is my favorite so far!!
I watched the wild west show on the
history channel, and made her
I love her buttons
I have owned these buttons forever
but just now am using them!
Stay tuned for
Gingerbread boy :)
Hope you all have a great weekend
and hope these ornies inspire you....

Friday, October 26, 2007

Question for Everyone

I have a question. When doing the stitch-alongs first row, is it better to finish the threads or to leave them so that the next person can pick up with them? I was looking at the chart for the current one and noticed that there were areas of 1 and 2 squares and thought to myself "self, that seems like an awfully small area to try and finish the thread!" LOL Thanks for your input. Pixie

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Kelli, welcome!

Kelli, welcome to my blog spot! It`s nice to see you here! Hope you enjoy this nice crafty spot! Kelli is a friend from school.... a long long time ago :) but she is crafty! and especially likes to crochet! Kelli make sure to go to Pixie`s blog - there are some cute crocheted items there ! and also there is a crochet a daisy afghan blog - as well hugs laura

Wed night`s mini ornie finish!

Wednesday night`s Happy Dance is a sheep with a wreath around his neck .... This is the 3rd ornie this week... maybe my miniature Christmas tree will be full this year of stitching! I have seen pics of places full of stitching, and they are so beautiful at Christmas! Hugs to all... and Happy Dancing!


thankyou for all of the compliments b.t.w. they keep me going and are totally appreciated !! Thursdays assignments for college are finished, so I plan to spend at least a half hour here! I also am creating a small private blog for class.... good thing I have practice, that isnt even something I doubt I can do lol!... Note - it isnt a working blog but a fake one lol!

Tuesday mini angel ornie Happy Dance!

Here is Tuesday nights ornie finish! At this rate perhaps I will get them all done at least once! I am excited... I better get out my fray check ... lol
have a good day everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Peace, Joy and Love

Here's a chart I had made up a while back when I was making ornaments and wanted to add a little Peace, Joy or Love to them. :) Figured I would share it with you ladies. :) Pixie

Monday, October 22, 2007

Emma's Garden WIP

In a minute, I'll scan my WIP. I finished cross stitching last night - now all I have to do is the backstitching, lace, and beading. I don't know if I'll be able to finish a second one by Thanksgiving or not. We'll see! Andrea

Sunday`s finish

Here is my Sunday finish!!! Happy Dancing!!

I have worked really hard on getting back to an

actual stitching habit instead of putting it off

my goal for the year 2008 is to have all of my

wip finished with the possible exception of A Matter Of Time by Nemia Rucker ... that is a 20 page chart - If however, I do finish her I will have another one just as large to replace it into my wip pile!- the stocking is a miniature ornie... note I have not done the finishing work on it yet ... I think I will reserve a day in the week to work on all my finishing projects. Now that I am in college I have to make plans so I dont lose track!


October Halloween Treat bag freebie

Here is the Halloween Freebie chart! If you click on it it should enlarge so you can see it better... Have fun with it! Happy October Freebie!


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Summer Here is Summer Truswell`s site: I especially love the series with the ladies... havent looked into it yet but notice there is a hardanger section as well :) Laura

Seattle Area Stitchers

Andrea, I believe I told you a while back I would find the Seattle Area Stitchers group again... and I did! I am awaiting my membership approval (because I havent used yahoo in so long I had to use a new e mail... BUT thought you might be interested in this as well! Who knows - perhaps we could even go to the stitching days ... I think it is about once every 2 months or so... The Host is Summer Truswell... she is such a good host, and a great stitcher... I will post her site next as she has some beautiful patterns she has made as well ... I suppose I should own at least one of these... lol .... Would love to have you in our group To all : if you go to the link as well there are stitching guilds listed on the linked site... There is a guild in New York ! I checked .... I am not sure about the others.... But these are fun! ours is anyways you go ... stitch for a few hours, eat , laugh , and make friends with other stitchers.... awesome! Laura

fabrics for our round

I just wanted to list the fabrics that were purchased for our round since they are so beautiful ... I wanted to make sure if someone wanted an exact fabric they see it would be here: The Earth Goddess will be on - opalescent linen Summer Glade painted The Dark Sorceress will be on- flair linen Hocus Pocus & The Fairy Queene will be on - Flair linen- Lilac (course we are free to choose other fabrics ) fabrics were purchased at :

calling all scrappers!

wow! I just found the most adorable blog! IF you like to scrap at all you have to go see!!! Just at a glance I can tell ya I am loving it ... I will move it to the other links below in a while ... when I know that you all have had a chance to see it! Laura (who loves all kinds of crafts - time time time) perhaps I am more interested in the craft side of this bed and b ... huh .... lol, slightly

October 2007 Freebie Halloween treat bag WIP (my progress)

Well - here is my October 2007 Freebie finished piece... I charted it today, and stitched it and put some embellishment on it ... Hope you like it -let me know! It says Halloween stitch witch, beware
my favorite part is the little spider hanging by the thread, and the bat with a heart in its center! I have not yet stitched the bag together , nor made the chart perfect, will do that in the morning... Feel free to download the chart, the chart is not for sale, so please do not use it as such, and please do not copy the pattern to a blog unless you have permission as it is an original by me, and I would like to know where all the freebies on my site are located if in other blogs, and sites.... thankyou for honoring copywritten material... SO tomorrow you should be able to get the chart here as well... I hope you enjoy this chart! Laura`s designs - Dragonflymystic 1
October 2007 freebie treat bag

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Looking For

Are you looking for a certain chart or design that has somehow eluded you? perhaps an out of print ? let us know ... we will help you search here! please edit the post if your chart has been found! Thankyou! Laura

Charts for sale

Hi everyone! I thought I would make a section for charts which you no longer need, perhaps you finished them or just will not be doing them and you think someone here would find them useful .... I am sure to post some here myself .... please note the condition and the price, and a way to get a hold of you Please note that you are responsible for your charts... do not send them until the agreed amount, or swap is recieved... unless you feel safe doing so... thankyou to all Laura p.s. when the chart is sold or swapped please edit here as such so everyone knows ! thankyou!

Friday, October 19, 2007

new post

so I added a post below of some writing I found today ... It is a poem I wrote about Jon... and I just love it , and thought I would share it with you... if you are a member of my blogspot you have my permission to copy it If you are not a member of my blogspot please ask for permission, as it is a copywritten piece of mine, and I would like to know where my work is used. Thankyou, Laura Mansfield

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Blog - Stitching the Night Away

well, just in case anyone is interested, there is a Just Nan leaflet giveaway on the blogspot .... Stitching the Night Away I put a link to it on the top of the right column, and will leave it there this week, and then move it to our blog spot ... that way it is easy to find.... thanks ! and do have fun! Laura

News about the fabric on its way

Well, I just wanted to let you know that the fabric will be mailed today sorry for the delay... I am at home sick, and ... well .... just now feeling like I can get out for abit... I have to go out anyways.... SO the news is that the fabric actually is cutting it close from top to bottom ... there is only an inch to spare.... I am still doing mine with the fabric... I will make it into a pillow I think ... the fabric is too perfect otherwise not to use it .... I will let you all decide on yours when it is recieved. I allready stitched my bottom row.... If I were at home more then I would get more done ! I can tell I should be in bed - jon says - but it is not in my personality to do such things.... I was raised to be stubborn, and have that feeling that if I were to lay in bed it would get worse... I am probably completely I know thats what they all say but I dont get sick very often at all... have a good day, and I will post again, soon.

Crochet anyone??

I am joining in on the Daisy Afghan charity ! Thankyou Pixie! I finally went and looked at the pattern ,... great!!! I would love to get involved, so I signed up.... I like to crochet! I especially loved the neutral afhgan... and think I will make one like it for our house sometime! It is cooler outside, and that is when i crochet best! Thankyou Pixie! Anyone interested in the link :

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Teresa Wentzler - Needle Guardian HD!

I finished my Teresa Wentzler :Needle Guardian !! SO I am doing a happy dance ! Completed tonight
10/16/07 I made a few changes ... But I love it! there is felt on the backside in booklet form and I can put my needles into it... I figure if I have a needle holder in my living room, bedroom, and craft room then I have no excuse to take them all over the place .... :) and therefore I shouldnt lose them! Hope you enjoy this pic. Laura ... who is very happy... you can find more of Teresa Wentzler`s great patterns . Now off to stitch my rr so that I can send it off before Jan, and get ready for finishing Rapunzel... which is another Teresa Wentzler wip which I only have the hair left to do ... you can see her on my wip links on the right... thankyou for looking!!! feel free to comment.Laura

Saturday, October 13, 2007


dont have time at the moment to look - but I am thinking I saw the pink ribbon lady in cross stitch at the blog to the right.... I left it at the top of the page to make it easy to find... I will do the research when I have more time, and edit this post - unless you or someone else finds it first... Have a good weekend... Off to finish stitching the Theatre curtains for Jons band set Laura

Andrea, and all interested

Wow, so I went to look for the pattern for supporting Breast Cancer ribbon in cross stitch, and I found these beads! I dont know if you will be interested, but they are awesome! There are quite a few styles... Hope this helps somewhat! The link to the beads is below the blog section here! Laura

Emma`s Garden

wow ... so I just went to remind myself which pattern Emma`s Garden was and Andrea, you do have huge goals!! Lavender & Lace - Emma`s Garden is one of my favorites!!! I hope you post when you do these.... I see why it would be hard to reverse these... They are beautiful, and you will do great!

something else

So I thought I would tell you all a little more about myself dont want to bore ya so - will try to keep in in context ; One of the things that I absolutely love is Mixed Media scrapbooking and Altered art sortof things like watch parts, and bolts etc. used to make pics and embroidery and things like that included... note I said that I loved them... I have tons of ideas, but never in my life have I attempted to actually make more of my scrapbooking.... I am not sure why... My style is more victorian kind of ; I am vague lol My hero is : Amelia Earhart ... whom I believe was not only an awesome person in history BUT an awesome, strong woman... who had lots to say... she was quite a writer ... :) so I wanted to probably start a project which portrayed her in a picture with an mixed media kind of frame ... sorta thing .... Any ideas ?? I have a wonderful picture of her !! She could be very beautiful.... thanks for listening .... and hope you learned something about me and would love to learn more about you all :) Laura

Friday, October 12, 2007

I understand so much more when I read...

So I went back and read some of the older posts - Laura, your note from the giftalong makes so much more sense now! LOL I have some aggressive stitching goals as well - the giftalong piece (I know what I'm doing and even have all the materials), and 2 pieces I'm making for my friend. I bought a pattern called"Emma's Garden", it's so cute, and I'm going to stitch them for my friend's 2 daughters, with their names and birthdates on them. I was going to scan the pattern and reverse it for one, but the pattern is larger than my scanner. So I'll just switch fabric colors. I hope to finish them by Thanksgiving because they'll all be out here for a visit. I know she hasn't received anything like this, and her older daughter is the same age as mine - almost 5! I'm also trying to come up with a pink ribbon motif in seed beads. Aloette is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I want to make keychains for myself and my manager and anyone else I think of. That might be stretching my brain too much at this point, though. Plus, it seems like everytime I turn on my computer the dumb security suite wants to update, and needs to restart my computer. So that's where I've been recently! I hope everyone else's lives are actually more interesting and fun than mine. I've been busy, but I don't have much to show for it! Andrea

New segment in Hardanger class!

For those of you who are working on the Hardanger stitchalong... Andrea has posted a nice lesson for us... :) ... I think I will take my time on this part :) thankyou Andrea!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Hey Laura, Thanks for all your hard work. You did a nice job on this blog and we do appreciate it. BTW I received my little envelope today and already know what the 'gift' shall be. This is way toooo much fun. Thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity in our gifts. You are way too nice! Vanessa in UPstate NY

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


So I am finally organized on the blog site so that you can actually find things much faster.... :) that took 2 days ... so I will try to keep it up to date... thanks for looking, and please feel free to post :) Laura

oops I almost forgot

Please post when you get the fabrics as they are very important I did pick them with the 3 ladies in mind, BUT you can decide not to use them if you prefer (once you see them, however, I think you will agree they are all 3 absolutely perfect for the ladies :) Laura) thanks for posting ... you can do that here when they are recieved!


so the fabric is here from Enchanted fabrics!!! AND I am very pleased.... I have a favorite ! The Earth Goddess fabric :) wow ... BUT they are all terrific SO it will be with the packages I send on Sat. wow that is an awfully early Christmas ... but you all deserve it :) you have to put up with me after all!!! Merry Early Christmas :) Laura


Well I just wanted to start by welcoming all of the newbies!! Jody is my sister in law (dave is my brother) cocoahuneebee is my friend from when I must have been 12 or so :) she is awesome... bonnie decor is my friend at work Bonnie, and she does Home Interiors SO I will make a link for her there ! If anyone is interested I guarantee, she is a great person to work with on the orders :) .... welcome to all of you I dont think any of you stitch yet , but in your own way you are all very creative... On that note I will go to my next post :) Laura

Monday, October 8, 2007

way too late!

Okay, so I started organizing our blog spot - to better suit people`s needs problem is - I had no idea how much was there to do! I have spent a few hours on it , and it still needs a few more ... so ... please forgive the site for the moment it will be better in the next few ... gotta go rest now thanks (gettin ready for our next round!!!) Laura

so quiet

So it has been pretty quiet around here .... I have been stitching alot though.... I have alot done on the packages, but I wont be able to send them till Friday probably now... I did, however take your envelope to the ups today Andrea, even though the post office wont be open till tomorrow ... I hope all is well this weekend I hope to make it to a corn maze with the kids .... :) and get some long ago films developed Anyone can post here .... on my page, I have no feeling of it being mine... it is ours ;) just so you all know... some of you seem to have busy busy lives ;) Laura

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Check out the link for Cross Stitch Happy there are nice freebies on this blog spot! :) laura

Friday, October 5, 2007

My October finish goal:

1. finish the giftalong piece, 2 finish Teresa Wentzler`s Needle Guardian 3 finish Mirabilia piece for friend (exchange for a quilt) Lily of the Woods (note I since have taken up quilting as well :)) 4 finish Teresa Wentzler Rapunzel :) thats a hefty goal BUT lots of these are basically done ... and - as if I needed more lol Jon asked if any of the charts I have in my goals are the ones he bought for my birthday .... so I suppose I will have to start one .... not sure which one though will keep you posted when I find out! :) Laura

Wish List

Gee, so I was just looking around, and decided that I should make a goal to accomplish pieces in Oct. :) so I will add that here, but ... then what to my amazement do I see but this great Peacock arm chair /needle holder, fob, and ... I just had to look again :) and let you all see! I guess its a good thing it isnt available at the moment ... my new question is - how many kinds of needleholders does one actually need :) lol I have started quite the collection ... HELP!!! please though, do go look at the link (wow!) to the right... and tell me if you think I am crazy... Laura

Thursday, October 4, 2007

wow - 1 package coming

ok - so the little package I just made for you all for the Giftalong is on the way! I will not have the other package ready till probably Monday unless I am mistaken about the time it will take.... I will definitely have it out by then ! BUT perhaps sooner - its amazing how little things can take so long .... :) BUT they are well worth it so ... Be on the lookout for the Giftalong package (small) and the bigger package will be sent by Monday :) thanks Laura


please note Andrea has moved .... she lives at the Bothell address - it was on the 3 ladys introduction sheet, BUT I have also sent it in your package! Just would hate for it to go to the wrong place! (you do stitch so fast you know !! ) Laura


Hi everyone! Here is the list of the start and end of the giftalong you will be stitching for the person directly underneath your name :) and the info will be mailed off on Sat. in case you do not have their addy remember the gifts do not have to be Christmas in orientation ... ok so here goes! * * * Andrea Colleen Pixie Vanessa Laura Rebekah Andrea * * * there you have it ! your secret person lol you are /have been stitching for is the person below your name Due to send out : November 30 at the latest .... thankyou all for a great response!! EXCITING

Crochet Daisy Square for Charity

I finished my first square for the Daisy Charity Afghan collection my friend Krystal is doing.


So ... for my gift to ALL those who stitched in last years RR (Egyptian Round Robbin) AND to Pixie who is joining our next RR :) the 3 Ladies I will be sending out your Christmas gifts as soon as I recieve them in the mail ... shouldnt be too long I decided to buy you some linen from Enchanted Fabrics You are a great group :) note : if you are in the 3 Ladies I bought fabbie that should match your pick of the 3 :) so exciting MY GIFT TO YOU ..... Never ever say no to the stash queen lol Laura p.s. Nicole - miss you... please note I hope your gift matches some stash in your wish list ....

Started the Needle Guardian by TW !

Hi to all... I started stitching the Needle Guardian on 10/2/07 :) I am actually stitching quite a bit lately :) so make sure to check in for progress pictures :) coming soon I also got a ton of stash from Jon for by Birthday I cannot begin to list it all - but it sure is exciting !!! I will post the pics when I begin stitching them.... I think my most favorite is Skeleton Crew - by the Cross Eyed Cricket designs (another Halloween design!) ... ( I have a ton of Halloween, and 2 halloween wips ) .... also - another goal for the year is to have my 10 wips finished ... and the Dark Sorceress finished this is a totally realistic goal, as they arent hard finishes and since you all are helping me with my dark sorceress lol Tomorrow I work on the packages some more I will be sending out on Saturday morning ... so everyone stay tuned! Pixie - dont worry - I havent forgotten your bead! It will be in your package NOTE: if you are in the Giftalong this is the package I am sending on Sat. If you are in the Round Robbin for the 3 Ladies I will be sending most of the info on Sat as well ... BUT do not buy your fabbie if you havent done so allready ! (if you have - it is ok)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I just posted the link for Butterfly Fairies ... and wanted to add that the cross stitching fairy is not on the site ... it is on the pamphlet for the site .... I love it though, the pictures do not do the product justice. Laura

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

I've sent packages off!

I sent little envelopes and notes on Friday, and Colleen's finished RR piece went out Saturday (well, maybe not until Monday morning - I think I missed the cutoff at the post office). I had fun with all of you! Andrea

Monday, October 1, 2007

when all is quiet i wonder and what i think in those moments tells me that i have alot to learn about me.... and love and life anxiety .... a rough spot and time ... can make one feel alone :Laura 10/1/07
Okay, so I went to Rebekah`s blog again today, and wow what progress ... if anyone stitches up a storm it must be you WOW WOW WOW ... I love the piece you just posted ... make sure you let us see the progress pics! Laura
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