Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hardanger SAL week 1 is up

I've posted the first part of the SAL pattern. I'm really excited! I couldn't wait until tonight! Andrea
Dont you just love Halloween... These are the closeup pictures of my beadwork sorry if they arent perfect... But I have so many beads that I had no problem tossing this combination together!!!
Here are the pictures of the dragon dreams - boo dragonlet finished into
a pinkeep using the method in the JCS 2008 Halloween ornament edition.
This method can be seen on the cover surrounding the bat pinkeep. Although
it was timely coming up with the design, and putting all the beads and pins
together, I think you will agree, it was well worth it. I am still not sure what
else I will do with it, put it on a hanger, or in a frame with fabric backing...
But whatever I do, it is already one of my favorite pinkeep finishes! Please
let me know if you try this, and I would love to see your results!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

the finish below

So if you are in my round robbin the freebie I stitched below is one that I sent to you all :) I am so excited because I got the new issue of Just Cross Stitch, the new Halloween premier issue. There are some cute designs, BUT the best part for me was on page 40... the finishing on the pinkeep is just gorgeous... I am using this technique to finish this freebie! Today I hope to buy the beads... because i definitely will use brown, green, and orange colors complimented with maybe copper :) for fall... I cannot wait for you all to see it :) Perhaps this is my tomorrow project! Jon, Dante and I are going to Seattle today!!! yippee. I am not sure if I mentioned earlier that both my washer and dryer quit this month. Well Jon wanted to conserve space, since we have a lot of changes going on and such; so I bought one of these... which came highly reccomended! I am so excited! Anyways... have fun :) and Happy Stitching. Enjoy your weekend Laura

Friday, September 26, 2008

a FiNiSh!! - 4 HaLlowEen

Here are some pics The first one is my finish last night :) a Dragon Dreams Freebie by Jennifer Aikman; 2006 Boo Dragonlet :) The second is Dante in his sweatshirt... It is fall once again! One of my favorite seasons. The next picture is Jared... growing up way too fast. He is my youngest and is 16 - almost 17 geesh!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Laura can you check something for me?

I'm in a bit of a panic - I was at my Nampa Wal-Mart today, and the Caron Simply Soft yarn (no dye lot, beautiful shimmer, super soft) was red-tagged from $2.07 to $1.50. Is it going the way of cross-stitch supplies? I bought 4 skeins - I was needing one anyway, but I got some extra just in case I can't get it at that price ever again! Also, Bernat Baby Soft Chunkee was red-tagged (I don't remember how much) If you like knitting or crocheting, maybe go to your local Wal-Mart and look for an even better deal!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Here is a picture of the needleroll I recieved earlier this week from Natalie B. for the Hooked on Exchanging exchange :) It is the stitchers needleroll by Lorri Birmingham :) I love it :) and cannot wait to post pics of the pieces that I have sent this week, once they are recieved! Click on the pics to see the wonderful goodies I also recieved! Thank you Natalie!

Halloween Fair and Square

Here is a pic of the Halloween Fair and Square I recieved today from April K. Thank you April! It is adorable. I hope to make a beaded scissor fob and attach it as well as a tassel .... :) Thank you!

4 months old

My sweet Dante is 4 months old today :) This is a pic of him last weekend ... napping :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Info on Hardanger tutorial SAL is up!

If you have been trying to follow along with the Hardanger classes, or just waiting for the SAL, it's almost here! The pattern is all converted from Excel to blogger-friendly .bmp, and I have the design size, stitch count, etc. posted so you can shop if you need to. I'm excited! I think I'm going to do mine in autumn colors, since it's the first day of fall, and it feels like it! I picked up some pretty variegated thread - it reminds me of caramel, which reminds me of caramel apples - yum. Andrea

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Jon, who I am matched with :)

ENTP - "Inventor". Enthusiastic interest in everything and always sensitive to possibilities. Non-conformist and innovative. 3.2% of the total population.
Free Jung Word Test (similar to Myers-Briggs)
personality tests by
even more rare... wow... it explains a lot :) Laura

Unique; Journalist

ENFP - "Journalist". Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
Free Jung Word Test (similar to Myers-Briggs)
personality tests by
This is the results of my personality test in college... boy, I knew I was different , but wow :) Laura

Thursday, September 18, 2008

3 new lessons in Hardanger tutorial

I have a "follower" - someone I've never "met" (although the only one of you guys I've met is Laura) - apparently all I need to get my tushy in gear is a stranger looking over my shoulder! I've also made a lot of progress on the tutorial SAL. Progress! Hah! What am I talking about? I have the .bmp images all ready to upload, I just need to type the posts. Anyway, I think I'll start running that after I finish round 4 of the 3 ladies and get her in the mail. Yay! Andrea is happy dancing because she finished the basics of her tutorial!!!!!

Hello Everyone

Hello, BTW the blog looks awesome! Just wondering though - there is no way to add comments to another persons post???? I tried to add a comment to your post Laura - I didn't see a link for that . Just wondering"?" Anyway - Sept has been crazy with my new schedule and the kids in school , so I decided about 2 weeks ago to finish up the Round 4 of our "ladies" - and don't ya know I sliced the pad of my forefinger on my left hand very deep and bad - I know I sliced through a few nerves ( sounds gross huh!) I cried a good 15 min - the pain went right through me - and just so you know I am left-handed - I refused to go to E.R. - they take too long - so I suffered through it and couldn't stitch for 8 days - Now I am on a stitchin' frenzy. I have the right side to do on my Round 4 and then it is off to you Laura1 I love this one - it also happens to be the one that I chose for myself! (the purple one _cannot think of the name right now) Also I received a gorgeous embroidered block from Andrea = the fabric is gorgeous - I must find time to upload photos Hope everyone is doing well. Vanessa

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Vanessa, wow, that is not good ... No slicing !! I hope you feel better soon.. Thank you for the compliment on the blog... I love it so much. I recieved my fair and square and sent mine out, so I will post pics this weekend. I am gathering up all of my projects this weekend, and doing lots of stitching :) I will have a to do list soon :) Here is a wonderful link for those of you who scrapbook or digitally scrapbook: you sign up, BUT the actual site is free; and fun expect to see some changes here soon on my links :) I can do this! Laura

Freebie Link Wow, some really cute freebies at this site. :) I will post it as a link tomorrow. Just so much college, and now I am winding down for the night. I am almost caught up to myself. So I will list my finishes and WIPS for the month by the weekend, with pictures where I can. Thank you to all for your patience. Catching up has been a challenge ... I DID IT! Laura

Friday, September 12, 2008


I have been with Dante all day :) Needless to say, he is really spoiling me! I have him again tomorrow! He is quite the talker, and getting quite big. We went to get pictures for Christmas. We only got 5 and have so many more to go :) but he wasnt up to it all today. He is so small. He did however manage to soak me, and later in the day stain me :) He is so precious, though! Since his birth, I have been reminded of how precious life is. I would like to also mention a dear friend, Verla Copple, who used to work with me. I found out today that she passed on one week ago. She was an older lady, but I can tell you that she definitely worked harder than most of the young ones. She came in to see me last week... She had lost a lot of weight, and when I asked her how she was, she said basically nothing. I knew. God bless you, Verla. Life is full of blessings, and you were one for sure. I have a beautiful new life, and yet it is not certain how long any of us will live. Count your blessings. Love you all. Love you Verla, Laura

New Blog Layout

I love my new blog layout. The difference, for now, is that in order to post a blog you have to go to the dashboard by clicking on About Me, and then click posting, and create. I hope to change this soon. I really miss my navigational bar, as I used this alot. Otherwise I love the blog. Please let me know what you think! You can add comments the same as usual. If you would like more information on how to create a blog like this, I used Designs By Vheil ; she is a designer who can help. Her links are at the bottom of this blog! Thank you all for visiting, and by the end of the weekend this should have more info! I have a 3 day weekend. Dante and I are going to Wal-Mart to get his pictures taken for Christmas presents. (he is 3 months, and I want them to have pics before too long!) Keep hanging in there. Laura

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hi again!

I'm moved in and online - there's an update on my blog. No pics yet - I'm looking for a camera that works. My digital camera bit the dust (literally - I dropped it) when we visited Idaho in July. So those will be coming later.

Monday, September 8, 2008


So I did some rearranging of the blog; some of this is temporary, it is so that the new blog will be easier to put together :) Hope you all are excited. I have seen what it will mostly look like, and I can tell you that I am Very very happy with it! It is exactly the look I was going for. There have been minor changes to the original plan, and many changes to the planning in general, but ultimately, this is the blog I intended! :) Laura

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Well I changed the look of the blog temporarily out of boredom, and the old header wouldnt work, So I posted my pic of a recent finish in the header... Here is the Quaker Hedgie freebie from workbasket. I think I will make him into a matress pincushion. Note the fabric is same as the Garden Fairy in our 3 Ladies, except there is no shine to it. :) have a wonderful weekend, friends! Laura

Fair and Squares

So I will be updating my blog since blogger is cooperating today and hopefully tomorrow - with pictures I have been waiting to show you all. These are the squares I recieved from Christine for my July fair and squares. I love them. I am thinking of making a biscornu, I am not sure... Laura

3 Ladies

Colleen, I did it. It has been done but it goes out tomorrow ... Sorry for the delay... I bet youre excited! :) theres a little something for your patience too... :) it is beautiful Laura
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