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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Yarn, Stash and Rachael Ray

So I started my day at the laundromat. I had the wash done by 8:30 a.m. I brought it home, put it away and then called Mom. I then went up to C.C. & Co. I signed up for the Boo Club and purchased a little stash. I also purchased the yarn pictured below. Everything was on sale. They are getting rid of their yarn so I got the yarn 50% off! The fabric was also 50% off, the leaflets were 30% off and then I got a package of Piecemaker needles and 2 binder rings and they were 15% off. The fabric is a nice size piece of Lugana 28ct, it is an over-dyed from Zweigart called "Dusk". I am thinking of a Halloween piece, it may even be big enough for the Lizzie Kate Boo club designs. I am thrilled with my stash.

I then went up to CVS and got my medicated Chapstik, batteries for my camera, plastic cutlery and some peppermints. I got my employee discount too! Then I was tired. I was so jazzed today and really did well as far as physical activity. My back started fussing at me and I came home and laid down to take a nap. My Ghost Hunters isn't on tonight and that is a drag!!

I had been looking on-line for a free knitting or crocheting pattern for a drawstring ditty bag, the kind I used to carry in junior high/high school. I found this pattern: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/bags/bag-bamboozle-weebag.html
I didn't want to buy the yarn on-line due to shipping charges. I found the yarn pictured above with Carolyn's help (at C.C.'s). It is an Italian acrylic/cotton blend and I will have to use 2 strands instead of 1. The yarn it called for is a chunkier strand. The Bamboozle yarn is a bamboo yarn which is very interesting to me and the one skein is only 90 yards and the one I got is 170 meters which converts to 185 yards, so I have plenty.
Oh yes I am a fool for cooking magazines, recipes, cookbooks! Best Deal Magazines has Rachel Ray's magazine "Everyday With Rachael Ray", 10 issue subscription for $7.29 today only. Guess what I subscribed to?
I put clean bedding on the bed. I also didn't want doggies on bed so I put a empty laundry basket on the hassock (which allows the girls to get up on the bed). Well when I laid down for my nap the lovely Rose had her nose wedged between the basket and the chair looking so longingly at me and horrified I would nap without her. What a ham bone!
Well Happy 2009 to all outside the Lilac Thicket. We will be inside tonight, imbibing on Diet Pepsi and chips. If lucky we will make it to, oh say 9 p.m. before we fall asleep. God Bless!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Goals, Great Stash, Good 2009 Thoughts

Isn't this the prettiest poinsettia design? It is a Ellen Maurer Stroh design. I think I need it! Today I ordered another design from her called "Heart of Roses and Daisies" at Just Needlin'. I also ordered the Q-Snap extenders and 5 packages of the Piecemaker needles in size 26.
Yesterday's post alluded to goals I have set for 2009. Here are 18 goals I have set so far:
1-Make gifts, do not buy them
2-Read a Purpose Driven Life in 40 days--started 12/20/08
3-Set a weekly goal to clean a small space in the house, God doesn't like a dirty girl
4-Be the eye of the storm, calm and quiet, minding my own life and business
5-Read one book for pleasure-yesterday I bought Michael Creighton's "Next"
6-Sew one outfit
7-Start a gift idea notebook where all my ideas are in one place
8-Save $1000.00
9-NO PAYDAY LOANS, be a wise conservator of my hard earned dollars
10-Regular oil changes in the car
11-Walk 1 trip around the call center each workday
12-Keep my car clean on the inside, God doesn't like a dirty girl
13-Clean the garage so I can fit the car in it next winter
14-Bake a different batch of cookies, once a month
15-Wash curtains and walls, God doesn't like a dirty girl
16-NO unexcused work absences
17-Share my Blessings donate to Harvesters, City Union Mission & Humane Society
18-Spend a mere 5 minutes each day with God reading His book
Now I plan to review my goals through out the coming year and check on my progress. I want to make all of the above good habits.
I have packed up all my Christmas decorations on my desk and I have all my books and magazines at the ready. I have worked all my follow-ups and will have to call back my Adopt a Customer after 12:30 to see if the prescription I ordered this past Tuesday came in the mail today.
So here at the Lilac Thicket we have etched in stone my goals for a wonderful new year. I expect great and lovely blessings the year through. Happy Lilac Thoughts my dear readers!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas, Clean Clothing, Crashing Cutie Girl

Just a brief post since it has been a couple of weeks since my last post. The picture above is just a pretty winter picture that came with one of my software programs. I can't say that I have been caught up in all the Christmas hype, but it effects me none the less.

I was very blessed with gifts this year, from Tinker boots to a lovely warm coat and lots of money/gift certificates. My sister in law made some lovely angel earrings for me and then a pretty cloudy green stone bracelet and matching earrings. I received a pretty pink shawl, a idea book of hand made hand bags, bras (!), Avon products, a beautiful stone hand crafted pendant which is red and black, a handbag that has pockets on the outside for photos, or needlework. My girls got treats and their special Christmas beatings.

Rose rolled off the bed Tuesday night and hurt her already arthritic hip. I gave her an extra dose of her Rimadyl and today she is so much better. When I was cleaning off a table I found a squeaky toy. Well when she heard that she leaped straight up without a hitch and ran over to get it. The toy disappeared outside to get a Britney burial, I am certain. Speak of the doggie, here she is nudging my elbow as I type.

I am in the midst of coming up with my goals for 2009. I will share them later! Resolutions are too easy to overlook, I like goals. One of my goals I already started. I spend 5 minutes with God and his good book each day. Well I have kept that up for the past 5 days. I figure I need to grow closer to my Father since He has blessed me beyond measure.

I went up to the laundromat this morning and washed just enough clothing for 7 days. I just didn't have the heart to do it all. I received my gas bill, $217.00. Yikes!!

Well my dear ones, this is a bit for now here at the wonderful Lilac Thicket. May love and peace be your constant companion for the upcoming year. God Bless Y'all!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Blogs, Blustery Winds and Beautiful Candles

So the picture above is the nice candles I purchased for my Secret Santa gift at work. They were half price so I got the 2 smaller ones for $3.00 each and the larger one for $4.00. I really got a lot for my $10 limit, don't you think? Mom and I put the sleeves around them and tied pieces of jute about the paper sleeve. On the ends of the jute you can see the little elephant charms we strung on them. Of course it has a matching gift bag and tag. The hand made graph below will be in a clear plastic tag holder. The work swipe badge will be on one side and the design below will be on the other side. She likes her astrology sign so there is a crab and the symbols that represent Cancer plus her name. I am stitching it on brown perforated paper. I haven't decided on the floss color yet.
I was fussing around on the Internet this morning, visiting some of the blogs I like. I love the blogs which have innovative finishings of the handiwork. The French stitchers are SO outside the box with the finishing ideas. Cross Stitch Happy (http://www.xstitchhappy.com/) is very generous and she has many designs she has created and they are available free of charge. Her latest is "Friendship Heart Scissor Fob". The index is on the right side of blog with links to her free designs.
A German blog called "Kissy Cross" (http://kissycross.twoday.net/) is another generous blogger who shares her creations at no charge. There is a link on the right hand side which will take you to her free designs.
Of course this is the time of the year when many generous designers share their plans for Stitch Alongs for the next year. The above design is one of those SAL's which started this month and will continue with the last monthly chapter in July 2009. The first installment is available at http://gazette94.blogspot.com/ . At Gazette 94 there are many free designs also from this talented stitcher and I really love this SAL. I like seeing what the total piece looks like before stitching it. I would hate to waste my time only to find I really didn't like the elements. This one is not to be missed in my opinion.
The wind has become very gusty here in the Lilac Thicket. I was peering through the Lilac branches and saw the fallen leaves spinning like a cyclone headed north down the street. The leaves are now heading south which means our temperature is dropping. The skies are grey and I know a storm is heading our way. The Girlz are busy sleeping, not wanting to venture out of the Thicket and get their well coiffed fur mussed up! Well I will close and get busy with some stitching or other industrious activity here in the fragrant Lilac Thicket. Salutations!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Pantie Waists, candles and gangs of snowflakes

This is the nasty sight I woke up to Wednesday morning. Two inches of snow and they called off school. Let me tell you we are raising a bunch of people that cannot tolerate anything other than optimal lives on this planet. I remember in 1975 we went to school in a raging snow storm. The snow was up to the knees and blowing all over the place and we were in a very cold school bus going to school. Now I will tell you that at that time I lived in the same community I live today. Today the roads are MUCH better, not the same rural roads we had to traverse then. The superintendent of the district used to say if he could get out of his driveway that there would be school! We didn't have Hummer's in those days either! Parents and kids today are a bunch of pantie waists! I will scream it from the roof tops, Y'ALL ARE INTOLERANT PANTIE WAISTS!!!! YOU ARE RAISING WIMPS AND YOU ARE WIMPS!!!!! Your children's lives are no more precious than the children in 1975!! The only difference is you are a bunch of pampered poodles!

Okay with that out of my system I accidentally organized my spare bedroom. I went in looking for a theme notebook and ended up straightening it up so I could find it. Lo and behold I found stuff I forgot about. I found a ton of cross stitch stuff! It got me to thinking about not buying anymore stash. I have some forgotten cute stuff I bought. I am afraid if I don't purchase the cute stuff I see today, it will be gone in 6 months. If our society should break down in the next 6 months I want to make sure I have enough needlework to calm my nerves and keep me content. If roving bands of thugs find me in my hideout, at least I will die content and with a ton of stash to pillow my rotting corpse! My gosh I am morose and maudlin this morning.

Stitching done, none! I think today is the day for it. Yesterday I went up to Hobby Lobby and purchased 10 Simplicity designs for 99¢ each. I bought a couple of handbag patterns, a jumper and kimono pattern. I will add them to my Excel database later.

They also had candles on sale 50% off. I bought 3 Bella pillar candles for the $10 Secret Santa limit for work. I ran over to give my Mom a kiss and was telling her about them. I brought them in and we made a 2½" wide sleeve around each with pretty paper and tied jute around the middle of the sleeve. She had these cute animal charms and I chose jade, cream and yellowish elephants and threaded them onto the ends of the jute. They look really nice.

Yesterday was a pretty nice 45° outside. The Girlz are outside now and the sun is shining brightly and I bet it will melt a lot more of the hateful snow out there. I just can't believe how those dreadful flakes like to gang up on us in the winter.

I did add 3 new must haves to my Stitchy Poo Gal's Needlework Wish List. I know you must be shocked and horrified at my confession. I just cannot help myself, the new Drawn Thread designs are to die for!

Alas the time has come for the Lilac Thicket to fold in on itself to cocoon me from the perils and madness of the outside world. Ah yes, I am but a humble hermit inside it's fragrant branches. Until next time, I send my salutations.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Movies & Freebies

This is the free design that I am anxious to get with my FOMC selection that I talked about yesterday. This design can also be found in the archives at Wichelt.com I think it is cute.

I have been dreaming about the Dupioni silk and the special is over at midnight. I was thinking about getting 1 yard of it to make a handbag. I have never worked with silk before and think it might be fun. I have a pattern which I think would be nice that came in a sewing magazine much earlier in the year.

Netflix movies that I watched on my days off were Wall-E, Charlie Chan at the Opera and Laura. Wall-E was sort of cute until he was sucked up to the space ship which was inhabited by a bunch of fat people who sat on their asses and robots waited on them hand and foot. I was really put off by that scenario. Why are fat people always lazy in the movies and cartoons? I am fat but not lazy and I really am offended by this characterization. Charlie Chan was a typical Chan movie only this time Boris Karloff was his adversary. Number One son wore a suit of armour through this movie and helped "Pop" by skulking about the theater looking for the murderer of 2 people. It is a 1936 movie and I enjoyed it. The 1944 movie "Laura" starring Gene Tierny and Dana Andrews was a nice movie. I found the biography of Gene Tierny very interesting. The movie premise was that Laura (Tierny) was loved by many men is murdered. A New York detective (Andrews) falls under her spell as he investigates her death.

The next 3 movies I received yesterday are "The Manson Family". Charlie Manson fascinates me with his mental health behaviors. I was 12 years old when his hippy group murdered Sharon Tate. I was horrified with the idea that his group "Creepy Crawled" residences without the sleeping people knowing they were there. "Indiscreet" with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman and the last movie is really disc one of the wonderful British comedy "Red Dwarf".

There is a cute friend free design on Cross Stitch Happy. I was looking at the LagattaC blog and there are some cute free designs offered on the french sites. Well I suppose I will close the Lilac Thicket for now since I am so blasted cold! Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Days off and Day Dreams

This is the first installment of the 2009 EMS Stitch Along, An Advent Calender. I am not much of a fan of Advent Calenders but I really like the colors and the small motifs. I look forward to seeing more of this design. I look forward to 2009, don't you?

Pictured above is the 2009 Boo Club Double Flip It. I like this very much being a Halloween Aficionado does that surprise me....NO!! I think I will join the club at Stitches 'n Things.
I am getting a great color in my Fabric of the Month Club from Stitches 'n Things. It is 28ct Ruby Wine Cashel Linen . Also there is a freebie coming this month I am excited about too! From BIZZI CREATIONS -- 'Tis The Season!
I have done some work on my Prairie Schooler. My days off were filled with sleep (I was having a fluttery heart problem), shopping for bra's at Lane Bryant with my Mother which are to be my Christmas gifts, watching movies which I will discuss tomorrow (gotta have something to yak about), cleaning house (oh the joy and pain in the posterior of it all), laundry at the laundromat (the lady was 25 minutes late opening the darn place, but it feels good to have clean underwear) and sewing a rice filled warmer for my Marilyn.
Yes my 3 days off were filled with lots of little things. I also had a devil of a time printing off 3 cute calendars for 2009, it's my computer. Plus I fell asleep before Ghost Hunters came on. DARN IT!!!!
Well it is quite cold here in the Lilac Thicket, winter is definitely upon us. My hands and feet are definitely victims of the cold as there is no insulating layer of fat on them to keep them warm. I am wearing a long sleeve tee shirt and a long sleeve sweat shirt and I am freezing in the darn call center.
It felt so good to sit in front of my sewing machine. I have been dreaming of all the fabric that I have seen on FABRIC.COM and imagining all the lovely things I could create. They have Dupioni Silk on sale for 6.98 a yard and it is 54" wide. Gosh it has a beautiful. All the colors are so rich and wonderful. I was thinking what beautiful front room drapes it would make and also a very simple but elegant dress, empire waist and short sleeves! Dream on!!
Well, I suppose I will sign off from the Lilac Thicket and try to light a fire to keep myself warm. Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Snow on the last day of November

I thought the above piece I stitched earlier this year was appropriate because it is snowing here in Kansas City. The above design is a Barbara Ana design stitched on Stitched on Jazlyn 28 count Opal Blue Breeze with DMC floss. I think it may be one of her free designs.
I wanted to write a little considering it is the last day of the month. I went over to Mom's after work yesterday and ate turkey leftovers. It really put my girls into a schedule tizzie. Someone pooped on the front room floor last night while I was sleeping. Shame on my big girls!
I did share my color choices for the Prairie Schooler yesterday. I had forgotten what it is like to stitch with the Olde Willow floss. That stuff gets fuzzy fast and the fibers separate easily. I don't know which cotton floss they use for their base, it might be the JP Coates. I think Works Dyed Weeks uses Anchor and GAST uses DMC. Anyway I love the colors Olde Willow has but I think they use cheap floss for it's base, which is unfavorable in my stitching book.
I have had 9 calls today in 7½ hours. It has been slow. I have Pride and Prejudice here to read and the Sunday paper. I have spent a lot of time watching the PUPPY CAM on USTREAM. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shiba-inu-puppy-cam# These pups are so cute and I have been watching them here at work for about 3 weeks. They start going to their forever homes next weekend and I am going to miss them.
I must stop at the grocery on the way home. Girlz are out of dry food. Can't have that for what shall they poop on the floor while Mommy sleeps tonight?
I also found a fun fabric site called FABRIC. COM. They have nice fabric and the prices aren't bad.
Well that is about it from the Lilac Thicket. Happy December to all!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Shame, Soup and Stitching

Okay, how is this picture associated with Thanksgiving? Well it is titled "Ham and Turkey".
We see the squeaky toy turkey leg, the other is the Ham! I didn't have ham for Thanksgiving, I had a delicious turkey and all the trimmings at my Mom's! My girlz had a lot to be thankful for, I gave them an extra beating, yes 4 beatings instead of the usual daily 3! Everyone needs to have an extra serving of whatever they love, and my girlz love their beatings.

Yesterday I make turkey and noodle soup with the turkey carcass that I brought home with my mother's blessing. I also watched 2 movies, "All That Heaven Allows" from 1955 with Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson AND "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". I really enjoyed the former and the latter was okay but predictable.

Well Wednesday I spent a great deal of the day putting together my wish list blog. I also went thru all my fabric and over-dyed flosses picking which I wanted to use for the Prairie Schooler "When Witches Go Riding". I didn't want to have to purchase anything to stitch this and I really like my choices. I am stitching it on a 28 count Cashel linen in "Taupe". I chose 5 Olde Willow colors, 1 GAST and 1 Dye Is Cast color. Dye is Cast is no longer available but Brenda had great colors. Here is what I chose and for what:

Olde Willow
American Quaker Gold (DMC 420)--leaves on tree
Society of Friends Gold (DMC 898)--Grass and pumpkin stems
Octagon Blue (DMC 898)--Most of the words in the verse
Black Cat (DMC 3371)--Silhouettes of moon, owl, cat & pumpkin in top banner, border, witch, fence, stars, fence
18th Century Rose (DMC 3826)--Inside top banner, pumpkins in grass
Gentle Arts Sampler Threads
Butternut Squash (DMC 422)--Moon, pumpkins in grass, windows in house
Dye is Cast
Hearth (DMC 3857)--House, words in verse

Of course everything is subject to change but I really like the way the colors are laying down on the taupe fabric. I have a bit stitched and what is there looks great. I do need bigger Q-Snaps though, the ones I have are about 4 inches to short both ways. When I get a bit more stitched I will take a picture and post it. I have to thank Shepherd's Bush for inspiring me to change it.

I don't have much else to gab about. I am NOT shopping for Christmas. I hate what this society has done to Christmas. I am enraged that a Wal-Mart worker was killed by idiots trying to be the first to get a "bargain" and I am furious that Wal-Mart did not take the safety of it's employees seriously. I am not a litigious person but I hope this young man whose life was stolen from him has family that sue, sue, sue Wal-Mart!! I hope that security camera's capture this incident on camera and that a lot of Wal-Mart murder shoppers go to prison. Shame on us!!!!

Well until later this Lilac Thicket resident will get back to work.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Blog, Thanksgiving and Overdyed Floss

I am so excited with all the fun stuff I have found on the website "Cutest Blog on the Block". It is really fun to play with all the backgrounds and blinkees and such. Since it is free I can change the background as often as I want. With over 300 backgrounds you could change every day of the year if you wanted.

I created a new blog called Stitchy Poo Gal's Needlework Wish List. The link is to the right. I keep a list of everything I want and then forget what it looks like. So I went out on the web and saved the pictures of each item on my wish list and then I created an entry for every item I want with image, designer and title. I want to go thru each entry and explain what it is about each design that I like and how I see it finished or who I can foresee it would be enjoyed by. Of course I went to the Cutest Blog on the Block and found the perfect background for it.

I have decided that this blog is just for me, no one really cares about my stitching or my thoughts, as I am just an ordinary person. My life is ordinary with all the joys and sorrows, dreams and disappointments, questions and journeys. I want this blog for myself, to enjoy and play with. If not another human being reads or looks at it, fine. This Stitchy Poo Gal is living this life for her final reward, and that doesn't lie on this earth.

Monday morning my dearest friend Marilyn came into work and we each shared our God moments on Sunday. Her's occurred in church with smoke from the burning incense forming into the image of 6 angels rather than disseminating about the room. She wasn't the only one who noticed it but she knew they were "Gift Angels" sent to Bless all there. It was an amazing miracle and she knew I would believe every word she spoke. Our Lord is amazing and these were God's small workings that Marilyn and I experienced but they were and are huge to us.

I have pulled out all my over dyed floss and will sit down and try to find the right colors for "When Witches Ride". I pulled out some brownish fabrics, I really want something a little darker but will dig further.

The sun is shining brightly outside. It will be a gorgeous day. Tomorrow my family will be enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner that Mom is cooking. My brother and sister in law will be spending the day with her Mom, so it will be a smaller group than normal. Brother did get one deer and is wanting to get some more. He as multiple tickets according to Mom.

Well may all who read be Blessed and remember how fortunate that our ancestors chose this beautiful country to come to! Remember that Thanksgiving is a religious holiday as it commemorates the Pilgram's seeking a place where they could worship freely and without persecution. God Bless us all and God Bless the United States of America. God Bless all the troops that will not be home this holiday like my cousin Shaun who is in Iraq. With a thankful heart I will leave you here from the Lilac Thicket!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Overdyed Version of "When Witches Go Riding"

The above image is from Shepherd's Bush Blog (http://shepherdsbushblog.blogspot.com/). On the blog it says that it is stitched on dark 28 ct fabric with over dyed threads. I love the look of "When Witches Go Riding" from Prairie Schooler, stitched this way. It says no buttons were added. It does look much different than the picture on the front of the leaflet which is below. I couldn't see any info on how to attain the kit from Shepherds Bush. I think I may be able to find substitutions myself but I am such a copy cat!

I really don't have a lot of gab, but saw this version of a design I like and had to share it on my blog.
I was very upset about a personal issue that threw me into a tail spin. It dealt with my ex-husband. Well last night when I went home from work I talked with my mother and then did some crying and then laid down and spoke with God. I had some dreams that were revealing and wondering if they were messages from my Father, opened up my e-mail this morning and saw a message that left no doubt. I receive a daily spiritual message and the title this morning was "God Hears You". It left me in wonder and so today everything definately makes sense and I have my answer. I sure do love peace of mind.
If I were home I would be stitching or trying to figure out the overdyed threads to stitch the Prairie Schooler piece with. So instead here I am at work surfing web sites and snacking on the things I purchased at Quik Trip. I have my Sunday newspaper and am trying to wait until after lunch, which has been consumed already, to open the Falling Star and delve into the depths of left winged thinkers. Yes, my mind will be SO opened that my brains will fall out.
So until I glean something that I wish to share I will leave the sweet and soft Lilac Thicket!
PS--Okay, I found this yummy sounding recipe on a wonderful blog called No Place Like Home. Here is the addy: http://kellishouse.blogspot.com/ . I want to make this on Wednesday when I am off.
Apple Butter Spice Cake
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup apple butter (found in the jam section of your grocery store)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup wheat germ or quick oats
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or grease one 9"x13" pan. In small bowl, prepare the topping by mixing together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped pecans. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In bowl of standing mixer, blend together butter and sugar; add eggs and beat well. Add apple butter, vanilla, wheat germ or bran cereal. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with sour cream; mix well after each addition. Pour 1/2 batter into pan, sprinkle 1/2 the topping over top. Pour remaining batter and top with remaining topping. Bake for 40 minutes.The best part about this cake is the brown sugar topping on top and in the middle!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Penniless in Cool KC

I am feeling down in the dumps today. I was paid and it is a blessing all bills are paid however I am broke. Oh well, I have a roof over my head and food in the cupboard, gas in the car and my girls have kibble.

I watched 3 Netflix movies. I really enjoy Kung Fu Panda and the message it had. Kit Kittridge, An American Girl was inspiring too! A great movie for young girls and since I am 51 going on 6 I enjoyed it. My Man Godfrey was good. Carole Lombard and William Powell starred in this 1936 movie. That was fun too!

I haven't been feeling up to snuff the past few days. I feel like I could lay down and sleep forever. No stitching has been done, shame on me. Back to work tomorrow. Can I curl up in a ball in the corner?

Since I am really gab-less I will sign off from the Lilac Thicket for now!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Villainy & Movies

God Sunday Morning! No that isn't a type -o, isn't that what Sunday is, God's Day, a good day? I would love to be in several other places besides work, but, I am Blessed to have a job, one that pays well! The above book is one that I want to purchase. I was listening to Coast to Coast AM as I do every morning when I wake up and dally about getting ready for work. Well this morning author Nina Burleigh was on and she was talking about this book which deals with the forgery of Holy artifacts. You may remember recently the controversy about the Jesus Ossuary? It is fascinating to me. I dislike people lying and trying to hoodwink for profit but it is especially distasteful when it deals with their spiritual icons. Come payday this is a book I want to purchase.

I have done a bit of stitching on my Bootscornu but that was Sunday. I meant to pick it up yesterday when I got home from work but due to issues at work I was to agitated to concentrate. I watch a silly Eddie Murphy movie called Norbit. What a talented man he is, playing 3 different characters!

Sunday I finally watched the 3 Netflix movies I had received over a month ago. I watched Journey to 10,000 B.C., Tortilla Heaven and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Tortilla Heaven was cute and the villain turned out to be working for Jesus, not Satan, like I surmised. Forgetting Sarah Marshall might have been okay it it wasn't for all the sexual innuendo and the male frontal nudity. The premise was good but it could have been better without all the sex stuff. Journey to 10,000 B.C. had been a documentary on A&E and it was interesting.

The next 3 movies I should be getting are Kung Fu Panda, My Man Godfrey and Kit Kittredge, American Girl. I hear Kung Fu Panda is cute. My Man Godfrey is the 1936 version with Carole Lombard and William Powell. It was on TMC one evening and I fell asleep at the beginning so I want to see it all!

Well, not much stitchy poo stuff today at the Lilac Thicket but maybe tomorrow. Have a God Sunday!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Stash-A-Roo Bargain

$5.00 purchased all the above designs! What a great deal if you like Helga Mandl and Barbara Ana's designs. They are having a Christmas SAL and it is open to everyone! All you have to do is:

1. Email Helga at hmandl@yahoo.com with your name and email address

2. All payments will be done through PayPal. Use xanaru@hotmail.com with Christmas SAL in the subject line

3. Your book will be delivered via email as a pdf file attachement. Be sure your email accept attachements.

I have my favorites picked out to stitch! I look forward to starting one after I finish my Bootscornu. Oh by the way I got my e-mail from them quite quickly after sending my payment. These 2 ladies are such a joy to deal with. Helga had a cute Christmas ornament in the on-line stitching magazine " The Gift of Stitching" this month. Here are their web sites so you can enjoy their talents.

Helga Mandl-- http://free-pu.t-com.hr/hmdesigns/

Barbara Ana--http://www.freewebs.com/barbara-ana-designs/

The sun has been peeking in and out today. It is a fairly warmish day outside. I have been stitching, suduku'ing and talking with Mom!

No real news from my Lilac Thicket today. I really was so excited about the Christmas SAL designs I had to share. Happy Stitching!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mom, Pumpkin Dump Cake & Good Night

Good EARLY Morning! I woke up and visited the little stitchers room and the girls thought it was time to get up and go outside and visit the little puppies facilities. I was wide awake and so I thought I would blog.
I took Monday off because it was my Mother's 72nd birthday. Since my mother doesn't want anything but time with her children I spent the day with her. I got there at 9:30a.m and stitched on Bootscornu while Mom and Auntie Sue kabitzed over the latest card making project they are working on. About 11:30 I began mixing the pumpkin dump cake (recipe follows) and Auntie Sue left at noon. I had taken deli meat and cheese over with her favorite bread, sour dough, and we had a sandwich and talked. While the pumpkin dump cake cooled she dragged out all her wonderful Tuesday Morning bargains she had found for her cardmaking and we properly oh-h-h'ed and ah-h-h'ed over them. We then had a piece of the most wonderful dump cake and then moved to the front room to watch the redecorating programs on HGTV and kabitz about what we liked and didn't like about the projects. At 4p.m. I gathered my stuff and buzzed home. I really enjoyed my time with my Mom and she enjoyed her gift of ME!
Pumpkin Dump Cake –TF
1 (29 oz.) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 package yellow cake mix or spice cake mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9”x13” baking pan. In a bowl, mix everything except last 3 ingredients. Pour in pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix over top of pumpkin, then sprinkle nuts over mix. Drizzle butter all over nut & mixture. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Edges will be light brown. Good served warm or cold with Cool Whip or Whipped Cream. Note: I prefer it warm. Just zap in the microwave. I used 3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon/ginger/cloves. I used a spice cake mix instead of the yellow.
I found a really neat website called The Cutest Blog on the Block. http://thecutestblogontheblock.com/ They offer 288 different backgrounds for your blog and they are really easy to use. They remind me of scrapebook page backgrounds. I really had fun looking at all of them and trying to decide which to use. My monitor at work is much bigger than my monitor at home so if you have a smaller monitor you won't see as much of the background on your blog.
I will sign off for now here at the Lilac Thicket and maybe try to fall back asleep. Sweet Dreams!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wish list, vomit and attitude

New item is on my Wish List. I was reading the Stitches 'n Things newsletter and Little House Needleworks has a booklet out that combines free designs it has offered. The 4 gameboards they offered are in that book. Yes I must have!! I also like the Cathy Jean Designs "Button Ups" but they are not on my list. I like the style rather soft and old fashioned look. The Quaker Halloween designs from Workbasket are interesting too. I am really not a big Quaker genre fan but these are, as I said "interesting".

I am tired of the regurgitation of the same old designs, they get done to death until you want to spew on them. Examples: "Sprinkle (vomit)", "(Vomit) Row", "Snow(vomit) of the Month", "(Vomit) Double Flip-It", "(Vomit) Tree Ornament"-you know the one-vomit written out with it's mirror image to form a tree. Designers do the same thing over and over until they lose their novelty and delight. I suppose when your creativity begins to wane you re-hash old designs and freshen them up to create "Vomit". I suppose they think stitchers everywhere will flock to their designs and overlook the fact that it is a old stale idea with a different color or motif. No wonder the interest in cross stitch is lessening. Perhaps a refreshening in creativity is needed, take a look at the innovative French stitchers. All I have to say is WOW!!! When some American designer divas freshen up than maybe interest will be invigorated or perhaps they need to get out of the business all together.

Designers whom I love Barbara Ana, Helga Mandle, love the Sweetheart Tree, The Cricket Collection, Prairie Schooler even Monsterbubbles, the Haberdashery! I could go on with fresh and novel ideas!

I did stitch a bit on my Bootscornu last night. I also went out to a site called "findagrave.com". Okay I am not a ghoul but I did at one time work my family tree. This is a cool site with 27 million grave sites. Sometimes there are pics of the headstone and cemetary. You can volunter in your zip code to go out to cemetaries and take pics and upload them onto the web site when someone requests a pic.

Well here I am at work and I am not in the mood for attitudes today. People really get their shorts in a wad about the silliest of things. Let's save that attitude for really important things in life. Well enough from the Lilac Thicket for today.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Leaves and Bootscornu

My front yard is a sea of leaves! I have 2 old maple trees and they are almost bare of leaves. I love watching the wind blow them around. Whirlwinds of leaves swirl around and leaves go tripping down the middle of the street. All the leaves sounds like an autumn wind chime. The squirrels are digging thru the layers of leaves looking for food and I saw a squirrel climbing up the tree with a comical amount of leaves in it's mouth to line it's nest. I love this time of year. I love to hear the leaves crunch under my feet and I love the smell of them.
I have started Bootscornu and you can see my progress thus far. I have decided to use the glow in the dark DMC for the little bit of white in the boot, candy corn and I think it will be brillant in the ghosties!
I don't have much gab today. I have been feeling a little down and out. Mom and sister are not feeling well either. Sissy has a virus and I think Mom and I are dealing with sinus issues.
I hope you are enjoying your Autumn stitching and until next time, chins are up here at my Lilac Thicket.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sports, Sparrows, Shawls and Simplicity

I tried to find a finished piece that spoke to the season of family, blessings and nostalgia. The pic is a block I stitched a couple of years ago and it is a collection of motifs from a Marquior SAL.

I worked a few stitches in my Bootscornu while I watched Gwenyth in Jane Austen's "Emma". It was only the 27th time I have seen it. Gosh I love Miss Jane's stories!

Well I still have a yen for fried potatoes. I went home last night and didn't eat a thing. I was up at 4 this morning, dressed and ready to go to work by 4:30. By 4:45 I was wandering around Quik Trip. By 5:15 I was at work, I don't start until 6:00. Darn time change.

Gosh I went to Patterns On-Line.com and really stuffed my wish list. They are now carrying San-Man Originals. The newsletter said they are adding more of her designs each day. I don't think she is designing anymore and maybe all of her designs will be available there. I love being able to print off designs without traveling to my LNS. I have 57 designs in my library there and 17 designs on my Wish List.

All the talk here is about the Chiefs, "What's the score?" Well right now they are ahead but I am pretty confident they will find a new way to lose before it is all over and done. Now I do care about our Kansas City football team but I am tired of them losing all the time.

It looks beautiful outside. On the smoke deck we have a herd of house sparrows who live in the bushes and everytime someone goes out there they are there looking for hand outs. I have seen them land on the table and hop over to a person and squawk at them and wave their wings. It is so funny.

I have decided I love shawls, I remember them from the 70's but all the women in Jane Austens stories on the big screen have the most beautiful shawls. I have a shawl which I haven't worked on in a year sitting at home in a bag. I need to finish it so I can waltz around my life with a wonderful shaw. I also put some knitted shawl patterns on my wish list at Patterns on Line. I noticed some of the shawls are rectangular, triangular and square which are folded over to make a triangle. I want a shawl, I already have the pearl earrings which I have had a while. When I first saw the mini series "Clarrisa" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101066/plotsummary) I had to buy some. I am such a copy cat.

Yesterday I was going thru the Simplicity patterns site on line (http://www.simplicity.com/) looking at the new patterns. I have lots but have purchased them all when Hobby Lobby has them on sale for 99¢. I really like the styles which are right out of my high school days, bell sleeves, tunic tops, empire waists, jumpers. I even saw a pair of fringed moccasins in a catalog. Love it!

Well I think this is enough for one day. I can't believe any readers could stand anymore titilation from my jet setting life! God Bless from my Lilac Thicket

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ghosts, Pirates, Harry, Gas & Muffins

I just wanted to see if this blog would upload an image from my Flickr account and it did. The mittens are a creation of mine from a contest I entered. The name of the mittens are "It's Snow Cold". I did some stitching on Bootscornu last night but I turned out the lights so no Trick or Treaters would knock. I sat there to watch my Ghost Hunters and really hoped that I would be able to stay up close to 4 or 5 hours of the Live broadcast. Yes I am a lightweight, I lasted 1 hour 45 minutes. Fortunately, they are having a recap and the results of this Fort Delaware investigation next Wednesday.

Woke up to a thick fog which probably would have been more appropriate last night! So far the work day has gone quite quickly. I have been thru my e-mails and checked out new needlework stash. Most conversations here at work bore me. There are a couple of people who I enjoy talking with. I don't like to talk about other people or partying or shopping (unless it has to do with needlework or thrift shops).

I have decided who I am going to vote for president.......Harry Truman! Yes, we need his straight forward talk and action! I wonder what he would think of our political leadership today?

Gasoline is really down. I saw it for 1.87/per gallon yesterday in Independence. I never thought it would come down that low again. I heard someone on the radio this morning saying we only have enough oil in the ground for 10 more years. I wondered how this person could say that. Scientists have no idea where oil comes from, if it regenerates or is finite, so how could anyone with any intelligence say there is only 10 years of oil left on this planet? One of the outer planets (I don't remember which) has a sea of oil on it, so, with so much unknown about this petroleum product you would have to be a fool to predict when it will run out.

I really want to fry up some potatoes and onions tonight. Doesn't that sound good? I love fried pototoes, well potatoes anyway they can be fixed. I look like a potato.

I added some Sue Hillis pirate designs to my wish list. Gosh I adore the pirate Santa. I would really like to stitch up "Pillage & Plunder" for my brother Rick!

Some really yummy sounding muffins at
http://quietrest.blogspot.com/ . The recipe is entered on October 31st and it is called "Muffins That Taste Like Donuts". Doesn't that sound good! I want to try those along with a recipe for Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins which is notated below. A team mate at work made them and said they are a big hit at her house.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins

Combine and beat:
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
pinch salt

Beat in separate bowl:
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1 cup water
1 tsp. baking sodaFill tins 1/3 full of chocolate. Drop large spoonful of cream cheese filling in each. Cook 20 minutes at 325 degrees F. Makes 12 delicious muffins!

So I think that is all for today. I wish I was home at the Lilac Thicket but I am here at work. God Bless! Happy Stitching and baking!

Friday, October 31, 2008

A finish & more stash from a mouseless thicket

I have been an unusually snarling beast lately. I was asked to trade days off with 2 different team mates at work. My usual 3 days off were separated and that didn't allow me the luxury of a mini vacation in my work week. Plus there were other stressful situations going on at work and I was miserable! So, here I am on my Day of Mourning, yes Friday's are a day of mourning as I prepare to go back to work tomorrow. My 3 days off were restful and not particularly productive!

The above scan is of the project I started yesterday. This little design was offered to recipients of Barbara Ana's Newsletter. There were 5 little designs, each $2.50. This was the only one I liked, there is something about Witches Shoes that I like. I think it may stem from the Ruby Red Slippers from the Wizard of Oz. I wanted to stitch it on a horrible green aida (which I loved) that I had purchased some time ago. It had been ages since I worked on aida and I tell you I started stitching it and it felt so awful and stiff, I stopped. I found another horrid green lugana of unknown origin, and started stitching on that! It is much better on the hands but not as horrendous to the eye! LOL!!

So this means I did finish the Mirabilia B Fairy on Wednesday. It just needs to be washed and pressed and it is ready to go to CC & Co for framing! It really is very pretty and I am glad it is finished!

More stash was purchased at the Creative Poppy! I purchased 3 Barbara Ana Designs!
  • Be Thankful--An ear of corn with an Indian head dress and a pumpkin with a Pilgram hat
  • Thanksgiving Biscornu--Darling Pilgram girl and boy with pumpkins, crows and ears of corn
  • Haunted House--A very busy, colorful and whimsical spooky looking house
I purchased 2 Helga Mandl designs!
  • Blood Donors Wanted--Such a novel design with ghosts, skulls, webs, candy corn and blood dripping from the words "Blood Donors Wanted"
  • Halloween Ornaments--Complete collection of Halloween ornaments from the free SAL from the Yahoo Group Wonderful XS World that Helga contributed. There are 33 designs, some of my favorites are Frankenstien baby in a cradle, Stinky Witch Sock, Bats against the moon, candy corn square and on and on! There are 33 designs if I counted correctly.
I received my stash in the mail from Just Needlin'. I felt let down, don't know why, maybe because it took so long to get.
Yesterday I met 2 co-workers and Ron who was my beloved Supervisor that Caremark fired. I won't go into how poorly Caremark treats good people! Anyway we met at Jason's Deli and sat and talked, laughed and ate. It was 2 hours of great pleasure! Ron is a big guy, he has played Hagrid in a community play 4 years in a row. I sure do miss his face at work but another company has wisely hired him as a manager of an Auto Zone! He will do them proud!
I have no more mice! I am so glad! The last one was caught last Sunday and it wasn't pretty. It screamed and screamed. It made me cry. I just wanted to be rid of it, I didn't want to torture the poor thing.
Oh, here is a web site that you must visit if you long for the sweet gentleness of days long gone! It will bring you peace and a wonderful smile to your face, yes a fresh sweet attitude is what you will find at Button Willow Cottage! http://buttonwillowchronicles.typepad.com/my_weblog/
The links she has on her blog are equally as enjoyable too! There are some wonderful recipes and images to peruse!
This has been such a wonderful post for me and so sorry to sign off but I want to get to the stitching part of my day. I will be lunching with my little sister and dear mother later! Please remember to keep the peace and love of God in your heart today and always! Love always from My Lilac Thicket

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stash and Stitches

So this is my progress as of Saturday evening when I went to bed. On Saturday I had stitched 199 stitches and have done the back stitching on the flowers. I am SO close to being done. I have the back stitching of the vines on the upper leaves, the beads that enhance the upper group of flowers and leaves and the right half of the upper wing and associated back stitching with the krenik. I am so excited to be so close to done. The scan is not much better than the pictures. The colors aren't true. The fabric is really a blue violet!

The second picture is of some stash I received in the mail yesterday (Monday). I received from Stitches 'n Things my fabric of the month which is 28 count linen in the color Country Blue. The true color is a light blue with a hint of gray. The Sheep's Silk is a surprise gift and the color is Salmon Falet. Plus I received the freebies of the month "By the Light of the Moon" from The Primitive Needle (I love this one), "Free-bee Alphabet w/Hare" from La D Da and "Haunted Acorn" from Handblessings.
The earrings in the picture are beautiful handcrafted earrings I purchased on the web site Etsy. The small pair are cobalt blue beads with copper findings and the long pair have pink, clear and pale green beads bronze colored findings. Gosh I love both SO much! The long earrings are much bigger than I usually wear but here I sit in my PJ's with them in my ears feeling like a mermaid princess, swinging my head hither and yon, feeling the earrings swinging to and fro!
I purchased a new Barbara Ana design. In her newsletter she had 5 designs for special purchase for subscribers. I really liked just one and it is called "Bootscornu". It has 4 witches shoes in the corners and 4 ghosts in the center. I will be printing it off as soon as I am done with this update. It was only $2.50 and I sure do love it. I have the perfect fabric for it.
Oh yes, I have trapped 2 mice. I believe I have 1 more to go. I feel so much better now. I have a ridiculously large quantity of traps sitting around the malingerer's hide out, SO it is just a matter of time!!!
Today is young, I am off, traded with a team mate at work so I will work her Friday. I am going to trip on over to Momma's for a bit of breakfast and pick up more mouse ammunition she purchased for me at Dollar Tree. Then I will stop and get more Stitching GO-GO juice (Diet Pepsi) and come home and work some more on Beverly's B fairy. Have a wonderful Stitchy day and give rubbie do's to all poo's in your life!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

128 Stitches so far today...

Yes, 128 stitches, which really doesn't cover much when you look at it. But more stitching will be done this evening. I took my stitching outside and laid it on the stoop to take a picture. The fabric has a hint more blue to it than shown and the beads don't really show up.
We started out the day with some rumblies and rain. Oh, about noon the sun came out.
Good news is my supervisor called and asked me if I would be interested in trading my Saturday schedule with a team mate's Wednesday schedule. It gives me 4 days off this weekend but I only have 2 days off next week. I said sure.
The girls sat in front of me and I knew what they wanted but I told Rose to show me. Sure enough she gets up and walks over to the bag of Benefil! How cute! My 2 little stomachs on 8 legs!
I started sorting through all my piles of stuff in this computer/craft room. There is so much, that it is overwhelming thinking of doing it all at once. Little bits at a time, that is the key. I found my DMC verigated floss, 2 colors of which I needed for the Barbara Ana's. I found some cute buttons I had purchased and a lunch box which I promised to my team mate Tracy since someone stole hers.
I am disappointed as I won't be getting my stitching stash that I ordered last weekend until maybe next week. The supplier to Just Needlin' won't be getting "Something Wicked" until next week. I guess it has been very popular.
Well I have been a Stitchy Poo Gal today and hope ya'll have enjoyed stitchy poo stuff for yourself.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Unstitchy Poo Stuff

Nothing stitchy to report, not really. Last night I pawed through a basket of unsorted DMC and found all but 5 colors of floss that I need for one of my Barbara Ana designs. Today I thought about stitching but that doesn't constitute stitching, now does it.

I did get up pretty early and did some grocery shopping at HyVee and then bought an order of biscuits and gravy to bring home and eat. I stopped at the post office to redirect a package which was mistakenly sent to me by an Etsy vendor. I ran up to the bank and paid a couple of bills. Where did my day go? I laid down and took a bit of a nap.

It was delightfully crisp and cool this morning but the sun was definately full and bright all day. It was supposed to be about 80° today but don't know if it made it.

I have purposefully not listened to the news. I am so tired of the presidental election. I made my decision a long time ago and nothing can change it. It would be great if campaigning were only allowed a short time previous to the election, don't you think?

The dogs were out of food and I decided to try a different kind, Beneful. Wow, that was gobbled down in no time. I will have to see if they continue to gobble it and if they do, I think I will change brands.

Well I think I want a can of Diet Pepsi so since I don't have stitchy poo stuff to discuss I will pray for stitchy poo days for you.

PS--The pic is an older one, entitled "Hoggy Doggy". What is April's is April's and what is Rose's is April's!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Pantry, A Mouse and 2 Poos

It is gray and rainy today. I turned on my lamps to chase away some of the gloom. I had a restless night sleep. I hate to admit it but I have a house mouse that I have been trying to get rid of. I have traps and poison down but so far no luck. It is really unsettling as I hear each noise thinking it is a mouse. I did read that mice hate the smell of peppermint and it will deter them from entering a home. I want to get some essential oil and place it on cotton balls and place it on the thresholds.

I had wanted to post a scan or photo of my progress on the Mirabilia Alphabet Fairy but I have got problems with my system and it isn't possible until I get this hard drive cleaned up. Ah-h the frustrations of 21st century technology.

I need to go to the grocery store. I want to peruse the ads before I do. I want to build a pantry in my hall closet which just houses vcr movies now. A nice metal rack in there and I could have a good place to store items. My guest bedroom has my excess paper products in it. I have toyed with the idea of purchasing items in bulk from Survival Acres (http://www.survivalacres.com/) I was thinking flour, sugar, cream of wheat (which I love). I was amazed at how many recipes I could find for cream of wheat! My thought is to build a pantry which I could eat from from 6 months to 1 year.

The pics of are my darling girls. Rose is the orange and white Britney. She is 9 years old and in the pic she is persuing her favorite activity. April is the black, tan and white Chow/Australian Shepherd mix. She is almost 5 years old and she is Mommy's shadow. They were both my ex husband's dogs but he abandoned them when he did the same to me. I tell you I didn't want dogs but they are really the light of my life. When my days were horrible and dark they were always there to make me get up and let them out, feed them and they wanted nothing more than that then love. I have an abundance of that and it is easy to give them.

Mom called and she is going to Wal-Mart and wanted to know if I would join her. I hate that place and declined but I did offer her a date for lunch and we are going to go get a burger when she is done.
Oh my is there a cute free design on http://gazette94.blogspot.com/ . It is 65w by 67h. A witch carrying a jack o'lantern in one hand and a sparking wand in the other. I love her shoes. It is very cute and one for my freebie notebook.
After burgers with Mom I am going to come home and stitch on the fairy. I also want to paw thru my DMC floss for the colors I failed to get at Hobby Lobby for the Barbara Ana design I want to start.
May your day be Stitchy and bright!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Random Stitchy Poo Thoughts

BeverlyI am dreaming of my days off as I sit here at work, listening to the rain on the tin roof. Yes Autumn is here, the trees are starting to festoon themselves in brilliant shades of red, yellow, orange and some purple also! My thoughts turn to cooking and baking and stitching in front of a good movie.

I need to finish the Miriabilia Alphabet Fairy that I stitched for my friend Beverly's birthday. The fairy is pretty much complete. I am anxious to start on a new Barbara Ana design. I haven't decided which one. Since I recently acquired Stitch or Die, Santa Paws, Holy Mud!, Olivia, The Fairy Witch, Boo to You...I am just overwhelmed with choices! I love her colors and whimiscal designs. She has great freebies on her site at http://www.freewebs.com/barbara-ana-designs/index.htm and also at http://www.cyberstitchers.com/PatternLibrary/index.asp .
I try to analyze myself and I think because we live in such dark and challenging times the bright child-like designs of Barbara Ana make me smile.

I did order some stash at Just Needlin'.com! Stitches 'n Things was having problems and couldn't take web orders. I ordered Halloween Parcheesi Board from The Primitive Needle, Winter White from Indigo Rose, and last but not least Something Wicked from La D Da. I really like the Parcheesi Board, I like the game boards but have never stitched one. Winter White is SO pretty on the blue fabric, one of my favorite color combinations, white floss on blue fabric. Something Wicked is just so, so, SO...Halloween wicked, I love it.

I don't have a photo to add to this post because I am at work, but I do want to take a pic of my Fairy and upload it in the next couple of days. I am looking forward to some Stitchy good fun the next 3 days! Hooray!!