Thursday, May 31, 2012

DMC Conversions for Live Simply, Care Deeply

I had a request for the DMC Conversions for "Live Simply" and "Care Deeply" which should be available tomorrow. 

GA-Piney Woods 3021,CC-Whatley Woodlands 838, GA-Ye Old Gold, WDW-Molasses 3031, WDW- Peacoat 310, WDW- Baked Apple, 3857, WDW- Maple Syrup 3031, WDW- Whitewash white or ecru,
CC-Manor Red 902, WDW- Bullfrog 501 or 502, WDW-Onyx black, GA-Dried Thyme,GA-Claret 3685, GA-Flax 739

Please remember these will be a little different from the overdyed threads but were chosen as close as possible to the colors used in the charts.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Catherine Jordan's Map Class

It's fun to take time off from designing and to learn something nePicturew!  I just signed up for a class by Catherine Jordan to be held in Austin in July.  It sounds really wonderful!

You get to be a map designer!  Using paint and dye and some stitching, you reproduce an old style map.  I am really looking forward to this one.

It's already hot here in Texas!  Not looking forward to the intense heat through September/October!  But with a little iced tea, air conditioning and a few trips to the beach, I guess it's not so bad.  A good reason to sit inside in the air conditioning and stitch.

Today, I was going through some old design work and to my surprise I found two unpublished designs from back in 2007.  They were actually pretty good, with a few tweaks here and there, I will probably publish them.  It's funny, there are some days when you really want to just thinking about your next design, just stitch and then I have those days when I am in the designing mood! 

I also found a "small" that I did a few years back that I want to pass on to whoever would like to stitch it.  I chose some colors for it but you can use your imagination and make it yours!

Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend!

You can add a heart charm of your choice in the place where there is not a heart or stitch another heart.  It can be put into a small frame or you can make it into a pin cushion.  Stitch it on a smaller
size linen and it could be a scissor fob.  Great idea for a stitcher's birthday or gift exchange.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Coming Soon!

Care Deeply, Design 2 of the 4 part series!

Now that it's framed, it looks alot better! Available soon!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Love Generously is coming right along! I love progress!  Hopefully I get this finished today and off to the framer tomorrow. 

And if all goes well...Care Deeply will be ready and available next week through Hoffman Distributing!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Little Help From My Friend

Couldn't resist showing you a picture of my assistant!  She is with me from the beginning of a design until it is finished!  She's a little camera shy...I can't ever get her to look directly at the camera!  She's an angel.  Her name is Coco and she is almost 4 years old.  She is the friendliest pet I have ever owned...she loves cats and reminds me of a mother hen.  She never meets a stranger...human or otherwise.  We have to tell her that not all animals are as friendly as she is...... She loves the beach and can't wait until we take our travel trailer there for the summer.  All we have to say is.... ready to go the beach and she runs around in circles and chases her tail!  Yes, she does have sunglasses.  She'll put them on and pose for you soon!  Have a great weekend!

Love Generously!

Love Generously is the 3rd design in my series.  This is just a little peak at part of the design.  I don'tusually stitch from the bottom up but I couldn't wait to stitch the little medallion. 

I should have this one finished over the weekend and ready to send to the framer.  I'm on a roll...when I pick one up at the framer....I drop the next one off.  Care Deeply will be ready to pick up on Monday so I've got to get busy and finish this one over the weekend!

Live Generously is available now through Hoffman Distributing or you can ask for it at your local needlework store and they can order it for you.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Live Simply

Part One, Live Simply is finally complete!  Should be available from Hoffman Distributing soon and then at your favorite LNS.   To follow in the series will be " Care Deeply".  It's at the framer as I write...should be ready in a week.  I'm now stitching "Love Generously" and hope to finish it in a few days.

These designs are easy to stitch and fun!  They can be completed quickly, it usually takes me about 8 hours over a weekend to finish.

The series can be framed individually as I have done...or you could stitch the entire series which are all 51/2 X 51/2, same color family, and frame them together.  I used 30 ct Cafe Kona by R & R Reproductions.  In another post I will list the threads used.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Boo Boos and Other Stuff

I am patiently waiting for my "Live Simply" sampler to come back from the framer. Well, not exactly patiently....I get so excited when I have a new Chart about to be published. It's exciting to see which ones become favorites. The Ann Merchant sampler is being stitched for me while I work on my series. I have had such a time getting this series ready...first my sweet little dog, Coco decided to eat my chart which had all of my color notes on it. I'll have to post a picture of her. She is my helper...she loves to sit beside me as I stitch....sit on my lap when I'm on the computer charting and pretty much follows me around where ever I go. Anyway, after I recovered the color codes, I started through the first one, started on "Care Deeply" stitched the whole thing and was so proud of myself. Got it ready for framing....looked down and saw I left the f out of the chart. Now how could I chart and stitch the whole thing and not miss the f ??? If it had been the j or u, I would have just said I did it on purpose. Those were the two letters that were left off of a lot of early samplers. But since I didn't think anyone would believe me...I stitched the entire thing over. Mistake was at the top of the chart, just seemed like it made more sense. I'm about halfway through the second and I actually like it better. Someday I'll get this series finished. Another great thing that happened...I usually stitch all of my own projects, but since I have a more than full time career as a non-profit executive director, I decided to have someone stitch my Ann Merchant reproduction. Asked around and found a wonderful lady who loves samplers as much as I do. I went over to visit her the other day to see how things were coming along and got to see lots of projects she has completed.she has attended many classes,with teachers like Merry Cox, who was my very first teacher. She also had a couple of antique samplers that she purchased on a trip to England. They were both beautiful...anyway we decided that in exchange for stitching my piece, I would chart one of her antique pieces for her. I love charting so it seemed like a great deal for both of us. I think we will probably work on some more projects together. My point to all of this is...stitchers are just great people!