Monday, December 23, 2013

Winner Winner!

Brrrrrr....I wanted to post the winner earlier this morning, but morning errands took a little longer than I had planned because it was THIS cold...
The deep freeze, ice & snow have hit many parts of the country, so my wish for all is a SAFE & Merry Christmas!
Anyway... the random number generator picked #9 & that is Phyllis! Cue the streamers and balloons. I will be in touch with you Phyllis to get your address.
Thank you to everyone that took the time to leave such nice comments.
I leave you with a closing shot of our tree this year. I cannot wait to spend the next few days with my boys and take part in the traditions that help to make our family holidays special.
Enjoy the season,

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Blogiversary!

One year ago, I wrote & published my 1st ever "post". I talked about a lot of "change" in that first post and it was probably a little confusing to some. I believe I said, Change is good...change is bad... Well, a year the wiser, I can say that change is good...change can be hard, but the results can be good!

Now 16 years in this industry: a shopowner for 9 years, finisher for 7, design partner for 5, and now solo designer for 1, I feel as if I am constantly changing...and, while the change has been hard at times, the results have been great! (and for those of you doing the math...a few of those jobs have overlapped!)

What I didn't realize, but certainly should have, was the huge amount of change that would happen in my personal life as well. I won't go into details, and if you have been following me, you already know all about me...and will certainly hear more about life in the year to come!

Now on to the celebration! I've got a fun Blogiversary giveaway: a Spring Bud kit from yours truly (includes everything you need to stitch a sweet little cushion!), a kelly rae roberts bookmark, a custom made Journal from artist Michelle Palmer (you have to check out her etsy shop), and some fun snowflake ornaments - it can snow anywhere with these!

How do you win this? Just leave a comment on this blogpost. It is not necessary to follow (but I do several giveaways throughout the year). You are welcome to visit my facebook page as well. I keep that page hopping with lots of pictures! (
I will choose the winner by random number generator on Sunday, December 22nd at midnight (cst)
and post the winner's name on Monday. Be sure to check back to I can get the winners address.  
How about one more giveaway? I designed this little guy for Cindy of FanciMats & More last summer for her shop hop & have distributed it at other getaways. I thought it was time he made a debut for everyone!
(BTW Cindy is just one of the terrific people in this industry. Someday I hope to get to her store in CO & visit her Mom's studio...haha. I usually visit with "Mom" at markets to talk finishing and we joked one year about our studios...mine was in the basement and hers was the laundry room!)

Click here for a printable pdf.

Thanks for the like, for the follow, for the comment, for the year. The next one is already setup to be a busy, design filled year!

Happy Stitches,


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tis the Season!

This has been a slightly different pre-Christmas season for my husband & I. With no one in High School anymore, there are no winter band concerts, no Christmas Sunday School programs, chasing to find the "hot" Christmas toy. Different, but not bad. Maybe the nest is empty, but as they slowly make their way back home and project deadlines seem less intense - it is easy to see that the joy of the season is still the same!

Thank you for all of the questions about the Year of Celebrations. The series started in the January issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine that was released November 19th. This has been a fun project to design - at this point, I have turned in all but 4 of the releases. It is sometimes funny to work on designs out of season. I was stitching December & January at the beach this past summer! Each one comes out to be a 3" square when stitched on 32ct.

Here are the DMC equivalents for each piece: January - 947, 518, 704, 310, 300, blanc and December - 902, 321, 699, 791, 972, blanc. I will assume you can figure out which color goes where!
I really hope you have as much fun with these pieces as I have.
The photo at the top is a panoramic of my mantle. I have accumulated enough holiday d├ęcor in nearly 26 years of marriage, that I am able to change it out each year. This year called for bright colors - multi lights & lots of bright red & green. It's always fun to figure out what I'm going to put where each year!
Christmas Blessings to all,