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    Despite the Weather

    Last week I started pulling out a few fall things, and I'll probably put a bit more out this weekend. This was the ornament I submitted to Just Cross Stitch for their Halloween bookazine… I love all the crazy gourds at this time of year, and their warm colors… I even found this little pumpkin man, and placed him on…

  • Family

    She Did It!

    I am so proud of Breanna! Earlier this year, she announced that she'd be running the Omaha Marathon on September 25th, and she immediately started training for it. Every day, she and her running partner, Adam, ran neighborhoods, parks, and lakes, all in an effort to be ready to run 26.2 miles on race day. About a month away from…

  • Stitching

    A Dainty Housewren

    This is a design by Carriage House Samplings that I started a couple of years ago as my "portable project."  I always have one small, manageable cross stitch project in a ziploc bag that I keep in the car, and this is the one that accompanied me to Sophie's piano lessons. When I went to California, I needed something easy…

  • Good Things,  Home

    Martha (Washington) Would Be Proud.

    When Bre left home to start a life of independence in her new apartment, she took with her all the fun personality that she'd put into her room. The white iron headboard that Mike and I bought for her when she was little was gone, the bobby pins that had usually littered every surface had vanished, and the soft scents…

  • Family

    A Disappointing Curiosity

    A few weeks ago I decided to finally start going through all of Mike's parents' belongings that have been stored in our basement for the past year. I had avoided this enormous undertaking for a long time bc it involved sorting through literally thousands of photos and removing what seemed like hundreds of them from old picture frames. But I…

  • New Designs,  Stitching

    And Finally…

    Here is Buttons Black… The stitch count for this one is 94 x 97, and it is stitched on Lakeside's 36 ct. Autumn Gold using Gentle Art Sampler Threads in Nutmeg, Raven, Walnut, Endive, Mulberry, and Shaker White. The frame is called "The June," and it was provided by The Family Tree Frame Company. I love the swirly accents on…

  • Stitching

    New for September…

    I realize this was supposed to be released last month, but the release was pushed off to September, so here it is – along with another one that's releasing tomorrow: This is Beans, Beans… (Sound familiar? Maybe you're thinking of the Musical Fruit version, of which I have no plans to design a sampler around.) Here's the pattern info: Stitch…