• Friends,  Stitching

    The Primitive Hare

    By now, I'm sure most of you have heard of this wonderful Italian designer and her fabulous style of needlework patterns. I adore her! When I was at the Shepherd's Bush retreat this past October, I picked up my first chart from her collection, and soon afterward she surprised me with an email, telling me of a design of mine…

  • Critters,  Family

    Hers.

    Ever since Bre's Tilly came to live with us briefly last year, Sophie has been longing for a kitten of her own. I'd have been happy if Tilly had just stayed behind when Bre moved away, but no, Tilly wanted to move away with her mama. Sophie had been asking for weeks if we could rescue a kitten from the…

  • Stitching

    Dough Bowl Dreams

    This past Christmas, more than ever, I was wishing I'd had lots and lots of stitched ornaments or pin pillows to put into the large dough bowl my mom had gotten for me last summer. It seems that dough bowls are the new Longaberger baskets, and I love seeing what people put in them. Here is a collection Mom had…

  • Crazy Kids,  Family,  Holidays

    Tree Huggers.

    We finally got the Christmas tree taken down, and if you follow me on Instagram, you may remember all the needles in the carpet I got to clean up. 🙂 Last week Mike loaded up the tree into the back of the car, and the three of us headed to a nearby tree recycling area to say goodbye. It was…

  • Family

    Happy Day.

    I turned another year wiser this month. 😉 It was a small party of three, but it was very nice.. I wanted to stay home and cook dinner that night, so Mike and Sophie decided to take me to my favorite place for lunch instead: Noodles & Company! If you have one within 400 miles of you, you need to…

  • New Designs

    A New Year and A Red Cottage.

    I'm so excited for what this new year will bring! In all the bustling days ahead, I hope you find and take some time to relax with a cup of coffee or tea and pick up a stitching project. A little handwork a day keeps the doldrums away – especially if you're using red floss. I hope you enjoy my…

  • Crazy Kids,  Family

    All Downhill.

    Just before Christmas, my niece asked if she could have a sleepover at our house while she was visiting her Meemee and Pops. Of course, I said yes because we hadn't seen Natalie in a year, and Sophie was quite excited to have her little cousin over. On the night's agenda was coloring, watching a movie, eating junk food, and…

  • Crazy Kids,  Family

    Hello, Twentythirteen.

    Has the first week of the year already come and gone? Where was I? I'm shocked that we're already 1/5 of the way through January, but with the craziness of these past few months, I've barely had a moment to catch my breath. One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to reflect on…