Category Archives: Cross Stitch

Stitch Maynia

I told you cross stitching is taking up part of my life now.  I do love cross stitch but more than that I find since my time with Kramer being sick I learned to watch television.  I certainly never thought that would happen.

Well this has all got me more into the “cross stitch community”.  I’ve found I  like it.  One thing with cross stitch that’s a little different than quilting, many people make the designs their own.  I know many quilters do that to but there are some that are part of the “quilting police” that don’t like that.

In May there was Stitch “May”nia.   What happened is this…  In May you decided how many projects to start and you start them all in May.  Yep, PURPOSELY starting UFOs.  Oh my.  Isn’t the cross stitch world so different than the quilting world.  Quilters certainly don’t purposely start quilting projects to have UFOs.

Many people start a new project EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE MONTH.  Oh my.  There are 31 days in May….that would mean 31 starts.  Um…no thank you.  I like cross stitch but…

1-I can’t afford that
2-I’m still a quilter at heart and don’t want that many UFOs
3-I am not putting all of my efforts into cross stitch so I’d never be able to finish that many projects so it would be silly for me to start that many.

I do love the idea kitting some things up though.

I read that some people are starting 19 projects as it’s 2019.  I read that some people just made the whole thing their own and only worked on UFOs they already had.  There were some that started five projects and rotated which ones they worked on each day.  What I love about it is that it’s called Stitch MAYNIA and they allow you to decide what you think is classified and “Maynia”.

Being Kramer was sick, I bypassed Stitch Maynia.  Well now that it’s July, the Fat Quarter Shop, is hosting Jolly July.  Did all you quilters know that the Fat Quarter Shop has gone all out and REALLY gotten into selling cross stitch too?  You can find their Facebook page for the HERE and they have a Floss Tube channel HERE.  You can go to their website to find cross stitch HERE.

The premise of Jolly July is
-it’s hosted by Kimberly JOLLY owner of the Fat Quarter Shop
-it’s like Maynia but this time it’s for ornaments

So…being I had hoped to do something for Stitch Maynia and didn’t I thought about doing something for Jolly July…BUT I’m not an ornament girl.  I don’t really do a Christmas tree.  I don’t decorate a lot for Christmas.  I definitely don’t want to start 31 ornaments.  So…what could I do to make it mine?  I love these things as that’s totally acceptable to make it your own.

I know some people are making patriotic ornament sized projects.  Others are just making small sized projects that are Christmasy.

I ended up pulling out these Lizzie Kate Christmas stockings.  See? Continue reading

Stash Report

Not too long ago Kelli was at the thrift store that I love and found embroidery floss.  She sent me two pictures.  The caption was 10 cents a skein.

There was this box….


and this box….
She asked if I needed any.  I said no…it was a very hesitant no but it was a no.

The next time I saw here she brought what she bought….the big box with the full skeins.  It was $20 for all the floss.  That means 200 skeins!!

Kelli knows I love organizing floss.  REALLY LOVE organizing floss so she brought it to my house to help her….

Here I am sorting….. Continue reading

Saturday with Kelli and Georgia

On Saturday I had nothing that I had to do.  None of our kids were at our house.  I woke up and for the most part it felt like Saturdays of my past…a whole do to do my choosing.  I can’t tell you the last day I had like that.  It felt like a luxury.

There was an auction I could go to….there was a house I could clean…there was yard work I could do…there were blog posts I could write.  But what did I do?  I called Kelli and asked if she had some bottles Kalissa could try out with Gannon and she did.  I new before Georgia was born, she would go to garage sales and buy bottles in new packaging just in case Georgia hated the bottles she had.  Well Georgia never used the bottles so I thought I could get the bottle from Kelli and Gannon could try them out.

West Union is the closest place to meet…and the Backstitch in Elkader is only a little further down the road.  If you don’t know, the Backstitch is a cross stitch and quilt shop in Elkader.  I was on a mission to get a few threads so I could start one of the projects that I had bought when we went to Osage a few weeks ago.  Kelli was looking for thread too.  You might remember she bought cloth in Osage at the Stitchery Nock…now she needed thread.

I’ve seen lots of Kelli as she’s been such a help with covering childcare so I can take Kramer to his cancer treatments.  But most of the time, she’s been here..I’ve been gone.  We needed a fun day…and we got it.

This piece is so tempting.  I’ve seen it online.  To see it in person is even better.  WOW.  I was so tempted but I didn’t get it.  I have enough to stitch.


Kelli loved these but she resisted temptation too.


The Tom Turkey Sampler was one I liked and I have it on my list to possibly get but I’m holding myself to finishing something before I buy something.


Little Miss Georgia was with…. Continue reading

Trip to the Cross Stitch Shop

I didn’t intend to end up at a cross stitch shop over the weekend.  But I did.  Back in December Kelli, Kayla and I had planned on going to The Stitchery Nook in Osage Iowa.  We even invited my niece Jody as she’s a cross stitcher too but life blew in and changed all of those plans.  Cancer for Jody and Kramer…babies for Kalissa and Kelli.  New cross stitch projects got pushed aside.  That didn’t mean I wasn’t dreaming about new projects….I had a list that I wanted….

All of that took a back burner though.  Then on Saturday morning with the girls here, Kayla suggested we go.  She told me that Kramer was worried about me and Kelli and thought we needed to get out and do something fun.  I was a little hesitant.  I didn’t want to be tempted into spending money.  A trip to the cross stitch shop was sure to tempt me.  Then Kayla reminded me that Ila had just sent me a gift.

Earlier in the week a box came from Ila.  There was an envelope in the box.  In the envelope was a small box….In the box was this…  It made me cry when I opened it.  In the “Do something for you” was some cash.  When Kramer saw it, he said, “You really are using that for something for you.”  He knows me and knows when times get rough I scrimp on myself.  The gift from Ila came at the exact right time and Kelli and Kayla were telling me that going to the cross stitch shop was the perfect “do something for you” opportunity that Ila intended.
A girls day to the cross stitch shop was what happened….THANKS a million Ila.  You are the perfect gift giver.

The Stitchery Nook in Osage is wonderful.  The ladies who work there are SO-SO helpful.  I have called and ordered before and they’ve been so easy to work with.

I’ve been looking online and thinking LOTS about what I wanted if I went to a cross stitch shop.  I had hoped that would help me stay focused on what I REALLY wanted and not be so tempted by everything else.

THREAD was my main focus…

but there were so many tempting things.  See?? Continue reading