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Friday, March 4, 2011

March Has Been Good To Me, So Far!

Boy, am I glad February is over!  The weather has been crappy!!  Snowy, cold, and all I have wanted to do all month is hibernate!  But have heard that winter isn't done with us yet!  Apparently, it's supposed to be cold and yucky into May!  Darn weather man!  Did you know that Meteorologist is Latin for "Liar" ?! (Just kidding!  Heard that joke somewhere before!  LOL!)

Since the weather has been so bad, I have been fairly busy stitching since I last blogged!  Have finished off two more sides of the VS Gingerbread Stitching House!  I love watching them together!


And here is my update on Castles in the Air!  Part 19 had either another floral square or a "Folly", and enchanted glade!  Mom chose the folly!
Here is the close-up!

Next, here is my March Ornament of the Month SAL piece!  It is from the 2006 JCS Ornament issue!  Had this on kitted up for a while, so I thought I would get it done!  I think I will be turning this one into a pillow ornament!
One of the few bright spots in the month, was a trip to my LNS  , Stitch-It-Central, with my DD and my parents!  Mom, DD and I spent just over an hour in the store, while Dad waited patiently (Thanks, Dad!) in the car!  It is a good thing we stopped for coffee first!  LOL!  This is a fantastic store, and she has a super on-line store as well!  Maria is wonderful!  And her selection is great!  If you get a chance to visit or shop on-line, please do so!  Her prices are very competitive!  I plan on doing most of my needlework buying with her!
Picked up Crescent and Weeks Dye Works floss for more SAL ornaments, as well as a few DMC's, some fabric for a Christmas project, Kreinik threads for DD and myself, and a smaller hoop for the ornament stitching!  Plus, she gave Mom and I each a small Lizzie Kate chart for the month of February!  Which was only for on-line customers!  Not sure I should have mentioned that, but I just wanted to show you all how wonderful I think she is!  Mom gave my DD hers because DD mentioned that she liked it!  That is how it came to be in my picture!
Here is DD's latest cross-stitch project!  This is from 2004 JCS Ornament issue, by Dragon Dreams!  She had most of it stitched, except for the metallic portion and the french knots.  It called for Colonial knots, but as I had never done those before, I asked whether french ones were okay!  Wasn't really a question so much as a statement!  LOL!  She's happy with the way it turned out!  Now she is working on a new project from Janlynn's called Forever Wild.  It's of horses, of course!
I am so excited!  I discovered I won a blog giveaway this morning!  I had actually forgotten that I entered!  I subscribe to this blog by email, and usually get it the next day.  So I started reading the blog entry for yesterday while I was having my coffee this morning.  Not really paying all that much attention, more skimming the entry, towards the bottom I'm reading the winner's comments to the two giveaways, and one starts to seem familiar!  Lo and behold, there is my name!  It made my day! So I emailed my thanks and address to the email supplied!  I can't wait for it to get here!  It is a new book, not yet released called Cardmaps Today, from Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine!  I think I should enter more giveaways!  LOL! 

Have started a new project from Little House Needleworks called Gingerbread Trio!  I couldn't help it, it called to me and I finally got all the floss for it!  Tee hee!  Then it will back to the Flower of the Month afghan, more VS Gingerbread Stitching House, and Part 20 of CITA!  Don't have any new bird photos this month, so far!  Hopefully it gets warm soon so I'll have some new ones!  I hope the weather is starting to get better where ever you are!  Chat soon!

23 comments:

Janice and Gerald said...

Melissa - I'm loving "Castles in the Air"! Can't wait to see the finished product!
~ Janice (CdnXStitch) ~

Dani - tkdchick said...

Castles is looking so awesome! That house is going to be adorable. Great ornaments by you and your daughters. The end result of a colonial or a french knot pretty much look the same. I find colonial knots easier and more consistant than french knots.

stitchesnscraps said...

Thanks, Janice! I can't wait to see it either! But I will be glad to have it finished! It's been almost two years!

Melissa

stitchesnscraps said...

Thanks Dani! I am very proud of my DD! She does a really nice job! Thanks for the info on colonial knots! Will have to look up how they are done!

Melissa

Carolyn NC said...

Love love Castles - looks great! So does your progress on VS and kudos to your daughter for her stitching. Too cute!

stitchesnscraps said...

Thanks Carolyn! It is coming along nicely! And I'm pretty proud of my DD! She says "Thanks!" ;)

Mouse said...

ooo lovely CITA ... I've got mine printed off and that's it !! love the little dragon dreams well done to dd for doing it :) and oooo congratulations on the win too :) love mouse xxxx

stitchesnscraps said...

Thanks Mouse! Have you chosen any colors for your CITA?

Melissa

Lynn said...

I did the "JOY" too. Easy and quick! Your Castles looks so nice! Coming along nicely! Wishing I had a LNS..none here in the toolies of northern Mn. Grrr! You picked up some nice stash! Lucky you!

Marcy said...

Wow! CITA is lookin' gorgeous and your gingerbread house is too cute. You've been very busy. Our weather is crappy also but (un)fortunately, it's very busy at work and I've been spending more time there.

I love the little dragon your daughter stitched. Like you, I can do french knots but have no idea how to do colonial knots. To me they look the same.

Congrats on winning the giveaway.

Edy said...

My...you HAVE been busy!

stitchesnscraps said...

Thanks Lynn! Yes, it was a quick stitch! Three days! I am very lucky to have such a great LNS so close!

Melissa

stitchesnscraps said...

Thank you Marcy! I am pretty luck as I don't work outside the home! My DD says, "Thanks!" We were saying how much we enjoyed stitching together! I can't wait to get my prize in the mail! I was so excited!

Melissa

stitchesnscraps said...

Hi there Edy! Thanks! I have been busy! Had lots of time to stitch with the weaher being to awful!

Melissa

Lynn said...

Castles looks great! I love watching your progress on this one.
I love your new start and recent Joy finish as well as the one your daughter finished.
You made some awesome stash purchases too! I do most of my buying online and really wish we still has a LNS. It's so much better when you see things in person.

Samantha said...

heeyyy!!! very good mum! i hope u do get bak 2 ur afgan asap, cause i wanna b the 1st 2 c it lolz i will b!!! pretties

Bea said...

Melissa, CITA is beautiful and you're doing a lovely job on the gingerbread house. Congrats on the win!

Your DD has done a great job on her ornament. I love Dragon Dreams dragons!

stitchesnscraps said...

Thanks Lynn! I love to shop on line, but it sure is fun to be in an actual store and fade all the threads and stuff!

Melissa

stitchesnscraps said...

Thank you Bea! I am having so much fun stitching the two of them! And my DD says "Thanks"! ;)

Melissa

DUSTY said...

WOW you have managed to stitch quite a bit, everthing is lovely. I love the CITA, stunning. congratulations on your win.

stitchesnscraps said...

Thank you Dusty! I have been enjoying stitching CITA! Still stalking my mailbox for my win!

Nancy in IL said...

Melissa, your DD did a wonderful job on the dragon! And I love how the VS gingerbread house is looking! I see you are just as much a sucker for gingerbread as I am. Castles in the Air is just awesome, and I love the closeup of part 19, Beautiful!

Joyce said...

Very Lovely work
Joyce