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Bin O' Shame 2016

1. September Dragon by Dragon Dreams. Finished Sunday, January 10, 2016


2. William Morris tile by Sheila Hudson. Finished Thursday, January 14, 2016


3. Antique Roses by Hallmark. Finished Sunday, January 17, 2016


4. Coffee is Magic by Dragon Dreams. Finished Thursday, February 18, 2016


5. Jardin Mythique by Danybrod. Finished Tuesday, February 23, 2016


6. Easter Fairy by Mirabilia. Finished Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016


7. Be Thankful by Country Cottage Needleworks. Finished Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kit Mountain Finishes

1. Hangin' With My Peeps by Sue Hillis. Finished Monday, January 4, 2015


2. Spring Cat by Banar Designs for Better Homes and Gardens Finished Tuesday, March 29, 2016


3. Colonial Candle Pocket by Plum Street Samplers. Finished Friday, May 13, 2016


4. Dreaming by OakHaven Designs. Finished Sunday, November 13, 2016

2016 Random Finishes

1. Tulip pincushion by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, January 30, 2016


2. David Bowie Told Me by Plastic Little Covers. Finished Monday, February 1, 2016


3. Birds and Berries needlecase by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, February 17, 2016


4. Love Birds by Antique Sampler Stitcher. Finished Thursday, February 18, 2016


5. St. Patrick’s Shamrock by Brooke’s Books. Finished Monday, February 29, 2016


6. Portion of needlecase from Quaker Schoolgirl Needle Necessities by With My Needle. Finished Thursday, March 3, 2016


7. Winter Garden pincushion from Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, March 8, 2016


8. Pumpkin Blossom (Loose Feather #4) from Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, March 21, 2016


9. Compassion (revised) by Danybrod. Finished Thursday, March 24, 2016


10. Crow on a Pumpkin by Kimberly Nugent of Samplers Not Forgotten. Finished Thursday, March 31, 2016


11. Motifs Abécédaire 30 by DMC France. Finished Saturday, April 9, 2016


12. Savoir Faire by Blackbird Designs, version one. Finished Thursday, April 28, 2016


13. Savoir Faire by Blackbird Designs, version two. Finished Saturday, April 30, 2016


14. Chateau de Corgi for 2016 Tiny RR. Finished Tuesday, May 10, 2016


15. Assassins’ Creed logo by GeekieCrafts. Finished Tuesday, May 10, 2016


16. Willow House (Excerpt One) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, May 15, 2016


17. Willow House (Excerpt Two) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, May 16, 2016


18. Bluebird’s Needles and Pins pincushion by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, May 18, 2016


19. French Country Bicycle by JBW Designs. Finished Friday, May 27, 2016


20. Prairie Schooler Christmas Village (white house) Finished Sunday, May 29, 2016


21. Kitchen Mixer by Hugs Are Fun. Finished Wednesday, June 8, 2016


22. July Celebration by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, June 20, 2016


23. Winter Cardinal by Waxing Moon. Finished Monday, July 4, 2016


24. Seahorse by unknown. Finished Thursday, July 14, 2016


25. The Skeleton Key by StitchyFish Designs. Finished Saturday, July 16, 2016


26. Basket of Spells by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, July 18, 2016


27. L'Arbre d'Automne by Jardin Privé. Finished Thursday, July 28, 2016


28. Patchwork Pinkeep by Blackbird Designs Finished Sunday, July 31, 2016


29. Three Peacocks by Heartstring Samplery. Finished Friday, August 5, 2016


30. King of Autumn by Primitive Acorns. Finished Saturday, August 13, 2016


31. Hallow Game Board (small) by Primitive Needle. Finished Sunday, August 21, 2016


32. Halloween Tree: Spooky by The Trilogy. Finished Saturday, September 3, 2016


33. S'mores by Mill Hill. Finished Saturday, September 17, 2016


34. Spooky Elegance by Shannon Christine Designs. Finished Sunday, October 2, 2016


35. Haunted Mansion Spooky Silhouette by Shannon Christine Designs. Finished Wednesday, October 19, 2016


36. Simple Harvest from Blackbird Designs. Finished Thursday, November 17, 2016


37. Marshmallow Sweet by Mill Hill. Finished Thursday, November 24, 2016

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10


2. 2009 Finishes- 21


3. 2010 Finishes- 49


4. 2011 Finishes- 26


5. 2012 Finishes- 35


6. 2013 Finishes- 7


7. 2014 Finishes- 19


8. 2015 Finishes- 61


9. 2016 Finishes-

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Finish

This cute little piece went ridiculously fast. Even with holiday prep and working this week, I still managed to get this guy stitched up in less than a week. I love, love, LOVE how it turned out. I think this one should be a no sew finish, probably in block form. I will have to see what ribbons and trims there are out there, however, 'tis the season for steals and deals so I should be able to find something suitable. At least that's what all of the ads are telling me, haha! :)

At any rate, here is my latest finish:


Design: Marshmallow Sweet  Kit #DM20-5101




Designer: Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill

Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 165, 166, 318, 413, 758, 3033, 3766, 3810, 3811, Ecru, White

Accoutrements Mill Hill beads in size 11/0: #00161 Crystal #02031 Citronand #02097 Bahama Blue

Stitchers' Notes: Design one of four in the 2015 series, Winter Cheer. Substituted 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line for the included white perforated paper. Began Friday, November 18, 2016. 


As of Monday, November 21, 2016:




Finished Thursday, November 24, 2016:






Well, I had best be off. Time to get out the long anticipated Noel 2009, a retired design by Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre. I have so many things I want to do with this one and I have every intention of going nutty on this one in the style of my Winter Sampler from Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks. It should be a good show!

I hope everyone had a blessed and full Thanksgiving day and I wish you all the happiest of holidays this upcoming season! :)


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C. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Winter Cheer

Well, it appears as though I have officially moved on to Winter themed pieces. I am saving any Christmas related pieces until the day after Thanksgiving. DH and I have no plans to go out and quite frankly, I just want to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday before I am bombarded with the commerciality of the holiday season. 

I managed to get this newest WIP on sale for half off, with everything in the kit included. I really do love these kits. It is so nice to unpack the kit and just get to it. I have found that Mill Hill is quite generous in the supplies and I am very grateful for the inclusion of the DMC numbers that are used. They are under no obligation to do so. I do know of some kit manufacturers who do not do this, because they want you to buy another kit. Which is all well and good, however, there is a distinct difference between a $15.00 kit and one that is $150.00. 

I spent this past weekend stitching on this off and on. This past week saw the first of the snow flurries arriving and I am hoping that more arrive soonest. I know there are folks who would rather not go there, however, having lived in the desert twice, I am grateful for whatever precipitation that manages to make an appearance. :)

At any rate, here is what I have so far.




Design: Marshmallow Sweet  Kit #DM20-5101



Designer: Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill

Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 165, 166, 318, 413, 758, 3033, 3766, 3810, 3811, Ecru, White

Accoutrements Mill Hill beads in size 11/0: #00161 Crystal #02031 Citron, and #02097 Bahama Blue

Stitchers' Notes: Design one of four in the 2015 series, Winter Cheer. Substituted 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line for the included white perforated paper. Began Friday, November 18, 2016. 





I will be stitching this piece until either the day after Thanksgiving, or until I finish it. I have three more days, so I will see how far I get. While I have a very, VERY special project that is earmarked to be stitched on Black Friday, I may very well continue until after this piece is finished. We shall see, eh? :)

I need to be off. I hope everyone has had a great weekend and I wish you all a happy week! :)

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C. 



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Well, That Was Quick!

This project finish literally zoomed right on by. It went so fast, I almost didn't have time to enjoy it, haha! I love the color combination and I have several more planned for this piece. I think it would look lovely in a red floss and white/pale gray fabric combination. 

Well, at any rate, here it is! :)




Design: Simple Harvest (from the book With Needle and Thread)



Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric:  28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow.

Stitcher's Notes: Began Monday, November 14, 2016. Design on pages 14-15. Substituted the called for 32 count Old Towne Blend from R and R Reproductions and Waterlilies #139 Kelp for in house materials. Second project stitched from this book. Please note that this book is not for sale or trade. 


As of Tuesday, November 15, 2016:




Finished as of Thursday, November 17, 2016:



Time for me to bolt for the door. I need to get lunch ready and tidy up my stitching area. 

I hope everyone is having a great week!

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C. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Four And Twenty Blackbirds

...stitched in a year. Well, 11 to be precise. I find it amazing that so far this year, I have stitched a total of 11 designs from my Blackbird Designs library. 

After I finished my winter inspired finish, I decided that I needed to stitch something else. I am still not 'feeling' the return of the Autumn (Book Number 66, Autumn Samplers) from Prairie Schooler, so I decided that I wanted to do another Blackbird Designs piece. I really love stitching their designs and I spent quite a bit of time pawing through my BBD library in order to find the perfect one. In the end, I settled on a monochrome piece, which I do not think that they have a lot of that type of design. The fabric and the fibers that I am using are all 'in house' materials, as I did not feel like shopping for what was called for in the design. The scandal! :D

This one is stitching up so quickly, that I will probably be finished in a day or two. Then the hunt will be on for another project to stitch on. I will cross that stitch when I get to it, though! :)

At any rate, here is what I have so far:



Design: Simple Harvest (from the book With Needle and Thread)



Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric:  28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow.

Stitcher's Notes: Began Monday, November 14, 2016. Design on pages 14-15. Substituted the called for 32 count Old Towne Blend from R and R Reproductions and Waterlilies #139 Kelp for in house materials.
Unfortunately, this book is not for sale or trade. 




Time for me to be off. I should do a wee bit of housework, but I am just not feeling it. Stitching it is then! :)

I hope you all are having a great week. :)

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C. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Winter Inspired Finish

My latest finish is a bit of a surprise to me. I had not planned on stitching anything else other than Autumn (Book Number 66, Autumn Samplers) from Prairie Schooler and a retired design by Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre (Noel 2009 for the curious). However, in the past week, I have needed a break from the news and current world events. I decided to do something quick and easy and something I have wanted to stitch for a very long time. I am also happy that this project was culled from Kit Mountain. That's one less project in that bin for next year. Although, if I don't stop buying the Mill Hill kits, that won't be the case anymore, haha! :)

Well, at any rate, here is my latest finish:



Design:  Dreaming

Designer: Tonya Pappan of Oakhaven Designs

Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel Dwarf linen from Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 775, 3756, 3841, and 3865

AccoutermentsMill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 #02010 Ice

Stitcher's Notes: Substituted called for 14 count blue Aida for 28 count Cashel Dwarf linen from Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line. Design is a former freebie from the OakHaven Designs Yahoo Group. Chart is not able to be shared or distributed. Piece taken from Kit Mountain. Substituted Mill Hill glass seed beads for the called for DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 310. Began Friday, November 11, 2016. Finished Sunday, November 13, 2016. 




Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy week to you all! 


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C. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Air Is Wild With Leaves

This past weekend was devoted to the new start of a design that DH picked out. It is a fall related piece and one I have wanted to stitch for a very long time now. This piece also has the distinction of being purchased twice. Apparently, I really and truly wanted to stitch it, haha! :)

This piece will also be my focus piece for the month of November. I am hoping to have it finished by the 25th of this month, as I then start my last project of the year, a retired design by Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre. These two are fairly large pieces that will take quite a bit of time. 

This one also has the unique distinction of my stitching the central leaf in colors that were completely different than what was charted! Luckily, the colors that I chose will blend nicely with the rest of leaves that I need to stitch. I am really enjoying this project so far. I do love Prairie Schoolers' designs and luckily have quite a number of them to stitch.  

On with the show! :)





Design: Autumn (Book Number 66, Autumn Samplers)


Designer: Prairie Schooler 

Fabric Used: 22 count Ariosa linen by Zweigart in Café au Lait by Fleur De Luce hand dyeds

Fibers Used:  Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in S899, S1009, S986,
 S903, S1056, S1049, S1011, S1040, S887, S849, S1020, and S1128.

Stitchers' Notes: Design taken from Book Number 66, Autumn Samplers. Substituted the called for DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 for the Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss. Began Thursday, November, 3, 2016. 


As of Monday, November 7, 2016:





Time for me to bolt for the door. I hope everyone had a great weekend and I wish you all a happy week! :)

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C. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Morado Calavera*

*Spanish for Purple Skull


I am really loving these Mill Hill kits. They are at a good price and contain everything that you need. They are very generous on the amount of floss and beads in the kit and best of all, they provide the DMC and Mill Hill numbers that were used. I appreciate this information, as I have, at times, run out of materials and need to get more. I also have a tendency to stitch a design more than once, so it is nice to be able to stitch the kit again without having to purchase a whole new kit. 

This is another piece that I took my time stitching. I suppose in the long run it does not matter, as I have made my unofficial yearly goal of 12 projects completed.  I have two more projects planned for these last two months of the year, one more fall related piece for the month of November and a Christmas one to stitch the day after Thanksgiving. I do not think I will be able to finish any more from the Bin O'Shame this year. I did manage to finish 7 of those projects this year, and that is 7 more than I had at the beginning of the year. 

At any rate, here is another small finish. I think this would make a really neat box topper or possibly even a fabric ornament. 



Design: Morado (MH16-1621)

Designer: Mill Hill


Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 165, 310, 340, 550, 718, 720, and 3809. 

Accoutrements Mill Hill beads in #00479 White, #02033 Brilliant Orange, #02077 Brilliant Magenta, #02089 Brilliant Sea Blue, #40252 Iris, #40479 White, #42031 Citron, #42101 Purple. 




Well, I had best be off. Lots to do today. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! 


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C. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Not So Quick Finish

Given the calendar date, and my schedule being what it is, this is probably my final Halloween related piece for the year. Although, I should never say never, as I was proven earlier this year by having a couple of quick finishes that I was not anticipating on finishing!

I really enjoyed this piece and look forward to the companion pieces that are in the magazine. There are three others that are just as fun as this one and I am looking forward to finding other over/hand dyed fabrics to stitch them on. 

Well, on with the show! :)



Design: Haunted Mansion (my name for it) Spooky Silhouette

Designer: Shannon Wasilieff of Shannon Christine Designs

Fabric Used: Unknown. I am almost positive that it is 32 count Belfast linen by Picture This Plus in Mirage from their Crystal (opalescent) line). 

Fiber Used: Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in Black (S801).

Accoutrements: Mill Hill beads in #02031 Citron

Stitchers' Notes: Design one of four from issue 246 of the World of Cross Stitching magazine (October 2016 issue). Design on page 86. Substituted the called for Polstitches fabric and DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 310 for in house materials. Substituted called for French knots for Mill Hill beads in #02031 Citron.






Time for me to be off. Lots to do today. I hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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C. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

First Finish For October!

I love October. October heralds the 'official' beginning of hockey, crisp leaves underfoot, cool days and nights, blankets and hot cocoa. It also means a month of Halloween, which is the number one holiday in this establishment. Out of my stitching pieces that I have kept for myself, I believe I have more Halloween finishes than anything else other than general Fall related pieces. 

This piece is by a new to me designer Shannon Wasilieff of Shannon Christine Designs. She is fantastic to work with and if you are Facebook, I highly encourage you to join her Facebook group. 

On with the show! :)




Design: Spooky Elegance

Designer: Shannon Wasilieff of Shannon Christine Designs

Fabric Used: Fabric: 28 count white opalescent Lugana by Zweigart

Fibers Used: Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in Black (S801)DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 208, 2019, and 211.


Stitcher's Notes: Substituted called for Kreinik (#4) Braid in #005HL Black for Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in Black (S801) for the cross stitched portion. 



Time for me to be off. Tons to do today. I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! :)

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C. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lucky #7

I am quite pleased with this latest finish. With this finish, this makes number seven from the Bin O'Shame so far this year. I have five more projects to go and I will hit my mark for my yearly goal for 12 finishes from the Bin O'Shame for the year. This one languished for three years, and to the day when I started it. 

The 40 Count Newcastle linen by Zweigart in Moondust from Silkweaver Fabrics was quite difficult to stitch on. The fabric is actually somewhat dark and the sparkles made it a lot harder to see the holes. However, I managed to power through and got it finished. This also makes the third finish for the month. 

At any rate, here are my efforts. This one will probably eventually be framed, although, it would also make a nice wall hanging or a flat fold finish. 




Design: Be Thankful sampler

Designer: Nikki Lehman of Country Cottage Needleworks


Fabric: 40 Count Newcastle linen by Zweigart in Moondust from Silkweaver Fabrics

Fibers: Crescent Colours in Brown Hen, English Ivy, Finley Gold, German Chocolate, Hickory Sticks and Toasted Marshmallow


Stitcher's Notes: Began project on Friday, September 27, 2013 in honor of Cathey of Pumpkin Patch and Company and her fight with cancer. Stitched only the pumpkins and crows. Finished Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 

Last Update: Saturday, October 12, 2013





Finished on Tuesday, September 27, 2016:






Time for me to go. I hope everyone is having a great week! :)

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C. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Under Tall Pines Again

Not too long ago, the Hubmeister and I decided to go on another camping adventure. I looked around for an appropriate project to take along with me. Generally, as soon as we make base camp, we chill out for the rest of the day, as was this case this last time around. I began this project right before we started making s'mores, which are just lovely. And if you have not substituted Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, might I suggest you run, do not walk to your nearest campsite and partake of this nectar of the Gods:




And now that we all have gone into a sugar coma :P, here is my latest finish. I really like the way this one has turned out. I am keeping the kit as I plan on stitching this one a few more times. And probably with the perforated paper that was included! :D


Design: S'mores (MH18-4206)

Designer: Mill Hill

Fabric Used: 32ct Vintage Country Mocha Belfast linen

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 347, 433, 434, 436, 938, and Blanc. 


Stitchers' Notes: Purchased at LNS. Substituted 32ct Vintage Country Mocha Belfast linen for the included Mill Hill perforated paper in 14 count PP3 antique brown. From the 2014 Mill Hill Harvest Collection of beaded kits. Finished Saturday, September 17, 2016.





Time for me to bolt for the door. Lots to do today. Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)

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C.