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Creating, every day, with coffee always close at hand.
Interests: cross stitch, card making, scrapbooking, project life, reading, running, lifting, baking, gluten-free, primal, paleo
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Being snowed in always sounds so wonderful. Let's watch movies! Let's binge watch tv series we haven't gotten to yet!! Let's sit and stitch for hours and hours because we can't get out! Let's read tons of books from our book stack!!! I'm here to tell you that I'm about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at a whole lotta latte
Thanks, Terri! Yes, she loved it. She told me she's looking for a place to hang it in her bedroom so she can look at it every day :-) Thanks - I can't wait to share with everyone what I've been working on!
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2016 on January. at a whole lotta latte
Thanks, Robin! So glad I'm not the only one who hates WDW fabrics! Spraying with starch is way too much effort. I want to be able to cut my piece to size, then just dig in with the stitches. Making sure the fabric is stiff enough and the fibers tight shouldn't be something I have to worry about!! UGH.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2016 on Christmas Stitching. at a whole lotta latte
Thanks, Lee!! I'm actually hoping to post updates of the Joy Quaker soon! I've stitched a lot more since this post and it looks incredible. I needed a break from it for a while, so I started Mirabilia's Raven Queen, which I'm flying through. I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who can't stand WDW fabrics!! They're just awful. Yes! The weave is so daggone loose. Horren.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2016 on Christmas Stitching. at a whole lotta latte
How. the hell. did we arrive at 17 January already? No, seriously. I feel like it was twelve seconds ago I was posting about doing a December Daily (which, HAHAHAHAHA....ahhhhhhh......i had such high hopes for everything i wanted to make this christmas season......), and then, poof! It's mid-January. How was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at a whole lotta latte
Love this! I did OLW two years ago, and have been thinking about doing it again this year. My word in 2014 was "Open"; I haven't chosen a word yet, but I'm thinking by the end of this week I'll have a decision whether or not to do it again. I, too, am trying to simplify and purge as much unnecessary stuff around me - the clutter is suffocating! I might just have to break down and get that book, since it seems to be helping so many people declutter their lives. I can't wait to see how you document your word throughout the year!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2016 on One Little Word: Simplicity at Stitch In Time
Hi, Sarah! The total stitch count for the entire piece is 453w X 130h. So, you'd need a specialty cut to stitch this piece all as one. The model on the graph chart is stitched as a 3D piece with three panels. I didn't like that idea, so I chose to stitch it all as one. I used 32 count linen, not Aida, and the color is Blue Moon Java. Like I said in my post, this dye is hard to get, so you'll most likely need to choose an alternative fabric. If you're using Aida and you want it to be the same finished size as mine, you'll need 16 count Aida. The finished stitched size of my piece, using 32 count linen fabric, is 28.3 inches wide by 8.125 inches high. If you use the equivalent Aida (16 count), it should come out to roughly the same size. Should you choose a larger stitch count, using either 28 count linen or 14 count Aida, the finished stitch size will be 32.36 inches wide by 9.29 inches high. Either way, you'll need a specialty bell pull cut for this, since it's longer and not as wide as pre-cuts. Be sure to account for 3 inches on each side of the finished stitch count for framing when calculating how much fabric you'll need for your cut size. Since my finished stitch size on 32 count linen is 28.3 inches wide by 8.125 inches high, I needed a piece of linen cut to 34.3 inches wide by 14.125 inches high. If you stitch on the equivalent Aida stitch count, your finished stitched size and your cut size should be roughly the same. Should you choose to use 28 count linen or 14 count Aida, your cut size should be 38.36 inches wide by 15.29 inches high. Since I've been stitching for a long time, I usually round to the nearest whole number for the cut size and then adjust accordingly when I start stitching. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2015 on Sleepy Hollow | Cross Stitch at a whole lotta latte
Bob: Must be very Vermonty this time of year, all that underwear. Phil: I guess I should take the electric blanket back. Bob: Where you keeping that? Phil: Under the underwear.... White Christmas So. Here we are, fully entrenched in the Christmas season (with only 4 days left!!! eeeeeek!!!). I've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at a whole lotta latte
Love love LOVE these designs, Paulette!!! I cannot wait to get to my LNS and get my hands on them!!
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2015 on Final Releases for 2015 at PLUM STREET SAMPLERS
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Thanks, Robin!! I wanted everything on that dessert table, but ran out of time when I was baking, so I couldn't make anything for myself that was gluten- or grain-free, but it's all good, because my mom loved her cake and my sister said the apple cake was really good. My cousin told me to put in on the "make this again" list, so I guess they were all a hit! Have a great week!
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2015 on Christmastime Is Here! at a whole lotta latte
Thank you, Mary Jane! That is so, so sweet of you to say. I'm beyond excited to be documenting December - I can't wait to share with you all!
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2015 on Christmastime Is Here! at a whole lotta latte
Hello my friends!! Did you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving??? I hope you did, filled with friends, family, good food, and even better wine. Or maybe some mulled spiked cider instead. Or maybe both. Yummmmm. We spent the Thanksgiving holiday at my sister's house, where she had the prettiest table... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at a whole lotta latte
Sharon!!! Thank you so much!! So awesome that you landed here from a search!! And yes! I do know you from IG and I'm so glad you got to see my finished product, because I don't think I posted it there. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will again!
We're officially in the Christmas season, which makes me beyond giddy. I mean, Thanksgiving is fantastic with all the food and pumpkin pie and all....but, Christmas. Lately, I've been stitching some seriously big pieces, and I needed a break from all that. So, I decided I needed to incorporate some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at a whole lotta latte
Did anyone else have the same reaction as I did when I turned my planner page this month? "Wait. What?!" That's what I said last Monday. Aloud. At my desk. At work. People stopped and stared. As if Mondays aren't bad enough. I mean, clearly, 1 November comes after 31... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at a whole lotta latte
Thank you, Paulette!! I can't wait to start stitching!! :-)
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Thanks, Sarah! I've been waiting to start the Miribilia Raven Queen for what feels like forever!! I can't wait!!
Thanks, Cat!! Haha - my legwarmers are awesome. Just sayin'. :-)
Thanks, Robin!!
Thanks, Beth! I'm SO happy with how it turned out!!
Thank you, Marie! These are wonderful, and I look forward to seeing your DD album this year! Yours is always one of my favorites.
Well, friends, it's officially fall, which means it's almost hibernation season. It was downright windy and chilly last night, and I'm not happy about it. The only thing good about fall is the clothes. Well, and pumpkin spice bread. And boots. I wore my black boots on Friday for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at a whole lotta latte
I think most of the world calls this Italian ice, not water ice, but really, it's wooder ice. I'm from Philly, and that's how you pronounce it, otherwise no one knows that you're talking about. In fact, since I've moved from the Philly area, it's the one word I say... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at a whole lotta latte
Hello everyone! Very quick post today to let you know that I'm over at The Indie Chicks with a few fall and Halloween DIY projects that I did with one of my best friends, Julie. She is one of the owners and writers for this online magazine. I hope you'll... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at a whole lotta latte
Well, I found my f-up, and I'm not happy about the amount of work i'll have to do to fix it....but i can't leave it!!! UGH. the trials and tribulations of OCD tendencies!! haha! Seems we all have at least one airport that gives us trouble!!! Yours are Dallas and Charlotte (I've never been through either), and mine is O'Hare. I never have a good experience at O'Hare. Ever! And, this was the second time in the last 5-6 years that that same scenario happened to me. So irritating!!