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Jacki
Philadelphia
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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Thanks, Beth!!
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2016 on Raven Queen in All Her Glory. at a whole lotta latte
Thanks, Susan!!
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2016 on Raven Queen in All Her Glory. at a whole lotta latte
Thanks, Robin!! Yes, I need a break, but my next large endeavor will be Faith for sure!!
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2016 on Quaker Samplers Are My Thang. at a whole lotta latte
Thanks so much, Terri! Yes - me, too! Cars and trains still bother me, but I'll take what I can get!
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2016 on Quaker Samplers Are My Thang. at a whole lotta latte
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This piece is, by far, one of my absolute favorites that I've stitched. I've done a lot of cool pieces over the years, but since this one looks so much like Maleficent, my all-time favorite Disney villainess, Raven Queen ranks high on the list. This dress. If it wouldn't cost... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at a whole lotta latte
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YOU GUYS. It's been like, foreverandaday. I mean, what have you guys even been up to????? I was on travel for work two weeks ago in sunny CA, then off to San Antonio and the Riverwalk where the best people watching occurs, then back to frigid DC. Thank God it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at a whole lotta latte
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I've been spending a ton of time feverishly stitching Raven Queen. She's at the point where, even though there is still a good amount left to stitch, I feel like I'm so close to the finish line, I can see it. I'm also terrified if I start another project, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at a whole lotta latte
Thank you, Susan!! Yes!! Just stitching the word "Joy" would be a perfect gift. I LOVE how it's the base of the nativity, which is actually what drew me to this piece and made me buy it. It's so simple and beautiful. The 3-hour delay was fabulous, actually, you're right. I am extremely fortunate in that I can walk to work and I don't have to rely on the VRE or the Metro, so I took every bit of those 3 hours to get in gear and walk to the office!! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2016 on Sampler Love. at a whole lotta latte
Yes!! For me, it's not so much the caffeine anymore, but just the warmth of fresh brewed coffee and the taste. Thank you so much for your kind words!! Hope you have a wonderful week!!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2016 on Sampler Love. at a whole lotta latte
Thanks, Robin!! No! I haven't seen the companion piece!! I'll have to go looking for it! Thank you for letting me know, and, as always, your lovely comments. Have a wonderful week!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2016 on Sampler Love. at a whole lotta latte
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TGIF, you guys. Like, fo' realz. The struggle was real this week. How is it that short weeks always seem so daggone long?! The long holiday weekend was not long enough. Just sayin'. And Monday, we had 4-6 inches of snow which I had to trudge through to get more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at a whole lotta latte
Hi Robin!! Thank you!!! Cabin fever is just, UGH, right?! Thankfully we've been inundated with too much more, so hopefully that means spring is right around the corner!! :-)
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2016 on Be Happy, Humble, & Kind at a whole lotta latte
Hi, Sherry!! I'm soooo excited you found my blog and I'm now on your reading list!! Thank you so much!! Coffee is seriously my life force. I mean, how do people function without it??!? Fresh brewed coffee = the.best.ever.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2016 on Be Happy, Humble, & Kind at a whole lotta latte
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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
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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
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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
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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