Monday, December 31, 2012

Pre Challenge Excitement

I went to the library today to get my weekly haul and to collect some more books for my reading challenges that start tomorrow.  I am so excited to begin!

This is what I came home with....

 These are for the Monthly Key Word Challenge.

 These are for the Classics Challenge.

These are my "regular" reading.

I am currently reading a book which I need to finish before I can begin.
I will post on that book in a few days!
Have you read any of these titles?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Back To Classics Challenges

I found another book challenge to try for 2013 called Back to Classics.

Here's what Sarah says:

You asked for it....   so here you go!  I am now formally announcing the Back to the Classics Challenge 2013!!  This is the third year in a row for this challenge, and I hope that you are ready!  
I am making a few small changes this year, including requiring less categories to complete.  Wait, did I say *requiring*?  Yes, I did.  This year will feature 6 required  categories that all participants must complete.  Then, I will have additional categories that those super-motivated participants can choose to complete if they'd like.  All reviews must be linked on the appropriate pages again, and those will be listed on the left hand side of this page.  When you've finished, you will also need to link a wrap-up post.  Everyone who completes the 6 required categories and the wrap up post will be entered to win a $30US gift card or choice of book(s) from The Book Depository.  Any one who completes 3 categories from the optional list will earn one additional entry into the prize drawing.  Any one who completes all 5 categories from the optional list will earn two additional entries into the prize drawing.
  • All books must be read in 2013.  Books started prior to January 1, 2013 are not eligible.  Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2013.
  • E-books and audio books are eligible!  Books can count for other challenges you may be working on.
  • If you do not have a blog, you may link your review from Goodreads or other publicly accessible online format.  
  • Please sign up for the challenge using the linky below BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2013. Please link to your sign-up announcement post (if possible/applicable)
  • You do not have to list your books prior to starting the challenge, but it is more fun that way :)  You can always change your list at any time.  You can read the books in any order (including mixing in the optional categories at any time)
  • You can decide to attempt the optional categories at any point (you can also bow out of the optional categories at any point as well).
  • Please identify the categories you've read in your wrap up post so that I may easily add up your entries for the prize drawing!  

The Required Categories:
  1. A 19th Century Classic
  2. A 20th Century Classic
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience - This can be an African-American author, or a book relating to slavery, civil rights, or African-American culture.
  5. A Classic Adventure
  6. A Classic that prominently features an Animal - This can feature animal characters or animals in the title (real or imagined)
Optional Categories:
    A.  Re-read a Classic
   B.  A Russian Classic
   C.  A Classic Non-Fiction title
   D.  A Classic Children's/Young Adult title
   E.  Classic Short Stories - collection must include at least 3 short stories by the same author, or at 
                                              least 3 stories collected together by genre, time period, etc.

As in years past, I just want to take a moment and let you know that especially for the purposes of this challenge, I do not subscribe to any set definition of a Classic. I think that anyone looking to participate in this challenge already has their own personal definition that works best for them.  If you are choosing to include a title that you feel may be questionably described as a Classic, please just explain your position in your review.  
As always, I hope you have fun with this Challenge!  Good Luck!  
Click back to this link if it's the challenge for you!!!
Now I must research each of the categories and find some books!!  Darn it I just read The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Burnett Hodgson!

Christmas Stocking Finished!!

Here's a photo of Sophia with her stocking....she's hiding because she just woke up!!  It was extra dark because of the rain we got on Christmas!!  I think it came out ok.  But if I do one again I will finish it with double bias tape or quilt binding.  It is not stiff at all but Sophia liked it.

Christmas Runner Completed

I finished this runner well before Christmas but my husband had the camera at the shop and I forgot to take a photo when he brought it back.  I am happy about how it turned out. Just the right size for my table!  Hope y'all like it too!

In the background you can see my Christmas Cactus and my Christmas present - a tile lock Scrabble game!!

It had such beautiful blossoms!
My gram always had a Christmas Cactus.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2013

I have decided to participate in a book challenge for 2013. It's called the Monthly Key Word Challenge.  It really sounds interesting.  You only have to read one book whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month.
I read over 100 titles in 2013. To look at my choices for the year, click here and you can look at each month's links on #18.


* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word 'snowing' or 'snowflake' even though the key word is 'snow.'

*Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read "Cinder" or "Ashes" for the key word 'Fire' and that would be just fine. If the key word is 'family' then your title could include the word 'sister' or 'mother.'If the key word is 'food' then your title could include the word 'cake.'

* Link up here to participate and add additional links any time you post about the challenge or post about a book you read for the challenge.

Monthly Key Words:
months 1months 2

This gives me plenty of time to search for books to read.

My search:

Ashen Winter
A Breath of Snow and Ashes   I have already read this one..
Kiss of Snow
Smoke Screen 
White Satin
Terminal Freeze

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Runner 2

I finally finished embroidering the snowmen.
I cut the snowman fabric and sewed the squares together.
I have 2 rows.

 After I sewed the rows together.

Now I must decided what size to cut the
green fabric to surround this piece.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas Table Runner

I decided that I need a Christmas table runner. In my tiny fabric stash I found 2 fabrics that will look good together.  One of the fabrics has a snowman on it.  I decided to embroider a snowman on muslin and design the runner around them.

I cut 6 inch squares from the muslin. 
The snowman fabric was designed by Debbie Mumm. 
 I googled snowmen by Debbie Mumm and found one that looked like that fabric. 
Then I enlarged the snowman until I got it the correct size for the square.

I have 3 snowmen squares finished.
Also shown the fabrics and the snowman design.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What's been going on?

I have been busy cross stitching like crazy.....finally when I wanted to post something we had a computer problem.  The computer was in the shop for a week with a memory chip failure.  Not my fault, yay!! 

This is what I have been doing...

 I finished this one and took it to a cross stitch shop called Spring Robin in Salisbury to get framed.  That took a month.  So glad to see it framed.  I think we picked the perfect frame for the subject matter!

 I made 3 of these pumpkins.  I finished one and sent it to my mom for Halloween.  I was going to finish off the other 2 for Sophia to give to her friends but she thought it was lame!  oh well!!

I made this pirate sock monkey for Sophia.  She wanted it framed.  I think it is very cute.  I made another one and finished it off as an ornament and sent it to a friend.  I hope she received it by now!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Something Wicked by LA-D-DA

I love this chart!  It did not take long to make.  I cannot wait to get it framed!!!  LA-D-DA has some really cool charts for sale!! Make sure you take a look.  I want to get The Raven next....

I did stitch it on 35 Ct. Havana linen and used only DMC threads.

Do you know where this saying comes from??? It's a favorite of mine!

I started a Christmasy type chart 2 days post!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Christmas Stocking Part 3

I could not realize how long it's been since I posted the latest on this  - since NOVEMBER!!  wow!

I haven't been working on it much since school ended....don't seem to have time since Sophia's always around!!  But a few weeks ago I got a pair magnifying glasses. I cannot see close enough to see where to put my stitches in the linen weave.
Before I was using a magnifying lamp which didn't work that well because it seemed as if everytime I got it in place that I could see the phone would ring or I would need to get up and I cannot place this lamp on a table because it is too small.  That's the problem with buying over the internet - you cannot see what you are buying!

The glasses are so much better but I get a headache for wearing them too long.

This is where I am with the stocking....


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Quilt block progress so far...

I didn't work on the blocks at all this week...I had headaches which I have not had in's funny that I suffer badly when I am in Pennsylvania.  I have come to the conclusion that it is due to the humidity.  It is not usually humid here in sunny North Carolina.  But the last few days it has been.  Maybe I am onto something?!?

I have sewn all the 7 inch squares into the blocks.....what a job that was!!  Then I have to cut each 4 patch block into this....

Then I flip flop the pieces in the middle to get this...

Now I need to sew this configuration together to form the Disappearing 4 Patch Block.

So far I have 8 completed...
I have already decided which block I will use as the center of the post!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

At Last....

At last the cutting is done.  I think I counted that I have enough 7 inch squares for 56  4 patch blocks - YEA!!!!

Now I need to get sewing!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Disappearing 4 Patch Quilt

I decided on making a Disappearing 4 Patch Quilt.  I like the look of the whole quilt.
I have started with a 7 inch square for the 4 patch block.

I have made about 22 4 patch blocks so far.....What do you do?  Cut everything, then sew...or a bit of this and a bit of that??  I get bored so I do what I feel like!! haha

Here's some of the 4 patch blocks I did so far....

I decided to cut and sew a block so Frank could see what I am doing...I think he was impressed....

I am trying to figure out how many completed blocks I will need to make for a quilt for my queen size bed...I am thinking at least 56.  I want the finished quilt to be about 100 inches long and 86 inches wide.  The finished block is 12 inches. If I do 8 blocks down and 7 blocks across, it will measure 96 x 84 before sewing the blocks together.  Then perhaps I will add a 6 inch wide border. Any suggestions??

Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Project

 I was lucky and found a sewing machine the other day - it was originally $450 and I got it for $100.  Good deal, right!!  Frank took me to our packed boxes and I found what was left of my quilting stuff.  I had to leave so much behind in Italy.

I have been scouring the internet for ideas for a quilt.  I have come up with either a Log Cabin Style or a Disappearing 4 Patch.
Here are my fabrics.

If I decided to do a Log Cabin or Courthouse Steps, I think this fabric will be the start.
So much to think about!!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cassandra Clare

The past few weeks I have read all of her books.  I love them, even though they are considered young adult.  I enjoy fantasy/supernatural books. There are 2 series: The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.  A movie is being made called The Mortal Instruments starring Jamie Campbell Bower (Camelot, Twilight, Harry Potter) and Lily Collins (Abduction, Priest).

From "I write books centering on the adventures of the demon-fighting Nephilim (also called Shadowhunters). The Mortal Instruments series is set in modern New York: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. The prequels to the Mortal Instruments series are called The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess due out May 12). "
The prequels take place in the Victorian Era.