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I have collected incredible amounts of cross stitch magazines in my over 30+ years of cross stitching. I enjoy knitting, crocheting and cross stitch. In May 2011 I decided to make my dream of sharing my love of needlecrafts a reality and started the online shop, The Stitcher's Market along with hubby. My biggest hope is to pass on my love of stitching to my children. Let's face it, some one has to inherit all my stash. I am shy, but I truly appreciate everyone's comments and friendship. I am glad to help anyone who needs any stitching information. I love to have giveaways and share other bloggers giveaways, so please stop by often. Enjoy your stay!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Making Time -- Chasing Rainbows (LOST)

Well, I felt badly for Daniel, what a life always trying to please mom and never doing so. Or did he? Was she really proud and couldn't show it because she knew what his fate / destiny would be? As a mother, myself, if I think if I were in that situation, I would try everything that I could and more to change things. Maybe she did and we don't know about it.

Either way, I think that two things which are the most important points of this episode ("The Variable") deal with Daniel and his comment while playing the piano as a youngster, "I can make time". I think that his unstable mental state is due to his "making time". Remember when he says that he experimented on himself? It is my belief that he was the "bright person" who developed the pendulum at the Lamppost station.

The piano song that he plays both as a youngster and an adult, "Chasing Rainbows" is key here..... is he "chasing rainbows"? Maybe? Will he find them? Maybe not.

Now, it seems to be that Jack is the key to the past, and Locke is the key to the future. Jack may take up Daniel's cause and try to change the past. All in all it seems that Ellie is a very single-minded, and inflexible person (to put it in a nice way). Others may call her a B****, but this is a family blog, so I refrain from using such accurate language.

We are headed to the ending of Season 5 and then a few hours of Season 6 will hopefully fill in all the gaps and maybe just maybe the plane will overfly the island and land at LAX. Then, all of the passengers disembark none being the wiser and the time loop will have been broken. Yup, I am still of the time loop camp.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. I have not read any of the LOST blogs yet, so I don't know if other followers are thinking the same thing.

Lost stitches.....

Sunday, April 19, 2009



Congratulations!!!!! Shay on winning 12 flosses!!!

Thanks to all the stitchers who participated! I enjoyed this so much, I will have another giveaway soon.

Lucky Sunday stitching to all.......

Thursday, April 16, 2009


It is that time it seems when people feel generous and share of their blessings. Here are a few giveaways that may interest you.

Nina's Giveway
ends April 30, 2009

Cross Stitch Queen's Giveaway
ends April 18, 2009

This one is mine. You may win up to 12 flosses if you follow my blog and
let everyone you know to enter.

All you have to do is leave a message on the giveaway post.

Blackbird Designs Contest
ends April 27, 2009

This is a great one if you can stitch fast and you like French things.


****please note that once these giveaways are over, I will remove the pictures from my blog in order to leave space for other giveaways ****

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nina's Giveaway

Seems to be the time for giveaways!!
Nina from Between the Crosses is having an awesome giveaway. In order to enter, one must show a picture of their scissor collection. Here are a few of mine. As you can see I collect Gingher's and am partial to Patriotic themes.

I want to welcome my newest scissor: the bronze art deco scissor below. A wonderful internet friend was gracious enough to find it for me. Thank you Claudia. You can tell it fit in beautifully with its sisters.

Nina's blog is gorgeous and her scissor collection is impressive. Her needlework is very creative and she finishes her items very professionally.

I guess the next collection I should start working on are scissor fobs. Thanks to my friend Claudia, I have my first handmade scissor fob. Pictures will definitely follow.

Good Luck to all who enter Nina's giveaway

Don't forget my floss giveaway too!!

Lucky stitches to all

What lies in the Shadow of the Statue?? LOST post

Just finished seeing today's episode of LOST and since I really like that show. My new theory for today is:

The Lamp Post lies in the shadow of the statue. If that is true then Eloise Hawking would be the third party to the endgame. Lots of bloggers are thinking that Eloise would be the third party leader..... but, I have not heard anyone say that "The Lamp Post" is the answer to Ilana's and Bram's riddle.

I am also guessing that Miles may help his father during the incident and may die with his father. That would make him the loved character that dies in this season. (Lots of rumors about this death on all the blogs and I believe that Miles is one of the characters that is on that "death list") It is my guess that Miles is the character that goes to the afterlife.

Well, those are my first and most fresh ideas.......

For all the LOST stitchers...... Namaste

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My 1st PIF -- Giveaway

Many months ago a wonderful stitcher offered me a magazine which contained a chart I was searching for. I promised her I would repay her kindness by having a PIF.

Set of six (6) DMC flosses. Colors are 779, Ecru, 53, 930, B5200 and 152. The DMC pictured above are the flosses that are up for this contest. Floss colors for all prizes are my choice. I will not duplicate any colors. No substitutions, please.


Level 1:
Anyone can enter ONCE. One entry per person. I will mail floss anywhere in the world. You will need to leave a comment on this post.

Level 2:
Followers of my blog will be allowed two entries as long as you leave a comment on this post.

Level 3:
If you have a blog, please let your followers know about this PIF if you win, I will add an additional 3 flosses to the prize. That means you will receive 9 flosses.

Level 4:
If you have a blog, let your followers know about this PIF, and list me on your bloglist, if you win I will add an additional 3 flosses to the prize. That means you will receive 12 flosses as your prize if you win.

To give everyone an chance to enter this PIF, I will draw the winner on Saturday, April 18th 2009.

If you qualify to win extra flosses, please leave the prize level you are aiming for on your comment (blog address, and post showing where you have passed the word on of this PIF).

Good luck stitches to all.......

Happy Easter


(my favorite Winnie the Pooh character)

(no one is bad 100% of time..)

Peaceful stitching

Saturday, April 11, 2009

2009 Christmas Theme

Today I have officially decided that my 2009 Christmas Theme will be "Joy, Love, Peace". That means that my ornies will all have at least one of those words on them. This year, I have chosen green and red as the colors of the season. The preferred shape or motif for the ornaments will be Christmas trees.

My past color themes have been: 2008 white and blue, 2007 white and red.

As of today, I have stitched FOUR (4) Joy, Love Peace ornaments by JBW designs in green and red on Ivory jobelan. I will stitch more of those on Lambswool jobelan and reverse the pattern colors along with the hue of the green and the red.

It is my hope to stitch twelve (12) of the "Joy, Love, Peace" ornaments so I may hang them on an evergreen tree swag. I will also stitch variations and hang them on my ornament tree. That is where the other joy, love, peace ornies come in.

Preparing for this I have been lucky to find Joan Elliot's Joy, Peace, Love designs that were published in a Crafts 'n Things magazine last year. Those are designed in blue, but I will color convert to green.

There is another Christmas ornie that I am looking to purchase from Fabby Reilly. I have my eye on the Christmas Star.... that would look GREAT on top of my ornament tree..... Let's see what happens.......

Early holiday stitches to all.....

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring has Arrived / Summer Vacation Thoughts

and none too soon for me.

As you can see I have added a little slide show filled with flowers to "spring-ify" our days. Along with the Spring come the rains but at least it is warmer and that is good enough for me. My body likes the warm temperatures.... the warmer the better..... 80 degrees is wonderful!!

It is incredible to think that school will be out for Summer Vacation in a few months, which inevitably brings up the question of where we should vacation. As everyone knows when the kids are out of school airfares and hotel prices go UP UP UP!!! I am one not to take the kid out of school just to take a vacation. This is because when the one who will most likely be taller than me in three years gets sick, school days get lost fast. Since I don't need the hassle of attendance issues, I just take the regular Summer vacation and put up with the prices.

This year there is an addition to our family... the dog. I love this dog, just adore this dog, that is why I don't know if I will go on vacation this year. It may seem sappy to some, but I can't see myself dropping off the dog at a kennel. To me, right now, that is not an option. So then we have the parents who would take care of the dog, but I don't feel comfortable because my dog is a runner, a bolter. He is a very smart dog, but when it comes to being free..... well he just doesn't know his name.... a breed defect. They do not come when called. So, I don't want to put my family through that. I think it is too much responsibility to leave him to someone else. In additon, the kid would call the grandparents every ten minutes to see if the dog is okay. That is not a vacation at all. If you have kids and pets, you know what I mean. Thank God for cell phones and free minutes. Yup, all of them were used for calls to grandma, when we went on a long weekend. So much so, that I have forgotten where we went. Just remember the calls.

This year, I made reservations for 10 days at DisneyWorld. These were made BD (before dog). I got a GREAT deal and it just so happens that I would be able to go and stay for the Halloween Party as well before school starts again. It is a DREAM for me since I have ached to go to the Halloween Party for years. This time I can go and I would love to. The French Pavillion calls my name daily and it would do me good to go and relax. The MNSSHP would be the highlight.

Another spot that is calling to me is Europe. Yes, I would gladly go to Paris, Rome or Barcelona for a week instead, if I could afford it. Of course Summer airfare prices are incredibly expensive, but this time I would prefer not to shake as I walk the cobbled European streets. It would also be my desire not to go bankrupt when exchanging currency. Last time while exchanging USD I almost cried when I saw the the pitance of Euro I had in my hand. Believe me in Paris one needs MANY MANY Euro to survive when one has a kid who worships McDonald's.

Our last resort is a 7-10 day road trip to Canada which would let our dog come with us. We would drive about 9 hours to Montreal and then to Quebec City. I have never been to Quebec City and it would be a small taste of France. There if I am lucky I would probably be able to get a few French cross stitch magazines. The wonderful thing about this vacation is that all of us would be together in a pet friendly hotel and would walk and see the city. It is not important for us to go to restaurants. As long as we can get food to go, we are okay. Plus, at this time the CDN Dollar is less expensive than the Euro, so we would not spend that much money at the Duty Free Shops. We love the Duty Free shopping in Canada..... especially with the Coffee Crisp candy bars and the perfumes. The Montreal Duty Free shop was AWESOME!!!!

So, there you have it. What do you think?

  • 10 day Disney World vacation - (no dog)
  • 7 day European vacation - (no dog)
  • Canadian vacation - (with dog)
  • Stay home, the economy is really bad (with dog)

I would like to know what you think. Please leave a comment on this post.

Thinking of Summer vacation stitching ..........