Book Making

It has been a busy time for me.  After sending out the charts for the Collective Stitch to the shops and receiving a few corrections, I have finalized the book for the event.  As I prepared to print, my computer software decided it did not want to print the charts in the book.  I finally got it all straightened out, but I will admit to being a little tired and in need of a break from work.  If you have not seen the picture of all of 25 designs for this year, here is a look.


End of May

The start of the Collective Stitch is June 1.  This is a cross stitch shop hop which will one day include all of the cross stitch shops.  The 2016 event had the theme of "Autumn" and 19 shops participated.  2017 has the theme of "A Postcard From. . ." and there are 25 participating shops.  The list of participating shops can be found .

We all have "those days" and mine seem to be multiplying here.  I worked to efficiently have all materials out for the Collective Stitch before leaving home to babysit in PA earlier this month.  I really felt I had everything under control.  Foolish me.  I came home and had a stomach flu, woke up Monday morning (the 15th) feeling somewhat recovered and found an email from the contractor doing our window replacement job.  What a surprise that they would be starting Tuesday to replace windows in 5 rooms of my house.  This included my office with the desk in front of the windows.  I am a "cluttered desk" worker, so, with that and not feeling great, it took super-human effort to get ready for the workers.  They told me it would be a 3 day job, but it took 6 1/2 days.  I moved my computer to a room not involved in the project, plugged it in and the monitor would not work.  On and on went the fun of the past week.  I am crossing my fingers that things run smoothly from here!


May Blooms

I hope that the May Blooms page is enjoyable.  I have fun putting those together.  The Joomla platform for the site can be a challenge.  I have a plan in my mind and generally have to figure out how to make it happen within the framework.  When designing in Dreamweaver, I was not limited to articles and links to files as I am now.  Honestly, I have yet to figure out how to make the background color different on an article.  It must be time to take some online courses.  Maybe I will have time soon.

We are one month away from the start of the 2017 Collective Stitch project.  The theme has produced very nice designs.  You will be pleased with the offerings.  I have decided to make the 2018 theme "Winter" to follow up on the 2016 "Autumn" theme.  The size specifications will be the same as 2016, also.   Let your LNS know so that they can recruit a designer. 

flowerbasketrose ConvertedHappy May!

2017 Collective Stitch

The charts have been steadily arriving for the 2017 Collective Stitch which runs from June 1 through August 31.  This is a cross stitch shop hop and has grown from last year.  Participating shops will each have a different design that will be handed out to visitors during the event.  If you are travelling, you can check the list on the Collective Stitch site to find participating shops in the area.  The theme for 2017 is "A Postcard From. . ."  and the designs are going to be a great collection of souveniers!  So far, several are designed specifically for the state in which the shop is located.  Watch for updates on the Collective Stitch site as the information on designers and activities at individual shops during the event will be posted there by June 1.

I am stitching my models on 36 count which will make them a bit smaller than the 6 x 4 they will be on 28/14 count. There are so many creative ways to finish and display these stitched postcards.  I hope that you will share photos of your creations with me!



Time Away


We scheduled a trip to Florida to visit our daughter and her family to leave on Sunday, January 15.  There was an ice storm in the forcast, so DH and I changed our reservations and got out before the worst was due to arrive.  Of course, it really did not become the disaster that was predicted, but we had a great time all the same.  Above is one of the most dramatic sunrises I have photographed.  Fortunately, I am an early riser and have a lot of photographs to prove it!  I also caught this oddly colored "Halloween" lizard near the entrance of my daughter's apartment.


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