Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cross Stitch Time

I have accompanied my husband on a business trip this week. Spent yesterday stitching on my reindeer project.  Making slow but steady progress.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Reindeer Upate

A small amount of progress since the last update.  One more reindeer done, still waiting on one pattern from the cross stitch store, and then on to the last two reindeer.  There is a lot of detail work that I save until the end like backstitching and attaching the crystals to the antlers.  The end is closer than it has been!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cross Stitch Work in Progress Updates

I have made more progress on the Crystal  Reindeer by Hinzeit. 



I'm also trying to consistently work on Reindeer Games by Sue Hillis Designs.  This one is little more fun to stitch!


Hope to have both completed by Christmas!

~Layne~

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Breast Cancer Fobs

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, a friend of mine asked me to make her a breast cancer fob that she could clip on her purse in my honor.  Little did I know that it is still clipped to whatever purse she is carrying to this day.

In the early summer of 2015, this same friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She asked me if I could make more fobs so she could give one to her female family members.  I worked on these this week and have them ready to get to her (we now live 100 miles apart). 


Layne
Alabama Cross Stitcher

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Snow Day, Though Small

Our local weather people were forecasting snow for Friday, January 22.  Since moving to Huntsville, Alabama, I have been impressed with the meteorologists on our local NBC channel.  They seem to almost always be spot on whether it is storms, tornadoes, snow, or just the temps.  I wasn't so sure they were going to get it right this time.  The temperature had been in the 50's and we had a lot of rain the night before and even that morning.  I should have known not to doubt this team of weather experts.  At 12:45 pm Friday, it began to snow really heavy with big flakes.  It did seem to be melting though as it hit the wet, soggy ground.  As it continued to snow, we started to see a dusting on the grass and then a little more coverage and a little more.  By dark we had a solid covering of the white stuff!  All in all, we ended up with about 1 1/2 inches.  Now I know to some of you folks reading this, you are laughing.  Ha!  We don't get a lot of snow in the southern United States, so we take whatever we can get.  I will tell you that I have only lived in the northern part of the state for 5 1/2 years and have had more snow (even a couple of large ones) than we ever had in the central area of the state.  I leave you with a few pictures of our small snow.








Sunday, January 10, 2016

Once a Year, Really?

I've said it before, I'm not a very good blogger!  I would never make it if I was being paid by sponsors, advertisers, etc.  People who blog on a daily basis either like to write more than I do or have more time than I do.  Every time I post, I say I'm going to do better. Ha!  I won't say it this time and we will see what happens.

On to the subject of cross stitching.  I told my husband a few days ago that I actually finished more cross stitch pieces when I only worked on one at a time.  In my early years of cross stitching, I actually worked on one from start to finish before I started another.  When I started stitching more than one, I finished less.  Kind of frustrating. 

I have a several Christmas pieces (well, really more than several) that I sometimes forget about and don't work on during the year.  Fall rolls around and I remember that I should have been working on this one or that one.  Such is the case with the Hinzeit Crystal Reindeer. If I only do one reindeer a year, we're looking at four years to go and then add a year for Rudolph and a year for the sleigh. Get the picture?  I have made the decision to work on these little guys as much as possible and maybe get them finished by Christmas 2016.  Below is a picture of my current progress.  Forgive the wrinkles! No need to iron it and wrinkle it as soon as I pick it up again.  I usually work in hand and keep the left end rolled while I'm working. 

Wish me luck getting these little guys finished!





Layne
Alabama Cross Stitcher