Friday, January 30, 2015


 I am on a roll here---
have a couple more finishes
This a BirdBrain design--
and might of been for a stocking--
but this is how I finished it off--
Love me some blue!!!!

This is a RedBrolly design--
finally got it stitched before Christmas--
am working on it--
decided that I did not like the last row of borders--
as the stitchery looked lost--
so off they came--
but now what?????

I did go to my local quilt shops Quilt club meeting yesterday--
needed to get out of this apartment and do something!!!
I had also signed up for their wool stitchery club and January's block had just come in--
this kit has all the wool--
and the cost is $14.95 month--
I love flowers!!!!

We are very cold here and they say it will be colder yet--
you should see what they are saying for Monday and Tuesday?????
Time will tell--
so lots of inside sewing time!!!
and I still have lots of embroidery pieces to finish off--
even a couple new ones just off the needles!!!!
Smiles, diandmissgracie

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Of small stitchings that need finishing--
You know--
we all have them--
First up is this one--
Got this little embroidery design at my local quilt shop--
years ago--lil sister lived here then
 and she got her's done right off--
I only got mine stitched this last year or so--
and then it sat--

and here it is with about 10 minutes worth of work--
even used some ribbon that came around another fabric bundle that has the quilt shop name on it!!!

a mouse counted cross stitch-
again been shuffled around for a couple years!!!
again--less than 10 minutes and now a finish---

These 4 blocks are new this year--
and I am happy to say are now into a finished top--

And I have some more near finishes--
so stayed tuned for future finished projects!!!

And if you did the January challenge over on the workbasket site--
I need to know--I want to get the winner's package out in the mail on Monday--

that is if we don't all 'freeze' up this weekend with the very very cold we are suppose to be getting!!!!

Smiles, diandmissgracie

Monday, January 26, 2015


 Ok--I will join all of you doing the monthly color challenge--
and as this month is blue--I am extra happy as I have been wanting to do something with all my blue stash for awhile--
here is the first set of 4 blocks--these will have the same white centers each month--
with whatever the color is--
here I tried to group my blues by darkest for one block to lightest for the last block--
I do not have a scrap bag--most of what I have are at least fat quarter size--
so first I had to cut 2 1/2" strips--
but I did not just cut one 2 1/2" square of each color--
I kept cutting up each strip into 2 1/2" squares--
then I just sewed some randomly together--
and made these 4 blocks--
what will I do with these--hummmmmm????
good question??????

And I got the first block of Val Lairds new bom finished-

and I took a fun break Saturday evening and Sunday morning and did a puzzle--
and yep--there was one piece missing--!!!!

It is snowing here today--
but they say will be only be getting 1-3 inches--
we have about 2 of them so far!!!
Smiles, diandmissgracie

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Last week go--
all day Friday I kept thinking where did--
Tues, Wed, and Thurs--go????
I mean like I can't even remember what I did those days--
I know I did not sleep though them--sooo???

None the less I really have been keeping busy--
I did get Shell's project for January finished and framed--
though I do do my stitching and puttin together a bit different--
and pleasssse don't tell anyone--but somehow I forgot to add the beads and a button!!!
Bad me!!!
and I did use blue background instead of the golden one--
as I have yellow painted walls!!

and one day I did alot of tracing off of designs for embroidery work and I needed  some
iron on interfacing and Yesterday I finally got overtown to purchase some--
but look what else I found in my bag when I got home?????
I love the little chick pulling the wagon in this one--
I am only disappointed that the pattern needs to be enlarged by 200% first!!!

and a couple pressies got made--
can't show you all of the top one until it has gotten to it's new owner!!!

Just have 2 more blocks to make on 2 different bom's and my list for finishes of bom's for January will be done--
and I have been working steady on a couple other projects--
but ----

smiles, diandmissgracie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


If winter really wanted to stay around--
I might as well put out my snowmen--
and enjoy them!!!
I know that some of you have probably seen this counted cross stitch before--
all I know is it took me 'years' to stitch and was not an easy one!!!
I also made this snowfellow when I had my own shop years ago--

My pretty blue plate and a bowl with snowflakes on the outside--
that I filled it with all my hand knitted mittens--and let one mitten hang over the side!!
got real 'creative' with this basket--that usually holds flowers--
now is filled with snowfolks---
and some white garland to be snow!!!!
Hung my snow family up--
couple more counted cross stitches--
and my collection of snowfolks pillows--
so now it looks cold inside and out!!!!

Smiles, diandmissgracie

Saturday, January 17, 2015


First cause the internet is up to speed today--
it must of been 'cold' yesterday as I could not get it to do anything,
but 'freeze' up on me!!

And I get to share what was in here--
First there was another box inside this one--
Then I found this-
a really pretty angel calendar--
and it later got hung up here--
so now I got to use the calendar holder that Sunny brought me last year to actually hold a calendar!!!
so thanks Lola and Sunny!!
Then I found this-
a beautiful Christmas hat box--
and in taking off the cover--
I found a good book to read!!
a pretty envelope was next--
a pretty snowman card inside it--
and under the card was some pretty red issue wrapped gifts-

Oh my what beautiful cat magnets--
and now they have a new home--
they will guard the refrigerator for me!!!
Now we are talking--
some pretty new fabrics-
then we unwrapped a snowman ornament--
and looky what was in the bottom of the hat box--
lots an lots of homemake goodies--
and every time miss gracie sees me come from the kitchen she is having a 'hissy' fit--
cause Mom has another 'sweet' in her mouth!!!!!
What delicious gifts, Lola--thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Still bitter cold here--
but my quilts are keeping me warm--
and doing all kinds of stitching or knitting is keeping my hands warm!!!
Smiles, diandmissgracie