Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Where is the Sun?

Well another rainy week here in the south. There hasn't been more than a couple of non-rainy days here for over a month and I am so tired of this weather. I need some sunshine! I need to feel the warmth on my face and the heat in my bones. This dampness just makes me ache so badly.

My dear friend, Kiki, visited with me this weekend and we had a wonderful time just stitching, eating, stitching, talking, stitching...well you get the idea. She is working on Caribbean Garden Mandala from Chatelaine Designs and it is looking fabulous. I cannot believe she is actually up to date on this one. I finished up a model and worked on another one. I can't share any info yet but you are going to love it. I am hoping to get to stitch on some personal projects before my next model project gets here. Black Dahlia is calling my name loudly and CDC is yelling at me. So I am hoping that I can spend some time on at least one of them over the next few days. It is about time to share some WIP photos with you. But till next time......I'll just keep Rambling....

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


I have decided that I need to move my *selling* to another blog and keep this one for my Ramblings. So please visit me at The Mad Stitcher & Company (http://themadstitchercompany.blogspot.com/) to see all of Vilma's latest and my few. Be assured that I plan to get better photos of my designs and I will continue to add Vilma's until I get them all over there. I am also trying to set up some other neat features as I learn how because in spite of what Vilma says I am NOT a computer whiz--just trying to learn something new. If you have any ideas or critiques to help make the site better, please let me know.

But in the meantime feel free to email me about anything you might want. Please keep visiting me here for all of my wips reports and ramblings. Thanks for all your support.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Exciting news

I have been talking with my dear friend Vilma of Examplar Dames and Examplars From the Heart and I have become her *distributor*. This means that whenever you see one of her designs that you like you can order it from me. I plan to share these with you at a somewhat reduced price so that they will be more affordable for the stitcher. For you that have stitched her designs before you know how well produced they are--printed on high quality paper-- even using tabloid size (11 x 17) when needed to make the charts easily readable and eye friendly without having to make enlargements. I am very excited about this new venture. She has released several new designs during the last few weeks so over the next few days I will try to get photos of them for you to see.

The newest is Angels to Guard Us and is stitched on 32 ct Lambswool Linen using 7 colors of HDF silks in Premium ( conversions for DMC are included) and can easily be converted to the fibers of your choice. It measures 185 W x 327 H.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


This may seem very minor to most people but for me it is MAJOR....I have a bathroom!!! Jason finally finished my bathroom remodel and it looks fantastic! (And he is almost finished with the second one.) I will try to get a pic of it as soon as I can but I am so pleased to actually be able to walk on real floors again! See how little it takes to make me happy!

Today has been a great day. It has been warm and sunny after days and days of rain. My roses are in full bloom and love looking out my window and seeing the beautiful array of colors. My mood has definitely been lightened and I am ready to sit down and stitch for a while. See you soon...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Well I've finally done it....

I've have ventured into eBay! I have been thinking about selling some things on eBay for quite a while but have been afraid to do it. But I finally did it. I started with something small just to see if I could get it posted and it worked so I will be doing more. I am going to selling off some extra stash as well as some personal stuff and eventually I will market my own designs here. But it will all take a bit of time. If you are interested to see it my eBay name is madstitcherdesigns.

I am still trying to sell my house, complete two models, do my laundry, etc, etc, etc, so I haven't had much time for personal stitching. But I am hoping to have something more to share with you soon. Please keep checking in. You might find something you enjoy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

I hope all the mothers out there have a wonderful day. I plan to do nothing but stitch and watch the Braves!

I am so tired and frustrated and need a day of rest and relaxation! Things have been really hectic here and I haven't had time to take any new photos so I thought that I would share one that I have already taken. This is Baroque Heart (a freebie) that I stitched using Vikki Clayton Silks in a Limited Edition color of Chrysocolla/Icicles/Faded Denim. I had just received these skeins and could not wait to stitch something with it. I had planned to use some reds on this chart but it was the first thing I picked up so away I went. I really love this color and plan to use it for a bigger project in the not too distant future.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Rainy days and Mondays.....

Things have been dreary here. Lots of rain and thunderstorms--perfect stitching weather, except I cannot stitch right now. Well, not much anyway. I have got to get ready for an open house. We have finally finished one of the bathrooms and hopefully we will have the other one finished tomorrow. I have been working on a model so I can't show pics right now but it is lovely. I know you all will love it when I get it finished.

There isn't a lot to share right now but maybe after this weekend I will have a bit more time to ramble. Thanks for stopping by. Till next time...

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Cirque des Cercles

Today I wanted to share the WIP photo of the companion piece for CDCx. This one is Cirque des Cercles and is also stitched on 32 ct white Opalescent Lugana using Vikki Clayton silks Tugtika and OMG Red 1137. I chose my favorite colors --the aqua in CDCx and the Red in CDC--and choose similar values and hues so that they would look well together. Now I just have to get this one finished. Then I will be choosing colors for the Cirque des Triangles!

It has been raining and hailing again today. I do dislike rainy days in the winter/spring when it is cold outside. It makes the world seem so dreary. Now summer rain--that's a totally different story!

Hopefully tomorrow I will have an update on my bathroom progress! Till then...

Friday, May 01, 2009

Cirque des Carreaux

It is a dreary rainy day here is South Carolina so I thought I would try to cheer myself up by posting a photo of one of my latest finishes. I did this one for myself! It is Cirque des Carreaux from Ink Circles Designs. I stitched in on 32 ct white Opalescent Lugana using Vikki Clayton silks in Paua Abalone and Aquamarine. This one was a really fun stitch. I am now stitching the companion piece Cirque des Cercles and will share that photo in a day or so.

Thanks to all of you that have let me know that you are reading my blog and are glad to see me back. This last year has been a very stressful one. It seems that everytime we started a remodel project something would happen to complicate things. However at present we have all the bedrooms, living room and dining room freshly painted, the kitchen is finished and the bathrooms are almost complete. My son is putting down new flooring in my bathroom now and it will be done. Then he will finish up his bathroom. The pool is clean and ready for use--except the water is still too cold! A bit more work outside and this place should be DONE! We are hoping for a sale very soon. We have done everything that has been suggested for improvements so .....Keep your fingers crossed. Till tomorrow...