Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas projects

I made these yesterday and thought I'd post them mainly because I thought you'd enjoy the Santa holding the sampler. Yep, that's what I want for Christmas, a nice antique sampler!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Creative idea...

I saw this in Cathy B's blog. Barbara used one of my pendants to create a scissor fob for Cathy and I thought it was such a great idea, thanks for posting it Cathy.
If anyone is still interested in pendants, just email me:

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday

I'm a little late but we were in Mexico for Thanksgiving, I guess that's a bit ironic but I can say I'm thankful to be able to go there.

Ranger portrays how we all felt after a nice Thanksgiving feast. Looking at him makes me want to take a nap right now.

And no post about Mexico is complete without the requisite photo of sunset over the ocean.

And Happy Birthday today (18th!) to my dear daughter Maggie, shown here with her brother who hates this photo, sorry Nick!

And finally, the photo of the eating of the meal. We celebrated with my husband's sister and her husband and their dog Ranger. It was a lovely, relaxing time with some of our favorite people. I hope everyone will have wonderful memories of their own Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Attic's 2008 Silent Auction for Breast Cancer Research

Here is my contribution to The Attic's Christmas ornament silent auction and was a really fun, quick stitch. It is in the current 2008 JCS Ornament Issue and was designed by Blackbird Designs. The auction will take place this Saturday, November 22nd. This auction never disappoints with many, many lovely ornaments up for bid. All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

As Jean states in her newsletter, "We know that many of you cannot participate in person, so all of the donated items received thus far will be photographed today (Nov. 18) and put in e-mails to you tomorrow ~ and uploaded to our Web site just as soon as our Web master can get it posted. Through Friday you may bid by e-mail. Please use this e-mail address ( to do that and put AUCTION BID in the "Subject" line.

Because there will be no one reading e-mails on our busy Saturday while we make final preparations for the evening's event, beginning on Saturday please submit your bid by calling our toll-free number prior to 4 p.m. MST, 1.888.94-ATTIC (1.888.942.8842)". Here is The Attic's website.

My thanks to Deb Hunter for a beautiful job of finishing this piece.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A few Christmas ornaments

I was thinking ahead to Christmas today and realized it's really not that far away. I wondered what else I could do with my ice pendants and came up with these 3 heart ornaments. They would look better hanging straight on a tree rather than laying flat but it's a bit too early for the tree yet! Let me know what you think!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Christmas Cheer

I just released a new design called Christmas Cheer and I hope you'll like it. This is a bit better photo than what is on the chartpack which was a roundabout mistake but I went with it as I didn't want to waste all the prints I had! Anyway, enjoy!

Monday, November 03, 2008

This is from Carol, I love the finishing.

Congratulations Mylene, your finish looks great!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Sociopath Next Door

I've been doing a lot more reading than stitching lately and have been particularly interested in books about personality disorders. This was one of the best of the group. Basically, sociopaths are people without a conscience, people who can do anything and not have guilt or remorse. But contrary to what many think, not all sociopaths are making lampshades from human skin, nor are they only dictators of small countries. There are many shades and flavors of sociopaths and the one I wanted to talk about is the "covetous sociopath". Oh my, I've met her! In fact, I'd swear one of those pairs of eyes on the book cover are hers.


Sociopaths do not always have a covetous nature, but when they do, a fascinating and frightening picture emerges. Since it is simply not possible to steal and have for oneself the most valuable possessions of another person ie: beauty, intelligence, success,or perhaps a strong character the covetous psychopath settles for besmirching or damaging enviable qualities in others so that they will not have them, either, or at least not be able to enjoy them so much. Here the pleasure lies in taking rather than in having.

The covetous sociopath thinks that life has cheated her somehow, has not given her nearly the same bounty as other people, and so she must even the existential score by robbing people, by secretly causing destruction in other lives. She believes she has been slighted by nature, circumstances, and destiny, and that diminishing other people is her only means of being powerful. Retribution, usually against people who have no idea that they have been targeted,is the most important activity in the covetous sociopath's life, her highest priority.

Since this clandestine power game is priority number one, all of the covetous sociopath's deceitfulness and tolerance for risk are devoted to it. For the sake of the game, she may devise schemes and perform acts that most of us would consider outrageous and potentially self-destructive, in addition to cruel.

And yet when such a person is around us in our lives, even on a daily basis, we are often oblivious to her activities. We do not expect to see a person direct a dangerous, vicious vendetta against someone who in most cases has done nothing to hurt or offend her. We do not expect it, and so we do not see it, even when it happens to someone we know or to us personally. The actions taken by the covetous sociopath are often so outlandish, and so gratuitously mean, that we refuse to believe they were intentional, or even that they happened at all. In this way, her true nature is usually invisible to the group. She can easily hide in plain sight among genuinely intelligent, professional people.

When people do not provoke in the sociopath a desire for something they have, or for something they are, then she does not target them. To the contrary, she may be especially charming and courteous when she believes that certain underlings, as she thinks of them, are useful in maintaining her sheep's-clothing disguise, a disguise that includes a presentation of herself as an extraordinarily nice, caring, responsible, and pitiably overworked person.

Sound like anyone you know? Beware...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Another finish!

This is from Shari
I love how she finished with the felt backing, thanks for sharing!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Three more finished!

The above is from Mylene

The above finish is from Petra!

And this solid color piece is from Joann. She used Sister Scarlett Belle Soie on 40 ct One of a Kind from Sassy's Fabbys. Thanks for sharing ladies!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

First one done!

Mel in Dubai was kind enough to email me that she finished Jingle Sparkle Joy last night. Looks great, thanks so much for showing me! I like the year stitched around the cardinal's tail, cute! Update, Mel has finished her piece into an ornament, I love the jingle bells!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


This is Jingle Sparkle Joy and I hope you like it and would love to see any photo of a completed piece since I only just designed this piece today and haven't stitched it. I thought I'd get it up on the blog though for those who like to get their Christmas stitching done in a timely manner, lol. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Celebrity Morph by MyHeritage

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebrities

Actually, not me! That's DD. This is such a fun site. You upload a full face photo and it will find celebrities with similar features using face recognition software.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I just released a new design called Halloween. I wish I could have thought of a more catchy name, oh well! The fabric is 30 ct Witches Brew from R&R Reproductions which makes it 15-5/8w X 3-1/8h inches. There are only 2 overdyes used in this piece and they are from Weeks Dye Works, Whiskey and Okefenokee.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A zipper pull!

I thought it would be fun to make a zipper pull to match the fabric on my Vera Bradley stitching bag. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Cookbook Project

I'm not really sure what came over me to start this project other than my mother has dementia and it seemed like a nice way to preserve her memories. So I decided to put together a cookbook with about 2 dozen of her favorite recipes. I wanted it to have a vintage 50's feel and scoured the internet for '50's cookbook graphics. I think I was successful with the graphics but it was harder to find proper paper and so I just winged it. I scanned and printed many of her handwritten recipes and reprinted many old photos of her. Each of the books is different, though they have some of the same photos and also different photos in each. I personalized a bit for each recipient.

I've never done any scrapbooking and I was exhausted by the time I finished putting these together this morning. But they are off in the mail tomorrow to my brothers and sister plus I get one too. Sorry, photos were taken rather quickly and not very well. If I'd had more energy left I would have done better!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Nick's Deviant Art

My son is a digital/graphics art student and complains now and then that no one visits his Deviant Art page. I tell him with millions on that site, not everyone is going to find his. So here is a little plug for others to please go have a look at his artwork. It's unique!

My favorite is Crazed Writer Quitril because every doodle on the wall he did by hand.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Macro setting on my camera!

On my last trip to Phoenix I found this sweet child's sewing basket and look what was inside! Isn't that thimble the tiniest you've ever seen?

And this morning I ran around taking photos of my samplers on the walls because I finally figured out the Macro setting on my camera! It makes close up photos so much easier, even in the dark wall of my staircase. So I went a little overboard but thought it was fun and wasn't sure what to do with the photos so this is always a good spot to put them, lol.

The above photo is a little sneak peek of a sampler I'll be releasing soon...

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