WIP Wednesday – Episode 33

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This week I have a few WIPs to share since last Wednesday, so let’s get right to it. Continue reading


WIP Thursday? – Episode 29

Hello fellow stitchers. This weekly update on my cross stitching is being brought to you one day late, thanks to an awesome migraine that came to visit me on Monday night and stayed until early this morning. Seriously, Monday evening was the start of the worst migraine I’ve had in a long time and pretty much kept me from doing anything other than sitting quietly in a dark room for two days. So that also means that there was not a lot of stitching getting done. However, I did manage to finish the August motif from Year of Celebrations and get a start on September. Continue reading

Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 25

The Christmas holiday is officially over and we are in full recovery mode here at the Refuge. Yesterday we celebrated Little Christmas, the Feast of the Epiphany, by opening our stockings and having blueberry pancakes. Now it’s time for me to take down the decorations and get back into the swing of things. Continue reading

Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 23

Warm winter wishes! We are home from our Northern Winter Holiday to visit family & friends. Unfortunately, we ended the week a day early because I came down ill. Nothing serious, I hope, just an allergy induced sinus irritation. Despite that, it was a lovely visit with both sides of our families. Now that our travels are over, it should be a quiet and relaxing Christmas season.

What I’m Stitching

For our travels, I took my mini project pouch with me, equipped with two mini WIPs and a new kit. While I was only able to work on one piece, I was able to finish my Busy Bee Mouse from NeedleMagic. Here are some progress pics:

This makes five out of six of my Busy Bee collection that have been completed. The last one is the Zebra, which I just put in my mini project pouch. Once they are all done I intend to finish them as a wall hanging, similar to a lap quilt. Here is a look at the collection so far:

Now that I am back home, I will be returning to work on my Happily Ever After project. I was able to get a start on the Ugly Duckling motif before leaving last weekend. My hope is still that I will finish this piece before the end of the year. Here is my starting point:

Also, I am very excited to join the 2018 Stitch Along from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery: Into the Jungle. I loved stitching the Happily Ever After pattern so much, I just had to sign up for another round, and the jungle theme speaks to my love of animals as well.  I sure hope there is an elephant and/or monkey to stitch!

What I’m Reading

I am still sans reading time at the moment. Sadly, I have fallen behind on my reading, but I have decided to take definitive steps towards resolving that situation. This coming week I’ve made dedicated reading time one of my daily goals, so perhaps I can get a few more books finished before the new year.

What I’m Watching

Last weekend, as I was packing for our trip, I finally watched the third season of Broadchurch on Netflix. Broadchurch is a British crime drama, that follows the investigation of a single case over the course of eight episodes. In fact, the first season of Broadchurch was remade in America as the mini series Gracepoint I watched both, Broadchurch is better. Additionally, one of the lead detectives, is played by David Tennant, none other than the Tenth Doctor himself. While I prefer Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor, David Tennant is by far one of my favorite actors and I tend to watch just about anything he is involved with, especially Broadchurch which is just a fabulously written crime drama. Unfortunately, I have read online that the show will not return for a fourth season, I truly hope that is not the case.

Weekly Highlights

Naturally the highlight from this week is seeing our families. Here are the Project Life pages I made for our visit, which I made on the car ride home using the Project Life app on my phone. ( Some faces are hidden for privacy.)


That’s all for now I hope you have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my post.




Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 21

This has been a very unproductive week in our house, for me anyway. I think I just needed to calm down and recover from the holiday last week. In addition, at some point on Wednesday afternoon, I hurt my right hand. Not an aggravation of my “stitcher’s” thumb, but something different. Everything I do with my hand hurts, holding a glass, dressing, stitching, even typing this post is causing pain. Right now I am resting it, using ice and Tylenol, but if it’s no better soon I might have to see the doctor. Anyway, because of this, I am veering from my typical Sunday post and decided I would share something from my archives. Around this time last year, I shared a mini project that I had completed as a metal health outlet during a difficult time. Here is a look at that (slightly edited) post from last year.

Oh my gosh I can’t believe there’s only three 22 more days until Christmas! This year has gone by so fast and this week has been very busy unproductive. Just like most folks we are getting ready for the holidays; and not only getting ready for Christmas but also getting ready to travel up to Pennsylvania to visit with our families. Unfortunately, that means I haven’t had much time for stitching this past week (still true, but for different reasons). However, I was able to carve out some time on Monday night. In fact, I actually got nearly four hours of intermittent stitching time in, while I watched a series on A&E (Leah Remini: The Aftermath) . Of course the residents of the animal house were not very happy that I was having a nice time of watching TV and stitching away, so there were breaks for feeding, play time, going out in the yard to pretend to potty, but not really potty and then have to go again in five minutes (they still do that!). When I was able to keep the needle in my hand, I worked on my Bucilla Birdhouse kit, and it’s a FINISH!

This is the mini kit that I picked out and took with me the weekend of my aunt’s funeral in October. That weekend I knew I would need a distraction and I thought the whimsical design would lift my spirits. Since this was one of my “purse projects”, there’s a total of two months stitching time. Being a purse project means it doesn’t really get dedicated time to be worked on, it’s really just there for when I have unexpected spare time while out of the house (for more on my purse projects see this post: Purse Projects revisited). The design was very cheery to stitch, but the confetti stitches where a bit of pain. On the plus side, I am loving the pin stitch for securing your thread (not so much anymore). Right now the ultimate product of this finish is To Be Determined. Most of my mini kit finishes end up in a box until I need a gift or have an idea for a trinket. Now that this purse project is finished, I am ready to kit up a project that I have had in mind for a few months (I cannot remember what that was!).

Here is the progression of the Birdhouse:

Thanks for reading and happy stitching!

It’s very interesting to look back at what I was stitching last year and to see how much my activities and interests have changed or stayed the same.

By the way, here is the Project Life page I designed for this project using my Project Life App:

That’s all for now I hope you have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my post.



Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 15 – On the Way to Cape May

As I write this post, we are two hours into an eight hour drive to Cape May, NJ for our annual summer holiday! This vacation comes at the perfect time, as I have been dealing with a lot of crap with work lately, and while I have made a decision about that, I need some breathing room. Surprisingly this morning went fairly smoothly, despite getting out of bed 45 minutes later than planned. Both the hubby and I are so excited, we so enjoy our week every year and I personally am looking forward to much reading and stitching time, including a haul from Stitch by Stitch at the Washington Street Mall! Here are a few of the things I have to look forward to this week:
Sip & Stitch Spot for the Week

Stitching Project – June & July in the Year of Celebrations Series

Reading Selections – Truthwitch (never finished), Serafina & the Black Coat, plus backups on the Kindle

Having as much fun as last year!

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 13

This has been quite a week. We had a nice long weekend at the beginning due to the Fourth of July holiday, and then a very hectic end of the week, also due to the Fourth of July holiday. Yet, hubby and I did find some time to have an afternoon date on Sunday at a new local café. It was a lovely café with good coffee, good food and a nice atmosphere, we will definitely be going back. This coming week will be hectic again as we are preparing to go away on the weekend, but hopefully we will find time to breathe in between the chaos.

Before moving on I thought I would share the Project Life page I made for our Fourth of July holiday:

While I was at it I played a little catch-up and made a quick page for Mardi Gras back in February:

Onto the nitty-gritty…

What I’m Stitching

So I shared on Wednesday that I celebrated the Fourth of July by completing a mini sampler from the book 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs by Kooler Design Studio.

Here is a picture of that finished piece:

Also, I am finally finished the month of May from A Year of Celebrations series! I have no idea why it took me so long to get May done except for the fact that the frog has been around for a long time.

Here is the finished May pattern:

I also threw together a quick slideshow of my progression through the piece you can check it out on YouTube:

What I’m Reading

I’m trying to finish up The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan. I only have about 150 pages left and I’m not sure why I haven’t been able to finish it yet, because I love the story. The only thing I can say is that I’ve not really been able to focus well this past week.


Anyway I hope to finish it up in the next day and move on to the book that is slotted for fantasy book club this month, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.


What I’m Watching

Currently I’m not binge watching anything. I just have not been in the mood for massive consumption of television. I am keeping current with American Ninja Warrior and World of Dance, but other than that I’ve really just been hanging out on YouTube during my stitching sessions.


A couple weeks ago I shared my discovery of and quickly developing love affair with my Mini Happy Planner. Well, the saga continues. While there are an extremely large amount of free printable’s out there for page layouts, monthly layouts, weekly layouts, and stickers, I have been finding great joy in designing my own stickers and printables. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements, I created templates for myself and have been using digital scrapbooking techniques to personalize my Mini Happy Planner.

Here’s a picture of my favorite layout design with a happy camper theme using a free digital scrapbooking kit from Harper Finch:

Thanks for reading and have a great week!