Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Happy Tuesday everyone!

I've rediscovered my stitching mojo, which must have been hidden behind all the tissues that have accumulated over the last few weeks. I feel more and more like my usual self everyday which is great! So this weekend I finally managed to put needle to thread and began stitching away. 

I've been asked why I love cross stitch so much and I think it's because I find it therapeutic. I like being able to sit down in a comfy chair, flick on a movie, put up my feet for a couple of hours and forget the world. Creatively and physically it energizes me. I get to produce a thing of beauty all while giving my brain a rest. 

Now with a fully rested brain, I have a new start:

"Santa's House" by Country Cottage Needleworks
32ct Mystery Linen
Pt.1 of Santa's Village Series
I've had Santa's House in my stash for some time, but again Christmas and flu's got in the way of me actually starting it. I love how cute this little stitch is so far. I'm participating in a SAL on Facebook so I'll eventually have the whole series done. I've got number two (Poinsettia Place) in my stash waiting to be stitched up and number 3 (North Pole Post Office) ordered and on the way!!! So exciting :) I think I'll be turning these into ornaments but I've also been having dangerous thoughts of incorporating them into a quilt. Problem... I have no idea how to quilt! So I'll put finishing them on the back burner for a while... after all I do have a whole year before the last chart comes out so I have a bit of time to figure out what to do with them all in the mean time.

Although I'm sure I'm not the only person with this problem, I have so many OTHER cross stitches I want to do too! So I can only hope to stitch these up as fast as possible to allow me some time to spend on my ever growing pile of stash. However, I like to think I'm fairly disciplined in this area as I usually finish what I start before starting another WIP. In fact, I only have one on-going WIP in my pile. I pick it up and put it down as I fall in and out of love with it. I'm sure I'll finish it some day but that day won't be here for quite sometime I suspect. 

On another note, Winter is in full swing here in St. John's. While I am no stranger to the white fluffy stuff that is called Snow, it doesn't usually accumulate so fast nor suddenly as it has this Winter. Believe me St. John's is used to snow, no doubt, but due to our proximity to ocean and with the gulf stream so close to our shores we generally get a 'Mixed Bag' of percipitation - mean snow for a couple of days and then rain. This then cuts down our snow significantly. But not this year... last week we had 2ft of snow.... yes you read that correctly.  And the drifts were INSANE! Seriously, I'm talking at least as tall as me ( = 5'2"... I'm a shorty)!!!! Since then it's been snowing on and off.... slowly accumulating. 5cm's here 10cm's there. It certainly adds up after a while. Now we're expecting another 20cms today and another possible 40cms over this coming weekend (praying this will change seeing as the weekend is so far off). That said, to me there is nothing more beautiful than a fresh snow fall. I love seeing the evergreen trees droopy with snow. So now, besides the salt on my windsheild, my drive's to work look like this:

Now who wouldn't love that????

Until next time!



  1. Great stitching on your CCN design (an other brand I love, I can't get hold of in UK!!) & love the fabric you're using!!! Have a lovely day, Mii :)

  2. glad to see you are back and feeling better. Great start on the CCN. Looking forward to seeing it finished

  3. Good to hear you are felling better, love the new start. We have lots of the white stuff in the UK at the moment, our boys have missed school for the past couple of days - here's hoping that it clears soon.

  4. Glad you're feeling better. Love the new start. Good luck with all that snow...all I can say is 'roll on summer'!

  5. Glad to read tht you are feeling better. Santa's House looks great ~ love your fabric choice! Your view looks so serene...we've had very little snow this year so far ~ but it seems the cold has finally set in!

  6. Glad you are feeling better..love the new start so much..
    Love xxx

  7. Hooray for getting better. What a beautiful view you have on the way to work!!

  8. Glad you're feeling better! I'm hearing of some friends and family coming down with the flu, so I hope I don't get it too! :\

    Great progress on Santa's House! As soon as I get to the store for floss, I'm starting him too!

    SNOW!?!?! We get snow every two or three years. :P Enjoy it!


  9. Hopefully that's the end of your illness for the year--glad you're feeling so much better! Your Santa's House is so cute--it must be such a fun piece to stitch :)

  10. So glad to hear that you are on the mend, and have finally felt like stitching again! (I too was in the same "sick" boat for a while, and wasn't up to stitching or crocheting for over a week. My mind wanted to stitch, but my body just wouldn't cooperate!)

    Your Santa' House is just darling... another one here that just loves the fabric you've used:-)

    Love the winter pic... nothing prettier than snow covered evergreens!

  11. Hello Melissa

    Love your new wip and the fabric is great!
    Glad you are feeling a little better now.
    We have tons of snow here!

  12. Lovely new start :-)

    We've had snow too, though not as much as two feet!! Still, any amount is enough to bring chaos on the UK roads, we always seem so ill prepared! It does make everything look very pretty though :-)

  13. Great progress and welcome back. I think we are alike in that, we have only one WIP going at any point in time.

  14. I also love the look of fresh snow on the trees. Great pic.

    Your new new start looks great.

    Take care!!!

  15. Love Santa's Village. Glad your feeling better.


  16. Great start on Santa's House. Glad you are feeling better.

  17. your new start is lovely
    great you found your mojo again =D
    You're right, xxxx are therapeutic !
    happy stitching
    big hugs

  18. Very pretty start on CCN. I had what you had at the same time (cold/flu), so glad your felling better (me too). Stay warm, beautiful photo of snow. love Annette

  19. So glad that you are stitching. I think that everyone has a large pile. I too need to be better about finishing some things too.
    Glad that you are feeling better.

  20. Glad that you're feeling better and back to stitching! Sorry you're having to deal with so much snow. On the west coast it's been cool, foggy and now back to rain.

  21. I love your new start. It is lovely. Glad to hear that you are feeling better.

  22. Wow that is a lot of snow! We barely get a few inches where I live. But it's nice in the small quantities since I grew up in a warm climate.

    Love the Santa's House!

  23. WE have missethe snow that the rest of theUk seems to be having. Your Santa's house is lookiing great, this is a really cute series. I decided this year to concentrate on large projects, so have not given in to0 buying this.


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