Welcome to my blog. My name is Joy and I am an avid Lutheran, cross stitcher, loom knitter, reader and mother of two toddlers.

Friday, July 3, 2015


Having finished my ornament, I looked around trying to decide what I wanted to do next.  I looked through my stitching basket and finally settled on trying to at last actually finish "Do Not Meddle."  Once I started, I realized, there's not actually much left.  This is the last major page.  Just a bit of tail left after this is finished.

I got the outline done.  This page is much less complex compared to the wing so I didn't grid it.

And then, I started filling in shades of green. 
After this page, there's just a bit of tail work and it will be all done!  I can't wait.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A finish

I finished the ornament for my friend.  For her privacy, I will not post a picture of the back.  It is double sided like many of my other Aida frayed ornaments.  I put the deceased's full name and the years of his life.

Peace - The Stitcherhood
Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2013
Modifications: added blending filament to the flame and snowflakes, changed text

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Reading Challenge - June

My binge of books continues!  I have now completed 30 years of Newbery books (not entirely in chronological order) and read 185 books off the list total.  This month, I read some non-youth fiction as well.

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Lawson - This book will bring up memories of reading the Little House books except this has a twist.  A 16 year old orphan girl tries to prove up her uncle's homestead claim in World War I era Montana.
The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg - Two years after The Glass Magician and Ceony is preparing for her Magician test.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - An interesting take on the Grimm Fairy Tale.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - It seems to be a popular book right now so I read it.  It's about a woman who watches this couple at their house from the commuter train every day until one day the woman disappears.
Eyes on You by Katie White - A somewhat flat but readable mystery about Robin, a rising TV news star and author who suddenly receives a bunch of threats.
Sins of the Father by Jen Blood - The second Erin Solomon mystery where Erin investigates that her father may have been a serial killer.
Better World by Autumn Kalquist - The new prequel to the Legacy Codes series.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt - A historical fiction piece based on the eviction of the residents of Malaga Island, Maine in 1911.  Funny at times but very sad at the end.
Abel's Island by William Steig - A novella about a marooned mouse.
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor - A very intense book about racism in the deep South at the turn of the century.
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman - An interesting nonfiction book about the famous Wright Brothers.
Nothing But the Truth by Avi - An unconventional novel about a boy who is suspended for humming the National Anthem.
Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount Saint Helens by Patricia Lauber - An interesting account of the Mt. St. Helens' eruption with some interesting information about how nature recovered afterwards.
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer - A novel about a man who runs against a corrupt mayor in Wisconsin.
In the Beginning by Virginia Hamilton - A collection of different creation stories from around the world.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

An Ornament with a Special Purpose

I recently blogged on Stitching the Night Away about using ornaments and smalls in lieu of samplers for special occasions.

I've been wanting to stitch a memorial for a friend for awhile but my self-designed attempts fell flat.  While looking for an ornament for my daughter, I ran across a pattern that seemed perfect for my purposes.

It's called "Peace" by The Stitcherhood out of the JCS Ornaments 2013
I'm making some modifications.  First, I'm omitting the "peace" in the upper left hand corner and replacing it with different text.  I'm going to make it a double-sided ornament so I cam put the name and years of life on the back.  I also added blending filament in the snowflakes and the candle flame.

The interesting thing is, when you pull the floss for this, the colors look nothing like they do on the black Aida.  They are extremely muted but the black makes them brighter.  My kudos to the designer.

I've already started stitching and have completed most of the ornament.  Stitching is fast when there's only four colors!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My latest project

I'm back at the ornament grind.  No final finishing to show yet on the last two completed ones though.  Hopefully next week!

So, I've noticed that almost every ornament pattern calls for a 9x9 piece of fabric.  Really?  The final ornament is generally 3x3  There's no way I need three inches on each side for finishing unless I'm doing something extra special. All that wasted fabric.

With my latest start, I had to use some mathematical skills (which included drawing a blueprint) in order to figure out how to cut and place the ornaments.  But I figured out and I have the main body of the house done.  Just need to cut and stitch the black roof tiles.

The finishing is going to be quite complex.  Welcome to the world of The Victoria Sampler.  Hopefully I don't mess up after all this work.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stitch from Stash A Wrap Up!

This year for Stitch from Stash, Mel decided to split the year up into two sections.  June marks the end of the first section, so I'll do a wrap up of the first half of the year!  I've been stitching a lot since I no longer have homework and I did not get a job for second semester.

I actually had a lot of surplus which I wasn't planning on spending, until I spent it. I liked the option to add money to your budget by finishing things.

Here's the wrap up.

Budget: $150
Total spent: $205.69
Total earned: $92.00

Pieces started:
--Tigger Candy Cane Ornament (Leisure Arts Kit)
--Yellow Submarine (Blackbird Designs)
--Cat Nip Christmas (Mosey 'N Me, JCS Ornaments 2002)
--Lights of Advent (Erica Michael Designs, JCS Ornaments 2006)
--Octopus's Garden (Blackbird Designs)
--Quail Ornament (Cross Stitch Christmas A Heartwarming Christmas)
--Candy Cane Horse (Charlotte's Collectibles, JCS Ornaments 2009)
--Berries Needlebook (365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs - Kooler Design Studio)
--Biscornu Ornament (Cross Stitch Christmas A Heartwarming Christmas)
--Baptism Ornament (Sola Scriptura Needlework)
--Tweet Gift (Full Circle Designs, JCS Ornaments 2010)
--Peace (The Stitcherhood, JCS Ornaments 2013)
--Shining in the Night (SamSarah, JCS Aug 2015)
--A Merry Little House (The Victoria Sampler - JCS Ornaments 2008)

--Butterfly Rose Cross
--Do Not Meddle (1 page finish)
--Country Grace
--Snow White Discovers the Castle

--Tigger Candy Cane Ornament (Leisure Arts Kit)
--Cat Nip Christmas (Mosey 'N Me, JCS Ornaments 2002)
--Lights of Advent (Erica Michael Designs, JCS Ornaments 2006)
--Yellow Submarine (Blackbird Designs)
--Sunflower Sampler (Cross Stitch and Country Crafts)
--Berries Needlebook (365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs - Kooler Design Studio)
--Fuji (Dimples Designs)
--Quail Ornament (Cross Stitch Christmas A Heartwarming Christmas)
--Candy Cane Horse (Charlotte's Collectibles, JCS Ornaments 2009)
--Biscornu Ornament (Cross Stitch Christmas A Heartwarming Christmas)
--Baptism Ornament (Sola Scriptura Needlework)
--Tweet Gift (Full Circle Designs, JCS Ornaments 2010)
--Shining in the Night (SamSarah, JCS Aug 2015)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stitch from Stash Update - June 2015

Month: June
Carryover from May: $124.83
Amount Spent: $133.52
Amount Earned: $20
Final balance: $36.31

I am posting this at 4 in the morning, not because I'm a night owl or anything.  My youngest wet the bed.  Still working out that kink.  Oh, well.

I did not think I would spend that huge balance but I did.  Went on a bit of a shopping spree at Silver Needle and Needle in a Haystack.  Incidentally, everything I bought is for Victoria Sampler pieces.  I've never stitched Thea before so this should be interesting  I just started on A Merry Little House last night.

All my finishes this month were small.  Here they are:

Candy Cane Horse - Charlotte's Collectibles
Double Sided Biscournu Ornament

Baptism Ornament

Tweet Gift - Full Circle Designs
Shining in the Night - SamSarah
See y'all next month for Stitch from Stash B!