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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Presenting: The Ornament Box!

Today was Em's 17th birthday.  Her dad picked her up from school and took her to lunch and got a cake for her.  Her present is going to be a new mattress (because her's has developed and indentation in the middle) but I decided that I was done enough with the Ornament box to give it to her.

She said her favorites were these:

I still have four more to go, plus another one for this year.  We'll see how much stitching time I have coming up.  This semester is almost over but summer will be hard.

Monday, April 14, 2014

One Motif Down...

I finished stitching up the butterfly today.  I'm working on the arbor next.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A better look

I got more stitching done so you will get a better idea of what it will look like.  It's going to be three motifs stitched as a bellpull.

I was originally concerned that this fabric was a lot lighter than the model and the while would not show up.  But, it's looking good so far.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Went Shopping

The nice thing about shopping at SCRAP is that I get a bunch of stuff and don't spend a lot (which is great for Stitch from Stash).  Here is what I got today:

Two specialty Aida panels and a stitchable towel

A Grape pattern and a Just Nan pattern

Three Crossed Wing leaflets.  I figured out this is what my grandma used to stitc

A bunch of Christian symbol smalls, perfect for my tree

A book of Christian cross stitch patterns
I also started a new pattern.  Here's what it looks like.

Friday, April 11, 2014


I have been stitching quite a bit these past few days.  I'm going to have to put it down and do some homework.  I think I may switch to another project after this to change things up.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Some Progress

I had a stitching wind today and got quite a bit done.  I started on the border.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sunflower Progress

Hello everyone,

After finally finishing up homework for the week, I did a little work on the Sunflower.  I had to do some minimal frogging after I accidentally switched the colors of the little blue flowers, but it was not much to have to tear out.  What I really love about this piece is how the bright colors just pop off the natural linen.  I can't wait to see what it looks like as I add more and more of the piece (there's still quite a bit to go).  For a picture of what it will look like, see the "long term projects" tab at the top.  The center of the sunflower is a bit of a pain because it is symerna crosses.

I have also been crocheting a bit on one of my prayer shawls.  It is crocheting up quite quickly.   The pattern is easy: 1 row single crochet and then 3 rows double.  I am almost done with the first ball of yarn.  I only bought two balls so I am curious to see how far they will get me.  It's for a child so I don't have to go really really big.  I am thinking it will take three in all.  I can't believe I picked up crochet so quickly.  The YouTube video I watched really helped.

I finally seem to have settled in on the knitted shawl as well.  I had some issues with the pattern but I finally got the triple seed stitch to turn out correctly.