Saturday, 19 September 2009


I've been noticing some stitchers have been coming up with words like 'kerfuffled' for the title of their post. Last week I was emailing Terri and told her I was feeling like a dunderhead, not having a clue whether it's a word or not but feeling like it was appropriate. Well apparently it is a real word, and it was entirely appropriate to the way I was feeling! I also feel the word 'confusticated' would be appropriate but it's not a real word...yet. To me, the word conveys 'confused' and there is a lot of crazy fuss about nothing!

Well, that was a silly start to this post. Thank you so much for your kind words and support left in my last post. It meant a lot to me as it was another crazy week. (Ten more to go!)

I used to work with a wonderful gal pal and when things went crazy, we used to have a bitch session for about 5 minutes, then one of us would say to each other "suck it up Princess' and the other would reply 'suck it up Cinderella'. Then off we went back to work. It was a great way to break up the stress!

On the stitching front, I have finished this:
The Simple Things
by Blackbird Designs
Floss - used recommended ones
Linen - used 32 ct Vintage Buttercream by Lakeside Linens

You will notice a few changes I made from the original designs I left out the chain stitch around the flowers and leaves. I'd tried it but it felt too heavy to me. Also I left out the over 1 stars and words. What can I say about that? Dunderhead? Anyway, I really quite like this and am pondering whether I might make it into a pillow if I find the right fabric to go with it.

Next project? Let's see if you can guess this one. The design is about 10 years old.
Take a guess!

On Tuesday, the 22nd is the first day of Fall and my baby blog will be ONE year old. Hard to believe. So, to celebrate, of course some type of a giveaway. I didn't put "giveaway" in the blog post so it will be interesting if anyone sees this other than my regular visitors! I thought it would be appropriate to give away a set of Quaker Calendars by Plum Street Samplers to represent the first great year in Blog-land.

If you would like a chance to win this full set of calendars, here are the rules!
  1. please leave a comment on this post only that you would like to be in the draw. If your email is not in your blog profile, please provide it in the comments .
  2. to make you work for this a bit - tell me what is your favourite project stitched of all time?
  3. That's it. You are welcome to mention this in your blog but it's not a requirement.
The excitement for the new releases in the coming Market is building! There are quite a few things landing on my wish list! We'll see how well my resistance holds up! (If you are laughing hysterically I can't blame you!)

Traditional Stitches is having an anniversary sale so you might want to check them out.

Well, my friends, enjoy the rest of the weekend. Oh, the giveaway closes as of Friday Oct 2. I will announce the winner on Oct 3/4. Take care and have a great week!


Daffycat said...

Beautiful finish, Melissa! I think this would make a fantastic pillow.

Not a clue to your new project...I'm not very good at guessing games! But it looks fab so far!

Hey! Happy blogoversary! That's a fantastic giveaway. I don't have very many Quaker designs so enter me please.

My favorite project? Hum. Probably a set of flowers and butterflies (4) I stitched for my Grandmother years and years ago. They now hang in my bathroom.

Missy Ann said...

Suck it up Princess - I love that!

Happy Anniversary. As to my favorite project to date is... Mother's Tree by L&L. Not the most challenging project, or even my favorite to stitch. But I did my best work on that sucker, I strove to make every stitch perfect. And when I finally gave it to my Grandmother as a gift, it was my favorite thing ever. I had taken our genealogy back 16 generations and my grandmother took down a cross stitch over the fireplace in the living room that my mother had made and replaced it with mine. She showed Mother's Tree off to everyone who came in her house.

Theresa said...

Gorgeous finish!!!! And happy blogoversary~~~~

Thank you for this fabulous giveaway!!! Since I have just started cross stitching for just over a year, I have not completed too many project. But I'll have to say my favorite project so far is LHN's Garden Pleasure, because I think it is totally me~~ I finished it onto a tote bag and it goes with me everywhere!

Marsha said...

OOhh, I just love giveaways! Happy Anniversary. My favorite thing I have stitched so far was a large sampler for my parents 40th wedding anniversary - they are now married close to 60 years. Here it is
At the time, my mom was being treated for ovarian cancer. she's a miracle because she's still here.

Natasha said...

Thats a great finish :)

Happy Anniversary! I would love to enter for your anniversary drawing. My favorite project stitched to date was something I stitched for my Mother in Law..It is called My Other Mother here is a link.

She is the closet thing I have to a mom since I lost my mom 5 years ago. I love her as if she were my own mother.

Thanl you for having a great drawing :)

Jan said...

Such a pretty finish, Melissa, love it! And I don't have a clue about that new project, but I really am interested to know. Such lovely colors and who can't resist an alphabet?

As to my favorite project, that is a tough one! So many I love, but one that comes to mind is Ellen Birdseye by GH!

Congrats on your Blog's Anniversary. Nice giveaway, but since I already have the charts, please don't include me. Best of luck to everyone else!!

Anonymous said...

Hadn't seen "The Simple Things" till I saw your finish. LOVE it!!

Happy Blogiversary to you! What a generous giveaway!! I would love to be entered, though naming my favorite project is difficult because it changes from day to day. Currently, I'd probably name my 2-foot by 3-foot Prairie Schooler banner. It hangs over my fireplace, and I never get tired of looking at it.

Love the story about you and your co-worker. Too funny!!

Chrissie said...

That is a lovely piece Melissa and I look forward to seeing how you will finish it.
I too have no idea what your new project is. Love the colours though - very autumnal.
Please may I be in the draw for your lovely blog giveaway and happy blogging anniversary. Now, if I could just think of what my favourite piece to stitch was... I don't know but those two DT gardens I have just blogged about must be fairly high on the list.


Pike said...

I like your finish a lot!

My favourite project so far is Just Nan's Needle in a Garden which I recently started. I love to see the rows "coming alive" :)

Please enter me in your giveaway - happy blogoversary!!!


Pike said...

I like your finish a lot!

My favourite project so far is Just Nan's Needle in a Garden which I recently started. I love to see the rows "coming alive" :)

Please enter me in your giveaway - happy blogoversary!!!


Edige said...

Oh, of course I would be in the draw! I just love the quaker style.
My favourite project is Renato Parolin: Momenti di Vita. This is my most liked item.
Thank you for the great chance!
Edit from Hungary

Anonymous said...

Beautiful finish Melissa :) I think I like it better without the words and stars, it's less fussy.

Annemiek said...

It's a great finish and I hope that this first year of blogging will only lead to more years of blogging.

I love your give-away, somehow these escaped my brain and they look wonderful.

My favorite all time piece? Hmmm, that's kinda hard to decide. I think it's the Winter Circle by Cross Eyed Cricket. I stitched it as a Christmas gift for my parents and had soooooo much fun. Even though it was designed quite a while ago (I think late eighties, early nineties), people still love it when they see it.

Dianne said...

Hmmm...don't know that new project, but the colors look great so far!

My favorite project is the bunny in Blackbird Designs' chart...I think it's called Easter bunny. It has that chart and a basket also. I love the colors, and I love the pillow that it turned in to.

Bronny said...

Happy blogaversary!
My favourite stitched project would have to be my family tree - it's the only thing I can be sure that will be passed down the generations to come - depsite the fact that I stitched the wrong date for my son's birthday!

Thank you for this chance.

Siobhan said...

Hey! My favorite dunderhead has a new post! ;) LOL I wonder does the thesaurus have dunderhead and kerfuffled as entries?

Congrats on the finish!! I love it. Great job. I need to get mine out and get started. Did you see where BBD has a new book AND new charts coming out? I can't wait to see them.

I am intrigued by your new start. It looks Mary Garry or GH or BOAFish to me. I'm covering all bases there!

Happy blogoversary! I already have the charts but thanks anyway.

Tammy said...

Your finish is beautiful-really! I don't know what your new wip is, but I'm sure it's going to be great too. And Happy Blogoversary. I was so enamored with my summer vacation that I forgot mine this year! I have two possible favorites: One is Rain Rain by LaDDa that I stitched for my mother. The other is Boo (halloween sheep) that I did for myself. I truly LOVE that piece, lol.

Cindy said...

Great finish!

Happy blogaversary, too :) I would love to enter your drawing. One of my favorite projects was Heirloom Sampler, which I stitched for a friend. Although it wasn't the most fun thing I ever stitched, I truly felt a sense of major accomplishment when I finished it!

Gaynor said...

Happy blogoversary!!!! I am just tryong out my first Plum Street sampler which was a first quaker...and I am in love it so I guess this is my favourite so far.

Margaret said...

Oh I love the word dunderhead! I sure hope work eases up for you and your aren't too stressed. Love your finish! I don't want to do the chain stitch either. And leaving out the over one stars and words is a great idea! lol! Thanks for the giveaway. What a lovely prize! My favorite project of all time to stitch. Hmmmmm that's a tough one. I think Charlotte Clayton comes to mind (the one on my blog header). But the piece I just finished comes to mind as well, Rebecca Robinson. There's definitely something about this one that I absolutely love! With Charlotte, it's the colors -- that red!

Cathy B said...

Hi Melissa - congrats on the Blackbird finish. I think you made some good changes; it looks great. I have no idea what your new start is! Might have to ponder that a bit longer!

My favorite project? That is really hard. I have a number of pieces that I have stitched that I am really fond of. If I had to pick one right now, I think it would be the Friendship Sampler that we both just recently finished.

Congrats on completing your first year of blogging. It's fun, isn't it! Please enter me in your draw.

Melody said...

Melissa, Congrats on your blogoversary!

My favorite project of all time??? I think it would have to be Four Seasons by Marjolien Bastin. I think the chart was put out by Leisure Arts. It took me almost a year, but it is beautiful!

Thanks for the drawing.

staci said...

Love your new finish...of course I seem to adore everything you stitch, lol!

A very Happy Blogiversary to you! I would love a chance to win as I've always admired those charts! So my favorite project of all time...hmmmm. I'd guess it was this large santa in a sleigh that I stitched for my mom's Christmas present when I was still a fairly new stitcher. I think it was called the Enchanted Sleigh by Leisure Arts. Or maybe more accurately, my favorite project is whatever I've just finished, lol!!!

Patti said...

I love the word Dunderhead! GREAT word. Also your finishing of Simple Things by BBD is exquisite. I love stitching theirs over one but didn't do this one over one because of the over one words - dunderhead me didn't think of just leaving them out!

Happy Blogaversary and please enter me into your draw as I love all things Quaker and don't have these.

My favorite project to date. Gosh there have been so many I have given away but looking at what I have kept (not a lot) my favorite is Home is Where The Heart Is by BBD and I stitched that over one. Love Patti xxx

Ranae said...

Happy first Blogoversary!!! You have had an awesome year of stitching and finishing.
Please enter me in the draw. I have to say And They Sinned was my most favorite. I would have said VoHRH but that is not finished yet.
I love the BBD finish and I have no clue what the othere is.

Diana said...

Congratulations on 1 year of blogging! I really enjoy seeing all your finished designs and reading about what books on tape you have been listening to. I enjoyed the pretty pictures of your flowers,too.Can't wait to see some of the new designs completed on your blog.

Deb said...

That is a beautiful finish! I don't have a clue as to what your project is - it looks familiar, but I'm not sure! I like the colors in it.

Congratulations on your one year blogoversary! Doesn't it seem like time flies?

I'd love to entered into your drawings. I love Quakers. But my favorite project - it had to be And They Sinned. I was really sad when I was done with it.

JOLENE said...

Hi Melissa, Happy Blogoversary!!!!! I have soooo many pieces I adore, but I would have to say my favorite is "Knowledge is Power" by Anne Powell. I stitched it in three shades of plum and gold. I love the way it turned out, very ornate and antique looking and I framed it in an incredible fancy gold frame. I have it displayed on a really cool hanger above my hutch in my front living room.

Thanks for offering us all a chance at a great giveaway!!!

Sadie said...

Congratulations on the finish Melissa, I think it will look lovely as a pillow.
I have no idea what your new project is but I love the colours and can't wait to see more.
Please enter me into your draw. My favourite project was a piece I stitched for my mum for her birthday last year. It has the verse 'Footprints' which is a favourite of hers and was also a favourite of her mothers (my nana) who died when I was little. surrounding the verse is a seaside scene. It is really not my kind of design at all but it is special because of the memories it evokes and just how special and wonderful my mum is.
Well better go do the ironing :-(
What's that you say
Suck it up princess! LOL

mainely stitching said...

I'm all for coining new words. Keeps the language alive and growing, right? ;)

Your finish is fab. But I'm curious why you left out the words. Care to share?

I'd love to be included in your drawing, as I just love those designs! As for my favorite project - it really is hard to pick One Single All Time Favorite. Yikes - what pressure! I really enjoyed seeing a design I made for my great Aunt Hattie several years ago when I was visiting my Mom this summer. I made it before I started photographing my projects. :)

lynda said...

Congratulations on your upcoming blogoversary! I love Quaker designs and would love to be added to your drawing. Thanks!
I think my favorite piece that I have stitched so far is probably "Quaker Christmas" but I do have many that I really love for all different reasons!


Kellie said...

Hi Melissa,
Congratulations on your beautiful Simple Things finish. I can't figure out your new project so I am looking forward to the post that ends the mystery. :)
Congrats on your first year blogging anniversary. :)
I would love to be in your drawing, so here's my answer:
My favorite project that I have stitched is an L&L design called "The Wedding." I started this project right after my now husband proposed to me in August of 1995. I finished it in time to be framed and displayed on my wedding day in April 1996. It was the first time I ever deviated from a pattern (the bride in the design has blonde hair, but I switched the colors to match my own brunette color). I personalized it with our names and the wedding date. It was the centerpiece on a table in the church foyer where guests signed in as they came to the ceremony. It now hangs in our home in the hallway by our bedroom door. :) That may be a little longer description than you bargained for. :)

Hope the stress at work is better. When things get difficult where I work, I will often ask myself if whatever it is that is causing me stress at the moment, will actually matter in five years. Often the answer is no, and I put it all back in to perspective. :)

Have a great week ahead!

Lisa said...

I had a quick look through my samplers and couldn't come up with your new start.
Happy blogoversary to you! I would love a chance to win those gorgeous quakers, so here goes...
My favourite project would have to be the MUM flatfold I made last year, its one of the first projects I listed on my blog. It was my first try at a flatfold and it turned out lovely, my Mum keeps it in her china cabinet and its definately one I am proud of.

RuthB said...

How can you possibly be a dunderhead, Princess/Cinderella, with all your lovely stitching, it's just not possible! :)

Congrats on your upcoming blogiversary! A year goes by so fast, eh?

favorite project? Hmmm, generally whichever one I just finished. But I must say for the last couple years my fav has been a personalized sampler I did for a friend based on a class piece by M Designs.

Nancy said...

Your Simple Things is very pretty! I like your changes, and they make it uniquely your own. I have no idea what your new project is, but it looks like a Goode Huswife or Carriage House Samplings chart.

Please enter me in your drawing! My favorite project of all time that I have stitched is Ann Pennsylvania Peacock by Little by Little. It has gorgeous colors, and the paper face that you attach is so unique. Happy Blogaversary!

April Mechelle said...

I would love to Win!!! My all time favorite stitchin' is what I am working on Now... Halloween Ornaments. This is one to the right. Happy Anniversary !!!Thanks, April

Sue said...

Hi Melissa that is a lovely stitched piece, it will be nice to see what you finish it as. I don't know what your new project is but as it's got an alphabet then it must be something nice as I love samplers. My favoutite project was the first big one that I ever did many years ago; it was a garden scene but I can't remember what it was called. Happy blogoversary and please enter me into your draw....Sue

one and one + two said...

Congratulations on your one year of blogging!

My favorite project was the Just Nan angels - I stitched three of them and framed them together.

Cari said...

What a great finish! Have you seen BBD new Christmas Book - it looks wonderful!

Not a clue on your new WIP - tell us please!

Suck it up Pricess/Cinderella - love it! I may have to borrow it.

Congrats on your anniversary and a giveaway, hooray!

Hmmmm... your question is a tough one as there are so many I love. Probably Strawberry Garden - I just loved stitching it. On the other hand, I just love my Cinderella by Mirabilia - it wasn't as much fun to stitch, but the finish is beautiful. I am also very excited about stitching my new A&E collection that I will be starting - of course, I have to buy a few patterns b4 I can call it a collection :-)

Conny said...

I like the way you finish your BBD. Beautiful!
Congrats on your blogversary. I love Quaker designs so please enter me in your drawing.

doris said...

Love your Simple Things. I wonder when I'll get around to that one. Maybe in the next decade.

I have no idea what your new start is!

CindyMae said...

What a gorgeous finish!! You done such gorgeous work. Great new start but haven't a clue as to what it is! Looking forward to seeing more of it though.

I would love a chance to win your drawing! Happy Blogoversary, by the way! As far as my favorite project . . . that is so very hard!! I have a lot and it is really hard to pick just one. I think that the one I stitched this year for my daughter it on the top of the list though. She draws anime and she drew it and then turned it into a design and I stitched it for her. So it was really special for me to get to stitch one of her drawings!

Līziņa said...

You have a very interesting blog, thanks for that and I wish you a happy blogoversary!;)
My favourite stitched project is the bird bag which you can see in my blog.
I would like to join in your giveaway project. My email is

Karoline said...

Simple things is gorgeous, congratulations.

Happy Blogiversary, I think my favourite project can change depending on the mood I'm in but Lauren Sauer's Album will always be there or there abouts

Suzanne said...

We use the saying "dry your eyes princess". I must say it's a very effective comment.

Beautiful finish on your BBD piece. Another to add to my ever growing list.

Happy blogaversary! What a generous giveaway.

My favourite project would have to be The Drawn Thread Little Spot Sampler. It's only small, but I felt so happy and excited that I had been able to stitch all those specialty stitches.

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Hi Melissa, your *The Simple Things* is lovely, very old-timey looking and I favor your omissions.

Congrats on your first year, here's to many more. Plz enter me in the celebration fun and good luck to all!

The WIP in my basket for years is the Rejoice sampler by La D Da, about half done, so that must be my fav:)

Sweet Stitchin...

Loraine said...

Melissa what a fun post! You are not a Dunderhead, but thanks for the new word. I love the way it rolls off the tongue!
I have loved reading about everyone's favorite project that they have stitched.
I would love to be in your drawing. Love Plum Street Samplers, and who couldn't need more of their patterns?
I'm thinking that my favorite stitch was Bent Creeks monthly snappers. I don't know if that was really my favorite, because the ivy border just about killed me! However, even though it took over 3 years to stitch, (I'm slow, I know), I stitched many of the months while on vacation, so the memories of those places is what I see each time I look at it. I smile every time I see it.
Hope all is well. Happy blogiversary to you! I'm so thrilled that you are one of my blogging friends.
Take Care!

Becky K in OK said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Blogging is such fun and meet the nicest people.
Oh, please include me in your drawing. Well, all my stitching is my favorite. Whatever I'm working on, usually for an exchange and when it's all finished and ready to mail I think no, I want it! But I guess my all time favorite piece was a kit, given to me by a friend, called Mei Ling. She's a beautiful geisha girl. It took me four years to finsh her. The design wasn't hard. I'd just get tired of stitching on her. Anyway, she is beautifully framed in my bedroom where she's amongst my oriental decorations!

Barb said...

Definitely my favorite piece is the Honeysuckle Sampler by Darlene O'Steen that I stitched and framed while I was pregnant with my son, our first child, 20 years ago. Now I'm playing catch up for all those years that I didn't stitch much! Ah, so much wasted time.

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. It's been a pleasure to get to know you a bit!

Barbeeque4 said...

Super finish!! Happy Blogoversary!! I would love to be entered in your drawing. My favorite project would have to be Village of Hawk Run Hallow - by CH - not so much for the stitching but for the sense of accomplishment I felt at the finish!!

have a great one!!


Stitchinowl said...

Lovely finish, Melissa! I don't have a clue what your new project is, but I'm sure it will be great.

Happy Blogaversary. Please enter me in your generous drawing. I love Plum Street Samplers patterns.

My favorite project of all time is probably Town Square by Ann Taylor Nelson Designs. I stitched it 10 years ago. It was a very enjoyable piece to stitch, and I never get tired of looking at it hanging in the family room.

Carolyn rcscg at aol dot com

Jeanie said...

Beautiful finish, Melissa and Happy Blogoversary !!

My favourite project will be stitching all five of my daughters names and displaying them in the bedrooms :) It took me quite a while to complete them though ;>

Please include me in your giveaway ! Thank you !

Nina said...

Dear Melissa,

Congratulations on your finish, it's beautiful!!
And congrats on your blogoversary too, I'd like to be entered to your giveaway :) Thank you!
I'll put the pic on my blog (sidebar left side) and link back here of course.

What is my favourite stitching work? Always that one I am working on. Now my fav is Bugs&Hisses by PSS, I'm working on this :)

Kind regards,

Srinity said...

Happy Blogaversary!
My favourite project was Michael Powells Wedding Sampler I, I stitched to for me and my husband. :)

pippirose said...

Happy Anniversary!
My favourite project is a toss-up between 2 large Paula Vaughan ones--The victorian house summer porch, and an attic one (can't remember the names)

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish! I'm still working away at mine. I love the changes you made. And I love "suck it up Princess"! That is priceless.

Carol R said...

Happy Blogoversary! Please enter me into your draw.
My favourite projects have to be my wall of Darlene O'Steen samplers - difficult to chose just one though!

Brigitte said...

Oh Melissa, your BBD finish is just gorgeous, I love this design.
Congratulations on your blogoversary!

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Well,I think your Simple Things came out just lovely. I can't figure out what your new project is but it looks so familiar that I'm sure I've seen it before. I do love alphabets, so I'm sure it's something I am going to love to see finished.
My favorite stitched project is probably Birds of a Feather by Blackbird Designs. I love the truly old look of it and it took me almost a year to complete. It's very special to me. Happy Blogiversary !

Cicurka said...

Happy blogoversary!!!!
Please, count me in.
And what was my fav stitched pattern, hmm...
I like blackbird design, but I haven't stitched it yet. But it's not too late for make one :-)
Hugs from Hungary!

Ellen said...

Happy blogoversary! Please enter me in your giveaway, I love Quaker designs.


Linda in MA said...

Please enter me in your drawing. As to my favorite piece I have done so far it would be "Morning Berries" by Little House Needleworks.

arlette said...

Happy aniversary!, well I do adore cross stitch, it's my passion, I think my favourite x stitch project is a country x stitch nativity I made a while ago... Christmas is my fave thematic to do in that, I have a bunch of christmas x stitched stuff

Lennu said...

The Simple Things is beautiful! A pillow would be great, I think. The colours are very pretty.

What a great giveaway, please enter me. I have absolutely no idea what is my favourite project... Hmm, it must be one of the exchanges I've made, maybe the birdhouse for Becky or the winter pinkeep which is in my blog header photo.

Have a happy weekend!

Peggy Lee said...

Happy Blogoversary to YOU! I hope to start my own blog later this fall but until then I have learned so much from reading stitchy blogs like yours.
I think my favorite piece I've stitched so far is Rhapsody In Blue by Blue Ribbon Designs. It's so hard to choose a favorite!
Please include me in your very generous offer!

Carin said...

Lovely finish!!!!!

Happy blogoversary, Melissa! Great give-a-way, enter me and please, please pick me! My email is in my profile.

My favorite project? A lot: my projects for my pif-members I guess. I love to stitch for friends!

Babs said...

I haven't finished a lot yet, but I'm sure my Queen of Hearts will be when she is finished.

And those designs are lovely, so I'd like to enter please.

SueFitz said...

Beautiful stitching...Happy blogoversary.

Probably the tartan "F" I cross stitched for my dad one christmas.

Kryx said...

Dear Melissa,

I would like to thank you to write your blog and happy blogoversary!! Please count me in! :)
My favourite is the nametable for my daughter: she called Eszter and I made it with a little angel ABC.

SilkLover said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win the lovely Quaker designs. There is something about the symmetry of the Quaker designs that are so appealing. And I am having fun with my Mary Wigham (poor Mary is sitting in the closet right now while I try to decide what color to substitute for one of the designs. Sigh.)

My most favorite so far is Eliz. Cox from the Scarlet Letter. I'll bet I have afew more before the year is over!