Hello, again!

Things have been busier than usual, lately.  As I’m writing this, my Handsome Hubby is at the hospital visiting his father who has been in & out of the hospital over the past few months.  I’m training a psychiatric service dog for my daughter.  Hubby & I returned from the Detroit area last week, where we set up a booth at the NAMES Expo.  We’re rearranging the house in preparation for our daughter, son-in-law, and their 2 small children to move in for a few months.  On top of that, I start a new job next week!  It’s my first “real” job since 1993, so I’m pretty excited and nervous and maybe a little terrified, LOL.  I’ll be working as an Administrative Assistant at a church.  Hopefully, I’ll have the time (and energy!) to continue my blog.

In stitching news, I’m working on project number 12 or 13 for the year – a cute little bird on a teacup.  It’s going slowly because I’m having trouble finding time to stitch, with all the other things going on.  I’ll post a photo when I finish.

I recently stitched a cute Birthday Mouse from Lucie Heaton’s Furry Tales collection.  I framed it and presented it to my granddaughter on her 2nd birthday; she loved it!

I hope you’re stitching merrily along!




Lovely, but…


Waaayyy back on March 23, I began stitching an adorable design from The Vermillion Stitchery’s Bunny Collection. I finished last night and love how it turned out.  Stitching it…didn’t love that nearly as much.

So what’s up with that? I’m so glad you asked! The Bunny Collection is a packet of 9 counted cross-stitch designs featuring…you guessed it!…bunnies 🙂 They’re all very cute – lots of flowers and cute bunny faces. But then I got started.

Before stitching, I made a high-quality copy so I can use a highlighter to keep track of my stitching; not a problem since all the charts are black & white. I gathered all my DMC embroidery floss (over 30 colors in this design). Part-way through, I found a symbol that wasn’t on the listing. After looking through several other charts in the packet, I found the symbol and ran to the store to get the appropriate color thread. Back to stitching. Then, I found another mysterious symbol. Once again, I searched through other charts to find it and ran to the craft store. Sigh…

Ok, fast-forward to backstitching.  Some of the outline symbols were hard to read, but it wasn’t too frustrating. Until I got to the blue flowers. The outline symbol on the chart (I had returned to the original chart by now, to make sure I read the backstitching right) was so hard to read! Maybe it would’ve been better if I had enlarged the chart about 10 times… Anyway, I finally finished last night and I’m very happy with the result. It will probably end up being a Christmas gift for some special person, but don’t tell!

As for The Bunny Collection, I don’t plan to keep this chart pack (hello, ebay!) and will probably never buy another thing by The Vermillion Stitchery. That’s ok, though, because there are plenty of other talented designers out there that I like better anyway 🙂

Happy Stitching!!

PS:  I was in Michael’s yesterday with my daughter, getting ideas for wedding stuff (June 20 is the big day!) and found some really cute wood picture frames on sale (buy one, get one half off!).  I bought a few and plan to get some things framed soon so I can (finally!!) open my etsy shop, The Timid Kitty.

PPS:  Look for me on Instagram – thetimidkitty