March 2019 Smalls Check In


Hello Smalls Stitchers! How is your March going out? Like a lion or a lamb? Mine is going out with a Squeak! I made a mouse!

I got a hankering to do a quick stitch this week and this project has been staring at me for months. It is Just Nan’s Minerva’s Mouse which I was lucky enough to find as a new kit last year! Now it is made and Minerva can stare at Miss Mousie!

This is my first Just Nan mouse and I have several more-Christmas ones plus the hedgehog-in my stash. Since it stitched up in only 2-3 days (this is a mom of 5 kids, friends, I know many of you would make this a 1 day project!) I have no excuse to not be adding more mice to my collection through the year!

I hope our nice full month gave everyone a chance to make a nice small or two. Let’s see them below! But first, one last picture of Miss Mousie, she is so cute!

PS: I want to thank ALL of you who left such loving and kind comments on my recent post about my Charmed Sampler with all my charms on it. It truly made me feel warm and cared for to know you all would be interested in something so personal to me, beyond just the stitching! 🙂

A bit of everything


Finally! I am ready to post the work I’ve been doing lately! I’ve been stitching on lots of little things!

I finished my submission for the Ornies SAL. I chose A Star, A Star by The Sunflower Seed from the 2007 issue of Just Cross Stitch Ornaments.

I really like how it came out! I thought I had the perfect fabric to back it…turns out I didn’t. So I will wait till the stores have a good selection of Christmas fabrics and finish it up later this year.

Now, I showed my February ornament before, but it wasn’t *quite* done…it was missing the button. I did end up finding a good one and here it is, 100% finished!

This is the Holly Biscornu by Cherished Stitches from the 2008 issue of Just Cross Stitch ornaments. I used floss, linen, beads, and even a leftover scrap of cording from stash. It turned out really cute!

Next, linking up with Jo for the People’s Choice March: Freebies, I stitched up this tiny little heart (only 30×30!) which was offered for Valentine’s Day this year by Faby Reilly in her newsletter. (I am not sure how to find the chart if you don’t get her newsletter…check in her files on her Facebook page.) (Another note: I highly recommend checking out the bloggers who participated in People’s Choice this month-SO MANY AWESOME FREEBIE LINKS in their blog posts!!)

It seems like many stitchers liked this design and were stitching it up and showing it on Facebook in so many colorways! Inspired, I went a bit outside my comfort zone. At first I had picked several really muted rosy colors. I didn’t start stitching. I just couldn’t get into them. Then I thought, NO! I can’t do it! Since recently I got a great grab bag of Thread Gatherer silks that surprised me with their brightness, I will try them!

I used Poppies, Berry Spritz, , and Hummingsbirds & Hollyhocks. They are brighter even than this picture! The greens are by Gloriana, Granny Smith Green and Avonlea Green (which I must love because this is the 3rd time I’ve picked it for something.) Sorry they aren’t all prettily twisted up anymore!

When it was stitched, I realized it matched my own roses that are blooming right now, Arizona (which got a bit fried on a hot day here last week) and Cinco de Mayo (which doesn’t ever fry no matter what weather or neglect gets heaped upon it. Says a lot for rescuing roses from the $5 clearance cart at Lowes vs. the $25 nursery ones!)

And finally, here’s a teaser which hopefully will be a finish in time for our Smalls SAL check in this Friday…I’m making a Just Nan mouse! Can you guess which one??? 🙂

Fully Finished in March 2019


I have to say, this SAL run by Rachel at Ten Hour Stitcher is GREAT for me to give me that kick in the pants I need in order to FFO some projects! Thank you, Rachel, for the wonderful idea of starting this SAL!

This month I framed 2 projects which I stitched last year. I am glad to get them out of the drawer and onto the wall!

First is Lazy Alphabet from La D Da. I just love it. It was hard to get the border squared up with the frame, but after a lot of fiddling, I think it is ok now.

Next is the Charmed Sampler from Raise the Roof. Yes, the design is cute but for me what is so special about this is how nostalgic is it for me. All these charms are so meaningful to me and I love to “see them all year” instead of having them on a bracelet I never wear in my jewelry box.

If you want to know about the charms, and learn a lot about ME quickly read on and I will list them here, otherwise, skip the next bit, and see you next month!

From top left:

Heidelberg: The city of my birth! My dad was in the army and stationed there the year I was born.

Shell: From our honeymoon in the Cayman Islands.

Beer stein: From Germany where my family lived again when I was in grade school.

Trumpet: I played the trumpet through high school and college

Crown: From a trip to London during my college study abroad

Piano: I took piano lessons from age 6 to 18. I should have kept it up better. It is an enjoyable skill as an adult those times I sit down to play.

Cat: I have had pet cats all my life. I guess my family has gone through 7 cats (only 1 or 2 at a time). I have 2 now.

Sombrero: From a trip to Mexico as a teen. My science club went to participate in a competition in Tucson, Arizona. It was on this trip that I fell in love with Arizona and why we live here now.

Turtle: From a trip to Hawaii last summer. We snorkeled and saw sea turtles!

Gondola: My family went to Venice, Italy, when I was about 11 (thanks to our time overseas with the army I was able to see a lot in Europe as a child)

Kangeroo: My husband worked in Sydney when our 1st child was a baby. I went over to visit. We also went to the South Island of New Zealand but I did not get a charm there.

Cactus: We have lived in Arizona for 15 years!

Mont St. Michel, France: I visited during my study abroad in college, then again with my parents and husband before children.

2018: The stitching was completed in 2018!

Plumaria Flower: From Hawaii where we traveled when I was pregnant with Baby #2.

Sunbonnet Girl: My Grandma who taught me to stitch made me a Sunbonnet Girl quilt which was on my bed my whole childhood. Of course I had to buy the Sunbonnet Girl charm!

Eiffel Tower: I studied abroad in Paris as a college student. Paris is my favorite city in the world. I have been back there more times than any other place in my life, except places I called home.

Violin: From Mittenwald, Germany, where violins and other wood goods are made, a trip with my family while we lived in Germany.

Cuckoo Clock: Also from that trip. Plus it is a cool charm with moving parts!

Windmill: My husband and I lived in the Netherlands for his work when we were first married.

Tower of Pisa: The family trip to Italy, and a later trip with my husband.

Statue of Liberty: Even though I was blessed to travel a lot internationally as a kid, I didn’t go to New York until I was an adult!

Bear: Symbol of Berlin. My family went the year after the wall fell. It was a very interesting time to visit that city. By that time the wall was completely gone except for a part left up as a memorial.

Lighthouse: My parents were both raised in Michigan and we spent many vacations there, including at least one trip to Mackinac Island.

Chimney Sweep: Another German charm. I always liked that this one has a cat on his ladder!

And that is a brief glossary of my charms! Thanks for reading about them!