Best Laid Plans


It always happens that when we plan a trip, I think, I will bring my stitching and get so much done on it I should bring one or two more things to start! Since I will have so much free time! And then it always happens that I rarely even put one stitch in. This kind of plan shows my irretractable optimism. So, my plan was so get the whole over-dyed floss border done on our fall break trip back in October. In fact I went to a lot of trouble to get the floss! But it didn’t even get started until we got home. And now, thanks to those October interruptions, I am just finishing it up, as well as the alphabet border. Maybe it will be done next week! Surely!



So, instead of stitching the past 2 weeks, I have been madly trying to get the Halloween costumes done. There is always an outlet for creativity, right? My challenge costume this year was Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. It wasn’t actually that bad…I had a pattern for the gown already…and Hobby Lobby sells pre-glittered gold posterboard which made a great crown.

Next is Shy Guy. I thought it would be a tricky, but in fact the mask was not so hard. I am glad they sell the right size foam dome for the mask. The foam knife was well worth the investment. Nobody knew who he was but that’s ok. It was a good costume.

And here’s the whole crew. I made the Tiger suit several years ago for this year’s Shy Guy and the Cheetah is a 30 year old costume that my mom made for my brother when HE was in preschool. It does not look 30 years old at all!

In other news…while I had my sewing machine out for the Queen, I decided to finish up this little angel. Now, I have the kit for this one which I have not made yet, but I also found one with the stitching completed on eBay so I had to have it-it just needed to be finished up. I needed something for the trim and my mom came through with yarn from another old Jiffy Stitchery kit-just enough to make a braid. Perfect! And even better, Done!


Wow, I am amazed at the quick progress on For the Birds! I put finishing touches on extant birds on Monday, Kitty in the Corner yesterday, and, got the crows and charms in by the end of the week! I will do the alphabet border over the next week. It has a few more birds in the border to keep it interesting.

In the meantime, I must mention my first foray into the blogging community is a try to win the October giveaway over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I am hoping for the Hearthside collection-autumnal colors for the season, also fairly bright, and I have a secret plan for them! 🙂 Fingers crossed!