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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Alphabet Club and How Many WIPs Winner!

Before I get to the winner of my How Many WIPs giveaway, I'd like to introduce you to 
The Alphabet Club

The Alphabet Club is an A-Z SAL created by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and Chiara of the Grey Tail.On the first Saturday of every month, we do an alphabet letter related post; we include stitching things, of course, but also any language or custom-related items or fun facts or jokes or anything that goes with the letter of the month.

This month, being the first, is all about the letter A. 
I love to stitch ALPHABETS!
Whether it's just the letters
Summer Alphabet by Lizzie Kate
or a single chart of letters with pictures
Disney Alphabet by Clouds Factory
Christmas Carol Alphabet by FanGirl Stitches
or an individual letter chart with a picture
Alphabet Girls I is for Ice Cream by Jeremiah Junction
I love stitching alphabets :-)

Alphabet Jokes

Q: What did A say to B?
A: C you later!

Q: What's the longest word in the English vocabulary?
A: "Smiles" because there is a mile between the first letter and the last!

English Alphabet Fun Facts

The most commonly used letter from the English alphabet is E

The dot over the letter “i” is called title.

About 100 languages use the same alphabet like in English which makes it one of the most widely used alphabets in the world. While some languages have a few more and others a few less, they all share the 23 core letters originally found in the Roman alphabet.

How many WIPs? 

So, the time has come! How many WIPs/starts do I have? (I say both because some have been worked on since I started them and some haven't). There were a lot of good guesses. 
The grand total as of Monday was....


Yes, I'm crazy :-)

No one guessed the exact number, but one came close.
The winner of the summer issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine is

Kaye of Kitten Stitching!

She guessed 153. Pretty close! Congratulations, Kaye! When you get a chance, please email your mailing address to
Thanks, everyone, for your guesses.
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Five on Friday: Five Smiles

Linking Up With Amy at Love Made My Home

It's been a long week with a sick teen and a teething toddler. But, as always, I am wonderfully blessed and am always looking for reasons to smile. I find a lot! Here are five from this week:

1. It's been two short months since we bought Alex her first pair of shoes. On Sunday, we discovered they don't fit her anymore! These are her new ones. My baby's growing up!

 2. I received my second order from Mo's Sale. I wasn't going to buy anything but floss, but this gorgeous purple fabric jumped out at me. A bit of a splurge at $14, but it's so pretty. I'm trying now to find a pattern worthy to stitch on it. The floss colors from left to right are Sheldon, Emerald, Bubbles, and Peach.

3. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful blog friends. My friend, Linda, and I talk almost every day, and I truly cherish her friendship. She's already gifted me so many wonderful charts, and this week she sent me more! I am blown away by her generosity. Thank you so much, Linda!

4. Charts aren't the only thing Linda sent. We're working on some secret crochet projects right now, so she sent me a small sampling of 80 of her gorgeous variegated yarns! I'm having so much fun crocheting with new colors. Thank you, thank you, Linda!

5. I've thrown my hat into the Flosstube ring. This is a very basic video and not very long (10 minutes). I had a really fun time making it and am absolutely blown away by the fact that, so far, it's been watched 59 times! And I have 37 subscribers already! Crazy! Thank you for indulging me :-)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Come back tomorrow to see who won my giveaway (you can still enter today) and how many WIPs/starts I really have!
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tickled Thursday

Who, me?
I'm a good boy.
I haven't spent the last twenty minutes tearing through the house like it's a racetrack,
pouncing on the other cats
and hearing mom say, "Stop it!" every two seconds.
Not me.
I'm innocent.

You gotta love cats.

Photo Credit
Photo Credit
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway for a chance to win the summer issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, August 1.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Smalls SAL and Pretty Little New York

It's the last Wednesday of the month, so it's time for the Smalls SAL check-in, hosted by Heather of Stitching Lotus.
I had grand ideas of getting my stitching finished into an ornament this month, but it didn't happen. Oh, well; at least I got the stitching done! 
Noel Jingle by Lizzie Kate

The little peppermint candies are my favorite!
I also finally made some progress on Pretty Little New York from Satsuma Street. This is a Tuesday SAL I do with Jo and Linda. 
Where I was last time:
 Where I am now:
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

P.S. Don't forget! If you'd like a chance to win the Summer issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine, you have until Friday to enter my giveaway!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Cross Stitch Giveaway

Due to the very undependable mail service where I live and the wonderful customer service of Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine, I have an extra copy of the summer issue. So, I want to bless one of you with it!
There are some gorgeous projects in this magazine:
I have cats and dogs, so I need to stitch both of these.

Gorgeous! Never stitched on perforated paper, but now I want to try!
One of my favorite designers, Jody Rice, from Satsuma Street on Etsy

I wanted to do a giveaway but wasn't sure how to do it fairly. Linda has used this idea in the past with great success.
Answer this question:
How many cross stitch WIPs/starts do I have?
Most of you know I'm a serial starter, so there are quite a few. But how many? The person who comes up with the closest number wins! 
You'll have until Saturday, August 1, to guess. And, to make it fair, I'm going by today's number. Anything I start this week will not count for the total. 
Good luck!

P.S. Linda, since you already know the answer, you can't guess :-)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Five on Friday: Five Random Things

I'm linking up Five Random Things From My Week with Five on Friday hosted by Amy of Love Made My Home.

1. My super-talented artist daughter, Hope, drew me as a My Little Pony. She incorporated my hair and eyes (brown), my three favorite colors (purple, red, and blue), and one of my favorite hobbies (crochet). And, of course, my name is the same as my favorite brand of yarn, Red Heart. 

2. Twenty ounce Cokes have names on them lately. I saw this one and had to buy it. Not that I want to share my soda with a 14-month-old! 

3. I received my first order of hand-dyed floss from Mo's Sale! Isn't it pretty?? From left to right, I have Dory, Kristoff, Nemo, Pride, and Tagada (already in use on a project, it would be on a bobbin right now but I'm currently out). I'm very happy with it and plan to order more.

4. I'm curious: how big is a bag of sugar where you live? In Florida, sugar is sold in five pound bags. In Ohio, where my dad lives, and here in Texas, sugar is sold in four pound bags. One of those things in life that make you say, "Hmmm."

5. Our oldest church member, Miss Goodwyn, passed away a couple of weeks ago. She was 94! I hadn't known her very long, but she was always happy to see us, and she loved kids. She also loved bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas, and had a four acre field of them on her property. At her memorial last week, everyone took home this bookmark; the little heart is full of bluebonnet seeds! I thought that was the neatest way to remember a sweet lady.

Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Finished Blanket

I finished the blanket for my nephew, Cameron, last night.
I used this pattern from Dly's Hooks and Yarns for the squares and joined them with the flat braid joining method. 
The colors are Cafe Latte, Frosty Green, and Aran, and I used a J hook. The border is two single crochets in each chain three space with a single crochet, chain two, single crochet in each corner. 
They're doing much better. Cindy is home now; she's able to walk again, and her vision has returned to normal. Cameron is eating well and gaining weight, and he's breathing on his own. No word yet on when he can come home.
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.
Blessings :-)

I'm linking this up with the Stashbuster Link Party at Linda's Crafty Corner.