Thursday, 24 December 2015

I Have a Finish!

I have my first Prairie Schooler finish.  This is Autumn from their Four Seasons chart.  The fabric is actually a light brown but the rest of the colors seem to be true to life.  I really love this piece and hope I can find a standard size frame that will fit and is of a rustic flavor.  Now I need to decide which of the other three seasons I'm going to stitch next.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

"And to All a Good Night"

"And to All a Good Night"
by the Prairie Schooler, 2010

Designed by Pamela Byrd Smith

Well, my work is very little different from the original template in fact!

Because, I preferred to keep it that way, rather than remove the crosses and stitch it again, 

Although it is not appropriate to the original;I hope you like it too, 


I wish all of you and your beloved ones 

" a Merry Christmas" 


and "a Happy New Year "

Warm Greetings


Sunday, 20 December 2015

Santa from 2014 Christmas Ornaments mag

Started  it for my Dec ornie spent as much time frogging as stitching maybe more! Hope to work on it some more this week.

Monday, 7 December 2015

A Prairy Schooler Santa.

Hi everyone!
Some time ago I had won Gillie's giveaway here.
I managed to stitch it and finish it for the first time in a way you ladies do. Like a little pin keep frame.
I sent it to a friend for Xmas and she really loved it.

The back fabric is from a giveaway I had won from Sarahinstitches.

Sunday, 6 December 2015


.... this post is going to go on this blog and all of my SAL blogs, too.  You may have noticed that I have been MIA for a couple of weeks now and I am so sorry but I cannot see that changing for a while!  I am uberbusy at work setting up a important project before I go away on leave in a week or so.  At the same time, I am uberbusy at home, trying to get organised to go away for our big trip!

Something had to give, and I promise you, it has not been the stitching but it has been the blogging!  I cannot see that changing in the next week and a half before we go, unfortunately!

Where are we going, I hear you ask?  Well, TraderVic and I are off to Taiwan for DS1 and his wife's Taiwanese wedding - why have one wedding in a year when you can have two?  We attend the wedding then we will be travelling around Taiwan for a while then it is off to a lovely resort in Kota Kinabalu in Borneo for the rest and relaxation part of our holiday  and then Singapore - should be a lovely trip if I can get everything organised, that is!

So, you will not see me on any of the blogs, I do not think between now and mid to late January, I shouldn't think.  I will try to read blogs while I am away but not too sure how much blogging of my own I will get done!

If you are a Facebook friend, keep an eye on my feed if you would like to follow our travels.

Merry Christmas to you all, lots of blessings and a Happy New Year,

See you all next year,

lots and lots of hugs, Kaye

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Rather Late

I realize I'm a little late for checking in for last month.  We had our son and his family here for a week and I was just having too much fun to worry about blogging.  But I have made some progress on this one.  Most of the large parts (with the exception of the border) are finished.  I think I could finish it with a few hours of concentrated stitching.  Maybe I can do that this week.  Dave is out of town and I can stitch undisturbed in the evenings.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A tad late

I know I am running behind.  I have been out of town and without camera or computer but not without stitching.  So here goes.

First up is the Angel for October.  She also worked as my Angel ornament for the Christmas SAL.  She is doing double duty this month for both SALs.  First is my version of the Angel, second photo is from the leaflet.

   I did leave off the ivy.  I may go back and add it but if I do, it will be green (dark) instead of black.   I am still debating also if I want to do the outlining.  I'm really leaning towards not doing it.   As you can see, the leaflet pieces were trimmed in black.  I'm thinking of gold finishing instead.  Black doesn't sit well with me for Christmas.  I can justify the black robes because perhaps she was a Benedictine nun before becoming a nun an their robes are black.

This is the Santa from September.  I did finish him late - by the end of the first week of October.

And here is the next Santa that I am starting.  A boot so far.   Hopefully he will get done for November's stitching.   Each of these Santas are on 26 count, over one.  I tend to be rather slow on over one stitching but I love the size of them.

Until next month.


Monday, 26 October 2015

I did it!

I finally finished my Santa's 12 Days of Christmas!

Now, the earliest post I can find on my blog, Kitten Stitching, which features Santa's 12 Days of Christmas is on May 21, 2012 but I suspect that I started the SAL a few months before that - so this project has taken me over three and a half years to complete.  I must admit there were (quite) a few times where I lost interest, lost faith in my ability to finish but I overcame those times and here we are:

 I just need to decide now how to Finish each one - any suggestions?

Now, as I am pretty certain that I won't be tackling this project again in a hurry, I want to gift my lightly-used design booklets (three of them, with all twelve designs) to one of you lovely stitchers.

But, I am going to make you work for it!  Ha! Ha!

You have to decide which of the 12 days is my favourite - which may be hard as I do love them all but there is one which I particularly love!

So, please leave a comment with your guess either on this post or on the corresponding post on my blog, Kitten Stitching and on Monday, 9th November, I will draw a winner from the correct guesses.

Have a great day, everyone, 

hugs, Kaye

P.S. Love to Linda who started me on this journey.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

And onto Day 12

... well, for IHSW, I thought that I should continue on with my PS 12 Days of Santa as I am finally getting so near to finishing the series.  Yay!

So, here is Day 12 so far....

... and while these are nothing to do with Prairie Schooler,  here are some of the lovely roses from my garden (I had a play around with the special effects on the Aviary app on my iphone to get the photo looking like this).

Some wonderful PS stitching happening all around on this blog, I am so pleased that so many of  you seem to be inspired by this SAL blog.

Have a great rest of the week - today is Hump Day, hurray!

hugs, Kaye

Prairie village

Houses are a subject I like to stitch...
here is half Prairie village, togheter with
small rounds laces on the go

happy week to everyone!.

Tall Oaks finish

Good morning, everyone! I finished this Prairie Schooler sampler a couple of weeks ago, but forgot to post it here! This is from the Band Samplers booklet (Book No. 40) and I call it "Tall Oaks," even though it has no formal name. Filled with all those great fall colors, it was the perfect piece to stitch this month...

Don't you love the little squirrels? I did make a couple of changes in the colors--the main being I changed the color of the acorns to DMC 3045. 

I still can't believe that October is half over... Soon, the little squirrels will be hiding their gathered acorns in preparation for a long winter!

Hope your day is going well so far! Happy Stitching!

Monday, 19 October 2015

A Gift Bag

"Snowman and Bunny"
Prairie Schooler "Santas and Snowmen"

The first trial of my twin sister with burlap! It is not a failure, I dare say....

It is also hand sewing! Because, we both do not know how to use a sewing machine :((((  

♥ Have a fruitful and happy new week ♥

Halloween stitching

I was stuck inside this past gorgeous weekend because of peaking ragweed pollen so I took advantage of my "misfortune" by stitching these little Halloween designs.  The batty one is from Bump in the Night and the other is from Trick or Treat.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Needle book

this in my first post.
My name is Sanae. I'm from Japan.
I am glad to be able to join in this blog.

Prairie schooler
Book 168
Excerpt of part

Have a happy day!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Day 11 finished... Finally!

Well, I am pleased to announce that as part of Friday Frolics  and FNSI last night, I finally managed to finish Day 11 of Santa's 12 Days of Christmas.  Woo Hoo!

I especially love Mr Fox in the bottom right hand corner.

On to Day 12 now, very excited, nearly there!

Have a great weekend,


Monday, 12 October 2015

Whoo's There?

Why, me!

I don't believe I have shown what PS I'm working on after the Queen Bee so here it is..
This is Whoo's There. The fabric is called Stormy or something like that! I've stitched more on it since this photo was taken August 15th. Whoo's There is also a Gifted Gorgeousness stitching. Doing the two birds with one stone thing! 

Prairie Fairie 1995 Edition of "The Prairie Schooler"

Hello Everyone,

 I've been in intense and fast-paced agenda since last two months. It' s kept me from both my own blog and blogosphere.

In this context, I could not find the opportunity to comment on your previous posts as well as your beautiful finishes and progresses of each other! I'm so sorry!!!

  In fact, the density of the agenda will last until December. Until then, I hope I can find sometimes to visit here more often.

As per my post;
Last night, I made a small pouch with "Prairie Fairie" and found an opportunity to photograph   today.

I hope you'll like this version too.
(It was framed once before - pls see below)

♥ Happy stitching ♥