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Sunday, April 24, 2016

New blog background

In preparation of the new blog name I changed my back ground. What do you think???

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Howdy Stranger - a Tad Photo Heavy

It has been a while since you heard from me. I have been busy preparing to sell our house and move to sunny Arizona. I have been posting pictures on my Instagram account (Marysgottastitch) with the proper hash tag so it will show up on my blog. It is an add-on on the right side of my page.

Sometime this summer, I hope to be settled in our new digs and will try to be a better blogger, I may have a new blog name too (but same blog address, so if you have me in a blog reader, you will not lose me). Time will tell.

In the mean time, I have found time to do some stitching and will share a bit with you while I have a break and the computer has not been packed yet!

I combined my love of stitching with card making and made these cards for my nieces in California. It actually all started with snoopy since niece Laura loves snoopy and kind of grew from there. I was going to make more for others, but this move thing just gets in the way!! So maybe next year folks.

This is a pin cushion I made for our Sampler Guild of the Rockies pin cushion exchange. It is from an old issue of cross stitch and needleworks, which I found cleaning up for the move. I think it is called Kaledescope Flower pin cushion, and I finished it as directed and included some flower head pins.

Here is another bonus I found cleaning up, but not sure where it is from now (sorry). It was in an older magazine as a bible cover. My church as a cross wall in the office, so I made this for them as a farewell gift and did it three dimensional using foam core. Boy those inner curves were a doozy to figure out!

This is a pillow I started with my Colorado EGA Saturday Group in 2009. It is from issue 53 of New Stitches Magazine and is called 25 squares. The original called for primary colors but I changed them to these and worked it on 28 count Monaco fabric over two, rather than the 14 count aida called for. I then turned it into a 14" square pillow.

This cute Assisi and pulled thread needle-book is a recent Foothills EGA project, it was a lot of fun to make!

This crazy quilt Easter egg is our Columbine ANG project for April (or maybe March). It a free chart off the Rainbow Gallery website and once I am settled I will get a Styrofoam egg and finish it as an egg shaped stand up.

 This is the project I am working on now from 2009 the Boo Club Double Flip by Lizie n Kate.

I leave you with Miss Maddie at the top of the stairs, I will miss this look, but our new house is a ranch style. She should appreciate the no stairs too since at 11.5 years her back legs are not doing so great, especially with stairs!

Happy Stitching!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

First Finish of 2016

It is called Love a complimentary chart from Plum Pudding NeedleArt (c) 2009. It is a little under 3" square. It was part of a retreat at a local shop, so I am not sure of the fabric, other than it is 28 ct linen (I worked it over two) and it is pink with sparkles. I used the DMC colors suggested.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cross Stitch Magazines Plus a WIP

I have some magazines from the 1980s and a few earlier ones wondering if I should keep them? I probably have not looked at them since I got them! Are they worth moving to Arizona? Off to Goodwill?
What do you think?
Here is my current WIP. It is Snowcrystal Tree (c) 2010 Nancy Buhl - From Nancy's Needle. My Columbine ANG. Chapter project for September & October.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, September 10, 2015


It is quite likely we will move to Arizona when I retire. Do I need to change my blog name? Will I lose followers if I do?

Maybe I will just change the tag line from "Stitching at 5,555 ft above sea level" to something else?? And keep my blog name?
What do you think?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Halloween Stitching

My latest Halloween finish. Now to figure out how to finish finish it !! It is called Shades of Halloween (c) 2014 by Sweetheart Tree. I used 28ct Cinnamon stick Jazlyn by Zweigart. Original used a bright orange linen, but I had the cinnamon stick in my stash. It was a fun stitch but warning there are quite a few 1/4 stitches! It is approx. 5.5 inches square.

What to do next....?


Friday, August 14, 2015

Foothills EGA

Foothills EGA is working on Halloween stitching! This month we started our Stitchy Witchy Hats! A fun project with coordinating backing fabric. Then next month we will be making a beaded bracelet, a project called, Ruf, Ruf, Ruffles, it looks like a lot of fun too.

I love my Foothills group, they are such a friendly bunch of ladies and have a nice variety of projects throughout the year! If you are ever in the Denver area the first Monday of the month (the Sept day changes) you should stop in for a visit, I think you will enjoy it!!

Miss Maddie wth her "cheese please" face!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Progress on Santa

This is my progress on Libby Sturdy's Mile High Santa. A Colorado Columbine ANG project.
I just need to decide what to stitch for the background as designed or a suggested alternative.

I am also testing a blog post app to use on iPad.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas in July

This is a project called Dresdon Plate that I started in 2006. It is designed by my friend Kathryn Farrago.

It was fun!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Trip to California or Dear Emily & Adam

Dear niece Emily and your new husband Adam:

Uncle Mike and I had the PLEASURE of being at your wedding! It was a wonderful, beautiful day thanks for letting us be a part of it. 

Travelling to and back was quite the adventure.

First our train from Denver to Emeryville, was 12 hours late due to storms in Iowa (tornado knocked a freight train off the tracks and two large tees on the tracks) and because engineers and conductors can only work 12 hours, they had to stop at some point and wait for a new crew.

The upside was we got to see parts of the country you would normally sleep through, such as the Great Salt Lake, Bonneville Salt Flats and some very barren country. Gives me a deeper appreciation for the pioneers who trod forward through this! But we did sleep through the best parts of the Rockies and Sierra Nevada’s.

Great Salt Lake

Lots of white sand in Nevada
We arrived Emeryville at 4:10 am and had wisely cancelled out hotel for the night where we planned to stay overnight before we caught the train south to Oxnard which left around 8:10 am.

This train trip was fairly uneventful and was quite nice once we got out of San Fran, Oakland and San Jose and into the countryside.

 Of course the best part was going along the coast line.

Our hotel in Newbury Park was VERY nice and we had a creative house keeper when it came to towels. First day we had a wash cloth “flower” on our bed. Later two love birds and a shirt and tie.

We planned to head back north on the train on Tuesday and then Wed-Thur back to Denver on the Zepher. I got a 7 am call on Monday to tell me the Denver train was cancelled with no alternative transportation. I call Amtrak and was told the next train was July 5th. Given various reasons for delay, Union Pacific track repairs, water on the track and can’t turn the trains around fast enough.

So off we went to AAA with your dad and we got plane tickets instead. Then we visited the Reagan Library. It is very nice.

Super Shuttle picks us up and off we go with a wild Russian driver to Burbank, Bob Hope Airport. Crazy/wild one handed drive! But we survived. 

We waited at the airport, discovered no real food available behind security, so I made a food run ($14 for a chicken quesadilla which we split – had I known our true arrival time home I would have gotten 2, but I jump ahead). Before we can board we are told that the plane is too heavy to take off with the high tarmac temperature and 12 people must get off. They offered $150 for volunteers and  said the plane could not take off until they got the 12. So about 45 minutes later, we board. We are sitting on board and pilot tells us there is bad weather near Denver that they may need to fly around and so they had to add more fuel which made the plane overweight with a full passenger load. We are on a Canadaiar 50 seater. She (pilot) says she has to re check the figures and comes back to tell us two more adults must get off or the plane can’t take off until then. Plane is getting hot inside, but no one budges. Then they announce will the Johnson (not real name – mostly because I don’t remember) party of four come to the gate. As the father and his three teenage & younger sons get off, I see the pilot (we are in row 3) tell them she is so sorry and looks like she means it.

So we are off (about an hour late). Not a bad flight. I took a picture of a dragon cloud (below) and we had a LOUD crying baby last 10 minutes of landing. Waited at baggage carousel 15+ minutes then noticed Burbank was no longer listed. Went to arrivals board to see if carousel had changed; no Burbank on display board. I head to baggage services to learn my bag was not put on board and was left in Burbank. Turns out not many others were either!! Sneaky way to reduce the weight I think! Forms filled out and I was told it would be delivered to our house the next day.

We head for the super shuttle pick up spot. He finally arrives after waiting 30 + minutes and we learn we are the last stop of 5. Got home at 10:15pm and had a good night’s sleep in our own bed!

On Monday, I also call the kennel to let them know we will be picking Maddie up on Wednesday, July 1 rather than on Friday, July 3. They say ok. We go to get her on the first and they are not expecting us until Friday. But they get her stuff and the internet/credit card payment system goes down. They let us have Maddie and called us later for the credit card number.  She slept a lot once home, the kennel seems to wear her out.

My bag arrived 10:17pm the next day.

I hope your travels were much smoother!! I guess we took the “hit” for odd things to happen and your wedding went smooth as glass! At least it looked perfect from the guest’s perspective.


Aunt Mary & Uncle Mike (Mac)