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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Landscaping About Done

Well the landscapers have been busy and are about done. Here are a few photos, I took them before the final ground cover of small rocks was put down, but you have a general idea what the front of Sun City Stitcher's house looks like. Monday or Tuesday the last touches should go in and then we can relax and enjoy our yard!

This is an Ocotillo

This is our little Saguaro and a few friends.

Have a great weekend all!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Iris Folding

Another club here in our community is called Paper Crafts and More. Today we made this really cute A2 size card using the iris folding technique. It was fun to make and took a little over an hour to get done, so I thought I'd share it with you. We will see if this (or a variation) is our Christmas card this year.

Happy Christmas in July!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


We live in a Del Webb Community full of activities and fun. They say if you are bored here it is your own darn fault. There is TONS of stuff to do here between the various groups and the athletic facilities, pool etc.

Well I joined the beading group called Don't Worry Bead Happy and in today's class we made these really cute red, white and blue earrings for the Fourth of July. I got this one done in class and I am currently working on it's buddy just in time for the 4th!

It uses ladder stitch, brick stitch and simple stringing to get this result!
I can see all kinds of variations you could do with this. 

Here is a youtube video that might give you ideas to make your own!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

We are Cooking with Gas! New Studio

New house, new studio. I finally got the cabinets etc. installed and was able to set up my computer. This will not be it's final home, I plan to move it across the hall, but we do not have the desk yet. At any rate, I am now up and at em again!

I have not gotten much stitching done in the past month or so since we moved from the other house. But I hope to get back at it soon.What I can show you is three photos of my new studio. It is all set up with a few minor changes to be make. I can stitch, sew, bead, craft and work on just about anything I want. 

Best of all it has french doors with blinds that can open from the top , so I can close the doors and when people look in they see the pretty top half of the room, not any mess on the counters!! The door blinds can also be opened from the bottom up, but I do not think I will use them that way, I like the view best with the top down - you can get an idea what I mean in the last photo.

I said this before, and I hope to be true to my that I have retired I hope to have more time to dedicate to fun stuff, including blogging more! 

I took these photos from left to right while standing in the doorway. It is a nice sunny day here in Arizona so the first photo is a bit dark due to the window, sorry. The next two show the true wood color better.

This room should keep me happy an busy for MANY years to come. I have a few more things to hang on the wall and a couple other things, but it is READY!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New blog name.

My computer is still packed, but I logged on with my hubbie's laptop and changed the name (but not the address) of my blog to reflect our new location.

Welcome to Sun City Stitcher! Colorado Stitcher is now in the Valley of the Sun.

Not much stiching has gone on, but someone has found her spot!



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?