Flosstube Episode 46.5: Holiday Home Tour


Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a quick tour of my home decorated for the holidays.
I hope you enjoy a little peek into our home.
The stitched pieces shown are:
  • Walking in a Winter Snapperland by Bent Creek
  • Peace by Country Cottage Needleworks (from JCS 2007 ornament issue)
  • Christmas Treat Bag by Shepherd’s Bush
  • Mary’s Sampler by Plum Street Samplers (freebie here)
  • Midi Mystery I by Chatelaine Designs framed by Jill Rensel
  • 2000 Years Ago by Shepherd’s Bush (from JCS Ornament issue starting with year 2000 through 2008)
  • Snow Bunnies by Little House Needleworks (from JCS 2007 ornament issue)
  • Good Tidings with Jane Austen by the Sampler Girl
  • Isabella Johnstone by Needlework Press
  • Barnabee’s Quest by Just Nan
  • Miniature Adam & Eve by Beyond Just Cross-Stitch
  • First Snow by The Drawn Thread (freebie)
  • Jenny Bean’s Halloween Sampler by Shakespeare’s Peddler
  • Garden of Eerie by Plum Street Samplers
  • Their Song by Blackbird Designs
  • Primitive Tree by Ewe & Eye & Friends
  • Friendship piece by Needlework Press
  • Rampant Cats Sampler by Barbara Ana
  • A Little Bitty Ark by Homespun Elegance
  • Quaker Garden by Blackbird Designs
  • Margaret Pence by The Goode Huswife
  • Just Nan Round Robin

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for my cozy home.

Flosstube Episode 32: Maynia Convert

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the last of my Stitch Maynia vlog and a wrap up of Maynia.

Week 5 of Stitch Maynia vlog:

  • Day 28 & 29: Mermaid Treasure Box by Chatelaine Designs – silks and PTB on 32ct white Zweigart linen
  • Days 30 & 31: Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – Weeks, GAST, & CC on 40ct Stars Hollow by R&R
  • Glory fob by Shepherd’s Bush

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for the fun I had participating in Maynia.

Auld Lang Syne

2011 Finishes

Can you believe another year has come and gone? I thought I’d squeak in a final post for the year and do a little recap of 2011. Above you can see my finishes for 2011. A couple of quilts, some beading, some finishing, and a few medium-sized pieces.

They are (from left to right):

Camille’s French Sampler, Holly Wool Biscornu, Snow Garden, Be Mine
Indulgence, 2000 Years Ago, Joyful Night, Valentine Rose
Dash Away All, a beaded fob, Day of the Dead earrings, Sweet Treats Block 1 and Border
Stars & Stripes, Honfleur Sampler, Angel of Tulips, Garden of Eerie
Penny Angel, Mele Kalikimaka, Hand & Heart, Joy

I linked each of those to the associated blog post so you can get more info on them if you want. I’m pleased with my finishes for the year, although I’d hoped to have more. But, isn’t that the way it always is?

As for the books I read this year, here’s my little list for that as well…

City of Bones
The Forgery of Venus*
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet*
Parrot & Olivier in America*
Lover Mine
A Northern Light
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
The Hare with Amber Eyes*
Living Dead in Dallas
Heaven is for Real
The Help
Lover Unleashed
An Object of Beauty*
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Club Dead
The Paris Wife*
The books with asterisks are book club books.

And I thought I’d share with you a look at my ort jar. I’ve been letting these bits pile up for awhile (much longer than just the past year – they are packed in there really well), and decided that tomorrow will be a fresh new start across the board.


After my stitching today, I’ll empty this out and begin anew on January 1.


I’d really like to also finish Margaret Cottam, but that may not happen before the ball drops at midnight. I would love to see another “1” on that corner though!


And tomorrow, I will have a new start, as part of my New Year’s Day tradition. I can’t wait!


Happy New Year!

I am grateful for new beginnings.

All Hearts Come Home


I thought I’d share a few little photos of our holiday home. I absolutely love having seasonal stitched pieces out, and I hope in the next year to have more of them.
I had hoped to have all of my ornaments finished and hanging on the tree at this point, but it hasn’t happened yet. I should just bite the bullet and get over it, like Siobhan did. But, at least I have two new ornaments to hang on the tree (actually, now that I think of it, there’s three…I just forgot to photograph this one).



Maybe before the tree comes down on January 1, I’ll be able to add a few more to it?

And I will let you in on another little secret. Since sometime in mid-June, I’ve been looking everywhere for the fabric I used on my 2000 Years Ago piece. I needed the extra fabric for the back of an ornament as well as to make a hanger so that 2000 Years Ago could be displayed at Christmas. Well. Let me tell you, I tore this place apart. Looked in every bag, box and basket of fabric I have. Looked in places I didn’t really think it would be…and never found it. I was getting very sad that I was going to have to use thumbtacks to put up my pretty wallhanging, or just drape it over the tree like some kind of Christmas poncho. But, when I pulled out my boxes of Christmas decorations, guess what I found. My bag of fabric, that had fallen behind the Christmas decorations in the closet. Hallelujah! So, I zip zip zip sewed a little sleeve on the back of the wallhanging and hung that sucker on the wall.



Of course, now that I look at it on the wall, I think it needs something. Some extra little ooomph of some sort. I’ll just have to figure out what. But, it’s hanging!!
If you’d like to see more photos of our home decorated for the holidays, take a look here, on the other blog. There are photos from NYC at Christmas a few years ago too, if you go back a couple of posts over there.
Anyway, I’m sure you’re all wondering when I’m actually going to talk about stitching and if, in fact, there is any going on. Well, wonder no more. This was my Thanksgiving Day start.


Margaret Cottam, by La-D-Da. I have finished part 1 and am well into part 2. I don’t have part 3 yet, but I’m sure it’s coming in the near future. I’m stitching MC on the called for Weeks Cocoa linen, but on 40ct. Isn’t she lovely. I have really been enjoying her.
And MC is not alone. I’ve got some other stuff I’m up to, but I can’t share quite yet. I’ll just have to leave you with a little teaser.


I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, filled with lots of friends, fun & family. Oh and eggnog too, don’t forget the eggnog!


I am grateful for pumpkin seeds in my salad.



I can finally share with you the ornament I stitched for our guild’s annual ornament exchange. It’s the Blackbird Designs “Joy” ornament from this year’s JCS Ornament Issue. I didn’t have any of the Belle Soies called for on hand, and didn’t want to shell out $90 to buy them for an ornament, so I ended up doing my own conversion to overdyed cottons. I’m really pleased with how the conversion turned out. I stitched this on 32ct Vintage Pearled Barley (Lakeside Linens). I typically lean towards 40ct these days, but as you can see on 32ct it’s a good size (32ct was the recommended count). I also used some of the new Crescent Colours chenille trim, which gave it a fun pop. The fabric it’s sitting on is what I used for the back.
The holiday party was a ton of fun, and I was so glad to have a night of relaxation and fun with my stitching buddies.


My photo of the food was a little early in the evening, many more yummy things arrived later. I did take photos of the desserts, but they were all blurry (it’s hard to take photos when you’re stuffing your mouth).





Our hostess had already finished our guild’s 2011 ornament and had it displayed on one of her trees.


And it was fun to see my ornament from last year’s exchange hanging on her tree too!


There are always such beautiful examples of stitching at our exchanges. I always feel like I need to step it up a notch! Here are a couple of examples.



And here’s the whole lot! (Unfortunately my photo doesn’t show that ornament in the top right. It was the most gorgeous thing stitched on a pale lavender linen with sparkles on it. Stunning!


And lucky me – here’s the ornament I came home with!


This is this year’s ornament by Plum Street Samplers. I was actually planning on stitching this one for myself, but now I don’t have to! And Laurie’s stitching is gorgeous and she did an amazing finishing treatment on this – I just love the little jingle bells!! I’m so excited to have this hanging on my tree this year!

It was a great time, and it’s always so fun to see what everyone stitches.

I am grateful for my Dad coming home from the hospital.

Am I Crazy or What?

So, if you’d like to take a look at my curtains I made (that I talked about in my last post), you can take a look here. I’ve been making some other changes around the house, which I hope to have photos of soon. With regard to school, I took my final for PowerPoint on Thursday and am scheduled to take my certification exam this Thursday – yay!

In stitching news, I’ve been working on August’s Red Thread block, Ocean Voyage. I’ve got almost all the water stitched, but still a little ways to go on this one.

I’ve also been stitching away on Erin’s Neighborhood RR. This photo was taken earlier in the weekend. I’ll post details when I show you the finished product.

And finally, I’ve decided to jump in and join Vonna’s Me, Myself and I RR. I love the idea of this being more of a SAL than an RR as I won’t be sending anything around for anyone else to stitch on (since we all know what luck I’ve had with that!). So, when I was looking around Vonna’s blogs she’s set up for this, I decided that back in 2006 (I think), I got all those Town Square freebies that were offered at one of the markets. I really wanted to stitch those all together somehow, and even proceeded to purchase some of the charms and embellishments for some of the designs, but it never got farther than that. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to work on that piece. The RR has a start date of December 31st, so I better get busy planning so that I can order fabric, etc.

So, this is where you come in…I need help planning a layout. When I originally saw the designs, I thought I would lay them out like a town square…

But, that leaves a whole lot of blank space, and I don’t know if I like the side buildings being sideways, if you know what I mean.

So, here are some other options…

Still keeping that town square feel, while losing some of the blank space and turning the side buildings to orient up and down rather than sideways.

Randomly spaced, with less of a town square feel.

Laying them out in rows, more or less.

Any thoughts? I think I like the less blank space town square and also the random one.

Here’s a close up of some of the designs, if you’re curious. They are not to scale, most of them are pretty close to the same size although my “cut outs” don’t reflect that.

And here are some of my charms and embellishments that I already have on hand.

I appreciate any input you have on these. Also, here are a few of these stitched up.

Anyway, it looks to be the start of another busy week here, but I should be mailing out Erin’s RR today or tomorrow if I can make it out to the post office, and then I’ll be getting back to Ocean Voyage!

I am grateful for a good friend, and being over food poisoning…blech!