Ornament Time!!!


A few finishes to share today. First, is Snow Story-Warm Hearts by Lizzie Kate:


I had stitched this in the beginning of the year and just got around to finishing it. I used Mona’s tutorial for finishing it and it was pretty easy. I love this!!

I bought the snowflakes last year at Hobby Lobby in preparation for finishing the Snow Story series. 1 down 2 to go! I painted the snowflakes white and used the blue and white threads to make cording for the trim. I can’t wait to stitch the rest!

I have a few ornaments to share as well. The first 2 are gifts for 2 of the girls at work.


Christmas Peace by Heart in Hand


Penguin by Lizzie Kate from Tiny Tidings XVI


Merry Christmas which is also from Tiny Tidings XVI. The threads coming through seem to be very noticeable in this picture but not so much when it is sitting with the rest of my ornaments. Just thought I’d let you know that because yes I do see the imperfections. LOL!

I have 1 more ornament to finish for work and a few gifts to stitch and finish so those will be a different post for a different day.

That’s it for today!

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and drive safe if you are traveling!


1st Stitched Project EVER!!

Hello Everyone,

So today I am going to share my 1st stitched project ever. Nobody laugh now! Keep in mind this was back in the 1980’s.001

Aerobic Bear ( I can’t even remember who the designer is) Anyone know?

It was the summer before my junior year in high school. I didn’t have a job so my mom said” I am going to teach you how to stitch because I don’t want you sitting around all day doing nothing.” Her exact words, I swear. So in the car over to Joann’s we went and got all my supplies. It is stitched on Aida because that is all there was at the time. Look at all that backstitching. Ugh!! I didn’t think much of it back then.

This aerobic bear is what I picked to stitch because at the time I liked doing aerobics and I thought it was appropriate. I don’t mind saying for my 1st project it is pretty flawless. LOL! The rest is history!!

My 1st stitched project ever has followed me over the years and proudly hangs in my stitching room today.

Who still has their 1st stitched project? Do you remember what it was?

Have a great rest of the week and Happy Stitching!





Fall Finishes

Hello all,

Some fall finishes to share today.

First is my pumpkin trio which I offered as a freebie here on my blog a few weeks ago.


I used a finish by Mona and this is how mine turned out. I will definitely use this finish again. It is pretty simple and I like how it looks.

This is the back:


Next is my ghost:


I used a very simple finish on this one. I just added a hanger and put felt on the back. I love these flat finishes.

I used fabric on the ghost and pumpkin trio that I dyed. I like the orange fabric for Halloween designs.

I designed this Stitchfest pattern for our Stitchfest 2016:


I made it into a pincushion and I stitched our initials and put them on the back.


Makes a great memory of the 1st Annual Stitchfest. I can’t wait for next year!

Last but not least is Mother of the Harvest by the Little Stitcher:


This was a freebie on her blog. I love this little design! I made it into a small pillow so I could display it in my cubby.

This is the extent of my fall stitching since the holidays are fast approaching, I am now in full swing stitching ornaments. How about you?

Have a great week everyone!


Update 12 Days of Christmas

Hello everyone,

Here is an update on my 12 Days of Christmas SAL with Robin. Here are Seven Swans A Swimming, Eight Maids A Milking, and Nine Ladies Dancing:


We are still going strong. If Robin wasn’t stitching them with me I am not sure they would have gotten done.

3 more to go! I’ll post Day 10, 11, and 12 when they are stitched. Then the next fun part is how I want to finish them. Hmm! Any suggestions?

Have a great day full of stitching!


Casting a Spell and a Pumpkin Pincushion

Hello Everyone,

I finished and oldie but a goodie and I feel very accomplished although I still have a few more to do. Casting a Spell by Blackbird Designs:


As you can see I till have 4 more to stitch but I wanted to finish the ones I have had stitched. Now that this is done I feel more motivated to want to finish the rest.I’ll post this again next fall with all of them done.

I also finished this little pumpkin pincushion:011

This pumpkin I had made 2 of and the first one I made into an ornament which I showed in a previous post. This little one I made into a pincushion. I used this wooden base that I found at my parents house when they were packing to move.I filled it with orts and glued it in. I put chenille around it to finish it off. I like how it turned out.

That’s it for today. I hope everyone has a great stitchy kind of day!


Stitchfest 2016 and a Freebie

Hello Everyone,

I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend with some very special stitching friends.


I see you Lisa!!

I had wanted to get together with some stitching friends for a weekend full of stitching. We met in Harrisburg, PA and had a Stitchfest. 48 hour of uninterrupted stitching=Stitchfest.


I designed this small pattern for our first annual Stitchfest.


I am going to put everyone’s initials on it and finish it up.

A few of us participated in an exchange on Saturday night.


These were our wonderful exchange pieces.

Other than the exchange the rest of the weekend was devoted to stitching and I love the show and tells. I’ll have to remember that for next year.

We also received some very special gifts from ourĀ  generous stitching friends.


I will treasure these gifts!! The best part was getting together with these fabulous ladies to stitch and laugh all weekend long. That is priceless!! I enjoyed every minute of it!

Thank you so much to all who came and made the 1st annual Stitchfest a success. I can’t wait to see you all next year.

I designed and stitched up this little Fall/Halloween piece while were at Stitchfest.


I am offering this as a freebie here on my blog for everyone. If you would like a copy please send me an email at tmartell@rochester.rr.com and I would be happy to send a copy to you.

I stitched this on orange fabric that I dyed and DMC 3371. These little pumpkins can be stitched on any fabric with any color you choose and it would look great.

Clearly, mine is not finished yet but I wanted to offer it right away so you have enough time to stitch these sweet little pumpkins.

Have a great day with lots of stitching!


Fall Finishes


First, I just want to say thank you for all your comments on my last post. I really appreciate the participation and really enjoyed reading how everyone does their stitching.

I have 2 finishes to share with you today.

First, is a WIP from 2013. Jack’s Birthday Tart by Plum Street Samplers:


This was from the 2013 Dyeing to Stitch Retreat. I started it at the retreat and then put it aside. I finally finished it!! My finished piece is different than the picture but I am OK with that.

My next finish is this little pumpkin:


I took it from a pattern I am designing and used some dyed threads. I made it into a little ornament for my fall tree. I stitched up another but haven’t finished it yet. When it is finished I will show you here.

Stay tuned for the pattern. I will be offering it as a freebie here on my blog very soon.

Heading to PA for a glorious weekend of stitching with friends. Stitchfest 2016 here we come!!!

That’s all for today!

Happy Stitching Friends!