Monthly Archives: December 2010

Final 2010 Freebie ~ A Happenstance of Hearts

A Happenstance of Hearts

For stitchers who love color ~ here’s a chart with a heart of gold and a riot of happy shades.   All motifs start with a heart!  It’s under copyright and released for your personal, non-commercial use only.

Enjoy!   Happy Stitching!  Happy New Year!



Valentine Freebie ~ Blue Eyed Bees Send Messages of Love

Blue Eyed Bees Send Messages of Love

Small Chart with a big name!  Here’s a Valentine for stitchers in the shape of a band sampler.  Lots of lovely colors and some special stitches make this fancy, but doable in time for a special valentine.

Design under copyright and for your personal use only.

Happy Stitching!


Nigella Shadow foils the paparazzi

Niggy ~ Up Close

Every once in a while I manage to catch a great picture of Niggy.  Today wasn’t the day.  The cats had post-blizzard jumpiness … flying off the window seats each time a strong gust of wind blew snow against the panes, then hopping back to their spots when the wind subsided.  I took some cute shots of Peanut and Marble, who both photograph nicely, because I’m doing a calendar for 2011.  Niggy mostly photographs looking  crazy,  or not looking at the camera.  See the fingers under her chin?  It’s really hard to hold a cat and take her picture at the same time.  She was not amused.  I LOVE this cat because she is the most loving, gentle, sweet tempered feline ever, no matter what she looks like in my photos.   I had a bout of food poisoning over the holiday, and she sat in the hall outside the bathroom crying while I was sick.  She cried and cried and cried, pacing back and forth like a dog.  But let the little minx see me with a camera and she turns this face on me.  Ten minutes later she was snoring happily in the timeshare box next to my desk.  Go figure!

Sweet little magnets for Valentine’s Day!

Spell Out Your Love!

An Entertaining Color Test

My Rainbow

Find even more fabulous floss colors!

And a very generous New Year’s Giveaway at

More fabulous floss colors

A lovely floss I just learned about ~ Cosmo Seasons Variegated

Aren’t these just yummy?   I’ve got to order some for an upcoming project, but I think that just about any excuse will do!

Cosmo Seasons Variegated Floss

Freebie ~ Snowflake Quaker II

Snowflake Quaker II

The light has changed, the days are getting longer, and each year at this time some of the most beautiful skies I’ve ever seen fill me with hope.  The sky is wide because there are no leaves to crowd it out.  Its colors are soft and subtle … these skies are the very earliest promise of spring.

It’s going to snow soon, so what better time for another Snowflake Quaker on the palest of pink sky linen?  You’ll need to see the symbol chart as most of the colors are quite pale, and the symbols make it easier to see.  The French Knot symbols are for Beads to be sewn on top of cross stitches in the same color as the rest of the snowflake.  I couldn’t get the Bead symbol to work properly and finally gave up and used a large French Knot symbol.

The design is under copyright and for your personal stitching pleasure only.

Merry Christmas!


Dear Camille Grammer ~ I’m tired of trying to post on your Bravo TV blog, so I’ll just say it here

Dear Camille,

You have a lovely name, and you would also look lovely if you’d give up vamping around and act your age.  Cut your hair to just past chin length … something chic and smooth and new … not the typical BH bleached, extended and too long for middle aged matrons sort of do.  Choose clothing that will gently flatter your figure, not flaunt it.  Flaunting is for bunnies.  When you look at the camera … really look at the camera … and smile, really smile.  When you greet your male friends, greet them with a very small hug, a friendly hug … not a pre-coital clinch.  Better yet, stop hugging male friends, and absolutely do not kiss them full on the lips.  Stop accusing, blaming and backbiting other women.  You must realize that your behavior toward Kyle made you look absolutely crazy … paranoid and mean as a snake crazy.  Many of your words and actions make you look ugly and evil.  And if you persist, then you will really become evil and ugly.

You seem to have been born with most of the basic ingredients to be an attractive, interesting, happy woman, but yet you’re quite obviously really not.  You constantly over emphasize your beauty (and you think everyone’s jealous), and your status  (wagging on about it constantly like a snotty 14 year old girl ).  And yet you under emphasize your humanity … is there any REAL kindness in you?  You brag about your kindness and generosity, but I haven’t seen it.  It’s easy to write a charity check with Kelsey’s money, but it’s hard to let go of petty grievances (real or imagined) that are clearly fueled by your own insecurity. Yes, INSECURITY.  Know that!  You are insecure or you wouldn’t keep harping on what you thought you heard.  Woman-wise you’re in junior high.  As you age this focus will only disappoint you, make you sad, and destroy the chance your children will have for relatively happy childhoods.   In fact, you already seem quite sad, and bitter, which in Beverly Hills is not going to garner you any real sympathy, if there’s any to garner in an enclave focused on status, plastic surgery and materialism.

Whatever went on between you and Kelsey will eventually fade into the past.  Be glad that you will have the financial means to live a comfortable life without the constant worries most single Mothers face daily.  Think of it as coming out ahead.  Pull yourself together.  You don’t need 4 nannies.  Replace your nannies with yourself.  Be there for your children.  Be with them.

Best wishes,



Dear Readers,

This was my response  to the actions of one of the reality “characters” on a soap-like reality show called “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” on the BRAVO TV network.  I have occasionally commented on the Bravo TV Message Boards about other Housewife shows, but when I tried to comment on Camille Grammer’s behavior this season, I was unable to.  Perhaps their Message Board Managers felt that there were already just too many negative posts about Camille’s atrocious attitude and actions, because other show watchers have also had trouble posting.

The Real Housewife franchise makes Bravo $$$, and the current “Housewives” are fascinating in the way that the very rich, or the seemingly very rich, are fascinating to mere mortals.   One of the ladies recently spent over $40,000 for her four-year old’s birthday party.  The child could have cared less.  The Mother was re-creating the birthday she would have wanted for herself.  So for most of America, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is a fantasy/fairy tale of sorts, and I suppose that there has to be an evil witch/character.  Whether the show is scripted or not, Camille and her coterie of hangers-on are proof that like attracts like, and they fill the evil witch/evil characters roles nicely.   If one didn’t already think that narcissism can rule supreme where there is money and the power that comes with it,  one  would certainly think it after watching Camille on RHBH.

In any event, bad behavior is still bad behavior, no matter how rich one is.  It’s sad to think that some people who have earned/married/inherited much wealth, can’t figure out how to lead decent lives.

Small Freebie ~ Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year 2011!


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