Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog - A Day Late

 

As fellow stitches/crafters/people-looking-for creative-outlet, I hope you understand my tardiness on this post! Last night I got very wrapped up in fixing the bottom left corner of my Once Upon A Time Sampler. I had mis-stitched by one stitch. I did not discover my mistake until I was close to joining two sections of border and they did not line up. After about 15 minutes of counting and recounting I found the problem. This led to about 50 stitches having to come out and be perfected. Now it is fixed and I have almost completed the bottom half of border. My plan next is to work on the top half and finally start stitching Snow White. In order to keep calm, I've been watching Season 1 of Once. Love it!

I have been working steadily on my Woodland Sampler by stitching a month each week. I finished September and hope to work on October next week.

Other projects have not been fitting into my days so that is all for updates.

For a little bit about me...

I like to create and play! There are adventures with my friends and husband that I get way too excited about: Climbing mountains, running races, roadside attractions, brewery tours, kayaking, visiting the beach, dress up parties, and just about anything else we can fit in. My husband and I are also avid golfers which I have found greatly cuts into my creative time, however, I am hooked! Stitching is something that I have found that let's me relax between all of our crazy ideas. Other relaxing outlets include reading and knitting. I have attempted quilting and have a lovely quilt patiently waiting for a binding...

My home is decorated in a simple quirky prim style. I tend to switch out my finished stitcheries with my mood, highlighting favorites and seasonal pieces.

This year I hope to keep my current initiative and approach December with Christmas gifts made, a shorter list of WIPs, and a scrapbook full of adventures!

Thanks for stopping by,

aj

 

74 comments:

  1. Your work is just lovely! I used to stitch but knitting is easier on the eyes. Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Terri

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    1. Thank you! I do love to knit, too. There is something about the way yarn feels on the needles...

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  2. Good morning! Visiting from the Grow Your Blog Party. My name is Sandy, and my blog is www.sanderellascrochet.wordpress.com. Your work is lovely!! I understand about having to have things line up for sure....yesterday I was working on cross stitching on my crocheted piece....and I had a whole row I had to remove and begin over! It is what we do to make things perfect! Currently, I am working on a throw and after that a pillow to accent the throw. Come visit sometime! Sandy

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I admire your persistence!

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  3. Your sampler is very nice. I used to cross stitch but my eyes just don't let me anymore :( It is so nice to meet you.

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  4. No, I really feel your pain, lol, has happened to me. Love that prim piece, who is the designer?

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    1. Hi Gillie! My prim piece was designed by Pineberry lane for the Spring Green Country Sampler Prim Sisters club. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thought so..... oh dear, supposed not to be buying anything right now!

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  5. What a lovely Blog you have. I love your creativity. I am a cardmaker and know the pleasure that making something can bring. Happy Weekend. Judy x

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  6. Dear AJ,

    Your work is beautiful!! I used to cross-stitch, but I think I'd need buy a magnifying glass if I were to continue. I do a lot of knitting though and that I love!

    Greetings from Savannah! xo Silke

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  7. Love you cross-stitch. I've replaced mine with making art quilts and sketching.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  8. You have some beautiful cross stitch in the works!

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  9. Hi AJ, coming over for a visit from "GYBP'. WOW, what an adorable woodland sampler, can't wait to see it finished. I used to cross-stitch but a full time job and a new addiction kind of took over. Thanks for sharing your blog!
    Have a great weekend and Happy Blog Hopping!
    Diana

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  10. What a lovely blog and your work is beautiful!

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  11. Lovely sampler, such neat work you are very creative. Hope you will come over to my blog for a visit.
    Jackie

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  12. I enjoyed seeing your stitching projects! I am following your blog on bloglovin.

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  13. Love our post...glad to see I am not the only that has time issues...sometimes I get so involved with my jewelry I forget to eat....Will be following and thanks to CYB for this chance to meet new people.

    V

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  14. Hate it when I make a mistake with cross-stitch which seems to happen more now than it used to. My eyes are a bit older. :) Love that sampler! I tend to stick with small projects now and find that crochet is a whole lot quicker and easier to travel with. Sounds like you have a full and wonderful life. Best wishes, Tammy

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  15. P.S. You should think about putting a regular Google follower button in your sidebar as not everyone has Google+

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    1. I have been fussing with my gadgets all day - trying to figure out which is which! thanks for visiting and the feedback!

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  16. Hi am so happy to meet you. Your stitching is beautiful. I started out cross stitching years ago when my children were little and now am teaching my grandchildren to stitch. It is such a relaxing way to wind down.

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  17. I just finished my first cross stitch project a short while ago - I usually do hand embroidery - and I love the projects you've shown here! I'm you're newest follower now! Chrissie x

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  18. Hello AJ i'm visiting as part of gyb. I wish I had the patience for stichery! Your work is awsome. Will be visiting again. Hopefully you will get a chance to visit my blog and see if you'd be interested in following me. Good luck with the hop!!

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  19. I had 3 aunts who were avid cross-stitchers(?) and I have been a fan since childhood. Your work is lovely. Hope to "see" you again soon.

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  20. My fiancé's great-grandmother cross-stitched some amazing pieces. Your last display reminded me of her work.

    It is lovely to meet you!

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  21. I do a bit of cross stitching here and there as well but mainly I quilt ad scrapbook. My best friend does the samplers you are doing and she is just finishing up last year's Woodland Sampler as well. It is so darn cute!

    I found your blog through the hop, stop by if you get a chance. http://www.domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/

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  22. Hi AJ, waving hello to you from cold snowy eastern Canada. Nice to meet you and see your lovely stitching. Love that Woodland Sampler. So cute!! Have fun on the GYB Hop, hope you'll stop by to visit me too!

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  23. Very nice work ... and patience too!

    ~Val

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  24. I love your woodland sampler and your prim style.

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  25. I TOTALLY understand your tardiness - in fact, I would not have slept last night, until I had it COMPLETED! I SO admire the cross-stitchers - they have infinitely better eyes than I! Visiting from Vicki's Blog Party - glad to have found you.

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  26. Cute little critters in your stitching! LOVE the hedgies in September! Sorry to hear about your missed stich - bummer. We like brewery tours too! I used to work at a small brewery, so its fun to see others. We also really want to do Jack Daniels, bet that'd be cool.

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  27. Oh what beautiful cross stichery!
    My name is Suzy and I am here visiting you on behalf of Vicki as a volunteer to Grow Your Blog Party! I am sure Vicki will eventually visit but there are hundreds of blogs for her to visit so we are here to welcome you.
    You have such an interesting, busy and varied life on top of your teaching career and it is wonderful that you bring such balance into your life with quiet stitching!
    I wish you every success with your new blog and wishing many friendships to grow from this.
    All the best,
    Suzy

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  28. AJ,
    Love your stitchery! I hate it when I mess up and have to take out! And I have messed up badly enough to have to just start ovver a few times. The problem is, I really have a hard time finishing the second version. I noly have one of those I need to begin again, but the first experience was so bad, I can hardly think about it! Maybe I will just move on!
    have a great GYB Party! see you soo!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  29. Beautiful stitch work. You do an awesome job.

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  30. What beautiful stitchery!

    I hate it when I am almost finished and find a mistake. Glad you could fix it.

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  31. So glad I found your blog through Vicki's GYB party. love your cross stitch projects

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  32. Alisa- Your Woodland Sampler is precious! Love it! Please stop by my blog as I have a great giveaway going on.:) Lori

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  33. Years ago I cross stitched a Monopoly board for my brother. My SIL decided that she too wanted to do one. She did hers on a much larger count. Then her twin sister decided she wanted to do one. I never saw her twin's but heard that when she got to a corner, it didn't line up AND she left it. And she did it on consignment. I could not believe it. Your work is beautiful. You have a great idea to get to December with Christmas presents made. In addition to cross stitch, I enjoy knitting and quilting among other crafts. I'm glad you are growing your blog.

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  34. Hello from Yukon! I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do.
    Evalina, This and that...

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  35. Hi there AJ

    I'm visiting through the GYB party. It's so nice to meet you and read your blog. I'm mostly a quilter at the moment but at the back of my craft room is a huge roll of half started cross stitch projects - I must find some time to get back to it.

    Thanks again for joining the party!

    Suzie
    http://www.sillygoosequilts.blogspot.com

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  36. Hi AJ! I'm from GYB party. I just adore your stitching, especially the woodland one! I wish I could do those things but for now I will stick to my painting and photography. :) Nice to meet you and hope you get lots of new friends and followers.

    Jennifer www.karmas-journey.blogspot.com

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  37. I am visiting from the GYB party! Well it is the 25th still in parts of the US for several more hours! I am just started to do cross-stitching so I appreciate teh hard work that goes into the projects that you have shown us today! I wish you well on your journey!

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  38. Hi Alissa, visiting from GYB and just wanted to say what a lovely blog. I understand the compulsion to finish a project entirely! Looking forward to reading more when I come back.
    Love and best,
    RedSetter
    http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/ - my crafting adventures
    http://pepsimaxaddict.blogspot.co.uk/ - tales/tails of my two cats exploits

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  39. Nice to meet you. Your stitching is beautiful

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  40. I'm a GYB visitor and a fellow stitcher! Your work is beautiful!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Stitchy Place

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  41. New follower, come on over and join up with me. FiddleStix Quilts Home of the Learning Curve www.jeannegwin.blogspot.com

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  42. So happy to find your blog and your stitching is just gorgeous. I also have Midnight Watch in my WIP so maybe you just gave me the kickstart I needed to get it finished this year.
    Donna

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  43. Hi, I'm visiting from the GYB event. What beautiful stitching you have done. I've seen the woodland sampler a few times and think its so cute, it might have to go into the wish list!! I will be following your progress.

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  44. Amazing cross-stitch. I am an embroiderer myself. Good luck on getting more followers. I am following now!

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  45. Hi Alissa, I am here as GYB partygoer - I love the look of both of your WIPs. So pretty. I have added you to my Google Circles. Please come visit me at http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com

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  46. I want to get back into embroidery. It is a relaxing thing to do Your pieces are beautiful. We live on a golf course and my husband would love for me to take it up. I do ride along with him on a pretty day but yes it cuts into creative time! Nice to meet you!

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  47. Hi AJ,
    Visiting from GYO. I love your Woodland Sampler. It is really pretty. I love embroidery too especially Redwork. have fun.
    xo jan@ Sew and Sow Farm http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

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  48. Hi AJ I'm from GYB also, nice to meet you and I hope to get to know you better over the coming weeks. Aww I know that frog very well especially on borders and he isn't very forgiving is he!
    I love your stitching, a sampler girl just like myself, I'm also a big fan of Snow White, saw season 2 last year am now waiting eagerly for season 3. :)

    Peg x

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  49. Great blog, love the look of your stitching.

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  50. I love cross stitch too!! Sorry, I had to get that out. I am making my way slowly down the list of GYB participants, and wanted to say hi!

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  51. Your stitcheries are lovely. Every little thread telling a story when stitched together. Creative Bliss...

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  52. Beautiful embroideries! You really have some talent and you have some wonderful goals for the year! I hope you finish your quilt too (adding binding can be done by hand to finish - which can kind of be like embroidery!)

    Elise @ http://loveleadesigns.blogspot.com/

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  53. I am here with the GYB party, too. Your embroidery is beautiful! I am more a knitter and crocheter but have done some cross stitiching in the past and even have two kits at home, a small one, a lavender field, and a large VanGogh picture, complete with frame. I think I should get it out after having finished some of my knit WIPs...
    Perhaps you might check out my blog, too? Would be pleased to welcome you!
    Tina in Germany

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  54. Hi Alissa, found your blog through the GYB event. You have some great stitching on the go there (I'm a stitcher too). I look forward to seeing more in the future.

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  55. Just stopping by to quickly say a friendly "hello" from the UK via GYBP.

    Love your stitching. I do some stitching but I mainly knit and crochet. totally understand about posting late ;)
    Do please visit my blog if you have time. I'm also having a giveaway. Happy blog hopping :)

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  56. Hello from GYB party! I love "Once Upon A Time" also! I am ecstatic that they have finally gotten season 2 on Netflix! I finished season 1 several months ago. Now am working my way thru the second season. I keep missing the show on tv because it is on at the same time Hubby watches "Duck Dynasty"! You know who controls the remote in our home! lol
    The samplers are beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished FairyTale one.

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  57. Lovely stitching! Your work is wonderful. I love to stitch and quilt...this year trying to just finish projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  58. Looks like you are a new blogger. Welcome to all the fun. Seems you have a very busy life. Enjoy all you do. Visiting from GYB.

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  59. Visiting from the GYB party. Love your cross stitch - beautiful! Enjoy the party.
    Alison

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  60. Famous last words! Not sure about you, but my plans never end up working and are abandoned as soon as they are made. I love the displayed embroidery in the frame!
    Happy partying!

    Lija
    http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.com/

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  61. Your stitching is wonderful. I dabble in cross stitch but have never learned much beyond that. It's on my bucket list.

    I am visiting through the Grow Your Blog party, even though I was too late to sign up for it. What fun it has been.

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  62. What kind of races do you run? I run marathons and other shorter distance as well as quilt, cross stitch and love anything to do with fabric! I love your projects. You sure are one determined stitcher!

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  63. Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 234 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site overboardcreations.blogspot.com and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com

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  64. Hello, you do beautiful stitchery. Glad to come by via GYB.

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  65. Love your stitching!! I am visiting from the Grow Your Blog Hop. I really enjoyed visiting your blog and hope that you have a chance to see what I’ve been up to at http://meadowbrook-Kristen.blogspot.com/. Happy Stitching!!

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  66. As a child, I also did cross-stitching. Seeing all your beautiful projects, I am more than motivated to start again! :) Thanks for the inspiration.

    Lots of greetings from Germany,
    Birgit

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