Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind?

Here we are, looking at the end of another year and welcoming the hope and anticipation of a new year.  I hope the new year brings you all love and most importantly, the gift of peace.

So, what are your stitching plans for 2016?  I have taken the opportunity during these last few days to dig through my stash and see what wonderful patterns that have yet to be stitched.  I divided them into two piles – one that absolutely MUST be stitched this year, and the other pile was ‘if I get to it, I’ll stitch it.’  You may want to think about the same thing.  It’s easy to get discouraged when you look at all the patterns purchased with truly good intentions of stitching them as soon as you get home, but, then, life gets in the way, doesn’t it?  I would suggest to choose the projects that really ‘speak’ to you and start with those.  But they ALL speak to you, you say. You wouldn’t have bought them if they didn’t, right?  That is a process that you are going to have deal with .  Surely, some of them are more important to you than orders.

My plan for 2016 is to try to make homemade gifts for my family for Christmas.  I stumbled across an article yesterday that really struck home.  If you take the time (and often, it’s LOTS of time) in creating a homemade gift for someone, make sure that it will be appreciated  by the recipient. Few things are as distressing to find your lovely stitchery completed on 28 count linen, using your beloved Valdani threads not being displayed, even though they claimed to ‘love’ it.   So, let that be a note to self.   They are crossed off the list for future handmade gifts such as this.  Don’t get me wrong, still give them a gift, just not one that you lovingly made with your hands.  My two cents worth.

So, that being said, my gift to you.  I have included in this post a freebie designed and graciously donated by Notforgotten Farms.  This is a chart called ‘I Live in a Little House’.   This is a small stitch that would make a lovely pinkeep or ornie.

(Pssssst….next post I’ll put some instructions on how to fill your ornie with a fragrance.  Yummy!)


Remember right click, Save As, save it in a place on your computer that is easy for you to find.  I haven’t included floss suggestions because I want you to use your own creativity.  I hope you enjoy stitching this.


Until next time, peace and all good things.


The Princess and the Peddler










The kings they came from out the south, and dressed in ermin fine….

This is the first line of the poem Christmas Carol, by Sara Teasdale.  I have always loved Christmas and most of us think that is the case with everyone.  But, sadly, this isn’t the case.  There are many of our fellow brothers and sister who look upon this holiday with dread for many reasons.  It could be because their loved ones are gone, they have no one to celebrate the season with, they are homeless and cold and hungry, unemployed, and the list goes on.  I would like to ask each of you to always, but particularly during this holiday season, to make a difference in someone’s life.  A smile, help where and when you are able, and  help people remember why we celebrate this wonderful season.

Remember to whom much is given, much is expected.

Now, I  promised on my Facebook page a free pattern to help you keep busy during this holiday season.  Hah, you say?  Like you need something to keep you busy?  But a promise is a promise, right?    🙂  Remember to right click,  copy, then paste into either Paint Shop, word, or excel.

This is a lovely pattern called Woodland Deer designed and graciously donated by Lori Brechlin.

NL Woodland Deer - Nan Lewis

And here is the second one call Christmas ornie, also designed and donated by Lori Brechlin.  For those of you who may not know what an ornie is, it’s a small stitchery made to tuck into a bowl, on your Christmas tree, on a shelf, etc.  Any where you want, really.

Christmas ornie - Lori Brechlin


And this is a Christmas stitchery that I just got back from the framer. OK, class, what is it that I always say?  All together now….

If it’s worth your time, it’s worth framing properly.

So, until next time.  Peace and all good things,


lizzie kate