Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Catch Up on needles and words.....

First, the words. One of my favorite authors that I have mentioned here before, Laurie King, has written and released book 13 in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. The book is Dreaming Spies. I am in the middle of reading this with about 2-3 other books. Take my advice and try one of her books.....

And the needles have been fairly busy for me (and you know that I am a slow stitcher). Here is an update on two pieces.

Prairie Schooler "Boo"
The Sampler Girl "It Is Well With My Soul"

pattern cover
This is the pattern that I am adapting as a Mourning Sampler in remembrance of my dad, Nicholas Bongalis. 

he's the handsome dude in the middle
I have not done a lot of stitching, as I do a lot of reminiscing about him and our lives as I stitch.

later, deb

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter....and Happy Passover

Blessings to you and yours,


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

to you and your loved ones......

later, deb

Sunday, February 8, 2015


As I mentioned in my previous blog post from January 2nd, one of the things that I want to accomplish this year is to make my Hari-Kuyo Needlebook. I have gathered my materials and will be cutting them out today. I have linked to Susan's website/blog post regarding the needlebook class in the previous post if you are interested. I have chosen to do my needlebook in shades of blacks, greys, and taupes. I am not completely happy with my felt colors as I have limited choices for wool felt here in Tallahassee, so they may change. This needlebook will be a chance for me to work on my surface embroidery  and beading skills as I primarily do cross stitch.

Later, deb

Saturday, January 17, 2015

2 things....

Number exchange partner in the 2014 Xmas exchange received her package from me so I may now post a picture

I adapted Little House Needlework's "Seven Pines"; I left off the border as I was going for a more primitive look. And in case you were wondering, the ornament is on the gorgeous quilt that my sister made for me.

Number buds

If you have read my blog at all, you know that I am a card-carrying member of the EGA (Embroiderer's Guild of America). I am a member of the Tallahassee, FL chapter, Canopy Oaks. We are very graciously hosted by St. Peter's Anglican Church. We just had our January meeting and they gave me permission to post the following pictures. I will not disclose any names, just wanted you to see "my girls". I honestly do not know what I would do without this group. They challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone, they encourage me, and they make me laugh and smile......

And what we were working on....

This is mine, working on a free ornament from Sub Rosa

later, deb

Friday, January 2, 2015

Looking forward to a new year.....

Things I want to work on this year:

1.     I took a crochet class in 2014 and I want to really work on it this year.
2.     EGA GCC Liesl-Schwalm - to start AND finish.
3.     Dad's sampler - this is an adaptation of a pattern that I purchased from The Sampler Girl. I want to have it finished by my 60th birthday next December. Emotionally, this has been a hard piece to start, but I want to hold it in my hand and stitch my memories of my Dad into it. I will show you the pattern once I start it.
4.     My smalls - I really enjoyed the Smalls SAL this past year and completed more stitching then I have in a long time.
5.     Assembling my smalls, and sewing in general.
6.     Hari-Kuyo Needlebook e-course - I bought this class from Susan at Plays with Needles when she originally introduced the class and I already have all of my materials and class notes.
7.     Ornament stitching for myself and possible exchanges with my sister Diana. I want the ornaments for my ornament tree that sits in my cubicle at work:

And of course, the words - there will be reading. I put a lot of thought into this list and for me is very doable.

later, deb

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas.....

Love, Joy, and Peace to you.