Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Friday, July 31, 2009

Elephant Hello

I want to thank all of my readers for the friendship you've given me. Your encouragement and enthusiasm is truly treasured. Here is a little quick-to-stitch freebie for you. This easy cross stitch would be great as a baby shower card or a little greeting for a friend. Aren't elephants supposed to be good luck? Feel free to change the colors to suit your taste!

Elephant Hello

Please email me at daffy-cat AT hotmail DOT com  to receive a PDF copy of the pattern. Please, put "freebie request" in the subject line and tell me the title(s) of the pattern(s) you are requesting.

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Monday, July 27, 2009


First off, I received word my Lizzie Kate Exchange arrived with Melissa. I am so proud of this exchange. Do you know how you picture something to make, it all looks so perfect? I was so pleased that these pieces came out exactly like I pictured. I made a scissor fob and a floss tag. The scissors pictured didn't go with, as this was a no-extras exchange.

Design ~ June Flip-it
Designer ~ Lizzie* Kate
Fabric ~ 28 count Jobelan, tea-dyed
Fiber ~ DMC

Here is the front:

Here is the back:
I was feeling a tiny bit goofy when I free-hand-stitched the personalization. I really hope Melissa liked it!
In today's mail I found this little treasure from Sophia at Scotland for the Senses. A tiny RAK thank-you gift! Lots of you know how much I like those Hielan' coos! This will be a fun project to make.

Thank you, Sophia!
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Sunday, July 26, 2009


I wanted to post this yesterday but there wasn't time to spare. Actually, I've been wanting to post all week but things were just too busy...I haven't even had time to stitch this week ~ horrors!

Yesterday was our 24th wedding anniversary! I can't believe the time has gone by so fast. We look so young (and slim) in this photo. Truly, we were young...17 and 19. No, the baby I am holding is NOT Jessie! How dare you think that? ROFLOL Jessie is a mere 21 years old! The precious six-month-old in my wedding photo is my beloved niece.

Rick & Sharon
July 25th 1985

That sweet baby niece was married yesterday, 24 years to the day of that photo above. I cried and cried, so happy for her.

Danelle & Ryan
July 25th, 2009
Congratulations, sweethearts!
Here was my progress on the Traveling pattern from last weekend. With only a couple hours work put in, I haven't gotten much accomplished. I'm hoping for lots more stitching time this week!
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

July Heat

Our hot, hot, hot weather has finally ended, I think. We had so many days over 100 degrees but near the end of the week it dropped back into the high nineties and today was in the high eighties. I can live with 85!

Presenting: Crabby All Year's July Heat! Apt block this month, isn't it? Missy Ann, you were right, this was the fastest block! I zoomed right through. For this picture I placed the buttons where they will be stitched on. This months' buttons are kind of the whole point of the block and I thought it would look better with them. These aren't really egg buttons. It's sand dollars and round yellow-orange ones...but they do look like eggs ~ clever!

With the extreme heat, we've had to keep the house shut up. No curtains opened, lights off and fans going. Even still, the air conditioning never stopped running. Today, Taco enjoyed bird watching with the drapes open next to my stitchy chair. She is trying to see the hummingbird on the other side of the feeder!

I've started the Traveling pattern today and should be able to show you a WIP photo tomorrow.

Oh, yeah, before I forget...they have put our new roof on. Now we are waiting for the siding contractors to start (maybe this coming week.) I have taken "before" photos and can't wait to see the improvements!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Scottish Recipe Giveaway

There is often something cooking around our house. Jessie loves to cook and really enjoys trying out international recipes. We have had epic failures and some truly fantastic discoveries. Cock-a-leeky soup and scones have become favorites...and there is something she's been dying to make involving ox tails but the store never has them when she has time to cook!

Over at Scotland for the Senses is a great giveaway for a Scottish Recipe book! Go do a little blethering on the blog and maybe you will win it. Hurry, it's over with next Monday! Best of all are the really awesome photos of Scotland...

Here is my pitiful progress on Crabby All Year's July...

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Sunday, July 12, 2009


I'm quite pleased with myself! My Lizzie Kate exchange is stitched, finished and ready to be mailed. I worked hard this week, let me tell you! This exchange was such a joy to stitch. The finishing turned out perfectly ~ easing my tender feelings about the epic disaster of my last one on the gingham fabric. Now, I can start on Crabby July and the Traveling pattern. Hopefully, I'll be back soon with those updates!

I haven't shown my ORT jar since Christmas. Everybody has been joining the Totally Useless SAL at Dragon My Needle and showing off their ORTs. I haven't joined the 'SAL' because I already save ORTs and one of the conditions for membership is that it's a new collection. Poo. For some weird reason, I really like ORTs...I think they are beautiful. I really, really enjoy seeing everyone's updates, even if I am not participating.

Pretty! Are you a skimpy stitcher, using every scrap and bit. Or are you a floozy and spread wasted inches far and wide? I'm a floozy. I hate fuzzy threads. As soon at a thread starts to wear and get ragged, it gets tossed into the jar.

Hot, hot, hot
Our hot weather continues. It was 109 here yesterday. Already, it is 103 at 2 in the afternoon. Miserably hot. I am tired of summer. I am sorry I ever complained about the cold last winter. I can't wait for autumn. I can complain about the wind then, wait and see!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Awesome Irish Giveaway

Micki of Irish Muses is celebrating her one-year blogoversary! There is a really fun giveaway involved...so go visit, you'll enjoy her blog!

Happy blogoversary, Micki!

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Like quills upon the fearful porpentine

Hamlet Act 1. sc 5.

Sorry, but Shakespeare sneaks in sometimes. I can't help it!

I've been stitching but it's exchange stitching so I can't show photos. I scrapped the gingham piece as the effort to achieve a decent finish was simply infuriating me. Yes, I'm easily angered by inanimate objects...I admit it. Perhaps I'll pull it back out when I've forgotten how much it pissed me off. For now, I've started another design and it is stitching up quickly. It isn't on gingham fabric either. I didn't need to say that, did I?

This change of plans puts me behind schedule. I needed to be starting the traveling pattern so it can actually travel. And Crabby July can't be neglected. Halp! Three deadlines! What'll I do?

Whazzit? Although it looks like a group of black-paint-dipped toothpicks these are actually porcupine quills. Rick and I were on a motorcycle ride and where we stopped to rest was a dead porcupine, hit by a passing car. We couldn't resist taking a sample...as we seldom see these creatures. The quills look solid but they are actually soft and hollow like a bird feather or a drinking straw. Kinda neat, we thought.

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