Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Totally Useless Luck o' the Irish

Yesterday, (St. Patrick's Day) was the New Moon, are your ORTs ready for the Totally Useless Stitch A Long? I am late because I spent the day with my parents and didn't even turn the desktop on! I should have planned better and written my post Friday night but I didn't. Phhht!

All the thread ORTs I've saved this year are really filling up this jar! The stitching is another Christmas Ornament I've started. Looks strange now but this will be a water pump and bucket soon...

My sewing/finishing ORTs are good too:

Since I was gone all day Miss Molly was extra snuggly and sweet. Can you see the gap of her missing teeth? You can't see in the photo but she has purple stitches that will eventually dissolve. She's back to regular kibble, and didn't care one whit that it wasn't canned-food-treat any more! We have a vet visit in the morning and hopefully she can have the cone off and get toys back! She's been terribly polite about wearing the cone. She took it off twice that first full day and after being admonished that it must stay on she has left it alone.I wish she always minded so well!


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your March TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Three Finishes

I dug this cute birdie out of the finish box and sewed it up. This sweet pinkeep is twin to ones I've finished before. This one just never got done! It's stuffed with crushed walnut shells and backed with mattress ticking. I edged the seams with a prim cross stitch in olive.

Design ~ Tweet Hearts, Exemplar #2
Designer ~ Blackbird Designs
Fabric ~ 32 count tea-dyed Jobelan
Fiber ~ DMC
Finish ~ Pinkeep

I then ruched ribbon for what seemed like hours and hours and hours. Not my favorite thing to do.

It was the perfect edging for my Fa La La ornament so I kept at it! Eagle eyes will notice I changed the lettering from the original and added a few notes.

Design ~ Fa La La
Designer ~ Plum Pudding Needlearts
Fabric ~ 28 count tea-dyed Monaco, over one
Fiber ~ DMC
Finish ~ Christmas Ornament

Another pull from the finish box was this elephant which I popped into a greeting card and it's off to my sister-in-law for her birthday. This design is one of my freebies!

With this splurge of finishing I'm sure to come up with something interesting to do next!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Simple and Fun

When I finished Les Moutons I wasn't sure what to do next. I futzed around with my WIPs, Peacock Tapestry and Finery of Nature...blah. I considered beading Peacock Cypher since Lindsay started hers. Beading...blah. Everything was just blah! All I could come up with was creating more finishing work for myself. Christmas ornaments! 

My current stitch is  Fa La La, an old Plum Pudding Needleart freebie. I've stitched this a couple times before but always for exchanges or gifts. This one's for me. Stitching over one on Monaco that was boiled in tea so it's now like 26 count.

Already finished is Joy an old Lilybet Designs freebie. I just need the little red JABC star button and it can be finished. Which means I'll have to buy more stuff to justify shipping on a $1.40 button. LOL This is stitched on 28 count Black Jobelan. I ironed black interfacing on the back already.

I've spent hours poking though my stash, finding Christmas ornament designs I want to stitch. Some of these date back to the 1980's when all we knew for ornament finishing were those plastic snap together frames! Remember those? I think I have a bunch downstairs in a craft box. Nowadays we have Vonna Pfeiffer to show us how it's done!

Do you have trouble after finishing a long term project? Tell us!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Seven Sheep Puddles and It's A Wrap

I kept thinking these looked like puddles of sheep as I stitched them. Seven silly snoozing sheep.

With group seven done...that means it's finished! Fifty five fat fluffy sheep all counted and stitched!

Design ~ J'apprends à compter les moutons 
Designer ~ Mouton Rouge
Fabric ~ 32 count Blue Spruce
Fiber ~ Gentle Arts Sampler Threads

This was such a fun design to stitch! I started this project right around the time I started this blog in 2007. A long time ago! I am glad to have it finished even though I have no idea what I'll do with it!

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Six Sheep in the Poppy Field

At least I assume these are poppy flowers! My group of six on Les Moutons is complete! I did get to work on this part during a Facebook Friday Off the Grid session a couple weeks ago. Before that, it was kind of a slog, just tough to get going! Once I got well started, they were a breeze. 

Group seven are well in hand already and I should have a finish very soon!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Mayhem Mishaps

Take one easily excitable Border Collie, add a very sturdy, and nearly invisible screen door...toss in some people playing with their dog outside and you end up with mayhem. 

Molly didn't see the screen door was closed and smashed, full speed, right into it Saturday evening. Dash and I could see she had a mouth wound and hurried her in to the emergency vet where she was admitted and given pain relief until they could get her a CT scan. Luckily, her jaw wasn't fractured but she ripped out three of her little nibbly teeth on the bottom set, which they removed and stitched closed. It was pretty scary for all of us.

She got to come home this evening. Molly is pretty doped up!

She now wants all the snuggles. She is usually too busy for cuddling. Often, one thinks one is fixing to get a cuddle but it's usually only a ruse to get one to play fetch.

We cannot tear mouth stitches as that tissue is very soft and easily damaged so this horrid cone is required for two weeks. We are also not allowed any toys for two weeks! The vet gave us tranquilizers which we hope will lessen the toy/fetching/chewing withdrawal symptoms. The poor girl has already searched the house for toys several times. (I washed all the toys and put them away.)

On the plus side, Molly thinks it's one big dog party with canned food and peanut butter! Dash and I are relieved to have her home again. And I will be sewing some ribbons into the screen door once it's repaired!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mystery Birdie and a Dyeing Fail

I pulled a couple of finishes out of that box and started preparing them for final finishing. I got the first of those finished last night watching floss tube.

I then thought, when did I stitch this? I searched my blog the last seven years and I guess I never posted about stitching it! It's a mystery birdie!

Design - Button Up Birdie #1
Designer - Victoria Sampler
Fabric - 32 count tea dyed Lugana
Fiber - DMC

Such a handsome fellow! He turned out very sweet! I really wanted some red chenille to trim him with. 

How to clean up after the murder.
Oh wait, that's not blood! Last night I poured a little scarlet dye in the sink and tossed in salt and a yard or so of chenille. 

But when I washed out the dye and dried it the chenille was coral not red. I settled on making cording out of the 321 and trimmed Mr. Birdie with that instead. Now if I hadn't washed the dye out so thoroughly it would have been the correct red but I don't like the chance of it staining my projects.

Well, that is one down from my giant box of UFFOs. What can I come up with next?

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Monday, February 19, 2018

A Wee Sheep

Ever since I stitched the group of five "stacked" sheep on Les Moutons I kept admiring that bottom sheep. Wouldn't that make a cute ornament? He wouldn't leave me alone!

He begged to be made...

I found some Daffycat Dyed 28 count Monaco and stitched him quick. The blue star fabric is the backing but it sucked the color out of the Monaco in the photos.

The actual color is very rich, like this. I trimmed it out in Daffycat Dyed chenille and a festive red bow. Maybe not typical Christmas colors but I liked it! Vonna has an excellent video tutorial how to make this type ornament here: Pillow Christmas Ornament

Yes, yes..I know I have a box FULL of stuff waiting to be finished! I have a couple of those pieces in process already, I promise!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

In the Loop

I've written about Caroline before, and her great blog and YouTube channel. The other day she began a video series to teach another blog friend how to knit, inviting us all along. I was game! I love learning new things...a trait fostered by my Grandma Val. She visited a couple times a year when I was growing up and she always brought some new craft to teach me. I have fond memories of basket making, crochet, different Christmas ornaments...all kinds of crafty endeavors!

So learning to knit is right up my alley! In her first video, Caroline gave us a supply list and I had no problem finding the needed yarn and needles. Thanks, to Pixie at David's Yarn in Edmond, OK!

Now, I know one way to "cast on."

I also learned how to do the knit stitch! My tension is terrible but better than the first twenty times I knitted this swatch! Practise, practise. 

Ha! Just what I need, another hobby, right? I may never progress to more than dishcloths but I'm having fun learning. Want to join in?

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Totally Useless February

Shine up those ORT jars people, it's the New Moon and our Totally Useless Stitch A Long is in full swing! I have added lots of little threads (so much white!) to my stitching jar and mojo is still running strong on Les Moutons:

My sewing ORTs are interesting from sewing those bowls cozies:

I love the bright colors in this Fresh Market layer cake. There are also some trimmings from ornament finishing. Remember that big box of finishing to do?  I'll try to share that business soon.

Here's a detail of the group of four sheepies. The bottom sheep is so fluffy only his toe-tips peek out. The top sheep reminds me of a setting hen, all fluffed out to nestle chicks!  Gosh, they're too cute! Hey, this means there are only a lucky 13 sheep left to stitch! I've a tiny start on group six as you can see in the TUSAL photo.


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your February TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Easy Shopping List

I've posted before how I precut my DMC into 8 equal lengths, slip them back into their numbered band and into a bag. When I get to the end of a skein I toss that numbered band into my frog jar and save it. The little short band gets tossed into a giant jar and saved, aren't they pretty? I've always had an idea to one day put these into a clear glass lamp for my studio.

Once I get a lot of the numbered bands saved I will get them out and write down the numbers and go shopping! This way I can replace the floss I've used and I don't miss out on sales because I haven't looked to see which colors I need.

This photo is a bit dark to reduce glare. You can see I have one unopened skein of DMC 160 and one precut skein. I tuck an index card in the bag so it will stand up in my cabinet and it's easier to see the floss. The bags are "Bag-It" by Westex, not Floss-A-Way's. I don't like those because they are covered in red lettering and I like being able to see my floss.

Everyone will be curious! How you do your floss and how you keep track of replacement colors? 

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

And They Were Swinging!

I have been sitting on this photo all week, don't know why I haven't posted it. Three more sheep swinging in the garden. I somehow added a row in the third sheep so he's extra fat!

I finally got around to getting red pompom trim for my Grinchy ornament. This freebie is still available here.

I'm working on the set of four sheep now, and they are nearly finished. I had to go get more B5200 floss as I've gone through nearly 2 skeins since I picked this back up. These sheep are deceptively fluffy! A couple of the sheep are stitched in oatmeal GAST, I guess for a bit of variety? Once four are done, I'll just have six and seven. Closer to a finish!

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Monday, February 5, 2018

I Shouldn't Be Stitching!

I shouldn't be stitching! I should be finishing! I've been bringing up some cross stitch things from storage in the basement. Things like fabric and finishing stuff and patterns. Things I used to have to trek downstairs for so rarely ever bothered. Then I came across my pile of things needing finishing. Oooo, what a guilty secret I had hidden away!

Whoa! I brought it all upstairs and gave it it's own box. Finish after finish ~ just waiting to be finished! A rough count gave me more than 60 objects, probably closer to 70!

There's Halloween, Christmas, Spring, Autumn, Fourth of July, big stuff, tiny things and even some daffy cats. I've been an awesome stitcher but a lousy finisher! Maybe having the box waiting here, staring at me will help? Let's find out!

Are you quick to get things finish-finished? Or do you have a pile of UNfinished-finishes? Tell me about them! Better yet, post about it on your own blog and give us the link in the comments!

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Lambing Season

Now, I don't know anything about real sheep but at my house it must be already lambing season because a lot of them have sure popped up! I turned that top corner so you can see how big it will turn out. It's just under 13 inches square. 

Les Moutons is coming along at a good clip! See the silly one kicking out his back hoof on top of the stack of five? HaHaHaHa! I'm enjoying this stitch immensely. 

I've also started making bowl cozies out of that Fresh Market layer cake. I told you I had plans! Jake powers right through all those layers of cotton like it was piecing.

The bad thing about making these is all the batting fluff does a number on my eyes! Itchy and dry, my eyes are red before I finish even one cozy. I'm not allergic to batting, it's just a debris irritant. Eye drops are my 2nd best friend! I will have to give Jake (my #1 best friend) a good cleaning/oiling during and after making these linty cuties. 

Oh dear, I've been watching floss tube. As if I didn't already follow like, 500 some-odd blogs already, now I'm adding video blogs to my enablers. If you aren't aware of floss tube (or flosstube) go on YouTube and type that keyword into the search box. Be careful. Just saying. I enjoy the concept but it is a lot more time consuming than reading blogs! It does give me something to watch/listen to while stitching. I especially enjoy the tutorial ones - I love learning new stuff. Do you watch floss tube?  Are you a floss tuber? 

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Saturday, January 27, 2018


I took a quick break from Les Moutons to make a wee Christmas Ornament. I'm really pleased how nice it turned out!

The squirrel is from a 1978 leaflet by Carolina Cross Stitch Inc. Titled Woodland Christmas Series #6. Their squirrel was grey so I changed the colors to red as we have brown squirrels here. I stitched him one over one on 25 count unknown fabric that I tea dyed. The fabric is really stiff, I suspect it's Monaco, I have a giant cut of it from who knows where. The little stitched border I nicked from a Shepherd's Bush design from a Just Cross Stitch Christmas issue. This little guy is just under 3 by 3 inches! Thanks, Vonna for the cute finishing help.

While straightening up my studio I came across this unfinished strawberry emery fob. No clue why it sat unmade but I stitched it together in less than five minutes. The berry is stuffed with a teeny bag of white emery to polish and sharpen your needles. You can find white emery here. The fob turned out so sweet!

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Monday, January 22, 2018

How To Make a Scarf with Your ORTs

I was reading my TUSAL blogs today and FlashinScissors made me remember a show I watched on PBS once. I'm thinking it was Sewing with Nancy? Anyway her guest showed how to make scarfs with threads. The video above isn't the show I watched but that is how it was done.

I have been saving my ORTs for ten years + and I am rather attached to them so I don't know if I could even bring myself to use them!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Progress, Questions and Stash

The sheep are rockin' and rollin' right along. I tried stitching for the Friday Off the Grid Stitch In but I kept getting interrupted and simply gave up. Sometimes you gotta go with the flow. However, that left me one sheep not connected to his legs!

I swear, my favorite parts of this stitch is that fat sheep beside the number five (he's so stinkin' cute) and that silly sun. I had to save the sun for the last thing on that section as my little reward for finishing it!

Deb had some questions...what is the fabric I'm stitching Les Moutons on? It's 32 count Blue Spruce, unknown brand. I bought the fabric at the Silver Needle. The model of this was stitched on a light baby blue, not my style but I wanted the fabric to really contrast with the white sheep. 

Deb also wondered how my broken arm was feeling? Much better! I forget it was even injured now. It's been 14 weeks and I have finished therapy but I still have stretching and strength building exercises to do. The doctor said it would be a year before I had full strength and movement back. It was just about six weeks on when the Mystery Quilt started and I had just gotten the go-ahead to use the arm. Wow! I feel like it healed fast.

I finally spent the $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop I won a year ago. Boy, their packaging is nice! I got this sweet layer cake called Fresh Market by Bella BLVD for Riley Blake. This was also in a plastic wrapping but I took it off as it was too shiny for photos. I gots plans for this layer cake! I also got two yardage cuts for another project. A green stripe and a green dot. More to come on both of those!

I found a project I really wanted to do but it is an appliqué design and I've never done that. The closest is the Dresden Plate quilt I've been (not) working on. I'm not one to shy away from something new so I've been researching and gathering supplies. I still need to either buy or make myself a pressing pad I can use sitting down. The stripe and dot fabric above is part of the planned appliqué project, along with some fabrics from my stash. 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

We Start Another Totally Useless Year

Here's to kicking off the first Totally Useless Stitch A Long with a "Bang!" Or a some really full ORT containers, at least! It's the first New Moon of 2018! Have you signed up for the TUSAL this year? Look for the link above or at the bottom of this post so I can put your blog on the guest list. We also have a Facebook group if you don't have a blog and you can show off your ORTs there.

I have had really good stitching mojo but only so-so sewing mojo. My stitching ORTs are all from Les Moutons which  is coming along at a good clip:

My wooden leaf bowl is chock full of clippings from On Ringo Lake:

Not such an attractive photo but everything else in my studio is covered with units of the quilt waiting for me to sit down and sew it together! Sew much to do!


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your January TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


What other hobbies do you have? I enjoy many, hopping from one to the other as the mood strikes. One of my other pastimes is jigsaw puzzles. I'm rather picky though...they must be photographs, not paintings and 1000 pieces or more. I will put the puzzle together, then box it back up and away it goes. I don't glue them together and I don't save them...unless they have to do with needlework!

This one I have had forever. I've gotten it out and worked it at least twice. These Roseart were the best puzzles!

This one I bought as a belated Christmas present to myself. Nice quality but, Oh, so expensive compared to the cheap ones years ago! I put it together a couple weeks ago, admired and boxed it back up for a rainy day.

I found this one on eBay and paid ten times the original price, lol. I haven't even opened it yet. It looks like a hard one! The Kodacolor were awesome puzzles too. I remember going to the drug store and getting a couple of these or the Roseart brand, usually landscapes or famous places. Kinda like traveling right at the kitchen table. 

I'd love to hear about your hobbies!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday Night Stitch-In

Yesterday, I joined a Facebook group called Friday Off the Grid by Caroline of Off The Grid Needlearts. You may also recognize her from her YouTube channel of the same name Off the Grid Needlearts. So many links all the same name...hope I got them correct!

Anyway...Friday Off the Grid is an internet stitch-in held every Friday from 6pm to midnight. We post a picture of our project(s) at the start and again at the end. It was a lot of fun!

I was late to the party, spending time with Dash as he would be gone all day today, so I didn't get to start until 9pm. No one kicked me out so the rules must be pretty loose, right? I was able to stitch from 9pm to 1am. Ooo, I stayed a little late! Yes, I'm that guest you have to ask to leave cause I'm having so much fun I don't realise the party's over!

At 9.

At 1.

I got half a sheep, a zero, some grass and some fencing put up and I watched three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale and a couple of Floss Tubes. I had gotten the first half sheep, a tree and a one put in the night before whilst watching entire seasons of the Midnight Quilt Show. For those that don't know, I am The Queen of Slow Stitching so this is incredible progress. Shocking, really.

You ought to check out the links above and join us on Friday nights! We'd love to stitch with you!

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