Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pattern of the Week - March 30, 2013

One of the things most people know about me is I'm an admitted chocolate addict.  Dark chocolate is my absolute fave, especially if it has sea salt mixed in.  Yum!!!  So why not have yet another pattern that showcases your love of chocolate.  This one is just too cute to pass up.  If you're interested in the pattern, just click the photo to go to the website where you can purchase it.  

And if you like supporting handmade and small businesses, click HERE to see the quick-stitch (I think about 9 hours) chocolate piece I designed a few years ago. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Freebie Friday - March 29, 2013

First let me apologize for being absent the past 2 weeks.  There just never seems to be enough hours in the day; and all the spare hours I have when I'm not working job #1 or job #2 have been spent stitching orders for both my Etsy shop and the galleries where my pieces will soon be sold (more details on that in the next few weeks).

Alas it's the end of March and we still have crappy, cold weather here in N.E. Ohio.  I think about the warm summer months each day...feeling the sun on my face, breathing in the smells of fresh cut grass and sweetly scented flowers...and WEARING MY FLIP FLOPS!!!!  Hope you enjoy stitching this one....outside while wearing your flip flops.  :)

P.S.  You know the drill...just click the photo to get the FREE pattern.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pattern of the Week - March 16, 2013

I've always liked the look of Bargello, though I've never tried it.  I do have a beautiful bargello butterfly piece my mom stitched years ago.  Unfortunately even though it is framed, it's sitting in a box in my closet as the frame is falling apart (yeah, large chain store that framed it won't do anything about it, but that's another story!)  

Anyways, back to this one.  I've been trying to find new & exciting patterns and designs to share with you each week.  When I came across this one in The Stitchery catalog I knew it must go on my list.  Not only is it gorgeous, but I'm sure my stitching friend Gail will love it, as she loves all things peacock. 

It is a kit and not a pattern, which makes it more expensive, but I think still well worth it.  If you're interested in more info on it or purchasing it, just click the photo.  Happy Stitching!  :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Freebie Friday - March 15, 2013

If you know me in "real life" or follow my Facebook page, you know I've been running non-stop for the past several months with 80-90 hour work weeks (2 "paying" jobs and then Stitchnmomma).  Unfortunately as time has gone by I've gotten out of my good habits of healthy eating & exercise to be replaced by convenient, processed foods and almost zero exercise.  I've been feeling like crap and am angry with myself at losing track of my priorities and seeing the hard work I put into losing 40 pounds and getting my cholesterol into the good range, all through a healthy diet & exercise, starting to go by the wayside.  I watched a few documentaries (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead; Vegucated and Food Matters) on NetFlix this week while I was stitching an order, and they've given me the push I need to get back to it.

So you're probably wondering what this has to do with the normal free x-stitch pattern and where is it.  

Well, I saw this pattern years ago and I thought of it for this week's post.  Why?  Because when I took a stitching/snack break while watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead I decided it would be a good idea to eat the rest of the bad food in the house (no, not all at one time and because I don't want to waste the $$ by throwing it out) and finished the last 1/3 pint of butter pecan ice cream.   I mean how cute is she doing yoga with her bowl of ice cream sitting next to her?  LOL!  It's like eating something fattening while you're sitting on the couch watching a new exercise DVD for the first time because you want to see how hard it is.  Admit it, most of us have done it!

You know the drill...if you want the pattern just click the photo.  :)

P.S.  Today is the Ides of March.  I did look for an appropriate free pattern, like one of Julius Caesar, but couldn't locate one.  Instead you got the "pleasantly plump" lady and her ice cream.  Happy Stitching!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Fresh Look

February 12th was my 4 year anniversary of having my Stitchnmomma shop open.  Even though I've worked hard at it, I've decided it was time to make the decision of whether I was going full force with it or if I was going to continue to dawdle and hope it grew.  Well, I'm going full force!!

You may have noticed the blog has a new look.  I have a new logo and will be branding all of my social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and of course here on my blog), packaging, business cards, address labels...well basically everything.

I have lots of new exciting opportunities in the pipeline and expect it to be a whirlwind ride this year.  I'm looking forward to all of you sticking around for the journey with me!  :)

Oh yeah, and please forgive me if my posts become rambling and/or sporadic as I'll probably be suffering from a chronic lack of sleep.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pattern of the Week - March 9, 2013

I've been working a lot of crazy hours the past few months, which leaves no time for cooking or eating a "decent" meal (a lot of microwaved stuff & bowls of cereal for me).  I love to cook, really enjoy food and am seriously missing having good meals that doesn't involve standing at the kitchen sink eating while waiting for Max to do his business so I can leave the house again!!  That made me start thinking of Spring and Summer weather that is around the corner and a super yummy BBQ.  This design is perfect for that.

If you're interested in getting more information, just click the photo and you'll go to the listing at

Happy Stitching!  :)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Freebie Friday - March 8, 2013

It's currently Thursday night at 11:15pm and it's been a loooong day of working both job #1 and job #2.  While checking in on Facebook I saw one of my childhood friends is moving from Ohio to Arizona next week.  That instantly gave me inspiration to find an appropriate xstitch pattern for this post.  

Behold....Cacti!!  :)

This does come from a site you have to register for (Cross Stitchers Club).  If you're not yet registered to get their free patterns, just click here to register and get ready to start stitching.

If you interested in getting the pattern, just click the photo, and you'll be taken directly to it..

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Chance to Win....

If you're on Facebook, head on over to my page (before 8am March 7th!) and find the highlighted offer that looks like this.  It will give you a coupon code for 25% off your purchase AND a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to my Etsy shop for a future purchase.  :)

Once you've claimed (or seen) the offer, please feel free to share it with your stitchy friends.  :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Freebie Friday - March 1, 2013

Today's freebie is a beautiful chart compliments of Blue Ribbon Designs.  It's super cute and looks like it would be a relatively quick stitch.  Think I just might need to stitch this one myself.

Here's a word from Belinda regarding her free design..."Please remember, this design is protected by copyright law - thank you for respecting my copyright."  I also ask you to do the same.  If you'd like her free pattern, just click the photo to go to the appropriate links.  :)