May 20, 2009


I'm pretty sure that's not really a word....serendipitous...but I like it and I'm going to use it. OK, wait a minute and I'll get up off my big fat lazy heiney to go look it up...WOO HOO! It really IS a word! Right there in the dictionary and everything! So there.

I use it, because for the last few years I have been looking for the perfect box or basket to use for projects requiring a lot of different thread colors. I think I've tried just about every stitchy thread organizing technique known to man, but I think that Floss Bags work best for me. I seem to waste less thread that way and I like that I don't have to constantly pull the thread off of its card.

So yesterday, I was putzing around up in the studio when I started looking at a little basket that I was using to hold rings. Well, wudda ya know? It was the exact size that I needed to hold Floss Bags!

I couldn't let this piece of serendipitousness go without celebration, so I started pawing through my stash to find a BA project that would require a lot of Floss Bags so that I could use my new basket. Do you suppose that I am the first stitcher in history to use THAT as an excuse to start something new? Tee hee!

So here's Prairie Moon's Spring Tranin'. I'm stitching this on a gorgeous piece of 28ct. Cafe Kona linen, using two over two. At first I thought I would try one over two, since my two over two stitching has been so "clunky" lately, but this is working out quite nicely: I know it doesn't look like a lot of stitching took place last night, but that little block took me all the way through "P.S. I Love You" (yes, yet again). You can blame Jeffrey Dean Morgan for it. Go right ahead.


  1. Ok...I finally googled Jeffrey Dean because I had no idea. Now I understand why he might be distracting. :-) Nice start! Better yet--nice rationalization. And...good word!

  2. Funny you should mention floss organizing. I have for years (over 30...EEEK!!) used the floss winders and put all my floss on them and then labeled the numbers and filed them in boxes according to their numbers. Well, after all these years, I have been unhappy with the floss being "bent" by winding it. I know, I'm set in my ways sometimes..LOL Anyway, I went to my local cross stitch shop today and talked with the gal that owns the shop and I bought a setup to use that I think I will like very much. If you want more info, check out I bought the project slide.

  3. Don't you just love it when you find something that works! I just figured out that I could put my magnifier on my K's Creation lap frame and it weights my frame from tilting over! Just had this thing for going on 10 years!

    I love reading your blog! You and Stewey are a hoot!

  4. Very nice start. It may be a small block, but looks like a lot of stitching involved. Love your excuse to start a new project (think I'm going to have to use that one!)

  5. Hi Coni,

    Good start on Spring Training. Now you only have to do;

    39 more squares
    1 Tree
    1 Train
    2 Flowers
    2 Birds
    3 People
    3 Kites
    3 Birdhouse with fences
    4 Houses
    6 Hands
    7 Moons
    18 Small Critters & Bugs
    19 Stars

    She says while ducking! LOL!!!

    Actually you have a great start and you'll have it done in no time. :-)

    Windy Meadow

  6. Hi there, I found your blog through Deb (Lavender Rose). Lovely stitching and your puppy is so cute!

  7. Don't you just love baskets?? I know I do! :) I love your new start - I had never seen this one before! Can't wait to see more! :)

  8. I have this pattern and I love it...I haven't stitched it yet but I will. Good Progress.

    Take care & Happy Stitching

  9. great new start & i love that word, it just rolls off the tongue, pitty it dosen't roll of the keyboard because i can't spell it, LOL.
    Loved reading through your blog

  10. Great basket, Coni! I love my floss bags too. If you slip a 3x5 index card inside your floss bags they will stand up better!