Archive for the ‘“JUST SAYING”’ Category

May 14th, 2010
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If you are not a member of the JAT message board you can register by clicking on the “message board” link in the top menu bar and then click on “Register”. Be sure to send me an email with your user name so I can activate your membership once you have registered.


My stitching long ago

May 6th, 2010
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I was talking with a friend yesterday and of course we turned to stitching chat. Actually we started talking about the Lady Evelyn book I had last blogged about. I had ordered her one as a gift and in doing so I somehow ordered two. I have no idea how I could have done this as I had to submit my card a second time…very strange… Anyway, we were discussing the fact that one cannot get really large count linen and very small thin fibers any longer. Lady Evelyne stitched some of her beautiful laces on 180 count linen…if you can imagine. Anyway, as happens, the conversation turned and we were chatting about some of the stitching we had done some time back. I mentioned a piece I had stitched about 15 years ago when I first started stitching. Yep, one of the first things I ever stitched. It was a butterfly I stitched in gold threads. But the unusual thing is I did not realize I could not stitch it like I did…I actually stitched it on 40 count linen, over one thread. The entire background is cross stitched also. The original linen color is a natural linen color. Mind you, they are full cross stitches over one linen thread on 40 count linen. Well, no one told me yet that I just could not do that. My friend wanted a picture so I thought maybe some of you would like to see a picture also. Here it is…my Butterfly !

As I was getting it out of the cabinet I started looking at some of the stitched pieces and noticed this Santa ornament. This was the very first thing I ever designed. I actually learned to chart from this little Santa. Hmmmmmm….this might just make a good Christmas ornie this year for the members of my message board. Hmmmmm…yep, it is already designed and all I would have to do is write the finishing. …… Oh, sorry, just talking to myself again. Anyway, I thought I would show it to you here also since we are talking about old things we stitched. That is what we were talking about right? 🙂 I was just turning from needlepoint to cross stitch and was still new to needle work. I used a lot of needlepoint stitches and had a great time stitching him. Here he is…my old Santa USA. Is there anyone out there that actually remembers this old design? Santa USA


Book Review: Lady Evelyn’s Needlework Collection

April 26th, 2010
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I wanted to share the most wonderful book with you all. I have had this book for years and I pull it out all the time just to re-read it. This book has it all…Lady Evelyn’s life story, her amazing needle work (can you believe she actually stitched 180 per inch thread count) and charted designs for you including instructions to stitch them. There are tons of pictures both in color and black and white of her family, herself and most of all her amazing needlework. Sections of the book include: Lady Evelyn’s Life, Her Needlework Collection and Embroideries for you to Stitch. This book is now out of print but if you can get your hands on one it will be a priceless addition to your needlework book collection. Have you ever heard of Mary-Dick Digges presenting anything but the best? I have included some pictures from my book for you to check out.


NSG sneak peak #2

April 17th, 2010
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Here is another little tease. This is the most beautiful cabinet to date I think. Just wait until you see the whole thing. I am working just as fast as I can so it won’t be long. But here is a clip of part of the cabinet. Enjoy….


NSG Sneak Peak

April 9th, 2010
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This is a little sneak peak at just one section of the Northwest Sampler Guild’s cabinet.  I mentioned this class earlier in the blog and this cabinet will soon be complete and the details released to everyone that might be interested in taking this private online class. It will only be available through Northwest Sampler Guild.
This is just a little bit of home. And the tease begins. More to come soon. Now, if you have not already done so you need to trip on over to the Northwest Sampler Guild web site and check them out. I think you will like what you see. And, as they say here in California…I shall return.


April 4th, 2010
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Happy Easter Everyone…


Newsletter Coming

March 23rd, 2010
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I’m back.  Finally!!  I have been away for a long time now but I have been so busy.  Spring has arrived in Valley Springs. Everything is looking so beautiful and green. I love the spring. But who doesn’t?

The class for the Mary Wigham Wardrobe is in full swing.  There are a few seats left but we are out of almost all the supply kits.  Everyone has such great ideas for what color to stitch their wardrobe.  I can’t wait to see all the pictures.  When the class is over I shall post pictures of the finishes  in the Rewards forum on the message board.  Yep, this wardrobe is worth $50.00 if it is completed by the time class is over.  I figure that is a pretty good incentive to help the class members get their stitching done.

Now on to other things.  Let’s see…..

1.  I am working on a very special cabinet for the Northwest Sampler Guild in Washington.  No it is not like the cabinets I have released so far.  Would I do that to you…make something you don’t want.  Be nice now… mahahahaaaa.  Anyway, it is going to be a stitch along held privately on the JAT message board.  I will be going to Washington to give a finishing class so if you are interested it will be just a short while before every thing is finalized, and we will let you all know so you can sign up and/or join the guild if you are interested.  Actually, you can go here Northwest Sampler Guild and check out some of their past classes.  They do have some great classes and their newsletter is wonderful.

2.  Now, speaking of newsletter.  I will have one shortly.  Moosie has the skeleton  ready actually but I have no time to put it together to send out.  It is next in line though so keep checking back so you can subscribe.  I will try to keep it interesting. I plan to  publish quarterly.

Hmmmm…I know I had a #3 to mention but I forgot.  Geeeeesssss…I do a lot of forgetting lately.  And misplacing.  My new motto is, “Touch it – Lose it”.  Really, I swear someone is playing tricks on me because sometimes I don’t even get up out of my seat and I can’t find something I had one minute ago.  Darn kids….  🙂  Can’t hurt to blame them.

Ok, I’m done for now.  I shall try to get back very soon with something interesting to say.  Don’t forget to check out the new shop if you have not done so yet.  And I am going to go onto the message board and ask for ideas to add into the newsletter so if you have something you would like be sure to go visit the message board and let me know.

Thanks everyone.  Take care.  Hugs


Our new store has opened….

February 28th, 2010
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PLEASE NOTE:  I have just posted class information on the message board.  You can find it inside the message board or for those that are not registered yet, it is on the registration page.  Just click on “Message board” in the top menu and then click on “Private Groups Available ” .

You can now register for the Mary Wigham  Wardrobe class. Just click on “Shop” in the top menu bar and then click on Mary’s Wardrobe to reserve your seat in the class. Please note:  you must be registered on the message board before you can order.  You need your message board USERNAME  when ordering.   You are registered in the class via your username and all class email (if any) will be sent to the email address you add to your profile.  I will be posting more information regarding the kits in the private class.

This is such an easy stitch I know you are going to love stitching it.  And the finishing is a cinch.  Truly it is.  Now I am heading to the message board to post a lot of little details that everyone wants to know about how the class will be held.  I will see you in class.  🙂


Get ready….Mary is coming and so is a new store……

February 28th, 2010
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Yep…I can hardly contain myself, I am so excited.   Just a Thought is opening its new store doors soon.  I am becoming a blog, forum and store.  Yep, cart and all.  Moosie has been working her “fingers” off  (ha fooled you)  and while there will undoubtedly be a lot of little fixes that you will all find, I think we will get it all ironed out very quickly. Wow, this has been hard work.  I am very excited about it.

So be ready…we move into our store in minutes or hours….any time now.  🙂  And as soon as the store opens you can all order your spot for the Mary Wigham Wardrobe class.  I know you have all be wondering where and what is going on with it but this has been the delay.  I wanted you all to sign up on your own.  When the class is full it will not allow any more registrations.  I have not gotten the wardrobe kits ready yet but we have plenty of time for that.  The decorative fabric will be so limited I probably should not even offer it but I know it is very difficult for some of you to get supplies so we shall talk about it later, in class.  OK, I’m off to go check with Jo and see how the grand opening is coming along.


Message board registration

February 24th, 2010
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If you are not a member of the JAT message board you can register by clicking on the “message board” link in the top menu bar and then click on “Register”. Be sure to send me an email with your user name so I can activate your membership once you have registered.


My image is blown !

February 17th, 2010
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I am working like a mad dog to get some designs ready to be posted on February 20, 2010. A few will be Nashville releases and one will be a tribute to Mary Wigham of historical 1790 Ackworth school fame. Anyway, while working I noticed this setting and thought you might all get a kick out of this picture. While I know most of you think I work in my silk formal attire, sitting in my mansion office I must burst your bubble. I just had to share this picture. I am actually just a small town designer located in California in the San Joaquin valley foothills…I guess my location along with this picture would make me a true hillbilly. I thought this was just too funny. 🙂
Nobody can tell me I don’t know what a dictionary is for. mahahahahaaaaa….


French Alphabet Sampler

February 9th, 2010
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Oh yea…look what I finally got finished. This is my (Odell) FAS. My dear friend Lynne Blackburn of Blessings Counted, Inc. is the designer of this sampler. (Lynne is the first and the original designer of French alphabets with hidden names like this.) Each one is charted especially for the stitcher and her family and/or pet names. I wanted to highlight my hidden names and initials so I chose to stitch the alphabets in a Threadworx color and my names and initials in a solid DMC floss. This FAS is stitched on 28 count Charles Craft, Monaco. This is my all time favorite to stitch on actually. It was stitched over one linen thread. I am so happy about how it turned out.

If you would like information on how to order a personal FAS Sampler for yourself you can go to Elegant Stitch and find out about how and when to order one. NOTE: Unless you see a little gold lock in the menu bar (either top or bottom) phone in your card numbers as it is not a secure site. Now all I have to do is find the time to get it framed.


Days Gone By

January 24th, 2010
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Look at the picture I received today. It is from Mitch and she is a member of our message board.

Mitch is the first to complete a finish of the Days Gone By box. This is a design in the “Just A Box” collectible series I have started. This is the first box in the series. Beautiful job Mitch.  Thank you so much for sharing.

The JAT rewards for finishing any of the “Just A Box” Collectibles is $10.00. To read more about the JAT rewards program visit the JAT Message board.

If you are not a member of the JAT message board you can register by clicking on the “message board” link in the top menu bar and then click on “Register”. Be sure to send me an email with your user name so I can activate your membership once you have registered.


Sneak Peek at Nashville release and planned changes at Just A Thought

January 21st, 2010
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I am going to share some changes I plan on making in the near future. I am going to slow down a bit. I am still going to be here but change things up so that I am not so filled up with this needle work business.

Here are my thoughts. I am going to release my large designs (i.e. Lady’s Cabinet) as exclusive kits available in limited quantities from Just A Thought only. These designs will be released in PDF format only. No paper charts. Whether they are extended releases through the year as stitch alongs or private classes, or all at once will vary according to my choice. The main thing is they will be limited editions. I will announce the total kits that will be available and then once they are gone, whether that be a month or a year…once they are gone they are gone.

I will continue the “Just A Box” collectible series releases and other smaller design which will be available from your favorite needle work shop in paper format and available from me in PDF format only. I will not be making these designs available in paper format via Just A Thought. It is my wish to only have PDF’s available from Just A Thought, me, and paper format available from shops.

Any designs that have kits available will be clearly noted and the kits will be available for purchase here at Just A Thought. Of course these kits will be limited to the amount of supplies I have available.
Wild Roses
Now something new for me…I am sending a new design to the TNNA NASHVILLE show via Norden Crafts. This is a sneak peek and I know you are going to like it. It will be very different and so special. I am also making a few exclusive designs from JAT available to the public via your favorite needle work shops. They will also be available at the TNNA NASHVILLE show. So if you are going to be there be sure to stop by Norden Crafts booth and take a look. They will also be revealed here on my blog at the same time. February 20, 2010.

Also, the Mary Wigham project will be revealed here during the Nashville Show. It is a JAT exclusive so it will not be seen at the show itself. I will release all the information regarding this design…February 20, 2010.

So now I have given you a tease and something to look forward to…I hope ! 🙂 Hugs


Mary Wigham Sampler 1790

December 23rd, 2009
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A lot of you will be very familiar with Mary Wigham of Ackworth School fame. For those stitchers that love the sampler world and Mary Wigham’s sampler you can read all about Mary and download a PDF of this fabulous sampler for free (a donation is requested but not required). There is also a free world wide stitch along that you can join if you so choose. This brings me to one of the most exciting blogs I have ever been to. Not only can you read about Mary and her sampler, download the PDF, find and join in the country of your choice stitch along group, but the blog has many other fabulous posts that I know you will enjoy reading about. Take the time to visit Jacqueline Holdsworth’s blog at and find out more about this amazing sampler and read about Mary,her history and connection with Ackworth School. For the three Mary Wigham links scroll down and watch the right side menu for the following captions; 1. Mary Wigham SAL – Country Head Girls, 2. Mary Wigham forever sal (PDF download), 3. Read the Mary Wigham Story by Donna Dzierleng. Now this all leads me to something that I am very excited about. I have been talking with Jacqueline Holdsworth regarding a new design that I am working on in honor of Mary Wigham. The design should be released some time in February and will be announced here and also on Jacqueline’s site. So now that I have teased you all a little be sure to watch for the Mary Wigham 3D special.


Day after Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2009
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I am so full of turkey and stuffing and everything else that goes with Thanksgiving dinner. I had the whole family here for dinner and I ate until I was stuffed. We had a wonderful time and here I am today relaxing on the computer. I don’t get to surf the net too often and when I do I look for new blogs to check out. Wow, did I find a good one this morning. It is “Blackbird Designs”. I love their charts. I spent way too long reading every page of Alma’s blog. Here is what I found. I think you will all like it and I can’t wait to try it with some of my stitched designs.
Now how cute is this? It is on Blackbird design’s blog This is a papier mache box that Alma has covered with fabric on the outside and then copied a sampler onto paper and used it for the inside of the box. Anyway…she has a wonderful tutorial on the second page of her blog and I think it is just perfect. What a cute quick idea for a christmas gift. I shall be trying my hand at a few of these. I can see using old prints of old family pictures also. Anyway, Alma’s blog is so worth checking out if you have time.
Here is a little sneak peek at this years Christmas ornament from me to all the members of the JAT message board. It shall be finished shortly and then I shall post to the message board the chart and instructions in PDF format for anyone that wants it. It comes along with a great big MERRY CHRISTMAS wish to you and yours. I shall be posting it soon. Actually my hope is to post the PDF on December 1st for you all.


500 years ago !!!

September 27th, 2009
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I received this today and I thought it was just fabulous. With all the copyright infringements and internet thieves and underground sharing I think it was so very fitting to share it with everyone. Perfectly stated. Please take no offense unless it hits home. 🙂

Hold! You crafty ones, strangers to work, and pilferers of other men’s
brains. Think not rashly to lay your thievish hands upon my works. Beware!
Know you not that I have a grant from the most glorious Emperor Maximillian,
that not one throughout the imperial dominion shall be allowed to print or
sell fictitious imitations of these engravings? Listen! And bear in mind
that if you do so, through spite or through covetousness, not only will your
goods be confiscated, but your bodies also placed in mortal danger.
Albrecht Dürer 1511


Halloween is coming !

August 23rd, 2009
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Can you believe Halloween is coming already.  Of course you can…everything comes way too soon for stitchers.  Like…Christmas is just around the corner.  NO KIDDING !

Anyway, I thought I would share a darling project that my dear friend Giulia Manfredini, a Designing Lady, designed.  It has all the fun scissors and pins to go along with it.  Perfect for the Halloween lover in you.

You can check out this design by going to Giulia’s website and clicking on “What’s New”.  Then to read all about it and see more pictures click on the picture that comes up.  Very Cute !


July 22nd, 2009
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A Lady's Cabinet
Wednesday:  July 22, 2009   Well now, my dear friend Kathy, madstitcher on the board, has asked me for a favor.  She says she does not like deer so she wants me to design the front doors, back wall and lid top with a more sampler like style or geometric style or whatever.  Well heck…I just could not say no so I figure that if I am going to design something new she can just share it with everyone.

She was very happy to share of course.  Those of you that know Kathy love Kathy.  🙂

Anyway, I shall be designing something new and as soon as it is done I shall show it to you here on my blog.  The colors will not change, nor will the size or the linen used.  I will also have members of the private class start stitching on other parts so you will have no problem adapting to the new design if you like it better.

And those that did not like the deer, girl and other animals may like the new design better.  The class will, of cource, still be held on the message board as previously noted.


I am finally back !

May 31st, 2009
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Hello everyone: Wow…what a month this has been. Problems, problems, problems. First and worst…my beautiful Golden Retriever dog (Oswald) died on Mother’s Day. Can you imagine.

Then, just before Memorial Day my computer crashed and I lost my entire hard drive. Thank goodness I backed up in January. I am so bad about backing up and now it bit me on the butt… But, I did one smart thing…I backed up my new cabinet design I have been working on in April so I just lost a few of the designs. But, being the old dog that I am I printed all the charts out as I completed them so except for a few changes that I made after the printing I can re-chart them from the paper prints.

Then as I was working with Moosie to get my new hard drive up and running properly my husband informed me that my van compressor died. OK, I am still hanging in but getting really tired.

Sooooo…yesterday my little dog got sick and we had to take her to the vet…$500.00 later we came home with a “my guess is” – “give her this medication and if she is not better in a few days…bring her back”. Mind you I really did say $500.00 later.

So today is a new day and here I am. I told my husband and the boys they have to clean my house and I was going to do nothing but work on this Ladies Cabinet. I cannot believe how long this is taking me.

Now, for being so patient with me, I am going to share another picture with you. And for those of you that actually read this sorry post, you will find the picture below. 🙂

I am signing out and getting into the stitching mode now. Wish me luck…. 🙂 Hugs to you all. Hope you like this sneak peek. More to come later. (Actually, I am almost done with the stitching now. Thank goodness.)