Once in A Blue Moon!

The second full moon of the months will rise tomorrow-so celebrate this rare lunar event! Even though this moon is not blue in this canvas, there is quite a large moon in this new Pumpkin March by Melissa Shirley Designs.

What is a Blue Moon?

The modern day definition of a Blue Moon is when there are 2 full moons in one Month. A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days and on the rare occasions when the full moon falls at the very beginning of a month there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month. According to this definition the next blue moon will occur on July 31, 2015, which is tomorrow!

Depending on the exact time of the Blue Moon it is possible that some places in the world don’t technicly have a Blue Moon. As an example the Blue Moon on August 31, 2012 occured exactly at 13:58 UT. The Blue Moon will occur on August 31 for South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, India, and Austrialia but New Zealand will just miss out. For New Zealand the Full Moon occurs just past mid-night on September 1st. For exact times of the Full and Blue Moons see the Full Moon Calendar.

Original Blue Moon Definition

The modern definition of a Blue Moon was derived from an earlier idea of what a Blue Moon was. This earlier definition says a Blue Moon is when there are 4 Full Moons in a season rather than the usual 3. The Blue moon is the 3rd full moon out of the 4. This definition gets a bit complicated and it’s origins are murky. One school of thought has to do with the naming of the full moons. Many cultures named the Full Moons each month to reflected the times for planting, harvesting or seasonal conditions. When an extra full moon was thrown in it was referred to as a Blue Moon to keep the Full Moon names constant throughout the year.

Another origin could be from the Christian ecclesiastical calendar. This one gets even more tricky but basically has to do with the idea that there are usually 12 full moons in a year. The full moons on this calendar were important markers for determining curtain dates such as Easter. When a 13th Full moon was thrown into the year it made things messy so giving it a name allowed the calendar to stay on track.

The idea of a Blue Moon being the extra full moon in a season (or when there were 13 in a year) was widely used in 19th and early 20th center Farmers Almanacs and the more modern version seems to have come from an article written in the 1930′s that misinterpreted the Farmers Almanac definition. The article was names “Once in a Blue Moon” and from that point on the term became part of popular culture.


and until next time…keep on stitching


Cowboy Up!

According to the urban dictionary, Cowboy Up means…when things are getting tough you have to get back up, dust yourself off and keep on trying! I remember Cowboy Up was the Boston Red Sox’s mantra that year that they made the improbable comeback against the Yankees to win the World Series that year…when was it? 2004?

Sometimes that is so appropriate in our stitching. When the stitching gets tough, we try and try again, it is necessary to get back up and keep trying till you get it just right.


This is a canvas by What’s the Point? and makes into these darling little bags for the holidays or anytime for that matter. I have made several of these over the years with many more to work on one of these days…and glad I have them as they are no longer being painted.

So you are thinking…and yes I can hear you. You are saying to yourself, what has she lost her mind or what? What’s the deal about Cowboy Up and cowboy boots? Yes she has really gone off the deep end now.

Well don’t you know? today is National Day of the Cowboy! A way to preserve the rich heritage and culture of the American cowboy. So of course I think about cowboy boots, John Wayne, cowboy coffee and all things cowboy.


So join in the spirit of the National Day of the American Cowboy… a Melissa Shirley Design

Or if your like me, you just Cowboy Up! So that’s me these days as I stitch away and I am almost there and I can taste it… but nothing that breakfast at The Cottage and a little retail therapy won’t cure!

and so if you don’y hear from me daily, you know that I am buried in threads and stitching. AlleyCat found what she was looking for as Sylvester was in that bag!


Can you believe it?


It’s 5 months to Christmas? Where has the year gone to already? So while I am in a holiday thinking mood…

Time to think about finishing up your Christmas Stocking and ornament stitching if you are going to have any hope to make it for the finishing deadlines!

This was a new canvas Christmas Stocking introduced by Melissa Shirley Designs at the summer market. See I really like this as first the bricks would be like a comfort food of stitching (easy) and secondly there’s a cat in the window!

I still haven’t been doing much if any stitching. I need to remedy that this weekend for sure. I see lots of baseball while sitting and stitching. After all the Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions are tomorrow and our tv announcer Dick Enberg is going to the Hall!


AlleyCat’s wondering what’s in my stitching bag?

and until next time…keep on stitching


Guess What Day it Is?

“Picture this: it’s mid-July, the sun shines and you rest on a hammock, completely relaxed. This is the essence of Hammock Day.

Today’s reason to celebrate reminds us to slow down, breathe easy and enjoy these beautiful summer months. Though its exact origins are unknown, it is said that hammocks originated hundreds of years ago in South America. Allegedly, the journals of Christopher Columbus provide the first documentation of the hammock. However, some sources attribute this invention to the Ancient Greeks. One thing is for sure—hammocks have always been symbols of leisure.

Today, take a few minutes to sit back and unwind on a hammock. Don’t have one? No problem! Just grab some sturdy fabric and rope—you can make yourself one in no time. Happy Hammock Day!”

Canvas by Sandra Gilmore entitled “Hawaii”

Even Mooch and Earl want to get in the hammock… well Mooch is there and looks like he is not sharing!

and until next time…keep on stitching


I Scream! You Scream! We all Scream!

for Ice Cream! Do you know that today is National Ice Cream Day?

Even AlleyCat screams for ice cream…and yes she sure does. She can be asleep for hours, I haven’t seen hide nor hair of her furever or heard the pitter patter of her little paws…but just let me set an ice cream container on the counter, she is right there to lick the bowl, lick the spoon, well you get the idea. She meows loudly until she gets her own.

So why all the deal about ice cream? Well its hot these days and there’s nothing better than cooling off by diving into a dish or cone of wonderful, flavorful ice cream. Plus It’s national ice cream month! Today is the actual National Ice Cream Day, but why just today? Ice cream is great any time…

I thought that this canvas by Maggie is a great way to celebrate the day along with a dish, a cone or any kind of ice cream.

Even Mooch and Earl want ice cream!

Many ice cream places will be offering free treats today…check it out!


AlleyCat is ready to go out with me!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Where Does the Time Go?

Here it is 6 weeks after the TNNA Summer Market and I still have not shared all of the pictures of the new stuff with you… See time really does fly!

Painted Pony is a lot more than angels, she now has many artists in her line… but nothing as well known as her angels!

These were both new ones that were introduced. Now do you think that we were lucky enough to get the Christmas Cats with our trunk show at the shop? NO! but it’s probably just as well, as that way I won’t be tempted.

Maybe soon she will be well known for her Mary Engelbriet line that should debut at Dallas!

I really haven’t been stitching much these days. It seems that by the time I do a few work errands on my way home for work, feed the cats, have a little dinner myself, that I am them too tired! Now Friday night I am going to the baseball game and Sunday I am headed up to Los Angeles to see my sistah Meredith as we are tired of playing phone tag… this way we can see each other face to face.

A guess no one believed me that I was really going to trade AlleyCat in for a new model!

and until next time…keep on stitching


le 14 juillet!

Stop calling it Bastille Day! it is the name that English speaking countries have given to le 14 juillet, of course celebrated on the 14 of July each year. In France it is formally called Le Féte Nationale or the National Celebration or even Le Quatorze Juillet.

a day of celebrations of French culture. So much more than French wine… it is the French National Day or so many names for 1 day of the year. Canvas by Unique New Zealand, which is in my I’m going to stitch this someday in my lifetime pile.

So what exactly is Bastille Day? Well today is the anniversary of the storming of The Bastille and the unity of the French Nation during the French Revolution…

What could make you think about France more than Julia? Julia Child that is.

Julia loved cats! So for more than one reason, I gotta love this lady…

There was a kitty-kat adoption at my local Petco with lots of kittens this past weekend and of course I had to take a look-see. When I got home I threatened AlleyCat that maybe I might trade her in for a new model if she doesn’t behave herself…

Like this…

Even though she looks pretty cute sitting there…she is somewhere she knows she’s NOT supposed to be! She was busted and as soon as I ask “and what do you think you are doing there?” she sasses me and then jumps down. What am I to do with her?

and until next time… keep on stitching


It’s in the Bag!


When you attend market, there is so much more than canvases there to look at. Atenti is one of my favorite stops at market and their booth is always soooooooooo busy! After all we need that perfect bag to carry our canvas in… or your cat as the case may be.


This is the beautiful Andrea of Atenti, who has the passion for finding this fabulous fabric and creating these bags!


a new style of bag, which I love! I wonder how the cats will fit into this one?


Here it is in black and red. Very elegant looking!

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These are the new stix sax by Leigh. Made for knitting needles, but why can’t we use them for needlepoint?


See Sylvester fits purr~fectly into this Atenti bag!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Ooh That Face!

There was quite a lively discussion on Facebook the other day about The Santa. I had just seen him at market, along with Mrs. Santa, so I was able to help the stitchers that just had to have it, with the designers name, which is Clarice Bethel. These pictures from market are never the best BTW!

I was not fortunate enough to have known Clarice personally, but in a way I feel that I do anyway. Her faces are easily recognizable and those mesmerizing eyes, I would know them anywhere!

The detail and the life that she puts into her faces are just amazing. Makes you want to sit down and stitch one. Mr. and Mrs. Santa would make a lovely pair to hang on your walls. Just tell you LNS when you want to order them…that they come from Sophia Designs.

This is a new canvas by the artist Penny Macleod for the collection. This one really intrigues me and I would love to stitch it!

Labors of Love, isn’t he handsome? new canvases in 2 sizes.

a little closeup! His height makes him very impessive…

and speaking of that face…the best one of all!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Did You Have a Great 4th?


It sure looks like Mooch and Earl did! How about you? I didn’t budge out of the house for 2 days as I watched lots of baseball, watered plants, finished my work for the September/October issue for Needlepoint Now, did some much needed housework, watched fireworks from my balcony and, and, and…drum roll please! really, really made a big dent in organizing my threads. I still have lots more hours to finish up, but I made great strides.

The beads and the Kreinik are good to go and I sure was glad that I had already bought 2 more boxes from the Container store to ready myself for this project as I used them both.

I had many partial cards of Splendor with the numbers on the BACK of the cards…do you remember that? Maybe I am dating myself! Rainbow Gallery used to place a numbered sticker on the back of the cards. All of those were pulled out of my stash and are moving on as I am sure that the dyelots are no where were they are today. I have learned with the amount of model stitching that I do, that I need current dyelots.

Sunday morning I just had to go to The Cottage for breakfast as since I’ve been back to the shop, I am off of my routine! Did a few shop errands on the way home, a little window shopping for myself and came home to more thread organization and sorting. I did find that it was very quiet in the stores this Sunday morning, so it was a great shopping experience!

I was sitting on the floor since there was more room to spread out and shortly l was joined by my su~purrvisor!

and until next time…keep on stitching