Okay, Okay…

Well the blog is misbehaving today! I imported ALL the pictures to my laptop from market through the last few nights when I wasn’t able to sleep…but now I can’t get not a one to the blog. Not even one of the cats! OMG! what am I to do? well I have to wait for my crack webmaster to take a look see.

So this is as good a time to tell you a little secret. For those of you who knew me way back when, I used to work at The NeedleNook of La Jolla…for years and years and years. I started out stitching for them, then working 1 day a week while I still wore my chef’s jacket and then eventually gave that up and turned to full time at the shop.

Things happen and things evolve and I moved on. For the last 5 years or so I tested the waters as an independent contractor doing lots of things and that’s when mostly needlepoint blog started… My secret is that I am now back home at The NeedleNook of La Jolla and even though I will still continue to write the blog, it might not quite as often. I have been back there for a few months by now and at times, it has been challenging to keep up! and yes I will still continue to work for Needlepoint Now… as I could never leave Elizabeth.

It’s all good… and now to finish up my deadline for the magazine and get it in the mail!


How Could I?

Have forgotten that it was Hug Your Cat day the other day!? I sure hope that the kids forgive me!

AlleyCat doesn’t really like to be hugged…she is like a little kid that pushes you away with her paws. She is very loveable, but solely on her own terms. Now Sylvester is a different story!

Very short and sweet today as I up against some serious deadlines, the house is a mess, the plants need to be watered and I still haven’t totally unpacked yet! so I will see you in a few days.

and until next time…keep on stitching


I Came, I Saw, I Shopped!

Some of my favorite canvases from the TNNA Summer Trade Show were these by Purple Palm Designs. I am absolutely in love with the colors. This one is called Desert Gardens.

This is Cindy’s Garden! and the purple background is just stunning…

Desert Lights and again the purples and the blues just really attract the eye…

This is Desert Gems…


Desert Jewels and this is not the best picture that I have taken!

Blue Pots Four and this is one of the newest designs introduced at market…


Blue Pots Three…

Prickly Pear and again not y best picture…

and Leather…


and until next time…keep on stitching


The History!

“of National Doughnut Day, or National Donut Day, celebrated in the United States of America, is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a. “donut”) – an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day. In 2009, both independent doughnut shops and large national franchises offered free doughnuts in the United States.” 

Co-incidentally I had just taken these pictures at North Market when I was in Columbus! This is across the street from the convention center. Teaching, walking the show floor and shopping, networking, talking and buying is hard work, so a trip across the street is always a must!

It seems as if the cloudy overcast weather followed me from San Diego. I love going across the street to North Market where you can eat your way around while you shop, shop, shop!

Card shopping, is another favorite of mine and it’s just the not the same looking at cards since I visited Whidbey Island and stayed with my dear friend Donnelle…this one’s for you!

Feeding the pig supports local charities and note the mouse peeking out of the chunk of cheese, which hung over the counter at this cheese shop.

Market was wonderful as always and over the next up and coming days, I will have lots of pictures of new canvases and stuff!

and until next time…keep on stitching


I’m Baaaaaaaaaaaack!

The show was awesome as always! I love, love, love…did I say love going to market? To see all the new and wonderful canvases, threads and books.To see all the rock stars of the needlepoint world…and even to meet a new one too. All is so very exciting! Socializing at night with a big girl drink, finding new restaurants (just ask Leigh where they are going!) and visiting a few favorites.

The halls as you walked towards our rooms once inside the convention center made it very welcoming and inviting.

This was my star of the show! a canvas in the making as at the moment this is but just a picture. But isn’t this amazing? artwork by Larry Jones and will be in the collection’s line. Just ask your LNS to order it for you! I know that there is one out there with my name on it.

This was another star of the show for me! My chatelaine that I have been anxiously waiting for and it was so worth the wait. Tony Minieri delivered this to me in person and it is just purr~fect! Tony’s husband Luis makes these one of a kind pieces and you can find more of a selection on Tony’s website. I actually brought a blouse to best show it off… and it worked! Thank you Luis and I really do love, love, love this.


My kids and they are really my true stars. I hope that you missed me as much as I missed you!

and until next time…keep on stitching


To Market! To Market I Go!


Well I’m all packed and ready to go for the TNNA Summer Market! First thing was the threads, canvases and stitch guides for my classes. and yes you do see some chocolate in there too! I will carry this suitcase on the plane with me, as if that suitcase were to be misplaced, lost, stolen or damaged… I might as well just not show up for my classes.

Then came the clothes. They are folded and ready to go and I will pack them later today so that they don’t wrinkle too much. Then what jewelry do I want to take? Just a few cat pins and a necklace or two.

I was doing a little stitching last night and I broke a screw on my stitching lamp. Oh no! I sort of turned it in a different way and probably shouldn’t have done that, so I guess I have no one to blame but myself. I will bring it to the local hardware store in La Jolla in the am and hopefully they can work some magic on it.


I moved this suitcase to the floor, and of course closed it to keep curious noses and paws out of it. So they decided to sit on top of it. Both of them and one at a time!


That look! Is that a hint? as where do you think you are going?

I am travelling sans laptop since I have too much carry-on stuff to take with me. So I will see you when I get back… hopefully I will be tweeting and using instagram, if I remember how?!

and until next time…keep on stitching


This Weekend!


So says Mooch! I can’t start my day without reading Mutts and seeing the antics of Mooch and Earl and all the other cast of characters. Many of the special strips get framed and hang on my walls!

Getting back to this weekend, it is Memorial Day weekend which is the unofficial (or is it official?) start of summer. But it is really a day to remember those who have served our country. Way back when (and now am I dating myself?) it was called Decoration Day and we went to the cemetary to bring flowers to family members and especially my Uncle Sonny, who was in the service and gave his life during WWII.

No holiday for me this weekend as I will be working round the clock to get ready for market and finishing the stitching on my latest piece that will be going into Needlepoint Now in September/October issue!


AlleyCat looks like she is already ready for the weekend. Can you believe the position of this silly cat? well I hear position is everything in life! and we will see you next week…

and until next time…keep on stitching


This is It!


Really! This is the end of my Blue Bonnet report…this was the night of our banquet and Mary Alice was planning quite a birthday celebration for Debbie Steihler who was just turning 60.

BBh* BBi

I was honored to be sitting with all of the rocks stars of the needlepoint world, the teachers! Janet Casey, Sandy Arthur and the beautiful blonde, I am sorry, but your name escapes me… and of course The Divine Miss M! Looks like that Meredith was sharing secrets with Debbie.


It was a few days before Mardi Gras, so we were all given beads! and we didn’t even have to do anything to earn them.



Debbie was a great sport and realy hammed it up and was quite entertaining!


Now Debbie and Tony Goerdes are enjoying a moment.

a great time was had by all! Happy birthday Debbie and I’ll let you in on a secret…sure was glad that Mary Alice didn’t know that I just had a milestone birthday!


and until next time…keep on stitching


Happy Birthday Buddha!

According to Wikipedia, Buddha was asage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BC.

The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one”. “Buddha” is also used as a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha.

The exact date of Buddha’s Birthday is based on the Asian lunisolar calendars, and tends to move around a bit, but it is still a day to honor a great legend. This canvas that you see here is one by Lani and if you have a Sharpei sharing your life, this would be the one for you! and if I had my Buddha piece from the framers, I would be sharing a picture of that too! When I drop off a piece from framing, unless I really have a deadline, I tell them really no hurry…plus I need time to drive to Pasadena to pick it up.

Buddha2* Buddha3

and here is my Buddha kitty, which goes with “if it fits…I sits”

and until next time…keep on stitching

Really, Everything’s Better with Blue Bonnet!

Blue Bonnet Studio Time Stitching Needle Arts Retreat seemed it was ages ago! well maybe it was since that was February.

I love, love, love going to this event and I am signed up already for 2016…how about you? I am not teaching next year, but will be back in 2017 as my sistah Meredith Willett becomes a student of Japanese Embroidery while I teach.

This was my class “Studio Time” and it was 4 days of bring your canvas and get some stitches. For some it was a great adventure, since I had planned out some suggested stitches and threads ahead of time…but for others, it was stump the teacher!

Part of studio time and working on different canvases is the looking and learning from each other.

and even the students were teaching. Pat, who is seen seated and stitching is a master craftsman who has studied at The Royal School of Needlework. She was giving us lessons in silk shading of a reindeer on a Tapestry Tent stocking.

Mary Alice (seen standing) is the master mind behind this all, and stopped by to see how we were doing!

Even Meredith Willett stopped by to add some of her Southern Charm to our class. she was showing us an Elizabethian technique stitch!

AlleyCat and I are going to spend the day on the couch as I stitch and she sleeps!

and until next time…keep on stitching