Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas ....

Wishing all of my very dear bloggy/crafty/cross stitchy friends the very Merriest of Christmases and a safe and Happy New Year.

I would also like to thank you all for your friendship, support, advice, encouragement and kindnesses to me over the past year.  This Prairie Schooler SAL blog,  fuels one of my many passions, and thus means a lot to me and while, posting on it has been erratic of late (as my Christmas stitching hotted up) it still gives me great pleasure to know that this blog has, just maybe, been of pleasure to you, too.

All the best for 2017 and I hope to see you all back on this SAL blog in January.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Christmas Tree Farm

Hello Dear Friends,

I hope my post finds you all, happy and well!!

🎅🎄 I have a small finish to share with you! 🎅🎄

♥♥ Hope you like it too !!! ♥♥

Happy Stitching

Christmas Tree Farm

Designed By Pamela Byrd Smith

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Black Cat

I stitched this from Boo to You (156) for a themed Halloween sal blog (theme black cat).

Santas for Decoration ♥

New look of  2014 Santa!

It was stitched two years, and once, made a cushion for a wreath (as shown above)!

We were truely not satisfied the result at that time! Hence, it's been taken from that silly wreath and redecorated for this year's door decoration! It is looking much more beautiful, isn't it?! 


St.Nicholas from Book No:20

♥ Happy Stitching ♥

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A (wonky) finish and a new Prairie Schooler start...

Well, this is actually an old post from JULY, that I started and somehow abandoned! Please forgive me.

This was Finish #2 on my Road Trip to Roma stitching (way back in July) - you can read all about my trip to Outback Queensland on my main blog, starting with this post, if you are interested.  

I am not overly thrilled with how it has turned out - not the design's fault but mine!  I made an error somewhere near the start, didn't pick it up until it was way too late, so had to ditch the idea of a border and create this snow "hill" instead - now it is a bit of an odd shape - may have to make it a bell-shaped ornie, I think, when I Finish Finish it.  Although, some other interesting shapes have been suggested to me, as well.

Prairie Schooler Book #150
28 ct Ivory linen
Suggested DMC floss

I also finally finished the Train Sampler (as the baby was born).  His name is Joseph Fxxxx, so I added those initials to the coal carriage.  I am really thrilled with how it turned out and the new mother was pleased with the baby gift, too.

This is from Book #69, Prairie Village I.

Anyway, off to kit up some more PS designs to take on the road trips I have coming up soon (Ballarat for a weekend and then in a week or two, a week on Kangaroo Island).  I find their designs are so perfect for travel.  Not too many colour changes and so satisfying to stitch.

hugs, Kaye

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Santa Rides

Hi  Everybody,

After a very looong break, I am here again, with a coal train which Santa rides!

It is from  Book No:47! 

While stitching it, I've changed train's color and sewn  deer buttons on empty part of the wagoon  (hope you like it)

So, I simply love those Santas and planning to stitch at least one more from them!

Happy Stitching😘😘😘

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Now it's a waiting game ......

I have been working on a Prairie Schooler piece for a new baby that is on the way (the son of one of my dearest friends is expecting his first son, any day now).

It is the train from Book #69, A Prairie Village I.  As they are a hipsterish couple, I thought that the understated vintage aspect of the design would appeal to them.

I am very pleasde with how it is looking so far....

The empty space in the coal carriage is for the baby's initials, when I know what they are - he is due any day now.

So, as I said it is just a waiting game.  I will show you the finish when I can.

Hugs, Kaye

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Needle Book

I made Needle Book again.
It is my happiness to produce Needle book of the design of Prairie schooler.

Prairie Schooler Book 194 RABBIT RUN

  Part excerpt. I have added more stitch 

                                                          My blog: Tussie Mussie

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Another Nordic Holiday .....

Hi all, I have finished my second Nordic ornament from PS Book #191 for the Christmas Ornie SAL May theme of "Reindeer".

Isn't he a proud, handsome fellow?

He is a companion piece to the April theme of "Ornament".

So pleased with my PS progress so far this year - I now have a few finishes under my belt.

I hope that you all are enjoying your Prairie Schooler stitching this year.

hugs, Kaye

Friday, 29 April 2016

Finally, another PS finish for me...

Hi all, this month I really struggled with choosing a design for the theme of "Ornaments" for the Christmas Ornie SAL but after weeks of procrastination, I finally settled on this gorgeous Nordic ornament design from Prairie Schooler, which, of course, feed my PS addiction, too. So, double yay!

I used these two gorgeous Sajou cotton floss and stitched it on 28ct white linen.

I think that for next month's theme of reindeer for the Christmas Ornie SAL, I will stitch a companion piece, the reindeer in the top left corner.

hugs, Kaye

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Finally I can join the fun!


I've been waiting and waiting and waiting, and finally I had the money to order some Prarie Schooler charts online last month! I was thrilled to bits when I received them, I tell you! I know that you all can understand my pure joy, lol!

So, the important question: what did I get??
Well, after very careful consideration I picked these two books... well as these two:

It was a bit difficult to decide which one I should start stitching first, but since I've fancied Christmas Tree Farm for ages, it just had to be that one:) Who can resist all those Christmas trees???
So, I have made a start on all those trees, and also a cute reindeer:

However, I also got a PS Santa, and of course it had to be a crafting Santa...

...which meant that together with the two PS Santas that were gifted to me by the lovely Brigitte , I have three Santas:

I'm stitching my PS Santas alongside Gominam at Stitch Niche, and after yesterday's Frolics I have come this far:

I'm one Santa short as you can see - empty top left corner lol - but I hope to order some more soon.
I already have my eye on the knitting Santa, which would look fab in the upper corner!

I'm also working on a PS ornament for the Christmas Ornie Sal but I'll show you that another day.
Now I'm itching to get back to my PS stitching, and hopefully I'll be back here soon with some finishes!

Thank you Kaye, for setting up this fab SAL where I can share my PS crush with fellow addicts, LOL!


Saturday, 5 March 2016

I love the design of these small birds.
I finished it for pin keeps.


My blog: Tussie Mussie

Friday, 4 March 2016

I loved stitching this.....

Hello fellow Prairie Schoolers,

Well, I am quite early, for me, in posting this month - Yay!  At the end of last month I was scrabbling for what to stitch for March's theme for the Christmas Ornie SAL - Santa and/or one or some of his helpers, when I turned to my old faithful, Prairie Schooler, and found Book #63  Christmas Samplers

And then my eye was caught by the middle sampler, "The Night before Christmas" and then I saw Santa on his sleigh with three of his reindeers and Bingo!  There was my March choice.

I went to my stash and found some great Crafty Kitten overdyed 32 ct blue linen and two days later I was finished!  Woo Hoo!

(It is much bluer than this - if I get a chance to take a better pic later, I will!)

This piece, of course, also counts for  for DUCJFC2016.

Can't wait to see what everyone else stitches this month.

hugs, Kaye

Autumn from Book 50

I started this last fall but put it down when I started stitching Christmas things.  That Indian corn was a little fiddly.  ;-)  I have visions of "finishing" this in a wreath similar to what Priscilla did. She's such an inspiration!

Priscilla's blog

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Winter's Eve

I think I am hooked!!  My latest finish is another Prairie Schooler design... "Winter's Eve".  I stitched this as my Feb ornie for the JCS SAL on FB.

"Winter's Eve" - The Prairie Schooler
Just Cross Stitch Christnas 2015
I stitched this design on a piece of Navy 14ct Aida.... I haven't stitched on Aida for so long so it was quite nice to do so for a change!

The eagled eyed amongst you may notice a mistake or two... and a change in colour!  The bunny and smoke are supposed to be DMC3022 but as I didn't have that in my stash I changed both out.  I think I should have used a darker brown for the bunny as he blends a bit in the snow!

The main boo-boo was just a bit too major to frog everything so I have left it.... for some reason the house is out and of course that put everything else out!!  I stitched the border counting from the roof and then when it came to doing the trees I discovered my error! Oops.... never mind I think it still looks ok with the tree tops right up to the top of the border! :o)

So what PS design next I wonder....

See you all again real soon (I hope!)
Hugs xx

Monday, 29 February 2016

Cabin Pinkeep

I was having a look through one of the many JCS ornament issues that I own and came across this one which didn't fit the February Christmas ornie criteria but it was a Prairie Schooler design!  A very quick but satisfying stitch, lots of straight lines.  I switched the DMC 310 for a brown, I can't remember the number, not fond of stitching with black and thought brown more log cabinish anyway!

Cabin Pinkeep
Prairie Schooler
2004 JCS Ornament issue
The sharp eyed among you will see that it's not a pinkeep either!  Now to find another design.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Noni's Pumpkin Man now has a friend!

I was really struggling this month to choose a design for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL, but then I saw the very "sweet" Pumpkin Man stitched by my dear friend, Noni, and I was hooked.

So, may I introduce you to a second Pumpkin Man?

Pumpkin Man
Prairie Schooler
JCS Halloween Ornie Mag 2015
28 ct linen
Assorted DMC and specialty threads

I am quite taken with him, thanks again, Noni, for the inspiration.

hugs, Kaye

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Pumpkin Man... my first PS!

Hi there!

Well after months of umming and aahing and ooing over all the gorgeous Prairie Schooler designs that I see around blogland and on our very own blog... I finally did it!  I stitched a Prairie Schooler design :o)

Let me present to you - "Pumpkin Man".

This design was published in the Halloween 2015 issue of Just Cross Stitch, and I have used the delightful Pumpkin Man as my February stitch on the Halloween Ornie Blog.

I may be late to the PS party... but now I am on a roll!  I am about to start "Winter's Eve" so I will be back in a couple of weeks to show you my next PS finish (I hope!).

Till next time, happy Prairie Schooler stitching
Hugs xx

Monday, 1 February 2016

Deck the Halls .....

Hello fellow PS students,  
Here is my latest PS finish (which I double-dipped and stitched for the Christmas Ornie SAL as well - this month's theme was Music)

Deck the Halls by Prairie Schooler, Book #81
32 ct Willow Linen, DMC threads.

I am really thrilled with the green floss on the willow green linen - it has worked really well.

 However, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have made at least two errors. I wonder if you can spot them? 

Uh oh!  Big Ooops! The lovely Carol has pointed out a third error - I forgot Santa's belt!  See the photos below for the finally finished version! Thanks, Carol!

Hugs, Kaye

P.S. Everyone has been lovely and said that they can't see the errors but there are two - top right corner and bottom right corner.