Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wait just a minute...................

How can I be out of yarn when I'm not done yet?

Isn't this supposed to work like not being out of money if I still have checks?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

It's a new year....

Okay, it's mid February. We are well into a new year, but still........

Each year, instead of resolutions, I like to choose a focus word. This year I've chosen 'DO'.

I spend so much time with ideas running around in my head and buying things to make those ideas a reality, and then they sit there.


Getting buried under the supplies of other new ideas.

And nothing.

I hope to change that this year.

So here I am............doing.........posting again.

I have been cleaning out my dungeon and have managed to DO a few things because I've come across the supplies again.


Imagine that!

But it does cut into my cleaning time.

I made these earrings out of Bratz doll shoes:

I have no idea why this popped into my head as a must-do thing, but it did. So I finally got around to DOing it.

Honestly, it feels good.

It also feels good to be cleaning up my craft room. There is stuff in there that I question why I ever hung onto it. Am I the only one that does that?

I also finally hung a shelf in there. I've been contemplating it for ages and I finally just did it.

It thrills me.

Is this why people are known to say adulting is stupid?

Because a shelf being hung on the wall rocks my world?

I suspect it is.

I did have a huge accomplishment at the end of last year.

I finished my oldest cross stitch piece. It's a Norman Rockwell and it was 25 - 30 years in the process.

No lie!

Some of the detail:

Now that leaves the oldest unfinished piece in my collection somewhere around 24 years old. I guess I'd better get to it too.

Oh, and if you're so inclined, check out my videos on YouTube..... you can find my channel at Taryn Verleye

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I can see a finish in my future


This is my oldest yet-to-be-finished project. (As far as I can remember.)

I started this project (I almost typed problem.....Ha!) somewhere between 25 and 30 years ago.

YES! It has really been that long.

And the worst part is, I had about 3/4 of the stitching done when I stopped working on it. Why do we do that?

It shames me that I put it away so long that I had completely forgotten ever working on it. BUT, I have been working on it almost every day, and I have every hope that it will be completed before the end of the year. Especially since I'm so close I can almost taste it.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Don't think I've told you....

Well, with me being me, I don't think I ever thought to put it on my blog, but I do have a youtube channel. It's mostly about the things I cross stitch, but there are other things I talk about too.

Check it out if you are so inclined.

Here's the most recent:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I have been busy

I know it's been some time since I've updated, but I have been getting some things accomplished.

I have finished off a few more small cross stitch pieces.

The Alamo

A little country kitchen

Easter bunnies

Grumpy Cat

The Alamo and the bunnies are both from kits. The country kitchen piece is from an old cross stitch pattern book of towels. And the Grumpy Cat is a free pattern from Brookes Books. If you have not seen her stuff, go check her out. There are some lovely patterns there to be sure.

I use these little pillows as fillers in a bowl on my sofa table. It's fun to stitch on something small and quick that I can change out for the different seasons.

I have done things other than cross stitch too, so I'll try to get back a little more quickly and show you those.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Quick Easter Decoration

This was so quick, easy and inexpensive. I'm pretty sure that's the crafting trifecta!!

All I used as a tray from the dollar spot at Target, some cheap candles, and jelly beans from the dollar store.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Bluebonnets are in Bloom

I think this will be our last cold spell of the year. Spring is definitely in the air. I took one of my daughters to spend spring break with her grandparents and the bluebonnets are starting to bloom, and they are gorgeous, as always.

Some time ago, I made some of my own. I just never posted them here. 


I used a stamp from a scrap booking store as my pattern. The flowers are simply french knots that are left loose around the needle instead of pulled snugly to it. The leaves are just a satin stitch.

I used a variegated floss and fussy stitched (you know, like fussy cutting) based on how I wanted the color to flow. I used two different colors for more variegation.

I also dyed my own fabric. I laid my hoop on a piece of white cotton. Then, I took a blue Sharpie and drew a mark along the top of my hoop on my fabric. I took it to the sink and poured alcohol on it, which makes the Sharpie run. When it was like I wanted it, I ran it under water to stop the process. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and hope to do some more experimenting with it.