Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A new contractor has joined out ranks

I would everyone to welcome cucki from South Africa to our construction crews.

She has asked me what is the best way to get started.  I think reading through all of our earlier posts and if anyone here could give helpful hints that would be wonderful.

I still haven't taken the time to get rid of the broken links, I will get to it I promise.  Also if anyone has any new links that would be appropriate for our blog please share.

Again lets make her feel welcome.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Glad to see people are still visiting

Hi All,

Absentee owner here.  Sorry I've been away for over a year.

How embarrassing!!!

I'm glad to see others are around and still thinking or working on their projects.  I hit the huge disappointment when I found out that the Dept 56 charts were going to be too big for my project that I kind of lost interest for awhile.

But now I'm back on the hunt or a way to use them.

I notice I have some dead links and some missing pictures.  Over the next week I'll get the place cleaned up.

I love this idea and loved all the thoughts that people have put in.  Please read through the early posts.

Please post only if its to say hi.


Saturday, July 23, 2011


Is there still somebody stitching on their neighborhoods????? nI sorted through my UFO boxes and found mine;-))


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Time to Stitch

I am thinking about pulling my RR out and working on it.  It has been so long...I wonder what it looks like...LOL.  I will post a pic when I get it out.  Is anyone else working on theirs??

Shannon in PA

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hi to all the contractors out there

Well, hopefully I've gotten my email placed where ever it needs to be.  If you have posted or need to get in touch with me, my email addy is on the sidebar.

We have openings for anyone who would like to join.  Just let me know.

Also to all the contractors out there.  Stop by and let us know what is going on.  You can be like me and have stalled or you could be completed like a lady over on blog 2.

I am sorry to say that blog 2 was deleted if you were part of that one or know someone who was let them know that we have space here.

Have a great day and weekend.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Blog Owner

Hi everyone,

My name is Keli and I have taken over this wonderful blog and idea that was started by Vonna.  Over the next few days I will be deleting the spam comments that have showed up and getting things organized under my email etc.  So please be bear with me if you don't see everything right away.  I do work full time.

Even if you are not stitching on your neighborhood, please stop by and let us know how you are doing.

I, myself, had to shelf my project of the North Pole because of disappointment.  I had an unexpected move at the beginning of last year and had to wait til everything got unpacked.  So late in the year my Dept 56 patterns, fabric and graph paper went to my Parish House to use their large tables.  The Dept 56 patterns are too big and if I used them my neighborhood could be the size of a football field.

Very disappointed to say the least.  I am still doing my Northern Village but not sure how yet.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Bermuda Village

Hello from Bermuda, I have just joined this blog with a grand idea in my head for a Bermuda Village. Of course i don't have any pictures yet, because I haven't drawn a blueprint, or chosen fabric, etc. As soon as I make any kind of start I will let you all know. I have visions of tropical colors and am thinking of painting a sky on my material. Is this allowable? Any hints any of you can give me would be greatly appreciated. In stitches, Sue

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Humble beginning

Good morning!
Just wanted to post a snapshot of my humble beginning of my RR I was able to start last week.  Not much to see, but it is my start.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

c'mon and join in!!

Here I am again. I'm having so much fun with my New England Prim Neighborhood - it would be great to see some other members post progress pictures, too!

I've added a barn and a horse and started another building. I'm planning to put a garden in front of the barn and I think I know what I'm adding to the remaining empty bits as well, though only time will tell if that's what I actually do. ;)

Originally, I'd plotted everything out, but the linen piece I finally chose was smaller than my original plan, so I've had a lot of fun just putting whatever strikes my fancy wherever it seems to fit. ;)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

school's in session!

Here's the latest block of my New England Prim Neighborhood. It uses elements from School Days, by Brightneedle, and I'll add on to it using some stuff from Schooler Kids by Prairie Schooler (the next time I get to work on it). It's great to have this WIP out again after having mislaid it for several months!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Neighbor

My name is Jackie and was recently given passage to join the neighborhood.  At this point I am just brainstorming on some ideas but nothing firm as yet. At best, I will post my progress here and on my blog


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Help Needed Please

When I started my village tablecloth I used something on the computer to make the verse I had into cross stitch. I am sure the link for that was on here but I cannot find it anywhere. I did have it in my favourites but as my computer has died (yet again) and my favourites have disappeared too.

I cannot remember what it was called but you just typed in the words, chose the style you wanted and pressed "make a chart" and hey ho you were there. I have found it so useful since and I am so cross that I cannot find it and that my senile head cannot remember what it was called.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Monday, June 29, 2009

North Pole Village

I am sad to say that development on the village got waylaid. In real life an unexpected move caused all stash to be packed, which was a blessing in disguise.

I had a hard time deciding on what type of castle complex I wanted and with the delay in construction I was able to obtain from eBayUK three castles,
Disney Past Present Forever, Cinderella Castle and The Happiest Celebration on Earth for far less than what I had been able to find here even with international shipping. The reason, they are kits, partially done, damage to the fabric and some floss missing. The good news is the charts are great not even highlighted. A little trouble where they have been folded and stored, but nothing I can't handle.

On my next days off I'm finding my floss stash to start pulling them together to start stitching. My castle complex is the center of the village. I'm using the castle from Past Present Forever. Not sure yet how I want the rest of the village to come together. I'm leaning towards a very structured sampler type. Will need to wait and see.

Another blessing is this blog. I'm so glad I shared my notes here since I'm not sure in which box my North Village journal is in.

I have to say I've enjoyed looking at everyone work on this blog and blog 2. I can't wait till I can start stitching and sharing.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Beach Row

I thought I'd update everyone on my Beach Row. This is what it looks like right now. I'm going slower than I thought I would.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hometown Neighborhood

I just wanted to show the progress on my Hometown Neighborhood Schoolhouse. As you can see it is coming along nicely. I had to stop working on it for a bit. I didn't like the fiber they chose for the schoolbell/flag pole. I have had to order a different thread. Hopefully, I can finish it up soon!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Another Cottage added.

Here is the latest addition to my village. This cottage is for Kathy and I am glad to report that she is very pleased with it. I wish I could say the same for the landscaper who is obviously not a wild life fan as he is going about grumpling about squirrels digging holes and rabbits eating the grass. Neither is he a fan of the duck who he states is ruining the lawn with to put it politely "its droppings" lol. However the owner of the cottage and of the Village are both thrilled that the wild life has moved in and seem to be settled quite happily. On a recent inspection I can also inform you that we have frogspawn in the edge of the pond so more little critters maybe appearing at some time.

I put this picture on my blog and a few people asked to see how the village as a whole is now. Well still very small but for anyone who is interested this is the village as it looks at the moment



Thursday, March 26, 2009

My neighborhood is already remodeling!

Here's the first house completed in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice Neighborhood. It's the home of the Bennett sisters - "Longbourn". You can see the "before" and "after" from the remodeling. Oh what a time was had getting it finished! The house was built according to the approved blueprints but when finished the owner started having second thoughts about the windows. Something just wasn't RIGHT - the windows were too small and didn't look as she imagined they would! She was disappointed and nothing would do but to discuss it with the builder.

She showed the builder a picture of what she thought it would look like (also posted here) and asked him if he could fix the windows. Well! You can imagine that the builder was not one bit happy about that seeing as he had built the house to the specifications and now he had costly rework to do. First the old windows were removed and then some of the brick wall had to be chipped out to make room for larger windows. New, larger windows were ordered and installed. The brickmason had to be called back to the jobsite with more brick to repair the walls around the windows and do some tuckpointing to make sure all was tidy. This was no small feat considering the workers had to maneuver carefully around some of the new landscaping that had been planted! I think there was a lot of mumbling and even some cursing from the construction crew about the rework, but it's a woman's perogative to change her mind, right?

The neighborhood owner promises to be more attentive to the building process from now on. Next up is finishing the stitching of the 5 Bennett sisters (2 more to go), adding some more landscaping around their home, and some more border work. More pictures soon I hope!

Before remodel

After remodel Some views of 'Longbourn' from the A&E mini-series

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fairy Tale Towne, 3/18/2009

The construction crews finished the first house!! Huzzah!

And as you might - or might not! - be able to tell, the king has decreed that his castle be next. I suggested to the crew that they start with the foundation this time, but no one ever listens to me....

(The castle roof uses blending filament, and since my fabric is 32-ct., I went with one strand of DMC and one of filament. I'm hoping this doesn't leave my roof looking "thin" on the one side...since the other side of the roof is DMC only, and I typically use 2 strands....hmm. Any thoughts?)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hometown RR

I finally was able to put some stitches in my Hometown RR. I am stitching the Stoney Creek Hometown Afghan series. This is the little red School house, which is the first of 15 designs. It is a small start but a start.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Update My Family Town RR

It's been quite busy lately, but I have achieved some progress I want to show. The church is surrounded now by some houses, a windmill and a haystack-to-be. It's going to look like a real village!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Halloween Town Has A Tree

I started my Halloween Town on December 31st and so far I've planted one spooky tree. Now that my new computer has arrived I can post my progress...

I had a Silkweaver's Solo that had kind of a bluish tint, so I dunked it in some coffee and came out with this spooky grayish color which I LOVE! The tree is from Judith Kirby's House #9.

All your WIP's look fabulous!


Saturday, February 21, 2009

MY Progress

Well, I pulled out my piece last night and used it as my SAT piece for Let's Stitch. I took eveyones advice and decided to add a bit more to the trees on my 1st piece of property to soften the look. Then I started on the next plot of land. All you can se is a bit of the sky that I managed to stitch, but on my next plot there will be a church. I paln to continue stitching on this for the rest of the weekend, so hopefully, I can show a finished church in the near future. Susan

Thursday, February 19, 2009

House# 3, The Tearoom

My neighborhood is growing... this is building number 3. The Tearoom from LHN.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My first house is completed

Here is my January house for my seasonal village.  It's been finished for a couple weeks but I'm just now getting a chance to get a picture taken and posted.

On to the February house...

Friday, February 13, 2009

I stitched!

I put a few more stitches into my Country Cottages & Gardens project, a very few. I did expand my concept drawing to include some of the new designs, good thing I started on a much bigger piece of fabric than I thought I would need - I just need to get done before too many more fabulous designs are released!!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cottage Update

Here as promised is the picture of the two cottages I have done so far plus landscapes.

I am afraid I cannot upload the picture of the plans. The first scan I did was barely visible so I scanned again on a higher resolution and I think that maybe the reason why it will not upload. After my holiday i will get hubby to look at it for me and he maybe able to sort it out so that I can share with you.

Hope to see lots more progress pics when I return



Monday, February 9, 2009

Finally started...

Well, I needed a little stitching rest during January, I stitched very little, just some exchanges I have to finsih, I had the knitting fever again which was down for more than three years now....but I started my neigborhood over the weekend and this is what I stitched...not as much as I want to but I had fun;-)) Some of you have already made good progress...come on, I would love to see more pics;-)))

Sorry sometimes blogger let me upload my pics only this way...any ideas why this happens??

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ann's Cottage

This is the second cottage in the Village Of My Heart. I have a few friends who have asked to have a cottage now but there are still plenty of properties free. I am going to carry on with this project over the weekend and try and get the landscaping for this one done. I will show you an update with the landscaping and the other cottage after the weekend. I have also managed to make a printable plan now so i will show you that too when I next post.

I am really enjoying watching the other villages and towns taking shape and I hope everyone is enjoying their project as much as I am enjoying mine.


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Church is up!

It took some time, quarrelling about what to build first, but there is a start on my Family Town. On top of the whole RR I decided to stitch an overview of the small villages you can find in our province. All they have is a church, some houses, farms, haystacks and sometimes a bakeryshop. They are surrounded by pastures, typical Dutch, in which cows and sheep are grazing. Swallows in the air, a familiar picture to me. My father grew up in such a village, and I spent part of my childhoodholidays with family, living in the country.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

the fourth house is up

The landscaping will need some finer touches, but here is my fourth house:

It's from the February 1990 JCS, and is adapted from "Sister's House" by Homespun and Heartstrings. I've changed the colors so the house looks like one my parents lived in ages ago when I graduated from high school.

And here's a look at the village in full. I love this project!! :D

Monday, January 26, 2009

Slowly coming along.

I am hoping to get some more done on this this evening. I will be going to the hospital with my dad today for some tests so I will take something small to work on but then hopefully tonight I can sit down and get more of my house done.

Everyone is progressing well...cant wait to see more.


Friday, January 23, 2009

I haven't even broken ground yet

I have my property. A huge piece of land - 28ct dove gray monaco. Originally I was going to subdivide, half a very structured Victorian Winter Village and the other half a whimsical North Pole Village. But as my plans matured, I'm staying with the one property and doing a North Pole Village

I'm using Dept 56 designs. I found 3 other books that came out at the same time of my North Pole series. New England Village, Dickens Village and Christmas in the City. From these I'm choosing and adapting for the following:

Macy's - for Thanksgiving, Miracle on 34th St.
Columbia Inn - White Christmas
Holiday Inn - Holiday Inn
Tobacco Shop - Bing Crosby, Holiday Inn
WWII Army Surplus Store - White Christmas
Woolworth - for Rudolph
Newspaper office for Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus
Radio Station for all the Christmas Music
Airport for Bob Hope
Santa's Bureau of Investigation - got that one for NORAD's website
Cladder Wood Company - The Santa Clause
Silver and Gold Jewelry Shoppe for Rudolph
Doll Store - Once Upon a Christmas and Twice Upon a Christmas, the Christmas Gift
Post Office - for all the letters
Large Mail box - The Christmas List
Muppet Theater - for all the Muppet Christmas specials
Hat Shoppe - Call Me Claus, the Christmas List
Bud's Buzy Bee Taxi Cab - The Christmas Gift
Alpine Movie Theater - for all the movies
Dance Hall - Holiday Inn, White Christmas, Mrs. Claus, Nutcracter Suite, Babes in Toyland.
Main St called Avenue A - Mrs. Santa Claus
Clock Tower for North Pole/countdown Clock - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mirror Shop for Snow and Snow 2
Cane shop for walking canes - Miracle on 34th St
Bell Shoppe for - Its a Wonderful Life

I haven't found a castle yet.

I'm hoping to put in the first building by the end of the month.

a bridge too far

Nah, it's not really a bridge too far but a bridge just right IMHO. Here's the latest progress on my Primitive New England Village - the addition of The Covered Bridge Sampler by Brightneedle (adapted to fit the project).

I've been lamenting the fact that I didn't start this on a larger piece of linen because of course I made last minute (uncharted) changes to the layout and now I can't fit everything in. LOL. I'm also having so much fun stitching it that I don't want it to end - kind of like a really good book, you know? So I'm thinking of doing something like Blackbird Designs did with Flea Market Souvenier and adding an extra panel. I can't claim the credit - it was my Mom's brilliant idea. She laughingly joked that I may wind up with a wall-size mural. LOL.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I am a bit slow

I am really sorry but my construction went bust before we even started planning.. xmas was an expensive time for me and although plans for singular houses and construction had been brought and given, i forgot to purchase the foundation and plot what i am doing. lol. I am still interested in building my shopping village which will contain a numerous amount of shops and trees.. fences and perhaps even a town hall. Even though construction is on hold i will be joining my construction manager and architect in due course. Your works all look fantastic and i cannot wait to catch up but as i now that i am going to be doing this for approximately ten years as i am making a large table cloth.. when i eventually get the material. ... and will be continuing other projects in between it.. so please watch this space for picts and works and congrats on everyones working progress and happy new year.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Geranium House.

I just got done with my second house. It's the Geranium House from LHN. The nect one will probably be the Tea Room, also from LHN.

Happy Stitching, Margit

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A little look at my neighborhood

Hello everyone. I did get the chance yesterday to do some more of the border on my neighborhood. You can see in this picture how long my fabric is...it is running over the edge. I should be able to start on some houses or something now on the left side.

Everyone is doing such a great job!! I cant wait to see more!!
Shannon in PA

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Peach Tree Cottage.

The first lot of my neighborhood has now a house and two trees. I will wait with all the other plants, people and animals till all the houses and trees are done.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Slow but steady.....

I’m so enthused watching everyone’s progress and posts. Wish I had time to comment on each of them but all the villages look great and I’d like to stitch them all! I have only worked on the border of my Pride & Prejudice neighborhood so far – wanted to get the bottom and left side in place so I have some baseline for positioning my little venues. I took the border from Drawn Thread’s Good Neighbor chart.

Below is a photo of my blueprint. It’s huge – many pieces of graph paper taped together. I created rough blocks of my buildings to tape onto the background for sizing & placement – being that published charts are not all printed on the same size graph paper it makes it a bit tricky for the architect to combine everything. I spent a lot of time on the internet finding pictures of the houses used in the filming of the Pride and Prejudice movie, then I dug through my stash and made a few chart purchases to match the houses I needed. A few patterns need some slight alterations but the builder seems experienced and should be able to manage it! (Let’s just hope the builder hires good sub-contractors to do the work.) Plans are in place for all the houses and big items and the landscapers will fill in with trees and flowers as the building progresses. The size is about 325 X 300 stitches. I’m using 36-ct cream linen and silks of all sorts and brands – whatever colors work from my stash. I did purchase some lovely Gumnuts silks for a few of the buildings – love the Gumnuts but they are a bit hard to get here in the U.S. I hope to start a tree soon - getting tired of stitching on the border.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The first view of my neighborhood

Was finally able to get a picture of the current state of my 4 seasons/12 month neighborhood.  This is my January block...just a roof, 2 chimneys, and part of the 2nd floor, but enough for Mr. Cardinal to stop by and take a look.  He'll be joined by some friends soon.  :-)

Just joining you

Hi folks! Im joining you all a bit late but i do have a bit of a head start already. Last January Vonna, Laura and I started a LHN Dear Diary SAL. I fell by the wayside but am back in 09 to continue working on my Dear Diary Landscape and this RR will hopefully keep me motivated!! I havent worked on my piece since March 08 but i do have 1 section of Dear Diary landscape completed....

Im due a baby anyday soon so just as well i have a head start!!

Cant wait to see all your towns progress!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I planted my first tree.

I just got done planting my first tree in my neighborhood. Next picture will have the first building.
Have lots of fun with all the neighborhoods! Margit

Monday, January 5, 2009

Well, at least the plans are done!

I've been on vacation, and took some WIPs with me to finish, so I haven't worked on my RR at all. But here are the plans. It will be a mountain village, using various cabin-type homes. The caption is from a plaque we have hanging in our cabin: "If you're lucky enough to live in the mountains, you're lucky enough!" It'll have our cabin overlooking the village, 6 cabins in the village, and a school. I'm a teacher, so I HAVE to have a school.

I found something beautiful in the web!

http://mellowbungalow.blogspot.com/ Check this out! I looks a little bit like Vonna's "new-old" neighborhood.

Vonna's Dear Diary Towne....

I had a slight change of my plans. I was intending to do a "Liberty Towne" and I will still do that...at some point - but first I wanted to finish my plans that I made in 2007 for stitching my Dear Diary Towne. So here is the way I left it early Jan. 2008: And here it is today - Jan. 5, 2009:

This is Abigail Winslow's pattern from LHN. My "loose" plans are that the Beatitude Squares will be around the outside of the towne with a floral border connecting them. We'll see what emerges as I stitch it along! How's that for plans? I had a few problems with the ship builders here in Boston...they left the job half done because they had New Year's Eve Plans...its sure is hard to find good help and they complained about having to wear period clothing - they said it was stiff. But I wanted to make sure that flavor of Boston 1776 was maintained as we built Abigail's Home...
Until I stitch again, which should be this week sometime....

Change of Plans - Beach Row

I just wanted to post to say there has been a change of plans for me. I was sick at the end of last year and have not recovered all my energy. I planned to do a much larger neighborhood - Inspirational Themed but I do not think I'm up to it. I'm saving the plans - maybe next year! I have changed my plans and am now starting a Beach Row Theme. I really don't have a good start to post yet but I did want to let the group know I had a change in plans and I'm still with you all.

Sherry in GA
Beach Row Theme

Bidding on Plot 1...

.... has now started. The builders have moved out and the landscapers have made a start on the garden.

Helen (aka stitchingranny)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Loving my Fairy Tale Towne!

Construction teams started work yesterday! The town plot is a piece of 32-ct. WEdgewood Blue lugana, and when finsihed it will be about 12 x 12 inches - not counting the yet-to-be-designed border.This first little house is from a Framecraft publication, designed by Cathy Bussi. It is one of the smaller houses in the piece, so it seemed like a good place to start!

Close to A Start

I have coffee dyed my fabric for the Me, Myself and I RR and I now just basting the edges by hand. I must say that I am not really happy with the fabric I have, I was hoping to use 40ct and not 32ct, but I just could not find anyone that stocked it in the brand I wanted. Lakeside linens and R & R Reproduction fabrics are almost impossible to find here in Australia. Here is the layout I have chosen. It's about 337 x 333 stitches in size. All the charts have been purchased and the threads have been ordered. I am only working with DMC, but some designs are going to need at least two skeins of some colours.
Here are the charts I am using:

Pear Orchard Farm - Barrick Samplers
Where My Heart Blooms - Blackbird Designs
Their Song - Blackbird Designs
Hopeful - Carriage House Samplings
Fruit of the Spirit - Plum Street Samplers
Friendship Sampler - Hillside Samplings
Peace - Birds Of A Feather
The Good Neighbour - The Drawn Thread

1st House Complete

Okay, I started stitching on this on the 31st and didn't stop till yesterday evening when I had completed this chart. I have started in the upper left hand corner of my fabric and stitched "God Bless Our Home" by Roberta Madeleine. I found this chart in The Cross Stitcher Magazine from August 1994. Can't decide if I should fill out the trees on the right hand side since this will run into the rest of my neighorhood. Any opinions?
Now to decide what to do next. I do have a plan, but just haven't figured out the exact placement for the next building. It all looks so good on paper, but when you decide to build it another building or lot looks better:) Oh Well, I'm off to a good start and will take the rest of the week to decide where and what to build next.

so much fun, it can't be healthy

I am just lovin' it! I've begun my Primitive New England Village and started in the upper left corner with Brightneedle's Four Friends (slightly adapted). I chose the design because it reminds me of a childhood photo of my mom and her three sisters in front of their family home on Mount Desert Island, Maine. I've adapted the girls to look like my mom and aunts. And may I say that braiding floss hair is absurdly difficult and time consuming? LOL! Those blobby things by the front door are French knot flowers, but the flash kept hitting them wrong. They are not that ugly IRL.

I'm stitching on a 30 ct FQ of R&R Woodlawn simply because I fell in love with it and it was in my stash. Some of the stitching will be over 1 so it's just as well that it's not a really high count.

I hope everyone else is having as much fun as I am!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Perimeter has been gridded

I spent today gridding my entire piece. The design will be 3 houses across by 5 houses down. I wanted to get it gridded before I started stitching it. The border and all will be added at the end. My neighborhood is the Stoney Creek Hometown Afghan series. I hope you can see the grids on the fabric. It took almost 5 hours to grid.

a few tiny stitches

I've made a teeny tiny start. I won't have time to add to this for a couple of weeks, but it feels good to get this project underway!


Construction has started!

Not much progress was made the first day of construction, but a chimney and a portion of a roof are visible.  I'm hoping the builder can come back to the site sometime today and do some more work.

The architect is also busy putting together the plans for the next house.  Thanks to a gift of PCStitch Pro for Christmas, the architect's job is now much easier.  :-)

Pictures will follow soon...not much to photograph at the moment.

Another stitcher running late...

It's fun reading everyone's plans! I was not totally happy with the plot of land I purchased for my village and I know from experience if I'm not happy with that it affects how I enjoy stitching on it. So that necessitated another trip to the LNS yesterday to purchase new land - plain old reliable cream Belfast! With so many colors being used I decided to play it safe. It's serged and ready for the first stitches to be put in. Social occasions have taken much of my time this week and I have a big party to attend tonite for a friend's 50th birthday. Ahhh but tomorrow is mine to stitch! Happy 2009 everyone!

Also starting...

...well I also started with my neighborhood;-))) And I think I will have a lort of fun with it...my theme still is LHN/CCN houses with some of my own additions...it´s 370 x 260 stitches so I am not sure I can finish it during this year...it´s my one and only large project I have at the moment...I am still in that "smalls" mood*sigh*...

Can´t wait to see pics of your neighborhoods;-))


Friday, January 2, 2009

Village of My Heart

I have some very special friends but we live so far apart
So I've gathered them together in the village of my heart

This is the part of the landscape that runs around two sides of my village sky line and is now completed.

Set in a rather large plot, the building site being some 37 x 37 inches in size (though with a very good sized perimeter) . The village will run round the outskirts of the site. I have not as yet decided if there will be a centre to the village or if it will remain a barren wasteland but the village its self is very english. It has shops, a church and school house in the main street and on the outskirts there are residential houses, cute country cottages, farms and fields. Last night I dug the foundations for the very first cottage in my village. The building materials are from DMC this being a well known building material that can stand the wet that I think my English Country Village may experience from time to time.
Here are the first two pictures I have taken which show some of the landscape skyline.