Hello Everyone! I do apologize for my long absence. I have not stitched in ages. However, I did finish this adorable pattern by the Frosted Pumpkin company back in October. Since I showed part I of the SAL, I thought you might want to see how it turned out.

I really love it! As I mentioned in an earlier post, the fabric is 28 count Crystal Dwarf by Picture this Plus.

Happy Stitching!

Hi Everyone! I’m sorry about the long absence. I have been working 60-70 hours a week lately and have not had much stitching time. Since I finished Celtic Samhain, I have stitched one page of a Heaven and Earth Design and started two SAL’s. A Joan Elliott one, in which I only have the border done so far and a Frosted Pumpkins Halloween themed one.


I really love everything Autumn and Halloween themed, so could not resist signing up for this when I saw it.

If anyone is interested the SAL is still available here: http://thefrostedpumpkinstitchery.bigcartel.com/ from the Frosted Pumpkins website.


Here is my finished Part I. Part II does not come out until July 17th, so this will have to be put aside for a little bit. I am stitching it on 28 Crystal Dwarf Lugana from Picture this Plus fabrics and am using the recommended DMC floss and specialty flosses in the pattern. I cannot wait to see what turns up in the other parts of the SAL. There are four parts total. I’m hoping for a witch, ghost, werewolf and maybe a vampire if they can fit them in. I will have to wait patiently and see what is released on the 17th.

Happy Stitching Everyone!


Yay! I finally finished my Celtic Samhain conversion of Lavender & Lace’s Celtic Autumn. I had so much fun stitching her and choosing colors and small touches. The only part that was not any fun at all was using the black DMC Light Effects. It was a nightmare to work with. I think it had a grudge against me, lol. Anyway, I stuck with it and finished her today. In retrospect, I should have used a nice black silk there to give it a shimmer and then I wouldn’t have had to work with the metallic fraying on me. At least now I’ll never complain about my other metallic threads now. They are a breeze to use in comparison.


Here she is! Sorry about the poor lighting, but I couldn’t wait until tomorrow morning to take photos. After I decide on framing I’ll get a better photo.

I’m not sure which Celtic holiday I’ll do next. My husband would like me to do Yule, so that will probably be my next one. However, I think I am taking a little break before I start another lady to work on my Chatelaine Japanese Garden Mandala. J

Happy Stitching!

Hi Everyone! I’ve had quite a few people ask for my Celtic Samhain Conversion and the witch hat I designed for her. I am attaching the conversion as an Adobe pdf file since that is the only way I could get the hat chart to not lose formatting. I hope all of you enjoy stitching her as much as I am.

Diana Garland Celtic Samhain Halloween conversion

Happy Stitching,


I can’t believe my dragon has been finished for two days and I was so excited I forgot to add him to my blog. I had so much fun stitching this little guy, that I think I should always have a Spangler piece in my rotation. Here it is! Now I just need to decide how I want to frame it.


I’m still pressed for stitching time, but have managed to get a few stitches in on my Craft piece “The Bards of Bone Plain.” I hope to have an update photo next week some time. Work is keeping me pretty busy, but I figure I will settle into a routine soon.

Happy Stitching!


A Busy Time of Year

Greetings All! I’m sorry it has been a month since my last post. I’ve been super busy with training for my new position at work and have hardly had any time to myself. Things are starting to get into a routine, so I’m hoping I’ll have some more stitching time soon. I did find small moments in time to stitch on my Celtic Samhain and am super excited that the last page of my QS Literate Dragon SAL came out. I did get a start on the final page, but it is not close to finished yet.


Here is where I left off on Celtic Samhain. I added a cat to her and finished the inside line border. I chose the colors for the outside line border and started it. Once the border is stitched that is all the DMC floss and it is just the metallic braid and beads. I got my order of gold metallic in, so I can work on finishing the gold in the borders and on her dress. I might need another spool though. I thought I ordered two, but it appears I only ordered one.


My stitching goals for September are to finish page 4 on QS Literate Dragon and finish Celtic Samhain. I think I can do it!

Happy Stitching everyone!


I finished page 3 of the QS Literate Dragon for the SAL, so I will definitely be ready for page 4 when it comes out at the end of this month.


Here is my Literate Dragon so far:

I’m looking forward to finishing this one. I have a feeling it will be my first HAED finish. J I want to have it completed and framed by Christmas this year. I applied for a promotion at work and just was notified on Thursday that I got it! I want a nice shiny new finish to frame up nice and hang in my office and I think this little guy will fit the bill.


I finished my page goal on Matt Stewart’s “The Gift” and started working on the next page. I started at the top and it we have a Hobbit foot sighting.

I really love how the details are coming alive in this chart. The foot looks so real. I’m continuing on with this chart this week. I’d like to finish the half page before heading on to my second page on “The Bards of Bone Plain.”


I also made some progress since my last update on my Celtic Samhain project and hope to have another update on her within the next few weeks.

Sorry for the poor lighting in this one. There was a storm when I took it, so little natural light to work with. She will definitely be done by Halloween.


I’m looking forward to finalizing the colors I will be using on the rest of my Celtic Ladies when she is done.

Happy Stitching,