History of My Hobby Turned Business

Yes it’s been a while since I have checked in! I stay busy with my kids and now grandkids! I wanted to record some history of how I have been designing patterns over the years.

After 20 plus years of designing and stitching for major needlework companies and shops, I left the hustle and bustle of the city and settled back into the country, putting my talents and experience to work to offer you quality designs and patterns for less than major manufacturers. In addition to my own designs, I offer designs by other talented artists as well.

With today’s computer technology, you can have many of my designs at the touch of your fingertips, provided in downloadable PDF file format.

Advantages of downloadable patterns:

No waiting for your pattern to arrive by Pony Express.
No shipping charges.
Fast delivery.
Adobe Acrobat Reader ® required for downloading patterns. (Click on the link at bottom of this page to download Adobe Acrobat Reader ®.)
A prototype model has been stitched of each pattern to assure quality control. Instructions have been:

  • Charted with a professional counted cross stitch program.
  • Each symbol has been individually placed in the chart with the help of a computer mouse.
  • These are not scanned photographs turned cross stitch.
  • Each chart has clear and legible symbols.
  • Professionally written, detailed step-by-step stitching instructions.
  • Complete assembly instructions included where required.
  • Complete materials required list showing supplies required to completing the design.

Not all of my patterns are downloadable but all are available as packaged patterns. Each pattern is professionally packaged in a zip locked plastic bag and contains a package label with a full-color picture of the completed model, chart, complete stitching instructions, complete assembly instructions where required, and a supply shopping list. The baby bib patterns include a pre-finished bib.

Fast forward to 2018 and I have included some fun new creations:
 For anyone interested in how these were made, please check out this youtube video on a guide to stitching:
P.S. No this video was not made by yours truly, I can barely figure out how to post my articles on my website! Hah! Youtube is a bit too advanced for my taste. Enjoy!

Where Did The Time Go?

I can’t believe that I haven’t made a single damn post on this blog in over 5 months! It is incredulous that my life is this out of order, I can’t go on…someone please come take me to the psychiatric hospital! Okay, that was a bit dramatic, but for real? This old granny couldn’t have been more with it than to go five months without posting anything here? Not even so much as a new project that I finished or a crockpot recipe…I should be taken out and hung by my toenails…

Well, I must say that life has been crazy the last few months. That MIGHT have something to do with the fact that I have left this little baby unsupervised. After my husband and I’s trip to KC (written about here) we got crazy and decided to switch up several things in life. He got rid of a couple of small side jobs he had, and he resigned from his full time job all to take on a new career path. NOW, I’M NOT COMPLAINING… The money is very good, and he is very good at what he does. BUT, it has definitely taken a toll on the family to go thru so much transition in such a short amount of time! AND, that’s not all! We decided to uproot and move as a part of this transition. You can imagine the years of clutter… Oh Holy Dumpsters, Batman. We also took another vacation to Colorado around Christmas time with the kids and grandkids, took a cruise somewhere in there, and just in general…life kept happening.

I know it’s nuts, but it’s what we love! So, during our travels, I got a bit sassy with some of my stitching and found a couple of patterns on the web that I had to recreate. Here are the finished products:
DMX - Rap Lyrics Cross Stitched

Sassy Granny


I always enjoy making my work a little more “flavorful.”  This time, the grandkids took more of an interest than usual and began referring to me as Bad Grandma.  I guess they were making a play on the movie Bad Grandpa?  Hope I’m not THAT Bad!

So, I was thinking the other day about the mess of thread in the bottom of my bag, and was reminded for the umpteen-millionth time that I need to get a proper organizer for all of my thread.  Then, in the midst of that pondering I remembered for the gazillionth time that I need a better shade of thread for skin color.  So, off to JoAnn’s I went.  I could spend a day and a year’s salary in that store, I swear.  When I got home from that beautiful wonderland of supplies, fabric, and other crafty things, I realized I still had not come home with a good skin colored thread, or an organizer for all of it…  Oy vey!

By the way, am I the only woman who has ever used their in frame 14 count Aida as a temporary holding place for earrings?  Or for that matter, found the kids using it as a coaster?  Oh my goodness…

Everything’s Up To Date in Kansas City…

On one of our recent trips to Missouri, we spent some time in the Kansas City area.  Such a beautiful city.  One of my favorite moments was the Hubby got us a chauffeured limo service to take a tour of the city and to take us to dinner.  My husband’s great-grandparents were immigrants from Austria and lived and worked in Kansas City in an area of Czech immigrants known as Strawberry Hill.  His great-grandfather was a butcher in that neighborhood, and so we had the Driver take us to Strawberry Hill and we got to go to a “famous” meat shop (Krizman’s – I think) to sample some of their sausages.  It was a pretty neat experience.  We ended up down at The Plaza for dinner at a Brazilian Steakhouse that I can’t remember the name of!  SO GOOD.  Anyhow, I do remember the name of the wonderful company that carted us around all day – Overland Park Limo Service – very knowledgable and nice people!

While visiting that wonderful town on our get-away, I got to spend some time perusing thru some locally owned craft and needlework shops looking for new projects to take on.

I did find some interesting ideas, but nothing worth spending my money on.  Anymore, I enjoy the simplistic.  So many patterns are so comprehensive (not the word I’m looking for) – just so much going on…  I guess what I mean is that they are so BUSY.  That’s it.  That’s the right word!

Busy Pattern
Busy, busy, busy…

So, unproductive in buying anything, but productive in sparking some new ideas.  If I ever get around to developing them, I just might have to show them on here!

Well, nothing new in my life at the moment, but things are good.  I’m happy with life, and I think that that is important.

I’ll share more tomorrow.

Putting up the Suitcases…

Well, it has been awhile since I checked in with you all.  I will continue to post fun cross stitched designs as I come across them on the web, but sometimes I may just ramble about my life.  Like tonight…I’m going to ramble.

We’ve been traveling a lot the last few weeks.  In 5 weeks time, I have been in Missouri for 3 weeks and Colorado for 1.  That didn’t leave much time back at home in the meanwhile.  I guess I’ll share about my time in Colorado, because I just feel like writing. 

We rented a VRBO house in Old Colorado City for the week, and it was just wonderful.  Very large home with plenty of amenities and lots of space for all of the kids and adults to spread out.

The first day that we were there, we took everybody up to the top of Pike’s Peak.  VERY exhilarating!  The children were so impressed that the big mountain that they could see from Colorado Springs looked so very much different when you were standing on the top!  It was a very clear day, and I would bet that we could see Kansas from there.

PP view
One of the many images we shot from the top of Pike’s Peak.

One of the things that we enjoyed most on this little day trip was the Picnic that we had beside an alpine lake on the way up the mountain.  The views were just unbelievable.  Somehow, I would swear that being up there out in the open made the food better than normal – like magic!

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My Grandson

I’m a proud Grandma.  Always have been, but this development has me excited.

My grandson injured himself (sprained ankle) in a soccer game a couple of weeks ago and spent the day with me a couple of days later.  He was still nursing his ankle when my daughter dropped him off for the day.

He spent the first couple of days looking for something to watch on the television.  Grandma would rather have him talking to me:  telling me all about his life, his interests, his friends, his school…  That will happen in time.  After a couple of hours of sitting around with nothing interesting on the tube, he asked me if I had any activity books or playing cards.

I told him where they were and while digging thru the cabinet, he came across some old, very simple cross stitching patterns that I had placed in there years ago.  He didn’t know I was watching him from the kitchen, but I saw him thumb thru them all and pick one. (Grandma grinning ear to ear!)

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Punk’d – Cross Stitching Style

So, a few months ago my Debit card was about to expire, and the strip had worn out causing problems for me every time I went to the register.  I went in to my local bank (national chain) to have them replace the card and they gave me a one month replacement right on the spot. The replacement card surely wasn’t the “quality” that my original card was, but it would make do. I waited and waited for the new card to arrive in the mail and it never did.

This became a problem when I was checking out at the local grocery and had the cashier tell me that my card had been declined… No problem…pulled out my Credit Card and finished the purchase. I called my bank only to have them give me the run-around. To cut this long story short, after several phone calls, I came to find out that the bank had a mishap and the order for my card never went thru. They promptly ordered me a new one which I received in a matter of a few business days.

However, if you were to judge my problem by the response of this individual, my problem must pale in comparison. Check this out:


Man Cross-Stitches Debit Card
Courtesy of Keith Clark / BBC

Story Found Here

So, when I came across how this man punk’d his bank, I thought I would take a look around and see how others have been having fun with their needles and thread.

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Welcome Back

Welcome back y’all to Stitchin Post Creations!  It’s been awhile and our site looks a little different now, but we will be showing off new designs and old favorites in no time at all.  Check back with us often for new content!

My life is in stitches.