TUSAL check-in, A Start and A Finish

Wow! It has been 2 weeks since I last popped in. We are finally beginning to see signs of spring. We still have some snow on the ground but quite a lot of it has melted since I last posted. Thank goodness!!!!!!!!!!! I am so done with Winter!!!

Below is a picture of my TUSAL jar. The top layer is the result of some frogging I had to do this morning on the "The Blackbird's Message" (progress pic below). I discovered I was 1 row out on a few of the flowers and leaves on the right hand side. (Ouch!!!!) Below that layer is the clippings from the stitching I did last weekend at the retreat. It also includes bits and pieces from my friend, Stacy, who spent the weekend sewing crests onto her husband's and son's camp blankets. (As promised, I gave you credit, Stace!) It was a great weekend. It is lovely being able to spend time stitching and not have to take time out to make meals or to clean.

Two weeks ago, I started organizing my charts and when I came across the "Bluebird's Message" - Blackbird Designs (Loose Feathers #23), I just loved the colours so much I had to start stitching it right away. (Like I really needed another start.) This is my progress since last Saturday.

Last Sunday, I finished another of my starts from Crazy January Challenge (3 down, 12 more to go.) It is LHN's "The Merry Skater".

Well, that is it for now. I am off now to watch "The Borgias" on Bravo! with my DH. I am really looking forward to this series. I have just started reading "Sins of the House of Borgia" by Sarah Bower. I won an ARC copy of this novel on a giveaway hosted by Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks in February.

Have a great week and Happy Stitching!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Хорошая работа,удачного продолжения.

  2. Beautiful start Loretta and i love the colours you have used.

  3. Hello dear, nice posts, I have enjoied to read, and with pleasure admired your works. Brr, by us we have strawsberries in flower. Have a nice week. Loredana

  4. Beautiful ORTs, Loretta! Dratted frogs!

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