Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Love for Downton Abbey Expressed in Cross Stitch XOXO



Somewhere between Season One and Two of Downton Abbey I knew I wanted to develop a project that would tie in my affinity for the show and a technique that would also express the feeling of Downton.  Immediately counted cross stitch came to mind; it's easy and something the ladies of the house might have busied themselves with (with approval by the Dowager Countess herself).  I created this pattern for new fans of the show to stitch along as they make their way thru the show on Netflix or DVD and for those of us that wish our Sunday nights were a little less empty now until Season 3!



If you are new to cross stitch, not to worry, it is the easiest of all needlework techniques.  You'll find plenty of tutorials online and tho the pattern is large it is simplified without losing the charm of Downton.  If you are interested in learning more about purchasing this pattern please click here.

Here are some other fun things I've found to bide my time until a new season arrives:

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Surviving Valentine's Day



Valentines.  You either hate it or love it, right?  and sometimes it changes year to year.  For me, I've always had fairly bad luck when it came to Valentine's day...and I'm not talking about the boo hoo kind where I didn't get flowers or candy.  Oh no, mine range from a call "I'm in the ER and your car I borrowed is at the bottom of a canal" (serious!) or "I know we had plans tonight, but my sister needs a place to stay...it will only be a few weeks!"  You can see where I'm going with this, right?  So, last year...another fantastic Valentine's rolled around and I was actually bedridden from cancer surgery and half of my face was temporarily paralyzed (ok...probably the worse, right?  Let's hope!).  But through it all and a good deal of pain meds, I decided I really needed to love myself though this.  I created a worksheet to "Take back Valentine's Day" on my terms.  I wanted to share this as it is a pretty darn good worksheet but it also is so NOT me!  I obviously had enough oxy in me to love anyone...so, for what it's worth, Here it is.

Please have a good laugh, be kind to yourself, and have a great day tomorrow and everyday!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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