May Mashup 2021

May Mashup 2021

Of course my last post in the beginning of April was about Goals for this year! That’s probably why THIS post is so long overdue!

I can’t even remember what I was really working on in the Studio in April or May.  Both Mandalas for those two months are barely started and now it is JUNE!  No Posts in May at all and after my eye surgery in mid May ALL of my May plans were derailed too.

SO today is essentially a quick and brief rehash of the last few months.

April Mandala had parts created up to this point:

May Mandala only had one border so far – LOL:

The BIG REASON Why the month of May disappeared on me…

I was supposed to be working on filming videos for my three classes at Quilters Affair Online this year, and just before I was all set to do so, the retina in my GOOD eye decided to tear in three places, so I had a sudden unplanned surgery on my eye on May 19th.

I was beyond terrified. Here is a bedraggled image of me sometime after the surgery.

But I had a great doctor AND I generally try my best to stay on good terms with the GREAT Physician (the Creator of my eyeball to begin with). I am happy to report that the eye seems to  be on the mend, but things are definitely not back to normal yet. I am already feeling better than this picture would indicate though! LOL!!

Here are some interesting pictures of the insides of my eyes.  I have no idea what I am looking at, but they are cool pics.

I believe this menacingly green mass was the problem.

The healing process  has kept me from the computer for the DayJob and cutting and sewing in the studio. Typing this post is a bit tricky even now after two weeks post surgery because my depth perception is off — making screenwork tough.


What WAS I able to work on?

I have been doing a lot of Counted Cross-stitch. Mainly these ornaments that I am adapting from Susan Ache’s Joyeux Noel pattern for Aurifil. I was able to see these with my other eye. I had to keep my face to the floor the whole time, so I could work on these while sitting at a table.

aurifil joyeux noel cross stitching

aurifil joyeux noel cross stitching

aurifil joyeux noel cross stitching

I have been treating each of the 12 Days of Christmas as a single ornament, so each one gets its own take on the holiday.  I’ve really been digging the change of pace from quilting and creating various color stories for each ornament, but I am itching to get back to my normal quilting playtime!

Organized a bit too…

Found a box  of my mom’s old embroidery floss from various companies and decided it would be fun to wrap some of the floss onto these little plastic chairs from some old game the kids had when they were little. The floss looks kinda cool on the chairs I think.



So as I am getting back into the studio, I need to get those videos filmed for my three classes at Quilters Affair pronto. ALSO tomorrow, June 3rd, is my stop on my friend Pat Sloan‘s new book tour for Holiday Celebrations. Be sure to come by here and leave a comment on the tour post to get yourself a chance to win a copy. You will also get more details about the projects I made from my preview copy of the book and how you can win some other truly grand prizes!!

Sneak peeks at tomorrow’s post:


That’s it for today!

See you tomorrow for the Blog Tour!

Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,




  • Mary Ellen Medjuck


    So sorry about your eye surgery. My husband also had that surgery twice. Would love to win a Pat Sloan celebration book.

    June 3, 2021 at 5:29 am
  • Barbara Wickersham


    So sorry about your eye, but glad for your recovery. Love the counted crosstitch ornaments. Would love to win Pat’s book!

    June 3, 2021 at 6:17 am
  • Judy Laflin


    Sorry for the eye problems, enjoy the brief slow down while you recover.

    June 3, 2021 at 6:39 am
  • Ratchell L Picking


    Very sorry about your eye. I had problems with mine for over a year before they figured out what was wrong. Had blurred vision couldn’t drive, quilt or read. Took almost a year to fix everything. Just now getting back to quilting again. My first time visiting your website, enjoyed reading it. Will be tuning in now that I know about you.

    June 3, 2021 at 11:25 am
  • I am so happy Pat introduced us. I enjoyed seeing your work very much.

    June 3, 2021 at 6:43 pm
  • Melissa Riner


    Hope you continue to heal well. Just remember to enjoy each day.

    June 3, 2021 at 6:56 pm
  • So glad to see that you are recovering from the eye surgery. I have followed your work for years and happy for your success in the quilting industry. Thank you for sharing the Joyeaux Noel done your way.

    June 5, 2021 at 8:18 am
  • Nancy C


    love the counted cross stitch. I havent done that for quite a few years, but i love the few ones that i did. You have inspired me to pull out the half done project i set aside a while ago. Hope your healing goes well!

    June 6, 2021 at 5:52 am

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