07 January 2021

Very Important Stuff You May Have Missed


I'm beginning my 9th year of blogging and decided to have a look back at some of my hundreds and hundreds of posts. Most of these are linked in the tabs at the top of the page or in the labels in the right sidebar, but I don't know if readers ever wander around in those so here's a handy list of some of my favorites. 

How to Stitch with Variegated Thread in which I break the "cross each stitch as you go" rule and encourage further rule-breaking

How to Railroad in which I demonstrate how to achieve pleasantly plump stitches

How to Make a Template in which I tackle finishing tricky shapes with astounding results

How to Make Needle Packets in which I make the cutest needle packets ever

How to Use Blending Filament in which I tame the blending filament beast

How to Stitch Eyes in which I show how to avoid your stitched folks looking unconscious

How to Finish Perforated Paper in which I explain one of the great mysteries of the universe and offer a BONUS idea!

And there's so much more hiding in the "how to" and "finishing" tabs at the top of the page. 

I've been mugged by other good ideas that aren't classified as "how to" but are nonetheless terribly important:

The Most Brilliant Method for Q-Snap Storage

The World's Greatest Homemade Finishing Tool

The Most Spectacular Christmas Ornament Ever

I also occasionally dispense pearls of wisdom (for free):

Why Stitching is Awesome (not breaking news)

You Need a Tea Tray

And a Book Basket

How to Let Go of Stuff (but not the tea tray and the book basket I just mentioned)

How to Have a Quiet Christmas and Part 2

And over the years I've also shared oodles of favorite recipes, which I've cleverly filed under the "food" label in the right sidebar. There's also the "tiny baking" label which is exactly what it sounds like and is not to be missed. 


So those are just a few of the highlights of years and years of blogging and hundreds and hundreds of posts. Some new readers have joined us lately (*waves*) and some may have been here a while but never done much prowling around. There's lots here and I've tried to make it user-friendly through tabs and labels. If you're snowed in, or stuck at home, or just need a distraction, grab a cup of cozy and browse a while. It's a very calm place and you're welcome to stay as long as you like.

Also, if you've joined us since last spring, you may have missed my one-woman mission to uplift spirits at the beginning of the pandemic. Scroll through 2020's March, April, and May posts for lots of freebie links, lots of enabling, and some scrumptious recipes. Also Tiger Lily.

As ever, thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and enjoy everything here. 


  1. Thanks Sara! Love your blog and just today I was thinking about finding the railroading post...... so now I don’t have to 😀 Thanks for generously continuing to publish this blog and for the time you spend on it. Wishing you and your family all the best in challenging times. In New Zealand we say “ Kia Kaha” ... stay strong

    Anne from NZ

  2. I have been blogging a long time now , but did find your blog not long ago .
    I love it and will in time go through your side bar thank you .
    Wishing you a Happy New Year.

  3. Looks like I've got my weekend reading lined up! ;-) Thank you for listing these and congrats on beginning your 9th year bogging!

  4. Congratulations ! Happy nineth!
    Your blog is such a joy Thank You for sharing.
    Happy New Year! Stay well
    Darlene N

  5. A lot of great info there.
    I love your conversions.
    Thanks for sharing all that you do.

  6. Happy nine years. I will really go through some of them later and look at the posts. x

  7. Congratulations Sara! I also have been blogging for 9 years now. I had fun looking through your awesome tips again up top here. :)

  8. I am thankful and very blessed to have stumbled onto your blog years ago (although I don't think it was at the beginning). I have done some exploring and I am always referencing your post about stitching with variegated threads (for myself and to others). The information you share along with the photos, the links, and of course, your Christmas Open House is greatly appreciated and used. Congratulations to you on 9 years in blogging and here is wishing you more!

  9. Thank you so much for this, and for continuing your wonderful blog. Happy 9 years! Your blog is one of my favorites, and while I often learn something new, I also always just enjoy admiring your lovely stitching. I'm very inspired by your approach to this great craft and I really appreciate how your blog is always a positive calm presence. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into making this such a lovely place to visit!

  10. Thank you so very much for all your lovely stitching and special things you share with us - I am bookmarking this post as there is much I want to read here :) Your blog is my absolute favorite stitching blog :)

  11. Thank you very much for your blog a truly enjoy reading it, meeting Tigerlilly and seeing your fabulous cross stitch. It gives me a much needed nudge to keep stitching. Kind regards Robyn Sydney Australia

  12. Happy 2021!!
    Time sure flies.
    Loved reading again your past posts, and this time I printed out the perforated paper one. Love your mum’s idea of greeting cards as backing :)
    Thank you, Honeybee

    From, Melanie
    Potpie sends a Happy New Year snort.

  13. I celebrate my 10th Blogaversary this year so that is a landmark! I do enjoy blogs which make use of the labels and pages to make it easier to find things, so Thank You!