Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Paris Pink Heart Pattern

Hi Friends! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope everyone had a peaceful holiday. As usual, my husband, Ellie-beagle and I relaxed and enjoyed good food.

I stitched this Paris Pink Heart Pattern in luminous silk thread on white linen, but you can stitch it in your favorite colors. White embroidery floss on colored linen is nice too. In case you were thinking of a Christmas present for your favorite cross stitcher, the mail order pattern comes prettily packaged with a complimentary needle threader. To learn more about this pattern, visit my shop by clicking here .
I hope you have a peaceful and blessed Christmas! Happy Stitching! 
xx ~ Jilly 

Friday, November 10, 2017

French Linens

Hello Friends! Have you been enjoying autumn? I love leaf-peeping in the crisp air. The garden roses are still in bloom here in New England, but wintertime is fast upon us. That means mugs of French-press coffee, croissants from the local French bakery and lots of cross stitching under cozy quilts.

I'll be sharing my next French-inspired cross stitch pattern very soon. Before that, I wanted to offer you some French linens in my shop. Sajou French linen is available in Azalea-pink and Crisp-White. Later, I hope to offer natural linen too.

As always, French embroidery hoops and needles make nice additions to your sewing stash.  They're pretty stocking stuffers too.Thanks for being here and sending me your kind comments. My heart is happy that you find peace and enjoyment stitching my patterns, cooking and reading this blog. 
Until next time...Happy Stitching! xx ~ Jilly 

Paris Pink Heart Pattern

Hi Friends! How are you? Fall is my favorite time of year in New England. As the weather is turning colder, I've been busy stitching and designing new patterns for you. My Paris Pink Heart is a sweet pattern to stitch with silk on white linen. The pink silk floss is made by the Needlepoint Inc Company. The floss I chose for this project is bright pink and just gorgeous. The low light of the winter-sun doesn't quite capture the beauty of this bright pink floss in some of the photos. The photo (directly below with the teacup) shows a more accurate color of the pink floss. But as you can see, the pattern looks pretty with light or bright pink floss.  


Wintertime means lots of cozy stitching under comfy quilts. Cross stitching calms my soul. A lazy weekend morning with French-press coffee is even better when I know there's something special in my hoop. Silk is my favorite floss to stitch with because it's elegant and beautiful.

I often stitch while watching movies. Have you seen The Beguiled (2017) directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst? Onmigosh, it's like viewing a painting. The costumes and set design are full of French-style-southern-gorgeousness. I've watched it many times while stitching up this heart. The movie provided me with endless inspiration for a few more designs too. I plan to offer an alphabet for monogramming soon. Once this heart is back from the frame shop, I'll show it to you. If you've stitched my French Rose Heart, this pattern is a nice complimentary piece. I hope you enjoy this pattern! Happy Stitching! xx ~ Jilly 

Pattern Description:

This pretty heart is inspired by vintage French linens. The pattern is stitched with pink silk floss (or DMC Embroidery Floss) on white linen. You may wish to stitch this heart in your favorite colors. White floss on colored linen is also a nice choice.

The finished size of the heart is approximately 7.5 x 6.5 inches 

Please note: This pattern is available as a instant downloadable PDF and mail order. To learn more about my Paris Pink Heart Pattern please click here or visit my shop

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Pattern Progress

Since I've been busy with homeless outreach and hospital work, I haven't had much time for stitching. It's always nice to return to my linens and threads. On this rainy day in New England, a hoop in my hands is a cozy comfort. 

Right now, I'm working on another French rose heart pattern. This time, I've chosen crisp white linen and Paris-pink silk thread. Roses remain my muse.  

In other news, I'm honored to be included among the Top 100 French Blogs on the Internet. My favorite bloggers, Chocolate and Zucchini and French Country Cottage, are also on the list. If you're looking for more French-inspired blogs, click on the link on the right side bar to see the full list. 

Oh..don't forget to check out the new embroidery supplies in my shop. I'll soon be offering French embroidery linens too. I'm excited about the French linens! Until next time...xx ~ Jilly   

Friday, September 1, 2017

Foolproof Mashed Potatoes

The secret to easy and perfect mashed potatoes is The Multi Mash by Breville. This isn't a sponsored post. I'm not keen on kitchen gadgets either. But this amazing gadget is a game-changer. Perfect mashed potatoes are on the table without any fuss. No whisking, whipping, ricing or hand-mashing is necessary to produce stellar results. In fall and winter, mashed potatoes are welcome alongside roasted chicken for a cozy meal.     

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Rosemary Olive Oil Cake with Dark Chocolate Chips

The moment I read the recipe for Heidi Swanson's Rosemary Olive Oil Cake, I knew I had to bake it. Rosemary is the surprise ingredient here but it's not overpowering. This cake is so simple and delicious! Olive oil, rosemary and dark chocolate complement each other in an unexpected way. I enjoy a piece straight out of the oven or have a slice for breakfast, reheated in the microwave for just a bit. The cake is a keeper!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sajou Embroidery Hoops

Just a quick note to let you know I've added Sajou French Embroidery Hoops to the shop.
Happy Stitching! xx ~ Jilly