God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Monday, March 3, 2014

SAL with Sally Update and a Cross Stitch Design Software Question

I'm actually posting this in a timely manner! Here is my progress on Lone Elm Lane's Snow Angel from this past Thursday.

I finished the tree with the bird sitting in it.  

The question I'm about to ask is one that I have asked every year since I've been blogging.  No one ever seems to be able to help me although one person tried, but when I clicked the link she gave me, my computer was bombarded by bugs.  I know it wasn't her fault ... some flukey thing happened there ... but what a trial that was!  Anyway, I am looking for cross stitch design software.  I used to be a cross stitch design contributor for a magazine back in the 80s.  They enjoyed publishing my designs & I enjoyed submitting them.  I used graph paper & a pencil to chart them.  I have a lot of design ideas jotted down & am always thinking of more.  I'd really like to work on them.  I have attempted the graph paper/pencil route again but I don't know ... there has to be a better way.  I'm not looking to chart school photos of my children or a photo I've snapped of birds at our feeders or something.  I just want simple design software.  Can anyone suggest something?

We had an ice storm & some snow last night. This morning it's snowing & windy.  We don't have a lot of snow (typical devil's playground fare) but it actually covered the porches!  It has never done that in all the time we've served our sentence here.

Usually I'd be tickled rainbow (tickled pink just doesn't describe the extent of the joy I would feel) to have weather like this, but I am supposed to be at a dental appointment in Louisville today.  That's not going to happen (the office is closed).  I had to reschedule the appointment in January when I was sick & had to wait 2 months for this one.  I guess I'll have a bit of a wait again. Ah well.  

John went out to feed the birds first thing this morning.  Usually they fly away & then come back when he is done, but this morning they began converging on the feeders even before he reached the garage door. 
We're supposed to get another 1-2 inches today.  John will like that because I will be a model of peace & contentment   : )  Keep warm, keep safe, & have a blessed day!


Julie said...

I hope you don't have to wait so long for the next dental appointment.

The snow does look lovely and your feathered friends are certainly enjoying their breakfast.

Gaynor over at Stitchers Anon blog uses a PC programme for her designs, perhaps she might be able to help you.


Great progress on your SAL with Sally,

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I love this design and you've done it beautifully. I am also jealous of the snow you got.

As always,
Peace and Blessings to all,

Sarah in Stitches said...

Yay for the snow! And great progress on your stitching, it looks beautiful! :D I know nothing about cross-stitch design software, sorry...

butterfly said...

More snow Shirlee , where is your snowman !
I bet you would be a great designer .
But sorry I have no clue how to .
I bet those little birds are hungrey .
Whishing you a happy week.

Bev said...

Love your snowy piccies the birds look like they were quite hungry too!! x

Linda said...

Nice progress Shirlee. How cool the birds were waiting for him.


Peggy Lee said...

Ugh...more snow. I wish I could see the joy in it that you do.

Love that design you're working on. I am enjoying watching your progress.

Chris said...

Lovely progress Shirlee! I love that tree!
I hope that you find answers for your software questions.

Michelle said...

Beautiful Shirlee xx

Angie said...

I've heard that KG-Chart for cross stitch is a good one. I know there is a free download and also a version with more features that you can purchase. Hope that helps!

Myra said...

Pretty snow Shirlee. Your Snow Angel is looking great!

Patty C. said...

Beautiful progress :)

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Beautiful stitchin' Shirlee!
Sorry I can't help you either with your question ~ hopefully somebody can.
The weather has been something else this year. It's been so bitter cold here in WI and snowy!
Stay Warm
Prim Blessings

Carol said...

Love your progress on this one, Shirlee--the snow itself, not so much... I am SO ready to see the grass again :)

Carolyn said...

Saw this on Amazon.com
Don't know anything about it!!!

Hobbyware Pattern Maker Cross Stitch Software, Professional Version

stitchersanon said...

Hi, I did email. Hope you got it. Try PCStitch Pro. I have three programms and that is my favourite xx

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful stitching, Shirlee! You already know how I feel about the snow so I won't say it again, lol.

Right now, I've been using PCStitch for any designing I do. I've looked at others and will have to dig through my old files to find the info for you. I don't think PCStitch was too expensive and I was able to download it.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great progress on this one, I do like it.

The birds were obviously very hungry and grateful for their food.

And more Shirlee Secrets coming out, you have been a designer in a previous life! No wonder your colour choices in the previous post were so good.

Annette-California said...

Great progress Shirlee! Your sampler is looking so beautiful. Love the snow photos. Sorry i no nothing of the software you were asking about.
love Annette

Lumiruusu said...

Your sampler with an Angel looks ey beautifull and makes me think how wonderfull i is to be a Child of God and have His Angels doing their secret work in our lives.

The little picture with a little cottage ,rounded with the forests and mountains looks exactly like the place where me and my family are just noe enjoying our winter holiday! Thank Yu fo this inspirational verse !

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your SAL piece is looking lovely.

Simply Victoria said...

Hope your snow is still around for you to enjoy and for John to have a contented wife : )

jennifer768 said...

Hello Shirlee,love the sampler you are stitching! I am sorry about the dental appointment,hopefully it will not take two more months.When I saw the amount of snow we got I wondered about your area,knew it would make you happy.Hope that you have a good day.Blessings,Jen

Maggee said...

Between sleet and snow and then doctor and sick time, this week has not been a good one for me. Now it is really windy and rainy! All in ONE week! Can't help with software--not anything I have researched. Hugs!

Sally said...

I love how your Snow Angel is looking. For the first time in weeks I actually enjoyed stitching on it last Thursday!

I have no idea on the designing programs. I used to have one years ago that was a trial through a stitching mag but it wasn't that good.

Kevin said...

I love your progress on your Snow Angel! That is really coming along beautifully.

Catherine said...

Beautiful progress!