Sunday, February 19, 2017

More Stuff III

Hi all! How are all you beautiful people doing? Me, I have a cold. Not contagious I don't think. Rained all day yesterday and today it's supposed to rain and snow. At the moment it's foggy and windy. We'll see. Here we are, 9 days away from the end of this month! Just amazing how fast these months go!

So I have some FFOs, a finish, and progress on Big Momma aka Christmas Garden by Blackbird Designs. Here she is now...
Yay! That is the work of 5 hours of stitching on the motifs. Last time, which was last year, I just had the borders as you see them here. I named it Big Momma as she is big, bigger than anything I've ever stitched. I think I'm using 30ct mystery fabric. Now, I wish I had used 32 or even 35ct something else. I won't frog all that out. I am hoping for a finish this year. Wish me luck!

Since the beginning of this month, I stitched on my exchange piece. I found a cute little chart with all the things my exchangee likes-blue, spring flowers, and sheep. I stitched furiously on that for 7 days straight and finished it. I used a small scroll frame and I tell you what, I ended up with sore shoulders and hands from using it. I never mentioned that back in the summer last year I found a lap frame with a scroll rod at a second hand store. It was $8 and brought it home. I haven't used it in my lap yet, but took off the scroll rods to use. I'll put it back together and see how it works. So last weekend I turned this exchange piece into a cube and it's very cute. The due date is the end of March for all this because Easter is in April sometime. I'm glad too because I've decided to go to Market Day at the Attic down in Mesa on the 11th and pick up a few little things for her and for myself, of course! That will be a nice little treat, I think!

Okay, back to progress. I'm doing the blocks of Frosty Forest once a month. Here is my latest block, just finished today..
I didn't think I would finish that home! More stitching on it than the previous block but so far my favorite. Some of you may know I don't do french knots. I do a version of them called Shelly knots! Well, the eyes of this cute raccoon are my knots and as you can see they're tiny. I may go back and make them bigger. His whiskers turned out fine. Glad to have this finished.

Here's the lone finish for February...Merry One by PSS..
All I had left to do was Merry because I wasn't sure I wanted the word. After looking at this made up into a pillow, well, I had to stitch it in. It came as a kit with the floss and chenille trim. I think this is on 35ct V Lentil by Lakeside that was in my stash. 

Onto my FFOs. This is Peace Bird, found in the 2012 JCS ornament magazine..
I love how this turned out. My first circle finish. I used mat board, not the foam stuff. Kind of nervous about the perfect circle but I managed.

Here's Snow Much by Barbara Ana..
Made into a pinkeep, no hanger. The colors are so pretty and the backing fabric too. I FFO'd these two things the day after I did the other two in my last post. I was in a zone! 

This one though, I FFO'd it end of December and just kept forgetting to post about. This is Santa's Workshop found in the 2015 Punch Needle and Primitive Stitch magazine. I see this particular design is now sold as a chart by Nebby Needle, I believe...
I managed to stitch both sides together and inserting the ribbon and stitching through that. I won't show you the back because it just doesn't look as good as the front! I found the skeleton key on eBay. I bought this red ribbon and a green that matches the holly leaves hanging off the big S. The red won out. I never really gave it much thought as to how Santa gets into the workshop but as he's a big man, he needs a big key! 

I believe that's it! Stitching the exchange piece and my Frosty Forest block took all my attention this month. My daughter turns 22 tomorrow, wow! I'm not sure where the time has gone but I'm taking her to see a movie after work, no matter how I feel tomorrow. 

Plans for March? Get caught up with my WIPs, stitch on Big Momma some more. I haven't felt the urge to have a new start yet but that could change! On the 28th of this month is the SAL for Mardi Gras-Laissez bon something or other, lol, on FB! I've got to remember that. Continue to catch that fleeting FFO bug because I have more that need it. Last weekend, I alphabetized my WDW flosses on rings and that took some time. Now my GASTs may get it next.

Thanks for your comments as always! Take care! See you in March!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

More stuff like a new start, FFO's, progress

Hi all. Hope you're all having a great Sunday. I've been busy..
The scene of the crime! I have FFO's that I'll show below. This could be I Spy...can you spot the seam ripper, the bobbinated DMC? Haha.

So I had a new start, one that I planned for 2017. Christmas Carol sampler by the Primitive Hare..
I have to say this border is pretty gnarly! Envision 10 more of the flower motif in the border across the top. It's a biggie. I had to buy another skein of GAST Tarnished Gold for the border and another skein of GAST Moonlit Path, that purplish color that goes around the white M. The new skein of Moonlit Path is a bit different from my old one. So what I'll do is finish up that square with the old one and join strands of the old and new together for the rest of this design. It has been two years this design has been kitted up with that older skein of Moonlit Path. I'll probably pick this back up the end of February.

I had progress on Vintage Stars..
What's new is the dark red motif on the right, the YZ, and the big lighter colored motif below YZ. Unfortunately, I lost the skein of color that goes in the empty spaces of the big motif. How does one lose a silk??! I do, very easily! Considering this has been a WIP for a long time. They're all NPI silks which are cheaper than some of the other silks. At 123, they're $4.49 a skein. Like the sampler at the top, I will get back to this after I stitch an exchange piece.

Yesterday, it finally warmed up around here. This past week, the temps never reached 40 and my craft room/bedroom gets chilly. The sun warmed up my room so it was time to FFO stuff and I have a ton but just two for now. I'm out of stuffing so flat ornaments with foam mounting board it is..
Silent Night by LK. I used two pieces of styrofoam from work. I never had a real idea for this. As you can see, I added as I went..
The backside fabric is brown tiny red flowers. The green plastic leaf at the top was plucked from those Christmas pokey things that you can use on a wreath. Forget what they're called. I almost made this a mini cube, but my rubber footsies are too big, so I stuck some twine in with pins for a hanger. It turned out nice.

Here's HoHoHo, just a tiny little thing but it's cute..
I'm glad I have the fuzzy red trim. Used the pins to secure it. I might make a little bow to put at the top. At this rate, I'll have more ornaments to put on my tree this year!

Stash! Lol. All of this plus the chart from last post are still under my budget at SFS2017A on FB..
The fabric are PTP's. That pink one is Opalescent Fresco and it is soo pretty. A 9x9 piece, perfect for an ornament. The other is Relic at a nice size. The two skeins mentioned above. At Needlework Corner, Drema is having a huge fabric overstock sale and I bought those two pieces above. The Fresco was only $3.75 and you can see the price of the Relic. Go check it out!

I also had two finishes..
Winter Flakes is from the Punch Needle and Primitive Stitch magazine, the 2016 Christmas/Winter issue, and on right is Batty and Friend from Keslyn's. Winter Flakes is on a mystery fabric and it almost didn't fit! It called for 36ct but I think my fabric is 30ct after measuring it. It's a bag in the magazine and I will do that with mine, albeit a big bag!

So that's it with the pictures.

I joined an exchange with Teri at Dixiesamplar and my partner likes sheep, blue, and spring flowers. My shipment in from 123 is on its way. I'll be dropping everything to stitch the design with all three likes on it. I lucked out there! Everything is due the first week of March so I think I'll get it out on time.

Comments on comments left last post:

  Carol- Thanks for the recommendation of The Paradise. I'll will check it out. I watched Hell on Wheels 
     twice! It was great. On Netflix.
  Honeybee- Funny comment! I'm making a trip to Phoenix in March so I'll be sure to stop at a Chick fil 
     A. 
  Paisley- Lucky you for being able to fill up on Chick fil A! 
  Barb- You just got to start Jack's Bash. You'll love it!

Thanks for leaving your comments everyone! Appreciate it!

So my February plans are stitching for that exchange, starting the second block of Frosty Forest, and a piece for a little SAL on FB. It has to do with something funny. I can't find the SAL though. I signed up for it. More important is doing the exchange piece.

Congrats if you made it to here and if you found the two items on my messy craft table!

Take care!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lots of stuff!

Hi all. Hope the new year is going wonderfully for you! Mine has been stitchingly busy, as you will see below! Photo heavy as Mr. Selfridge plays in the background. Been watching it all day.

I managed to finish one of the new starts I have planned and that is the first block of Frosty Forest

I mentioned The Willow Tree Stitcher's changes to her Frosty Forest. She left off the swag at the top and just added more snowflakes. I liked the look of it but forgot to do it her way. I'm not about to frog all that so it's staying! The one bigger snowflake on the left should be left off if adding buttons and I stitched it in. Oh well, I'll just put the snowflake button on top of it. Buttons will be added at the end. For Stitch from Stash purposes, I will wait until the end for credit. I plan to stitch a block a month. I had no other new starts as of now but plan to here in a couple days.

Back in December, I managed to put more stitches in the LK Spooked sampler..

The last time, all I had was that first portion on the left.

This rotation I planned on didn't pan out! I knew that would happen. Instead I picked up WIPs as they spoke to me. They're the same ones mentioned in my last post and wait 'till you see what I've done with Jack's Bash though! Today I picked up Vintage Stars by Jeannette Douglas..here's before

Folks, this picture is from 2014! Sheesh.

Here is how she looks now..

Whew, those Quaker motifs take some stitching. I have several master copies of this and couldn't find one so had to print another. I'm having fun stitching on this. It's silk on 35ct.

Another WIP I worked on is Blackwater Hollow sampler by Stacy Nash...here is before..

October 31, 2015 is the last time it saw the light of day. I don't even know what happened to that needleminder! 

After..

I'm not happy with the colors of the flowers, happy with the orange ones though. I saw a recent finish of this on another bloggers post and the leaves are green instead of this brown color I have. She either changed them or my skeins for those flowers are just old but I'll just plug along. The black line is the handle to a black kettle. This deserves to be finished this year. I don't have the chart anymore, been working on a copy. You could say there are 4 pages to this and somehow I have lost or threw out the first two! The area below the cat is unknown and I'll have to fudge it and stick a flower in there! I'm having to stitch that bottom portion just to get to the left side border and stitch up because the missing pages contain the part of the fence! Aargh! Moral of the story-Don't make copies and then lose or throw them out!

And now here's Jack!

And before..

I just love Jack and I got a good amount of work on him. The man is holding a pumpkin but I don't know what the lady has. I thought it was a bee skep but now I think it looks like a squash of some kind! It's done in tent stitch. About tent stitch-I used this stitch for the Happy Hallowe'en at the top but look at the 'ober' at the end of the alphabet, that's a full stitch 1 over 1. Below the house is the verse and I'm not sure if I want to go with tent or a full cross stitch 1 over 1. The full stitch shows up more than the tent stitch but using the tent means I'll fly over the verse! Hmm, what to do. Stay tuned! I'm looking forward to the bottom part with Jack and his lady and two large urns on either side, with flowers. That verse, though..

I bought a chart! I forgot how much but it's still within my budget in Stitch from Stash..

That heart on the top did it for me! I'm really liking her designs as I have one other that is fully kitted, Halloween of course!

I mentioned I joined a month long SAL on FB for Mardi Gras? Here is what I have planned..

What do you all think? Silks on 32ct linen. I keep wavering between this black fabric and white. I plan to stitch the pillow.

Okay one last picture! We don't have a Chick fil A restaurant here. It's a fast food place that offers just chicken and their waffle fries are out of this world. At work we got to talking about them and I decided on a Saturday to hop in my car and drive 80-some miles to a Chick fil A! They have them in Phoenix but didn't feel like messing with the traffic there so I headed north!

The forecast was supposed to be snow here but they cancelled that, no snow or I wouldn't have gone. I'm driving here on Interstate 17 to Flagstaff, where that big mountain is in the distance. I found the place and drove and ate! I came down through Sedona, Cottonwood, and up through Jerome and to home. It was a nice drive, roads were clear. Living the life! Lol.

Alrighty! I'm done and Mr. Selfridge is begging me to change the disc to the next set of episodes. All the stitchy pictures were taken today with, finally, sunny skies. The last few weeks the sun has taken to hiding and finally have had some sun. It's been pretty gloomy around here. 

Plans for my stitching is that new start, finishing a few small things to get that credit in SFS, and continue working on WIPs. I'll try to get on here at the end of this month with hopefully some big finishes. Crossing my fingers! 

Take care!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2017 plans, a last finish, and other stuff

Hi everyone! Better get comfortable, grab a drink or something because I've been talking to cats for the last day and a half!

Hope your Christmas was magical with family, friends, and food! Mine was particularly wonderful, partly because of this..

Yup, a white Christmas, yay! Although I can live without the white stuff, you just gotta have a white Christmas. My brothers came up Christmas Eve morning to avoid the snow and it was great to see them. They live in Phoenix. And...my gift that my daughter bought me that brought tears to my eyes...

Works like a charm. I also received chocolate, lottery tickets, and gift cards but this...! I fired it up yesterday and made this..

An ornament that I stitched up earlier this year. My cord-making went haywire. I cannot make cording to save my life! I have watched Vonna's video on cord-making and this is what I end up with ^. So I improvised and sewed it on the top and hung a skeleton key on the end and made a tassel. It's back to the drawing board for making cord. One of my New Years resolutions, to master this. Ha. But it's just great to have a sewing machine again. I never took my old one in to be checked and fixed. 

Here we go....I joined Honeybee's (Copper Fox) little sal The Keeping Christmas Project to stitch ornaments. I had my first finish in September and as of last week, ended up with 7 ornaments. Here is the very last one...A Sprig of Holly, from the Primitive Punchneedle and Cross Stitch, I think?

On 32ct, 1 over 2. Love her dress with the the eyelet stitch at her waist and the satin stitch spool to the right. All of these ornaments I'll FFO them next year.

I also had another finish last week, the last one for 2016. Little Lamb by Kathy Barrick...

It's a small design, fits a 8" sq. frame. I stitched in the reins at the last. Does anyone see Rudolph and his red nose? I think Santa was giving his reindeer a night off! 

Total finishes for 2016 comes to 37! Woohoo! Two of those finishes were exchange gifts and are gone. Some of these finishes have been FFO'd already, or need it, or need framing. I'll do all that next year.


Remember I won a gift card from Brian (Blitstitch) from flosstube? Well, here is what I used it on..

Overdye's to kit up some projects, two LHN designs that have been on my wish list for months, and the Mardi Gras silks for a sal that I've joined for February or March. 

Uh, what next? Oh. Here are my plans for 2017. I reserve the right to chuck it all and do what I want! I have 4 or 5 definite projects to do and here they are: 

Frosty Forest by CCN
I just need to get the DMC's together. This is my New Year's day stitch. Somewhere down the line I will add a border on this, just like Jeannie at Willow Tree Stitcher did on hers. I don't have a link but some of you may know what it looks like. I may tweak a few borders from other CCN or LHN charts for my border. Just hope I have enough fabric for that!

Classic Christmas Charm by Barbara Ana, found in 3 issues of Cross Stitch and Needlework mags..
I wasn't too sure about this called for fabric, Milk Chocolate, but after the floss toss, decided it won't be too bad. I'll do half of the border starting from the upper left and then start stitching the inner white and green blocks. I'm thinking of a week spent on each new start. Next up are two Primitive Hare designs, Christmas Carol Sampler and Ichabod Crane Inn, all ready to start..

As for WIPs, these are what I'm stitching on..
Top to bottom: Jacks Bash by PSS, Blackwater Hollow by Stacy Nash, Vintage Stars by Jeannette Douglas, A Bee in your Bonnet by Summerhouse Stitcheworkes, and last but not least- Christmas Garden by BBD. Vintage Stars is the oldest WIP here. Wish me luck..

I run with the Stitch Maynia crowd on FB and have joined a couple of SAL's through Maynia, a Mardi Gras style one in February I think, and an M sal which is stitch on something that starts with the letter M, or a designer or subject matter. That's in March. I also joined a Stitch from Stash on FB. 

If you can believe it, I'm still waiting on Cricketbugs chart and fabric for winning my giveaway! Everything she gets she can use for next Christmas! I emailed her a couple weeks ago and this was her response:

             I am having the same problems! It's like it's Christmas or something 

Lol. She's too funny! Like it's Christmas, indeed! I'll have to time the giveaway next year a little better. The problem is the dyed linen coming from Dames of the Needle. Well, dame- it! Just kidding!

On the 10th of this month, my daughter and I were supposed to fly to Chicago but after the last two months of a kitty death, auto breakdown, and various other mishaps, we had to cancel:((
But....that weekend it was below zero up there! We dodged that bullet! I really wanted to see the Christkindle market and eat Chicago deep dish pizza. So before the tickets expire in June, we have decided to go back to New Orleans in March. Weather wise, a huge extreme. It'll be after Mardi Gras and the room prices will go back down somewhat. 

I believe that's it! Whew. Hopefully, you made it to the end with me. I will continue to stitch an ornament or two a month. I'll be busy for sure. I have 31 WIPs and hope to whittle that down by this time next year. 

Followers and lurkers, I just want to say Thank You for hanging with me throughout the entire year! Thank you for your comments, for your words of sympathy on the death of E.T., for commiserating with me on my wacky health which I might add is much better. Helps to lose 20 pounds here in the last 3 months, not diabetic anymore. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Wishing you a 
and a year of great health, lots of new stash, peace, and new beginnings! See you next year!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A great weekend!

Hi all!

Back so soon, you ask? Yes. My exchange goodie reached my partner and I received mine so I thought I would show off what they look like.

I made the PSS design The Favorite Font Sampler into a flat ornament/wall hanging..

And because my partner likes blue, I made the house blue and trimmed it with that thick blue chenille trim. Used twine for the bow and the hanger then added the rusty bells. She loved it. I also added a little Chocolate Santa to the package.

After a pretty bad day yesterday, I checked my mailbox to find I had received my exchange gift from my partner. When I read the card that came with it, I whooped because the partner turned out to be the owner and designer of Death By Thread, of whom I own two charts! Here it is..

Let's just say my attitude and day turned on a dime! I love it. The pattern is Merry Yule by Forgotten Farm. Velvet on the back and the scrunched up ribbon is a nice touch. Thanks again, Becky!

Also, I just found out that I won a $30 gift certificate to 123stitch from a Flosstuber! His name is Brian and he goes by Blitstitch on Flosstube and @blitstitch on Instagram. He works on huge and beautiful projects and is an excellent stitcher. So go check him out. I have a smile on my face that goes ear to ear! Haha.

I am stitching a Christmas design from that primitive stitching magazine I showed the last post. I'll be picking that back up here pretty soon.

Cricket-bug, I am still waiting on a package from Stitching Bits and Bobs. Everyone on FB says that the shop is pretty slow. In their defense, they are a two person shop as someone toured the shop and it was mentioned it's a wife/husband team. So as soon as I get it, everything will be on its way to you.

CJ, your package is in the mail as of today so watch out for it sometime this coming week.

I'll be back after Christmas with a recap of this year, and my stitching plans for 2017, big plans. If I'm not back sooner, I'll just say now that I wish each and everyone of you who follow or lurk, a very

Monday, November 28, 2016

Winner! WIP progress and more

Hi all! Coming to you from a chilly snow-on-the-mountains-around-us-but-none-down-here kind of day. I thought I would make this post before I go to work.

I drew names of all you contestants, linen and Aida stitchers, together and a linen stitcher was picked and she is.....

            CRICKET-BUG! I will email you for your mailing address. As soon as I get the rest of the
               goodies in the mail, I'll ship it off to you.

And then I drew names between the Aida stitchers and the name drawn for the LK chart and Aida fabric is.........
            
            CJ! I will be emailing you soon for your mailing address. Since it's just the chart and fabric,
               I have it already and will get it in the mail this week.

Thanks ladies, for taking part in my giveaway! 

I've been toiling away at a WIP, Little Lamb by Kathy Barrick..here is before...

And now..

A good amount of progress, I think. Santa is awaiting reins to all three animals but I'll do that at the end. I'm having fun stitching the house. Sorry for the blurry picture. I try holding my breath to take a picture and sometimes it works, sometimes not! It's not a huge design. The width is what you see there. I hope to have this finished by Christmas but we'll see because there is a forest and two or three more deer. I have one deer partially stitched next to the house.

Two or three posts ago I mentioned a Kickstarter campaign by Ship's Manor that I took part in? Well, I received my package! I love all that he sent, take a look..
On the left is the fabric I chose, a 32ct fat quarter of this beautiful orangey, perfect for Halloween color. On the right is backing fabric, dyed also, and a skein of his silk and a cotton floss. Yummy. His fabrics are beautiful.

I have stash also, again! Everytime I look at this chart, I smile!
Aren't they cute! I saw this and had to have it.

Last but not least is this, the Christmas issue of..

They really outdid themselves on this issue, IMHO. Here are a few cross stitch designs that caught my eye..

Soo pretty! I've been itching for a new start so one of these might be it.

Alrighty! That will be it. Congrats to Cricket-bug and CJ! Thanks to you all for playing along.

Take care and stitch, stitch, stitch!