Saturday, May 16, 2015

FNSI stitching and finishing

Good Morning (or Afternoon!) to you all!

My FNSI stitch last night was Fresh Fallen Snow by LHN, found in the 2011 JCS ornament issue. It is also one of my Crazy January starts and last night I finished it! Yay! It's my 8th finish of all my Crazy starts, too...
Stitched with Belle Soie silks, two over two on mystery fabric. I'm used to using one strand of silks for stitching. Two strands keep getting caught up in knots and on my fingers, which are dry. I'm happy it's finished. 

My 9th Crazy finish is this, Jingle, by With Thy Needle & Thread/Brenda Gervais. Fun stitch but Santa was a bit brutal with all that red! I love how it looks though, a bit dainty..
I'm hoping it doesn't look so blurry when it gets to the blog post. I added a few more 4-stitch snowflakes to this. The Red is from Valdani and I really like it, it's such a rich red.

Since this month is going by so quick and I've been struck with a head cold, I totally forgot the Gifted Gorgeousness! I hadn't even kitted anything up for it. Next time I'll be ready for it. I never get sick so I don't know what's up. Seven years ago I had the Flu and that was the last time I've been sick except for sounding like a lawn mower in November!

My daughter and I are headed down to Phoenix tomorrow for a book signing and lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. The author is Craig Johnson and his books are the Walt Longmire series and the TV series called Longmire. I'm going, sick or not! I'll be armed with cough drops and antibacterial hand gel!

Hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day. I did. My daughter bought me flowers and a lunch at the Haunted Hamburger in Jerome, AZ. It was a great day!

Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Big and little finishes, and more

Greetings from a blustery sunny day in Arizona!

I just couldn't wait for the 15th to show off my bigger finish-Fancey in all her glory!
Fancey Blackett's Brooms by Pineberry Lane, on 30ct WDW Beige linen, stitched with DMC. She was a lot of fun but I'll tell you, those corn tassels were a pain! I made a few mistakes with them but its hard to tell and I'm calling it done! And i just noticed I forgot a stitch! I was moseying about at the 123Stitch site and saw two other Fancey charts. I can envision a whole Fancey wall! Hopefully the designer will keep on with Fancey Blackett.

My next finish is my 6th Crazy start/finish..
Hats off to Halloween by LizzieKate. So cute! The buttons came with the kit. 

And here's the 7th finish..Joy to the World, an ornament from the 2012 JCS issue..
Looking at this this way, I can now see that North America is noticeable with South America at the bottom right and my area is in browns. When I was stitching Earth, I couldn't tell what was what. I'm pretty sure you can see the Great Lakes too. It was all fun and games after stitching Earth!

I stashed again! It's getting out of hand, my spending. I see the first section of Stitch from Stash is about to end; I may throw in for the second portion. But anyway, here's my new stuff..
In the Pines I bought from my favorite ONS and the other three were bought from a blogger who was downsizing.

I finally bought some fabric for my Red Velvet project..
The fabric is 28ct Brandied Apple that I bought from an eBay store. It's much cheaper than the Picture this Plus fabric the chart calls for. I saved at least $30 buying something different. The color is a little off as there is more a red tone to it. I'm in the SAL called Glendon Place Amazing Desserts. I didn't bother posting for it April 15th since all I had was the chart and silks. July 15th is the next posting date for this SAL so I'll have some stitching to show then.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! I'm watching the 3rd season of Longmire on Netflix right now. The new season starts this summer on Netflix so I'm getting reacquainted. I noticed MASH is on Netflix too, the whole 11 seasons! I'll check that out soon too.

Have a great week everyone!






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Lovely Blog

Well, thank you, Gracie, for nominating me for this award..
Be sure to learn more about Gracie here http://needlespinsanddragonflies.blogspot.com/

The purpose of this award is for bloggers to nominate fellow, mostly newer, bloggers that they wish to recognize. The goal is to bring attention to blogs that we think are "lovely" and enjoy reading. We hope others will enjoy reading these blogs also. In order to accept the award, the nominated blogger must follow these rules:

     *Thank the person who nominated you and link back to then in your post
     *Share seven facts about yourself
     *Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award

Hmm, seven things that no one knows about me. Here goes:

1. Born and raised in Arizona except for 9 years spent in Los Angeles, CA from a couple days old to 
    9 years old. Dad was born and raised Montana, Mom born and raised Arizona. Dad asked her
    where we should live to get the heck out of L.A. He told her about the brutal winters in Northeastern
    Montana. Arizona it is!

2. I have one daughter who is 20. I'm divorced and on my way to Modified Spinsterhood!

3. My favorite holiday is Halloween! This should come as no surprise to some.

4. Love to hike and a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is on my bucket list. 

5. I have 4 cats. Mama is 7 and kittens, 3 of them, are 6.

6. I love the smell of Scotch tape and Playdoh! Yeah, I'm weird.

7. Love Red Velvet cake, Red Velvet ice cream, and anything else Red Velvet!

I'm going to try to nominate 10 other bloggers:

http://d1-d2.blogspot.com/
http://thecopperfox.blogspot.com/
http://willowtreestitcher.blogspot.com/
http://porcupineneedle.blogspot.com/

Well, just 4 blogs that I felt I could put here to nominate. A lot of blogs I had in mind have already been nominated! 
Hope you ladies don't mind being nominated!

On the downhill slide to the weekend, Yay! Take care!




Saturday, April 18, 2015

Christmas Garden, my FNSI stitch

Just a short post
I finally got the Calico Kitty threads I needed and stitched in the flower parts. That's about all I'll do for now!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness April, Finishes

Where do I begin?! I feel like I've been gone forever!

So it's GG time. GG is a year long SAL hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitcher fame. We stitch on fabric, use threads, kits, charts, etc. that have been gifted to us. 

 So here's Fancey and what I've done with her..

And before...
Wish I could get a better shot of the color of this fabric. It's Beige from WDW. This is Fancey Blackett's Brooms. I feel like I could have her finished by this time next month. She has to be pretty happy to get her red lips!

I was a recent winner of a giveaway from Frances from Symphony of Stitches and here's what I received..
Love all the PS! Whoo's There? in the upper right will be my next Gifted Gorgeousness start once I'm   finished with Fancey. Thanks again, Frances!

Don't you love this guy? Or girl! Can't tell! I had two Sheepy finishes though, woohoo!
On the left is Blackie Pincushion by Homespun Elegance. This thing is tiny. I can't remember what count the fabric is but the whole thing is a little over 2" across. It's one of my Crazy starts and finishes. Yay! I can't remember what the sheep on the right is called or who the designer is. I was stitching on it before the start of the Crazyness and put it aside. Didn't have much to do to it and now it's done! 

And miraculously, I had another finish and its yet another Homespun Elegance!
This is Holiday Samplings II and it's also a Crazy start. Don't look to closely at my version of French knots around the holly leaves! I don't do French knots, these are just knots! Too bad the color of the fabric didn't come in very good. It's a Terri from Dixiesamplar hand dye and its darker than this picture and has a great feel to it, like silk. It was great to stitch on.

And I bought a chart, a big one. I had to print out 26 pages of chart and instructions and even ran out of printer ink. It's from a lady called Diana70 on Etsy. I don't know how I came to be on Etsy. I have bought stuff from there but kind of traded that for Pinterest. So here it is..
This is Romantic Castle, a pdf. I haven't looked at how much DMC it will take, too scared! But I love castles. It was only $6-something! I have some plans about next years stitching, like doing a couple big charts with Castle being one of them. Because, you know, I plan to stitch every single chart I have this year. One can dream!

I'm off to jump on my exercise bike. I'm in the middle of overtime at work again and my brain is tired. Which is why I can't remember a darn thing! 

I've got to say a big Thank You for all your great comments last post about my bunnies. 28 or 29 comments. It was great!

I think that's it, can't remember! Take care all!