Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness February, a finish, progress

Hello everyone!

Time for the GG! This a year-long SAL hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitcher. Stitch on a project that was gifted, fabric/floss that was gifted, a gift to someone, etc. Over on my sidebar I have a button to check it out.

I have Fancey Blackett's Brooms which was given to me for a birthday. She's coming along and I'm glad to see one of her red eyed owls hangin' with her!..

Here's how she looked before..
The top picture is better for the actual fabric color, which is WDW Beige. This is the only gifted or to be gifted project I have so when I'm done with Fancey, this SAL is over for me! I'll be down to just one SAL which is the Glendon Place Amazing Desserts one.

I have another Crazy finish..Emmanuel freebie by PSS..
This is number four. It's so small because I stitched it on 36ct.

While I've gotten some stitching on a few things, Trick or Treat got most of my attention..
and before
Jo wanted to know if I had all the buttons and no, I do not. There's a lot of them. I have a few bats and pumpkins in my stash but I'll wait for the end to see if I really need more.

Last weekend I had a kind of rotation going while I was bingeing on Sherlock Holmes on Netflix! Every new episode I changed to a different project. Lasted for a little while though because I watched the last 2 seasons! Have some of you heard of The American Horror Story that was on FX and is now on Netflix? I saw the first two episodes and must say its a weird show. I might use it for another rotation.

For the most part, I just pick up whatever catches my eye. Today that is Salem Sisters by PSS while we watch Mouse Hunt, a crazy mice have run amok movie. 

I'm off to stitch. Thank you for your comments on my last post. I didn't get to finish my Valentines Day finishes. The 14th took me by surprise! Take care. Best wishes to those of you dealing with cold and snow. It's about 70 outside ;)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Finishes, error!

How's everyone? Picture heavy.

Please disregard my last post! I'm getting these Friday Night events mixed up. It was FNWF last night, not FNSI! And I don't even do the FNWF. Ha. I'm pretty sure I posted that in the morning before I left for work; that explains it all!

I'm sure by now many of you have deduced that I'm no longer doing the DSDUCJ/FC2015. Yes, you are right. I threw in the towel right at the 27th start. It was getting to be too much. I've got started projects everywhere! Stitching on the weekends trying to get caught up with the last 5 days. In the mix are knee, sciatic back problems which are enough to take my attention away! If this becomes an annual event, I'll stick with 15 new starts!

Lets get going with my finishes! 
The first two are the Crazies: Majestic Bird by Homespun Elegance, found in the JCS 2013 issue, Harvest 1823 by Tina Woltman. Love is a freebie that can be found at and the little Love is by Plum Pudding Needleart, also a freebie. My two contributions to the month of Love!

Due to inspirational posts by the one and only Carol of Stitching Dreams and her lovely pillows, I'm turning everyone of my finishes into pillows. Here they are with their respective fabrics, soon to be worked on once that finishing mood washes over me. Don't know when that will happen!

And I will soon have another finish. Emmanuel by PSS..
Sorry for the wrinkles. Hope the 5 in the date looks like a 5! Here's how it looked before..
I have a few more flowers to put in and I'm leaving out the word Emmanuel at the bottom.

I have 3 Crazy finishes and that leaves 24 Crazy projects that I still need to stitch on. For the past two weeks I've been thinking of some kind of rotation to stitch on all these. Four years ago I joined a WIP SAL, can't remember the name. I had 14 WIPs (the good ol' days). I did a 10 hour rotation for my wips. Here's what one project looked like..
It took me 4 months and 19 days to finish this particular item. As you can see, sometimes I got in 7 minutes stitching. At the end of 10 hours, I moved onto the next item. It's a lot of record keeping that I'm not sure I really want to do! So I'm not sure what I'll do.

Since I didn't stitch my February starts, I have 29 days of kitted up projects! My plan for these are when I finish any of my Crazy starts, they can be ornament sized or BAPs, I will start something from my February kits! So since I have three finishes, I'll start just one thing. After this the 1 for 1 will go into effect. I can't ignore those February kits! There are Blackbird Designs and a bigger LHN in those, three BBDs of which I'm still buying floss for. I mean, 5 skeins of GAST Endive! And you have to buy all of them or risk having skeins of all colors of Endive. So each payday, I put in a small order for floss. That being said, I won't be working on any BBDs anytime soon!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Thanks for stopping in and leaving comments. I need to stitch on Fancey Blackett for the GG. I'll do that after some housework and hobbling at the grocery store. I hate being hurt :(. Hope you stitch a bunch!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 27 of the DSDUCJ/FC2015

Promise Me by LizzieKate..
A future gift for my daughter.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Starts 25 and 26

Still plugging along!

Day 25...
My recent purchase.

Day 26...
Santa's Hat Sampler from the 2012 JCS ornament issue. 

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing those of you in the path of the big NE storm safety and warmth!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Starts 21, 22, 23, and 24

Another Sunday spent getting caught up on my starts. Here they are..

Day 21
Let It Snow by CCN, found in JCS ornament issue 2008.

Day 22..
Blackbird by Blackbird Designs. This fabric is so stiff, I should've tried to relax it somehow. Too late, I'm not frogging the few stitches!

Day 23..
Jingle Bells by Brenda Gervais/WTN&T. The red on Santa is a Valdani thread and the jury is out-I'm not crazy about it. Maybe it's me but it tangles or knots up too much. Just that little bit stitched, I had to undo 6 knots.

Day 24..
Autumn Delights, designed by Barbara Ana. This is found in the Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine issue Nov. 2013. Fun, fun. Lots of little animals, houses, and leaves to stitch!

Tomorrow I'll have today's and Mondays starts posted.

Have a great week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hey Cupcake!

Here is my 20th start. Am I really behind in posting my starts? Oh yeah! I still have 4 more starts to get caught up on.
I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment! This is 'better with a cupcake' by Amy Bruecken. This 30ct Peoria Purple linen is so pretty and I have the embellishments for it also. 

With February and Mardi Gras in New Orleans coming up, I decided this flat ornament...
which I always put up on my header picture for February, will be retired. So I bought this..
I was going to do a substitution and stitch this today but wouldn't you know it..I don't have 3 of the DMCs! That's crazy with all the DMCs I recently bought. But isn't it lovely?! I didn't go through every project for the Crazy that has DMC, so I'm hoping I can find what I need amongst all those. I'm really itching to start this in time for the 1st of February.

Between now and Monday, I'm hoping to get 5 starts posted. Wish me luck! A question was raised on the FB page for the DSDUCJ/FC2015 about who is continuing on into February-Me! It's a hard proposition to post a start every single day, much less when things are happening like being sick for the last couple of weeks. I have stopped my cough drop addiction since yesterday though! I am also short on January starts and need to rustle up a few more charts to make 31. If I hadn't joined this group, a lot of what I recently started would still be sitting in a drawer, untouched. Going through my emails, I still run into a SoCal Deb email. Those emails were about our furbabies and stitching, of course! So yeah, I'm going to try to stick it out to the bloody end!!

Enough of that! Just wanted to thank you all for your comments! I'm managing to keep up on my responding to your comments but like other bloggers, I'm running into no reply emails. I don't know if some of you mean to be no reply. I'm not sure how to remedy that though. Though I'd put that out there. Welcome to the new followers also! Glad you're here! Take care, y'all!