Saturday, December 20, 2014

My mojo has left the building, The rest of the Crazy list, Something Different

That's right! My mojo has got up and left! I don't remember when I last stitched on anything. I think it might have been last weekend. I was stitching an ornament for a co-worker. Well, guess what? I'll just have to give her a couple gingerbread boys and some canned jelly, which I'm doing Sunday for gifts.

But...all is not lost because the hankering to stitch again, I can feel it. This weekend is when I have to finish my Christmas shopping and make the gingerbread boys, and can two items, Apple Cranberry jelly and Blueberry Butter, if I can find blueberries. I don't want to use frozen. All of this in just two days since I'm working Monday to cover Tuesday, when I start my Christmas vacation until the 30th. I normally have a 3 day weekend. I'm looking forward to it and sure needing it! 

Last Monday I paid for a class at Michael's to make one of these
Isn't it pretty? I've always wanted to learn how to make these and had my chance. I was the only student! On the brochure, there was a picture of a jar with gold accents but I wanted something silvery and voila! I love it. On Pinterest (the biggest time sucker for me, doing that instead of stitching!), I've seen vintage salt and pepper shakers with small bottle brush trees inside of them, decorated like mine. So now, it's like..hold me back! I want to hit every antique shop in town!

Well, here's the rest of my list for the Crazy 2015 starts. I'm hoping my mojo will be ready!-

Lil Bo Peep Sampler-Little by Little/Cynthia Bradford
All Dolled Up-LHN
Dear House-La D Da-WIP
Pumpkins & Sunflowers-Nov. '08 CS & NDWK-WIP
Christmas Garden-BBD
s'Gravenhage 1892-Needleprint
Blackwater Hollow Sampler-Stacy Nash-WIP
The Snowmaker-Stoney Creek
Strawberry Fields Forever-BBD
Vintage Stars-Jeannette Douglas-WIP
Exodus 20:16-LHN
Mini Garden Game Board-LHN-Freebie
Blackie Pin Cushion-Homespun Elegance
Winter Wind Sampler-PSS/JCS Jan/Feb '11-WIP
Jacks Bash-PSS
Away We Ride-BBD
Raven-Stitching Studio 
Peaceful Night-JCS Ornie '10 pg. 36
Midnight Ride-JCS Halloween '14 pg. 28
Song of the Seasons-LK-WIP
Spell of the Moon-BBD
Christmas Mitten-BH&G magazine
Valentine Garden-Barrick Samplers
Christmas Carol Sampler-the Primitive Hare
Let it Snow-JCS Ornie '14 pg. 104
Believe in the Magic-JCS Ornie '14 pg. 91
Tombstone Angel Pin Drum-Stacy Nash-WIP
Whatever I feel like on this day!

In this lineup, I have the WIPs, a couple of BAPs. Since I'm doing these in February, I'm waiting until later to buy the threads since some of them take 15 or more yards of an overdyed. I do need to buy them in lots because if I buy one skein here, a couple more later, I run the risk of skeins not matching in color. As a matter of fact, I'm seeing skeins not matching at all with just 4, 5 months in between my purchasing them! That's my rant of the day! Anyway, that final day on the 28th of February, I may pick up a WIP that isn't on the lists or stitch on a freebie or ornament that is near to being finished.

I had originally decided to fly solo, i.e.-no SALs in 2015, but I saw the Gifted Gorgeousness signup by Jo at Serendipitous Stitcher (hope I didn't get that wrong!) and said yeah, I've got a project that qualifies for that-Fancey Blackett's Brooms by Pineberry Lane that Gracie at Needles Pins & Dragonflies sent me for a birthday gift maybe two years ago. It'll do double duty for the two SALs. I also joined another-the Glendon Place Amazing Desserts SAL 2015. Here's what I'll be working on..
I just bought this and others couple weeks ago. With this SAL, we only post our progress every
2 or 3 months, works for me! Here's the link for this SAL:

http://www.xstitchhaven.com/p/glendon-place-sal.html

So I'm not joining Turtle Trot, TUSAL, Stitch From Stash, just these two. Red Velvet Cake will be doing double 
duty also as a Crazy start. I'll have to slide it into January's list somewhere. It calls for PTP fabric, which I love,
and Dinky Dye silks which I'm buying a little at a time, and beads.

Can we slide one more picture in? This is what I won from Mel/Stitch from Stash in the monthly drawing..
I'm seeing a different fabric for this, something that looks like the sea. Probably a PTP! Can't buy those too often!
They're gorgeous fabrics but kinda pricey too.

Okay, you've made it to the end! Congrats! I didn't intend this post to be long. As always, thanks for commenting
and stopping in. Welcome to the new followers, lurkers too! Hope your holiday is progressing unstressfully (is that 
a word?). Take care!







Sunday, December 14, 2014

...And the Giveaway goes to

PAMELA!!!!!

Pam said

What a wonderful giveaway! Your stitching and finishing on the cube is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!!!
Can't wait to see what you are stitching on in 2015!
I am a follower and I live in the U.S.
Thank you for the giveaway!
Pam
Hey Pam, send me an email with your mailing address and I'll get this out to you this week!

Thanks everyone for playing along and complementing my cube finish! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stashin'! My DSDUCJ/FC2015 List, aye caramba!

After some brain storming, calculations, and substitutions (a lot), I present to you my Debbie's Super Duper Ultimate Crazy Jan/Feb Challenge 2015 list! Embarrassingly enough, all of this is and was from my Stash, yikes! I did buy 80-some skeins of DMC, and a few batches of fabric but I didn't go on a huge buying spree. So lets start:

Better With a Cupcake-Amy Bruecken
Fresh Fallen Snow-JCS  '11 pg. 35 
Christmas Pear-Samplers & Santa's '12 pears
Fancey Blacketts Brooms-Pineberry Lane
Promise Me-LizzieKate 
Miss Baxter's House-Pineberry Lane
Holiday Samplings II-Homespun Elegance
Calico Heart-Notforgotten Farm
Trick or Treat-Praiseworthy Stitches JCS Halloween '12 pg. 101
Without a Mouse-BBD
Hats off to Halloween-LizzieKate 
Ambiance Automnale-Danybrod
Salem Sisters-PSS
Let it Snow-JCS Ornie '08 pg. 43
Flowers for a Friend-Giulia Punti freebie
Joy to the World-JCS Ornie '12 pg. 41
Majestic Bird-JCS Ornie '13 pg. 20
Ghoul Tidings-PSS JCS Halloween '13 pg.51
Autumn Delights-CS&ND Nov. '13
Blackbird-BBD
The Journey-LHN
Autumn Leaves-JCS Sept./Oct. '12 pg. 33
White Jack o'Lantern  ""     ""           pg. 44
Christmas Visit-Butternut Road
Jingle Bells-Brenda Gervais
Halloween Revelry-JCS Halloween Sept./Oct. '09 pg. 56
Harvest Pinkeep-Early Workings
Santa's Hat-JCS Ornie '12 pg. 60
Salem Hollow-Pamela Dervaitis
Emmanuel-PSS freebie
Lady Rachel Ruth-Scattered Seed Samplers

This is all just for January. I'll have the list up for February later on. As you can see, I have some freebies and ornaments in there so I won't go totally bonkers! Can you tell I like Halloween? Lol. I have two BAPs in this month also but the rest are mostly medium to small size. The Danybrod design will be my first stitch of 2015. Two years ago, I joined the Yahoo group for the Crazy January starts. I pretty much kept to a schedule of what I was going to stitch and when but for 2015 I will just wing it! Whatever I feel like at the time. I'm so looking forward to this and I'm having startitis right now!

I left Stitch from Stash in October to get ready for the Super Duper and I'm not returning in 2015. So I stashed! From my favorite shop http://needlecraft-corner.com/index.html

Here's what I bought..
It felt so good to stash without reservations! The two Notforgotten designs, the Chessie & Me Little Halloween kit, and The Pamela Dervaritis pfd were not bought at Needlecraft Corner, the rest were. All on sale at half off. The Glendon Place design called Red Velvet Cake is my favorite as Red Velvet Cake is my favoritest cake of all. It's a BAP for sure at 17 x17 finished, I believe. Rebecca by La D Da, was a temptation on a SFS post early this year, finally got her! I'm looking forward to starting some of these next year too.

In the coming weeks, I'm going to do a re-cap of the finishes I had, February's Crazy starts, and the big one-What I spent while on SFS! It was still huge, lol!

Take care you all and don't forget about the Giveaway in the last post. It will end tonight at a minute before Midnight Arizona time!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dreaming of Ornaments

Dream: This woman calls me up and asks where is my payment for stitched ornaments I bought from her. I said I must've forgot. Meanwhile I'm wracking my brain trying to remember how and why did I buy cross stitched ornaments. While I'm doing this, her supposed son gets on the phone and asks me about the truck stops in and around Phoenix.

What??!

I woke up at that point! After I woke up, I was trying to think if I forgot to pay someone for something! It was just a dream because #1-I can stitch and finish my own ornaments! I wouldn't buy any from anyone. #2-No one but friends and relatives, know what my cell phone # is. Heck, sometimes I can't even remember mine! I'm blaming this wacko dream on the pizza we ate last night!

The last post I showed Angel Abode, my latest finish. I decided to make her into a cube:
Can you see the sparkles on the ribbon? I think I found this ribbon either at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I wanted a toned down look that went with the colors of the design. The stripes in the side and backing fabric are blue, so it goes with the tree vase in the design. I wanted another wider ribbon to go below the skinnier one but couldn't find anything. Get a load of the top ribbon. Isn't it nice? Here's a closer look:
It looks linen-y, right? I attached it with the white pearly pins and the little bells. I still have yet to buy the little rubber footsies that I use for feet. Those same rubber thingys are more to project your walls from framed items. The styrofoam I used for my last cube was already pre-formed, it came that way. I bought the styrofoam for this one and had to cut it and sand the sides to get it to look right. Ugh. That took some work not to mention the mess! It was worth it though.

Pretty isn't it? Well, I bought the one on the left. It's a thread organizer with lots of holes. I see lots of these wooden thread organizers but a lot only have 4 or 5 holes. I first saw wood items like these over at Plum Street Sampler in her photos of the last Market. I'm scrolling through thinking I want this, I want that, when I see wood thread organizers but there is no mention of who made them. Another picture shows a hand needleminder, I think, and on it is the manufacturer name! So a little research on the WWW, and I found them! Here's the link if you want to check their things out-

http://www.retromanticfripperies.com/

So where am I going with this?!

GIVEAWAY!!!!! A WOODSY GIVEAWAY!!!

In celebration of my 4th Blogaversary on the 20th or 21st. It's Woodsy because of the Knotty Kitten wood thread
organizer above and another item in the giveaway, everything has to do with trees and Christmas.
I just hope everything is not so blurry on your side. I still have to get a few more things but so far we have enough 
28ct fabric to stitch two of the big JBW trees, the overdyes to stitch them, DMC Christmas colors, socks, a 
writing pad, a kitchen towel, and the other wood item, a start gauge I call it. I'm a middle starter but every now and
then I'll start at the upper left. This gauge has a mark, the holes, to measure out 2, 2.5, and 3 inches from edge in
to leave enough fabric for framing. I have one but haven't used it just yet. I'll be remedying that in January!

The mitten organizer (and more for myself!) won't be shipped until 1 more week so I'm doing this now. Here's the
rules: Must be a Follower. If you've been lurking here by using bookmarks, become a follower and have a chance!
I'll ship Only to: US, CANADA, AND the UK. A winner in the UK may not receive this until afterwards due to our crazy
seasonal mailing frenzy! FYI!  Easy enough I think. Nothing like my other complicated giveaways! Be sure to be 
a Follower, get your comment in that you'd love a chance by 11:59 p.m. Arizona time on December the 13th 
and I'll draw a name on Sunday the 14th!

I am still gathering supplies for the DUCJC2015. A few more DMCs, fabric. I can't wait! I'm going to try to stay up
past midnight to get my first stitch on! Between now and then, I'll have pictures of the WIPs I'm including, the BAPs
I'm starting, and an entire list of what I'll be working on for 59 straight days. Madness!

Off to buy a tree and more ornaments! I'm hoping this doesn't happen-

Take care!




Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Christmas finish, lots of DMC cardboard winding!

Here's the result of my Black Friday shopping!

Two years ago, my daughter and I decided to do Black Friday. To make a long story short, we got home a little after 1 a.m. after standing in line at two stores for what seemed like 4 hours! Never again I said! Back to this year. I went to Michael's at 11 a.m. with a 25% off entire order coupon and a list of DMC numbers and there were a lot! 58 skeins to be exact. The week before, I had bought 30something skeins. The picture above is what 58 skeins looks like. The poor lady at the checkout counter, I felt sorry for. But she managed to beep every skein in short order!

Just a few minutes ago I finished this..
Isn't it cute? This is Angel Abode by Goodflora Stitchwort. I'm thinking flat ornament for this with the fabric, ribbon, and pins shown. The designer is based in the UK. I found her blog first and then her Etsy site. Such cute offerings. Here's the link to her blog-
http://goodfloras.blogspot.com/

You can reach her Etsy site from her blog. I also bought and downloaded, charts are PDF's, Prim Sheep
Hope this shows up clear, it's looking blurry from my side. You can either stitch the words spring or prim in the 
sheeps body. I just may start this today.

I have my work cut out today, winding all those skeins on my favorite cardboard bobbins! Then adding them
to their respective charts. The Crazy begins almost a month from now and I'm getting everything together. 
I'm starting 59 items. I know, crazy! You're all going to be so sick of seeing my posts! Haha.

Hope your able to stitch a lot today! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, those of you who celebrate it! 
Welcome to the new followers! I'm off to make a turkey sandwich!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

TUSAL, FNSI, a little finish

Hello!

First up is TUSAL:
Black threads from Early Witches, yellows from my FNSI stitch.

FNSI:
Sorry for the wrinkles. This is Dream Big from CCN. Here's what it looked like before:
I hope to have it finished by Easter!

For practice I finish finished this guy before finishing the Christmas Ornament Exchange, which I'm happy to say is in the hands of the USPS and is going allll the way to the east coast.
I just attached the ribbon to the top and stuck the three pins in front. I'll find or make a ribbon bow to put at the top 'cause its looking kind of bare. Here's the side:
More gold beads stuck in at the bottom! Love pins, they cover a multitude of sins!

I'm off to buy groceries, curtains, curtain rods, new sneakers/tennis shoes, DMC at Michaels. I think my DMC list is about 30 skeins and I hope they are on sale right now! Otherwise, I'll have to buy 10 or so at a time. I feel for you ladies overseas who are having to shell out a lot of money for DMC. I saw someone having a giveaway of DMC for stitchers not in the USA and I think that's a great idea!

Take care. Thanks for stopping in and a big hearty WELCOME to the newcomers either by Blogger or Bloglovin'! Glad to have you!





Friday, November 21, 2014

FNSI Time!

Good thing too because I haven't picked up a needle in 3 days!