Saturday, July 26, 2014

July's TUSAL and Stitch from Stash, progress, a finish, and stash!

How's everyone doing? This is going to be a long post with lots of pics. Just thought I'd warn you all! First I saw this over at 123stitch, borrowed the picture. I can say yes to 6 of these! Honestly now, what's your count?!
This is a new pattern on the New Items page at 123stitch.

So I'm doing double duty today for TUSAL and SFS. Here's my ort jar for the month of July
I have been stitching everyday, maybe a one day break when I finished my latest ornament. I took one ort out to show you how far down I go! I've looked at others and they're so long! Lots of blacks from Early Witches. 

My ending balance from June was : $32.73
Add $25 for July:                               25.00

Money Spent (I tried my best to make this a free month!):
$1.68 on GAST to finish the Sampler Pillow
  7.20 on LK Hats Off chart
  3.52 LK embellishment pack
  9.99 JCS Halloween issue
  2.20 on Colourworks thread (formerly Crescent Colours) for-
  5.39 LHN Red House in Winter
= $29.98! 

Ending balance is now $27.75 to carry over. I'm still buying too much I feel. I just need a couple skeins of an overdyed for a project I want to start in the next couple of weeks. After that, who knows?! Haha.

My new starts from stash were: Early Witches, the Mystery SAL with the Primitive Hare
I'm doing my best to get caught up but that's a lot of black! I'm using 32ct French Vanilla and I added some splotches with coffee and vanilla extract. So when I ironed this for its intro, up wafted the scent of warm vanilla! I know there's alcohol in the extract so I didn't use a lot. I'm taking this design almost right up the edges. Isobel did say that if you're going to frame, it'll have to be close without much border. I'm worried about how much length it'll take! 

Here's my ornament, from stash also. I tried to find a website for Cherrywood Design Studios. It's a real mystery because I printed the freebie from somewhere last year and I can't remember!
Isn't he cute?! I may make him a flat ornament with pins on the side. I'll just have to look for pins that'll match these colors.

And the last new start is from Pineberry Lane, the Lydia Broome Sampler
I'm using DMC on a mystery 36ct. I'll frame it for my mini wall.

WIPS or UFOS worked on: yes! Wicked, School Days, LK Scary Mystery Sampler, RP Sampler Pillow, and Dream Big.

Here's Wicked just recently

I love the crow with his crown. I've made a mistake on the key handle, a miscount and I'm frustrated. The miscount is at the top, just to the right of the crow. I stopped at the bottom of that curve when it didn't meet up perfectly. I don't know whether to frog the top where the original problem started or leave it and adjust the bottom. It won't screw up the body of the key whatever I do. So I just dropped this and moved onto something else!

Here's School Days now
Those birds and the darker leaves are a bit darker than in real life. I'm about ready to add my initials and a date below the bird at the left of the trunk, and the trunk. The roof of the schoolhouse starts below those three birds. Can't wait!

Here's what I had before

And the last of the pictures, the RP Sampler Pillow, and the skein of Claret that I had to buy to finish this but I have another problem
See the W? The right leg is the newest skein of Claret and the older skein on the left. That older skein I've had for years! And it's so much lighter than the newer. What to do. Ugh, I hate that. I get a little persnickety from time to time and if I said I'll keep stitching it just to have a finish and that I'll use it just stinks to me! We'll see!

Any temptations this time around? Everything's a temptation right now! Anything that is Halloweenish/Autumn, is. Maybe because its been so hot here. This past week it's been 97 or so, and then our monsoon rains finally came back Thursday and yesterday with a vengeance, knocking out a transformer near work. I got to come home early yesterday!

I finish finished an ornament too
I had it sewed up a couple weeks ago and needed more stuffing. I used the fabric it's sitting on as the backing and used the ric rac to trim it. It's a keeper. I have more things to be finished so I need to get my butt to the sewing machine.

Want to see my stash?
I see about 5 designs in the Halloween mag that I want to stitch. And of course, Praiseworthy Stitches always has worthy designs in these issues that I want to stitch. And then the LK design and the LHN one. I've seen that one stitched up before on blogs but never thought much of it. This time, had to have it! That red of the house is beautiful.

I believe that's it! Thanks for hanging in there. I'm hoping to have more finishes by the time Turtle Trot day comes around. I need to justify the stashing and all I keep doing is starting stuff! Then there's more of my 2014 new starts that I haven't touched in months that I should be taking care of. What I really need to do is win a lottery worth a couple hundred million and then, I can stay home!

Take care! I appreciate your comments!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A little distraction..the Questions!

Morning! Or Good Afternoon!

I've been seeing these questions pop up over the last few days so I thought I'd answer them too! I'm taking a small break, about to go check for mail and do some quick grocery buying. So here goes:

Q1: How did you start? Who introduced you to cross stitching?
I've always been crafty, doing mostly latch hook rugs and some very amateurish quilts. I had seen some simple stitching kits and picked up one. I think it was a Mill Hill beaded Christmas Tree kit. I am self-taught with the outcome of that kit answered on Question 14! I also stitched a lot of Jeremiah Junction stuff on 14ct Aida.

Q2: Favorite theme or Designer?
I would say Halloween with Christmas a close second. I have stitched a lot of LizzieKate so designer will have to be LizzieKate. Now I love Pineberry Lane, Stacy Nash, Plum Street Samplers, and of course, still LizzieKate.

Q3: What brand of floss do you use?
I mostly use DMC but I'll use overdyes for a pattern when called for. I love silks but they're kinda pricey for this budget minded gal!

Q4: What is your fabric of choice?
Linen, any color, 32 to 36 counts.

Q5: Do you use a needle threader or are you a floss licker?
Floss licker, lol!

Q6: What brand of stitching frame (or hoop or otherwise holder) do you use?
I just use Qsnaps or versions of them. I also hand stitch.

Q7: How many projects have you finished?
Hard to say as I sold a lot on eBay. When my computer kicked the bucket, I lost a bunch of pictures of my finished items. I'm going to guess about 50 projects, in various stages of finish.

Q8: How many completed works are hanging in your house?
Zero big items like framed samplers but I do have these
My collection of mini's. I'll have a entire wall of mini's eventually. All my own framing except the Kindness one at the far left which was professionally framed. I hang my ornaments up too.

Q9: Do you stitch for gifts or for yourself?
Mostly myself but some of the ornaments you see me finish go to other homes for Christmas. I also still sell a few on eBay every now and then.

Q10: Favorite finished cross stitch piece?
The Queen's Crowns by Plum Street Samplers
First time stitching with silks and on 36ct fabric. I stitched this while watching the London Olympics. I also stitched a Shepherds Bush angel some years back and sold on eBay. I wish I could have it back! It had beads and metallic threads on it. It was beautiful.

Q11: Worst experience whilst stitching?
I left a stitching unattended and my cats decided to frog it! I learned my lesson on that one!

Q12: What do you love and hate about cross stitch?
I enjoy the serenity it gives me. I'm a divorced single mother and the years of raising my daughter hadn't been easy. Stitching was and is my therapist! I'm not sure I hate anything about stitching. Maybe that it takes all of my attention and I let things go a little like dishes, housework!

Q13: Have you introduced anyone else to cross stitching?
Nah! My daughter didn't take to it but she sure likes Pinterest and has done some of the crafty things from it like covering her closet doors with that printed burlap
It's pretty neat in person. So I'm glad she's got some crafty in her! Other friends and family? Well, lets just say that they are either not crafty or consider stitching to be an old ladies thing!! Well, the nerve! Live and let live, right?!

Q14: The first project, did you finish it?
A resounding NO! Lol. I had stitches going every which way, bugle beads missing where there should've been, just a general mess! Tossed it.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! I've been feverishly stitching on the Primitive Hare SAL to get caught up as the second portion has been released. I have an ornament finish and have sat down at my sewing machine, finally. I'll be back with all that on the 26th for SFS.

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July's Turtle Trot

Hi everyone!

I can't seem to leave comments on blogs lately. I don't know what's going on. It must be a Blogger thing because when I click on local newspapers' website, the page loads completely. On the blogs, the page doesn't go to a full load, which also describes my mind lately! Sometimes I feel like I should just buy a PC. I'm hoping this isn't permanent. Anyone else using an iPad having this problem? So to Gracie from Needles Pins and Dragonflies, I'm hoping you're feeling better after your fall. One of these days I just may 'wander' into Joanne's too!

Edited to add: I restarted my iPad and that seemed to clear up the problem. Thanks Kathy Simpson, I will keep your tip in mind!

As for Turtle Trot, I managed to work on just one WIP
LK's Mystery Sampler from almost two years ago. What I'd like to know is What happened to last year?! It's Thursday and..never mind, I'm starting to babble. I get tired near the end of the week and my mind isn't fully loading! Anyway, I thought I would delay the satin stitches but I like moving left to right, top to bottom so I bared down and stitched them. They were actually fun and so shiny. The picture doesn't do them justice. I have the entire bottom section left to do. Here's what this looked like before

The Ruby Pemberton Sampler Pillow is not a TT WIP but I did make progress on it until I ran out of thread! Here she is before

And now
I put in an order for another skein of GAST Claret.

I also forgot to show my progress on School Days last time
It's coming along nicely. I was glad to stitch in the tree trunk and the leaves to get some color onto this thing!

Along with the GAST thread mentioned above, I also ordered the LK Hats Off chart with the embellishment pack. The designer has some real cute stuff coming out for Halloween and Christmas. I also received word from 123stitch that my reserved copy of the newest JCS Halloween magazine has arrived and that I can go order it! Haha, may have to wait to order that though. Although my stashing has gone down considerably this year, I feel like I'm still not learning anything! But seriously, after I buy that magazine, I will be putting a clamp on the wallet and doing my best to forget my Visa number!

Thanks for stopping in! A big WELCOME to the new followers also! I'm off to restart this iPad and see if it will help this blog problem.