Thursday, January 30, 2014

TUSAL January #2

I was a stitching dynamo this month-behold!!!




Believe me, this is a lot for me. I received some birthday stitching money yesterday (yes, I celebrated my half-a-century b-day, yikes!) so I'm off to spend it! Best thing is that it's exempt from the SFS budget!

Be back on the 10th for Turtle Trot. Take care and welcome to my new followers!



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Saturday, January 25, 2014

SFS2014 check in, and more

Time for my SFS check-in! This is exciting!

I spent $15.19 on thread for one of my new starts. My new starts from stash are all those in my personal 10 day start from the 1st. But here are 3 that I spent a little more time on



This is a tiny design. I'm stitching it on 36ct but the model is on 40ct! I'm using 1 strand of Gloriana silk, love the feel of it but it sure hangs up on my dry hands!



Blackwater Hollow Sampler. When I first started this, I wasn't too sure of 1 over 2, but now really like it.



LK Song of the Season, I think it's called! Not bad at all. I'm surprised its going to fit on this fabric that came with it because all the finishes I've seen on other blogs, it looks so big! That's probably why I never started it last year when I bought it.

And any WIPs or UFOs I worked on-I finished one!


Winters Nap by Erica Michaels. Turns out I had enough Juniper color floss for all the trees. There were more snowflakes up around the top trees but I settled on the few. 'Nap' is also a Turtle Trot WIP.

I also finished a new start-Housework Never Killed by LK



Love it! I'm going to frame this but it would look nice as a pillow too.

I thought I'd put up one or two Temptations during my SFS posts. Here are two



Borrowed from 123Stitch, this is from Long Dog Samplers called Rain Dance. I see at least one blogger stitching this. It's a BAP but I love it! And the other Temptation is this nice LHN Tumbleweeds design also borrowed from 123Stitch! It speaks to my Southwestern USA roots as does the one above



Those have been my WhydidijointheSFS?!!! Shakespeare's Peddler was or is having a sale on her Etsy site. I'm not sure if it was a one day sale or not. And of course, 123Stitch! This will be hard. I realize that what I didn't spend this month can be added to February but I just have so much stash that the two designs above would just get shoved to the back like everything else! Shamefacedly, I'm amazed that I have fabric and and thread for almost everything I have. I can substitute something I don't have with DMC. It's humbling for sure. Thanks Mel, for putting this together. This is almost the 12 Step program that some of us have been looking for!

There's a Harry Potter marathon on tv today, so that's what I'm watching as I stitch up my second ornament for the month, a Halloween design.

Hoping that second vortex is easing up for some of you back East! I went into work one morning at 5:55 am Arizona time in December last year and it was 11 degrees. Cold enough but to deal with below zero is hard to fathom. I think I'll stay in Arizona for the time being!

Take care everyone! Thanks for the comments and stopping by!



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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Starts 8 and 9

Hello. I've had questions about the School Days stitching. Here's info about it: it's found in the October 2003 issue of Just Cross Stitch. Sorry Carol, I forgot to tell you which month! So there you have it.



I received the fabric I had been waiting for and cut it up for my 8th and 9th starts



I'm stitching this on 36ct. It looked like a quick stitch-Not! Lol. And 9-



I have just added more WIPs to my 10! Yeah, it's a bit overwhelming! Last night I put in a good amount of stitches in the LK Housework Never Killed until 11 pm. Likely, it'll be my first finish of my new starts.

Have a nice Sunday evening!


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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Turtle Trot January '14

I worked on two WIPs since the beginning of the year..



Fancey Blackett before..



Fancey Blackett as of last night. A few more acorns added. I really need to finish this one this year!

And Long Winters Nap, I think it's called! Before..



And after..



I'm running out of the color for the trees, as there are 2 more above and another at the bottom. I'll probably use different greens for them, variety is the spice of life, right?!

Here's my 7th start-


This one is going to be fun to stitch and there's not a whole lot to it, really. The house will take some time. Still waiting on my other fabric. Haven't checked mail yet, it might be there.

And last, but not least, my first ornament



This is Happy Holidays by Country Cottage Needleworks, found in the JCS 2012 Ornament magazine. My plan is to stitch the ornaments I've marked in each issue. In this issue, there are 3, maybe 4, that I'll stitch. Next month, I think I'll stitch Halloween!

Carol, School Days is by La D Da and it's found in the 2003 JCS magazine.

Thanks for stopping in! I'm reading your comments and Barb, I agree, Grandma was right from the beginning! Jan, the wait between seasons are hellish! Leslie, get to downloading! You'll love it! Carol, good time to stay in and stitch. I'm on my way out to take care of stuff in 60 degree weather, sunshine, oops, did I say that?!

Take care!



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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Catching up

Good Evening!

We lost our Internet and home phone last Saturday and after a visit from the serviceman and a repair, I'm back online! Let me tell you, that was a rough 5 and a half days without Internet! Oh I've got a smart phone but its not the same. Couple nights found me at McD's using their Wi-Fi out in the parking lot! Yeah, hardcore!

Back to my 10 days of starts, here's 5....



Just a nice straight line right now! This is School Days. It calls for 1 over 2 and I'm liking it.

And 6..




I'll be getting caught up with the rest of my starts, 4 more, when I receive some long-awaited fabric that I ordered last year. I have received my order of threads that I needed for my next start. For now, though, I'm going to get caught up with everyone's blogs!!

I see a bunch of you are Downton fans. What did you think of the first episode? I think it's off to a great start!

Thanks ladies, for stopping by! Stay warm!


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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Stashing withdrawal!

One of the meanings of Withdrawal is: the act or process of ceasing to use an addictive drug (The Free Dictionary by Farlex).

Lol! Stashing isn't quite like doing drugs (I wouldn't know!) but on a nice sunshiney Saturday afternoon (Sorry those of you dealing with snow and cold back East) after the chores are done and by habit, you sit down and look at the 123Stitch website and all of a sudden-screeeeeeeech! Just a hold on there-I can't be buying cross stitching stuff when I want to!! I have been replaying this everyday since the 1st! Granted, I do need about 5 or 6 skeins of Crescent Colors or whatever they're known by now for one of my 10 starts: it's just not the same. So I'm working to overhaul my mind. This is just like going on a food diet. Yikes! But I'm taking this stash diet seriously and applying it to some other aspects of my life.

So I posted about my 1st and 2nd day starts, here are my 3rd and 4th, respectively



On 30ct fabric, it says 1 over 2. I'm a huge fan of 1 over 2 when using 35 or 36ct fabric but not on 30. So I'll stitch a little more and see if it grows on me.

Here's the 4th day or today's project



This one is going to be fun but aren't LizzieKates always fun?

I mentioned I AM going to stitch 2 ornaments a month. I started this one the other day



From the JCS Ornie magazine 2012. This has such pretty colors in it. The red is Licorice Red by Crescent Colours. It's now my favorite color.

Tomorrow is Sunday and you know what that means-Downton Abbey! I've already told my daughter the tv is mine Sunday evenings.

Sending a warm hello to those of you on the East coast dealing with snow and cold. Stay safe and warm!

Thanks for your comments! I don't always respond but I do read them. Take care!



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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!




Wow, here we are. A new year! Oh, the possibilities.....!

I didn't make it to midnight last night. At 10 I threw in the towel and went to bed! My intention was to stay up and ring in the new year with my first start but...

Here's my Ort jar, same one I used last year! There's not a whole lot..yet




So here's my first start of the year-Housework Never Killed Anyone by LK



And here's my 10th Turtle Trot-A Winters Nap by Erica Michaels



It's on 36ct linen with some overdyes and DMC. It's going to be tiny, width-wise. Another door hanger :0)

I'm watching movies this morning. I stitched the LK watching Game of Shadows Sherlock Holmes, and now just started The Woman in Black with the former Harry Potter, just can't get his name. This is a dark, gothic movie, but its great. Next up, Carrier, a documentary of life aboard an aircraft carrier. When I graduated from high-school, 31 loooong years ago, I was supposed to go into the Navy with my friend. Well, I chose to move to another friend's hometown and go to school nearby. I moved and didn't go to school. So whatever regrets I have, this is one of them.

I better wrap this up. I've got dishes to wash (I wash dishes old school!), a house to pick up, and some groceries to buy.

Thanks everyone! Yesterday, when I got home from work, I sat down to look at blogs and there were so many new posts! Just like the old days! Yeah, I've also noticed that there are a lot of blogs that have just kinda fell by the wayside.

Hope you're starting those new starts today!



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