Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Dancin'!

Does anyone say Happy Dance for finishes anymore? Well, let's bring it back!

But, first, how's everyone doing? Hope those of you back east who got all the snow are dug out. It's acting like its Spring here. Door is open and the sun is shining, just glorious.

I have a couple huge finishes, one a WIP for over 3 years, and a recent start, and an ornament finish. First is Blackwater Hollow by Stacy Nash. I had to go back in my blog to see when I started this and it was 2014 when I put needle to fabric..
Do any of you get so tired of a long-time WIP and just want it done? Well, this is the one for me. As per the chart, I used 30ct Linen or Parchment, 1 over 2. I went into marathon mode to get this done. And you know what? I love it. I sprinkled a coffee/water mix on this to get the blotches. I wasn't too sure about 1 over 2 as it is pretty sparse. I also stitched the horse the wrong color and by the time I noticed she was completely stitched, so I left it. That black amorphous blob on the fence at left is supposed to be a bird as the one charted is huge; it is staying! Below the fence was a black upside down diamond border and the name and a date stitched but I left it all off. Not so much wanting to be done but I thought it looked better without. Whew! This thing is big, 12" high. Today, I stitched in 2017 and tried to put my initials in some of the blank areas near the house but I was just making a mess of it. So here it is in all it's glory and I'm a happy camper!

My next finish is the Spooked Mystery Sampler by LizzieKate..
Woohoo! On my last post I said if I tried I could have it finished that week. Well, I had it done two days after! My favorite block is the last because of the house. I'm not sure what that green thing is in the kettle next to the house. I think it's either a huge toad or a green ghost. It does have eyes! I ironed it and added all the buttons and beads. You can sort of see a bead or two sparkle in the quilt motifs in the first and last block. I love that Ale fabric from PTP. Also, I love the lighter portion in the upper right of the house. It almost looks like fog or like the moon is behind the house and the glow from it shows. Glad it's done. 

My last finish, Merry Christmas by the Little Stitcher...
So cute. The fabric is vintage mocha I believe, dyed on this side but just one color on the other side. 

All these finishes will come in handy for finishing credit at Stitch from Stash because I went to Market day at the Attic and did a little damage there, not bad though. After that, I stopped at Chik fil A!
Hope it's not blurry at your end. Vintage Birds at the top left because I have Vintage Stars that is a WIP, and silks at the bottom for it. Chessie and Me, love the house with the satin stitched roof, Lucky Notes by Shepherds Bush, Sweet Liberty by The Marking Sampler, two pieces of fabric, Freedom Reigns by Silver Creek Samplers, and a kit by Shepherds Bush. I don't have any nice patriotic charts just a few freebies, so was happy to pick those up. 

There's a blog called Quiet and Relaxation and she sells charts, fabric, etc. on Flickr, she has a link on her sidebar. I bought some charts but hit the jackpot when I found this..
An oldie but see that angel there at the bottom? I stitched her way way back and was my first time using beads and braid..
I sold her in eBay for $18.00! Back in those days, everything I stitched I sold on eBay. I have nothing from those days except one old WIP on Aida that I will finish one of these eons. I feel lucky to have found this chart. I think it's copyrighted 1995.

At present, I'm stitching on my 3rd Frosty Forest block. If I don't keep at it, it will turn into a UFO and I can't have that! I have two FB SALs coming up, one for April is called April Fools and you can stitch anything titled April or something funny or crazy. My project is from the old Gift of Stitching electronic magazine. Do any of you remember that? I had a one year subscription and printed off this particular graph called Buttercream Frosting Sampler by Primrose Needleworks. I am crazy about buttercream frosting so that's my entry into this SAL! I'll show a picture the end of this month. The other is a 15 day start SAL and I have everything ready for that. It starts in May.

We are all waiting on our exchange packages to arrive. I finally sent off mine to my partner after adding a few things from Market day. The deadline is next Wednesday. They are fun but can be stressful trying to get things stitched on time.

Also, there is a Halloween mystery SAL starting in April to October from Ships Manor. Here is a link if you are interested-  You get a section every month up to October and there are options to receive the fibers and fabric or just the patterns.

You know me and Halloween. I signed up for it, lol!

Now it's time for this little giveaway! I have a package of these needles..
I am a Bohin 28 needle gal. I tried using these but besides being big, 26, I don't know, they didn't feel right. So I'm giving someone a chance to give them a new home. Brand new. Follower or not, just say you would like a chance at them. Giveaway is open until the last Saturday of this month, midnight Arizona time. Good luck everyone!

Thanks for leaving comments ladies. I enjoy reading them. Carol, I might add I saw the Touch of Silk fiberfill in Hobby Lobby when I was just up there today. Maybe you have one there?

Take care!


  1. Giveaway is open to everyone from here to planet Jupiter!

  2. Congrats on all of the gorgeous finishes Shelly. I love a chance to win the needles. That's what I use. Great new stash.


  3. Your finishes are lovely. I'm a former resident of Phoenix now living in Denver. I'd love to move back there but DH's job is here. I only use Piecemakers #26 and would love a chance to win these needles. Thanks so much for offering them.


  4. Blackwater Hollow turned out pretty, and love the LK on the Ale fabric.
    Yes, that's a frog in the cauldron. :)
    Thanks for the Halloween Mystery link. I too, love Halloween.
    Great stash, and great score on the SB Angel.
    Have a great week!

  5. Fantastic stitching progress. I am a Bohin, needle lover as well. I need to order some more 28's. Yes, it is time to bring back the "Happy Dance". I will be sure to do that on my next post.

  6. Your finishes are really beautiful. You got some really great stash.

  7. Great finishes, doesn't it feel so good to have the WIP pile shrink?! Looks like you picked up some nice patterns at the Attic. I need to go down there soon. I usually try to get down there three or four times a year.

  8. I LOVE your Blackwater Hollow. Stacy Nash is one of my favorite designers. I think the over one looks great! Can't wait to see the progress on your upcoming projects.

  9. Oh, thank you so much, Shelly!! Hobby Lobby is a bit of a drive for me, but I will definitely see if I can snag a few bags of my favorite fiberfill :)

    You sure have been busy--love what you've done with the Stacy Nash finish. It looks amazing (even the amorphous blob--ha ha!!). And your Mystery Sampler is adorable. I'm sure you're very excited about the Halloween SAL--I look forward to watching it progress :)

    Love your new stash--especially the Vintage Birds chart. Another "new to me" piece that will be hopping in my next online shopping cart!

    Happy Spring to you--please send some up north. We've had our worst week of winter weather yet!

  10. What absolutely beautiful cross stitching you do! Gorgeous projects too. Thanks for the link to the stitch along. I have plenty of needles but how nice be making an offer.

  11. Enjoy your happy dance... you deserve it :o) Your finishes are lovely!
    Love the stash enhancements pic :o)
    Hugs xx

  12. Three happy dances! It does feel good to have the WIP pile shrink a little doesn't it? Frosty Forest became my Stacy Nash - I just couldn't stand having it hanging around any longer, so please keep at yours and don't let it become a UFO!
    I like both Bohin and Piecemaker needles, I like having a change! I have plenty though so no need to include me in your giveaway.

  13. Definitely a happy dance for your beautiful finishes!!
    It is always a nice feeling to finish a big long term WIP.
    Love the new stash too :)

  14. Congratulations on your finishes. You surely deserve your happy dance! Your new stash is also amazing. Happy Spring!

  15. I always enjoy seeing your lovely projects. Lovely finishes and of course the header. I have that Stacy Nash chart. After seeing yours, I think it will be on my to do list!

  16. 3 years is really not bad for a long time WIP to get finished. It turned out great, along with "Spooked". I stitched that one last year, and thought of the green blob in the cauldron as the creature from the black lagoon!

    1. That's a long time for me! Haha, creature from the black lagoon! I'll have see how your Spooked sampler looks.

  17. Your finishes are lovely. I keep thinking I should stitch that LizzieKate picture but I haven't even looked for the pattern. The Twisted Stitcher turned hers into a little quilt that was really cute. I'm sure I've said this before but your banner picture is fantastic!!!

    1. You are right, she did turn it into a wall hanging. I was just watching one of her videos and saw it with some other FFO's she did. Hmm, that may be an idea I'll look into.