Friday, March 28, 2014

Stitching from Stash 2014 - March Update

I only managed one afternoon of stitching this month, but that's better than no stitching at all, right?

Eventually, this will be a shamrock. The design is rather simplistic, having been converted from a charted crochet pattern. The burlap "canvas" is 6" square and I have two of them in my stash. I know they were purchased locally; either at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo~Ann or Walmart. I'm using a dark green #5 perle for the stitching.

If I like how this turns out, I'm considering stitching a series of 12 single motifs and displaying one each month, on a little easel.

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Money spent: $0

My birthday is coming up soon (April 4th), so maybe, just maybe, I'll end up with some free stash money!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stitching from Stash 2014 - February Update

It was a busy month for me, with very little stitching, but I managed a finish!

This is Amber from Fern Ridge Collections. I had an unexpected Saturday off from work, so I parked myself in a chair and beaded up this fob in an afternoon. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

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I haven't made it to my not-quite-LNS to see what they brought home from Market, but I have a call in to check on 2 items (Eat. Sleep. Stitch. mug & Keslyn's Dragonfly in Memory). I might end up having to amend this post...LOL

Money spent: $18.94 (technically $0, with the extra allowance this month), after taking advantage of a sale through a shop that is, sadly, closing its doors. I don't have a picture, as I haven't received my package yet, but I ordered the following...

RK Portfolio ~ Dragonfly Show & JABC button
Finger Step Designs ~ Bug Off ~ Dragonfly's View
Dreams of Stitches ~ Damselfly
Stitchin'spiration ~ Albemarle
Trolley Needle

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Stitching from Stash 2014 - January Update

I'm squeaking in under the wire with my Stitch from Stash update for January. I just started a second job and the days have been flying by! 

During the month of January, I managed to finish a big project and work on 2 WsIP from my stash.
 

As always, click the thumbnail for a larger image. Photobucket's thumbnail images used to be so clear, but now they appear blurred. I hope they fix that soon!
 

My finish is "just the shoes" from Nora Corbett's Pretty Little Things I, II & III. This will be turned into a pillow for my niece, Lindsay's, Sweet Sixteen. Lindsay loves shoes, and when I realized there were sixteen shoes between the three charts, I knew it was meant to be. I love how it turned out! The fabric you see in the picture will be used for the back of the pillow.


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My WsIP for the month include the Over the River Sampler by Carole Rodgers (1998 BH&G Cross-Stitch Christmas magazine) and Dragonfly by Kindred Spirits Designs.My stash purchases for this month were very minimal.

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Money spent: $10.74, including tax, for a skein of DMC #5 perle cotton, Chocolate Moose (Designs by Lisa) and "Micro" Minis (an old Sweetheart Tree design card)

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

My 2012 WIPocalypse List (First Draft)

I'm taking part in the 2012 WIPocalypse, being hosted by Measi (see the link in my lefthand sidebar).

For my initial list, I chose to pull the WIPs out of my stitching bag. Had I gone digging in the "craft corner" in my bedroom, I might have overwhelmed myself and then quit before I started.

That means this list will be in a near-constant state of flux through the first few months of 2012. I'm okay with that.

With further ado, here is my immediate list...

Laura J Perin Designs - Lilac Collage
Laura J Perin Designs - Lilac Time (cyberclass)
Mill Hill (Spring Bouquet Collection) - Dragonfly
Sweetheart Tree - Happiness Is Being...
Sweetheart Tree - Price of Freedom
Joan Elliott (for Charles Craft) - Dragonflies on the Beach
Leisure Arts (Words of Heart) - God Is Love
Cross Stitch & Needlework / Jennifer Mitchell - Cafe Towel
Redbird Designs - Texas Twirl
Little House Needleworks - Gourmet Garden
BH&G Cross Stitch Christmas Magazine (1998) / Carole Rodgers - Over The River Sampler

There are definitely more to be added. I have a slew of dragonfly-themed projects I'd love to finish this year along with some other WsIP/UFOs that I know are hiding in my room.

I think I'll update (eventually) the "My WIPs" list/percentage bars in my lefthand sidebar to reflect my WIPocalypse progress. That just might be a good motivator for me!

TUSAL 2011 - December

Here it is...my final TUSAL 2011 picture. As you can see, this was not a banner stitching year for me. On the plus side, I love my jar/holder and will reuse it for 2012's TUSAL!

The puzzle in the background isn't finished, either. My mom came over for New Year's Eve and our original plan was to get in some serious puzzle time. With all the chatting, eating & general excitement of the evening, we never got around to touching the puzzle. Now I'm aiming to have it done by my birthday (beginning of April).

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

A finish for me - iStitch Mystery SAL

This is by far my largest finish in a long time. I actually finished this early in November, but I just now took the time to upload the photo.

I chose to stitch this on 28ct Country French Cafe Mocha Linen with Weeks Dye Works Dutch Iris floss. I love the combination! The method for final finishing is still undecided, but I'm leaning towards a flat-fold or large pinkeep (displayed on an easel).

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TUSAL 2011 - November

Here is my jar for November. It was a busy month, but I did manage to stitch a little. At the top of my very modest ORT jar, you might be able to see some black & lime green floss. Those are the most recent editions, courtesy of a Mill Hill kit.

Curious about the gorgeous dragonflies in the background? They're part of a great reusable shopping tote from my local Jo-Ann fabric store. The bag is only $1.99! I think it's destined to become my counted canvas project bag.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - October - (yep, late again...LOL)

Yes, I'm late again. However, I've been stitching and I've managed to finish three projects. Jar picture first, then I'll talk about my finishes.

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Behind my jar, you can see a sweet pillow. It was sent to me in an exchange a couple years ago. I cannot express how much I love the pillow. It has a place of honor on my desk.

Also in the picture are two of my finishes. They're both free gift kits from old issues of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. I had them finished, except for the backstitching and then they got "lost" in my stash. I came across them on Tuesday morning and decided they needed to be finished.

I started the penguin many years ago, it was probably one of my earliest projects after I took up stitching again. As I was backstitching it, I saw the uneven tension, loose stitches, horrible thread carries, etc., and just had to laugh at myself. The frog, which was started several years later, is much better. It was actually fun to have the projects next to each other as I worked, as they showed me how much I've grown as a stitcher.

The penguin was originally destined to be a Christmas card for my son; I'm not certain what I'll do with it now. It's small enough to fit into a keychain, I think, so that may be what it ends up as. The frog will be made into a card for my husband, just because he deserves it. He's my prince charming, although he skipped the frog part. (I'd have kissed him either way...he's just that cute!)

My third finish will get its own post, as I'm rather proud of it!

That's it for now!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - September - (just a little late)

So I'm late with my TUSAL posting...two weeks late, but I refuse to give up...LOL!

The picture has been languishing on my camera. This morning, when I went to get my camera cord, it was not to be found. Someone (probably me, but don't tell me that) put it in the "wrong" drawer.

See the adorable little orts cauldron? That was one of the sweet goodies awaiting those of us who attended last year's 10-10-10 event at Ginger's Needlearts in Austin, TX. The day went from 10am to 10pm, of course, and involved stitching, food, shopping and lots of laughter.

The fabric in the background of the picture is one I'm thinking of using to finish off my iStitch Mystery SAL. In person, the colors are a near perfect match for the WDW Dutch Iris.

So, though it's late, I hope you've enjoyed seeing my jar, my cauldron & my stitching!

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