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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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - August

Here is my jar for the month of August. Right in the front, on top of the blue ribbon, you can see a bit of WDW Dutch Iris. That's the thread I'm using for the SAL piece (by Carol of iStitch) shown in the picture. The fabric is Country French Cafe Mocha...love it!

My jar still looks anemic in comparison to others. I think I'm too frugal with my floss...ha ha!

The magazine I used for a backdrop was a recent find at Books-A-Million. It's Issue 1 of Cross Stitch Creations, a new magazine out of Spain. It's full of gorgeous photos and charts by mostly French designers. There's also a French version of this magazine, published by the same company. On the back of the magazine, there is information on how to order back issues of the French version. It looks as if there have only been 10 issues so far (8 regular, 2 special edition). If subsequent issues are this beautiful, I'll have found a new magazine addiction (as if I need another one).

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - July #2...and a recent finish!

I hadn't forgotten that there were two TUSAL rounds for July, I simply haven't had the time to post. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

The project in the picture with my jar is the one that I'd hoped to finish off before it was time to take the picture. It didn't happen (still hasn't), but there are some new ORTs of GAST Raspberry Parfait & Midnight in there.

*Edited to Add: The stitched piece shown in my TUSAL photo is Texas Twirl by Redbird Designs. Lorraine had stopped designing, but recently started up again. As far as I know, she will NOT be re-releasing any of her previous designs, of which, Texas Twirl is one. This saddens me, as I'd love to collect a bunch of hers that I missed the first time around.

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I've also been meaning to share my most recent finish. I made this little pillow (my first!) for an exchange. The stitched design is a free chart from The Victoria Sampler. My soon-to-be 14-year-old son chose the finishing fabric and I think he has a good eye for color/pattern! My partner was very pleased with her pillow and I learned alot about what to do/not do for my next one.

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Giveaway by The Stitcher's Market

I love to read blogs and then to click on the links I find in that blog and then to click on more links. You get the idea. It's addictive!

During my most recent link-clicking session, I found the new blog for the new online needlework shop called The Stitcher's Market. They're hosting a special giveaway for Lizzie*Kate's Limited Edition Life's A Beach kit!

Follow the link for details on how to enter. You'll have to hurry, though, as the contest ends tomorrow morning!

The Stitcher's Market - Purls of Wisdom - L*K Giveaway!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - July

Here is my TUSAL jar photo for July. I added a decent amount of blues, mauves & white to jar, while stitching up a patriotic piece from The Victoria Sampler. There was hardanger involved, so there's a bit of perle cotton in there, too.

Also in the photo, you'll see my other current obsession. It's a Springbok puzzle called Yards of Yarn (1500 pieces!). It's a bit of a misnomer, as closer inspection revealed to me that it's really Yards of Embroidery Floss. That meant I had to have it. I love jigsaw puzzles!

My mom and I are working this one together, every chance we get. When it's finished, it will measure 29" x 36"! We'll use Puzzle Saver glue on it, and then frame it for hanging over my desk. Woohoo!

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - June

I'm squeaking in here with my TUSAL post for June. Still no stitching to speak of, as I didn't even pick up a needle during our vacation. Instead, I napped and vegged out in front of our cabin's TV, watching endless amounts of Cake Boss and A Baby Story...LOL

My ORTs are in their new home this month. I definitely love this jar and it's a huge improvement over the old one.

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - May

Well, I didn't get to add anything to my jar this past month, but I still have some good news!

See the other jar & holder in the picture? That's my new ORT jar! The base is actually meant to hold a jar candle, but this Libbey jar fits perfectly. I can remove the jar from the holder for pictures, which is another plus. I found the holder at Big Lots and the jar at Michael's.

This new jar makes me happy. I can remove it from the holder for monthly pictures, but during the rest of the month it can sit in the holder and "look pretty".

We're going on a short vacation the middle of next week. We'll have nearly 4 days in a cabin on a lake. There's a family reunion happening, too, but we're going down early. I can't wait for some relaxed family time and lots of stitching!

Anyhow, here is my picture for this month. Click for a larger image...

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Sunday, April 03, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - April

Here is my jar as of today, April 3. Can you see the bright blue & yellow and the mossy greens? Those are from the finish in my previous post. There's even a snippet of blue satin ribbon floating around, for a little added texture.

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Second finish for 2011...another exchange!

The same group that hosted the Valentine's Day Exchange I posted about also hosted a Spring Freebie Exchange. The goal was to use one of the many freebie charts we've all collected over the years and do something fun with it.

I could tell from looking at my partner's wish list that she really likes Country Cottage Needleworks and that her favorite color is blue. In my stash, I found Bloom by CCN, a freebie from 2006.

Originally charted for pink & pale yellow, I changed those colors to a vibrant blue and brighter yellow. I found the button at my local Jo~Ann and knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind.

I finished off the design as an envelope and filled it with flower seeds. Hopefully they'll "bloom" for my partner.

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Friday, March 04, 2011

First finish for 2011!

I finished this in February, but just managed to get the photos uploaded.

One of the groups I belong to always has at least one fun exchange going and I couldn't resist joining in on this one. This exchange involved finishing off a blank card with stitching for Valentine's Day.

I chose to stitch a freebie from Industrioushead. Emily is a very talented designer. You should definitely check out her blog!

Here are pictures of the card, inside & out. I'm very pleased with how it turned out! It's hard to see in the picture, but the paper inside the card is pale pink with darker pink fiber flecks. (I will admit to having a bit of a paper stash, too.)

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TUSAL 2011 - March

Well, February was not a big month for stitching. I work for Hallmark & Valentine's Day is always a very busy time. Right now, I'm enjoying the lull before the Easter/Mother's Day/Graduation/Father's Day card rush.

I had the pleasure of attending a GTG in February, hosted by the wonderful Jo of Dinky Dyes fame. Jo & her husband are the most gracious of hosts and a fabulous time was had by all. Unfortunately, I had a massive allergy flare-up and only managed a few threads worth of stitching during the GTG.

I also started my first counted canvas piece, which will add some new & interesting fibers to my jar over the next few months.

Okay, on with the picture, poor though it may be...

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - February

Here is my very dark picture of my TUSAL jar, for February. I've got to find the "sweet spot" in my house for future photos.

Anyhow, my jar actually has some ORTs in it! Yay! They don't look like much, but they represent a FINISH! Woohoo! I can't show that finish just yet, as it is an exchange piece that hasn't reached it's final destination.

Oh, the jar will also soon be stripped of its pretty, yet annoying, stickers. They're starting to peel up (maybe because they're paper stickers?) and they do inhibit the view of the jar's contents. The March picture should be much clearer.

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

TUSAL 2011 - January

As part of my plan to stitch more in 2011, I'm joining the TUSAL for this year. Daffycat is hosting this year. If you're interested in joining, click the button in the left sidedar.

My jar is still empty, but it looks pretty! I found some stickers that match one of my most favorite fabrics and used them to decorate a re-purposed candy jar from last Christmas. The stickers keep trying to come loose, so I think the whole thing will be getting a coat of Mod Podge. After that, I have some lavender & yellow ribbons to tie around the neck of the jar.

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    I'm 41-years-old, happily married for 22 years to my high school sweetheart and a proud mom to our three fabulous teenagers.
    In addition to being obsessed with cross stitch, I also enjoy reading, logic puzzles, baking and gaming.

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