Saturday, March 25, 2017

Happy March

Finally managed a few free moments to write an update...

I am woefully late with my February Smalls SAL update...
(I did complete the stitching of the piece in February, but I forgot to post the update.)
...but here was my "small" finish for February...
Another Neko Atsume cat...
(not sure which one this is...
...I have played the game, but I can never remember all the different names.)

As I predicted, I did not finish my February magazine start...
...poor little snowman...
I will certainly be pulling him back out, as he is just too cute to leave unfinished for long.

Well, with a new month, a new magazine start...
"Luck 'O the Irish", from the April 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitching magazine.
(Crossing my fingers that I should have this one done, before the month is over.)

Another Disney princess was completed, too...
Meg, from the movie Hercules...
...not sure if I am completely happy with the finished piece.  I may redo it on plain white fabric. (I think my tea-dyed fabric blended in too much with her skin tone color.)

I did pull out my Dragon Age: Inquisition symbol and put in a few more stitches...
Managed to finish an entire page...
...only 3 more pages to go!

I couldn't resist the re-release of the monthly fruit sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery...
I just had to buy the pattern and start stitching...
I decided to stitch each month separately...
(I have this grand plan of having a "wall of the month" in my craft room, featuring "monthly" pieces.)

Lastly, I tried my hand at ice dying fabric...
(my set up)

And the results...

The results are okay...
...not exactly what I had in mind, but it was a learning experience and now I have ideas of what to try the next time.

Well, I am off to work on some more stitching...
...hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


Monday, February 20, 2017

February Update...

Hello everyone, as promised, I am back with a stitchy update...

Around the first of the month, I picked my project for the Monthly Magazine SAL...
...I decided to work on "Snowflake Sale", from the February 2016 issue of Just CrossStitch magazine.
I've been working on the piece off and on throughout the month and this is what it looks like so far...
With only 8 days left in the month, I don't think I'll finish the piece...
...but, you never know.

I've also put in a few more rows on my temperature block sampler...
(This is through January 20th.)

I decided to mix in a few small projects, so I wouldn't get bored and I love being able to finish a piece in a couple of days...
One of the Neko Atsume cats (Snowball)...
(There are actually a lot of counting errors in this little kitty, but I think it still turned out okay.)

Then, I decided to stitch some cute fairies, for each month...
...I started with February.

And March...
I absolutely love the fairies!  They are so cute and very quick to stitch.
(Patterns are from here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lucieheaton )

Then, I came across the cutest Sherlock pattern...
I couldn't resist, two of my favorite things, cats and Sherlock...in one!

Lastly, I pulled out my woodland foxes...
(I believe I started them last May)
...and finished them.
I did make a slight change, I used variegated floss for the leaves around the arbor. 
I have lots of variegated floss and never quite know what to do with it, so I thought this project would be a good fit.

Lastly, I did some more fabric dying...
They were all dyed with Dylon's brand dye, in powder form...
...I just pulled them out at different intervals.

I am hoping to try out some liquid dyes in the coming weeks.

Well, that is what I've been up to...
...hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Quick, Non-Stitchy Post...

Good Morning!
Just wanted to pop in quick, because I have some very exciting news to share....
....my family will be getting a new addition in March!

After 8 long years of researching and falling in love with the Newfoundland breed of dog, we are finally getting one...
...an adorable, fluffy black female.

I have a few pictures to share, that the breeder sent me...
(she sent me photos of the 4 female puppies that are available, not sure which one will be coming home with us, but honestly, I don't care; they are all adorable!)

Puppy Number One

Puppy Number Two
(Our favorite, if we had to choose.)

Puppy Number Three

Puppy Number Four

We are still tossing around names and so far, the name Lucie is in the lead.
(Please, feel free to throw out some suggestions!)

Anyway, I am so excited, that I had to share...
...I promise, there will be an update with lots of stitchy pictures soon!

Hope everyone has a terrific day!

Friday, January 27, 2017

January Wrap Up and Smalls SAL...

Good afternoon everyone!
I hope everybody is having a great January and yippee, it is Friday! (Can never be sad on a Friday!) :0)

As for me, I have been extremely busy with work, which is both terrific and crappy at the same time...
...it is terrific, because it means lots of extra funds for my stitchy stuff, but crappy, because I don't get a lot of time to actually stitch. (Painting, distressing and packing jars takes a lot of time away from my cross stitch stuff.)

Luckily, I have gotten some time to stitch, so I have some updates to share...
First, I finished Princess Jasmine's portrait...
Love how this one came out...
...can't wait to actually frame it.

Up next, I finished the piece I started for the Monthly Magazine SAL...
It turned out very cute and I am hoping to make it into a little pillow.
(I received a sewing machine from Santa for Christmas, so I am hoping to learn how to use it enough, that I can make a few pillow ornaments with my cross stitching.)

I have started working on a neat little project...
...it is a temperature block sampler.
I've decided to make this for my aunt for Christmas, so this represents the temperatures in Houghton, MI. 
It is fun project and I look forward to seeing the color patterns that come through as it is stitched.
(You can find the pattern for the temperature blocks at Stitchnmomma on Etsy.)

And then, I finished my mini Sherlock piece last night...
(I started this piece in June 2016.)
I think I may try to finish it into a cube...
(Pattern is from WeeLittleStitches on Etsy)

Next, my update for the Smalls SAL...
Cute, little princess Merida...
...I think she is just adorable!
(Pattern is from Stitchline on Etsy)

And then, last, but not least, I did try my hand and dying some fabric with permanent color dye...
I absolutely love it!  I think I am hooked on dying fabric. 
I have so many colors that I want to try...
...now, just to find the time.

Well, that is all from my stitchy spot.
Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy 2017..

Good morning fellow stitchers, I hope the new year is treating everyone well.
Once again, I apologize for not being around much, but things should be much better now.  My wonderful hubby surprised me with a new computer for Christmas, so I should be able to update my blog regularly. (Well, I will try my best to keep it updated!)

I may not have been able to update my blog a lot, but I have certainly been stitching up a storm. (I've been lucky to be able to spend most evenings stitching.)
With the new year, I also went back to check on how I did with the challenges I signed up for in 2016...
...well, I pretty much failed!  I tried to keep up, but the wheels fell off around April/May, so I am not planning on participating in many challenges this year. (I just have a couple planned so far and I will post more those plans later.)

Otherwise, lets move on to some stitchy stuff...
I honestly don't know where to start, since I am behind on updating my blog....
...so, I thought I would start with a few pictures of pieces I finished late in 2016.

Up first, "Round is a Shape" ...
(Pattern designed by SpruceCraftCo)
I started this piece over Thanksgiving, as it seemed the appropriate time of year...
...The piece stitched up very quickly and I really enjoyed working on it.

The next piece, I stitched for my hubby...
(Pattern designed by Good Morning Maui)
I had meant to finish it into an ornament for our tree, but just ran out of time. (Hopefully I'll have it ready for next Christmas.)

Then, I decided I wanted to make some snowflake ornaments...
I didn't get as many finished as I was hoping (will definitely start earlier this year), but I am happy with the ones I did complete.
(The red snowflake was given to my son's secret Santa recipient.)
List of the places I got the patterns: ILoveMyDesigns, NataliyaEmbroidery, and ZindagiDesigns

Lastly, one of my proudest finishes this December...
...shiny Eevee Evolutions for my son.
(I finished this on December 30th, around 10:30pm.  I was very determined to have it completed, before the start of the new year.)

A few close-ups of the characters...

(Pattern designed by 8bitstitching)
I had a lot of fun working on this piece, even though, I know nothing about Pokémon...
...the characters are adorable and I loved the bright colors.

And, before I close out 2016, I did start something exciting...
I started dying my own fabric!
The pieces pictured above have all been dyed with coffee or tea...
...I have really enjoyed the whole process and am looking forward to what new colors the new year will bring!

So, onto my stitching in the new year...
First, one new SAL...
...the Monthly Magazine Pattern SAL...
Very simple, you start a new pattern from a magazine each month.
And, this is my first start...
It is from the February 2016 issue of Cross Stitcher magazine.
(If you are interested in more information about this SAL, you can join the Facebook group.  The name of the group is Monthly Magazine Pattern SAL.)

Then, I have my first finish of the new year...
Portrait of Princess Belle...
...really, really love this piece!  I have a framed picked out, just have to find time to completely finish the piece.

And, I started the Princess Jasmine portrait...
...hoping to complete this one, within the next couple days.
(Pattern (for both) can be found here: MyCrossStitching)

Well, that is what I have been up to...
...like I said, lots of stitching.
I hope everyone is having a great week and a terrific 2017!
...Hope to be back with another update soon!