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!





Sunday, November 20, 2016

Disappeared...

Good Morning!
I apologize for disappearing again.
My computers (yep, both of them) decided to stop working. (One won't even turn on anymore.)  I tried installing a blogger app on my phone, but it kept crashing, so I am now using my tablet (not the easiest option when it comes to typing).

Despite my computer issues, I have been stitching (pretty much every night) and I've also been reading through blogs (just haven't commented).
So, let's see if I can post a couple pictures of my current projects...

Up first, Sherlock...
Pattern designed by Glazovpattern on Etsy.

And, a cute holiday finish...
Pattern designed by Fuzzy Fox Designs on Etsy.

So, that is a little of what I've been up to...
I hope everyone is having a great weekend.
I will try to update as much as I can, but no promises. (Working from my tablet is not very easy.)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It's been awhile...

Long time no see...
I apologize for disappearing...
...things got a bit crazy.

But, I am back, with lots (and lots) of pictures and stitching progress.

First, my in-laws received their gifts and everything was a huge hit...
...including the bubble wrap. (The older kids had a lot of fun popping all the bubbles.)

Next, some progress photos...
The 2nd National Parks SAL clue (run by the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery) was released...
(where I left off)

(and now)

(close up of my progress on the 2nd clue)

Not a lot of progress...
...I really do need to put in some more stitches, but just haven't felt the desire to work on this piece.  I'm sure it will call to me eventually.

Next, more progress on my Halloween Typography piece...
(where I left off)

(and now)
I really love this piece!  It is very relaxing to work on.
(Pattern from the Halloween (2016) issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.)

And, my green mermaid...
(where I left off)

(and now)
Finally, we have a complete tail!
(Pattern from Fuzzy Fox Designs on Etsy)

Lastly, some progress on my winter snowman...
(where I left off)

(and now)
 He's coming along...
...rather slowly, though.
(Pattern by B is for Bumblebee on Etsy)

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And now, on to the new starts...
My hubby asked me to make him a special piece, so once I had the fabric, I started working on it...
This piece shows just how much I love my husband...
...it is being stitched on bright yellow fabric (I really dislike the color yellow) and it will eventually be a snake (I am terrified of snakes). 
So, you can see how much I love him.  ;)

Next, I started another mermaid piece...
This piece is a bit of different style for me and the 16ct. Aida gives me a bit of headache, but I am looking forward to having it finished. (I all ready have a framed picked out!)
(Pattern is by Little Stitcher Shop on Etsy)

With all the Doctor Who that my son and I have been watching (we are almost through season 5), I couldn't resist starting a Doctor Who themed piece...
 "Don't Blink..."
(One of my favorite episodes, so far...)
(Pattern from Clouds Factory)

And yet another mermaid...
(I don't know why, but I've been obsessed with stitching mermaids lately.)
I fell in love with this pattern a year ago, but waited to purchase it...
...my birthday was at the end of September and this pattern was my present to myself.
(Pattern by Stunning Cross Stitch on Etsy)

Thanks to Instagram, I found this adorable Halloween witch design, that I just had to purchase and start...
This piece has some really fun colors...
...I adore working with all the different shades of purple.
(Pattern by The Compass Needle on Etsy)

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This last month, I've spent quite a bit of time in waiting rooms...
...nothing serious, just regular appointments...
But of course, I needed to something to stitch...
So, I started working on a cute pair of deer...
I've miscounted somewhere...
...not exactly sure where, so I will have some fixing to do.
(Pattern by Patterns Cross Stitch on Etsy)

Then I just started working on a polar bear ornament...
Not much to see yet, but every piece has to start somewhere.
(Pattern is from the Christmas 2016 issue of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine)

So, with all these new starts, have I finished anything?
Yep, I actually did manage a couple of small finishes...
Another quote from the Princess Bride movie...
(Pattern by Unexpected Hobby on Etsy)

And lastly, a completely finished ornament...

And the back...
I am very proud of this little ornament...
It was the first time I had stitched with beads and it was first time I hand sewed anything.
The ornament is far from perfect, but I love it!
(Pattern by Suiren Designs on Etsy)

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Phew...that was a lot of pictures and typing!
I hope I didn't bore everyone too much...
...I will definitely try to be better about updating my progress.

Well, I am off to finish laundry and then sit down with my son, to watch Doctor Who and stitch...
...hope everyone has a great weekend!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

September Update....

Happy Labor Weekend everyone!
I hope everybody is having a great holiday weekend.

So, it has been a little while since my last update...
...and I do have lots of stitching to share...

First, I finally finished all the pieces that I made for my niece and nephews...
...they are all framed and ready to be sent to my brother-in-law this week.

Up first, the pieces for my niece...
Love the pretty butterflies!

A look at both pieces my niece will be receiving...

And, for my older nephew...
I wasn't sure how Mr. Dinosaur would look in a hoop, but I think he is adorable!

Minion Kevin all finished!

I can't decided which one I like better...

And, one last look at the pieces for my newest nephew...

Last thing I have to do, is add ribbon for hanging to each one...

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With the Olympic stitching challenge done, I went back and worked more on some of the new pieces I had started...
Mermaid (from Fuzzy Fox Designs on Etsy)
-where I left off-

-where I am now-
Really love working on this piece!

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Halloween Typography...
-where I left off-

-where I am now-
This is one of those pieces that I have hard time putting down...
...I just love stitching it!

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Kawaii style Macaroons (pattern by Plato Squirrel on Etsy)
-where I left off-


-where I am now-
It is starting to come together...

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Lastly, I did start a new piece...
...it is a mystery stitch along by the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery...
It is the National Park stitch along...
...I still have bit left to stitch from clue #1, but I'm just happy to have the middle portion finished.  Can't wait for the next clue!

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So, other than stitching, I have started watching Doctor Who...
...I know, shocking, I had never seen the show before.
I actually started watching part way through season 3 (at least that is what was replaying on my BBC America channel) and I really loved it.
The best part though, my son loves the show, too!
So, we got an Amazon Prime account and now are watching season 1...
...very fun to share something with my son and I'm sure I will be stitching lots of Doctor Who themed projects soon!

Well, I am off...
...I hope everyone has a great weekend, filled with lots of stitching!
Edited:  I completely forgot to show another piece that I finished this week...

A cute little butterfly, that I made for my neighbor. (She just lost her mother and I hoped this little stitching would bring a small smile.)

Well, I do believe that is all...for now...