Sunday, May 28, 2017

May's Smalls Update

A couple days late, with my May check-in for the Smalls SAL...
...but I am glad that I managed to finish two small pieces for this update.

(Stitch along run by Heather at Stitching Lotus)

Up first, I finished my geisha girl...
I loved working on this piece and ended up getting a lot more of iamnotadoll's patterns. (I can't wait to have a collection of cute, little geisha girls on my craft room wall.)

My second finish...
I cannot resist a good "cat pun"!
(Pattern designed by ringcat on Etsy)

So, there are my two smalls for the month of May...
...now it is back to getting ready for my upcoming bird stitch-along.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

June Stitch-Along...


(I decided to start my own stitch-along on Instagram and thought I would share the details here, in cases anyone wanted to join along.  Feel free to post your updates on your blog, instead of Instagram.)

I love birds, my husband loves birds and over the years I've purchased a lot of bird cross stitch patterns...
But, I am in need of a little "push" to start working on some of these projects. The month of June seems like the perfect time to start putting in some stitches into my mountain of bird patterns.
So, I am going to embark on a SAL to work on a bird cross stitch piece each day. (More than likely a new start each day, but not necessarily.). If anyone would like to join me, please feel free...

The "rules" are very lax (I can never stick to strict rules)...
1) Work on a bird themed piece each day of June. (You can start a new piece each day, work on one bird piece for the month, pull out any bird themed WIPs, etc.)
-You do not need to spend all day on your bird cross stitch; you can simply put in 5 minutes (or 5 stitches) into your bird piece and call it good.
2) Post progress photos on Instagram. (Post as many or few times as you want, just post at least twice.)
3) Use the hashtags #birdstitchalong and #birdsal when posting your photos.
4) Have fun! 😁

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May Stitching Update...

As promised, a STITCHING UPDATE....
I did take a little time away from stitching, due to the new puppy, but I found I really missed it and my stress level shot threw the roof! (Stitching really helps me de-stress.)

So, up first, a finish...
My April fairy is all done!
(I did start the May fairy, just haven't gotten a picture of her yet.)

I also started my April magazine project...
"Sweet Heart"... by Emma Congdon
Issue 301 of Cross Stitcher magazine

I am enjoying stitching this piece, but I found my fabric (which I dyed using tea) was starting to turn a different color.  It must be due to the oils in my hands, so I have to wear gloves when I work on this piece.

And, that is where I stopped stitching for a bit...

Mario's Easter Basket...
This piece got me back to stitching...
I loved the bright colors and it was a lot of fun to work on.
(I actually finished it in five days.)
The piece was designed by CapesAndCraft on Etsy.

From there, I moved on to a mermaid, designed by Durene Jones...

Very glad to have the tail finished, as it was a lot of work...
...definitely looking forward to putting in some more stitches.

I pulled out my Dragon Age: Inquisition characters and finished up one more...
(Three down, I believe 10 to go...)

And lastly, I started working on a cute, little geisha girl...

I am hoping to have her finished this weekend.
I absolutely love her and her bright colors! (Something about bright colors lately, I can't seem to resist.)
Piece designed by iamnotadoll on Etsy.

Well, that is what I've been up...
...lots of fun projects and I am hoping to pull out some more WIPs (maybe even finish a few).

Anyway, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!





Saturday, May 13, 2017

The reason I have been MIA...


Good afternoon everyone!
I know that I have been MIA for the last month, but I do have a very good reason...
...on April 8th, we brought home our new Newfoundland puppy, Lucie!

(Picture from the car ride home...
She decided she preferred my husband's lap, until she discovered the car had a backseat.)

It has been quite the month with a new puppy...
(I haven't had a new "baby" in the house in over 12 years, so there has been a lot of adjusting.)

Things were pretty crazy for a bit, but slowly, everything (and everyone) is adjusting and life has gotten back to "normal" (at least as normal as life ever gets).


Lucie is doing very well...
...she is pretty close to being completely potty trained. (She's only had a few accidents and most of those are on my husband and I, because we weren't paying attention.)  We are still working on getting her to "communicate" more when she has to go potty, but things are progressing.

She walks on a leash and currently has 2 puppy obedience classes under her belt.
(It is a lot of fun working on the commands with her and seeing her start to understand.)


She just turned 16 weeks and she weighs roughly 40 pounds.
(Yep, she is going to be a very big girl!)

Otherwise, I have gotten back to stitching (I will have a stitching update soon) and am starting to really enjoy my time with Lucie.
(It was a bit rough in the beginning, but things are getting much better.)

Well, this is just a short little update, to let everyone know that I am still around (and reading through blogs) and what I have been up to...
I promise to have a stitching post uploaded soon!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Friday, March 31, 2017

March Check - In

Good afternoon everyone.
Today is the last Friday of the month, which means, it is Smalls check-in day....


I completed a really sweet piece for my March check-in...
"Love Muffins" from PinoyStitch ...
The piece was stitched on 18 count, white Aida and I used only 1 strand of thread.
(I thought I would hate stitching on 18 count, but I really enjoyed it.)

I also managed to finish my March magazine SAL piece...
"Luck O' the Irish" from the April 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine...

I made a new start on the April fairy...
The fairy patterns are by Lucie Heaton...
...the fabric is 14 count, light lime green Aida, that I hand dyed.

Oh, I forgot to share some very exciting stitchy news in my last post...
I have been searching for Dragon Age: Inquisition cross stitch patterns, because it is a game that both my husband and I enjoy. (That is very rare.) 
I really, really wanted to stitch the main characters from the game, but I could never find them....
So, I contacted the super talented Roslyn (FangirlStitches) and she created the most awesome pattern ever...
Two characters are complete (minus a couple French knots, which will come later) and I am having a blast working on the piece; cannot wait to have it finished!
Thanks again so very much, Ros!

Well my friends, that is all for today...
...off to get some more stitching done!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


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!