Tuesday, September 20, 2016

IHSW - September Conclusion

I delayed my IHSW post a day so I could show you another finish! Check out our wonderful host Joyce's blog for more info on IHSW and to cheer the other hermitters along. 

I managed to finish all the beading on Rejoice Tree so instead of just a little bit of progress here:

I can show you a finish!

Again, I stitched this 3 over 1 on 14 count Silkweaver's aida with Waterlilies Nefertiti. The trunk is DMC 938 since I ran out of the Waterlilies thread. The beads are Mill Hill gold petites and I love the effect. I made a star with beads instead of buying a star charm. So happy to have another finish!

Another WIP bites the dust, dun, dun, dun, another WIP bites the dust! And Another WIP gone and another WIP gone, another WIP bites the dust! Hey, gonna finish you too! Another WIP bites the dust!

In case you don't know the reference:

Also, if you noticed the unusual look of the first photo, I have a new stand! It was my family's birthday gift to me. It's the Artisan Design Ergo and I'm so happy it works well with my couch. Thank you again Suz for the recommendation! Here's a few more photos for you:

 the artsy photo :)

in place beside my stitching spot
Max is crazy...I don't understand how this is comfortable

Now that I've completed my Solo September piece, and I cannot say how awesome it was to bead with that new stand compared to beading while holding my Qsnaps, I put Spider Banner into the scroll frame attached to the stand. I had intended to pick up Princess and the Dragon, and I might still and try the stand with my Qsnaps like Suz mentioned. 

I hope everyone else had a great weekend too!

Happy Stitching,


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jo's Big Birthday Blog Hop!! (So Sorry I'm Late!)

Starting September 17 U.K. time, everyone that signed up to be part of Jo's Big Birthday Blog Hop was supposed to have a post up! So everyone could enjoy it. I sincerely apologize to all of you and especially Jo that I am so ridiculously late getting this post up. Best laid plans, yadda yadda.. my sincere apologies!

Jo gave me the year of 1991 and her story goes like this:

1991 - Jo was 25.  Concert going continues to dominate Jo's life as her career continues on a steady upward trajectory.  Highlights of this year were the long awaited Guns 'n' Roses concerts at Wembley Stadium and a trip to Paris to see Alice Cooper one day and the Scorpions the next night.  While wandering around the streets of Paris soaking up the atmosphere Jo's friend spotted a familiar figure - "that guy looks just like Klaus Meine from the Scorpions".  It was!  He was quite taken aback to have four English rock fans stop to say Hello but very graciously posed for photos and then they let him continue shopping in peace.

The following year Jo was lucky enough to get tickets to the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium.  Her friend lived only a few miles from Wembley and as soon as the show was announced she jumped in her car and drove straight to the box office (this was pre-internet days remember!).  Another mind-blowing and unforgettable concert.

My life in 1991 was a little bit different. I was still in high school and 1991 was the year I met Kory, who was to become my best friend for the rest of high school and still continues to be a great friend. She lives in the UK now, although her family and mine mostly still live near the small town in Ontario where we grew up. We were in different towns, but went to the same high school. 

I met Kory when we were seated next to each other in grade 10 science class. I will never forget how well she could dissect our frog. It was like an instruction manual. Kory and I shared a love of The Princess Bride that continues through today of course, because how could it not? And I think I currently own 2 copies of the movie, having given my 3rd copy to my brother, who didn't have one. They're all different editions, so it's normal. :)

We also bonded over Pirates of Penzance, which no one else seemed to have heard of, and one memorable night when a grade 11 biology project was due, at 3am we decided we would test our teacher and see if she actually read our project. In the middle of the essay we wrote "Hello, my name is Joe, I have a wife and a job and family". It was never marked out... it was never read. We got a B+ I think? That night we also decided that instead of getting 2 hours of sleep before school we'd watch the Princess Bride again. :D

The next part of Jo's Blog Hop is to describe what happened to me at 25 years old. I had yet to graduate from optometry school, and I had a major life event. My Grandpa, who all of the grandchildren were pretty close to, became very ill and eventually died that year. This was the first major loss I had experienced. Other distant relatives that I didn't see often had passed over the years, but this was the first person that I saw on a weekly or more basis that I would not see again. 

I also started clinic rotations that year and started seeing patients. If you can imagine, an exam by an optometry student takes about 2 hours. By the end of the semester it was maybe closer to 90 minutes, but still, a long time. There are a few patients I remember from then, it was an excellent learning experience. 

Lastly, we're to post some stitching Jo might like. I don't believe I've posted this on my blog before, and Jo, I hope you like it, and again, I am so sorry to be late. 

12 Days of Christmas table runner - stitched for Xmas 2012 and given to my parents:


And the whole thing:

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness and Solo September Update

It's taken me a lot longer than intended to get my Solo September progress up. This one-at-a-time month is hosted by Justine and lots of us joined in this month. We're halfway through and I had intended to be finished by now, but lots of visitors and a big birthday celebration over the weekend slowed things down a little. It was really great to see everyone and everyone seemed to have a great time. 

Rejoice Tree was here last week:

And now almost all the cross stitch is done!

I'm fairly certain I don't have enough thread to do all the curlicues on the R's, so I will likely leave the left one identical to how the right is now. Otherwise I'll be playing thread chicken stitching a little bit here and there. 

On to Gifted Gorgeousness hosted by the jovial Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. This is where we share anything remotely related to gift-giving or receiving. The sign-up link is there if you want to join in this month!

Rejoice Tree - above, for my Grandma

Letters from Nora - S - for DD

I didn't get as much done on this as I hoped, I was having some trouble getting into this one. Maybe next time.

Rainbow Butterfly by Climbing Goat Designs for victims of the Orlando massacre

A Kiss for a Snowman - DD

Linus and Snoopy - stunt stitching and mailed off!

Next month let's hope for at least one more finish and if I'm lucky there will be more finishes to add to Rejoice Tree. 

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Solo September Progress

Thank you everyone for your nice comments about my Grandma. She seems to be doing well and has had an x-ray now and there hasn't been any bad news, so hopefully she will continue to recover. 

We had a busy Labour Day weekend, but since September 1st, there has definitely been progress on the Rejoice Tree. I had left it here:

And now it's all the way to the 'O' on one side and the 'I' on the other:

The upper photo has a better photo of the fabric. I forgot to mention in my last post that this is stitched 3 over 1 on 14 count aida. It has a nice blue/white mottled pattern. The thread is Waterlilies Nefertiti. 

My parents are coming tonight and staying for a few days since I have a big birthday coming up this weekend. I'm not sure how much more I will get done. Maybe expecting to finish this in September was optimistic? 

I hope everyone else is doing well with their September projects and stitching in general.

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Decision Made for Solo September

After spending last night adding most of my WIPs (54+) to the Xstitch App, which didn't take all that long, it's pretty convenient, I managed to decide on which project I will work on for Solo September. 

My Grandma recently had another fall, and I've decided I'd like to finish off her birthday gift. It's the Rejoice Tree by M Designs that I started for DUCJFC 2016. 

I left off here in January:

And I'm looking forward to getting back to it. After I finish this I hope to start on Princess and the Dragon as a reward. I really wanted to start with that one, but I'm going to try and make this a real Solo September and only work on one project at a time. 

It will certainly keep my corner table much clearer since there are often a few projects piled on it. 

If you'd like to join in the fun for Solo September, the idea is to work on one project until finished, or to get a lot of progress on our larger pieces that don't get worked on as often as we'd like. Justine is hosting it, and has a link sign-up now. 

Good luck everyone and Happy Stitching!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Finishes and Bouncing Around

Another week gone already? I had planned on a post a few days ago and here we are almost a week after my last one. :) It's been busy with visitors and work, but all good. 

Stitching wise I managed to finish Linus:

and a bonus of two Snoopys that were included in the Schroeder chart. There was another one, but it didn't look very much like Snoopy, so I didn't stitch that one. 

I was at a bit of a loose end after this one as there are lots of things I should be stitching, and I'm still not sure what I'd like to work on in September for Solo September hosted by Justine. It's my birthday month and I have a big one this year, so I'd like to work on something special. However, I seem to have a plethora of WIPs that are special in some way. Or a new start? It's possible. :D

I ended up finishing off the yellow in the Rainbow Butterfly, but I have to track down the correct green. It's supposed to be DMC 700 I think and I bought DMC 699 instead. I must have a skein somewhere, it's finding it that's proving difficult. 

I also pulled out my folding file of WIPs, there are 25 or so that fit in this bin and the rest are stored in the craft area. I chose A Kiss for a Snowman that was here back in January:

and added a little bit more:

I also picked up Tribal Dragon, but I stitched on that while traveling to Montreal for an Alouettes game and forgot to take a photo. But DH took one of us at the game, so I hope you'll be satisfied with that:

It was a good game, even though they ended up losing. It was very close until near the end. 

I might pick up Tribal Dragon again tonight since Kiss for a Snowman has a fair amount of colour change and we've been biking 2 days in a row, so something simple sounds right about what I need. Then I'll have a photo for you soon. :)

I hope you've all had a nice weekend!

Happy Stitching,


Monday, August 22, 2016

Olympic Finale and IHSW

The Rio Olympics are complete, and therefore the Stitching Olympics hosted by Measi are over as well. I decided to attempt 2/3 of her options, stitching in your country's colours and a distance event. 

I chose Reflections of Canada by Ink Circles for the country colours and when I last picked it up in January it was here:

and I'm pretty happy with getting about 25% complete:
stitched 2 over 2 with Jodyri Ruby Slippers on 25 count ivory Lugana

And for the distance event I decided to get back into my Letters from Nora and went from here in January:
to here:
stitched 2 over 2 with charted threads (Crescent Colours) on 28 count Lugana from Chromatic Alchemy

The fabric colour is more realistic in this photo and I'm not 100% pleased with my progress as I feel like I could have done better. I just wasn't into stitching on this one for some reason. Maybe it was too many colours after the monochrome, but it wasn't grabbing my attention at all. 

In the end, during the closing ceremonies I picked up a small to work on with big stretches of one colour, Linus from the Peanuts set:
to here:

I think I will likely pick this one up again and finish it off. Then I'll have the characters complete to send back. I'm stunt stitching these for someone who can't easily stitch anymore. Fortunately she's extremely patient, but I have some guilt about taking so long. 

Thus ends IHSW for August and check out everyone's posts over at the lovely Joyce's blog, Random Ramblings

Happy Stitching!