Thursday, February 16, 2017

More Snow?? And SAL Update

We got hit with another snowstorm yesterday evening and through most of today. Another 8 inches fell at home giving me these photos this morning:
 up to the edge of my door, and I drive a Beetle, so not too low to the ground

 Our house and yard well covered. There are 3 steps up to that porch, not that you could tell now
the driveway trying to get out, those are my tracks from last night that are well filled in now

The skiers are pretty excited with all this snow, and I don't mind it. It was not a great ride into work this morning, but we need snow. The local lake was down several feet over the extremely hot summer and this should help it get back to where it needs to be. 

Plus, it's so pretty when it first snows!! I wish I could have taken time to get my good camera out, these are all with my cell phone. 

On to my Under-the-Sea restart:

I'm not too far along yet, but hopefully I'll be able to make some progress over the next few days. I was thinking that technically I could continue on with this next week since now it's started, it's a WIP.. right? ;) I have to stitch that shark, it's so cool!!

I hope you're all having good weeks and Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness

Here we are again on the 15th of the month, so it must be time to post about Gifted Gorgeousness! The brainchild of the fabulous Jo, we all post about things we've been given or hope to give away at some point, once we finish them, and who knows how long that will be for some of my WIPs?

Since the last post I've managed to finish Somebunny:
stitched on 28 ct Aether by Chromatic Alchemy as charted 2 over 2

although I managed to forget all about finishing this for Valentine's Day, so this will have to be an Easter gift! I had intended to go by the fabric over last weekend, but then this happened:

so I decided against going to the store. 

DD got some roses instead, a little miniature pink rose plant that smells wonderful! She likes to have it in her room all the time, but we take it out to get a little sun during the day. 

I had a few little finishes as well:
 LK design with stash threads and 16 ct? oatmeal aida

The monthly designs are from Palko-laps great calendar series that can be found here. I'm really enjoying them and they're only a few hours each, plus a nice way to use some of my hand-dyed stash. I'm sending them to my Grandma and include a little card from DD as well. 

The last little finish was a butterfly for the Facebook group Rainbows for Peace and Comfort. They plan to make quilts for the families of the victims of last year's Orlando massacre. They still need a few butterflies if anyone is interested in participating. Send me a message if you'd like their email if you're not on FB. :)

Rainbow Butterfly by Climbing Goat Designs
14 ct Aida with preferred threads from FB group

Join me next month to see if I've managed to finish the March card in time for St. Patrick's Day and maybe even the April one too! Plus another butterfly, maybe?

Also, the giveaway I won from Kerry arrived! Such fun little kits. :) I think they'll be good to add to my travel stitching kit. 

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Top 5 Animal Charts and a Full Moon Story

It's time again for another top 5 Tuesday post and I'm remembering to put it up on Tuesday this week, yay! Keebles also joined up this week, so make sure to check out her post and our host, Kate's as well. 

It took me a bit to decide on what to post for this one. I didn't want to duplicate Kate or Keebs, although I definitely have enough Durene Jones animal charts to fill this list 3 times over...I certainly have enough animal charts in my stash, but I posted a little bit about them last Tuesday week. So I'm going to try and think of 5 other animal charts in my stash and you can see into the depths of my stash madness. 


1. Regal Tiger

I think I got this one on clearance at A.C. Moore when they were clearing out a lot of their cross-stitch stuff. I haven't picked it up yet, but I would love to get to work on this one. 

2. The Guardian

I think this was another one from A.C. Moore, and again, I'd love to get this one going, but too many WIPs. 

3. In Harmony

This is one I've actually started, although it hasn't been touched in years. It used to be my secret at-work project that I left at work so DH couldn't see it. I've since left that job (over 5 years ago) and I don't think I've had this out since! I can't even find a photo of it, although I'm sure I took one sometime. Plus this isn't on my WIPs page, so I'll have to add it. 

4. Daisy Dragon

I think I might have picked this one up when my LNS was closing, again on clearance. I think this would be fun to stitch as well and would look good in my house. Some day it will be a start!

5. Honest Santa - I Didn't Do It!

I bought this last year at The Wooden Needle in Stowe, Vermont and I never did get it started for Xmas. Definitely this year it will be started and finished!! Hold me to it! :)

And now for the bonus section of this week's Top 5 Tuesday post:

TOP 5 ANIMAL CHARTS - In My Wishlist at

1. Polar Bear Snowglobe

I'd like to finish the Santa one I've started before I get this one. :)

2. Sleepy Hollow

This has been in my wish list forever, I really need to break down and get it one of these days. 

3. Light and Shadow

Some very cool dragon designs, and since they're somewhat smaller than others, I can fool myself into thinking they'd be done quickly. ;)

4. Tribal Ladybug

I have quite a few of the tribal designs in my wish list, and I already have the elephant Kate talked about in her post. There are some I love and some I really think are blah, so I think it's more personal taste with these tribal designs. 

5. Giraffe

Such a nice, realistic giraffe! My only issue with this is it's a kit and I'm so-so on purchasing kits since the fabric is often not as nice as I'm used to. 

There, now you know a little bit more about my stitchy stash and wishes. :) I hope you all have a nice week. Last week was a little wacky, and I don't think I'm the only one that noticed. It was a full moon on Friday or Saturday and the strangest thing happened during my hockey game on Friday. This is such a rare occurrence I couldn't even find any photos online! 

We were playing, skating around, and one of our defence (stays back near the goalie) took a shot on the other team's goal. The puck got stuck inside the skate of a player on the other team! 

Here's a photo of a skate

so if you can imagine a puck, that looks like this

getting stuck in the hole under the boot part, that is exactly what happened. You could never do that by trying, I swear, but it happened during my game during a full moon. 

The next question might be why is the hole the size a puck can get stuck in? Well, it almost never happens, and I think it had something to do with flexibility and stability on skates. So that's my bizarre full moon story, do you have any? 

Happy Stitching!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Finally Friday!

What is it they say about the best-laid plans? ;) Here we are again and it's been a week since I've posted my stitching. I'd like to say I'll be better, but I'll say "I'll continue to try!" instead. 
"Aw shucks.."

The nice thing about it being awhile is I do have some decent progress to show you. I've been working on HAED Dragon Under Glass which will eventually look like this:

And I started the top left corner for an HAED challenge last year like this:

You need to start and finish a complete page and I don't think there were any restrictions (someone please tell me if I'm wrong!) so I moved over to the 2nd page on the top. The third page is only a partial page for the top part. 

Day 1
Day 2 (after picking up the missing DMC)
Day 3
Day 4 

I might have missed a photo in there some day, but that's where we're at so far. It's not quite at halfway. I think the deadline to finish is sometime in March, so we'll see how far I get by then. I have 2 more days to work on this, today and Saturday and then I'll be switching to my SAL. 

First up is definitely the Under-the-Sea SAL by Durene Jones through Lakeside Needlecraft. I can't wait to get to work on that shark! Although I'll have to restitch the octopus first. Check out Katie's awesome work on her blog so you can see how cool it is!

Happy Stitching everyone! 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Day Late!

I'm a day late for Top 5 Tuesdays, it's been a busy week. Kate thought of a really cool topic too, Top 5 BAPs! 

Without further delay:


This should be easy, I have too many BAPs in my stash that I may never stitch in my lifetime. So I tried to pick the top 5 I'd like to finish some day in my life. Let's give it 10 years and see if I can actually finish by then!

1. HAED Faery Tales

I've always loved the look of this one and I loved fairy tales when I was a kid. I've read all of the Andrew Lang books and have them on ebook for DD too. :) I have the mini version in my stash, but it's unstarted as yet, maybe next year. 

2. HAED Waterhole Master

I hadn't seen this one before it slipped into my cart at a recent HAED sale. I think DD will really like it once I get some time to start it. I'm hopeful this will see a start next year. 

3. Otto

I love this photo of Otto, who died almost 3 years ago. This one is started, but only just. I haven't even finished a full page yet. I hope to get this one out this year for a little while and maybe at least finish a page. 
I'm stitching this one 2 over 1 on 32 count. It's huge!!

4. Princess and the Dragon

I love this one! It's from Charting Creations and I'm looking forward to completing it. I saw someone stitching the outline and sort of "colouring" in the middle and it does make it easier to not make mistakes. I've made a few. Some needed to be frogged and some I could manage to work around. I hope to get to this one soon! 

1 over 1 full crosses on 28 ct Amarinthine Jazlyn by Chromatic Alchemy

5. Triumphant Ride

This is the sequel to number 4, and I plan to stitch it on Vincent from Chromatic Alchemy. 

I won't start this one until I finish number 4, so it might be a couple years. 

I hope you like the list and sorry for being late!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday For Finishes! And February Ideas

Friday is here again and I have another finish to show you. I did finish this on Sunday, trying to stick with Jo's idea of using Sunday for finishing and it's a small one, but a finish is a finish. ;)

February by Palko-lap
stitched 1 over 1 on 20?ct Elsa Aida by Chromatic Alchemy
with Flying Monkeys by Jodyri Designs

I also have another finish that I finished stitching, but haven't fully finished yet. 
Rainbow Butterfly by Climbing Goat Designs
stitched 2 over 1 on 14 ct Aida with DMC 
for Rainbows for Peace and Comfort FB Group

I need to stitch the name and send this one on. I'd like to stitch a couple more this year if possible. They're pretty quick and it's for a good cause. 

On to February plans! 

I'm joining up with Kerry's Theme-tas-Stitch this month for Focus Finish February. I'm going to stick with my weekly rotation and work on Dragon Under Glass for the HAED/BAP week. It was here last year when I started it March 4th of last year for an HAED Facebook challenge:

You have to finish another page, so I've started the next page over after tucking in these loose ends. I've stitched on it 2 days so far and will post an update when I remember to take a photo. :) 

For the 2nd week of Focus Finish February I'm going to restart the Lakeside Needlecraft Under-the-Sea SAL. I had finished the first month as a coaster:

but now the 2nd month has come out and it's a really cool shark with fish surrounding it and the 2 larger designs fit so well together that I'm going to start the whole thing over as one big design. I can't find a photo to show you, but I will be done as soon as I can in about 10 days or so. Here's a floss toss with most of the colours:

Max was examining what I was up to as well. DH helped me choose a piece of Eilat that looks pretty good with everything else. You can see the pile of fabric that didn't make the "cut" on the arm of the chair too. :)

So that's the first couple weeks of February taken care of and I'll try and get an update on Dragon Under Glass in the next few days. 

I hope you all have a good weekend!

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top 5 Tuesday: Last 5 Films Watched

Kate had the theme up, but I didn't notice until she posted on her blog, so I'm a little late to the game with my post. I hope you all enjoy films! I don't watch too many, so this may be a challenge for me to remember what we've watched recently. 


1. Inside Out

I don't know if I'm the last person ever to watch this one, but I think I might be close. It seems like everyone had watched this one already. I'm sorry I had waited, because it's so good! It's like you're watching the inner turmoil of one child as something major happened (moving to another state at age 11) and why we react how we do as if we have no control. It's really interesting and sad and funny and everything a good movie should be. We watched it all together Sunday night and DD covers her eyes with her hands in the "scary" parts. There aren't really any scary parts though, but the ones that she doesn't know what's going to happen, etc. 

2. The Mermaid

This is such a fantastic movie! I talked about it last year on here as well, and yes, I've watched it again. This time with my SIL who is so annoyed she can't watch it anywhere in Canada. I feel like it's kind of a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, as so many movies are, and the funny bits are so incredibly funny! The main characters are a very, very rich entrepreneur and Shan, a seemingly poor girl. Against all odds they're falling in love, but there's an evil woman trying to get the rich man to herself and once it's discovered that there's more to Shan than just a poor girl, it gets really intense. 

3. Deadpool

I really do like watching this film. There are so many good aspects to it. It has a great story, and it certainly can be offensive if you're not a fan of crude language. It feels like a grown-up superhero movie, meaning it has all the adventure of a movie for children, but there's a lot more swearing and adult content. Plus there's a major fight scene to Angel of the Morning.. and how can that not be funny? It's over-the-top in a good way generally. 

4. Captain America: Civil War

Again I was a little late watching this compared to most other people, and it was a good movie. A long movie, but good. I enjoyed the different twists the plot took to get to the end result. It does help to have seen at least the other Avengers movies, and Captain America: Winter Soldier, but you can pick up the plot line even if you haven't. 

Basically Captain America thinks that the Avengers should not have government oversight because he's too familiar with how governments can use "assets" to personal gains and Iron Man/Tony Stark feels that the government should have oversight because he's still hurting from his enormous mistake in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's interesting to see who teams up with whom and how it all plays out. The other part is how there's a mastermind behind trying to create all the dissension within the Avengers, and Black Panther turns up! Very cool character and can't wait to see that movie as well. 

5. The Little Prince

I still do not understand why they didn't release this in theatres in the USA. It's a wonderful film. It's not the story of the book, which would be difficult, it's the story of a little girl who's very school and goal focused because that's how her mother is bringing her up. Her mother works long hours now that she is a single parent (divorce) and the little girl is left with a very comprehensive schedule of everything she is to do each day. Snack time has its own slot.. so very regimented, but clearly her mother loves her and only wants her to have the best options in her life. 

The little girl meets the wacky neighbour, a retired pilot with an old plane in his backyard, fantastically voiced by Jeff Bridges, and they begin a friendship and he tells her of the Little Prince. It feels to me like a lot of the story is the little girl becoming aware of her own imagination and that she can have an impact on the rest of the world. It's a beautiful story and if you haven't watched it, you should. This is for everyone. My DD loves it and has a stuffed fox based on the movie. 

I hope you enjoyed the list and maybe I introduced you to something you haven't seen before. 

Happy Stitching!