Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday For Finishing! and Some WIP Updates

Time to update some finishes! I managed to fully finish both the octopus and the card, and I even mailed the card out! I forgot to send a couple other things (sorry Linda, I forgot again!) so it's nice to know I'm still the same old forgetful me. 

Here's the finished Octopus made into a coaster:

And January into a card:

Plus I finished off one of my DUCJFC 2016 new starts:

It's not fully finished yet though. 

As is typical, once I give myself a deadline (Valentine's Day) for my next WIP (Somebunny) I want to stitch on something else instead. I decided to pick up Reflections of Canada by Ink Circles to get a little more done before working on Somebunny. 

Reflections of Canada was here on August 13, 2016:
and one night of stitching to here:

and then I remembered that I have a stand, apparently too many smalls makes me forget things that are right beside my stitching spot.. so I got a lot more done the next night:

2 handed stitching is so nice! And I picked up Somebunny the next time I had time to stitch and got quite a bit done while watching A Series of Unfortunate Events, the new Netflix series. 

Somebunny was here on November 12, 2016:
and now:

I'm really happy with this one, and with the progress I've been able to make in just one night. I really think that I'll be able to be done stitching in a week and be fully finished by Valentine's Day. There's no hockey tonight or tomorrow, so I'm really looking forward to the progress I might be able to make just this weekend. I think backstitch is the next thing I'll do to kind of catch up to the cross stitch. 

I hope you all have good stitching weekends, Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top 5 Tuesday - Top 5 Travel Charts

Kate has brought back Top 5 Tuesdays and this week's theme is travel. We're to post about 5 travel charts we really like, or have stitched, etc. 


1. Hearts of series by Victoria Sampler

The Hearts of Canada series is out of print, so I doubt I will ever be able to stitch these, but they're fun little stitches that have the flowers and animals that relate to the region. There is also a Hearts of America series that might still be in print. 

2. Afternoon in series by Country Cottage Needleworks

These are fun little designs that incorporate a lot of travel destinations, like London above, Paris, Rome, etc. 

3. Pretty Little series by Satsuma Street

You can find several major cities in her Etsy shop, or a generic Pretty Little City if none of the others grab your fancy. I haven't stitched any of these yet, but many stitchers have, especially Linda of Stitchin' with my Furbabies has a few on the go. 

4. Cities by Tiny Modernist
This is another series I saw from Linda's blog. She has several of these started as well, although I can't remember if she's stitching this one. Definitely a lot of the American cities are in her WIP pile. :) Check them all out in the Etsy shop

5. Let's RV by Imaginating

These word pictures Imaginating makes look so fun! I haven't stitched any yet, but those who have say they do come together fairly quickly. I would be tempted to use a nice hand-dyed floss on some of the words at least to make it a little more interesting and it would turn into a fun pillow maybe? 

I hope you enjoyed the list and found some inspiration!

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness 2017 - January Edition

Welcome to the first Gifted Gorgeousness post of 2017! This is the brainchild of Jo at Serendipitous Stitching and we all post about what we're stitching or have received that in any way is related to gifts. Whether we've received it as a gift or we're stitching it for a gift, or the designer has offered a free chart, and "gifted" it to us, etc. Check out the first post here at Jo's page to see what everyone's been stitching this year!

I started off the year with some new starts, because I don't have enough WIPs.... haha! I'm over 50 now and need to remember to adjust my counter. :) Only one works for GG though:

Adobe White - RAK from a friend on the Cross Stitch Forum

I finished a small and started another one for my Grandma. This is from Palko-lap's monthly series of 2015:

I'm stitching on L'Amour by Chromatic Alchemy with a Jodyri thread called Kindness. I hope to make it into a small card and send it to her very soon. This is just from yesterday, so I should be able to finish it mostly today. 

I hope you've all had a good long weekend! We forgot to block off Monday and we're fully booked, so I won't be having an extra stitchy day, darn it. 

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WIP Wednesday - First of 2017!

I can't believe this is my first stitching-related post of the New Year. I know it's been busy and I was sick, but still.. wow. I will attempt to post at least weekly going forward. 

2017 is my year of weekly rotations! I'm sure you've all been dying to hear how it's going? ;) 

To review, my first week of every month will be spent on BAPs (HAEDs, etc) and the second week on SALs. 

I started HAED Adobe White on December 31, 2016:
and only managed a couple days on it to get to here:
HAED Adobe White 1 over 1 tent stitch on 28 ct Realgar by Chromatic Alchemy

I'm hoping to not stitch the back ground, so I'm starting from the center out, but that means I'm in confetti hell! I decided to go ahead and start another one that was calling my name:

HAED Moon Hare

HAED Moon Hare 4 over 1 tent stitch on 18 count grey Aida

And that brings us to the weekend and hockey and then coming down with a terrible cold. No stitching on Sunday, but I was able to stitch some Monday:
and Tuesday:

on the Lakeside Needlecraft Under the Sea SAL. This is January's part, an octopus. I'm hoping to make them into coasters or ornaments and am stitching this 2 over 1 on I think 18 or 20 ct Aida from Chromatic Alchemy. It was in a card pack, so I'm not sure the colour, Cirrus maybe?

I think I can be done in a couple more days and then decide if I tackle the Fantasy SAL? Or maybe a small for my Grandma? 

Then week number 3 will be WIPs and Somebunny will be coming out to play. I hope to finish it within another week or so which will leave the last week and a bit of January to stitch on anything I want. :)

I hope you're all doing well, and if you're like most of us and thinking of organizing, check out Mary Corbet's great post here. Thanks Irene for pointing it out!

Happy Stitching,


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 TV Detectives

Kate of the Suddenly Kate Show is hosting Top 5 Tuesdays again and I'm going to try and remember to post each week. I can't believe this is my first post this year! Things were a little crazy at work, and then I came down with another difficult cold that left me with at least one completely sleepless night, so I have been a little occupied. :) Today I'm a fair bit better, so let's try and get back to blogging!


1. Batman

Some of you may argue he's a superhero, but he technically has no super powers, and his comics are or have been called Detective comics, therefore he's  detective! :) My favourite Batman of all time has been the Batman: The Animated Series version. Here's a best-moments video:

2. Sherlock

There have been tons of Sherlocks on TV, and although my ultimate favourite had been Jeremy Brett, I am very fond of Benedict Cumberbatch's version. Johnny Lee Miller in Elementary is worth watching too though. Here's a clip of Jeremy Brett as I think you've all seen or heard of the other two shows. :)

Best quotes from Jeremy Brett:

3. Miss Marple

I used to watch this show whenever I had a chance. Joan Hickson seemed born to this role as Jeremy Brett was born to Sherlock and David Suchet to Hercule Poirot. I'm not as fond of the newer Miss Marple, but the old black and white ones with Margaret Rutherford are a good watch as well. 

4. Bones/Agent Booth

From the show Bones, Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and David Boreanaz as Agent Seeley Booth. They make a fun team and I love watching this show. It's always fun to see if I guess right at who-dun-it. :) 

A little blurb about the final season (12) that started last week:

5. Columbo

This was a tough choice between Poirot and Columbo, and 2 such very different personalities too. But since Kate covered Poirot, I'm going to go with Columbo. Peter Falk was a fantastic choice for this role, and since no one has yet remade it, clearly no one else thinks it can be anyone else's role either. ;) One of my favourite parts is how he adopts a basset hound, <3

I hope you've all had a good New Year's and I'll try and get a stitching post up soon as well. 

Happy Stitching!


Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 Plans

It's that time of year to think about what we're stitching next year. I'm going to try and keep my new starts to a minimum, but I would like to start something new this weekend. A lot of stitchers have a New Year's Day tradition, but I'll likely start on December 31st because of how the weekend is this year. :)

It's been a busy holiday season, but I have a decent update on AAN's Spider Banner. Here's where it was a few months ago:

And now:

I have a few plans for 2017 too. I'm going to try and stick with ideas I planned out in October in this post. The first week of the month will be for BAPs/HAEDs, and that includes any partial weeks to start the month. I'm debating about what to work on first in January. I would like a new start, so I think I might pull out one of my new HAEDs. 

or maybe this older one. 
I won the chance to buy Realgar fabric from Chromatic Alchemy and I think this would look really good with this one and take out a huge chunk of the stitching, maybe 2/5? 

I chose a couple nice hand-dyed fabrics for the others as well, so I'm not sure which one will get the call tomorrow. All three need some background removal sort of... so I'll have to figure that out tonight. 

The second week of the month will be for SALs. I have the frog SAL from KLT Charting, the Fantasy SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft that I'm stitching with Kate, plus the Under the Sea one from Lakeside that I haven't purchased yet, and the See Ya Later Alligator SAL from Jodyri Designs. I think that's it, although I'm thinking about trying to stitch a small monthly design to send to my Grandma, and ideally it should only take 1-2 days, so this might be a good place to put that project too. 

I haven't decided if I'm going to stitch the monthly patterns from Palko-Lap, or maybe some Durene Jones designs. I bought a few several from her Etsy store, but most of them are Xmas-themed. :)

The third week will be WIPs, and I currently have slightly over 50...!!! But 2 are really small and almost done, so I'm saying 49 real, will take multiple days, WIPs. I have 3 focus WIPs to complete first:

AAN Spider Banner - see above

Somebunny to Love - aiming for Valentine's Day

and letters S,H, and G:

That takes us to the 4th week of the month and that will be anything I want. I already have a few new starts I'm interested in, and I'm not sure if I'll start one in January or not, depending on how well Somebunny is going by the end of week 3. 

Here are some of the new starts I'm considering:

Stained Glass Butterflies - Cross Stitch Gold December 2016

I have a piece of fabric called Bridget's Garden from Chromatic Alchemy that almost matches the background. That would make it a little faster. Plus, DH dislikes the purple border, so I'll try and do blue on the border like the blue butterfly. 

Bugs for DD - Cross Stitch Crazy February 2017:

Moon Hare - WOXS Sept/Oct 2015

So no set plans, no marathon of starts, mostly working to get my WIP pile down in 2017 and not buy too much more stash. I'd like to organize what I have and start printing some of the digital files to put in binders as a backup copy. 

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year! 


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Objective Complete!

As the time wound down, I wasn't sure if I could Autumn/Christmas Elegance fully finished into a pillow and At Our House as a cube finish. But I did! 

I managed to complete At Our House on Sunday and then spent Monday and Tuesday finishing it into this:

I used a large piece of styrofoam and stainless steel pins and pinned the stitching over some felt padding, then some dark brown fabric to the back. I also used a brown ribbon to hide the join. I tried to make a peaked roof like Jo had suggested, but I didn't have any stiff card and couldn't quite figure out how to make it work. I think they'll be happy with it anyway. I even remembered to sign it! 

Last night I really wasn't sure if I'd have time to finish Autumn/Christmas Elegance because I had to make sure everything else was wrapped and organized. Plus our computer system died at work and DH dropped everything to come and fix it, fortunately my parents were here and could babysit! He was at work until 10pm, and I had to drive back and get him then. But I used this tutorial when we came home and managed to complete the pillow in about 30 minutes. 

For whatever reason, I found that tutorial made everything click into place for me. I often find I lose focus with all the steps included in some tutorials, but this one was perfect for me. 

I did a fairly decent job on the seams of the envelope closing. One is a little better than the other, and that is the inside one. :)

Thank you so much for all your encouragement and suggestions, it really helps!

And Happy Holidays and Happy Stitching everyone!