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Gifted Gorgeousness - October Edition

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It's that time again, and I'm only a day late this month. :) Time to show off the projects we've been gifted or are making as gifts, or using as gifts, or whatever possible way you can find to shoehorn in your projects! 

Head over to the wonderful Jo's blog to learn all about it and find the links for everyone else who's joining in this month. 

I've posted some of this recently, but I did have a little progress on one project compared to my last post. 

Fishing

I still plan on letting the sky stay as is since the fabric should work well, but we'll see how it goes once I get it all filled in. I think I'll be able to start some of the back stitch soon instead of having to wait until the end. 

Covered Bridge started here:
got to here:

And you can tell it looks more like a bridge now. I think I'll be good to finish this by next month. 

I have been a little distracted by the next installment of the specialty stitches SAL and have completed 1/4 of the parts. Once …

Busy Week!

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I hope you've all had a good week! Apparently last week was an aberration and not the start of a new more frequent posting trend. :) However, I will continue to try and get at least one post up a week. 

There has been a fair bit of stitching over the weekend and the start of the week, although it's been busy these last couple nights. Here's a rundown of where I'm at so far. 

Part 2 of the Lakeside Needlecraft Specialty Stitches SAL
stitched with one thread on 28 count Realgar with Rainbow threads by Chromatic Alchemy
Part 3 of the SAL came out today and I hope to have some time to work on it Sunday. I don't think I'll have any time tomorrow, but maybe at the end of the day. 
October by Palko-lap
 stitched 2 over 1 on 14 ct? mystery grey fabric by Chromatic Alchemy with a Halloween thread by Jodyri I think. It was a special edition I purchased from Mrs. Milkybar Kid. :)
I even managed to mail this one early, so it should arrive well before the month is over for a cha…

Zodiac SAL - Libra

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Today is the first post of the Zodiac SAL hosted by the amazing and extremely well-organized Jo! Hop over to her blog to read her excellent Libra post. Libra is usually represented by scales (justice). As usual, it's a great idea to try and shoe-horn anything related to scales or air, since Libra is an Air sign. :)

I'm not a Libra myself and I didn't stitch anything related to scales, but I think I can add this to the "air" section as the phrase "music is in the air" :)
 WDW Caribbean on 28 ct white Monaco
And what makes you think of air blowing more than leaves in autumn?
 Jodyri threads - Greed on Chromatic Alchemy Nimbus
 Brooke's Books freebie leaves with WDW Ivy, Autumn Leaves and a brown I can't remember the name of

And the airy look of hardanger :)

I'll see what I can stitch this month that might fit the theme more next time. :)

Happy Stitching!

Tiffstitch

Friday for Finishing (sort of)

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I managed to complete the 1st step of the Lakeside Needlecraft specialty stitches SAL this week, just in time for the 2nd step to come out today! 
stitched on 28 ct Realgar with ltd edition threads by Chromatic Alchemy
I think this was a good project to work on this week with the bright, happy colours. Plus the specialty stitches meant I couldn't accidentally overwork my shoulder and everything seems mostly back to normal at this point. 
I'm really happy with how the thread joined up. No frogging to make it work, although there were certainly spots I had to fix while stitching it. I think the colours flow pretty well, although you can definitely tell where the join is if you follow the rest of the pattern. 
Step 2 came out today and it's much smaller, only a small group of stitches in the 4 central locations of each side. I think I might even have it done in a day or two. The files are here if you're interested!
I had a little extra time last night and pulled out a couple …

TBT - Oldest WIP

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Wow, what's going on? So many posts! I'm feeling much more full of energy with my med changes and iron supplement, so let's hope it lasts. 

I had an idea to see if I could find a photo of my oldest WIP. 

Here it is:

This is one I purchased from ebay way back in 2009 I think. It may even have been earlier. I'd like to get back to this one and see if I still like it, however, finding it might be the issue. It's definitely the one I haven't touched in the longest time. My recent WIPs are in an expandable file, but this one must be somewhere. :)

Also, I think I've shared this one before, but it's one of my favourite cross stitches I've ever completed. It was hanging in our old house for years and years, but I think we forgot it when we moved...


This was from a cross stitch calendar where there was a pattern a day. A lot of them didn't appeal, but this one definitely did. I wish I had known about other designers back then too, since so many have stopped d…

Almost... Almost!

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I'm still enjoying the specialty stitches SAL and have another 2 nights work into it. I'm not quite done, but maybe tonight?

Clearly the left corner isn't going to match up perfectly, but I think having it at the corner will at least make it less noticeable. I should be able to finish this tonight and maybe pull out something else, depending on time. 

It's October Opulence for Theme-tas-Stitch and since it's Wednesday I should be getting out my Letter H from Letters from Nora. We'll see how the night goes! 

I've somewhat stopped my rotation for now since this is sort of the Christmas stretch and I'd like to work on a few different things. I also recently picked up this Dimensions kit:

and plan to stitch it for DD for Xmas. She loves trains and Xmas, so I think she'll get a kick out of it. 

I hope you're all doing well. I'm much more on the mend and hope to be 100% soon. 

Happy Stitching and thank you for all your wonderful comments!

Tiffstitch

Getting Better, Nothing Like a New Start!

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Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. I'm definitely on the mend and would be farther along if I hadn't managed to tweak my back trying not to fall over DD's booster step this morning :) It's always something isn't it?
I had a good weekend and I did play hockey, although not my usual position so I didn't need to use my shoulder much. Plus I won a raffle prize of maple syrup, so that was pretty nice too! There were 3 different types, and DD and DH did a sample test yesterday as dipping sauce for their chicken nuggets. The flavours were delicate (light), rich (medium) and robust (dark). DD liked the lighter 2 the best. 

Did anyone else check out the Lakeside Needlecraft Free Specialty Stitches SAL? I decided to start on it when I received my rainbow ltd edition threads from Chromatic Alchemy. 

Here's where I'm at after 2 nights of work:

I really like it so far. The blend is coming together well and the stitches are interesting. I had never stitched …

Very Late Theme-tas-Stitch and Feeling Sorry for Myself

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Theme-tas-stitch is hosted by the wonderful Kerry and check out all the info at her blog here. I've been really enjoying the SAL all year and have been happy to be able to use her themes to progress along in all my stitching. 

This past month was September Smalls and I switched up my usual rotation to get a few things done. I also had almost no stitching time at the start of the month, so that kind of made BAP week disappear anyway. 

The smalls I worked on this month are:

Palko-lap's September
 stitched with Jodryi Greed from her Seven Deadly sins thread series on Chromatic Alchemy Nimbus? (from a card pack, so not sure the name or count)

Cross for Baptism A cross for a Baptism on 22 ct hardanger with Caron Watercolours Vanilla and a whitish Wildflowers. I modified this chart from an anchor freebie on Mabel Figworthy's Fancies

Totally Nuts from JCS October 2015 on L'Amour by Chromatic Alchemy

 the stitching was complete on this one last year and I kept putting off turning…

Gifted Gorgeousness - September Edition - Better Late than Never!

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It's GG time again! Head over to the marvelous Jo's blog for all the details on how to shoe-horn your GG projects into this fun, all-inclusive SAL. 

I've done a bit more stitching than last GG post and let's run down the list and see what I can find. :)

Tribal Dragon - I haven't worked on this any more, but it's so pretty I want to share it again! I hope to get this back out again soon. 

Autumn Leaves freebie from Brooke's Books


I wasn't sure what to do with these 2, then I decided to paste them onto a card and of course forgot to take a photo. They were sent to an exchange recipient that doesn't blog, so maybe once she shares a photo I can show you as well. 

Totally Nuts - adapted from 2015? JCS magazine. They had made it into a door hanging, I decided to make it into my very first needle book. I hadn't realized I should stitch something else about the same size, so instead I made this into a teeny weeny needle book. :)




Modified anchor into cross by …

Top 5 Cold Palliatives and Updates

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I hope everyone is feeling well! I'm suffering through a fall cold and have been since Friday. We had a big party Friday night for our new deck and gazebo and my birthday and the gazebo turned out really well! 

DH built it mostly by himself, although had some help from friends and my BIL to get it done in time. It was a good thing too since it poured that night! We have a small house, so can't really fit everyone in there, but we had the gazebo and 2 canopies and that helped a lot. 
I haven't had much time to do stitching because I'd been baking, trying out recipes, and cleaning to get everything ready in time. I do have one small finish so far that fits in the September Smalls theme:
This is a Brooke's Books freebie with WDW Autumn Leaves and I can't remember the name of the brown colour. We can pretend I planned it like that and it wasn't a "fix" when I ran out of Autumn Leaves, right? ;)
I have stitched another one, but apparently don't have an…