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Stitchy Saturdays

Happy Halloween everyone! From our little spider. :)

Busy week, so I haven't had a lot of stitching time, but I managed to progress a little bit. 

The Kreinik #4 Marshmallow is complete, and the satin stitching is complete. I pulled out the couching that I had stitched because I think I can do it better if I use the correct thread for couching. You need to use blending filament and I think I have something I can use instead of what I had. 

Here are a couple detail shots:

I hope I can finish this weekend and have a full shot for you on Sunday. 
Happy Stitching,

WIP Wednesday WOOHOO!

I finished all the fiddly satin DMC B5200 last night! We were watching Avengers: Age of Ultron and I don't recommend that for stitching since sometimes I stopped to watch the movie, but I managed it!

All that is left is some Kreinik #4 in 2 ovals and a little more than a semi-circle of eyelets, satin DMC 414 and 415 to finish off a few details and straight stitch at the bottom, as well as Kreinik #8 couching. I don't think I'll finish tonight, but maybe by tomorrow night!
I also need to catch up on everyone's blogs. I've been stitching every free moment to make sure I get done in time. Thank you as always for your wonderful comments!
Happy Stitching,

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Costumes/Fancy Dress and Update

I've been progressing really well on Homeward Trail and here's where it's at now!

I definitely think I will finish all stitching by the end of this week. I can't wait. That will be another 3+ year old UFO complete. 

And on to TOP 10 TUESDAYS!

It's been a few years since I dressed up myself for Halloween and I think we'll probably start doing it with DD as she gets older. It's DH's favourite time of year, and he likes to put a lot into decorating our house and yard. 

One of my favourite things to do is get glow-sticks and put them in cardboard tubes with holes cut out so it looks like eyes are gazing at you. Like this:

And now for the list! Make sure you check out Kate's and Keeble's so you get lots of costume ideas. My list will cover all family members :)

1. Pikachu - a great way to dress up as everyone's favourite Pokemon and not have to wear a boy's costume
2. Scuba Diver - a DIY for anyone, not just children

Stitchy Saturdays

Thank you again for all your comments! If you're a no-reply blogger I'll reply to your comment on my blog, otherwise I'll send an email and I hope I haven't missed anyone. It really does make my day better when you send comments. :)

I played hockey yesterday and had a lot of fun! We had enough subs so that we didn't get too tired out while we were playing and we even kind of had lines. That was really nice actually as I pulled my quad muscle (upper thigh) when I played on Sunday and I wasn't sure how well I'd do. I ended up being a little sore by the end, so of course when we came home I had to use ice and rest it, so I got a lot of stitching in yesterday! 

Homeward Trail:

I'm really happy with how well this is progressing. I even tried some of the couching with #4 Kreinik on the top and left side. It's not quite like the photo, so I don't think I'm doing it as well as some, but I think it looks fairly good, so I'm okay with it. I think ano…

Stitch From Stash Part B - October Edition and Homeward Trail Update

Month:     $25 for October
Spent:      $3 for Halloween Silhouette from Charting Creations
Earned:    $6 each for May, June and July Song of the Weather
               $8 for Dimensions Joy
Carryover:$107 from August
Total: $155 to carryover into November

And check out Mel's host blog to see how everyone else did this week!

Here's the photos of the finishes:
May SOTW June SOTW July SOTW Dimensions Joy ornament
I hope to finish the rest of the months of Song of the Weather by the end of November, and Homeward Trail, so my total should keep going up. And I've got some of next year's planning ready so I think I'll try and keep this up next year to see how much stash I can get through. 
Here's Homeward Trail so far and the fabric is blue but the new iteration of Google Photos is ridiculously bad to work with and continues to make it look grey:

I hope everyone else had a great month and happy stitching!

Update and a Throwback Thursday

As promised, although this is a little later than I anticipated posted today, here is my update on Homeward Trail:

I'm definitely getting there. The satin B5200 is still fairly easy to work with and I think I'll use it on another project next year. 

And for your patience, here's a throwback to pre-2010! It was a Janlynn kit I believe, Circle of Wolves maybe? 

Try and ignore the fold lines please. I have just put it in this frame as a surprise for DH. There was something else there before and it took him only about an hour to notice, good for him!
Happy Stitching,

WIP/Finish Wednesday

This would be WIP Wednesday except I forgot to take a photo of my progress on Homeward Trail. I'll aim for that tomorrow. 
I do have a photo of my finished pillow of Remember You Are Braver by Zindagi designs. 

I backed it with a cobalt blue fabric from Walmart. The choices and my time was limited, but I think it looks good. The fabric colour is close to DMC 826 and I used that for sewing. The bottom of the pillow shows the thread a little, but I don't think it stands out much. I have to find a good pillow tutorial about using trim to cover these little thread bits. 
I was very happy to finish it in time for my co-workers birthday today and she loves it! 
Happy Stitching,

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Scary Movies/Books

It's Top 10 Tuesday again and keeping with October's theme it's scary movies/books this week! 

I'll be very interested to read Kate's and Keeb's take on this topic and I hope you enjoy mine. I'll do a mix of movies and books since I've read more scary books than I've watched scary movies. 


1. Misery

My older sister had this book and when she went away to college she left it behind. I read it and had nightmares and trouble sleeping for a long time afterwards. Stephen King does a fantastic job with this book and if you enjoy building tension kind of scares this is a good one. The movie isn't bad either and Kathy Bates is fantastic as Annie Wilkes.
2. The Turn of the Screw
I had this as a condensed graphic novel as a was a child and I don't think my parents really knew the book or they wouldn't have given it to me to read. At first I was too young to understand what happened at the end, and later on when I realized what …

IHSW? Or is that next week?

We hit another month with 5 weekends, so I'm not sure if it was IHSW this weekend or it will be this weekend coming up. I did get some stitching done, so I'll post about that too.

I didn't get as much done as I hoped since we all ended up with the flu this weekend. After a night of fever and chills and dreaming I was a kandra from the Mistborn series I didn't feel much like doing anything and didn't stitch until late in the evening after DD was in bed. I didn't even stitch while she napped, I napped as well and then sat on the couch and knitted a coaster. 

That night I managed a little bit of work on Princess and the Dragon and moved on to the next page down:

I was extremely happy when the arm and body met up exactly as they were supposed to! I kept in a lot of the lower part of the fabric since it's so pretty. :)
On Saturday I worked on Homeward Trail in Winter and managed a decent amount of the filigree part and some of the outer square outline:
I still think …

Thrilling Thursday?

Hooray! Another square finished on my Song of the Weather afghan.

I used WDW perle #5 in Periwinkle and Caron Wildflowers #6033 I think. The horseshoe stitches aren't as flat as I'd like, but I'm okay with them overall. 
The original chart has beads as you can see in Mabel's original design:
Since I plan on making this into a lap rug/afghan I didn't think beads were a good choice for comfort and I stitched Greek crosses on mine instead. 
We've been re-watching the Back to the Future series when it showed up on Amazon Prime recently and finished BttF II last night. I managed to start August SOTW which has a complicated pattern of Kloster blocks, but I like stitching Kloster blocks, so it's been fun. The center has an interesting design and I hope I can make mine look as good as the others you can see in the SAL gallery
Here's my start with Caron Watercolours Abalone:
Mabel is planning a 2016 SAL, Round in Circles, and I'll be signing up for that one in D…

WIP Wednesday

Today I'm still a little stiff from hockey on Sunday, although I didn't embarrass myself too badly. We were short on players though, so man, was I tired! My bruises are fading and I'll be back to my usual self soon enough. 

I was able to stitch, even though my hands are a little sore and Homeward Trail in Winter (the correct name!) is moving along well. I'm stitching it from Cross Stitch and Needlework, but the full chart is available on Herrschnerr's downloadable charts.

The satin B5200 has still been okay to deal with, even when I have to frog sections. There haven't been many thankfully. I started to panic my fabric wasn't big enough as I got to the top section, but it was by a good inch or so. Not quite the 2+ inches I prefer, but good enough!

I have most of the backstitch complete in the inner circle and hopefully it's more ovbious what the picture is supposed to be now?  I think there's a good chance I'll finish it by the first week of Novemb…

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Autumn/Halloween Themed Charts

A few months ago I posted another top 10 post about 10 Halloween charts I must finish. You can check out that post here. I tried to pick a few more autumn charts for this list and some new Halloween charts I hadn't seen before, as well as a few I probably won't stitch, but they're intriguing.


1. Let's Leap into Fall by Imaginating
I like the colours in this one and the fact these tend to stitch up pretty quickly. It's mostly backstitch, so I wouldn't recommend this one unless you like backstitching letters. 

2. Blissfully Unaware by Hands On Design

Isn't this awesome? I love this model and I love the chart. This is going on the wish list. And that fabric is gorgeous! I don't plan on changing out colours on this one, well, maybe for the moon? A nice hand-dyed thread?

3. Hooked on Halloween by Handblessings

I like the simplicity of this one and the fact it would stitch up quickly if you wanted to do something in say, the wee…