Showing posts from November, 2015

Bucket List Fridays: Never Visited Vacation Destinations to See Before You Die

Feel free to join into Keebles' Bucket List Fridays! She posts the topic on the Wednesday before to give you time to get your post together. 


This will be pretty easy since I haven't been to that many places worldwide and shouldn't take long to determine my top 5. 

1. UK 

Although I've been to Europe I've never been to the UK. I would love to have a month to get a good idea of the whole area. My parents recently went to Scotland for two weeks and said that wasn't nearly enough time just for Scotland!

2. Disney World

This should be a fairly easy one to accomplish within the next few years. I can't wait to take DD there. I've never been, but DH has and really enjoyed it when he was a kid. 

3. California

California has always had that kind of mystical appeal to me and someday I'd love to visit.

4. East Coast of Canada

I've never been out east in Canada and the Maritime provinces are beautiful! Hopeful…

What I Took On My Vacation and the Winners!

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating! I hope you all get the day off and can have some stitching time. 

And, what did I bring with me on vacation? Well, the choices were tough, but I did stitch on everything I brought with me, all 3 of them!

I stitched on:

1. Sleigh Ride

I really wanted to progress on this one and I managed a decent start after having to frog my start twice! I decided to work from the top down on this one and I certainly hope I counted correctly. :) 

I was happy with my progress, but since it was all half stitch it seemed like the fabric was starting to stretch while I was stitching in hand. I decided to wait until I could use my Qsnaps and put it down after only one night of stitching. 

2. Tribal Dragon

I managed a lot of work on this one! I was really close to finishing the last of the dark blue on the wings when I left and I managed to start the green of the dragon's body:
 Kind of looks like a horse here :) A little more like a dragon
The Caron Waterlil…

WIP Wednesday - A Forgotten WIP photo

For a break from some of my larger projects I had put a few stitches into a Mill Hill Xmas tree kit a while ago. I forgot to post photos of my progress though, so that will fit in today's topic. 

Last time:

I haven't worked on this one since I picked it up in March of this year. It's an easy enough stitch, although with all the colour changes in the tree and the beads to come I find it a bit fiddly for a travel piece. 
I hope to finish it for Xmas for a friend and maybe another one as well if I get myself in gear. They're lovely kits when completed. 
Has everyone been having a good stitching week? I finally have some time to catch up on all of your blogs, so I'll find out soon. :) 
Happy Stitching and don't forget today is the last day to enter my giveaway. I'll close it tonight at midnight Eastern time and announce the results tomorrow. Good luck!

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Most Depressing Songs

Top 10 Tuesday time again! Make sure you check out Kate's and Keeb's blogs for their posts as well. I'm sure they'll come up with a full 10 and I feel like I'm going to have trouble with this topic. 


So my quandary with this topic is it songs that make me feel depressed? Or songs I listen to when I'm depressed? Since I tend not to listen to music that makes me depressed, I may have more of the latter. Let's see where we get!

1. Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary

To me there is no song more depressing than this one. It always, without fail, will bring tears to my eyes and make me so incredibly sad for Puff. It's had the same effect on me since I finally understood it when I was a teenager. 

2. Tower of Song by Leonard Cohen

Although I like this song, I find it depressing. As if you finally made it, you're a huge celebrity, a household name, and now you're lonelier than you've ever been. 

3. Girl With a Problem…

Monday Musings

I am on vacation now, so don't forget to enter my giveaway for Jodyri threads and I'll post about what I stitched on November 26 (U.S. Thanksgiving). 

I visited a LNS in London, Ontario, Thread & Eye and it was fabulous!! I wish I could get there more often. It's beautifully organized and has lots of new cross-stitch finishes on the walls. They have a custom framers as part of their store as well, and they have an exclusive Ink Circles design, Reflections of Canada!
from Thread & Eye Facebook page
Isn't it fun? I've resisted the temptations of Ink Circles Reflections of London and Reflections of Paris, but I couldn't resist this one. So far I've found oak leaves, maple leaves, totem poles, Parliament buildings, hockey sticks, inuksuks, Mountie faces, snowshoes and eagles I think. I picked up some ecru/beige fabric to stitch it on and I plan to use Jodyri Ruby Slippers. I only have one skein, so I'll need to order a couple more. It looks pink in the…

Throwback Thursday

Things are still too crazy to get much stitching done, but I do have a Throwback Thursday for you. 

from WOXS by Maria Diaz
This was my first project from a magazine and it was pretty adventurous for me at the time (2011). It's from WOXS, but I'm not sure which issue. DH's cousins had very recently, very suddenly lost their beloved dog. They had 2 retrievers and they lost the one that was most active and younger very suddenly to kidney disease.
There was a planned baby shower for one of the cousins in two months so I was under pressure to get this one finished and I stayed up all night a few nights to complete it. It was very much worth it though and they really liked it. 
The greens were difficult since I hadn't done much confetti up to that point and there were several different shades of green to deal with in this one. I'm very happy with the finish though, and I think now it would be a breeze. 
Happy Stitching and don't forget to enter my Jodyri threads giveawa…

Top 10 Tuesdays - Top 10 Things to Be Thankful For

Time again for Top 10 Tuesdays with Kate, Keebles and myself until someone else joins in. It's kind of fun if you're interested. :)


1. Health

I'm not in the greatest shape, back issues, etc. but I can stitch and I can work and that's more than a lot of people can say. So I'm thankful I can stitch and that I enjoy working. 

2. DD

I never expected to have children and it seemed like for awhile it wasn't going to happen no matter what we did, so she is a wonderful surprise and almost always a joy to be around. 

3. Work

I'm also thankful I have a profession I enjoy and have been somewhat successful in. 

4. Cross Stitch

This had to make the list right? I love stitching, I really, really do. I enjoy it more than most anything else except maybe for reading and I can listen to audio books and stitch so that's kind of like doing 2 of my favourite things at once. So I'm thankful my roommate in first year of undergrad introduced me to s…

Sunday Stitching and a New Game?

It's been a busy week and weekend and I've been doing more finishing than stitching, but there has been a very small amount of stitching as well. 

I managed to put together both White Wolves and Homeward Trail in their frames, but I only got a photo of White Wolves before I wrapped them both. I will try and get a photo of Homeward Trail once it's unwrapped. Here's White Wolves:

I also managed a small amount of stitching on a project or two that I will leave quiet for now.

I'm going on a trip soon to deliver White Wolves and Homeward Trail. I didn't finish the Song of the Weather afghan, so that is still a WIP. My new game is:

Can You Guess Which Project I Will Take With Me On Vacation?

I have a lot of WIPs, so I'll give you 10 to choose from that I'm likely to stitch on and at the end of my vacation I'll show you the photos and reveal the winners. I'll leave this open until U.S. Thanksgiving (November 26) to give everyone a shot at guessing. 

I plan t…

Top 10 Tuesdays - 10 Things to Leave on a Deserted Island

This week I'm posting on time, yay! And I hope you'll visit Kate's and Keebs' blogs to check out their lists. 
This one is a bit of a puzzler for me. Mostly all I can think of are old bosses or emotions that I don't like in myself like negativity and anxiety. But I don't really like to bring up old history since I know we learn from mistakes, etc., but if I dwell on them I start feeling crappy like I did when things happened. I'll do what I can and see if I can come up with 10. :)
1. Stephen Harper
I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate what he did to Canada. I feel like when I was growing up Canada was respected and a peacekeeping nation. He wanted to destroy all our natural resources and sell them off to the highest bidder and forget about the Kyoto accords. I'm really happy he was finally ousted. 
2. Power Hungry Warlords
Unfortunately there's way too many of these to mention. It's a sad state, but that's whe…

Turtle Trot - November Edition

We're on the home stretch fellow Trotters and now our host Claudette is back in the blogosphere as well, yay! Fingers crossed life continues to settle down for her. 

I worked extensively on Homeward Trail this month since I hoped to have it finished for a November birthday gift. It went from here:
the fabric is more blue like in the top photo, but when I finished I used a flat surface for the above photo and those lights are more yellow. The point is I'm done!!! So excited and I hope to get it mounted and framed tonight. I finally found a good 12x12 frame.
I had a moment of panic when I thought the top serged edge of the fabric might show through, but I think I'll be just okay. We'll see and fingers crossed!
I also finished July Song of the Weather:
and started August:
I have finished the Kloster blocks, but I forgot to take a new photo. This will clearly not be finished by the time I see my Grandma, but I might finish it in time for an Xmas present and my paren…

Top 10 Tuesdays - 10 Things to Bring to a Deserted Island

I'm a week late on posting this, so I'll have two Top 10 Tuesdays posts today. This is last weeks:
1. Cross Stitch Stash image from If I could bring my cross stitch stash then I might actually be able to finish it all! That would be pretty amazing and currently highly improbably.
2. Books
Books would be extremely useful to keep insanity/loneliness at bay. I could even use them for kindling if I was desperate. And if I was trapped with someone else then they could read to me as I stitch. :)
3. Family
Does the island still count as deserted if I have family there? I would love to have DH and DD with me if I ever got marooned since I can't really imagine life without them. I lucked out with DH and at this point we're almost 17 years strong. And my cat fits in with family too. He'd have a great time exploring and getting himself stuck up trees, etc.
4. Music
It would be hard to live without my extensive play list, but c…

What the? More Missing Stitches?

On Wednesday I posted about how I'd missed some stitches while I was completing the cross stitch and back stitch on Homeward Trail. I found one area while I was beading that I had missed and I thought I'd have a giveaway and see if anyone else could find where I missed stitches. 

Shelly of the An Arizona Stitcher blog found even more stitches I had missed!! Some I hadn't even noticed! So a big prize coming to you Shelly and my sincere thanks. 

Here's the original photo again:

And these were the missing stitches I was talking about originally:
I had forgotten the bottom right arrow within the bottom oval. I noticed it as I added beads around the stitching so it now looks like the others like this:
But Shelly noticed I had missed some other stitches entirely and I didn't even see these ones:
I tried to center the area as much as possible so you can see what's missing. There should be a group of 4 stitches in a cross like you can see diagonally downward and left and the…

WIP Wednesday and Being Naughty ;)

I finished!!! I'm all done Homeward Trail, but I took a horrible photo and if you can't wait to see it, it's here. Be careful, it's sideways. I will work on taking better photos tonight and mounting it. 

I was busy yesterday evening because the Cross Stitch Forum is having Stashmas and our mail-out date is today. I'm waiting on one more thing before I mail out, but I got plan B ready just in case. 

I managed a little bit of stitching on Princess and the Dragon:
 from here to here
There was more below, but then I made a counting error and had to pull out about 100 stitches, or all the work I did last night. Boo... but at least the fabric held up really well to pulling out 1 over 1 on 28 count, so good on Chromatic Alchemy Jazlyn! 

I also have a small amount of progress on LK's HoHoHo. I keep this as my stitching-in-the-car project so it doesn't grow very quickly. 

I'm very happy with how the photo turned out since the fabric does look black for once. I try an…

Weekend Wrap-Up - So Close!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Did everyone check out Jo's Halloween Blog Hop? I think I might try and remember to join next year, it looks fun and I found some new cross stitch blogs to follow. :)

I'm so close to being finished Homeward Trail! I wish I could have stayed up the extra 30-60 minutes I needed last night. I only need to add maybe a dozen more beads, but I needed to move the Qsnaps and I couldn't count on finishing it as easily as I hoped. After all, I found 10 more cross stitches I'd missed when I was adding beads. That makes me wonder if there are other times I've missed stitches and forgotten about them. 

It makes a good argument for highlighting or crossing off your work as you go. The friend that taught me cross stitch used to pencil over the squares she completed and I did that at first. However, as I started larger and larger pieces it was kind of annoying to have to go back and scribble over each square, so I generally don't mark off pro…