Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Out With the Old and in With the New! (lots of photos)

I hope everyone had a good 2019! Mine had more bumps than I would have liked, an especially big one in October, and I didn't bounce back well from it, hence the lack of posts. But here's to ringing in a new year!

With the Facebook challenges, I managed a lot of stitching this year. I'll list my finishes first, some of which you haven't seen unless you also follow me on Instagram.

 Rovaris Joy ornament from the 2018 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue with stash threads on 28ct fabric from Chromatic Alchemy

 Boo House by Mill Hill as kitted

 Barbara Ana freebie with stash and GITD threads

 Fishing for my uncle as charted, unknown designer on 28ct Tempest by Chromatic Alchemy

 Tribal Dragon by White Willow Stitching with Waterlilies and Kreinik (belly) 1 over 1 on 25ct pewter Lugana

 I Love You More Today by Jodryi Designs with stash threads 2 over 2 on 28ct Chromatic Alchemy Eye of Newt
 Team Jodyri from the Jodyri vs. KLT Facebook event in April with Jodyri threads

 Basset Hound (oldest WIP!) by Brenda Frankline as charted 2 over 1 on 14ct navy aida

 Letter L from Letters from Nora on 28ct linen as charted

 Maple Leaf by AAN with WDW Blaze 2 over 1 on 14ct aida

 Joy Snowglobe by Dimensions as kitted

 Life is Tough by Circus Stitches with stash WDW on 28ct LTD edition Chromatic Alchemy

 Ink Spot by Ink Circles, changed date to 2013 and used Waterlilies from Tribal Dragon on a scrap of 28ct Tempest leftover from Fishing

 Mill Hill Ye Olde Santa as kitted

Plaid Tidings by Little Stitch Girl on 28ct Tempest by Chromatic Alchemy, stitched 2 over 2 as charted in DMC except the trees are a Dinky Dyes oops thread because I couldn't find the charted DMC thread anywhere. 

It seems like that's a lot of photos to wade through, so let me add a few WIPs that got some work on them that you may not have seen yet. 

Snippet Tiger Stare - started because of Pattern Keeper, the most amazing app ever for full coverage. I swear this is changing my life!

Ocean Curiosity - almost done!
WDW Michael's Navy 2 over 1 on 18ct unknown aida

Stitch Your Own Adventure - Hogwarts Letter
as charted, 28ct fabric, and this is a free SAL by Cunning Cross stitch

Hogwarts in a Bottle

And I think that's long enough, so I'll put plans in the next post either later tonight or tomorrow. 

Happy New Year everyone!

Happy Stitching too,


Friday, December 20, 2019

2019 Online Advent Calendar

It's almost Christmas and time for door #21. Thank you again to Jo for the fabulous hosting job and all the other participants. It's so fun to see what everyone's favourite films are. Check out everyone's choices here at Jo's blog.

This year I managed to finish an ornament a whole week before Christmas, can you believe it? This almost never happens. :)

Mill Hill Ye Olde Santa

Stitching Noni also finished this one this year, although I don't think she has a new Flosstube up yet. 

I hope you will all have a wonderful holiday season and my favourite holiday films are Scrooged for modern-ish and Miracle on 34th Street for classic. I love both equally for entirely different reasons. If you force me to choose one, it will be Scrooged. Close runner-ups are Muppet Christmas Carol and the original Grinch narrated by Boris Karloff. 

Happy Holidays everyone!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2019

Hello everyone! I hope you're all well. I had a big change in my life and haven't been up to blogging. Jo, our amazing host contacted me and I am happy to give you this letter:

The letter L

And for my Halloween stitching, I finally started the Durene Jones Spooky Halloween SAL by Lakeside Needlecraft. I'm stitching 2 over 2 on 28ct Icarus by Chromatic Alchemy. 

Find your next letter Here

Happy Halloween! 


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness - September Edition

Come one, come all to this month's edition of Gifted Gorgeousness! Time to show off those projects we're stitching as gifts, or received as gifts, or any way you can shoe horn "gift" into the post. :) As always, please check out everyone's posts over at our supremely organized host's blog, Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.

This month I did manage another finish, and I stitched a fair bit on some of my other projects too, so hopefully there will be more finishes to share this year.

Let's begin!

Joy Snowglobe - for Grandma?
 Joy Snowglobe by Dimensions
stitched as charted with included threads on plastic canvas

 Mystery pattern by Steotch, free if you join a group, so a gift from the designer. This is turning into some kind of Golden girls thing which I'm so uninterested in, so I've given up stitching it for now. 

Ocean Curiosity - DD
 Ocean Curiosity by Who Knew?!?
stitched on 18ct aida with WDW Michael's Navy

Butterfly Quote - DD
 Butterfly Quote by Jodyri Designs
stitched 2 over 1 on 14ct aida with mostly Jodyri threads and one WDW

Princess and the Dragon - DD
Princess and the Dragon by Charting Creations
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct Amarinthine by Chromatic Alchemy with DMC 310

I can't even tell you how exciting it is to have that side of the cave completed! I think I will try and continue on a bit upwards, after I check where the pages are at, as it's nice to do the filling, and maybe that would be good to do on the dragon as well if I want to move back over to the right. The initial idea I had was to move up to the top left corner as I prefer to start there in general, but wanted to make sure I hadn't counted incorrectly, so I started this one in the middle way back when. 

I hope you've all had a good month, and thank you as always for your encouraging comments!

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fully Finished Gallery SAL - September Finishing Frenzy

It's the 10th of the month, so check out Rachel's blog to see all her lovely finishes and the link up for everyone else's.

I had today off, and it was a school day, so I drove off to the local ReSource (Habitat for Humanity thrift shop) and Goodwill stores. I found all I wanted at the first ReSource store, 3 canvases and one rectangular frame. I decided to stop there for now and finish with the materials I had instead of collecting finishing materials as well as finishes.

As an added precaution, I actually measured the size of each finish in my drawer of shame finishes, so I knew what I was looking for and what might work. In the end I have 4 finishes to show you. One was finished before partly, but not fully complete and hanging up.

If you've picked yourself up from your chairs in shock at all these finishes, here's the photos! :)

 Somebunny from WOXS 
Stitched 2 over 2 as charted on 28ct Aether by Chromatic Alchemy

 I Love You More Today by Jodyri Designs
stitched 2 over 2 with stash threads on 28ct Eye of Newt by Chromatic Alchemy

Canada Mandala by Ink Circles
stitched 2 over 2 with Ruby Slippers by Jodyri on 28 ct ivory fabric 

Dog Lessons by Lizzie Kate
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct beige fabric with some thread changes and modified the dog to look more like our dearly departed basset hound. 

The bottom 2 are already hanging up in the house and Somebunny might be a birthday gift for DD, and I Love You More for DH's birthday in a few months. 

Happy Stitching and thanks again for the inspiration Rachel!


Friday, August 23, 2019

School of Magical Stitches and Literature Year 5, Weeks 5, 6, 7, 8

It's catch-up time again! Hope you've all been getting lots of stitching in. I need to catch up on blogs as well as posting myself. Here we go though, let's jump right in:

Week 5 - Stitching Army - if you've read the books, then you know around halfway through is when several scholars start up a group to learn defensive magic since Prof. Umbridge isn't letting anyone do any spellwork in class. Our tasks this week relate to some of the spells, as follows:

Task 1 - Expelliarmus - stitch 200 stitches with red beads or metallics because this spell gives off red sparks. I had some debate on this one, but eventually decided to stitch the ladybug with a blending filament doubled and that will give it a little shine, just like a little ladybird should have.
See Ya Later Alligator by Jodyri Designs
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Nuriel's Forest by Chromatic Alchemy with stash threads

 Task 2 - Stupefy - stitch 200 stitches on something that is stunned, with explanation. I chose to go with a new start, and said the fabric was stunning, and that fit well enough for the graders.
Halloween SAL by Durene Jones through Lakeside Needlecraft
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Ashardalon Breathes by Chromatic Alchemy with DMC 310

Task 3 - Levicorpus - stitch 200 stitches on something in midair as that spell hoists a person up in the air by their ankle. I finished off Maple Leaf for this and did a bit more on Do Not Meddle
 Maple Leaf by AAN
stitched 2 over 1 on 14ct hand-dyed aida with WDW Fire

Do Not Meddle by Dragon Fire Designs
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct Monaco as charted with DMC

Task 4 - Reducto - this spell can break things into pieces, so we were to stitch 200 stitches on something in pieces. SALs worked for this, so Universal Monsters came out to get a little farther along:
Universal Monsters SAL by Witchy Stitcher
stitched 2 over 2 as charted on 28ct Al's Dark Magic by Chromatic Alchemy

Task 5 - Expecto Patronum - this is the Patronus charmed used to banish Dementors, a tricky spell and everyone has their own Patronus. You had to stitch on something related to your own Patronus, not just a Patronus in general. Mine is a Chow as of last time I checked, so I could work on anything that had a dog on it. 

I got out this HAED Basset Hound that hasn't been touched in a good long while. 
 Bailey Basset by HAED
stitched 2 over 1 tent stitch on 25ct pewter linen

It will eventually look like this, only a bit more colour ;)  

And that was it for Week 5 and I got full points. I think there were bonus points too as the red beads/metallics really stumped some people. 

Week 6 - Change in Power

Umbridge has taken over at Hogwarts, and as everyone has been dreading this, we are to stitch 1000 stitches on our least favourite/most dreaded project. The one that you leave buried, that you're tempted to throw away, but you've worked on it, so you can't, etc. 

This was a bit of a challenge as I have a few of these. I decided in the end to work on something that I really want to get done, although it's a real pain in some ways. When I said I'd stitch it 1 over 1 for the recipient, my eyes hadn't quite needed the assistance at near that they do now, and this is a lot more difficult than when I started. So getting it done would be great. 1003 stitches went into this one:

Week 7 - O.W.L.s week - this week all the 5th year students have to take their Ordinary Wizarding Levels. That includes 7 core subjects and 3 electives. Our assignment was to stitch at least 100 stitches on the 7 core subjects with the electives being bonus points. That gave you a grade of Exceeds Expectations. If you managed to stitch 200 stitches on everything, then it was mega bonus points and Outstanding grade. And since I'm not at all competitive, I went for 200 on everything. :D

The possible classes are listed below and the reasons I was able to fit Universal Monsters into 8/10 classes. 

Core Exams:
1. Astronomy - has a moon on the pattern2. Charms - a charm called Lumos lights lamps, there are chandeliers in the pattern3. Defense Against the Dark Arts - learn about werewolves, there's a werewolf in the pattern4. Herbology - water plants in the Creature's room5. History of Magic - taught by a ghost, there are ghosts in the pattern6. Potions - there's some potions in the Invisible Man's room7. Transfiguration - can change yourself into a cat for example, there's a cat in the Mummy room

Electives - choose up to 3:1. Arithmancy2. Study of Ancient Runes3. Care of Magical Creatures - someone suggested Hagrid would have cared for the monsters4. Divination - can be a crystal ball, or a snowglobe, used Joy Snowglobe
5. Muggle Studies - Santa is a Muggle (nonmagic) construct - Joy Snowglobe

And here's the photos!
 I did it this way so you didn't have 8 photos of a little more stitching, then a little more stitching, and a little more stitching, etc.
Joy Snowglobe by Dimensions
stitched on plastic canvas as charted with kit threads

So excited to have another finish!! I'm really glad this group has made me get some finishes this year, it's a great feeling. 

Week 8 - Bulletin Board Notices  - this is the current week and the tasks are a little different, although not very complicated. It's a good break after last week. 

Task 1) 11 Death Eaters were defeated at the Ministry of Magic, so stitch 300 stitches on your 11th WIP. This is Happy Halloween by Satsuma Street and was last here:
Happy Halloween by Satsuma Street
stitched 2 over 1 on 20ct Fiddler's cloth? as charted

Task 2) stitch 300 stitches in any colour but pink now that Umbridge has been ousted. I will likely use Halloween as well and make sure I don't stitch in pink. 

Task 3) stitch 400 stitches as a bonus for the Weasley twins prank - this is a magical swamp. I've joined the Steotch-a-long for the first time ever. I heard about it from some of the people in the LOTR stitching group, and joined in with them. My reasoning for using this is it's a mystery and how to dispose of the swamp was a mystery since Prof. Flitwick could never get rid of it entirely. 
Steotch-a-long 2019 
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Rubescent by Chromatic Alchemy

That reasoning may not work, but I don't think I have time to stitch another 400 stitches and wanted to try and keep up with this SAL if possible. It has a lot of blended threads, so it's been interesting so far. 

Hope you've all been having a good week, happy stitching!


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness - August Edition

Here we are again, and I'm only a week late this time. :) Life is somewhat settled after our big office move and parents visiting and everything else going on. School will start next week for DD and she's so excited! I don't think it will necessarily mean more stitching time for me as I only stitch after she's in bed anyway, but maybe she'll be going to be earlier if she's more tired.

On to the stitching, since that's why you're here. :)

Please check out everyone's posts over at our fantabulous host's blog!

Look! I finished another one! I think this might be for my Grandma:
 Joy Snowglobe by Dimensions
stitched on plastic canvas as charted with kit threads

Do Not Meddle - stunt stitching
Do Not Meddle by Dragon Fire Designs
stitched as charted 1x1 on 28ct Monaco

See Ya Later Alligator - DD
See Ya Later Alligator by Jodyri Designs
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Nuriel's Forest by Chromatic Alchemy with stash threads

I did a lot of work this month on Universal Monsters, which may not be a gift after all, so I haven't included it. I'll try and get some catch up posts for the stitching groups up so you can see that one too. 

Happy Stitching!


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