Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Frantic Gifted Gorgeousness

Wow...where on earth did the past month go???  I've been crazy busy with this and that and the month just sneaked away.  I participated in Jo's blog hop yesterday and she mentioned in her post that Gifted Gorgeousness was the next day, thank heavens, or it would have completely slipped my mind!!  It only heightened my awareness that I have some deadlines coming up and I'm waaaaay behind schedule.  
http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.com/p/gifted-gorgeousness-2017-sign-up-page.html

Ok, if you haven't heard of Gifted Gorgeousness where have you been? LOL  Just kidding!!  Jo from Serendipitous Stitching has been hosting this for quite some time, and I jumped on the bandwagon last year.  It's been fun digging out patterns and kits that folks had given me, or showing things I had stitched for others and keeps the idea of gifting in my mind.  It's also given me incentive to stitch and blog, so I thank Jo for all her positive encouragement.  If you want to join you can read more about it here!  And if you want to see what others have been stitching, you can see who is participating here.

So what have I done?  Hm....I've been posting a bit as I go along, but I'll recap a bit here.  Sorry if you've seen these before but I do have one new one and I'll show that first.

Last year, while I was back in NY, I did a private exchange with a lady from Canada.  She sent me this pattern and I've been chomping at the bit to stitch it.  As I'm stitching from stash this year, and wanted a little quickie to stitch, I dug this out and got er done!  This is Believe from Stoney Creek.  EVERYTHING came from stash, wasn't I lucky to have all the threads, pattern and material on hand?


I've been keeping up with the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL that is going on.  Again, everything is from stash, and the pattern is free.  It can be found here.  I have finished up February so I'm all caught up!


I've been working on Sweet Nectar for my Mom.  This will go to her when I'm done.  It's been a bit difficult to work on because I have it on a scroll frame and it's a bit heavy, so I can only work on it in small amounts.  Here is where I'm at right now.


Last is Winter's Majesty.  The last time I picked it up, I was working with Marlitt and I struggled so much I thought I would put it down and stitch a little bit more later.


I picked up Quaker Diamonds by Rosewood Manor yesterday.  This one really isn't part of Gifted Gorgeousness, but I thought I'd show my progress on this one.  I haven't worked on this one in a few years.  It's stitched on 32 count over one with confetti stitches all over the place.  I'm using Valdani thread, and for some reason it doesn't like me!!  I've had more knots than I can shake a stick at so progress is slow.  Here is where I am now.  As you can see, I jump around a bit, it's because it's in a book and has so many pages, I'm trying to finish one page at a time, but ... oh no more excuses, I'm just that scatterbrained when I stitch...LOL!!!  This, Winter's Majesty, and Sweet Nectar are on my Wipocalypse list to finish this year.  Wish me luck!!


I'm all over the map with things lately, I just can't seem to settle on one thing and finish it through....but at least I haven't started anything new unless I knew I could finish within a day or two.  I guess it kind of mirrors my life at the moment, which seems chaotic and unconquerable right now.  Between my being sick, DS's girlfriend being in and out of the hospital (keep the lovely Ms. K in your prayers, won't you?) and other things grabbing my attention, it's been difficult to stay on any one task.  I'm hoping by the end of this month I'll have things a little more under control.  So...if I disappear until then, don't worry...I'll be back!  

And that's all the news that's fit to print!  Off to get a project finished up for an exchange.  I'm determined to get it done today and in the mail this week!!  Have a great day and Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day Secret Stitcing Blog Hop

Hi!  It's my first EVER Blog Hop!  I'm glad I chose Valentine's Day to be my first one!  I know a lot of folks say that Valentine's Day is just a money maker for card and gift companies, but hey....any day set aside to show love for others is a great idea in my book!



There is a list of people participating over on Jo Who Can't Think of a Clever Nickname's blog, Serendipitous Stitching.  You can click here to head over to her blog and follow the blog hop.  I have posted the picture of my secret stitching partner.  Now I will go over to Jo's and hop through the blogs to find the person who has my picture!  Should be a fun way to see what other folks have been stitching! 

Over the years I've shared this day with others who would otherwise be alone.  I don't consider it a day just for "lovers", so just go out and share the love you have and make someone's day brighter!  While my husband was deployed one year, I attended a Valentine's dinner with another lady whose husband was deployed.  I bought her a corsage and chocolates...and it was a lot of fun and it helped us not to miss our husbands so much on that day.  Life is what you choose to make it, so make it a good one!  

Happy Stitching!! 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Same desire, different WIP

Hi, just a short update here.  I had plans for the weekend....but somehow things went a little awry.  So...I got a little more stitching done than I expected.  I was going to rotate on a daily basis, but that didn't happen either.  I picked up Renouveau, and got so entranced, and then determined to finish this certain motif that I just didn't put it down.  Here are before and after pictures after working on it for 3 days.  It is stitched over one on 32 ct. 


Just in case you can't see the detail in the blanket she is hanging, I have a close up ...
I hated to put it away before I finished this blanket because it was driving me batty!!  It was a pain to stitch such a concentrated area, but I really like how it came out!  One more motif in the lower left corner and then it's mostly lettering for a while.  It should go faster then (she said laughing to herself because she knows NOTHING goes as planned in DJ's world).  Thank heavens for reruns of the new Roots...that kind of distracted me from the tediousness of that particular area!

Come back tomorrow for the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop being offered over at Serendipitous Stitching!  Should be fun seeing all those Valentine's!

Happy Stitching!
 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Flip WIP Flopping...

Hi There!  It's been a while, and most of the time that has flown by has been a blur!

Well, the stomach virus and cold/flu bugs have hit DJ's Digs pretty hard of late.  I was out of commission last week for a few days with some sort of virus...was well enough to go to DS's hockey game on Saturday with DH and the lovely Miss. K,


and church Sunday, then the next wave of whatever it is hit.  I blame DH, he brings all sorts of illnesses home from his place of employment.  He was sick first!  Thankfully DS is doing ok.  They both got the flu shot back in October, while I was still in NY...so I'm wondering if that's why it has hit me harder than them?  Who knows...thankfully I'm not important so no one has missed me!!  LOL

I've mostly been sleeping, but I have managed to put a few stitches in here and there.  Last month I worked on Winter's Majesty.  I put in a few more stitches before the month was over.  I did a few snowflakes working with Marlitt...ugh!!  I like the way it looks, but taming that thread has become my nemesis!!  It seems to take me twice as long to stitch with it than other threads.  I keep staring at it hoping the backstitching will somehow stitch it's self.  The backstitching is done with metallic thread, and though I've been schooled on Thread Heaven, I learned about it after I had done all this stitching with it, I can't switch horses in midstream...can I?  There are times I wish I were Samantha Stevens....where I could twitch my nose and magic happens (please don't tell me I'm the only one who remembers Bewitched...the TV show...ok now I feel REALLY old!!)   So...here are before, after and close up pictures, so you can see all the backstitching there is left to do around all those *&^% cherry blossoms and snowflakes...







I decided I would work on Sweet Nectar this month.  I had all kinds of good intentions, but this one isn't as fun to stitch on.  I have it on a scroll frame which is kinda heavy.  DH made this lovely stitching frame made of PVC piping, but it takes a while to get set up with it, and I've been impatient, so I did stitch a bit, but decided I wanted something smaller to work on for a bit...here is before and after to show my progress right now...



I finally settled on working on Leave a Light On.  This is nice to work on because it's smaller, lighter, and I'm enjoying stitching on it even though it's 28 count navy over one.  I was hoping switching WIPs once a month would help me finish up some things I've had sitting around for many years, but all I've done really is waffle on what I should stitch.  LOL  I have so many, and some days I just feel like doing something different.  So I decided I'm going to stitch whatever I feel like stitching.  I won't start anything new until I finish something...or unless it's something small I can finish in a day or two.  I'll eventually get those things finished, right?  LOL  I'll keep telling myself that and maybe it will actually happen!



Last, but not least, is my Linen and Threads Mystery SAL.  This is stitched on 28 ct black over one using up some vintage Bucilla threads I had sitting around for ages.  I've had fun choosing different color schemes, and from the posts I've seen on Facebook, others have seemed to like my choices, although they think I'm crazy for stitching over one on such a dark color.  This has been a challenge for me as I really like structure and for someone to tell me what colors to use and what looks good.  I guess it's good to stretch yourself from time to time!  I like that I've had so many affirmative comments!  For some reason, all the pictures I took today seem a little off in their true colors...it must be the cloudy day we are having.  Hopefully they will be better next time!  


Well...yesterday was a lovely day, it actually broke a record...it was 72 degrees and I had the windows open for a while.  It felt good to get some fresh air without leaving the house.  But today it's in the 30's, the wind is blowing and it feels like winter again.  We were supposed to get snow, but looks like all we are going to get for the time being is wind.  I know there are bad storms across the country, I feel like I live in a bubble.  I hope the folks I know in the rest of the country and other countries too, are staying safe.  Happy Stitching!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Whacky Weekend

Well, this weekend didn't turn out as expected!  I hope all of you did have a pleasant weekend!

I had a lot of plans for the weekend, but everything was turned upside down when I was caught by the flu bug.  At least that's what I think it was!  I was able to get some stitching done while I rested, and the rest of my family went out and  had fun!  LOL  Well, one good thing came from it...I lost 7 pounds!

Want to see what I've been stitching?  I'm participating in a Round Robin, but it's a bit different.  We sent out small pieces to each other to stitch, then when we are done stitching, we will send them back to their owners to be finished off.  I have finished stitching the ones I've been sent...so now I just have to get my act together and take them back to the post office...as soon as my world stops spinning, I'll do just that!

I showed you the first one in the previous post...so here are the other two.  The first is It's Snow Cold by Little House Needleworks.  I thought this one was so cute!


The second is Goodness and Plenty by Plum Street Samplers.  I really love PSS patterns, and this is no exception.  I might have to find this pattern and stitch it again!!


We had a dusting of snow overnight and all the brown ground has been covered in white.  I love it first thing in the morning when the sun shines over it and it looks like glistening diamonds.  Sadly the snow never seems to last long here in Mid Atlantic, so I'll enjoy it this morning and be thankful it was just a dusting!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

WIP update...and first smalls 2017 post...

Where does the time go?  I swear the older I get the faster time goes....I wonder if it's because it takes me a lot longer to do things now then when I was younger?  Hmmmm

I signed up for the Smalls 2017 Challenge over at Stitching Lotus so the first order of business is my small for this month.  This is In The Land Of The Free by the Sweetheart Tree.  I stitched this for an auction that will take place in August.  The proceeds are going to Equines for Freedom which is a program to help service members suffering from PTSD.  I will eventually be finishing it by framing it.  Thank you, Heather, for hosting this challenge.  I look forward to digging in my stash to find things to stitch for this challenge!


So yesterday was WIP Wednesday.  Did I get very far?  Hm...I'll let you be the judge.  I haven't had much time to stitch this week, and suddenly the amount of things I want to do just seemed to careen out of control.  I'll show you the progress I've made on Winter's Majesty since last week...


It's been a wacky week, as my DS's Girlfriend was in the hospital for a few days and we went to visit her.  She's home now, thankfully, and the world is back on it's axis.  DH celebrated his birthday over the weekend, so he chose the day to straighten up the storage unit and the basement.  UGH!!  LOL  Then DH got sick and took a day off work.  Sometimes I think sick husbands are a lot more work than sick kids!  He's back to work now, thankfully!  All of these take time away from stitching, and rightly so...however, this chick gets cranky if I can't put a few stitches in!  LOL

I was able to spend an hour on my lighthouse...I wish I could spend more time on this...I guess I'll have to get another WIP done so I can, huh?  This is stitched on 28 ct. over one on Navy lugana. 


I finished up the first part of the Linen and Threads SAL...whew!  Just in time for the second part to come out.  I think the next part will be a bit smaller, or at least I hope so!!  This has been stitched using things from my stash, 28 ct. black over one with vintage Bucilla floss.  Challenging to say the least!!


And last, but not least, I'm participating in another Round Robin this year, but it's a bit different this time.  We have sent a small to each other to stitch, then send back to the owner who will finish it into something.  I've sent my partners some strawberries.  My package arrived yesterday, so today I was able to finish up the first one...I loved the colors!!  Only two more to go!  I'm hoping this one will count as a small for January as well!


That's it in a nutshell...I hope you are enjoying your week!  Happy Stitching!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Was it Wednesday already?

Seems I have trouble getting my post for WIP Wednesday done on Wednesday!  LOL  I guess maybe because I was stitching right up until I put my head on my pillow!

DH came home yesterday and was ready to take the decorations off the tree.  This is quite a lengthy process for me because I have specific boxes for specific ornaments and everything must find it's proper place.  It's tough being me sometimes...LOL!!

Because of that, and trying to do other things, I didn't have as much time to stitch as I would have liked.  So here are before and after pictures of my progress on Winter's Majesty.  



I've been trying to find time to catch up on the Linen and Threads SAL too.  It seems to be very slow going for me.  I'm not sure if it's because I don't have much time to stitch these days, or because I'm working on black over one, or that I spend too much time trying to decide which color to use where.  My mind seems to be occupied every where but on my stitching!  Hopefully today I'll make a little more progress.  Here's where I am right now.


Off to get some stitching done.  Wish me luck!!  Happy Stitching!