Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello Fellow Stitchers!

It's the 15th so that means it's time for Gifted Gorgeousness.  This is our time to share what we have stitched that we have been given, or have given others.  If you aren't sure what I'm talking about...then please go to Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching and you can see what I'm talking about.  You can see the rules here.  And you can visit Jo's blog and see what the rest of us have been stitching here.  You can sign up to join in the fun on the rules page, it's never to late!  I always like to think Jo for hosting...she makes blogging fun!

I think you've seen all the things I've stitched that fall into this category since the last GG update...but here's a recap...

First up is Elf at Work from the 2019 JCS Ornament issue.  Mike renews this magazine each year as a Christmas gift to me.  This is stitched on Vintage Country Mocha 40 count over two.  I love this little guy...and he may become a Christmas gift later on.

Next is Curl Up With A Good Book, this is a freebie offered on Killer Crafts by Crafty Killers blog.  I stitched this as a gift for a pen pal.  It's stitched on 28 count over two.

The September portion of Birds and Blackwork Flowers by Lesley Teare was released the first of September and I was able to stitch it up in the first few days.  I love this SAL!!  This was a Christmas gift from Mike last year, along with the fabric and floss.  I know, I'm spoiled!!  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with each month's portion yet, I'm still thinking about it.  I love the colors in this one!

This is Silvery Lace Snowflake from the 2019 JCS Ornament Issue.  This is stitched on 32 count navy over two.  I'm stitching the ornaments that were chose by the Christmas Ornament SAL group on Facebook.  I've been lucky enough to keep up so far this year!  I don't think I would have chosen this one on my own, but I'm so glad someone chose it, because I love how it looks.  Now to figure out how to finish it...decisions, decisions...!

Here is United We Stand.  This is an exclusive kit by Blackbird Designs.  It was an anniversary gift from Mike this year.  I still haven't decided how to finish it, though I did find a frame at Hobby Lobby that might work.  I'm trying to decide if I should stitch the sides and finish it as a pincushion, or frame it...more things to ponder!  LOL

Here is Gloria by Tempting Tangles.  This was also a Christmas gift from Mike.  I've fallen waaaaay behind.  It's stitched on 32 count opalescent white over two.  I hope once I'm done with what I'm working on I will be able to get caught up...I really want to finish this before Christmas!

Last is what I'm working on right now.  This is Coming to America by With Thy Needle and Thread.  I signed up for this way back in January I think...maybe February.  I've been waiting with anticipation to stitch this.  A group of people are stitching this starting on the 6th of September (when the Pilgrims left England for the New World 400 years ago bringing their needlework with them) and hope to finish in November.  Their original voyage took 66 days so I'm hoping to finish within the same time frame.  So far I'm still on track, but this weekend is going to be a busy one...so fingers crossed I can still keep up!

Well, I think I've covered everything from the last time I posted about GG.  It's been quite a crazy year, between the virus, my son's wedding being scheduled...rescheduled and rescheduled again, working on my Mom's estate...which should be nearing completion, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other craziness.  Even the smoke from the wildfires out west have reached the east coast turning the sky a dull color.  I don't know if we will ever find "normalcy" again, but I do hope that we find peace soon.  I'm exhausted from reacting to everything that has happened this year, it's been one upsetting moment upon another.  One shining moment lately has been that we are going to adopt a cat!  His name is Max and we will be receiving him into our home within the month!  I've been missing Thomas a lot lately and it will be so nice to have another heartbeat in our home.  Watch this space, we should have pictures soon!  Till we meet again, Happy Stitching!


Sunday, September 6, 2020

It's a lady...who is Coming to America!

Hi Fellow Stitchers!

Who is joining me in the journey of stitching Coming to America?  I set sail today with a wake-up text from a few friends I know here in Maryland who are sailing with me.  I thought this was a fantastic idea...we are starting to stitch this project today because it is the 400th anniversary of the start of the voyage the Pilgrims took in the journey to America.  I love the idea of these brave men and especially women who made the arduous journey to the New World to ensure religious freedom.  And the best part, is they brought their needlework with them!  What a great reason to celebrate!  We will be stitching for 66 days, the length of their voyage across the ocean!  I've been stitching off and on since 8:00 this morning, and here is where I am 12 hours later.  This is stitched on 40 count Vintage Mocha over two.

I wanted to show you where I finished with United We Stand.  Here is the top all finished.  I have the 4 sides to complete yet.  I am tossed whether to make this into the pin cushion, or actually frame it like it is....decisions decisions.  It's much larger than I expected, but it will have to wait until Coming to America is finished, so I have time to think about it.  If you have an opinion, please comment below!  This is stitched on 36 count over two.

Off I go now to work on Coming to America.  Wish me luck and a fair wind!  With the wedding looming I'm running out of time to stitch...fingers crossed I'll finish in time.  Happy Stitching Sailing y'all!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Flip flopping like a fish out of water...

Hi all you lovely stitchers out there!  I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping healthy.  It's been a wild and wacky ride here for us lately.  There has been so much going on lately that I can't seem to wrap my head around it all.  Between trying to help plan a wedding, wedding showers, wardrobe shopping, and staying upright while experiencing vertigo, sheltering from tornado warnings, dress shopping and dress altering, my brain has finally reached overload!  I can't seem to focus on one thing for very long.  I pick up one thing to stitch, and it doesn't hold my interest, so it's on to the next.  Lord have mercy!!  LOL  *Deep breath*

So...what have I been up to?  Well, thankfully I'm still keeping on track for some of the challenges I've signed up for.  For the Christmas Ornament SAL I stitched these two from the 2019 JCS Ornament issue.  First up is Silvery Lace Snowflake by Works by ABC.  This is stitched on 32 count navy Belfast linen over two using DMC 5200, and silver petite treasure braid.

The second is Elf at work by La Bottega delle Meraviglie di Anna stitched on 40 count Vintage Mocha over two.  I loved working on this one and actually finished it in one day.  One of the very few things I was able to focus on long enough to finish it in a short period of time.

I finished up a bookmark.  This was supposed to be for a pen pal that I signed up for through a facebook page.  I sent my August gift to her, but haven't heard back from her...so I'm hanging on to it for a while to see if she finally sends something.  It's so discouraging...but lesson learned!  This was a freebie from Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers blog.  You can find the pattern here.  I finished it with the buttonhole stitch and fusible interfacing on the back.

I'm still trying to keep up with the Birds and Blackwork Flowers SAL by Leslie Teare.  I love her designs, each one is so unique and colorful!  Here is Septembers part.

I've fallen behind in Gloria.  I'm working on part 16 though 17 and 18 have already been published.  I really do love Tempted Tangles designs, but this one is just spectacular, and each part published has another charming surprise!  I hope to catch up once the wedding is over, fingers crossed!!  Here is where I am so far...

I received United We Stand, an exclusive Blackbird Designs which is just lovely!  I have nearly finished the top part, and hope to finish the top later tonight.  Here is where I started today...

I am prepped and ready to start Coming to America tomorrow.  Is anyone else taking part in this experience?  We have 66 days to complete the piece, the same number of days the Pilgrims took to sail from England to the New World back in 1620...four hundred years ago....the first ladies to bring samplers to America.  Wish me luck as I set sail on this adventure!  I'll keep you posted on my progress.  

Off to get some more stitching done and try to keep my sanity intact.  Wish me luck!!  Stay safe and healthy out there!  Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

I finally got a Round Tuit...

Well it was a long time coming, but I finally reached down into my box of items that needed finishing and pulled out these 12 Days of Christmas ornaments from last year.  It took me a few days (after a few bouts of vertigo) I finally sat really still, and without moving my head, I worked a bit on these ornaments.  I finished up 4 a day until I had them done...here they are in various states of finishing...

After that I thought...I should finish up the set I stitched this year...but this is as far as I got.  I will need some trim to finish up these, unless I really search through my stash again, which is not totally out of the picture...haha  

I just can't seem to wrap my head around stitching lately.  Maybe it's the state of the country (I should take a break from the news) or maybe it's that I feel a bit yucky after donating blood last week...who knows?  I pulled out this pattern weeks ago (United We Stand) and got it started.  I love it, can't wait to finish it so I can put it together and enjoy looking at it...but stitching it has been my nemesis!  I truly need to get out of this funk!!!  Here's where I am so far...

It's been quite a year for getting things finished up...maybe I'll stay on this roller coaster for a bit and finish up a few more things.  Hopefully finishing things will make me feel like I accomplished something and stitching will look more appealing...either way...it's one step at a time...right?

Off I go...I hope you are all keeping safe and stitching on!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

August Gifted Gorgeousness

 Whew....it's been a month!  But now it's time for Gifted Gorgeousness.  If you haven't heard of it, you haven't visited my blog before! haha  This is our opportunity to pull out all those patterns, fabric and floss that has been gifted to us, or the items we are gifting others, and showcase them to the world!  This is the brain child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.  If you would like to read the rules or sign up to participate (you can join at any time) then click here.  If you would like to visit Jo's blog to see what she has been stitching and check on what others have been stitching for this challenge, you can click here.

As you know, I've been anticipating, rolling with the punches, organizing and reorganizing showers, wedding venues, and wedding dates.  My head is spinning with all the changes.  Hopefully the wedding will take place next month, but honestly, I won't be holding my breath!  Changes happen almost daily!  While I'm waiting, I've been stitching, and finishing!  I've made a few gifts for some folks...the first is a gift for my Montana friend.  She sent me a leaflet of Christmas ornaments.  I told her to mark her favorite and I would stitch it for her.  So not only did I stitch it, but I framed it for her too!  This is Gentle Hearts 

A long time ago I stitched this fleur-de-lis for a friend who's favorite football team is the Saints.  I never got it finished...and then found out that my cousin in Missouri loves the Saints!  She and I have never met, but learned of each other on Facebook, and have been getting acquainted.  I don't know her well, but she's still family...and she has enjoyed other stitching that I've done for her...so I finished it off and sent it to her.  I hope she likes it!  As of this writing, it's still in transit.  This was a JBW Design, stitched on 28 count black over one.

I stitched this letter quite some time ago, it came in a kit and is stitched on perforated paper.  It was a Needleprint & Play Alphabet Art letter P from Just Another Button Company.  I finished it in March of this year hoping to have it fully finished so the kids could hang it outside the door to their apartment after their wedding in May...but it was postponed.  I finally got it framed, and will give it to them soon...if all goes well they should be married soon and they will share the same last name then...haha.  I found the frame at Hobby Lobby (along with the frame for Gentle Hearts as well) and framed them both myself.

I signed up for a Pen Pal through a Facebook group for stitching Pen Pals.  We are given a theme and will stitch something new each month for them along with a letter.  This is my first time sending to her, and the theme this month is Summer.  I hope she likes birds (I haven't had a letter from her yet) and that she enjoys this little freebie I found on Crossed Wing Collection website.  It's stitched on 40 count white over two.

I finished this quite some time ago for a friend and I finally got it framed.  One of these days I'll have to stitch one for myself!  LOL  I love it, I've stitched it three times now and framed it this way twice before.  I have the frame set aside for myself for when I do finish it for me..haha...but for now this is sitting at my friend's house and I hope she enjoys looking at it!

For our anniversary this year, DH bought me this kit.  I started it a couple of weeks ago and have a few little ooopsys...haha  I'm beginning to think Frog is it's middle name!  This is called United We Stand by Blackbird Designs...stitched on 36 count (can't remember the name of the fabric that came in the kit) over two.  Now that I'm catching up on some of my stitching, I hope this will go a little faster.  Here is where I am so far.

And that...as they say...is all that's fit to print!  I hope everyone is keeping cool (or warm) depending on where you live, and safe from the storms that seem to be popping up here and there.  We've had some doozies!  We even had a canopy from our neighbors lift over their fence and drop on our deck!  Keep safe and healthy everyone!  Happy Stitchcing!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

I finished another set of 12 days!

 Well, I decided I am going to get some stuff finished up...I should be working on The Last Supper but I feel unsettled, so I'm working on finishing up other stuff until my mind gets back on that particular WIP.

I was working on one of the 12 Days of Christmas a month that was published Winter through Autumn of 2019 in the Stoney Creek Magazine.  But at the beginning of August I decided with the wedding looming and other things going on this year, I might just as well get things moving.  So...I finished 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.  Now to just get them fully finished off.  Here are the ones I finished this month...

8 Maids a Milking

9 Ladies Dancing

10 Lords a Leaping

11 Pipers Piping

12 Drummers Drumming.

I'll be back in a few days with Gifted Gorgeousness...see you then.  Until then, Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Stitching While Isaias Passes By

What  a year this has been so far!  Seems we go from one catastrophe to the next.  The bulk of Isaias has passed, we are expecting more showers this evening, but as of now the sun is shining!  Whew....

I guess I'll always remember our 36th Wedding Anniversary!  Yes, today I've been married 36 years!!  I've had a pretty interesting life, thanks to my dear husband who was in the military.  We've lived in different countries, traveled, and made friends around the world.  It hasn't been an easy life, but we've tackled it together.  Through the worst of times, through scary times, through illnesses, and more...but he's been a saint through it all.  I consider myself pretty blessed!

I've always stitched during storms, and living in the mid-Atlantic region we get our fair share of them!  So while everyone else was out buying toilet paper, bread and milk...I was keeping my fingers busy.

First I stitched 8 Maids a Milking from the 2019 Stoney Creek Magazines (they were published over 4 issues during 2019)  I just love these ornaments, and hopefully will get them finished into ornaments for Christmas this year (unlike the ones I stitched last year!).  These are stitched on 28 count white over two.

Then I stitched the 8th part of the Birds and Blackwork SAL designed by Leslie Teare.  This is also stitched on 28 count white over two.  I enjoy stitching the blackwork, but dislike outlining, what's up with that?  haha

Then I stitched Purrfect Stockings by Swallick Stitchery from the 2019 JCS Ornament Issue.  I love the black cat.  I didn't have the called for Mill Hill stars, so improvised with some I found at my LNS.  This is stitched on 36 count natural over two using DMC floss.

This morning I finished A Christmas Stocking by Plum Street Samplers from the  2013 JCS Ornament issue.  I'm not sure what fabric was called for, but anything I laid the DMC floss against just didn't call to me until I found this 40 count Vintage Pear.  I love how old fashioned it looks now that it's finished.  I stitched it over two.  It's still pretty small, but I like the size.  Now to bite the bullet and learn to finish off these stockings!  I can do this....I'm just a chicken!  LOL!!!

Ok, I'm off to work on Gloria until I catch up...part 16 was just released last week and I'm doing my best to keep up!  Till I see you again, keep safe, keep healthy, and Happy Stitching!