Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness...a day late and a dollar short!!

Well, here I am....a little bit late, but...I have a good reason!  LOL!!

So I'll get right to the GG for this month...and I can't quite show it to you yet.  I promise as soon as the recipient receives the gift (which should go in the mail tomorrow) I will show you the top.  Friendly Stitchers yahoo group is having an exchange.  My partner is really quick and hers arrived in the mail over the weekend, while I was away.  I finished hers up over the weekend, so I will only show you the bottom of the finished biscornu that I made for her.  You will have to wait a bit to see the top.



I also made an afghan for my Mom.  It was supposed to arrive to her by Christmas.  Unfortunately I hit a road block, only mental, in finishing it for her.  BUT...I made myself finish her afghan before I did any fun stitching over the weekend, so here is her finished afghan.  I loved this because it almost looks quilted, but it is indeed crocheted.  It was a MONSTER to put together, and probably took more hours to sew the over 200 squares together than it did to crochet them all!  I'm so glad it's over, and, Mom, if you ever want another afghan, it will NOT be one I have to sew together!!!!!



If you want to know more about the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, you can find more information about it here:  http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.com/p/gifted-gorgeousness-sal.html

This sampler was a SAL hosted on this blog : http://www.tresorsdeboitesacouture.fr/
I received the last page about a week before I went on this stitching retreat, so had to finish it while I was away.  I guess it could be considered a GG as it was a freebie offered on her blog.  It has since been taken down and is now for sale in her shop.  



I've thrown my hat into the needlepoint ring.  I heard about this design on the Stitchers of Wiehenburg Cross Stitch & Needlepoint Facebook group and just had to stitch it!  I'm nearly done, just a few more...hundred...squares in the background to fill in.  I loved stitching on this!



I also saw a picture of a grouping of the "Hometown Series" from Little House Needleworks and just had to stitch it.  This is the train station, the carolers and the church all stitched together.  Nealy finished, but not quite.  LOL



I also finished up this 15 sided biscornu that I finished stitching quiet some time ago.  I lacked the courage to get it together, so while I was away this weekend, I was determined to finish it up!  I found this freebie on the internet...you can find it here:  http://gittas-kathrin.blogspot.com/2011/04/15-squares-expand-to-18.html  





I guess that's all I have for now.  I will try to post again soon, but I'm headed up to visit my Mom and deliver her afghan.  Hope she likes it!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Some finishes...

Well...it's either feast of famine in my little world...What's new with you?  For a couple of weeks I was run ragged...but then things came to a screeching halt.  For a few days I was able to spend some time with a dear friend who is going through some trials lately.  I'm so fortunate that I am not working and I can pretty much chart my own course.  It did give me a little time to slow down, contemplate my life, and enjoy a little stitching.

I was able to finish up a chart that had been given me as a gift, I used it as a Gifted Gorgeousness SAL entry one month.  I LOVE this chart!  It was a pretty fast stitch, and hard to keep away from.  I love the way it came out!!  This is Noble, Right, Pure from Abbey Rose Designs and is stitched on 40 ct over two with one thread of floss.




I did change one thing, as I thought there was a pretty big area that needed "something"...so my friend Sonya suggested some little motifs she found in a book she had.  I had to reverse one of the patterns to make it look a little more balanced....what do you think?  I also had to stitch the new part over one....on 40 ct...WHY do I do these things to myself?  LOL!!



I also finished the April Showers chart from Garden Cottage Samplings.  This was a real challenge, as I'm still trying to stitch these mainly from stash.  It is stitched on 32 ct over one.  After a lot of fussing over threads and things I think I found a nice combination of fibers.  



I received TWO round robins (from the same RR group...eeek!!) so my next two projects will be to get those stitched and on their way.  I still have one more Christmas/Winter themed piece to stitch.  I guess I better get busy searching for the next one...better pick a small one if I hope to keep to my monthly goals!!  And of course...continue to work on Aurora Cabin.  That poor baby has been sitting on the sidelines for a little while now.  Life needs to slow down!!  OR...my fingers need to speed up!  One good thing, St. Michaels is coming up and I'll have an entire 4 days to let my fingers work their magic.  Off to work on my Round Robins, have a wonderful stitch filled day!  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Just a drive by today....lots to do and so little time to do it in...

Here is my April Gifted Gorgeousness entry...




This is  a pattern I won through a giveaway from Stitchers Anon Cross Stitch Designs Facebook page.  It's called Away in a Manger and features Holmsey Hare and Fergus.  It is stitched on 40 ct natural linen over two using one strand of DMC.  It was a joy to stitch and you can find out more about this design and others by visiting their webpage http://www.stitchersanon.com/

You can find out more about the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL by visiting this site http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.com/p/gifted-gorgeousness-sal.html

I'll try to update more in a few days...off on my next adventure...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tooooo Busy!

I sound like a broken record, but where has the time gone?  It just seems like that time is marching on at a more fast and furious pace as the months go by!

I will admit that I've been quite busy lately, trying to get the Matzah cover finished and then taking our trip to Long Island to attend Passover with a former roommate from college.  I literally stitched on it until the 11th hour, but finished it 3 hours before dinner time!  LOL  Nothing like a little procrastination...huh?

It took me 9 hours to sew it together, then I realized I probably should add some trim. 





That took an additional 4 hours, as most of the sewing was by hand.  I wasn't able to shop for the trim until the day we left, and all I could find was 4 inches wide....much to wide for the piece, so I had to trim it down to 2 inches.  I envisioned a "bad haircut" and said so to the person selling me the trim.  She suggested a roller cutter, and BOY!!  did that work GREAT!  It was trimmed and ready to sew in a few minutes!  We left shortly after I was finished cutting the trim for Long Island, so I couldn't sew it on until the morning of the Passover Seder.  Talk about cutting it close...



The Seder was so interesting (our first one so everything was a learning curve...LOL) and we were even asked to participate.  The food was amazing!  Here is a picture of the tables ready for us to sit down.  You can see the Matzah cover I made on the table in the foreground.  She actually used it at the table we were sitting at!!




I was able to finish up my "Red Thread" piece...






And added a little bit to my "Aurora Cabin" piece...




I worked a bit on a Round Robin through Friendly Stitchers.  It was Sally's piece I had this month, and I just love this piece.  I had stitched it in English a little while back, but Sally is stitching it in Italian.  Here is my part...



And THEN....I pulled out a piece I haven't stitched on since last October.  It is a SAL from this website http://www.tresorsdeboitesacouture.fr/and I had put it on the back burner trying to finish other things.  I finally caught up yesterday.  Nearly there....just waiting on the last two pieces!  I can't wait to finish!




So much going on here...but hopefully I'll get back to stitching in earnest on Aurora Cabin so I can finish before the end of the year.  I still have to get two Christmas ornaments stitched this month, and the Garden Journal piece as well.  I'm going to search through my WIP's and see if I can finish up a couple of them along the way too.  Wish me luck!  See you next time!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Beware the Ides of March/Gifted Gorgeousness

Is it the 15th of March already?  Time is flying by!!  And where do I begin this month?

I'll start off with my items for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  Well I actually finished two items gifted to me this month.  And....I started a third!  I'm pretty sure I won't be able to keep up this pace, I had lots of time to stitch because of my recovery...we'll see how well I do next month!  Anyway, without further ado...

My first finish was Mary, a Mill Hill kit my husband had given to me for Christmas.  I am stitching these on fabric instead of the included perforated paper which I have liked better.  I'm always afraid I'm going to crease the paper or something, and I think it looks much better when finished.  Here is Mary...



My second finish is March's Daffodils, the third in a series called My Garden Journal Series by Garden Samplings.  This is a chart that was loaned to me by my pal, Astrid.  These designs are fun to stitch and I've been stitching from stash as I go along.  This was stitched on 32 ct over one on a mint green fabric.



Last is a pattern I was given in a Secret Santa exchange.  I had 40 ct. fabric stashed away but had to buy the hand dyed threads.  I love this pattern, called Noble, Right, and Pure by Abby Rose Designs.  I am not finished, and am not sure when I will be, but when I need a break from one of my other larger designs I work on this.  It's a joy to stitch!!




It's been fun participating in this challenge.  It's given me a chance to look through patterns I have had for ages, ones I've been putting off stitching for far too long.

What else have I been stitching?  Well...

My Aurora Cabin is coming along nicely.  I am working on this as my "Get it Done SAL" piece, hoping to finish by the end of December.  I happened to think, while stitching on it this week, that I should mark goals so I know if I'm staying on track.  By the end of this month I should have a quarter of the pattern finished.  I think I'm at that mark already!  I hope I can keep up this pace, but I was spoiled by all the half stitches in the sky.  The confetti stitches in the tree were a challenge.  Wish me luck!




So....there you have it!  Thanks for stopping by!  I leave you with a little shot of my silly Thomas, sneaking a peek at our dinner...

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Wild weather stitching...

Well....what a week we have had!!  First an ice storm...




Then a snow storm...





And in between we had 40+ degree weather!  The weather was good on the day I had my surgery, and good on the day I had my check up, thank heavens!  But in between it's been a bit bi-polar!!  My husband surprised me with a lovely bouquet of flowers to brighten up the dreary days, isn't he sweet?




Because I've been "shut up" in my house because of recovery and weather, I've been getting a LOT of stitching done!  I even took before and after pictures yesterday to show you how much I was able to get done yesterday during our snowstorm (the boys were home so there isn't as much progress as I had hoped).  They are still home right now, but will be going soon.  There was a delay while they clear the roads and parking lots where they work.

So far I've finished two Christmas themed projects this month.  Baby Jesus (a Mill Hill kit) 



and Mary (also a Mill Hill kit)  I finished both of these on fabric instead of the perforated paper they included in the kit because I hope to make stand ups with these!  



I finished the next Garden Journal Series piece for March, March's Daffodils.  It's hard to see in this picture, it's stitched on 32 ct over one, a nice mint green.  Sometimes the color is a wee bit off in pictures!  



I've worked on The Red Thread and finished two more of the twelve individual little squares.  They way I'm going I'll be done in a couple more months!  I'm more than half way!



Yesterday I pulled out Aurora Cabin.  I made a disheartening discovery when I realized I wasn't centered on the fabric.  I still have enough left on the right hand side to finish, but I may not be able to use the q snaps to finish.  Oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.  Here are before...



and after pictures.






I know it's hard to see here, but there are a few little portions here where I used some sparkly blending filament.  It sure makes it pretty...I wish the pictures showed it better.  Oh well, there's more to stitch so hopefully it will show up then!


So...I could use Mary as my gifted gorgeousness entry this month, or I could use March's Daffodils, but I have another one I'm itching to start...I'll have to decide soon.  I'll see you back here on the 15th!

And that's all the news for now.  I'm healing well so far, but found out I will still have six weeks of "care" before I'm through.  The Doc was pleased with my progress though, and that's all that matters!  Off to enjoy the peace and quiet as soon as my boys trudge off to work!  Have a great day!