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!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Making the moments count...

Whew!  It's been a busy time here at DJ's digs.  So much to do, so little time!!  I don't know why all of a sudden my stitching goals have become my priority.  I know deep down that I SHOULD be doing other things, but I feel so good when I get stitchy things done each month and I can check them off my list!  I've had a productive month...so that makes me feel good.  I wish I were so disciplined with other goals (like losing weight, making more home cooked meals, and keeping my house more organized and clean)...maybe next year I'll start a blog about that and maybe that will become a reality too.

Anyhooo...my goal has been to stitch 2 items each month that are winter/Christmas related.  So far I've been able to do that!  (Now if only I could get them finished so I can display them...but hopefully that will come soon!)  This month I've stitched a Mill Hill kit, Holiday Stamp.  I'm not sure if many of you knew I collected stamps.  It's been an off and on type of thing....and last year I made ornaments for the guys and had intended to make this one for myself.  I'm only two months late...hahaha



I also stitched a Christmas Memories Silhouette called Sharing the Christmas Story a Handblessings design by Eileen Gurak.  I love this one because there  is a nativity under the tree...and finding unique nativities is something else I enjoy collecting.  Because I've lived in many different states and a few different countries, I have quite a collection.  Last September I even found an Eskimo nativity, complete with Igloo and animals native to Alaska!!



I finished stitching the Matzah cover I was making for my friend.  Now to decide how I should complete the finishing on it.  I guess I should do a little more research.  






I've started stitching my March Christmas item.  This was a Christmas gift from my husband and is another Mill Hill kit called Baby Jesus.  There were three different Trilogies of these kits.  This trilogy is Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  I've decided to stitch them on fabric so I can make standups when I'm finished.  I have all the Wise Men, two Shepherds, and the Holy Family.  I think there is an Angel somewhere but I don't have that kit.  I'll have another nativity to add to my collection when all is said and done.  I may try to make at least one each month so I'll have them for next Christmas.  I'm hoping to finish it by the 15th of next month so it will be my Gifted Gorgeousness item.  Wish me luck!!



I had a visit from Astrid last week.  There must be something about folks who love Tigger that I'm attracted to.  I bought this jacket for my husband many years ago, and he pulls it out of the closet on really cold days (despite it's appearance it's a very warm coat).  He is a Tigger lover from way back.  Little did I know that Astrid is too...and they happened to be wearing their Tigger apparel on the same day!  Of course I had to get a picture of the two of them...and look who joined in the fun...I'm not sure if Thomas likes Tigger or not, but they are both bouncy, trouncy, bouncy, trouncy,  full of fun, fun. fun!  



I guess the picture taking was too much for him....he retreated to his box shortly after for a nap...LOL!!  He's not looking so bouncy, trouncy or fun at the moment....



Ok, off to get things settled for tomorrow...that's the big day...so I'll be out of commission for a little bit while I recover from surgery.  I just have a few little things I need to take care of today.  I hope you all are staying warm and safe....if you're like me you're anticipating spring, it's been a challenging winter to say the least!  We broke a recorded cold temperature here last week...YIKES!  But it will soon be over, I hope!  See you soon!