Monday, April 20, 2015

Some finishes...'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" 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!! 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

You can find out more about the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL by visiting this site

I'll try to update more in a few 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 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!