My Time Stitching

What I have been up to…

Mermaid Tail!

Look who came out to play this week!

Siren and the Shipwreck updateMy mermaid tail on Siren and the Shipwreck by Mirabilia.  I can’t believe it has been since June 2013 that I started her.  I am loving the colors and the Waterlilies are a dream to stitch with.  So silky smooth!  I am just about done the tail and will move up to her body.  She has kept me sane this week.  Busy, days lead to relaxing stitching at night.  I may not put her down for a while.

I completed steps 3-6 on the Passione Ricamo SAL #4 and am so proud of myself for keeping up this far :)  I am all set until January 2015 when the next step comes out.  Here is how it looked before I put it away:

 SAL #4 progress

So that is my progress for this week.  What have you been stitching on?

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Small Business Saturday Shopping

My oldest son and his girlfriend came to visit last weekend, so we decided to spend Saturday in a little downtown area of Farmington Hills, MI.  We visited lots of shops and contributed to each for Small Business Saturday.  Of course I had to stop at the Rocking Horse Needlework shop and give a little love there, too ;)  Just love going to that shop and seeing all the beautiful stitchings on the wall, from floor to ceiling.  I picked up a few things while I was ogling gorgeous finished pieces:

Small business stash

Nora Corbett’s 2 newest patterns, Geranium and Mermaid Verde and their bead packs.  Hubby and I also found the little Fairy Dust piece finished and hanging on the wall and thought it was quite cute.  So I picked it up to stitch for him.  I have been wanting to stitch a Nimue pattern. It should be a cute, quick stitch and maybe I can get it done for him for Christmas.  Now to dig into my fabric stash and find the perfect fabric for her.  What are you stitching on today?

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I’m Fitting Stitching in When I Can…

Hi! I can’t believe that the holidays are upon us!  I know that Christmas will be here before I know it, and I am behind in everything.  But I am not stressing.  I will do what I can, when I can and what gets done is good and what doesn’t, doesn’t.  That is my frame of mind right now.  I probably won’t get very much holiday stitching done again this year, but that just means I try harder for next year, right?  As long as I get stitching in :)  So, what have I been working on?  The Passione Ricamo SAL #3.

PR SAL 3 progressI really, really love stitching on this piece, but it may be time for a break.  I recently had to rip out the words “Fairies Dwell Here..” and the tree to the right of it and the box on the bottom right.  When I switched pages between the “r” in Fairies, I dropped down a line and and added an extra stitch.  So when I stitched all the way across and started connecting the tree top to the upper tree, things were off a stitch up and to the right :(  I couldn’t find my mistake and had to ask dear hubby to help.  He found both of my mistakes.  So the ripping out began.  But it is all just about put back in and it’s looking wonderful.  On Friday I received steps 3-6 of Passione Ricamo’s SAL #4.  Here is how that one is looking after step 2, minus the beading.  I will save that until last.

PR SAL 4 progress

This one is going to be a mermaid!!  So excited for this one and I am hoping to keep up with the steps on this one.  A also finished stitching my first Christmas ornament of this year and have purchased everything I need to finish it into an ornament.  Usually I just make pillows, but this year I am going to try my hand at a real finish.  I will post when I get it done.  I also added a few new things to my stash thanks to shopping Small Business Saturday this last weekend.  I will post those next time also.  So, what you are you stitching for the holidays this year?

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Back To My Personal Stitching

I finished the model stitch I was working on and it turned out beautiful!  It was about a 6 1/2 month journey from start to finish.  Now it’s time to get back to my personal stitching.  I didn’t start Undine  as planned, instead I picked up a piece that has been calling to me since I had to put it down; the Passione Ricamo Mystery Stitch A Long.

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I finished section 1last night and had to unscroll it to show you.  It is going to be a gorgeous, gorgeous piece! I am stitching it on 16ct Aida Nantucket Sky by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Passione Ricamo has a new Mystery Stitch A Long starting on November 3.  It’s Called “Under the Moonlight” and I am sure it will be another beautiful design.  I am all ready to start that one, too.

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The fabric is another gorgeous fabric from Stephanie called Neverland Sea.  It is also 16ct Aida and it is just beautiful in person!  My specialty threads arrived from Stitches N Things last week, and my new huge scroll frame arrived on Monday from Stitcher’s Paradise.  So I am all set to begin another adventure from Passione Ricamo.  I am sure that I will be starting Mirabilia’s Mermaid Undine in the very near future, too.

So, that is what I have been up to.  What are you currently stitching on?

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My Next Project and More Stash!

I promise you, I am still stitching away.  I can’t share the project, but I am seeing a finish in the near future!  In the mean time, I have still been adding to my stash collection and have even picked out the next project I will start once I finish the model stitch.

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That gorgeous mermaid is Nora’s newest release, Mermaid Undine by Mirabilia.  I fell in love with her immediately and ordered her right away. Her colors are magnificent and I just love her tail.   I will be stitching her on 16ct Aida Gina by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephaine.  It will be perfect for her.  I am still missing 2 of the Waterlilies threads, in this photo, but they are at my LNS and I will get them before I start her.  I know that I have other projects that I want to work on and finish, but I am really itching for a new start and Undine will be it when I finish my current project.

I have not slowed down in adding new beautiful things to my ever growing stash either.  When I picked up Undine and her supplies at Stitches N Things, a few other things fell into my bag ;)

cross stitch stash

Let’s see, we have the 1st and 3rd editions to the Snowglobe Mantle by Bent Creek.  Love this piece, but I will definitely be changing out the fabric on this one.  Do not like the brown linen it came with.  I’m sure I have something in my stash that will work out wonderfully.  Noel by T. A. Smith Designs, Trick or Treat by Needle Bling Designs, Summer Laguna Mermaid by Nora Corbett, some petite braids for the PR SAL, a tea pot needle minder (I love tea pots) and Santa Claus Weeks Dye Threads that I want to try on a project.

These beauties I received from my good friend, Annie.  She is such a sweetie.  I love all the gifties she sent:

Gifties from Annie

 

 

Last week I received these beauties from Stephanie’s 4th of July sale along with my August Fabric of the Month.  All are 16ct Aida and are gorgeous!

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From top left, clockwise, we have Soaring Dragonfly, Pretty in Pink, Oberon, Storm, Silvermist, and Hexing.  I can’t wait to stitch on them all some day.

And my most recent additions are a magazine that hubby picked up for me.  He works near a Barnes and Noble and new I was waiting for this issue to hit the stands.

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Joan Elliott’s Belle de Mer is exquisite! Can’t wait to stitch this one someday, too and I already have the perfect fabric for her.  And the Halloween pattern I received in the mail yesterday is an Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks pattern and I LOVE it!  I have been wanting to stitch one of her designs.  She had a rough time on her face book group from a not so nice individual and I wanted to show my support of her work.  There are several other designs by her that I want to stitch, too, but I settled for this one for now.

So, there you have it.  All of my new stash.  Lots of things for me to dream about stitching one day.  For now I will keep plugging away at the model stitch.  I’d love to know what you have added to your stash lately??

 

 

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I’m Here! I’m Here!

I see it’s been a while, but  I am still here and stitching.  Some things happened in my life that caused me to be off-track.  I am trying to get back into things again.  Some good things that happened-My youngest son graduated high school and will be attending college in the fall.  I wasn’t sure what he was going to do, but we finally found the perfect college and he is excited about starting.

I have been stitching on a model stitch, so I can’t share that one.  I will say that it is quite involved and is coming out beautifully.  I have been able to add a few stitches to the Passione Ricamo Stitch A Long and here is where I am with that one:

Progress on PR SALThis piece is such a joy to stitch on.  It will end up looking very similar to a Round Robin.  You can see it here on Passione Ricamo’s website. It is going to be beautiful when I finish it someday.

I also have some new stash to share.  I visited my LNS yesterday and a few things fell into my bag that was already on hold.  A couple of these I picked up on my last trip, too.

Stash purchasI picked up that last 3 Mira’s released.  And today 2 more witches and a mermaid were released.  I will have to pick them up next time.  I found the Snowglobe mantel piece by Bent Creek.  I picked up the 2nd piece as the shop was out of the 1st and 3rd pieces.  What a cute piece that will be.  And my cute froggy bag.  Love the fabric, was bummed that the bag is flat.  I’m sure I will find some things to put inside, though. Two adorable Christmas patterns by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I have seen both of these in progress on a couple of blogs and I just love the colors! Pink and blue and pink and green, marvelous! And last, Chocolate Monday by Kit & Bixby.  Before I gave up chocolate in February, I was a chocoholic.  This pattern just called out to me.  I love the pink and brown and the font is way cool.

So that is my update for now.  I am off to stitch for a bit.  What new things have you added to your stitching stash?

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My Round Robin Arrives Home

Hi.  Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I am still stitching, just can’t post what I am stitching right now.  But I do have a share.  My Asian Round Robin arrived home this week.

100_7970It really turned out beautiful.  When I get time, I have to find an Alphabet to add a title before I get it framed.  It’s so bright and colorful and did I mention it’s beautiful?  The girls did an excellent job in stitching the lovely ladies.  They are all Joan Elliott designs and they are stitched on Stephanie’s Mocha Delight 28ct Jobelan.

So…what are you stitching on today?

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I Am Stitching

I haven’t posted in a bit, but I am still stitching.  I started the Passione Ricamo Mystery Stitch A Long and here is my very small progress:

100_7856Not very much, but I wanted to get it started.  I wasn’t sure the colors of the castle would show up on my fabric,  so I wanted to put a few stitches in, put it on the scroll frame and have it ready for when I can work on it again.  The colors are a little muted, but that’s ok as it is supposed to look like it is in the distance.  I couldn’t put it down and this is how far I got in an evening.  I am stitching it on 16ct Aida, Nantucket Sky from Stephanie and I think it is going to look marvelous!  I can’t wait to see what it will turn out to be???

I am also stitching on a project I can’t share at the moment, but someday I will be able to.  So just know that I am stitching.  How many projects are you working on?

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My Mermaid Is Coming Alive…

100_7828Well, she is starting to look like a mermaid.  This is my progress so far.  Almost done with section 5. But now I have to put her away for a while and work on something else.  I look forward to the day when I can pick her back up again.  So, what are you stitching on today?

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Progress on Into the Deep

100_7796I have a terrible cold and don’t feel like doing much. So I have been huddled on the couch, under a nice warm blanket, stitching as much as I can. This is my progress on my Journey Into the Deep.  My mermaid is coming to life!  I am almost finished with section 4.  In my previous post, I forgot to mention my fabric details.  I am stitching this on a hand dyed fabric by Silkweaver.  It is  Pixie Dust in 28ct Lugana.  It is full of pastel pinks, blues, yellow and greens.  Very pretty.  Well, I am off to stitch.  What are you stitching on today?

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