My Time Stitching

What I have been up to…

I Am Making Stitchy Progress

I finished sections 9 and 10 of the Passione Ricamo SAL#4.  I am patiently waiting for step 11 to be released on March 9. Here is how I left my piece:

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On the right is the purple mermaid tail!  So excited for this one!  I love the sparkly waves, too.

I have also put a few stitches into Fairy Dust.        WIN_20150224_132337 (2)

And now I am working on Siren and the Shipwreck.  She is really moving along.

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She is looking a little ghostly without all of the details. I think once I finish her hair, I will be able to start the back stitching and beading.  She has a lot of bling in her.  Especially the chandelier.  Can’t wait!!  She has really been a fun, easy, relaxing stitch and I am loving stitching on her again.  Which one of your stitch projects was or is a fun stitch for you?

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Versatile Bloggers Award

image49I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Helen Elizabeth at  Good Woman.  I accept this award and will do my best to do this right.  Good Woman is fairly new to the blogging world, so go check out her blog and give her a nice blogger welcome.

The rules are:

Show the award on your blog.

Thank the person who nominated you.

Share seven facts about yourself.

Nominate 15 blogs.

Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know.

So, here are my 7 facts:

  1.  I was born and raised on the East Coast, but I call Michigan my home.
  2.  I spent 3 years in the United States Army and that is where I met my wonderful husband.
  3.  Cross stitch is not just my hobby, it is my addiction.  I get quite cranky when I don’t get to stitch.
  4.  I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and am coming up on my 14th year in April.
  5.  I am a collector of many things including miniature tea sets, pez dispensers, match books and about 300 Ginny Dolls as well as all kinds of Stitchy stuff.
  6.   When I am not stitching, I like to stamp, scrapbook, knit, read and spend time on the computer with social media.
  7. I am the Mother of two young men and wife to the best husband who I met, went on a date and married a month and a half later.  We have been married for 30 years.

Now for the 15 blogs I nominate:

  1.  Stitch Therapy
  2. Pretty Little Things In A Box
  3. Life’s Apprentice
  4. JulieBie365
  5. Mae’s Beauty Blog
  6. Mary-Grace’s Cross Stitch
  7. Pillows A La Mode
  8. Not Your Average Crochet
  9. Handmade By Hannah
  10. Crafty Haven
  11. Life’s Complicated So Cross Stitch
  12. Dani, Black Belt Stitching Wizard
  13. Come Stitch With Me
  14. What I’m Up To  Today
  15. Of Snail Mail, Books and Vanities

All of these blogs are wonderful and have wonderful things to share.  Go check them out, you might just find something you like.

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Birthday Mail!

Birthday mailSome items that I ordered from Stitches N Things during my birthday shopping spree arrived this week.  And when Lou Anne called to let me know, I just had to add the 2 new Nora Corbett designs and their bead packs to the stash. The top one is Coral Charms and the pixie is Wisteria.  The white fabric is for Mirabilia‘s Christmas in London and the magazine and threads are for the Snowman Afghan from Stoney Creek.  I can’t wait to start both of these projects.

100_9860I received these beauties from my BSF (Best Stitchy Friend) Johanna.  She made the heart on the frame and the Dragon’s Eye on the table, from clay.  She is so talented!  I’ll have to take a better picture of the Dragon’s eye.  It really is amazing! The mermaid box is so sweet!  She knows me so well.  I can’t wait to find something special to put inside.  The frame is for holding all of my needle minders.  She added a magnet to the frog making him a great needle minder.  Now to find my 3 or 4 others to put on here and know where they are at all times :)

Fathom's Below fabricAnd lastly, this isn’t Birthday mail, but I did receive it on my birthday :)  It is my Fabric Of the Month from Stephanie. It is Fathom’s Below,  16ct Aida.  It is perfect for a mermaid. I wonder which one I will stitch on it…

I also received a Gift Certificate for 123 Stitch from my good stitchy friend Annie.  I see more stitchy stuff in my future!

So, what are you stitching on today?

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My First Finish For 2015!

I did it!  I finally finished Autumn Snowman on January 19.  Here he is:

Autumn Snowman finishI still have to turn him into a bellpull, but for now, the stitching is finished and I am one happy camper!  The other night I picked up this which I had started in December for hubby.  I had only put a couple of stitches in until this week:

Nimue FairyIt is Fairy Dust by Nimue and hubby loved it when he saw it in a Local needlework shop.  I am stitching it on a Silkweaver Solo fabric, in 16ct Aida.  It shouldn’t take me too long to stitch, but I am still keeping up with the PR SAL and section 8 arrived in my email box yesterday.  I will show progress on that when I am finished stitching.  Come back tomorrow to see all of my Birthday mail that arrived in the last few days.  Lots of fun things!

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I Am Making Stitchy Progress, and Adding More!

I can’t believe it is already half way through January 2015!  But so far I am doing well with my stitchy goals to work on finishing projects and keeping up with another.  I just finished section 7 of the Passione Ricamo SAL #4.

SAL #4 section 7 completed

I am really itching to see the mermaid appear on this one.  The next section is due out on January 26, so I have some time to stitch on another project I have been working on:

Autumn Snowman updateAutumn Snowman!  As you can see, I am getting really close to a finish here.  I will pick him up tonight and work on him until he is finished.  Hopefully soon.

Last weekend I visited my favorite Needlework Shop, Stitches N Things.  I belong to the stitchy club there and get to have a 25% off shopping spree once during my birthday month.  And since January is my birthday month, I just had to go shop.  And boy did I shop.  Here is what I actually brought home:

Birthday shopping spreeLots of awesome goodies: Nora Corbett’s Fairie Winter Dream ,even though I have it in magazine version.   The magazine pattern is a color pattern, which I am not fond of.  I also picked up 2 more of the little witches, Ana and Mari. And the main reason for visiting the shop and using my birthday discount was for Mirabilia’s Christmas In London and the bead pack.  This is a gorgeous, gorgeous pattern and I can’t wait to stitch it.  I ordered a piece of 16ct White Aida to stitch her on.  The latest edition of Stoney Creek magazine called to me because of a particular pattern that caught my eye while flipping through it.

Snow Friends afghan project

The Snow Friends Collectors’ Series Afghan.  I am a sucker for snowmen and I have been thinking about doing an afghan.  I love working on an afghan during the winter months.  Keeps me warm while I stitch away. So after I checked out at the LNS, and after ordering a bunch more stitchy stuffs (with birthday discout :) ) I headed over to Michael’s to pick up the floss.  And to my surprise, found the required afghan there also.  It was about 1/2 of the cost of what the magazine wanted and I had a $5 off coupon so that made it even better. It looks like a nice, warm afghan, too.   I thought that the first 2 blocks started with this issue, but when looking at the back of the magazine, I saw it actually started with the Summer issue, so I called my LNS and had them order it for me and it will be added to the bag that will be filled with goodies when all of the things they are ordering for me come in.  It will be like Christmas again!  I’m sure I will be starting this afghan soon, but not until I get a finish ;)

So that is my stitchy updates for now.  I will be back soon with a Snowy finish, I’m sure.  What new project are you itching to start on?

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New Year Stitching

Happy New Year!  I hope your New Year is off to a great start.  This year I decided not to do a new project start on New Years Day, but rather focus on getting some finishes in.  So, I worked on Mirabilia’s Siren and the Shipwreck up until December 31, 2014 and here is how I left her:

Siren progress 2

She has a body and skin and  I couldn’t resist doing a little stitching on the chandelier.  I will get back to her soon, as she is such a sweet stitch! On January 1st, I picked up Autumn Snowman.  I can’t remember if I started him in 2010 or 2011.  He is a pattern in the September 2010 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine.  He is the third in a series and I am hoping some day to add the Winter snowman, too. I am stitching him on 14 ct white Aida and he is going so slow!

Autumn Snowman progressWhen I picked him up and started stitching, I noticed that the white thread doesn’t match.  I had pulled all of his threads for other projects, so I had to start with new threads and the white doesn’t match the previous white.  I have not had that happen before.  Not sure if you can tell from this picture, but the bottom of him is more white than the rest of him.  And it is going to have to stay that way as I am not ripping it out.  The white is the most boring part of this guy!  It doesn’t look like it in the picture, but he is about 14″ long, so there is a lot of white that would have to be pulled out.  I have decided to live with it :) It will be good to get this guy done and off of my WIP list.

So what project are you trying to get off your WIP list?

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2014 in review

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Snow Love, So Sweet!

First finished ornament

If you read my post yesterday, you saw that I was working on creating my first ornament (other than a pillow ornament).  Well this is the finished product.  I am very pleased with how it turned out and after all the stressing I did about cutting up the stitched piece, it wasn’t so bad after all.  The pattern is “Snow Love” by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I stitched it on 16ct Dirty Aida and hand painted the snow with acrylic paint.  I used The Twisted Stitcher tutorial for making a flat ornament and the instructions were quite easy to follow.  I did have a bit of a problem creating the hanger as the cord I purchased was a little too thick to tie into a knot.  That is the reason for my ribbon bow on the top of the hanger. So next time I will try to create a cord from DMC floss.  Have never done that before.  But I am very happy with my first ornament and  I can definitely see me making more in the future.  And this ornament can hang out all winter and into Valentine’s Day :)  It’s such a sweet pattern.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  Enjoy the day with your family and friends as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Love and hugs to all!

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Stitchy Progress, Ornament Attempt And A Real Finish!

Whew!  Lots of stitching going on!  First, my attempt at an ornament.  I stitched Country Cottage Needleworks “Snow Love” about a month ago, but have been putting off turning it into an ornament.  I was so afraid I was totally going to ruin it.  And while it is not done yet, it is going ok so far.  Here are some photos:

Snow LoveSo here is the finished stitching.  And today I began the process of turning it into an ornament.  If all goes as planned, I will make more for next year.

Snow love ornamentI think it is turning out pretty well!  Right now the front is being glued to the back and is sitting under a stack of encyclopedia’s.  The pattern called for 32ct Petit Point Linen in Raw/white.  That fabric already has the snow dots on it.  But since I am not a fan of 32ct, I stitched mine on 16ct Dirty Aida and then painted with snow with acrylic paint.  Turned out pretty sweet if I must say so myself ;)  Once the pieces are dry, I will add some cording to finish it off.  I will post another photo of the finished product when it is completely done, hopefully later today or tomorrow.

Now onto my stitchy progress on Siren and the Shipwreck:

Siren progressThis mermaid has been a joy to stitch.  I love the colors and I am hoping for a finish this year???  Probably a lot of wishful thinking, but it’s a goal.

And lastly, my final finish on Angel of Grace:

Angel of Grace finished

I finished stitching this back in January, and didn’t get it fully finished to give to my Mother for her birthday this summer.  So I finished it this week, sewing the rod pocket, finishing the bottom into a point and adding the tassel.  I think my Mom is going to love it as she loves Angels.

So that’s it for me today.  Do you have a finish or are close to a finish for this year?

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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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