Section 14 is finished! And just look at that mermaid tail! Wow! Just gorgeous. I have just started section 15, and I am hoping to get it finished before section 16 comes out on May 23rd. That section will finally reveal her face! So excited!
So what are you up to on this Monday?
I found a new home for all of my Mirabilis and Nora Corbett patterns. And what is so great is that it matches my trunk that holds my hand dyed fabrics. You can see that post here. I have all of my Mirabilis patterns on the left and all the Nora Corbett patterns on the right. There are a few patterns in the back that are in bags with a fabric that I chose to stitch on. If I take the bagged patterns out (and maybe stitch them some day) I will have a little more room to grow my pattern stash ;) I love being able to flip through all the patterns and remind myself of what I have yet to stitch.
I also have a cute smaller box.
In this one I am keeping my bead packs for some of the Mirabilis and Nora Corbett patterns that I have.
I love these boxes. I purchased them at Joann Fabrics. They are quite pricy, so 40% and 50% coupons really helped.
Seeing these beautiful boxes all stacked up and organized inside makes me happy :). What is your favorite way to organize?
Last week I finished section 13 of the Passione Ricamo SAL #4. I am feeling much better after my surgery and am able to stitch on my scroll frames once again. I stitched like crazy on this section so I can get caught up. I’ve been working on section 14 this week and am just about finished. I will post pictures soon. Section 15 was released over the weekend, so I have more catching up to do. This is a busy time of year for me as Stampin’ Up! Is nearing the end of the catalog year, so I am pulling retired stamps and accessories and getting ready for new product. My craft room is a mess! Tomorrow is Mega Meet, an awesome scrapbook convention. I will be going there to see what new stuff I can’t live without ;). I am also trying to squeeze some scrapbook time in. So, that is what I have been up to. What are you up to this time of year?
Last week I had surgery to remove my gallbladder. I had 5 major gallbladder attacks since July and have been pretty miserable since. I wasn’t diagnosed with gallstones until February and in March I made the decision to have it removed robotically. A week later and I am feeling pretty good. I did have a minor setback, but today I am feeling better. I am still on light activity for 2 more weeks and still no lifting over 8 pounds for 2 weeks, but I think that the worst is behind me. I couldn’t stitch on my projects that are on a scroll frame so I spent some time off and on working on and finishing this little project:
It’s Fairy Dust by Nimue and I must say that I am not very fond of this pattern. The backstitching was crazy! It went through stitches, and on the sides of stitches, not in any holes. I ended up backstitching how I wanted. And for some reason the 1/2 stitches in the wings really kept throwing me off. I had to rip them out twice. I am blaming the pain meds ;) Hubby loves it and that is all that matters since I was stitching it for him. I don’t think I will ever do another Nimue design, even though I have see some cute ones. Not a relaxing stitch for me.
Hubby bought me 3 Lego sets to put together while recovering. The first one was a small Lego Friends Bunny house. Sitting for very long was not an option, so this set was perfect. The next set was a medium sized set; another Friends set. Mira’s Roadster. Really cute girl car.
And the last set was a larger set and it took me 3 nights to put together. Disney’s Ariel’s Underwater Palace. LOVE it!
Such a cute set and there are 2 mermaids included! So thanks to my wonderful hubby, who took great care of me and provided me with fun things to take my mind off of my discomfort.
This is my progress on my Pink Princess. Otherwise known as Dawn, The Fairy of Grace by Passione Ricamo. It was really hard to put her down. I love the colors and the fabric is so awesome. It’s16ct Aida Tintagel by Stephanie. I love it so much I ordered more of it for a future project. But I received sections 13 and 14 for the Mermaid SAL#4 and I don’t want to get behind. So I have been working on mermaid tail this week. Not much to show today, but I will give an update next week.
I also received the fabric and thread kit for my very first Chatelaine Design this week. It’s all for Flower Fairy Garden.
This package was everything everyone said it would be-Beautiful, like a Christmas present, perfectly wrapped. It really is all in the presentation. I didn’t want to open it. I did eventually open it to double check that everything was there. And I had to fondle all the silk threads. It’s going to be so wonderful stitching with them. It also includes Delica beads that late faceted so they will be very sparkly. The fabric is 28ct Cashel. Not sure how that is going to work out, but because of the many specialty stitches in this design, Aida just won’t work. I am very tempted to start it, but I am at least trying to wait until after my surgery next week. I am thinking about trying out some Q-snaps with this project. I am having my gallbladder removed, so resting my scroll frames on my stomach will not be comfortable for a while. So this will be the perfect project and time to try out Q-snaps. I don’t have a picture of the finished product on my Surface, so I will have to add that in my next post along with an update of the Mystery Mermaid.
So what do you use to hold your fabric, Q-snaps. Scroll fames, hoop
Another new start. Yep. I received the awesome piece of fabric in the mail on Saturday evening. It is the March Fabric Of The Month at Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. It is called Tintagel and it is my most favorite piece of hand dyed fabric! Mine is in 16ct Aida. I am usually not drawn to green, but this is heavenly with just a smidge of pink and blue here and there. As soon as I received it, I scanned it into my computer and started playing in The Viewer. Hubby said I have to stitch a woodsy fairy on it. So I searched fairy and it brought up all the designs with fairy. Most did not look good on this fabric. Then when I put Passione Ricamo’s Dawn, the Fairy of Grace on it, BAM! That is the one!! Hubby said that without the wings she would look like a princess, so of course I knew for sure it’s the one I have to do. He took off her wings and showed me this:
I am in LOVE! This is the sweetest! I call her my Pink Princess. So I gathered all of my things and started her on Tuesday night. I love stitching on this one. Since I finished all the hair on the Mystery Stitch Along, I will stitch on this one until the next section of the SAL comes out.
What project have you been over the moon in love with?
It is 1:10 a.m. and I just couldn’t stop stitching until I completed section 12 of the Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL. And I have to say, that is a lot of hair! Beautiful, gorgeous hair, but a lot of it! Only 4 more sections to go and then finally a mermaid face will be revealed. I can’t wait! I am very proud of myself for keeping up with this one. Section 13 will be released on Monday, so I have a few more days to work on a new project that I started yesterday. I will post more about that project tomorrow. For now it is time for me to get to bed and get some sleep! Sweet Mermaid dreams :)
XStitchbee!! You have 24 hours to get me your address so I can send you your prize package. You can email me at email@example.com Thank you to everyone that dropped by my Little Ole Blog. I have enjoyed visiting your blogs this week also.
Today is my 3 year anniversary since starting my stitchy blog. It has been a fun ride and I have met so many wonderful people. I started this blog as a way to keep track of my projects and share my passion for stitching. So, to celebrate my anniversary, I have a nice little giveaway that you can win. Simply leave me a comment on this post telling me which of my blog posts is your favorite or which one of my projects is your favorite. I will draw one name to win the following prize:
The prize package includes a piece of 32ct Lugana Solo from Silkweaver measuring 16 x 25 ( a definite mistake in ordering as I don’t stitch on 32ct, but the fabric is beautiful!), The February 2015 issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine (I renewed my subscription and received this one after I had purchased it) My favorite model stitcher stitched the cover ;) A package of DMC Color Variations-the Blue Lagoon Collection. I liked the colors so much I purchased it twice; a couple of Weeks Dye Works threads and 3 packages of Mill Hill beads.
So leave me a comment on this post by March 31, 2015 and I will draw a name from all entries on April 1 and it won’t be a joke :)
Last night I started a new project; Moon Flowers by Mirabilia. I am stitching her on 16ct Aida Black Magic by Under the Sea fabrics. This fabric turned out exactly how I envisioned it for Moon Flowers. I am typically not a dark fabric kind of gal, but when I first saw Moon Flowers, I knew Black Magic would be the perfect fabric. And Leslie didn’t disappoint. I am so excited to start stitching on this one. What new project are you looking forward to getting started on?