My Time Stitching

What I have been up to…

Cross Stitching, Beading and Crocheting, Oh My!

I have forced myself to put down Mirabilia‘s Raven Queen to get back to beading on mermaid.  This is how she looked last night after 10 evenings of stitching:

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I know it’s not much, but it is a pretty good start.  I have enjoyed stitching on her and will get back to her real soon.  Right now I am getting to the beading on PR Under the Moonlight.  Here is what I did last night:

beading on Under the Moonlight

There are going to be a lot of beads on this project!  I managed to make them fit along the top border by omitting a few and and then taking my needle through the entire length to try to get them as straight as I could.  The corners were easy and look very cool.

close up of beading on Under the Moonlight

I hope to get a lot of beads stitched on tonight.  Over the weekend I started another project.  I know, like I really need another project.  But it’s not a cross stitch project.  It’s a crochet project :)

Crochet Stripey Blanket

I have been wanting to do a crochet project for quite some time now.  After seeing the Citrus Stripe Blanket on Not Your Average Crochet, I knew it was time to get started.  My Step-Mom taught me to crochet when I was 12.  And I was pretty good at making ripple afghans and over the years, a lot of Bed dolls.  But I wanted to get that hook out and do something current and have a “quick, go-to project, that can go anywhere”. The only problem is, I can’t remember a lot of how to connect rows and turning is the biggest problem for me.  So, I started with the peach stripe, and decided to sign up for a crochet class.  I go next week at a local yarn shop.  By then the other colors of yarn that I ordered should be in and I can continue on with this baby blanket.

So, that is all of my stitchings for this week.  What are you stitching on?

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Updated Fabric Stash

I promised someone that I would do an updated post of my hand dyed fabric stash. So Diya, this is especially for you :)

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Here are all of my beauties from Hand Dyed Fabrics By Stephanie.  She is my favorite dyer and I love collecting her FOTM every month.  Several of her fabrics are on scroll frames being stitched on.  They are all so beautiful.

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This is a smaller pile of prettiest.   There are fabrics here from Polstitches, Picture This Plus, Sunny Dyes Fabrics and Under The Sea Fabrics.  All are also very pretty.

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Seeing the fabrics standing was a much better way of organizing them, rather than having them stacked, which is how I had them before I pulled them out to do this post.  So I have put them back into my trunk so that I can see them all at a glance.  How pretty!  And now it will be much easier to see what I have when looking for a fabric for a design :)

WIN_20150622_151610 (2)This is my biggest stash bin.  These are all from Silkweaver fabrics.  Some are smaller pieces, but it is nice to have a piece in Aida so I can see how it takes the dye. Most dyers don’t show their dyed fabrics on Aida, which is what I like to use.

So there you have it.  I guess you could say that I have a bit of a fabric hoarding problem ;) Oh well.  I could do worse things.  Fabric and color make me happy.  What is in your favorite stash?

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So Much Stitching in My Head!

I know, weird title.  But it’s true.  I have so many projects I want to do and in my head I can see myself stitching on all of them.  But in reality I can only stitch on one project at a time.  So, what have I been stitching on? Well, I finished the last section of Under The Moonlight SAL by Passione RicamoRicamo and have started the beading.

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It is a very small bead start as there are a lot of beads on this project.  I love beading and couldn’t wait to get to this point, but then I was distracted!  By this:

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Yep!  Miss Nora did again. Another gorgeous design! This one is The Raven Queen by Mirabilia  and was released on June 15.  I ordered her and all her pretties right away from Stitches N Things and picked her up on Saturday!  I played in the Viewer on Monday and Tuesday, so I already had my fabric picked out from my stash. I decided on Twixt N Tween 16ct Aida from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanhie Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  Here is my layover:

Raven Queen on Twixt N Tween

I LOVE it!  I think she will look fabulous! Here is my floss toss:

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I was so excited to get her and all her goodies, that I started her on Saturday night.  Here is my progress after last night:

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Not much, but a start.  I will stitch on her for a few days and then force myself to put her down and work on beading the mermaid.  I also picked up this sweet pattern by Hinzeit; She Sells Sea Shells.

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It came with a little package of real seashells and a little blue star fish, but somehow the bag was open and the embellishment package fell out at the cross stitch store. LouAnn knew it must have been mine, so she called to let me know she has it for me and I will pick it up when I go back to pick up the little Nimue fairy framing, which has to be sent back.  There was a little piece of plastic behind the glass at the bottom of the framing.  It looks like it might be a broken piece of a spacer.  So I will show pictures of her when I pick her up next time.

So… what projects are calling your name these days?

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Mermaid Stitch A Longs

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I finished section 15 of the PR SAL#4  on Saturday night.  So excited because the new and last section came out on Monday morning.  I will probably  pull her out tonight to start stitching the last section.  On Sunday I pulled out this one to stitch on:

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This one is PR SAL#2. I didn’t get to put too many stitches on her because I was so tired both Saturday and Sunday nights.  I even tried last night and just so tired.  I’m hoping It’s just my body still recovering from surgery.  This week will be 6 weeks, and I was told it would take my internal body about 6 weeks to recover.  So hopefully soon I can get back to my late night stitching ;)  I didn’t realize how much I missed this project until I started stitching on it.  Even though it is 28ct, it seems like a breeze stitching on it.  It must be the lighter fabric.  We shall see if I put this one away  to stitch on the other or if I continue on with this one…

What are you stitching on these days?

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Siren and The Shipwreck All Framed Up!

Siren and the Shipwreck Framed

I picked this beauty up from the framer’s a couple of weeks ago and just haven’t gotten around to taking pictures and posting.  But she is already hanging in my dining room.  She now resides in the place that Galatea used to hang and Galatea is on another wall in the dining room, in place of a piece of art that hubby did not like.  I have to say, his choices are perfect!  Siren looks great where she is and Galatea is perfect in her new spot.  This piece turned out so wonderfully!

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And just look at that marvelous fin!!

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And such a sweet, sweet face!

101_0169The frame was actually behind the counter at Stitches N Things. After looking at several frames, LouAnn whipped this one out and I knew it was the one!  So perfect!  I love the black in between the 2 different moldings; it really brings out her hair and makes the blue of the fabric pop!  So happy with this one and so glad she is hanging on the wall for me to enjoy every time I walk through the dining room.

Stats:  Siren and the Shipwreck by Mirabilia. 

            Fabric is Under The Sea by Sunny Dyes and is 16ct Aida

             Framing done by Juanita from Way Cool Mats through Stitches N Things.

So…what is your happy finish?

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What a Tail!

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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?

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My Mirabilia Organization

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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.

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In this one I am keeping my bead packs for some of the Mirabilis and Nora Corbett patterns that I have.

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I love these boxes.  I purchased them at Joann Fabrics.  They are quite pricy, so 40% and 50% coupons really helped.

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Seeing these beautiful boxes all stacked up and organized inside makes me happy :). What is your favorite way to organize?

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Section 13 of the SAL is Finished!

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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?

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Stitching and Legos While Recovering From Surgery

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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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Time To Rotate Projects

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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.

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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

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