Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yes, I realize that I missed the last 2 months of this challenge!  I really didn't do much Christmas stitching those months, maybe 50 stitches, so you're not missing anything.

I did finish another ornament this past month.  It's another Mill Hill Santa - I love these guys!

Here's the latest one done:

Again, I have started on the hat for the next one, but haven't finished it yet.

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Oops! Updates

Oops!  I forgot to do my Finish It Up update this month.  That's probably because I only have 1 item left to do on my list and I'm not likely to get to it anytime soon.  My list has stalled looking like this:

  1. Bind my 4-patch quilt (poor thing's been waiting for over 2years)
  2. Remove last of carpet in sewing room (it's really in the way and is hampering my crafts)
  3. Finish my "Merry Christmas" framed set
  4. Tidy up all my quilting scraps
  5. Frame my Mother's Tree.
  6. Clean off my scrapbooking desk so I can actually scrapbook!
  7. Finish the Disneyland scrapbook for my sister
  8.  List the rest of the items I have set aside to sell on Etsy. 
  9. Re-starch/shape the rest of my crocheted snowflakes.
 I had finished #6 and had done some scrapbooking (though not on #7) but my entire office area needs a good tidying including doing #6 again.  (sigh)

I do have an update on my La Belle Dame as well.  I finished another page last night!  That means 23 pages down, 17 to go (8 are small partials).

I've also done okay at garage sales (car boot or jumble sale for my UK followers) for cross stitch stuff this summer.  I scored an American Dreams lap stand with scroll frame (and a needlepoint canvas!) for $5 (£3.75).  I also got a 9" x 21" Lokscroll frame for $1 (75p).  It is missing the "sticks" but I can get them for about $10 (£7.50) including shipping.

No I don't have projects on either of them...yet.  I'm working on it though! 

Happy Stitching!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Another Piece Framed!

I got my QS Dragonflies framed last night!  Thankfully, I got it done in time to enter in my county fair.  I drop them off on Sunday.

Once I get this and my Mother's Tree back from the fair, I'll post how I did.

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Storing Floss

I've written about this once before, but thought I'd do an updated post.
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What might be hidden behind door #1:

This is the armoire that I finally painted.  The door is covered in chalkboard paint - I've just been too lazy to actually write anything on it.

And behind the door we find...

The top shelf holds my few paints and glues.  The next 3 shelves are the real treat:  floss!

The boxes are these:

I needed five of the thin ones to hold all my DMC floss.  If you click on the photo, you can see that I've added my own custom labels to show what numbers are in each box (engraved!  Ah the perks of owning your own trophy shop.).

The larger box holds my specialty flosses:  GAST, Wildflowers, Perle Cottons, etc.

The bobbins that I use are:

The smaller bobbins are for my DMC, the larger ones are for my specialty threads.

The DMC floss that I need for a project gets pulled from my master stash and put on rings.  I always store them in numerical order so that they are easy to find.

Here are the flosses that I'm using for La Belle Dame Sans Merci:

As you can see, I have 4 rings of floss for this project.  The first number I'm using is 154 which is on the leftmost ring and the last number is 3864 which is on the rightmost ring and all the other numbers are in order in between.

What I love about this way of doing it, apart from the fact that it works for me, is:
  • They're organized
  • Easy to find
  • Take up very little room
  • Easily accessible
  • Easy to store with the project when it's not being worked on
Here are my projects that are being stored (photo is old, some of these are finished now):

I hope this helps you in your cross stitch endeavors!

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mini Wings In Repose Update

Ok, this post I nearly forgot to write.

I have an update on my Mini Wings in Repose (retired) from HAED.  I've finished the 2nd full page plus the 3rd partial page!

Here it is so far:

I'm doing this one in half stitches, 1x1 on 32ct. evenweave.

I don't know when I'll get back to it as it's not "officially" in my rotation yet.  I've used it as my project for the last 2 challenges hosted by the HAED FB page.

Now back to stitching on La Belle Dame...

Happy Stitching!


Finish It Up Challenge Update

I know, I know, I'm late for my update.

I did have a reason for the delay, it's not that I forgot.  I knew that I was going to get an item on my list done but not quite by the 1st.

So here's my list:

  1. Bind my 4-patch quilt (poor thing's been waiting for over 2years)  finished on 21 Feb 2016
  2. Remove last of carpet in sewing room  finished on 10 April 2016
  3. Finish my "Merry Christmas" framed set  finished on 4 May 2016
  4. Tidy up all my quilting scraps not sure of the date, but they're organized!
  5. Frame my Mother's Tree.  finished on 2 August 2016
  6. Clean off my scrapbooking desk so I can actually scrapbook!  clean enough to work on 15 Jan 2016
  7. Finish the Disneyland scrapbook for my sister
  8.  List the rest of the items I have set aside to sell on Etsy.  finished on 7 Jan 2016
  9. Re-starch/shape the rest of my crocheted snowflakes.  finished on 29 Feb 2016 
I got it framed!  My Mother's Tree is completely done.  The really great thing is that I finished it in time to enter it in my county fair - entries go in this Sunday.  Whew!  That was cutting it close.  Even closer?  I have one more piece to frame before then.

Here's the picture of the framed piece. 

As usual, I just popped it together without the acrylic (instead of glass) in order to get a good photo.  Then I took it apart, added the acrylic and finished off the framing.

The other nice bit was that this frame and the other one I just got were both on sale!  This one isn't small - the stitched area is 16" x 22".  The other frame is much smaller.  Both together with the acrylic and foam core pieces were just under $95US.  I also took advantage of a free shipping offer which probably saved me another $20-$25.

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, July 7, 2016


Hey All!

As most of you know, I've discovered digital scrapbooking.  Well, I finished a scrapbook of the photos from my childhood.  I've done it so that myself and my two sisters each have at least a couple of pages to ourselves.  Holidays, vacations, and pets we owned are each grouped together.

I ordered 1 printed and bound version.  I only ordered 1 right now, because I have never done this before and I want to see if it's worth the money before I buy 2 more of them.

The "waiting" part is, thankfully, only until tomorrow.  I just tracked it and it should be delivered then!  I haven't seen most of these photos in print since before I got married.  I've had the digital photos for about 5 years now but haven't been able to print them.  Most of them were polaroids and last time I checked, their size wasn't an option from some of the better quality photo printers.

Here's one of the pages of just me:

I ordered the album as a 12" x 12" hardcover with photo and lay-flat pages.  Here's the cover (using the only professionally photographed picture in the album):

I'm the tall one with my middle sister on the left and youngest on the right.  If the album is even half as nice as I'm hoping, you can guess what my sisters are each getting for Christmas!  My youngest sister doesn't have any copies of our childhood photos, digital or otherwise so I know she'll be thrilled.

There are some photos that I didn't use in the album but I'm going to put all of the digitals on a CD and include it with the album.

I've already got an album for my mother planned, showing her family tree, but I want to see the print one before I start work on it.

Well, now I can get back to stitching for a bit.

Happy Stitching!