Thursday, June 16, 2016

Etsy Shop BIG update!!

Whew!  I really thought this update would never end!

I've just added 125 items to my Etsy shop, XedStitches

Just added are a bunch of kits, magazines, leaflets, a couple of books, a couple pieces of fabric...and more!

Now, I'm going to go take a nap.  zZzZzZz

Oh, for my readers, there is a coupon code:  BLOGREADER.  Spend $10 or more before shipping and get 5% off (shipping not discounted).

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Christmas Challenge Update

I'll bet you all think I forgot!  I didn't, I'm just running late.

This is the busy time of year at my "real" job - owning a trophy shop.  With the end of school (sports banquets, graduation, etc.) plus baseball season, we're a bit busy.

I did finish my Mill Hill St. Nicholas this past month.  Here he is:

I also started another one and got his hat completed.  I don't know what it is with me and hats.  I get one done and then...nothing.  Well, not nothing because I have started on the new Santa's face.  I just seem to get distracted or temporarily lose interest.  Who knows?


Happy Stitching!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Floral Finesse Update

Hi All!

This last turn in my rotation belonged to Floral Finesse.  Just a few minutes ago, I had a page finish!

I finished the page on the far left.  Everything from just to the right of the blue iris.  The leftmost couple of stitches on the tendrils above and to the right of the iris were on this page.  I would normally not have done the page to the right first, but it was the easiest way to line up with what was 3 small bits across the top.

Next up is, of course, La Belle Dame Sans Merci.  ;-)

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blog Hop: Thrift Store Treasures & Stories

stitching bloggers blog hop for june 2016 thrift store finds and stories

I haven't participated in a blog hop in awhile and figured it was time that I jumped back on the wagon.

This one really made me think.  My town has 3 basic thrift stores:  Salvation Army, Goodwill, and a locally-owned one called Dream Secondhand Store.  Being from a small town and set in our ways, we still usually refer to it as "the old Linnenkohl's" after the original occupant of the building (it was a furniture store and the name was written on the roof).

I don't shop often at thrift stores.  Not 'cause I'm a snob but because the first two are mainly clothes and I'm really hard to fit, and the third one is a glorified junk shop.  I'm more likely to be found at garage sales around our county during the Spring and Summer.

I did, however, score a really cute Prairie Schooler Santa at the junky shop.  I was really surprised!  It was stitched and framed and I got him for $1.  Isn't he cute?!  I see he got a bit smashed.  I'll have to make sure to store him better.

The past couple of weeks, I've done really well at garage/yard sales (car boot or jumble sales for the UK readers). I got a ton of cross stitch magazines for a song last Saturday.  When I say ton, it was actually 88 magazines.  Mostly Just Cross Stitch and Cross Stitch and Country Crafts.  I've also started "rescuing" completed pieces.  At the same sale, I got 4 completed and framed pieces!  I just can't stand the thought of all that work possible ending up in a trash heap somewhere.

Soon, there is going to be a section in my Etsy Shop, XedStitches, specifically for my "rescuees".  I'll make a little money on them but my main goal is to see that they go to a home where they'll be appreciated.

Visit all the blogs in this round of the Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers June Blog Hop – Thrift Store Treasures and Stories
Find the instructions on how to participate in this round by clicking here.

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FIU Challenge Update

Here's the way my list looks now:
  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
  5. Frame my Mother's Tree.
  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 
Here's a picture of my "Merry Christmas" set:

The frames I got years ago at Michael's in their sales bins.  I think I got them for $1 each.  The letters are Christmas Alphabet by Tereena Clarke that I purchased from PatternsOnline.

Happy Stitching!