Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash July

Stitch From Stash Group 2014
Mel from Epic Stitching started a Stitch From Stash group to encourage us to stay on a budget of $25 or less per month for cross stitching.  Click the link to see the list of blogs that are participating.

My carry over from June was zero for a total budget of $25 this month.  Here is my check-in for July:

Amount Spent:  $9 - Disney cross stitch book on eBay

Now I have $16 to carry over for August.

New Starts from Stash:  Mary Mouse, Boo! Club (Brew).

WIPs or UFOs worked on:  Boo! Club (Fright), Very Scary Mystery Sampler, La Pensée Positive, "99", Alice from Resident Evil, Santa Hang-Up, Stained Glass Nativity, Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day 6), Cut Thru' North Pole House, Boo! Club (Brew), Mary Mouse.

Finishes:  Boo! Club (Fright), Alice from Resident Evil, Stained Glass Nativity.

What I was tempted to buy but didn't buy this month:

Wizard of Oz cross stitch pattern by AllStitches on Bonanza:

TUSAL - July and a big finish!

Here is my Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long (TUSAL) update for July!  Check in on Daffycat's blog with a link to your TUSAL post, too!  Alice is posing again with the ORT jar, but this time she is finished and framed and matted and ready to go to my son at last!
TUSAL 2014 #8
Alice from Resident Evil - FRAMED!
I also added mats to the frame for Dog House Sampler, which I finished in 2011.  I found this perfect blue wood frame at a thrift store.
Dog House Sampler - FRAMED!
You might have noticed some yarn bits in the ORT jar.  They are from the Stained Glass Nativity needlepoint, which is finally finished after 34 years!  The framer has it now and is working her magic on it to get it blocked and framed just right!
Stained Glass Nativity - FINISHED!
"Stained Glass Nativity"
Designed by Wayne Maurer
Sunset Designs needlepoint
10 ct cotton mesh canvas, 100% wool yarn
Finished size 10" x 20"
Started 1980, Finished 7/23/2014

Whew!  I'm out of breath after doing that big happy dance!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July WIPocalypse, Turtle Trot, and a finish!

This is my belated WIPocalypse update!  The topic this time is:  "It's halfway to Christmas.  Do you start your holiday stitching this early?  If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?"  Yes, I stitch holiday designs all year long!  I hope to finish Stained Glass Nativity and Santa's 12 Days of Christmas in time to display them this year for Christmas!  I would also love to stitch gifts for my family but if I don't finish, there is always next year, or their birthday instead.

Since the last WIPocalypse update, I have had 3 more finishes, and now the list of WIPs on my WIPocalypse page is down to 90.  I finished The Sorceress, Leo, and Alice from Resident Evil.
Alice from Resident Evil - FINISHED!
"Alice from Resident Evil"
Designed by Pau
18 ct tan Aida
Started 1/11/2014, Finished 7/13/2014

Speaking of Christmas stitching, I stitched the hat and legs and feet on Santa Hang-Up.
Santa Hang-Up update #9
I missed the Turtle Trot posting for July 10, since I was away on vacation, but here is my progress on two of them.  I finished all the blue stained glass windows on Stained Glass Nativity.
Stained Glass Nativity update #9
I stitched one more bottle on "99" by Ink Circles.
"99" - update #12
Bottle #17 is Stella Artois, Stella Artois, Leuven, Belgium.
Now that I finished the birthday gifts in time, I can get back to my SALs and stitching anything else I feel like!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Framed finish and giveaways!

Hurray!  I actually finished this birthday gift and got it framed on time!  I started The Sorcerer way back in 2011 for the first Crazy January Challenge, and I started The Sorceress for the UCJC this year.  My best friend, Colleen, has always liked castles and dragons and wizards.  Our dads have been friends since they were in kindergarten and our moms met in high school.  They got married around the same time and she is only 2 days older than me, so she is just like a sister!  Now she lives in Texas and I'm still in California.  I will see her tomorrow for a visit!  My son is coming to her house too, and we'll all go to my daughter's graduation from Army boot camp together!

Here is her handmade birthday present!  You can click on the picture to see it bigger.
The Sorcerer and The Sorceress - FRAMED!

This was framed by Beth at Wilson's Frame-Up in Riverside, California.  The purple mat is linen and the gold and red mats match the stitching colors perfectly!  It was Beth's idea to get a charm and I found this wizard pendant on eBay.  The frame is brushed silver metal.  It's bigger and heavier than I expected.  The full size of the frame is 16" x 25" so it's 1 inch too big for carry-on.  I will wrap it in bubble wrap and surround it with all the clothes in my luggage.  Hopefully it makes the trip in one piece!

Here is a picture from a few years ago of both of us:
Colleen and Debbie
I'm also waiting until the very last minute to finish Alice from Resident Evil for my son's belated birthday present, since I'll see him tomorrow too!  I have a frame ready to pop it into tonight, or maybe tomorrow after I get off the plane!  LOL
Alice from Resident Evil update #8
Parsley of Seasons of My Mind blog is having a giveaway of this beautiful project bag to celebrate becoming an EMT!  Enter HERE and drawing is on July 21.

Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a summer floss giveaway!  Enter HERE and tell Nancy that I sent you.  Drawing is on July 30.

Sadly, I have no YOTA update this month on Universal Unity, since I was stitching every day on the same thing (The Sorceress and Alice).  I'll get back to all my SALs after I come home from vacation.  

Happy Stitching, everyone!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Theme-A-Licious June Jolt

The theme for last month was June Jolt, "School's out for the summer! Let's work on things with sunshine in them or REALLY bright colors.  Summer is here!"

I finished part 8 of 12 on Boo! Club.  I like the bright Halloween colors in this design!
Boo! Club (Fright) - FINISHED!
Boo! Club series
28 ct Prairie Grain linen
Started 1/16/2014, Finished 6/28/2014

I also finally finished part 1 of Very Scary Mystery Sampler!  Hopefully, parts 2 and 3 won't take me quite as long to do!
Very Scary (Part 1) - FINISHED!
"Very Scary Mystery Sampler" (Part 1)
30 ct Tin Roof linen
Started 7/25/2012, Finished 7/1/2014

I also finished The Sorcerer and The Sorceress!  I'll pick them up from the framer tomorrow.  They will be framed together with gold, purple, and red mats.
The Sorcerer and The Sorceress - FINISHED!
The theme for this month will be Jubilee July, "It's time to celebrate! What are you celebrating this year? Stitch on your holiday-related projects, OR find some WIPs you know you'll never finish and set them free."

I have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas designs to stitch.  I might even stitch on some Easter designs, too!

Check in on Heather's blog, It's Geek to Me, to find more blog posts with the bright colors theme this month!

Monday, June 30, 2014

TUSAL - June

I'm a few days late for the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long (TUSAL).  Check in on Daffycat's blog with a link to your ORT jar, too!

Once again, Alice is posing with the jar of ORTs, and she still isn't finished yet!
TUSAL 2014 #7
This will be a belated birthday present for my son, who I will see next week in Texas!
Alice from Resident Evil update #7
Guess I'll be stitching the same thing every day until she is finished!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stitch from Stash June (broke the budget!)

Stitch From Stash Group 2014
Mel from Epic Stitching started a Stitch From Stash group to encourage us to stay on a budget of $25 or less per month for cross stitching.  Click the link to see the list of blogs that are participating.

We can skip one month out of the year, so I broke the budget for June and followed Justine's suggestion:
3) My tip is: if you are going to use your free month, spend loads!!! - Justine @

I double-checked the rules just to be sure!
Remember you have one month you can not participate and cheat (lol). :) 

My carry over from May was zero for a total budget of $25 this month, plus a bonus $50 that we could spend, which I still went over, but I'm skipping this month so it doesn't count!  Here is my check-in for June:

Amount Spent:  $$$$$
Four Vervaco car kits from Herrschners

Riolis kits:  The Kiss by Klimt and Orange Poppies cell phone/camera bag from Herrschners

The Wizard of Oz chart from Little Stitcher Shop on Etsy

NASCAR and NHRA charts by Cruisin' Cross Stitch

Charts from Noahstitcher's Stash for Sale Facebook group

I was in a gift exchange in a Facebook cross stitching group and I bought charts, fabric, and floss for my partner and she sent this to me:  Army Emblem chart, Halloween Memories chart, Wire Whimsy Snowman, fabric, and an armchair pouch that she made herself.

While I was at the LNS buying my partner's gifts, I picked these up for myself!
Just Nan & The Sweetheart Tree charts with charms and beads.

New Starts from Stash:  None.  I'm in a challenge on a Facebook cross stitching group to finish my oldest WIP and not start anything new, which is certainly a challenge for me!

WIPs or UFOs worked on: Fall Welcome, Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day 6), Picnic Area, Leo, Thankful Critters, Universal Unity, Cut Thru' North Pole House, We're Off to See the Wizard, Harley-Davidson, Orange Poppies, "99", Majestic Eagle, The Sorcerer, The Sorceress, Boo! Club (Fright).

Finishes:  The Sorcerer, The Sorceress, Leo.

What I was tempted to buy but didn't buy this month:  Nothing!  I bought it ALL!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Smalls SAL - June

The last Wednesday of the month is time for the June Smalls SAL post!  I finished Leo the lion, a freebie from Stitch Alley.  I want to sew it into a hanging ornament for my daughter.
"Zodiac Signs - Leo"
Designed by Kai & Denis Chabault
Stitch Alley
14 ct red Aida
Started 2/27/2012, Finished 6/25/2014

I also finished one of my starts from the Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, The Sorceress by Dimensions.  She is at the framing shop right now with The Sorcerer!
The Sorceress - FINISHED!
"The Sorceress"
Dimensions #6733
14 ct Ivory Aida
Started 1/26/2014, Finished 6/24/2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

June WIPocalypse and a finish!

Happy Friday the 13th and it's a Full Moon so time for the WIPocalypse update!  The topic this time is:  "Have you ever been to a stitch gathering such as a retreat or a festival?"  No, I haven't but I would love to go!  Our Southern California Cross Stitchers Yahoo group is trying to plan one, but in the meantime, we are happy to meet at the food court in the mall or outside on the patio or at a restaurant or a member's house to sit and stitch together about once a month!

Since the last WIPocalypse update, I have had three more finishes, but two of them were new starts, so my WIPocalypse page is slowly shrinking down to only 93 WIPs now.  I finished Frank-N-Stein, Peter Polar Bear, and The Sorcerer!
The Sorcerer - FINISHED!
"The Sorcerer"
Dimensions #6689
14 ct Ivory Aida
Started 1/13/2011, Finished 6/12/2014

My plan is to get him framed together with The Sorceress before July!
The Sorceress update #1
I've also stitched more background on Alice from Resident Evil and hope to finish her by July, too!
Alice from Resident Evil update #6
I only work on this one during our stitching GTG (get-togethers).  I did the acorn tops on Very Scary Mystery Sampler, almost done with part 1.
Very Scary update #12
On Cut Thru' North Pole House, I stitched the mailbox and pole down to the water.
Cut Thru' North Pole House update #11
For my Sunday SAL with Linda and Kaye, I started stitching Santa's red sleeve and the green branches on Santa's 12 Days of Christmas by The Prairie Schooler.
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day 6) update #3
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day 6) update #3
Be sure to check Measi's blog for a list of other bloggers with WIPocalypse updates this month!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Turtle Trot SAL - June

Claudette of BAP Attack is hosting the Turtle Trot SAL, where we choose 10 WIPs and post before & after progress pics on the 10th of every month.  I've only worked on 7 of them this time:

Stained Glass Nativity:  I stitched another blue window.  My goal for next month will be to finish the windows.
Stained Glass Nativity (before)
Stained Glass Nativity update #8
Harley-Davidson:  I met my goal and finished the windshield and headlight.  My goal for next month will be to stitch more of the seat.
Harley-Davidson (before)
Harley-Davidson update #5
Thankful Critters:  I stitched the little bird and started the letter V.  My goal for next month will be to finish the V with all the backstitching.
Thankful Critters (before)
Thankful Critters update #14
Majestic Eagle:  I started stitching the tail feathers.  My goal for next month will be to finish the claws and tail feathers.
Majestic Eagle (before)
Majestic Eagle update #9
Orange Poppies:  I met my goal of finishing this poppy and stitching more green stems.  My goal for next month will be stitching more green leaves.
Orange Poppies (before)
Orange Poppies update #7
"99":  I stitched one more bottle.  My goal for next month will be another bottle and the shelf under these 6 bottles.
"99" (before)
"99" - update #11
Bottle #16 is Rainer Beer, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, Illinois.
We're Off to See the Wizard:  I stitched more of Dorothy's dress.  I am copying Annette, California Stitcher's idea.  I loved seeing her Tinkerbell figurines with each update of Fairy Hill, so I will include a Wizard of Oz figurine with each of my updates. I have 12 of these musical figurines and lots of little individual Oz figures to show each time!  My goal for next month is to stitch more of Dorothy's dress.
We're Off to See the Wizard (before)
We're Off to See the Wizard update #2
We're Off to See the Wizard update #2
You can click on the pictures to see them bigger.  All the Q-Snap covers are from Christine's Q-Snap Huggies.