Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter, everyone!

Happy Easter to all my cross stitch friends!  I just finished this cute design from Sewingseed.
Happy Easter - FINISHED!
"Happy Easter"
16 ct Angel Blush Aida
Started 1/4/2014, Finished 4/18/2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April WIPocalypse update and a finish!

There's a full moon in the sky, a blood moon, an eclipse of the moon, and it's time for a WIPocalypse update!  I saw it last night from my front yard, but if you missed it, you can see the video here:

Since the last WIPocalypse post, I've had 3 more finishes; the Best Witches Halloween ornament, the first Advent Animals ornament, Katie Kitty, and another Santa!

On the 5th day of Christmas, Santa brought to me.... Five Golden Rings!
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day 5) FINISHED!
If we actually stitch on this every Sunday, Linda and I should be able to finish one Santa per month and have them all done before Christmas this year!
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Days 1-5)
"Santa's 12 Days of Christmas" (Day 5)
Book No. 126
Designed by Pamela Byrd Smith
The Prairie Schooler
28 ct mushroom evenweave
Started 11/17/2013, Finished 4/13/2014

I made good progress on Fall Welcome, my Saturday SAL with Linda.
Fall Welcome update #9
I've also been stitching on Alice from Resident Evil.  Does she look like Milla Jovovich yet?
Alice from Resident Evil update #3
This is how she will look when she is done:
Alice from Resident Evil
I also stitched more on The Sorcerer's cloak.  When I finish him, I'll stitch The Sorceress next!  These are gifts for my best friend who loves wizards and castles and dragons!
The Sorcerer update #12
My idea is to get them framed together, and my framer friend suggested that I find some charms so she could include them in separate cut-out parts of the mat, so I bought these pewter pendants on eBay:

The topic for this month is, "How do you keep your stash organized?"  I don't use bobbins and keep the floss skeins in small 3"x4" ziploc baggies in these plastic photo cases:

I keep all my WIPs in gallon size Ziploc bags with the fabric, chart, and floss for each project.  I put all my Ultimate Crazy January Challenge starts for 2012 in this sewing basket, and I have another sewing basket full of starts from the UCJC 2013.  The new starts from UCJC 2014 are just in a pile on top of my Rubbermaid tote where I keep all my future kits and charts.  

Then I have about 6 fabric tote bags with several WIPs in each one on Q-Snaps, so I can easily grab a tote bag when I meet my friends to stitch or to take in the car if I leave home.  I always say, you never know if there will be an earthquake and the ground will crack open and I won't be able to get home for awhile, so at least I'll have something to stitch!

I bought a pink plastic drawer cart like this one to store my cross stitch fabric, but it's still empty and all the fabric is in 2 cardboard boxes instead.     
Be sure to visit Measi's Musings blog to find links to everyone's WIPocalypse blog posts with their stash organization photos, too! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm a winner and another giveaway!

Annette of California Stitcher blog had a giveaway for her 2nd blogoversary and I was the lucky winner!  She wrapped it up so nicely with a pretty handmade card!
Annette is so very talented!  She sewed this zippered project pouch and matching needle book.  It is also the perfect size for a tablet or Kindle and it's nicely padded and fully lined with contrasting fabric.  She also included the Topiary in Bloom chart with linen, Cosmo floss, backing fabric and trim!  What a wonderful prize!  Thank you so very much, Annette!

I was also a very lucky winner of this new chart, "Popsicles" from Nancy of Pickle Barrel Designs!

Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having another giveaway!  This time it is for a Custom Family Name Sampler chart.  Instead of giving you an alphabet, your family name and date will be printed onto the chart for you.  Enter HERE for a chance to win and tell Nancy that I sent you!  Drawing on April 30.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Turtle Trot SAL - April

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.  Here is my progress on three of them since last time:

Flaming June:  I finally got to stitch some orange and I'm still on page 1.
Flaming June (before)
Flaming June update #8
She will look like this (some day):

"99":  I stitched two more bottles.  Only 85 more to go!
"99" (before)
"99" update #9
Bottle #13 is Red Stripe, Desnoes & Geddes, Jamaica.
Bottle #14 is Bitburger Pils, Bitburger Brauerei, Bitburg, Germany.
We're Off to See the Wizard:  I decided I didn't like the parking method after all so I stitched up all the loose ends.  This is part of Dorothy's dress.
We're Off to See the Wizard (before)
We're Off to See the Wizard update #1
Here is what the finished picture will look like (some day).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

YOTA update - April

The first Saturday of the month is time for the YOTA (Year of the Acronym) UFO SAL update hosted by Pull the Other Thread.  Universal Unity is a Dimensions Gold Collection kit that I started in 1998.

Here is the before pic from the March YOTA post:
Universal Unity (before)
I finished the fox and stitched more on the raccoon.
Universal Unity update #15
I should work on all the grass under the tiger next time.  Happy Stitching, everyone!

Friday, April 4, 2014

My first Advent Animals finish!

Brooke's Books has a new series of 25 free Advent Animals designs, with 1 or 2 coming out each month from March 2014 until October 2015.  The first one is Katie Kitty!  Isn't she cute?  Peter Polar Bear is coming next week!  Who wants to join me?
Katie Kitty - FINISHED!
"Katie Kitty"
Designed by Brooke Nolan
Brooke's Books Advent Animals Collection
14 ct Rainbow Starlite Aida
Started 4/1/2014, Finished 4/3/2014

There is a Facebook group for this Advent Animals Stitch-A-Long where you can see many other finishes of Katie Kitty, too!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Theme-A-Licious March Madness (final)

The theme for this month is March Madness, "Work on something different every day... it's madness... of the funnest possible kind."  I used the Random Number Generator to pick a number from 1-95 for a WIP from my WIPocalypse list to stitch on every day.  Instead of listing all 31 of them here, I posted updates every Saturday. See my prior blog posts:
March 1-7
March 8-14
March 15-21
March 22-28

March 29 - #83, Disney Princesses:  I stitched Pocahontas, now only 11 more to go!
Disney Princesses update #1
March 30 - #95, Remember the Alamo:  I stitched the T and started the Texas flag.
Remember the Alamo update #1
March 31 - #12, Uber Christmas Tree:  I stitched more green and some red balls and started the silver bell.
Uber Christmas Tree update #2
The theme for this month is April Showers, "What pieces can you find in your flood of WIPs that include water? Rivers, lakes, oceans, or rain (and anything that lies within)."

My water WIPs include Thomas Kinkade's Lamplight Bridge, Flaming June, Cut Thru' North Pole House, Canyon Waterfall, Christmas Ark, Christmas on the Beach, Cut Thru' Pirate Ship, and The Wave.  I'll try to stitch on some of these during April and post updates on May 1.  Happy Stitching, everyone!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

TUSAL - March and SAL updates

It's time for the Totally Useless Stitch-Along (TUSAL).  My ORT jar is starting to fill up!
TUSAL 2014 #4
Check in on Daffycat's blog with a link to your TUSAL blog post, too!

My Saturday SAL with Linda is Fall Welcome by Diane Arthurs.  She is way ahead of me, as usual! I finally finished stitching the scarecrow girl's dress and started on her checkered shirt. I will do her face next, then start on the basket.  I'd like to make a wall hanging with this one.
Fall Welcome update #8
Fall Welcome update #8
I also made a little progress on Santa's 12 Days of Christmas by The Prairie Schooler.  Santa has boots and a pear.  Did you notice that there is a pear in every picture?  All that is left to stitch is the rest of Santa's coat and a dog!
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day 5) update #5
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day 5) update #5

Happy Stitching, everyone!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Theme-A-Licious March Madness (week 4)

The theme for this month is March Madness, "Work on something different every day... it's madness... of the funnest possible kind."  I used the Random Number Generator to pick a number from 1-95 for a WIP from my WIPocalypse list to stitch on each day.  I'll post an update every weekend with the choices for the prior week.

March 22 - #51, Yo Ho Ho Ho:  I stitched the pirate Santa's hat.
Yo Ho Ho Ho update #3
March 23 - #46, Christmas Ark:  I stitched more of the elephant using Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe overdyed floss.
Christmas Ark update #2
Christmas Ark update #2

March 24 - #87, Three Little Girls:  I stitched a little more in the lower left corner. This whole design is printed on the Aida so I don't have to look at a chart. It's so easy! The colors will all wash out with water when I am done.
Three Little Girls update #1
Three Little Girls update #1
This is how it will look when finished (some day):
Three Little Girls
March 25 - #78, Spring Sampler:  I stitched a row using lemon-lime Perle cotton.  All the floss is from Dinky Dyes.
Spring Sampler update #1
March 26 - #85, Believe:  I stitched more of Santa's red coat.  This is on 28 ct black linen.
Believe update #1
Believe update #1
March 27 - #26, Christmas Sampler:  I stitched another reindeer on this Prairie Schooler design.
Christmas Sampler update #3
March 28 - #35, Easter Hang-Up:  I finished the basket and stitched the background using Dragonflylotus Handspun Handpainted wool thread in Sunlit Quackenbush, but the 5-yard skein (1 ply) wasn't enough with only 6 stitches left at the bottom to do, so I'll just change the border design a bit, unless anyone out there has a little 6-inch piece to spare?
Easter Hang-Up update #2
My final Theme-a-licious blog post will be on April 1, with the last 3 days of the month and all the March Madness links.  Happy Stitching, everyone!