Thursday, July 26, 2012

Two new Mystery SAL starts!

Passione Ricamo Fairy Mystery SAL (part #1)
I started the Passione Ricamo Fairy Mystery SAL!  It comes in 12 parts, one per month, and started on July 1.  The deadline to sign up has been extended until July 31.  You can sign up here:  I am stitching it on 28 ct Antique White Cashel linen, 2 over 2, except the Petite Treasure Braid is only 1 strand.  It is really very sparkly and I hope to get the gold braid to show up better in the next update.  The finished size will be 12.5 x 15.5 inches.
Lizzie*Kate Very Scary (part #1)
I started the Lizzie*Kate Mystery Sampler called Very Scary.  It comes in three parts in July, August, and September.  I am stitching it on 30 ct Tin Roof linen, 2 over 2.  This is my first time using Weeks Dye Works overdyed floss.  The finished size will be 6.5 x 16 inches.

Happy Stitching, everyone!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Santa, May, and BBQ Queen updates!

Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day #2) update #6
That was a lot of mindless red stitching on Santa's coat, but I finally got it done! The only thing left is the bird cage, and then I can start on Day #3!
Spring & Fall (May) update #1
I love stitching birds, so I just couldn't put this one down!  He will be surrounded by leaves and flowers and the word "May" will be stitched on the bottom.  Rosemary has been encouraging me to catch up by telling me that May, June, July, and August all have birds in the designs!
BBQ Queen update #15
BBQ Queen and the flamingo both have legs now.  I think I'll do some backstitching before I add her big white chef's hat.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Two more finishes and TUSAL #7

I finally finished Trick or Treat, which was a SAL I started with Linda last year, but she finished hers way back in December!  I'm looking forward to getting this framed with several colorful mats.
Trick or Treat - finished!

"Trick or Treat"
Designed by Ursula Michael
Started 9/2/2011, Finished 7/21/2012

Spring & Fall (April) - finished!
"Spring & Fall" (April)
Book No. 90
Designed by Pamela Byrd Smith
The Prairie Schooler
Started 3/24/2012, Finished 7/19/2012
Spring & Fall (May)
I started the next month in the series, which will be a Robin Red Breast with blue and yellow flowers.  Linda, Rosemary, and I are stitching all 12 designs in the Spring & Fall and Summer & Winter booklets by The Prairie Schooler.  You can see what all the completed designs will look like on my UCJC page, #26.

This month, my ORT jar is posing with my Angels baseball bobbleheads!  Check in on Daffycat's blog for your TUSAL blog post, too!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

BBQ Queen update and Cackle winner!

BBQ Queen update #14
I finished the white apron and stitched the bottom of her purple dress!  Next week she and the flamingo should have legs!

The winner of the giveaway of the Cackle chart is Heather!

I'm on vacation for a week, and I'm looking forward to LOTS of stitching time with more finishes and more new starts!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Two Prairie Schooler SAL updates!

Spring & Fall - April update #6
The big gray bunny is halfway there! I hope to finish him on Saturday and stitch "April" on the bottom and this will be added to my Finishes 2012 page!  Then I can start on "May" in my Saturday SAL with Linda and Rosemary.
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day #2) update #5
It looks like I have lots of red stitching to go on Santa's coat!  I love how there is a pear included in every design.  This is my Sunday SAL with Linda and Kaye.

I finally got my charts and supplies for the Passione Ricamo Fairy Mystery SAL and Lizzie*Kate Very Scary Mystery Sampler.  I plan to start these pretty soon!
Passione Ricamo Fairy Mystery SAL supplies

Lizzie*Kate Very Scary Mystery Sampler supplies

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cackle is finished!

Hurray! My first finish for July is a birthday gift for my friend.  Halloween is her favorite holiday.  I stitched the moon with variegated yellow floss instead of lavender in the pattern, since I used hand-dyed lavender Aida from Stitchnmomma.  I also used purple variegated floss for the letters instead of black.
Cackle - finished!
Raise the Roof Designs
Started 1/21/2012, Finished 7/8/2012
Does anyone want to stitch this fun Halloween design next?  I will have a giveaway of this original chart, Cackle, and mail it anywhere.  Just leave a comment if you want to be entered in the drawing.  I will choose a winner on Thursday, July 12.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

WIPocalypse update #7 and lots of SAL updates!

Trick or Treat update #14
I haven't touched this one in 3 months, so I finally made some progress on the purple hat.  After the hat is finished, I need to add the word "OR" and a few more spiderwebs and it will be done!  So it looks like this one will make it off my WIPocalypse page and onto the Finishes 2012 page pretty soon!  Be sure to check in on Measi's blog to post your WIPocalypse update, too.

I've had two finishes since the last WIPocalypse update.  French Country~Lark was stitched for a quilt for World of Charity Stitching.
French Country~Lark finished!
I made a small Harley-Davidson logo into a magnet for my dad (shown on his black refrigerator).
Harley-Davidson logo (small) finished!
On my Monday SAL with Linda of Cackle, I have started to stitch the letters in variegated dark violet floss.  It will say, "Cackle and the world cackles with you.  Shriek and you shriek alone."  I'm using hand-dyed lavender Aida from Stitchnmomma.
Cackle update #4
On my Wednesday SAL with Linda of Diane Arthurs' designs (she has Lady Liberty and I have BBQ Queen), I have almost finished stitching the apron.  It's a lot of white on white so the progress pic doesn't look very different from last time.
BBQ Queen update #13
On my Friday SAL of Halloween House with 10 other stitchers, I have added more pumpkins in front of the fence, but they still need backstitching before they look as cute as the others!
Halloween House update #17
On my Saturday SAL of Prairie Schooler monthly designs with Linda and Rosemary, I have stitched two more flowers on April.  I want to finish this one before I start on May, June, or July.
Spring & Fall - April update #5
Have a happy stitchy summer, everyone!

I've been tagged again!

Evalina has tagged me for the 11 questions game.  I will answer all of her questions, but I'm not sending 11 new questions to 11 other bloggers.  Sorry!

Evalina wants to know:
  1. What projects do you like to stitch - big or small?  Medium!
  2. What is your favorite fabric?  14 ct Aida
  3. How many cross stitching books do you have?  maybe one
  4. What is your favorite cross stitching magazine?  I haven't seen that many to make an informed decision.
  5. What time of the day do you do most of the stitching?  Night
  6. Does your significant other support your stitching hobby?  Yes
  7. Do you collect stash or just buying supplies for the current project?  Happy stash collector!
  8. What is your favorite drink after five?  Diet Coke!
  9. Do you listen to music, audio books or TV while stitching or just to the sounds of nature?  70s and 80s music on TV.
  10. Do you have any live plants in your home?  No
  11. What do you like to read? (Adventure, romance, mystery, non-fiction etc.) Books or magazines?  Medical mysteries/thrillers (Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Stephen King)  Books

Sunday, July 1, 2012

X-Stitching Christmas update for June

I'm in the X-Stitching Christmas Challenge started by Lady Kell of Kincavel, where we try to finish 12 items for Christmas during the year, and post our progress on the last Saturday of the month.  I have finished Mr. Mittens, which will be a Christmas decoration for my house.  Now he has been added to my X-Stitching Christmas Challenge page, which is only finish #4.  I've still got 8 more to go!
Mr. Mittens - finished!
I have also made progress on Day #2 of Santa's 12 Days of Christmas.
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day #2) update #4