Saturday, April 27, 2013

April ornament and WIPocalypse update!

I'm in the 2013 Ornament SAL, where we stitch a new ornament each month for any holiday.  My April ornament is C'est Noel, a freebie from The Sampler Girl. I used DMC Light Effects and DMC Satin floss (so slippery!).  One of these days I'll try to make these finishes into actual ornaments!
C'est Noel - FINISHED!
"C'est Noel"
The Sampler Girl
Started 2/24/2012, Finished 4/26/2013

Since my last WIPocalypse update in March, I have had lots of finishes and progress on my SALs.

The Bear and the Bees is an old chart from The Prairie Schooler, but you can still find it HERE.
The Bear and the Bees - FINISHED!
These bookmarks will be Mother's Day gifts.  The free design is from Linen Flowers.
Names of Jesus bookmarks - FINISHED!
I stitched All's Good in the Hood by Kincavel Krosses for my son's birthday present.  It can be a housewarming gift too, since he just got a new job in a different state!
All's Good in the Hood - FINISHED!
"All's Good in the Hood"
Designed by Lady Kell of Kincavel
Kincavel Krosses
14 ct Dirty Aida, DMC 115
Started 2/8/2012, Finished 4/26/2013

I started a new SAL with Linda for Thankful Critters, an Imaginating chart by Ursula Michael.  We stitch on this one every other weekend.  I'll stitch 1-2 letters each month so it will be finished by Thanksgiving.
Thankful Critters update #2
I'm also in a new SAL for Bothy Threads Cut Thru' designs.  I stitch the Igloo on Mondays.  When this is finished, I'll keep going and stitch another Cut Thru' from my WIP list, North Pole House and/or Pirate Ship.
Cut Thru' Igloo update #3
The current pics of all of my WIPs are always on my WIPocalypse page. Remember to check in on Measi's blog with a link to your WIPocalypse update, too!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cut Thru' Igloo update!

Now you can see the Eskimo's striped socks and mittens hanging up to dry, and the candle lamp above his head.  You gotta love backstitching to do these Cut Thru' designs, for sure!  Check out the Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Monday SAL page to see everyone's progress!  We also have a Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Designs Monday SAL group on Facebook!
Cut Thru' Igloo update #3

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bookmarks finished!

Hurray!  I actually finished something early and didn't wait until the last minute! I made these two bookmarks for Mother's Day gifts.  The pattern is a freebie from Linen Flowers.
Names of Jesus bookmarks - FINISHED!
"Names of Jesus" bookmarks
Designed by Angie Kowalsky
Linen Flowers
18 ct Aida bookmarks with Cluny lace
Started 4/16/2013, Finished 4/19/2013

Thankful Critters is an every other weekend SAL with Linda.  The chipmunk now has a squirrel friend!  If I stitch 1-2 letters each month, it will be finished in time for Thanksgiving!
Thankful Critters update #2
Now that it's Monday night, I'll be stitching on the Cut Thru' Igloo in the Monday SAL.  Happy Stitching, everyone!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two new bookmark starts!

Last night I started stitching two Names of Jesus bookmarks for Mother's Day gifts!  This is a free chart from Linen Flowers.  I'm using variegated floss, pink Anchor 1207 and blue DMC 93, and premade Stitch-n-Mark bookmarks with Cluny lace and ribbon by Jeanette Crews Designs.  I will put white felt on the back.
Names of Jesus bookmarks
I think I'll finish these up tonight!  Happy Wednesday stitching, everyone!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cut Thru' Igloo update!

My little Eskimo guy has come to life!  He is sitting in front of the fire keeping warm in his igloo, wearing blue mittens and holding a cup of hot cocoa.  I actually love the backstitching in these Cut Thru' designs!  Check out the Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Monday SAL page to see everyone's progress!
Cut Thru' Igloo update #2

Monday, April 15, 2013

Stitching owls at our Saturday GTG!

On Saturday, I met up with 6 other ladies in the SoCal Cross Stitchers Yahoo Group to stitch together at the mall.  We stayed from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., stitching away all day!  If you live in Southern California, please join our Yahoo group!  For this get-together, I decided to stitch on my WIPs with owls in the designs.

Halloween House has an owl on the roof!  I also finished the rest of the roof on the very top (no more green stitching!).  Next, I will stitch the chimneys and the black cat and finish backstitching the roof.
Halloween House update #31
I stitched a row of green squares on the Lizzie*Kate Very Scary Mystery Sampler and the owl motif.
Very Scary (part 1) update #4
I stitched the outline of the crescent moon and the cute owl on Quaker Moon by Bent Creek.
Quaker Moon update #2
The next design on Boo! Club has a tiny owl in the tree branches.
Boo! Club (Creepy)
We are up to 10 members in our Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Monday SAL! Watch this page for updates after Monday and feel free to join up any time!  There are also more members in the Bothy Threads Cut Thru Designs Facebook group who don't have a blog.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Turtle Trot SAL - April

For the Turtle Trot SAL, we choose 13 WIPs to work on and post progress pics on the 13th of every month.  You can sign up at BAP-Attack.  Here is my progress since last month.  You can click on the picture to see it bigger.

Universal Unity:  The tiger's head is done except for his ear.
Universal Unity update #7
The Sorcerer:  His sleeve and more of his cloak is done.
The Sorcerer update #4
Flaming June:  I stitched more of the sky.
Flaming June update #3
All's Good in the Hood:  I stitched the word "THE" and more border on top and bottom.
All's Good in the 'Hood update #5
Merry Christmas:  I finished the letter "h" in Christmas.  This design is from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.
Merry Christmas update #3
Disney Princess Birth Announcement:  I finished Cinderella's forehead and eyebrows.
Disney Princess Birth Announcement update #3
Day of the Dead:  The skull has a pretty smile now!  This design is from the Twisted Stitches book.
Day of the Dead update #6
Majestic Eagle:  I started stitching his other wing and chest.
Majestic Eagle update #2
Today I'm going to stitch outside at the mall with the SoCal Cross Stitchers Yahoo Group!  Have a great Saturday, everyone!

Thursday, April 11, 2013


For the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long (TUSAL), we show pics of our ORT jars each month. You can join up HERE.  My jar is swallowing up lots of ORTs! Check in on Daffycat's blog with your TUSAL blog post, too!
TUSAL 2013 #4
I finished the Eek! part of Boo! Club.  Five parts down, seven more to go!  I have the tiny black and white buttons for the eyes, but I'll put them on at the end, so they don't get smashed in the Q-snaps.
Boo! Club (Eek!) - FINISHED!
Boo! Club series
Started 3/16/2013, Finished 4/10/2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Two new SAL starts and a finish!

I started Thankful Critters during the Ultimate Crazy January Challenge last year, but haven't touched it since the first day.  Now Linda and I will be stitching on it every other weekend.  I hope to finish it in time to display for Thanksgiving!  I finished the chipmunk and the letter "A" with nuts.
Thankful Critters update #1
Thankful Critters update #1
Our Monday SAL of Bothy Threads Cut Thru' designs has begun!  We are up to about ten members now.  Sharon also started a Bothy Threads Cut Thru designs Monday SAL Facebook Group!  Feel free to join us any time!  

I stitched some white snow and ice walls of the igloo.  
Cut Thru' Igloo update #1
Yeah!  Time for a happy dance!  I finished The Bear and the Bees.  He makes me laugh!
The Bear and the Bees - FINISHED!
"The Bear and the Bees"
The Prairie Schooler
14 ct Fiddler's cloth
Started 2/7/2012, Finished 4/8/2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

YOTA UFO update - April

I'm in the YOTA (Year of the Acronym) SAL, where we post a picture on the first Saturday of the month of one of our UFO cross stitch projects.  I started Universal Unity in 1998 and am finally giving it some attention this year!  It is a Dimensions Gold Collection kit.

Here is the before pic from the March YOTA post:
And here it is today!  The tiger has eyes now!
Universal Unity update #6
Universal Unity update #6
The next update will be on April 13, since this is also in my Turtle Trot SAL. The tiger should be done by then!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bothy Threads Cut Thru' SAL

Wow!  We have eight members already in our Monday SAL of Bothy Threads Cut Thru' designs.  I have started a new page on my blog for the Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Monday SAL with links to everyone's blog and pics of which chart they'll be stitching and current progress photos.  Feel free to join up!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stitchy get-together Saturday!

I spent a wonderful Saturday with some of the ladies of the SoCal Cross Stitchers Yahoo Group!  We carpooled to a fabric store to shop and then walked to a restaurant to have breakfast/lunch.  We spent the rest of the day stitching at the group leader's home, went out to eat again, and kept on stitching until about 8:00 p.m.!  That's the way to spend a Saturday!  I always bring lots of different things to stitch.  It has been said that I'm on an "hourly rotation."  LOL

My Day of the Dead skull has a mouth now!
Day of the Dead update #6
I started stitching the top roof of Halloween House.
Halloween House update #30

I started the frog on Eek! in the Boo! Club series.

Boo! Club (Eek!) update #1
I stitched one row of black squares on the Very Scary Mystery Sampler.  Maybe one of these days I'll get more excited about this one.  The fabric and floss colors are just not bright enough for me!  But I'm determined to finish it, a little at a time.
Very Scary (part 1) update #3
Then when I got home I kept on stitching and got one wing done on the eagle of the July square in the Summer & Winter booklet by The Prairie Schooler.
Summer & Winter (July) update #5
I'm in a new Monday SAL with Sharon, Linda, Monique, and Kaye.  We're all stitiching different Bothy Threads Cut Thru' designs.  I already started the Cut Thru' Igloo for the Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, but I haven't touched it since the first day.
Cut Thru' Igloo
Sharon and Linda are stitching the Cut Thru' Stable, Monique is stitching the Cut Thru' Gypsy Wagon, and Kaye will be stitching the Cut Thru' Castle.  Does anyone want to join us?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Another giveaway and I'm a winner!

Cross stitch bloggers are so fun and generous!  I won Kate's Easter giveaway at The Flying Needle of a $50 gift certificate to 123-Stitch!  Thank you so much, Kate!  It's time to check my wish list and start shopping!  Any suggestions?

Ruth is having a birthday giveaway on her blog of some wonderful gift certificates!  Drawing will be on April 7.  Enter HERE and tell her that I sent you! Good luck!