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This starts out with some sort of gloomy navel-gazing. I think I just needed an outlet? But then there is stitchy stuff at the end! So it's not all a waste of pixels! :D

Life

It crossed my mind last night that I don't mull over bright, unnecessary things as much lately. In free moments, my mind tends to wander down a lane cluttered with depressing and frightening current events, things that are going wrong that are out of my control, random angry or sad things, worries and uncertainties, and, like, reminders of housework that needs to be done.

I miss taking detours down mental garden paths. I miss fun fictional characters who've grabbed my attention, delightful snippets of the world around me, hopeful glimpses of the future. Yadda.

Not that my brain was all fun and games before last summer - hah! No. LOLOLOL. But I haven't been quite this unhappy in years.

The reasons are external things that I am, I guess, internalizing. And I think I'm having a mid-life crisis. No…
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Cross stitch is currently the meaning of life

I FFO'd another thing. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
This is Lizzie Kate "A Little Gray Hare." It's a kit that came with linen, threads, beads, backing fabric, and ricrac. I stitched it last March, woops! I was afraid of messing it up in the process of cutting/assembling it as an ornament, so it languished in my drawer of stitched-but-not-FFOd things til this past weekend.

I finished stitching "In Every Nest":
No ideas yet on how to finish it. 

And I started a couple new things. I'm still in the mood to stitch cutesy things, but have had enough of Easter, so I started Frosted Pumpkin's "Mysterious Halloween Town." I'm...not sure if I like the colors with the fabric I chose. It's one of those situations where I need to stitch more before I'll know if I need to start over on a different fabric. :/

I also started Just Nan's "Spring Mouse in a House." This is the first Just Nan mouse I've stitched,…

March Small & FFOs

A couple of days early, my March small for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus.

This is 3 Violets Humbug, my first Just Nan project. I used the called-for threads on a gray-blue Cashel linen; the color of the linen is shown accurately in the second set of pics. I really enjoyed stitching this, and making it up into the cute little humbug. I now want to stitch so many Just Nan things! I've kitted up Spring Mouse in a House for April. :D

Other Finishing

I also finished stitching & FFOd Happy Easter:
I LOVE how this turned out! I stitched the design on 32 count opalescent Cerulean Blue by Silkweavers. The finishing required sewing, and I am really not good at sewing so there are errors; but I don't think the errors are too obvious. I love the blue flowered fabric that I found for the top and bottom bands. I had the white grosgrain ribbon and the pink and white string. (Design is by Tiny Modernist from the March 2016 Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.)

Finishing th…

Quick Freebie Stitch

If you're looking for something cute and quick to stitch for St. Pat's Day, you might like this Good Luck Robin freebie by Kitty & Me Designs.

It's way too early for Spring, guys

I feel like we got absolutely no winter here. Winters are usually unsatisfactory anyway (I want ALL THE SNOW and at LEAST a solid three months of icy temps, but I'm too far south in Missouri for that), but this time, we had a touch of ice, a few cold days, and that's it. I feel like Santa forgot to visit my house on Christmas Eve or something.

I think the Spring temperatures are giving me Spring Fever, too. I'm restless. I want to clean all the things, start all the projects, finish all the projects, travel around the world, climb the walls.... And I'm in a weird mental place where I want to talk to people, but I also want to be completely alone. I was deep in the throes of this last night, and I solved it by talking to my dog. He's a good listener and low maintenance company, so it was perfect.

Anyway, I've been stitching:
Welcome Spring is a 'free' chart by Little House Needleworks that came with the purchase of 3 Classic Colorworks colors. I stitche…

February stitching post

Firstly, my February smalls for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus.
Crazy differences in color due to taking the top photo in daylight, and the bottom photo at night. Doh!

These are letters from "Love Blocks" by Needle Bling Designs from the Jan 2016 JCS magazine. I used all stash for this - I had some 32 count Lugana "Coral Reef" (not sure by whom); and I used Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads "Be My Valentine" and "Heirloom Grape" and GAST "Picket Fence." I had hoped to finish all 4 letters, but I didn't have as much time to stitch on my business trip as I usually do.

Incidentally, does anyone else have issues with the stretchiness of evenweaves? I'm guessing it's due to the polyester blend of the fabric. I just find it stretches out so much in both hoops and snaps. I don't really enjoy working with it.

Other February finishes:

Chilly Winter scene #2 by By the Bay Needleart:
Stitched with the …

Screeching in just under the wire

At lunch today I put the last few stitches into a birthday gift due on Friday. Started this on Jan 2 because I have bad judgement.
This is "Woolen Sheep" by the Cricket Collection, stitched 2 over 1 on some kind of super low count rough natural linen. So natural, in fact, that it has scratchy fibers poking out of the threads in places. O_o

I bought the pattern at an LNS and requested the charted linen, but they gave me this by mistake. By the time I realized this fabric was far too low a count to fit the project as charted, the LNS was going out of business so I couldn't exchange it. It's essentially the right color, though, and once I decided to stitch over 1, the design fit. The very loose weave did make over 1 stitching even more treacherous than usual - the threads wanted to vanish under every fabric thread.

I counted wrong in one spot, but had gotten so far along by the time I noticed that I just didn't have time to frog it. I fudged a couple more things…