Thursday, April 28, 2016

April Smalls SAL post

My April small for the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:

I stitched a bluebird motif from a pattern called "Four Seasons Sampler" in the Feb 1998 Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine (one of the magazines from my book sale haul!).
 
Stitched 2 over 1 on 28 count Oyster linen. The charted colors were more on the pastel side, and I wanted something brighter, so I used GAST Evergreen, Grape Leaf, Dungarees, & Terra Cotta; and DMC 798 & 816.

I turned it into a pendant necklace:

This finish is something I saw at Creative Thread, absolutely loved, and was determined to do for myself sometime. I used a Tim Holtz pocket watch frame (from the scrap-booking embellishments aisle at Joann's - and can I just say that it took me FOREVER to realize it wasn't in the Jewelry aisles? Doh) and some pretty blue beads.

Other smalls completed this month:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Purple rain

Tiiiiiny purple rain cloud, because I am a child of the 80's and Prince was one of the coolest voices of that era.

I'm going to turn it into either a pendant or a pin. Smiley face is so that I don't have to feel sad when I wear it.

The pattern is from the April 2016 Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, stitched 1 over 1 on 28 count Oyster linen.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

March finish(ish) and a good haul

This past week has been a bear. I'm way behind on blog reading/commenting/replying. I did manage some stitching.

I finished my version of the Snowflower Diaries Joyful World 'March.'
I'm on the fence about whether or not I should add more of the light blue diamond thingies (are they supposed to be rain? I've been thinking the white ones on the Jan & Feb design were snow...). I might later on in the SAL. But overall I'm happy with the changes I made to decrease the busy-ness of it. I stuck with just the daffodils and tulips, since they're early Spring flowers. I also left the little hyacinth down on the left that I'd already stitched. But I decided to do without the blue and white daisies and the butterfly. Hopefully those motifs will show up in other designs!
 
Here's a detail pic of the heron chick. Heron chicks in real life have ridiculously fluffy little heads, so I added some feather fluff to this little guy too. I like him. 
 
There was a fundraiser book sale this weekend, and I picked up some cross stitch stash! 20 old magazines and Just Nan and Cricket Collection leaflets, all for $2.20. At $0.10 each, I figure even if I only like one pattern in a magazine I still got a great bargain!


 I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend!

Monday, April 11, 2016

WIPs and stitchery art

I made progress on Happy Halloween over the past week:
This one is taking a bit longer than it would if I wasn't being so fussy about it. It's stitched on 28 count linen; to get around the coverage issue I always have when stitching 2 over 2 on 28 count, I'm using the railroading technique that I heard about...like three weeks ago. It works great, but it's slower going than usual.

I also got over my mental block against the Joyful World 'March' design and finally made progress on it:
Initially I didn't really care for the design, so I didn't want to work on it. The main issue I think I was having was that it all seemed un-March-ish? There was a simplicity of design and color to the first two months' designs, which seemed appropriate for the months, and then all of a sudden there's this explosion of color and motifs in March. Not that violets flower in February around here as they do in the February design; but...still.

I finally decided to go ahead and make some changes to my liking. The only one that's really obvious here is that I've changed the color of the little chick to be closer to a heron chick, which is to say, not yellow. :P  I will also tweak the flowers/colors a bit.

Lastly, something I spotted while on a business trip in February: a pretty cross-stitched wall hanging! It was in the conference hall of the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. No information about it was provided, but I thought it was lovely.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Crafty and goals

I feel like I shouldn't post again until I've had a chance to catch up on my blog reading/commenting/replying. But I can already feel myself slipping away from my April goals. It really does seem to help to write them down and post them. So...

How I did on my March goals:
  • finish something for the Smalls SAL Done
  • Tall Oaks: finish the foxes, left side border (word) Done
  • Mos Eisley: finish this sucker Done!
  • Joyful World SAL: stitch the border for March Got started, but didn't make it very far.
  • Other: finish the Mill Hill kit I started last month (needs beads) Done
April goals:
  • finish something for the Smalls SAL Done
  • Tall Oaks: finish the top border
  • Joyful World SAL: finish March, start the border for April
  • Happy Halloween: stitch at least two boxes Done
  • Other: finish-finish a couple of my winter/Christmas smalls from the end of last year
I've got a decent start on the Joyful World March, so I should get it done. Honestly, the border is the biggest hurdle for me. Keeping track of the long rows of stitches! Urgh. I just don't want to fall too far behind on this SAL. I could see myself giving up on it if I found myself more than a month behind.

And I've added Happy Halloween to my monthly goals. Maaaaaybe I can get it done by Halloween this way...

Non-stitch-ily: over the weekend a friend decided we should make rag wreaths. I was dubious. It seemed like a lot of time for a possibly silly-looking thing. But I loved the way they turned out. Mine, hung on my old farmhouse front door:
We got rolls of quilt strips from Joanns; I found a 50% off coupon online so we got the rolls for $6.50/each instead of $12.99/ea. The wreaths took 2 rolls a piece. Between cutting the strips down and tying them on, it only took about an hour and a half, maybe two hours per wreath, which was not bad at all! (Left plenty of time to go shopping after, yay!)

Soon-to-be OOP designs

I've been working on Holmsey Hare's Winter Wonderland by Stitchers Anon, and have finished part 2 of 3: Also, last year I stitche...