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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:
Snowflower Diaries Joyful World "March"Purple Rain cloud

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.

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 fundr…

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 g…

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 DoneTall Oaks: finish the foxes, left side border (word) DoneMos Eisley: finish this suckerDone!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) DoneApril goals:
finish something for the Smalls SAL DoneTall Oaks: finish the top borderJoyful World SAL: finish March, start the border for AprilHappy Halloween: stitch at least two boxes DoneOther: finish-finish a couple of my winter/Christmas smalls from the end of last yearI'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 th…