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Weekend

Happy weekend to everyone - I hope it's being good to you!

I'm having a little bit of a stay-cation. I'm dog- and cat-sitting for some friends - we have a great arrangement that when I'm out of town, they watch my dog, and I reciprocate with their little herd of fur-babies. I decided to take advantage of the time and am spending non-pet-activity time stitching and reading. 
I also went to a movie today - Wonder Woman! It was amaaaaaaaazing. Gal Gadot is just fantastic. And Robin Wright plays General Antiope, which was very cool. She played Buttercup in The Princess Bride years ago. I saw a meme someone created, a photo of General Antiope and General Leia Organa captioned "I have lived to see my Princesses become Generals." YES. So awesome.

In the realm of stitchery, I've been thinking I need to rename this blog to "One Thread at a Time." That's about all I manage on any given day right now. It's one reason I decided to enjoy some stitchi…

May pictures

One more stitched finish for May:
The pattern is the 4-square pin cushion by Nikyscreations from Just Cross Stitch May/June 2017. I used summery colors from my stash of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads.

I also managed one more Maynia start:
This is Feathers 'n Fins by Tempting Tangles. I started it because on my way to/from my sister's place last week we passed through Nashville, and I stopped at the Stitchin' Post which is going out of business (due to the owner retiring). Everything was on sale.

One item purchased: 40 count lambswool linen! I wasn't thrilled with my from-stash linen options for this pattern, and was very excited to find the 40 count in an appropriate color. So I had to start this when I got home. I'm using a couple of VMSS threads, and a handful of Silk n Colors threads. I also had to go get a clip-on magnifier for this, because 40 count is TINY and eye strain was a distinct probability.

WIPs have been attended to as well - I made a little …

May Smalls SAL post

My May small for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:

I took a left turn in terms of the Mothers Day gift I made for my mom. I started thinking that I wasn't sure she would like the primitive style of the four square design. So I stitched up a tiny scissor fob using a pattern from the May 2017 Cross Stitcher magazine:
I had a heck of a time finishing it, because it is SO SMALL. It's about the size of an American-currency quarter. Ack. I felt like my fingers were giant fumbling sausages during the finishing process. I used a couple of little clear flower buttons to stabilize the spot where I attached the ribbon, and to add a bit of 'bling.' She liked it. ☺


Last (for now) Stitch Maynia starts

I made it through 9 of the 15 planned starts, which is not as bad as I thought!

 Where Did I Put My Broom by Dark Cross - stitched on white Belfast with Silk 'n Colors 'Smokestack.' It's a subtly variegated black to brown.
 Holmsey Hare's Winter Wonderland by Stitchers Anon - on Chesapeake Bay linen by Under the Sea Fabrics. I will be using the charted DMC threads.
 "September" from Spring and Fall by Prairie Schooler - on Beachwalk linen by UtSF. Will mostly use the charted DMC threads, except that I selected different colors for the squirrel (browns that more closely resemble our local squirrels).
 The small design from Winter Awwwwwwwe by Needle Bling Designs - on Chesapeake Bay by UtSF. Will use threads from stash, including this Romy's Creations "Red Passion." (I was going to do the larger design, but changed my mind. I needed something smaller to work on.)
Not a Creature Was Stirring by Lizzie Kate - on the charted navy Heatherfield, u…

Mayni-ack, missing mouse, and flooding

I have hit my Stitch Maynia 'start' limit. I'm beginning to feel a little anxious about having so many WIPs, and can't bring myself to start anything else. But the other kitted projects will remain on deck; I may grab one for a start as I finish projects, so that I don't just abandon them. Pics of my final starts to come.

In other stitching news, Miss Pansy Mouse is missing. :((  The two possible culprits are myself (did I move her somewhere else thinking she would be safer and I've just...forgotten? This is my brain on stress) or my middle cat who likes to hunt and kill and play with my things (i.e., socks, jewelry, DMC skeins - anything I leave where he can get at it, except that he's always surprising me by getting at things I think are out of his reach). I really hope I find her soon.

I'm still not finished with her house. Stitch Maynia got in the way. But I've picked it back up again. I've ordered Summer Mouse in a House, as well as the cha…

Stitch Maynia & other WIPs

Successfully completed the first 4 days of Stitch Maynia, yay! I didn't actually put many stitches in on each, because I'm also working on a Mother's Day gift (photo later in the post).
 June Bugs by Pine Mountain Designs.
Butterflies Biscornu by Seba Designs - I really like this one. Threads used so far: GAST Pine and Deep Sea, on a 32 count mystery linen; the tag just says "HD Blue" - a scrap bin find, no other info on it.
"August" from Winter and Summer by Prairie Schooler, on Beachwalk by Under the Sea Fabrics. This will be a really cute finish. Eventually.
Jolly Jack by All Through the Night. The fabric is actually a very dark purple 30 count linen called Purple Rain; also from a scrap bin so no other info. So not fun to stitch on. :( Threads used so far: GAST Fragrant Cloves & VMSS Gold Rush.

The Mother's Day gift is one of the "Hello Spring" designs by Nikyscreations, from the newest Just Cross Stitch magazine. I'm stitchin…

In honor of May the Fourth

April Smalls SAL post

My April small for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:
Miss Pansy Mouse by Just Nan, from the Spring Mouse in a House design set (the patterns included are for both the mouse and the house; neither is sold separately). The called for linen was 32 count 'Lilac' by WDW, but I had a pretty opalescent lavender linen in my stash which I used instead ('Khione' by Under the Sea Fabrics).

It was a really fun little stitch. I'm working on the house, which is taking longer. I'm super intimidated by the steps required to FFO the house, so that should be interesting when I get to that point.

Summer Mouse in a House comes out in May, and I'm definitely going to get it. It will be my project for June/July. I hope to do the whole series this year.

Better

Thank you to those who commented on my previous post. You are lovely. I will reply today!

Onward to a better week, yes?

I set aside a big block of time yesterday evening for stitching and relaxing, rather than doing housework (guilt-free, because I cut the grass and did a couple loads of laundry right after work). It was great. Self-care is a good thing.

I was not in the mood for Halloween, and I'm a bit cranky about how messy my over-1 stitches are on the first bird of the Just Nan Spring House (first time doing over 1 on 32 count - I should have waited til I had better light). So I started next month's Smalls SAL project. I picked a pattern from the new Just Cross Stitch magazine:
I'm doing the 4-square pattern, but in brighter colors. It's probably going to look more like "Hello Summer" when it's done.

I have decided to do the May starts challenge on the Stitch Maynia Facebook group - 15 starts in the first 15 days of May. I've been making myself …

Scroll past the words if you just want to see the stitching :)

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…

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 …