Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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 stitched Season of Love by Stitchers Anon; I FFO'd it in a hoop with a little bow this year:

According to the designer's Facebook page, her designs have been shared without permission in a pattern-sharing group of some sort - stolen, basically. 😞 The patterns have been for sale as PDFs via Lakeside Needlecrafts, here, but she is going to retire them at the end of this year.

She's got a lot of cute patterns, so if you're interested, shop now!

Monday, November 27, 2017

November Smalls SAL

Here's my project for the November Smalls SAL hosted by Stitching Lotus:
This is the small design from a design set called Winter Awwwwwwe! by Needle Bling Designs. I used fabric and threads from stash, and added the year - I intend to turn this into an ornament.

Edit: The fabric is "Chesapeake Bay," a discontinued color by Under the Sea Fabrics. It's not quite as vibrantly blue as in this photo, but it's gorgeous. Like a blue sky dappled by wispy clouds.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stitchy and crafty

One benefit of getting sick: lots of time to lay in bed stitching. I was sick most of last week, and I accomplished the following:

The first is Autumn Woods Sampler from Just Cross Stitch Dec 2017. I used 32 count Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Light Parchment linen, and three Thread Gatherer Silk 'n Colors: Grimm's Sock, Big Leaf Maple, and Woods of Gold. So pretty!

The second is the first section of Holmsey Hare's Winter Wonderland by Stitchers Anon, on Under the Sea Fabrics 32 count Chesapeake Bay linen. This was a Stitch Maynia 2016 start; I'd like to finish the two remaining sections by the end of January.

I finished one more little piece, but I'll save that for my November Smalls SAL post.

Other crafting happened this past weekend: I made a lighted canvas sign:
The background is painted navy blue; I free-handed the letters and snowflakes, obviously, with a paint pen. It's not the most perfect thing in the world, but I really like it! I need to come up with a better way to afix the lights to the back of the canvas, though. Right now they're just duct-taped in place.

I have another lighted canvas in work. I'd never tried making these before; it's a fun project!

Happy American Thanksgiving, to those who will be celebrating it. 😊

Friday, October 27, 2017

October Smalls SAL post

Here's my project for the October Smalls SAL hosted by Stitching Lotus:
Very Merry Autumn by JBW Designs. I stitched it on 32 count Sage linen by Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, with the called-for threads. If I had been thinking, I would have switched up the threads to something that would have shown up better on this fabric, but I still like it.

I also stitched another Just Nan Halloween mouse, but I have yet to FFO neither it nor the orange Halloween mouse. 😒 Since Halloween is next week, I'm DETERMINED to do them both this weekend. Luckily, I have no other plans. So. Here's hoping.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Slow down, October

Am I the only one dumbfounded by the fact that October is half over? Where did this month go? Everything has been so busy that I haven't even gotten out my Halloween decorations yet. 😞

I was out of town for work last week, and decided I wanted to take along a project that only used one or two colors. I settled on a monochrome WIP started during Stitch Maynia 2017, "Where Did I Put My Broom" by Dark Crosses (Etsy).

Before the trip:

I'm using The Thread Gatherer Silk 'n Colors "Smoke Stack," which varies in color between black and dark brown:

Now that I'm home, I've picked up Just Nan's Haunted Autumn House again, so this one will go back into the WIP basket. Given the way this month is going, the only way I'm going to get Haunted Autumn House done is via the focus-and-finish strategy; but then probably only if I have some unexpected extra stitching time. I did at least get a small finished for the October Smalls SAL installment.

Update on the new dog:

He has settled in wonderfully, and my dog has mostly remembered that Poco is actually his puppyhood BFF. There's a bit of jostling for dominance, especially around meals and snacks and who gets to sleep up next to my back at night. But otherwise they hang out comfortably, and have started to play and have fun.

Poco's mom sent them both some cute Halloween scarves:

Monday, October 9, 2017

September Goals - Belated status

Firstly, my birthday was in September, and look what my son got me!
I had him pick the first project for me to stitch from it; he chose White Cat. That's the one I would have picked too. :D I just have to decide on fabric, and then I'll probably pull threads from stash instead of using the charted threads.

On to goals...

I forgot to set goals for September until around the 6th, but this is what I came up with:

Do-able Goals:
- Finish Halloween biscornu: Done!
- Finish Satsuma Street "Sorry We're Dead": Done!
- Start/Finish Just Nan "Miss Ghostly Pumpkin Mouse": Done!

Stretch Goals:

- Start Just Nan "Haunted Autumn House": I got a few stitches in, go me!
- Start Just Nan "Witchy's Sister Mouse": No
- Catch up on Faby Reilly "Lizzie Stitching Wallet": No
- Put some stitches into Nora Corbett "Bleeding Heart Pixie" and Tempting Tangles "Feathers 'n Fins": I did put a couple of threads into Bleeding Heart Pixie!
- Spend $0 on new stash: I don't even want to talk about it. OMG.

Work and life haven't been super-conducive to getting a lot of stitching done, though the stress did result in some therapy shopping. *facepalm* Right now my focus is "Haunted Autumn House," but I'm also sorting through my autumn-themed patterns for one that requires fewer thread colors than Just Nan does, to use as a 'take-along' project.

October Goals

Do-able goals:

  • Finish Just Nan "Haunted Autumn House"
  • Finish Just Nan "Witchy's Sister Mouse" (I've actually accomplished this already)
  • FFO Just Nan "Miss Ghostly Pumpkin Mouse" and "Witchy's Sister Mouse"
  • Start/finish a small autumn pattern 
Stretch goals:
  • FFO Just Nan "Summer Mouse House" and "Haunted Autumn House"
  • Work on Faby Reilly "Lizzie Stitching Wallet"
  • Put some stitches into Nora Corbett "Bleeding Heart Pixie" and Tempting Tangles "Feathers 'n Fins"
  • Spend $0 on new stash

Friday, September 29, 2017

September Smalls SAL post

For the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:

The stitching/beading on Miss Ghostly Pumpkin Mouse by Just Nan is done:
I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but that orange fabric is BRIGHT. After working on two consecutive projects on black and dark gray fabric, this was almost blinding. *squints*

Anyway, I had hoped to get it constructed by now as well, but will have to put that off. If I can squeeze it in, I'm going to try to have a 'finishing day' on Monday.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Three things today:

Stitching first! I finished "Sorry We're Dead" by Satsuma Street for a Facebook Halloween SAL:
The model shows it finished in a hoop, like this, but I think I will finish it as a rectangle to emphasize the "Sorry We're Closed" sign homage.

Second: I will be getting another dog on the weekend. So many feelings! The new dog belongs to a friend who, for Reasons, can't keep him. We both got our dogs at the same time, as puppies, and until she moved out of state a few years ago our dogs were BFFs. My dog has become a great deal more territorial and persnickety in his 'old' age (he's only 6, but I still call him my grumpy old man), and he's used to being an only dog, so I'm not sure how he'll feel about this. Plus, two dogs! Can I handle two dogs, in my little house, with my full time job + long commute??

So basically, I'm sad that she can't keep him, hopeful that her situation will change at some point so that she can take him back (because she adores him and it's SO hard for her to give him up), nervous about the extra responsibility/how my dog will adjust, excited because he's a wonderful dog, and happy to be able to give him a home.

It will also be interesting to see how my cats adjust. I figure they will proceed as normal: ignore the canine(s), continue to be in charge of everything. (The new dog has lived with cats and gets along with them just fine.)

Edit: a picture from a couple of years back, of my dog Chuck (front) and Chuck's soon-to-be-roomie Poco.
He has some lovely eyeliner, doesn't he? Wears it better than I do. :D

Lastly: Today I turn 44. Gosh. It's crazy, because some days I don't feel a day over 12.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A first: biscornu!

I finished my first ever biscornu!

This is a pattern by Durene Jones posted as a freebie at the Lakeside Needlecrafts SAL Facebook group.

All supplies came from my stash. I used 32 count "Charcoal" evenweave; glow in the dark DMC & two Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads; and embellished with purple beads and two black 'crystal' beads. Beading the seams of the biscornu was probably not the best thing to do on my first attempt, but it eventually worked out.

So pleased with how it turned out:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello Fall

Autumn Fever has set in - like Spring Fever except better because we're heading away from hot weather instead of toward it.

At any rate, I'm feeling the urge to declutter my house, paint rooms and furniture, and stitch all the autumn/Halloween things!

Mornings right now are marked by dense fog rising from the river and blanketing the farmland and little valleys among the hills. This has been the view across the river before I leave for work every day:
Beyond the closest treeline is the river; beyond the next treeline is a stretch of farmland before the hills rise up. All of the gray/white below the horizon is fog. It's lovely and magical, and since it's also a deliciously crisp 50-ish degrees F when I'm observing it, I'm about as happy as a night owl can be when forced to leave the house at 6a.m.

There are still plenty of flowers, at least in my mom's garden. I was taking photos for her last weekend, for her to share with a long-distance friend, and caught our dogs in one. My boxer-terrier mix Chuck, and my parent's Yorkie (probably mixed with a dachshund) Lily:
Lily is all "I would be much happier if you would get this terrible large beast out of my yard. >:( " She's not a dog person.

Chuck is enjoying the cooler weather as much as I am. He can lay out in the sun now without melting.
My bebeh. <3 <3 <3

I'm nearly done stitching the free Halloween biscornu pattern from the Lakeside Needlecrafts Facebook group. Here's the front, with the threads I'm using:
And here's a partially stitched back (this is from the other day; I'm much farther along now), showing the color variation in the threads really nicely:
I'd like to finish this over the weekend. Next I'll focus on either "Sorry We're Dead" or Just Nan's "Haunted Autumn Mouse in a House."


Friday, September 1, 2017

August goals - status, pics

Ugh, this month. Busy, and stressful. Stitching suffered.

August Goals Status:
Finish Prairie Schooler September (Maynia 2017 start)
Status: Didn't even put a stitch into it. I was paralyzed by indecisiveness regarding the colors I chose for the squirrel. Still here:

Start/finish Satsuma Street Sorry We're Dead for FB Halloween SAL
Status: Started, but not finished. I like the look of it so far, though. Initially wasn't sure about the orange (it's more vibrant than in this pic), but it has grown on me.

Finish Just Nan Summer House (probably won't be able to finish, but going to try)
Status: Finished the stitching! Assembly to happen in September.

Progress on Tempting Tangles Feathers n Fins (Stitch Maynia 2017 start)
Status: No progress. Still here:

Progress on Nora Corbett Bleeding Heart Pixie
Status: I actually added a row of white in her dress! It's not terribly noticeable, though, so no updated picture.

Keep up with Faby Reilly Lizzie Stitching Wallet SAL
Status: Fail. Whether I catch up before next Spring will depend on whether or not I can tear myself away from seasonal stitching. Still here:

Progress on Jolly Jack by All Through the Night (Stitch Maynia 2017 start)
Status: Tiiiiny bit of progress, which amounted to testing 310 in the pumpkin eyes to see if it's going to show up well enough on the dark fabric. IDK. No pic, forgot. Doh.

Purchases: $90 budget for Needlework Galleria 
Status: Nailed it! (Pic of purchases is in a previous post)

Unplanned stitching:
I started & finished the square design from Scissortail Designs Pumpkin Potpourri because I'm in such a mood for autumn.
I also started a free pattern, a Halloween biscornu by Durene Jones via the Lakeside Needlecraft FB page. I am using materials from my stash.

Ongoing Projects:
  • Just Nan's Mouse in a House series - goal is to actually get them all done within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Faby Reilly Lizzie Stitching Wallet - this is a stitch along that runs through October. Goal is to keep up with it. (Not sure I can get back on track after this month; we'll see.)
  • Tempting Tangles Feathers n Fins - I love this, but stitching on 40 count is a challenge, so it's slow going. Goal is at least one or two threads per month.
  • Nora Corbett Bleeding Heart Pixie - I sort of accidentally started this; goal is at least one or two threads per month.
  • Stitch Maynia starts - the small designs will be take-to-work projects. The larger designs will be picked up as the mood strikes. (I'll make more progress here when I get in the Christmas/winter stitching mood.)

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...