Friday, December 30, 2011

End of The Year Update (Warming- image heavy)

WARNING!!-- This post is very long and full of pictures, just thought I would let you know in advance.

I cannot believe that another month and year for that matter is gone.  This year went by so fast and was full of ups and downs.  Looking back on my year of stitching I didn't really finish much off my list of items I wanted to stitch so do not be surprised if a few of them stay on that list because I still want to stitch them.  I did manager to stitch lots of things and thought I had better post the last of my finishes.

I actually finished these two in November but I thought I was going to get them made into ornaments before posting that but it just hasn't happened, oh well, I plan to do lots of finishing in the next year.  Both patterns are from Crossed Wing Collection- #26 A Crossed Wing Christmas and are stitch on a 28 ct natural iridescent linen.

These two little cuties are kits I decided to do.  The snowy owl I gave to my Mom.  The Yo-yo cardinal was made from a kit from Mary Maxim.

This is the first CEC Mitten I have ever done and I am sure it will not be my last.  This one is called the Lone Pine mitten and it comes from leaflet 227 Winter Forest.

I know I already posted this one but I just love the way it turned out.  I was so excited to finally find the little tart tins for it.  By the way I got mine for .79 cents each at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I had to drill the hole in the top to put the ribbon thru but that was the easy part for a craft person like me.  I gave this ornament to my dear friend Cindy who loves and collects squirrels.  She was just thrilled with it.

Every year my sister brings me craft kits to do for her, this year she brought me a cross stitch kit of little stocking and mittens to stitch up.  I had her select 8 of them from the kit and I managed to get 6 of them stitched but I did not get them completely finished in time so they are first on my list of items to finish.  Here is what they look like so far.  Only thing I need to do is attach them to the felt backing and put a hanger on them.  I also made her a beaded ornament but I forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it to her, opps.

I seriously hope I have not forgotten anything.  I want to thank all my online friends for reading my blog and posting comments, it means a lot to me knowing that other people like what I am doing.  I hope I have not bored you to much with things, LOL.  Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a Happy New Year.

Monday, November 28, 2011

End of the month update and new treasures

It's been a while since I posted an update and people are starting to give me a hard time because while chatting with friends I keep saying I am going to post an update and still haven't yet so before someone takes a wet noodle to me I figured I better get one done.

I don't really have anything big and exciting to share, just a few small finishes.  The first one is by Prairie Schooler  and its stitched on a very fitting fabric for it.  The fabric is a 36 count from Birds of a Feather and the color is Barn owl, see I told you it was perfect for it.

This one I stitched for a friend for Christmas but its safe to post here cause she doesn't read my blog, as far as I know she doesn't even know I have a blog, LOL.  Its from the 2011 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue and the design is from Victoria Sampler.  I am still trying to find a tart tin to put it on or another type of small frame.  I am sure I will come up with something for it.

Here is one last little finish that I did.  On November 12th at The Stitchers Village,  Jennifer Aikmen-Smith from Dragon Dreams joined the site for a group chat and afterwards she posted a new freebie to her facebook page.  I couldn't resist getting to work on it right away and had it finished within a few hours.  Its called- Be thankful.

Last weekend my husband and I went to visit a friend and help her with a project.  On one of her walls she had hung a antique printing drawer and had little items that she had collected from all over the world while traveling with the military.  I commented on how neat it was and out of the blue she offered me 3 antique printing drawers and she just wanted to give away.  I was over joyed with these and cannot wait to figure out something to do with them.  I have seen people use them for all kinds of stitching projects and now I just need to decide which project I want to do.  Anyway here is what I got...  Two square drawers- each with spaces about 2x2 and 1 drawer has various size spaces.

On a side note I did manage to finish all of the Dragon Dreams Christmyth ornaments, I do not have pictures of them but it is nice to have the entire series finally done.  I will try to post pictures of them another day.

Well I am off to begin my massive project of decorating the house for Christmas- 10 large totes and various boxes of decorations.  It usually takes me a good week to get it all done.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Last of the Halloween stuff and a Halloween Surprise

I cannot believe that the month of November is already here and we are 10 days into it, where is time going these days??  I've been staying busy with projects and looking forward to the holidays.  I finished the last of my Halloween project and I am so excited that I am done with the AAN Spider Banner.  I was surprised at how quick it actually worked up even if I didn't get it made into a wall hanging this year.  I've stored the project with the fabric I picked out to go with it so I can hopefully get it done in time for next Halloween.

Update- Forgot to post what fabric I used- 28 ct Autumn Fields from Zweigart using DMC floss.

I mentioned in a previous post that I found a new quilt store in my area and that I love their projects.  One local product that they have is little mini quilt wall hangings that you applique fabric and add buttons too.  This is one called Spell Gone Wrong and I just love it.  I am doing a few of these little quilts with some friends and they are lots of fun.

I've also managed to get a few projects done for Thanksgiving.  One is from CEC and is a cute little turkey acorn and the other is from Trilogy and is called Thanksgiving Spots.  I love the spots series and I am slowly getting all of them done.

One last thing.  Some of you know that I have lots of pets including several tortoise and this year on Halloween I was surprised to get a baby hatching .  I have named it Punkin and its the only baby that is going to hatch this year.  The other hopeful egg did not hatch and the other day we opened it to see that the baby died late in development which does happen.  Lucky for the new baby it will have 4 older siblings from last year to keep it company.  Punkin is going well and is eating great.  He/Shes cage is right next to its siblings and I hope in a few months that I can put them in the same cage, right now Punkin is just to little to be with the bigger torties who enjoy climbing over each other.

First picture was taken on Halloween night and shows the baby with just its head out of the egg.  The egg is about the size of a ping pong ball.

The next picture was taken 2 days later after it was ready to come out of the incubator.  I just love the little face.  Look close on the bottom and you will see the last of the egg yoke still there.

This picture shows the new baby at 1 day old next to its 13 month old sibling.  Its amazing how much they grow in a year.  That is a quarter in between them so you can get a better idea on their sizes.

Well that is it for now.  Hope you were not to bored with the tories, I know not everyone gets as excited as I do about my reptiles.  My next projects are ornament for my sister for Christmas and I am working on an older Prairie Schooler chart right now as a last minute fall project.  I have ton of items I want to get stitched for Christmas, lets hope I find time to work on them.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spiders oh my!!

Well it seems that Fall has come to Utah again and wow was it cold this morning.  Last week we were enjoying temps in the high 60's and now its in the 30's.  I love the colors of Fall and I love the feeling of walking in a warm house after being outside in the chilly air.

I mentioned I would tell you why things have been so crazy the past few months and since tomorrow things will get back to normal around here, well normal for my house anyways, I guess I can mention why.  My hubby has been in Korea since the first part of September employed with the government.  Because of the fact that my blog is public and I never know which crazy person might be reading my blog I figured it wouldn't be the smartest thing to post that he was gone.  Never can be to safe and I've learn in the past that I have people who read my blog but are not listed in my followers which is fine with me.

While he's been gone I've had his parents come visit for a few days and also a dear friend from Arizona.  It was great to have them come visit because it helped to break up the time and also gave me adults to talk to, LOL.  One can only watch so many cartoons and talk with a 6 year old for so long before going a little nuts.

You'd think with all the extra time I would have gotten more stitching done.  Its amazing where the time in a day goes and you have no idea what you did with it.  I do have a finish to share and as promised an update.

I've been wanting to stitch this one for a while and finally got it done.  I bought this pattern many years ago at a store in California called The Fuzzy Penguin.  The store is now closed and I miss it.  They had a great selection of used patterns and every time I went to CA I would make my hubby take me there.  I would spend a few hours in the store going thru the new and used patterns and found many goodies there including Long Spider by Annalee Waite.  Its stitched on a 28 count Tropical Orange from Wichett using DMC 5287.  I know its not the best picture but you can kind of see that is has a sparkle to it.  I was able to get this project stitched up in one evening.

I was hoping to get my spider banner done before Halloween but I just do not think its going to happen.  I have been enjoying working on it and its looking great.  I am a little more than 1/2 way done on it.  Do not ask me what it is with me and spiders with year cause I have no idea.  I am not afraid of them or anything, in fact I think they are interesting creatures and I have had several tarantulas as pets over the years.  Not really crazy about the little fury ones that jump but I am not a person to go running from the room screaming if I see one.

Well that's it for now.  I hope to have more to share in my next update and who knows maybe my hubby will have brought me something fun to share with you.  Thanks to all my family and friends for keeping me company while my hubby was gone, it means so much to me that you are there for me.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Short update

Things have been crazy around my house the past few weeks, I will tell you why later this month.  I have had company coming and going.  Last week a friend came to visit me from Arizona and we had a blast hanging out, stitching and going to places like Antelope Island and the zoo.  I have worked some on my spider banner and its coming along nicely but my other stitchy project I am so happy with that I couldn't wait to share it.  For the past year I have wanted to stitch Candy Corn by With Thy Needle but have not been able to find the right color of fabric for it because the color it calls for has been on back order for the last year.  While going thru the shelves at my LNS with one of the owners from the shop (Teri from Shephards Bush) she found a perfect fabric as a substitute that was way in the back on a shelf.  I had her cut me 2 peices of it so I will have more for future projects since its such an odd color.  Here is what I managed to make and I just love it!!

It's done on a 28 ct. gold Joblein linen using DMC floss.  I made it into a little pillow with crushed walnut shell in the bottom to weight it down.  Here is another view of it with a yo-yo pumpkin that I made.

Hope to post more soon and I promise to post an update on my Spider banner very soon.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jeepers Creepers I've been busy

Sorry its been so long in between updates, things are just crazy this time of year I guess.  I am slowly getting my house decorated for Halloween and I am excited that fall is finally arriving in Utah.  I love this time of year where the weather changes and the trees turn wonderful shades of orange, red and yellow.

As far as my stitching goes I have been pretty busy.  I have had a blast making magnet eyeballs.  The pattern is in the JCS Halloween book and they stitch up really quick.  I was not able to find the bottle cap earrings which was ok with me because I hardly ever wear earrings anymore.  I did manage to find little kits containing bottle cap magnets for $1.00 and the local JoAnn's fabrics.  I bought several sets and as I was stitching up the first set I got the idea that they would make cute gifts to give to my sons teacher and then they could stick to the white board in the classroom and she or the kids could draw monster faces around them.  I went back and bought 15 more sets of the magnets to add to my craft stash.

Here is the little kits that I found and even if I am not using the purple glitter glue and sparkle gems that came with it I still figured I could use them.

 The kits came with two printed peices of fun foam that I flipped over and used the sticky back to attack the stitching too and then I simply glued the eyes into the bottle caps.

The following morning I woke up to a big eyed frog on my fridge.  My son had taken the eyes and placed them on a frog that he had colored.

I found a new little fabric store near me.  They do not have any stitching stuff but they do have a great selection of fabrics and fun creative ideas.  I purchased a Halloween wall hanging that I hope to get working on next week.  The store is mainly a quilt shop.  While in the store the ladies had taken the fun theme buttons and made decorative pins from them so I decided to try to make some and I just love them.

This is the back of the pins, I used the flower quilting pins and I have trimmed them to fit the back of the buttons.  Here are 3 ways of attaching them.  The back of the pumpkin I simply cut the bottom shank at the button and slid the pin under the shank and glued it in place, the next one the shank was going the opposite way so I slid the pin thru the shank and added a bit from a tooth pick to hold everything tight and glued everything down.  On the last one I cut the button shank of completely and sanded the back smooth and then glued it down.  The glue I used is actually a fabric glue called Fabri-Tac.  I love this glue because it dries quickly but if you use to much of it it will bubble up on you.

Front of the pins.

I just love the way they look and cannot wait to make more of them.

I also managed to get some progress done on a large Halloween project.  I started stitching Spider Banner from Alessandra Adelaide- AAN.  So far its been a fun stitch but I decided to take a break from it for a few days because I was having to frog it.  I started Bent Creeks- Quaker Moon last night.  Here is my progress so far on the Spider Banner.  

Well that is it for now, hopefully I will have more to share soon.

Friday, September 9, 2011

And a tree Bloomed

I am so excited to be done with this project.  This was a really fun stitch and I really enjoyed it.  The entire tree is done in specialty stitches and was a freebie from the yahoo group- The Stitch Specialists.  Its a great group of people who are very chatty and the designer/owner of the group does amazing freebie SALs.

Project is stitched on a 28 ct linen called Winter Winds using Caron Waterlilies 088- Mountain Meadow for the tree, Needle Necessities 128- Serengeti for the trunk and Carrie's Creation- Sage for the Rabbit and Owl.  Beads are Mill Hill- 3037

These are the stitches used in the tree.

1. Cross Stitch for tree trunk
2. Smryna Stitch or Double Cross Stitch
3. French Knots
4. Eyelets
5. Rice Stitch
6. Cushion Stitch
7. Jerusalem Stitch
8. Floral Stitch
9. Norwich Stitch
10. Star Stitch
11. Rhodes Square
12. Fancy Cross
13. Tied Windmill Stitch
14. Leaf Stitch
15. Owl, Rabbit and flowers combinations of stitches

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A first for me

I am so ready for cooler weather and fall colors, the heat and wind from this week just seems to dry out everything including me.  I have 2 finishes to share with eveyone. The first one is Happy Hoots from SanMan originals.  I bought this little tuck last year and just got around to stitching it.  It was a really quick stitch and I just love the little tuck that was made to go with it.

This next one I am pretty proud, my first Biscornu,  The pattern is from Halloween Sewing Set by Giulia Punti Antichi.  I decided it was best to do a simple pattern for my first one and I am sure that this will not be my last one.

My goal for the rest of the week is to work on a few WIPS and hopefully make some progress on them.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A few finishes to share and a choice to make.

Decided it was time for an update now that the kids are back in school.  My son started 1st grade this year and so far he is really liking it and I really like his teacher.  I have been trying to go to sleep sooner now that I have to be up at 7am to get him to school so I have not been able to stay up until 2am stitching like I used to.  I am really not a morning person at all, I am a serious night owl.  I am sure I will get used to it sooner or later.

I did manage to finish my voodoo girl.  I am still undecided on if I like her with her hair so maybe your comments will help me decide on it.  First picture shows her with her hair.  I had it braided at first but really didn't like it so I took the braids out and I kinda like how she looks now with it all wild and frizzy.

This one shows her with the hair tucked behind.  Please be honest and tell me which one you like better.  I am still thinking I will be putting black wings on her when I put her on my Halloween tree.  Maybe I will wait until I get her wings on and see what I think then.

And just for the fun of it, here is what she looks like under a black light.  Its a little blurry but you get the point.

I have also finished a few Christmas items.  The cute peppermint acorn is a freebie from Hand Blessings that can be found in a newsletter online at My Fiberworks, I think its the Nov 2009 issue.

This reindeer is called cute as a button and can be found in the UK Cross Stitcher issue 220.  It came as a kit with the magazine and I wanted to get it stitched before I forgot which one it came with.

I should be starting my Halloween stitching next, but may work on my Tree of Stitches WIP as well since I am really behind on it.  Oh to many projects so little time.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Mouse, Buttons and Voodoo??

I feel like a headless chicken whose been split in half going many directions.  Between getting ready for my son to go back to school and many other things I have managed a little stitch time.  I have been working on the VooDoo girl from Haberdashery Designs.  I decided not to use the floss it called for which was the Krienik glow in the darks and instead I am using the DMC florescent floss.  I am really liking the results and its making the project more cheerful looking.  So why am I working on a voodoo doll??  Well for one thing I love Halloween and the next thing I think when I add black wings to her she is going to look great on top of my Halloween tree.  Here is my progress so far.

I finished this little cutie about a week ago and I am really happy with how it looks.  This is Mirerva's Mouse from Just Nan.  I could not afford to get the actually kit that came with the pretty owl so I managed to buy just the pattern at an online auction.  I just couldn't see paying $65.00 for it even though I know its well worth it.  This was a really fun, quick stitch and I plan to stitch it again on dark fabric.  Her tail is the DMC memory thread and the button I found at a local fabric store.

I love buttons and thought it would be fun to show you my buttons.  I keep them in a basket that I bought at a thrift store but I think I will need a new basket soon since this one is looking a little over loaded.

I love these little bags.  Each bag holds a different holiday or season of buttons.

This box sits in the bottom of the basket and has 12 little jars that hold all my little buttons.

And here is the rest of the buttons that hide in my basket.   Every time I go to a craft store I have to look at the buttons to see if there is anything else I can add to my basket.

Happy stitching and maybe next time I will have another finish to share.  I have been pulling Halloween and Fall designs to stitch, just need to decide which one to stitch next.