Thursday, December 27, 2012

End of another Year (Warning image Heavy)

Well this year has just flown by for me so I figured I better post one more update for the year and wrap it up.  It has been a really good year in most areas.  My shoulder is still giving me fits and probably will for the rest of my life but as long as it doesn't get worse I can deal with it.  If I rest it its much better but being active and having a 7 year old makes it hard to do sometime.  At least I am still able to work on crafts when its not bugging me so all is not lost.


For the month of December I was able to get several small items stitched.  I am not going to go into to much detail on each item but I'll post the basics so people can find them.  Not sure if I have mentioned this before but one of my pet peeves is when I go to a blog and see something that I like but the person has not taken the time to post the designer or where the pattern can be found so I try to make sure I do that with every item.


This little guy was from a blog and from what I can tell he is no longer available.  I've had the chart for many years and just got around to stitching him this year. 


Christmas Spider from Sunflower seeds.  The trim is eyelash yarn that a crochet into a loose chain to make it fuller.



Both of these little dragons are from Dragon Dreams and can be bought at Patternsonline.com.  Top one is Santa's Helper and the other one is The Cookie Thief.


Not a Creature was Stirring from Casey Buonaugurio and was in the Nov/Dec 2008 Just Cross stitch issue.


Frost on the pumpkin by Just Nan.

 
Hard to see but this is Santa Squared by Pickle Barrel Designs as it was in the Nov/Dec 2012 Just Cross Stitch Issue.
 
Are you bored yet??  I am still not done, LOL.
 
I took the time to make several beaded ornaments this year and had a blast making them.
 





All of these kits except the candy canes can be found at MaryMaxim.com.  The Candy Canes I bought at my local Hobby Lobby.


This is also a kit from Mary Maxim.  He was loads of fun to make, I am giving him to my MIL as a Christmas gift, she collects Santas.

One last item and I think I am done, LOL.  These were my favorite thing that I stitched this year.  When this kit came out I knew I just had to have it.
 
 
Just Nan Limited Edition Gingerbread Mouse.  The other Mouse is also a Just Nan Minervea's Mouse.

 
I think I have posted every thing I have made since my last post.  I did not get everything stitched on my stitch list this year but I still feel like I managed to get a lot accomplished and I hope to be able to maybe work on some of them next year.
 
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and here's wishing everyone a great New Year.
 
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Screaming Month

Wow what a month October was.  It was a great month but screamed by literally.  After my last update I didn't manage to get to much stitching done, I do have a few new finishes to share but we were so busy I am surprised I got anything done. 

We decided on one last camping trip for the year and we are so glad that we went.  We got a group of friends and went to the sand dunes.  My hubby painted his 4 wheeler a new color and even managed to paint part of mine too and we are both happy with the results.  Yes, that is Kawasaki green on a Yamaha machine.  My bike was blue and white, I like the new colors on both bikes.


We were also really busy with Halloween goodies.  This year we decided to decorate the yard more than we usually do and went a little crazy.  We had an 18 foot ghost hanging off the side of the house, a big spider on the roof with a "body" wrapped up in webs, our Grimm reaper, scarecrow and the best prop was our 96 year old claw foot tub with a skeleton relaxing in it.  The water was turn green with lights and the water even ran from the faucet and bubbled like acid. Complete the look with plastic body parts floating in the water.


My hubby has been bugging me for a new costume for the past 3 year so this year I finally got around to making it.  I cut out the pattern outside so it didn't look like a dog exploded in my kitchen and once I got started on it, it went pretty fast and my hubby was howling about the results.


 I dressed up as Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and had lots of fun.  I sprayed my hair bright red and washing it out later that night looked like a murder scene in the tub.


Here is my favorite decoration from this year.  My Zombie garden gnome.  I bought 2 of them and left one as a surprise for my sister in her yard, it took her a few days to find it and she called him a creapy little gnome, LOL.  I put mine in the computer hutch for my son to find, LOL I am so rotten.


Ok are you ready for crafts now??  The first little finish I have I found on a Russian blog.  He was a fun stitch.  Here is the link if you want him.  http://petelka.narod.ru/download2.html


The next one is from the Halloween Just Cross Stitch Special book from this year.  It's by Dragon Dreams and is stitched on perforated paper.  Poor little dragon is so tired after a night of trick or treating.


Last stitchy finish is Quaker Moon by Bent Creek.  I stitch it using DMC floss and it on a opalescent fabric.


I did get one last item finished but its not a stitchy related unless you count hand stitching the fabric yo yo's.  I got the kit from Mary Maxim and I just love her, in fact I am having a hard time putting her away with the Halloween decorations since I only finished her two days before Halloween. 


Well thats if for now.  I have all my Thanksgiving decorations up now and I have started working on Thankful Quaker from Bent Creek, other than that I have no other fall stitching planned but I have tons of Christmas stuff lined up which I hope to get done and share.  Until then Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

More Halloween and other finishes

Well I am definitely ready for Halloween this year.  My husband and I are decorating more than ever this year and we cannot wait.  Most of the decorations in the yard will not be put out until the week before Halloween and some will not go out until the night of Halloween to keep them a secret, but we cannot wait for it.  I've done tons of decorating in the house and I will post pictures of it another post but I do have some stitchy finishes to share as well as other crafts.

First of all I am please to say I have finally finished the Bird and Teacup series from Bucilla.  The cardinal was my favorite one out of the group and I hope to get them framed to hang in my kitchen.




Here are two gifts that I made.  The first on is Sophie's Bunny Button from Cross Eyed Cricket and I made it for a sweet little girl who lives down the street from me for her birthday.  She has the cutest bunny and I used the fuzzy Whisper thread to make the bunny fluffy like her bunny.



I made this little chipmunk for my friend that I made the squirrel tart tin ornament for.  She watches my animals for me when I go camping and I wanted her to know how much I appreciate all she does for my pets.  The chipmunk is from Victoria Sampler.


Here are just a few of my Halloween items from this year.  I have a few others I still need to take pictures of. Both of these were freebies, I cannot remember where the pumpkin came from but the skull came from the Skull-a-day website.


I love this little witch, I still need to put the actual hanger on the top of it but right now she is hanging on the back of my front door with a magnet.  She was in the 2012 JCS Halloween Ornament issue and is by Pickle Barrel Designs.


When I first saw little Owen I just had to stitch him, he has the sweetest eyes.  He is a Heart in Hand pattern and was lots of fun to stitch.  The last stitchy thing is the Bent Creek Pumpking and white but as you can tell mine is a little different.  After getting it stitched with the white, it just didn't look right to me so I unpicked the white and redid it in black and left the button off, I like it much better.

 
 
Now for a few non-stitchy items.  I love this local store near me called Wood Creations.  By the way they are now shipping their products, all products are unfinished so you can paint them however you want.  I love that they are constantly changing their stuff for each season and I swear they have new stuff every time I go in there.  I like being able to add my own twist to things too.  Here is the candy corn for my HOME set and also a set of potion bottles the I made by covering the wood with scrap book paper.



That is it for now.  I will post my Halloween decorations next time as well as more finishes that I have.  Happy stitching!!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Halloween Spirit

I am really getting in the mood for fall and Halloween mainly because I am tried of the heat and long for colder weather.  We went camping over the weekend again and the aspen trees are just starting to turn yellow in the higher mountain areas.  I have been busy one again working on Halloween projects and I am very happy with one of my latest finishes.  Its not a cross stitch finish but I cannot wait to hang it up in a few weeks. 

The pattern is from a company called At My Grandmother's Knee and is called Happy Jack.  The fabric was fun to work with and I do have to say this is some of my best fabric piecing to date, all my corners are perfect.  I was surprised one night after working on it to come back to the kitchen a few minutes later and find that the eyes on the boarder fabric glow in the dark, it took me a few minutes to realize what was glowing on my table.  The finished size is about 30 inches by 30 inches.  The project took me much longer than I wanted it too due to on going shoulder pain.


Closer view of some of the fun fabric.


Another item I managed to finish is called Jester Jack and its by Cherrywood Design Studio and is in the Just Cross Stitch 2012 Halloween special issue.  He worked up very quick.


I've also managed to get a few more blocks done for my HOME collection.  I used a sunflower for August and and owl face for September.



I said I would explain more about my shoulder so here it is... I normally do not like to post too personal of stuff but decided I would make an exception since a few people have been asking whats up with it.  I have been diagnosed with tendonitis and bursitis in my left shoulder.  Its been caused by a number of factors but mainly I think its from lifting items to heavy.  It causes me to have shooting pains in my shoulder, across my collar bone, down my arm and sometimes up my neck into the left side of my face.  There are nights that I am not able to sleep well because of the pain and I fall asleep with ice packs only to wake up later in pain again after the ice pack has gotten warm.  The doctors put me on a strong anti inflammatory but its really not helping much so I am going back to the doctors next week for a follow up appointment.  I am tired of living on pain pills and I hate taking muscle relaxers which seem to give me some relief but make me unsteady on my feet and I learned the hard way that I cannot take them and then walk down the stairs to get a drink in the middle of the night, me and stairs are not friends.  I have a feeling that my next option is to go to a specialist and I have a feeling that needles are going to be involved which is not good considering I am terrified of them.  The only good thing is that it does not seem to affect my stitching most nights so I have been able to get some stitching time in as long as I am not in pain before I start stitching.  I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband who has been helping me thru the pain and also around the house.  Any who that whats going on with that.

My near future stitching goals are to finish the last of the Bucilla bird and teacup series, I am about 1/2 done with the 3rd and final teacup and I also want to work on a few more Halloween items.  I have more wood items bought to paint for the HOME series and also some fun Halloween ones too.

Hope everyone is getting lots of stitching done.

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's a Miracle!!!

Yes, it's a miracle!!  I am posting to my blog, LOL.

Things have been crazy around my house.  I went back to work, working in a frame shop in a new craft store that opened in the area but now I am on medical leave with an injury to my shoulder so I have a little time to blog again.  I did enjoy working but I think I enjoy being a stay at home Mom even more.  Things seem to run smoother when I am home all the time and I seem to get more done.

In the world of my crafts I have been busy but I am not going to post everything I have worked on over the months but instead I am just going to post a few of my favorites.

This is a wall hanging that I did back in June.  I bought the kit for it probably 5 years ago and just never got around to it.  I really enjoyed making it and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.


This is from Just Another Button Company.  Its called Love Bird.  I have a really pretty black frame that I am going to be putting it in.  I stitched it using DMC Floss.


We went camping over the weekend to Idaho and I actually managed to get some stitching done.  So many times I take stitching camping with me and never ever pull it out of the box.  I got this cute little guy done in 2 days.  I had a blast working on him.  The pattern is from Crossed Wing Collection #3 North American Favorites.  I just love little goldfinches, they are my favorite bird that comes to my yard.


Ok i have other things that I could post but I think this is good for now.  I will try to post more about my shoulder later as well as some of my other finishes.  I have a few Halloween items stitched but I am not going to post them until I do the finish work on them.  The kids are going back to school this week and I am looking forward to having a little quiet time around the house.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Another Tweet Tea

I had a very productive weekend and was able to finish a few projects.  First of all I finished another bird from the Bucilla Kit- Birds and Teacups.  Two down and one to go in the series.  I will probably frame the series when I finish the last one and hang them in my kitchen.


I also managed to finish the March block from the Month by Month series from Sunflower Seeds.  It is pictured with the frame that I plan to use for each month.



This project I am very proud of and I just love how it turned out.  The pattern is from a company called Bloomin' Minds.  I used mainly fabric from my stash but I did buy the striped fabric at JoAnn's Fabrics.  You cannot tell but the words are stitch in a variegated floss from JP Coats that has pink, purples, greens and blues in it, very springy looking.  I also used a variegated green floss to long stitch across the stems with.  I cannot wait to hang this up this year.



I have a bit of good news to share.  I may have a job.  I got a call last week from a friend and she was letting me know that the company she works for is opening up a new store closer to me and wants me to work there.  It is a craft store and I would be working in the frame shop.  I used to work in a frame shop with my friend at another store and also in one that she used to own so she knows my work.  I am excited at the possibility and hope that I get it.  I would be working while my son is in school and also a few weekends a month so it should be fun.  Its funny, someone told me that they didn't know I was looking for work and I commented that I wasn't, that the job found me.  I should know if I get the job sometime this week.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Long Overdue Update (warning image heavy)

Ok, ok, I know I am way behind on updating my blog but I just haven't been in the mood to post an update or really be at the computer to much.  The good news is I have given up playing facebook games, tired of the error messages and tired of the endless clicking so they went bye bye and you know what I do not miss them and I find that I have more stitching time, gee imagine that, LOL.

Now on to the fun stuff.  Before the ends of last year I started a new project, not a stitching one but a fun one none the less.  There is a wonderful new wood shop near me called Wood Creations and they have all kinds of unpainted wood to paint for the holidays and every day stuff too.  I fell in love with the word HOME, a simple word but each month instead of the O in the word you put a fun shape.  A pumpkin for November, an ornament for December, a snowflake for January and a heart for February.  For a few of them I have just painted them but for the snowflake and the heart I actually used scrap book paper to cover them.  I am really loving this project and its a nice break from stitching.  I used to do lots of painting so its fun to get back into it a little.  The word is perched high above on wall that does not go all the way to the ceiling, I have vaulted ceiling in part of my house.



 


Bet your wondering if I have any stitching to share, well of course I do.  I've started 2 monthly series, the first is by Sunflower Seeds and is called Month by Month.  I am stitching them using DMC threads on 32 count Country Mocha linen.  I have a frame picked out that I plan to use for the entire series and I will simply swap them out each month.


The next series if actually a Dimensions kit called A year of Events #35235.  I changed the white aida farbic for a white 28 count linen and I am stitching them each separately.  I have not decided yet how I am going to finish them.  They will probably end up being an ornament.


Nope I am not done yet.  This is a series from Val's Stitching stuff called Kitty's changing seasons.  They stitched up really quick and I was able to finish the entire series in a few days.  Finished size on each one is less then 2 inches squared.


Two last things...  Bent Creeks Red and White stitched on a 28 count queen annes lace linen and a little heart humbug.  The humbug was in the Feb 2011 Janie Hubble newsletter and its stitched on a 28 count Jamica sparkle linen.



I think that is everything that I have been stitching this year.  Well there is one more thing but I will try to post it later this week.  I have decided to work on several old WIPs and kits that I bought the past few years.  I am trying not to add to much to my stash and work on what I have for at least the first half of the year, we'll see if I actually stick to it.