Sunday, September 14, 2014

Halloween Exchange

I stitched up the "Petite Halloween Sampler" by Nikyscreations, in the 2014 JCS Halloween special issue, for Becky.
I used the DMC colors called for, and stitched it over-2 with one strand of floss on a mystery evenweave (I think it was Queen Anne's Lace?) from my stash.  The checkered fabric is what I used for the back or the ornament, and the trim is a piece of jute twine with orange and brown beads.  The bottom bow and beads was my attempt to make a "pumpkin" - not sure if it worked or not, but it is different!
I hope Becky liked it.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Just Winging It

Well, my Halloween ornament is done - just a bit of finishing left to do - so once that arrives at its new home, I'll have a pic to share.  For now, here is my progress on "Wings" -
One over-one fairy head mostly finished, 2 headless fairies with wings, and one poor fairy minus head and wings.  LOL  I love the way this one is turning out, but lately I just can't stay focused for much more than a thread length or 2.  :/  So I jump around, stitch a bit here and a bit there, and figure SOME stitching is better than NO will get done eventually!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


After finishing the little "Forget Me Not" sampler, I decided it was time to sign up for another exchange.  I should have a Halloween ornament to share in a week or 2.  And as I was looking for a Halloweeny pattern to stitch, I decided that spooky little house designs are just adorable!  Now I have a whole list of haunted houses I want for myself. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

What I've been up to

First of all, last weekend was the village-wide yard sale in our town, and I scored these -
- for $5!  I think there is at least half a yard of each.  They've been added to bin of potential fabrics for ornamentifying.

Also, 2 weeks ago Small One and I spent a few days at my parents' house.  My mom has been having some back problems, so while my husband was away for some work training, we went to help out and make Mom smile before her back surgery (it was last week, and she is feeling much better already).  I like to take small pieces to work on when I'm at their place, so I pulled The Drawn Thread's "Forget Me Not Sampler" out of my stash.  I was also crazy enough to stitch it over-one!
When I was at Mom and Dad's, I also saw a small frame with a mirror below it - kind of like some of the Olde Colonial products - that I think this would fit in perfectly!  (It was one of my dad's auction finds.)
Finally, I think I hate satin stitches.  >:(

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Latest Progress on "Wings"

Another crummy pic taken with my tablet...but I'm currently separated from my good camera, so this will have to do!
(And wouldn't you know, Blogger insists on rotating it.  Oh well, given the nature of the design, it isn't that big a deal!)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I was naughty

I've done pretty well this year avoiding stash enhancement....even at Celebrations I managed to avoid spending a lot of money in the shopping area. But lately, I've slipped a bit.

First, I bought the Just Cross Stitch Halloween special.  I wasn't convinced it was great, but the OCD collector in me just had to have it...  (Maybe I should write a review, like Anna's annual reviews of the ornament issue!)

And then....well, at Celebrations I *almost* bought the embellishment pack for Jeannette Douglas' "Once Upon a Tree."  It was going to be my one "big" purchase - but wouldn't you know it, she was sold out!  I did sign up to get an email when she had some available, and I got a message from her last month.  However, I hemmed and hawed a bit longer...and then today I saw an ONS that was having a big sale, and it included Jeannette's embellishment packs.  Click, into the cart it went!
Finally, last fall when I went to Cape Cod with DH (and Muriel!), I really loved visiting the old Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth.  The old tombstones are fascinating!  And since then, I've been a little bit obsessed with The Primitive Needle's "Tombstone Spots."  Of course, the designer has passed away, the design is out of print, and it always goes for a ridiculously high price on eBay.  Well, wouldn't you know, that same ONS had it listed in a closeout/clearance section!  So I added that too.

I suppose overall I didn't do TOO badly - but I think I need to do more stitching and less shopping.  Ah well - it is my retirement plan, right?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Little Bit of Stitching

Thanks for the comments on the skirt.  I actually wore it to work on Monday, and got a couple compliments.  The waist may be a bit of a mess, but the color and pattern makes me smile!

I took an impromptu vacation day today, mostly because it was ungodly hot and my office isn't air conditioned.  I spent the morning pulling up some old carpet (translated: I spent a lot of time kneeling on the floor and swearing at staples and tack strips), then I took a little nap and did some stitching.  Here's a pic of my Joan Walsh Anglund "A," almost ready for me to add the baby's name and birthdate.

(Apologies for the crummy tablet pic.)

Just need to finish the little cat on the right side of the A and do some backstitching, then it will be on to the personalization.