Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Small Check-in

Here is my contribution to the March Smalls SAL - a little floral heart design from an old issue of CrossQuick magazine.  Stitched on some 25-ct. bone lugana with DMC floss.  I have no idea what I'll do with this one, either....the magazine finished this with a nightlight frame, which I don't think they even make anymore!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A finish!

With no thanks to my LNS, which never did manage to get the petite beads I wanted (so I ordered them from an ONS) is Black Swan Designs' "Fairy's Gate."
I really love this!  I used the DMC flosses called for, but stitched it on Sugar Maple Fabrics' "Butterfly Kisses" and swapped out the beads and sun charm.  Mine is more silvery than the model.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


I don't like "country" style patterns....except when I do.  I used to think I was pretty picky about the patterns I added to my stash, but lately, I'm beginning to question that!
I found these 2 pattern books today at the thrift store, and paid less than $1.50 total for them.  The cover design of the Laura Conley calendar grabbed my attention (love the cute little lady!), and  the old Vanessa-Ann Collection book, "Quilt Designs in Cross Stitch" from 1989, had these great nautical patterns...what can I say, I'm weak.  And someday when I die, my family will return all this stuff to the thrift store  from whence it came without a second thought.  It's like the circle of life for old craft patterns!!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

March WIPocalypse Update

Not a lot to report, but here goes.

What I've accomplished this month:
1) I finished another small - the gingerbread house design in my last post.
2) Started another small, should be finished and posted in my "Smalls" post later this month
3) progress on "Family Treasure III" (just a wee bit, but something nonetheless!)
4) progress on "Wings" - no picture
5) "Fairy's Gate" is finished except for one color of petite MH beads - my LNS ordered them, but got the wrong ones, so that is still on hold.

And now for Measi's monthly question:
If money – and time – were not limiters, what projects would be on your stitching bucket list?

Is "all the projects" an option?  Hehehe
But seriously, my ridiculously huge stash got that way because I intended to stitch everything in it!  Every time I try to make some sort of prioritized list, it gets out of control.  So if I had all the money and time in the world, I'd fill my days with stitching, experimentation in the kitchen, and a sprinkling of exercise here and there.  I'd have new finishes - both smalls and larger projects - on a regular basis, not just once in a blue moon (speaking of which, I think I have a pattern of that...).  I often dream of a stitching/craft room filled with pieces I like - Rosewood Manor's "Spring Quaker," Passione Ricamo's "My Lady of the Snow," Shepherd Bush's "Shepherd's Earth," and couple other large designs, filled in with smaller pieces, baskets of smalls, and ornaments hung on tree-style displays.  I also want a mermaid-themed half-bath.  With no shower, there would be no moisture issues!  I have a couple pieces I'd love to stitch for that, another eclectic mix including a Mirabilia or 2, X's and Oh's "Mermaid Fair," and some older more primitive sampler pieces from my stash.
I actually need the time more than the money for all of this - I might need to buy some floss and embellishments, but all of these patterns I already own and I certainly have some fabric stash to use up!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Smalls SAL

This is a little design from CrossQuick magazine, the June/July 1989 issue.  It is pictured stitched on perforated paper, and finished into a teeny paper gift bag...I'm thinking either an ornament or a little fabric drawstring bag instead.

I think this marks the end of my Christmas-themed smalls for a while!  I'm just tired of stitching holiday stuff.  Hmmm, back to the stash pile.....  LOL

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A bit of bling

After using the lovely needleminder I showed in my last picture of the "Fairy's Gate" piece, I couldn't resist browsing the creator's eBay shop again.  And somehow this ended up at my house yesterday...
This Celtic fob and needleminder set was VERY resonably priced, and they are beautifully made.  If you are looking for some unique pieces of art to accessorize your stitching tools, I highly recommend the eBay seller - greenjewelry4u.  No connection other than as a very happy customer!  (Many of her pieces are based on Mary Engelbreit's artwork, which isn't always my style...but I'm confident that those items are crafted with the same love and care as these.)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Feeling Just a Bit Scrappy

My daughter has been requesting a "pirate princess" birthday party.  Evidently this is not a big seller in the party I raided my old box of scrapbook supplies and made some invitations last night.
Some old pre-cut blue paper from a 1-lb. "scrap pack,"  a few snips and some glue, and voila!  A suitably girly (but not TOO girly, she said!) pirate ship.