Monday, September 11, 2017

Fall Fun and Sampler Progress

DH has been effectively sidelined by a knee injury for many Active Parenting duties...which means my weekend stitching time is reduced, because I refuse to let my kiddo sit inside on beautiful autumn days.  :)

But between hiking and other outdoor adventures, I put in a few stitches...
The pattern suggests tea-dying the piece when the stitching is finished.  Since I'm not envisioning this as an heirloom of any kind, and I haven't any other plans for it, I think I might try!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Mixed Bag of Stash

After hearing every year about the great "Christmas in July" sale at Picture This Plus fabric, I decided to give them a try.  I ordered 4 small pieces, 3 in my "usual" shades (Wren, Legacy and Jade) and one out of my comfort zone (Confetti).  Now, I know the nature of hand-dyed fabrics, and was ready to accept whatever arrived.  That said, there are 2 pieces here that I'm not sure I'll ever use.  :/  First, the Confetti is SOO yellow - as my husband said, "it looks more like Mountain Dew than Confetti."  And the Wren isn't as subtle as I was expecting.

Now, the Legacy and the Jade are lovely fabrics.  I'm especially fond of the Jade!  I don't have a specific plan for either of these yet, but I'm sure I'll find something.

Pondering

I've always held that I do not like "traditional" samplers.  Anything with alphabets, houses, and weirdly out-of-scale plants and people immediately gets a pass.  But lately...lately it seems that the "old" stuff is speaking to me.  I feel like I'm failing my subversive/rebel/young stitch demographic, and might as well order some bifocals, a couple cardigans, and ugly sensible shoes while I'm at it.... (I kid, I kid - besides, I already wear sensible shoes).
So after seeing Small off to the bus stop yesterday morning, I took my usual "first day of school" vacation and stitched on a little piece by Homespun Samplar.  I can't find a picture of it anywhere online, but it is a very traditional, simple little piece that reads "home is where they love you" - in addition to the alphabets an overly large flowers, of course.
The fabric isn't quite so white - at least, it is displaying a bit washed out on my computer.  But I find it rather endearing, even if it isn't very complex.  Sometimes I get tired of all the Miras and TWs...

Monday, September 04, 2017

Changing Seasons

School starts this week for my Small, and the summer is winding down.  As always, it feels like there is always more to do that I didn't get to, but time marches on...  And really, who's keeping score?  My craft room is messy, my kitchen needs a mopping, and there's laundry piling up, but my family is happy and healthy.  Life is good.  I hope Small - and the grown-ups, too! - will remember that as the years go by.

The little "Strawberry Urn" design from Needle Work Press is finished.  The fabric was something labeled only "30-ct." in my stash, and I used WDW Brick for the berries, GAST Forest Glade for the stems, DMC 3371 for the pot and birds, and Anchor 386 for the flowers.  Not sure what to do with it, so into the "unfinished finish" bin with it for now.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday Blahs

After a nasty sciatic nerve flair-up over the weekend, I didn't get as much done as I'd planned.  :(  Even stitching is hard, because stitching requires sitting...so instead I baked because standing was okay and it required limited walking!  Now there are 4 dozen applesauce honey cookies on my counter.
As for stitching, I did start another small.  This is "Strawberry Urn" by the Needle Work Press, published in De Handwerk Boetiek's newsletter some time ago.  The model was stitched as a monochromatic sampler-style piece, but I thought those strawberries needed to pop!  The fabric was something from my stash, labeled only as "30-ct."
Since the picture was taken, I've finished the urn and the bird on the right - just the matching bird and the band of flowers on the bottom to do.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Smalls SAL

Ready to feel some fall in the air....this month I stitched a little pumpkin, from an old issue of Just Cross Stitch.  I used Carrie's Creations' "Chocolate" floss, on a peachy/orange Jazlyn I found in my stash.  I mounted it on some matboard and put it in an old coaster!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Happy, Happy Mail Day

(Although no, my PTP order did not arrive yet.)

Several months ago, while looking for a unique gift, I found the Etsy shop of an amazing artist in the Czech Republic.  She makes handpainted silk scarves!  Now, her scarves would not be appropriate as a gift for the person I had in mind, but I wanted one for ME....
This arrived yesterday.  Isn't it GORGEOUS?!?!?  It is the most stunning shades of turquoise and blue, the prince and fox are beautiful, and she asked me if there was a quote that I would like added - I chose "you become responsible, forever, for that which you have tamed" (it is on the left side/end).  Love love love!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Octagons Everywhere

Because a girl can never have too many octagonal jewelry boxes....right?
This is my July small, Homespun Elegance's "Lady Quaker Silhouette," fitted into the top of a jewelry box rescued from the thrift shop.  Just like my earlier finish using the same kind of box, this one had a painted glass insert that I removed.  Here is the lining for the inside -
(Hard to tell from the picture, but the fabric is a deep blue with lighter blue fern frond print.)