csütörtök, szeptember 25, 2014


sooo where have I been... I've been here and there... just haven't had any mojo to blog... not just post on my own but to actually read any that I follow!

But that doesn't mean I haven't been busy!

I owe an ort report from August... not much stitching was going on for that month... a little but definitely not as much as normal for me.

However, I did crochet a bunch...I finished my first ever crochet blanket! 

Not sure what I'm going to do with it... keep it for myself or give it to someone for Christmas... we'll see...

I also started my second blanket, which will definitely be a Christmas gift for one of my great-nephews.

Now on to September!  here is my ort report for this month... just a little late - a few days... much better than last month! Also a much better looking ort jar!  I have many many more orts in it this time around!

I've been doing some stitching and even have a couple of happy dances to show!

First up is Moon Garden by Blackbird Designs...

Stitched on 32ct stone dark belfast linen by Nina's Threads, and the threads used are DMC 712 and Nina's threads in eggplant, lavender, green mold, and spring grass.
My other finish is Red Riding Hood by The Primitive Hare

stitched on 32ct pearl gray belfast linen with DMC and Anchor threads

I really enjoyed both pieces and am very happy they are done!

I also have a new wip to add to my pile of projects on the go...

It is flowers in red black and white (I believe that is the title) by Handblessings designs. I'm stitching with DMC black and 815 on 28ct ivory jobelan.  The stitches seem so huge after stitching on 32ct.

kedd, július 29, 2014

ort report

I'm a little late in posting... but here is my ort report... not as many orts as usual, but a pretty decent amount, considering I didn't do all that much stitching compared to normal.

I worked a little bit on Primitive Hare's Red Riding Hood, and started working on a custom order for a friend... who asked me to stitch up their company logo... hence why there is really only red and black in the jar!

And my progress on Red Riding Hood...

I won't show the logo just yet... I'm close to finishing, I'm just stuck on one part in the design process... not sure how these wonderful designers do it, but I'm glad I don't have to on a regular basis! 

kedd, július 01, 2014

ort report and catching up

First off happy July 1st!  Living in Canada, that means it is Canada day, or Canada's birthday!
Happy 147th birthday Canada!

Next off is June's ort report!  I took the picture in time, I just didn't get a chance to upload it on time, but here it is, all nice and full!

I have been busy stitching away... I worked on my Summer Bouquet by Lanarte

I also finished another block on my Home Sweet Home piece by Les Grilles de Maryse

I've also put in some stitches into Red Riding Hood by The Primitive Hare

I actually have a bit more done, as I am not working n the border, but I didn't want to take it out of the qsnaps for a picture...

And the best of all, I managed to finally finish Humboldt Coast by Silver Lining

Barbi and I have already picked out our next Sunday SAL - Cornwall Cottage Sampler by Rosewood Manor.... we don't have anything set for it yet other than the pattern is picked.  We would love it if you would join us in stitching it! 

That's it for now... till next time... Happy stitching!

szerda, május 28, 2014

ort report, wips, dancing and a pay-it foward

I have a few things to show... I know I've been neglecting my blog lately, but as I've said before that doesn't mean I'm not stitching!

First of here is this month's ort report...

Nice and full!

I started a new project this month... Rosewood Manor's Autumn Quaker...  Here is where I am... I don't follow instructions all that well, so I started in the middle... not the top left corner...

I am loving the valdini threads that the pattern calls for... I can see more of those in my future!

I've also been plugging along on Humbolt coast... still not done, but each stitch is a step closer!  I've really lost my stitching mojo with this one... I just don't want to work on it anymore...but it's such a great piece, that it would be a shame not to finish it very soon!

I also have a finish/happy dance!  I finished this one last night... so it is hot off the qsnaps!
It's Cardinal Sampler from the 1994 Nov/Dec issue of BH&G CS&CC magazine...

Please excuse the picture.. I forgot to edit it before I uploaded it... *blush*

There is a ton of backstitch on this thing, literally everything is backstitched!  I added beads in the border for the holly berries so spruce things up a bit as well... I didn't want to add my initials or anything, so I just added the 2014 in the blank spaces.

And last but not least... I am having a pay-it-forward, give away... I was gifted the pattern for the Cardinal Sampler design by another stitcher - the pages are from the original magazine, so if you are interested in stitching this, please just leave a comment on this post, and I will pull a name if there is more than 1 person interested and send it off to you... My only request is that once you stitch it, you pay it forward as well.  I will take comments until Sunday night June 1st.

hétfő, április 28, 2014

ort report and coming up for air...

Yes, yes, yes, I am still here!  Just somehow my blogging mojo has gone out the window...  I'm still stitching, and now still crocheting... and yes I do have some progress pictures to show...

Okay they are not the best photos, but you will get the idea...

First off this month's ort report...

I did get stitching in, but not as much as I would have liked. I can't complain about it as I did make good progress on things, including a happy dance.

My happy dance was/is my map of Hungary... I finished it earlier this month, and just never showed you all a picture!  Some of you may have seen it on facebook.

It is from a Hungarian cross stitch magazine - Keresztszemes magazine, and is originally supposed to be a clock, however I made it into just a picture as a birthday gift for my husband.

Next up, I made a little more progress on the Cardinal Sampler...

It's coming a long nicely however too many distractions are keeping me from it... like looking at all the other things I would like to start stitching!

Barbi and I have decided that we would now make Humbolt coast our "focus" piece, so we can finally finish it.  We are both enjoying it, but are tired of it not being done.  We really want to get started on our next Sunday SAL pattern... Cornwall Sampler by Rosewood designs. So I have been working on Humbolt whenever I can in the last few weeks...

and last but not least... my crocheting... my second attempt and my first project... a blanket of some sort...

we'll see what it actually turns out to be once I decide it is actually done! 

vasárnap, március 30, 2014

catching up...and ort report

Let's start with the ort report... here is my jar for this month.  Lots in there but I really didn't stitch as much as I would have liked. Still I managed to get lots done...
I don't have any pictures of Humbolt Coast to show, as I haven't had time to work on it on Sundays lately... the same thing for today... I haven't had a chance yet to sit down and stitch...
However I have been working on other things... I pulled out my cardinal sampler and managed to get a nice chunk done on it....
I then pulled out the Home Sweet Home piece by Les Grilles de Maryse, and managed to finish off the 3 block as well as more of the border... 

Please excuse the picture, blogger would only upload it sideways, no matter how many times I tried... which is strange as it is right side up on my computer...

I also started a new project... it's the historical map of Hungary done in folk motifs, and it will be a birthday gift for my husband at the end of April.

It is from a Hungarian cross stitch magazine - Keresztszemes magazine.  It is originally made into a clock, but I'm just making it into a picture that will eventually be framed.

And last but  not least... I am learning to crochet...Here is my second attempt, the first you may have seen on facebook... definitely not as nice as this one, though there is plenty of room for improvement still!

That's it for me... till next time happy stitching!

hétfő, március 10, 2014

another week gone by...

I'm trying to get back into the habit of blogging more often or more regularly, and seeing that it is Monday, and yesterday was Humbolt Coast stitching time, I thought I would give an update.
Here is my progress... not much to show, but I didn't stitch too much yesterday, I kept falling asleep!

Since I was so tired, thanks to a late night and the time change, I didn't notice that the frog struck, and I made a mistake in my stitching... I totally stitched that tree on the left in the wrong spot... so that will have to come out before I continue...
Last week, I started a new project, Red Riding Hood by The Primitive Hare... here is my progress so far...
I changed a couple of colours... I am using straight DMC for this... I changed the red from DMC 347 to DMC 815, as I prefer darker reds,  and the skirt colour from a blend to DMC 3781 - on my screen it looks closer to what the GAST thread looks like.
That's it for now... till next time happy stitching!

hétfő, március 03, 2014

sunday sal report

just a quick drive by posting to update you all on my progress on Humbolt Coast.  I have finished another page!  Only 2 and a little to go.  But those two are very full pages!  I think Barbi had the right idea to finish that side of the project first, and leave the "smaller" pages for the end! 

Oh well, that's okay. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are one more Sunday closer to finishing, and picking out a new project to work on!  How exciting!!!  I wonder what it will be?!

I started a new project Saturday, as I finished the second block on the Home Sweet Home pattern...

Here is my progress on both...

My new project is Red Riding Hood by The Primitive Hare, and as you can see I started with the wolf.  I thought I would give Anchor black thread a try as I had a few skeins in my stash.  A lot of people say its better than DMC black... well I'm not sure... I'm not liking the coverage very much, but I'll just continue, as I'm not going to frog all that... hopefully when I give it a rinse when its done, it will help.

szombat, március 01, 2014

tusal time...

My jar is quite full again this month. I managed to get quite a bit of stitching done, as you can see from my last post.  All the ecru/white looking thread on the top is from the Home Sweet Home pattern. I finished up the first block, and have moved on to the second one - right next to it on the top row.  It's almost done too, and I will hopefully have it done today.

till next time... happy stitching!

csütörtök, február 27, 2014

popping in to say hi!

Sorry, I know it's been a while, but I just haven't been in the mood to blog... not even reading that much... I've been in the mood to stitch, so that is good, I just miss visiting all of you, and seeing what you all have been up to!

I'll also admit, that I have tried to update a couple of times during the month, but blogger was being such a pain that I just gave up.  But regardless of how it's working today, I'm going to post!

I have wips to show, a new start as well as a happy dance!

Let's start with the happy dance...  many of you may have already seen it on facebook, but I want to show it off here too...

Midnight Watch by Blackbird designs.  Stitched on 28ct Jurassic sands jazlyn by the crafty kitten. Great fabric! I'm definitely going to order more, as I still have the companion piece to stitch up!

As you can see I did modify it a little, as I didn't want my initials or date on the bottom... I think it turned out ok, and I will admit, my favourite part to stitch was the moon and the kitty!

Next up are my wips...  I pulled out Humbolt Coast this past Sunday after not working on it for a couple of weeks...  here I am with it...

I apologize for the sideways picture, but no matter how I tried to fix it, blogger would only upload it this way... only a couple of pages left to do and its done!

It was also sunflower bouquet's turn in the spotlight, so that one got some love, and here I am with it...

And last but not least, I started a new project on Monday... it is the home sweet home sal 2013 pattern by Les Grilles de Maryse. I'm stitching it on 32ct mulled cider jobelan by Hand Dyed by Stephanie, and using dmc ecru.  I'm really enjoying it so far.

That's it for now... till next time happy stitching!