péntek, július 08, 2016

a little dance

I have a little happy dance to share... I managed to finish off Mother's Honour Due by Blackbird Designs...

It is stitched on 32ct ivory jobelan using Nina's threads - Amber, Hunter Crescent Colours - Wild Berries, Peapod and GAST - Claret.

hétfő, július 04, 2016

busy as a bee... tusals, wips and more...

Okay I have been missing in action from my blog, but that doesn't mean I haven't been productive... just lazy when it comes to posting...

Let's start with the tusal posts as today is our ort report day! 

I took a picture for June, but didn't post here only on instagram... go figure... and I have today's picture to show off...

so here are my full ort jars in their glory!



So as you can see lots of stitching going on!

I have a few finishes to show, so I'll do those first and then my wips that I have going on...

First up is Love Cube by AAN - I made it into a wedding sampler for my nephew who is getting married at the end of the month.  It just needs to be ironed and stretched, as we already have the frame.

I stitched with Dmc 816, Nina's threads in old gold and raven on 32ct silver mist jobelan by Stephanie

Next up is Blue Village by Satsuma Street.  This is my first but not last stitch from this designer... love their whimsical and colourful designs.

I stitched on 32ct winter solstice jobelan by Stephanie using the called for threads.

Next up is the last finish to show, and also another first for me... My first ever stitch/finish of a Just Nan pattern.  I have a few Nan patterns in my stash, but until now I have never stitched any.  I really like the way this turned out.

I stitched it with the called for threads on 32ct pollywog Princess jobelan by Stephanie.

Next up a wip, and a couple of new starts...

I made some really good progress on my Cornwall Cottage Sampler, I won't say I can see the light at the end of the tunnel just yet, but it is getting closer!

Stitched on 32ct ivory jobelan with the called for Weeks threads.  As you can see, I've changed the alphabet part a little and centred the bottom line... I didn't want to add that "wrought by" box...once the basket is finished I will decide what to do with the two spaces at the beginning and end of that line... if I will just leave them blank, or  add some sort of motifs ...

I also have two new starts... I started Reflections of Canada by Ink Circles on Friday - July 1 - Canada Day.
I'm stitching it with DMC 815 on white jobelan... I am unsure of the count... I believe it to be 28 but when I checked it, it came to 25ct... however I don't ever remember owning 25ct fabric... so I really have no clue other than it is white...
I'm making pretty good progress on this, and love seeing all of the small details come to life...
My other new start is Mother's Honour Due by Blackbird Designs...

I am actually a bit further along on this pattern but this is my most up to date photo.  It is being stitched on ivory jobelan 32ct I believe, with threads from my stash.  Nina's threads: Hunter, Amber
GAST: claret, and Crescent Colors: peapod, wild berries.

I plan on personalizing it by adding not only my mom but my grandmothers names to it as well

Anyways, that is it for now... until next time happy stitching!

hétfő, május 09, 2016

time flies...

 First off, it was the new moon on the 6th, so that means it is time for our TUSAL... here is my jar full of orts!  I managed to get lots of stitching in again this month!  I'm very happy about that.

I also managed to have a couple of happy dances too!  I finished off Geranium by Mirabillia/Nora Corbett.  She is stitched with the called for threads and beads, except I made one small change to the beads... I used the colour that was called for, I just changed the size...

there are blue beads that go along the outside of her wings, and these are supposed to be much larger... well I didn't like the look of them, so I switched them out... luckily I had the exact same colour but smaller in my stash, so I didn't need to look far!

I really like the way she turned out... and I've missed stitching Mira's... I am going to have to definitely put another one into my rotation in the near future!  She is stitched on 32ct tactical camo jobelan by Hand Dyed by Stephanie.  You can't quite tell from the picture, but it has nice green undertones in it.

I have a second happy dance to report as well... I was wanting some small "quick" finishes to add in to my stitching rotation, and as I was playing with my stash... I came across the dictionary series by Cherrywood Designs.  This is stitch... and there are a total of 6 in the original series, plus one bonus.  I do plan on stitching them all.  They are quite fun.

It is stitched on  32ct toasted almond jobelan by Stephanie as well, and I used DMC 3750.  My plan is to stitch 3 in the same blue, and then the other three in a deep red/burgundy colour on similar fabric.
I made some progress on my Autumn Quakers by Rosewood Manor as well... 

The bottom half is done, and I have moved on to the top half... I made some counting errors in the bottom left corner, so I had to adjust a few of the smaller motifs near the center to make sure things fit properly.  I love working with the Valdini threads, the colours are so rich.  I can hardly wait until this one is done and then get and start one of the other seasons!.
It is time to switch projects... not sure exactly which I will pick up... but until next time... happy stitching!

vasárnap, április 17, 2016

catching up...

It seems as of late that all I'm doing is catch up posts!  I love reading other people's blogs, I like my blog and I like posting, I've just gotten very lazy at it!

However enough of that, let's get on to the important stuff! Stitching and orts! 

April's new moon has come and gone, it was on April 7.  As usual, I took my picture in time, but as you can guess.... I'm only posting it now...

Same set up as before... small jar is this month's contribution, big jar is the year to date.

I've also managed to have a couple of smaller happy dances since I last posted... I started and finished Pushing up the daisies by Raise the Roof Designs... I just need the actual daisy buttons that go along the fence. I know it is not to everyone's taste, but I like it and think it is funny.

It is stitched on 32ct whimsical winter jobelan by Under the Sea fabrics with dmc.  I changed the fence from white to a more yellowy wood looking colour.

My next finish is also a small fun piece... Disney Villains by Cloudsfactory.  It is also stitched on 32ct whimsical winter jobelan by Under the Sea, using dmc.

My third finish is a crochet finish... another baby blanket

I didn't feel like stitching on my other wips so I decided to start something new... I pulled out a Mira/Nora Corbett pattern... haven't worked on any sort of mira in over a year!  I decided on Geranium.... here my last progress picture... though I now have more done since this was taken... I'm working on her skirt now.

I'm stitching her on 32ct tactical camo jobelan by Hand dyed by Stephanie.

Anyways, that is all for now... till next time... happy stitching!

vasárnap, március 20, 2016

a finish and a wip

just a quick post to say I have a happy dance!

I finished my Home Sweet Home project by Les Grilles du Maryse.  It was her 2013 SAL. There are other accessories that I haven't stitched yet, but this was the main part of the project.

It is stitched on 32ct mulled cider jobelan by Stephanie using DMC ecru. I haven't decided if I will stitch the other parts, but I do have enough fabric I do.
Next up, is where I left off with my Cornwall Cottage!  I did a little happy dance with that one as well, as my border matched up perfectly, with no frogging.  I was very relieved!  

Since I've been good this year so far and have only worked on wips, I think it is time to start a new project! I haven't decided yet on which one, but definitely something new for a bit before going back to my other projects.

Till next time, happy stitching!!!

csütörtök, március 10, 2016

wips and orts

Just a quick update... the new moon was yesterday, so that means ort report time...

Here is my March ort report... the small jar is my monthly collection - lots of stitching this month on the summer bouquet I posted in my last post... and the large jar is the year so far.

I switched out wips and decided as I mentioned in my previous post, to give Cornwall Cottage some much needed love... here is the side I was working on as well as where I am so far on it. Still lots to go!

Till next time... happy stitching!

kedd, március 01, 2016

catching up...

It seems that all I'm doing lately is playing catch up with my blog.  I love having one, I love reading other people's blogs, I'm just getting really lazy when it comes to posting on mine.  Which is quite strange, as I have had lots of crafty goodness going on.

So apologies to all that read my blog, if anyone out there still does that I've been so very neglectful.

Now on to that crafty goodness I was mentioning!

First things first, February's TUSAL... I took my picture at the correct time, the new moon, but obviously I've failed to post it on time.  However, better late than never... here is my February ort report.
I decided that this year I will do my pictures a little differently... I will have my monthly ort jar, as well as my bigger year jar.   As you can see I did much more stitching this last month than the one previously.
I do have a couple of happy dances to show... one crochet and one cross stitch.... I started and finished an infinity scarf for my niece and here she is modeling it.  It is quite large, as it fits around her head 3x's. But she likes it and is happy with it.
My cross stitch finish is the new project I start in January... Tea Break by Jardin Prive.  I change the pinks to blues in mine and made the hearts read. Otherwise it is stitched with the called for  DMC threads and is stitched on 32ct whimsical winter jobelan by Under the Sea fabrics.

Next up I decided to give some of my wips some love... I worked on Autumn Quakers by Rosewood Manor for a week, and here is my updated progress picture of that.

Then I pulled out my Summer Bouquet by Lanarte, and sort of got stuck on that one for a few weeks (3 weeks to be exact) and made great progress. 

This week I finally changed projects and as of today am working on my Cornwell Cottage also by Rosewood Manor.  I know that one is supposed to be our Sunday SAL... but sadly, the one year we finally have another person join Barbi and I stitching, life happens and the Sunday SAL went out the window.  I'm sure poor Linda is done hers already!   Anyways I hope to catch up to her soon, and finish it in the near future and then maybe we can all get back on track with a new Sunday SAL project.

Till next time... happy stitching!

hétfő, január 18, 2016

belated ort report

I'm a bit late with my first  ort report for 2016, but here it is, nonetheless...

Not a whole heck of a lot in there!  Basically, those are my orts from my one stitching session Jan 2... as we went on holidays afterwards for a week and I haven't stitched on anything until tonight.

Those few threads are from my new project I mentioned in my last post - Tea Break by Jardin Prive. I forgot to take a photo of my wip, but I promise I will soon.

Till next time... happy stitching!

péntek, január 01, 2016

old and new year...

Happy New Year to everyone!  I managed to have two more quick little happy dances at the end of December (I can say that now since it is January 1st)... I managed to stitch and finish both Merry One and Merry Two by Plum Street Samplers.
Both very cute and fun stitches.  I am planning on using some of the motifs from both to make into ornaments in the future.

Here they are... both stitched with the called for threads that came with the pattern, with one thread over 2 on 32ct chocolate milk jobelan by Stephanie. One of my favourite fabrics.

Since it is the beginning of a new year, it is also the annual emptying of the ort jar... these are all my orts from Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2015...

Now normally I just throw them out, but I have seen some interesting ideas of how to reuse them in the future...

And also since it is Jan 1... it is time for a new start as well..  I have been starting the last couple of years with a pattern from Jardin Prive, and I kept to that little tradition, which is now going on its 3 year.  I picked Tea Break by Jardin Prive, except I changed the pink tea cups to blue for mine...

 Not much to see just yet, just a floss toss...

vasárnap, december 20, 2015

belated ort report and another finish

I'm a very late in posting my last ort report for the 2015 TUSAL...  Not much in the jar, but I haven't been doing very much stitching as of late... I have been doing more crochet as I had a gift to finish for Christmas.

Here is my December tusal...

and here is my finished blanket that I was working on instead of stitching...

I'm still working on a scarf for Christmas, but I don't think that will be done in time.  However the recipient knows this and is fine, I was just hoping to surprise her with it.