Thursday, January 19, 2017

YEAH ME!!! Smalls winner!!!!

Heather from Stitching Lotus had emailed me to say that I was the winner of the Smalls SAL she hosted for 2016!!!  The Random Number Generator had selected my name from the list, and she was needing my mailing address to send me the prize!!!  WOOHOO!!!

I was sooooo excited that I won!!!  I stitch smalls every month and I have always enjoyed belonging to this group.  If you haven't seen the group or know anything about the Smalls SAL, be sure to click Heather's blog name Stitching Lotus above to read all about it!!!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stitcher's Garden Vintage SAL and a WIP

Stitcher's Garden is a message board that I belong to, and we have decided to stitch a "Vintage" chart from our stash.  We were to gather all our supplies in the late fall last year and make a start on Jan 1.  I had chosen Mirabilia The Lady of the Flag as I have wanted to stitch her for the longest time.  I know my first post of her on Jan 1 this year was just of the chart and the supplies.  I had hoped to get more stitched on her, but I didn't get as much as I had hoped.  That's ok as there is no time limit on her....except maybe the fact that I want her finished and possibly framed by Oct when it's my husband's birthday.

Here is what I have started.  I did find the center at the top and I had to count over to get started at the top of the flag pole.  I counted, recounted and recounted.....and recounted again.

I thought I would post my other B.O.P. (big ole project).  This is MBT 10 Commandements.  I am enjoying stitching this one SOOOOOOO much and now that I'm almost finished with it, I just want to get it done so that I don't have 2 B.O.P. in my stash.  I can have medium and small projects as WIPs but it seems to bother me when I have several of the huge HUGE projects started.

That' all I have to show today.  I hope you are enjoying this new year and your stitching time.  So until my next post.....HAPPY STITCHING!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My New Year start project......

Happy New Year to everyone!!!!  I hope your day has started off right.  We all stayed up late to watch the ball drop and then went on to bed.  I was stitching all the way til the ball dropped which I thought I missed seeing it drop.  Dh told me that I didn't see it because the TV program really didn't focus in too much on showing it drop.  I was sad to see that the TV programming focused more on showing the people in the crowd more than the ball dropping and hearing it count down.  I will try to find a new program to watch it next year.

On my Stitcher's Garden message board, we are doing a Vintage SAL.  We decided to pull a chart that has been in our stash for a long time that we have been wanting to stitch but never seemed to get around to stitching it.

My choice was for Mirabilia's The Lady of the Flag chart.  It was charted in 2001 after the 9-11 attach on the United States.  I loved the chart when it came and in fact started it way back then on 32ct Platinum Belfast but somehow it got packed away.  Then several years down the road, I saw this chart stitched on 32ct White Belfast hanging on a fellow stitcher's wall.  I LOVED IT being stitched on white.

So I have now pulled some 32ct White Belfast from my stash, all the threads from my stash and bought the remaining missing threads recently from Michael's when they were having a sale along with new bobbins and a thread box to store them.  By keeping the threads for this big of a project in one box makes it so convenient when stitching as the threads are all contained and filed in the box.

No I don't have the Kreinik Braids pulled for this project yet, and I still need to see if I have all the beads required for the finishing.  I will check on this today and if not, then I will need to order them.

I think we will be posting our WIP of our Vintage Projects on the 1st and the 15th of each month so check back for my WIP updates!

Now I'm off to get started winding some floss and start stitching the day away!!

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Final post (I think) for 2016.....

The reason I say I think it is my final post for 2016 is that I am still going to continue to stitch until it is time to ring in the New Year.  But I can leave you with at least one more JN Whimzi post and my final ORT jar picture since I forgot to take it the other day for my TUSAL report.

I stitched up HO HO HO from the JN 3 Santa's chart.  I just LOVE this chart and they do stitch up very quickly.

The solid whimzi frames tend to show a reflection in them.  I tried my best to get a good picture of this little one that I am about to go hang on my little Whimzi tree.  I'm trying to fill it up and I have several more gold and silver frames.  It's the "time" that I need to find some days.

Here is my ORT jar.  All filled to the top.

My "Finished Projects List" shows me at a total of 70 projects this year!!!  WOOHOO  I love it!!  I always try to compete against my previous year's total so I really have set the bar high for me next year.  WOW!!  I amazed myself as I just write them down as I finish them and I guess I just haven't paid attention to the total until just yesterday.....which is what made me want to stitch just 1 more quick small project!!!

Now I need to go and write up my 2017 Birthday Gift List and 2017 Ornament To Give list so I know exactly when I have completed everyone's birthday and Christmas ornament for the year!

I'm off to stitch the night away!


Friday, December 30, 2016

Last TUSAL report for 2016

Ok.  So I am a day late.  Here is where I am at for the last of the ORT monthly picture.  I will post a final on tomorrow for the ORT jar.  (Guess I should have waited til then to post but I may forget!)

I did quite a bit of stitching in December trying to get the last of the Smalls stitched up.  Most of my gifts were done already but there were a couple that I still needed to stitch up at the last minute.

Now off to stitch the day away as I do laundry.  Why not do something FUN like stitching while doing a chore that is not quite as fun as STITCHING!  LOL

Happy Stitching everyone!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Last Smalls Post for 2016.....

Wow!  What a year this has been especially for getting me motivated for stitching my smalls each month!  Thank you Heather!!!  And Heather is taking signups for the 2017 Smalls SAL!!  You can find it here at her blog Stitching Lotus.

I can now show some of the ornaments I gave as gifts this Christmas.

These are from Prairie Schooler.

This one is from My Big Toe.

This one is from iStitch designs.

After Christmas, I decided to stitch up another JN Whimzi for my small whimzi tree.  So I pulled threads and fabric and quickly stitched this up.  It is from the 3 Santa's whimzi chart and he is called Bunny Santa on the chart.  I did change his mittens to black as well as the year.  I didn't particularly like the blue that it was stitched in.

Since that Santa whimzi stitched up so quickly, I decided to stitch up another as I found the  Mitten Men whimzi frame when I was pulling out the gold whimzi for the Santa.  Oh darn.  I needed to stitch another whimzi for my tree!

That's all I have to share for now.  I hope you join us in for the Smalls SAL 2017!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gifts from my children....

I want to share my 2 Christmas gifts from my children.  Being a seamstress, a cross stitcher and general everything crafter, when my kids give me handmade gifts are EXTRA SPECIAL in my book.  Especially when my daughter calls me long distance to ask a question about how to go about sewing something.

DD is relatively new to sewing for about 5 years now.  She doesn't get to sew every day, but when she got into going to the Comi Cons, she wanted to make her own costumes to wear to them.  So I started teaching her to sew about 5 years ago.  She's come a long way since her first costume to where she is now and feels comfortable sewing on her own.  This was especially helpful for her Costume and Design class for her a Theater class elective this past fall.  She had to research a period in history, cut out an outfit and sew it up.  They had sewing machines available to the students who didn't have one at home and being far from me, she had to use their machines.  THANK GOODNESS she had an idea of what to do for cutting out and sewing the costume.

Here is what the design she made for her final and yes....she got an "A" on the dress!!!!  This made her mama SOOOOO PROUD!!!  She gave this to me as my Christmas present!!!  All the hours I had spent teaching her how to sew has come back to me ten fold by seeing what an excellent job she did making this dress....with a little bit of help and guidance from her teacher.

I just realized I had not taken a picture of the backside.

DS has always liked working with clay and making different projects for himself or for me as a gift. When he is working with clay, sometimes, I will be at the kitchen table as well making homemake clay buttons for different cross stitch projects.  He once created a Pansy flower for a Mother's Day present for me.

This time he was working with clay in his high school ceramics class, and they had to come up with a design to sculpt out of clay.  DS chose a Pokemon character called Dragonair.  I would see him bring it home to work on it some and then take it back to school the next day.  For his final, the project had to be completed so it could be fired (cooked), and they were to only paint it on final exam day.  I asked him about it, and he said he got an "A" on the final!  WOOHOO   I was SOOOO PROUD of him as I know he and his sister are very meticulous about the things they make.  Hmmmmm......wonder where they get that from???  Me?  Yes I am proud to say!!!

Here is what he created for his final exam and gave it to me as my Christmas present.  He snuck it back into the house so I wouldn't see it and be able to open it on Christmas day.

I just had to share what my kids gave me for Christmas.  DH got me a beautiful jewelry set of matching necklace, earrings and ring.  But.....he made me hunt around the house to find it as he hid it from me!  I did find it after a few clues from him!  It is gorgeous!!!  But I haven't taken pictures of it yet.

Now.....back to my stitching.

Happy Stitching everyone!!!