Friday, January 27, 2017

TUSAL report...

I knew I forgot something when I posted my Smalls SAL today.  I meant to also post my TUSAL report!!!  It was listed on It's Daffeycat blog that today was the day to post and I STILL forgot to do it earlier.  Oh well.

Here is what all I have from this year.  You can read about what I have been stitching on my Smalls post.  Not too bad for all the things I have gotten stitched this year thus far!!!

Now I REALLY am off to stitch!!!

Happy Stitching everyone and thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

January Smalls SAL .....

Once again we are starting our Smalls SAL!!!  Heather from Stitching Lotus is our wonderful hostess for this SAL.  You can click on her blog title Stitching Lotus to find our more about it and to sign up if you want to join us!!!

I've been quite busy stitching trying to stay ahead of the game for birthday presents and my ornaments.....and anything else stitching that might catch my interest!!!!  LOL

This is Foxwood Crossing's K initial on a medium sled.  I bought it while visiting family in TN at Dixie Darlin cross stitch shop in Pigeon Forge, TN.  It is stitched in the bead colors and DMC floss suggested!!  This was such a fun design to stitch, and I foresee many more gifts being stitched like this one.  (Thank you again Robin for getting me addicted to these sleds!)

This next project is from BBD In Friendship's Way book.  I did not use the box that BBD suggested as it was not available at my local Hobby Lobby.  So I just used the next best thing......chose another size box.

I stained the box with Minwax Wood Stain Early American 230 color.  Here is the Wood Stain if anyone wanted to know exactly what it looks like, and I found it at Lowes.

I finally got around to sewing the ribbon onto my SB 2015 O Christmas Tree ornament.  Ribbon finishing is not my favorite thing to do when sewing it onto ornaments with the beads.  I find it very "fiddley" to get the ribbon to lay the way I think it should lay.  And yes.... I have watched Teri Richard's of SB You Tube video on how to attach it properly.  Numerous times in fact to make sure I am doing it right.  I guess I wasn't in the right mood for finishing it the other day as a couple sides didn't turn out the way I wanted them to and stick out too far.  But IT'S DONE....and I'm not taking it apart.  I would MUCH RATHER attach rickrack and beads or make a cording and sew it on to go around my ornaments than attach the ribbon edging.

This is SB Happy Christmas freebie.

And the back of Happy Christmas.

The last picture is an ornament for myself which was inspired for me to start after reading Vonna's blog The Twisted Stitcher.  She had posted about her Christmas trees on Days 21 and 22 last year and said she had a PS tree.  You can see it here on her blog.

I have stitched many PS ornaments for friends over the years but have never kept one for myself.  Well I did this past December but I wanted to add to that ornament this year.  So I stitched PS 2006 Santa, and he is stitched on 36ct Summer Khaki. decide on which PS Santa to do next.  I'm thinking of starting 2014 Santa, but I will have to go look in my PS binder to see which Santa or ornament INSPIRES me to stitch next!

I'm off to stitch for the rest of the day.  Happy Stitching everyone!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A few finishes to share....

I had been wanting to share some of my finishes but they never really seemed to fit into any particular category.  So I thought I would just post about them and share them with you.

This is With Thy Needle & Thread Letters for Santa.  I made it into a pillow but I used 36ct Cream Edinborough to stitch it on so that it wouldn't be huge pillow.

This is a project I stitched last year for Dh's birthday.  It is a chart from 4 My Boys called Fear Not Tomorrow.  I stitched it, put it in a "safe place" in my sewing room and ended up forgetting WHERE I had stored it in my sewing room.  I had wanted to get it framed in time to give to him for Christmas but with not finding it in time, he didn't get it framed as part of his Christmas present.  Then when I was looking for something else in my sewing room, I FOUND his project.  Well at least he was able to go with me to help pick out his frame for his stitched piece.

Here is a close up of the frame.  I thought he did a great job picking it out.  It is hanging in his office at work.

I'm sure there was another finish but right now, I can't think of it.  So when I do, I will post it then.  This upcoming Friday will be our first Smalls SAL post.  I do know what I will be sharing then.  So be sure to check back on Friday to see what Smalls I have stitched and/or finished to show.

Happy Stitching!

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!