May 06, 2013

Oops! Update Part II

When I was updating yesterday, I forgot to show you these.

Elegant Geisha was started over a year ago (I think) as an exchange with a friend of mine from high school. She finished mine, but misplaced it. I still haven't finished hers. This was on her wish list from 123 Stitch. I've been fighting it because it's 18 count Aida and that count is difficult to get a needle through. Last week, one of my guild friends came over and we were looking through my stash. I noticed how close I was to finishing this, so I pulled it out and decided to just get it done already! I'm actually into the half stitching now around the border, so it's not as hard. It does have quite a bit of embellishment though, so we'll see if I get stuck again.

The Gold Collection Petites - Elegant Geisha

This next one is a mystery gift for my brother that I am hoping to finish by Christmas. When my mom was having trouble quilting, she was looking for handwork to do. I had done this piece for my brother several years ago and Mom had quilted a border for it. I never got a thank you, which was very strange, but I didn't want to ask him what had happened to it. Finally, last Christmas, my mom or I got up the nerve to say, "Hey, did you ever get this and what happened to it?" He never got it. Thank you USPS! It took me a couple of months to make and my mom time to quilt, not to mention the love that goes into every stitch. So, I bought my mom the kit and she started it, but it wasn't long before she put it aside because she simply hated to cross stitch. I can't imagine that, but then again, I don't particularly like to quilt. I think I should be able to finish this fairly quickly if I spend some time on it and don't get distracted by projects I want to start. I'd like to have it to him by Christmas.

Mystery Gift

These are free patterns off of the internet that grabbed my attention. I've never been particularly fond of the way my guild name tag turned out. I'm not really a fan of those colors and someone else decided to fasten my ecru colored cording down with red DMC floss and make a tassel at the bottom corner without consulting me first. I had left a hole in the top for the cording to be tucked into and I was going to put either a pin or a magnet on the back to hold it on when I wear it. It's also a bit larger than I like. So I pulled these patterns from the internet and I'm going to do my own design with the my name and the chapter information on it. I'm also planning to add my EGA number so that when I go shopping at the needlework shops, I will have it handy for a discount. I will be doing this one on Confederate Gray 28 count linen and combining two over two and one over one stitches. I may also put in some satin stitch, just for fun. It will be in pinks and purples or maybe just one of those. Purple may look better on the gray fabric than pink.

Free Patterns from the Internet for New Nametag

Current Nametag - Not My Style

I still need to get around to updating the right hand side of the blog with my works in progress and put my finished projects from this year into the proper place under a 2013 tab at the top. I have four finishes so far this year - the two Stitching the Flock virtues, the June cottage, and the BA sampler. I hope to continue to get some finishes done, as I have so many pretty patterns and kits just waiting for me to get started on!

Happy Stitching!


May 05, 2013

Long Overdue Update

I'm finally here for a long overdue update. It seems as if everything just comes a little later and a little harder since Mom passed away in March. Justin did take me to Ocean City, Maryland for our 25th anniversary and we truly enjoyed having three days away from the house, children, and animals. He went all out on the hotel and we stayed at the Hilton in a beautiful suite with views of the ocean from two sides. It had a walk in shower with three shower heads, which got me to thinking about redoing the shower in our bathroom.

But, on to my update.

I decided to try to finish some projects before moving onto the ones I've recently purchased. I'm tired of looking at the full plastic bucket. Some projects are obviously larger than others, so not all will get done, but I am hoping to get the majority out of there so I can start on some newer ones.

This first one, however, is an ongoing Stitch Along with other Little House Needleworks fans for 2013. I have finished my first two and just got "Peace" in the mail from my LNS, so I will be starting on that one shortly. Here are my two finishes for this year:

Little House Needleworks Stitching the Flock

I finished up the June cottage from last year's stitch along. Only six more cottages to go. I have July kitted up and ready to start.

Country Cottage Needleworks June Cottage

I finally finished my sampler and have now stashed it away to be framed. I'm estimating at least $100 in framing costs (probably higher, even with a coupon), so I am in no hurry to get this done. My dad is going to be bringing up a bunch of Mom's stuff when he comes for Memorial Day and I want to see if he is gifting me with any of the framed stitching done by my great grandmother before I decide where this one will live. We just had the foyer and my sewing area painted, but I am thinking this sampler would look best in the kitchen and we haven't had that painted yet.

Sweet Humility Sampler by Brenda Keys

I know I have a long ways to go on my Butterfly Fairy, but it is going fairly quickly (you can look further down the blog for my last update on her. I love the colors and I am almost done with her skirt. This is another big project, but I am hoping to finish her up by the end of the summer. This pattern was gifted to me by Carrie probably last summer, but I know she understands how much crap I have gone through in the last six months. I have three other patterns she sent me and hope to get to them, as well as the stitch along we were supposed to start last fall. Sorry, Carrie!

Mirabilia Butterfly Fairy by Nora Corbett

This is a project I am doing in embroidery guild. We are learning all different types of stitching and so far, there hasn't been much cross stitch. This is a crewel Christmas ornament with the initial of my last name. I think it's really pretty and so far it hasn't been extremely difficult. Next month, we will begin to learn needlepoint, which I think is just like half cross stitches on canvas.

Crewel Christmas Ornament by Maggie Fraser

And that's about it. I know I really need to update the current projects over there on the right side of the blog, but it's been all I could do to get these photos taken and posted up. Thank you for your patience. It's been a really tough time, but I am hopeful that better times are right around the corner. Of course, nothing will ever be the same without my mom, but somehow the world keeps turning. I don't quite know how that works.

Happy stitching!