Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Brown is the new Black...

Or I guess I should say “Chestnut” since it is Weeks Dye Works Chestnut that I stitched with for two hours last night. But I made it to the halfway point (I think) on the brown...I mean, chestnut background last night, so it is getting there.

Tonight Simple Gifts-Love is on deck, and it will be another “one color” kind of night. So Sister Scarlet (Belle Soie) and I will be happily stitching while watching Idol and Lost tonight. :) I tend to do more “watching” than “stitching” on Wednesday nights.

I ordered this yesterday after seeing Katrina's WIP.

I love Needleprint designs. I have managed to start a couple, but I haven't finished any yet. I don't think this one is OOP yet, but Theresa at Shakespeare's Peddler had a few left, I think, if anyone is interested. :)

Happy Stitching,


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This Is the Day and June Morning

I worked on This is the Day on Sunday. I finished the border and started the alphabet. This is probably my favorite project that I am currently working on. I love the way it is looking on this fabric (and the fabric itself is fun to stitch on…if that makes sense :) ).

Last night I stitched on June Morning. I got a pretty good start on the house. I am stitching this with DMC threads. I love overdyed/specialty threads, but stitching with DMC seems to go so quickly.

Tonight it is back to Kindness Sampler. I know I will love it when it is done, but right now the brown background is wearing me out!

Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Frogs and Stash

It seems I have spent most nights this week frogging various projects rather than stitching them. The only WIP that I feel I have made barely noticeable progress on is Shimmering Mermaid. I stitched a little more of her hair and started some of the metallics in it. I have discovered that when I am stitching a Mirabilia design, I much prefer to stitch the metallics, beads, and backstitching as I go instead of saving it all to the end. I seem to actually finish them instead of leaving them in a bag completely stitched but lacking beads, metallics and back stitching (ahem....Autumn Queen).

I received some stash orders this week. It has been really fun going to the mailbox this week. :) I ordered several charts/kits; some new from Market, and some that I have had my eye on for awhile.

From L-R: The Sampler Company Red House Sampler, Country Cottage Needleworks Bayside Bungalows, Lizzie Kate ABC Lessons, Cross-Eyed Cricket Dickens Mittens: The Last Word, Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers Two Hearts, Country Cottage Needleworks Beach Cottage, Shakespeare's Peddler A World Rejoices, 36 ct. Lakeside Linens Buttercream fabric for Weary World, GAST Winter LE threads for Weary World

I also ordered some mesh project bags. I loved the way Nicole at Nicole's Needlework has organized her rotation. I hope she doesn’t mind that I copied her system. I had a few of these bags already and purchased a few more so that I would have seven—one for each day of the week, and I added tags with binder rings to the loops like she did as well. This is a great system. I am showing you a picture of mine, but all the credit for the idea goes to Nicole.

I am looking forward to a stitchy and relaxing weekend. My parents are going to come down tonight, and we are going to go out to dinner at a local restuarant. Jacob has an Upward basketball game Saturday morning, and we will go to church on Sunday. The rest of the time I am looking forward to stitching my fingers off. :) I would love to get a lot accomplished on Simply Live tonight. It will probably be the first finish in my rotation, and I am just itching to start one of the new ones that I have gotten this week. But I am going to be good…I am going to finish one of my rotation projects first and then put one of the new projects in that daily slot.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Rotation Updates, Stash (sort of), and Valentines

Hope all of you had a happy Valentine's Day. My sweetheart and I went on an afternoon outing while our son went with the g-parents to a movie. My valentines was a little early. DH bought me a DS game and Animal Crossing earlier in the week, and I have not been able to put it down. I love to play little games like this. DS and I have had a good time linking ours together and playing games with each other as well. As a result my stitching has suffered. LOL!
However, I have managed to stitch every night on my rotation even if it has only been a little bit. Here are some updated pictures of what I am working on. (warning: wrinkly fabric and some bad photography ahead...I didn't take time to iron, some of the pictures are at weird angles, and the lighting is horrible because I never remember to take pictures until nighttime). Okay, now that that is out of the way...

Shimmering Mermaid...

Simply Live...

Blessings and Kind Wishes
And probably my favorite piece in my rotation...

This Is The Day

I promise I will do better with the pictures next time. I got a little bit of stash in the mail this weekend. I had ordered the book Celebrations in Stitches from an Amazon third party seller after seeing Lo How a Rose completed on Vonna's blog. If you haven't seen this yet, check it's gorgeous! I don't know when I will get to this, but the book will still be there when I decide to start it. I would like to have it finished before this Christmas, but we will see how it goes.
Today is also our sweet Pete's birthday. He is two years old today! He has really enjoyed the attention (and the stuffed Loofa dog--I will have to take a picture of him with it sometime).

Time to get DS to bed, turn on the Bachelor (I think it is two hours tonight. :) ), and work on June Morning.

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kindness and Simple Gifts Update

Hi all,

I think I am going to make the switch from Wordpress to blogger. If you are just finding this blog, I have several posts on at The Stitchin' Post which I plan to keep there for awhile. I really wish I could export those posts to this blog, but I don't know how or if that is even possible. Blogger seems to be a little more user friendly and seems to have more variety in gadgets, etc. Also, it seems almost all of the stitching blogs that I read are on Blogger. So here I am, hoping to keep my readers and and attract new readers as well. :) If you are finding my blog for the first time, welcome--I hope you will come back. If you are coming here from the Wordpress blog, I hope you will continue to visit me. :)

I am still working through my first week of my rotation and enjoying it immensely. On Tuesday, I worked on Kindness Sampler by Birds of a Feather and finished a tiny bit more of the brown background. I am stitching this on 28 ct. Lambswool with the recommended threads.

Last night, I stitched a little in between watching American Idol and Lost (both of which were fantastic!), I worked on Praiseworthy Stitches' Simple Gifts-Love. I am stitching this on 40 ct. light sand linen with Belle Soie Sister Scarlet and Noir.

Tonight's WIP is Shimmering Mermaid. I was off from work today and would normally have picked up a needle long before now, but I have been playing around with the design of this blog and playing Animal Crossing off and on all day. That game is so addicting. :) As soon as I get the little guy in bed, I plan to stitch until bedtime. :)

Happy Stitching,


Moving to a new spot

I am thinking about changing over from Wordpress to Blogger. I want to try this one out for a few days and see how I like it before changing completely.