Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shimmering Mermaid--FINISHED!

I finished Shimmering Mermaid a few weeks ago, but I am just now getting around to posting a photo. Life has been busy and blogging has taken a backseat, but hopefully it is getting better and I will be posting more often.

I decided to leave off both the border and the compass. I prefer just her without the other things distracting from her. I was never too crazy about the border, and to me, the compass placement looked too crowded. I am very happy with my choice and think she will look lovely as she is. I hope to have her framed, but I am not sure where I am going to hang her.

Shimmering Mermaid
Started January 2009
Finished Friday, September 11, 2009
Recommended DMC, Kreinik, and Mill Hill beads
Fabric: 32 ct. Blueberry by Silkweaver (hand dyed)

Since I finished her, I have been really unfocused, picking up multiple projects, stitching for a bit, and moving on to something else. This happens to me almost every time I finish something. I have a hard time finding my groove on something else for awhile. I haven't made enough progress on most of the ones that I worked on to show pictures except for two...
I made a meager start on Mirabilla's Fairy Moon (I am not sure that this is even picture worthy, but I wanted to document the start for myself). I started this one as soon as I finished Shimmering Mermaid on September 11. I am stitching it on 28 ct. Dawn by PTP.

And I was a lucky winner in Ehandcrafts' Labor Day sale and won a Lizzie Kate Boxer kit. This one is called Autumn Cottage. I love it. I started it on the first day of fall (9/22) and hope to finish it today.

Not sure what I will work on next.... I may go back to Fairy Moon for awhile or I might try to finish block 2 of Shores of Hawk Run Hollow before the end of September (the END of September! Where did September go exactly? It has flown by!)

I am so excited about all of the new stuff coming out. I have pre-ordered two early favorites....
Plum Street Samplers' Paradise Lost and Carriage House Samplings' Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. I am so excited about both of them, although I think the silks for each will eventually bankrupt me. LOL! I also ordered fabric for Paradise Lost. Thankfully, I already have the fabric that I need for Christmas HRH.

I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the new designs. I am have heard that Lizzie Kate is releasing a Christmas ABC, similair ABC lessons, which I think I will like.

I saw this on Hoffman's yesterday, and it will be hitting my wish list soon as well...

Isn't that gorgeous!! It is by Rosewood Manor and is called Quaker Diamonds. I LOVE it!!! And I love stitching with Valdani threads.

I saw where Goode Huswife has released a boy crow Ira Ray to go with Ida Mae, and her third book which is the Colonial Gardening series.

So what are your favorites so far that you have seen that are being released at Market this year? What are your "must haves"?

We have fall break coming up in one week. I am so excited! Looking forward to the time off. We are planning to go to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg for a three night stay. We are staying at the Inn at Christmas Place which we love, and I am looking forward to visiting Dixie Darlin' while we are there. My parents are going with us. They are as excited as we are. :)

Sorry this has been really, really long. If you are still reading, thanks for hanging in there. Shorter posts to follow, I promise. :)

That's it for today. It is a rainy Saturday here in my little part of Kentucky. I don't mind. I plan to stitch all afternoon. :)
Have a great weekend!
Happy Stitching,


  1. Hi Kellie,

    Congratulations on finishing that gorgeous mermaid. She is soooo pretty! I also like that Autumn stitch too, very cute!

    I too am looking forward to many of the new market releases. Like many stitchers I want Paradise Lost! OK, I want many many things but this time I am going to wait till the rush is over before I order my stuff.

    I saw the new Goode Huswife releases too and must get the crow boy! I'm now even thinking of stitching the crow couple together, what do you think?

    Never apologize for a long post. It's your blog and you can write as you like! Your upcoming 'getaway' sounds like a lot of fun!

    Happy weekend!

  2. Kellie - Shimmering Mermaid looks phenominal! The fabric is perfect and I think that you made a great decision stitching her alone and not adding all the other things to her.

    I'm anxiously awaiting the Market Releases - Paradise Lost, etc. I just saw a great A&E piece on Milady's Needle too, so I think that I'm going to have to get that one. So many projects, so little time!!

  3. Congrats on your finish! I love that fall piece too!

  4. Send the rain here, please!! I so want a rainy day, lol.

    You just had to mention that Ida has a brother - oh brother, lol. I think we all have the pre-order bug right now.

    Your Mermaid is AMAZING!!!

  5. Ooooh, what a mermaid! So beautiful.

    Seems that there are many of us looking forward to Paradise Lost. Oh, dear, something new to want!

    Enjoy your time off. You've earned it!

  6. Hi, your post is NOT too long--I loved reading it and seeing everything, especially shimmering mermaid!

    I'm very excited by the new releases. I've ordered Christmas at HRH, Paradise Lost also. I agree about the silks--wow--even though I had a lot of them, that's a big investment.
    I get fidgety when a project ends also!

  7. Woohoo! Kellie, a big big congrats on finishing your beautiful Shimmy. You must be thrilled with it! I love your other WIPs, too. I'm cheering you on to a finish on the Boxer.

    I'm anxious for the new releases, too. I can not WAIT for Paradise Lost. Oh, the temptation. No pun intended. ;)

    Have a great trip to TN!

  8. Beautiful finish! I love that mermaid...and I'm not really a fan of mermaids! I think that it's something about her body...the colors, and squares or something...whatever it is, she's gorgeous! Great job!

  9. Congratulations on your beautiful finish! Both! The LK piece is really cute too!
    Oh please don't tempt me. I'm hoping to not see anything that I really need from the market sales. I do like that Rosewood sampler, but I don't want to get all those threads to stitch it, so I think I'll pass.
    Enjoy your fall break.