Monday, January 19, 2015

The first IHSW of 2015

Last weekend was the third weekend of the month which means International Hermit Stitching Weekend aka IHSW.  And I managed to get in some quality stitching time.

First up is Ho Ho Ho Santa from Prairie Schooler.  Before the weekend, I had Santa's beard and the tree stitched.  And now he's done :)  My first 2015 Christmas ornie finished during the first IHSW.

Next on my weekend stitching spree is Rocking Around the Tree.  Before the weekend I had all the green thread done in part 3 of this SAL.  Now I have the entire part 3 finished.  Well, except for an arch at the bottom.  It's supposed to be green but I'm afraid I'll run out of the green before finishing the top.   And since I'm using stash threads, I won't be able to get more of that dye lot.  I think I'll make it but until it's done, I'll be on pins and needles. You may (but probably won't) notice that the white stripes are more defined in this picture.  I wasn't happy with them (to pale compared to the rest of the parts) so I stitched over the x's and now I'm happy.

My third project for IHSW is a re-start.  I'm working on Nevermore from Prairie Schooler for a friend's birthday.  I started it in 28 ct over one a few weeks ago.  I've stitched over 1 on 28 ct before but this time it's not much fun.  I'm having problems with the lack of hole size and it was getting to be tedious and something to be avoided.  Even though I have the mansion almost finished, I decided to re-start this project on 22 ct hardanger fabric.  Good decision .... I happy to report the stitching is fun again.

I think I'll finish and save the first, tedious mansion for myself and turn it into a Halloween ornament.

And that's it for January's bit of hermit stitching.  Now off to visit other stitching hermits ... bye!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL and more ....

Since it's the 15th of January, it's time for my first ever Gifted Gorgeousness SAL post.  And I actually have a finish!  Now before you let out a big congratulatory 'woohoo' .... please note that I didn't set my stitching sights too high for my first gifted gorgeousness project.  Here you have it, an adorable (albeit teeny tiny) Cuddly Dog by Mouseloft:

I also worked on part 4 of Rocking Round the Tree (not part of the GG SAL) and am almost finished with it:

I've stitched other projects since my last post but didn't get pics of them, so they can wait for another day.  I do have one more project to show, however.  I finished this one sometime before Christmas but never took a picture until now.   Pat's Papillon Sampler .... all I need to do is finish it into a small wall hanging for my friend and give it to her.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, January 5, 2015

First WIPocalypse of 2015

Hard to believe we are into 2015 already but here we are.  For my first WIPocalypse project I have Autumn Log Cabin from Gracewood Stitches.  I didn't manage much stitching, about 4 or 5 thread lengths, but that's how I'm going to work this one -- a few threads at a time.  This border seems to go on forever and I get bored easily with it at this point.  So, to keep from giving up entirely, if I only do a little at a time, it will get done.

I also managed a to get lots done on The Great Pumpkin Conspiracy from Cross-Eyed Cricket.  I love this one and am so happy to get something accomplished with it.

Two other projects that got some loving are the Inch sampler and Symmetry but since I just posted about them, you can check out my previous entries for their pics.  Still happy dancing' over Symmetry, btw.

I did not touch Mary Wigham or the Tulip Sampler this time because I need to spend quality time with Rockin' Around the Tree to get it done before the February deadline.  I'm almost finished with part 2 and loving how this tree is growing.

Have a good January!

Friday, January 2, 2015


Very excited here .... I figured out how to add pages!  How cool is that!?!

No stitching update but I'll leave you with a couple pictures of my Stormy when he was just a youngster having a blast doing agility at Tamarack's AKC trial in 2002.  The suckiest part of 2014 was losing him.  He was 14.  I miss my little man.

We should all have his gusto for life.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winding down another year

To finish off 2014 I decided to go back to a WIP from 2011 that hasn't seen the light of day since first started.  When I set it down it looked like this:

And now it looks like this (woohoo!):

I also started a new SAL, (a zentangle Christmas tree), finishing part 1 of 5:

Playing catch up with the inch sampler, I stitched the house, the tea pot, the castle, and the blue X squares:

And finally .... drum roll, please .... a finish!  Symmetry, originally started in June 2010, finally completed in December 2014.   I haven't signed and dated it yet because I'm trying to decide which end is up.  The right pic is the designer's choice but I like it either way.  Any opinions?

Happy New Year!  I hope 2015 is a good one for you and yours!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Plans for the upcoming year

Yikes!  It's hard to believe another year is nearly over!  As usual, I didn't get as much done as I wanted in 2014 but no sense crying over that.  Besides that, it's more fun to anticipate the projects of the next.  And here's what I'm planning for 2015 ... but please don't hold me to them.  My plans tend to be more fluid than written in stone.

To begin, I'm happy to read that Measi is continuing with WIPocalypse in 2015.  I didn't do a very good job on older projects in 2014 (except Symmetry which I should  have completed very soon).  So here's hoping 2015 will be better.  I'm not going to make grand plans for the year but would really, really, really like to finish Mary Wigham and then get a couple more squares done on my Tulip Sampler.

Secondly, Jo announced a super SAL called the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  The only requirement is to stitch something that has been gifted to you.  My plans for this are a tiny dog kit that was given to me by Ingrid:

And then this is cute little spring sampler kit from Lainey:

And, if time permits, My Stitching Treasures by Jeannette Douglas given to me by my EGA Secret Sister, Jessie a couple years ago. 

Then thirdly, I will (of course) continue with the really fun Halloween SAL over at Halloween Ornie SAL.  The topics are set and in January I'll pick my patterns for the year.  Looks like another fun year of ghosts and witches and other things that go bump in the night :)

Finally, I plan to continue the Inch Sampler from Facebook.  I haven't worked on it in awhile because of other things but I want to catch up and then keep current with it.  I think I'm 4 or 5 squares behind now but they're small so it won't be hard to catch up.

And that's it!  Here's hoping I get everything accomplished.  Though don't be surprised if I get side tracked by some other little lovely that comes along in 2015.

Good luck everyone .... and happy stitching!

Monday, November 24, 2014

WooHoo! Christmas stitching is DONE!

Thank goodness!  Here are my finished ornaments for this year.  All I have to say is ... it's a good thing I stitched all those hardanger angels earlier in the year.  And you'll notice that the last one doesn't look very Christmas-y because I still don't feel very Christmas-y.  It was the only one I just stitched (finished it last week) and I'm still feeling like Autumn.  Luckily the friend I made it for is an Autumn kind of gal.

 And my favorite one this post .... 

sums up my Christmas spirit.  I love this little gingerbread-style house under attack from the spiders.  Cracks me up!  It's for the Halloween Ornie SAL.  Our subject for November ... BUGS!  Can you tell?  I'm still in a Halloween-kind of mood  ;-)

I love the Bad Neighborhood series from Ink Circles.  They make me giggle.  I need to stitch the Upstairs Downstairs one for my brother ... he's a drummer.  I probably should make one for my dad, too.  My brother loved to practice when he was growing up.  Hmmm, maybe I should make one  for each of our old neighbors.

The spider is from one of the Halloween issues of JCS.  And in case you didn't notice, there's a sleeping beauty on the back of the couch totally oblivious to my photo taking session.  This is my old lady beagle Willow.  She's 12 now and does lots of sleeping.  Her hearing isn't what it used to be so she sleeps through almost everything now.  Unless it smells like food.  That generally gets her attention.

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving on Thursday and safe travels for those going home for the holiday.