Friday, December 28, 2012

The last WIPocalypse for 2012

Even though I had lots of Christmas stitching to do, I managed to pick up the Tulip Sampler in December and finished the big square on the bottom plus two smaller squares above it :

I also found some time to work on Flower Power from Anne Strite-Kurtz. This was a 2011 Crazy Challenge piece that didn't get very far in 2011.  I finished the third band -- hooray!

This year has been a fruitful one for me - stitching-wise.  I finished quite a few stitchy items . . .

and still have quite a few to go . . .

These (and any others that may strike my fancy during the coming year) will be the ones I concentrate on for the 2013 WIPocalypse.  Wish me luck.  And I'll also wish you good stitching luck in 2013.  May the games begin . . .

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Here comes the snow ....

I just looked out the window and the snow she is a fallin'.  We're supposed to get lots of the white stuff today -- it'll be our first real snow of the season -- and if we do, I'll be spending the evening shoveling.  Yuck!

I didn't get to post my last ornament before Christmas so here he is, Santa with Drum, a gift for my brother, the drummer (perfect, no?):

The original pattern called for lots of shading and tiny color changes (which are all very pretty) but I didn't feel like being that "fussy".  Instead, I decided to limit the thread colors, thereby making him somewhat plainer but none the cuter. 

I also finished the Christmas SAL by Carole (Thank You Carole!):

I changed the colors significantly and am happy with the results.  (For some reason or other, I don't like stitching with the traditional Christmas colors.  It isn't that they aren't pretty, I just prefer not to stitch them -- color me weird.)  While working on Carole's sampler, I 'discovered' a 3-color combo that I am absolutely smitten with and plan on using in an as yet undetermined future piece.

I'm  not a real purple-lover but I do love this purple.  It's very understated and seems to go well with browns and other fall colors.  Plus, it looks great on tea-stained fabrics.  I've used it a few times now.  The first time was with Harvest Angel a few years ago:

And then just recently with one of the Christmas ornaments for this year:

I guess you could say it's one of my new favorite colors :-)

YIKES!  I just took another peek outside.  The road outside my window is covered with snow now and more is falling.  Guess what I'll be doing tonight.  Hopefully, I won't put out my back or hips or knees or whatever.

Take care everyone and have a happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The last IHSW of 2012

For the final IHSW of 2012, I ornamentized 2 more Christmas ornies and are they a little over the top :)

I love all that red!  Two more down . . . . only 1 more to go.
And I should have done it over the weekend but I decided to work on the little house in the Christmas SAL from Carole instead:

The little 'mistletoe with hearts' motif below the house, I did on Monday.  Though that's all for my IHSW report, I do have a few more pictures to show you.

Kate of Momuboocrea Island and I exchanged Christmas ornaments:

This is the ornament I sent to her - the little angel I love so much.

And this is what Kate sent to me.  Ummm, there was a chocolate Santa but I ate it.  Yum! 
And then I entered a giveaway held by Jules and I won it!  How cool is that?

Snowmen are one of my favorite winter things ....  and she sent me 2.
Let me tell you, I feel totally spoiled by these two lovely ladies :-)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4 Down . . . .

and 3 more to go.   I'm making good time with the ornament finishing.  Maybe I'll get that wall hanging done before Christmas after all.

Have a good day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

WIPocalypse update for November

I was driving home last night under a gorgeous full moon and remembered it's WIPocalpyse time.  Most of November was spent stitching for Christmas with a little Adriana thrown in just for yucks.

First up is Adriana.  I back stitched the birds' legs, beaks and some of their wings.  It's almost finished but I may not make it for this year.

The big hurrah! for November was finishing the Advent Calender and picking out fabric for it.  I plan to make it into a small wall hanging.  I really want to get it done before Christmas but am not sure that will happen.  Doing this kind of finishing is new to me -- I only did it once before -- and need to be nice and calm and relaxed before attempting it.  Right now, that's not my mental state.

The other Christmas stuff I've been stitching are presents for various friends and family and are on the top burner right now.  I forgot to get the designer for the Santa with drum but he's from an old issue of Country Cross Stitch Magazine.  The Stitching Sisters isn't finished yet.  I may remove the gold thread and replace it with something darker.  I like the way the spools show up but the individual strands of it aren't so visible.  And what can I say -- I just love that little angel.  Last Christmas I stitched a forest of trees, this year I stitched a sky full of angels. 

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 19, 2012

IHSW - such that it is.

Well, I didn't get much stitched over the IHSW.  Actually, the only stitching I could get in was on Friday evening.  I started a little angel:

I just love this little lady with her curly-q dress and shapely wings.  When finished, she will be a Christmas ornament for a friend.

Check out the other IHSWers for their progress.

And Happy Thanksgiving for those who will be celebrating it Thursday.   Eat lots of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie (my personal favorite).       YUM!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Fall Into Halloween Exchange

The Stitched with Love 'Fall into Halloween' Exchange is finished.  Autumn and Halloween are 2 of my favorite stitchy topics.  I love the colors of Autumn.  I love the spooky fun that's Halloween.

Kim stitched me 2 really cute (and scary) Just Nan ornaments and included a bunch of other fun goodies with them:

And for Beth, I stitched a creepy black cat with back arched higher than any I've ever seen:

Unfortunately, I'm a little short of time right now, so that's about it for today.  Have a happy Monday!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October WIPocalypse

Unfortunately, I didn't get as much done this month as I had hoped.  Poor Adriana, which I wanted to have done by this update, didn't get anymore stitches added.  Nor did the Sticklounge Advent Calender or the Old European Sampler.  Sigh.

Instead, I spent an enjoyable month on Halloween and Exchanges (one of which is still a secret):

I did finally finish Something Wicked by La-D-Da.  It only needed the spiders added but had fallen to the bottom of my pile and was hidden -- until now:

I can't remember when I started this one but it was at least a year ago, maybe more (time flies when you're having fun).  I doubt it'll get 'ornamentized' before tomorrow but at least it's ready for the process.

The last piece I stitched on was the Christmas SAL from Carole and I'm happy to report it is up to date:

Carole's original design called for lots of white thread but the white doesn't show up well on my tea stained fabric (at least not stitched 1 over 1, it doesn't).  So I picked a light brown for the snow instead -- hmmm, better than yellow, don't you think?

I'm not signing up for any more exchanges or SAL's until after the new year.  I need to get more Christmas gifts stitched and will be spending most of my stitching time getting them done. 

And I really want to get Adriana finished before the world ends.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October IHSW

I don't have much to show for IHSW -- though I wanted to get lots done, it just didn't happen.  I did go the my LNS on Saturday for her sale and bought some stuff.  It wasn't actually stitching, but it's stitching related. 

And then on Sunday, I finished my nephews' Halloween ornies into the actual ornaments:

I'm pleased with the results and hope the boys will be also.

I used to be so organized . . .

sigh . . . not any more . . . sigh.

I participated in a Stitched with Love exchange called 'Animal Antics'.  My partner-to-stitch-for was Loretta and her favorite animal is the bear -- not a teddy bear -- a bear.  Hmmmm, easy enough.  So off  I went in search of a bear pattern.  I didn't actually remember such a pattern but surely amongst my stash I could find one.  Nope.  Nary a bear.

Well, perhaps I could find a log cabin and a bear charm or button to attach?  Yup, found a cute log cabin in the woods . . .  found a really nice log cabin quilt block . . .  found a charm? a button?  Nope.  Nary a one.  And I really liked the log cabin quilt block with a bear charm idea -- bummer.

Hmmmm, not so easy after all.

I guess I'll have to settle for a teddy bear.  Mind you, there were 2 other animals that were Loretta's 2nd and 3rd choice (easy ones, too, dogs and cats --I have tons of dog and cat patterns because they are some of my favs also.).  But no, I was determined to go with her first choice.  So back to my patterns I went in search of the Christmas teddy bear pattern book I knew was there (but never did find).  And in searching for that book, I came across this:

Check it out -- a BEAR!

And a suggestion for the BEAR sans forest friends -- perfect!

(Okay, now here's the lack of organization part.  I forgot to get the designer's name but if you check out your old "Cross Stitch and Country Crafts" Mar/Apr 1992 issue you can find it yourself.  Sorry.)

And here he is, made into a cute little pillow (a new-to-me finish and, yes, I'm very proud of it):

And the rest of the exchange (also please note the black, brown, white color combo -- the color of bears):

This was such a fun project because I really had to do some thinking and searching for bear things.

My partner-who-stitched-for-me in this exchange was Lainey who combined some of my favorite things into one package:

Check out all the butterflies!  And some in pink, no less.  Thank you Lainey!  I love it. The butterfly ornament she stitched hangs on my dresser mirror looking so pretty.  I'm very lucky :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

I hit a wall

Unfortunately, I came down with a cold last week that put a serious halt to my stitching fervor since my last post.  Luckily, it remains a simple cold and didn't develop into something epic . . . and is going away in record time.

(knock on wood)

I did manage to do a little stitching in the last couple days on the nephews' Halloween ornies.



 All 8 legs (in black perle cotton) have been added to Along Came A Spider.   
And little black spider buttons crawl along the bottom of Eek!

And that's about all I can show for the past week.  That and an empty box of tissues.

Here's hoping next week is better ...... and healthier!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sept WIPocalypse

I am happy to report that I've been a busy little stitcher this past month, albeit a little erratic -- hopping around from project to project like a honey bee bounces among the clover.  And it was FUN!

I'll begin with Adriana -- I am almost finished with this lovely (still more backstitching to go).  I should be able to have this finished by the next WIPocalypse update:

And since I was doing Christmas ornies for my nephews, I decided to pick up the Advent Calender, a Sticklounge SAL from December.  I stitched the lower, right two ornies this past week.  This one I want to have done in time for Christmas this year:

I found this next little cutie recently and just had to stitch it before the world ends.  I'll probably make it into a Christmas ornie.  I found it on the Freebie Gallery blog (great place):

And then another new start that just has to get done before the world obliterates itself is the Christmas SAL by Carole:

I also managed to get some finish-finishing in:

Wee Three

A Brittercup kitty

And some framing (though I didn't do it myself):

And to All A Good Night

Lily Pond


Rose Wreath Santa

I hope your month was just as productive.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My IHSW was a good one

I got bunches of great quality stitching time in (hurray!) amongst household chores (blecchht!).

The first thing I worked on had lots and lots and lots (and omg! lots) of little black cross stitches that looked something like this:

Unfortunately, since it's a surprise for a friend, I can't show you the whole shapely thing but suffice it to say, there is lots (and lots and lots) more blackness than pictured above.  By the time I finished all the black -- I needed some

 * C O L O R *

sooo, I switched to the Tulip Sampler and finished all the green blocks (granted, most of the time I was stitching with one color, ie, green -- but at least it was a change from black --  it's the little things that make life exciting, don't you agree?)

And then my last IHSW piece for the weekend was a new start -- the Christmas SAL from Carole.  I didn't get much finished on it and I'm already behind (because I just found out about it last week) but I think it's going to be a fun little sampler (as her SAL's usually are):

I switched out the colors and am going for a different look than the traditional Christmas one.  So far, so good.  If you want to participate in Carole's SAL, I think you have until the end of the month to join.

Have a good one! 

Oh . . . .  and thanks for all the comments on Eek!  Those guys really crack me up!  I may have to stitch them for myself as well.

Friday, September 14, 2012


 It's another Halloween ornament!

This one is designed by Stitch Kitty.  Isn't it adorable?  I love the looks of horror on those pumpkins -- they are too funny.

Unfortunately, that's about it for stitching so far this month (except for another little piece that's a surprise and can't be revealed yet).  The dogs have been keeping me busy busy busy with agility classes and trials and keeping stitching at a minimum.  However, I'm very excited about this coming weekend because it's IHSW (woohoo!) and I don't have any plans!!!!  (double woohoo!)  Looks like a mostly-stitching weekend to me.  

Can't wait .......

Have a good weekend in your neck of the woods.

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Blue WIPocalypse

For the second August WIPocalypse update I pulled out Adriana -- something that hasn't seen the light of day for a few months.   I started the final part of this SAL and want to get it finished.  There isn't much more to do in the way of x's but there is a bit of bs-ing yet.  It shouldn't be a problem because the bs-ing is mostly outlining -- kind of mindless.

Another piece I worked on (though not very much) was the Old European Sampler.

Actually, I got a bit disgusted with it and that's why I pulled out Adriana to work on.  For some reason, I don't enjoy working on this piece.  Maybe it's the colors? (though I did a Santa in the same colors and had a blast with him)  Or maybe the tightness?  (it is driving me a bit bonkers)  Maybe the fabric? (normally I like lugana)  Maybe the size? (I seem to want to stitch smaller things right now, go figure)  Maybe the repetition? (it does seem to go on forever)  Whatever the reason, when I went to bed Saturday night, I decided I was done with it.  Finished!  No more.  I would put it away and just forget about it.  I have lots of other projects I enjoy doing so why bother.  The end!

But after working on Adriana on Sunday, I cooled down and will give it another go.

I also managed to do a little more on the Tulip Sampler.  I thought I would get more of the big square done but only the border is completed.  I decided to do the border in rice stitches instead of cross stitches just to be a little different.  This is such a pretty pattern and I just love the colors.  And when I finish with tulips I'm going to start Halloween Quilt Sampler another Rosewood Manor piece with lots of bs-ing in it.  I already bought the pattern :) 

I have another update that isn't WIPocalpyse related -- I'm almost finished with Along Came a Spider.  Madame Spider just needs her legs.  The pattern calls for 4 -- egads! that will not do!  My nephew would never let me hear the last of it if I didn't give her the proper number of legs.  And the proper number she shall have -- 8 black hairy ones!  EEK!

Have a good weekend!

And Happy Labor Day!