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!

It's a Garden Party

I participated in a new-to-me exchange group called Stitched with Love.  The exchange was called Tea in the Garden.  I received a wonderful package of garden-related items from Lisa which included the most delightful little purse stitched by her.  Thank you, Lisa, I love it!

And here's the package I sent out to Kim:

If you are interested, please check out the link above.  There is a new exchange just getting set up for Halloween/Autumn.  Should be a fun time!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Halloween came early

I received the most adorable squares from my partner Milly in the Fair and Square Halloween exchange.  This scary witch and her cat are from Prairie Schooler and I love them!

And since Milly is a big fan of pumpkins (and who in their right mind isn't??), I sent her a couple plump ones:

This was a fun exchange.  Halloween and Autumn are two of my favorite times of the year.  The colors are so warm and cheerful and the images so full of fun and smiles.  When I was little we would go pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween.  It was such fun, searching for just the right one.  And then my brothers and I (with parental assistance, of course) would make a royal mess on the kitchen table scooping out pumpkin guts & carving goofy faces into our poor pumpkins.  Afterward we would dress up in costumes and go trick or treating among the neighborhood -- in the dark!  What spooooky fun we had . . . . and the candy!!  LOL -- it makes my teeth hurt thinking about all that sugar :)

But I digress . . . . back to the exchange.  I really enjoy the Fair and Square group.  It's fun to give and receive handmade items and this group makes it simple.  That appeals to me and makes me smile.

I hope  *you*  have a happy, smile-filled day!


Friday, August 24, 2012

One more Christmas Friday post

I remembered to take a picture of the Christmas ornies for my nephews:

I bought some tiny black buttons to put on the Candy Sock over the stitched black buttons.  I think that will make a cute addition to it.  These 2 patterns are so cute -- I may need to stitch a pair for myself in my spare time.

I also got another square done on Rosewood Manor's Tulip sampler (the tall skinny one on the bottom).  For some reason or other, this one made me nervous -- all that backstitching just wasn't relaxing this time.  I was sooo glad when it was finished!  I hope this doesn't happen again -  there's still tons of bs-ing to do on this piece.  The square under this one is big and has lots of cross stitching in it so I'm planning on doing it next.  Hopefully that will be more fun and then I can go on to another session of bs-ing with a fresh, happy attitude.

That's the plan.

 My weekend is going to be spent grooming dogs, doing laundry and stitching.  Should be fun!  I hope your weekend is just as fun.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

IHSW for August

I'm not getting much stitching done this month because the dogs and I are very busy with agility trials and training.  Though I did manage to squeeze in a little this weekend for IHSW while I was at a trial.  It's not much but it's a start:

This is to be a gift for one of my nephews for Halloween.  It's a fun little pattern.

That's it for now .... good stitching everyone.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The first August WIPocalypse update

I've been busy the last couple weeks stitching surprises for friends so the only updates I have for this WIPocalypse update are things I've already posted, mainly finishing ornaments and the Old European Sampler.  If you want to see them, look back a couple posts.  Sorry ...  I don't have any new pictures to post.

Unless you count this one of Missy Meadow when she was a puppy:

Have a great day!