Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Updates

Wow here it is August 2nd and I am just know making a post. July just flew by and I only made the 1 post. I sure hope I have a bit more luck in August and can make more then a single.

I will start out with my finishes, a couple months ago I showed you the blanket that I was working on. It is intended as a gift for a friend at Christmas. It took longer to finish then usually because the heat we are having makes it all but impossible to have that laying on my lap. But it finally cooled off enough for me to finish it up.
I also got 2 small stitches finished and FFO-ed (Fully Finished Object) One a few days after the 4th and the other a couple days after that.The Mini Block Stitches was a pattern with charms that was given to me by a fellow stitcher, she had it in her stash but decided she would never stitch it so passed it along. We do this alot in our stitch group. The cart is a JBW design called French Cart. I had hoped to complete them by the 4th but did not. Oh well no worries, next year they will be ready.

My MPP's (multi-page projects) also have some finishes. The HEAD I have finished page 25. The DBCS (Death by Cross Stitch) I finished about 1 and 1/3 pages. I did this to complete the motif. And finally the Army Emblem I have about a page and 1/2 finished. I am working all 4 pages together so I do not have a single completed page but counting the grid you come up with my 1 1/2 page finish.
Those are all of my finishes. I have a new start. I am working Spring Village from Stoney Creek Designs. I am working it on a poly/blend table runner that I bought at Joann's one time when they were having a sale. I am using waste canvas and all of the floss will be DMC.
 I am currently putting a new project into the mix I will start as soon as this update is complete. It is a Halloween design and I hope to have it complete for this years decorations. I will post pictures on my next update.

I had a bit of fun with some sales items I found at Michael's. I have been looking for a summer decoration that is not 4th of July themed and this fit the bill. Everything was 70% off and I must say I did a pretty nice job of setting it up.
Finally my baby turned 1 on July 31st. And what you may ask did I think was a good present for him.......well he got neutered. I would not have done it to him but the cat was getting a bit paranoid when he walked across he room. So he got the snip. They only had Monday open for the next 3 weeks and I just said well it needs done, birthday or not. He is just fine and happy as ever now but that day he was rather subdued 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hapy 4th of July

Hello all you wonderful people. I hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July Celebration!!!!

This picture of my decoration involves 3 of my interest. The crocheted doll, my quilted table topper and my cross stitched pillow.

The heat has gone for now so it has been much nicer to relax and work. Work has been busy and that is always good but I still find time in the evenings to stitch. I have made some nice progress on 3 of my big WIPS. Christmas Cottages page 25 is about 2/3 done. I have another page from Death by Cross Stitch worked and I am moving along well with the Army Crest. 

 I am still rotating in some JBW Designs but currently I do not have any new finishes.

Last Tuesday I went with a friend and got a new tattoo. I would never have thought I would get one tat but to now have 2. Wow you just never know what you are going to end up doing. I did this one because I am a crafter I knit, crochet, sew, cross stitch, scrapbook, embroider and some quilting. I choose the design from 4 different pictures and had the artist create this. I am going to add in a crochet hook and a couple of spools but I was pretty much done with all of this in one setting.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oh Boy has it been hot!!!!!!!

Not sure about the rest of you but around here it has been smoking hot. 100+ for the last 2 weeks. Just about the time we think it is going to cool down and day and the temps go right on past that 100 mark. I am not a happy camper. Anything over 65 and I am dying so this is not my idea of a fun time.

So for stitching. I had hoped to finish off the blanket I am working on as a Christmas gift, well I am sure after reading my intro you will all know that did not it did not.
I did some more of the JBW Designs. I just love them they are so fun and I can do them in a single day. They look great in my basket as well. I had a couple of small finishes that I had originally thought I might make into cards but then I thought, oh these would make great pillows for the basket.

And I was able to finish my Autumn Ala Round by Glendon Place. All that is left now is to make it into a table topper and I will be set for the fall. 
 I am moving along with my Army Crest  with great results.
That is about it for this update. I hope you enjoy the pictures and I will be back next month with some more fun. Stay cool and enjoy the long days of stitching.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wow June....

Oh boy I did not know time was moving so fast, here it is already June and I only made 1 post last month. I had better intentions then that. Life has a way of screwing up good intentions doesn't it....  :-(

I have been busy stitching and having some fun with my stitching.

These 2 are the FFO's I talked about in my May post.
My friends husband was so happy when I gave him this, even if it was late.

Just like last month I have a few finishes, they are smalls. A pink elephant and a hot air balloon. First pictures of the stitching finish and then of the completed finish and backing fabric.

I have them in this cute little basket on my coffee table. I will be adding more smalls as I go long through out the year.

I also have a new start. Since I finished the snowmen I let myself add a new project. It is another square for my son's quilt. This one will have the Army Crest on it along with a nutcracker. I am working it on white cotton with waste canvas. The canvas is 14 count.

My rotation pieces are coming along Christmas Cottage by Dona Gelsinger charted by HAED, Autumn Ala Round by Glendon Place 

Here is my most recent progress on Death by Cross Stitch Sampler from Long Dog Designs. Just let me say I am not trying to disrespect the designer. I do not care to have the alphabets on my piece, it is the reason I do not normally stitch samplers. This one caught my attention and I wanted to work it, but right from the beginning I knew I would be subbing out the square with the letters. I think it has worked out really pretty. The border and R come from a book by Adele Welsby. The Peacock has been in my patterns for years it is only the pattern with no designer info. The rose was just a section of the wreath that surrounded the peacock. Not sure if I should add something more. At this point I like it as it is, maybe once the other portions are complete I will find something else to add. Or maybe not.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Days

May is here and so is the sun and heat. A bit too hot too fast for my liking. It has been better this last week, thank goodness.

Stitching is going along at a pretty steady pace. I have had several finishes and progress on a few of my others. Lets start with the finishes. I dedicated time to finish off the Snowmen. They were so fun and I enjoyed every minute.
I then needed to finish the gift for my friends husband. I did not make it to the party as both hubby and I got a bad case of food poisoning the night before the party and it took almost a full 4 days to get back to right. I have finished the stitching and will FFO it this week-end so I can get it to him.

Then I needed a couple of fun, for nothing, small, quick projects. I like the JBW Designs. They are small, either 1 or just a few colors. They stitch up fast but they look awesome. Now I thought the snowman was finished but today when I looked at the picture I realized that I forgot to complete the bird that is on his hand. I will have to go back and get that done.
So those are my finishes, this week-end will be dedicated to FFO these.

Autumn Ala Round was needing some quality time. I had thought I would have that finished as well but I got a bit bored and needed to change. I will try to finish it this month but there are no guarantees.

And finally progress on my Christmas Cottage happened. Not as much as I would like but hey, who ever gets as much stitching time as they would like???? I mean really there are only 24 hours in a day......
I will have some extra time coming up in the next couple of weeks so I hope the next report will have lots of progress for you.