Monday, September 26, 2016

Last September Post

Last post for this month and it is going to have very little stitching news. I am the only one running our shop. My hubby is out on a job so I have to deal with all of our issues and customers and anything else that comes up. Long story short, I am busy and little time for stitching. And to add to that we had planned to get a new puppy. I went and got him on Sunday. He is so stinking cute. IU love puppies they are so awkward and hilarious. He is a red Boston Terrier and will be little brother to our 4 year old. Meet Mr Wiggles.

So you can see that my hands are ful of new puppy, old puppy and work. But I have had some time to work on stitching I finished Disney's Beauty and the Beast, found time to work on Death by Cross Stitch.

The heat these last few days has been so extreme that doing anything crafty were I have added fabric to my lap is not a very attractive situation. I sure hope it wil cool off very soon. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 September Wipocalypse The Harvest moon!

I am a couple days late posting but I got this great picture of the moon on Friday. It was a beautiful Harvest moon. But the heat that it has brought is not very welcome........ :-(

 Tell us a story about the journey you took through one of your completed pieces.

I have not stitched much for myself but I love to make gifts for others. One day I asked my husband which one of the projects I had made he liked best. I had assumed he would say the seat cover I made for his 2007 Ford Mustang, surprisingly that is not his favorite. I did this one for him as a birthday gift at least 15 years ago. His nickname is Sparrow and with in our friends and business I would say more people know him by that name then by his given names. I had a chart of the one sparrow stitched it up then put it in my PC Stitch program and flipped the chart changed the colors for a female and then added the heart, ribbon and words. So it was a quick not to difficult stitch but it seems it means alot to my other half . <3
My updates since my last post are for Harvest Ala Round by Glendon Place, a new start which is a card for my middle sister's birthday and the wreath on my HAED it was confetti hell. Of the 92 colors in the pattern I used 78 of them in this small section.....I am so happy to be past that. It looks awesome but it was so difficult with all of the colors changes. in one 10X10 square there were 56 colors and although I was told that is not that much by 1 stitcher I think it is crazy.

After finishing the Halloween Night that I talked about in my last post I am starting  this sweet project. Still as part of the HALLOWEEN SAL on one of my Facebook groups .  And I was a bit naughty and bought some new patterns from 123 They were having a Halloween sale and I love these patterns by Whispered by the Wind.

Hope you all have a wonderful month and hope to see you all back soon. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

2 Finishes and Other progress

Since my last post I have 2 finishes. I completed Minerva by Nora Corbett I made changes to the colors of her dress, the tree and the moon. I used DMC floss the dress 501, 500, 986, 699, 701, 988. The moon is changed to Caron Lemon n Lime, the Tree is DMC 4130 , leaves are DMC 4126, the beads are replaced with Rainbow Blending thread 26, 204 and 308.  I did use some beads green 2020 Mill Hill seed beads and orange 10031 Magnifica Mill Hill seed beads. Owls eyes are DMC E990
My second finish is Halloween Night by Passione Ricamo  the pattern is an old one that has now been retired. I am using DMC 310 on 16 count Hand-dye Aida from Silkweaver "Halloween Treat". 
The W was not complete on the pattern so I had to do some modifying but you can not tell much of a difference from the original. I finished it as a quilted table topper and it will be on my coffee table for this years Halloween decorations.

Updating my other projects

HAED Christmas Cottage, Beauty & Beast, and Death by Cross Stitch

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2016 August Wipocalypse

I am a few days late putting up the post but I have been a busy bee with work, the yard and finishing projects so the time got away from me.  I just looked at the Wipocalypse and there is not an August post. I am pretty sure it is because of the family loss.

Our monthly question: Have you ever read any fictional books that involve embroidery?  If so, give us some recommendations? I love the series by Monica Ferris, It is called a Needlecraft Mystery and the main character is the owner of a Needlework shop named "Crewel World" and on the side she solves murder mysteries. It is a bit hokey and very much in the line of Murder She Wrote but it has so much needlework terminology it is just fun to read.

As for my work since last months update. I have several finished pieces, in my last post I detailed my Glendon Place finish so I will not go on about that so I will just show the completed piece. Along with  the card I did for my oldest sister. I finished it as a hanging so when she is finished with the card she can hang it at her desk at work. I also finally got my Mill Hill Santa made into a cube. I used some fabric I thought looked good with Santa, a gold ribbon and a few small presents.  

My final finish is not my projects. They are some stitching gifts that I received in a gift exchange, they were made into bookmarks but they are just too beautiful to hide in a book so I bought some balsa wood and I covered it with fabric I made a pillow with tassels and on top of each pillow is a small crown.

I am still working on some 6 WIPs. Another page finish on HAED Christmas Cottage by  Dona Gelsinger.
Working Beauty and the Beast a Disney kit and Minerva a Bewitching Pixie by Nora Corbett.

My Death by Cross Stitch is coming out really nice and my Halloween Night is beautiful on that hand-dye orange.

I have a new start on the 15th we started a Thanksgiving SAL on one of the Facebook groups. You had to choose an Autumn/Thanksgiving themed pattern and work on it from now until Thanksgiving. I picked Glendon Place Autumn Ala Round on 28 count Irish Linen. I do not usually work on linen because I do not like the slubs but I had this piece of fabric and it is beautiful with these fall colors. 

Hope to see you back next post!!!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Glendon Place Mix

In my last post I had a teaser about a project I have been working on for a while. Well today I have the unveiling. I am pretty proud of how it all turned out. Of course as our own worst critics we always find one over two things we could have done different. I am no different, but I am very happy with this one and am excited to have it as part of my Halloween decorations this year.

I combined 2 of the Glendon Place patterns  Frank's Family Portrait and Whooligan's  Hangout.

The result is ...... amazing!!!!! At least I think it came out awesome.
 So now for some of the changes I made. The mansion windows are DMC E980 as are the eyes on the skull of the tombstone. The eyes of the bat on Mrs Franks belt are DMC E990. The moon was suppose to be Caron Collection Lemon-Lime, but I wanted a more harvest moon so I changes it to Caron Papaya. The bat on the moon is my added embellishment.

The charms that Mrs is wearing came with the pattern but I added a few more charms I got my husband to modify some rivets for the bolts on Frank's neck. I added the spider on the end of the string hanging off the branch and I added the dancing skeletons over by the smaller tombstones.

 And finally the fabric that I used to back the project.

Thank you for reading.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

August and the Olympics

Well here we are and it is already August. Work is just crazy and it is cutting into my crafting time. I wish I had more time but when you are self-employed you are just happy that you are busy. I am watching the opening games of the Olympics. I pray that all of the athletes and there coaches and support staff will all stay safe and enjoy this special event. The ceremony was simple and yet I thought they did a very nice job. I will be watching the swimming events with an added interest. A dear friends grandson will be competing on the USA team.

I have updates on just about everything I am working on. I am very close to another page finish on my HAED Christmas Cottage. I am working hard on finishing both Beauty and the Beast and also Minerva. I have not worked on Joy for a month. I have lost focus on that one but I will get back on track once I finish the other 2.

 I also have 3 new starts. On Facebook I saw the Death by Cross Stitch Sampler and I fell in love with it. I bought the pattern and kitted it up. I started it July 26th. I really love this pattern and I do not know why. I just talks to me and I do not normally like samplers. The 2nd new start was also inspired by Facebook. One of the groups I am part of is having a Halloween SAL. All you have to do is pick a Halloween themed piece. Start August 1st and stitch until finished or until Oct 31st.And my final new start is a birthday card for my sister. She made me the gorgeous card I showed you in a previous post. She loves daisies so I am making her a card with those flowers. Have to do it quick as her birthday is on the 20th of this month.

Finally I have a finish but I am not going to show it to you YET. I want to get the embellishments added on first. Right now I have to find 2 pieces that I am going to add and then I can show it off. So look back possibly next week and I will have it ready to share.