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 bam...next 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 happen........no 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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Showers

Yes California that wet stuff falling from the sky is rain. We are still getting rain in the state and it is wonderful. After so many years of drought we need all of it. I know there are those out there complaining but not me. I understand you take it when you can get it. Things are still green!!!!!!

After being back from my retreat having to be home and go to work and clean and cook it is just so unfair. Just kidding. It is nice to be home with hubby and the dogs but it was so much fun being waited on with nothing to do but stitch and enjoy the company of other stitchers.

I made a goo bit of progress on my Death by Cross Stitch  Sampler. I did find that some where back on page 3 I am off by 1 square. I am not sure how it happened but it did and the effects were not felt until the middle of page 4. Well there was no way in hell I was going to pull out 1.5 pages so I have made a bit of a creative fudge to the motif there. It is coming along so well and I still am in love with this pattern.
Then on April 5th I received an invitation to a good friends husbands 60th Birthday party. I was not expecting this so I was caught out. I know he fancies himself a bit of a card shark so I went into my stash and found a Zweigert Booklet with a cards motif and I am working them on red 25 count evenweave. Can't recall which evenweave it is but I think it is a Cashel. I am working over 1 the bottom leg is 2 over 1 and the top leg is 1 over 1. I have done it this way as the 2 over 1 on both legs was just so hard to stitch and 1 over 1 was not enough. And FYI for anyone who cwres I hate this over one business. Even with my mag-light I can barely see the holes and it is killing my eyes. I need this to be ready Saturday for the party. I had to do this smaller size as the finish I want o make for him needs it to be smaller. The only other red I had on hand was 14 count. I would have loved that but just to large. My LNS only had this 25 count. As I said I was not expecting to make this. There have been a few nights with blue words flowing from my area of the room. Hubby says very litle the one time he did I about bit his head off so .......I am very close to done on the cards then a small crown and the wording and we are done.


I have also been doing a bit of pattern making on my PC Stitch Program. Our stitching group wants to make a stitched piece for the lady at our LNS. We are going to do a Round Robin with any member that would like to work on it putting in some stitches. It will be her Logo with a small saying over the top.
The other pattern is also going to be a Round Robin and it is for the lady that organizes our yearly retreat. We want her to know how much we appreciate all the time she puts into organizing. This one we are making into a Sampler with as many motifs as we can find of things she likes. It is fun to do this but also very time consuming and frustrating when it does not work out.

That is what I have been up to this month so far. I enjoy your feedback and will see you again soon. Maybe another before the month ends.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Home from my retreat

Well it was 5 glorious days of stitching, laughing, learning and sharing. Once a year I put all my cares in a basket and indulge in the joy of being with like mined stitchers and crafters. These ladies are the best they bring projects to share and all of them love stitching as much as I do. Our organizer is a fantastic gal that works very hard to make our time at the Retreat Center the best time. This year we had 35 ladies that came together to share and enjoy.

The room is so open and bright just off to the right of this room is the dining room. The staff go out of their way to make the best dinners everyday. They make meals for all members even if that means a one off plate for those with allergies or other specialty request....ie vegetarian. Again large open space with a beautiful view and the patio is lovely.

Our rooms are just the basics, it is meant as retreat so no TV or other amenities. But this is not a problem as we all spend our days in the big room stitching or out walking the grounds or out shopping at the local fabric and stitching shops. There is also a Jo-ann's, Michael's and Hobby Lobby. These are all within 30 minutes of our location.  
This year one of the attendees gave a class on making what we all dubbed pinch pockets. They are small 3-sided pockets that when you pinch the corners open up so you can place a small item inside. 



 And of course we all brought finished items to share. Some bring a few of our yearly finishes and set them out for all to admire. 

And I was able to find time to put some work in on a few of my WIP's

I was not able to get any work done on my HAED but after I got home I did finish another page, that is 24 done and 25th started.