Friday, February 5, 2016

Almost time to flip the chart

In another day or two I'll be done with the top half of Gypsy Queen, and I'm still loving every stitch. I'm always glad to be done with the skin on a Mirabilia, because getting that to look smooth involves a lot of fractional stitches. Here she is as of last night:

We had a snow day here this past Tuesday, and here is how I spent it:

While I'm definitely ready for spring, I have to admit that stitching in my craft room with my kitties isn't a bad way to spend a day!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Friday, January 29, 2016

If I didn't know how to stitch...

...I would have had to learn just to stitch this design! I'm working on Mirabilia's Gypsy Queen, and she is just everything I love about cross stitch; beautiful subject, very colorful and full of bling. Here is my progress as of yesterday:

A better angle to see the beads:

I'm hoping to get a lot done on her this weekend; I'm just loving every stitch!

Speaking of Mirabilia, the 4th annual Mirabilia retreat is taking place this April 7 - 10, in Cincinatti, Ohio. I missed it last year, but have signed up for this one, and have already booked my room. Nora will be there again this year, and will sign a pattern for you. If you're interested in learning about it and you're on Facebook, you can join this group. If you're not on FB, you can contact the retreat organizer, Leslie, through her website Under the Sea Fabrics

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Like a kid in a candy store

That's me, after I finish a model (especially one that I worked on for the better part of four months!). I'm bouncing around my craft room, trying to decide what to stitch, and it's so hard to choose just one!

I have done some more on Bramble Crafts' Cinderella; the wicked stepsisters are taking shape:

I recently ordered some patterns from Shannon Christine Designs, and one of those was the start of a series of the monthly birthstones, garnet. I'm still waiting (impatiently!) for the bead pack to show up from Canada, but I did get all of the stitching done:

I'm planning to stitch all 12 of the designs on this piece of Tattersall linen; it should be a very colorful and sparkly finish.

By this past Thursday I was still feeling the need for more color, so I decided to start the latest Mirabilia, Gypsy Queen. I fell in love with her when she was released back in December, and I just couldn't wait any more. Here is my small start, on a piece of Belfast linen from Silkweaver named, appropriately enough, Gypsy:

I think I'm done bouncing around for now, as these three projects should satisfy my need for color and bling, but only time will tell.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Still here!

I have been spending every spare moment on the model, and am happy (ecstatic!) to report that I finished it two days ago, and mailed it off to Karen yesterday. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted!

I spent most of yesterday taking care of my woefully neglected chores, and I still need to take the Christmas tree down, but I'm going to take the weekend off and do that on Monday. The lack of presents under the tree makes it entirely too easy for the kitties to climb up the middle:

Speaking of presents, I received my prize from the Winter Whisper contest, and love everything Laura sent:

Part of the prize was my choice of a digital chart, and I asked for her newest release "Into the Darkness"; I love how moody the whole design is, and am looking forward to stitching it.

My newest start is a chart from Bramble Crafts, which is known for their papercut designs. I asked the owner, Deborah, about possibly getting a couple of the designs as cross stitch charts, and ended up getting Cinderella and The Princess and the Pea. Today I started Cinderella:

The details are a bit 'blocky" due to the transfer process, so I'll probably play with it a little bit, but I think I'm really going to like this one.

I need  to stitch fast, because my almost-empty ort jar makes me sad; here's a picture of last year's orts, next to the soon-to-be-this year's orts (it does have a bit in it now, from finishing the model):

Hope everyone is having a good new year so far, and a great stitchy weekend right now!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

It's Christmas Eve

For my last post of the year, I thought I'd share the ornament I made for my friend Stacy. Her family got a black lab puppy this past July, and he is just the sweetest boy. Not too long ago I came across a leaflet called "Lab Puppies" by Tara Moore, and I thought an ornament for Cinder's first Christmas would be cute. I'm still working on my finishing skills, but I think it turned out nicely:

Stacy's family has had two golden retrievers before this puppy, so they have a lot of retriever ornaments, and were commenting when they put their tree up that they didn't have any black lab ornaments. So this was good timing!

My mom is visiting for the next few days, and even though this will be our first Christmas without snow for at least the last 14 years, it will still be a wonderful Christmas. Here are a few wintry cross stitch finishes to enhance the mood:

For those who celebrate it, wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and to everyone a wonderful New Year!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Contest results

I am happy to post that I finished in a tie for third place in the Passione Ricamo Winter Whisper contest. There were some "voting irregularities", so in the end the winners were decided by Laura and her model stitcher. I had voted for Anne Beale for the best finish, and she tied for first place, and I voted for Giovanna Ferraresi for best stitching, and she tied for second place; I'm very happy that they did so well!

I am still plugging away at the model, but I do slip in a bit of "fun" stitching now and then to give my eyes a break. I was able to finish this cute little Santa & Rudolph ornament from Mill Hill:

Gracie kept me company while I finished up the beading last weekend:

I also managed to get a rare picture of all four of my kitties together; the warmth of the sun's rays is stronger than their dislike of each other!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Voting is open!

After seeing some of the stunning finishes in the Passione Ricamo Winter Whisper contest, I'm thinking it's going to be a tough competition! You can see all the entries here; and here's mine again:

If you really like mine, I'd love your vote, but if you like a different one, that's good too. Anything that brings positive attention to this wonderful craft of ours is welcome.

Still working on the model, and hopefully about 2/3 finished. A bit of bright news there: it turns out my vision isn't quite as bad as I thought it was. The night before Thanksgiving, my Ott Light started flickering, and the flickers were nice and bright. I ran over to Joann Fabrics to grab a new bulb, came home and installed it and it is so much brighter than the old bulb! I had no idea that the bulbs would dim over time; I always thought they would just burn out suddenly. It was also nice timing, because the bulbs are normally about $35, and they had them on sale for $13.

So I am stitching with renewed vigor now that I can see again, and am hoping to be done with this one by the end of the year!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!