Saturday, August 1, 2015

Small finishes

Last weekend my mom came for a visit, which meant that I couldn't bury myself downstairs in my craft room. I needed something easy to see and work on while sitting in the kitchen, so I pulled out a couple more Mill Hill Owlet kits. On Saturday I stitched up the green one, and on Sunday the orange one:


Mom went home Monday morning, so I then went down and beaded the green owl that afternoon. 

The thread for my model finally arrived on Monday, so Tuesday was spent finishing the model up and getting it ready to send back to Karen. Then on Wednesday I beaded the orange owl, and I now have four of the six kits finished:


These are so colorful and sparkly; they make me happy just to look at them. My mom is coming for another visit very soon, so I might be able to finish the last two!

Karen will be sending another model soon, but in the meantime I've done a bit more on Mirabilia's Raven Queen. Since I'm changing up the colors a bit, I've been playing with some bead colors to go along with the changes:


Last night I stitched her snood and added her jewelry:


Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Don't you hate it when...

...you run out of thread for a project?! That sinking feeling you get as you stitch along, and start to think that the remaining thread just doesn't look like it's going to be enough... Well, it happened to me with the model I'm working on. Hopefully, more thread will be in my mailbox today and I can finally finish this piece.

However, one good thing that came of the shortage was that I was able to spend yesterday working on The Raven Queen with no guilt! I'm using a brighter color of Waterlilies silk in her dress, and so far I'm pleased with the results:


I do have one small finish to share, which I had completed a few weeks ago. It was a free SAL on By The Bay Needleart's blog, which came in four parts; the first three parts were regular cross stitching, then the final part added embellishing stitches. I had the first three parts done about a year ago, but never got around to the final touches, so I finally pulled it out and added some spider-web stitch flowers, lazy daisy leaves and French knot flowers. Here it is before:


And after:


There is also a kitty on the porch, because any home I'm in will always have a kitty in it!

Last week I offered to send needle minders to some of my readers, and I heard back from seven of them. It was so neat that a fairly wide range of countries was represented in such a small group; three in the US and one each in Canada, Italy, Sweden and the UK. All of them were mailed out this past Monday; a couple in the US have been received already, and hopefully everyone will have them soon.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Your comments are appreciated

Well, I'm about 2/3 done with the Rosewood Manor model, but since I can't show pictures of it I don't have any stitching I can share right now. Instead, I thought I'd just take a minute to say "thank you" to all of you who read my blog, and for all the comments you leave. While I didn't start this blog as anything other than a place to keep track of my projects, it has been really fun getting feedback and feeling like a part of such a great community of stitchers.

As a small token of appreciation, I have some needle minders that were made by my friend Gina; I had mentioned that people were always talking about losing their "stitchy bug", and that she should make a minder up so they could "find" their bug again; this is the result:


I had ordered a bunch to take to Italy to share with the retreat attendees, and these are the ones left over. I have gone through the last two pages of my blog, and the following eight people have left the most comments over that period, so I'd like to send them each a needle minder:

Marilyn
Le trame della Galaverna (Giovanna)
Justine
Linda
Annie
Heather
D1-D2
Rachel Tomkins

To these kind ladies, please send me an email at rrowe @ new.rr.com (remove spaces) with your mailing address if you would like to receive a minder.

And a big thank you to everyone for making my blogging adventure so much fun!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, July 6, 2015

She has a face!

The Raven Queen, that is:


I'm glad I was able to get at least that much done before I had to put her away. I would love to be able to start the dress, but the Rosewood Manor model came in last week so I'll be working on that for a while. I might try to take one day a week, though, to work on the queen.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Great weekend!

My guys left for Iowa early Friday morning, so after getting some cleaning done and buying some groceries I was able to spend the rest of the weekend stitching. Luckily, the new Mirabilia The Raven Queen had arrived on Thursday, so I was able to start it. Here it is as of last night:


A close-up of the pretty architecture design:


The fabric is a unique piece from HLC Fabrics, on opal Cashel linen. I thought the background would be a bit softer on this color, which would help the queen stand out a bit more; so far, so good!

Before the new chart arrived, I got quite a bit done on Bothy Threads Sleeping Beauty:


It is actually very relaxing to only work with one color like this, and I look forward to getting back to it later.

Last week I also got back a couple of the models I stitched for Rosewood Manor. This is Halloween Quilt Sampler:


And Bargello Sampler:


Getting these back kind of made me miss the model stitching, so I asked Karen if she had any she wanted done, and she's sending one to me this week.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My pretties are home!

About five minutes after I finished my last blog post, the framer called to tell me that all three of my pieces were ready to be picked up; needless to say, I was at the store 20 minutes later!

Here is Charlotte, in her shimmery lime frame:



The Nymphs were a bit harder to choose for, as the cool tones in Night and warmer tones in Day made it hard to find the right frame, but I think they turned out well:



I liked how the brown and black mottling in the frame mimicked the same colors in the wings.

Since I am seriously running low on available wall space, these two are now hanging in the small hallway outside my bedroom:


I like how they look together, as the Nymphs both have a bit of that bright lime in them.

The third piece I had framed was a painting by Nora Corbett, which was the inspiration behind Mirabilia Designs:



I absolutely love this beautiful piece, both for the artwork and the story behind it.

In more Mirabilia news, Titania is finally done after more than 10 years of gathering dust (well, not really, as she was properly stored away) in the Bucket o'WIPs:


Another one from my original list of WIPs has been slain; I'm on a roll!

When I went to visit my mom, I took one of the Mill Hill Owlet kits with me, so I now have two of these little cuties finished (only four more to go!):


Back to Mirabilia for a moment--have you seen the new release, Raven Queen? I think she is so amazing, and will be starting her as soon as the chart arrives:


The chart should be here later next week, so while I wait I pulled out Bothy Threads Sleeping Beauty to work on until it arrives:


That is one big bundle of black floss!!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Grrr!!

I dropped off two stitched pieces and a painting at the framing gallery just over two weeks ago, and I've been waiting to post here until I got them back and could share pictures (since I still don't have Titania finished!). Almost four hours ago the guy called and said I had an order in, but then he called back and said it was only one piece; he was supposed to call back and let me know when the other two would be done, but I still haven't heard back. Doesn't he understand how impatient stitchers get when they are SO close to getting a framed piece back?!!

To make matters (a bit) worse, I'm leaving tomorrow to spend the weekend with my mom, so I won't be able to get them until Monday if they aren't in by tomorrow morning. So, I guess I'll share my small amount of progress on Titania after all:


With my pretty little turtle from Just Nan:


I also took a picture of my new ort jar, which has a nice back story:


On our last night at the Primitive Hare retreat, we all went out to a local restaurant for dinner. I had tiramisu for dessert, and it came served in the cutest little glass jar. My new friend, Vicki, wanted me to slip it into my purse so she could keep it; I told her she was welcome to try for herself! But then I asked if I could just buy a couple, and they sold me two of them; one for me, and one for Vicki. So now I have the cutest memento of both a great trip and new friends made during the trip; the lid even has "Fido, made in Italy" on it. :)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!