Monday, December 5, 2016

Oops, I did it again!

Started a new SAL, that is. Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs is offering a free SAL on her blog (the link to the Never Ending Sampler SAL can be found on the right side of my blog, under the Mirabilia slide show) and I couldn't resist it! She'll be releasing bands that are only about 6" across every few days until your piece gets to be about 18" long, then you start a new piece. I guess it will go until Pam gets tired of doing it!

Yesterday I finished up the model (yay!!), so I was able to get the first three bands stitched in the afternoon and evening. I'm using The Thread Gatherer's Silk'n Colors in a color called From Dawn To Dusk, on SW Tanzanite Belfast:

In the second band there are supposed to be either French Knots or beads at the bottom of the straight stitches in the diamond shapes, but I like it without, so I am caught up until Pam releases the next band in the next few days.

The next parts in the Welcome and Beautiful Seas SALs were released last Friday, so I'm going to get those stitched up before I start the next models. I also need to do some cleaning, get the Christmas tree up and do some shopping and wrapping, so stitching will slow down here for a bit.

As I mentioned, I've also been working on getting my craft room organized a bit better, and in that vein I have to share this bead storage system that I found out about in a Mira FB group. It's called the Tiny Container Bead Storage Tray, and it is awesome! I spent quite a while last week transferring my beads into it, until I ran out of room and had to order more. Each tray holds 78 containers, which snap shut firmly to prevent spillage:

The containers hold about three packages of the size 11 Mill Hill beads, and it comes with labels for the tops:

I might end up labeling the front of each box, but I'll try it for a while to see if I really need to do that.

You can also buy different sizes of containers that fit in the box, and they also have a tray that comes with some different sizes. I bought four from, and then ordered three more through Amazon when I ran out of room. Here is a picture of the box, so you can Google them if you decide you might be interested in this type of storage:

I should be getting my Amazon order today, so I can finally finish getting my beads transferred; I always hate having to stop in the middle of a project!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, November 28, 2016

SAL update

Not much to share this week, as I have been working hard on a model, which I'm hoping to finish up before or during this coming weekend. I'm getting anxious to start one of the Nora Corbett models now that I'm getting close to a finish!

I did get caught up on the Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL, and am ready for the next part to be released this Friday:

The first part of the Tempting Tangles Freedom SAL was released last Friday, but I'm trying to exercise some restraint and not start it until I get some "work" done.

I haven't put up our Christmas tree yet, but I did pull out some of my Just Nan Christmas pieces this past weekend to start the decorating process:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, November 21, 2016

My happy place

About 13 years ago when we had our basement finished, most of it was devoted to being a play/family room for our son (those little-kid toys sure take up a lot of room!). There is also an office for my husband who works from home when he's not travelling (so, not very much) and a craft room for me. Over that time my organization has become pretty haphazard, so this past Friday and Saturday I had a thorough cleaning out and reorganizing.

About 10 years ago I went through a scrapbooking phase, so I pulled all that out of the closet and made more room for my first and true love, stitching! I'm not completely finished, but I have new storage in place and will work on further organization over the winter.

I got these cubicles and bins at Target, and the bin on the left says it all:

Saturday evening I finally sat down to stitch in my nice clean space and lit a candle for a little ambiance, and the light hit my newly acquired needle minder board and made the minders sparkle like a Christmas decoration:

With the time I spent on that project, I wasn't able to complete both of the SAL pieces that were released last Friday, though I'll finish the second one today. I completed part 4 of The Beautiful Sea SAL yesterday:

For the Welcome SAL I was able to complete the letters in part 6, and just need to complete the vines and flowers today:

Tempting Tangles is also starting another SAL this Friday, the Freedom Mystery SAL, which has it's own FB group. Deb has added me to the group, but I'm not yet sure whether I'll try to keep up with this one, as I have "work" stitching that needs to be done. I may not be able to resist, though, once the parts start getting released.

For those who celebrate it, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and to everyone a great stitchy week!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Snippet of a new design

There were no new releases in either of the SALs I'm participating in, so I've been making good progress on the Rosewood Manor model and don't have any stitching I can share because of that. However, Deb at Tempting Tangles has released a bit of the picture of the model I stitched for her in one of her FB groups, and she gave me permission to share it here:

The design is called Moment In Time, and will be released in 2017. It was a very nice stitch, as it only has two floss colors, a dark brown and a variegated Dinky Dyes silk.

Last week I received a free chart from Cheryl Granda of Glendon Place called Gingerbread Grove, which I got to name:

 Cheryl had posted in her FB group about her Christmas releases for this year, and she was looking for a name for this one; she was going to call it Gingerbread Village if nothing else appealed to her. When she chose Gingerbread Grove, she kindly sent me a free chart for helping with the name:

Now if I could just find the time to actually stitch it!

In a bit of other news, I should finally be receiving my first Nora Corbett models to stitch soon, so I'm really looking forward to that.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Two stitch alongs

Last Friday saw the release of part 5 of the Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL, and part 3 of the Ship's Manor Beautiful Sea SAL, so I spent a couple of days getting caught up. Both of them have a bit more charted than I have stitched, but I'm waiting for the next parts before I stitch those areas.

Here is Welcome:

And here is Beautiful Sea:

I'm playing with the colors on both of these designs, so it's fun to see what each new part looks like and then choose my own version. I can't believe I'm now keeping up with two SALS!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

I was very pleased to be able to finish Lizzie*Kate's Spooked before Halloween this year, with two days to spare:

The fabric is Silkweaver's Halloween Haunting on Belfast, which I just loved for this design. I have a fat eighth left over, so I might try to combine all the bonus charts that came with these into one design and stitch them on the same fabric.

I'm going to wait one more day to start the next model so I can finish up the first two parts of Ship's Manor's Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL. I'd been trying to resist buying this, but I finally gave in last week and ordered the chart and thread pack. However, I didn't feel like waiting for the threads to arrive, so yesterday I went stash diving and came up with my own colors and a Silkweaver solo on Belfast for the fabric. I should be able to get caught up today; here is where I left off last night:

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween, and a great stitchy week!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Keeping up!

I have finally found a SAL that I can keep up with, which is the Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL. Each part so far has been nice and small, and with two weeks between releases it's been very easy to keep up. Deb has hinted that parts 5 - 8 will be more challenging, so we'll see how they go when we get to them. Here are the first four parts, on a SW solo 32ct piece of Lugana:

I have made some more progress on Stone Roses, but this one is a bit difficult because the colors are so similar, which makes keeping count harder. So I work on it for a while, and then I switch to a less complicated piece with more colors. Here is the latest update:

As Halloween is just a week away, the other design I've been working on is Lizzie*Kate's Spooked. I'm hoping that I can get it done before Halloween, but it will be cutting it close. Here is where I left off last night:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!