Monday, June 15, 2020

She's so big!

I've been stitching away on Princess Elliana, and every time I finish an area I look at all the areas left and it seems like a lot! And today a new design was released that I really want to stitch as well, called Miss Dancing Flower:

The colors and textures remind me of Princess Elliana and are what I love to stitch the most, so she might be my next start when PE is done. Speaking of which, here is Elliana as of last night:

Still a lot to do, but I'm already thinking that I'll send her to Jill Rensel for framing when she's done.

It's been a pretty nice June so far, and my temperature SAL has acquired some red:

It's been fun seeing new colors appear, but now I'm already dreading seeing the greens and then blues make a comeback later this year. Plus, it seems like working on this every day makes it seem like the year is passing by even faster than usual; almost halfway through already...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, June 1, 2020

No models in the house...

...for just over 48 hrs!! Last Wednesday I finished a Rosewood Manor model, which I mailed back on Thursday morning. Spent a little time basking in the feeling of freedom, then received the next model from Karen on Saturday afternoon--that was some short-lived basking! However, there's no deadline on the new one, and Karen knows I won't be starting it until I finish the Wichelt model that should be coming later this month, so it's all good.

I've been catching up on house and yard work, but I've also spent some time starting Princess Elliana for myself:

I changed my mind on the fabric again and went with a piece of PTP Crystal DaVinci Belfast. It's similar in color to the recommended Peaceful Purple linen, but has some patches of orange that I think will go really well with the yellows/oranges in the dress. Hoping I have most of the month to work on her before the Wichelt model arrives.

Carolyn Manning's Daily Temperature SAL is still progressing; can't believe we're now into June!

In non-stitchy news I am happy to report that Roxie has continued to lose weight at a really good pace, and might actually reach her goal weight within the next couple of months. When we took her in on December 31 she was 58lbs:

By February 21 she was down to 49.9lbs:

And by May 6 she was down to 39.2lbs. I don't have a picture from that day, but here she is as of this morning:

Originally we had said she needs to lose around 30lbs, which would put her at 28lbs. When she goes in for her thyroid recheck we'll have the vet assess her and tell us the goal now that she's closer to being the right weight. She has so much energy now, she's like a different dog!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Quakers in Japan...and Scotland!

Last week the final part of the Quakers in Japan SAL from Tempting Tangles was released, so now I can share the full model:

I think this one is my favorite of the countries that Deb has done so far. The current country SAL is Scotland, which has had four parts released to date:

My temperature SAL continues to progress, and May has been beautiful so far, though it's cooler now and probably will be for a few days:

Saturday my Princess Elliana chart arrived, and so far I have been able to resist making a small start on her as I'd really like to finish the Rosewood Manor model first. That is actually stitching up faster than I had anticipated, so I might be able to finish it with two or three weeks left before the next Mirabilia model comes in, then I could stitch on Princess Elliana guilt free for a while. I was going to use the recommended fabric for her, but the more I thought about it the more I leaned towards using something different since I've already stitched her on the purple. In the end I decided to use PTP Crystal Demoiselle, which is a pretty blue with subtle touches of pink and yellow:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Only one model in the house!

I finished up Mirabilia's MD172 on April 17th, and it was approved and sent back to Wichelt last Monday, which is always a good feeling. Even better is that I now only have one model currently remaining to stitch, though it is a rather large one for Rosewood Manor. Last year I took on a bit more than I was comfortable with, and felt like deadlines were looming larger than I would like so it is nice to have cleared my "work" table of all but one design. This model will probably take me well into July, so I have asked Wichelt not to send me anything until at least the end of June and I feel considerably lighter than I have for some time.

I spent the weekend after I completed the Mirabilia working on the Duchess of Rouen for myself, and I finished her massive hair:

After all that white and gray it was a pleasure to make a start on the colorful flowers in all that hair:

I'm remaining up to date on the temperature SAL, which currently looks like this:

Looking forward to a new high temperature square any time now...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

At last!

Last fall I was working on a large Mirabilia design, and as she was finally released today I can share some pictures. This is MD169 Princess Elliana, and the one word that most came to mind as I worked on her was "glorious":

She uses about 60 colors of floss, including all 35 of the newest DMC colors, and she took about 10 weeks to stitch. I took progress photos about every two weeks, so here is how she developed:

The fabric is Wichelt's Peaceful Purple, and it is really perfect for the design. Usually I would be thinking of a hand-dyed fabric for a Mirabilia, but if I stitch this for myself I would use the recommended fabric. It's a gorgeous color, similar to DMC 3747 but maybe a tad darker.

This is the one that had quite a few errors in the chart (so many colors probably made it difficult for the graphic designer to convert Nora's hand drawn chart into a computer program), including one I didn't catch until it was almost done. The large purple roses had an incorrect color, a dark pink, and they were a bit of a pain to fix because I had already beaded most of them, but they ended up looking much better. See if you can spot the change:

I really want to stitch this one for myself as she is probably one of my top two or three favorite Mirabilia's to date, but for now I'm going to finish the current Mirabilia model (which should hopefully be done by the end of the weekend) currently scheduled to be released in October.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Kringles progress

I decided to take the weekend off from work stitching and bring out Kringles for a little love. I had every intention of stitching the entire roof first as it's probably the least fun part, but I just couldn't stay away from one of the windows!

I'm using the recommended materials but I'm also adding some colors and switching a few colors around, so we'll see how that goes. I think I'll try to continue doing one section of roof followed by a window because that roof is pretty intense!

My Carolyn Manning temperature SAL has started to get more colorful now that April has arrived. Those first few really nice spring days are just so amazing, and knowing that all the good days are ahead is wonderful.

Now I can get back to the model feeling refreshed after a weekend off, and hopefully make good progress this week. I'm hoping the newest Mirabilia will still be released on the 15th so I can share some pictures, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see how Wichelt being closed will affect their timeline.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Another thank you

Thank you so much for the kind comments about my sweet Maxie, they are much appreciated. It seems like most of the stitchers I know (virtually for the most part) have pets as well, and it is comforting to share with those who understand the joy they bring and the sorrow their loss causes.

I have been plugging away at the Mirabilia model, though I was disheartened to hear that Nora has decided to make some changes to the skin tones which will require re-doing some/all of the skin. Getting smooth lines along the skin edges is always the hardest part of a Mira and it's always a relief to be done with it, so hearing that I'll have to frog it and do it again was not good news. She wants to see a picture when I'm closer to being finished, so at this point I don't even know how bad it's going to be. Grumble, grumble...

I've still been doing a square each day on the Carolyn Manning daily temperature SAL, and am looking forward to seeing some brighter colors appearing in April. That orange in March seems like a long time ago, and even that was only 54F!

Little House Needleworks came out with a new design at Nashville market and it was just too cute to pass up so I ordered the chart along with the Classic Colorworks floss and the recommended fabric. When it arrived I took a couple of days off from the model to make a start on it, as it was just too tempting having all of the materials right in front of me!

I probably won't work on it again until the model is done, which I am hoping will be next month some time. I have a large Rosewood Manor model to start at that time, but I'll probably take a week or so to play with my own stitching before I do so.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!