Wednesday, October 15, 2014

No Cars...

...yet, but I'm going to start on Luigi today:


I am having so much fun on this one; nice, bright colors and easy stitching with all full cross stitches (and a bit of back stitching, but not too much!). It is making me want to do the two other Vervaco Disney alphabet kits I have:


I bought the Tinkerbell kit at the same time as the Cars kit, probably about seven years ago. The Pooh kit I just happened to find on eBay within the past year, and I just love it. They would be cute to stitch up for my 3-year-old niece and nephew (twins). Of course, they'd probably be in high school before I'd actually get them both stitched up!

Hopefully I'll have Luigi and Mater done by my next post...stay tuned. :)

Hope everyone is having a great stitchy week!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

And another Halloween finish (and a wintery one, too!)

Yep, finished up The Mysterious Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery:


I had so much fun making changes and playing with colors with this one! Here's a picture showing the chart photo, so you can see some of the changes:


I finished it just in time to enter it in The World of Cross Stitching's #projectoftheweek on their Facebook page, and they chose it!


Talk about fun!!

After finishing this one, I finally pulled out Country Cottage Needleworks Frosty Forest so I could stitch the last block. Luckily, I had stayed caught up until the last block was released, so a couple of days' work led to this:


It was stitched on Silkweaver Karma on Belfast, and I made quite a few color changes to this one, too. It was kind of strange to get into a winter piece after so much Halloween stitching lately, but I'm glad it's finally finished.

I'm kind of wavering about what to work on next, but I'm leaning towards a piece I started in February 2008 called "Lightning McQueen & Friends". My son was 6 years old at the time, and we watched the movie "Cars" at least once a day back then. It looks like I put a day or two into this one, and then it disappeared into the Bucket 'o' WIPs:


The fabric is Silkweaver's Ametrine on opal Lugana, which I thought looks like a sparkly, sandy, desert background. My son is 13 now, and over six feet tall, so it seems a little silly to stitch this now, but I do really like the pattern, and it will always bring back good memories of when he was just a little guy!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Another Halloween finish

It is definitely the time of year for Halloween stitching! After finishing Ghostly Mandala, I picked up Lizzie*Kate's Tingles and was able to finish it this past week. It is stitched on PTP Cauldron on Belfast:


Continuing on the Halloween theme, I then went back to The Mysterious Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I had finished parts 1 and 2 before I put it away, and tomorrow I should be able to finish part 3; hopefully all four parts will be done by the end of the weekend.

The shop in part 3 is charted as a bakery, but that just doesn't seem very Halloween-y to me, so I changed it up quite a bit. I wanted to call it a potion shop, but I couldn't get that to fit in the sign, so it is an elixir shop:


This one is being stitched on PTP Haunted Edinburgh. Once it's finished, I'm not sure what I'll be working on; I'm getting in the mood for a new start...

Earlier tonight I was going through my bucket of finished pieces, looking for something that Judy Odell could use for a new finishing idea that she had. I didn't realize just how many Lizzie*Kate designs I had done that haven't been framed yet:




Her designs are just so much fun to stitch, especially the Halloween ones. :)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Boo!

That is what ghosts say, so it seemed a fitting title for this post since I finished Ghostly Mandala by Ink Circles this week:


The pattern can be found in the Just Cross Stitch 2014 special Halloween issue. I stitched mine on PTP Mire Cashel, using Mill Hill beads (requires 5145 beads). While the beads look black in the picture, they are actually rainbow black; this picture shows the different colors a bit better:


I have now moved on to my Lizzie*Kate Tingles WIP. Today I finished up part nine, so there are three parts remaining:


This one is being stitched on PTP Cauldron Belfast. Depending on how much stitching I get done this weekend, it might be close to finished by Monday. Ever since I finally finished the model I was working on for two months I've been loving getting to decide what I feel like working on; so many projects are calling to me!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Model is finished!

This past Thursday evening, I put the final stitches in the model for Judy Odell. On that Monday she told me that she had decided to enter the Online Needlework Show, so she wanted me to get as much done as I could, and send whatever I had done back to her in a week (i.e. tomorrow). The thought of sending it back unfinished bothered the heck out of me, so from Tuesday to Thursday I stitched for probably 30 hours to get it done. I was headed to my mom's house for the weekend, and I knew I wouldn't get much done there. So Friday, on my way out of town, I mailed the finished piece to Judy, and in a few weeks you'll be able to see it in the show at the Just A Thought "booth".

As you might imagine, I was a bit burned out after my marathon stitching sessions, so this weekend I didn't stitch at all. I did, however, get all the floss for Michael Jolly's Little Women wound onto bobbins. Tonight, after I got home, I went through my fabric stash and found a pretty blue and white piece of opal Belfast to stitch the design on, which should look like a beautiful summer sky:


I'm not sure when I'll start this one, but it's nice to know that it's ready to go when the urge strikes.

I have two pieces in line that I want to finish before I start anything else; they are Ink Circles Ghostly Mandala and Lizzie*Kate Tingles:


I'm thinking I'll finish the mandala first, just because it's so much fun to work with beads. :)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, September 5, 2014

They're home!

My framed pieces, that is. For me, seeing a framed piece for the first time is almost as exciting as finishing the stitching; framing just adds that little bit extra sense of accomplishment. The pictures aren't the best, as it's difficult to not get glare from the glass; they look better in person!

First up is Nora Corbett's Red Kitten:


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll remember that I stitched this when my black cat, Tailor, was undergoing radioactive iodine treatment for her thyroid last year. I am happy to report that she is still doing well, and will have her 14th birthday later this month. I will always think of her when I look at this piece. :)

Next up is JBW Designs French Country Scaredy Cats, stitched on a piece of PTP Haunted linen:


The final stitched piece is Nora Corbett's Gigi, stitched on a Silkweaver solo:


I also had Nora's watercolor framed, and I wish I could get a picture that does this one justice; the outer mat is suede, and the frame has a great texture to it that really enhances the black swirls in the picture:


On the stitching front, I'm still working on the model, and didn't even take a day to work on anything else. I'm horrible at estimating stitching times, but I'm hoping to have it done in two to three weeks; then I'll have more stitching pictures to share.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Beaded mandala progress

I'm still plugging away on a model (and will be for a while!), but I did take a day off to work on my beaded Ink Circles Ghostly Mandala:


It now has just over 2000 beads, so about 3100 to go. If I can get the model done in September, I should be able to finish this one before Halloween.

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since I dropped pieces off to be framed, so hopefully I'll be getting a call this week that they're ready to be picked up. I can't wait to see them!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!