Monday, April 14, 2014

Ahhh, spring in Wisconsin!

Last week the temperature was in the 50s-60sF, so every day I tried to spend two or three hours in the morning working on trimming back our plants. This is what I woke up to this morning:


Lovely...NOT! On the plus side, I'll have more stitching time, since yard work is cancelled. ;)

Work continues on Red, and every detail that emerges makes me fall more in love with her:


I had to extend my Qsnaps, so I did some of the beading at the top before I did that:


I spent some time yesterday working on a small Just Nan design for this month's SAL entry. I can probably finish the stitching today, but then I need to finish it into a berry, so we'll see how that goes.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy (and snow-free!) week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

I'm in love with Red

Mirabilia's Red, that is (although I love the color, as well!). The more I work on her, the more I appreciate the amount of detail in this design, and I can't wait to see more appear. Here is where I left off last night:


I really need to get some yard work done in the coming weeks, now that the temperature is finally warming up a bit, so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to work on her. I also still have to pick out a Just Nan design to work on for the April SAL, and I finally picked up part five of CCN's Frosty Forest, which I should stitch soon if I want it to be finished before part six is released. It's frustrating, because I just love watching her "come to life" a bit more each day.

On another Mirabilia related note, the Mira Retreat is rapidly approaching; it will be April 25-27, in Columbus, OH. I'm dreading the drive, as it looks like it will be close to nine hours, but I can't wait to see everyone. I'll definitely be taking Red with me, but might not get much stitching done that weekend, with all the sharing and talking that goes on.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

She's (and THEY'RE) Finished!!

The Kreinik I needed arrived yesterday, so Faerie Summer Love was finally finished last night:


The fabric is Shimmering Meadow Twilight, on opal Belfast, from Sugar Maple Fabrics. Here are a couple more pictures that show the pretty beads better:



What makes this finish even more exciting than usual is that she was the last of the four seasonal faeries that I wanted to stitch, so I now have the complete set finished. From left to right, Faerie Spring Fling, Faerie Summer Love, Faerie Autumn Glow and Faerie Winter Dream:


Sometime in the future, I'd like to send them to Jill Rensel for framing; guess I'd better start saving up!

Hope everyone continues to have a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Stitcher's Frustration!

I'm sure other stitchers can relate to this: last Thursday I would have been able to finish Faerie Summer Love, EXCEPT that I ran out of the Kreinik for the wings! And of course, there is none to be found locally, so I have to wait until today or tomorrow for some to arrive in the mail. :( Meanwhile, FSL looks like this:


Fingers crossed that the Kreinik arrives today!

In the meanwhile, I was able to assuage my frustration a bit by finally getting back to Mirabilia's Red, which I had started on New Year's Day, and then put away until now. Here is what I did the first day:


And here she is as of last night:


The fabric is Rainforest, on Belfast, from Enchanted Fabrics. I really think that if I HAD to choose a favorite Mirabilia, this one might be it. Hoping to get a lot more done this week.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Just Nan SAL

For my March entry in the JN SAL, I stitched up Reindeer Game, and finished it in its WhimZi frame. Here it is before framing:


And framed:


It's amazing what a difference a little frame can make. By the way, can you spot Rudolph?

Here is a picture of the three pieces I've completed for this SAL to date:


I haven't picked a design for April yet; there is a new JN ornament on its way to me as I type, called Lorelei Lamb, and it looks adorable, so that might be the one I stitch next. Stop in next month to find out. ;)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Gimme Summer Love

Okay, I know the lyrics are Gimme Some Lovin', but I just can't pass up a good play on words!

This past week I have been working on Faerie Summer Love, and making good progress; here she was a week ago:                                                                                                                          

And here she is as of last night:


The wings are done except for the Kreinik, so I should be able to finish them up today. My guys have just left for the weekend; I went and bought some DVDs yesterday, and I intend to burrow down into my craft room this weekend and stitch until I can't stitch anymore! I might even be able to finish FSL by Sunday night, though no promises. ;)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Caught up, and a new start

Last Saturday I was able to finish up part 4 of CCN's Frosty Forest, called Snowy Friends:


I am now caught up with the charts released so far--woo hoo! The next block has another cabin in it, and the cabin blocks are my favorites to work on. 

I was going to get back to Mirabilia's Red when I got caught up, but I decided to start Nora Corbett's Faerie Summer Love instead. It is smaller than Red, so it should stitch up fairly quickly, and then I will have all four of the seasonal faerie designs finished. Here is where I am as of last night:


Her dress is supposed to be green, but I just really didn't like all of the greens in the design, so I decided to convert the dress to a nice, bright berry color. So far, I'm really liking it. I also played with her face a bit, as I didn't like the way it was charted. She looks a little bit snotty now, but it was the best I could do with it! Here's the chart picture, for the sake of comparison:


Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!