Saturday, May 31, 2014

Just Nan SAL for May

For the April SAL I completed Noella's Christmas Berry, which meant I had finished three of the four JN pieces that came with enameled boxes. So for May I decided to stitch the last one, Minerva's Mouse:

This was a quick stitch, and since the finishing was very similar to Noella's, I was able to do a better job on this one:

As I did with JN's Honey Bunny, I used kitty whiskers that had been shed by my cats to make the mouse whiskers. ;)

Here are all four pieces:

It looks like Zeb hasn't updated her blog with the other JN entries for this month, but check back here in a few days and hopefully she will get that done.

Hope everyone is having a great stitchy weekend!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

No more Tingles until July

I finished up the final design last night, so now I have to wait until the last three charts are released in July. Some pictures of my weekend progress:

Now I need to get caught up on the By The Bay Needleart SAL, and the next part of Frosty Forest should hit my LNS this week. I'm really missing working on Red, but hopefully in another couple of weeks I'll be able to get back to her.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, May 23, 2014

I've got Tingles!

I just had to post a quick update, as Linda, the designer behind Lizzie*Kate, has used a picture of my Tingles WIP in her blog. I had posted a picture in a L*K Facebook group, and she asked if it was okay to borrow it, because she really liked the fabric I chose (which is PTP Cauldron on Belfast linen). Of course I said yes!

I'm one part further than that picture now, as I finished up part 3 this morning. Here is Gracie, doing her best Price Is Right girl impression to help show it off:

Sometimes I'm not sure if this is my stitching table or Gracie's napping table!

This weekend I'm planning on spending time in my craft room with Longmire seasons 1 & 2 on DVD, and hopefully getting close to finishing the next three parts of Tingles; then I'll have to wait until July for the last six.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Poor Red...

...has been languishing in the closet since my last update. I have worked on three other projects, with more to do on a couple of them before I get back to Red. The first is my piece for the Just Nan SAL this month, which has now been completed and will be posted on the SAL date.

The second is the By the Bay Needleart Mystery SAL, which is now complete through part 2, with part 3 to be posted on Donna's blog this Wednesday. Here is picture as of now:

It looks like part 3 will finish up the regular stitching, then in part 4 Donna will show how to embellish it with specialty stitches; stay tuned for the fun part!

The last project I've been working on is the new Lizzie*Kate Flip-It Halloween design, Tingles. I'll be stitching all 12 designs as one piece; I picked up the first three charts (with six designs) at my LNS last Thursday. I finished the first one on Saturday:

I'm stitching it on PTP's Cauldron on Belfast linen., instead of the suggested fabric; I think PTP has some of the best fabrics for Halloween designs. I'll probably work on this project until I'm done with the charts I already have.

While I was at my LNS, I once again got puppy kisses from shop-dog Bella, and played with her for a while. Here is a cute picture of her with a couple of her toys:

Here's another critter pic; this is Gracie, curled up on my stitching table and letting me know that my Ott light is too bright!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, May 12, 2014

I'm going to Tuscany!!!

Okay, it's a year away, but I just signed up today so the excitement is still high! The Primitive Hare is having a stitching retreat in Tuscany in May 2015, and I have decided it will be my chance to see this gorgeous part of the world. I tend to be pretty timid about trying new things, so traveling to Italy on my own is a huge endeavor for me, but I am determined to expand my horizons (at least just this once!).

In an effort to help fund my trip, I have added a "stash for sale" page to my blog (tab at the top of the page). Please feel free to have a look; I'll be adding various items (charts, magazines, scissors, fabrics, etc.) over the next few weeks.

On the home front currently, I have been working on a few things since getting caught up on Frosty Forest. Donna of By The Bay Needleart is having a free mystery SAL on her blog, and I have finished part 1:

Donna had said to use Lambswool linen, but of course I had to go my own way and pick a blue fabric. However, now she has said that those lines above the house are not part of the sky, so I hope I don't end up regretting my fabric choice. Oh well, I guess that's part of the fun of a mystery!

I have also pulled out my May project for the Just Nan SAL and gotten it started. It's another small design, so I should have it done in plenty of time for the May post.

Finally, I have done a bit more on Mirabilia's Red. Here is the last picture I posted, which was taken right before the Mirabilia Retreat:

This was taken right after the retreat, during which I was able to finish the right side of the white part of her dress:

And here she is as of today:

The blue part of the dress has been finished (except for the beading), and I'm ready to move on to either more cape or more of the white part of the dress; I'll have to see what calls to me the loudest. 

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Caught up on Frosty Forest!

I finished Bluebird Cabin this past Tuesday, drove up to my LNS that afternoon to pick up Snowy Foxes, and finished that one last night. Here are all six parts to date:

This has to be the best I've ever done on a multi-part SAL, as far as keeping caught up with the different parts! Here's a close up of those cute little foxes:

Speaking of cute, my LNS owner recently (like, last Saturday!) acquired a new beagle puppy named Bella, so I left her shop with the chart and a bad case of puppy love:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy (and puppy kiss-filled!) week!