Monday, June 7, 2021

Where the heck does the time go?!!

 So our window installation last month went relatively smoothly; the work was done in three days, none of the cats escaped through the openings when the old windows were removed and there was only one minor hiccup as the transom window in our closet was white on the outside instead of sandstone. They expedited the order of the replacement for it and that was put in on the 29th--so far so good. Unfortunately, because the windows came five to six weeks earlier than expected our finisher can't stain and varnish them until after July 4th. I have blinds ordered which will probably get here in the next week or so, but they can't be installed until the staining is done so we are currently living in a fishbowl and will be for another month! And as someone with a bit (or more) of OCD it leaves me feeling slightly on edge pretty much all the time having an unfinished project all around me. This is why it took me so long to actually get around to starting it in the first place; I know I'll be very happy when it's done but the process is a killer.

Anyway, I was actually able to get quite a bit done on the model while they were here because I didn't want to be upstairs while they worked so I burrowed into my craft room and stitched all day for three days. I'm probably around the halfway point now and hoping to finish it in early July (hopefully right around when our windows get finished!).

I did spend one weekend last month working on Glendon Place's Spook Town Square. I looked back in my blog to see when I had last had it out and was amazed to see that it was almost three years ago--there's no way I would have thought it was that long ago! I'm still working on the second of the four charts, and was able to finish the borders for the two remaining squares in that part. Here's before:

And after:

Now when the mood strikes I'll have the fun part of filling in those squares to work on.

On June 1 the two SALs I'm working on released new parts and I finished those up a couple of days ago. Au Fil des Nichoirs by Jardin Prive now has two parts to go and will hopefully be done in early August:

I'm looking forward to seeing the October birdhouse next month!

The Cecilia Votta SAL still has four more parts to go (I haven't done all of the outlines because I'll need to extend my Qsnaps once the next part is done):

A close up of the last three parts:

I've added a few metallics and beads to this one, but it's kind of fun to see how a fairly limited color palette can make up so many little motifs. I would imagine Santa will make an appearance soon, so looking forward to that.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

 Hoping all the moms (and furbabies count!) have a wonderful day today. Sadly I am spending the day cleaning, but my sweet husband has offered to pick up Texas Roadhouse for dinner later so that will be my reward. We are scheduled to have new windows installed throughout our house over the next three days and I am really dreading it--the noise, the mess, the upset pets--and then the finisher will have to come and stain the new windows and I don't know how long that will take. And of course then I'll have to order new blinds and live without window coverings for the next month or so (I hope it's not longer than that!), so all in all I am a bit stressed right now and ready for the next week or so to be over!

I don't know how much stitching I'll be able to do for the next little while, but I was able to get caught up on both of the SALs I'm working on, and both are now halfway to completion. This time I did the Jardin Prive piece first:

And a couple of days ago I finished part 5 of the Serenita di Campagna design:

I'm a bit surprised I've kept up with these so far; I usually have good intentions but time gets away from me and once I fall behind it's just too easy for WIPs to disappear into the never ending pile. Hoping to stay with both of these all the way through.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week (even if I can't...)!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Time to get back to "work"

 I still haven't heard back from Wichelt about whether the model is approved or if changes need to be made and it's making me a bit nervous--the longer it goes the more I imagine extensive revisions being made! It might just be a matter of Nora being busy and the person I work with at Wichelt only being in the office one day a week; planning to send an inquiry today as the person is at work on Tuesdays, so hopefully they'll get back to me soon.

I spent the last week doing some cleaning around the house and working on a couple of CEC mittens. The first is Little Fan, which was a freebie which coordinates with the Dickens Mittens leaflets:

The second is a freebie called Cross My Heart Mitten (currently on the CEC site along with a second free mitten):

The next mitten I've kitted up is the 1 Good Egg Mitten, so it's ready to go when the urge strikes again. My goal was to stitch at least one mitten each month and so far I've done 11 in 7 months so I'm a bit ahead for now; I'll probably do the next one in May.

Yesterday I decided to dig out my last set of Qsnaps not already in use and start the Rosewood Manor model while I continue to wait to hear from Wichelt. I'll work on it for the next couple of weeks then plan to take a break when the two SALs have new parts released on May 1, so probably no new posts for a few weeks.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Up to date

 I am happy to say that I am once again caught up with the two SALs that I'm signed up for. It only took a couple of days to finish part 4 of the Serenita di Campagna design, and I've already completed the outlines for the next three parts as well (though I didn't take an updated picture of that portion):

Last night I finished part 2 of Au Fil des Nichoirs:

When I first saw this part I could have sworn the March birdhouse was a cactus with a cowboy hat roof, and the mask meant that it must represent the Lone Ranger, though I couldn't figure out what that had to do with March. I felt like an idiot when it was mentioned that it was a leprechaun hat, and the consensus is that the mask is for Mardi Gras--duh! Makes a lot more sense.

Still waiting to hear from Wichelt so I haven't started the Rosewood Manor piece as I don't want to take the Mirabilia off the Qsnaps yet; hoping to get an approval email tomorrow. For now I really need to get some housework done anyway, so I'm going to focus on that for a couple of days--blech!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 5, 2021

A small finish

 Last week I finished the model I was working on and am now waiting to hear if it is approved to send back. It's always a bit of a tense time because Nora sometimes decides to make changes and I really don't like having to rip out stitches and redo, so fingers crossed it gets the green light!

I have received the next parts for the Jardin Prive and Campagna di Serenita SALs and will be stitching those this week before I start a new Rosewood Manor model. I spent the weekend on Cross Eyed Cricket's Lone Pine Mitten (leaflet 227) and finished it yesterday:

I had kitted this one up back in January when we were in the middle of winter and I didn't really enjoy working on it now that the weather has been so nice here for the past few days, so I've already picked out a much more spring-like mitten to do when the mood next strikes.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 8, 2021

SAL satisfaction

 While I've been waiting for some answers to questions about the Mirabilia model I decided to work on the two SALs that had parts released on March 1. Employees at Wichelt are rotating in and out of the office due to COVID so it has actually been over a week and I'm still waiting, but happily I was able to finish the current parts of both SALs. 

I stitched part 1 of Au Fil des Nichoirs first, making a few minor changes:

I finished that on Saturday and then spent the rest of the weekend working on days 6-9 of Cecilia Votta's design:

I also finished the border for the next section, and part of the border for the section after that:

Now I'm basking in the glow of completion and ready to make a bunch of progress on the model between now and May 1--I might even be pretty close to a finish by then.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Maybe I can catch up

 Friday evening I pulled out the SAL from Serenita di Campagna with the intention of at least finishing days 2 though 5 since they are pretty small designs. Not only did I get them done but I made a good start on the first block and am now thinking that I could get it done either today or early tomorrow, so I think I will keep it out and finish it. The next part will be released on March 1st, so there won't be anything to work on next weekend anyway. Here it is as of last night:

I'm using the recommended floss but also adding in some metallics and beads and switching a few colors around. I really don't do much Christmas stitching but there was just something about this one that appealed to me, plus the fun of each part being revealed over time.

My Princess Elliana arrived safely home from Rensel Studio so I was able to take a couple of pictures of the painting on the mat, which pulls from the lace in the dress and the flowers:

Now I need to move some things around to find a place to hang her--she's huge!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!