Saturday, March 21, 2015

Stitching from Stash March Update and Bookmarks for Literacy

Hello Everyone,
Thanks so much for all your wonderful and encouraging comments. I really appreciate all your kind words.

It's time for my monthly check in for Stitching from Stash 2015-A hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.
Month: March 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent:  $0.00
Earned: $4.00 (BBD Designs - Be Mine)
Carry forward: $25.00+4.00 earned +$ 84.00 from last month = $113.00
I did not get  much stitching done this month. I did manage to get one project finished and another one started.
First is my finished one..

Be Mine ©2009 Blackbird Designs from the Booklet Love Is In The Air Three Stockings for February

Fabric: 30ct R&R Valentine's Blend

Thread: GAST

Stitch Count: 44 x 73, 2 over 2

Cross Stitch

Next, I started this one while I was at various appointments with my Dad. He has had a few ongoing medical issues that are finally beginning to be sorted out. This week he has three more appointments - one at the vascular center to have a second attempt to try to fix a problem he has with his legs. Then he will return in another month for a by-pass surgery (right leg). So I'm looking through my patterns and finding some small take along projects as these are very long days.

My next project to share is this one. It's taking me a lot longer to stitch as my fabric choice could have been better and the lighting at the Dr. office is not ideal.

Nutkin Mitten © 2014 The Cricket Collection (freebie)
Fabric: 28ct Spruce Green Pastel Cashel Linen
Thread: DMC
Stitch Count: 42 x 43, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch With some fractional stitches, Backstitch, French Knots

Another week I spent trying to organize some of my stash. I was looking for  a few patterns that I know I bought - I pulled them out last month and set them aside - I even have some pictures of them here on my blog - but they aren't with my other patterns. So instead of choosing something else, I decided to put my patterns all  together as I came across them. I'm still working on this - LOL!

Then I had another reason to not stitch - I received a Funk & Weber Designs newsletter that requested some bookmarks to be sent to Alaska for the Stitching for Literacy program. So I dropped my needle and went into my craft/ sewing room to unearth some projects that were in my finishing basket and began to finish them up. 

Stitching details are:
1. A lovely bookmark from the mini card collection 'D' © 2010 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Fabric:16ct Taupe Aida  (prefinished bookmark that I purchased online)
DMC Threads
Stitch Count: 94 x 24, 2 over 1

2. The Orient Bracelets by Di Noyce published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading Issue 52
Silimide Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count: 20 x 99

3. Mini Blueberry White Chocolate Truffle designed © Kathryn Drummond of Gingerbread Girl Designs
Fabric: grab bag evenweave (DMC 3072)
Threads: HDF
Stitch Count: 21 x 21 (center design was 1 over 2, and 4 corners were stitched one over 1)

4. TSV’ Complimentary Design  © 2009 Spooktacular Bookmark  by  Jo-Anne Mason for Dinky-Dyes Designs
Fabric: 28ct Silkweaver Purple Frenzy
Threads: Dinky Dyes
Stitch Count: 27 x 71

5. Barn Owl published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving Issue 72
Fabric: Canvas
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 28 x 43 (I chose not to stitch the bookmark portion)

6. Long nosed Butterfly Fish by Jill Oxton published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading Issue 64
Silimide Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count: 48x 35

7. Lambs by Jill Oxton published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving Issue 78
Silimide Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count: 24 x 19

8. Bunny © 2007 Imaginating, Inc.
Fabric: 28ct Oceantide Lugana by Silkweaver
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 26 x 26, 2 over 2
I added Miyuki Delica aqua mist beads #078

9. Tigger Candy Cane Ornament (Leisure Arts Kit)
Fabric: 14ct Perforated Plastic
Stitch Count: 54 x 75, 6 over 1

10. Happiness is...St. Patrick's Day Cat © Lynn B. freebie available here
Fabric: 32ct Fairy Dust Belfast
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 27 x 27, 2 over 2
Miyuki delica for trim

11. October Birdhouse © 2011 Ship's Manor
Fabric: dove stitch grab bag green
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 35 x 70, 2 over 2

12. Butterflies by Di Noyce published in Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Beading Issue 57
Blue Version
Silimide Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count: 32 x 34

13. Treasure Bookmark © 2008 At River's End
Fabric: 32ct Blue grab bag
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 86 x 94, 2 over 2
Embellished with a pirate ship brad

14. Of Generations Past Gettysburg Address Bookmark from "Gettysburg, Pennsylvania" Bits of History Series ©2011 Joanne M. Thayer from Of Generations Past.
Fabric: Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 101 x 27, 2 over 1

That's it for now...    Until next time...
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February stitch from stash update and some love-ly projects

Hello everyone,
It's time for my monthly check in for Stitching from Stash 2015-A hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

Month: February 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent: $0.00
Earned: $4.00 (Charland Heart Fob) + $4.00 (Bent creek Flair Sparkle)+$ 4.00 (Bent Creek All you Need is Love)+ $4.00 (JCS 2000 Ursula Michael's Christmas Quilt) +$8.00 (Midsummer Night Designs Lovebird)+$0.00 (VS Woodland Birdies - Owl)  = $24.00
Carry forward: $49.00 + $35.00 from last month =  $84.00

After my last post, I went through some of my stash and pulled a bunch of February / love themed charts. Wow! I have so many - there is no way that I could stitch them all in one month (LOL).

But first I finished up this lovely snowman. I am planning to finish it as a tin topper. I'll add the JABCO snowflake button when I finish it.
Flair Sparkle @2011 Bent Creek, Inc.
Fabric: 16ct dirty Aida
Threads: WDW, GAST
Stitch Count:32 x 42, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch and Backstitch

Then I found this lovely scissor fob chart that was in my freebie folder. I had gotten it with an online order quite some time ago. I decided to leave off the charm as I liked the fob just as it was. Front:
Heart Scissor Fob © 2001 Charland Designs Inc.
Fabric: I didn't have the banding so I substituted 30ct Natural (DMC 3782)
Threads: DMC, DMC perle8, GAST
Stitch Count: 46 x 21, 2 over 2 and 1 over 2
Cross Stitch and Satin Stitch
I made the cording using DMC 304 and 321 since I didn't have a long enough length of uncut GAST

and back...

Next is this Bent Creek pattern from my freebie binder
All you Need is Love © Bent Creek (I couldn't find the year on it)
Fabric: 32ct Desert Sand (DMC 422)
Threads: WDW
Stitch Count: 62 x 52, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch

I left off the 9 JABCO purple poindexter buttons as  I can't seem to find them. I'm still thinking about how I want to finish this one.

Then I picked up my Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2000 and decided that this would make a lovely tri-fold needle wallet. Front
Christmas Quilt 2000 © Ursula Michaels Designs
Fabric: 28ct White evenweave
Threads: Kreinik#4
Stitch Count: 40 x 40, 1 over 2
Cross Stitch, backstitch

and inside...

I only had a small amount  of the pine boughs and the buttons to complete this one. My small cut of fabric is just the right size to stitch up the remaining 2 from this booklet before I "finish" them in tart tins.
Owl- Woodland Birdies Christmas Tartlets #3 design by Cathy Jean for the Victoria Sampler © 2013
Fabric:28ct summer khaki
Threads: GAST, WDW, I substituted DMC for the colors I couldn't find right away, and I also substituted Miyuki delica beads for the SJ beads
Embellished with 4mm red buttons
Stitch Count: 32 x 33, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, Long Stitch

Lastly, I found this lovely freebie on the internet here.
Lovebird © 2008 Midsummer Night Designs
Fabric: 32ct Country Mocha
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 59 x 69, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch

I also put a few more stitching in the M Designs Snowman Needle roll - just not enough for a picture.

So now it's time to go through my stash to see what I'll stitch next month. Will it be a March theme? or maybe I'll finish some more of the February / love designs... or perhaps grab one of my bigger projects...Hmmm. we'll just have to see.. Until next time -
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January Stitch from Stash update

Hello everyone,
It's a new Year and time for some new stitching from stash. Since I survived last year I signed up for Stitching from Stash 2015-A hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

Month: January 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent: $0.00
Earned: $2.00 (Pumpkin Fob) + 8.00 (Flurry Snowflake) = $10.00
Carry forward: $35.00

New Start and finish!

Pumpkin Scissor Fob © 2000 The Stitchworks, Ltd.
Fabric: 28ct Khaki (DMC 613)
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 25 x 23, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch
Embellished with buttons from my stash as the buttons included broke when I took them out of the package.
I made the cording using DMC 920 and DMC Pearl 4130

Here is the back

Another Start and finish: Years ago I made Snowflake Merry into a little candy tote for a friend. So I decided this time to stitch this freebie - Snowflake Flurry©2003 Kreinik available here.
Fabric: 16ct White Aida
Threads: DMC Kreinik#4
Beads: Magnifica Beads
Stitch Count:69 x 55, 1 over 1
Cross Stitch, Long Stitch, Back Stitch, Beading, French Knots
I was hoping to have it finished before posting but I got a little busy with other things so hopefully I'll find some time this coming week to make it into a small tote.

So next I'm getting ready to stitch the next snowflake (Moe) and my Kreinik and magnificas aren't with my pattern... Now where did I put them.. Hmmm... I know I bought them... Oh well time to look for something else until they turn up.

Next I grab Skinny Mini Snow by Charland Designs - the threads and charms are with my pattern. All I need is my twilight blue fabric. So I grab my blue fabrics...still no twilight....I know I have some... maybe I put it with my grey fabrics. Hmmm.. I'll have to look later.

Still in the snowman mood I grab my project bag for DH follow-up Dr. Appointments.
Pattern - Bent Creek Sparkle ...check
Fabric.. Check
Threads... check
Scissors... check...
Needles? Oh no... I forgot to grab them. Luckily we didn't have a long wait... So I grabbed my needles for the next weekly visit and all I managed to get in was three stitches. Dr. was running on time.

And lastly one more snowman start.
Snowman Needle Roll © 2001 Mary McLenon (M Designs)
Fabric: 32ct Driftwood Belfast
Threads: DMC, DMC#12
Beads: Mill Hill, Mill Hill Petite
Stitch Count: 91 x 73, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, backstitch, Fan Stitch, Eyelet Stitch, Four Sided Stitch

I hope to finish this up soon.

Until next time
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Friday, December 19, 2014

December stitch from stash update

Hello everyone,
It's been an eventful month.

Earlier this week was my 50th birthday. DH ordered me a beautiful bouquet of red velvet roses and some dipped strawberries.  My dear brothers sent me some flowers and gift cards to Michaels and A.C. Moore. (I'm so looking forward to using them on some floss for my HAED projects that I want to start next year).

Earlier this week was also another special day - one year ago Bucky and Samantha came into our lives and they have filled our house with love ever since. (They had some special treats that day).

Dear Husband had his surgery - the infection was deep. He had a few complications which resulted in a longer hospital stay. He is home now on IV antibiotics for 42 days total. The Dr. had to exchange the poly of the artificial hip and now we are hoping that he responds well to the antibiotics. Won't find out until January if he needs another operation to remove the hip and put in a spacer.

So now I'm sure that you are waiting to see how I did stitching from my stash for the challenge hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

I can happily say that I survived the year-  and I didn't spend anything this month. :)

I am happy that I was able to stay under my monthly budget this year. Thanks Mel for all your hard work. I am so glad I was part of this wonderful group.

I'm looking forward to another year of stitching from my stash.

Most of my time was busy with DH hospital stay and travelling to his weekly Doctor appointments but I did work on 2 freebies from the Cross Eyed Cricket.

First Up is Korny Kiss compliments of The Cricket Collection © October 2014
Fabric: Off White 16ct Aida (part of a grab bag)
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 35 x 40, 2 over 1

Next is Red-Nosed Kiss compliments of The Cricket Collection © August 2013
Fabric: Off White 16ct Aida (part of a grab bag)
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 35 x 40, 2 over 1

I still have to find the jingle bell for it - I know I bought them last year... just have to find where I put them.

That's all for now.
Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monthly Check in Stitch from Stash November 2014

Hello everyone,
It's time for my monthly update for my stitch from stash hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

Things didn’t go exactly as planned this month.  

My kitted up smalls are still in their bag but DH hasn’t started outpatient therapy yet. An infection showed up around his incision  when his staples were removed at the end of October. He is scheduled for another surgery tomorrow. Hopefully it's just surface drainage - otherwise he will have to have a spacer put in and no hip for 6-8 weeks.

On Halloween, my Dad had to go to the hospital  with another heart attack- part of his quadruple bypass from 17 years ago collapsed. Dr. had to insert a stent and  he is now home and recovering - just limited driving as he is on a blood thinner. 

So instead of the smalls, I worked on:
HAED 2012 SAL SK Forbidden Doorway Artwork by Meredith Dillman Chart Design by Michele Sayetta

Last at: 11850 stitches on February 12, 2013

28ct Picture This Plus opal. Moonglow
DMC & Kreinik #4
1 over 1, full cross
Now at 14535 stitches completed. Just a little over one more page to go.

Last month Mel offered us a bonus - we were able to spend an extra $50.00 and it would not count in our monthly budgeted amount - so I indulged and ordered some stash.

I ordered Heartstring Samplings- Sweet Land of Liberty, Just Nan - ginger holly pin, Just Nan - gingerbread angel mouse, Just Nan - gingerbread garden cube, Lone Elm - Halloween Resurrection,  and Foxwood Saltbox Sleds,  a hornbook and some trims. With the $50.00 discount that makes the amount of spending $63.99-50.00 = $13.99 against my monthly budget.
Until next time...
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Stitch from Stash Update

Hello Everyone,
Thanks so much for all your kind comments.

It's time for my monthly update for my stitch from stash hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.
October has been a busy month - We celebrated 16 years married in early October. DH surprised me with two Blackbird Designs hidden in a card - Reward of Merit Pinkeep In Full Glory, and Reward of Merit Pinkeep Peace Rose.

DH is now home recovering from his total hip replacement surgery.  His staples come out at the end of the month and then he will start outpatient therapy.

I did get a small amount of stitching done - I found this design all kitted up - I don't know why it took me so long to work on it.

Howlers Spooky © 2009 Charland Designs Inc.
Fabric: 12" 70mm Limited run hand dyed banding - Mandarin Madness
Threads: Weeks Dye Works, DMC, Kreinik#4
Stitch Count: 36 x 145, 2 over 2
Finished with Pewter Halloween Bat Mini Bellpull by Charland Designs Inc.



Autumn (Freebie) © 2010 The Stitcherhood LLC
Fabric:Silkweaver Solo 28ct Cashel from October 2003
Threads: DMC and hand dyed Var lt pumpkin and "D" green from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
Stitch Count: 28 x 80, 2 over 2


Mel offered us Special Exemption for the Nene Thomas charts at Heaven and Earth Designs that were to be retired on October 15th. I took advantage of this exemption- adding to my already sizable stash of Nene Thomas charts.

Lullaby, Prophecy, Lord of Snows , Mini Power and Prestige, Mini Astranaithes, Mini House Divided, and Mini Lovers (left this one out of picture).

I suppose that I shouldn't admit to the HAED Nene Thomas Charts that I already have... but here goes: Mini Queen of Shadows, QS Direwood, Mini Asiria, Mini Chorus, Storykeep Winter Wings Owl, QS La Victime, QS Whispers, Storykeep Dragon Moon, QS Storykeep Winter Wings, A Chance Encounter, Memento, Firemoon, Storykeep Ravens, and Corsair Daemira. Just a few - LOL!!!

Some of these will be perfect to work on this winter. and yes, winter is coming - October 19th we had our first day of  snow flurries - a bit early this year.

So after my online shopping for Heaven and Earth charts, I did a bit more online shopping - this time at The Floss Box. I ordered biscornu pack #32 (which consist of biscornu patterns #549 to #556) and 2 other biscornu patterns: #599 and #656.

 I spent a total of $12.50

Mel also offered us a bonus amount of $50.00 to count before our monthly budget. I'm going to save that for next month.

Here's a few more smiles from Bucky (left) and Samantha (right).

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Stitch from Stash update

Hello everyone,
It's time for my monthly update for my stitch from stash hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.
I've worked on a bunch of smaller projects this month. DH had lots of Dr. visits and tests to find out why his knee was bothering him since his fall last winter. After quite a few tests to rule out possible infection/ rejection of his replacement knees and several follow up appointments the Dr. determined that his problem is caused by his right hip - and it needs to be replaced. So now we are spending the next few weeks getting all the necessary chores done since he will be laid up for awhile. And I am kitting up a bunch of smaller projects since he will have lots of therapy visits.

So here is what I managed to work on since the last update.
First up is this lovely dimensions daydreams kit (#72713) Designed by Hunter Brown© 2001 that will be a gift for our dear friend. Stitching area was 3" x 3"

Hmmm. I seem to recall buying a few other of these kits... now where did I put them?

Next is Winter Fawn by The Victoria Sampler - Designs by Cathy Jean that was published in the 2012 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments magazine.
Fabric:28ct summer khaki
Threads: GAST, WDW, DMC (I couldn't find my terra cotta skein), Kreinik #4
Stitch Count: 32 x 33, 2 over 2

I have the tart tins for finishing - but my fabric piece is just the right size for 4 of these so I started the next one.

Owl- Woodland Birdies Christmas Tartlets #3 design by Cathy Jean for the Victoria Sampler © 2013
Fabric:28ct summer khaki
Threads: GAST, WDW, I substituted DMC for the colors I couldn't find right away, and I also substituted Miyuki delica beads for the SJ beads
Stitch Count: 32 x 33, 2 over 2

Just a little more of the pine boughs to complete.

So then I did a little big of web-surfing a came across this lovely free pattern by Lynn B. here.
I grabbed a small scrap of antique white and since I plan on finishing this as a small bookmark or fob, I left off the wording and the borders...this is the result.
Fabric: 32 ct antique white
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count:53x 60 for the whole design, 2 over 2

And another freebie, this one was mentioned in the weekly Stitch 'N Things newsletter. When I saw one of the free monthly patterns was the 2014 Little Santa by Prairie Schooler, I sent off my SASE to get the freebies. Instead of immediately starting the PS Santa, I grabbed a piece of leftover fabric and began this lovely fall piece. It will make a lovely fall fob.
Free Graph- Halloween Heart from the Heartstring series ©2014 The Stitchworks
Fabric: 14 lt. oatmeal aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 28 x 29, 2 over 1

So now we come to spending portion of my update. After one of DH's tests, we stopped at Barnes and Noble. Somehow the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Special Edition hopped into my shopping basket. With my member discount it came to $8.99. Then earlier today, I ordered the Just Nan Miss Witchy Mouse from1-2-3 stitch cost $12.99. Total spent= $ 21.98
I stayed within my monthly budget but I did see several new designs calling to me... and I really haven't spent that much money this year....hmm....I might have to splurge next month...

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!