Monday, April 4, 2016

March 2016 Update

Hello everyone,
I'm a little late with my March update - Hopefully I can get back on track this month.
This month, I have some smalls a little progress on the new start gold petite and some stash to share.


Brrr ©2011 by Linda Stolz dba Erica Michaels Designs
28ct Silkweaver Reflections Winter Skye
Ice Dragon Premium silk hand dyed fibers (Vickie Clayton)
Stitch Count: 42 x 42, 1 over 2
Cross Stitch




Savoir faire © 2003 Blackbird Designs
28ct Picture This Plus Fog Cashel
DMC, GAST and Weeks Threads
Stitch Count: 40 x 45, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Lazy Daisy, Smyrna






Queen Bee free pattern ©2013 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
18ct Black Aida
DMC Threads
Stitch Count: 33 x 40, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch







A year of Celebrations - March   Published in Cross-stitch & Needlework March 2014 (www.c-sn.com)
Designer Cathy Habermann of Hands on Design
Fabric: 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast  (DMC 613)
Threads: Weeks, GAST, Crescent
Stitch Count: 50 x 50, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, Lazy Daisy
Hopefully I'll make the time to stitch up all the months in this series.

Dimensions Gold Collection - Petites Kit # 8720
Christmas in the Adirondacks © 2003 Dimensions
Designed by Martha Edwards
Stitch Count: 90 x 122 varies over 1
18ct Aida
Cross Stitch, Half Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Blended
Color Chart

I put down my Dimensions kit when in mid March I got my reminder e-mail from Jen at Funk & Weber Designs requesting bookmarks be sent out soon. Since I had some time, I decided to stitch up another few bookmarks for the Stitching for Literacy program - and I have been spending some time getting them 'finished'. I'll show them all in my next post.


This Space Rocket bookmark is included in the Leisure Arts Bookmarks Galore  66 Designs ©1997
Fabric: 18ct Back Aida
DMC Threads
Stitch Count: 27 x 105, 2over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch





I was intrigued by the finishing of this one - so I chose this Celtic Corner Bookmark
Published in Cross-stitch & Needlework Spring 2016 (www.c-sn.com)
Designer Elizabeth Spurlock
Fabric: 14ct White Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 27 x 27, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch

I thought this Flower Owl will make a pretty bookmark
Plaid Bucilla Kit #45749 ©2014
Fabric: 14ct Aida
Threads: Included in kit
Stitch Count: 29 x 31, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Long Stitch, Running stitch, French Knots





New Stash:
I ordered the new little hedgie from Just Nan as well as the limited edition Flying High Stitching Case by Just Nan.







Bucky has been feeling a little under the weather for the past week - He hasn't been sleeping well at night - can't seen to stay settled and he's puffing a lot - almost like his nose is stuffed up. It might just be a cold - waiting to hear from vet - time will tell.

Sam has been sleeping fine as you can see - she likes to use DH slippers as a pillow /play toy.

It's been lightly snowing today so they have been enjoying their time outside.

For those that stayed with me until the end... It's time for spring and a thread giveaway - some micro spools of HDF, a skein or 2 of Carries creations, some Victorian Motto sampler threads, to name a few. Doesn't matter where you live to enter just leave a comment with your email and I'll have DH choose a winner on the 24th.

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February 2016 Update .. just a little late

Hello everyone,
I'm a little late with my monthly posting since strong winds have been playing havoc with our internet connection. March came in like a lion as you can see by our spruce tree at the bottom of our driveway. The wind was strong enough to split the trunk and force the top into a near cluster of pines. We spent most of the morning getting the tree down and cut up.







This month it's all about a page finish, a small ornament and some stash.

So here it is my page finish!
2013BB SAL QS Mystic Garden (It is a cropped version of Peacock Garden.)
Design by Michele Sayetta Artwork by Ciro Marchetti
28ct Picture this Plus Valor
Stitch Count: 139 x 138, 1 over 1 full cross
DMC & Kreinik#4
Last time I shared a picture it was 6040 stitches finished.

Now Page 1 completed! (7840 stitches).


Next is my monthly ornament finish...
Foxwood Crossings Harrisburg Winter© 2015 Cynthia Stalcup Smelcer DBA Foxwood Crossings
14ct perforated paper Mill Hill Midnight Blue
DMC Threads and Kreinik #4
Stitch Count 29 x 51, 3 strands over 1
Cross stitch, backstitch, long stitch






This month's new stash:
Foxwood Crossings Small Sleds -Mini Village, Just Nan's Tiny Christmas Biscornu, and Just Nan's Gingerbread Reindeer Mouse and sparkle flake pin.






Then I found these Erica Michaels Sweetberry patterns. I read that they are slightly different so I picked up both the linen and silk options. I also picked out some threads I will use for the TW Knotwork Bookmarks and replaced some Weeks colors that I had almost used up.




While waiting for my new stash to arrive, I started cleaning and attempting to organize what I have. I found this lovely kit that I had forgotten about - so I expect it will be my new start for March. I just have to unfold the fabric and sort the threads. It's been awhile since I have stitched a design with blended threads. Hopefully this will be a fun stitch.

Dimensions Gold Collection - Petites Kit # 8720
Christmas in the Adirondacks © 2003 Dimensions
Designed by Martha Edwards
Stitch Count: 90 x 122, varies over 1
18ct Aida
Cross Stitch, Half Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Blended threads

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

Friday, January 29, 2016

January 2016

Hello everyone,
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments - they keep me inspired. I'm still going to try to post once a month - Hopefully I'll be able to.
First, I finished this lovely gem from Mill Hill
Charmed Mitten Ornament
Counted Glass Bead Kits
MHCM10 Sampler © 1998 Mill Hill Designed by Mary Jurgens-Jones
14ct perforated paper
DMC
Mill Hill Beads and Petite Beads
Stitch Count: 32 x 46, varies 2, 3 or 6 over 1
Cross stitch, half cross stitch, and Rhodes Stitches




The next picture says it all. I really shouldn't kit up a project late at night. I was picking out something small to work on at my Dad's multiple Dr. visits - and I wanted to get a few presents done early in the year - so I chose this lovely design from Foxwood Crossings. I couldn't find  a few of the called for hand-dyed threads so I took out my DMC Bobbins. Did I mention it was late at night? Anyhow, I grabbed DMC 3760 instead of the called for 3750. I do like the finish.. but I am sure that someday soon I will stitch it again with the called for color. I ordered the sled - am waiting for it to arrive.


Foxwood Crossings Harrisburg Winter© 2015 Cynthia Stalcup Smelcer DBA Foxwood Crossings
14ct perforated paper Mill Hill Midnight Blue
DMC Threads
Stitch Count 29 x 51, 3 strands over 1
Cross stitch, backstitch







A closer look...

















I did work on Mystic Garden - just not enough for a picture - maybe next month I'll have more to show.

So, what have I been working on? Well - since I couldn't find my threads, I started to organize some of my stitching supplies - which is very good - but I  unearthed so many treasures that I had forgotten about. Can you tell that I didn't start with my threads? Finding some duplicates along the way so I'm thinking about some giveaways in the near future.

New stash? Well I didn't have much time to do any shopping, but I did forget to tell you about a lovely gift I received from DH. He ordered the exclusive five part series from Silver Needle - A little help from my friends stitching circle that was available for a limited time from the Silver Needle. He gave me the first 2 for my December birthday and Christmas - lovely kits from Blackbird Designs and Chessie & Me. Shortly after the new year the next one arrived - Jeanette Douglas Designs! I'm looking forward to the final ones from Shepherd's Bush and Lizzie Kate.

Dad had a good report from his various Drs. We had 4 visits within  10 days - all of his appointments were 90+ miles away (one-way).

Bucky and Samantha are doing well - tomorrow they have their annual visit - lyme vaccination, shots, blood work,  etc.

I'll leave you with a visitor earlier this week.

Have a wonderful day!

Until next time - happy stitching!
Lisa M.