Sunday, June 30, 2019

June WIPocalypse

Is it really summer already....  in my little piece of the world we went from nothing but rain to full blown HOT summer.  But no complaining here I am loving watching my garden get its start.  My 3 teenage kids are on the go all the time its hard to keep track of them.  Though they always call and ask whats for dinner!!!  LOL

Okay on to what you are here to hear about.  June WIPocalypse  Once a month popping on to update our stitching and answer a question.

So I have my two monthy charts I do every month.  Here they are... A Year of Celebration then Quote of the Month by Stoney Creek.

For the month of June and July I am choosing to do a focus project that I stitch on everyday.  I am doing the Harry Potter Project I have.  I started out doing it 2 over 2 but switched to 1 over 1.  This could now be my most challenging project.  I sometimes only put in 10 mins a day but I am at least working on it.  Here is what it will look like and then where I am on it.

I did a lot of other stitching this month because of a group called 24 Hours of Cross Stitch on Facebook. 

Anyway I am planning to continue the Harry Potter for my July focus piece.  If you would like to check out other post on the WIPocalypse go here

The question this month is Half-year recap:  How are you doing with your goals so far this year? 
I believe I am on target for most of what I have planned for this year.

So until next month....keep on stitching. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

May WIPocalypse

I feel like I say it every month.....  I can't believe how fast this month flew by.  On the last Sunday of the month is a check in for my WIPocalypse SAL.  If you would like to learn about it you can go here.  If you are interested in other bloggers participating you can check them out here.

At the beginning of 2019, I listed projects that I was going to work on during the year.  So far I have been doing fairly well....then Maynia hit.  I have never participated in Stitch Maynia but I wanted to try it this year.  I made the decision to have 5 new starts during the month, one for each Wednesday.  This also is giving me more WIPs then I have ever had.

But first lets bring you up to day on my 2019 planned projects.  I have stayed up-to-date on my two monthly charts.  A Year of Celebrations and Quote of the Month.  Other than that I have not worked on anything that was schedule for the year.  Last month I started a mystery SAL called Emerald City and this month I started Hello Pumpkin as a mystery SAL.  Here are pictures of these pieces.

Now onto Maynia...  I started with 4 little pieces I call Season,  I did get spring done and a couple stitches in for each of the other seasons. The next piece is called Cute Pajamas by Sue Hillis Designs.

Next up was Hocus Pocus by Waxing Moon Designs followed by Bringing Home the Tree by Sue Hillis Designs.
Last up for Maynia will be Moon and Back by Heart in Hand. I will be starting this today.

Each month we are given a quick question to answer so there goes....
Question of the Month: Where do you love to shop for stash?

In such a short time this has changes a bit.  I have a local shop Stitch 'N Frame in Fort Wayne, Indiana  that I have used for 18 years then I started attending a Retreat in southern Indiana so I was introduced to Fancy Works in Bloomington, Indiana.  I have also ordered online from 123Stitch.  But I just discovered this little shop in Finley, Ohio that I am in love with also it is the Craft Gallery.  So I just get my stash from many places now. 

Other cross stitch related stuff to share...I fully finishes these cute little seasonal paws.
Then of course I have to share my haul with you.  This is an order I placed with and lastly my fabric the month from Colour and Cotton.

Outside of Cross Stitching my daughter graduated high school and we had her party this month.  I am so proud of her and happy that she had a very good turn out. 

This upcoming month I am looking forward to a couple challenges I will be taking part of...0 first is the one for this group.  I will be stitching on a Harry Potter piece everyday with the goal of finishing by the end of July for this June/July challenge.  The second challenge I will be taking part in is a group on Facebook called #24hoursofcrossstitch This is a first for me so I shall see how this goes. I am looking forward to both of these challenges.

Well that is it for this month and I look forward to reporting back next month.  Until then Happy Stitching!!!

Monday, April 29, 2019

April WIPocalypse

OMG.... this month has flown by that means it is time to check in with my loving group for the WIPocalypse.  The last Sunday of every month I am part of a SAL that you can find here if you want to see the other peoples blogs that are participating also.  My update this month on what I have been stitching is kindof a blur but here goes.  

I start out every month with the Year of Celebration charts.  This is fully finished.  I love these little charts.  I also do the Stoney Creek Collection Monthly Series.

 The Children Need... I have been plugging away at this chart.  I has been fun but a struggle because the chart is hard to read but I do love how it is turning out. 
 Stitching Fairy beads are finally on this piece and I was able to get the stains out.  This picture doesn't do it justice the lighting was horrible.

  I had these stitched years ago but finally fully finished it.  Again bad lighting.  I love how it turned out though.

 I am also participating in the Owl Forest Embroidery Mystery SAL.  Every 3 weeks part of the free chart is release.  Here is the first part out of eleven.  I made a few changes and I look forward to doing little tweaks to make it my own.  It is called Emerald City. 

The Wizard of Oz was a childhood movie that my family would watch yearly.  Making a big bowl of popcorn and settling in for the movie with my family is a cherished memory.

Project finish is happening tonight with the Stitchy Kitty paws.  I have had these in my drawer for years.  Wish me luck and I will share next month.

So for this month our special question is Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO.

I don't really have a long running WIP I usually stay on my projects until they are done.  That is because I usually stitch one project at a time.  I am getting ready to challenge that way of doing things.  I have decided to take part of Stitch Maynia on my terms.  I will be doing a start every Friday during the month of May.  I am excited and nervous at the same time.  So with all my bravery I am stepping out of my comfort zone and doing multiple projects.

Until next time Happy Stitching!!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Apirl FFG

Its that time of the month again where we get to check in with our fully finished cross stitch projects.  If you would like to see the others that are participating in this blog SAL jump on over to here.

I only have on fully finish again this month.  I really need to dig into my box of finishes but to be honest I am happy to get this little one done that I have been stitching each month. 

Again, I am doing the series from Hands On Designs " A Year of Celebration" This is April finished with a few fiber changes.

 This is going to be short and sweet this month.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you keep on stitching!!!!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Week Wrap Up

So it has been more than a week but I will bring you up to date as much as I can remember.  LOL First...  I was able to get the stain out.  Still waiting on my beads to come in from 123stitch.  It is on back order until April 23rd now.  UGH.  I may have to find it somewhere else. 

 I am startingll to prep for Stitching Maynia in May.  I will be sharing my plans soon. But I thinking about a start a week.
 I am so excited I joined my first monthly club. Colour & Cotton.... I am in love with this piece of fabric called Seashell.

Now into my current stitching.  I joined the mystery stitch a long by Owl Forest Embroidery.  I am in love with this pattern idea.  When I was younger, every year me and my sister would watch "The Wizard of Oz" and have a huge bowl of popcorn. We would stay up past our bedtime.  I love these flashbacks of my youth.  So this is just a small start but I am getting there.

Next I have been working on "Children Need..."  I know I say this a lot but I love it!!!  I am in search for a couple Just Another Button Company buttons.  I want 3 birds to represent my children and a dragonfly also.  
So this is not stitching related book came in the mail today.  I will be digging into this very soon.

Of course I have also been binge watching Flosstube.  I thinking about starting my own also.   Who knows....

So I am off.... Have a great week and enjoy your stitching time.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

People's Choice...Speciality Stitches

Hello...I am little late but on the first Saturday of the month I participate in a blog SAL.  The People's Choice is where we are given a topic to explore.  If you would like to check out the others that are doing this along with me you can go here.

The topic for the month of April is....Speciality Stitches

One of the first series I stitched were these monthly banners that had a speciality stitch on everyone.  I made them and gave them to my mom.  She has since passed away but my father asked if he could still display them.  So that was a solid yes, if he remembers to change them out every month they are still there for his enjoyment.  I do not have a picture to share with you at this time though.  Sorry.

The next thing that came to mind that I have stitched with speciality stitches are my needle rolls by Shepherds Bush.  I have 3 fully finished and 2 more that I am slowly working on.  I love these little projects!!!

I wish I could say I love all speciality stitches but I still can not master the french knot....ugh I usually will place a bead on the chart for this stitch. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick little post.  I so love these topics every month.  Have a great week and happy stitching....

Monday, April 1, 2019

March WIPocalypse

Hey its the last Sunday of the month and that means I get to check in with my SAL for WIPocalypse.  For information about this fun SAL you can check it out here.  And here is a link if you would like to see others that are participating in this months check in.  This month we were doing an additional challenge of one stitch a day on a focus project.  I chose my Little Stitching Fairy.  This is what she looked like at the beginning of the month.
For me it was fun to dive in and once I got started I was kindof driven to see how far I could get on her this month.  I still finished my 2 little monthly series I do every month but I am blown away with how far I have gotten on my Stitching Fairy. I unfortunately i got a stain on this corner of this piece I am trying to get out so we will see how that goes.

One of the fun things about this monthly SAL is we have the option to answer a question each month.  Here is the question for this month.  *** What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?

I have discovered many new designers but they are really just new to me.  With Thy Needle and Thread, Drawn Thread, Carriage House Sampling, Country Cottage Needleworks, Little House Needleworks, and Silver Creek Sampling.  I have really enjoyed collecting some patterns!!!  I will see how and when I can fit them into my stitching.  I really want to get to the point that I am stitching on more than one piece at a time. 

Well until next time...keep enjoying your stitching.

Friday, March 29, 2019

March Small Finish SAL

The Small Finish SAL is a fun little stitch a long that encourages us to have a finish every month.  You can check the other folks out here to see their finishes.  It also introduces me to other designs I want.  LOL  (like I need them!!!)

I am happy to report that I have 2 small finishes this month.  I have two different series that I am doing monthly for decorations in my house  First, I have A Year of Celebration March.  I changed it up a little but I am very happy with it.

The second on I have finished is March for Stoney Creek Quote of the Month series.

I love working on these small patterns.  I have figured out as you can see how I want to display the top pattern.  I am still trying to figure out how I want to fully finish the Stoney Creek pattern.  Any suggestions are welcome. 

Thank you for stopping by seeing my Small SAL.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Week Wrap Up

Okay so its been 2 weeks but I promise I have been stitching....  We just had a couple life events get in the way.

Stitching first.....  in one of my SAL's we are doing a commitment of one stitch a day on a focus project.  I chose The Little Stitching Fairy, here is my update I am working hard to finish.

First picture is the start of the month then second picture was taken yesterday for an update.

The life event that kindof stopped me from blogging last week was......We got a new puppy.

Meet Gabi....  She was born on Jan. 10th and she is full German Shepherd.  This was taken on her ride home.  We are relearning the struggles of having a puppy but she is so worth it.  I am adding another picture of her today.  She is already getting bigger.

So we bid you a good week and wish you happy stitching!!!!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Week Wrap Up

I took an extra day off from work and enjoyed a much needed long weekend.  I have accomplished a lot of stitching and a few other fun projects.

This month a blog I follow is doing a focus cross stitch project basically...I pick a project, do one stitch a day.  But this usually leads to more stitching on it.  My choice is The Little Stitching Fairy.

March 1
March 10
 Then yesterday my sister came over, we did some fabric dying and of course stitching.

Here is a sample of the fabrics...  I love how these turned out.  I will be doing this again.  I did try ice dying but that was a fail and I didn't save that piece.

I have a new start using one of these pieces of fabric.
Children Needs...

I felt the desire to do a little work on my Butterfly Afghan.  I finished up the word on one square.

Then today is my last day off of work, I did a little run to Michaels.  I am trying to help my house move into spring.  I made this tulip wreath that was inspired from Priscilla of The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch.

Lastly the mail came today when I was typing this up and my order from 123 Stitch came so here is my  stitchy mail.  Yes, Flosstube does cause me a few problems...

It feels so good to have the sun shining and the feeling that spring is right around the corner.  So until next time keep on stitching.

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June WIPocalypse

Is it really summer already....  in my little piece of the world we went from nothing but rain to full blown HOT summer.  But no complaining...