Friday, August 31, 2018

August Smalls SAL check-in

Hi y'all,

I hope you have had a really great month.  August really flew by with my kids going back to school on August 9th.  I also had a short visit this week from my sister Dawn and my mom.

Here is what I have done this month.

I completed Star Wars.  I purchased this on Etsy and started it in April.  My son Blake really likes it.

I also completed August Mini Bunnies from Handblessing Designs.  It is in the August 2018 JCS issue.

I also completed all the animals on the baby sampler.  1st was the bunny.

Next was the fox.
3rd was the deer.
Last was the bear.
I finished it and framed it so that my sister could bring it back home to Florida.

Thanks for letting me share.
Mary

Friday, July 27, 2018

July Update- Smalls SAL 2018

Good morning everyone,
Thanks again to Heather at The Stitching Lotus for hosting this event.


I hope you had a really wonderful July.  This month has really flown by, especially this week, because of school preparation.  My kids go back to school on August 9th. 

Here is my first finish of the month.  It is July Mini Bunnies by Handblessings Design in the Aug 2018 JCS.

My fabric was too soft (I used Joblean in Queen Anne's Lace) and I couldn't get the bunnies to cooperate so I just added another star instead.  It is such a cute addition to my basket.

My second finish was Baby's First Christmas from Frony Ritter Design and was in the 2016 JCS Christmas Ornament issue.  I did this for my husbands Nephew and wife since they had a sweet baby girl at the end of June.

Lastly, I finished Persuasion by The Sampler Girl and it was in the Feb 2009 JCS issue. I love the sentiment of the words because we all need that reminder sometimes.   I just realized that all my finishes were from the JCS magazine, haha.  I do tend to stitch a lot of things from there.  Anyway, I just need to find a frame for it.  I loved stitching this one.
Thanks so much for looking and have a great weekend!
Mary

Friday, July 6, 2018

A small patriotic finish

Good Morning y'all.

First, I would like to thank everyone for their kind and wonderful comments from my last post.  It really means a lot to me.  Second. Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July for all those who celebrated.  We kept it low key since it was too hot to cook out.

I have a small finish for the week.  It is July mini bunnies by Handblessing Designs from the Aug JCS 2018 issue.  I have really enjoyed this series a great deal. 
I stitched this on 32ct Joblean in Queen Anne's Lace.  I struggled stitching on this fabric so I think I will stay away from Joblean.  For those who like a softer fabric you would really enjoy working on this.  I had to substitute the ducks for a star because I could not get it stitched right.  I still love it.

I also started Blessed Land by Tempting Tangles.  I am using Desert Sand 32 ct Linen by Wichelt.  It is super stiff but since I work in-hand I like it.  It called for African Daisy Joblean but I didn't want yellow fabric for this design.

Believe it or not, that is 504 stitches.  I am really enjoying this piece, I am just scared to the stars.  Wish me luck.  I am going to put this one down next week and work on some Christmas projects.  I will come back next Friday with some updates.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Mary

Friday, June 22, 2018

I am back with some finishes

Good morning everyone,

Wow!  The time has really flown and I can't believe it has been 2 months since my last post.  I hope everyone is having tons of fun this summer and getting some stitchy time in.

I have been very busy and have finished several things since we have last visited each other.  The first thing I want to show you is my Seasons in Chalk, Stars in Stripes by Hands on Designs that was in the July 2016 JCS issue.  I am doing each one and will make them all into pillows. 

I am currently working on Seasons in Chalk Christmas out of the Dec 2016 JCS issue.  Here is an update after working on it for 4 days.  It is so much fun.  I dyed some Charles Craft 14 ct Opal Aida in black and I am really happy with the results.
I also did the mini bunnies from the May/June 2018 JCS issue.  Here is May:
Here is June:
I ffo'd the skull and I just love how it turned out.
I was working on Ink Circles pattern called Cirque de Triangles but I just couldn't get into it.  I am sure we have all been there before.  So I cut off what I stitched and went looking for a pattern that I could still use the floss and fabric for.  I found this Mandala by Heritage Stitch on Etsy.  It reminds me of the Spiralgraph toy I had as a kid.
I also started on this baby sampler for my great-niece Eden.  I have finished all the leaves and just need to finish the trunk and the tree will be done.  There will be some woodland animals at the bottom.  I found this on Etsy and the store name is NikkiPattern.
Last but not least is the free pattern on Lakeside Needlecrafts website.  I am really enjoying this one.
It is done on some 28ct Monaco evenweave I hand-dyed last year.

Thanks so much for looking and catching up with me.  Have a great weekend.
Mary


Saturday, April 28, 2018

April Smalls Check-In

Hi everyone,

Can you believe it is that time again.  Time to show you all my work (especially smalls) for the month of April.  Gosh, where did the month go?  It totally flew by.

Thanks again to Heather, at the Stitch Lotus for hosting this fabulous SAL.

Well, the first small I want to show you is out of the April JCS 2018 issue.  It is the April mini bunnies by Handblessings. I used Carrie's Creations Thread in Baby Blue and Koala Claw and misc. yellow DMC. 

Second finish, Think Winter by Lizzie Kate.  I hand-dyed some 14 ct Aida for this one.  I used a mixture of various hand-dyed floss I had in my stash.
Third finsh, Winter Silhouette by Handblessings Design and it was in the Dec 2013 JCS issue.  I dyed some 28ct Monaco Navy.  Hard on the eyes but I love it.  I also added beads for the snow.
Last finish, I participated in Garette aka Coffee Stitcher's birthday SAL on StitchMaynia.  This was my only finish.  It was by Monsterbubbles and was in the 2009 JCS I believe Aug.  I hand dyed 28 Monaco and used misc DMC.

Here is progress on my Season's in Chalk by Hands On Designs Flag.  It was in the 2016 JCS. It is on Joblean.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.
Mary



Friday, March 30, 2018

March Smalls Check-in

Good morning everyone,

I hope everyone that celebrates Easter has a wonderful weekend and whomever doesn't celebrate I hope you have a great weekend as well.

I can't believe it is time for the check-in already.  I have been stitching like crazy and have a few things to show you.

Thank you again to Heather at The Stitching Lotus for hosting this wonderful SAL.  You can join at anytime.

I finished this ornament at the beginning of the month.  It is called Spiderweb Ornament from KBB Crafts and was in the 2017 JCS Special Halloween issue.

After seeing everyone's cute finishes I decided to do this bunny series.  It is in the current JCS issue and I adapted the colors to match my backing fabric.  I am choosing to do all the bunnies brown and this color is from Carrie's Creation Threads.


Lastly, is an ornament I finished for Needlecraft Haven. They choose a freebie every month and you can post a picture until after the last Sunday of the month.  This was my first time participating and it was a lot of fun.  It is called Christmas Joy and you can find it here in the November 28, 2017 entry.  It is really modified because I decided not to include the cart and the trees.

So as far as my bigger projects here is an update on them:

Seasons in Chalk by Hands On Design JCS 2016.  Beginning of the month:


Current progress:

White Tigers beginning of the month

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Current Progress:

Well that is all for now.  Thanks for looking and have a great start to April.
Mary

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My finished Fairy

Good morning everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday morning.  Today is my son, Blakley's 15th birthday.  We went out for dinner Saturday to a Chinese buffet but today I am making all of his requested foods.  He is a carb and meat guy so it is fried pork, mac and cheese, steak fries, rolls and cake.

So on to the good stuff.  Yesterday I completed Aneke, The Tulip Fairy by Cross Stitching Art.  This is a gift for my mother.  In December she will turn 70 and I thought she would like something special.  Tulip is one of her favorite flowers and one of her favorite colors is red so it was a win.

It is hard to tell but her entire wings are made up of different shades of Kreinik #4 braid and tons of beads.  She was so much fun to stitch.  The fabric is 32ct Taupe Lugana.

My next project will be from the Nora Corbett's Pixie Blossom Collection called Geranium.

The color I chose is a 32ct Joblean from Fabrics by Stephanie.  I have had it for a few years but I think it is Peppermint.  It is the only red on her website.  Colors run lighter on 32ct Joblean for some reason. Just as FYI for you.

Well thanks for looking and have a wonderful day.

August Smalls SAL check-in

Hi y'all, I hope you have had a really great month.  August really flew by with my kids going back to school on August 9th.  I also ha...