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.

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


Current Progress:

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

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.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Have some FFo ornaments to show

Hi y'all,

How are you doing?  I am doing great!  The weather has either been rainy, windy or cold so I have had a lot of time to work on cross stitch.

I completely FFO'd Souvenier de Paris by Blackbird Designs.  It is from 2009 and is found on her blog.

I know it is hard to see the White Chocolate floss but I am still very happy with how this turned out.

The second thing I just got done FFO'ing is We Three Kings by The Cat's Whiskers Studio in the 2009 JCS Christmas ornament issue.  I am participating in the Chrismas Ornie SAL 2018 and for the month of March the theme was We Three Kings.

I used sparkly scrapbook paper I found at Hobby Lobby for the backing.   I also used red Swarovski crystals I found at Hobby Lobby on the crown and I used leftover gold Kreinik braid for the crown.

I am very happy how it turned out.

Well, I hope you all have a great couple of weeks and I will check back at the end of the month for Smalls check-in.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Small's SAL - February edition

Hi y'all,

I am sorry I am late to the party but I finished my small last night.  Thank you to Heather at The Stitching Lotus for hosting this SAL. Here is where you will find her blog and all the info to this SAL.

My finish for this month's SAL is the 2009 Souvenir de Paris freebie by Blackbird Designs.  You can find it here.  I altered the pattern by not including the phrase at the bottom and by changing the date to this year.  The cream floss I used is a little hard to see but once I ffo it I hope that is will stand out more. The fabric is 28 ct opalescent Lugana that I fabric painted pink.

Here is my ffo from my finish earlier this month.  I made the mistake of thinking I can do a circle and it looked awful.  I had to make some alterations but I think it is still cute, mistakes and all.

Thanks for looking and have a great Sunday.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Check-in for Christmas Ornie SAL

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone has had a great couple of weeks and Valentine's Day.  We are an old married couple so we don't really make a big deal out of the holidays but I did get some new tennis shoes so I was happy.

I finished my ornament for this challenge on 2/10/18.  I took it along with me to Blake's regional wrestling tournament.  My husband couldn't believe I did that but I only had about 30 stitches and the backstitch left to do and we were gone all day.  I watched Blake wrestle so he should be happy.

Anyway, this cutie is called Red Nosed Kiss and was a freebie from 2013.  It is from the Cricket Collection.

He was so much fun to stitch.  Now to figure out what I am going to do for March.  I have been looking through my stash and there are a few contenders but nothing grabbing me yet.  I am sure I will pick something out soon.

Thanks for looking and hope you have a great day!
Mary in Kentucky

Friday, January 26, 2018

January - Small's SAL 2018 check-in

Hi y'all,

How are you doing?  I am doing great!  I have a finish to share with you but it isn't a small.  I guess if  you breakdown the 2 flowers I did into 2 smalls I can get away with it.  Right?  haha.  I am sure you don't mind me sharing this since I don't have anything else to show.

The lovely Heather at the stitchinglotus is again hosting the Smalls SAL and it is so much fun.  Here is a link to her blog in case you are interested.

Well as promised, I have completed the Season's in Chalk by Hands on Design "Summer" that was in the June 2016 JCS issue.  I dyed my own 28 ct Monaco and changed the color of the flowers from the original.  I decided to make it into a pillow.  I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a pillow form. I just need to get motivated to get behind the sewing machine. 

My conversion for the flowers were 791, 794, and 798.

I am currently working on a Sunflower biscornu for next month's finish.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.


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...