Saturday, August 31, 2019

August Smalls Check-In

Hi Y'all,

Wow!  Can you believe that it is Labor Day weekend? It is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States  to honor men and women in the work force.  I hope everyone who celebrates has a fun extended weekend, and for those who don't celebrate it I hope you have a fabulous weekend too.

Well, this month began when my 2 youngest sons went back to school.  That gave me about a week to hang out with my oldest son Bradley before he went off to college.  He has been there for about 2 weeks and so far so good. 

Even though it has been crazy getting back into our family routine I have been stitching up a storm.

I only have 1 small finish completed but I have been working non-stop on my rotation of larger projects. I even have a new start for Halloween.  I love Halloween and it is my favorite holiday by far.

1st off is July's Cupcake by Durene Jones.  I am a month behind but I am not worried.  I have started on August and should hopefully be done by the end of the weekend.

This is part 7 in A Year In Cupcakes and I purchased the pattern in her ETSY shop.

I have really enjoyed stitching these cute cupcakes.

The second thing I wanted to show you is part 1 of Stitchonomy's 2019 Halloween SAL.  I have no idea how I stumbled upon this designer but I am so glad I did.  It is a free SAL and the link to sign up is Drawlloween2019
I am using some 28ct evenweave (I think it is Jubilee) it is a discontinued 100% cotton fabric.  I eco-dyed it with black beans.  I post how I did this next week.  I didn't write the words or the symbols on the sides because I am waiting on the floss list.  The link didn't work yesterday.  It officially kicks off on October 1st.

Lastly is a non stitchy finish,  I have been addicted to watching DIY projects on YouTube.  I wanted to try my hand at making a wreath.  I made this football one and my youngest son wants it.  I have 2 more wreaths to make so stay tuned.  It is simple but I love how it turned out.  It looks better in person.

Now I am off to look at everyone's fabulous smalls.  I hope you have a great month!
Mary






Friday, July 26, 2019

July- Smalls SAL Update

Good Afternoon,

Sorry for the delay but I totally forgot about the last Friday of the month.  It just kind of sneaks up on you all of a sudden.
Thank you Mary at Mary's Thread for hosting this SAL.  I love stitching smalls, especially on the weekends when my stitching time is limited.  This month I decided to do my own version of Christmas in July.  Since I didn't have any wips, I chose to work on Christmas Ornaments this month.  I always have the best intentions on stitching tons of ornaments, but somehow it is never the right time until December.  I go to set up the Christmas tree and then get disappointed on my lack of homemade decorations.

Well, I was able to complete 4 but I only took pictures of 3.  I will have the opportunity to ffo them next month when the boys go back to school.

What I love about stitching ornaments is that I can use random or scrap floss and material.

I chose to select projects out of the 2010 JCS Ornament issue.

#1- Star by JBW Designs.

My only change was that I omitted the word Star.  I used random 28ct Linen that was tea dyed and Limited Edition Carrie's Creation Silk floss in red.

#2- Joy by LadyBug Lane Designs

My fabric was 32ct White Chocolate Linen and misc red floss.

#3 Regal Red Christmas by Milady's Needle.
My fabric was the same 28ct Linen that was tea dyed.  I chose to use an old hand-dyed floss in my stash.  Can't remember who, but it is over 10 years old.  I used a color called Evergreen to match the backing fabric for the ornament.  I had to alter the design because the skein was small (about 5 yards) and it was too big.  They used a 40 count.  Overall, I think it looks pretty.

My plans for the next month, I am in the process of doing another Christmas ornament and I hope to get it done over the weekend.  I have a biscornu wip that needs done and I also need to do July and August for the Year In Cupcakes series.  Then I will be up to date.

Thanks so much for looking and all of your wonderful comments.
Mary



Monday, July 15, 2019

Finally A Finish

Good Afternoon,

 I hope everyone has had a great weekend and had plenty of stitching time.  I really haven't stitched since last week when I finally finished my larger project.  My son Blake, is off of dead period and is now in football practice full time.  We also attended our last football camp for the year.  It was quite an experience that I am sure we will have to do again next year.  

Anyway,  I have a finish that is larger than a small and that isn't a ffo.  Because of this, I decided to make a new blog post.  Besides, I was too excited to wait until the end of the month.

My finish: 


The Key
By: Stitchyfish Designs
From: 2016 JCS Halloween Special Edition
Floss: DMC 310
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Linen (hand-dyed by me)

My son, Brentley, decided that he would like this once it was finished.  I did make some changes per his request.  I omitted the wording at the top and changed the bottom to gate.  He also didn't like the key dangling from the crow's mouth. I now see I have some of the bottom railing of the gate to do.  I will do that tonight.  

Eventually, this will get framed.  I will probably wait until after school starts which is August 9th this year.

Well that is all for now.
Thanks for looking and I always enjoy reading your comments.
Mary

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July's FFO SAL Check-In

Good Morning Y'all,

I hope everyone has had a great couple of weeks with tons of stitching time.  I have been stitching everyday but only have one FFO to show you today.  That is ok, hopefully I will have more done in August.

Before I forget, thank you Rachel at the Ten Hour Stitcher for hosting this SAL.  It really does motivate me to fully finish my stitched pieces.


So, I was going through my collection of hand-dyed floss and decided I wanted to make something with them.  When you only have a skein or two, biscornu's are a great way to use them up.  I found the perfect pattern here on Louison's blog.  She is so generous and has hundreds of free biscornu patterns.  I chose #332 and I stitched it on 25ct white Lugana (3 over 2).

Side 1:
I am not sure of the color but it is Mo's Sales Thread.  I only had one skein so I had to improvise on side 2.

Side 2:  

I found some DMC #67 in variegated Baby Blue. It is a great match to the Mo's Sales Thread.  For the middle I used a brad (from the Scrapbook section) instead of a button.

Well, I am off to do some errands and then hopefully some stitching later.  Unfortunately, I have to rip out some thread and redo a section because the hoop messed up my stitches.  I guess that is why I normally stitch in hand.  Oh well, it was worth a try.

Hope you have a fabulous day!
Mary

Friday, June 28, 2019

June's Small's SAL check-in

Hi Y'all,

Welcome to June's Smalls SAL hosted by Mary at Mary's Thread.  It is such a fun SAL that is low pressure and tons of fun.



I have a few things finished for the month.  I completed the smalls from the book #272 by The Cricket Collection.

1st is The Bee:
I completed the bunny and sheep but I can't find them on the computer.  I will post them as FFO's probably in August when the kids go back to school.

I tried doing a wreath and it was terrible.  It looked like a throw back to the 1980's.  Don't get me wrong, I love the 1980's.  The music, movies and fashion; it was my decade.  Unfortunately, home decor was awful back then.  

I decided to make them all into flat fold ornaments.  I can put them in my bowl, or hang them when I want or hang them in the future.

Next I finished stitching A Year In Cupcakes - June by Durene Jones.  You can find the pattern on ETSY.
I just need to put on beads instead of french knots for the seeds.

My final finish for the month is not a small but I just had to share.  It is called Blessed Land by Tempting Tangles Designs.  Deb now has the PDF in her ETSY store.  I love the it so much.  I used 32ct Sand linen and the called for DMC threads.

Thanks so much for looking and have a wonderful weekend.
Mary

Monday, June 10, 2019

June's Fully Finished SAL

Hi y'all,

I just want to thank Rachel at Ten Hour Stitcher for hosting this wonderful SAL. 


I am happy to say that I have a fully finished project this month.  I stitched this project last year for my son Brentley.  To be honest, this wasn't the original project I was going for.  I started Ink Circles Cirque des Triangles but I kept making mistakes. I decided to scrap the project but I still had a ton of fabric left and a lot of Carrie's Creation overdyed floss.  I then went to search for the perfect pattern and I found one on Etsy. 


A few months ago I was at The Goodwill store and happened upon this frame.  I always try to pick up the square frames and anything else that is unusual.  It was originally a medium brown color but we decided that a white frame would make the project stand out.  We had to wait until the weather was warmer and then Bill (my husband) spray painted the frame white. 

My son has been on vacation to visit my family in Florida, so we took that time to repaint his room.  As you can tell, his favorite color is green.  The picture is now hanging in his room, waiting for him to get home tomorrow.  I think he is really going to love it.

Well, that is all for now.

Thanks for looking,
Mary

Friday, May 31, 2019

May's Small's Check-In SAL

Good morning y'all,

I can't believe it is the end of May already.  Thanks again to Mary at Mary's Thread for hosting this fun SAL.


So have you got a lot of crafting in this month?  I had a lull in stitching for about a 7 days due to my oldest son, Bradley, graduating from high school.  Between getting ready for family to arrive from Florida and them actually being here, I couldn't stitch much.  Then, I had 2 weekends where we decided to do some painting so that was about 5 days with no stitching.  But I am ready to get back into the swing of things.

I have a few smalls that I have done this month.

I am working on Cross Eyed Cricket #272 called Soft Boiled.  I am going to do the 5 cute little critters and make a spring wreath.  Hopefully, it will turn out ok.


So far I have completed 2.  The first one I did was the chick.

The second on was the butterfly.


I am currently working on the bunny and hope to show you that one next month.

I am also up-to-date on the A Year In Cupcake series by Durene Jones on Etsy.  Here is May's; I just love the soft pretty colors.

Well that is all I have for now.  I have been working on some larger projects and hope to have one finished next week to show you.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone's beautiful smalls.

Thanks again for all your wonderful comments and have a great weekend!
Mary

August Smalls Check-In

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