Monday, April 24, 2017

My Theme-Tas-Stitch April Finish

Good morning everyone,

I am sorry I am late posting my finish but I caught some kind of cruddy mess late Thursday and I am finally feeling better today.  My doctor said it was almost like the flu. Yuck!  Unfortunately, I passed it onto my husband and he has to go out of town this week on business.  I felt so bad for him.  Oh well, we will be fine.


Thank you for KerryP77  at Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict for hosting this SAL. It is low pressure, lots of fun, and you can join whenever you want.




Well, I did a different take on April's theme and went with an umbrella, or parasol.  It fits more with the rest of my smalls and is very appropriate for April.

This is a freebie that can be found here.

Thanks for looking at my blog and have a wonderful week.
Mary

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Tuesday

Good Afternoon everyone.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, Passover or weekend.  My 2 oldest sons have to try to raise money for Football so they did that on Saturday.  Other than that, it was pretty low key.

Now on to the good stuff.  A few weeks ago Cathryn over at Cathryn's Place Blog here had a giveaway and I was fortunate to win this chart by Lizzie Kate called Fall Y'all.  Cathryn is the designer for Blueladie Designs and she also has a wonderful message board here.

I can't wait to dye some fabric so I can start this.  I love fall and autumn.  Thanks again Cathryn for hosting the giveaway.

I have a 2 FFO's to show you.  These finishes are several years old so I am not sure of all the information, but I will try.  Please excuse the bottom of these finishes; I still need to hand sew them closed.

1st finish is an oldie from San Man Originals Design.  I found some plain green fabric for the back and it matches the color of the frog.

2nd finish was a free design from a Facebook group but not sure which one. This was done about 2 years ago.


Sorry the pictures are so dark but it is cloudy today and I don't get much sun in my house.

Here is an update on my WIPS:

Here is Cirque des Circle.  Gosh, is it hard to work on black.  I told my family that I can't do it anymore.  I am sure for small projects I will make an exception, just not right now.


I also pulled out this UFO and put it in my rotation.  It is called Butterfly and Roses by Marie Barber and was in the May/June 2012 JCS mag.

I also have a new start by Ink Circles called Cirque des Triangle.  It is on 32 dyed fabric by me and Carries Creation floss called Highland Hills.  Much prettier in person.


Thanks for looking at my blog. I'll be back on Friday 4/21/17 for Theme-Tas-Stitch check-in.

Mary


Friday, March 31, 2017

I have 2 check-in's today and some finishes.

Good morning everyone,

Can you believe tomorrow is April.  Next week my 3 sons will be on Spring break so I am not sure how much stitching time will occur, but I will try.  I guess I will kit up a couple of small, easy projects to alternate with my Ink Circles wip.

Thank you to Heather at Stitching Lotus for hosting the 2017 Smalls challenge and Kerry at Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict for hosting Theme-Tas-Stitch.

Here is one from February I forgot to show you. It is called Love You More and was a freebie on Hands blog here.


This month's smalls only consisted of three.  One I showed you on 3/17/17 and was the St. Patrick's shamrock freebie by Brooke's Books Design.  The other one is called Winter Garden by Turquoise Graphs and Design and was in the JCS Sept/Oct 2012 issue.  So much beading but totally worth it.  I can't wait to turn it into an ffo.

This little cutie is an oldie by Sanman Originals Design.  I will make it into an ornament.  It is called Easter Tulip.

Now onto the March Madness.

Here is an update to Cirque de Circle by Ink Circles.  I can't wait to have this done and my son is getting excited to have it completed.


Here is an update on White Tigers.  I made tremendous progress this month also.

And lastly, another Turquoise Graphics and Design. It is called Christmas Wreath and is from JCS 2010.


Thank you for looking at my blog and my stitching.  Hope you all have a great weekend.
Mary

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Good morning everyone,

I hope you are having a great Friday and St. Patrick's Day.  My youngest son made A/B honor roll so I will be heading out soon to see him get recognized for his work.

Since I completed this a few days ago I thought I would make a post today.  This is a freebie from Brooke's Books Publishing found here called St. Patrick's Day shamrock.  I used DMC variation 4050 and 32 ct white Belfast linen.


I also have 2 updates on some wips I haven't shown you in a while.  Here is Cirque des Cercles by Ink Circles Designs.  It is on 14 ct black aida and Carrie's Creation Thread in Bluebird.


I am also working on White Tigers and is in a Stoney Creek leaflet.  I am using 32 ct grey linen. There is a ton of color changes and blended thread but it is really looking wonderful.

I also played around with dyeing fabric.  I love this one with the blues, yellows and greens.  I found a white hibiscus flower pattern in a JCS magazine that will look great.

I am participating in Jessie Turns 29 SAL on Facebook that starts on April 15.  I don't normally have a ton of projects in rotation but I thought it would be fun this one time.  One of the things I plan to work on is this German castle (the one on the lower right corner).  I dyed some 32ct Belfast and made a mistake the first time so I redyed it a darker blue and I really am happy with it.

Thanks for letting me share.  I hope you have a great weekend.
Mary

Friday, February 24, 2017

Small's SAL February Check-in

Good afternoon everyone,

Can you believe I have 2 post in 1 week?  Very unusual for me.  I decided to participate in the 2017 Small's SAL hosted by Stitching Lotus.  This month I have 2 finishes.

The first one is a FFO and is by San-Man Originals.

This is a piece of 28 ct Monaco I experimented with fabric dyeing with craft paint.  I don't think I will use this technique.  However, this next finish was ice dyed using craft paint and 28 ct Monaco.  It was much better to stitch with.

This was a super old freebie from my stash that was suppose to be a biscornu.  I even added the border to make it bigger but it still wasn't big enough for what I wanted so I will make it into either a pillow or ornament.  I will use the background Valentine's fabric.

The only thing I am disappointed in was the fact I couldn't complete Winter Garden by Turquoise Graphics and Design.  All I have left is some of the gold and mauve beads.  I hope to show you by the end of March for the next check-in.

The picture is terrible and really doesn't show you all the progress that I have made but that is ok.

Thanks again for looking,
Have a great weekend,
Mary

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Focus on a Finish February for Theme-Tas-Stitch

Good morning everyone,

I joined this lovely SAL hosted by Kerryp77 over at Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict.


This is the first month and the theme was Focus on a Finish.  I chose Winter Garden ornament by Turquoise Graphs and Designs.  It is challenging because there is quite a bit of beading and I don't do a lot of beading.  This has been a UFO/WIP for about 9 months.  Here is a picture:

I didn't complete it but I hope to this week.  I only have gold and mauve beads to work with for this to be complete.  Pictures do not do it justice; it is really pretty.

I hope I can finish this by next week for the 2017 Smalls Challenge SAL check-in.

Next months Theme-Tas-Stitch is March Madness.  I currently have 2 large projects in rotation.  I also rotate smalls.  I guess I will have to start kitting up more for March Madness.  Probably some St- Patrick's and Easter smalls.

Thanks for checking out my blog.
Have a great week.
Mary

Friday, February 3, 2017

Small Halloween finish

Good evening,

I usually have a basket full of kitted smalls to work on when I have extra time to spare.  I decided to try to match up patterns to sewing fabric in my stash so I can thin it out, so I can buy more beautiful fabric. I finished this today and made it into an ornament. The fabric on the back of the ornament is a bunch of eyeballs so this pattern was perfect.

It is called Pina Ghoulada by Hot House Petunia Designs and was in the October 2015 JCS issue.

I don't think I mentioned my 2017 goals/plans but I want to stitch larger pieces and I want to make 1 for each of my 3 sons and hopefully my husband too.  I am currently alternating between Circle Des Cirque by Ink Circles and White Tigers by Stoney Creek.
Yes, this pattern of the White Tigers is driving me crazy with all the color changes that Stoney Creek is known for, but I know Blake will love it when I am done.  It didn't help that I had to frog out a pretty large section because I was a stitch off. Hopefully, the frog is gone for good.

Lastly, I joined Theme-Tas-Stitch hosted by Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict.  The theme for February is to stitch and try to finish a UFO/WIP.  I am maybe 2/3rd's into Winter Flower (it is an ornament with beading) and I have been dragging my feet for months.  I hope I can compete it by check-in on the 21st.  I don't have a lot of experience with beading and I don't like the way it looks but I am determined to finish it to gain experience.

I hope you all have a great weekend.
Mary

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Smalls SAL January Check-in

Good morning everyone,

I hope your Friday is off to a great start!  So far so good with me.  I plan to stitch a little on White Tigers today and switch to Circle des Cirque on Sat and Sun.  Since today is about showing you my finished smalls I will wait until next week to show you my progress on my larger projects.

First, I would like to thank Heather at Stitching Lotus for hosting this smalls SAL and for allowing me to join.  I didn't participate last year but decided to give it a try for 2017.  I enjoy looking at other stitchers' blogs and have added several new ones to my list.

Well onto the finishes.  I was able to complete 2 this month.  One is a FFO and the other just needs to be framed.

The first one I completed  was from San-Man Originals. I am on her message board and she had a set of 9 ornaments for sale.  This snowman is the first one I have completed.  I plan on stitching and finishing one per month.  I love her designs because they are cute and fun.


The second finish was a 2012 summer SAL that was on By The Bay Needleart blog here.  Just scroll to the end of the page and on the left hand side you will see the label that says 2012 summer SAL.  I am embarrassed to say I have had it kitted up since 2012.  The only thing I didn't do was put french knots on some of the flowers. I like it the way it is.  It will go in my bedroom once I find a frame for it.

Thank You for looking at my blog and the kind comments.  It makes my day.
Mary

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Made some FFO's today

Good afternoon everyone,

Well I finally got behind the sewing machine to make some FFO's.  I have a few more projects to complete but it will be easy.

These 2 are from Sanman Originals.  The first one is Swirly Cane and I made it into an ornament.  The second is Get Ready and I made it into a pillow for my basket.  I am pretty happy with the results.  I struggle with ornaments sometimes because of the cording but I won.

I have my first finish of 2017 completely Finished but I will wait until the 27th to post.  The hint is that it is a Sanman Originals chart I purchased last month.

I have made some great progress on Ink Circles because I have completed the 3rd page.  I will post an update next week.

Thanks so much for looking and for any comments that are made.  It truly means a lot to me.

Until Jan 27th,
Mary

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2 Finishes and a New Start

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday last month.  Ours was nice but low key.

I had some small finishes last month.  I was finally able to complete the last 2 of the series (January and December) into pillows.  This series is by Hands On Design and were in Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine 2014.  It was 2 per issue.

Not perfect but that is ok.  I accidentally attached the back the wrong way for December so I had to cut it off.  On the left side the trees are pointing down instead of up but it is done and still cute.  I am not going to stress over it and I didn't want to throw it away.

I have a new big start that I will rotate with my Circle des Cirque.  It is called White Tigers and it is by Jeanette Crews Designs.  It is in the  Stoney Creek Collection Encore #8106 book.  I am using 32ct Pearl Gray linen.  I just started on Tuesday so not a lot of progress so far.


Here is an updated picture of my Circle des Cirque.  I am almost done with page 3.  I will work on this every other week until it is done.

Thanks for looking.
Mary

My Theme-Tas-Stitch April Finish

Good morning everyone, I am sorry I am late posting my finish but I caught some kind of cruddy mess late Thursday and I am finally feeling...