Friday, September 29, 2017

September smalls check-in

Good day everyone,

Hope you had a wonderful week since I last checked in.  I participate in this wonderful monthly Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus.

I finished 2 ornaments this week.  They are both by Turquoise Graphics and Designs and were in JCS magazines.  I am really trying to make my Christmas ornaments sparkle, shine and glimmer.


I worked on these wips and made pretty good progress but I got called out by my husband for not working exclusively on the 2 houses I need to do for Christmas presents.  I hang my head because it is true, so for now I need to get them out of the way.  It is just a lot of color changes but I know it is worth it; I just need to suck it up.

Here is my progress on Summer by Hands on Design.  Sorry for the lousy picture.

Here is a new small I am doing on the weekends.  It is called Happy Thanksgiving by Redbear Designs on Etsy.  I dyed some 28ct Monaco with Tan and Camel.  It is really cute.  I will probably frame it in a wooden hoop and buy a display stand.

Last but not least is the before picture of the house:
And the after picture:


Thanks again for looking and all of your kind comments.  It really means a lot to me.

Hugs,
Mary

Friday, September 22, 2017

September Theme-Tas-Stitch

Hi everyone,

Hope you are having a great month and Happy Fall Y'all.  It is the beginning of my favorite season: Fall.  It is still hot here (in low 90's) but I am not complaining at all.

Thanks again to Kerry at Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict for hosting this SAL.

The last 2 weeks flew by.  I did manage to get some smalls completed but not that much on my larger projects.  Oh well, one day at a time.

The first small finish I did was the September section of Connie Gee Designs Rainbow SAL.  I used Carrie's Creation Thread in Sapphire.

The second one I just FFO'd today was Christmas Eve Delivery by the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  It was in the 2015 JCS Christmas issue.

Cording is not my strongest finishing skill.  Do you all have any tricks you can share?  I have watched Vonna's tutorial but I thought you might have some other tricks to share.  It isn't bad; I would say just average.

Here is a non-stitchy finish I completed this month.  It is a very easy table runner you can find here

Well, I bit the bullet and joined Flosstube.  If you are interested, you can find me here as Mary Cat Stitches.  I just thought it would be a great way to interact with others.

Well that is all for now.  I hope you have a great week and I will check back next week for the 2017 Smalls SAL update.

Thanks for looking,
Mary

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 2017 Smalls SAL check-in

Hi y'all,

Heather at The Stitching Lotus is hosting a smalls SAL throughout the year.  You can join at any time and is a lot of fun.  I keep forgetting when we are suppose to post so I am a few days late.



I have been really busy and have several things to show you.

#1- Storm Trooper ornament by DJ stitches on Etsy.  I made this for my son Blake who loves Star Wars.

#2- 1 out of 2 Blackwork designs by Seba Designs that was in the Sept/Oct 2009 JCS issue.  I wanted to try Petite Treasure braid.  It was wonderful to work with considering it is metallic, however, there isn't much on the card and had to omit some of the design.  I still love how it turned out.  You can't tell, but I found some Swartzkof crystals on clearance at Michael's and used some as embellishments.  I will do the other ornament with blue braid and crystals.
Next, of course I had to do something Halloween since Fall/Halloween is my favorite time of year.  I finished this yesterday so I missed out on Theme - Tas - Stitch furry themed.  Would a rat be eligible?  Oh well, he is cute anyway.  I omitted the border.  It is called Rats! by The Stitcherhood on 28 ct Monaco dyed my me.  It was in the 2016 Halloween Collectors Edition.
4th and last is my August section completed on Connie Gee Designs 2017 SAL.  I used Carrie Creations floss in Key Lime.
How it looks so far:
Here are 2 pictures I framed myself.  1st is the Ink Circles I completed in May.  I found a frame at the store and spray painted it black. (Sorry about the glare)
Lastly, Here is a finish I did about 10 years ago or so.  I love it. I don't have info on it but I believe it was a SAL on a blog.
I do have some projects on the go and I hope to have pictures next time to show you.  Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Mary

Friday, July 28, 2017

2017 Smalls SAL- July

Good morning,

Heather at The Stitching Lotus is hosting a smalls SAL.



I really enjoy this SAL.  I have been using this SAL to play catch-up to the 2017 Connie Gee SAL.  I completed March using Carrie's Creation in Baby Blue.

I also completed July using Carrie's Creation in Ruby.

My August goals is to finish April's (I am almost 1/2 way done) and to complete August when it comes out.  I ordered some fabric and floss and I plan on doing some blackwork ornaments for Christmas.

Thanks for looking and hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Mary

Monday, July 24, 2017

July's Theme-Tas-Stitch

Good evening everyone,
Sorry for the delay.  The 21st seems to sneak up on me every month.  However, I am glad I waited because I finished this project today.  It is called Roses and Butterflies by Marie Barber and was in the 2012 JCS issue.  I can't wait to get it framed and hung in my bedroom.

Here was June's progress:


Here is the completed project.  I stitched over 2700 stitches this month alone to complete this.  It was the most annoying project I have ever had but I am so proud to have it done.


Thank you Kerry for hosting this SAL.

Hope everyone has a great week and I will check back for my smalls SAL check-in.
Thanks for looking,
Mary

Friday, June 30, 2017

June Smalls Check-In

Hi everyone,

Heather over at the stitching lotus is hosting a SAL that you can join in at anytime.

I decided to start Connie Gee's 2017 SAL. You can find it here.  I discovered her by chance at the end of 2016 because someone posted a picture of the 2016 SAL they were stitching.  I still need to do that one some day.

I started with May and used Carrie's Creation Emerald.

Then I moved up and worked on January.  I used DMC 4210 Radiant Ruby.  I thought the dark red looked like garnet.

February was done with Crescent Colors Grape Pie.

Lastly, I did June in Carrie's Creation Mauvelous.

Oh, and I used DMC 4000 Espresso for the border.
Here is my total progress so far.
My plans for July is to complete March and July then move onto some Christmas and Patriotic smalls.

Thanks for looking,
Mary

Friday, June 23, 2017

June Theme-Tas-Stitch Check-in

Hi y'all,

How is everyone doing?  I am doing great.  This month's theme for Kerry's SAL was garden/floral.
I was able to work on this WIP.  It is called Butterfly and Roses by Marie Barber and it was in the Apr/May 2012 JCS issue.  Since the boys are out of school for Summer break I have been working on this early in the morning before they wake up.  I will continue to do that until they go back to school.  I made great progress even though I had to rip a lot out.  The swirls in the bottom right rose threw me off.

I have a new start as well.  I am doing this on the weekends (fri-sun).  I hand-dyed 28 ct Monaco fabric a red-orange color and I love it.  This is called Summer chalk by Hands On Design and was in the June 2016 JCS issue.

I will continue to have this as my weekend project.

Well that is all for now.  Thanks for looking at my blog.

Mary

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May Smalls Check-In

Hi y'all,

Sorry I am a few days late for the May check-in but I have a major finish to show you.  In case you are wondering what May Small's SAL is, it is a wonderful SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus.


My contribution for this month is the completion of Cirque des Circle by Ink Circles Designs.  It is stitched on 14 ct black Aida and Carrie's Creation Thread in Bluebird. Now all I need to do is order a frame.


I do have some things I am stitching on but will post in a future post.  

Thank you so much for looking.
Mary

Monday, May 22, 2017

May's Theme-Tas-Stitch Finish

Good evening everyone,

I am so thrilled I have a finish to show you.  The theme was monochromatic design and I was out of town visiting family and I didn't know how much stitching I could do.  I made this pillow for my mom as part of her Mother's Day gift and she loved it.

I got home yesterday and I am going to have limited stitching time during the summer because my 3 sons are already out of school.  I will do as much as I can.  I am so close to finishing Cirque des Circle and I can't wait to show you.

Thanks for looking,
Mary

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April's Smalls SAL Check-in

Hi y'all,

Hope you are all having a great weekend.  My husband and I are still trying to get over the cruds.  I think mine has turned into sinus congestion but all is wonderful.

I am participating in a lovely Smalls SAL hosted by stitching lotus .  It is a lot of fun, go check it out if you enjoy stitching smalls.  It is low key, low pressure.

Here are some smalls I was able to finish this month.

I love making biscornu's.  I found some orange, blue and pink variegated floss at Hobby Lobby and was able to match up buttons and beads in my stash.  Here is the 1st one, I made the pattern as I went along.

I don't think I showed you this one but it was a free design that use to be on The Prairie Schooler's website a long time ago.

Lastly, this is called Hop Square by Lizzie Kate.  I haven't sewn the bottom closed (sorry).

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

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

September smalls check-in

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