Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Smalls post and belated TUSAL report.....

Heather, of Stitching Lotus, is the host of our monthly Smalls SAL.  If you haven't been following her blog, you should!  She does the most amazing KNITTED SOCKS that I am soooo envious of!  One day I hope to master knitting socks besides xstitching and sewing.  But I love her smalls that she does each month and you can click on everyone else's link who are participating in this SAL.  You never know what blog you may come across that inspires you to follow them.

As most of you know I'm using my JN Ornamental Advent as my main monthly small SAL.  It's great and each one is small.  I managed to accomplish a goal of mine and get 3 days stitched up for this month!  YEAH ME!!!!  Here are my Days 9-11!

I am hoping to get 3 days done each month and maybe 4 if some months allow it.  Then I would be WAY AHEAD of schedule so it would allow me time for finishing before December arrives!!!

I also accomplished stitching up SB Little Eggs Pincushion.  No....I have not done the finishing work for the pincushion .......just the stitching for it.  This was such a fun one to stitch, and I managed to get this one done in 2 days! 

Now for my belated TUSAL report. 

Sharon, of It's Daffycat, is our host for this exchange!  You must pop on over to see what she has going on her blog besides or TUSAL reporting.  She is awesome too and I love seeing what she has going!!

I was going to post my TUSAL report the day we were supposed to, but I was taking our daughter back to college after she'd spent her Spring Break week with us!  We had such a fun time and I managed to get her Easter dress sewn while she was here.  I just didn't have time to take the pictures and blog it all before leaving to drive her back home.  Thank goodness we are close enough to drive to get her.  I am LOVING this!!!  I have gotten to see her way more than our last duty station.

Anyway, here are my ORTs both in the little tin I use to catch them in sometimes and also my ORTs jar that I dumped them all into.  It's getting pretty full already!!!  WOOHOO  Maybe next month I'll photograph my ORTs in my little ORTs catcher that my friend Janet made for me!!!

After coming back from taking our daughter home, I got busy and sewed up my Easter dress yesterday (Tuesday).  YEAH!!!!  It's all done, and I'm not sewing in the hem the Saturday before Easter like I've done before.  haha  Yes.....that has happened once or twice...maybe 3X.  LOL

I hope to have one more finish for the month of March.  I'm working really hard on it to get it done so be sure to check back in the next few days to see if I've managed to get this other little project finished stitching!  I'll keep it a secret for now. 

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A contest to enter.....

As I was reading my blog list this a.m. I realized that Seasons Of My Mind was having a contest to enter.  I follow her blog and she is offering up a Necklace Giveaway.  You do have to do some things to enter her contest but WHO WOULDN'T want a handmade necklace????  I would!!!  Plus she gives you the links to No Two The Same who makes these handmade necklaces!!!! 

So head on over to the links above to find out the rules for entering Parsley's contest and check out Laura's Etsy shop of handmade goodies!!!

Happy Stitching and Shopping today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Smalls posting and TUSAL belated reporting.....

Heather of Stitching Lotus is the host of our Smalls SAL for this year!!!  I am LOVING this SAL as it helps keep me focused on something small for each month.  This month I had stitched quite a few smalls in preparation for my little retreat that I just went to with my friends back in AZ.  We always stitch small gifts to give to our roommates, and this is what I decided to stitch and finish for them.  It was an iStitch Design called Sew a Quaker Pinwheel.'ve already seen me do this once before for my best friend Kimberly, and it went so well that I decided to do the same thing for my roommates going to the Sedona retreat.  I stitched each person's initial in their favorite color and then mounted it to the top of a paper mache box which I also painted in each person's favorite color.  The fabrics were various 32ct Sassy Fabrics, and the threads used were Hand Dyed Fbers in premium.  They can use it as an ORT box or just a small box to set up for display.

Top view:

Side view:

The other finish I did for this month was my Just Nan Ornamental Advent Days 7 & 8.  YEAHHHH  I'm still on track for finishing 2 this month and.....I still have time to try and get a 3rd one done as well....but not in time for this posting.  LOL  I just rolled up the left edge to try and get a closer picture for you to see it better. 

Now.....for my belated TUSAL report.  That was to be posted during my time away, and I TOTALLY FORGOT to take a pic ahead of time so I've taken it this morning.  You can find Sharon's link HERE.

You KNOW I've been stitching as you can see by my little ORT tin and the projects I've posted above.  The girls LOVED their little boxes, and we all had a fabulous time stitching at Junipine Resort.  I will share pictures of the gifts I received as well over the next few days!

Now back to my stitching for today as I did all my laundry yesterday from my trip.  Until another day....HAPPY STITCHING!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

I just want to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine's Day today!!!  I am late in posting because we had company that was leaving out this morning, and I had errands to run very early before all the bad weather was to move in here.  I was able to take advantage of JoAnn Fabric's President's Day sale on Simplicity patterns for my daughter and I.  She and I were texting back and forth what patterns she wanted.  She wanted some patterns for a new Cosplay outfit, and I wanted a new formal dress pattern to make the next time my husband has a military event to attend. 

But let's get onto some stitching news now and show you what I sent to my daughter this year at college in her Valentine's Day box of goodies!!!  This is The Primitive Hare Small Valentine's design.  You can find her Etsy shop HERE.  I did change a couple of things on Isobel's design, and I hope she doesn't mind.  I wanted it to be more personal for my daughter.  I took out the bird in the postage stamp and added I ♥ U, added an additional heart in the top left corner on the back side, changed the date to 2015, and I added in my daughter's name and Love, Mom.  This is stitched on 32ct white Belfast linen with HDF threads.  She LOVED it and has it next to a little mailbox in her dorm room.

I have had a great Valentine's Day today.  Our son wanted to do something nice for my husband and I so he bought us Chick Fil A as a Valentine's Day present to us both.  I LOVED IT!!  That was soooo sweet of him.  I gave him some Valentine's Day candy, and he shared it with me too!!!  What a little gentleman!!!  My hubby, MY VALENTINE, gave me a gift certificate to the Attic Needlework.  WOOHOO  What stitcher wouldn't want a gift certificate to any needlework shop!!!!???!!!!  So yes.....bonus points for hubby!!!! 

I'm back to stitching tonight!!!  WOOHOO!!!  I will have more to share later on this month!!!

As always.......HAPPY STITCHING!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

3 more finishes......

Yeah!!!  I have been on a roll this month!!!  I hope the rest of the year lasts like my year has started out.  That would be AWESOME!!!

I have my LHN Bringing Home the Tree ornament finished......TOTALLY!!!  I had pulled it out of my LHN basket of charts and saw that it was half started so I wanted to get it finished for this year.  It was stitched on 36ct Summer Khaki but with 2 strands over 2.  WHAT WAS I THINKING when I started that little ornament using 2 strands over 2??????  I don't know but I had to finish it that way since I was NOT about to restart it over again.

Another finish for the month of January was WTN&T January Word Play on 35ct natural linen that I had bought from Tissage Gander when we were stationed in Germany.  I LOVED that fabric store over in France!!!  I'm stitching these with a friend of mine through out this year!!!

And my last finish for this month was SB My Garden kit.  I needed another small kit to finish and frame to hang in my main living room with all my other SB framed pieces.  I have them displayed on one wall and the way they are hanging, the far left side needed one more little project to finish the pictures hanging together.  Not to mention that this will definitely CHANGE as I still have TONS.....T-O-N-S.......of SB kits left to stitch up, frame and then hang together.  I will try to get the piece stretched and find a shop that has a small frame for it.  No I did not paint the mat if you were wondering.  That is not my talent so I leave that to others.

That's all I have for today.  Next month will be bringing JN Day 7 and 8 from the Ornamental Advent chart, February Word Play and I've started MBT Amazing Grace so I hope to bring an update on it as well.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Smalls post......

Heather of Stitching Lotus is once again hosting our 2015 Smalls SAL!!!  YEAH!!!  I love this SAL and I hope you decide to join in on the fun.  To see what it is all about, click on the link above or Heather's blog highlighted above as well to find out more about this SAL.

To begin with, I have been stitching A LOT as I didn't want to get behind this year.  I've already made my TO STITCH LIST for this year and yes....I have added a few more things to it throughout the month.

First off, I have a couple birthday gift pictures that be my projects for our Smalls SAL.  The first gift was to Kimberly, and I stitched her a BBD Bluebird pincushion on 40ct linen with 1 strand of Au Ver A Soie silk.  Please don't ask me the name of the silk as it came with some 45/52 linen kitted up.  I'm sorry for the dark picture but that was when we had a very dreary day and no sun out.  But I had to take a picture of it before mailing it off to her in her package.

The other gift I stitched for Kimberly was from Carol of iStitch Designs.  It was called Sew A Quaker Pinwheel, but I didn't make it into a pinwheel.  I stitched it and mounted it on top of a paper mache box that I painted to match her colors of her design.  You can find the chart HERE.

I did make a twisted cording to go around the top of the box and she loved both presents.

For the other birthday present I stitched this month was for Janet.  I made her a needlebook from With Thy Needle and Thread Valentine Messages chart and she loved it as well.  I loved it so much I kept the threads kitted up with the chart in HOPES of stitching me one this year for myself.  I even have the same finishing fabric that I used for Janet's but sadly.....I did not take a picture of the inside.  Yes....shame on me.  :(    I will take a picture of it when I go back to AZ in February.

This was also stitched on 40ct Old Mill Java I think was the name of the fabric.  I also attached those cute mother of pearl heart and star buttons at the bottom of it and used a brown grograin ribbon for the closure ribbon.

I've been doing LOTS of stitching on many different things that I will still want to share but 2 aren't quite finished and I'm HOPING to have them completed by Sat which is the end of the month. 
I did get my 2 JN Ornamental Advent days stitched up for this month.  I should have went ahead and done a 3rd day like I had hoped and planned especially since my son had another snow day this past Monday.  I had stitched these 2 days on his other snow days.  They do not take long to stitch and you can start and COMPLETE a single design in one day.  That is I mean I stitched Day 5 all in one day complete with the beads attached.

That's all I have to share for today. 
Happy Stitching everyone!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January TUSAL .....

Wow!  It's been a while since I have blogged.  I thought about it especially after the first of the new year when we were hit with a quite a bit of snow 4"!!!  Then came a snow day for my hubby and several snow days for  our son.  I should have shared pictures with you as we even tried to make a snowman this time but he ended up being more like a snow mound than anything.  Maybe next time when it snows.

But today is the first day for our TUSAL!!!

Sharon over at It's Daffycat is our host once again!!!   You can click on the picture above or the link on my sidebar or on Sharon's blog name highlighted here.  It gives all the details of what it is all about. 

I have been stitching quite a bit from the start of this year.  I would show you what my New Year's start was, but I can't share that yet as it was a birthday gift to someone.  I will share that picture after she receives it.

I'm making good progress this year thus far and have completed 9 projects so far.  Now granted 6 of that 9 were small gifts for some friends that I will be going to a stitching retreat next month so I can't share those yet either with you.  But I will be happy to share once I've given it to them next month.

Did you make your TO DO LIST for this year???  It's not too late!!!  I seem to keep adding to mine but I have made a priority of doing at least 3 UFOs this year and I may just donate the rest of my UFOs to someone who would be willing to take them and finish them to keep for themselves.  I'm thinking that is a good plan so keep watching my blog as I'm wanting to downsize a lot from my sewing room.

Until another post......HAPPY STITCHING!