Sunday, June 29, 2014

Just Nan SAL .......

Today is our JN SAL posting date.  Zeb of Keep Calm and Cross Stitch is hosting this SAL.  You can click on the link at the top to take you to the rules of this SAL or on her link next to her name.

Well, I had started JN Pansy Basket small filigree packet while on vacation.  I got the MAJORITY of it done while on vacation but just ran out of time for completing the stitching and then finishing it into the box.  So.....I will just use that one for next month's JN SAL. 

When realizing I would not finish the Pansy Basket project, I pulled out JN Winter Heart Humbug.  It was all xstitched, and I just had to sew on the beads to finish it.  Then what did I do but stitch the outline in the WRONG COLOR last night.  So I had to rip that out despite my husband saying "Oh it will be fine with that color." wouldn't!  I explained to him the blue outline should have been stitched in 2 strands white for the finishing of the humbug.  He understood what I was talking about AFTER it was finished. 

This humbug was stitched in the thread colors called for and the suggested fabric.




I tried to take pictures all around it for you to see.  I JUST LOVE IT!!!!  IT'S SOOOO CUTE!!!!  My husband did ask if it had a "use" or was it for just decoration.  I just looked at him, grinned and said, "Decoration!"  hehe

I have the remaining Humbugs in this series so look for them to be stitched hopefully this year!!

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

TUSAL report......

WOW.....where did June go to??????  Well when you add in a vacation and then come back home and be just as busy as you were on vacation.....TIME FLIES!!  So this month I have stitched a lot while on vacation.  I managed to remember to take my little ORT keeper to keep all my ORTs in while on vacation.  I came back and added them to my ORT jar.  It's starting to really fill up.  I can't wait to see how full it will be by Dec!!!

I've already shown you one picture of the finishes I did while on vacation.  That was the BRD Redbirds Rejoice for my "smalls" blog post.  The other is a LK Faith, Hope & Love that I still need to add one small button to and I can say she is fully finished.  The other project that I was able to finish was BBD In Full Glory!!  I am still deciding on whether to add the year 2014 on it or put my initial on it.  I'm leaning more towards the year.  What do you think???

I'm off to stitch.  I have been advising/overseeing/helping my daughter sew her ComiCon outfit this year.  She did great sewing her first full outfit by herself.  There were a few tidbits that I had to help with but overall she did great!  Not an easy outfit to make for someone for the first time so that's why I said she did great.  I'll try to share that in another post as my son also made him a costume for them to go to a Comic Book/ComiCon convention type thing this morning.  (Which meant I got to run errands with hubby and have a LUNCH DATE to ourselves!!!  WOOHOO)  Don't get me wrong....I love having my kids along but sometimes it's nice to just have a date, even if it is for lunch, with my hubby!

Happy Stitching!

Friday, June 27, 2014

iStitch Exchange Received.....

YEAHHHH!!!!  I received my iStitch Exchange yesterday in the mail.  I wanted to take pictures of it and post it but I was heading out the door when I got back from the mailbox.  My recipient also received hers on Wednesday as well.  I had asked Carol of iStitch if my partner could send mine early as we were possibly anticipating an upcoming move and I DEFINITELY DID NOT want it to get lost in the mail.  And it didn't.  It arrived safe and sound!!!

Here is what I received from Renee from the Netherlands!!!!  She stitched iStitch Design freebie in the most beautiful pink color and made it into a needlebook.  If you were in AZ, I'm sure you heard my squeal of delight!!!  (Most of my friends know to stay a little ways away from me when something xstitch related excites me as I tend to squeal in delight!)  Renee also sent this lovely skein of Flower Thread that is made in London, England along with a beautifully handwritten card!!!  (Now to find a sweet project to stitch with this flower thread!!!)

 Here is the complete outside of the needlebook. Renee beaded the spine of the needlebook!!!  Click on the picture to see it better.  Then she stitched random sewing motifs for the back.

Here is the inside of the needlebook!  What creativity she had finishing this needlebook.  It's also a great reference to me when I get around to making one for a gift in the future.  She included PINK SCISSORS (YEAHHHHH!!!!), needlethreader and seam ripper on the right side of the needlebook.  On the left side, Renee included various needles.  The little page lifts to hold more but I couldn't get it photographed to show the 2nd page. 

I am just simply in awe of the creativity for the finishing of this book.  I was able to take it and show it off to my stitching friends last night at the Attic's Open Stitch night. 

Thank you Renee for my wonderful and beautiful needlebook for Carol's iStitch Exchange!!!!  YEAH!!!!!!   (Yes.....another squeal!) hehe


Here is what I sent to my recipient, Jean Moran Leone.   I xstitched Sew Scattered and made it into a medium project bag.  This was a "learning finish" for me.  I had the design xstitched right away and then I had to decide HOW I wanted to finish it.  I actually got the idea from Pinterest but modified to make it work for my design.  I thought it turned out really nice but the main thing was that Jean loved her project bag as well. 

Now.....I have to make me an iStitch project bag. 

That is all I have to share for today.  (I'm sorry I some of you got this post 2X!  I accidentally hit the publish button before finishing typing!)  oops


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Smalls SAL update

Good morning everyone!  I am home from vacation and I don't think I've stopped since coming home from vacation.  So that is why I haven't been posting.......I was vacationing.  But that will be a report for another day....another time.

Today is the Smalls SAL posting date!  YEAHHHH and I get to share something that I stitched up while on vacation.

You can find out more about how to join in on this fun SAL by clicking on the link above or by going to Stitching Lotus' link here.

I can share this picture with you as it is an ornament for my mom this year.  I always stitch her and my dad an ornament every year.  I meant to get it finished but with other things going on I just didn't get around to it.  So may be seeing it "FINISHED" at a later day.   I can show the picture as she doesn't have a computer so she doesn't read my blog. 

This is BRD Redbirds Rejoice from the JCS Ornament magazine 2013.  It is stitched on a 36ct fabric from Sassy's Fabrics.  If you want to know the name, please leave me a comment and I will go look it up and tell you.  But at the moment....I don't remember.  It is stitched in the threads called for with the exception of the star between the doves.  The Curry color was too much like my fabric and didn't show up so I substituted Kreinik 202HL #4braid. 

Until my next post.......HAPPY STITCHING!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My JN SAL post.....


This is my post for the JN SAL.  You can find out how to join by clicking on the link above or go to Zeb's website called Keep Calm and Cross Stitch.  I was going to have Zeb just pubish mine as I knew I would be busy the day we were supposed to publish our JN SAL for May.  But thankfully, she was just as busy and now we are all doing it now. 

So here is my JN SAL for May.  It is the letter "L" from the book of Ornamental Letters.  These are sooooo quick and easy to stitch up that I literally stitched it in one night.  I was on the phone with a friend when pulling the thread colors about 1pm in the afternoon.  As I said, I finished it in one night.  I found this cute little frame from Hobby Lobby.  You can hang it up on the wall or set it on a table.  It is a gift for a friend. 

It is stitched on 28ct White Lugana Opalescent in the thread colors listed on the chart.  These would make great stuffed hanging ornaments as well.  If you don't have this chart, I highly recommend buying it.  So quick and great to give as gifts even if you don't have anymore of the whimzi frames to frame them in. 

Happy Stitching!