Sunday, August 23, 2020

August stitching and some haul

Hello, back again with some wips that I've been working on the past few weeks, since now that I'm in the mood to stitch autumn colors. I started these last year and I really want to get them done this year, I can only hope. I also have some charts and books that I recently bought, yay!

Pumpkin Hollow Farms by Little House Needleworks. Stitched on 28 count coffee-tea dyed Monaco evenweave.

Pumpkins 4 Sale by Little House Needleworks. Stitched on 28 count coffee-tea dyed evenweave.

Yay, this is close to being done. Can you see the little mouse peeking out from the pumpkin?

Autumn Tree designed by Barbara Ana Designs. Stitched on 28 count, coffee-tea dyed evenweave.

I know, do you think I could have at least stitched on her head before putting this piece away? Oh well, I'll get back to it in a few weeks.

Babushka's Blossoms by Plum Street Samplers, Stitched on 14 count Aida, Oatmeal,

I'll be stitching the very large pumpkin she's standing on soon. I don't think I'll have this one done this year, but you never know.

Today I'm working on Be Thankful by Country Cottage Needleworks. I didn't get very much done when I started this last year, but last night I worked on the letters and it looks like I'm going to change the top border, from DMC 433 and use the other called for color, Classic Colorworks Roasted Chestnut. Hopefully I can get the top portion done tonight and then start on the pumpkins tomorrow.

Some of the books I bought were Blackbird Designs Sewing Club, Ooh La La, and Home For the Holidays. I can't wait to get started on some of the charts. Also, His and Hers Thanksgiving by Plum Street Samplers. I might have to drop everything and start on those! Love the stocking!

Oh, and another one is When Witches Go Riding by the Prairie Schooler, I'm surprised I don't have any Halloween projects started, so this might be my one to start. I also received the new Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine. There are so many fun projects in that issue. Also I'm anxious to get this one started that I found in the 2013 Halloween issue. She's so cute!

Matilda Hornbuckle

Okay, this is getting a little long and I'll post more about the new charts I bought, but I really want to get back to stitching! 

Take care and have a great day!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Hello, August!

Actually this post started out as "Hello, June", but I was side-tracked and now it's a re-write to get it posted! I've done a lot of cross-stitching, what else is there to do, I have a lot of finishes, too. I'll try to share a few here.

I did participate in Jolly July. I stitched on all my Christmas ornaments that I started during Stitch Maynia, I also stitched on bigger Christmas projects I have started. Here is one finish from Satsuma Street, 12 Days of Christmas. 

This is a project of 12 different ornaments and I'm happy to say that most are almost completed, I ran out of colors and it wasn't easy to get out and purchase more, but I finally have them now! Yesterday, I completed Dorothy's Red Shoes from The Little Stitcher. It's a small, and I plan to give it as a gift. It's a free chart from her website.

I need to get this framed soon, it's a birthday gift for this month. I have a lot of cross-stitch shares, I just need some time to get them uploaded onto my computer. In the meantime, you can follow me on instagram and see what I'm up to.

I hope you all are doing well and staying safe. I'm praying that we can go back to normal soon. 

Have a great day!

Monday, June 01, 2020

Stitchmaynia 2020 done!

Hello, I'm back. I know I'm terrible about posting, but I show up every now and again to share what I've been up to in the crafting world. As for Stitchmaynia, this year I did 20 new starts and the other days I worked on my WIPs. Most of my new starts are Christmas ornaments, because I really wanted some handmade ones to put on my Christmas tree, plus they are quick to finish. Unfortunately, I didn't have any finishes for May. My last finish was in April, it was one of the free charts that was part of the #bewellandstitch movement. This is from Lizzie Kate Designs.

I hope you are all doing well during these uncertain times. I'm glad I have a craft that keeps me calm and inspired.

Here are some of my new starts for Stitchmaynia:

Twelve Days of Christmas, Satsuma Street, there are 12 ornaments.

All is Calm stocking, I think it's small enough to be an ornament. Just Cross Stitch Magazine, Dec. 2014. There were some specialty stitches that I wasn't aware of until I started stitching. They were easy to figure out and fun to do.

Santa Rides, The Prairie Schooler. I love this one, because it's just cool to see Santa riding a horse!

Merry Christmas stocking, Black Bird Designs.

Trimming the Tree, Just Cross Stitch Magazine, Dec. 2019.

Moose Joy, Just Cross Stitch Magazine, Dec. 2019.

Christmas Robin, Just Cross Stitch Magazine, Dec. 2019. Designer, The Little Stitcher.

Christmas Bullfinch, Just Cross Stitch Magazine, Dec. 2019. Designer, Punochka.

This one I did on 32 count Belfast and I really like it. Last year when I used this fabric, it was a little difficult to work with, but this time around it's not so bad. Magnifiers help! Most of my projects are stitched on 28 count Monaco or 14 count Aida, it's nice to try a different fabric and count.

I have more to share and I will be fully finishing some of my other finishes. 

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February Cottage and Always finally finished

Okay, here are the other two February cross-stitch pieces that I can add to my February decorations, the February Cottage and Always.

For "Always", I pinned (and sticky taped) this over foam core and then attached it to a fabric covered foam core. I think I will take this apart and make a stuffed ornament for next year, but this is okay for now. Yeh, I still have my Valentine decorations out, plus candy, lol.

The "February Cottage" is framed in an 8x8 frame from Hobby Lobby. I'm starting to frame these projects simply, because it's taking me too long to figure out how to fully-finish or I'm just lazy. I just want to get started on my next cross-stitch project. I used Stampin' UP! paper for the background, Peaceful Poppies DSP. This is such pretty paper.

Hopefully, I'll be a little bit more creative next month. 

Happy stitiching!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Hello, I'm back

It's been crazy days and I haven't had the chance to blog. I'm still cross-stitching a lot and I've also been making cards and other paper crafts. I was discouraged last month with my Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter last month. It would not work due to a recent Windows 10 update, or something like that. So I ended up purchasing the Silhouette Portrait 2, so all is good, except I've only made a handful of things since then. Too many projects so little time. Anyway, this is a quick post to share a little of what I'm up to.

My finishes so far this year:

"January Cottage" from Country Cottage Needleworks.

"Be My Valentine" from Lizzie Kate Designs, a free chart.

"February Cottage" from Country Cottage Needleworks. I still haven't framed.

"Always" from Cecelia Turner, Heart in Hand. This is also a free chart. I love these quick, smalls to stitch. It only takes a couple of days, but framing is another thing.

Hopefully I'll have my "March Cottage" finished and framed before March rolls around!

I'll share my paper crafts and cards in another posts. I just wanted to get this out there and let you know I'm still here, just slow at posting.

Have a great day and make something fun!

Friday, December 13, 2019

December cross-stitching

Hello. I wish I can get back on track with posting. These past few months have been busy. I guess because the holidays are here and I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed. At least I'm not bored. I've been retired for about 2 1/2 years and I have been busy ever since. I have a few cross-stitch finishes and a lot of wips! I don't know why I keep starting a new project. Never mind all the sewing and quilting plans! Then there's my Stitchmaynia starts. Oh yes, I even made two more project bags.

Anyway, here are three ornaments that are finished and hanging on the trees.
Heart in Hand Needleart, Cecilia Turner

Wintry Woodsy, Melody Gilmore
 PNPS Magazine 2018

Special Delivery, Pickle Barrel Designs
Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2018

They're so cute!

Next up is my December Cottage waiting to be fully finished. It's stitched on 28 count evenweave with DMC floss, Country Cottage Needleworks.

Here's my Lori Holt Vintage Christmas Sampler. I finished it earlier in the year, except for all those buttons. I like her projects, because you can easily put them in a standard frame. Although this is temporary, because I don't know if I want it framed in glass.

Then I have all my works in progress. I can share next time, I have enough photos already, besides they don't show up that well when they're not finished. They include designs from The Little Stitcher, Sue Hillis Designs, Jardin Prive stitch along, and some ornaments from Just Cross Stitch Magazine.

Yikes, I need to get busy. Christmas is less than two weeks away and I would like to get a few of these done.

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

More wips, starts and finishes

Wow, I can't believe these months are flying by. At least I have a lot to share, but I'll keep it short because I'm never able to finish my posts, and then it doesn't get sent.

Okay, this is too much. I was so happy to have completed Field Mouse Hollow, but after I had taken it down from the wall, I realized that I had forgotten to stitch the white laces on the shoe! Luckily, I didn't glue it down and I was easily able to take it apart and I can finish it later. I usually lace up my cross stitch on the back or stick it down with sticky tape and it comes apart easily.

Field Mouse Hollow

I love this, it came out so cute. I found the sled at Target, it was the last one left. I knew exactly what I was going to use it for, Chicken Joy by Priscilla and Chelsea. Free pattern is available at Priscilla's blog.

Chicken Joy

I finished November Cottage just in time to hang up for November. I made the ruffle with my ruffle attachment on my sewing machine. It's all attached with sticky tape and comes apart easily, because I don't know if this is how I want to display it. It's mounted on with the wood piece with magnets and washers.

November Cottage

My first Christmas ornament this year. This is another free pattern from Cecelia Turner from Heart in Hand Designs. This is so cute and a quick stitch to finish. I followed Vonna's tutorial, the Twisted Stitcher, on making the pillow ornament.


I have a couple of more ornaments that are completed, which are in the process of finishing, so I can share pics tomorrow.

I also went back to my Red Wagon ornament by Sue Hillis Designs, Home for the Holidays. I started it back in the spring, which I decided to try my hand at 32 count Belfast. Even though it was over two threads, it was still a struggle for me, so I put it away. This time I wore magnifying glasses and better lighting which makes it easier this time. Actually, I think my eyes are getting use to smaller stitches, because I stitched some of my ornaments on 18 count and it wasn't so bad.

I was stitching Pumpkin Spice Farm by Hands On Design and Pumpkin Hollow Farms by Little House Needleworks, but I put all my fall stuff away because I'm anxious to work on my Christmas projects. I'm ready to decorate for Christmas any day now!

I'm also participating in a stitch along on Instagram. I'll share more pics tomorrow, but I really need to post this or it will never be done. Have a great Sunday!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Finally finished Witch Ride?

Although this has been done for weeks, I finally finished it to hang. It came out pretty cute. This is Witch Ride? by Barbara Ana Designs. I stitched it on coffee-tea dyed 14 count Aida with DMC floss. I mounted it on foam core and then glued on to fabric covered sticky board. I hot glued the ruffle. The Halloween fabric is from Riley Blake Designs. I love it!

I have another Halloween cross-stitch to finally finish and add to my other decorations. Hopefully, I'll have it done today and ready to share tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping by. 

Have a great day and happy stitching!

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Cross-stitch: some starts and finishes

Hello, again. Sorry, I've been away so long, but I've been busy with sewing and cross-stitching. I have a lot of wips that it's scary! I have started a couple of post to my blog, but then I have a hard time finishing what I write and uploading photos. I'm going to try to get it all done today.

I finished September and October Cottages by Country Cottage Needleworks. I never got around to fully finish September, but October is done and hanging up in my kitchen. 

I'm currently stitching the November Cottage. I'm anxious to get it finished.

The last couple of days I've also been stitching Chicken Joy by Priscilla and Chelsea. Hopefully, it will be done in a few days and then I can move on with my other wips. I decided that I'm going to complete the tree as an ornament. Then later stitch another in black fabric. I should have done that to begin with, because the white stitches just don't show up like they should. Chicken Joy is free at Priscillas blog.

Okay, I really wanted to write more and post more photos, but I'll never get this posted! I'll be back tomorrow with more shares, I've been making a lot of stuff! 

Have a great day and happy stitching! 

Monday, July 29, 2019

A finish and some more wips

Yes, I have a finish to share, plus some other projects I'm working on.

I finished the August Cottage from Country Cottage Needleworks. I trimmed it with a ruffle I made. Actually, it looks like pleats. I wanted to use a blue gingham, but after making the ruffle, it was no way, it looked to babyish and I had to find something else in my stash. Since I already had the ruffle attachment on my machine (which is another story) I was on a ruffle roll. 

I spent the afternoon trying to get my ruffle attachment to work, I mean I've done it before many, many years ago, but this is a new attachment and a very different machine. But once I got it figured out, after trial and error, it was easy. I did a lot of practicing and viewing a lot of videos, and I did it! I know it would have been a lot quicker and easier if I made the ruffle by hand, but I bought this attachment a couple of years ago and I was determined to take it out of it's package and use it for the first time.

I have been working on two other projects this month. The Red Wagon with Tree from Home for the Holidays by Sue Hillis Designs, but I stopped because it was taking me too long and I was making a lot of mistakes. I don't know why I chose to stitch on linen, it's 32 count Belfast and my first time stitching on a smaller stitch count. I'll get back to it later, but I want to get some other ones done first.

And the other one I'm working on is Witch Ride? by Barbara Ana Designs. I started this during Stitch Maynia. I was hoping I would have it done today, but I got hung up yesterday with finishing the August Cottage. I love the colors of the cup, the layers of colors looks very cool. Maybe I'll have it done tomorrow. Then I can finish Field Mouse Hollow before Halloween. I know, I have a lot of  fall and winter projects to get to, yikes!

Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Stitch Maynia Days 29, 30 and 31 and July Sew Sampler

The last three projects for Stitch Maynia are WIPs which one of them I started just before Christmas, it's small enough and I thought I would be done with it in time for Christmas. Well, it didn't happen. That would be Wintry Woodsy from Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine.

Day 29 - Checking it Twice, Country Cottage Needleworks
Stitch on 28 count Monaco with DMC floss.

Day 30 - Wintry Woodsy, PNPS Magazine stitched on 28 count Evenweave with DMC Floss

Day 31- More Chocolate Bunnies, Hands On Design stitched on 28 count Monaco with DMC floss

It would be nice if I could get the Christmas ones done before Christmas, but I don't know. I think I took on too many projects!

I re-subscribed to Sew Sampler from the Fat Quarter Shop. I received my July box yesterday and I'm so excited with what was inside! There was a pattern for project bags and a cute sewing-themed fat quarter bundle, Blooms & Bobbins. Also a handbag zipper by Annie, which I wanted to try out. They're other goodies, too. I want to get started on the project bag, I was thinking about making some more anyway. yay! There is a waiting list, but it seemed to go by quickly. I think I waited about 2 months to start receiving my first monthly subscription.

Have a great day! I'll post more shares tomorrow.

August stitching and some haul

Hello, back again with some wips that I've been working on the past few weeks, since now that I'm in the mood to stitch autumn color...