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.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Stitch Maynia Days 26, 27 and 28

Good morning! Yay, I completed another Stitch Maynia wip. I'm just so glad I finished it before the end of the month, because it's the August Cottage from Country Cottage Needleworks.

Continuing with my Stitch Maynia starts here's the next three from the cottage series stitched on coffee tea dyed Monaco with DMC floss. That completes the monthly series that I'm working on. Tomorrow I'll share the last three projects for May and what I'm stitching next.

26 - April

27 - May

28 - June

Have a great day and I'll be back tomorrow with more cross-stitching and hopefully my fully finished August cross-stitch project ready to be mounted on that little shelf.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cross-stitching, cards and tags

Hello, I'm back with lots to share. Yes, I did continue with Stitch Maynia, but I couldn't keep up with daily posts and then June rolled around and I lost my mojo. But July is here and almost gone, and I'm slowly getting back into my projects. I'm wondering if I'll ever have all my starts completed this year. Here's my first Stitch Maynia finish. Actually, I finished it on July 4th, okay so I'm a little late hanging it up. There's a little back story about the shelf; my mom painted it and gave it to me a long time ago and lately it's just been in my garage after we remodeled our house and painted all the rooms. I never hung it back up. When I was stitching the July Cottage I had it in my mind that this would go perfect, but I wasn't sure if I still had the shelf. Luckily, it was still there and I cleaned it up and I think it looks great. I'm almost done with the August Cottage, so I'm thinking I can replace it with that. I'll post the rest of my Stitch Maynia in the next couple of days.

I've also been making a few cards and playing around with my Silhouette. You can make some beautiful cards with this machine, but I just need to use it more. Now, it's sitting on my desk so it doesn't become a dust collector.

My Mom's birthday card.

And some random baby cards, because I love the gingham paper and you never know when you need a baby card and gift. Also, here are some cards and tags soon to be in my etsy shop. This is my first time sewing on paper. I love the vintage look. I've also made alot of thank you and note cards, too. So at least I was making something, but I really need to catch up on my stitching!

Have a great day and make something fun!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Stitch Maynia: Days 21 to 25

Here's more recap of my Stitch Maynia 2019. I'm continuing with the Cottage of the month series. After that I'll be working on my wips from the last couple of months prior, there are just a few, but that's all changed now!

Day 21 November Cottage. This is stitched on 28 count evenweave, khaki. I've bought this fabric from Michaels years ago. 

Day 22 December Cottage also stitched on 28 count evenweave, khaki.  

Day 23 January Cottage, this is stitched on 28 count Monaco. I coffee tea dyed the fabric. This fabric will probably be my "go to" choice from now on. I really like it and it dyes really nice if you like the vintage look. DMC floss 3766, 869, 3790 and white.

Day 24 February Cottage stitched on 28 count, coffee tea dyed Monaco. DMC floss 605 and 3364. I didn't get much done, but it's a start. It must have been a busy day!

Day 25 March Cottage stitched on coffee-tea dyed 28 count Monaco. DMC floss 3347 and 435.

I'm on day 27 right now, I can't believe I stuck it out this far, maybe because I haven't cross-stitched in so long. Well, I started cross-stitching back in October, but it has been fun getting re-aquainted with an old craft I use to love. Oh, and I have three project bags cut and ready to sew, if I can just find the time, because right now I can really use them!

Thank you for stopping by and to my USA friends have a fun and relaxing Memorial Day. 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Stitch Maynia: Days 15 through 20

Yikes! I'm so behind on posts, but not on Stitch Maynia. I was trying to post daily, but lately it's been impossible and if I do, it would be a very, very short one. Anyway, if you follow me on instagram, I post daily with my starts for Stitch Maynia, my instagram is tweetysocal

Anyway, here is a brief run down on the past week of starts, I've been really inspired by looking at the other stitchers and their progress on Instagram. Oh, also on floss tube!

Day 15 is The Joy Santa, this is an old pattern, at the last minute I replaced this pattern for another Santa I was going to stitch, but I changed my mind. I'm happy to use this one that was just filed away for years. This is stitched on 28 count Monaco.

Day 16 Be Thankful, Country Cottage Needleworks. I love this, because to me it's a perfect Thanksgiving decoration. I think I might change one or two of the pumpkins to orange. This is stitched on 28 count evenweave, khaki. I've had this fabric for a long time, but I think it's perfect for this project.

Day 17 July Cottage, Country Cottage Needleworks. Now I've started the Cottage of the month series. I've started with July because I would like to get this done by the end of June, which it looks like no problem, it's small. I'm stitching this on 14 count white Aida. I'm not sure if I like stitching on white, but it's a change and we'll see if I switch to a darker color.

Day 18 August Cottage, Country Cottage Needleworks. Also stitched on 14 count white Aida. It's my husband's birthday month and it's perfect because his favorite color is blue.

Day 19 September Cottage, Country Cottage Needleworks. Stitched on 28 count Lugana. I coffee tea dyed this fabric. You can barely tell, but it was almost white before.

Day 20 October Cottage, Country Cottage Needleworks. This is stitched on 14 Aida, which I also coffee tea dyed. You can really tell, it's perfect for the month of October.

Okay, I've got more, but I need to upload and crop the photos. I'll be back with the rest of my starts. Today I'm working on day 26, I can't believe it's almost the end. I have some wips I'll be working on the last few days, but I'll have plenty of wips to work on once Stitch Maynia is over, yikes! I've never had this many projects going at once. Sometimes I think I've lost my mind!

Don't forget to follow me on instagram to see my progress at tweetysocal.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Stitch Maynia Day 14, Babushka's Blossoms

I can't believe I'm sticking to my stitch mania plans. I thought I would have a big fail, but it's been very easy as long as I have my supplies ready. I have to admit that I don't have some ready until a few days until I start them. Some patterns I don't even have yet, but I'm still sticking to my plan.

For Day 14 I stitched Babushka's Blossoms designed by Paulette Stewart for Plum Street Samplers. I usually start in the middle by habit, sometimes I start in the corner, but this time I didn't. Anyway, this chart is printed on 4 pages, so instead of trying to piece it together, I'm going to stitch this by the page. As you can see, I'm working towards the right side then I'll go up. Maybe I should have started at the corner.

Okay, that's it for today. I'm already stitching Day 15 and it's coming right along. I'll post my progress at Instagram later at tweetysocal, you can check out more photos over there.

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Stitch Maynia Day 13, Pumpkin Hollow Farms

Today I have started (actually yesterday the 13th) Little House Needleworks Pumpkin Hollow Farms. Yes, another pumpkin to stitch. I'm using DMC and it's stitched on 28 count Monaco that is coffee-tea dyed.

I'm also making more project bags, which are fun to make but would you believe it! I sewed on the zipper and when it was time to trim my bag to stitch the edge, I accidently cut off the zipper pull, grrr! So there I was picking out that zipper and sewing on a new one. I don't know what I was thinking. These are made from scraps of quilts I need to finish, Lori Holt's Calico Days and Cozy Christmas fabrics. Now I have two more bags to store my cross-stitch projects. Sew cute!

Have a great day and happy stitching!

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 t...