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Friday Night Sew In

Linking up with Wendy at Sugarlane Designs and FNSI.I’m a bit late this time (again) as Friday nights tend to be hard to find time to sew. I planned well this time and started on Thursday, but then I melted a zipper to the fabric (OOPS!!) and needed to…

2 for 1 Monday!!

I had hoped to have my ‘FINISHES’ all finished up this morning so I could post earlier in the day, but…life!! So after spending most of the day in town running from here to there, I finally came home and sat down to the sewing table — aka the dining …

Sidetracked

I was doing so good, plugging along on stitching a piece for my mother-in-law’s birthday, when I got side swept into buying a new project!!!See I had been working on this piece…’May WordPlay’ by Brenda GerviasAnd coming along nicely on it too. It’s a…

Stitchy Update

I finished stitching another mitten this week!! I really like doing these small projects along side the larger ones as it helps to feel like you are actually accomplishing something with all the time it takes. Here are the projects I’ve been working on…

Finish It Friday

Posting on a Saturday:)I spent a little time with the sewing machine yesterday. I think I’m starting to not hate sewing on a machine quite as much as I use to:) I was hoping that spending some time here and there would lead to being more confident and …

Stitching Progress and New Starts

I’ve been trying to post this all week, but our internet has been horrible lately. It’s 6:00 in the morning, and it’s finally working well enough to upload the pictures. We don’t have many options for internet where we are, but that’s just part of livi…

Finish It Friday…

on a Monday. I had chosen a frame last week that I thought I could make work. It was a little too blue, but I thought with a bit of sanding it would look pretty good, and if not I’d paint it white…The linen that I used has some blue-ish tints to it, …

Full and Fun

I didn’t get to finishing ‘Promise of Spring’ into a framed picture yet. Last week was even busier than I thought it was going to be. My daughter and I had 3 (!!!) 4-H events — a 4-H Sunday/meeting, a Jr. Leaders meeting, and the county-wide 4-H Carniv…

Weekend Stitching

I really caught the stitching bug this past weekend!! I just almost got a finish to show for it, but not quite, darn 4-H meeting got in the way:)Actually, the total progress I have to show is a bit more than just from this weekend, but the progress fro…

Or Maybe…

I’ll post on Tuesday:) This weekend really could not have worked out better for me. We did get the ice that was predicted…Our storage building/rabbit barn — was probably a one car garage at some point.But not so much that we lost power. It was just e…

A FINISH IT Friday

I used to have a section on my old blog that was titled FINISH IT Friday where I showed off my ‘FINISHED’ finishes. That means that not only had I finished the stitching, but I had also sewn it into something useful:) I have piles of stitching projects…

Stitching Fun

I almost always have multiple projects going at once, and right now is no exception. Not only do I have a couple knitting and a crochet projects going but I have a couple stitching projects going on as well. Here is what I’ve been working on..Kitten Mi…

12 Projects of Christmas

On Tuesday I posted the results of my Autumn Bucket List. I think I did pretty well considering that I knew I put way too much on that list:) Today I have another list that will bring me into the Christmas/Holiday season.

1. Crochet Stars: I started these stars several years ago and I still love them, just haven’t found the time to get more finished. I really like the colors of this yarn and it is sooo soft. If you haven’t noticed already, I use this particular yarn quite a bit. I haven’t decided if these will become ornaments or a garland.

2. Project Peace: This is a KAL hosted by Christina Campbell of The Healthy Knitter. This is a free cowl KAL designed to promote peace around the world. Lots of fun, the Ravelry Group can be found HERE. Also, Christina will be blogging daily tips for making your life just a little more peaceful.

The very beginnings of my Project Peace cowl

3. Make a hat for me: I started this one a couple weeks ago. I’m not a hat wearing person, mostly because I have a LOT of hair and always have it pulled back in a ponytail or messy bun. Since this is a slouchy hat, I’m thinking that my messy bun might fit in it so I don’t have to wear my hair down. We will see. It is the Sockhead Slouch hat.


4. Spruce up wreath: I made this wreath maybe 15 years ago or so. It’s made by shaping 3 wire hangers in circles, each just a bit smaller than the next and then my hubby took short pieces of the wire and soldered them together. Then take short strips of any color fabric and tie in knots. In years past I have just left the berries on it and called it good, but I think I want to add to it this year and make it a bit more festive. This will hang on my front door. 

5. Make a cowl for me: This one I also started a couple weeks ago. I’m really loving the yarn and the pattern is just started to show for me. It is the Tidal Sands cowl. 
6. Crochet Lap Blanket: I started this one a few weeks ago as well. There is no way I could get all this done if I hadn’t started a bit early. As it is, I’m going to be lucky to get half of it done:) This one doesn’t really have a pattern. Just a basic bobble stitch, going in groups of 3 stitches. I didn’t even count how many stitches I ‘cast on’, I just counted by 3’s. This one is going to take some time to finish!!
7. Christmas Decor ‘JOY’: I don’t have a picture for this one. Basically this will be taking the paper/cardboard letters you can find at craft stores and painting and/or decoupaging with decorative papers and setting them up. I found this idea in an old magazine.

8. Stitch/Finish Ornaments: Also no picture for this one either. I haven’t picked out what I want to stitch yet, but will be going through stitching stash soon to get it started:) FUN!! I also want to ‘finish’ off a couple of stitched pieces I already have done into ornaments. I will need to be selective with this as we down-sized our Christmas tree this year and so only favorite ornaments are allowed on it now:)

9. Make knitted hat for daughter: I found this ‘cat’ hat a couple weeks ago and just knew my daughter would love it — yes, she’s 17. yes, she is a bit silly!! 🙂 She just loves cats and she has a kitten right now that is black, so the hat will match the kitty. It’s is a super simple — and FREE, pattern. I’ve only worked on it for a couple days and it is just about done already. This will be a Christmas gift for her.

10. Make a crochet hat for daughter: Above I spoke of how I am not a hat person. Well, my daughter on the other hand, is. This is In Bloom Beret and I have already made her one in another colorway. I will make this one just a little bigger as the last one needed just a bit more body to it to hide all her hair:) This will also be a Christmas gift for her.

11. Finish stitching ‘She Feeds Them Well’ by The Scarlette House and ‘finish’ into a wall hanging: This is the piece I’ve been working on FOREVER now that will be a Christmas present for my mother in law. She is a crazy bird lady — well, not really crazy, but she sure loves her birds, and flowers too:) This is the most recent photo I have of this…

12. Wall Decor to be changed out with the seasons: Not sure how to explain this one. Really it’s just a concept in my head for now. It started out as wanting a way to hang our stockings — our 2 stockings as we lost one years ago;) I had thought a box that I could paint and decorate with hangers on it. Something like THIS. But we really don’t have a good place to put it. SO I thought maybe a wall hanging of some sort. Then I remembered a project my daughter did for 4-H fair this summer. It was a rustic board that she attached a wire basket and hangers to. PERFECT. Except it is all the wrong colors for Christmas and it is a little too ‘rustic’ for my hubby’s taste. ***Note: my hubby works in tooling and has worked in the wood shop for years and years. Their wood tooling has to be exact to within 3/100ths of an inch, so he is REALLY picky when it comes to wood projects:)

So then I decided that yes, I want something very similar to what dd had made, but I want to be able to also hang a stitched piece to the top of it so it can be changed out with each season. I really do have a pretty good idea of what I want it to look like and have shared these ideas with hubby since he will likely be the one to build a good part of it. Of all the projects on this list that I personally want, this one is a favorite, but it will depend on if hubby has time/patience to work on it:)

That is it for the 12 Projects of Christmas. There are a few that I’m pretty sure won’t get completely done by the end of the month, but even if I can just get the Christmas gift items done and make a good dent in the rest, I will be happy.

On a side note… My daughter was looking over the things I didn’t get done for my Autumn Bucket list and she remembered that I *promised* to watch a scary movie. UGG!!! She says I’m not going to get away with not watching one with her. 😖 I should have hid the list from her!!! 🙂 

An Over-Due Update

It’s been quite a couple of weeks here!! A few weeks ago my hubby started not feeling well, he was in pain actually and it turns out that he has shingles. Now this man of mine deals with pain quite a bit better than me (by this I mean I don’t deal with…

October FNSI

Friday was FNSI hosted by Wendy over at Sugarlane Designs. It is night (or day, or weekend as it was in my case) to sit down and finish up a sewing project or two, knowing you are in good compan with others doing the same thing:) This month I DID sew o…

Stitching Update

I’m coming along on my stitching projects here lately. I would say it’s the cooler weather moving in that has me motivated — and it did get a *bit* cooler for a few days, but it’s been in the upper 80s and lower 90s for several days now, with at least …

Well, That’s a Little Better…

Been stitching a bit on ‘She Feeds Them Well’ from The Scarlett House and the lady now has most of a body. It no longer looks like the birds are flying off with her head!! :)I love stitching with hand dyed threads, but sometimes it poses a problem. For…

Just in Time…

for the end of Summer (or at least, the beginning of school — which to us is the end of Summer;)…I finished my ‘Signs of Summer’ from Bent Creek. It only took 3 tries to get it right. I abandoned the darker fabric pretty much right away. I like how t…

A Finish and a New Start

and another new start, and possibly another??? Oh, and a WIP as well:)And this post is just about stitching, you should see how many yarn creations I have going as well!!During most of the early part of this year, my creative mojo was just non-existent…

A Reprieve?

Not sure that’s what I’d call this, but it *might* be an improvement:)After stitching a bit more on ‘Horses in the Night’ (and complaining the whole time) dd agreed that she might be able to find a horse chart she and I could agree on. I should have gu…

Update and New Starts

Last month ended up being pretty quite on the blogging front for me. I tend to get that way this time of the year. All the busy-ness of the end of the school year/beginning of Spring, makes me what to hide away and be quite when I get the chance. But now all that busy-ness is done and we have Summer ahead of us I feel like I can come out of my shell and start having fun with the blog again. This year I will actually be spending a bit of the Summer on my own. Dd has a few activities that will have her gone for a few days here and a few days there, so there will be much less running around and (hopefully) much more stitching/knitting time for me!! That sounds like a very enjoyable Summer:)

I have manage to keep my hands busy though, so lets see what I’ve been up to and what will be new on the needles for this month…

Stitching…

Stitching has been taking a bit of a back seat to knitting/crocheting and I don’t see that changing in the near future, but I did get a bit done. First is the progress I made on my May 1st start…

Not much, but I have loved stitching this. The colors are great and the pattern is easy and fun:)

I also made some progress on my YOTA project, but didn’t update it last month. I’ve finished the big tree, both birds, a little of the alphabet and all the inside boarder for the Birds of a Feather Mystery SAL (With Thy Needle and Thread). I will be putting this away for a little while so I can work on ‘Horses in the Night’ for my dd. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on it — and I think I only have around 100 stitches in it, because I really dislike this pattern…

This pattern is going to be so time consuming and I really hate that the background has so little definition in it, even the black horse gets a bit lost in the pattern. Dd spent a lot of time looking at horse patterns though, and this is the one she liked best and I have been putting it off for a long time, so I need to get back to it, like it or not!! 🙂

I even have a finish for May. This is A Tisket, ATasket, from Black Bird Designs…

BBD was my stitching group’s designer of the month for our exchange block project. I don’t do many of the exchanges, but this one was easy as I have lots of BBD charts:)

And for my new June project…

Heaven and Nature Sing by With Thy Needle and Thread. I love the deer and bird in this piece, but I’m not so happy with the angle, a bit too prim for my taste. So I’m going to leave her out and bring the deer/bird over a bit. Mine will turn out smaller and I think work as an Ornie pretty well.

I also have a patriotic exchange I am signed up to do, but I haven’t decided on what to stitch yet. I really need to dig through my stash and get it figured out!!

Knitting…

The last knitting update I gave I was halfway done with this bag…

and I really haven’t gotten a whole lot further. I feel like I’ve been knitting a lot, but most of my projects are in the stage where it doesn’t look much different from the last updates, so I won’t post them right now.

I do have a couple new projects though. I started this next one just because I couldn’t stop myself;) and it will work with a KAL I joined (*side note… On a previous post I noted that I’d never joined a KAL, I should have kept it that way since I’ve now joined 5!!! I did make sure that most of the projects I currently have going will work for at least a couple of them so that I don’t have to start too many new projects!!*) …

I’m having a little issue with the Strangling Vine Scarf. It should be a lacey scarf and so far you can’t see the lacey pattern in mine. I’m liking how the yarn is showing off the wavy-ness of the pattern, though I was hoping that there would be more purple in it, and so far it has only shown up on the bottom rows. I can’t decide if I should change needle sizes (do I go up a size?) or keep going and hope that when I block it things will be better.

And then there is my new June start, except that I started it a few days before June because I was really excited about it!!



This is Anne’s Imagination Cowl by The Sampler Girl. For the stitchers that read my blog, you may recognize The Sampler Girl as a cross-stitch designer, and she IS!! I didn’t know that she also designed knitting patterns too!! What a great find:) And I love this cowl, and the yarn — it is soooo soft!! This is really proving to be a quick, easy and very fun pattern, so I’m hoping it’ll knit up in no time.

Crochet…

I actually got the most done with crochet this past month. I had several projects that were so close to being done and once I get buttons on a hat I was making, I will have finished off 3 projects!! I’ll post an update on those later this week so I can show them all off at once.

For a new project I actually took apart a knitted bag I was going to make and am going to crochet it instead. I had a comment on the last post that suggested crocheting would be much faster and easier and I am sure she is right. The knitting is fun, but takes so much time and I really want some project bags done, so I will do crochet and see if I can’t get a few done. Here are the colors of the first…

I’m kind of doing my own thing with this bag. I want to do a star (or daisy) stitch with the blue yarn, so I wanted to the pattern with the gray yarn not to stand out too much. I’ve chosen to do a new stitch for me…the wattle stitch (found directions HERE) for the gray yarn. I think this will go together well, but we will see:)

That’s it for now, hoping to be back in a couples days to show of my crochet projects. Have a great day!!

Some Birthday Shopping

Last Saturday was my birthday (May 16th) and I had a day of shopping planned with my sister-in-law. We were going to go to our (semi) local needlework store and then to a couple of yarn stores as well as go out to lunch together. Unfortunately my …

Turtle Trot — May 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing, restful weekend, and that those who are mothers had a very Happy Mother’s Day. Above is a basket of flowers I bought for my mom — cat not included;) Hubby got his mom a plant as well as she loves to garden:)
 
Yesterday was also the posting day for the Turtle Trot SAL. At the beginning of the year we all choose 10 projects that we wanted to make sure to make some progress on during the year. For me it was out of many, many projects:)
 
 
This month I was able to work on one of my chosen projects. The before progress…

 And the after…

This is Flower and Bird Sewing Roll from Chessie and Me. I’ve almost got the first of the two panels done now. I have one thread color issue that is going to hold me up a bit until I figure it out. I changed out the color of fabric (the first photo being more true to color) and because of that the yellow-y thread they used for the tulip flower won’t work. I’m not sure what I’m going to use yet, but I will continue on with this once I’ve figured that out:)  Until then I will move on to the next project and have fun with it for a while!! Happy Stitching!!



May’s Monthly Starts

And a bit of April’s Wrap-Up too!! First for the new monthly starts…Stitching…Love Thy Neighbor from Plum Street Samplers. I bought this one quite a while back and thought I just LOVED it. Then it came in the mail and I couldn’t make myself start i…

April Smalls SAL 2015

Whew!! That was a long blogging break!! After the first few busy weeks of April, and knowing there was even busier weeks to come (homeschool convention and dd’s formal!!), I knew something had to give, and it ended up being blogging time:) That is okay…

Turtle Trot- April 2015

The Turtle Trot Sal is hosted by Claudette at BAP Attack!!

A little late this month as we had a wild and crazy weekend and Friday just passed me by in a blur!! Actually, it wasn’t all that wild and crazy:) It was dd’s birthday weekend so we brought home a couple extra girls on Friday night after our 4-H meeting (I was cleaning all day Friday!!), and had a ‘sleep’ over. Then I took the girls into the ‘city’ to go ice skating for a while on Saturday. One of the girls went home and the other stayed with us, so we went out to dinner and then went to Youth group that night. On Sunday, we went back to the ‘city’ after church to have a birthday party with the grandparents/family. Dd even got to swim at my parent’s house for a while with the younger cousins. Then we did a little grocery shopping and made it back home to make dinner and try to get some rest:) So a fun but busy weekend.

I didn’t get much of any kind of stitching or fun yarn projects done this weekend, but I have been working on all my fun handiwork otherwise, so I have quite a bit to show off for this month!!

First off, I have a FINISH!!

This is Summer Pincushion by Black Bird Designs. I changed the colors to CC’s Cocoa Bean and ???. I’m still trying to figure out what blue this was. I used up all but a couple inches of both threads, so it was super close to running out, but then I threw away the thread tags, so I will update this once I remember!! 🙂

Then I make a bit of progress on Sarah Tobias also from Black Bird Designs. Here is where I started from…

 And where I am now…

 Pictured above is also my progress on Spring Snapperland from Bent Creek and below is where I started from…

All-in-all, a good amount of progress on some of my oldest WIPs this month!! I’m pretty excited to get more of these all finished up:) 

A Happy Easter Finish!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend (for those who celebrate, of course). We had a lovely morning with my parents and brother’s family. Dd is the oldest of 3 grandchildren on my parent’s side and she loves playing with her 2 cousins. We …

April Yota Update

YOTA is hosted by Pull The Other Thread blog.Last month around this time I was feeling a bit under the weather so I didn’t post a YOTA update, but I have one for you today!! The last time I updated my YOTA project it looked like this… This is Bi…

April’s New Projects!!!

It’s a new month, so it’s time for new projects!! Here is what I plan to work on..Stitching…This is Handprint on My Heart from Heartstring Samplery and is the first project in this year’s Prim Stitcher’s Society club. I love this chart, but will have…

End of Month Wrap Up

Just getting my monthly wrap-up in at the last few min of this month! It has been a weird month with the surprise surgery and a bit more busy than normal for March. It was nothing like April will be, that is our ‘Super Duper Busy, Yes, Please EVERYONE,…

March 2015 IHSW

 IHSW is hosted by Joysze From Random Ramblings. It seems like I’ve done a lot of ‘hermiting’ the past couple weeks, but last week I was actually gone more than I would have liked. This week won’t be so bad though. For some reason dd has less goin…

Stitcher’s Meet and Greet Blog Hop

Thank you once again to Madam Samm from Sew We Stitch for hosting another fun blog hop. This time I didn’t even have to finish stitching or sewing anything to play along. I have lots and lots of past projects to show off… 
See? I came by learning to cross stitch during my freshman year in high school. I took sewing class and as one of our projects we had to learn some kind of hand stitching. Cross stitch was the most popular in my class so I did it, and really have been ever since.
 
Of course over the years I’ve learned lots more about cross stitch than what I learned in school, and over the years the craft has changed a bit as well, growing in popularity and there-for giving lots more options for creativity. There are so many sizes and colors of fabric and floss to choose from now, which is lots of fun!! As you can see from above I do tend to stick with tan/brown/neutral colors most of the time and the smaller the weave the better!! I am mostly partial to 36-40 count linen or evenweave, but I will stitch on practically any count.  
 
I tend to have lots of projects going at any time and for a few years I participated in challenges that had you starting a new project every day for the first 15 days of the year. That was a lot of fun, but got a bit overwhelming to me. I also tend to do the stitching, but then don’t do anything with the end product:) I just enjoy the process, but I’m trying to get better at doing the finishes. Here is a pic of one of the only projects that ever got framed…
As a birthday present my sister-in-law got this framed for me. This is Autumn Snapperland from Bent Creek. Eventually I will get the other seasons done in this series.
Speaking of my sister-in-law, she is a cross stitch designer!! Marianne Meyer of Midnight Stitching is my sister-in-law, which makes for fun get-togethers, really fun shopping trips and lots of fun stitching for each other at Christmas:)
 
I do a lot of stitching as gifts or exchanges and some for myself as well, but I have also done some stitching for a charity called LoveQuiltsUSA (they have chapters in a few other countries as well). This organization collects stitched panels and makes them into themed quilts for children with various illnesses and disabilities. Here are a couple I have done for them…
The top one was for a little boy who wanted anything with blue in it. Of course the bottom one isn’t hard to figure out:) Also for a boy who loved anything fast!! These are a lot of fun to stitch and it’s so nice to see the final finished quilt with your well loved project going to a child who needs a little extra love. 

 
Hopefully I have given some inspiration into what is my favorite craft (followed closely by knitting and crocheting:). Please visit all of the bloggers participating in this blog hop:
 




Tree Bird Hop

Madam Samm from Sew We Quilt is hosting the Tree Bird Blog Hop along with Lana at It Seems to Be Sew cheering us along!! Thank you so much ladies for such a fun blog hop!!!It took me a little while to decide what to do for this hop. Ther…

March New Starts

I didn’t post a monthly wrap up for February this weekend. Mostly because of my desire to stay off the computer and just have some quiet time, but also because I didn’t feel like I really got much done last month. I’m hoping for a more productive March — at least in the creative realm. 🙂

Here are some of my new starts for March…

Stitching:

The last Ladies Prim Society  piece from last year. This is Noel from Black Bird Designs. I changed one of the colors because the ‘red’ looked too pink to me. I’m going to use the hand dyed floss that I got in last year’s 12 Days of Christmas Swap.

Embroidery:

I got a bit of a start on the next Gail Pan project I’m going to work on. This is from her book ‘Patchwork Loves Embroidery’ and will be one of the four boarders to a table top quilt.
 
Crochet:

 I’m super excited to get started on this baby blanket for a friend of my hubs. I’m doing a ripple blanket in these three colors. I’ve gotten the first 3 rows done already and started on the fourth by changing to the gray yarn, but it’s not going to work. As you may be able to tell, the gray is a different brand because Hushabye Baby Bee doesn’t have a gray, and even though they are both worsted weight, the gray is much lighter of a yarn. So I’ve googled this problem and have come up with a probable solution, another brand is a 95% match to the Hushabye. I’m hoping we have it local, but if not I’ll get it ordered soon. I have until end of May for this one, but I really want to work on it:)

Knitting:

I’m still working away at the Guernsey Wrap, but it is starting to get boring, so I decided to start something new, but small. I’m just going to work on some dish clothes for myself. And yes, I had one about 1/3 of the way done in that coral/blue/brown/white yarn, but had a mistake and ended up ripping it all out:( So this will be considered a new start since I have to start over. :0)
 
I’m also participating in a Blog Hop this month. At the right side of my blog you will see a button to the Tree Bird Blog Hop hosted by Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt (or Sew We Stitch). It’s going to be lots of fun with a bit of stitching and sewing involved!!
And I’ll have a small piece for the Smalls Sal later this month — this time I it’ll be for a block exchange with some stitchy friends!!
 
So many creative projects going on this month. And lots of activities for dd too, so I better get moving if I want to get anything done!! 🙂 


Smalls Sal — Feburary 2015

The Smalls Sal is hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. I am so happy with my results this month. My project truly is a ‘Small’ at only 1 1/2 in x 3 in, but it turned out so cute and not only did I get the stitching done, but I finished it into an Orni…

IHSW — February 2015

IHSW is hosted by Joysze over at Random Ramblings. For this SAL you make every excuse to stay at home and stitch all weekend on the third weekend of the month. OR you just do as much stitching and staying in as is possible with your schedule:)  I …

Friday Night Sew In — February 2015

Friday Night Sew-In is hosted by Wendy of Sugar Lane Quilts. For me this sew-along means a push to get the sewing machine out and actually sew something, since I would normally rather just stitch or be playing with yarn. But when al…

Turtle Trot — Feb 2015

It is a dark and cloudy day today. I think that after some nice spring-like weather we are getting back to winter again. I knew the warm weather wouldn’t last, but it was nice while we had it:) I’m really excited about my progress for Turtle Trot …

YOTA Challenge — Feb 2015

The YOTA Challenge is a fun SAL so that we can show off our stitching progress once a month. It is hosted by Pull the Other Thread. I’ve chosen to focus on ‘Birds of a Feather Mystery’ from With Thy Needle and Thread. Here is where I was before…&nbsp…