Monday, August 14, 2017

Page 24

Saturday afternoon, I finished page 24 of Lust.  


I had planned on starting page 25 but I just couldn't do it so I went downstairs to my bag o WIPs and pulled out several.  He Came With The Rain from UnconventionalXS is the project that went on the QSnaps.   I'm hoping to finish page 1 in the next week or so since they're not very big pages.



Today, my kiddos went back to school!  I can't believe I have a 9th grader and a 6th grader!  I finished up some of the paperwork last night so the 9th grader can play football and he can get his chromebook for class.  Today, he also has concussion testing so he can start football practice tomorrow.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Page 23

Last night, I finished page 23 of Lust!


I've started page 24 and am hoping to finish that page by the weekend, but since school starts next week, we have meetings and open houses tonight.  This weekend, I'm planning on making salsa verde and doing something with the over abundance of elderberries on the bushes.  The corn also needs picked, cut off cobs and frozen and I think there are tomatoes ready to go.  Busy, busy!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Working on a page finish

I made lots of progress this weekend!  I have under 1000 stitches left on this page and page 24 is maybe 10 stitches wide.  I'm hoping I'll have both pages finished by next weekend.


Monday, July 31, 2017

The detail is in the confetti!

I'm still working on those confetti filled flames.  I'm hoping to have them done tonight or tomorrow so I can move onto the rest of the page.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Hello there!

I saw this guy early Saturday morning.  I don't know what kind he is, but if anyone knows, please tell me.


I made some nice progress on Lust last week.  I'm hoping to finish all the confetti in the flames over the next week or so.  Then, the bulk of the rest of the chart should be big blocks of color for the most part.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dang, it's hot out there!

I think summer is here, with a vengeance!!  It's supposed to be 100 degrees here today and that's before you account for humidity.  Yuck!

Last weekend was hot but Saturday morning, we brought this lovely home from where it's been stored.  I would really love to get it running again and be able to drive it.


This is where Blue Moroccan Lace is right now.  I spent 30 minutes last night trying to decide on the next color to add and put it away.  Lust came back out instead.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Blue Moroccan Lace

I've made some slow progress on Blue Moroccan Lace over the last week.  We've had a baseball tournament which has slowed me down!
7/8/17

 7/10/17
This isn't the outside border but it still matched up!



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Decisions...

Since Photobucket is being a pain and wants to charge a lot of money to be able to use their photo sharing ability with blogger, I need to look for a new photo hosting service.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Anyway,  I finally made it to the end of the row I was working on in Heritage Sampler.

At that point, I needed a change  of scenery so I pulled out Star Spangled Banner from Northern Expressions Needlework.  I finished the stripe I had been working on last time it was out and started the next white stripe.  I was having problems with stitch placement so I started the next red stripe.  At that point, I decided I'd had enough of all specialty stitches.

Yesterday, I'd also worked on finishing kitting up Chatelaine's Blue Moroccan Lace Mandala.

Here's what I've got.  My helper approved!

I hope to get a start on this tonight but there's baseball, so maybe.



Monday, June 26, 2017

One last bit...

Heritage Sampler is still out.  

Sunday, it was time to move the qsnaps.  I'm pretty sure what I'm adding to those blank rows, but have yet to work it all out and get it charted.


I'm ready to rotate, but I'm going to finish the two stitched rows, the vertical leaves and grapes and the column of alphabet, just like the other side, since that will meet my goal for this piece this year.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Heritage Sampler

I finally finished the first third or so of the second set of bands I'm working on.

Then I moved the snaps and finished all the loose threads before starting any new.  Here's my progress through last night. 



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Heritage Sampler progress

In between ball games and practice, I am making progress on Heritage Sampler.


Since this picture, I've finished the top band (at least what fit inside the current qsnap opening) and moved down the page.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Garden Verses to Heritage Sampler

I finally hit a wall with Garden Verses Friday night.  I just couldn't do any more.  So I finished the 10 stitches or so in the color I was working in and put her away.  I made more progress on her in the last two months than I have in the last 10 years so I'm happy.  I'm hoping the next time I pull her out, she'll get finished.

I had trouble picking my next project.  I pulled out several and even thought about a new start but Chatelaine's Heritage Sampler won.  I didn't make a huge amount of progress this weekend since we had a baseball tournament but overall, I don't think I did too bad.
My kiddo is the runner in this picture.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Garden Verses and 2 FFO's

Over the last week, I've continued to make progress on Garden Verses.  Here's a picture from Saturday when I moved my qsnaps.
I've since almost finished the purple, but I don't have another picture.

I also decided to frame a couple of pieces.  I started out with four but didn't like the frames for two of them once I brought them upstairs.  But two is better than what I had.

So, here is FFO #1
A Stitcher's Heart from Sekas & Co

and FFO #2
FoF 79.  Artwork by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, charted by HAED

Both were frames purchased from Michaels, probably during a sale.  I tend to pick up square frames even if I don't know what I"m going to use them for.  The mat for FoF 79 started out white but I didn't like it with the stitching and the frame so I painted it black and speckled it with some silver.  I think it turned out pretty nice.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

An update and an anniversary

Garden Verses is still out.  I need to rotate.  I brought Feathers in the Wind upstairs but that is still sitting on the coffee table.  Garden Verses is still making slow progress.
There was enough room at the bottom for that ribbon.  There isn't a huge amount, but enough.


Thirteen years ago, May 22, 2004, my little village was hit by the widest F4 tornado recorded to that point and almost wiped us off the map.  Thankfully, my son, who was almost 2, and I were not home at the time and my husband and pets made it through with only a few scratches.

We rebuilt our home right back on the same foundation and moved back one year later.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Slow progress

Since the last time I posted, I've made some pretty good progress.  Thursday, while at baseball practice, I needed to move the qsnaps so I took a picture


Since then, there was an all day state track meet that was three hours away.  My kid took 5th in his event!  Then there was frogging of everything I'd managed to stitch on the way to said track meet.  Then there was a baseball game last night.  It was too windy to stitch so I had a book out instead when my kid wasn't playing.

Here's a picture from yesterday when I was stuffing things in my bag to go to the game.


I get weird looks from some of the other parents when I stitch a game away but I don't know most of them well enough to just shoot the sh$% with them.  I'm just an introvert at heart so I bring something to occupy my brain while I watch my kid practice or during games.

Tonight, I get to go straight home after work, do a couple of chores, cook supper and STITCH!!  It's been a while since I've been able to go straight home and not spend so much time in the car.

Monday, May 8, 2017

First rose

I'm still plugging along on Garden Verses.  I'm kind of surprised she's been out this long but I'll take what I can get.  I've also realized how big a girl she is.  I've been working on her again for a little more than three weeks and still have A LOT to go.

I'm going to keep working on her while the bug is happy with her.  Here's where she is now.


Monday, May 1, 2017

What's in that blue bag?

Garden Verses by Mirabilia still has my full attention.  This is definitely another Mira that the photo on the front doesn't do it justice.  There is lots of metallic to give it an extra something, especially since this one has zero beads.  

I took my qsnaps off yesterday morning to take a picture for something else so here is everything I had stitched to that point.


Last night had definitely seen more progress.  I'm starting to wonder if my fabric will be big enough though since there is another drape of gown/cloak/whatever that goes lower than the point I am now.  I definitely need to check that out!



Monday, April 24, 2017

Garden Verses

I wish I could say I've been stitching all the things but I've only been making slow progress on Garden Verses.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Page finish and an OLD WIP

Friday, I finished page 1 of Old European Sampler.  I really like the colors in this with the pops of color in the browns.  


I moved the qsnaps and threaded my needle to start page 2 and lost interest in this for now so I tried The Forgotten by Charting Creations.  Zero progress on that one too.  So I dug around in my WIPs and found one of the two oldest WIPs I have.  I still need to dig the other one out.  I don't think it has very much left on it.

Anyway, Here is Mirabilia's Garden Verses when I pulled it out Friday.  I was using DMC metallic in this and hated it which may be why I haven't made a lot of progress in the last 10 years.  That and the fabric is not good.  I remember pulling it out since I had it and the chart would fit.  I'm going to stick it out though.


Friday night, I frogged the metallic and I've since restitched with PTB and made some nice progress on the left side.  I'm really looking forward to getting into some of the richer colors and away from the ecru and browns.





Monday, April 10, 2017

That may have worked

Starting Old European Sampler may be entertaining my stitchy bug.  I've made some great progress over the last week.


Hopefully that continues and I see a page finish soon.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Here stitchy bug!

I'm still trying to tempt my stitchy bug and it's not working so well.

Last Thursday, I couldn't face any more roses on Beaded Dragonfly Tile for a bit.  It was bad enough that I didn't even finish the leaves I was working on.  


I pull it off my qsnaps and pulled He Came With the Rain back out for the weekend.


I put about 1050 stitches in this and pulled it back off my qsnaps.  Then I went digging through some older kitted projects and found Steve Rousseau's Old European Sampler that was a freebie through the Needleprint blog in 2010

I have this kitted in HDF silks and made a little progress last night.

Time will tell if this one stays out for a bit.  




Monday, March 20, 2017

There be dragons...

Actually, their much smaller cousins, the dragonfly.  

I've really been enjoying this one.  I don't know if it's because it's a new start, a Chatelaine, beads or a combination of all three.  

Friday night, I finished the first rose bud.  There are eighteen colors, including the backstitch color, in that baby.  But the result is beautiful!

Saturday, I finished another couple rose buds and added the backstitching on the first two dragonflies.

And last night, I finished the last rose, added the remaining dragonflies and started adding beads to them.  There is a definite PITA factor to beading this way, but I love the little blingy dudes!



Monday, March 13, 2017

Ugh...

Since my last post, my mojo has taken a short leave of absence.  

I haven't managed much since my last post.

There were 115 stitches on Lust



Then to try to tempt my mojo back, I pulled out my kit for Chatelaine's Beaded Dragonfly Tile.  Here's a screenshot from chatelaine.de


I didn't get very far, in part because we had a basketball tournament all weekend.  I'm stitching on 28ct white Monaco.






Tuesday, March 7, 2017

They kinda look like chickens...

Last week was fairly productive.

I think the long tailed animals are probably supposed to be dragons of some nature, but they kind of look like chickens with the combs on top of their heads.

Page 23 2/28/17




page 24 3/4/17



page 25 3/6/17



overall



Now, Lust is back out to hopefully see some good progress and the end of the flames!