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Forced Finishes


Hello Friends!  11 days ago I tore the meniscus in my knee, so I have not been able to do much.  I see a orthopedic surgeon on May 1, so fingers crossed he can fix it.  So, while sitting, I have been able to do a few finishes.  First, I finished my Diamond Painting.

Diamond Painting finish

Sorry about the fuzzy photo.  I was trying to stand on my one leg and capture the sparkly of the tiles.  This was a wonderful, thoughtful gift from a dear friend.  It is a photo I took right outside my front door a few years ago.  It is a favorite of mine.   I love how it sparkles and can’t wait to frame it.  I have recently started a Diamond Dotz, which is the same concept, but the dots are circles rather than the square tiles in the Diamond Painting.  I definitely think that the Painting gives a better coverage than the Dotz, but both are beautiful and sparkly.  I am addicted 🙂

Next up is a scarf I knitted on the way to and from a mini vacation hubby and I took before I hurt my knee.

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I love knitting this type of scarf in the car.  It’s a no brainer.  One more to add to my stash for gift giving 🙂 And one more skein of yarn out of my stash.

I also finished knitting this cowl:

Aspen Cowl

I LOVE this one!  The pattern was a bit tricky to follow as far as what rows to do, so I had to be careful where I was.  In fact, in the beginning, I do think I left out a full 4 rows of a pattern, but it is not really noticeable.  And when I wear it doubled up around my neck, no one will no for sure.  It is knit with one ball of Ella Rae Season.  Very soft and squishy and very easy to knit.

And lastly, I finally started the 2018 Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.

2018 Mystery Sampler

My fabric is a OOAK from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics and is more of a peach color with hints of gray.  I am stitching with DMC 53 and Black and I absolutely love how the stitching looks on this fabric.  It is weird how the lighter rows appear to be lines.  I am not too sure about the black border yet, but that design really didn’t look well with the variegated thread.  I tried it several different ways, but it just didn’t look right, so I decided to go with black.  I probably should have went with a dark gray, but I am not ripping out now.  I will add more black sections and hope to balance it out.

I have a couple of other projects I had worked on, but it is too difficult to get to them right now for photographing.  So they will have to wait until they come back out.  So, what are you stitching on today?

 

AAN Chandelier · Craft projects · cross stitch · Hand Dyed Fabrics · Mermaids · Passione Ricamo · Passione Ricamo SAL · Shannon Christine designs

The Flu, a Finish and Some Stitching


Hello blogging friends!  I feel like I have been missing in action for months.  So grab your favorite beverage as this may be a long post 🙂  I am finally recovering from having the flu for the last 2 weeks.  The first week I didn’t do much except ache, sleep and fight a fever.  Ugh, I am so glad that is over.  Just before getting sick, I went to Joanns craft store and bought some crystals to finish my Chandelier piece.  I came home and laid them out and then went back again and picked up more to cover all the places I wanted a jewel to hang.  So last week I sat and sewed them all on.  Here is my finished piece.

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I really like how it came out.  The crystals are sparkly, even though they don’t show much here.  And I am glad to have this finish off the scroll frame.   This was a AAN SAL stitched on 16ct Winter Solstice from Fabrics by Stephanie.   Here are a couple of more pictures.

chandelier close up

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I also finished the March Mermaid on the Treasures of the Deep SAL by Shannon Christine Designs.

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This is a SAL put out by Fiberlicious and I am stitching it on 16ct Maldivian Dreams by Fiberlicious.  I also stitched a couple of more frames to be ready for the next few mermaids.  There will be 12 in all, each mermaid representing a birth month.  So sweet!

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I also stitched on the 2nd block of the PR 20th anniversary piece and this is how far I am before putting it away.

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20th anniversary progress

I have pulled out an old WIP to work on for now.  I call her the Pink Princess.

Pink Princess progress

I will be stitching her without the wings.  I started her March 2015.  I can’t believe it has been 3 years!  The fabric is amazing!  It is 16ct Tintagel from Fabrics by Stephanie.  I am LOVING all the pink in this one.  It’s going to be amazing!

And when I am not stitching, I am working on a new hobby; Diamond Painting!  My best stitchy friend sent me a custom made Diamond Painting for my Birthday.  It is actually a picture of a photograph I had taken a couple of years ago.  It was such a thoughtful gift and I am loving Diamond Painting.

Diamond Painting

I am about 1/2 finished placing all the little tiles down.  I find it quite addicting.  When I plan about a half hour to work on it, several hours can go by.  It is very peaceful and calming. If you don’t know what Diamond Painting is, it is kind of like cross stitching, but without a needle.  The canvas is a sticky pattern filled with little squares with symbols that correspond to a colored tile.  Much like a colored cross stitch pattern.  The tiles are picked up with a pen with wax in the bottom of it and the tiles are placed on the corresponding symbol.  I am loving it and already thinking about my next canvas 😉  I am not going to reveal the finished picture just yet.  Can you tell what it is?

Well, I think I have taken up enough of your time for now.  I am happy to be doing better and getting back to a normal routine.  What have you been crafting on lately?

 

cross stitch · Mermaids · Nora Corbett · Passione Ricamo · Passione Ricamo SAL · Poison Pixie · Shannon Christine

Stitching and More Snow!


Hello friends!  Happy March!  I have no idea where February went, but I do hope that March slows down a bit.  And it is coming in like a Lion!  This is what it looks like out my window right now:

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Really?  After all of our snow had finally melted and we have had temperatures in the 50’s the last 3 days.  We are expecting 4-6 inches today.  It has been snowing steady for the last 4 hours and starting to pile up out there.  Good thing I have no plans to be out today or tomorrow.  Enough about the white stuff.  Let’s get to the stitchy stuff 🙂

First, I brought this adorable little pixie home from the framer a couple of weekends ago.

White Angel Trumpet framed

She is the White Trumpet Angel by Nora Corbett.  I stitched her on a one of a kind hand dyed fabric from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics in 16ct Aida.  If you haven’t checked out her fabrics, you should.  She usually posts new fabrics on her Etsy on Monday’s and you can purchase what she posts right away.  She has great customer service and super fast shipping.  She is so sweet!  I have yet to hang her in my craft room, (the framed piece, not Johanna, LOL)  but I will.  She will join the other 3 pixies I have hanging in there.

I have been stitching on the Passione Ricamo 20th Anniversary piece and finished the first block a few nights ago.  Sorry for the crooked picture.

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This piece is going to be amazing when it is finished.  Here is a close up of the block I just finished:

first block on PR SAL

It was so much easier stitching this block than it was that Fairy to the right.  It probably took me about a week of evenings to stitch her.   I hope all of the blocks go as quick, then I can have this piece finished in a few months.  Wouldn’t that be awesome!

And I have a new start!  When you see what it is, you will know why I couldn’t resist…

Treasures of the Deep

A year of mermaids!!!  WOW!  As soon as this was released, my BSF (Best Stitchy Friend) sent the link over to me and I caved almost immediately.  She is such an enabler, LOL.  But I love her and she knows me so well.  So this is a year long SAL designed by Shannon Christine and put out by Fiberlicious.  I have received all of my supplies and started it the other night.  Here is my progress:

Start on Mermaid SAL

The mermaids are birthstone mermaids and the SAL starts with February.  Isn’t she just the sweetest little mermaid?  And boy is this piece full of bling!!  But my beads and crystals will have to wait until the very end.  I am stitching on 16ct Aida Maldivian Dream from Fiberlicious.  It is a beautiful hand painted fabric.   If you are interested in this SAL, you can order through Fiberlicious.

Well, that is what I have been up to.  What are you up to these days?  Do you have any new starts?   What WIP project are you trying to get finished?

cross stitch · knitted cowl · Knitting · Passione Ricamo · Passione Ricamo SAL · Sampler

A Little Fairy


Hello blogging friends!  It is mid February already and I feel like my ambition in January is stuck in January.  But I am making progress on things 🙂  First up, I have a little Fairy!

PR 20th anniversary progress

Boy did she drive me crazy!  Not sure if it was because the designer made the large fairy a lot smaller to fit into this space or what.  But the backstitching was so crazy, that I ended up doing it my own way.  Too many zig zags within a stitch or 2 that were just not possible on the Aida, so I did my own thing and I think it came out pretty good.  I am not that happy with her face.  Her green eyes are not that visible, but I will leave it for now.  I am just happy to have her finished.  Not sure if I will continue with this piece or put it away for now.  We’ll see how I feel tonight.  This is the 20th Anniversary SAL from Passione Ricamo that was put out in 2014.  Yeah, I slacked on this one, but I am hoping for a finish this year…maybe…Anyway, I am stitching her on 16ct Aida Nantucket Sky from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

I also have a framed finish!  Yep, I picked up from the cross stitch store on Feb. 3.  I still don’t have a place to hang it, but it’s home and I love it!

Mystery Sampler finish

Sorry about the crooked photo.  I was trying not to get the glare from the window and maybe my head was tilted, too.   What a truly remarkable piece!  I loved every stitch of this one and am so proud of myself for keeping up with it and finishing it in the month of December when the last section was released.  I love my color choices and where I placed the colors.  I would not change a thing about my choices on this one.  So, for all the info on this one:  2017 Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.  Stitched on 16ct Aida Castleview from Silkweaver.  Threads are Sullivan’s variegated London Fog and DMC 3888.  I am hoping that my color choices for the 2018 Sampler make me as happy as this one.  I haven’t started it yet, as I am waiting on a bigger piece of fabric and some threads.  I will be sure to share once I get it started.  If you are interested in the 2017 or the 2018 Mystery Samplers, you can find the info about them on the Linen and Threads website.  They are both FREE patterns, so that is even more amazing!

When hubby took me Birthday shopping in January, one of the things he bought me was this:

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A cute Cowl pattern and a very soft, squishy skein of yarn. So I started it 🙂

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Oh my gosh!  Those colors are so gorgeous!!  Very nice pattern, too.  I do have to pay attention, at least until I get the hang of the pattern.  I am in love!  And I can’t wait to see more of the color variations.  The pattern is Aspen Cowl by Javori Designs.  The yarn is Ella Rae Seasons Yarn color #52.  One ball will make the cowl using drop and eyelet stitches.  the yarn is 76% acrylic, 14% Wool, 10% Nylon and has 219 yards.  The yarn almost looks like a crocheted chain.  Gives it that nice squishy texture. According to the pattern there are 280 rows and I have 32 completed rows.  Long way to go to a finish, but it is going to be gorgeous when finished.

It is another cold day outside today, but the last 2 days were warmer so our snow is melting.  I will leave you with a picture of a sparkly icicle with the sun shining through.  So pretty, but glad they are all melted now 🙂

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Books I am reading · cross stitch · Hand Dyed Fabrics · Knitting · Nora Corbett · Passione Ricamo · Pixie · Poison Pixie · scrapbooking

First Finishes of the Month


Hello blogging friends!  We are a few weeks into January and already I have a few finishes.  Earlier in the month I finished the 1 ball cowl I had started over the summer and I just love how it turned out.

One ball shawl

The yarn is “Shawl in a Ball” from Lion Brand.  The color is Community Coral. It was pretty mindless knitting in stockinette stitch and so it became my take along project for knitting on car rides that were 1/2 an hour or more.  After the new year, I decided to bite the bullet and knit on it until I finished the skein.  I have already worn it once and it is nice and warm.

Next up I have my first 2 scrapbook pages for the year.  They were part of a kit from my Local Scrapbook store.  January pages of the Calendar Club.

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I have done the calendar club at this shop for the past 4 or 5 years, but this year is going to be my favorite as she will be using products from Blue Fern.  I Love their products and I enjoyed creating these pages.  Hopefully I can get more pictures on them and keep up with it all year.  Photos will hide those finger prints on the 2nd page from me putting lotion on my hands.  Ugh.

Next up is my first book finish.

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I finished this book on Wednesday.  It is the 2nd in The Guardian Trilogy from Nora Roberts.  With all of my hobbies, reading takes a back seat, reading usually only at lunch time or when I am at a hair appointment or take my car in for an oil change.  One of my goals this year is to read more.  I am happy to have my first book finished in January.  This series is pretty good.  I am anxious to start the 3rd book and see how it finishes up.

I finished this sweet little thing last night:

White Angel Trumpet finish

She was a pretty quick stitch.  Binge watching the old X-Files has certainly helped me move right along with her.  She is White Angel Trumpet, a Poison Pixie from Nora Corbet.  I stitched her on a OOAK 16ct Aida from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  The fabric looks like it has poisonous gasses in greens and grays.  I think it is perfect for her.

So I dug this WIP out to work on for now.

PR 20th anniversary SAL

This one is Passione Ricamo’s 20th Anniversary SAL.  It is quite a large piece and I would love to finish this one this year.  There are many blocks on this one each containing a portion of different PR  patterns from over the years.  I am stitching on 16ct Aida Nantucket Sky from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  It is truly going to be an amazing piece.  Not sure how long I will stitch on it, but every stitch will put me closer to a finish, right?

So that is it for my finishes so far this month.  I have a long list of goals for 2018 and I am still trying to put them into a “18 in 2018” order.  I hope to have that list nailed down for my next post.  So what are your goals for 2018?  What are you currently working on? I’d love to hear all about it 🙂

cross stitch · Nora Corbett · Pixie · Sampler

Welcome 2018!


Happy New Year, my blogging friends!  I do wish you all a wonderful, happy, healthy 2018.  I just love starting a new year.  It’s a blank page to make it what you want; to make those lists of things to do, (and not do) and what we want to accomplish in the new year.  It is also my birthday month, so I am a little partial to January 😉  I have made my list of New Year Resolutions and things I would like to do this year.  It is a really long list and I intend to work very hard at accomplishing all of my goals.  Some of the things at the top of my list are to eat healthier by cooking more, get my butt on the tread mill, clean and purge my entire house (I got a good start in December) eliminate a lot of knitting and scrapbooking stash and to finish cross stitch WIP’s.  I have been pretty good at working on WIP’s this last year, so hopefully that will continue into the new year.  So, let’s get to the stitchy stuff.  I finished the Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.

 

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I put the last stitch in just minutes before midnight on Christmas Eve.  I really, really enjoyed this stitch all year long and am so pleased with my color selections.  If you are seeing this for the first time, I stitched this on 16ct Aida Castleview by Silkweaver.  I stitched with Sullivan’s variegated London Fog and DMC 3888.  And a special thank you to the gals that donated some 3888 floss to me so that I could finish this project.  I chose this floss from my DMC cabinet and didn’t realize that it was a color that was offered in a box of new colors that have not been added to the DMC line.  So  I really appreciate the gals helping me out.  If you are interested in stitching this, the pattern sections are FREE from Linen and Threads and they are still available on their website.  They have also started a new Mystery Sampler for 2018, for FREE,  and I have a feeling it will be just as gorgeous as this one.  The January section is up on the website.  I can’t wait for my threads to get here and to get that special piece of fabric so I can get started on it.  Here is another angle of my finished piece.

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I have put a few stitches into my newest start, White Angel Trumpet, by Nora Corbett.

White Angel Trumpet progress

So far this has been a very nice, relaxing stitch.  I am stitching her on 16ct Aida, One of a Kind from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.

That is all for now.  I do hope to blog more this year.  I’d love to say that I will be create a new post every week, but I think I would totally fail at that one right off the bat.  So I will post when I can and share what I am up to 😉  So what are your goals for 2018?  I’d love to hear about them.  I will leave you with a gorgeous winter sunset I saw last night 🙂 I am still thinking about the gorgeous pinks and purples and oranges and what a wonderful piece of fabric that would be.

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AAN Chandelier · cross stitch · Nora Corbett

Busy Time of Year, But Still Stitching


Hello blogging friends!  How is your December going?  Can you believe it is almost the middle of December already?  I have gotten quite a bit done, but still a few things left on my to do list.  I am reserving my evenings to stitch so that I can relax after the busy days.  So what have I been up to?  Well, first, I finished the stitching on the Chandelier SAL from AAN.

chandelier finish

I love how this one has turned out so far.  I say so far, because where the little metallic stitchings are, there is supposed to be some bling 🙂  I am still waiting on an ornament pack from AAN.  I hope it arrives soon as I really want this one to be finished so I can get it framed.  I love chandeliers with all their sparkles and shine.  I want this one to have lots of sparkle.  So when I receive those embellishments, I will be sure to update you on this one.  Stitched on 16ct Aida Winter Solstice from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Next up is the Wherefore Art Thou piece from Nora Corbett.

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I did a little stitching on this one.  I am really sad that, in person, the pink fabric really shows through the stitching.  The only thing I can determine is that the weeks dyed threads and colorworks threads are thinner than DMC and so the coverage on Aida is not as well.  If I were to start this one again, I would definitely do it in DMC instead of the hand dyed threads.  I am trying to keep plugging away at it since I have invested so much money into the hand dyed threads, but it is really hard.  The fabric is 16ct Aida Pink Impatiens by Silkweaver.  So I put her aside and started a new project.

White Angel Trumpet Start

This is Angel White Trumpet from the Poison Pixie series by Nora Corbett.  This one really called to me.  I knew I wanted to start her as soon as I received her.  I had this perfect fabric.  16ct Aida,  one of a kind from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  I worked on her for about 3 evenings and then decided I needed to get back to the Mystery Sampler to do the December section so I can get it finished before the end of the year.

Mystery Sampler Dec section

The December section is awesome and maybe the largest band.  I do hope to get it done by the end of the year.  I am stitching this one on 16ct Aida Castleview from Silkweaver. The threads are London Fog from Sullivans and DMC 3888.  There will be a new sampler in 2018 by the same designer that designed this one.  I do plan to do it, but want to see the first section to help me decide on fabric and thread colors.

Before I go, I wanted to share a post that I saw on another blog this morning:

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“Hey Everyone!
In the Spirit of the Holidays, Sam Bee here at Bumblebee Acres is humbly asking you for any help you might be able to give. I am offering these two patters for sale, and all proceeds will go towards my fundraiser. I additionally have a fundraiser page, if you would like to share, read more, or (Bless your heart!) Donate more!
I am attaching the Link to the Fundraiser here: https://www.youcaring.com/samanthatroia-1033946
I am also copying & pasting my story he…

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You can also read about her and visit the Bumblebee Acres blog and read more and see the scrumptious yarns they have for sale.  I purchased the pattern this morning and am still deciding on some of their yarns.  If you want to help out this gal, you can make a donation or the purchase of her Joyful and Cozy pattern has all the proceeds going to help her get the insulin pump that will give make things easier for her .  I am not affiliated with this company and I don’t know  Sam Bee.  I am just passing on the info to help someone out.

So, that is what I have been up to.  Along with decorating the house, putting up the tree, cleaning and purging as I go, Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and finally getting my Christmas cards finished today.  So how are your December plans going and what are you doing to relax at the end of your busy days?