cross stitch · knitted scarves · Sampler · vacation · yarn

Stitchy Updates


Wow! It’s September 5 and I don’t even know where Summer went.  It’s been exactly 2 months since I last posted and I am sorry about that.  Obviously life took over, LOL.  But I have been stitching and doing I don’t even know what else.  I took a little vacation, but other than that, I can’t remember everything else I did the last couple of months.  Good thing I have a planner 😉  So, what have I been up to? Well, grab your favorite beverage and pull up a chair.  I have a feeling this will be a long post.

I have been stitching mostly on the Mystery Sampler by Linen and Threads.  I have been trying my best to get caught up and last night I started the second row of the August section.  I am quite pleased with myself for actually having started the August section in the month of August.  I am still loving this piece so much.  Here is a picture of my entire piece so far:

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For those of you seeing this for the first time, it is a FREE SAL from Linen and Threads.  They release a section the first of each month.  It started in January 2017 and runs through December 2017.  If you are interested in doing this sampler, you can go to their website and print off the sections, pick your own fabric and threads and get started.  They also have a facebook page you can join and see all the different ways people are stitching this one.  I am stitching mine on 16ct Aida Castleview from Silkweaver. I am using Sullivan thread London Fog and DMC 3888.  I am hoping to be caught up with this piece sometime this month.

I also took a little vacation with my husband, to Wisconsin.  He took me there so I could visit the Paine Art Center and Gardens.  A couple of years ago, I fell in love with photos from a wonderful photographer, Kirsty Mitchell.  She is from the UK and created a wonderful series of photos for her Wonderland series that are just amazing.  When I found out that she was having a showing in Wisconsin, I knew that I had to go.  So I mentioned it to my husband and he set the plan in motion.  But first, he surprised me with a wonderful gift in July.  Her beautiful Wonderland book.

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He bought me flowers and gave me the invoice showing he ordered the book for me.  I balled my eyes out!  I couldn’t believe he ordered the book for me.  A week later, it arrived in the mail and it is as amazing as I knew it would be.

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One of my favorite photos.  And seeing the photos, life-sized, at the Paine Art Center, did not disappoint either.

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I was so, so happy to be there, at the Paine, standing in front of this amazing banner that I had only seen on facebook up to this point.  We arrived before the Center opened, so we were able to walk around the mansion a little before the doors opened.  The Art Center is actually a Mansion that was built by Mr. & Mrs. Paine in 1927.  The history about the mansion is interesting and the mansion itself is gorgeous.   The different gardens are so lovely, too.  I am so glad we visited in the summer while most of the flowers were still in bloom.  When we walked into the first room where Kirsty’s exhibit is, it literally took my breath away.  It was so emotional.  The photos, the video, the music, the lighting, everything was so perfect!  Yes, I cried.  Her photos do that to me.  If you love photography, and Kirsty’s work, you have to see her show.  It will be at the Paine until October 15, 2017.  I am Not sure where it will go next, but I could not risk it being too far away to drive, and Wisconsin was a day drive for us and one that I would do again in a heartbeat.  So we visited the 2 rooms where Kirsty’s photos were on display. We sat and watched the video’s and  then we walked around and looked at the entire mansion.  I  then went back to see Kirsty’s photos.  I couldn’t resist a second look.  And then we visited the gardens.  It was a wonderful day.  One that I will remember always.  I can’t wait to scrapbook my photos. Here is a layout I did when I received my beautiful book.

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We also visited some lighthouses on this trip.  Here is the St. Joseph Lighthouse.

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And, we visited the Hackley and Hume houses in Muskegon.

IMG_0917 (2)I first heard about these houses when I saw cross stitch patterns of them.  When I found out that they were real houses in Muskegon, Michigan, I decided if I ever got near Muskegon, I would have to stop and visit them.  And so we did and they were amazing.  And now of course I want to cross stitch them 😉

Since the drive was a long one, I decided to do some knitting while in the car.  On the trip to Wisconsin, I knitted this scarf:

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One more ball of scarf yarn out of my stash 🙂  Love the beautiful fall colors.  For the trip home, I visited a craft store and purchased a ball of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball and started this pretty:

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At 1/2 off, I couldn’t resist.  I even used the hotel computer center to print off a pattern from Lion Brand.  I thought it was a shawl pattern, but when it actually came up and I printed it, it is a cowl.  It is straight stockinette stitch, so it was perfect for the car ride.  I didn’t have much done when we arrived back home.  I have been adding a few rows here and there.  My needles are 10″ long so I maybe have about 20″ done now.  I am looking forward to seeing all the color changes in this yarn. I have a couple of skeins of this yarn in my stash that I hope to knit a shawl with someday.  So far I like knitting with it.  The yarn is an uneven yarn and has some white fibers throughout.  I like the look of it and hopefully I can get it done so that I can wear it this winter.

So, that is what I have been up to.  I told you it was going to be a long post. If you are still here, I thank you for reading all about my vacation and what I have been up to.   I have also collected more things to cross stitch in the last couple of months and I have to admit that I am anxious to start something new, but I have been a good girl…so far, sticking mainly with the sampler 😉   So, what are you stitching at the moment and because it is September, do you feel like starting a new project?

 

 

 

Afghans · Crochet · cross stitch · Fairies · Hand Stamped Cards · Passione Ricamo SAL · temperature blanket

Crazy Busy, But I’m Still Stitching


Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post!  And where did June go?  I swear just the other day it was June 1 and now here we are in July!  Summer please slow down 🙂  So even though I have been going at full speed almost every day the last few weeks, I have managed to get my regular stitching in 🙂  So here is what I have been up to:

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Here is where I am with Moon, Sweet Moon, Mystery SAL by Passione Ricamo.  I am stitching her on 16ct Aida OOAK from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  It is actually a gray color with hints of purple.  Bad photo, sorry.  It is really beautiful in person. Unfortunately, this is no longer a SAL.  Someone has passed the first few sections onto the internet, illegally, so Laura ended the SAL.  So sad for someone to do this.  She has released the full pattern to each person that signed up, with watermarked pattern in their name.  This is how it will look when finished:

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It is so beautiful and I am so sad to see it end as a SAL.  It is now available for purchase on Laura’s website if you are wanting to stitch this beauty.  You can find it here. I am waiting on threads for the moon, so I have put her aside and picked up this one:

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This is the Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler.  I can’t begin to tell you how I much I LOVE stitching on this piece.  I have just started stitching the April section, so I am a bit behind.  But it is such a relaxing stitch.  I am using Sullivan’s variegated thread London Fog and DMC 3888.  The fabric is 16ct Aida Castleview by Silkweaver.  I am hoping to get this caught up before getting back to something else or starting something else.  If you would like to stitch this piece, it is a FREE SAL put out by Linen and Threads and the January through July sections are on their website.  Here is another view:

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I have also been adding a row or two, now and then on my Temperature blanket.  I am somewhere at the beginning of April and here is how it is looking so far:

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I’ve added another row of yellow and a row of light purple.  Hoping there will be more of these colors as I am really getting bored of the darker ones.  This is nice to work on when I have a few minutes here and there.  It is getting too big to carry around, so I will keep adding to it now and then and hope to also get caught up with it, too.

In my last post I told you briefly about a new stamp obsession of mine.  Here are some cards using products from Heartfelt Creations:

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Here is a close-up of those beautiful 3-d flowers!

 

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And this one is my favorite:

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I am having such fun making 3-d flowers with glitter, and frosting and beaded centers.  I need to play more 🙂  I have also added these 3-d flowers to my scrapbook pages.  I will have to get photos of those for next time.  Right now it’s time to go play 🙂

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What are you busy playing with these days?

 

cross stitch · Fairies · Nora Corbett · Passione Ricamo

My New Look And An Update


If you have been following my blog and are visiting today, you will notice my blog has a new look.  The theme I was using has been retired, and I thought I needed an update.  I spent hours this morning looking at themes WordPress has to offer.  I just couldn’t find what I wanted.  Or let’s just say I am not a big fan of change.  I think that is more the issue than finding something I liked.  I’m not that great of a computer user either, so the choice was hard.  I have settled on this look for now.  I am still looking 😉  So now for an update on what I have been up to.

I have finished Ella, the Frog Princess.  I finished her on May 8, and am so pleased with how she turned out. Have a look:

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She is not heavily beaded, but enough to add some sparkle to her.  She is a Mirabilia pattern and is stitched on 16ct Aida Pandora from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

I have also started the Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL, Moon Sweet Moon and am loving this one.

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This will be a fairy and a very large moon.  I can’t wait to see if the fairy will be sitting in the moon or flying in front of it.  I believe that Laura has re-opened this one for purchase if you want to get in on this one.  Click here for the info on her site.  I am on section 3 and have section 4 to do before section 5 comes out next week.  I am stitching her on a 16ct Aida fabric that was special made for me by Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  I love it.  It has a bit of a purple hue to it that the photo doesn’t show, but I think it will be perfect for a night sky.

I have also put a few stitches into the Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.

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I am afraid I am quite a bit behind on this one.  I am still working on the February section.  But that’s ok.  I am totally loving this one, too.  I am stitching this on 16ct Aida Castle View from Silkweaver.  I am using Sullivans Variegated thread London Fog and DMC 3888 (which is not part of their line, but a specialty thread).

So that is what I have been up to aside from making cards with some new products I found at the local Scrapbook convention.  More on that in my next post 🙂  So what are you working on these days?

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AAN Chandelier · cross stitch · Hand Dyed Fabrics · Mirabilia · Passione Ricamo · Passione Ricamo SAL

A Framing, A Start, Ready for a Start and Progress!


Hello Bloggers!  I think it is finally Spring here.  In fact, this was happening outside my front door in my Rhododendron bush:

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This Mama was so busy making this nest.  It was wonderful watching her.  Then last week I noticed a broken egg on my porch.  So I frantically tried looking in the nest to see if there were any more eggs and yes, there were 3 more.

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I do hope that nothing gets to the other eggs and I can see little baby birds soon.  So exciting.

More excitement…look what made it home from the framers yesterday:

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A Journey Into the Deep by Passione Ricamo.  She is soooo beautiful!  And so big!  And already hanging on the wall.  Right at the end of my hallway, so everytime I go upstairs, I can look at all her gorgeousness!  She was stitched on 28ct Lugana Pixie Dust from Silkweaver.  So happy to have this awesome mermaid finished and hanging up.  Here are a few more pictures of her:

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I am making slow progress on Ella.  Other things have been occupying my time lately, so only a few stitches here and there.  Here is how she looked after I put her down last night:

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I couldn’t resist starting a little bit of that sweet frog.  I will save him and his crown for last 😉

I also started a new project.  A Chandelier SAL from AAN.  I’m not sure about the metallic threads.  I have chosen a suggested fabric, 16ct Aida Winter Solstice from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie, but the threads are not showing up very well.  So, when I get back to it, I will finish the whitish stitching and then decide how I want to add the metallic threads.  There will be lots of jewels, too!  So excited for the end of this one.  I LOVE chandeliers.  I have a whole board devoted to them on my Pinterest – Ginny Schleich if you want to check it out.  So here is my start on this one:

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And lastly, I am getting ready for a new Stitch A Long to start on Monday!  It is Passione Ricamo’s Mystery SAL 5. It seems like I have been ready and waiting for months!

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My fabric is on the scrolls, marked and ready to go!  It is a beautiful hand dyed that Johanna from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics made for me.  It is gray with hints of purple.  I think it will be perfect for Moon, Sweet Moon.  From the sneak peeks from Dawn, the model stitcher, It is going to be a Fairy and a crescent moon.  If you want to do this SAL, you have until April 29 to purchase the SAL.  You can find it by clicking on the link above or here.

So, that is what I have been up to among many other things.  I’d love to hear about what you are working on.  For now, Keep on Stitching and Enjoy Every Stitch 🙂

cross stitch · Mirabilia

Winners and Ella Update


Good morning, blogging friends.  Another cold, cloudy day here and snow on the way…in April!  Though that is not so unusual here in Michigan.  But I was really hoping for Spring.

I pulled names for my blogaversary give-away and they are as follows:

The Knitting give-away:  Nicola Florence

Cross Stitch give-away:  Gretchen Parker

Congratulations, ladies.  Send me an email at ginny@mytimestitching.com with your addresses and I will get your prizes out to you.  So sorry for the delay.

Now for an update on my stitching.  I have been steadily stitching on Ella and am making pretty good progress on her.

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I am almost finished with the ruffles and then I can move onto her waist and arms and I am so excited!!  She is really beginning to come alive.

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In case you are seeing her for the first time, she is Ella, the Frog Princess by Mirabilia.  I am stitching her on 16ct Aida Pandora from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  Just LOVE how she is turning out.

I also have a new app I have been playing with on my phone.  It is called Xstitch.  Have you heard of it?

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I heard about it in one of the facebook groups and it sounded like something I needed.  So I bought it for $2.99 and started playing around with it.  It was a little confusing, because I wanted it to do somethings a little different.  You can keep track of your WIP’s and supplies, keep an inventory of  fabrics and threads you have.  It doesn’t have a list for Sullivan Threads or Mill Hill beads and treasures.  You can keep track of charts and kits and wish lists.  So I have been adding things little by little to the app so I can keep track of what I am working on, and where all of my threads are.  I also am going to add all of my inventory and projects that I have kitted up and ready to go and to keep track of charts I have and any supplies that I have for that chart.  It will be nice when I go to the cross stitch store, too.  I can keep a shopping list on it, too.  So have you heard of this app or are you using it?  What do you think of it?

Crochet · cross stitch · Mirabilia · Sampler · temperature blanket

PROGRESS ON MY WIP’S


As promised, I am here to update you on the projects I am working on.  First up; The Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler:

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I have finished the January section on this Sampler and am loving how it turned out!  My threads finally arrived, so I will be able to continue on when I am ready.  I am not sure how I want to stitch the February and March borders.  I am even thinking of adding another color.  This is a FREE SAL, so if you are interested in doing it check out the Linen and Threads website for all the details.   Until I decide, I have set it aside and have continued on with Ella.

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I finally finished that gap in the bottom of Ella’s dress!  Yay!  I actually finished a bit more, too and here is how she looks today:

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I am actually enjoying working on her.  All the colors of the flowers are breaking up the yellow, so I will continue on with her for now.  If you are seeing this for the first time, it is Mirabilia’s Ella, the Frog Princess.  I am stitching her on 16ct Aida Pandora from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

And lastly, my temperature blanket.  I ran out of teal yarn about a week ago, so this is how I left this project:

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I’m not completely thrilled with the colors so far.  But it is still winter.  I think I finished with the temp’s on March 17.  I have more yarn on order, so as soon as it arrives, I will get back to it.

So that is what I have been up to.  I have a few projects that I am kitting up to get started, but that is for another day.  What have you been up to?  What is the longest project that you have had in your WIP pile?

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BLOGAVERSARY GIVE-AWAY!


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Yesterday was my 5 year anniversary of this little ole’ blog of mine!  Wow, how time does fly!  I can’t believe it has been 5 years.  And I have had so much fun and have met so many wonderful people and have been introduced to so many awesome blogs.  So thank you for visiting me over the years and if you are new to my blog, welcome.  I hope to spend many more with you.

So to celebrate, I have a couple of give-aways!  Yay!!!  The first is a cross stitch give-away.  Cross stitch is my passion. And my favorite thing to stitch is mermaids 🙂  So, I have a mermaid pattern from Nora Corbett.  And you can’t have a pattern without a hand dyed piece of fabric.  And I have a beautiful piece from my favorite dyer from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  It is a piece of 28ct Monaco and is plenty big for just about anything, sized at 20 x 25.

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The second giveaway is a knitting project.  A scrumptious ball of sock yarn called Poems Sock yarn by Wisdom Yarns and a pattern for a Trellis Garter Lace Scarf.

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All you have to do to be entered for the giveaway is leave me a comment telling me what is your most favorite or treasured craft project that you have made, and which giveaway you would choose; either the cross stitch or knitting.  I’m not sure I can pick a favorite, but if I had to choose one, it would be definitely be a mermaid 😉  I am just not sure which one at the moment.  I will draw 2 names on March 31, 2017.

I do have some updates on my current WIP pieces, but I will post about them tomorrow 🙂  Until then, happy creating and Enjoy Every Stitch ❤