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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

 

cross stitch · Nora Corbett · Sampler

So Many Beautiful Stitchings, So Little Time


Hello blogging friends.  The days are flying by.  I guess it is true that once Halloween is over, the holidays are just about here.  Thanksgiving is almost here and then it will be Christmas and I haven’t even begun to plan.  So, I will think about my stitching instead 🙂

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If you remember my last post, I was so excited to get caught up on a couple of SAL’s.  So while I waited for the next sections, I worked on this beauty.  This is Nora Corbett’s Wherefore Art Thou piece that I picked up again.  I am stitching on 16ct Aida Pink Impatiens  from Silkweaver . I just love the colors in this one.  So rich and elegant.  I have just put her aside to get back to the Sampler.

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I have finished one row of the November section.  I have another row to go and then I will be ready for the December section, which will be out before I know it.  And today the last section of the Chandelier was released, so I had better get stitching!  I want to stitch on them all and also on the other WIP’s that have not seen the light of day in such a long time.  But I am making progress, and progress is progress 🙂

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On Wednesday of this week, we had our first frost.  And today is quite cold.  I am now wearing a winter coat and not happy about it.  I guess winter is here.  Even though it is cold today, the sun is shining and that makes me happy.  So what are you up to today?

AAN Chandelier · Crochet · cross stitch · Hand Dyed Fabrics · knitted scarves · Sampler · vacation

Getting Caught Up


Hello friends!  It’s been a little bit.  So much has happened in the last 2 months.  I can’t even seem to recall it all at this minute, so I will write about my stitchy stuff 🙂  First, I am now caught up with the Chandelier SAL from AA Needleworks.

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I am stitching this one 16ct Aida Winter Solstice from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  While the holographic thread doesn’t show up well on the fabric, I decided to go ahead and stitch with it, hoping that it will give some added shimmer to the beads.  I believe that the last section is to be released on November 1, 2017, but not much has been posted in the group.  I am also supposed to be receiving a bead pack from the designer, but haven’t received that either.  I guess there are only 7 people that signed up for this one, but it really hasn’t been covered or updated well in the facebook group.  I LOVE chandeliers, so I knew I just had to do this one.

Next up is the Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.  I finished the October section yesterday.

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I am stitching this one 16ct Aida Castleview from Silkweaver.  I am using Sullivan threads “London Fog” and DMC 3888.  This is an amazing sampler.  I have loved every stitch of this one.  You can still get in on this one, for FREE!  All 11 sections (November was released a couple of days ago) are on the Linen and Threads website.  And I hear the designer is working on one for 2018!!!  And it will also be FREE!  How generous and awesome is that?

Remember the Temperature blanket I was working on?  Well, I have abandoned that project.  It seems I still don’t have the hang of ending and beginning my rows without a pattern.  So rather than tear it all out, I ended it and will figure out something to do with it.  I really didn’t like the colors anyway, so no sweat on ditching that one.  I have started “The Spicier Life Blanket” from Sandra at Cherry Heart Blog.  I have the first section done.

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I’m not sure I like the bottom colors, but hoping it will look better as a whole.  Sections 2, 3 and 4 have been released, but I haven’t been confident enough to pick it back up as of yet.  I hear there are some difficult rows in those sections and I don’t want to get frustrated right now.

I have also worked on the cowl I started with the Lion Brand “Shawl in a Ball.  It is getting quite long.

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This project has been deemed my “travel project”.  So I pretty much have only worked on it in the car.  I am nearing the end of the skein, so I may pick it up a bit more to get it finished.  It has knitted up soft and I just love the colors.  I can’t wait to finish it so I can wear it this winter, which is coming soon I hear.  But, fall is still here and I will leave you with a couple of photos I took last week while hubby and I visited Northern Michigan to see the beautiful colors.  The first day we were there was beautiful and sunny.  After we had driven through the tunnel of trees for about 1/2 hour, it started raining.  I didn’t get as many nice pictures as I had wanted.  Instead, I chose to breathe in the beauty not behind the camera.  And it was hard to get good pictures through the windshield of the car anyway.

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This was the view from our hotel room.  I wish it had been a sunny day, as the view of the bay was beautiful the day before.  But here you can see the beautiful colors of the changing trees.

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So what have you been up to lately?

 

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:

Moon Sweet Moon start

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:

Mystery Sampler April started

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:

Temperature blanket progress

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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?