My Time Stitching

And whatever else I have been up to…

Blue Me Away Mani

It’s been a while since I posted my nails.  Here is my manicure from yesterday:

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It’s Blue My Mind from OPI with Orly glitter on top.  Don’t know the name of the glitter, but it looks gold in the bottle, but silver on the polish.  It’s awesome.   I didn’t think Blue would be a color for me, but I LOVE it.  Thank you Nickie at La Bella Salon,  for knowing my nails so well 🙂

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A Quilt From The Past

I was reminded of this quilt by a stitchy friend last week:

Disney quilt

I made this quilt back in 1996 when I was pregnant with my youngest son.  I had found a few Disney cross stitch patterns, but not enough to make the quilt.  So I turned to coloring books, magazine pictures and book covers to make my own patterns.  I used a product called Graph X to overlay a grid onto my picture and copied it.  Here is some of my workings out on paper.

working pics for quiltIt’s neat to look back and see what I did way back then, before all of the technology of today.  I’m not sure I would put so much work into a project today, but I wanted a quilt to match the mint green pattern of a Disney bedroom set that was being phased out at the time.  I think I was able to get everything except a quilt, so I made my own.  I was reminded of this quilt last week when a sweet stitchy friend sent me a graphed out pattern of Agnes, from Despicable Me.  I asked how she did it and she told me Pic 2 Pat. It is a website that will turn just about any picture into a cross stitch pattern, complete with color legend.  AWESOME!!!  I have been looking for Princess Tiana cross stitch kits and have been unsuccessful, so this is my next best thing.  Now to find the perfect pictured of Princess Tiana to put into an afghan.  Here are some close-ups of a couple of the patterns I designed from a coloring book picture,  magazine picture, or  book cover.

pluto

goofy

pluto with ball

This was a very loved quilt by my youngest and has been patched in a few places and the fabric is wearing thin on the back.  But it is a nice keepsake for him when he has his own children some day.  If you have stitched a pattern from Pic 2 Pat, let me know how you liked it.

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My Stitching Progress

I finished section 2 of the Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL yesterday.

Section 2 completedI am saving the beading until last and section 2 has lots of beads.  So it doesn’t look like I have added much.  But since I use a scroll frame and have to have it drum tight to stitch, I don’t want to roll over my beads over the next 4 or more months.  There will be a lot of beads to add at the end, but it will be worth it.

See my lovely new scroll rod cover at the top?  They were gifted to me by my sweet,  stitchy friend, Karen.  Very mermaidish in color and perfect for my really big table top scroll frame.   Now I have a set of covers for all my different sized scroll frames.  Thank you so much, Karen.  I will think of you every time I stitch 🙂

As promised, I also have a progress photo of Siren.  Here she is as of this morning.

progress on SirenShe really is a nice relaxing stitch.  On 16ct Aida, with no magnifier and the colors are lovely!  I wish I could stitch on her 24/7 until she is finished.  That is what I have been up to over the last few days.  Thanks for visiting 🙂

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Share Day-Knitting, Mermaid, Fairies and Stash

I’ve been pretty busy lately with all sorts of things.  Let me show you what I have been up to.

Pidge scarf out of bamboo yarn

Up first is a pidge scarf I finished for Sue.  I used Bamboo yarn for the first time and I have to say that I LOVE this yarn!  It is so soft and silky and I think this scarf will be really warm.  I had a little trouble keeping a consistent tension with the yarn being so slippery, but I think it turned out well.  And Sue loves it.

Next up is Emmy.  I picked her up from the framer yesterday and she is just so pretty and sparkly.

Emmy Framed

I had her framed just about identical to Mediterranean.  My plan is to hang them on each side of Enchanted mermaid.  I will be sure to post pictures when they are hung.

I also picked up my Fairy Round Robin from the framer.  In case you don’t know, I had it framed at a frame shop a couple of months ago and the framer did a horrible job.  I sent it back only to get it back just as bad if not worse.  So I took it in to Juanita, my awesome framer for the last 18 years or so, and she fixed it beautifully. No wrinkles, no wavy lines and my beads are not pressed against the glass.  It looks marvelous! You can see the bad frame job here.  Quite a difference between someone who basically used sticky tape and someone who knows what they are doing.  I will never stray from Juanita again.

Fairy RR Fame by Juanita

Thank you, thank you, Juanita.  You are amazing!  Now to find the perfect place to hang this beauty.  While at Stitches N Things picking up my framings yesterday, I had a “bag in the back”.  Things that I have ordered or were back-ordered and came in.  I always seem to have “a bag” there and it’s always fun to see what I have collected.  Here is what was in my bag today:

New stuff

The new note cards with Nora Corbett’s drawings.  The pack on the left is for Johanna.  Stitches N Things was giving away an autographed card with purchase.  I am so geeked to get one.  On the bottom left is the Cauldron fabric for my Halloween project and the button pack is below it. In the middle is Persephone with the last pack of beads that I need for her and one of the waterlilies.  I can’t wait to start her some day.  She is gorgeous!  And on the right is the next Santa’s village with JABCO button and specialty thread for it.  That is another project that I need to start one of these days.

As promised, here is a picture of the bottom portion of the Under The Sea Fabric from Sunny Dyes which I am stitching Siren and the Shipwreck on:

Under the Sea fabricIt’s hand painted and to me, looks like seaweed or plants on the bottom of the ocean floor.  When I first saw it, I knew that Siren just had to be stitched on it.  I will post a progress of Siren in my next post.  That is all of my stitchy news for now.  May your needles glide smoothly and be without frogs 🙂

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