Stitching and Legos While Recovering From Surgery

Last week I had surgery to remove my gallbladder.  I had 5 major gallbladder attacks since July and have been pretty miserable since.  I wasn’t diagnosed with gallstones until February and in March I made the decision to have it removed robotically.  A week later and I am feeling pretty good.  I did have a minor setback, but today I am feeling better.  I am still on light activity for 2 more weeks and still no lifting over 8 pounds for 2 weeks, but I think that the worst is behind me.  I couldn’t stitch on my projects that are on a scroll frame so I spent some time off and on working on and finishing this little project:

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It’s Fairy Dust by Nimue and I must say that I am not very fond of this pattern. The backstitching was crazy! It went through stitches, and on the sides of stitches, not in any holes. I ended up backstitching how I wanted. And for some reason the 1/2 stitches in the wings really kept throwing me off.  I had to rip them out twice.  I am blaming the pain meds 😉 Hubby loves it and that is all that matters since I was stitching it for him.  I don’t think I will ever do another Nimue design, even though I have see some cute ones.  Not a relaxing stitch for me.

Hubby bought me 3 Lego sets to put together while recovering.  The first one was a small Lego Friends Bunny house. Sitting for very long was not an option, so this set was perfect.  The next set was a medium sized set; another Friends set. Mira’s Roadster.  Really cute girl car.

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And the last set was a larger set and it took me 3 nights to put together.  Disney’s Ariel’s Underwater Palace.  LOVE it!



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Such a cute set and there are 2 mermaids included!  So thanks to my wonderful hubby, who took great care of me and provided me with fun things to take my mind off of my discomfort.



Time To Rotate Projects


This is my progress on my Pink Princess. Otherwise known as Dawn, The Fairy of Grace by Passione Ricamo.  It was really hard to put her down.  I love the colors and the fabric is so awesome.  It’s16ct Aida Tintagel by Stephanie.  I love it so much I ordered more of it for a future project.  But I received sections 13 and 14 for the Mermaid SAL#4 and I don’t want to get behind.  So I have been working on mermaid tail this week.  Not much to show today, but I will give an update next week.

I also received the fabric and thread kit for my very first Chatelaine Design this week. It’s all for Flower Fairy Garden.

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This package was everything everyone said it would be-Beautiful, like a Christmas present, perfectly wrapped.  It really is all in the presentation.  I didn’t want to open it. I did eventually open it to double check that everything was there.  And I had to fondle all the silk threads.  It’s going to be so wonderful stitching with them. It also includes Delica beads that late faceted so they will be very sparkly. The fabric is 28ct Cashel. Not sure how that is going to work out, but because of the many specialty stitches in this design, Aida just won’t work.  I am very tempted to start it, but I am at least trying to wait until after my surgery next week.  I am thinking about trying out some Q-snaps with this project.  I am having my gallbladder removed, so resting my scroll frames on my stomach will not be comfortable for a while. So this will be the perfect project and time to try out Q-snaps.  I don’t have a picture of the finished product on my Surface, so I will have to add that in my next post along with an update of the Mystery Mermaid.

So what do you use to hold your fabric, Q-snaps. Scroll fames, hoop

Fairies · Passione Ricamo SAL

Pink Princess, My New Start


Another new start.  Yep. I received the awesome piece of fabric in the mail on Saturday evening.  It is the March Fabric Of  The Month at Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  It is called Tintagel and it is my most favorite piece of hand dyed fabric!  Mine is in 16ct Aida.  I am usually not drawn to green, but this is heavenly with just a smidge of pink and blue here and there.  As soon as I received it, I scanned it into my computer and started playing in The Viewer.  Hubby said I have to stitch a woodsy fairy on it.  So I searched fairy and it brought up all the designs with fairy.  Most did not look good on this fabric.  Then when I put Passione Ricamo’s Dawn, the Fairy of Grace on it, BAM!  That is the one!!  Hubby said that without the wings she would look like a princess, so of course I knew for sure it’s the one I have to do.  He took off her wings and showed me this:

Dawn the Fairy Spirt of Grace Without Wings on Stephanies Tintagel

I am in LOVE!  This is the sweetest!  I call her my Pink Princess. So I gathered all of my things and started her on Tuesday night.  I love stitching on this one.  Since I finished all the hair on the Mystery Stitch Along, I will stitch on this one until the next section of the SAL comes out.

What project have you been over the moon in love with?

Mermaids · Passione Ricamo SAL

Late Night Stitching

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It is 1:10 a.m. and I just couldn’t stop stitching until I completed section 12 of the Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL.  And I have to say, that is a lot of hair!  Beautiful, gorgeous hair, but a lot of it! Only 4 more sections to go and then finally a mermaid face will be revealed.  I can’t wait! I am very proud of myself for keeping up with this one.  Section 13 will be released on Monday, so I have a few more days to work on a new project that I started yesterday.  I will post more about that project tomorrow.  For now it is time for me to get to bed and get some sleep! Sweet Mermaid dreams 🙂