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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.


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


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

Mermaid SAL march mermaid

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!

mermaid SAL Feb March mermaids

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

20th anniversary block 2

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?


30 thoughts on “The Flu, a Finish and Some Stitching

    1. Thank you, Johanna ❤ I wasn't so productive that first week. The flu really knocked me on my butt! Am so happy to be feeling much better now. I am loving the Diamond Painting and am already thinking about getting your help to find a mermaid one very soon 😉


  1. Some fab stitching! I absolutely love the chandelier piece. It’s quite simple but very detailed at the same time. I really need to pick *any* stitching up again! It’s just getting myself organised & started!


  2. Saturday night I had an awful headache come on suddenly so I went to bed early. The next day I still had the headache but developed chills, I just couldn’t get warm enough. My fever was 102 and today it’s finally down to 98 something. I’m hoping a recovery is soon. Not fair because I went through the same thing in November. For over 30 years I’ve received flu shots and thankfully never had the flu. I think they should have redone the serum when they found they left out the nasty one that everyone is catching and give it free to those who paid for the first, pretty much useless, serum.


    1. Sandra, I am sorry to hear that you got the flu. Sounds like we may have had the same thing. I started on a Monday night with a headache and a little achy and the next day it was full blown aches, pains, headache, chills and fever. I rarely get sick and have not had the flu for years. I don’t get the flu shot because I know that the strain is always mutating and it takes about 6 months to make a flu shot and it’s just a guess as to which strain they think will be worse. I did hear this year that they may have finally found a common denominator in all of the flus and hopefully can make a shot that will attack all strains at the core. Prayers for you to get better really soon. (((Hugs)))


  3. So sorry to hear that you have been sick, but glad you are feeling better! Loving all the stitching! That chandelier is gorgeous! You have such patience, you amaze me.


    1. Thank you, Salpal1 ❤ I am feeling so much better and today I ventured out and went grocery shopping. My first trip out in a couple of weeks. We desperately needed groceries 😉 I am really not a patient person when it comes to most things. I am shocked that I cross stitch-something that takes a lot of patience and a lot of time. You are so sweet. I am amazed at all you do and all the gorgeous knitting you do ❤

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      1. It figures that your first venture out had to be for groceries! Hope it didn’t wear you out too much.

        I guess we are both amazing crafters. 😉 And patient with what we love.

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  4. I am glad to hear you are on the mend, and the flu is taking its leave. Sorry it took so long, must have been a pretty nasty bug. 🙂 Take care and recover completely.
    Your chandelier is stunning. The beads really makes it exceptional. And the fabric works wonderfully.
    Your little mermaids are going to be super cute too.
    And well done on getting around to your older WIP too. She is very pretty, and dainty. Without the wings will look perfect.
    Very interesting new craft. It is the first time I have seen it. Looking forward to your piece. Have fun.
    Have a Happy Easter and enjoy the weekend. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Joey ❤ I am feeling much better and getting my strength back by the day 🙂 The Diamond Painting or Diamond Dots, is really making a hit. It is so addicting. The past 2 days I have spend hours, sitting, relaxing and putting tiny tiles onto the canvas. I think I will be done with it very soon.

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  5. I hope you are felling better.
    The Chandelier is beautiful with the crystals on it!
    Love all of your other WIPS, and that Tintagel fabric is to die for!
    Diamond Painting looks interesting.
    I am working on Sampler Strawberry by Erica Michaels.
    Have a great week!


    1. Thank you, Marilyn ❤ I am feeling much better and even went grocery shopping today. Not time to relax and not overdo it 🙂 The Tintagel fabric is so awesome. I think after Stephanie had put it on her site I ordered a yard of it for a special Pixie project…someday. Happy Stitching on your Sampler Strawberry 🙂


  6. Glad you’re doing better now, wish you a speedy recovery!
    It’s amazing how much progress you’ve made in all of your projects – I love them all. And diamond painting seems therapeutic and really fun, I can see how one can lose themselves for long hours in it!


  7. Sorry to hear you’ve not been well! I do hope you are on the mend. You have so many beautiful projects, the fabrics are gorgeous. I’ve never heard if diamond painting, but it sounds interesting and looks fabulous!


    1. Thank you, Catherine. I am doing better, but I hear it takes time to get back to 100%. Thank you for your sweet comments about my projects. The Diamond Painting is a big craze right now. I am addicted. My piece is almost finished and I am looking for another one.

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