Hello my blogging friends. It has been a busy month for me. I don’t know if you know, but I am a demonstrator for a company called Stampin’ Up!. I teach people how to create their own greeting cards and scrapbook their memories with stamps. April 3, 2016 marked 15 years as being a demonstrator. And on June 1, 2016 I reached $200,000.00 in career sales. It may not mean anything to most, but for me, these are 2 goals that I wanted to meet, and I did. And within months of each other. And June 1, 2016 was the launch of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, so I have been busy making new samples and planning a New Catalog Open House which I had on Saturday.
The Open House went well and everyone that attended had a great time seeing new products, creating a couple of cards using new products and getting freebies. Now I can get back to a normal kind of routine 🙂 I also had another exciting thing happen this month. On June 1, I received an email from a company called Stamp N Storage that my new craft room photos had won May Studio Showcase! I won $75 which I chose as store credit because there are 2 more storage items that I want for my craft room. You can read about my craft room win and see phots here. I LOVE their storage units. My room looks a little different even now, because I keep moving and adding things to better suit my stuff, LOL. Once I get the last 2 items I will take a couple of more photos for you. Hopefully that will be the end of rearranging. I am having fun creating in my new space. It is my own little piece of happiness 🙂
I have been so busy, and I had 2 little vacations in the middle of everything, that I haven’t been able to do much stitching. During vacation time I didn’t stitch at all! Seven straight days with no stitching. I thought I was going to lose my mind! This last week I finally had some time to stitch a couple of nights. But I was only able to put in 12-25 stitches before my eyes drooped too far to see anymore. But here is how I left Aphrodite last night (my best stitching day in a long time 🙂
Not a whole lot more added since my last post about her, but every stitch counts, right? I am hoping to stitch a lot more this week. So sorry I have been out of touch, but what have you been working on lately? I’d love to see 🙂
So last week I told you I put down Aphrodite to start stitching on Blossom Collector. I was going to switch back and forth, stitching on them both. But I have been smitten with Blossom Collector and have stitched solely on her for the last week. Here is where I am with her:
She is going rather quickly. After just one week, I am about halfway done with her. I just love the Magenta hues. The strands of what I think are the blossoms she is collecting, are stitched with Caron Waterlilies and I just LOVE stitching with them. So soft and silky and the strands just glide through the fabric so smoothly! I think it would be fun to stitch with them all the time. If they just weren’t so pricey. Oh well, I will enjoy stitching them when I can 🙂
And here is how I left Aphrodite a week ago:
She is another sweet stitch that was going quite quickly. I can’t wait to get back to her and her gorgeous colors. I was just starting on the shell when I put her down. She won’t be abandoned for long. I miss stitching on her. Wouldn’t it be cool to stitch on 2 things at one time?
So what are you stitching on these days or what can’t you wait to get back to stitching on?
Mirabilia came out with a new pattern on the 15th, and Nora did not disappoint!
Introducing Aphrodite Mermaid. I just love her! And while I wanted her, I was going to refrain from purchasing her until I completed something. But my wonderful hubby went and ordered her, the bead pack and the specialty threads and she arrived in my mailbox on Friday. And while I tried to continue on with the Mira Mystery, Aphrodite was singing her Siren song and I couldn’t resist!
Now we all know that I am weak when it comes to mermaids, so a new start it is! I started stitching her Monday night. I am stitching her on 16ct Aida Kaleidoscope by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. Just love all the colors in the fabric and knew it would be perfect for Aphrodite.
So this is how I left the Mira Mystery:
I spent so much time frogging this one the last few days I worked on it. So it was time to put it down for a rest. I am thinking I should put all of my WIP’s into a rotation so that I can get some finishes in. I probably have 8 or 9 cross stitch projects going now. Eeeek. I will tell you, working with DMC again is wonderful!! The coverage is so much better than the Weeks Dye Works.
So, how many projects do you have going right now? And does it bother you to have more than one project going at a time?
Hi! I’m still stitching along with a ton of other things; stamping, scrapbooking, putting pages in albums, and reading. But let me show you how my stitching is going on the Mira Mystery. I am finished section 1! Finally! Took me about a month, but I finally can move onto section 2. Here is how it looked last night:
While the above picture shows the stitching colors better, the photo below shows how the fabric actually looks:
I have seen the mystery stitched in full by other stitchers on the facebook group, and she is a beauty! Just wait until you see that sweet face!
I also finished this yesterday:
The baby shower is on Saturday, so I finished in great time. I really love how this turned out! The pattern is beautiful and while I didn’t think the colors would be great together when I started, I am loving them now.
So it is all ready to be packaged up. Just have to add a tag and washing instructions. I also made a card to match.
The nursery theme is owls in these colors, so this card is perfect.
So that is what I have been working on this week. What have you been creating?
I have been so busy this week and getting quite a bit done, too. Yesterday I put together all of my tax stuff for my home business so that Hubby can start on the taxes this weekend. What a job. I promise not to wait until the last minute for this years taxes (fingers crossed I can stick to this one) I have also been getting in some stitching.
First, I finished this over the weekend:
The colors remind me of cotton candy! Love it. I have so many balls of scarf yarn, and my goal is to get them all stitched up by the end of the year. I have already stitched several and gave them away. But not a big dent in my pile yet.
I am still stitching on the Mira Mystery. I picked up section 3 over the weekend. I am still on section 1, so I had better get moving on this one. Here is where I left it last night:
I also picked up my back ordered Weeks Dye Works Threads so I am trying to fill in the blanks. Mostly the green vines and the darker green leaves.
While out shopping this weekend, hubby bought me these:
I’m not sure I would be any good at knitting and crocheting little things and turning them into something, but I love a lot of the items in each of the books. The items on both covers are really interesting and pretty. I’d like to give them both a go sometime.
And while out shopping, I picked up some yarn and a pattern for a baby blanket. I have a baby shower coming up in a few weeks and I wanted to make the Mama to be a blanket for her baby boy that will be here soon. Her nursery colors are Turquoise, purple and brown. I had quite the time trying to find those colors in a baby yarn or sport yarn. I spent so much time looking for patterns and then yarns to match. So I ended up picking worsted weight Red Heart Yarn. This is what I ended up with:
I already love the pattern and it was quite easy to memorize. So I will be able to take it on the go if I need to. Just hope I can finish before the shower. Oh and I am the photographer at that shower! No, I am not a photographer. I just love to take pictures. So the mother of the Mom to be asked if I would come and photograph the shower. I am really nervous about doing it. Not something I have done before. I have so many “what if’s” in my head, but now I am telling myself to just do what I would do at any family function. So I will try. Then I will teach the Mom to scrapbook the pictures so that she can make a scrapbook to give to her daughter when the baby is born.
So, that is all my stitching news for now. What projects are you working on?
So this is my Mira Mystery start. Not much, but still a start. I have mixed feelings about this one. I am stitching this on 16ct Aida Pink Impatiens by Silkweaver. The color is actually a little darker than my photo, but the stitching colors are pretty accurate. I am using the called for Specialty threads (Weeks Dye Works and Classic Colorworks) I am thinking that they may be thinner than DMC because I am not getting good fabric coverage. Any thoughts on this? Since I have so much $$ invested in this one, I will keep going with it.
So, what are you stitching on today?
So, over the last couple of weeks, I have started this shawl about 12 times now and knitted back I don’t know how many rows. I am at the end of my last nerve with this pattern. Here is what I have knitted back on the needles and have completed row 17.
It is such a cute shawl, featured in the Creative Knitting magazine Wraps, Capelets & Cowls. Looking at my knitting and the pattern, I don’t think I am doing it right, but can’t for the life of me, figure out what I am doing wrong. It is just a bunch of yarn overs and K2tog and Make 1 stitches. And I am afraid to go any further for fear of not coming up with the correct number of stitches at the end of the row…again. The pattern is Roman Stripe, which I have never done before, but doesn’t seem to be difficult. In fact, the pattern says it is for “A Confident Beginner” giving it a ease 2 rating out of 6. I have been knitting for about 30 years, so I think I am beyond a confident beginner, but just can’t figure this one out. If anyone knows this pattern and can tell what I am doing wrong, I would greatly appreciate it. On a side note…I LOVE the Addi Turbo needles!! They glide so nicely and may just be my new favorite needles. I give them an A+ rating.
In between knitting on this and waiting for threads and beads for Pixie Anne, I have picked Ella up again. Here is where I left off last night:
She still has a lot of yellow, but it is so much more relaxing than knitting on that shawl! I am also still working on my craft room; adding things and organizing my supplies. Having fun 🙂
So, have you ever just scrapped a project because it wasn’t coming out like you wanted or had been working on it too long and decided enough was enough? I have done it once, and am seriously thinking about doing it again with this knitting project.