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Accomplishing Alot


Even though I haven’t been blogging a lot, I have been crafting and even have a few finishes.  First, I finished the Spice of Life afghan.

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It’s not perfect, but I am happy with it. It seems I got a little too relaxed with the last 10 or so rows and so my sides veered out.  I wanted to take the last 10 rows and the border out and re-do, but hubby wouldn’t hear of it.  He liked it just the way it is and has claimed it as his own.  He has even used it a few times :).   I learned so much crocheting this blanket.  Thank you to Sandra at Cherry Heart Blog and everyone involved for a wonderful Stitch A Long.  The pattern is still available on Sandra’s blog if you still want to give it a try.

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I also finished a couple of scarves.  The first one was a gift to someone at my husband’s work.  I thought I had taken a picture of it, but can’t seem to find it.  This morning I finished the fun fiber scarf I was working on.  It turned out so pretty!  Love all the different fibers.

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I can’t wait to wear it.  I really enjoyed kitting the pink/red/tan ribbon fiber on this one.

Last night I finished a beautiful little project that I worked on this week.

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This is Winter Whisper by Passione Ricamo.  I call her Winter Princess.  It is for a contest.  Now that I have finished stitching her, I have to turn her into some kind of finish.  Can’t wait to see what I come up with ;). I stitched her on 16ct Aida Ice Goddess from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  LOVE this color and I am so in love with this design.  My photo doesn’t do it justice.

I also picked up Under the Moonlight mermaid from the framer this last week.  I had the framing done at Joann’s and I must say, the gal there did a great job.  Aside from crooked beads, I am very pleased with it.

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Now I need to figure out where to hang her.  I have really run out of wall space.

I will be getting back to stitching The Raven Queen tonight.  I will post a progress photo soon.  I am getting close to finishing the stitching on this one.  What are you working on finishing these days?

 

Crochet · cross stitch · Mermaids · Mirabilia · Passione Ricamo SAL · Uncategorized

Still Here and Still Stitching


So in between getting ready for and having a garage sale, going on vacation with my wonderful hubby and getting back to the real world, I have been stitching. In fact, I had a finish!

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Yep, I finished her.  This picture really doesn’t do her justice.  She is beautiful and she sparkles when the light hits her just right.  I absolutely love her and I am very proud of myself for keeping up with this one until the very end. I stitched her on 16ct Aida Nederland Sea from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. The pattern is “Under the Moonlight” SAL.   If you would like to stitch this beauty up, you can purchase it at www.passionericamo.eu

I have also made some progress on my crochet baby blanket.  Not sure I am liking how the pattern connects the rows.  The holes seem a bit large.  I keep imagining a baby’s foot pushing right through, LOL.  I will continue on, though. Here it is so far.

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It is nice to work on while in the car or when I have a few minutes here and there.  And it is getting me reacquainted with crocheting.

I have also made great progress on Mirabilia’s Raven Queen.

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She really is a wonderful stitch.  I am enjoying every stitch of her.  So relaxing.  But I can’t wait to see her sweet face appear.

So that is what I have been spending my time stitching on.  What have you been working on lately?

Fairies · Passione Ricamo SAL

Pink Princess, My New Start


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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 🙂

Fabric · Passione Ricamo SAL · WIP

Section 11 Completed and Trunk of Fabrics


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Last night I completed section 11 on the Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL.  Just in time for section 12 to be released on Monday.  It will be more hair. We have already been given a sneak peek. I am so proud of myself for keeping up on this one.  I can’t wait to see the mermaid come to life.

I have to share something my hubby purchased for me this week.

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It is a beautiful trunk.  He bought it at Joann Fabrics.  And guess what I put inside??

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FABRIC!  Yep, all of my Hand Dyes by Stephanie, Under The Sea fabrics, Picture This Plus fabrics and a few Sunny Dyes fabrics and a couple of afghans and towels that can be stitched on.  All of my Silk Weaver fabrics are in another container.  I am so geeked  about my new Trunk of Fabrics!  And as you can see, I have room to grow 😉

What are you stitching on today?

Fairies · Mermaids · Passione Ricamo SAL · Uncategorized

I Am Making Stitchy Progress


I finished sections 9 and 10 of the Passione Ricamo SAL#4.  I am patiently waiting for step 11 to be released on March 9. Here is how I left my piece:

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On the right is the purple mermaid tail!  So excited for this one!  I love the sparkly waves, too.

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And now I am working on Siren and the Shipwreck.  She is really moving along.

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She is looking a little ghostly without all of the details. I think once I finish her hair, I will be able to start the back stitching and beading.  She has a lot of bling in her.  Especially the chandelier.  Can’t wait!!  She has really been a fun, easy, relaxing stitch and I am loving stitching on her again.  Which one of your stitch projects was or is a fun stitch for you?

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I Am Making Stitchy Progress, and Adding More!


I can’t believe it is already half way through January 2015!  But so far I am doing well with my stitchy goals to work on finishing projects and keeping up with another.  I just finished section 7 of the Passione Ricamo SAL #4.

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I am really itching to see the mermaid appear on this one.  The next section is due out on January 26, so I have some time to stitch on another project I have been working on:

Autumn Snowman updateAutumn Snowman!  As you can see, I am getting really close to a finish here.  I will pick him up tonight and work on him until he is finished.  Hopefully soon.

Last weekend I visited my favorite Needlework Shop, Stitches N Things.  I belong to the stitchy club there and get to have a 25% off shopping spree once during my birthday month.  And since January is my birthday month, I just had to go shop.  And boy did I shop.  Here is what I actually brought home:

Birthday shopping spreeLots of awesome goodies: Nora Corbett’s Fairie Winter Dream ,even though I have it in magazine version.   The magazine pattern is a color pattern, which I am not fond of.  I also picked up 2 more of the little witches, Ana and Mari. And the main reason for visiting the shop and using my birthday discount was for Mirabilia’s Christmas In London and the bead pack.  This is a gorgeous, gorgeous pattern and I can’t wait to stitch it.  I ordered a piece of 16ct White Aida to stitch her on.  The latest edition of Stoney Creek magazine called to me because of a particular pattern that caught my eye while flipping through it.

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The Snow Friends Collectors’ Series Afghan.  I am a sucker for snowmen and I have been thinking about doing an afghan.  I love working on an afghan during the winter months.  Keeps me warm while I stitch away. So after I checked out at the LNS, and after ordering a bunch more stitchy stuffs (with birthday discout 🙂 ) I headed over to Michael’s to pick up the floss.  And to my surprise, found the required afghan there also.  It was about 1/2 of the cost of what the magazine wanted and I had a $5 off coupon so that made it even better. It looks like a nice, warm afghan, too.   I thought that the first 2 blocks started with this issue, but when looking at the back of the magazine, I saw it actually started with the Summer issue, so I called my LNS and had them order it for me and it will be added to the bag that will be filled with goodies when all of the things they are ordering for me come in.  It will be like Christmas again!  I’m sure I will be starting this afghan soon, but not until I get a finish 😉

So that is my stitchy updates for now.  I will be back soon with a Snowy finish, I’m sure.  What new project are you itching to start on?

Mermaids · Passione Ricamo SAL

Mermaid Tail!


Look who came out to play this week!

Siren and the Shipwreck updateMy mermaid tail on Siren and the Shipwreck by Mirabilia.  I can’t believe it has been since June 2013 that I started her.  I am loving the colors and the Waterlilies are a dream to stitch with.  So silky smooth!  I am just about done the tail and will move up to her body.  She has kept me sane this week.  Busy, days lead to relaxing stitching at night.  I may not put her down for a while.

I completed steps 3-6 on the Passione Ricamo SAL #4 and am so proud of myself for keeping up this far 🙂  I am all set until January 2015 when the next step comes out.  Here is how it looked before I put it away:

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So that is my progress for this week.  What have you been stitching on?

Passione Ricamo SAL

I’m Fitting Stitching in When I Can…


Hi! I can’t believe that the holidays are upon us!  I know that Christmas will be here before I know it, and I am behind in everything.  But I am not stressing.  I will do what I can, when I can and what gets done is good and what doesn’t, doesn’t.  That is my frame of mind right now.  I probably won’t get very much holiday stitching done again this year, but that just means I try harder for next year, right?  As long as I get stitching in 🙂  So, what have I been working on?  The Passione Ricamo SAL #3.

PR SAL 3 progressI really, really love stitching on this piece, but it may be time for a break.  I recently had to rip out the words “Fairies Dwell Here..” and the tree to the right of it and the box on the bottom right.  When I switched pages between the “r” in Fairies, I dropped down a line and and added an extra stitch.  So when I stitched all the way across and started connecting the tree top to the upper tree, things were off a stitch up and to the right 😦  I couldn’t find my mistake and had to ask dear hubby to help.  He found both of my mistakes.  So the ripping out began.  But it is all just about put back in and it’s looking wonderful.  On Friday I received steps 3-6 of Passione Ricamo’s SAL #4.  Here is how that one is looking after step 2, minus the beading.  I will save that until last.

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This one is going to be a mermaid!!  So excited for this one and I am hoping to keep up with the steps on this one.  A also finished stitching my first Christmas ornament of this year and have purchased everything I need to finish it into an ornament.  Usually I just make pillows, but this year I am going to try my hand at a real finish.  I will post when I get it done.  I also added a few new things to my stash thanks to shopping Small Business Saturday this last weekend.  I will post those next time also.  So, what you are you stitching for the holidays this year?

Fabric · Passione Ricamo SAL · WIP

Back To My Personal Stitching


I finished the model stitch I was working on and it turned out beautiful!  It was about a 6 1/2 month journey from start to finish.  Now it’s time to get back to my personal stitching.  I didn’t start Undine  as planned, instead I picked up a piece that has been calling to me since I had to put it down; the Passione Ricamo Mystery Stitch A Long.

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I finished section 1last night and had to unscroll it to show you.  It is going to be a gorgeous, gorgeous piece! I am stitching it on 16ct Aida Nantucket Sky by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Passione Ricamo has a new Mystery Stitch A Long starting on November 3.  It’s Called “Under the Moonlight” and I am sure it will be another beautiful design.  I am all ready to start that one, too.

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The fabric is another gorgeous fabric from Stephanie called Neverland Sea.  It is also 16ct Aida and it is just beautiful in person!  My specialty threads arrived from Stitches N Things last week, and my new huge scroll frame arrived on Monday from Stitcher’s Paradise.  So I am all set to begin another adventure from Passione Ricamo.  I am sure that I will be starting Mirabilia’s Mermaid Undine in the very near future, too.

So, that is what I have been up to.  What are you currently stitching on?