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My Final Finish For 2016

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She sure is a beauty!  And so many beads!!  I didn’t think I would ever get done the beading.  I am happy to finish her and before the new year.  In case you haven’t been following this one, it is called Journey Into the Deep, by Passione Ricamo.  I stitched her on 28ct Lugana Pixie Dust from Silkweaver.  If I were to do her again, ( I never will ) I would switch the size 8 clear beads to the same size seed beads as the white ones.  There was no way I could fit the number of beads called for in the pattern.  I have 2 packages of clear beads left and 1 package of white beads.  But I am pleased at how she turned out and so happy to have stuck with her to the finish.

I would love to look back and show you a slide show of my 2016 finishes, but sadly, I am not that good with the computer.  And since I am creating this post on my Surface, I really have no clue ;).

So as I look back on 2016, I am pretty happy with what I have accomplished.  I already have a list of things I want to accomplish this year.  Not only stitching and crafting, but other things in my life.  I have been trying to think of my word for 2017 (Thank you Fawn for the reminder) and the one word that keeps coming to mind is DECLUTTER.  There are still several rooms and the garage, and many nooks and crannies that I need to go through and get rid of things I no longer need or have a use for.  But also to use the things that I have, especially when it comes to my crafting. So that is my one big goal for 2017 as well as the usual lose weight, make good choices, be a better person… Time for me to get things ready for my next cross stitch project.  I am planning on starting it at midnight tonight.  I will share it with you soon.

So as we get close to the end of 2016, I want to wish all of you a wonderful, happy, healthy and productive 2017.

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Beading Has Begun

I have finally started beading mermaid!  This is just a tiny fraction of the amount of beads that will end up being on this piece.

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I had a heck of a time fitting that star treasure on her bikini top, in between all of those beads.  I should have added it first.  But I am not pulling all of those beads out, so it will just have to be a little crooked.  Here are some close-ups of the beading.

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She is starting to look more sparkly 🙂

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Since we woke up to more snow this morning and are expecting even more today, I have decided to stay in and bead on mermaid 🙂  Here are a few snow pictures of what we have outside 😛

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Our neighbor and hubby “admiring their shoveling and plowing” 🙂  And my cute buddy, Thor watching them.

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Thor sure loves to play in the snow.  As long as hubby keeps throwing it, Thor will keep trying to catch it.

So I am off to bead on mermaid on this cold, snowy Saturday.  What are your plans for today?

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My Quilted Tree Skirt

Hi!  Wow, 2 posts in a week!  And me getting things done, too!  Amazing!  So, on Sunday I set out to cutting all the pieces for my tree skirt.  Then began sewing everything together.

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As you can see out my window, we received lots of the white stuff overnight and it was still snowing all day Sunday.  Perfect time to be inside sewing away.  Oh and we ended up with about 10″ of snow.  Yuk!  But I did get the quilt top all together.

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I just love how all the fabrics look together.  I was getting excited for the finished product.  I had worked on it all day and by the end of the day, I had all the quilt layers pinned together and ready for cutting and sewing.

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I cut, sewed, poked my fingers a few times, turned it outside right, sewed the opening closed and tied off all of the squares.  And here is the finished product.  I am so happy with how it turned out.

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And I am finally backstitching mermaid.  My least favorite part of cross stitching is the backstitching.  It is taking forever.  But she does have a beautiful face 🙂

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So now I have to get back to more decorating and getting my Christmas cards addressed!  What are you up to these busy December days?

 

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Did I Stitch in November?

Wow, I barely remember November!  Where did it go so quickly?  Well, I do remember stitching some.  Still working on Mermaid and here she is after last night.

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I swear when I go to bed at night, her hair grows a few more strands! Just a tad bit more hair and I will be done the stitching.  Hopefully that will happen tonight and I can move onto the backstitching and beading. I am glad I have stuck with her so far to almost finishing. She is going to be so worth every stitch.   I already have my next project lined up. Just waiting on fabric. I will share it when I get a start on it.

So let me share what I have acquired lately.  First, some beauties from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics:

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I don’t have anything in mind for them, I just really liked them and had to add them to my stash.

Next, my newest bag set from Deanna’s Frame Covers and Storage.  I found this fabric while at Joann Fabrics and new it had to be a bag set.

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I love birds and pink so this fabric jumped right out at me. This set includes a bag for 11 x 11 Q-snap frame, a little zippered pouch, perfect for threads and things and a grime guard for my 11 x 11 Q-snap frame.  I will use this set with my next project.

And this beauty arrived in my mailbox the other day:

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It is Ceridwen, November Fabric of the Month from Hand Dyes Fabrics by Stephanie.  It is 16ct Aida and I LOVE the beautiful pinks and grays in this one.  Not sure what I will stitch on it, but it will be something special.

This year, hubby let me do a themed Christmas tree, not the hodge podge of ornaments we usually do.  I wanted pink, and while hubby really didn’t want pink, he was willing to drive me over an hour to Bronners Christmas store, but I declined.  I decided we would go shop together, locally.  I fell in love with the black, white, gold and silver gift wrapping and bows and boxes.  So while I was drooling over all that stuff, hubby disappeared only to return with the ornaments for our themed tree-Silver, gold, gray, dark gray and glitter!

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We found some additional ornaments, but couldn’t find a tree skirt we liked.  And the traditional red and green one we have is not going to work.  So, next stop, Joann fabrics where I found all of these sweet fabrics so I can make a new tree skirt:

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I think all of these fabrics will be beautiful together (minus the blue with snowflakes, LOL).  I am hoping to get a start on it this weekend.  I will be sure to post pictures.

So that is what I have been up to.  I still have decorating to finish.  Yesterday I made 50 Christmas cards, so I still have to sign and address those and get them in the mail.  I also have shopping to finish up and sewing to do.  Hopefully I will get it all done soon so I can relax and enjoy December while it is still here.  What are you up to these December days?

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Show and Tell Time

Wow!  Where did October go?  I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted.  Time is flying!  So I have things to share.  First, hubby went to the framer over the weekend and picked up this:

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Mirabilia’s Raven Queen.  Isn’t she a beauty?  I had the frame picked out for months and it is even more perfect for her than I imagined!  I LOVE this piece immensely!  She is stitched on 16ct Aida Twixt N Tween from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

A closer picture of her and the awesome frame:

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And remember the piece I was stitching for a friend, so I couldn’t show it?  Well hubby also picked it up from the framer and here it is:

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Yeah, my friend is a Trekkie and I finally got this stitched up for her.  It is actually stitched on a blue 14ct opal fabric.  Here is a better picture of the fabric:

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My friend was actually at my house on Saturday for a card class when hubby came home with it, so I was able to give it to her right away.  She loves it and was planning on taking it to work today to show all of her Trekkie friends and then I am sure she will find the perfect place to hang it at her house.

I also finished this, but haven’t put it in for framing yet.

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Nora Corbett’s Iris Pixie on 16ct Aida OOAK from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  I just love her on this fabric!  So cool how it turned out.

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She is a cutie.  I can’t wait to get her framed.  So now I am working on the Passione Ricamo’s A Journey Into the Deep.  I would love to finish this one before starting a new Pixie.  Here is how I left the mermaid last night:

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I know you can’t tell from this picture, but this is a pretty big piece.  I am almost finished the tail, and then I have another fish to do to the right of the tail and another further up then I can move up to her sweet face and all that hair.  And she does have a million beads, too, so she will be nice and sparkly!  I am stitching her on 28ct Lugana Pixie Dust from Silkweaver.

I also did something new.  I knitted an infinity scarf on size 50 needles.  Size 50!!  Boy was that a little awkward.

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The yarn is Red Heart Boutique Twilight in color Metallic.  It is soft and will be nice and warm on the very cold days that they are predicting we will have this winter.

I have also been making Christmas cards.  One for every day in October.  Here is today’s card:

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If you want to see the prior 23 cards, you can view them on my business facebook page at Ginny’s Place, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Leave a comment so I know you visited and let me know what you think of the cards.

Well, now I am all up to date with what has been happening with me the last month.  What have you been working on?

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What I Was Up To When August Flew By

Hello friends!  Are you feeling like me and wondering where in the heck August went?  I blinked and it was over, sigh. I did get to stitch, but first let me show you Aphrodite, back from the framer:

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She turned out so beautiful. She is Mirabilia’s Aphrodite and I stitched her on 16ct Aida Kaleidoscope from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.   Sorry about the light spot on the first photo, but it does show the frame better.  But don’t like the frame too much.  When picking this piece up, I was informed that the frame has been discontinued.  Too bad, as I really like it.  I tend to pick the same frames over and over,  without realizing it.  I guess I won’t be picking this frame again.  I haven’t hung her on the wall yet, but I think I have a spot for her.

After I finished Aphrodite, I pulled out Passione Ricamo’s A Journey Into the Deep.  I worked on it until August 21, 2016, which is when I couldn’t resist a new start any longer.  (No pictures of A Journey, sorry) I started Nora Corbett’s Iris Pixie.  Here she is after about a week of stitching:

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Lots of browns and golds on this one.  I am hoping to finish her before I get so bored with these colors.  Can you see a bit of a leg on the right of the design?  I am happily moving over to the right side of her dress. She will be a beauty when I finish her.  And hopefully I can finish before I get the urge for a new start.  Passione Ricamo just came out with her new design “Guiding Fairy”, which I have already purchased and have fabric on the way.

Speaking of fabric…I know, I know, I am addicted.  Here are my recent purchases from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics:

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All are 16ct Aida and all of them except the top right one are small cuts for pixies or witches.  The top right is my chosen fabric for Mirabilia’s Rapunzel.  Another one I can’t wait to start 😉  Did you see those cute tags, attached with a button, hand-stitched to the fabric?  How sweet is that? Johanna is doing an amazing job at dying beautiful fabrics.  If you haven’t visited her facebook page, do so by clicking here. She only sells one of a kinds, so what you see is what you get.

Another fabric I received this week is Tropical from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

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This is 16ct Aida and is the August Fabric of the Month.  Don’t worry; if you love it, she will probably add it to her website soon so that you can order it. I just love the colors.  Maybe because they remind me of summer and I am trying to hang onto the last little bit.  Some day, a very special design will find it’s way to this fabric.

And last week, this little fellow came to visit:

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The first hummingbird I have seen at my house this summer.  It was during the rain and he fed from every remaining flower on all 3 of my hanging plants.  So he was here for quite a while and actually visited 4 times that day.  He even flew over to my sliding glass doors where me and a friend were standing, watching him.  He hovered in front of us, as if to say hello and went back to eating the sweet nectar.  I haven’t seen him since.  But I was able to get some pretty good photos for my scrapbook 🙂

So what have you been up to during that speedy month of August?

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New Storage and Stitchy Progress

 

So I have been looking for someone to make me some bags and grime guards for my WIP’s and I finally found a gal that does an amazing job!  Her name is Deanna and you can find her Facebook page  at Deanna’s Frame Covers and Storage. Here is what I received in the mail from her yesterday:

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The coffee bag contains my 36″ scroll frame, with matching grime guards.  It was wonderful to see the Passions Ricamo SAL #3 again.  Can’t wait to get back to it :). The bag in front holds a 24″ scroll frame with matching grime guards.  I just love the colors in this bag and if you look closely, there are little pink owls in some of the squares.  Sweet!  These bags are so wonderfully made.  Lined with a matching fabric and zipper closure.  I am so happy that my projects are out of pillow cases and into some very beautiful, sealed bags.  I also asked her to make me a custom bag to hold all of my scroll frame parts when they are not in use.

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It is beautiful and quilted and perfect for storing all of my scroll frame parts :). Yes, I do have some scroll frames not in use, LOL. So if you are looking for some bags for your Q-snaps or scroll frames or grime guards for them and hoop frames, check out her Facebook page.  She is so sweet and she does an awesome job at creating these bags.  And she has a pretty quick turn around, too.  So check her page out and get some beautiful bags for your projects 🙂

Since finishing Aphrodite, I have been working on another mermaid, Passione Ricamo’s SAL #2.  It is good to be working on her again.  Here is where I left her last night:

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I love all the metallic threads in this one.  So pretty and sparkly.  I am nearing the bottom of this one and will have to go back up and add her face and hair and then hundreds of beads!

I am also working on trying to use up my scarf yarn stash.  I made a list of all the yarn projects I have and I have 2 pages worth!  The last scarf I made was for a friend and it is the prettiest one I have done yet.  I forgot to take a picture of it before sending it to her, but I did have a little of the yarn left and I made this swatch:

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Such pretty colors and so sparkly. These are my favorite colors for winter.

Yesterday I got a new phone, so I will be spending some time today getting to know it :). What are you working on this weekend?

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Winter Whisper #2

Where has January gone?  It just seems like yesterday I was celebrating the New Year and now here it is, almost the end of January.  Well, I guess that does mean that we are that much more into winter and closer to Spring 😉

I finally received the Hornbook and finished Winter Whisper #2 for my Mom.

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The hornbook had to be ordered from a different company than the one I did for the contest, and this one turned out to be a Navy Blue instead of Black.  The edges had the worn look of raw wood and it was smaller than the original one I had purchased.  But I thought it would work.  I used some white ink to make the worn edges more white and stamped the snowflakes all around.  I glued the finished piece onto the hornbook. I  made a bow from seam binding, glued it on and added a pretty, sparkly jewel.  My Mom really likes it.  I still have one more Winter Whisper to make, for myself, but have decided on a different finish.  The Winter Whisper design is now available for purchase on Passione Ricamo‘s website if you are interested in stitching this beauty.

I had planned on adding more today, but I am out of time.  I will post again tomorrow.  Until then, happy stitching!

 

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Finished Stitching for Christmas

Well, we are down to the final 2 days before Christmas.  I finished stitching my last Christmas gift this week, but it will have to wait for a finish as the hornbooks I ordered have not come in.

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This is my 2nd Winter Whisper.  It is a gift for my Mom.  It is stitched on 16ct Aida Ice Goddess by Stephanie.  This fabric turned out a little darker, but she still looks beautiful on it.  I will turn it into a flat ornament (kind of)  and have it all ready to mount onto the hornbook when I get it in.

Speaking of Whisper Winter, I wanted to thank everyone who voted for my piece.  With all of the votes and the decision of the designer and her assistant, I was awarded 3rd place.  I am just thrilled.

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And here is my wonderful prize package sent all the way from Italy by Laura from Passione Ricamo.

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I received a beautiful piece of blue 30ct linen.  I have never stitched on 30ct, but may give it a try.  Some beautiful post cards with Laura’s beautiful artwork on them.  A package of 25 skeins of floss and a pattern of my choice.  I chose The Night as it has been on my wish list for quite some time.  I love all of my goodies. Thank you again to everyone who voted for me.

I also finished stitching another piece this month.  It is the Raven Queen by Mirabilia.

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She is stitched on 16ct Aida Twixt N Tween by Stephanie.  I LOVE how she turned out on this fabric.  Like there is an awesome sunset behind her.

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A few nights ago I started stitching the train on the Gingerbread Village by Country Cottage Needleworks, but ended up ripping it out last night.  I had about half of the middle train car done when I realized that the white stitching really doesn’t show up well on the Lambswool fabric.  I was stitching on 16ct Aida, but after talking with my LNS this morning, the Lambswool Linen (which the pattern calls for) is not any darker than the Aida.  So I ordered some Dirty Aida for both the Gingerbread Village and the Santa’s Village.  I want my white to show up, especially since there is so much.  It seems that several of CCN patters are on the Lambswool which doesn’t make any sense to me.  Not a good match to me.  So I will work on Mirabilia’s Moon Flowers until the end of the year.

I want to wish those of  you that celebrate, a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends.  Happy Holidays to those who have a different celebration.  And I hope that you get some relaxing stitch time in for yourself 🙂

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Voting is Open!

Voting is open to the public until December 9, 2015 for the Winter Whisper Contest.  There are many beautiful entries and 2 categories for voting.  When you click on the link that I give you at the bottom of this post, there will be 2 categories in which to vote at the top of the page in blue.  1. For the best stitching and 2. For the Best finish.  There will be a circle next to each person’s name.  Click on the circle to cast your vote and scroll to the bottom of the page to submit.  Make sure to vote in both categories.  My finish is below.  If you like it, vote for mine under Ginny Schleich. Good luck to all the participants!

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