I found a new home for all of my Mirabilis and Nora Corbett patterns. And what is so great is that it matches my trunk that holds my hand dyed fabrics. You can see that post here. I have all of my Mirabilis patterns on the left and all the Nora Corbett patterns on the right. There are a few patterns in the back that are in bags with a fabric that I chose to stitch on. If I take the bagged patterns out (and maybe stitch them some day) I will have a little more room to grow my pattern stash 😉 I love being able to flip through all the patterns and remind myself of what I have yet to stitch.
I also have a cute smaller box.
In this one I am keeping my bead packs for some of the Mirabilis and Nora Corbett patterns that I have.
I love these boxes. I purchased them at Joann Fabrics. They are quite pricy, so 40% and 50% coupons really helped.
Seeing these beautiful boxes all stacked up and organized inside makes me happy :). What is your favorite way to organize?
My oldest son and his girlfriend came to visit last weekend, so we decided to spend Saturday in a little downtown area of Farmington Hills, MI. We visited lots of shops and contributed to each for Small Business Saturday. Of course I had to stop at the Rocking Horse Needlework shop and give a little love there, too 😉 Just love going to that shop and seeing all the beautiful stitchings on the wall, from floor to ceiling. I picked up a few things while I was ogling gorgeous finished pieces:
Nora Corbett’s 2 newest patterns, Geranium and Mermaid Verde and their bead packs. Hubby and I also found the little Fairy Dust piece finished and hanging on the wall and thought it was quite cute. So I picked it up to stitch for him. I have been wanting to stitch a Nimue pattern. It should be a cute, quick stitch and maybe I can get it done for him for Christmas. Now to dig into my fabric stash and find the perfect fabric for her. What are you stitching on today?
In my last post I told you I pulled out my Passione Ricamo mermaid. Here is my progress so far:
Sorry it’s not the best picture. And now looking at it, it seems I haven’t made much progress even though I am on step 4. I don’t think it will be done in a month, so I may have to purchase another large frame to put the new Mystery SAL on. Here is how this mermaid will look when I am finished:
Just beautiful, don’t you think? This is available to purchase on the Passione Ricamo site. As you can see, I have a ways to go.
I also purchased 2 more of her designs:
They are so beautiful! I am happy to add them to my small PR collection.
So, what are you stitching on today?
After my first finish for 2014, I picked up a WIP that has been around way too long. At least a few years. You may remember her; Angel of Grace? Well here is how she looks now:
I’m getting really close to a finish. She certainly is a challenge on that fabric. It is 28 ct Salmon and Gold Linen Banding. It is the most uneven fabric I have ever worked on. The pattern is Angel of Grace by Lorri Birmingham Designs. I am hoping to finish this by the end of the weekend. I just have her ruffle to finish and some gold stitching on the right of the dress, then outlining and some charms, buttons and beads. I am so happy this one is actually coming to a finish. It is a gift for someone special and I will by happy to finally have it crossed off of my WIP list.
And because I don’t have enough Mira stash, this is what I purchased on Saturday from Stitches N Things:
This month is my birthday, so I went on a birthday month shopping spree. Shown here is the lovely Biancabella and her bead pack and one of two Waterlilies needed. The other is on backorder. I love the colors in Biancabella. I am thinking of adding a snowflake in her hand instead of the apple. She is my favorite winter colors, so I think a snowflake will be perfect. Some day I will get to work on her. I also ordered a couple of patterns that were not in the shop yet.
So now, back to stitching on Angel of Grace. What WIP have you had in your stash for a very long time?
While re-organizing my cross stitch patterns and going through bins of “stash” last weekend, I came across this:
This is the left panel of a 5 panel nativity scene that I started back in 1993. WOW! I remember that I had to do this piece twice. I chose some fabric to do this shepherd boy on and when I went back to get more fabric for the next piece, that fabric had been discontinued. WHAT?? So I purchased all of the fabric for all 5 panels, all of the krenik threads and specialty threads all at once. And here it is 18 years later and I still don’t have all of it finished. I do have 2 other panels finished:
I loved stitching this one. All of those different threads. And just look at those little tassels! So cute! And this next piece I finished about 3 years ago:
This is a nice colorful piece and I love the angel. I just hope that when I get it finished (and I will get it finished) that the special frame kit will still be available. When I finished the angel piece above, I was told at my LNS that she could still get the frame kit. Another project on my long list of projects to finish.
Hubby and I spent most of the weekend re-organizing. We started in the “man-cave” where we cleaned off the book shelves and got rid of things no longer needed. Then we ordered 2 new shelves with doors to accommodate my 54 (and growing) scrapbooks! The shelves that they are on now are too narrow and the books hang off of the edges by several inches. And only the 2 middle shelves of the 2 current book shelves can be used for 12 x 12 scrapbooks. We will pick up the new shelves on Thursday and hubby will have to put them together. So then what did I organize??
I took all of my cross stitch patterns out of 2 banker boxes and made new files for my filing cabinet that has been sitting empty for a year now. I made all the labels with my brother label maker-LOVE that thing. Above is drawer 1. Here is drawer #2:
This drawer is full of my Mirabilia, Lavender & Lace and Joan Elliott patterns. I even tore apart my “kitted” Mirabilia’s and added the Krenik threads and beads to my collection and just left the pattern with the fabric. I started on the top 2 drawers for my stamping and scrapbooking, but that will be another weekend. I still have 2 bins out in the garage full of cross stitch “stuffs”, but that is mostly bulky things like afghans, pillows, kits, towels, borders and such. I would like to bring them inside and put them on the shelf where the bankers boxes used to be. That too will have to wait for another weekend. It was fun looking through all of my patterns and seeing what I have that I had forgotten about. The only draw-back…I want to start a ton of new things! I did get a little stitching time in this weekend and worked on Erin’s RR. Just started putting the beads on and I will post that when I am finished. I also added a few stitches to August Fairy and here is what she looks like now:
I know, not a lot added. I really love the colors.
I will add another post in a bit and show you what hubby made for me over the weekend!