Bella Filipina Designs · Crochet · cross stitch · Knitted Shawl · Knitting · Mermaids

I’m Sad Summer Is Ending


Hello blogging friends.  I have just enough time to squeeze in a post for August before it is over.  My blogging days have been few and far in between.  I will do better 🙂  My summer has been a little busy.  Lots of little day trips-mostly yarny trips. I went to a Wine and Wool Fest and I participated in the I-75 Yarn Crawl.  I visited 10 shops during the yarn crawl and purchased something at each shop.  And then last week I visited a new shop that I didn’t get to hit on the Yarn Crawl.  It was a lot of fun, but expensive, as I couldn’t resist yarn where ever I went 😉  I have been stitching, too.

First, I finished the Mermaid’s Garden Shawl.  It turned out beautiful! Here it is being blocked.

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Mermaid shawl finished

This was such an enjoyable KAL.  The pattern is the Mermaid’s Garden Shawl by Lena Mathisson and is available on Ravelry.  I will be making this one again for sure.

I recently joined other knitters at my local yarn shop and we are making the Veronika cardigan.  Here is my start on this one:

Veronika cardigan start

That is not a shadow at the top of the cardigan.  It appears that my yarn doesn’t quite match.  Ugh.  I will continue on.  I am using Malabrigo Rios in Tranquilo.  I’m not into switching skeins every other row, so I will leave it for now.  I am using a size 9 needle as I couldn’t get gauge with an 8.  And after using fingering weight yarn for so long, this worsted weight yarn and large needle has really done a number on my right hand.  It is aching quite a bit today, so this piece is in time out for now. But I am loving the color.  And see that cute bag in the back?  It was a special order to CleverGirl Designs Co.  It matches my tool bag.

Clevergirl Designs bags

Kristine does a great job making these bags.  The smaller one has lots of pockets and holds a lot! You can find her on Instagram @clevergirldesignsco

I started a new cross stitch.  I know, don’t say it, LOL.  I couldn’t resist Bella Filapina’s “Pearl of the Orient Seas”.  She is a beauty!

Pearl of the Orient Seas start

I am stitching her on 16ct aida, a OOAK from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  While I love her, I have found out I am not a fan of stitching with red, orange and yellow.  Hopefully I will be able to get through it as she is really stunning.  I have become a big fan of Bella Filipina designs.  He is so talented.

I am still stitching on the Pillow for a friend. It is coming along and my goal is to get it done by the end of summer.  Which, as the title of my post says, is coming to an end.  I better up my game now.  I can’t show all of my progress because I want it to be a surprise for the recipient.  But here is a peek:  (Don’t look at the back of it!)

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I am getting near the bottom!  Woo Hoo!

And remember this crochet project?

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Well, I finished it!!!  A little less than 2 years and not perfect, but it is finished and I just love it!

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This blanket will keep me warm while hanging out in the finished basement with hubby.  Yep, the basement is all finished and put together.  We still have lots of boxes and bins to go through for the storage room.  We are hoping to get those unpacked within the next month.  So that is what I have been up to these last few weeks of summer.  What have you been up to?  Did you recently finish a project you are happy to finally finish?

Bella Filipina Designs · cross stitch · Fabric · Hand Dyed Fabrics · Mermaids · Passione Ricamo · Shannon Christine designs

A Finish, A near Finish and A New Start!


Hello my blogging friends!  It’s a bit of a snowy day outside, so I am inside, organizing, cleaning and now it’s time for a blog post 🙂  Thanksgiving is over, and I kept my emotions under check better than I expected to.  And ever since, I have been cleaning and organizing and making piles to give away and donate.  I tend to do this when I am sad or angry.  It feels good to get organized and having things put into place.  I really cleaned my laundry room and my craft room, making room for new storage containers 😉  I am hoping my craft room will be better organized for me to get in there and get my Christmas cards made and get back to my scrapbooking.  Now onto stitching stuff!

First, I have a finish.  Pink Princess is complete and I am over the moon in love with her. I even found the little butterfly bead to put into her hand instead of stitching a butterfly.  Not sure if you can see it in the photo.  It is a beautiful bead with blues and greens and purples and pinks.  Perfect for her hand.

Pink Princess close up

Pink Princess finish

I think she turned out so amazing!  She is Dawn, the Fairy Spirit of Grace by Passione Ricamo.  I stitched her without the wings, even though she is a beauty with them as well.  I stitched her on 16ct Aida Tintagel from Fabrics by Stephanie.  A gorgeous Princess on a gorgeous piece of fabric.

So now I am back to stitching on the Treasures of the Deep piece.  November mermaid is up right now.

Treasures of the Deep SAL November

I finished all the stitching last night.  I am hoping to get the backstiching all done tonight so that I can dive into a new project.   Yeah, I know, another project, right?  Anyway, this one is Treasures of the Deep SAL from Shannon Christine designs.  The fabric is 16ct Aida Maldivian Dreams from Fiberlicious.  Just December and January left of this SAL and then all the gorgeous, sparkly beads can be added.  This one is really blinged to the max!

So, what is my new project you ask?  Well, it is another mermaid.  This one is Aquamarina from Bella Filapina. I ordered her in August and she arrived sometime in October.  I quickly gathered up all the DMC threads, beads and Kreiniks for her and special ordered a fabric for her.  Last night I received this gorgeous fabric and I squealed with delight!

fabric for Aquamarina from FDFOh my gosh!  Isn’t it just breathtaking?  It is 16ct Aida from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  Johanna did an amazing job on creating this one for me.  So I am hoping to start this new project tomorrow, even if I have to stay up super late finishing the back stitching on the November mermaid.

Aquamarina new start

So that is what I am up to today.  What are you stitching on?  Do you have a new project you want to get started on?

cross stitch · Hand Dyed Fabrics · Sampler · Winter

Only One More Section To Go


November section of Mystery Sampler

Wow!  I can’t believe that there is only one more month to go with this Sampler!  I finished the November section last night.  I have enjoyed stitching on this one and I am looking forward to seeing what the December section is. In case you are interested, this is a FREE pattern from Linen and Threads.  This one is the 2018 Mystery Sampler and you can download all of the patterns to create this beauty.  I believe the 2017 Mystery Sampler is still on their website, too and I am hearing that there will be a 2019 one also. All for FREE.  So wonderful for them to do this.  I am stitching this one on 16ct Aida OOAK from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  It is more of a peach color with gray.  I just can’t seem to capture the true color of this one on camera.  I am using DMC threads 53 and 310.  I love the look of the threads on this one and I can’t wait to unroll it and see all of it at once.  But next year I am thinking of using just one color.  What will it be???

And this morning, this is what I woke up to:

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And it is still snowing 😦  I am definitely not ready for winter and this white stuff.  It’s a good thing that I have lots of projects to work on 😉  Now to decide what project I will pick up this afternoon…I am still nursing the elbows, but I am really itching to pick up the hook and crochet on the blanket…

So what are you working on today?

cross stitch · Fabric · Hand Dyed Fabrics · knitted cowl · Mermaids · Mirabilia · Shannon Christine designs · Uncategorized

What Have I Been Up To?


Hello my Blogging friends.  It’s been a little while since I last posted.  In my last post in April, I had noted that I tore the meniscus in my knee.  I had surgery on May 23, and have been going to physical therapy since.  It was a more difficult recovery than I was led to believe.  And Monday I found out that my knee cap is not moving, so that is hindering my progress as far as going down the steps normally and going from standing to sitting and sitting to standing.  So yesterday my therapist taped my knee and I am hoping this will help with the pain in trying to  put more weight on it when bending the knee.  The stairs are the worst and I live in a quad level house.  Ugh. But I am getting around better and have ditched the cane.  Woo Hoo!  Tonight I am going to try to walk the zoo at hubby’s company family night.  We’ll see how much I can do.

But I have been crafting and am now able to sit at my desk to make cards and scrapbook for longer lengths of time now.  And I have been stitching.  Let’s see… where to begin…

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This has ben my travel project and go to project when I have a few minutes here and there.  It is a going to be a cowl.  The pattern is from Katia and the yarn is Katia’s Funny Rainbow.  When I purchased this back in April on a weekend trip, I wasn’t sure how it would knit up.  But I am so glad I decided to get it.  The yarn is so, so soft!  I am loving this. It is straight garter stitch, increasing a stitch each row on one end.  I love how the striping colors are coming out, too.

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Next up is the Mermaid SAL designed by Shannon Christine.  The June mermaid is out, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.  Mainly because I have been working on this:

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The Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.  I am working on the June/July section and just loving every stitch of it.  I am stitching this on 16ct Aida, OOAK from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  It is more of a peach color than shown here.  I apologize for my photos.  I took them with my Surface and they didn’t come out very well.  Anyway, I am using DMC 53 and DMC 310.

Last weekend I picked up this beauty from the cross stitch shop:

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She is Mirabilia’s Ella, the Frog Princess.  I finished her in 2017, but recently put her in for framing.  And she turned out lovely.  I even picked her up on Mirabilia’s  25th anniversary, so I thought that was so perfect.  Happy 25th Miss Nora!! I can’t believe that I have been stitching Nora’s designs for nearly 25 years!!    I stitched her on 16ct Aida Pandora from Fabrics by Stephanie.

As if I don’t have enough to do… this happened:

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Yep, I started a new project.  I am stitching Enchanted Mermaid again.  I gave my other one to a dear friend, so I am stitching her again.  This time I am using a hand dyed fabric, 16ct Aida OOAK from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  I can’t wait to get back to her.  She is so blingy!

And yesterday I received this beautiful piece of fabric in the mail.

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It is a OOAK 16ct Aida from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  It is so gorgeous in person.  Now to find the perfect pattern for it.

Well, that is about all I have to update you on for now.  I have signed up for a knitted shawl MAL at a new local yarn shop I found in May.  The first session meets next week, so I will fill you in on that soon.  So what are you crafting on today?

cross stitch · Mermaids · Nora Corbett · Passione Ricamo · Passione Ricamo SAL · Poison Pixie · Shannon Christine

Stitching and More Snow!


Hello friends!  Happy March!  I have no idea where February went, but I do hope that March slows down a bit.  And it is coming in like a Lion!  This is what it looks like out my window right now:

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Really?  After all of our snow had finally melted and we have had temperatures in the 50’s the last 3 days.  We are expecting 4-6 inches today.  It has been snowing steady for the last 4 hours and starting to pile up out there.  Good thing I have no plans to be out today or tomorrow.  Enough about the white stuff.  Let’s get to the stitchy stuff 🙂

First, I brought this adorable little pixie home from the framer a couple of weekends ago.

White Angel Trumpet framed

She is the White Trumpet Angel by Nora Corbett.  I stitched her on a one of a kind hand dyed fabric from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics in 16ct Aida.  If you haven’t checked out her fabrics, you should.  She usually posts new fabrics on her Etsy on Monday’s and you can purchase what she posts right away.  She has great customer service and super fast shipping.  She is so sweet!  I have yet to hang her in my craft room, (the framed piece, not Johanna, LOL)  but I will.  She will join the other 3 pixies I have hanging in there.

I have been stitching on the Passione Ricamo 20th Anniversary piece and finished the first block a few nights ago.  Sorry for the crooked picture.

PR 20th anniversary progress 1

This piece is going to be amazing when it is finished.  Here is a close up of the block I just finished:

first block on PR SAL

It was so much easier stitching this block than it was that Fairy to the right.  It probably took me about a week of evenings to stitch her.   I hope all of the blocks go as quick, then I can have this piece finished in a few months.  Wouldn’t that be awesome!

And I have a new start!  When you see what it is, you will know why I couldn’t resist…

Treasures of the Deep

A year of mermaids!!!  WOW!  As soon as this was released, my BSF (Best Stitchy Friend) sent the link over to me and I caved almost immediately.  She is such an enabler, LOL.  But I love her and she knows me so well.  So this is a year long SAL designed by Shannon Christine and put out by Fiberlicious.  I have received all of my supplies and started it the other night.  Here is my progress:

Start on Mermaid SAL

The mermaids are birthstone mermaids and the SAL starts with February.  Isn’t she just the sweetest little mermaid?  And boy is this piece full of bling!!  But my beads and crystals will have to wait until the very end.  I am stitching on 16ct Aida Maldivian Dream from Fiberlicious.  It is a beautiful hand painted fabric.   If you are interested in this SAL, you can order through Fiberlicious.

Well, that is what I have been up to.  What are you up to these days?  Do you have any new starts?   What WIP project are you trying to get finished?

Books I am reading · cross stitch · Hand Dyed Fabrics · Knitting · Nora Corbett · Passione Ricamo · Pixie · Poison Pixie · scrapbooking

First Finishes of the Month


Hello blogging friends!  We are a few weeks into January and already I have a few finishes.  Earlier in the month I finished the 1 ball cowl I had started over the summer and I just love how it turned out.

One ball shawl

The yarn is “Shawl in a Ball” from Lion Brand.  The color is Community Coral. It was pretty mindless knitting in stockinette stitch and so it became my take along project for knitting on car rides that were 1/2 an hour or more.  After the new year, I decided to bite the bullet and knit on it until I finished the skein.  I have already worn it once and it is nice and warm.

Next up I have my first 2 scrapbook pages for the year.  They were part of a kit from my Local Scrapbook store.  January pages of the Calendar Club.

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I have done the calendar club at this shop for the past 4 or 5 years, but this year is going to be my favorite as she will be using products from Blue Fern.  I Love their products and I enjoyed creating these pages.  Hopefully I can get more pictures on them and keep up with it all year.  Photos will hide those finger prints on the 2nd page from me putting lotion on my hands.  Ugh.

Next up is my first book finish.

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I finished this book on Wednesday.  It is the 2nd in The Guardian Trilogy from Nora Roberts.  With all of my hobbies, reading takes a back seat, reading usually only at lunch time or when I am at a hair appointment or take my car in for an oil change.  One of my goals this year is to read more.  I am happy to have my first book finished in January.  This series is pretty good.  I am anxious to start the 3rd book and see how it finishes up.

I finished this sweet little thing last night:

White Angel Trumpet finish

She was a pretty quick stitch.  Binge watching the old X-Files has certainly helped me move right along with her.  She is White Angel Trumpet, a Poison Pixie from Nora Corbet.  I stitched her on a OOAK 16ct Aida from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  The fabric looks like it has poisonous gasses in greens and grays.  I think it is perfect for her.

So I dug this WIP out to work on for now.

PR 20th anniversary SAL

This one is Passione Ricamo’s 20th Anniversary SAL.  It is quite a large piece and I would love to finish this one this year.  There are many blocks on this one each containing a portion of different PR  patterns from over the years.  I am stitching on 16ct Aida Nantucket Sky from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  It is truly going to be an amazing piece.  Not sure how long I will stitch on it, but every stitch will put me closer to a finish, right?

So that is it for my finishes so far this month.  I have a long list of goals for 2018 and I am still trying to put them into a “18 in 2018” order.  I hope to have that list nailed down for my next post.  So what are your goals for 2018?  What are you currently working on? I’d love to hear all about it 🙂

AAN Chandelier · cross stitch · Nora Corbett

Busy Time of Year, But Still Stitching


Hello blogging friends!  How is your December going?  Can you believe it is almost the middle of December already?  I have gotten quite a bit done, but still a few things left on my to do list.  I am reserving my evenings to stitch so that I can relax after the busy days.  So what have I been up to?  Well, first, I finished the stitching on the Chandelier SAL from AAN.

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I love how this one has turned out so far.  I say so far, because where the little metallic stitchings are, there is supposed to be some bling 🙂  I am still waiting on an ornament pack from AAN.  I hope it arrives soon as I really want this one to be finished so I can get it framed.  I love chandeliers with all their sparkles and shine.  I want this one to have lots of sparkle.  So when I receive those embellishments, I will be sure to update you on this one.  Stitched on 16ct Aida Winter Solstice from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Next up is the Wherefore Art Thou piece from Nora Corbett.

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I did a little stitching on this one.  I am really sad that, in person, the pink fabric really shows through the stitching.  The only thing I can determine is that the weeks dyed threads and colorworks threads are thinner than DMC and so the coverage on Aida is not as well.  If I were to start this one again, I would definitely do it in DMC instead of the hand dyed threads.  I am trying to keep plugging away at it since I have invested so much money into the hand dyed threads, but it is really hard.  The fabric is 16ct Aida Pink Impatiens by Silkweaver.  So I put her aside and started a new project.

White Angel Trumpet Start

This is Angel White Trumpet from the Poison Pixie series by Nora Corbett.  This one really called to me.  I knew I wanted to start her as soon as I received her.  I had this perfect fabric.  16ct Aida,  one of a kind from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  I worked on her for about 3 evenings and then decided I needed to get back to the Mystery Sampler to do the December section so I can get it finished before the end of the year.

Mystery Sampler Dec section

The December section is awesome and maybe the largest band.  I do hope to get it done by the end of the year.  I am stitching this one on 16ct Aida Castleview from Silkweaver. The threads are London Fog from Sullivans and DMC 3888.  There will be a new sampler in 2018 by the same designer that designed this one.  I do plan to do it, but want to see the first section to help me decide on fabric and thread colors.

Before I go, I wanted to share a post that I saw on another blog this morning:

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“Hey Everyone!
In the Spirit of the Holidays, Sam Bee here at Bumblebee Acres is humbly asking you for any help you might be able to give. I am offering these two patters for sale, and all proceeds will go towards my fundraiser. I additionally have a fundraiser page, if you would like to share, read more, or (Bless your heart!) Donate more!
I am attaching the Link to the Fundraiser here: https://www.youcaring.com/samanthatroia-1033946
I am also copying & pasting my story he…

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You can also read about her and visit the Bumblebee Acres blog and read more and see the scrumptious yarns they have for sale.  I purchased the pattern this morning and am still deciding on some of their yarns.  If you want to help out this gal, you can make a donation or the purchase of her Joyful and Cozy pattern has all the proceeds going to help her get the insulin pump that will give make things easier for her .  I am not affiliated with this company and I don’t know  Sam Bee.  I am just passing on the info to help someone out.

So, that is what I have been up to.  Along with decorating the house, putting up the tree, cleaning and purging as I go, Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and finally getting my Christmas cards finished today.  So how are your December plans going and what are you doing to relax at the end of your busy days?