Friday, October 14, 2016

Stitching update 10/14/2016

Just a quick update on my Year of Wips Challenge.  After two weeks - Nutcracker Sampler - Another Nutcracker.  Personal 2016 Goal - 12 Nutcrackers - Now I have 7 finished.  Love this little dude.

Complete Finish - From La D Da - 2016 Stitchers Garden Retreat - Tender Heart - Will not be happy until this is a FFO.  Getting together with another member of the Retreat to Finish it off.

Always my lighting on pictures is never good.  Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

It's the Last Thursday in September

And its the day to share our Smalls.  Thanks once again Heather at Stitching Lotus for keeping this SAL going for another year.
This is a very dark picture of my latest little finish from Leisure Arts.  It has been a long time since I have stitched on 14 ct and had to do 1/4 or 1/2 stitches.  My goodness they do not agree with me at all. I remember, once upon a time, I just had to have these bread cloths so 20 years later here is the finish.  I am sure it will come in handy in my decorations for the season.

I started something new.  I started something new, to include in my WIP Challenge organized in a facebook group.  One of my goals for 2016 was to stitch 12 Nutcrackers.  I am proud of my progress. For the last few, I decided to stitch the whole sampler ( I have stitched two of these as singles)
Here is my progress. I am doing this on 22 ct white.  Another old piece of fabric I had in my stash.  Of course I would like to finish this before Christmas 2016 - this would give me 11 Nutcrackers in all, and if I could finish this and then just stitch one more I would be very happy.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Solo September -- FINISH

A Big Shout Out to Justine and Solo September  I have finished my project.  Started January 2013 in an Ultimate Crazy Cross Stitch Challenge.

This is the first project I have actually added all the beads.  There are 44 little red beads on the trees, 11 beads on the large stars and 2 black beads for eyes.  Now I know this may not seem to a lot of beads, because so many of you amazing stitchers add hundreds of beads, but this was my real first attempt and I am so proud of me.

So excited I was able to Finish this - I know this is a direct result of my commitment to Justine's Solo September (link above). 

I have also finished this with left over September Stitching Time - I am going to try to stitch up a couple little things before October 1.   

Friday, September 16, 2016

Its 1979 and Jo was 13 -- And I was 26

1979 - Jo was 13.  This was the year of holidays for Jo!  She went on an adventure holiday to Wales with the school where she went pony trekking and tried archery.  Then she went on holiday with her Grandparents.  Neither had been well and it was felt they needed someone with them in case of emergencies!  They stayed in a caravan in Cornwall and Jo was thoroughly spoiled by them.  Anyone with sibling will understand the freedom of time away and being The Only One.   Later in the summer Jo's family stayed in a caravan in Sussex.  A short break in a Derbyshire Youth Hostel with the school completed the year.  The school holidays were heavily subsidised to allow children from deprived areas a chance to experience things they might not have done otherwise.  Like ponies!

In 1979  I was recently divorced with two boys, 4 and 2, hardly making ends meet and living with my parents... I just started a brand new job - it was an amazing opportunity for growth and it was a great fit for me - I AM STILL THERE!.  I was finally making $150.00 a week (seriously that was the deal) and I was able to move out of my parents home and rent a place with one of my closest friends.  I actually even owned a car.  It was pretty amazing what I could do with $150.00 a week, and two kids, and still feel rich. Writing this little memory reminded me, the best times of my life often were when I had the least.

Selecting the stitching piece to share was a struggle, let me tell you.  So I had to go with Halloween. And I had to pick two.  

This is from Pine Mountain This is a one nighter.  And the only little bit of cuteness (?)  is the spider.  I think this would make a great scrap book page - 

It's Halloween, The Drawn Thread.  I fell in love with this witch. She really is green with purple hair.  

The chart actually does not end after the witch. But I ended it here.  Well there really isn't much fabric left under the witch. And, I really don't ever believe I have to follow the chart exactly ever.  There is a picture below showing the whole chart.

Have a wonderful, wonderful day, Jo. Seriously for me, life gets better with each decade.