Monday, August 15, 2016

Olympic Challenge

It has been a crazy August so far, Summer Weather, Work and Family have all contributed into making this a great summer and one filled with great memories.

However, I have found less time to stitch, and even less time to blog or post about the stitching.

I joined the Stitch Maynia Olympic Stitching SAL. I have been able to do most of the daily stitching, but the posting of the progress has not happened. Instead I am posting it here.

New Start 1 - I worked on this piece August 5 (Stitch blue), and 10th Specialty stitches.

This is Music Amongst the trees - Samplers Not Forgotten - Not sure if you can see this picture but there are Blue stitches in the band across the top and Rice Stitches at the bottom.  I love stitching on this - first experience with Gloriana  Silks. Its a treat. I was able to complete a lot of this on Day 1, I know very little blue, but - I worked on this Friday night at my Stitchers Retreat Every Other Month !st Friday Night Stitch in,so it was about 5 hours of stitching time.

Day 2 - International Theme - I finished La D Da Peace on Earth.  I sort of looked at this a little different figured Internationally we could all work on Peace. (Very happy)

August 7 (yellow), August 9 (black) and August 11 (green).  This was a New Start I was able to finish working on this for three days.  Glory Bee's Free Summer Chart

I did not stitch August 8, Water or August 12 Triathalon - three pieces  ( I did not stitch at all either of these two days.

August 13 (red) and August 14 Equestrian - I started and finished JBW Hobby Horse - I did this as a Christmas Ornament - I stitched this with Sulky threads Blendables Vintage Holidays.  This was a 12 weight - so one strand is the same as 2 - it is a very different feel.  But I really liked this thread and bought it on a whim and just had to use it.  I would be picky about what I would stitch with these threads because of the look and feel, but I do like it.

So I haven't decided what I am working on from this day forward.  But I am sure I will find something.

The Wedding quickly approaches for DD#3.  I really need to get a dress - I haven't even looked and the wedding is September 3.

Guess I really should stitch some sort of Wedding Sampler?  Maybe?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Small SAL July and other Stitching News

Here is my Small for July.  Ink Circles - Just CrossStitch Christmas Preview issue 2016.  I did this in the DMC colors and I just love this.  My kids are going to laugh when they see this - they always tease me because my trees are so tiny -- This is so perfect for me.  Thank you Heather at Stitching Lotus

Extra Extra:  My LNS has announced their 2017 Retreat.  I am so excited!!!!Simply Spooky (Designer Isi Abbatti Primitive Hare)   The 10th of March 2017.  I am putting my deposit down very soon.  I can't wait to see what she has planned.  I love my LNS.

Speaking of wish, I visited her today.  Just went to chat with the owner, Jan, and of course pick up some new stuff.  I rarely share my purchases, because I am off the hook when it comes to chart purchasing but today, why not.  I hope you can see them - Road Trip by Bent Creek, 3th of july bird by Heart in Hand - Saw this one over on Carols Stitching Dream  and I ordered it right away, and it arrived.  Also there is the New Reflections of Scotland - Ink Circles - have ordered the fibers - and really want to do this one, and last but so special by Samplers Not Forgotten - Tis Near Halloween, and it has my favorite - When witches go Riding !

Two more finishes - This little frog is from the SAL KLT Charting  I am doing these as single frogs - no lily pads - This little guy is on Silkweavers Solo 32 ct luguna - 1 x 1.  with Fiberlicious Yummy Fibers Midnight Forest.  Not sure if I will do all these frogs - but I really do like frogs at night when camping while they are croaking.  These frogs are a great way for me to try out some of my new threads from Fiberlicious and Jodyri Designs

And then there is my Summer Sampler.  Love it, and now I just have to create the wall hanging for my daughter by August 1.  I am so excited.  This is one of my favorite things I stitched this year even though it has some French Knots ---- And I did make them - they are all different sizes and a little off.  Thank you Floss Tube for doing your best to help me master.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Surprises and Stitching

Last Sunday I did a very small favor for a friend.   And she was so kind to bring me a gift.  I am a lover of beer.  The best beer (my opinion only) can be found at small independently owned craft breweries.  These little breweries are popping up all over Central New York.  Here is a picture of my newest favorite, thanks to my best beer loving friend.
  Here is a link to the brewery, Crafty Ales and Largers.  The beer was great, but the little Growler is even better.  Check out the little Witches Hat (how perfect, witches are my favorite) on the refillable Growler - on the back it says "Put a Little Magic in your Mouth".  Seriously this made my.  The sign is a quote from Benjamin Franklin that sits on the counter in my kitchen.  

I have one stitching update to share.  I have enjoyed working on this one so much, I did not want to stitch on anything else.. And I was so sure I would never be able to join in  Justines - Just one In July, and I guess I could have..  I am so close to being finished now. I love the colors.  This is going to be a gift - for my daughters (#3 and #4) to display in their home, so I will have to finish it.  Like all the way.  Nervous already about that.

I have found flosstube - well I knew it was there, but I had not watched it much - but know I sort of am watching it a lot.  It is very addicting - but very enjoyable.  I am watching it on my TV, So I get a great view of all the videos and am amazed.  Totally amazed.

One small note - my political, global note for the day - France.  Sadness, Anger, Strength.

Friday, July 8, 2016

It's Friday and I wish it would rain

I don't remember the last time I wished it would rain.  But the lack of rain in my neck of the woods has started to have a negative effect on everything, especially the local farmers.  So today there are promised showers, and I am going to be dancing!

My Week of Stitching --- Summer Sun = less stitching.

But I do have some finishes, some progress on one of my Longest Day Marathon WIPS, and a new start.

Lizzie Kate 100 Years.  - This is taking so much longer than I ever thought it would.  However I did get almost to the end of the top row and filled in some of the missing letters from the other rows. This baby has been put to rest now for a bit.

Here are my two little finishes.  They are both Nutcrackers - so my total for the year is now six.  I love my Red White and Blue Nutcracker.
The Purple Dude is from  a hard cover - Craftways - A Cross Stitch Christmas - A Heartwarming Holiday.  I wanted to do a Purple nutcracker and there are 4 in this book.  I just am not feeling this little guys arms, but I did fool around with those terrible French Knot Eyes.  I think when I do his friend I am just going to make his arm touch his body - just add the one column of stitches.

This is my new start - it is Summer Sampler and it is in the Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine and it is the July 2009 (or maybe it's called Summer 2009) issue.  This is  perfect for the Summer Family Picnics -- we always play Croquet with my Mom's and Dad's very old Croquet set - the one I had as a kid (and I have been around for a very long time) and I really like the colors too.

This is where I am after one day of stitching.

Once again my Country is in a terrible place.  I fear we will have another Civil War.

But today I will dance in the Rain and it's Friday.