Monday, June 17, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness Update for June

Victorian Charm
It's time for the June Gifted Gorgeousness update.  This stitch-along, hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, features projects that in some way have been gifted -or- are being stitched to be given as gifts. 

I stitched on a few of my gifted projects this month, including "Victorian Charm".  I am slow stitching on this project due to the dark fabric - but I love the design.

Here is where I left off last time: (This photo is closer to the actual fabric color.)

I also stitched on "Linen & Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler", completing 1/2 of this month's chart.

I brought out my lovely "Spanish Sampler" and worked on the lower left corner.

And finally, I stitched on (my favorite) "Cut Thru' Haunted House", finishing the second ghost in the music room.
That's all for now.  I can't wait to see everyone else's progress this month!
Happy Stitching!

Monday, May 27, 2019

WIPocalypse and Stitch Maynia Update

Whale Watching
It's time again for another WIPocalypse update.  This has been the busiest stitching month I've had all year!  The first 2 weeks of May, I worked on 16 projects (shown in my last update), and the past 11 days, I have worked on 9 projects - including a small original design.

"Whale Watching" (shown above) is one of my designs - which I have posted as a freebie on my website, here: 

Here are the other projects I stitched on this month:

Rose Lap Quilt
I stitched a few more flowers on my "Rose Lap Quilt", a printed embroidery project that was gifted to me by a non-stitchy friend.

Ride to Dreamland
I stitched a bit on "Ride to Dreamland" - working on part of the stitching that uses the sparkly blending filament. 
Summer Carousel Horse
I stitched on the flowers and greenery at the top of Teresa Wentzler's "Summer Carousel Horse".
Hummingbird and Fuchsias
I stitched more on "Hummingbird and Fuchsias", a printed cross stitch kit gifted by my Mom.

Gathering Honey
I kept "Gathering Honey" from gathering dust and stitched a row in the garden.

Cut Thru' Pirate Ship
I finished another pirate on my ship!  This one has a hook for a hand and a peg leg.

American Sampler
I also stitched a bit on Sandy Orton's "American Sampler".  Mainly filling in the left pillar and working on the framing for the center section.  Slow progress ... but progress nonetheless.

I had a visit form the frogs when I stitched on my "Linen & Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler".  I had to remove a bunch of stitches and am just about finished restitching and completing the May section.  I will include a photo with my next update.

Question of the Month: Where do you love to shop for stash?  

I love a bargain - so I tend follow a sale or coupon to locate my stash.  My relatives often send me "gift cards", and I tend to combine gift cards with coupons and sales to stretch them as far as I can.   

That's all I have for this update.  It sure has been a crazy month!
See you next time.
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Stitch Maynia and Gifted Gorgeousness Update

This is a pretty big update for me (16 projects).  I am participating in "Stitch Maynia" by stitching on a different one of my WIPs each day.  I am also including my "Gifted Gorgeousness" stitch along update as well - since most of these projects were gifted to me..

"Gifted Gorgeousness" is hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, and features projects that in some way have been gifted -or- are being stitched to be given as gifts.

I have stitched on 14 of my WIPs so far.  Shown above is "Afternoon Nap", on which I managed a bit of progress on the paw on May 1st.

On May 2nd, I stitched on "Berry Patch Rooster".  I worked on the greenery in the top left corner.
On May 3rd, I brought out my "BeeHive Sampler" and worked on the flowers and beehive at the top of the sampler.
May 4th was "Summer Sampler" day.  I finished the stitching and back stitch on the word "Camp", as well as most of the off-white stitching in that area. "Summer Sampler" was received as a gifted kit along with the other 3 seasons one year at Christmas.

May 5th was the day to stitch on my "Winter Sampler".  I only managed to stitch a bit of the shading on the snowman.  "Winter Sampler" was received as a gifted kit along with the other 3 seasons one year at Christmas.

I stitched on my "Castle Sampler" on May 6th - however I do not have a photo as it is too big to fit on my scanner & my camera batteries are kaput.  I managed to work a bit on the border.
On May 7th,  I brought out my "To Everything a Season" sampler.  I finished stitching the alphabet and worked on a bit more of the floral area.

May 8th was the day I worked on my "Butterfly Forest".  I only managed to stitch a few colors on the wings of one butterfly.  "Butterfly Forest" was received as a gifted kit on my birthday several tears ago.
"Napping Kitten" was my project for May 9th.  I finished his ear and added some stitches to the branch.
I finished another row of the alphabet on my "Linen Sampler" on May 10th.  
On May 11th, I did some back stitching on my "Spring Sampler".  "Spring Sampler" was received as a gifted kit along with the other 3 seasons one year at Christmas.

On May 12th, I finished all of the gold stitching on my "Carousel Tiger".  I will add a photo when I have this project completed (hopefully soon).  "Carousel Tiger" was received as a gifted kit back in the 90's from my sister.
May 13th was the day I stitched on my "Autumn Sampler" - I only managed a bit of stitching on what will become a yellow ruler, next to the lovely schoolhouse motif.  "Autumn Sampler" was received as a gifted kit along with the other 3 seasons one year at Christmas.
Last night (May 14th), I stitched a bit on the border, cat ears and moon on my "Halloween Pumpkin" project.  I received the chart for this project in a Just Cross Stitch magazine gifetd by my sweetie.
During this month, I also managed to finish the tower on my "Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Haunted House".  This kit was another gift from my sweetie this year on Valentine's Day.
And finally ... I worked on my "Linen & Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler" (gifted as a free stitch-along).  I had a visit from a big 'ol frog, but I managed to get this month's update about 1/2 way finished.  So I am right on schedule.

Whew!  That was a crazy update for me.  I still have to get through the last half of the month!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

my WIPocalyspe update for April

American sampler by Sandra Sullivan
It's time for another WIPocalypse update!   WIPocalypse projects are all of those works in progress that we hope to finish before the world ends.

This month was short on stitching time, but I did manage progress on a few of my projects and a finish!  I completed the stitching on "American Sampler" by Sandra Sullivan.  I stitched the sampler from a book using leftover threads.  I do plan to "age" it with tea/coffee staining and maybe some other creative ways.

I also completed April's section of the Linen and Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler.

Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Haunted House
And I put some stitches into "Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Haunted House".  I am having a lot of fun with this one!

"Stitch Maynia" is coming up soon.  I don't plan to start any new projects, but I plan to stitch on a different one of my WIPs each day during the month of May.  Hopefully I will make some good progress for the month.

Question of the Month: Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO.  

Looking through my WIPs, I see many projects that I started in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016.  Playing along in the Crazy January Challenge was a big contributor to my WIPs list. (lol)  Silly me, I got carried away and started tons of big projects.  

However, I do have about 9 projects that date back to the 90's.  Between 1992 and 2001, I moved 3 times.  Years ago, I discovered a box in storage that contained all of these projects (plus another half dozen that I have since completed).  It was a bit like Christmas.  I am more excited to work on newer projects, but I do occasionally pull out one of the old ones and give it some love.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has been working on.
Happy Stitching!
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