Monday, August 22, 2016

Olympics SAL and August WIPocalypse Update

It's time for another WIPocalypse update and the wrap-up of my Olympics SAL projects.  For the Olympics SAL I worked on a different project each day to make progress on my many WIPs.   I showed the first 10 days in my previous post.

Above is my "Linen Sampler" by Nancy Rossi.  I stitched on this during Day 11 of the Olympics.  I only managed a little bit of stitching on this project, but was happy to make any progress after having it packed away for so long.

Day 12 of the Olympics I worked on Teresa Wentzler's "Summer Carousel Horse".  I added more to the border and the flowers and leaves at the top.

Day 13 of the Olympics I pulled out my "Carousel Tiger" designed by Angela Pullen.  This kit was short on 2 or 3 colors of floss and the blending filament - so I  had set it aside.  Now I have enough floss to cover it, so I started stitching on it, again.  (I have completed the Carousel Lion and Carousel Zebra.)

Day 14 of the Olympics: I happily stitched on my "Spring Sampler".  I completed all of the color stitching on the Hollyhock seed packet and have started the outlining (of which there is plenty).  This sampler is just so light and pretty.

On Day 15 of the Olympics I worked on my little blue and gold colored "Quaker 2011" a freebie by Gazette94.  It won't be long until I have this one finished.   I chose the colors as an experiment ... but they have grown on me.  I think they look kinda' cool together.
Day 16 of the Olympics I gave some love to the little schoolhouse photo on my "Autumn Sampler".   I didn't quite get it done, but it is moving along.

And on the final day of the Olympics, I stitched a frog.  I am adapting this cute little freebie frog into a birthday card for my mom.  I plan to have him sitting on the word "MOM" with a "Hoppy Birthday" above.  We'll see how it goes.
Whew!  I sure did stitch on a lot of projects during the Olympics!  One thing I realized is that while I do have tons of WIPs, I really enjoy working on each of them - for different reasons.  I will continue to whittle down my WIP list and make as much progress as I can before the end of the year.

I give myself one GOLD MEDAL for stitching every day during the Olympics, and one GOLD MEDAL for a mini marathon project on Day 3 - stitching the "Oh-so-cute hot air balloon" shown in a previous post from start to finish!

I can't wait to see what everyone accomplished during the stitch along.
Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Olympics SAL and August Gifted Gorgeousness Update

Time for another Gifted Gorgeousness Update, and since I have been stitching on several of my GG projects during the Olympics SAL (stitch along) ... I will just combine both into one big post.

During the Opening Ceremonies, I started a new project.  "The Rambling Rose Sampler" (shown above) which was gifted to me by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching as a prize for a drawing.  This sampler is a miniature and is stitched on 40 ct gauze, which is the smallest and most delicate fabric I have worked on.  So far, so good.  I wanted to keep going with it, but I have limited stitching time and I had to move on to Day 2 of the Olympics, in which I worked on my "Colourful Alphabet Sampler".

Day 3 of the Olympics I worked start to finish on the adorable "Oh-so-cute hot air balloon" shown in my previous post, which I gifted to my sister.

Day 4 of the Olympics I stitched on my Butterfly Pillowcases, which were gifted to me by a non-stitchy friend.  These are a printed set of cross-stitch/embroidery pillowcases.

Day 5 of the Olympics I stitched on my "Too Much Honey Sampler", which was gifted to me by a non-stitchy friend.  I finished the area around Pooh and Piglet.

Day 6 of the Olympics I stitched on my "Simple Blessings" Sampler by Sandy Orton.  This chart is in the book "The Best of Kooler Design Studio", which I received as a gift (and love it - so many great patterns!)

Day 7 of the Olympics I stitched on "Chirpy Place", gifted to me by the same friend who gave me the other Pooh kit.

Day 8 of the Olympics I started adding another turkey to my "Give Thanks Sampler", which is a freebie project.
Day 9 of the Olympics I stitched on "Napping Kitten".  I did some fill-in work here and there.

Day 10 of the Olympics I was really sick with food poisoning (or something).  I became ill Saturday night and spent all day Sunday trying to sleep and recover.  Not a stitch was made.  So I will have to play catch up this week.

Overall I am happy with the progress I made and I can't wait to return to some of these projects!

I hope all of you have made some good progress this month, too.
Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 08, 2016

Summertime Stitching Party

It's a good day for a "stitching party" ... so I am linking up to Jo's Tenuous Shoehorn Link Party, which is all about SUMMER themed stitching.

I just finished stitching this "Oh-so-cute hot air balloon" from a little kit in the OCT 2015 issue of Cross Stitch Crazy.    It will be floating its way across the USA to bring some cheer to my little sister.

I hope it brings you a little cheer, too!
Happy Summertime! 


Thursday, July 21, 2016

my July WIPocalypse Update

It's time for another WIPocalypse update!  I managed quite a bit of stitching last month - I showed several projects in my last post ... here are the remaining projects I stitched on this month.

I made some good progress on "Gathering Honey".  I finished the beehive, added the bees and planted a couple of rows in my garden.  I am completed the back stitching as I work on each section.

This is how it looked last month:

I also pulled out Teresa Wentzler's Castle Sampler:
I stitched on the left band and filled in here and there on the castle.  I made good progress on the clouds ... UNTIL ... I realized that the cloud area was supposed to be done in 1/2 cross stitch!!  GRRR!  It's hard to tell from the photo, but each cloud has between 4 and 6 different colors in it, and each was a blended color.  I'm not sure yet if I will frog it or leave it be.

This is where I left off last time ... very slow progress on this one.

I made some progress on my Halloween Pumpkin:

You can see my progress from the last photo:

Topic of the Month: the Olympics Stitch-along Challenge
I plan to join in on the Olympics Stitch-a-long.  I have so many big projects to work on ... so I think I will participate in the "Rotation Challenge".  There are 17 days of the Olympics, so I will attempt to work on a different project each day.

That's all I have for this update.  Happy Stitching!

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