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Thursday, November 29, 2012

November WIPOCALYPSE


I was blinded by the full moon…
That is my story and I’m sticking to itJ  Well that and I was feeling a cold coming on so I took some meds and stayed in bed  yesterday so I am a day late for Wipocalypse this month.  Well I have not really worked on that many of my WIPs this month but I have been busy stitching. I completed the 8th part of AW80S.
The new stitches we worked this month were the Mossoul and Diagonal Mossoul, Damask stitch, a Rice stitch and a Pinwheel.  This is probably the only time I will ever use these fancy specialty stitches but they are fun to learn.

For the rest of the month I have been working on Christmas ornaments and practicing making a biscornu. I had never made one before and I joined a biscornu exchange so I decided that I would try a couple before picking one for the exchange.  This one I have decided will stay with me as my first. 
 Stitched in the magazine on Navy Lugana it’s called “White Lace” by Elizabeth Almond, mine stitched on Pink Aida is now Pink Lace.
Most of the stitching on the ornaments is done except for this last one…
the next big thing will be the finishing and that will all done in one day. So here is what I have so far.
“Love One Another”-Little House Needle works- on 28ct Mocha Cashel
“Santa”- Joan Elliott- on 30ct Northern Cross Linen
“There’s Snow Place” –Joan Elliott- 28ct White Monaco
“Praying Angel”-Treasury of Christmas Cross Stitch Designs- on 28ct White Monaco

Last but not least is or will be “Merry Stitch-mas”-Joan Elliott-on 28ct White Monaco
Well there you have it, what I’ve been working on this past month; I hope to have these finished in the next couple of days and will have pictures in my next post.  
My new favorite thing is stitching to audio books; I listened to “1225 Christmas Tree Lane” by Debbie Macomber the other day.  I love it! I made a trip to the library yesterday and got two more books on CD they are fantastic! I can just listen and stitch. 
Thank you all so much for stopping by, please come again. Now I’m off to feed my face so I can make some more wonderful little xxs.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Late IHSW (but not forgotten)



I was debating with myself whether I should post now or when I have some actual stitching to show but I have to post something for this past weekend, it was IHSW.  OK, here goes,  I started this weekend off examining a new magazine I got in the mail it is the latest issue of “Cross stitch & Needlework”. It is chucked full of wonderful charts like the Santa on the cover and this beautiful Nora Corbett.  It is the Winter Dream Faerie.  I have never done a Nora Corbett but I may just have to try this one isn't it gorgeous?



There is another chart from this book that I started stitching on this last Friday however I can only show a snippet because it is to be an exchange piece if I change my mind about it I will show it in another post.


 The book hiding the stitching is a book I discovered today at Barnes & Noble, it’s called “Blackwork”. It’s a murder mystery (my favorite)  and the main character does what else, cross stitch and needlework.   The book is by Monica Ferris and there is an actual cross stitch chart included in the book.   I may not have found a way to stitch and read at the same time but I can read about someone else stitching.
Also this weekend I attended a stitch & bitch at Jan's house, she fired up Skype on her laptop and we got to visit with MarchAnn and take a tour of her new retirement condo. So even though it doesn't look it, I had a very productive IHSW. I now have the eighth part of AW80S to start on, my exchange piece to finish and my Santa from my last post so I think I will have to close up the laptop and get to stitching so there will be updates next time.  Welcome to my new followers, I hope you will visit often and thank you to all my followers for stopping by and leaving wonderful comments.  Now to makes some xxs

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TUSAL and before the next IHSW


Before the next IHSW coming up this weekend … I haven’t been doing a lot of stitching lately, but I do have a couple of things to share with you.  I participated in a Christmas ornament exchange in a Yahoo group hosted by Joy at “The Busy Stitcher” and I received this beautiful package full of buttons, charms and other goodies and of course an adorable stitched Santa ornament. 




Since our host has declared our exchange closed even though I didn't find out if my gift pack was even received I am going to share a picture of the ornament I made.  I forgot to take a picture of all the other goodies I included.  This is why I was practicing making ornaments so I could get this one perfect as possible.  I think I did it.  I just hope my partner enjoys the box. 


It is also TUSAL time again and Mr. Cleo Jenkins had to help me corral those wild threads most of the green from the frogging session I had on the Banu design a couple of weeks ago.


I have started on another Christmas ornament but it will be just for me I think.  Can you guess what it is?

Mr. Cleo Jenkins wants to know too.
Well until next time I’ll be making wonderful little xxs.  Thank you for all of your comments and welcome to my new followers.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I am a bad blogger...


Sorry it has been so long since my last post, but I have been busy stitching.  For a day or two I didn't feel like doing much of anything, I had a touch of a cold, but taking some cold medication at the very first sneeze helped to knock it out before it could take hold.  The weather here has changed so fast, the Wednesday before Sandy it was 80 degrees and the Wednesday after it was 42 degrees.  Today  “Election Day” is sunny and cold but that didn't hold me back, I was up at O dark:30 and stood in line for an hour and a half to cast my vote, now that it is done I can relax and stitch some more. 
Speaking of stitching, when I did feel like stitching I couldn't decide what I wanted to work on, I picked up my Banu design and finished the leaf bunches and the cross stitch band, but picking the next color to use was a lost cause so I put it aside for something else.

As I looked through my bag of already kitted charts I pulled out this little one called “Idelia Mae Rich” that I showed here once before and started it. The dress is being stitched with The Gentle Art “Rhubarb” on 36 ct Vintage Butter crème linen and for some reason I couldn’t concentrate on making the xxs.  Unfortunately this is all I have on “Idelia Mae”



After that I went on another search through my bag and found this little beauty already kitted up and ready to go.  It is “Love One Another” by Little House Needleworks, it’s being stitched with DMC on 28 ct Cashel (Lt Mocha).  It has really stitched up quick and is so much fun; I should have it finished in a day or two.

I saw this chart being stitched by my wonderful friend Evalina over at “This and That” and commented that it was something I would love to stitch and Evalina being the angel that she is sent it to me when she finished.  It is a great chart and I already have the perfect fabric for it (WDW 30 ct in Guacamole), now all I need is time to stitch it. Thank you Evalina, you are a sweetheart! 

I mailed off a Christmas ornament exchange piece last Thursday and as soon as my friend gets it I will show you a picture. That was the real reason for finishing all of the Halloween ornaments (I needed the practice).  Well that’s what I've been up to, oh yeah I almost forgot.  After the storm and for a treat Bud had a spa day, he really needed it. 

Well it’s that time again, yes lunch time, so I’ll go feed my face and then make some more wonderful little xxs.  Welcome to all of my new followers and thanks everyone for the lovely comments on my last post, I really appreciate your kindness.