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Monday, January 28, 2013

I'm a few days late

For the 1st Wipocalypse of 2013 but better late than never:-)  I have a couple of finishes to share, the first is "Spring Heart" this was a freebie I found at http://olgamaxden.blogspot.com and I just loved trying the specialty stitches. This was before I started working on the AW80S and I finally finished it. Her blog is in Russian and I can't read a thing but the charts are beautiful, this one you can find by scrolling down and looking on the left hand sidebar.

 This is stitched with DMC #552 medium violet on 25ct black Lugana with iridescent purple seed beads. The second finish I have was actually done this weekend while participating in the SWAT hosted by the group I'm in on About.com Cross Stitch.  This SAL last all week starting on Saturday the 26th and ending this coming Saturday the 2nd of Feb.  You stitch as much or as little as you can on what ever you like and know that somewhere in the world someone is stitching with you.  This chart I had started already and I was able to finish it last night.  It is "My Needle and My Floss, They Comfort Me",  from Waxing Moon Designs and is stitched on 28ct tea-dyed Irish Linen with DMC floss.
I will be starting a new chart by my favorite designer Joan Elliott, I found it in a book "Cross Stitch Angels" it's called Angels of the World. I will be stitching it with DMC floss on 28ct Pewter Blue Lugana. It is finished as a small banner in the book so I will be trying that when it's stitched.


Welcome to my new followers and thank you to you all, I hope you return often and leave comments, I really enjoy them and try to respond to everyone.  Well it's time to get back to stitching so I will have some progress to show next time, so I'm off to make some wonderful little xxs.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wow! What a week! Or should I say 8 days!!



   Since my last post I finished watching “The Grand” and the first season of “Call the Midwife” it is very good and can hardly wait for the second season to start in March.  I have kept up with the current season of “Downton Abbey”, been watching the final shows of Fringe and waiting for the start of “The Walking Dead”.  As you can tell I am addicted to TV in addition to cross stitch. 
   On the stitching front I have finished stitching six pair of angel wings for my quilt squares; I received and have finished stitching the 9th part of AW80S. The stitches for this part were not as complicated as some of the others we've had. There was the Persian, the Bokhara couching stitch, the crown stitch and the Clematis square. These were all new to me and they actually turned out pretty good, I think.  Most of this stitching was done during the last IHSW which of course I forgot to post until now.
   I was going through my wips yesterday and out of the blue I started ripping out the first spider rose on “Spring Heart”, which I hadn't touched for about 9 months. Once I had it out I re-stitched it along with five more, I have 2 more to do and then it’s on to the dreaded daisy stitches and French knots. 
   I have had to renew my loan of the audio books from the library so I can finish listening to “The Widow’s Tale”, I also have three others, so I need to get cracking on them.
   I have been saving my best news for last… as you all know the 54th Presidential Inauguration (ceremonial inauguration) was held this past Monday, which was also the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., well I was on the National Mall for the ceremony. If you watched on TV, you probably saw me or at least my flag waving in the crowd. I was the one near the back on the left-hand side J  for me it was a phenomenal experience. Just being in the proximity of our first African American President was amazing, and to be there to see him take the oath for the second time is something I can tell my grandchildren.  I was there!  A part (yes a very small part) of history!
I thank you all for stopping by to visit, I hope it was worth it and you will leave a comment and come again.  Here are a few pictures.

Overall shot
Close-up
Spring Heart

Now it's time to go make some wonderful little xxs, see you next time.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Needle and MY Floss



They Comfort Me is what I have been working on since this past Saturday. I started it at my friend Jan’s house during our first stitch & bitch of the New Year. It is by Waxing Moon Designs and I’m stitching on 28ct tea-dyed Irish Linen with DMC floss. I've bounced between angel wings, MN&MF and Africa this week also putting the finishing touches on my biscornu exchange package which is now ready for shipment. Now is the worst part, waiting to find out how your person liked what you did and who stitched for you as soon as everybody has received their exchange piece I will share what I sent and what I got.  It has been raining here for two days and two nights and it is driving me crazy, I am not what you would call an outdoors kinda of person but I at least like to look out and see the sunshine.  I paused listening to my audio books last week to watch the old series “Upstairs, Downstairs” on Netflix, it was fun watching all the episodes back-to-back without the commercials.  I have started watching “The Grand” it’s pretty good too.  I want to order the previous episodes of “Call the Midwife” that looks like a good show.  Well I guess I owe you a couple of stitching pictures, so I won’t keep you in suspense.




Now I think I will call up a couple chapters of “The Widower’s Tale” (an audio book) and make some little xxs before bed. Thank you to all of my wonderful followers for stopping by.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Almost missed the first TUSAL of 2013

I've been stitching away since that last TUSAL and have collected quite a bit of orts. Some are from my  pink and blue angel wings, the rest are from "Africa" that I've been working on this week.

Thanks for stopping by.