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Bin O' Shame 2016

1. September Dragon by Dragon Dreams. Finished Sunday, January 10, 2016

2. William Morris tile by Sheila Hudson. Finished Thursday, January 14, 2016

3. Antique Roses by Hallmark. Finished Sunday, January 17, 2016

4. Coffee is Magic by Dragon Dreams. Finished Thursday, February 18, 2016

5. Jardin Mythique by Danybrod. Finished Tuesday, February 23, 2016

6. Easter Fairy by Mirabilia. Finished Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

Kit Mountain Finishes

1. Hangin' With My Peeps by Sue Hillis. Finished Monday, January 4, 2015.

2. Spring Cat by Banar Designs for Better Homes and Gardens Finished Tuesday, March 29, 2016

3. Colonial Candle Pocket by Plum Street Samplers. Finished Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 Random Finishes

1. Tulip pincushion by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, January 30, 2016.

2. David Bowie Told Me by Plastic Little Covers. Finished Monday, February 1, 2016

3. Birds and Berries needlecase by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, February 17, 2016

4. Love Birds by Antique Sampler Stitcher. Finished Thursday, February 18, 2016.

5. St. Patrick’s Shamrock by Brooke’s Books. Finished Monday, February 29, 2016

6. Portion of needlecase from Quaker Schoolgirl Needle Necessities by With My Needle. Finished Thursday, March 3, 2016

7. Winter Garden pincushion from Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, March 8, 2016

8. Pumpkin Blossom (Loose Feather #4) from Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, March 21, 2016.

9. Compassion (revised) by Danybrod. Finished Thursday, March 24, 2016

10. Crow on a Pumpkin by Kimberly Nugent of Samplers Not Forgotten. Finished Thursday, March 31, 2016

11. Motifs Abécédaire 30 by DMC France. Finished Saturday, April 9, 2016

12. Savoir Faire by Blackbird Designs, version one. Finished Thursday, April 28, 2016

13. Savoir Faire by Blackbird Designs, version two. Finished Saturday, April 30, 2016.

14. Chateau de Corgi for 2016 Tiny RR. Finished Tuesday, May 10, 2016

15. Assassins’ Creed logo by GeekieCrafts. Finished Tuesday, May 10, 2016

16. Willow House (Excerpt One) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, May 15, 2016

17. Willow House (Excerpt Two) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, May 16, 2016

18. Bluebird’s Needles and Pins pincushion by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

19. French Country Bicycle by JBW Designs. Finished Friday, May 27, 2016

20. Prairie Schooler Christmas Village (white house) Finished Sunday, May 29, 2016

21. Kitchen Mixer by Hugs Are Fun. Finished Wednesday, June 8, 2016

22. July Celebration by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, June 20, 2016.

23. Winter Cardinal by Waxing Moon. Finished Monday, July 4, 2016

24. Seahorse by unknown. Finished Thursday, July 14, 2016

25. The Skeleton Key by StitchyFish Designs. Finished Saturday, July 16, 2016

26. Basket of Spells by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, July 18, 2016

27. L'Arbre d'Automne by Jardin Privé. Finished Thursday, July 28, 2016

Finishes Since Blog Start

1. Year 2008 Finishes -10


2. Year 2009 Finishes- 21


3. Year 2010 Finishes- 49


4. Year 2011 Finishes- 26


5. Year 2012 Finishes- 35


6. Year 2013 Finishes- 7


7. Year 2014 Finishes- 19


8. Year 2015 Finishes- 61


9. Year 2016 Finishes-

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tiny Fall Finish

I really lollygagged on this one. It should have taken all of a day at most, however, here I am, over a week later and it's finally finished. This week was a wee bit busy, and to be honest, I wasn't feeling all that up to scratch. I am hoping that this changes, as I have many projects that I wish to work on. This also includes the loaner chart from the Blackbird Designs Lending Library. It arrived in the mail and I really do need to get to it. 

I love the way this one turned out. It's a seasonal freebie and I can see stitching this as a Halloween tree as well. Once I finish with the loaner chart from the Blackbird Designs Lending Library, I may do just that!

At any rate, here is my humble offering:



Design: L'Arbre d'Automne

Designer: Jardin Privé 

Fabric Used: 36 count linen by Hand Dyed Fibers in Earth Stars-5213

Fibers Used: Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in 4126. Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Carrot Cake, Cinnamon Stick, Cranberry, and Old Crow.

Stitchers Notes: Freebie may be found here. Substituted called for DMC floss for silks of my own choosing. Will be stitching this again as a Halloween tree. 






Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today and I need to get myself in gear here. :)

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)

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C. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Boo-tiful Bijoux

I managed to start and finish this little guy today whilst I am awaiting another loaner chart from the Blackbird Designs Lending Library. I am really pleased with the outcome. I think this may one be a needlebook, but if I can find a spooky Halloween related gardening journal, this may grace the cover. 



Design: Basket Of Spells

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric Used: 32 count Belfast linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus, from their Crystal line. 

Fibers Used: Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in Noir

Stitcher's Notes: Started and Finished on Monday, July 18, 2016. Design featured on page 5 of the book Casting A Spell, by Blackbird Designs



1692 stitched in place of alphabet. Left off border. 





I had best be off. Lots to do. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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C. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Getting A Head Start On Halloween

While I am awaiting another loaner chart from the Blackbird Designs Lending Library , I decided that I could wait no longer to stitch on a Halloween or Fall related piece. I have been really indifferent towards stitching, despite the  happy dance that occurred when I procured more long sought after Good Huswif and Primitive Needle designs. 

I saw this one in the 2016 Just Cross Stitch Halloween bookazine (Issue four, Volume 9) and knew right away this was the next piece that I was going to stitch. I do not have a sewing machine in order to make this into a pillow as it is finished in the bookazine. But perhaps with the forthcoming fall and halloween merchandise that is already appearing in Michael's and Joann's, I will be able to finish this in a different way. 

At any rate, here is the latest finish:


Design:
 The Skeleton Key

Designer: Lee Fisher of StitchyFish Designs

Fabric Used: 36 count Edinburgh linen by Hand Dyed Fibers in 

Xenops 5315 (equivalent to DMC 762, very pale grey)

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow

Stitcher's Notes: Chart featured on page 85 of the 2016 Just Cross Stitch Halloween bookazine (Issue four, Volume 9). Began Thursday, July 14, 2016. Finished Saturday, July 16, 2016.




Well, time for me to go. I need to clean up my stitching area and find something else to stitch on. 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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C. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's Been A While

since I last posted. There has been a lot going on, which I won't go too much into detail. Suffice it to say, DH and I are in some new digs and we're settling in nicely. I still haven't really felt up to stitching since my last post. I've been really apathetic about stitching, which is unusual to say the least. I am slowly getting back into it, however. I managed to finish up a tiny finish for the smaller of our two bathrooms. We have 'themes' to our space and the smaller of the two bathrooms has apparently been deemed the 'beach/ocean' theme. We purchased a new shower curtain and some towels. I really love how it has turned out. At any rate, here is what I have managed to finish up today:

Design: Seahorse

Designer: unknown

Fabric Used: 36 count Edinburgh linen by Hand Dyed Fibers in 

Xenops 5315 (equivalent to DMC 762, very pale grey). 

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Peacock

Stitcher's Notes: Chart borrowed from a fellow stitcher. Chart originally for filet crochet. Converted into cross stitch. Finished Thursday, July 14, 2016. Frame purchased at Kohl's. Green glass jar purchased at Michael's craft store. Decorative trinket box purchased many years ago at a fair.



When organizing my stash, I came across this piece that was stitched by my mother. I do not know when she stitched this, but I thought it went perfect with this extra frame that I had. It is now hanging up in a place of pride in the smaller bathroom:


Design: Seahorse Collage from the book Sea Life 

Designer: Lanarte

Fabric Used: 14 white aida of unknown manufacturer (probably Charles Craft)

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 as charted

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched by my mother several years ago. Date of stitching unknown. Frame purchased at Joann's. Design taken from the book Sea Life #3240.





I also received some goodies in the mail. Two charts I have been questing after for a very long time and the new 2016 JCS Halloween edition. Good times!





The Goode Huswife 'Our House' design I am going to convert from DMC to silks. As I have been questing for this particular design for many, many years now, I think it should be stitched with silks. I am up in the air about the fabric, however. I know it will probably wind up being my beloved Legacy  by Picture This Plus, although I am leaning towards the Fog in an opalescent. That would be fun! :)

I finished up my part of the 2016 Tiny Round Robin the other day. I did not post pictures, but will do so now. It has arrived back to its' rightful owner. This was the third and final part on my end, and the owner likes the way it came out. 



Design: Winter Cardinal 

Designer: Waxing Moon

Fabric Used: 14 off white aida of unknown manufacturer (probably Charles Craft)

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 as charted

Stitcher's Notes: 3rd part of the 2016 Tiny Round Robin. Chart is a former freebie. Finished on Monday, July 4, 2016. 


My piece for the 2016 Tiny Round Robin returned to me on Saturday. I need to plan out the rest of the elements. I have a few ideas floating around in my head, however, I am anxious to get rid of my stitching apathy and I am craving some Halloween/Fall stitching. I did get a new magazine after all! 

Designers Used: Prairie Schooler and Willow Hill Samplings

Fabric Used: 18 count aida in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in Blanc Optique, 945, 1424, 2242 and 4122. Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow. 

Stitcher's Notes: 2016 Tiny Round Robin Piece. Both designs are now out of print. 

As of Tuesday, April 26, 2016:


Returned: Saturday, July 9, 2016:


And finally, I would like to close today's post with prayers and thoughts to those in Nice, France. Apparently, there has been another terror attack on French soil. My heart goes out to them. 

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L'étendard sanglant est levé

Vive Le France!


Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Monday, June 20, 2016

A Late June Finish

This latest finish took rather longer than I had planned as this past Monday, June 12, 2016, my mother died of kidney failure due to complications of diabetes. I have not felt up to stitching, so this one sat until today. It took all of an hour to finish it up as I had gotten quite far along on the piece before I found out my mother had died. While I managed to finish it up, my heart simply wasn't in my stitching. The entire time finishing it up, I thought about how my mother was the one who inadvertently got me "into" cross stitch. (I will save that story for a future post). 

But, nevertheless, the stitching at least has been finished:



Design: July's Celebration

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric Used: 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Collard Greens, Ivy League, Harvest, Indigo, Slate, Tree Trunk and Tulip

Stitcher's Notes: Began Thursday, June 9, 2016. Design featured on page 21 of the book A Fine Collection, by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, June 20, 2016.



As of Friday, June 10, 2016:



As of Monday, June 20, 2016:



I have the last part of the 2016 Tiny Round Robin to finish up. After that, I am seriously considering taking a break from stitching. My heart truly is not in it at this time. Time will tell, I suppose.

Hope everyone has a great week.

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C. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

July's Celebration

My latest project is another one by Barb and Alma of Blackbird Designs. I wanted to stitch something patriotic, but I did not want to stitch anything with a house or an alphabet in the design. A bit of a tall order, especially since I am on the dreaded Stash Diet and I am confined to what is currently available to me. I then remembered this project. This one has been on the 'Why haven't I stitched this yet? I love this!' pile for quite some time. So, I thought I better get a move on and get on with it. It is stitching up quite quickly and I am really loving how it is turning out so far. 

At any rate, here is the pre-weekend update:


Design: July's Celebration

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric Used: 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Collard Greens, Ivy League, Harvest, Indigo, Slate, Tree Trunk and Tulip

Stitcher's Notes: Began Thursday, June 9, 2016. Design featured on page 21 of the book A Fine Collection, by Blackbird Designs




As of Friday, June 10, 2016:


Time for me to go. Lots to do today before I get to the weekend. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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C. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Busy Little Bee


The bee, from her industry in the summer, eats honey all the winter.
    -Proverb



It seems as though this summer I am emulating the honey bee. Busy, busy, busy. And more likely as not to get busier as the summer progresses. I suppose this is a good thing, as if one does not labor to produce, one cannot complain of the lack of fruits thereof. I have managed to finish up a quick little piece, although, I do need to find a proper frame for it. I have something specific in mind, however, I am not willing to pay upwards of $100.00 to get it. Ah, well. I shall find what I need at some point. I suppose I can hold off until I find the right one. 

At any rate, here is my latest finish from Leaflet Silo:


Design: Kitchen Mixer

Designer: Hugs Are Fun

Fabric Used: 28 count Raw Linen/Silk blend (80% linen/20% silk) from Wichelt

Fibers Used:  DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200, 310, 415, and 742




And there's more exciting news. I finally have a lap stand! Mine is courtesy of Pam Reid, via FlossTube. The materials were all of $11.00 at Home Depot. DH put it together for me this past Sunday, and I cannot wait to try it out. I have Lady Of The Flag in the snaps and ready to go. I am hoping for a wee bit of free time this upcoming weekend so I can get some time in on her. I think this is really going to work out for this project and others that are as large. 



New stash arrived today as well. I wanted to get this one before it went OOP and prices get out of hand. I am one of these folks that don't mind 'what the market will bear' prices on my hobby, however, if I can get it at at 'decent' price I am not going to complain! There are thirteen designs in this booklet by Barb and Alma of Blackbird Designs. I have some ideas that I am kicking around with these. I am really wanting to stitch on fall related pieces now as it is so hot here in the desert, but I am going to hold off for a while longer. 




I've decided that I want to do something patriotic, and this one has been on the 'Why haven't I stitched this yet? I love this!' pile for quite some time. It is called July Celebration and it is from the  Blackbird Designs book called A Fine Collection:



DH loves this one and I have already put the first stitches in. I am using Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Cinnamon Stick, Collard Greens, Ivy League, Harvest, Indigo, and Tulip. The fabric is 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White. Should be good times! :)


Well, I best be off. Time's a wastin'. I hope everyone is having a great week!


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C.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

2016 Hits The Halfway Mark


Well, almost! With four days left until June 1, it may as well be the halfway point. This year has simply flown by at the speed of light. Methinks the next half of the year is going to be even busier. I am hoping to finish more stitching goals, but I am not sure where I am going to find the time. I have only finished six projects from the Bin O'Shame so far this year. I had wanted to finish six more, to make it one per month. I suppose I should not be discouraged quite yet. After all, that's six project done that weren't finished before! :)

At any rate, here is the stitching breakdown so far:


 Bin O'Shame  projects completed: 6

Kit Mountain projects completed: 3

Leaflet Silo/Lending Library projects completed: 18

Total Number Of Stitched Projects: 27



:O

I know, I know! I can sit down now!  I really do not have anything to complain about, but goals are goals. :)

I managed to get this one finished up in time. I need to find the perfect frame for it this weekend. I hope there are some good sales going on right now. 





Designer: Judy Whitman for JBW Designs


Fabric: 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White


Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 3328, 761, 3713, 3011, 3012, 3013, 435, 341, 3855, 3854, 3042, 3746

Accouterments: Mill Hill beads size 11/0 in Pale Blue #62046.  Small blue bird glass Treasure by Mill Hill #12051. Gold tone bee charms by unknown manufacturer.

Stitchers' Notes: Began Monday, May 23, 2016. Finished Friday, May 27, 2016. Stitched for one of my favorite French cafés, Rosallie

As of Wednesday, May 25, 2016:




Stitching Finished Friday, May 27, 2016:






Time to go. It's Saturday, and the day is a wastin'. As we go full swing into Memorial Day weekend, please remember that while all gave some, some gave all. 






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C. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WIP Wednesday En Français

My latest start came about as it is a gift for someone. There is a bit of a time crunch but luckily, It is stitching up fairly quickly. This is another Leaflet Silo project and I am really enjoying it. I managed to have the foresight to purchase enough of the 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White so that I can stitch this again, only this time for myself! :)

Well, here is where I am so far:






Designer: Judy Whitman for JBW Designs


Fabric: 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White


Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 3328, 761, 3713, 3011, 3012, 3013, 435, 341, 3855, 3854, 3042, 3746





I am hoping to have this finished by the weekend, so that I can get back to the  2016 Tiny Round RobinThe next part came in the other day, and I do need to get a move on :). 

Well, I had best be off. Lots to do today. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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C. 



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Wee Bit O' Somethin'


To tide me over while waiting on the mail. I was informed on Monday that the next part of the 2016 Tiny Round Robin was making its' way to me. Nothing was really grabbing me in the  Bin O'Shame or even in Kit Mountain. Then I remembered that I had this book and I have wanted to stitch all of the projects in the book. There are 10 total, so plenty to do. I thought that this was going to take me a fair amount of time to finish, but I began during the lunch hour today and with a few starts and stops finished at around 5:30 PM today. I will probably make this into an actual pin cushion. That is once I procure a sewing machine! :)

Well, at any rate, here is a tiny thing that I stitched. 




Design: Bluebird's Needles and Pins (from the book With Needle and Thread)



Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric:  36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Babbling Brook, Carnation, Fern Frond, Rouge, Slate and Tree Trunk. 

Stitcher's Notes: One day start and finish on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Leaflet Silo finish. Stitched used were full cross stitch and Algerian eyelet. Unfortunately, this book is not for sale or trade. 



Welp, time to be off. I need to clean up my stitching area and think about the next project to work on while I await the arrival of the next installment of the 2016 Tiny Round Robin

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 




Monday, May 16, 2016

A Sampler In Two Excerpts

At least for this latest finish. I have always thought that one of the coolest things about my hobby is that one could take a design, change a few things, and have something completely different. This is the case for these latest finishes. It is another loaner chart from the Blackbird Designs Lending Library

After seeing someone's recent finish, I really, really wanted to stitch the tulips in the basket for some reason. I did not want to stitch the house, as I am bored with stitching houses, but I really do love the rest of the elements in this piece. So, I decided to stitch this in two parts. Tulips on one piece, and the alphabet and the willow tree on another. It's taken a wee bit of shifting things around, but I am very pleased with how this turned out. I will have to be on the lookout for this on sale somewhere. I could see stitching the tulips again and again!


And here it is. My version of Willow House. Although, since it's minus the house, it should just be the Willow Sampler! :)




Design: Willow House Sampler. Chart is long out of print and retired. 



Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric:  36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Babbling Brook, Carnation, Fern Frond, Indigo, Malted Milk, Old Crow, Rouge, Tree Trunk and Tulip. Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in Blanc. Gloriana Threads  12 strand French silk floss in #024 Blueberry (Lot: T8/776). Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk in #561 Taupe.

Beads Used: Mill Hill beads size 15/0 in #40252 Iris


Stitcher's Notes: Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Blackbird Designs Lending Library Facebook Group. Replaced the cotton embroidery floss for silks. Left off initials. Left out house. Began Friday, May 13, 2016. Finished Monday, May 16, 2016. 


Excerpt One:


Excerpt Two:





Time to bolt for the door. I need to get my stitching area cleaned up and then figure out what to stitch next. I suppose I really should get back to the Strawberries and Cream Sampler, but I am just not into it. Mayhap the time has come to visit with a mermaid again. :)

I bid you all peace and happy week! :)

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C.