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The chronicles of a cross stitching hockey fanatic, as told by me. :)

Year of the Mirabilia 2014

1. Letter O Fairy finished 05.01.2014

2. Trick or Treat Fairy finished 07.15.2014

3. Letter J fairy finished 07.22.2014

4. Letter B finished 08.12.2014

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last WIP Wednesday Post for August

Just noticed on the calendar, that this is the last Wednesday of the month. I probably will not get to finish my current WIP before September, but miracles have been known to happen! :)


At any rate, here is my progress so far. I think I am liking posting last week's pictures with this weeks. I can really see the progress that has been made. Which is important when you think you aren't getting anywhere! :)


First, the pertinents and such:


Design:  Mermaid Azure


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Zweigart Belfast linen in Rainbow Dreams by Silkweaver from their Reflections (opalescent) line.

Fibers Used:  DMC in B5200, 469, 704, 754, 758, 772, 951, 954, 955, 991, 992, 3371, 3761, 3765, 3844, 3845, 3846, and 3847. Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Bing Cherry for her hair. 


Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #00525 Light Green#02008 Sea Breeze#02016 Crystal Mint#02031 Citron, and #42029 Tapestry TealMill Hill Treasures in #13003 Margarita Emerald crystal flowers and #13016 Emerald crystal beads. 


As of Wednesday, August, 20, 2014:




As of Wednesday, August 27, 2014:



Closeup of some of the beading:



Well, I had best be off. Gettin' on lunch time and I have some non-stitchy chores to do today. Hope everyone's having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two Fins

Netflix is such a wondrous thing. It has provided all the background noise for my latest project. This past week I have spent time on the Mermaid Azure and with Fin Tutuola from Law and Order: SVU. Because of the way the the chart reads and my continued miscounting of stitches, I made the executive decision to bead as I go. I don't have a hard and fast rule about beading until the end, it's just something that I do. Beading as I go on this one has kept me on track and since this one is quite bead heavy, will make the project seemingly go quicker. :)


Well, at any rate, here she is, my Mermaid Azure:




Design:  Mermaid Azure


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Zweigart Belfast linen in Rainbow Dreams by Silkweaver from their Reflections (opalescent) line.

Fibers Used:  DMC in B5200, 469, 535, 704, 754, 758, 772, 951, 954, 955, 991, 992, 3371, 3761, 3765, 3844, 3845, 3846, and 3847. 


Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #00525 Light Green#02008 Sea Breeze#02016 Crystal Mint#02031 Citron, and #42029 Tapestry TealMill Hill Treasures in #13003 Margarita Emerald crystal flowers and #13016 Emerald crystal beads. 


As of Wednesday, August 13, 2014:



As of Wednesday, August 20, 2014:



Closeup of tail:



Well, I had best be off. Need to get some breakfast. Hope everyone's having a great week! :)


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C. 



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mermaid Azure Start

After I had finished up my Letter B fairy from yesterday, I assembled everything I needed for Mermaid Azure. Yes, I know I have already started Ana from the Bewitching Pixies collection and Bluebeard's Princess but honestly, I need to restart Bluebeard's Princess. The 40 count Newcastle linen in Meditation by Picture This Plus, from their Crystal line is going to be just too small for beads and those are what make a Mira a Mira. So, until I can get that ordered, it's time for another mermaid, cause that's what I've been wanting to stitch. Living in the desert just makes this Child of the Ocean crave turquoise and teal green waters like something awful!


Well, at any rate, here is what I managed yesterday afternoon:




Design:  Mermaid Azure


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Zweigart Belfast linen in Rainbow Dreams by Silkweaver from their Reflections (opalescent) line.




Fibers Used:  DMC in B5200, 469, 535, 704, 754, 758, 772, 951, 954, 955, 991, 992, 3371, 3761, 3765, 3844, 3845, 3846, and 3847. 


Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #00525 Light Green, #02008 Sea Breeze, #02016 Crystal Mint, #02031 Citron, and #42029 Tapestry Teal. Mill Hill Treasures in #13003 Margarita Emerald crystal flowers and #13016 Emerald crystal beads. 


What she will look like once completed:




As of Tuesday, August 12, 2014:





Well, I best be off. Daylight's burning and what have you. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! :)


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C. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Letter B fairy finish!!

Yay! Another Mira finish! I put the very last of the beads in just moments ago. There are places where I just had to make do as I counted and recounted and yet it wasn't correct. While I do not mind the wholesale ripping out of DMC multiple times, Crescent Colours I do!


Welp, without further ado, here she is.





Design: Letters from Nora Letter B Fairy


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Periwinkle Prism by Silkweaver from their Reflections line.  


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cobbled Peach, Hickory Sticks, Pansy Purple, Pink Champagne, Spun Sugar, Steamed Broccoli, Vintage Violet. Caron Collection Wildflowers #146 Moonglow.



Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Yellow, #02085 Brilliant Orchid, and #42027 Champagne





As of Sunday, August 10, 2014:


Finished Tuesday, August 12, 2014:





And on a sad note, Robin William died yesterday in an apparent suicide. I never knew the man personally, but he brought me so much joy with his truly magical talent. Genie of the Lamp from Aladdin was a favorite, but it was his lightening fast improv that was the best. The bit from Inside the Actor's Studio is just sheer comedy gold. According to legend, he was there for 5 hours!



Well, I best be off. Time to get some tea and clean up the detritus so I may spend time with Ms. Ana :)! Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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C. 




Sunday, August 10, 2014

In the home stretch


And thank God for it! The flowers in two sections I've had to rip out less than three times before I just threw up my hands and went, 'Make it work!'. All I have left to do now is fill in the wings, a wee bit more of backstitching, some beading and D.O.N.E.....done


Here she is as of right now:





Design: Letters from Nora Letter B Fairy


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Periwinkle Prism by Silkweaver from their Reflections line.  


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cobbled Peach, Hickory Sticks, Pansy Purple, Pink Champagne, Spun Sugar, Steamed Broccoli, Vintage Violet. Caron Collection Wildflowers #146 Moonglow.



As of Sunday, July 27, 2014:




As of Sunday, August 10, 2014:




Welp, I need to bolt for the door. No rest for the wicked, yea? Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)


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C. 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ana vs. The Mermaid

Woke up yesterday to a gawd awful headache due to sinus pressure. I could not concentrate on anything for very long, and I really did need a break from the Letter B fairy. I promise I will get back to her, but I really did need a break from fairies. She's not 'due' until almost September anyway :D.  As consequence, I began Bluebeard's Princess,  however, I had to stop shortly after, as the smaller holes were straining my eyes a bit with the headache that I had. Soooooo...out came Ana, a Bewitching Pixie, by the esteemed Nora Corbett. She's turning out very well, and I got quite a bit of the DMC 310 out of the way. :)


Well, at any rate, here are my Nora Corbett ladies, with their requisite pertinents.  :)




WIP#1: 


Design: Letters from Nora Letter B Fairy


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Periwinkle Prism by Silkweaver from their Reflections line.  


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cobbled Peach, Hickory Sticks, Pansy Purple, Pink Champagne, Spun Sugar, Steamed Broccoli, Vintage Violet. 


As of Sunday, July 27, 2014:



As of Wednesday, July 30, 2014:




WIP #2:


Design: Ana from the Bewitching Pixies collection


Designer: Nora Corbett 


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


Fibers Used:  DMC in 310.


As of Wednesday, July 30, 2014:




WIP #3:





Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 40 count Newcastle linen in Meditation by Picture This Plus, from their Crystal line. 


Fibers Used:  DMC in 758, 939, 3746, 3765


As of Wednesday, July 30, 2014:




I have no idea of what I am going to do about the beadwork on a 40 count. I am in search of beads small enough, but I do not know if I will be able to find them and if they will be the correct colors. Ah, well. I will cross that bridge when I get to it! :)


Welp, I best be off. Need to clean off the desk and decide which of the ladies gets attention for the day. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Letter B fairy update

Been plugging away at the Letter B Fairy , however, I am losing a bit a of steam on the project. I am anxious to get to Bluebeard's Princess. I am really chomping at the bit to get to that one. I am using Tajinaz9's conversion on Picture This Plus' 40 count Meditation from their Crystal line. I decided against waiting until funds came in to get the Polstitches' Friendship that Tajinaz9's conversion originally used. I think she will be just fine on the 40 count Meditation. I have promised myself I can start her as soon as the Letter B Fairy is finished. Bluebeard's Princess is all kitted up and ready to go, I just need to persevere as Letter B Fairy is a birthday present and is due next month. :)


Well, this is where I am as of just a bit ago: 




Design: Letters from Nora Letter B Fairy


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Periwinkle Prism by Silkweaver from their Reflections line.  


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cobbled Peach, Hickory Sticks, Pansy Purple, Pink Champagne, Spun Sugar, Steamed Broccoli, Vintage Violet. 


As of Wednesday, July 23, 2014:




As of Sunday, July 27, 2014:




Well, I best be off. Today is my Friday, and I need to get ready for work. Need to stop faffing about and make it look like I'm doing something. :P

Hope everyone has a great week!


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday New Start

After finishing the Letters From Nora Letter J fairy last night, I began to clean up and assemble the next fairy. I got really lucky and found the perfect piece of fabric for the project. Hooray for shopping in one's stash!


At any rate, here is what I have managed to accomplish today:




Design: Letters from Nora Letter B Fairy


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Periwinkle Prism by Silkweaver from their Reflections line.  


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cobbled Peach and Pansy Purple. 


What she will eventually look like:




As of Wednesday, July 23, 2014:




Well, I best be off. Got tons to do and tomorrow is my Monday. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)


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C. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Letter J finish!

Finished this up just moments ago. I really do like the way it turned out. The recipient has seen the finished product and loves it. I need to wait on one last treasure for the top of the J and get it framed up. :)




Design: Letters from Nora Letter J


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 28 count Zweigart Lugana evenweave in Rainbow Sparkle by Silkweaver in their Reflections line. 


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cobbled Peach, Granny Annie, Hickory Sticks, Hydrangea, Jelly Roll, Key Largo, Lemon Lime, Magnolia Blossom and Vintage Violet. Caron Collection Wildflowers #146 MoonglowThreadworx cotton floss #10461 Lime Twist. Kreinik metallic thread in #4 braid #023 Lilac


Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Yellow, #00167 Christmas Green, #02010 Ice, and #02103 Periwinkle.  


As of Wednesday, July 16, 2014:





As of Tuesday, July 22, 2014:



Closeup of beadwork:






Well, I best be off. I need to do some cleanup chores before bed. And since I have a finish tonight, this means new start for me tomorrow! :)


Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday New Start

Two posts in less than 12 hours. Oh, my! I seem to be on a Mira roll here. I am very excited to be stitching this newest start, as the colors are a lot more soothing than the Trick or Treat Halloween Fairy. It's really hard to think about fall when the temperature is in the 110's! 


As with the Trick or Treat Halloween Fairy, I have missing information on the materials that I am using. I do not know the manufacturer of the fabric I am using and this is, quite frankly, rubbing my OCD the wrong way :P. As with the Trick or Treat Halloween Fairy and the added kitty, I will post information when I can. :)


At any rate, here is my newest start:







Design: Letters from Nora Letter J


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 28 count Zweigart Lugana evenweave in Rainbow Sparkle by unknown manufacturer



Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cloud, Cobbled Peach, Frozen Margarita, Granny Annie, Hickory Sticks, Hydrangea, Jelly Roll, Key Largo, Lemon Lime, Magnolia Blossom, Smoke, Tomatillo.






Well, I best be off. My latest fairy isn't going to stitch herself, haha! Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UFO Finish!

Woohoo! Finally a finish and a long term UFO at that! I had to wait until I could get the beads, but I managed to earlier today. I may put a purple collar on the kitty at a later time, but for right now, this one is done. :)

Here are the pertinents and such:


Design: Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) from the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine

Designer: Nora Corbett 

Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line.

Fibers Used:  DMC in 300, 451, 452, 779, 838, 869, 920, 922, 948, 3354, 3371, and 3743. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #002 HL #008 HL Green, #102 Vatican Gold, #150V Vintage Amber, Blending Filament in #092 Star PinkRainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid in PB44 (Autumn Red). Glissen Gloss Sparkle metallic in SP01

Beads Used: Mill Hill beads in 00556 Antique Silver, 02011 Victorian Gold, 02023 Root Beer, 02034 Autumn Flame, 03049 Rich Red, and 42014 Petite Black. 


Stitcher's notes: As of this writing, I do not know where the chart for the kitty came from. S/he was found in a binder of cross stitch charts that I had for a long time and I tweaked the design to fit how I needed it to fit. The chart itself has no designer information such as name, blog, etc. Should I find the designer, I will be happy to post a link to the designer and give him/her credit. Began stitching on Saturday, September 21, 2008.


As of Wednesday, July 9, 2014:




As of Tuesday, July 15, 2014:






Well, I had best be off. Need to clean up my stitching area and get ready for WIP Wednesday tomorrow. No rest for the wicked :D! 


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Almost A Finish WIP Wednesday

Skipped last week's WIP Wednesday post as I had not stitched a whole heck of a lot. This was due to my not feeling up to it and also having to make some decisions regarding the design. I was waffling on stitching it as Nora Corbett intended or 'futz' with it and make it a sort of one of a kind. I spent HOURS deliberating on ghosts vs. cats vs. witch hats vs. merely rearranging pumpkins. At any rate, here is where I am prior to beading:



Design: Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) from the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine

Designer: Nora Corbett 

Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line.

Fibers Used:  DMC in 300, 451, 452, 779, 838, 869, 920, 922, 948, 3354, 3371, and 3743. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #002 HL #008 HL Green, #102 Vatican Gold, #150V Vintage Amber, Blending Filament in #092 Star PinkRainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid in PB44 (Autumn Red). Glissen Gloss Sparkle metallic in SP01


Stitcher's notes: As of this writing, I do not know where the chart for the kitty came from. S/he was found in a binder of cross stitch charts that I had for a long time and I tweaked the design to fit how I needed it to fit. The chart itself has no designer information such as name, blog, etc. Should I find the designer, I will be happy to post a link to the designer and give him/her credit. 


As of Wednesday, June 25, 2014:




As of Wednesday, July 9, 2014:




Once I get past the beading, I am probably going to wait until Halloween stuff comes out in the craft stores so I can find some treasures to bling her out some more. I am probably also going to extend the pumpkin vies to the right of Kitty, but not by much. 


Welp, I best be off. I have to do battle with the Beading Monster. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C.