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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Erase and Rewind

Hey, what did you hear me say
you know the difference it makes
what did you hear me say
Yes, I said it's fine before
But I don't think so no more
I said it's fine before

I've changed my mind
I take it back
Erase and rewind
'cause I've been changing my mind




Sometimes, you just have to know when to walk away. In this case, it's been the letter Q, now O. Try as I might, I could not get it to work out correctly, so I've decided to just let it go and just stitch up the letter O fairy instead. I was ripping out more than I was stitching, so it just was not worth it to me. I must say, I've made the correct decision, as I have had only one hiccup thus far! Funny how that works out. 

It's also been a blessing that 90% of the colors used in Letter Q, Now O are used in the Letter O. Yay! I've only had to purchase two colors I did not have in my stash. As an extra added bonus, I used a gorgeous Picture This Plus Cashel linen that I already had in my stash. This one is stitching up WAY quicker than Letter Q, Now O and I am really hoping I can get this finished in time. 


Welp, here is the restart. I will eventually stitch up Letter Q, Now O for myself at some point. I have two other Nora Corbett Letters From Nora all picked out. One needs to be done before the other one, but you know how that goes! HAHA!  


As always, stitchy notes first:


Design: Letters from Nora Letter O


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Crystal Fog




Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Argyle Socks, Bejeweled, Cloud, Cobbled Peach, Desert Mesquite, Heatherleigh, Hickory Sticks, Hydrangea, La Tierra, Old Blue Jeans, Vintage Violet, Wisconsin Woods. Kreinik (#4) Braid in Blue Merengue #3514.  Mill Hill glass seed beads in #00252 Iris, size 11/0 2.5 MM and #02001 seed beads in Pearl size 11/0. 



What it will eventually look like: 




Progress as of Sunday 04.20.2014: 






Well, I better get back to it. It's not going to stitch itself, haha! Hope everyone is having a great Easter weekend! 




Respectfully submitted,


C. 




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Smaller Finishes

Taking a break from the Purple Blob. So help me, it is driving me plum batty!!! I have made mistakes in it which has resulted in the ripping out of over four hours worth of work. I am not sure if I am going to finish this one in time, but yanevaknow. May it be from my lips to the Heaven's ears. :)


I decided instead to re-stitch one Shepherd's Bush design and stitch up a whole other of their mini kits. These were purchased at Stitcher's Paradise bit ago. They were fairly cheap (less than 15 dollars each) and included all of the silk, fabric, buttons and a needle for stitching. They went *VERY* quickly and I look forward to stitching even more of these. 


Here is the first one, redone on a different fabric with a miscellaneous golden bee charm attached. As I suspected, I thought it would look better on a crisp white linen, instead of the light flax I stitched the original one on. This one was stitched yesterday, Saturday, April 12, 2014:


Design: Be Happy Heart Kit

Designer:Shepherd's Bush

Fabric: 28 count Charles' Craft Carolina linen in Salt

Floss: Gloriana Threads in Dried Pink Roses #119), Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors in Medieval Mulberry #091, Rose Blush #100 and Williamsburg Green; Possible discontinued color. Unable to locate any info on it at all. 




Project #2 finished today:


Design: Taste of Summer kit

Designer: Shepherd's Bush

Fabric: 28 count Charles' Craft Carolina linen in Salt

Fibers: DMC in 610, 729, 936, 3012, and 3021. Weeks Dye Works  embroidery floss in Linen #1094, Red Pear #1332, Lancaster Red #1333, Guacamole in #1193 and Gunmetal in #1298. 





Well, I had best be off. Time for more Hercule Poirot  movies. Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)


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C. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

It's Been A While

Been busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. As such there hasn't been much time for stitching, but a lot of 'life organization' taking place. On my birthday this year, back in mid-March, I managed to get my motorcycle endorsement class passed. I am so, so excited. It will be a bit before DH can purchase my bday present, a Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE in white. I am so, so excited!!





In the mean time, in between time, DH and I moved from Reno to Las Vegas. We didn't expect to ever come back to LV, but life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. There were opportunities that presented themselves and we simply could not pass them up. The good news is that we managed to find a very nice house for rent, and I now have my own craft room!! Woohoo!! I will post pictures once I get everything the way I want it. It's going to take time and a bit of cash, but then again, what doesn't, yea? 



I also managed to get two tiny finishes done. These were purchased at Stitcher's Paradise when I was down a bit ago doing interviews. They were fairly cheap and included all of the silk, fabric, buttons and a needle for stitching. They went *VERY* quickly and I look forward to stitching others. 

Here is the first one, Violet Egg:






The second one that was finished up back in late March, Be Happy




This is the view from my craft room, a view of the Strip. 




Well, I had best be off. It's past my bed time and I have a lot to do tomorrow, including more unpacking. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)


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C. 



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

At First Glance


Ever had something happen to you that at first glance you are really annoyed/disappointed/pissed off about but when you've taken a second look at it, it actually turns out to be a good thing? Case in point, Charter Communications cable tv. Turns out that in order to 'improve service', they've taken out all of the non digital tv stations and replaced them with HD ones. Now, normally, this wouldn't cause such a fuss, however, I am a HUGE fan of Create TV, which, you guessed it, is not a digital channel. DH and I do not watch a whole lot of TV as it is, so this was frustrating, disappointing, and ultimately, it pissed me off. However, as I got to thinking about it, this left me thinking that this is in the end game, a lot better for me. I have some projects planned of the non-stitching variety and have a few things in the works, at the moment. Now, I can spend more time on those, and naturally my stitching, rather than casting about trying to find something 'decent' on tv to watch. We have a Samsung Smart TV and a Netflix account if I truly need background tv noise. 


At any rate, I've made some progress on my Letters from Nora Letter Q  (now Letter O). I think it's coming along nicely, although, it still looks like the The Blob. I am hoping to get more done to where it starts coming together at least. Here's progress pics from last time and one I took just now:





Design: Letters from Nora Letter Q  (now Letter O)


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel linen in Minty Green Opalescent


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Argyle Socks, Cloud, Cobbled Peach, Heatherleigh, Hickory Sticks, Hydrangea, La Tierra, Vintage Violet, Wisconsin Woods. Kreinik (#4) Braid in Blue Merengue #3514.  Mill Hill glass seed beads in #00252 Iris, size 11/0 2.5 MM, Crystal Treasures #13063 Champagne Fuchsia rondeles size 4 MM, and Petite Seed Beads in #42027 Champagne, Size 15/0 2.0 MM. 


Stitcher's Notes:  XXII Winter Olympics project. Letter Q substituted for Letter O. Will leave the 'tail' of the Q off of the design. My LNS did not have letter O in stock, however, I liked the letter Q better anyway so it all worked out! :)


What it will eventually look like (minus the tail!): 




Progress as of Sunday, February 9, 2014:




Progress as of Wednesday, February 12, 2014:




Well, I best be off. Need to do some chores before I start dinner tonight. Hope everyone has a fantastic Valentine's Weekend! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Attack of the Purple Blob

Making a really good progress on my Letter Q/O Nora Corbett fairy. She's stitching up VERY quickly. I am really enjoying stitching her up while watching the XXII Winter Olympics on TV. I took a bit of a break while watching the US Women's Hockey Team play vs Finland. I felt so so sorry for the ladies Finnish goaltender, Noora Räty. She played her heart out and was the reason Finland didn't lose as bad as they could have. She played her little heart out and I hope Finland is proud of her. I am now a fan of hers and will continue to follow her progress. I so, so, SOOOOOO wish women were allowed to play in the NHL! There's a LOT of talent out there and I think the NHL would benefit from it. 


While I was watching the game, I was not idle. I sorted through my stash and am planning on having a sale. It will probably be through either a list here on my blog or pictures on Photobucket. I have a a dream I am currently trying to chase down, so it has become necessary that I part with some of my almost 20 year stash in order to make this dream a reality. So stay tuned for that! :)


At any rate, here is my Letter O, AKA The Purple Blob:





Design: Letters from Nora Letter Q  (now Letter O)


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel linen in Minty Green Opalescent


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Argyle Socks, Cloud, Cobbled Peach, Heatherleigh, Hickory Sticks, Hydrangea, La Tierra, Vintage Violet, Wisconsin Woods. Kreinik (#4) Braid in Blue Merengue #3514.  Mill Hill glass seed beads in #00252 Iris, size 11/0 2.5 MM, Crystal Treasures #13063 Champagne Fuchsia rondeles size 4 MM, and Petite Seed Beads in #42027 Champagne, Size 15/0 2.0 MM. 


Stitcher's Notes:  XXII Winter Olympics project. Letter Q substituted for Letter O. Will leave the 'tail' of the Q off of the design. My LNS did not have letter O in stock, however, I liked the letter Q better anyway so it all worked out! :)


What it will eventually look like (minus the tail!): 




Progress as of Thursday, 02.06.2014:



Progress as of Sunday, February 9, 2014:




Well, I best be off. Got some chores to do and I want to get a few more stitches in before work. Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 


Friday, February 7, 2014

XXII Olympic Winter Games Start

I decided to reward myself for finishing up Block Two of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings and start a new project. I seem to have caught Mirabilia Fever and quite frankly, I'm not sure I want to be cured of it at this stage. :P


The only thing different at this stage is is that most of Nora Corbett's designs are stitched on 28 or 32 count fabric. I have not stitched on either of these fabrics in about 2 years, so it feels strange to be stitching on a 28 count. It feels like the stitches are just gigantic and not centered properly. I made some really good progress last night while watching some of the XXII Winter Olympics on TV. I am really loving the project so far. I heard a lot of ladies start projects to stitch while watching the Olympic Games on TV, both in the summer and the winter. I think it's a neat idea to finish up and/or start something during that time. I do not think I will be able to finish mine up by the time the closing ceremonies take place on the 23rd of this month, but I'm going to let the Universe handle that. Who knows? I may surprise myself. It is two weeks after all! :)


Welp, at any rate. Here is my Official XXII Winter Olympics start. I'm changing the design a wee bit, which I will explain in the stitchy notes. :)


As always, details first! :D



Design: Letters from Nora Letter Q  (now Letter O)


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel linen in Minty Green Opalescent


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Argyle Socks, Cloud, Cobbled Peach, Heatherleigh, Hickory Sticks, Hydrangea, La Tierra, Vintage Violet, Wisconsin Woods. Kreinik (#4) Braid in Blue Merengue #3514.  Mill Hill glass seed beads in #00252 Iris, size 11/0 2.5 MM, Crystal Treasures #13063 Champagne Fuchsia rondeles size 4 MM, and Petite Seed Beads in #42027 Champagne, Size 15/0 2.0 MM. 


Stitcher's Notes: Letter Q substituted for Letter O. Will leave the 'tail' of the Q off of the design. My LNS did not have letter O in stock, however, I liked the letter Q better anyway so it all worked out! :)


What it will eventually look like (minus the tail!): 





Progress as of Thursday, 02.06.2014:





I think it's turning out really nice. I love, love, LOVE Nora Corbett 's designs on opalescent fabrics. I think it takes them to a whole other level. But then again, I do love sparkly and shiny things! :)


Yesterday, I also managed to score another Nora Corbett beauty, this time it was Touching The Autumn Sky. God knows what miracle I managed to land this one and at a VERY reasonable price, to boot. I know this particular NC will go for $100.00 US plus on eBay. Must have been my lucky day. Not that I'm complaining, mind! :) Here is a picture of it:





I do not know when I will get to start this one. It won't be for some time, I know. I have plans for this one, and I need quest for the perfect opalescent sky blue for it. 


Well, at any rate, I best be off. Time for lunch and then DH and I have plans for fun stuff this afternoon. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 






Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Block Two Finally Finished!



'Ray!!!! Finally!! I am so, so, soooooo happy that this block is finally finished. I set myself a goal that I was not allowed to work on Block Three any more (which I snuck in!), nor was I allowed to start any new projects, or even pick up anything from the Bin O' Shame and work on that until Block Two was finished. I am glad I stuck to my guns and saw it through. I think I am going to finish up Block three and then go on to the Bin O' Shame. I haven't decided yet, so I will see what tomorrow brings :). I knew that if I didn't put the spurs to myself, it would never get done. And I invested way too many nickels and dimes to just let this one sit!

I had a few issues with this block as the The Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors #035 Mint Frost at times would not 'seat' correctly in the fabric. I've had this happen with white and off white cottons and silks, where it refuses to 'sit' in the block and it looks a bit wonky. I picked out a lot of them and redid them to the best of my ability, however, there are places where the silk simply would not cooperate. At that point, I just threw my hands up and let it be. It's not like this piece is ever going to be shown at Woodlawn, so it's all good. :)


At any rate, enough of my blathering! Here are the before and after pics:










Fabric: 40 count Picture This Plus Cashel linen in Legacy



Fibers Used: Needlepoint, Inc. silk flosses in 123, 124, 127, 128, 155A, 158, 159, 184A, 186, 204, 206, 241, 242, 244, 251, 293, 303, 313, 316, 331, 345, 401, 422, 473, 475, 512, 523, 524A, 526, 527, 548, 556, 587, 623, 636, 671, 692, 693, 694, 695, 722, 724, 725, 765, 767, 856, 867, 871, 902, 912, 928, 951, 957, 963, 972, 976, 982, 987, 991BB, and 993. The Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors #035 Mint Frost. 


Stitcher's Notes: Stitched a tiny 'W' for the gate. I let DH choose which house would be 'ours' in this piece and he really liked the house in block two over the one in block four. Letter taken from the book 

ABC Miniatures au point de croix by Françoise Prax for Marabout





Progress as of Friday, January 17, 2014 (without the 'W'): 





Progress as of today, Wednesday, January 29, 2013. (Finished block with the 'W' stitched on the gate):




Block Three progress as of Wednesday, January 29, 2013:




All three blocks:






Welp, I best be off. Have a rare extra night off of work tonight. DH will be out of work soon, and dinner will have to be taken care of. 


Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 


Friday, January 17, 2014

Another Block Two Update

Haven't picked up Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow since last April, so I am pretty excited to see some progress on this piece. Block Two is taking FOR-EEEEEEEVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRRR. 42 rows of stitching 'snow' has me about half up a tree. I've decided to make a deal with myself that with every thread stitched on Block Three, I stitch two thread lengths of the Mint Frost in Block Two. That way, I am not bored to tears, and it gets taken care of. 


Here are the 'deets' as they say: 








Fabric: 40 count Picture This Plus Cashel linen in Legacy



Fibers Used: Needlepoint, Inc. silk flosses in 123, 124, 127, 128, 155A, 158, 159, 184A, 186, 204, 206, 241, 242, 244, 251, 293, 303, 313, 316, 331, 345, 401, 422, 473, 475, 512, 523, 524A, 526, 527, 548, 556, 587, 623, 636, 671, 692, 693, 694, 695, 722, 724, 725, 765, 767, 856, 867, 871, 902, 912, 928, 951, 957, 963, 972, 976, 982, 987, 991BB, and 993. The Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors #035 Mint Frost. 


Well, here is my progress as of my last post, on April 16, 2013:




And here is my progress as of today, Friday, January 17, 2014: 




And a quick snap of both Blocks One and Two together: 




Well, I best be off. Got stuff to do before dinner and what all. Hope everyone has a great weekend! 



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Respectfully submitted,


C. 







Sunday, January 5, 2014

Wip-ocalypse Challenge

I've been making good on my promise to myself that I work out what I have already in the Bin O' Shame. I started this one back some time ago, and I don't think I ever posted any pictures of it. I restarted it twice, as I was not digging on the fabric choices AT. ALL. I finally settled on one that I had in stash and I am liking it so far. I am hoping to get some serious stitching time in, now that the madness of the holidays are over.


Well, at any rate, here is what I have so far:





Designer: Brenda Gervais for With Thy Needle and Thread 


Fabric: Lakeside Linens 40 count in Navy Bean


Fibers: Weeks Dye Works  embroidery floss in Cadet, Confederate Grey, Fawn, Olive, Peach, Sage, Schneckley and Straw. 

Stitcher's Notes: Needle Nanny by Puffin and Company in Bee. Q-Snap frame. Q-Snap cover by Barbara at TrulyN2Stitching. Petite 28 gold needle by John James. 




Well, I best be off. Stuff to do before work and all. Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)


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C. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Day Post

Happy New Year to everyone out there in Blogland! I hope everyone rang in the new year in the manner in which they wished to. Seems like the older I get, the less I want to go out. Although, I really, REALLY wanted to go to the Winter Classic this year. But as is always the case, time and more importantly, MONEY was an issue. Well, there's always the lottery and next year, yea? :D


Didn't get to finish up too may UFO's from the Bin O' Shame, but then again, at work I've been busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. I am hoping that things settle down a bit at work so that I can stitch a bit more. In all fairness, I DID work on my Oriental Courage Storykeep a lot this year. I am hoping to finish that one up this year. 


Well, here's the recap: 




BIN O' SHAME-POCALYPSE 2013

1. Love Happens Photobooth by Bent Creek. Finished 01.11.2013

2. Pretty Posies by Dena's Closet for Bucilla. Finished 01.15.2013


3. Christmas in Paris by Jardin Prive. Finished 12.17.2013.



Total finishes for 2013: 



1. Christmas in Paris by Jardin Prive. Finished Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 5:37 PM PST


2. Hot Cocoa by Mary McLenon-Turley of M Designs for Just Cross Stitch Magazine. Finished Monday, December 9, 2013.


3. Autumn Sampler by Diane Williams for Little House Needlework. Finished Friday, December 6, 2013.


3. Tall Pines by Diane Williams for Little House Needlework. Finished Sunday, August 25, 2013.


4. Glory House by Chessie and Me. Finished Friday, April 5, 2013.


5. Gessie's Flower from Needle In A Haystack. Finished Tuesday, March 26, 2013.


6. Pretty Posies Dena's Closet for Bucilla. Finished Tuesday, January 15, 2013. 



7. Love Happens Photobooth by Bent Creek. Finished Friday, January 11, 2013. 





Not too many actually finished, but that's ok. Better than none at all :D! One of my goals for this year is to work from stash and get some more finished up from the Bin O' Shame. Since some of the projects that I want to work on are from Heaven and Earth Designs so I don't know how that's gonna work out exactly, haha! 


Well, I best be off. Today is my Friday and I am anxious to get it over with so I can chill on the couch with my stitching tomorrow. Blessed New Year to you all! 





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Respectfully submitted,


C.