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Bin O' Shame 2015

1. Oriental Courage Storykeep by LeeAnn Seed. Finished Thursday, January 15, 2015


2. Quaker Swan by Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre. Finished 01.23.2015


3. Adeline Ogier 1873 by GiGi R. Finished 01.28.2015


4. 4. Love Letters by The Chocolate Cat. Finished 01.29.2015


5. Love Letters by Papillon Creations. Finished Saturday, January 31, 2015.


6. Teacup Kitty Cat by Margaret Sherry. Finished Friday, 02.13.2015


7. Summer Glory by Linda Culp Calhoun for Leisure Arts Magazine. Finished Sunday, February 15, 2015


8. Oriental Fortune kit by Dimensions/Creative Accents. Finished Monday, March 2, 2015


9. Checkered Love kit by M Designs. Finished Friday, March 6, 2015


10. Tartan Thistle needlecase kit by Textile Heritage Collection. Finished Friday, March 6, 2015


11. Rennie Mackintosh kit from Quick and Easy magazine. Finished Sunday, March 8, 2015


12. Peacock Sampler by 123 Citrouille. Finished Monday, March 30, 2015


13. Popcorn cover kit from the August 2005 UK Quick and Easy magazine. Finished Tuesday, March 31, 2015


14. Soufflé cover kit from the UK Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine, issue 46. Finished Wednesday, April 1, 2015


15. Spring Welcome banner by Brittercup Designs. Finished Tuesday, April 7, 2015


16. Autumn monochrome by Little House Needleworks. Finished Friday, April 10, 2015


17. Seaside Retreat by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, May 1, 2015


18. Quaker d'Halloween by Jardin Prive. Finished Wednesday, May 27, 2015.


19. Fall Leaves by Country Cottage Needleworks. Finished Friday, May 29, 2015


20. CCN's Ice Cream Sundae. Finished Tuesday, June 23, 2015.


21. SanMan Originals Winter Side. Finished Wednesday, June 24, 2015.


22. Plum Street Samplers Ghoul. Finished Friday, June 26, 2015.


23. Blackbird Designs Summer Basket. Finished July 14, 2015.


24. BHG Cats For All Seasons Winter Cat Finished Wednesday, July 15, 2015.


25. Jeanette Crews Designs Faded Glory. Finished Saturday, July 25, 2015.


26. Darth Vader by Osmosis. Finished Tuesday, July 28, 2015.


27. Mickey Christmas card from UK Cross Stitch Card Shop. Finished Monday, August 3, 2015


28. Hearts and Flowers cover kit. Finished Tuesday, August 4, 2015.


29. Mackintosh Rose bookmark by Textile Heritage Collection. Finished Thursday, August 6, 2015


30. Mandy Cat In Witches’ Hat by Handblessings. Finished, Monday, August 10, 2015.


31. 2006 Christmas Elf Fairy kit by Mirabilia. Finished Monday, August 24, 2015


32. Christmas Chickadee by Valerie Pfeiffer for Heritage Stitchcraft and World Of Cross Stitching Issue 118. Finished Wednesday, August 26, 2015


33. Friendship Block #10 by Dragon Dreams. Finished Monday, August 31, 2015


Non Bin O' Shame Finishes 2015

1. Spock's Burial Robe Embroidery.From the book Star Trek: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting. Finished Friday 02.27.2015

2. Mardi Gras (exclusive Member Only chart) by Sandra Dering ofSanMan Originals. Finished Saturday 02.28.2015

3. Happy Bunny Bunny Day by The Trilogy. Finished Monday 03.16.2015

4. Phoenix Quaker (partial piece) by A Mon Ami Pierre. Finished Sunday, 03.21.2015

5. Art Deco bookmark finish by Cross Stitch Crazy (UK). Finished Thursday, March 26, 2015

6. Bluebird by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, April 18, 2015

7. Gentle Stitches by Shakespeare’s Peddler Finished Saturday, April 25, 2015

8. Three Crowns ornament by Little House Needleworks. Finished Monday, May 12, 2015

9. June: a year in chalk by Hands On Designs. Finished Sunday, June 7, 2015

10. Teal Butterfly Tuck by SanMan Originals. Finished Thursday, June 11, 2015

11. Sea Flora by Mirabilia. Finished Monday, June 15, 2015

12. Yankee Doodle Flag by SanMan Originals. Finished Friday, July 3, 2015

13. Summer Cat by Banar Designs for Better Homes and Gardens. Finished Sunday, August 2, 2015

14. Their Song by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, August 23, 2015.

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-

Monday, August 31, 2015

#33 Finish

I managed to finish this up moments ago. This month, I have managed to finish 7 UFO's from the Bin O'Shame and had two complete starts and finishes. That's a LOT of work! :)

Well, here is #7 for the month and #33  Bin O'Shame  finish for the year:




Design: Friendship (Block #10 from the 2002 Dragon Virtues Series)

Designer: Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams

Fabric Used: 14 count Ivory aida

Fibers Used: DMC as called for in the chart

Stitcher's Notes: Unknown start date. Picked back up Thursday, August 27, 2015. Substituted Mill Hill petite beads in #42010 Ice and #42014 Petite Black seed beads for french knots. 




As of Thursday, August 27, 2015:





As of Monday, August 31, 2015:




I had best be off. Time to get some lunch and clean up the stitching area. Hope everyone had a great weekend! 


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C. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday Post For August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday apparently is an internet 'thing'. I managed to pick up another project from the Bin O'Shame on an actual Thursday this time. I haven't stitched a Dragon Dreams project in quite some time. I love stitching her things and I have 3 or 4 more in the Bin O'Shame to finish up. As with the rest of the Bin O'Shame projects, they are in various stages of completion. I am not sure if the next three will all be Dragon Dreams projects, but you never can tell. :)

Well, at any rate, here is where it stands as of right now:


Design: Friendship (Block #10 from the 2002 Dragon Virtues Series)

Designer: Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams

Fabric Used: 14 count Ivory aida

Fibers Used: DMC as called for in the chart

Stitcher's Notes: Unknown start date. Picked back up Thursday, August 27, 2015


As of Thursday, August 27, 2015:




Welp, I had best be off. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chip, Chip, Chipping Away

Well, I may as well ride the wave while I can. I really do love this feeling of accomplishment that I am getting every time I wrap up another one out of the Bin O'Shame. I feel very organized and productive now, instead of scattered and chaotic by having all of this stuff. Taking the time to sort through and see what I have and getting it situated was quite cathartic. I should do that more often, I think! :)

Well, at any rate, here is #32 from the Bin O'Shame.






Fabric Used:32 count Belfast linen in white opalescent

Fibers Used: DMC as called for in the chart

Stitcher's Notes: Unknown start date. Originally appeared in the World of Cross Stitching Issue #118 on page 22. Chart may now be purchased at 123 Stitch. 


Original Magazine:



As of Tuesday, August 25, 2015:





As of Wednesday, August 26, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. I need to clean up my area and put some stuff up. Happy mid-week to you all. And thank you for visiting! :)

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C. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

500th Post

I can't believe I finally made it to 500 posts. I suppose I should have a contest of sorts to celebrate. I will have to think on it some and see what I come up with. :)


This past weekend I was not feeling so hot, so I decided to take a minute and actually sit down and look at each project from the Bin O'Shame 
to see what I had, instead of just counting what was there. What I found actually surprised me. I found quite a number of projects that were barely started. And in some cases, not started at ALL! So, I did what any sane person in my position would do. I promptly removed them and put them in the kitted pile. After all that is said and done, a further 12 projects got removed, so I am now down to 40 projects left over from the Bin O'Shame! This includes ALL of the HAEDs, of which there are 5 started, and Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings. Woohoo! There are quite a number of small finishes so I will definitely be able to make my goal of 10 projects completed from this bin next year. 

With this post, I am getting a head start on that. I've had this since it first came out in 2006, however, I never really worked on it that much. I left the wings off as I hated the two colors that were chosen for them. The skeins of floss did not look well together and combined with the beading it just served to annoy me to no end. So, they got left off. Oh, well. I think she looks lovely without them! 

Well, here she is. I forgot to take a before picture. whoops! :)





Designer: Nora Corbett for Mirabilia 

Fabric Used: 32 count Natural linen from Zwiegart

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours cotton thread in Bella Rosa, Bing Cherry, Black Coffee, Bramble Bush, Cupid, Pink Champagne, Sassy Brass, Spinach, Zach Black. Rainbow Gallery Wisper thread in #88 WhiteKreinik metallic thread #4 VFB in 015 HL Chartreuse

Bling Used: Mill Hill petite beads in #42010 Ice. SJ Designs beads in #59 Plated silver. 

Stitcher's Notes: Left off wings as I could not get either the stitching nor the beads to sit correctly. I will either be restitching this with the wings or I will find a pair of small opalescent wings to attach to her. 



Finished as of Monday, August 24, 2015



Well, I best be off. Tons to do today. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! 


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Their Song Finished

This was one of those projects that the closer one got to the end, the more it felt like there was a whole other project to do. Yesterday, I wasn't feeling well enough to stitch a whole lot, so today, I just sat down and hammered this one out until I was finished. I'm am so, so happy that I got the chance to stitch this one up. I am happy that I got to be on the list to stitch this one as I do not think I would ever stitch this one again. Still, in all, I do love these birds! :)

Well, at any rate. Here are my efforts: 



Design: Their Song (Chart #24 from the 2007 Loose Feathers series) 

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Harvest, Ivy League, Old Crow,
Slate, and Tulip. Gloriana Threads 12 strand French silk floss in #016 Holiday Green. 

Stitcher's Notes: Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. 126w by 150h. Replaced the Weeks Dye Works cotton embroidery floss for silks. Began Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Finished Sunday, August 23, 2015


Original Design:




As of Friday, August 21, 2015:





As of Sunday, August 23, 2015:




All in all this took 13 days to stitch from start to finish. I'd say that was not bad at all, yea? :)

Well, I had best be off. I need to clean up my stitching area and take a break from stitching for tonight at least. I've stitched like a mad woman today and I'd rather not get carpal tunnel if I can help it! 

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Have a good week! :)


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Second Pre Weekend Update

I've managed to get a fair amount done since Wednesday. I went back over my notes and I began this project on Began Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Today's post is 10 days of progress. With a little bit of luck, I *should* be able to finish it up this weekend and get it returned back to  Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. If I manage to finish it up by Tuesday, the 25th, that would mean approximately 2 weeks from start to finish. None too shabby considering that this project is a bit more involved than I gave it credit for! 

Well, at any rate, here is my second pre-weekend progress:



Design: Their Song (Chart #24 from the 2007 Loose Feathers series) 

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Harvest, Ivy League, Old Crow,
Slate, and Tulip. Gloriana Threads 12 strand French silk floss in #016 Holiday Green. 

Stitcher's Notes: Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. 126w by 150h. Replaced the Weeks Dye Works cotton embroidery floss for silks. Began Tuesday, August 11, 2015.


Original Design:



As of Wednesday, August 19, 2015:




As of Friday, August 21, 2015:





I heard back from the specialty care vet's office. Even with pathology tests run, they still do not know what my poor cat has. The internists and oncology doctors consulted with one another and with pathology and apparently, if it *is* cancer, it is in its very wee infancy. He's not throwing up blood or bile, no going outside of the box, no howling, no nothing other than changes in drinking water and some behavior. This is frustrating, however, cancer would have been worse, I think. A cancer diagnosis is only 6 months with chemo :/. Which is no bueno. So, the next step will be a urine culture to see if it may be a kidney infection. If *that* test winds up negative, then there will be a confab to see what, if any, additional options there may be. In the mean time, in between time, it appears as if the weekend has already arrived:




Well, I had best be off. No rest for the wicked and all that. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WIP Wednesday Their Song Update

This is one of those designs that I swear I am not making any progress on until I post pictures. It's a bit larger than I gave it credit for, and it seems as if it is crawling along in places. I think I have managed to get the tree off center, so I am scrambling to make it work as there is no way under the face of God's green earth I am ripping out all of that silk. 'Make do and mend' is one of the stitcher's creeds, and so I shall. I am hoping to put some serious time in on this one, as I am fairly anxious that  Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group gets her chart back posthaste. 

Well, here is my progress so far:



Design: Their Song (Chart #24. From the 2007 Loose Feathers series) 

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Harvest, Ivy League, Old Crow,
Slate, and Tulip. Gloriana Threads 12 strand French silk floss in #016 Holiday Green. 

Stitcher's Notes: Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. 126w by 150h. Replaced the Weeks Dye Works cotton embroidery floss for silks. 

Original Design:



As of Monday, August 17, 2015:




As of Wednesday, August 19, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. Lots to do today. Hope everyone has a great day today! :)

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C. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Their Song Update

I didn't get as much done on this one as we are dealing with a very sick kitty in our house. We have had to take him in for emergency overnight care for some kidney issues and today we find out if it is something fixable or cancer. He sometimes lays on my desk while I am stitching. I miss him very, very much and pray that it is something that we can fix and won't cost the earth. 








Design: Their Song (Chart #24. From the 2007 Loose Feathers series) 

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Harvest, Ivy League, Old Crow,
Slate, and Tulip. Gloriana Threads 12 strand French silk floss in #016 Holiday Green. 


Stitcher's Notes: Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. 126w by 150h. Replaced the Weeks Dye Works cotton embroidery floss for silks. 

Original Design:





As of Friday, August 14, 2015:



As of Monday, August 17, 2015:





Well, I had best be off. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Please keep my favorite feline in your good thoughts and prayers. 


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Friday, August 14, 2015

Their Song Pre Weekend Update

I had not idea of this, but apparently, today is World Cross Stitching Day. It was created to spread the word and to celebrate cross stitch. I think it's a good idea. I think we should have all kinds of crafting days to celebrate. Think of all the undiscovered crafts lurking out there!

Well, here is a pre weekend update on Their Song. I am quite anxious to finish this one as quickly as possible, as it *is* a loan from Patricia G and I would like for her to get this rare and quite valuable chart back as soon as humanly possible. So, this weekend, I will be pretty much knuckling down and stitching on this as much as I can. Right now, I have laundry going and the house is all cleaned up (as is my custom) prior to the weekend so there will be minimal distractions. 


Well, here is my humble offering thus far: 






Design: Their Song (Chart #24. From the 2007 Loose Feathers series) 

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Harvest, Ivy League, Old Crow,
Slate, and Tulip. Gloriana Threads 12 strand French silk floss in #016 Holiday Green. 

Stitcher's Notes: Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. 126w by 150h. Replaced the Weeks Dye Works cotton embroidery floss for silks. 


Original Design:




As of Wednesday, August 12, 2015:



As of Friday, August 14, 2015:




I had best be off. I believe the laundry is now ready. I hope everyone has a great weekend! 


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C. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WIP Wednesday For August 12, 2015

I managed to get a wee bit done yesterday on my newest start. I really do love the colors I have chosen for this project and, naturally, the fabric is an absolute favorite of mine. I really do love the  Legacy  by Picture This Plus no matter the count. The color is just divine and lends itself to a whole host of different designs. 

Well, enough of my blathering, on with the pictures! :)




Design: Their Song (Chart #24. From the 2007 Loose Feathers series) 

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Harvest, Ivy League, Old Crow,
Slate, and Tulip. Gloriana Threads 12 strand French silk floss in #016 Holiday Green. 

Stitcher's Notes: Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. 126w by 150h. Replaced the Weeks Dye Works cotton embroidery floss for silks. 


Original Design:



Began Tuesday, August 11, 2015:




As of Wednesday, August 12, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone has a great day today! :)


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C. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Their Song


The internet can be such a wonderful thing. I am a member of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. It is an unofficial group that posts exclusively WIPs and finishes of Blackbird Designs projects. These are WIPs and finishes of legitimately obtained charts. They are a fabulous group of ladies that share a common love of Blackbird Designs

One of the really nice things about the group is that folks are willing to loan out their original hard copy charts. Many of these charts are long since out of print and go for exorbitant prices on eBay. Whenever this particular design has come up for auction, it either went *way* past my budget  when I had the ready or I simply never had the ready to start with! There was a waiting list for this particular design and finally, my number came up. It arrived in yesterday's mail and I pulled the threads and fabric for it. I am really excited to start this absolutely fresh start on a long sought after project. 


Well, at any rate, here is the tiny bit I have so far:




Design: Their Song (Chart #24. From the 2007 Loose Feathers series) 

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Harvest, Ivy League, Old Crow,
Slate, and Tulip. Gloriana Threads 12 strand French silk floss in #016 Holiday Green. 

Stitcher's Notes: Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. 126w by 150h. Replaced the Weeks Dye Works cotton embroidery floss for silks. 


Original Design:



Began Tuesday, August 11, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. I am on a deadline to finish this one as quickly as possible in order to return it to its' rightful owner. Hope everyone is have a fantastic week!

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C. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thrilling Thirty!

I can't believe I managed it, however, just a bit ago I managed to finish stitching the 30th project out of the Bin O'Shame.  The journey began Tuesday, February 24, 2015 and officially ended Saturday, July 25, 2015 with the finish of the flag that was stitched for my beloved father. I added 5 more projects on just to see fi I could finish them before the end of the year. The official goal of 25 having been met a mere 5 months after I started was none too shabby a showing. I figured 5 more could conceivably be finished in the remaining months and I am so happy that I was able to achieve that goal with this latest finish. 

Well, on with the show! :)



Design: Mandy Cat In Witches' Hat

Designer: Eileen Gurdak of Handblessings

Fabric Used: 40 count Newcastle linen in Crystal Meditation by Picture This Plus 

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger  in Noir. Kreinik metallic thread blending filament #1 HL Silver and #003 Red. Caron Collection Waterlilies in #201 Budding Leaf (Dye Lot #CS201613).


Stitcher's Notes: Design is located on page 16 of the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Special Collectors' Issue. 


As Of Wednesday, July 29, 2015:



As Of Monday, August 10, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. I have to clean up my stitching area and then it will be dinner time. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!


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C.