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Bin O' Shame 2015

1. Oriental Courage SK. Finished 01.15.2015

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

2015 Nora Corbett Birthday Fairies

1.

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

5. Mermaid Azure finished 09.04.2014

6. Christmas Ornaments 12.30.2014

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quick Stitch Maleficent Start

Yes, I caved and no, I don't care! I had made a 'deal' to myself that I wouldn't start this one until I had finished a third piece from the Bin O' Shame. Well, I didn't want to wait, so I didn't. She is a LOT of fun to stitch and I do not know if I will be able to put her down at all. 







Design: QS Maleficent

Designer: Michelle Sayetta of Heaven and Earth Designs. Based on the original artwork of Annya Kai

Fabric: 22 count Antique White aida by Wichelt

Fibers: DMC as called for in the chart.

Began Stitching: Saturday, January 24, 2015




I would love to find a Maleficent bag to keep her in, as well as a blinged out raven needle minder and a scissor leash to go along with this. Now if I can only find some fabric for the appropriate Q-snap grime guard. Time to go hunting, I suppose! :)


Well, I best be off. She's calling my name again. Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! :)


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C. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Small Quaker Finish

Woohoo! Another finish from the Bin O' Shame pile. I am happy with the way this one turned out. There is a really elaborate border that surrounds the piece, but this time I decided to leave it off as I could not get it lined up properly and as I used silk thread on this project, I decided that I did not feel like clipping that much money away every time I had to frog! 

I cannot remember where I received this piece, whether from another stitcher or as part as an online order. I *can* tell you that sadly, Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre stopped designing and closed her business in early 2014 due to folks sharing her charts illegally. I really do love her designs and broke my stash budget for many months trying to get as many as I could before she stopped designing. I have more of hers planned to stitch, but it will be a while (perhaps!) before I can get back to stitching her wonderful designs. 


Well, at any rate, on with the show! 




Design: Quaker Swan (retired freebie)

Designer:  Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre (retired)

Fabric: unknown 32 count cream linen

Fiber Used: Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors  #1065 Independence Rain

Stitcher's Notes: There really wasn't a title for this piece, it's just what I named it. I will be stitching this again, so sadly, I will not part with my copy of the chart as of yet. Stitched one thread of floss over two fabric threads. 




Well, I best be off. I have to clean up my work area from the week and get together the next project, which will probably be another from the Bin O Shame. hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

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C. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

My First Ever HAED Finish!

I did it! I did it! My first ever HAED finish! Mind you, this wasn't an overly large project and I stitched on this off and on, but it's finally finished! I am so happy that it's done. I truly enjoyed every stitch of this one. When I got to the last five stitches, I actually slowed down stitching them. I wanted to savor the accomplishment and the last five stitches for some reason. This was a long, long, project and at times nit-picking and hair pulling, but it was totally worth it! :)

At any rate, on to the good stuff! :)



Design: Oriental Courage Storykeep

Designer: Michelle Sayetta of Heaven and Earth Designs. Based on the original artwork of Lee Ann Seed

Fabric: 22 count Antique White aida by Wichelt

Fibers: DMC in 154, 310, 321, 498, 606, 666, 814, 815, 817, 902 and 3371


Number of stitches by DMC Color Number:

DMC 154: Number of Stitches 148 
DMC 310: Number of Stitches 4,119 
DMC 321: Number of Stitches 172 
DMC 498: Number of Stitches 334 
DMC 606: Number of Stitches 195 
DMC 666: Number of Stitches 846 
DMC 814: Number of Stitches 629 
DMC 815: Number of Stitches 384 
DMC 817: Number of Stitches 10,702
DMC 902: Number of Stitches 3 
DMC 3371: Number of Stitches 318 

Total Number Of Stitches:
17, 850


First Official Post:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


As of Friday, December 12, 2014:




As of Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:33 PM PST:




I am not sure if I want to make it into a banner or just frame it. I may even have to GASP! WASH. IT. :O. Oh, well, that's a decision for later! :)

Well, I best be off. Have to be at work soon. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)


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C. 


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Last Finish And Post of 2014

I managed to finish this up very late last night during a marathon of The West Wing. I adore that show. It is very well done and honestly, I really do wish more TV had that kind of substance. 

All told, I am closing out 2014 with a total of 19 finishes, which beats my non official yearly goal of one finish a month. This pleases me and give me hope that I will be able to do the same next year :). Of the 19 finishes, 6 are Mirabilia finishes. Yay! 

Well here is the list of finishes for 2014:


2014 XS Finishes

1. 12.30.2014 Nora Corbett Christmas Ornaments
2. 11.27.2014 SMO Christmas Cookies
3. 11.25.2014 SMO Autumn
4. 11.24.2014 LHN Hot Cocoa
5. 11.11.2014 Bent Creek Pilgrim Pals
6. 11.03.2014 SMO Poof! Oops Meow
7. 09.23.2014  GiGi R Peacock Lettre C motif
8. 09.22.2014 La D Da Fallen Leaf
9. 09.04.2014 Mirabilia Mermaid Azure
10. 08.12.2014 Nora Corbett Letter B fairy 
11. 07.22.2014 Nora Corbett Letter J fairy
12. 07.15.2014 Nora Corbett Halloween (trick or treat) fairy
13. 06.11.2014 Shepherd’s Bush Mermaid Sampler kit
14. 05.01.2014 Nora Corbett Letter O fairy
15. 04.13. 2014 Shepherd’s Bush Taste of Summer kit
16. 04.12.2014 Shepherd’s Bush Be Happy Heart kit (changed fabric)
17. 04.05.2014 Shepherd’s Bush Violet Egg kit
18. 03.30.2014 Shepherd’s Bush Be Happy Heart kit (stitched as is)
19. 01.28.2014 Block Two of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow 




And here is my last finish of 2014. I really do love the way this turned out. 





Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Belfast linen in Winter Winds by Silkweaver in their Reflections (opalescent) line


Fibers Used:  DMC B5200, 154, 498, 605, 666, 891, 917, 3607, 3608, 3609, and 3806. Kreinik metallic thread #4 #001 HL Silver and 011 HL Gun Metal.

Bling Used Mill Hill beads in #00150 Grey, #00479 White, #02025 Heather, #02087 Shimmering Sea and #16161 Ice size 6 pony beads. Magnifica beads in #10001 Ice. 








Well, I best be off. I have a ton of stuff to do today. I wish everyone a blessed and the happiest of new years! :)


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C. 





Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Most Beautiful Thing 2014

I found this story online years ago, and every year for the last several years I've shared it here and on my SanMan Originals message board. I love this story for it imagery and its' message and I hope you do too. 

The Most Beautiful Thing
Author unknown

The sides of the path were covered with white snow, but in the center, its whiteness was turned brown by the tramping of hundreds of hurrying feet. It was the day before Christmas. People rushed up and down the path carrying bundles, laughing and calling to each other.

Above the path, the long arms of an ancient tree reached up toward the sky. It swayed as strong winds grasped its branches and bent them toward the earth. Down below a haughty laugh sounded, and a lovely fir tree stretched its thick green branches, sending a fine spray of sparkling snow toward the ground.

"I should think," said the fir in a smug voice, "that you would try a little harder to stand still. Goodness knows you're ugly enough with the leaves you've already lost. If you move around anymore, you'll soon be quite bare."

"I know," answered the old tree. "Everything has put on its most beautiful clothes for the celebration of Christmas. Even from here I can see the decorations shining from each street corner, and yesterday some men came and put the loveliest lights on every tree along the path - except me, of course." He sighed softly, and a flake of snow melted in the form of a teardrop and ran down his gnarled trunk.

"Oh, indeed! And did you expect they would put lights upon you so your ugliness would stand out even more?" mocked the fir.

"I guess you're right," replied the old tree in a sad voice. "If there were only somewhere I could hide until after the celebrations are over, but here I stand, the only ugly thing among all this beauty. If they would only come and chop me down," he sighed sorrowfully.

"Well, I don't wish you any ill will," replied the fir, "but you are an eyesore. Perhaps it would be better for us all if they came and chopped you down." Once again he stretched his lovely thick branches. "You might try to hang onto those three small leaves you still have. At least you wouldn't be completely bare."

"Oh, I've tried so hard," cried the old tree. "Each fall I say to myself, 'this year I won't give up a single leaf, no matter what the cause,' but someone always comes along who seems to need them more than I do," and he sighed once again.

"I told you not to give so many to that dirty little paper boy," said the fir. "Why, you even lowered your branches a little so that he could reach them. You can't say I didn't warn you."

"Yes," the old tree replied. "but they made him so happy. I heard him say he would pick some for his invalid mother."

"Oh, they all had good causes," mocked the fir. "That young girl, for instance, colored leaves for her party indeed! They were your leaves!"

"She took a lot, didn't she?" said the old tree, and he seemed to smile.

Just then a cold wind blew down the path and a tiny brown bird fell to the ground at the foot of the old tree and lay there shivering, too cold to lift his wings. The old tree looked down in pity and quickly let go of his last three leaves. The golden leaves fluttered down and settled softly over the shivering little bird, and it lay there quietly under the warmth of them.

"Now you've done it" scolded the fir. You've given away every single leaf! Christmas morning you'll make our path the ugliest sight in the whole city."

The old tree said nothing. Instead he stretched out his branches to gather what snowflakes he could so they wouldn't fall on the tiny bird. The young fir turned away in disgust, and it was then he noticed a painter, sitting quietly a few feet from the path, intent upon his brushes and canvas.

The fir turned back to the old tree and said in a haughty voice, "At least keep those bare branches as far away from me as possible. I'm being painted and I don?t want you to mar the background."

"I'll try," replied the old tree. And he raised his branches as high as possible. It was almost dark when the painter picked up his easel and left. The little fir was tired and cross from all his preening and posing.

Christmas morning he awoke late, and as he proudly shook away the snow from his lovely branches, he was amazed to see a huge crowd of people surrounding the old tree, ah-ing and oh-ing as they stood back and gazed upward. Even those hurrying along the path had to stop for a moment to sigh before they went on.

"Whatever could it be?" thought the haughty fir, and he looked up to see if perhaps the top of the old tree had broken off during the night.

Just then a paper blew from the hands of an enraptured newsboy and sailed straight into the young fir. The fir gasped in amazement, for there on the front page was a picture of the painter holding his painting of a great white tree whose leafless branches, laden with snow, stretched upward into the sky. Down below lay a tiny brown bird almost covered by three golden leaves. And beneath the picture were the words, "The most beautiful thing is that which has given all."

The young fir quietly bowed its head beneath the great beauty of the humble old tree.


From my house to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays and the most blessed of new years!




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C. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

DMC 310

I just now finished stitching all of the DMC 310 in my current project, Oriental Courage Storykeep. This is exciting news as there were 4, 119 stitches of just that one color! 

Well, at any rate, on with the show:





Design: Oriental Courage Storykeep

Designer: Michelle Sayetta of Heaven and Earth Designs. Based on the original artwork of Lee Ann Seed

Fabric: 22 count Antique White aida by Wichelt

Fibers: DMC in 154, 310, 321, 498, 606, 666, 814, 815, 817, 902 and 3371


Stitcher's Notes: Stitching pages 4 and 5 simultaneously. 


As of Friday, December 5, 2014:





As of Friday, December 12, 2014:




From this point on, I am considering doing all of the other colors one at a time, with the exception of the 817. It would serve to get all of the nitpicking confetti stitches out of the way, while reducing the number of colors I have to deal with. 

Well, I had best be off for now. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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C. 




Friday, December 5, 2014

Parameters

It took about four days of off and on stitching, but I finally have most of the border completed for pages 5 and six completed. There are some stitches on the left side that need completing, however, I am hoping to get to those shortly. :) Basically, I need to do from here on out is the filling in of this block. I am hoping it goes quickly! :)


Well, here are the progress pictures: 


Design: Oriental Courage Storykeep

Designer: Michelle Sayetta of Heaven and Earth Designs. Based on the original artwork of Lee Ann Seed

Fabric: 22 count Antique White aida by Wichelt

Fibers: DMC in 154, 310, 321, 498, 606, 666, 814, 815, 817, 902 and 3371

Number of stitches once completed:

DMC 154: Number of Stitches 148 
DMC 310: Number of Stitches 4,119 
DMC 321: Number of Stitches 172 
DMC 498: Number of Stitches 334 
DMC 606: Number of Stitches 195 
DMC 666: Number of Stitches 846 
DMC 814: Number of Stitches 629 
DMC 815: Number of Stitches 384 
DMC 817: Number of Stitches 10,702
DMC 902: Number of Stitches 3 
DMC 3371: Number of Stitches 318 

Stitcher's Notes: Stitching pages 4 and 5 simultaneously. 


As of Sunday, 11.30.2014:





As of Friday, December 5, 2014:



Well, I best be off. Tons to do. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)


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C. 



Monday, December 1, 2014

The Dance It Is Happy!

Come happy dance with me! I have managed to finish pages three and four of Oriental Courage Storykeep and have hit the halfway mark! I have been stitching on this off and on for the last year. For whatever reason, I just decided I HAD to knuckle down and finish these two pages up. I stitched all the confetti stitches first, then just did the fill in with the 817. I put the last of the 817 stitches in during a Hercule Poirot  movie marathon, specifically, Curtain. I must admit, I cried at the end a little as this is the last in the canon and although it's taken 25 years, David Suchet has managed to pull off the impossible. I do like the way he has aged along with Poirot, as I think it lends the series more authenticity. 



Welp, on with the show!


Design: Oriental Courage Storykeep

Designer: Michelle Sayetta of Heaven and Earth Designs. Based on the original artwork of Lee Ann Seed

Fabric: 22 count Antique White aida by Wichelt

Fibers: DMC in 154, 310, 321, 498, 606, 666, 814, 815, 817, 902 and 3371


DMC 154: Number of Stitches 148 
DMC 310: Number of Stitches 4,119 
DMC 321: Number of Stitches 172 
DMC 498: Number of Stitches 334 
DMC 606: Number of Stitches 195 
DMC 666: Number of Stitches 846 
DMC 814: Number of Stitches 629 
DMC 815: Number of Stitches 384 
DMC 817: Number of Stitches 10,702
DMC 902: Number of Stitches 3 
DMC 3371: Number of Stitches 318 

Stitcher's Notes: Stitching pages 3 and 4 simultaneously. 


Last update 11.19.2013:




As of Sunday, 11.30.2014:




Well, I best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone US Stateside had a fantastic holiday weekend! :)


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C. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Merry Turkey Coma Day!

Merry Turkey Coma Day to you all! Hope everyone in the US had a happy Thanksgiving. We went to my MIL's and had a good time. Both DH and I have to work today, but we are ok with this as going out in the AM on 'Black Friday' is the equivalent to having one's teeth drilled in our opinion. :)

I managed to get a finish in yesterday. It's another SMO that I've had since 2006. I've been stitching these a lot lately, but since I haven't stitched any SMO's in a while, it's all good. I have a project that I am starting today, as it is now 'officially' the start of the holiday season. I am looking forward to stitching this one. Well, at any rate, on with the show! ;)



Design: Christmas Cookies 

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

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

Fibers Used:  DMC 319 and 321. SanMan Strands in Jingle Bell Rock.

Stitcher's Notes: This was a Secret Shop design from 2006. SanMan Strands are a discontinued floss line. 





And here is my new start for the 2014 holiday season:


Design: Holly from the Pixie Couture Collection


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Belfast linen in white opalescent

Fibers Used:  DMC B5200, 326, 469, 500, 581, 754, 777, 779, 838, 907, 934, 936, 948, 962, 3805, 3813. Kreinik metallic thread #4 in 015 Chartreuse and 1432 Blue Ice.

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #02031 Citron and #03049 Rich Red





Well, I best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone has an awesome weekend! :)


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C. 







Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Last Fall Finish

I managed to get a fast finish in last night and in all likelihood, it will be my last fall theme piece of the year. I wanted one more before I started in Winter/Christmas themed pieces. I have a list of projects that I want to stitch during the holidays, however, I seem to be one of those people who cannot stick to a list. Good intentions and what have you! 

Well, at any rate, here is the latest finish. I really enjoyed stitching it.



Design: Autumn 

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric: 28 count Picture This Plus Cashel linen in Legacy

Fibers Used:  DMC 838. SanMan Strands in Autumn Orange. Victorian Motto Sampler Shop floss in Christmas RedThe Gentle Art Sampler Threads in Buttercrunch. 

Stitcher's Notes: This was a Secret Shop design from 2007. SanMan Strands are a discontinued floss line. 




Well, I best be off. Tons to do today. I hope everyone in the US has a Happy Thanksgiving and blessing to the overseas folks as well! :)


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C. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hot Off The Needle Finish!

Hooray for quick finishes. This one is hot off the needle just moment ago. I really do like the way this one turned out. Makes me want to make hot cocoa by the barrel full, haha! :)


Well, at any rate, here's the fast finish pour moi:




Design: Hot Cocoa

                        Designer:  Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks

Fabric: Belfast Linen in 32count Country Mocha Belfast linen by Zwiegart

                 Fibers Used:  Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Harvest, Icing,                                              Malted Milk, Tree Trunk and Tulip. Access                                                  Commodities  Soie d'Alger in #3436, Dark Green. 

                                Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in Rich Red


Stitcher's Notes: This is ornament number seven (7) from the 2012 Ornament of the Month series. Left off the red and white border at the top and the bottom as I wanted to have the piece more 'Winter' than 'Christmas' themed.








Well, I best be off. Need to clean up my stitching area and figure out dinner plans. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)


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C. 



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Remembering Sandy's Quilt

On November 1 of this year, one of my absolute favorite designers, Sandy of Sanman Originals, announce via her message board that due to health reasons she was closing down the message board and discontinuing designing. While I understand her reasons for doing so (one's health takes precedence), I am saddened to hear of the discontinuation of the message board and no more of her lovely designs. 

I would, however, like to share one of my favorite memories of the board, the making of the quilt the members did for her. While I do not recall exactly why the quilt was made (I am thinking it may have been a thank you gift for all that she had done for us), I do remember that once all of the squares were stitched, it was sewn together by MrsB one of the members of the message board. She had chosen the most beautiful blue fabric and it really set off the stitching to its' full potential.


Here are some photographs of the quilt:
















My square:



Well, I best be off. I have a ton of things to do tonight. Thank you for indulging me my trip down SMO memory lane! :)


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C. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Just In Time For Thanksgiving

Finished this up late last night, but had to wait until this morning for good lighting. (Thank you, Mr. Sun!). This took me about 1.5-2 weeks to stitch up. I took my time with this and just enjoyed the process. I love the way it turned out and am looking forward to the next one. 


At any rate, here's the latest finish:





Design: Pilgrim Pals from the Photobooth series

Designer: Bent Creek

Fibers Used: DMC in 221, 301, 310, 400, 436, 729, 838, 921, 950, 3790, 3826, and 3865 

Fabric Used: Belfast Linen in 32ct Vintage Country Mocha

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #02068 Crayon Brown and #42014 Petite Black seed beads




Well, I best be off. Got a ton of stuff to do today. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! :)


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C. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Late Halloween Finish

I have a confession to make. Stitching the Mermaid Azure really took a lot out of me. I had a deadline for her as I knew I had a lot going on in October until the end of the year and I really wanted to have her finished. As consequence, I burnt completely out on stitching. With the exception of to tiny finishes consisting of a floss toss and a tiny fall finish, I have had the urge to stitch abandon me completely. It's ok I suppose, but it really bothers me when I have all of these lovely things to stitch and I just do not have the urge. 

I managed to score a SanMan Originals Secret Shop purchase and when it arrived, I knew I had to do it immediately. I thought if I had another quick finish under my belt it would cure me of the Non Stitching Flu. I had a lot of fun tweaking this one. I started and finished this one today. It's late for this years' Halloween but it's early for next years'! :)


Welp, at any rate, here it is:


Design: Poof, Oops Meow 

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals


Fibers Used: DMC 310, 550, and 702. Kreinik metallic thread in #4 braid #015, Chartreuse. 

Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #02031, Citron

Stitcher's Notes: This was a Secret Shop design from 2008, limited number design. 


Well, I had best be off. I've got some stuff that needs attending. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)

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C.