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2017 Finishes

1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2016.

2. Sew Bands by iStitch Designs. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017

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Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10


2. 2009 Finishes- 21


3. 2010 Finishes- 49


4. 2011 Finishes- 26


5. 2012 Finishes- 35


6. 2013 Finishes- 7


7. 2014 Finishes- 19


8. 2015 Finishes- 61


9. 2016 Finishes- 50


10. 2017 Finishes-

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Finish On Finish Friday the 13th!

My latest finish is from the design collection of Carol Ridyard of iStitch Designs. I have stitched several of her designs but for whatever reason have not done so in some time. I really do like the way this one turned out. I love stitching her pieces as the stitcher may customize the piece how they see fit. They also stitch up quickly and easily, which is also nice. Please be sure to check out her online blog store. Her prices are reasonable and the turn around time for receiving your charts is less than 24 hours. 

Well, at any rate, here is my latest finish for 2017. Number two out of 12! :)



Design: Sew Bands


Designer: Carol Ridyard of iStitch Designs


Fabric Used: 28 count white Cashel linen from Zweigart


Fiber Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Tulip


Stitchers' Notes: Project number two of twelve for 2017. Began Monday. January 9, 2017. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017. 




Well, I best be off. Tons to do tonight. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

The ABC's Of Winter


I confess. I am serial starter. At least for right now I am a serial starter. In a vain attempt to stitch and complete something, I have taken to an idea that I had the last time I completed this design. I had the notion that I could stitch this piece four more times. With each time, I would be drawing upon the colors that reflect the four seasons. I thought it would be a really nice way to use what I have in stash and to play around with various color combinations, two things that I adore doing. I also liked substituting various motifs for the punctuation. 

As there is quite a bit of snow on the ground at the moment, with more forecasted in the coming days, I thought it was appropriate to start with Winter and work my way around the seasons. I do not know if I will begin the Spring themed one right now. I may hold off and wait until March or April. Then again, I may not. :)

At any rate, here is my latest interpretation of this design. I had to wait until a sunny day appeared, as we have had so much inclement weather here lately. Still in all, I am ver pleased with the way this turned out:






Designer: Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs

Fabric Used: 28 count Bluebell jobelan by Wichelt

Fibers Used: Needle Necessities  #109 Blue Bayou (now #1013 Blue Lagoon by Threadworx). DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200.

Accoutrements: Jolee's Jewels Swarovski 6704 20mm Snowflake, Aurora Borealis Crystal. 

Stitchers' Notes: Began Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Stitching completed on Friday, January 6, 2017. First project of the year. Substituted some of the punctuation for various motifs. Will stitch this design in spring, summer, and fall themed fabric and fibers. 



Well, I need to be off. I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Respectfully submitted,

C. 




Saturday, December 31, 2016

Putting 2016 In The Rearview

Wow! This has been some year, huh? Despite some things happening that did not make me happy, I cannot go through life thinking that I must be comfortable and safe all the time. Things happen and it is up to me to make what I will of it. Here's hoping that 2017 calms down a bit, yea? 😀

I managed to get a lot more finished than I thought I did. I stitched on more random projects than anything else this year. I would have preferred that I got in my 12 Bin O'Shame this year, however, the seven eight! that I managed to finish the stitching on is eight projects that I did not finish from the previous year. So, I cannot complain really. Besides, I have made great strides in reducing the number of them overall. I am now down to 29 going into 2017, which makes me really, really happy. I started off with 70 UFOs beginning in February 24, 2015, so every bit has counted! 

I also stretched my stitching muscles by participating in my first ever Round Robin, which was fun. It was a treat to see what themes were picked out and which section would be 'mine'.  I really should do another one at some point. 

Well, at any rate, here are my year end numbers. This was a surprising amount of work that was done, so I guess I can forgive myself for not getting my latest start completed 'on time'! 😉





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

7. Be Thankful by Country Cottage Needleworks. Finished Tuesday, September 27, 2016

8. Lorri's Heart Tin by Lorri Birmingham Designs. Finished Saturday, December 31, 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

4. Dreaming by OakHaven Designs. Finished Sunday, November 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

28. Patchwork Pinkeep by Blackbird Designs Finished Sunday, July 31, 2016

29. Three Peacocks by Heartstring Samplery. Finished Friday, August 5, 2016

30. King of Autumn by Primitive Acorns. Finished Saturday, August 13, 2016

31. Hallow Game Board (excerpt) by Primitive Needle. Finished Sunday, August 21, 2016

32. Halloween Tree: Spooky by The Trilogy. Finished Saturday, September 3, 2016

33. S'mores by Mill Hill. Finished Saturday, September 17, 2016

34. Spooky Elegance by Shannon Christine Designs. Finished Sunday, October 2, 2016

35. Haunted Mansion Spooky Silhouette by Shannon Christine Designs. Finished Wednesday, October 19, 2016

36. Simple Harvest from Blackbird Designs. Finished Thursday, November 17, 2016

37. Marshmallow Sweet by Mill Hill. Finished Thursday, November 24, 2016

38. 2010 Sampler 69b by Ria Lanser of Stofnest. Finished Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Total Number Of Finishes For 2016: 50


Not quite the numbers that I did in 2015, however, things were very, very busy for me this past year. 

As for any goals for next year, I think I am just going to stitch what I feel like stitching. I will have my 'unofficial' goal of 12 projects for the year as always, but I do not think I will have any other goals than that one. I have slowed down on my stitching a lot, and I think this is due to simply doing too much. I also think that I need to get into paper crafting or something like that again in order to balance things out. I also have a number of larger projects that I wish to stitch on and that I have page goals that I wish to complete. Can't exactly crank those out. Well, I suppose I could, but I would have to quit my job and I would probably wind up with carpal tunnel! 😮


Well, I need to be off. I wish you all a happy weekend and a safe and blessed New Year! 




Respectfully submitted,


C. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Tis The Season

Well, apparently, I managed to get into the holiday season any way. At least stitching wise I did. I suppose I should be a lot further along on this one than I should be, but I really do not care. I have stitched a lot the past two years and quite frankly, I am not halfway wondering if I am just not burned out completely. 

At any rate, here is what I have so far, on this Christmas Eve day:



Design: 'Tis The Season from the Joyeux Noel book

Designer: Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs


Fabric:  R and R Reproductions 30 count overdyed linen in Witches' Teeth 

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Collard Greens, Fern Frond Slate, Tree Trunk, and Tulip. Gumnut Yarns Stars silk floss in #991 ecru.

Stitchers' Notes: As this piece of fabric is not large enough, only the cardinal and a portion of the branch will be stitched.



I have tonight and tomorrow off, so I am hoping to get more time in on this piece. 

I must be off. I am wishing everyone the happiest of holidays and the most blessed of new years!


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C. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hot Off The Q-Snaps

I finished this latest piece up just moments ago. It took exactly a week to finish the stitching. It probably would have taken only a few days to complete, but I was not in a hurry and just stitched when I felt like it. The stitching however, has been completed just moments ago and I am pleased with the outcome. 



Design:
 Sampler 69b

Designer: Ria Lanser of Stofnest 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: Both the chart and the designer are retired. Began Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Finished Wednesday, December 14, 2016. 

Finished Wednesday, December 14, 2016:



Well, I had best be off. I need to figure out what, if anything, will be my next project. I suppose I should really stitch something more in line with the season. But alas, my holiday stitching apathy is continuing unabated. Hopefully, this ceases at the soonest possible moment.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season and I hope you all are having a great week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wanted: Mojo

Because I seem to have lost mine. I was terribly excited to start the much anticipated Noel 2009 by A Mon Ami Pierre. However, when I went to start the project, everything just sort of fell flat. I could not get into the project at all. I am terribly disappointed in this turn of events, as I was so looking forward to the project. These things happen I suppose, but it sure is rotten when it does happen. 

I have taken to cleaning out my stitching area again and getting things organized as well as decorating for the holiday season. In doing so, I came across a freebie design that I have had for quite some time. It reminded me of the Vierlanden samplers. Vierlanden is an marshy area south east of Hamburg, Germany where these distinct samplers were made. The name dates back to 1556 and refers to the four parishes Curslack , Kirchwerder , Neuengamme and Altengamme that are identical to the present districts. Most of them were made in the first half of the 1800's although there are a few from the late 1700's. All contain similar geometric motifs and flowering plants in urns. The motifs were stitched on various household linens. 

I am also quite keen on stitching these samplers. The catch was, I did not feel like stitching a huge project. And most Vierlanden samplers are quite large. However, this design is not that large (approximately 100 by 100 stitches), and it is a monochrome. Traditionally, Vierlanden samplers are stitched with black thread on white fabric, however, there are some Vierlanden samplers that were stitched with whatever materials were available at the time of the stitchers' choosing. I chose this latest start as I had the materials available and it appealed to me. 

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




Design: Sampler 69b

Designer: Ria Lanser of Stofnest 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: Both the chart and the designer are retired. 




I am really taking my time with this one, as nothing holiday or winter related is really calling to me. I have almost decided that next year will be dedicated to cleaning up more of the Bin O'Shame projects and working on some of my HAEDs and larger projects. I haven't quite decided, however, this is where I am leaning so far. 

Time for me to bolt for the door. I hope everyone is having a great week and a wonderful holiday season!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Finish

This cute little piece went ridiculously fast. Even with holiday prep and working this week, I still managed to get this guy stitched up in less than a week. I love, love, LOVE how it turned out. I think this one should be a no sew finish, probably in block form. I will have to see what ribbons and trims there are out there, however, 'tis the season for steals and deals so I should be able to find something suitable. At least that's what all of the ads are telling me, haha! :)

At any rate, here is my latest finish:


Design: Marshmallow Sweet  Kit #DM20-5101




Designer: Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill

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

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 165, 166, 318, 413, 758, 3033, 3766, 3810, 3811, Ecru, White

Accoutrements Mill Hill beads in size 11/0: #00161 Crystal #02031 Citronand #02097 Bahama Blue

Stitchers' Notes: Design one of four in the 2015 series, Winter Cheer. Substituted 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line for the included white perforated paper. Began Friday, November 18, 2016. 


As of Monday, November 21, 2016:




Finished Thursday, November 24, 2016:






Well, I had best be off. Time to get out the long anticipated Noel 2009, a retired design by Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre. I have so many things I want to do with this one and I have every intention of going nutty on this one in the style of my Winter Sampler from Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks. It should be a good show!

I hope everyone had a blessed and full Thanksgiving day and I wish you all the happiest of holidays this upcoming season! :)


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C. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Winter Cheer

Well, it appears as though I have officially moved on to Winter themed pieces. I am saving any Christmas related pieces until the day after Thanksgiving. DH and I have no plans to go out and quite frankly, I just want to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday before I am bombarded with the commerciality of the holiday season. 

I managed to get this newest WIP on sale for half off, with everything in the kit included. I really do love these kits. It is so nice to unpack the kit and just get to it. I have found that Mill Hill is quite generous in the supplies and I am very grateful for the inclusion of the DMC numbers that are used. They are under no obligation to do so. I do know of some kit manufacturers who do not do this, because they want you to buy another kit. Which is all well and good, however, there is a distinct difference between a $15.00 kit and one that is $150.00. 

I spent this past weekend stitching on this off and on. This past week saw the first of the snow flurries arriving and I am hoping that more arrive soonest. I know there are folks who would rather not go there, however, having lived in the desert twice, I am grateful for whatever precipitation that manages to make an appearance. :)

At any rate, here is what I have so far.




Design: Marshmallow Sweet  Kit #DM20-5101



Designer: Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill

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

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 165, 166, 318, 413, 758, 3033, 3766, 3810, 3811, Ecru, White

Accoutrements Mill Hill beads in size 11/0: #00161 Crystal #02031 Citron, and #02097 Bahama Blue

Stitchers' Notes: Design one of four in the 2015 series, Winter Cheer. Substituted 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line for the included white perforated paper. Began Friday, November 18, 2016. 





I will be stitching this piece until either the day after Thanksgiving, or until I finish it. I have three more days, so I will see how far I get. While I have a very, VERY special project that is earmarked to be stitched on Black Friday, I may very well continue until after this piece is finished. We shall see, eh? :)

I need to be off. I hope everyone has had a great weekend and I wish you all a happy week! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Well, That Was Quick!

This project finish literally zoomed right on by. It went so fast, I almost didn't have time to enjoy it, haha! I love the color combination and I have several more planned for this piece. I think it would look lovely in a red floss and white/pale gray fabric combination. 

Well, at any rate, here it is! :)




Design: Simple Harvest (from the book With Needle and Thread)



Designer: Blackbird Designs

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

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow.

Stitcher's Notes: Began Monday, November 14, 2016. Design on pages 14-15. Substituted the called for 32 count Old Towne Blend from R and R Reproductions and Waterlilies #139 Kelp for in house materials. Second project stitched from this book. Please note that this book is not for sale or trade. 


As of Tuesday, November 15, 2016:




Finished as of Thursday, November 17, 2016:



Time for me to bolt for the door. I need to get lunch ready and tidy up my stitching area. 

I hope everyone is having a great week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Four And Twenty Blackbirds

...stitched in a year. Well, 11 to be precise. I find it amazing that so far this year, I have stitched a total of 11 designs from my Blackbird Designs library. 

After I finished my winter inspired finish, I decided that I needed to stitch something else. I am still not 'feeling' the return of the Autumn (Book Number 66, Autumn Samplers) from Prairie Schooler, so I decided that I wanted to do another Blackbird Designs piece. I really love stitching their designs and I spent quite a bit of time pawing through my BBD library in order to find the perfect one. In the end, I settled on a monochrome piece, which I do not think that they have a lot of that type of design. The fabric and the fibers that I am using are all 'in house' materials, as I did not feel like shopping for what was called for in the design. The scandal! :D

This one is stitching up so quickly, that I will probably be finished in a day or two. Then the hunt will be on for another project to stitch on. I will cross that stitch when I get to it, though! :)

At any rate, here is what I have so far:



Design: Simple Harvest (from the book With Needle and Thread)



Designer: Blackbird Designs

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

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow.

Stitcher's Notes: Began Monday, November 14, 2016. Design on pages 14-15. Substituted the called for 32 count Old Towne Blend from R and R Reproductions and Waterlilies #139 Kelp for in house materials.
Unfortunately, this book is not for sale or trade. 




Time for me to be off. I should do a wee bit of housework, but I am just not feeling it. Stitching it is then! :)

I hope you all are having a great week. :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Winter Inspired Finish

My latest finish is a bit of a surprise to me. I had not planned on stitching anything else other than Autumn (Book Number 66, Autumn Samplers) from Prairie Schooler and a retired design by Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre (Noel 2009 for the curious). However, in the past week, I have needed a break from the news and current world events. I decided to do something quick and easy and something I have wanted to stitch for a very long time. I am also happy that this project was culled from Kit Mountain. That's one less project in that bin for next year. Although, if I don't stop buying the Mill Hill kits, that won't be the case anymore, haha! :)

Well, at any rate, here is my latest finish:



Design:  Dreaming

Designer: Tonya Pappan of Oakhaven Designs

Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel Dwarf linen from Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 775, 3756, 3841, and 3865

AccoutermentsMill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 #02010 Ice

Stitcher's Notes: Substituted called for 14 count blue Aida for 28 count Cashel Dwarf linen from Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line. Design is a former freebie from the OakHaven Designs Yahoo Group. Chart is not able to be shared or distributed. Piece taken from Kit Mountain. Substituted Mill Hill glass seed beads for the called for DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 310. Began Friday, November 11, 2016. Finished Sunday, November 13, 2016. 




Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy week to you all! 


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Respectfully submitted,

C.