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2018 Finishes


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- 30


11. 2018 Finishes-

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Turning The Page On 2017

I am so happy that I was able to make all of my goals this year. Although I did not get close to the numbers that I made the last two years, I am still quite pleased with my results. This past year was a very busy one, and as I am no longer working out of the house, I fully suspected that my stitching would slow down a bit. 

I made my unofficial yearly goal with 12 projects stitched. I will be continuing this trend for 2018. I have chosen a Bin O'Shame piece to kick 2018 off with. As of this writing, I have 24 long term UFOs left in said Bin O'Shame. I am wanting to put a serious dent in these in 2018. I have also decided that a page finish for one of my BAPs will count towards the 12 finishes for the year. I have a full half dozen HAEDs started, in addition to Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow to finish. I truly need to put the spurs to those guys! 

At any rate, here is the official 2017 Finish list: 



2017 FINISHES


1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2017


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


3. Les Grande Pensée excerpt. Finished Friday, January 20, 2017


4.Spring For Rabbits by The Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Finished Sunday, February 12, 2017


5. Teacup Mice by Margaret Sherry. Finished Tuesday, February 14, 2017


6. New Years’ Magic by Brooke’s Books. Finished Thursday, February 23, 2017


7. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Blue Teacup by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Thursday, March 2, 2017


8. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Yellow Teabag by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 3, 2017


9. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Clothespin with Flowers by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 10, 2017


10. Luck 2017 Flip-It by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 12, 2017


11. Now I Know My ABC’s by Blackbird Designs (summer version). Finished Friday, March 17, 2017


12. Basket by Lizzie Kate. Finished Friday, March 24, 2017


13. Love by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 26, 2017


14. My Wurk by At The Hop. Finished Thursday, April 6, 2017


15. Buttons and Blooms by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, May 13, 2017


16. Tiny Flag by Shepherd’s Bush. Finished Friday, May 19, 2017


17. Winds of Change by Cross Eyed Cricket. Finished Wednesday, June 21, 2017


18. Summer by The Snowflower Diaries. Finished Friday, June 23, 2017


19. Flags and Friends by Bent Creek. Finished Tuesday, July 11, 2017


20. Strawberries and Cream By Casey Buonaugurio. Finished Sunday July 16, 2017


21. Be Kind and True by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, August 6, 2017


22. Little Sunflower Doodle by SanMan Originals. Finished Wednesday, August 9, 2017


24. All Hallows Eve by Chessie and Me. Finished Monday, September 11, 2017


25. Creepy by SanMan Originals. Finished Tuesday, September 12, 2017


26. 2010 Fright Night Quaker Halloween by SanMan Originals. Finished Sunday, October 15, 2017


27. Boo! by Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, October 31, 2017.


28. Yule by The Primitive Hare. Finished Monday, November 27, 2017


29. Merry One by Plum Street Samplers. Finished Saturday, December 9, 2017


30. Allégresse by Danybrod. Finished Monday, December 25, 2017.



Wishing you guys the happiest of New Years. Happy stitching! 


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

No Mas (No More)

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. DH and I drove to Las Vegas to visit with family and friends, so I had some stitching time. I managed to get Project 30 stitched up just in the nick of time. I doubt I will be able to get another finish under my belt before the new year, as I have managed to get sick over the holiday. Las Vegas does not have the best air quality :/. 

Well, at any rate, here is Project #30 in all its' glory:



Design:
 Allégresse and Holly 

Designers: Dany Chevallier of Danybrod and Luli

Fabric Used: 32 count Belfast linen Fabric Orphan No. B301 (closest to Heraldby Picture This Plus

Fiber Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Vanilla Pudding



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

Stitchers' Notes: Began Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Finished monday, December 25, 2017. Project number 30 for the year 2017. Fabric is a fabric orphan purchased from Stitchers' Village. Please note that the Allégresse design was a purchased chart and the Holly chart is a freebie. 


As of Sunday, December 24, 2017:



As of Monday, December 25, 2017:




Well, time for me to be off and away. I hope everyone is having a great last week of 2017. Happy stitching! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Most Beautiful Thing Christmas Eve Post

I have managed to make some headway on Project 30, as I am referring to it. It is yet another 'gray day' here and stitching on this fabric is slow going. I am hoping this is completed by no later than New Years' Eve. Fingers crossed!



Design: Allégresse

Designer: Dany Chevallier of Danybrod

Fabric Used: 32 count Belfast linen Fabric Orphan No. B301 (closest to Heraldby Picture This Plus

Fiber Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Vanilla Pudding

Stitchers' Notes: Began Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Project number 30 for the year 2017. Fabric is a fabric orphan purchased from Stitchers' Village. 

As of Monday December 18, 2017:



As of Sunday, December 24, 2017:




I found this story online years ago, and every year for many 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. I am also dedicating this years' posting to Sandy and all of the denizens of the SMO Message Board. I truly do miss the 12 Days of Christmas on the board and all of the gift giving we all did. 


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.



Well, time for me to be off. I hope everyone is getting in some stitching time during the holidays. And from my family to yours, we wish you happy holidays and may you know only joy in the coming new year!

Happy stitching! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Uno Mas (One More)


Some time ago, Stitchers' Village announced that they were having a 'fabric orphan' sale on Picture This Plus fabrics. These are quarter cuts (approximately18″ x 27″) and, through no fault of their own, do not match any of the PTP color categories, so they are not a color that is in the Picture This Plus line. This makes them one of a kind pieces of fabric. I managed to snag this piece at a very good price and I just love it.

I decided that it needed a monochrome design in a white or off white silk. I then found a wonderful design by Dany Chevallier of Danybrod and knew this was going to be my last project of the year. It is stitching up quite quickly and easily. Gotta love projects like that! :)

At any rate, on with the show:


Design: Allégresse

Designer: Dany Chevallier of Danybrod

Fabric Used: 32 count Belfast linen Fabric Orphan No. B301 (closest to Heraldby Picture This Plus

Fiber Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Vanilla Pudding

Stitchers' Notes: Began Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Project number 30 for the year 2017. Fabric is a fabric orphan purchased from Stitchers' Village. 




Well, time for me to be off. I hope everyone is getting in some stitching time during the holidays. 

Happy stitching! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry One Finish

This latest project is another one that I have wanted to do for a very long time. I had to wait to see if it was going to become available as a stand alone chart, as this was a former club piece. I am not a huge fan of clubs, because of the expense and hassle of them. I would rather just purchase a chart outright and then stitch the design with the materials of my own choosing. A big case in point is this latest project of mine. 

I purchased this piece some time ago and have just now gotten around to stitching it. It is stitching up quite quickly, which gives me hope that I will make the goal of 30 projects stitched for the year. I am quite pleased with that thought, although, I do need to decide what the last project of the year will be. As of right now, I am leaning towards finishing Block Three of of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings . That would be a good way to end the year, I think. 


Well, at any rate, on with the show! 



Design: Merry One

Designer: Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers

Fabric Used: 25 count Natural Oatmeal Floba by Wichelt

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Collard Greens, Harvest, Malted Milk and Tulip. Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in S899, Dark Ecru. 

Began: Tuesday, November 29, 2017

Finished: Saturday, December 09, 2017

Stitchers' Notes: Stitched one strand of silk floss over one fabric thread. Substituted called for fabric and floss for in house materials. 29th project stitched for 2017. 





Well, I must be off. Lots to do today. I hope everyone is having a great week. 

Happy Stitching!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Monochrome Finish

My latest finish is a more primitive type of design. I could not recall if I had ever stitched a primitive style Christmas design, so I dug through my Leaflet Silo and found this small design. It took longer than anticipated as Thanksgiving was upon us all of a sudden. Then, DH and I have decided to get sick on top of it. Good times. 

I have also really been struggling to stitch anything at all. This year has been the year of the burn out, I think. I've stitched so much in the past couple of years, I've lost the desire to stitch. Which completely pisses me off as I have all of these lovely and gorgeous projects to choose to stitch. I have a 6 inch binder alone of very rare, very hard to find designs and while I love pawing through them, I have very little desire to stitch. Blea. 

When these occasions happen, I organize and rearrange and take inventory of stock. As there was very little to organize due to my previous forays into organization, I took stock of what I had and what i have managed to finish this year. With this finish, I have only two more projects to stitch up and I will hit 30 projects stitched for the year. Mind you, most of these have been in the small design category, with a few Bin O'Shame finishes thrown in for good measure. That's not too bad a showing. I did hit my unofficial yearly goal of 12 projects, which equals to one per month. 

As of this writing, I will be sticking to just the unofficial yearly goal of 12 projects stitched to completion. I want to stitch on my rares and try and clean up more of the Bin O'Shame pieces. I have 24 pieces left in the Bin O'Shame and I think it's doable within the next 2 years. I am including Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow in the 24 that need to be stitched. I would love to make some progress on it, as it has sat for quite some time. I would like to finish blocks 3 through 6 next year. This would put the project to half finished by the end of 2018. We will see, yea? :) I mean, there is a certain road that is paved with nothing but good intentions, but standing back and taking stock of what I have accomplished has helped tremendously. 

At any rate, on with the finish show. I had the Devil's own time attempting to take a picture of this latest finish. I don't know how photographers do it, personally!



Designer: Isobel Argante of The Primitive Hare 

Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel linen in Thyme by Wichelt

Fibers Used:  Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in S899, Dark Ecru

Stitchers' Notes: 28th finish of 2017. Freebie available on designers' blog. 


Finished Monday, November 27, 2017:



Time to bolt for the door to clean up my area and see if I cannot put the spurs to the last two projects of the year. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend.

Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Día de Muertos

I hope everyone out there in Blogland had a Happy Halloween and a good start to their Dia de Muertos. It was quiet here, but that's pretty much the way we like it. Not too many tick or treaters in an apartment building, but that's the way things go. 

I managed to get this guy stitching up in a trice yesterday. I really do love the colors in it. This is a really good Halloween book to have and I am lucky enough to own it. I am really looking forward to stitching more out of this book. 



Design: Boo! 

Designer:  Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count opalescent Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Noir, 234, 521, 633,  and 1336.

Stitchers' Notes:  One day start and finish on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Taken from the Trix or Treat booklet. Booklet is now OOP and HTF, as far as I know. 





Well, I must be off. Lots to do today. I hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WIP Wednesday For October 25, 2017: 1855 I Auguste Heidemrieg Sampler Edition

I haven't picked this one up in quite some time. As crazy as it sounds, this project has sat since late January. Which is rapidly approaching. :O

I decided to pick this back up for something easy to stitch as it requires only one color, as I chose to stitch this as a monochrome. The motifs at the bottom require some attention and one cannot 'zone out' as during the alphabet portions of the design. I am hoping to finish this before the end of the year, certainly by the original start date of January 30th! I do have two other projects that I wish to stitch before then, so this may be a finish for next year. Time will tell!

Welp, on with the show! 





Design: 1855 I Auguste Heidemrieg sampler

Designer: Reproduced by Lorraine Mootz for Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly (Fall 2014)

Fabric Used: 22 count Ariosa linen by Zweigart in white

Fiber Used: Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in Black (S801)

Stitchers' Notes:  Design featured on page 29 of the Fall 2014 issue of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly. Began Saturday, January 21, 2017. 


As of Monday, January 30, 2017:


As of Wednesday, October 25, 2017:



Time for me to be off. Lots to do and as we all know, there is no rest for the wicked. I hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Monday, October 16, 2017

2010 Fright Night Finish

My latest finish is not the project that I recently started. I haven't been feeling all that hot due to the wildfires and as consequence, could not concentrate on such a dark fabric. I chose instead to stitch something else on a light colored fabric. The project should have taken no more than a week, however, I managed to stretch it out to three weeks until completion. These things happen I suppose. At least I have another finish for the year, which brings the total to 26 finishes for the year. Not exactly huge numbers, but then again, there has been a lot going on this past year. :)

At any rate, on with the show!



Design: 2010 Fright Night Quaker Halloween

Designer: Sandra Dering for SanMan Originals 

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

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Noir, 234, 521, 633,  and 1336.

Accoutrements: Mill Hill beads in #00167 Christmas Green and #02033 Brilliant OrangeToho 11/0 glass seed beads 1951-48 High Metallic Purple

Stitchers' Notes: Created for the members of the message board for the 2010 Fright Night festivities. Unfortunately, this chart is not for sale or trade as it is a .pdf file. 




I must be off. I hope everyone had a great weekend. 

Happy stitching!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Quick SMO Finish And A New Start

I managed to start and finish this guy up in one day. This is a really, really old design of Sandy's, 2005 to be precise. What I cannot remember is if this was a part of the Fright Night festivities or if this was just a random Halloween freebie. I suppose it doesn't matter in the long run, however, I do like to be precise in these things. 

I have wanted to stitch this guy up for a long, long time now, however, I just never got around to it. I'm glad I did, because it is such a fun little project. Try as hard as I might, I could not photograph this piece correctly. The fabric is a very pale purple and unfortunately, it appears as gray. Even on a sunny day! Ah, well. These things happen, yes?




Design: Creepy



Designer: Sandra Dering for SanMan Originals 


Fabric: Picture This Plus 28 count cashel linen in Sprite (DMC 3743 Variegated) 


Fibers: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Mode, Noir, 234 and 1336. Kreinik #4 001 silver braid. 

Accoutrement: Mill Hill beads in #00167 Christmas Green


Stitchers' Notes: This is a MEMBER ONLY freebie for the 2005 Halloween festivities of the SanMan Originals Message Board. It is not for sale or trade! Started and finished on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.






My new start is also another halloween related SanMan Originals project. If I recall correctly, this was a Secret Shop purchase in 2011. I tried to resist stitching it on the fabric that I chose, as that piece was earmarked for another project. That is, until I realized, that I would not be getting to that project any time soon. Then I figured, there are a few other projects that I wish to use that fabric for, and when I get around to the intended project (Sacre Coeur by Jools Line of Long Dog Samplers, for the curious), I will just order another piece of fabric. :)

Well, at any rate, here is my start so far: 




Design: Ghost White Pumpkin

Designer: Sandra Dering for SanMan Originals 

Fabric: Picture This Plus 28 count cashel linen in Gothic

Fibers: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in 2143, 3441, 3842, and 4534. Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Icing and Shepherd's Pasture.  

Stitchers' Notes: This is a 2011 Secret Shop purchase. As it is a .pdf file, unfortunately it is not for sale or trade. Began Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 





Well, I must be off. I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C.