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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


3. Adeline Ogier 1873 by GiGi R. Finished 01.28.2015


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 02.13.2015


7. Summer Glory by Linda Culp Calhoun for Leisure Arts magazine. Finished Sunday, 02.15.2015


8. Oriental Fortune by Dimensions/Creative Accents. Finished Monday, 03.02.2015


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 of SanMan Originals. Finished Saturday 02.28.2015

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, March 2, 2015

Bin O' Shame Finish Number Eight

I picked this one up on February 19 to finish it. That was the first day of the Chinese New Year this year. I wanted it to be finished before the end of the festival, however, I didn't make it in time. However, it is still completed and that makes me happy. 

Well, on with the show! :)



Design: Oriental Fortune Kit #7980

Designer: Creative Accents/Dimensions

Fabric: 28 count Monaco in Tan Marble (discontinued color) by Sassy's Fabbys

Fibers Used: Used provided fibers in kit

Bling Used: Blue Moon beads Orient Express collection #BM19715 Metal Coins (possibly discontinued)


Front of kit:



As of Thursday, February 19, 2015:


As of Monday, March 2, 2015:


Closeup:





Well, I best be off. I need to clean up my stitching area. The next project from the Bin O'Shame is already loaded up and awaiting me. Hope everyone has a great week! :)


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C. 






Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mardi Gras Finish


Today was such a nice day. I had the day off and went over to Stitcher's Paradise with my friend Barb to get supplies for a couple of projects that needed wrapping up. I managed to color match the purple and finished this up in less than ten minutes. I loved stitching this one and I loved choosing which of the masks that i was going to use with this design. When I purchased the chart from another SanMan member, she included a package of 6 mask charms. Out of all the ones in the package, these two were my favorites. 

Well, at any rate, on with the show!




Design: Mardi Gras (exclusive Member Only chart)

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric: 28 count Zweigart Lugana evenweave in Rainbow Sparkle by Silkweaver in their Reflections line. 

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in #215 Emerald, #521 Yellow, and #1336 Very Dark Purple. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Crayon Yellow, #00167 Christmas Green, and #02085 Brilliant Orchid




Stitcher's Notes: The three traditional colors of Mardi Gras (purple, green and gold), honors the Three Kings who visited the Christ child on Epiphany, the twelfth day after Christmas.  The colors represent Justice (purple), Faith (green) and Power (gold). 





There have been updates concerning the fire that recently broke out at one of the Au Ver A Soie factories in France. Thankfully, no one was injured. It will take some time to get that particular factory set back to rights. Hopefully, it will not take the family long.

Well, I had best be off. I need to get going on dinner tonight. Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!


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C. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

RIP Mr. Spock

Sad news greeted Star Trek fans such as myself, as it was announced that Leonard Nimoy, of Dr. Spock fame, passed away of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I am a huge Trekkie and like many others, this just broke my heart. I felt the need to stitch something to honor him and remembered that I have had this book for quite some time. 


Design: Spock's Burial Robe Embroidery


Fabric: 28 count white opalescent Lugana

Fiber Used:  Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in #1424


Stitcher's Notes: In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, this was the embroidery that was on Spock's robes when he was 'buried'. I thought it, and the quote accompanying it in the book were appropriate today. 



I must go for now. Lots to do again today. I leave you now with his last Tweet that was posted just a few days ago:

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP



Phasers set to 'Weep'. 

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C. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

An Organizational And Statistical Post

I love how sometimes one thing leads to another and things just, well, snowball. I am a member of a number of cross stitch discussion groups and on one of them a member had asked how many WIPs we had. Posting of pictures was also highly encouraged. I knew I had wanted to take another inventory of my Bin O' Shame and take pictures in order to show the world that I have no self control when it comes to my hobby. Here are the results after counting and organizing them:

38 in the Small Bin O' Shame

38 in the Large Bin O'Shame: 

11 in their own storage bins, 6 of those are Heaven and Earth Designs of various sizes and starts. :)
One queued up in my desk.
One in the Q-Snaps.
Total: 89.


Keep in mind that I am sitting on a 20+ year collection of stash and I have a chronic 'Ooooo, shiny!' condition that compels me to purchase and start more than I will ever probably complete.
The good news in all this, that because of that post my craft room got a wee bit more organized. I didn't feel like stitching last night as I stitched most of the day yesterday, so I went back through the Large Bin O'Shame and took a closer look as to what all was in there. Here are the results of that particular excavation:
  1. Out of the 38 in that bin, 5 were removed due to no chart and/or I know I will never finish. I salvaged the fabric and put away the charts that I did have.
  2. One more will need floss matching as it is a tiny kit from a UK mag with no DMC listed. I wound up using 2 strands of floss instead of the called for 1 and I'm sunk as to how it's going to be finished otherwise.
  3. One tiny kit I found was converted to DMCs from another quite similar chart so it can now be re-stitched on a better fabric. The fabric that came in the kit is an 18 count fiddler's cloth and the pale colors just are not showing up. I consider this a fresh start as I had all of 3 (!) stitches in this piece and left it as the 347 disappeared into the fabric.

Additionally, I collated and counted the projects in the 'To Be Started' bin. 76 in that bin, 6 of those are Heaven and Earth Designs of various sizes. 4 of those were 'shop exclusives' which turned out to not be as exclusive as advertised as the designer released the charts within the same year as stand alone charts. Since the likelihood of my being able to sell these kits for what I paid is slim to none, so stitched up they will be. This will teach me to never, ever sign up for 'year long shop exclusives' ever again!

The projects that I have in the 'To Do' bin are a mix that range from the tiny freebie kits that come with the UK magazines to Heaven and Earth Designs that have 110 pages. Other than my motorcycle, cross stitching is really my only other hobby. I have some years that I have finished less than ten, and others where I have had a high of 35 projects. (Admittedly, none of those were HAEDs, haha!).
I have my bouts of organization. This last one was prompted, believe it or not, by this thread. It was an interesting question and I knew I wanted to take pictures of my Bin O'Shame for another board I am on. This just sort of snowballed, as is my custom :). And yes, it is a bit frustrating, however, the task needed to be done and I am very happy something spurred me on to do it. I had gotten lazy with my craft room. While neat, it just was not very organized, so I took this opportunity to do so.
As for the projects, sometimes I have one in mind, other times I just blindly reach in for one and that's the one that gets picked. The one that is in the Q-Snaps right now is one that I picked back up on the first day of the Chinese New Year. It's a long time UFO (Unfinished Object) called Oriental Fortune by Dimensions. I started this on the aida that was in the kit and hated it, so it was restarted on an evenweave. Right now I have the main portion of it done and just need to stitch the symbols surrounding it and then the borders. And a happy dance will be danced but briefly before I get the one that's in my desk out to finish that one. :)

As for the things that I have where the stitching has been finished, welp, I've taken inventory on that as well. Please bear in mind that I am what I refer to as a 'seasonal' stitcher. Other than my craft room/office, I only put out a few pieces at a time, and those with a seasonal theme, as I believe that this is my hobby, my husband lives here as well, and I am sensitive to that fact. While he takes pleasure at the things I stitch, we don't live in a stitching museum :). Here is the total breakdown of finishes in my possession:

LK Monthly Series- 12

Spring- 25

Summer- 39

Fall- 44

Winter- 41

Miscellany- 76

Total As of Tuesday, February 24, 2015: 237

Finishes by year 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- 7

Total As of Tuesday, February 24, 2015: 174


I think the blog has helped in keeping me on track with finishing pieces, however, I am really hoping to break my record of 19 WIPs/UFOs in one year. I have a goal of 25 at the moment, so that I can then get back to my QS Maleficent. I miss stitching on her!

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

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C. 



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Finished For Now

Am I the only one that ever underestimates the amount of floss that is needed for a project? Please tell me that I am not. I got today's project out yesterday as it was Mardi Gras yesterday and I have never stitched anything Mardi Gras related in the 20 some odd years I have been stitching. I wanted to stitch this in silks, and found the perfect purple, however, that seems to be the color that I ran out of, darn it! So instead of Mardi Gras, I have Mar Gras today as I need to wait until I can get to the LNS (après payday, natch!) in order to procure the additional floss needed to actually finish this project. Ah, well, pictures anyway!


Design: Mardi Gras (exclusive Member Only chart)

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric: 28 count Zweigart Lugana evenweave in Rainbow Sparkle by Silkweaver in their Reflections line. 

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in #215 Emerald, #521 Yellow, and #1336 Violet. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Crayon Yellow, #00167 Christmas Green, and #02085 Brilliant Orchid

Stitcher's Notes: The three traditional colors of Mardi Gras (purple, green and gold), honors the Three Kings who visited the Christ child on Epiphany, the twelfth day after Christmas.  The colors represent Justice (purple), Faith (green) and Power (gold). 




Well, I best be off. Got tons to do today. Hope everyone is having a great week!

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C. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Long Time Coming Finish

Some finishes take longer than others. Some you never finish, and some you put aside as it's just boring or there are too many color changes. For whatever reason, they're just get set aside. I've really been riding the wave of finishing up those that have been languishing in the Bin O' Shame and managed to finish this latest one up just a bit ago. I re-did the beadwork as the beads weren't sitting correctly and I didn't like the way it looked. I forgot to take the 'before' photo, but oh, well. :)


At any rate, here it is, Bin O'Shame finish number seven of the year:


Design: Summer Glory

Designer: Linda Culp Calhoun for Leisure Arts magazine

Fabric: 28 count Glasgow linen in Flax

Fibers:  DMC in 520, 522, 642, 676, 680, 729, 744, 745, 822, 869, 935, 3011, 3012, 3013, 3348, 3363, 3364 



Stitcher's Notes: Project began Monday, March 21, 2006. Project finished Sunday, February 15, 2015. Design from the defunct magazine by Leisure Arts, April 1995 issue.




Well, I had best be off. I need to clean up the stitching area and get out the next project. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! :)


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Respectfully submitted, 


C. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Another Bin O'Shame Finish

Ever have projects that you have had set aside for so long, you can't remember why you set them aside? And when you fish them out of your bins, and pick it back up, only to remember why you set it aside? This was the case for this latest Bin O'Shame finish. I decided to plow through anyway and get it done. I knuckled down the past 2 days and finished it up moments ago. While, it's very cute, I am not sure if I would stitch it ever again. The backstitching on it drove me plumb crazy!

At any rate, here's the wee finish:


Design: Teacup Kitty Cat


Fabric: 28 count white Monaco

Fibers Used: As provided in the kit

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in 342014 Petite Black

Errata: Free card kit from Issue 82. Beads used in place of French knots. 


Before Backstitching:


After Backstitching:




Well, I best be off. I have to clean up my stitching area and get out something else from the Bin O'Shame. Happy Valentine's Day to you all! :)


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C. 


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Final UFO Finish For January

Well, I managed to make a liar out of myself. I managed to get another UFO finish in just under the wire for January. I have no idea as to why this one languished in the pile as long as it did, but it did. I deliberately removed the letters already stitched and left off the others as I did not think it added anything to the piece. I may stitch this one again in different colors, however, it's in the done pile as it is right now. 

Well, at any rate, here are the before and after pictures:


Design: Love Letters

Designer: Yvonne Horn for Papillon Creations

Fabric: 32 count raw natural Belfast linen

Fibers Used:  DMC in B5200 and 815


UFO as of Friday, January 30, 2015:




Stitching finished Saturday, January 31, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. I need to clean up the stitchy area and get another project out for my overnight shift tonight. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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C. 





Thursday, January 29, 2015

Finished Number Four

This latest finish from the Bin O' Shame really was shameful. I had half a dozen stitches in it, decided I wasn't sure on the color (Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Cupid, for the curious), so I tossed it in the bin until I could make up my mind. 

Where it sat. And sat. And sat. 

Well, yesterday I came across it and was just utterly mortified that a project had been sitting as long as it did. I took out the stitches done in  Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Cupid and looked around for a floss that appealed to me. Found one and managed to knock this out in about a day and a half. Well, at least it is finally done and I can be happy about that. This finish is for Teh Hubmeister, in honor of our 6th wedding anniversary which we will be celebrating next month on the 14th. 

Here are the details:


Design: Love Letters (former freebie)

Designer: Terri Carl of The Chocolate Cat (retired designer)

Fabric: 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White





Well, I had best be off. I need to clean up my stitching area and then paw through the Bin O' Shame and find another one to bite the dust. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)


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C. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Another Bin O Shame Finish!

I finished this up moments ago. Another one that was started then set aside from the Bin O Shame. This makes the third one this year. Go me! Now I don't feel so bad about starting Maleficent, haha! 


Well, at any rate, here it is! 



Design: Adeline Ogier 1873 (Collection Privee)

Designer:  GiGi R

Fabric: unknown 32 count cream linen

Fiber Used: Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors  #194 Aged Plum


Stitcher's Notes: Part of the charity event Ricami Amo per l'Emilia in 2012. Stitched only part of the design as I truly did not feel like stitching either the border or the alphabet. :)





In other news, if rumor be true, tomorrow my favorite hockey player of all time, Martin Brodeur , will be announcing his retirement. I was hoping to see him play one more time before he hung up his skates for good, but alas, this is not to be. I wish him well and thank him for all that he has contributed to the sport I love so dearly. 





Well, I best be off. Need to clean up the area and find something for lunch. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! :)

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C. 





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.