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The chronicles of a cross stitching hockey fanatic, as told by me. :)

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

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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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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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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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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Finish finally finished

I wanted to show off this piece that I finished in 2012, however,  I never got around to deciding that I wanted it framed or not. I finally decided on making a shadowbox out of it. I managed to get a really nice one for half off at Joann's. The bits and pieces came from Michael's, as I find their holiday floral department better than Joann's. 


Well, here she is, my version of the Blackbird Sampler,  all done up for Halloween. Pertinents and such first! :)





Design: Blackbird Sampler (finished based off of this piece)

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Lakeside Linens in Sugared Ginger

Fiber Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow

Stitcher's Notes: Changed the alphabet to the words that were used and fudged the date to reflect 2012, the year it was stitched. Moon taken from the Trix or Treat booklet by Blackbird Designs. Changed to make it bigger and more 'moonlike'. :)




Detail: 



This is actually two separate pieces. The hat and the tiny crow with the hat. :)


Welp, I best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week. 



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Second Belle Lettre C floss and fabric test


Started this last night as I had the idea that the Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Icing and Spring Violets would be a good combination. I think it turned out ok, but I am unsure of doing the whole project in this. I would out of necessity have to have a darker fabric. I have some Picture This Plus Lupine in a 28 count, but I am thinking that may be too harsh a contrast. As it is, I may just do single motifs in different counts/threads/fabrics and use a collage frame to bring it all together. It's an idea at any rate! :)

Well, here are my efforts, such as they are. I also managed two posts in two days. Go me! :P





Design: Peacock Lettre C taken from Le Belle Lettre C


Designer: GiGi R


Fabric: 28 count Glasgow linen


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Icing and Spring Violets




Well, I best be off. I need to go get ready and take DH to the dentist. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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C. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer's Wave Goodbye

Today's small finish should have taken me only a day or two at most, but I think I was burned out from the Mermaid Azure finish to do too much. I took my time and as such this took close to two weeks to finish. I had picked Ana back up again, but honestly, I was not feeling a Halloween/Witch type finish. I had remembered that I had this one, so I kitted it up right quick and began stitching it. I have a Fall/Halloween type by Danybrod I am wanting to stitch, so I may kit that up for next month. It's called Ambiance Automnale and I love it. I have quite a number of her designs. She is a sweetheart to deal with and I always get the chart quite quickly. Love her stuff! 


Well, here is the latest finish. Pertinents and such first! :)




Design:  Fallen Leaf

Designer: Lori Markovic of La D Da Designs 

Fabric Used: 28 count Monaco that I hand dyed that I am calling Irish Ale Foam(And PS: Yes, it is an EXACT match to the foam head that is made by a Guinness ale. I know this, because my BIL went out and got a four pack of the stuff just to see if it was! )

Fibers Used:   Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Cranberry, Harvest and Mango.  

Beads Used: Mill Hill beads in 02011 Victorian Gold, 02023 Root Beer, 02034 Autumn Flame, 03049 Rich Red. 






In case anyone is wondering, The piece in the background is by Shepherd's Bush. It's a kit called Thanksgiving Needleroll. I enjoyed stitching the piece and bring it out every fall. 


Well, I best be off. Need to clean up my stitching area and start thinking about making dinner tonight. Hope everyone has a fantastic week! :)


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C. 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to Ana

After a wee bit of a break to do other projects, I am back to Ms. Ana now. I have some ideas on customizing her, as she will be for me. I need to plot out what I am going to do, and even decide if it's going to be feasible. Hopefully, it will be! :)


At any rate, here she is so far: 



Design: Ana from the Bewitching Pixies collection


Designer: Nora Corbett 


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


Fibers Used:  DMC 154, 165, 310, 550, 552, 553, 554, 742, 743, 744, 745, 746, 948, 970, 3801, 3865. 


As of Wednesday, July 30, 2014:



As of Wednesday, September 10, 2014:



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


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C. 



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mermaid Azure finish!

Happy dancing here! Finished up just Mermaid Azure moments ago. I tweaked the design a wee bit and used a shell that had been collected on a trip to San Diego about 4 years ago. I am really pleased with how she turned out. 


On to the pics! :)




Design:  Mermaid Azure


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Zweigart Belfast linen in Rainbow Dreams by Silkweaver from their Reflections (opalescent) line.

Fibers Used:  DMC in B5200, 469, 704, 754, 758, 772, 951, 954, 955, 991, 992, 3371, 3761, 3765, 3844, 3845, 3846, and 3847. Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Bing Cherry for her hair. 


Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #00525 Light Green#02008 Sea Breeze#02016 Crystal Mint#02031 Citron, and #42029 Tapestry TealMill Hill Treasures in #13003 Margarita Emerald crystal flowers and #13016 Emerald crystal beads. Shell found in San Diego, CA, 4 years ago. 


As of Wednesday, August 27, 2014:




And here she is, all finished up. Thursday, September 4, 2014:




Closeup of some of the beadwork:



Well, I best be off. Need to clean up my stitching area and go and make dinner. Pancakes tonight, woohoo! :)


Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! 


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last WIP Wednesday Post for August

Just noticed on the calendar, that this is the last Wednesday of the month. I probably will not get to finish my current WIP before September, but miracles have been known to happen! :)


At any rate, here is my progress so far. I think I am liking posting last week's pictures with this weeks. I can really see the progress that has been made. Which is important when you think you aren't getting anywhere! :)


First, the pertinents and such:


Design:  Mermaid Azure


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Zweigart Belfast linen in Rainbow Dreams by Silkweaver from their Reflections (opalescent) line.

Fibers Used:  DMC in B5200, 469, 704, 754, 758, 772, 951, 954, 955, 991, 992, 3371, 3761, 3765, 3844, 3845, 3846, and 3847. Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Bing Cherry for her hair. 


Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #00525 Light Green#02008 Sea Breeze#02016 Crystal Mint#02031 Citron, and #42029 Tapestry TealMill Hill Treasures in #13003 Margarita Emerald crystal flowers and #13016 Emerald crystal beads. 


As of Wednesday, August, 20, 2014:




As of Wednesday, August 27, 2014:



Closeup of some of the beading:



Well, I had best be off. Gettin' on lunch time and I have some non-stitchy chores to do today. Hope everyone's having a great week! :)


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two Fins

Netflix is such a wondrous thing. It has provided all the background noise for my latest project. This past week I have spent time on the Mermaid Azure and with Fin Tutuola from Law and Order: SVU. Because of the way the the chart reads and my continued miscounting of stitches, I made the executive decision to bead as I go. I don't have a hard and fast rule about beading until the end, it's just something that I do. Beading as I go on this one has kept me on track and since this one is quite bead heavy, will make the project seemingly go quicker. :)


Well, at any rate, here she is, my Mermaid Azure:




Design:  Mermaid Azure


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Zweigart Belfast linen in Rainbow Dreams by Silkweaver from their Reflections (opalescent) line.

Fibers Used:  DMC in B5200, 469, 535, 704, 754, 758, 772, 951, 954, 955, 991, 992, 3371, 3761, 3765, 3844, 3845, 3846, and 3847. 


Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #00525 Light Green#02008 Sea Breeze#02016 Crystal Mint#02031 Citron, and #42029 Tapestry TealMill Hill Treasures in #13003 Margarita Emerald crystal flowers and #13016 Emerald crystal beads. 


As of Wednesday, August 13, 2014:



As of Wednesday, August 20, 2014:



Closeup of tail:



Well, I had best be off. Need to get some breakfast. Hope everyone's having a great week! :)


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C. 



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mermaid Azure Start

After I had finished up my Letter B fairy from yesterday, I assembled everything I needed for Mermaid Azure. Yes, I know I have already started Ana from the Bewitching Pixies collection and Bluebeard's Princess but honestly, I need to restart Bluebeard's Princess. The 40 count Newcastle linen in Meditation by Picture This Plus, from their Crystal line is going to be just too small for beads and those are what make a Mira a Mira. So, until I can get that ordered, it's time for another mermaid, cause that's what I've been wanting to stitch. Living in the desert just makes this Child of the Ocean crave turquoise and teal green waters like something awful!


Well, at any rate, here is what I managed yesterday afternoon:




Design:  Mermaid Azure


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Zweigart Belfast linen in Rainbow Dreams by Silkweaver from their Reflections (opalescent) line.




Fibers Used:  DMC in B5200, 469, 535, 704, 754, 758, 772, 951, 954, 955, 991, 992, 3371, 3761, 3765, 3844, 3845, 3846, and 3847. 


Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #00525 Light Green, #02008 Sea Breeze, #02016 Crystal Mint, #02031 Citron, and #42029 Tapestry Teal. Mill Hill Treasures in #13003 Margarita Emerald crystal flowers and #13016 Emerald crystal beads. 


What she will look like once completed:




As of Tuesday, August 12, 2014:





Well, I best be off. Daylight's burning and what have you. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! :)


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C. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Letter B fairy finish!!

Yay! Another Mira finish! I put the very last of the beads in just moments ago. There are places where I just had to make do as I counted and recounted and yet it wasn't correct. While I do not mind the wholesale ripping out of DMC multiple times, Crescent Colours I do!


Welp, without further ado, here she is.





Design: Letters from Nora Letter B Fairy


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Periwinkle Prism by Silkweaver from their Reflections line.  


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cobbled Peach, Hickory Sticks, Pansy Purple, Pink Champagne, Spun Sugar, Steamed Broccoli, Vintage Violet. Caron Collection Wildflowers #146 Moonglow.



Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Yellow, #02085 Brilliant Orchid, and #42027 Champagne





As of Sunday, August 10, 2014:


Finished Tuesday, August 12, 2014:





And on a sad note, Robin William died yesterday in an apparent suicide. I never knew the man personally, but he brought me so much joy with his truly magical talent. Genie of the Lamp from Aladdin was a favorite, but it was his lightening fast improv that was the best. The bit from Inside the Actor's Studio is just sheer comedy gold. According to legend, he was there for 5 hours!



Well, I best be off. Time to get some tea and clean up the detritus so I may spend time with Ms. Ana :)! Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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