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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

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Letter J finish!

Finished this up just moments ago. I really do like the way it turned out. The recipient has seen the finished product and loves it. I need to wait on one last treasure for the top of the J and get it framed up. :)




Design: Letters from Nora Letter J


Designer: Nora Corbett 


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


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cobbled Peach, Granny Annie, Hickory Sticks, Hydrangea, Jelly Roll, Key Largo, Lemon Lime, Magnolia Blossom and Vintage Violet. Threadworx cotton floss #10461 Lime Twist. Kreinik metallic thread in #4 braid #023 Lilac


Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Yellow, #00167 Christmas Green, #02010 Ice, and #02103 Periwinkle.  


As of Wednesday, July 16, 2014:





As of Tuesday, July 22, 2014:



Closeup of beadwork:






Well, I best be off. I need to do some cleanup chores before bed. And since I have a finish tonight, this means new start for me tomorrow! :)


Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday New Start

Two posts in less than 12 hours. Oh, my! I seem to be on a Mira roll here. I am very excited to be stitching this newest start, as the colors are a lot more soothing than the Trick or Treat Halloween Fairy. It's really hard to think about fall when the temperature is in the 110's! 


As with the Trick or Treat Halloween Fairy, I have missing information on the materials that I am using. I do not know the manufacturer of the fabric I am using and this is, quite frankly, rubbing my OCD the wrong way :P. As with the Trick or Treat Halloween Fairy and the added kitty, I will post information when I can. :)


At any rate, here is my newest start:







Design: Letters from Nora Letter J


Designer: Nora Corbett 


Fabric Used: 28 count Zweigart Lugana evenweave in Rainbow Sparkle by unknown manufacturer



Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Cloud, Cobbled Peach, Frozen Margarita, Granny Annie, Hickory Sticks, Hydrangea, Jelly Roll, Key Largo, Lemon Lime, Magnolia Blossom, Smoke, Tomatillo.






Well, I best be off. My latest fairy isn't going to stitch herself, haha! Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UFO Finish!

Woohoo! Finally a finish and a long term UFO at that! I had to wait until I could get the beads, but I managed to earlier today. I may put a purple collar on the kitty at a later time, but for right now, this one is done. :)

Here are the pertinents and such:


Design: Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) from the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine

Designer: Nora Corbett 

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

Fibers Used:  DMC in 300, 451, 452, 779, 838, 869, 920, 922, 948, 3354, 3371, and 3743. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #002 HL #008 HL Green, #102 Vatican Gold, #150V Vintage Amber, Blending Filament in #092 Star PinkRainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid in PB44 (Autumn Red). Glissen Gloss Sparkle metallic in SP01

Beads Used: Mill Hill beads in 00556 Antique Silver, 02011 Victorian Gold, 02023 Root Beer, 02034 Autumn Flame, 03049 Rich Red, and 42014 Petite Black. 


Stitcher's notes: As of this writing, I do not know where the chart for the kitty came from. S/he was found in a binder of cross stitch charts that I had for a long time and I tweaked the design to fit how I needed it to fit. The chart itself has no designer information such as name, blog, etc. Should I find the designer, I will be happy to post a link to the designer and give him/her credit. Began stitching on Saturday, September 21, 2008.


As of Wednesday, July 9, 2014:




As of Tuesday, July 15, 2014:






Well, I had best be off. Need to clean up my stitching area and get ready for WIP Wednesday tomorrow. No rest for the wicked :D! 


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Almost A Finish WIP Wednesday

Skipped last week's WIP Wednesday post as I had not stitched a whole heck of a lot. This was due to my not feeling up to it and also having to make some decisions regarding the design. I was waffling on stitching it as Nora Corbett intended or 'futz' with it and make it a sort of one of a kind. I spent HOURS deliberating on ghosts vs. cats vs. witch hats vs. merely rearranging pumpkins. At any rate, here is where I am prior to beading:



Design: Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) from the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine

Designer: Nora Corbett 

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

Fibers Used:  DMC in 300, 451, 452, 779, 838, 869, 920, 922, 948, 3354, 3371, and 3743. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #002 HL #008 HL Green, #102 Vatican Gold, #150V Vintage Amber, Blending Filament in #092 Star PinkRainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid in PB44 (Autumn Red). Glissen Gloss Sparkle metallic in SP01


Stitcher's notes: As of this writing, I do not know where the chart for the kitty came from. S/he was found in a binder of cross stitch charts that I had for a long time and I tweaked the design to fit how I needed it to fit. The chart itself has no designer information such as name, blog, etc. Should I find the designer, I will be happy to post a link to the designer and give him/her credit. 


As of Wednesday, June 25, 2014:




As of Wednesday, July 9, 2014:




Once I get past the beading, I am probably going to wait until Halloween stuff comes out in the craft stores so I can find some treasures to bling her out some more. I am probably also going to extend the pumpkin vies to the right of Kitty, but not by much. 


Welp, I best be off. I have to do battle with the Beading Monster. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Well, shoot....


I do believe that after almost 10 years, my Canon Powershot A520 has finally bit the dust. I need to have Teh Hubmeister take a look at it, however, I am fearing the worst. It's been a good little camera, although it drained batteries like a vampire. (I even nicknamed it Vlad!). My apologies for the update picture that I took just a bit ago. While it was taken on my iPhone 5c, this particular shot isn't very good. But at least you'll get the gist. Which all that counts, I suppose. :)


Welp, here she is:




Design: Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) from the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine

Designer: Nora Corbett 

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

Fibers Used:  DMC in 300, 451, 452, 779, 838, 869, 920, 922, 948, 3354, 3371, and 3743. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #002 HL, #150V Vintage Amber, Blending Filament in #092 Star Pink.



As of Wednesday, June 18, 2014:




As of Wednesday, June 25, 2014:




Well, best be off. Have some things to attend to today. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Early WIP Wednesday Post


As it is almost 1 AM in London, England, I think I am safe in posting a WIP Wednesday post ;). The Hubmeister and I have plans to go out on an extended ride tomorrow morning and I have no idea if I will be able to post tomorrow or not. So, early it is! :)




Design: Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) from the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine

Designer: Nora Corbett 

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

Fibers Used:  DMC in 300, 451, 452, 779, 838, 869, 920, 922, 948, 3354, 3371, and 3743. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #002 HL, #150V Vintage Amber, Blending Filament in #092 Star Pink.

Bling Used: Mill Hill glass seed beads in 02036 Shimmering Bittersweet. 


As of Wednesday, June 11, 2014:




As of Wednesday, June 18, 2014:








Well, I had best be off. Tons to do tonight to get ready for tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Trick or Treat Fairy Update and a Fast Finish

A quick post updating my Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) from the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. She's coming along nicely. I was hoping to be a bit further along than I am, however, I got distracted by a small kit by Shepherd's Bush. I really wanted to stitch something quick and summery, and this fit the bill. WIP pictures first, then onto the finish, yea?


Here is the Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) by Nora Corbett. Love, love, LOVE her designs!



Design: Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) from the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine

Designer: Nora Corbett 

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

Fibers Used:  DMC in 300, 451, 452, 779, 838, 869, 920, 922, 948, 3354, 3371, and 3743. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #002 HL

Bling Used: Mill Hill glass seed beads in 02036 Shimmering Bittersweet. 


Cover of the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine:




Original Design:



Last update, dated Wednesday, June 4, 2014:




As of Wednesday, June 11, 2014:





And now for the Shepherd's Bush kit finish:



Design: Mermaid Sampler kit

Designer:Shepherd's Bush

Fabric: 32 count Belfast linen from Zweigart in Meadow Mist


Floss:  Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors in #9912 Sea HeatherAccess Commodities Soie d'Alger in 1814, 2543, 3732, 4525, 4622, 4631, and 5113. Mill Hill glass seed beads in Crystal Mint #02016. 

Stitcher's Notes:
Added shell from a vacation in San Diego. Did not stitch kelp stitch, flame stitch or bottom band. 





Well, I had best be off. Got tons to do before work tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great week!


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 











Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Late Wednesday WIP post

For whatever reason, I have not been able to get back into stitching on The Easter Fairy. Maybe it's the (to me) confusing symbols for the flowers at the bottom of her dress. Maybe it's the confusing symbols on her hand. (Do I stitch an elongated cross stitch, or are those quarter stitches?). For whatever reason, I decided today to get out an oldie but a goody in the closet. I had seen this whilst I was looking for something else. Always the case, yea? 


I have managed to get a fair amount of work done on this piece. Which really isn't saying much since it's languished since Saturday, September 27, 2008! (It was actually started on Saturday, September 21, 2008! o.O)


As always, here are the pertinents:




Design: Halloween Fairy (Trick or Treat Fairy) in the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine

Designer: Nora Corbett 

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

Fibers Used:  DMC in 300, 451, 452, 779, 838, 869, 920, 922, 948, 3354, 3371, and 3743. Kreinik (#4) Braid in Emerald, Crimson, Blue Ice and Blue Merengue. #080HL Garnet High Lustre. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill glass seed beads in 00165 Christmas Red, 00252 Iris, and 02036 Shimmering Bittersweet. Antique Glass Seed Beads in #03047 Blue Iris. Size 8 glass beads in 18014 Black and 18828 Opal Seafoam. 


Cover of the September 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine:





Original Design:




Last update, dated Saturday, September 27, 2008:




As of today, Wednesday, June 6, 2014: 




Well, I had best be off. Go back into work tomorrow and I still have some chores to attend to. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 








Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WIP Wednesday Motivational Post

Not really much of an update, as I haven't felt much like stitching here lately. I injured my right hand at work (bruised it somehow) and it's been kind of a bummer, but whatareyagonnado? Between that and lacking the motivation, I just haven't done a whole lot. As it's the 28th of May today, I probably won't get her done before June. But hopefully by July :). I'm posting anyway to keep me motivated. 


Here is what I have done so far: 



Design: The Easter Fairy (Limited Edition kit)

Designer: Nora Corbett 

Fabric Used: 28 count linen in Spring by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Baby Chick, Bella Rosa, Betty Bluebell, Blue Beatrice, Blueberry Tart, Bramble Bush, Fool's Gold, Sassy Brass, St. Bernard, Tufted Yellow, Wasabi, and Zach Black. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #3223 Ametrine

Bling Used: Mill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 #02010 Ice 



As of Wednesday, May 21, 2014:





As of Wednesday, May 28, 2014:




In case of those of you who didn't know, The Snowflower Diaries is having a wonderful contest:




I best be off. No chores to do today, so I may take a nap before going out on the motorcycle today. Before I leave, here is a picture I snapped last night at Red Rock National Conservation Area:




Hope everyone has a great week!


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Respectfully submitted,


C. 




Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Easter Fairy WIP Wednesday update

Having a LOT of fun with this one. The stitching is going smoothly, and there have been no hiccups thus far. That being said, keep away, Mr. Frog! 


I am thinking that I will be changing some of the colors in this one. I am not too jazzed with the Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Wasabi used in the wings. Due to the kelly green color of the fabric, this is not going to work at ALL. I am right now waffling between converting them to shades of pale blue to match the flowers on her dress, or a very pale lavender color, which would pick up the slight purple tinge in the Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Betty Bluebell, Blue Beatrice, and Blueberry Tart. I am also seriously contemplating stitching natural colored grass instead of the beads used next to the eggs in the basket. While I love the beadwork everywhere else, I think it detracts from the eggs a bit. 


Welp, here are my efforts so far: 





Design: The Easter Fairy (Limited Edition kit)

Designer: Nora Corbett 

Fabric Used: 28 count linen in Crystal Spring

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Baby Chick, Bella Rosa, Betty Bluebell, Blue Beatrice, Blueberry Tart, Bramble Bush, Fool's Gold, Sassy Brass, St. Bernard, Tufted Yellow, Wasabi, and Zach Black. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #3223 Ametrine

Bling Used: Mill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 #02010 Ice 





What she eventually will look like:




As of Wednesday, May 14, 2014:




As of Wednesday, May 21, 2014:




Welp, I best be off. Tons of stitching to do today. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)



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Respectfully submitted,


C. 





Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It May Be Time

Methinks it may be time to re-designate the year 2014 from another Bin O' Shame-acalypse to The Year of the Mirabilia Fairies. Not that there's anything wrong with this, so s'welp me every time I have tried to work on something not a Mirabilia and not a fairy, I've had to rip everything I did out and it was just uninspired and blah stitching time. 

I had gotten the next fairy ready to go, however, when I went to stitch on her, the 32 count Laguna in Legacy has proved to be a gigantic pain in the tookis. The stitches are not sitting correctly. Some stitches are puffy and others look like I had to wrestle the need through the fabric (which I did!). I am not happy with the way it was turning out, so it's time to reboot that one. I need linen, I think and obviously, sparkly fabric at that :). As this is to be a birthday present, I do want it to look like it's special. I have also decided to change some of the colors in it, so it will be a at least semi-converted piece. I have always thought that Nora Corbett did a fantastic job in choosing colors, so I've never felt the need to change anything other than fabric. I may do some other changes, but for now I'm just enjoying the stitching. :)


In the interest of fairness, I do need to point out that I did change out the fabric in this kit. The original kit came with a 32 count Natural Belfast linen, which I thought washed the delicate pastel floss out. I knew I wanted to stitch it on Crystal Spring , however, the kit was around 50 bucks, plus around 25-30 dollars more for a quarter yard of fabric that I may not have any other use for. I hesitated buying the kit for years, but finally caved in and bought it and the Crystal Spring fabric. 

Welp, enough of my blathering. Let's get on with the show! :)




Design: The Easter Fairy (Limited Edition kit)


Designer: Nora Corbett 




Fabric Used: 28 count linen in Crystal Spring


Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Baby Chick, Bella Rosa, Betty Bluebell, Blue Beatrice, Blueberry Tart, Bramble Bush, Fool's Gold, Sassy Brass, St. Bernard, Tufted Yellow, Wasabi, and Zach Black. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #3223 Ametrine


Bling Used: Mill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 #02010 Ice 


What she eventually will look like:





As of Wednesday, May 14, 2014:




My apologies for my photography skills. The fabric is a VERY pretty bright Kelly green and the sparklies in the fabric show it off very nicely. I had taken two sets of photos of this piece and wound up with the piece either being washed out or darker than it is. I will probably get some pointers from my BIL who went to school for photography. :)

Here is a better color match to the fabric: 





Welp, I best be off. Stuff to do today before I get back to The Easter Fairy  and my Murder, She Wrote marathon. Hope everyone has a wonderful week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,


C.